Southampton Community Notes

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This year’s Polar Bear Plunge was another success. Mayor Mark Epley did not disappoint with his penguin costume, and everyone’s favorite merman, Jimmy Mack, was back and as resplendent as ever. Being ever observant, I noticed just how hairy the men of the East End are—not that I’m complaining. There was little or no manscaping evident on the chests of our local males. Hirsute is the new sexy. I was on standby with the my squad, the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, and am happy to report that no one was injured or suffered any ill effects from hurling themselves into 47-degree water.

Speaking of the SVVA, the corps held its elections on Monday, December 8. Re-elected into office for 2009 were Chief Keith Phillips, 1st Assistant Chief Ian King, 2nd Assistant Chief Janet Sadowski, Treasurer Donald Mahoney Jr. and Secretary Kat Piekarski. Ron Hill was elected to the SVVA membership committee, where he joins Joe Hurley and Jeff Sadowski.

Lexus of Southampton is again participating in the “Toys for Tots” program. Collections are down slightly this year, so if you can spare a few minutes to purchase a new toy for either a boy or girl and drop it off at the dealership on County Road 39 this week, it will make a difference to a child in need. The Marines are scheduled to pick up the toys this week, so get on down there!

The Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance held its elections on Monday, December 8. Reelected for 2009 were Chief Keith Phillips, 1st Assistant Chief, Ian King; 2nd Assistant Chief, yours truly; Treasurer, Donald Mahoney Jr.; and Secretary, Kat Piekarski. Ron Hill was elected to the SVVA membership committee, where he joins Joe Hurley and Jeff Sadowski.

The Southampton Town Kiwanis and Hampton Bays High School “K Kids” will be assembling Christmas food baskets on Sunday, December 21, at 11 a.m., at Halsey’s Barn, located at 473 Wickapoque Road in Southampton. These food baskets will be distributed through local church food pantries to needy families in Flanders, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Tuckahoe, North Sea and Bridgehampton. This is one of the many community projects Southampton Town Kiwanis is involved with throughout the year. For more information, call Dom Spoto at 728-3716.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has announced that the following local students were named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence during the spring 2008 semester: Jonathan Charest, son of Mr. Marc E. Charest of Southampton, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering; and Felipe Polido, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fabio E. Polido of Southampton, a first year student majoring in robotics engineering. Congratulations to Jonathan and Felipe.

At the Library

A Health Care Community Discussion will be held at the library’s Cooper Hall in the Maria Cooper Room on Saturday, December 27, at 10:30 a.m. All are invited to participate, and reservations are not necessary.

President-elect Obama, having made health care reform a top priority, has asked for citizen input about how to fix the system, flesh out key issues around health policy, and promote quality affordable health care for all at Health Care community discussions. The discussion in Southampton will be one of many being held across the country over the holidays hosted by the Transition Health Policy Team. These discussions are also designed to involve American citizens in their own government.

The discussion moderator, Dr. Elaine Fox, will have available an official form on which to provide feedback from the Southampton group to the Transition Team to help them put together their final recommendations for the new administration. For more information, call Dr. Fox at 287-1093.

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