Hampton Bays Community Notes, September 19

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Happy birthday wishes are going out this week to Bob Oldeack. Bob celebrates his cake-and-candle day this Saturday, September 21.Congratulations to Francis “Smitty” Smith. Smitty was recognized as the Hampton Bays School District’s Veteran of the Month for September. The ceremony also served as a tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11.

A 1941 graduate of Hampton Bays High School, Smitty earned a Purple Heart for his service at Guadalcanal, where he was wounded five times. He also fought at Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa, and was a member of the Tokyo Bay Occupation Force.

Smitty and his wife, Sylvia, also a Hampton Bays grad, still live in our hamlet. They have three children—David, Sharon and Sylvia. Thank you for your service to our country, Smitty!

This year marks the third consecutive year that the school district is honoring local veterans with a monthly flag-raising ceremony. What a great tradition.

Joe Flynn and his wife, Annette, were here recently visiting from Palm Bay, Florida. In honor of the occasion, a few members of the Hampton Bays High School Class of 1968 gathered to enjoy some sun, eat pizza and reminisce about days gone by over at the Ponquogue Beach pavilion.

Among those in attendance were Dennis Case, Bruce King, Ellen Wilson, Phil Blindenhoffer, Ron and Gerry (Wuster) Carter, Gene Schumacher, Linda (Eadie) Nappi and Sylvia (Smith) Peixotto, the latter of whom flew in from Colorado Springs, Colorado, for her dad’s flag ceremony at the elementary school.

The After School Art Club returns to the Hampton Art Space on Thursdays beginning today, September 19, and runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at The Space, located at 21 West Montauk Highway. Children age 5 and older are welcome to attend six classes for $175, 12 classes for $325, or you can just stop in for $35 per class. Call (631) 594-3120 or email jackie@hamptonartspace.com.

The Hampton Bays Rotary Club invites the community to attend its Autumn Evening by the Sea tonight, Thursday, September 19, from 6 until 8 p.m., at Oakland’s Restaurant over on Dune Road.

Tickets are $45 per person and include sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. All proceeds go to benefit the Rotary Scholarship Fund, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches and the food pantry at St. Rosalie’s Church. For further information, give Susan LaVista a call at (631) 728-6241, ext. 101.

The Hampton Bays Civic Association is hosting its second annual Family Fun Day and Rubber Duckie Race on Saturday, September 21, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Cowfish Restaurant. Admission is $5 per person, or $15 per family.

The day’s activities will include a puppet show, a bouncy house, auctions and raffles, a barbecue, raw bar, live music and free non-alcoholic beverages. Parking is limited, so attendees are being asked to park at the Hampton Bays High School at Argonne Road East and the Rumba bus will pick you up and take you to the restaurant.

The Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual Chili-Chowder Contest is this Sunday, September 22, from noon until 4 p.m., at the Boardy Barn. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample and vote on their choice of the best chili and chowder recipe in the Hamptons.

Admission is $10 and $3 for children, and that includes hot dogs, face painting, T-shirts, raffles and prizes. All proceeds benefit the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce and its scholarship fund.

East End Women’s Network is having a Networking Dinner next week on Wednesday, September 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the Inn Spot by the Bay, which is located at 32 Lighthouse Road.

The event will showcase 10 East End businesses. Admission is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. For registration information, contact Gia Heeg at info@eewn.org or call (631) 403-7728.

On The Calendar

Sunday, September 22: Flying Point 5K for Autism Awareness, 9 a.m., Flying Point Beach, Water Mill. Preregistration is $25; cost goes up to $30 if you wait until the day of the race. To sign up, visit www.flyingpointrun.com. For more information, contact info@flyingpointrun.com.

Monday, September 23: Hampton Bays Civic Association monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Southampton Town Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Come and meet the candidates for Suffolk County Legislator, Southampton Town Clerk, Town Justice and Town Trustees.

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