Sag Harbor Community News, June 20

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Happy summer everyone!It looks like we are finally on our way to getting some pleasant weather. Of course that most likely means that we will be facing record-breaking crowds as a result, but we’ve gotta take the good with the bad here in the Hamptons.

This weekend is sure to be a big one for many as the Pierson Class of 2013 graduates on Saturday. Congratulations to all, and especially to valedictorian Dana Clark Harvey and salutatorian Gabrielle Gardner.

In honor of the commencement, I’d like to share a quote from one of my favorite writers and life coaches:

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” by Dr. Seuss, from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Well done also to a couple of former Pierson students who are making their own way in the world.

Nell Kruszynski graduated from Union College on Sunday, June 16. Ms. Kruszynski, a French and Francophone studies major, received a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Beau Riva made the dean’s list for the second time this year at SUNY Oneonta. The mass communications major began school there as a freshman at the start of the fall 2012 semester, making the dean’s list then and again for this spring 2013 semester.

Make sure to give Diana Aceti a round of applause when you see her, as she’s just been named the new director of development at Bay Street Theatre. She brings her prodigious talent to the theater after working for two other East End heavy hitters—The Watermill Center and the Ross School.

Ms. Aceti will work closely with Bay Street’s Executive Director, Tracy Mitchell, and the Board of Trustees in the development and execution of strategies, plans and projects in support of the theater’s overall goals for revenue through major gifts, underwriting, naming opportunities, and grants. Cheers to your continued success Diana!

Speaking of great ventures, the Gay Youth Center scheduled to open this coming month at the Old Whalers’ Church is moving full steam ahead, according to advisory committee member Paul Orenstein. He reported that several of those involved with the center are planning on hosting house party “meet and greets” starting this weekend in order to bring awareness to the needs of the gay and lesbian community. Want to learn more? Call him at Vazquez Hampton Briggs Antiques at 537-6286.

And to help our four-legged and furry friends, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. is offering Lemonarf Stand opportunities. The ARF-sponsored Club for Kids is a wonderful way for children to learn the benefits of philanthropy, while also enjoying the rewards of entrepreneurism and commerce.

For those children who would like to raise money for the care of the animals at the shelter, ARF supplies a free Lemonarf Stand starter kit. The kit includes an official Lemonarf Stand homemade lemonade recipe, a Lemonarf Stand barking good cookie recipe, a Lemonarf poster to let everyone know that the stand raises money for ARF, an official Lemonarf mini bank, plus Lemonarf cups and buttons for Lemonarf team members. For additional information, contact ARF at 537-0400, visit online at www.arfhamptons.org or go to the nonprofit’s Facebook page.

For the rest of us animal lovers out there, my friend and neighbor Dorothy Frankel has an important message. She’s working on spreading the word about a “Warning: Heat Kills Pets in Parked Vehicles” campaign. Help her, and our beloved pets, by making sure that all pets are safe and sound and not trapped in overhot automobiles.

In the meantime, have a super terrific summer.

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