Sag Harbor Community Notes, May 9

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.
I don’t want to be a downer but I know that this holiday, particularly, can be tough for those who have recently lost their mom, so let’s also send positive thoughts out to everyone whose mother has passed as well.

Attention moms and dads, and even those non-parents interested in running for school board; don’t forget that nominations have been extended and are now due by Friday, May 10. All documents must be turned in by 5 p.m., with the signatures of at least 28 qualified Sag Harbor School District voters, to District Clerk Mark Adamczyk’s office. For additional information, contact Mr. Adamczyk at 725-5300, ext. 1411 or madamczyk@sagharborschools.org.

There are currently six candidates up for the four available spots on the ballot. Those in the race include incumbents Chris Tice, Edward Drohan and Susan Kinsella and challengers Thomas Re, Daniel Hartnett and David Diskin.

Don’t want to run but still want to stay in the loop? Then stop by “Meet the Candidates” night on Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the elementary school gymnasium. The event will be hosted by the Sag Harbor Elementary School PTA and the Pierson PTSA. The vote will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pierson High School gymnasium.

Speaking of available spots, Ann Cully contacted me so I could let you all know that there are a few plots up for grabs in an area vegetable group farm located behind the Catholic Church in Bridgehampton. Planting has just begun so it’s not too late to join this small group of 20 local farmers.

The annual dues are $175—which covers growing supplies, including seeds, plants, fertilizer, etc.—the first year and $125 per year after that. Members have access to nearly five dozen 60-foot rows of veggies, plus lots of tubs for herbs and a large garlic patch.

All members get an equal share of onions, garlic and sweet potatoes and more; and all else is divided on a fair-share basis. Extras go to the Sag Harbor Food Pantry on Mondays, to the church on Saturdays and to a “members take all” on Wednesdays. Please call Ann at 725-2378 for more information.

And while we’re on the subject of stuff that’s good for us, congratulations to Kiley Sabatino, the founder, editor-in-chief and happy Sag Harbor resident who has just launched One Healthy Hamptons. The free health and wellness e-magazine and website (www.onehealthyhamptons.com) will cover all things healthy in the Hamptons. Log on and find out all about fitness classes, healthy eats and Hamptons happenings.

The site will contain Healthy Bytes and Community Spotlight columns, plus health news from Westhampton Beach to Montauk, inspirational quotes, and more. For additional information, or to share healthy lifestyle news, email Kiley at kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com.

Congratulations also to Pierson eighth-grader Allura Leggard, daughter of proud parents Vanessa and Kurt Leggard, who performed with the Camp Broadway Kids musical theater ensemble with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on April 29. How cool is that!

More than 500 kids age 12 to 16 auditioned and only 56 were chosen for the honor of performing alongside Broadway stars during musical numbers honoring the works of Frank Loesser, Jule Styne and Danny Kaye. The Camp Broadway Kids were directed by Tony Parise. The event, a 30th birthday bash for the New York Pops, also included host Paula Zahn and guest artists Megan Hilty, Leslie Uggams, Nick Adams, Laura Benanti, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Will Chase, Marilyn Maye, Rob McClure, Donna Murphy, Kelli O’Hara, Laura Osnes, Max Von Essen, Anthony Warlow and Betsy Wolfe. Wowsa!

Christian Haerter also let me know that Jordan’s Initiative, along with Hope For The Warriors, will be hosting 35 members of the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines here in Sag Harbor over Memorial Day weekend during what is sure to be a very moving event. The battalion, which suffered 48 casualties in Iraq, giving it the unwanted distinction of the battalion having one of the highest casualty rates of the war, will be running from Montauk to Ground Zero in Manhattan to pay tribute to their fallen comrades and to honor the sacrifice of Jordan Haerter and Joey Theinert, as well as for the first responders lost on 9/11.

The route, which begins in Montauk at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, will take the runners through Sag Harbor, over the LCpl Jordan Haerter Veterans’ Memorial Bridge, down Main Street and then on to Ground Zero. It is estimated to take 26 hours.

Christian is looking for 48 military veterans to hold flags, which will represent the 48 souls lost by the members of the 3/25, along the bridge while the Marines go by. Those interested will need to be available on Saturday, May 25, between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m. The flags, which will be donated to the village afterward, will be supplied. For additional information, please email him at christian.haerter@gmail.com.

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