Sag Harbor Community Notes, June 27

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Who remembers that “Mad Men” episode where Don, Betty and the kids go to the park for a picnic and then leave all their trash there?I don’t know if it was because it was a different time or because of their innate entitlement, but I remember being outraged when I saw it. It’s hard to believe that people could have such little regard for their environment.

Last week, I happened upon a similar scene on an isolated stretch of beach by my house. Somebody had held a party and then just left their dozen or so beer cans, broken beer bottles and fire remnants strewn across the sand.

Boy, was I ever mad! How thoughtless, how rude, how disrespectful.

Resolving to come back and clean up this mess as soon as possible, even though it certainly wasn’t mine, I was in a huff about it all day. Lo and behold, when I finally got back to the scene of the crime, trash bag in hand, I found that someone had beat me to the punch. My faith in humanity was restored, at least momentarily.

Another thing that happened last week also touched my heart, and that was hearing that my neighbor, Kendra Weatherell, had won the Katy’s Courage scholarship. Kendra, who just graduated from Pierson this past Saturday, and her parents, Bruce and Fiona, were absolutely shocked and thrilled to find out the good news. Congratulations to them and blessings to the Stewart family. Katy’s legacy will ‘love’ on forever.

Great job to Mireille Sturmann, who made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Southern New Hampshire University. Ms. Sturmann is a creative writing and English major.

Three cheers for Alexia Faraguna, a Pierson Class of 2010 alumna, who just graduated from Stony Brook University with high honors. The summa cum laude student also received the university’s W.K. Ferguson Award as the outstanding student in European and world history. And, to top it all off, she did it all in just three years.

Make sure to stop by the Sag Harbor gym and congratulate Alexia while she teaches pump and combat classes. After the summer, she’ll head off to law school. I know her dad, Bob Faraguna, is supremely proud of all of his daughter’s many accomplishments. Keep up the great work!

Cheers to Walter Hinds, who has just been named the executive chef at B. Smith’s Sag Harbor. Mr. Hinds, a graduate of Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School, brings more than two decades of international culinary expertise with him. The former Poco and 75 Main chef will bring his multi-ethnic influences to bear at B.’s. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 725-5858.

I’d like to be one of the first to congratulate the folks at the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons, who announced this week that after 15 years at Old Whaler’s Church, they have relocated to the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Bridgehampton. The move is bittersweet, according to Rabbi Jan Uhrbach.

“We make this move with great joy and great sadness,” she wrote. “We truly love our friends at the Old Whalers’ Church, where we’ve been treated like family, and where we feel like family. We feel terribly sad to leave such a sacred space and such a wonderful community, and we are eternally grateful to Pastor Mark Phillips and the congregation for their great generosity. At the same time, we’ve been welcomed with open arms and open hearts by the Unitarian Universalists into their beautiful home, and it has been a joy and a blessing to meet a whole new group of gracious, sensitive, and kind people.”

I hope you enjoy your new (air-conditioned) home.

While I’m on the subject of moving, everyone start their engines and coast down to Main Street at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, for the 2013 Sag Harbor Soap Box Derby race. The friendly competition among the Sag Harbor Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will continue down High Street and will be followed by a beach bash at Havens Beach. For more information, and to check out the images of the drivers and their route, visit www.mmitche2.wix.com/sag-harbor-derby#.

And lastly, don’t forget about the Sag Harbor House Tour, which will be held on Friday, July 5. Tickets in advance are $45 and are available at the library annex on West Water Street and The Wharf Shop on Main Street. Day-of-the-tour tickets are available at the library only, and will be $50. For additional information, call the library at 725-0049.

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