Amagansett community notes


From the home of the “My How Time Flies Department,” my Abs Plus class celebrated its third year at the Amagansett Free Library, which makes me wonder what you have done in the last three years. Hope it was something nice. Or in the words of Jimmy Buffett, “Another year older and what have you done?”

Oops, I forgot! My apologies to the family of Matt Lownes, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, January 11. Happy birthday and please, to all, send me not only any Amagansett news you would like to share, but birthdays as well. Tomorrow is Lizza O’Dwyers 40th. I missed her party due to the snow storm, but here’s to many more!

In news from the first Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, the Reverend Steven E. Howarth is en route to the church’s sister church in Guines, Cuba and he extends his thanks to all for your generous support and supplies of over-the-counter medicines. The deacons will have their first meeting of the new year at 7 p.m. in the Yule Room on Tuesday, January 20.

The Amagansett School’s Wake-up Amagansett assembly on Thursday, January 8, went off without a hitch, except the majority of kids were not wearing their class colors, which just meant more homework for all. Remember your class colors next month. Pre-K 3 and 4 wear green; kindergarten is blue; first grade is yellow; second grade, red; third grade, striped; fourth grade, orange; fifth grade, white; sixth grade, black. Wear your colors so your class doesn’t have to do homework that day. Now that’s what I call teamwork!

This week, grades three, four, and five have those long-awaited and prepped for ELA tests, so make sure your students get their rest, so no hootenanny. We also have a PTA hot lunch; Monday, January 19, is Martin Luther King Day followed by more testing for the sixth-graders and PTA-sponsored bingo for grades K through six.

The Amagansett School morning news show continues and it is grand to see Lean Bean Bistrian taking over my daughter Lucy Pearl’s weekly health tip segment. Way to go, Lean Bean!

Eileen Hickey-Hulme has a new show at the Crazy Monkey Gallery on Main Street. Please come check out her new Norwegian gem show. For more information, please call 267-3627 or go to

Don’t forget about the Gone Local Hampton Goods and Gallery further up Main Street and on Sundays “Knitting with Sabine” at BookHampton in Amagansett Square from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call Sabine at 661-604-2799.

Another local business item is “I am Four Peace,” put together by an Amagansett mom, Alison Goggins, with a great inventory of really cool hats and scarves for all shapes and sizes. For more information, go to All this in our little hamlet!

Story time at the Amagansett Free Library continues every Saturday in the Community Room. For more information, please call Kelly at 267-3810. Come in out of the cold and enjoy stories, songs, crafts and more. The dates are January 17 at 2 p.m.; January 24 at 10 a.m., and January 31 at 2 p.m.

Don’t forget to check out the Chess Clinic at the Amagansett Youth Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. for grades one through five. Call 324-2417 for more information.

A friend of mine returned from Islip Airport after Saturday’s storm. He said the plowing was great until East Hampton Town, where he drove 2 mph and was grateful for his Jeep and the knowledge that his cats would be fed when he made it home.

The Group for the East End is calling for volunteers to help survey the condition of osprey poles in East Hampton and Southampton towns. Some will need to be fixed or replaced for the upcoming nesting season. This project is time-flexible and can be taken on by individuals, classes and families during the month of January. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Kate Schertel at (631) 765-6450, ext. 208.

During its holiday dinner party in December, the East End Classic Boat Society held a drawing for the wooden yacht tender it was raffling off to benefit its new community boat shop here in Amagansett. Raffle tickets were sold throughout the East End and the lucky winner was Bill Ross, who summers in Southold. The society is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to sustaining the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and restoration. Their new community boat shop is on Bluff Road in and it houses year-round programs on small boat design, building and restoration. The current class is on kayak building. Stay tuned for classes in navigation, lofting, sailor arts, boat repair and maintenance. Programs are available for both kids and adults. Please contact the Community Boat Shop at 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett, Ray Hartjen, president, at (631) 324-2490 or e-mail

Don’t forget to check out the East Hampton Historical Society website for many historic events coming to our hamlet. It’s at

I trust you got the Sponge Bob foggies out of your children’s heads and have taken down all the holly jollies and are ready for a great 2009. I know Lucy and I are. Remember: “Your attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”—Mac Anderson.

Please say a prayer for Lucy’s gamma, Carol Farbar. She fell down on her way to church on Sunday and broke her leg. She is in Mt. Sinai Hospital. Please send good wishes.

Have a great week and don’t forget to send me any Amagansett news you would like to share, including birthdays and traffic snafus.

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