Amagansett Community Notes


Welcome 2009. I trust you all have some New Year’s resolutions that are still unbroken and I wish you all a great year.

I have enjoyed this winter break with my daughter Lucy but it is was back to school this week, thank goodness. Friday, January 9 is Pajama Day at school. It will help a bit with the back-to-school wake up blues.

Happy birthday this month to Maddie Hughes, Peter Rana Jr., John Emptage Jr., (Lucy’s dad); Lizza O’Dwyer, Grandmother Evelyn (may she rest in peace); Phyllis Roberts, Judith Leiber, Mary Hantz, Tiana Treadwell, Cassidy Walsh, Jonathan Simone, Matt Ruggerrio, Norman and Norris Mailer, and may he rest in peace.

After a great lunch at the Tavern on Main Street, my daughter Lucy and I had the pleasure of going into the great new store, Gone Local. It has great stuff and little bit of everything. I think it’s important in these times to support all of our local businesses.

The Amagansett Free Library has a new e-letter out. Go to to read it. The library is offering a baby-sitting workshop on Thursday, January 8 at 6 p.m. Whether you’re looking for a quick way to make money or just love taking care of kids, this workshop is a great way to prepare you for the baby-sitting business. There will be tips for beginning sitters on how to handle issues that may arise. Registration is required.

Families are invited to the library on Saturdays in January for stories, crafts, songs and more. Come in out of the cold and celebrate winter, warm woolies, and snow in the library’s toasty warm meeting room. On Saturdays, January 17 and 31, story time will be at 2 p.m. On Saturdays, January 10 and 24, story time will begin at 10 a.m.

Teens are invited on Thursday, January 16, for snacks and a lively discussion of “Hunger Games,” a novel by Suzanne Collins. It got rave reviews by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly. Mr. King gives the following synopsis in his review: “The yearly highlight in this nightmare world is the Hunger Games, a bloodthirsty reality TV show in which 24 teenagers chosen by lottery, two from each district, fight each other in a desolate environment called the ‘arena.’ The winner gets a life of ease: the losers get death. The only ‘unspoken rule’ is that you can’t eat the dead contestants. Let’s see the makers of the movie version try to get a PG-13 on this baby.”

Call or e-mail Kelly at the library at 267-3810 or for more information.

The Group Explorations Organization is looking for volunteers who enjoy the outdoors during the winter months to conduct a survey of the Group’s osprey poles in Southampton and East Hampton towns. Following this survey, we will evaluate which poles need to be fixed or replaced in preparation for the coming osprey nesting season. This project is time-flexible and can be taken on by individuals, classrooms, and families during the month of January. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kate Schertel at (631) 765-6450, ext. 208, or e-mail her at

On another note about local businesses, we have Alison Goggins, an Amagansett School mom. She has a great inventory of organic adult and children’s tees, winter hats, cool caps and a few other items on the way. Please check out her website for colors and styles at

At the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, the new elders and deacons will be ordained at the 11 a.m. service this Sunday. A coffee hour will follow. This will be the last time that donations of over-the-counter medicines will be accepted for the church’s sojourn to its sister church in Guines, Cuba. The Women’s Guild will meet next Wednesday, January 14 at Scoville Hall at 7 p.m.

BookHampton is presenting “Knitting with Sabine” on Sundays from 3 to 4:30, call Sabine at (631) 604-2799 for information.

The East Hampton Historical Society is a non-profit organization. The society is the parent organization of five museums, landmark historic sites of both local and national importance: Mulford Farm, c.1680; Clinton Academy, c.1784; Town House, c.1731; Osborn-Jackson House, c.1740; and the Marine Museum on Bluff Road here in Amagansett. For further information, go to

Don’t forget about the chess clinics for grades 1-5 at the Amagansett Youth Park on Abrahams Path. They began yesterday, January 6, and run to April 2, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m.

My daughter Lucy and I spent a lot of time ice skating at the Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton, I’m not being political, but I can’t understand why anyone would not want it. It’s a great place for children and adults alike.

I hope you have a great week. Please send me any Amagansett news that you would like to share. Remember, “The past isn’t dead and buried; in fact, it isn’t even the past,” as quoted by our new President-elect Barack Obama, originally by William Faulkner.

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