In last week’s column I incorrectly stated that Harry Fotopoulos wrote the winning essay for the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce scholarship when, in fact, he took top honors in the Hampton Bays Civic Association’s scholarship competition. My apologies! I’m sorry for whatever confusion that mistake might have created.Benjamin Olavarria has opened up a new place, The Local Bike Shop, on West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, between Fandango boutique and Orlando’s Café. The store is open Wednesday through Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and they repair and sell used bikes. Give Ben a call at (631) 728-1209.
By the way, Orlando’s Café is now serving dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. Stop in and check it out.
I hear wedding bells! Hayley Curtis and Steven Bloom are pleased to announce their engagement. Hayley is the daughter of Cheryl and Gregg Curtis of Hampton Bays, and Steven is the son of Gary and Barbara Bloom of New Canaan, Connecticut. The happy couple is making plans to be married next summer.
Happy birthday to Leah Knotoff! Leah’s big day is today, Thursday, August 1. Leah’s aunt, Debbie Fanning, will celebrate her birthday on Friday, August 2, out on the West Coast in Santa Ynez, California. And Maureen Lerch’s day to shine is this Saturday, August 3.
Erin and Joe Gettler have their photograph—taken during the day and at nigh—on display at the Hampton Bays Public Library on Ponquogue Avenue. Erin photographs flora and fauna while Joe’s lens captures lone lights that paint landscapes and people on the East End.
East End Hospice is pleased to offer its Camp Good Grief during the week of August 19-23 at Peconic Dunes in Southold. The summer program is for children of all ages who have experienced a loss. There’s swimming, kayaking, nature walks, arts and crafts, lots of fun and a few surprises. There are no fees.
For more information or to register, please call Sarah Zimmerman or Angela Byrns at (631) 288-8400.
The Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps is hosting a blood drive tomorrow, Friday, August 2, from 1 until 7 p.m., at company headquarters, located at 18C Ponquogue Avenue. If you are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) please give the gift. Don’t forget to bring along your ID.
The Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society is offering a historic boat cruise aboard the Hampton Lady next Thursday, August 8, at 5 p.m., departing from Soleau’s Wharf on Dune Road. Tickets are $50 and that includes wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are a must! Call (631) 728-0887 to make them.
Here’s the latest news from the “glad grad” department:
Brittany Tedesco earned her bachelor of arts degree from Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
Leighann Cavanaugh graduated with a master of science degree from the University at Albany.
Matthew Langsdorf earned a bachelor of arts degree in music industry from SUNY at Oneonta.
And Anthony Fata graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Nice going!
Sunday, August 4: “Sundays at 7” concert in the backyard of the St. Rosalie Church Parish Center. The Martini Garden blues rock band will perform original songs of peace, love and healing. A free-will offering is appreciated.
Monday, August 5: A new poetry group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Senior Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Come and help give the group a name. Questions? Call Bev Livernoche at (631) 728-4637.
Sunday, August 11: Hampton Bays Beautification Association’s free “Concert Under the Stars,” 6 to 9 p.m., at the Ponquogue Beach pavilion. The Fabulous Greaseband will perform. To learn more, go to www.hbba.net.