This column is first and foremost intended to be a spot for community members to boast about accomplishments. And this week, we have a doozie.Seth Zaluski, originally from Water Mill, son of Stephen Zaluski and grandson of Joan Zaluski of Water Mill, recently received a meritorious Award for his part in saving a woman attacked by shark in Vero Beach, Florida. Seth flies for Lifestart out of Stuart, Florida, for Martin County Fire Rescue.
He was in his helicopter flying back from an assignment when he saw a disturbance in the water off Vero Beach. He turned around and saw the attack of the shark, as well as a lifeguard helping the woman. He stayed aloft contacting other authorities and waited for instructions in case they needed him and his helicopter. Turns out they really did need him and after about 10 minutes they rendezvoused with local emergency services at a landing zone and flew the patient to the trauma center in Fort Pierce. The woman has recovered and is back in Germany with her family. The shark was either a bull or tiger shark.
Wow, an amazing story!
In other local news, Water Mill artist Bruce Lieberman will have a show at Hampton Hang, a gallery in Water Mill behind Suki Zuki, of a collection of his works called “Portraits of Summer.” I am a big fan of Bruce and a fan of his work and so I am particularly excited about this show because Bruce gets to show his work in his home hamlet and the drive for me to see it is very manageable. The show will open on July 8.
There are many animal lovers in our hamlet and, no doubt, many have adopted their pets from the Animal Rescue Fund. If that’s the case, then ARF wants to hear from you.
ARF is planning a marketing campaign that includes testimonials from happy owners of adopted ARF pets. The testimonials will be used in advertisements, newsletters, the ARF website and Facebook page. All they need is a great photo—high resolution in digital format, and a sentence or two about life with your pet, adopting from ARF, and the year your pet was adopted. Send all that to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendar right now for the Water Mill Community Club’s annual fundraising, A Taste of Water Mill, which will take place on Saturday, August 3. Plan to attend this important event, which is the main source of funding for the club’s scholarship program. It’s important to note that this fundraiser is put together in true community fashion: volunteers putting in many hours. If you can help out, be sure to get in touch with Eileen Noonan, email@example.com, as soon as possible. More information will be forthcoming from the club very soon.
By the way, have you been over to see the grounds by the Community Club’s tennis courts? The improvements are incredible and it’s hard to believe the courts are there to be used by members who pay an extremely modest annual membership fee. A family club membership is just $45 and a tennis club membership is $350. A tennis membership includes a regular club membership, unlimited access to the tennis courts, and the ability to reserve courts in advance during peak playing times during the summer months. Club-only members may rent the tennis courts on an hourly basis depending on court availability.
If you’ve got questions about the Water Mill Community Club, call Pat Sliwienski, the club’s president, at (516) 885-4001.