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Today is the 18th anniversary of the death of my father, Buzz. For those of you that have lost loved ones, don’t let them tell you it gets better. Trust me to tell you the truth, as I always do. The pain doesn’t get better; it just moves around. All we can be grateful for is the love and the life that is in front of us. Love your loved ones, mourn your losses and don’t ever take a moment of your life for granted.

I lost another family friend this week. Jose Torres, in his former years, was the head of the Boxing Commission in the United States. In his earlier years, he was light heavyweight champion of the world. But to my dad, brother Tom and myself, he was just a really great friend and will be missed.

The long awaited basketball rematch at Amagansett School pitting the teachers against the sixth-graders, took place on Friday, January 23. Robyn Mott scored the final basket to bring the teachers to victory. Last year, Robyn Mott was Robyn Bramhoff, and we all still cringe to think how that game ended, with her blowing out her ACL tendon in her knee. It just goes to show what a difference some good therapy makes.

At the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, the Reverend Steven E. Howarth has returned from his trip to the church’s sister church in Guines Cuba. I trust all went well.

The Session will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Yule Room. The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet Tuesday, February 3, at 7 p.m., in the same location. The reverend will give a sermon on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, at 11 a.m., and Communion will be served. A special offering called the “Souper Bowl,” a tradition that began in a sister church in Columbia, South Carolina, will be orchestrated by Peter and Paul Davis, sons of Mark and Teresa Davis DVM. Please bring nonperishable food items to help the needy as you place your bets for the Giants to lose.

I trust you are all supporting our Amagansett moms and their businesses. It is nice to see the “fourpeace” hats around town and, of course, just the words “Gone Local” make me smile. I trust if this weather keeps up, Knitting with Sabine at BookHampton on Sundays will pick up as well. We should all learn to knit a cashmere scarf or two.

There will be a free hearing screening at the Amagansett Library on Thursday, January 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. If you turn up your TV louder than others are comfortable with, or you have trouble hearing people speaking when you’re in a crowded restaurant, then it’s time to have your hearing checked. The service is being offered by Peconic Ear, Nose and Throat.

Also at the Amagansett Library, cozy story time is on Saturday, January 31, at 2 p.m., and I just found out they are offering Computer Tutor Wednesdays at 2 p.m. beginning today. To register, please call the circulation desk at 267-3810. You can sign up for an individualized session and bring your laptop or use one of the library’s machines. All free of charge and a way of giving back to the community. I know my daughter Lucy and I will take advantage of this because she got a digital camera from Santa that has yet to flash.

There is a lot of news from the Amagansett School. First of all, during the extremely cold weather last week, custodian Kerry Griffiths discovered a problem with one of the boilers. After an investigation and at the recommendation of the district architect, the Board of Education declared the situation an emergency so the district could move forward with replacing the system immediately. The school is moving ahead with the necessary procedures to replace the heating system as soon as possible. In the meantime, a temporary boiler is located outside, at the back of the building, and will remain in place until the new system is installed. The entire project will take about two months. Funds for this project have been budgeted; the work was initially scheduled for the summer of 2009.

Area resident Pat Mundus, daughter of a legend of the seas, the late shark fishing maestro, Frank Mundus, will speak at the Shelter Island Public Library on Friday, February 13, at 7 p.m. Shelter Island yachtsman, Peter Vielbig, will introduce Ms. Mundus. For further information, please contact Denise DiPaolo, library director, at 749-0042.

This week, the Amagansett PTA, with the help of a grant from the Town of East Hampton, had its annual after-school bingo for grades K-6. From the world of you-can’t-make-these-things-up, my daughter Lucy Pearl cleaned house again, winning the most prizes to date. Sabrina Bistrian, Wendy Dellapolla and Victoria Smudzinski keep a close eye on the event so, aside from a missing N44, trust me, there was no cheating.

Don’t forget to check out the
Community Boat Shop, located at 301 Bluff Road, behind the Marine Museum. For more information and hours,
please call 631-324-2490.

At school this week, the National Circus Project is coming to town, culminating with a student performance on Friday, January 30, at 1 p.m., in the gym. This is an amazing company and the skills they teach our students in a week is extraordinary. Señora Levi, the Spanish teacher, has prepared an international celebration to follow with parents providing the treats.

There is still a need for osprey pole survey volunteers to help the Group for the East End. Please contact Kate Schertel at (631) 765-6450, ext. 208.

It’s not too late to join the Chess Clinic at the Youth Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. for grades one to five. This is a free program. Contact the Town of East Hampton at 324-2417.

The Amagansett School Board had a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 27. Along with the usual business, many thanks were given to the Amagansett PTA, Hampton Market Place and Hampton Chutney for their wonderful hot lunch and extra thanks to the PTA for the bingo event.

Here’s more reason to be proud of our Amagansett School and students. On Saturday, January 17, the Eastport South Manor High School hosted the 2009 Hampton’s Music Educators’ Association (HMEA) Middle School Music Festival. Four Amagansett graduates were selected to participate: Emma Newburger played the flute, Cesar Cabrera played the clarinet, and Jacqueline Smudzinski and Bridget Stonemetz were selected to sing in the chorus. This was truly an honor and we should all be so proud of all the hard work these students put into this event.

All is good, and in the words of the late Jay Chait, “I’ve spent my life seeking order and creating chaos.” Sound familiar? Have a great week and please send me any Amagansett news.

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