East Hampton Community Notes, May 9

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I don’t know for sure, but at this time of year many locals are prepping for another summer season. Most businesses flourish in summer and lay fairly dormant in winter. When September comes, we all breathe a sigh of relief, but now its hustle, hustle, hustle.

Rumor has it that the summer rentals have increased due to Hurricane Sandy and its destruction of the Jersey Shore. I have also heard that these are not monthly rentals, but weekly due to the high costs of real estate out here. I guess the regular visitors to the shore will be in for a major surprise once they actually dine out, go food shopping or try to park. This should make for an interesting summer, and not necessarily in a good way.

I want to send a big happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there. I wish my mom was here to celebrate.

East Hampton’s Thalia Olaya, a criminal justice student at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus, recently received a 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from the State University of New York and was elected to the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic First Team. The awards were presented during a ceremony held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. In all, more than 300 students from SUNY campuses throughout the state were honored. Ms. Olaya plans to transfer to St. John’s University to study criminal justice after her graduation in May. Her long-term goal is to pursue a degree in law.

The East Hampton Library has joined the Library Ideas’ network of public library websites that offer access to more than three million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. The Freegal Music Service will allow the East Hampton Library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to more than 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.

Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the East Hampton Library can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week for free via the library website, www.easthamptonlibrary.org or through free mobile apps, available to registered East Hampton Library cardholders. The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. In order to access the free music tracks, library cardholders are required to enter their library card number for verification. I hope the musicians are making money from this arrangement.

East Hampton’s very own Home Sweet Home Museum is now open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, bring your pets to the Animal Rescue Fund’s annual Pet Celebration Day at the adoption center, located at 90 Daniels Hole Road, and enjoy a morning of games, contests and delicious treats. While there learn about the latest great heroic rescues by ARF. The morning includes dog agility and obedience competitions, music by Sandy Rapp, free microchipping and rabies vaccines, plus Dreesen’s famous donuts and Hampton Coffee Company coffee. The morning will conclude with a brief annual meeting, including an awards ceremony and election of board members. For more information visit www.arfhamptons.org. RSVP to gloria@arfhamptons.org. This event is free.

On Saturday, at 10 a.m., The East Hampton Historical Society Board of Trustees invites you to join them at the society’s 91st annual meeting, which will include a presentation called “The Way We Were,” a selection of recently acquired historical photographs and postcards narrated by Richard Barons, executive director of Clinton Academy Museum, located at 151 Main Street. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. For more information visit www.easthamptonhistory.org.

On Saturday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Leslie Brody will be at the East Hampton Library discussing her book, “The Last Kiss,” with a book signing to follow. This is a free event.

On Tuesday, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a cocktail party to help benefit The Retreat at Race Lane Restaurant. All funds raised throughout the evening will go directly to The Retreat. The fee is $45 per person, which includes beer, wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres, as well as fabulous live entertainment. For additional information, call 329-4398, e-mail hkramer@theretreatinc.org.

Also on Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall and The Naked Stage present New Works Showcase: “At The Bar” by Hortense Carpentier, “WHOA!” By Lisa Bonner and an excerpt of “From Ship to Shape” by Walker Vreeland, with lead artist Joshua Perl, and featuring Lydia Franco-Hodges, Josh Gladstone, Peter Fitzgerald, and Anne Seelbach. Admission is free and all staged readings at Guild Hall are sponsored in part by Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley. For information, call 324-0806 or visit www.GuildHall.org.

Enjoy.

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