Southampton Community Notes, August 22


If you live on the East End, either you have, or know someone who has, been affected by Lyme Disease or other tick-borne illnesses. It’s just inevitable that somewhere along your travels you are going to get bitten by a tick. I stand at the kitchen door with a pair of tweezers waiting to inspect my dog Truman and my husband Tim whenever they come back from an off-the-beaten-track walk. Usually I find a couple of the little blood suckers clinging to Tim’s socks and Truman’s tail no matter what preventative measures we take.On Sunday, August 25, join Tick-Borne Disease Alliance’s national grassroots campaign Bite Back for a Cure as it stops in Southampton for an 8-mile bike ride led by 24-year-old Lyme sufferer and cyclist John Donnally, starting at Rotations Bicycle Center on Windmill Lane.

The ride aims to raise awareness and galvanize local support for the group’s mission to fund research and educate the public about the silent epidemic of tick-borne diseases. Riders of all ages are invited to participate and a shorter 4-mile course is also available. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. with the ride kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Entry is $40 per person and $75 per family. Rental bikes will be available for those in need of some wheels.

Over at The Southampton Cultural Center, open auditions will be conducted for roles in its upcoming production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” on Monday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 27, at 6 p.m. Be on time—late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of the director.

The Southampton Artists Group will hold its Labor Day Show at the Cultural Center starting on Wednesday, August 28. The show will remain on view through September 8.

I’m sad to say that the concerts in the park are coming to a close this week. The final performance of the season will feature a spirited performance by village favorite Vivian and the Merrymakers on Wednesday, August 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Agawam Park. Bring your family, friends, chairs, blankets, a picnic and some good vibes! The concert is free but donations are appreciated.

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The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program and the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church will hold a reception and an interactive educational experience led by scientists and students from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook Southampton on Sunday, August 25, at 11:30 am, at the church on St. Andrew’s Road.

The event hopes to raise awareness of the church’s concern for and stewardship of the environment, and of Shinnecock Bay and the efforts to restore it. The event is open to the public and will feature educational activities such as touch tanks and shellfish experiments, as well as a brief talk by one of the program’s lead scientists.

For those not in the know, the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program is an effort through Stony Brook University to balance, restore and protect Shinnecock Bay, which has been negatively affected by harmful algal blooms, chemical inputs, and reduced shellfish populations.

Congratulations to Jay O’Donnell and his beautiful bride Francine of Southampton, and Venice, Florida, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 17. The couple met at a dance in Manhattan on Jay’s birthday, April 5, 1963, and were married a few shorts month later at St. Barnabas Church in Bellmore.

Jay went on to serve in the United States Navy and retired from IBM Corp. after 33 years of service. Francine is a graduate of Southampton Hospital’s School of Nursing and is a retired RN from the New York State Department of Health.

They are the proud parents of a son, John, of Oradell, New Jersey; and two daughters, Susan Lussier of East Islip, and Kathleen Ambrose of Southampton. They’ve been blessed with five grandchildren, Kelly and Courtney Lussier, Jason and Bryan Ambrose and Sean O’Donnell.

I see many more years of happiness ahead!

At The Library

Rogers Memorial Library staff member Yvette Postelle will lead an hour-long session demonstrating how to register and pay for library events online on Friday, August 23, at 1:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will offer “The African Drum Experience: A Performance with Jerome Liggon and Friends,” on Monday, August 26, at 6 p.m. The program is free of charge, and refreshments will be served.

Call (631) 283-0774 for more information and to register for programs.

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