Water Mill Community Notes, May 23

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It would appear that a wild turkey has taken up residence on the hamlet green in Water Mill. He’s been spotted walking around the green, in the planters at Perimeters, in the yard at Robert’s restaurant and crossing the street, many times properly using the crosswalk. In Facebook postings, I’ve seen the turkey called Wally by some, and Shorty, by others. The waitstaff at Suki Zuki has, alarmingly, named it “Tsukune,” after the restaurant’s chicken meatballs.
Last weekend he was seen photo-bombing the wedding snaps of a couple just married and using the lovely green as a backdrop. People are stopping their cars, getting out and taking photos with the turkey when it’s not too busy sunning itself next to the windmill.

So far this fellow has done okay making the rounds of the hamlet but if Jason Kidd comes to town, he’d better strut with care.

Caleb Muller, son of Mosey and Kristina Muller, has been a busy young man. Back in March, he partnered with Jaky Tuohy, his classmate from Brookhaven Technical Center, to compete in the regional SkillsUSA Television/Video Production competition. SkillsUSA is a program offered at many technical schools in which students can do community service and fundraising as they also show off their skills through competition. At the competition at SUNY Farmingdale, they were directed to make a 60-second promotional video for SkillsUSA in a timed competition; they had one hour to complete the task, some of which was produced using old-school methods (read: no computer editing). Clearly, the duo was up to the challenge, earning first place in the television/video production competition.

Last month, Caleb and Jake headed to Syracuse for the state level competition. More than 1,000 students were wearing the required red jacket. In this competition, they were tasked with making a 60-second public service announcement about fundraising for the restoration of the memorials at the Great New York State Fairgrounds, which is where the competition was held (the memorials do not need to be restored; the scenario was simulated just for the competition). At this level of competition, they were allowed to use a computer for editing. Their entry earned them second place at the state level.

Caleb also has interests outside television production. In February, he joined the Southampton-Tuckahoe School Merger Feasibility Committee, representing the students’ perspective in this proposal. The committee has been given lots of data about the two districts. Caleb has voiced his opinion on the topic and will continue to contribute to the committee as it determines whether the merger is an option.

After nearly one year as captain of the Southampton Junior Firefighters, Caleb will step down from the position on June 7. He’s been a junior firefighter for just over four years, working his way up the ranks from secretary to 2nd lieutenant to 1st lieutenant to captain. Juniors participate in many simulated firefighting activities including car fire drills and maze drills, during which they enter a dark maze and crawl through in full gear. Caleb earned his CPR certification. He thoroughly enjoyed his experience as a junior but with high school graduation looming, he’s moving on to other things.

After graduation, Caleb will take a year to travel before heading off to college. He plans to travel across the United States, stopping at relatives’ and family friends’ homes in a search of a possible career path.

Good luck in whatever path you take, Caleb!

If the weather decides to cooperate this weekend, and it looks like it will, Jeanna Moritz will be holding a fundraising yard sale called Pilots for A Cure at 330 Seven Ponds Towd Road. You can gain entry at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The beneficiary is an organization funding research into idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Should it rain, the sale will be postponed to next weekend.

The Water Mill Community Club will hold its second annual family barbecue and rocket launch on Sunday, June 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. The club will provide Estes rockets but participants are welcome to bring their own. Rockets will be launched starting at 5 p.m. and the barbecue and club’s scholarship presentation will begin at 6 p.m. If you plan to attend, RSVP by Wednesday, May 29, to Beth Gardner (631) 445-5286 or bgardner@mcrainsurance.com. A donation of a jar of peanut butter or jelly that will be donated to the local food pantry would be appreciated.

The Water Mill Museum opens for the season with a historical reading and reception on Friday, May 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Board member Sally Huns from Cambridge, England, will read selected material from the archives of the museum, an operating grist mill that dates back to 1644. While there, visitors may tour the art gallery, gift shop and museum exhibitions. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free; donations are welcome. For more information, email director@watermillmuseum.org.

Kelly Deneny, daughter of Sean and Liz Deneny, will be working as a production intern in San Francisco this summer for the PAC12 NCAA Football conference. PAC 12 began telecasting for the first time in August 2012 and plans on producing 850 live events this year. Previously, Kelly interned for Seftel Productions in Manhattan as a production assistant for the PBS series Nova, which she appeared in once.

The PAC 12 conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA titles 46 of the last 52 years and amassing a total of 455 NCAA team titles. Kelly is entering her senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she attends the Leeds School of Business.

You may have noticed the Bliss Sleep Center, a new shop in Water Mill, on the corner of Montauk Highway and Hayground Road. According to a press release, you will find 100 percent certified organic sleep products there that can be customized to your comfort and style. Stop in and find your bliss.

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