Hampton Bays Community Notes, June 27

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Bob Loetscher surprised his wife, Bonnie, with a 65th birthday bash held over at the Boardy Barn on June 14. Bonnie says thank you to Tony, Dave, Mickey and all those who came out to celebrate her special day.Happy birthday wishes are being sent out this week to Sheila Salomone. Sheila’s cake-and-candle day was Wednesday, June 26.

A champagne toast to Joan and Joe DeBenedetto! The happy couple is celebrating their wedding anniversary today, Thursday, June 27. Cheers!

Let’s hear it for Molly Doyle! Molly was named Irish Person of the Year by the Irish American Society of the Hamptons. You go, girl!

I know that I speak for the entire community when I say how proud we are of all these great kids.

Kids Stock the House hosted its second annual Community Softball-A-Thon on June 15 at Red Creek Park. The event originated with Hampton Bays’s student Billy Dzanoucakis when he came up with the idea last year to bring the community together for athletic and altruistic purposes.

Nine teams participated this year, including those from Southampton, Westhampton Beach and up-island. From Hampton Bays, eighth-grader Christiaan Padavan wowed the crowd with his solo a cappella performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”

Amanda Kenny, a junior, was honored as the Most Charitable Player of the Game (Female). She wrote letters to stores and got gift cards to purchase supplies for the event; recycled cans for food and monetary donations; arranged for the Hampton Bays firemen to do the cookout; formed her own team, the Benevolent Batters; and was instrumental in securing Red Creek Park as the place to have the game.

Kasandra Phillips, also a junior, was awarded a Certificate of Compassion. Kasandra helped decorate Red Creek Park for the softball tourney and formed her own team—Hitters for the House. She is the chairperson for the first-ever Kids Stock the House Fourth of July float, which I presume will be seen at this year’s parade in Southampton.

Sixth-grader Skylar Wilkins was also very busy over at Red Creek Park. She held a fundraiser, “Hoops for Pooch,” for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Skylar wanted to help the animals where her mom works, so she invited the sixth-grade boys and girls basketball teams to have a tournament. The entry fee was $5 and the teams were divided into the Pit Bulls and the Shelter Heat. The Pit Bulls won 36 to 22. Go Baymen!

The Hampton Bays Methodist Church Thrift Shop is looking for volunteers to help fold and straighten up between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you would like to lend a hand, please call (631) 728-4358 and leave your name and contact number.

New York Blood Center is having a blood drive on Tuesday, July 2, from 1:45 until 7:45 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Public Library on Ponquogue Avenue. Sixteen-year-olds must have parental consent and the form is available at www.nybloodcenter.org. All donors will receive a ticket for the Hampton Classic. Please give the gift of life.

Hampton Art Space is offering a number of nice art camps for the kids this summer. There’s one about pirates, another about things under the sea and one that takes you on a dinosaur adventure.

The cost is $35 for one class and $125 to attend all five classes. To sign up, call (631) 594-3120, email jackie@hamptonartspace.com or just stop in at 21 West Montauk Highway.

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is once again offering its popular “Tuesdays on the Go” programs for kids in the sixth through 10th grade. Transportation is provided from the Hampton Bays High School. Permission slips are required and you can print one out and see all the trips that are planned by logging on at www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau. The group is going to Selden Batting and Go Karts on July 2.

On The CalendarSaturday, June 29: Hampton Bays Methodist Church Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the grounds of the Anderson-Warner Hall, West Montauk Highway.

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