Water Mill Community Notes, September 26

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One of the wonderful aspects to my job, both as supplements editor at The Press, as well as a community columnist for the paper, is that I get to hear from, and sometimes meet, people from the area. Case in point: I had heard of Todd Tureski numerous times, but I finally had the pleasure of meeting him recently during an interview for a profile in our featured Extra this week, Drive.And oddly, when I sent out an SOS to Charlie Corwith last week for help in putting up the sign for the Flying Point 5K for Autism Awareness, it was Todd that Charlie said I should contact, which I did, and Todd very graciously took the time to put the sign up. Many thanks, Todd, for your help.

Speaking of the Flying Point 5K, it went off wonderfully despite the soggy set-up. Unfortunately, rainy weather when opening your eyes in the morning doesn’t inspire jumping out of bed to run a race. Fortunately for us, more than 100 hardy folks made the effort and between the runners, sponsors and online fundraising, more than $10,000 will go to the Flying Point Foundation for Autism and its programs. Cailin Riley, the paper’s sports editor, has a nice wrap-up about the run in the Sports section.

As always, I am deeply grateful to everyone who supported the run. Cook-Maran Associates has been a sponsor since the start. Other generous supporters include The 1770 House Inn & Restaurant, Cittanuova restaurant, Dermot Dolan-State Farm Insurance, Dr. Karen Langone, Strong Oil, Riverhead Honda, East End Veterinary & Emergency Center, Tate’s Bake Shop, Gubbin’s Running Ahead, Lieb Cellars and Marvil Fit. Thanks also to the Southampton Town Police and the Southampton Department of Parks and Recreation.

Many thanks to Krista Debler of Out East Therapy, which is the generous sponsor of the kids 50-yard dash on the beach. The winners of the two heats were: under age 7, Will Schmitz and Diana Leal; and age seven to 10, Patrick Plum and Kiera Gill. Congrats to the winners and thanks to Macaroni Kid for supplying the prize bags for them.

Special thanks goes to WEHM radio and DJ Harry Wareing. For several years, Harry has been at the race keeping the event lively with music and this year he stepped it up big time. He created a fundraising page to accept pledges online, plus he talked up the race regularly on air. On race day, Harry jumped from behind the music stand to the starting line and ran an amazing race, coming in second in his age group.

I am truly looking forward to seeing everyone again next year on race day!

The Water Mill Citizens Advisory Committee sent word that there will be no meetings on October 14 or November 11. Rather, there will be a meeting on Tuesday (note, not the usual Monday meeting day), at 7 p.m. The guests will be Councilwoman Christine Scalera and Southampton Town’s Director of Facilities Management Christine Fetten.

Tonight, Thursday, September 26, is the continuation of the public hearing before the Southampton Town Planning Board on the proposed additional staff housing at what is known as “Edge of Woods Farm,” owned by Matt Lauer. If you’ve got something to say on the matter, now is your chance to speak up or be sure to email the Planning Board soon. At issue is the request to build another house on the property to house more staff; the farm was purchased with one house already on the property.

In my opinion, the issue has more to do with the lack of clarity on the what is really permitted on properties for which the town has purchased the development rights. What exactly defines agricultural use? It seems to me that the definition has been bent to fit something that was not on the minds of planners when the laws were first put in place.

The Parrish Art Museum is starting a new “Salon Series” of classical music concerts beginning this Friday. Pianist Michael Brown will kick off the six consecutive Friday evening concerts at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 or $10 for museum members. For more information, call 283-2118.

Looking ahead at the Parrish, a Circus Day is planned for Saturday, October 5, starting at 1 p.m. The Amazing Grace Circus will bring an afternoon of fun including an Art Midway of circus-themed projects and circus workshops. Visit the museum’s website, www.parrishart.org, for more information.

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