East Hampton Community Notes, July 11

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So, most of us made it through the weekend unscathed, but probably somewhat annoyed. I did make it into the village over the weekend, enduring a slew of traffic, illegal turns and arguing. The out-of-towners and the locals are so busy showing their self-righteous behavior, they forgot how to respect one another.

This brings me to the new disgusting and highly classless phenomenon on Facebook, a page called “Douche Spotter.” The page has been written up in the New York Post, Village Voice and even mentioned on the Today Show. Basically, postings on the page call people out for their bad behavior and people posting and commenting call them every name in the book. One picture posted at the site can result in a string of comments that is close to an online lynch mob.

At first it was funny to see pictures of a car stuck (obviously not four-wheel drive) on the beach or in the surf. But, as any angry mob grows, so do the insults and very ugly behavior. The creator of the site, has tried to control racial, fat calling and homophobic postings but, it seems to have gotten beyond his control.

People are being called out for what they are wearing, coming off the train, riding a bicycle, and doing things that we all do when we are vacation. This is a vacation spot. Get used to it. Why do these people need to be made fun of? The tourists are the bread and butter of this town.

One thing I do not think these people understand is that this is basically cyberbullying. Posting pictures of people’s faces and license plate numbers then calling them a “douche” is not very wise. Somebody is going to get very angry and with the internet being so easy to locate people, someone is going to get very hurt.

Cyberbullying has become such a topic in the media that I don’t understand why these Facebook posters do not understand how harmful and dangerous this can get. I agree with the Village Voice article about this and to quote the writer, Tessa Stuart, “So, who are the douchebags—the people in the pictures, or the people snapping the photographs surreptitiously from a distance, then posting them on the Internet?” This is a such a quirky place to live.

On to happier news. Emma Lesser and Gwendolyn O’Neil have been named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

With the influx of tourism and massive over-crowding, the East Hampton Ambulance had 118 calls during the month of June. I could only imagine what July will be like. A new ambulance went into service on June 30 and a “wash down” event—a christening of sorts, is being planned. I will anounce date once it is confirmed.

Today, at 2 p.m., at 17 Woods Lane, check out the “Sweet Summer” cooking demo with Chana Marinovsky of TheRosiestCheeks.com. Ms. Marinovsky is the renowned blogger behind the lifestyle blog, therosiestcheeks.com. She is known for dishes that use fresh ingredients and bright flavors that can be easily replicated at home. Call 329-5800 for more information.

On Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., the East Hampton Library will be screening the delightful comedy, “Quartet,” starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly and Tom Courtenay. In the movie, set at a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. Please register at the Reference Desk, call 324-0222 ext. 3, or email reference@easthamptonlibrary.org with your full name and number.

The Jewish Center of the Hamptons musical concert and Shabbat services featuring the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble will held on Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m., at Main Beach, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Kabbalat Shabbat concert and Shabbat service at the JCOH, and Saturday, at 10 a.m., during Shabbat services.

The Jewish Center of the Hamptons offers many opportunities for learning and sharing for members and non-members during Shabbat and throughout the year. For more information, contact Executive Director Diane Wiener at 324-9858 or director@jcoh.org or go to www.jcoh.org. Classes are held at 56 Woods Lane, the house directly west of the Jewish Center, unless otherwise indicated.

On Monday, at 10:30 a.m., a series of seven non-denominational discussions about Sabbath-keeping called “A Journey to a Temple in Time” started at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons with Professor Susan Pashman. Professor Pashman has offered this series previously in Sag Harbor and Tel Aviv and has authored a book on the subject. She holds a law degree and is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Stony Brook University. A booklet of weekly readings is available upon registration.

There is no charge for the series. The class will meet for seven weeks, on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Saturday is the inaugural Swim-Paddle-Run Fun race to benefit Paddlers for Humanity, a Hamptons not-for-profit that donates to children and youth charities. The race will begin at Maidstone Park at 9 a.m. The course is a half-mile swim, a one-mile standup paddle and a one-and-a-half-mile run. Entry fee for each three-person team is $300. Call 917-834-3888 for information.

Enjoy. Hydrate. Be safe.

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