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Tonight is the night to put out those cookies and reindeer dust, if you want Santa to find your house and your chimney. But most important, it is time to give thanks for all we have and can give to others.

Personally, I hope Santa knows what a good girl my daughter Lucy Pearl has been and will bring her the coveted electronic items including an I-dog and her yearly holiday Barbie that she has on her list.

In school news, classes are over until Monday January 5, for the Winter 
Recess. This past week we enjoyed a winter holiday music concert with 
Lucy’s trumpet, Fred, among the many instruments played, led by music 
teacher Cindy Galvin. She has truly brought a great music program to our school and we should all be grateful for her efforts.

At the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, the Christmas Candlelight Service will begin tonight at 7 p.m. with the pastor, the Reverend Steven E. Howarth, presiding. It is requested that those who attend the Christmas Eve Service or the Sunday Service on Sunday, December 28, please bring a non- perishable food item that will be donated to the East Hampton Food Pantry.

The Reverend Howarth and his wife, along with Ronald Fleming and Pastor Emeritus The Reverend Robert Beecher Stuart, will be traveling to Guines, Cuba, from January 12 to 24 to visit their sister church, the Guines Presbyterian Church. Donations of over-the-counter medicines are greatly appreciated and may be brought to all Sunday services and the Christmas Eve candlelight service, as well. For more information, please call Elizabeth Rossuck at 324-2042.

On Tuesday, December 30, at 1 p.m., the movie “Wall-E,” rated G, will be shown at the Amagansett Free Library. Bring a comfy cushion to sit on. For details, please call Kelly at the library at 267-3810.

Story time will continue to be held on Saturdays at 10 a.m., and don’t forget about the babysitting workshop. Contact Kelly about that as well.

New Year’s Day is Thursday, January 1, and what better way to start the New Year than with a “Winter Plunge” at Indian Wells Beach. The plunge takes place at 1 p.m. All you need to bring is your body; maybe a wet suit and a non-perishable food item for the East Hampton Food Pantry. The plunge is put on by the East Hampton Hurricane Swim team and they will be serving up hot chocolate, chili and soup to all the brave plungers and their supporters. Hurricane T-shirts will also be sold for $15 to help support the team. Once again, this is a great event because it goes right back to supporting the folks that keep our waters safe. For more information, you can contact John Ryan Jr. at (516) 429-2973.

The Group for the East End is calling for osprey pole survey volunteers throughout January. These are people who enjoy the outdoors during the winter months. They are needed to conduct a survey of the Group’s osprey poles in Southampton and East Hampton. Using their results, the Group will evaluate which poles need to be fixed or replaced for the coming season. This project is time flexible and can be taken on by individuals, classrooms, and families. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kate Schertel at 631-765-6450 (x208) or kschertel@eastendenvironment.org.

Football season continues and former Giant’s player Michael Strahen picks the one and only Dallas Cowboys to be this year’s Superbowl Champ. That’s my holiday wish, too.

The Chess Clinic at the Youth Park begins January 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. This is a free program but please register at the Department of Parks at 159 Pantigo Lane in East Hampton.

It is not too late to check out the Eileen Hicke-Hulme art show at the Crazy Monkey Gallery on 136 Main Street through December 28.

Knitting with Sabine continues on Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. at BookHampton in Amagansett Square. Private classes are also available. Please call her at (631) 604-2799.

The Amagansett School PTA will begin Pizza Fridays at the school on January 9. Expect the forms in your child’s backpack. Thank you, fifth grade, for your request. As you can see, we do listen.

I saw the best billboard this weekend and, no, it wasn’t the scary policeman by the Lobster Inn. It was right here in our hamlet. It said, “Free snow, bring shovel.”

I hope you all enjoy the holiday with your friends and family and please remember those less fortunate than ourselves as we rip open all those presents. Please send me any Amagansett News you would like to share. Next time you hear from me, it will be 2009. Once again: “Be the change you desire in the world”— Ghandi.

Have a holly jolly and happy one.

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