Several weeks ago Shinnecock Indian Nation member and former Agawam Notes columnist Dyani Brown wrote an impassioned letter to the editor asking the community to help a member of the tribe who has fallen on hard times.For those who have not read her letter, I would like to share some of the details here.
Shinnecock tribal member Michael Lacy, his wife, daughter and infant granddaughters are currently living on the reservation in a structure without insulation or sheetrock, heat or running water, and without a kitchen or a bathroom. Mr. Lacy, who worked hard in the past as a handyman, suffered a heart attack, two strokes, and underwent an angioplasty and the placement of two stents. Due to his serious health issues he is no longer able to work and survives on disability benefits from Social Security.
To make matters worse, Michael’s wife, Christine, a long-time sufferer of asthma and sickle-cell anemia was also ordered by doctors to stop working.
Due to the rising cost of medications the family needs and the cost of public transportation to acquire basic necessities, they are left with no additional resources to make the necessary home improvements. With the weather finally hitting the freezing mark and some light snow earlier this week, I cannot imagine having to live in a house that is not safe and warm, let alone to also be in very poor health and have small children to care for.
If you would like to help the Lacy family, donations of building materials, gift certificates or money would be greatly appreciated to enable them make essential and much needed improvements to their home. Donations may be sent or materials can be delivered to Michael Lacy, Shinnecock Indian Reservation, 46 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968. For more information, call (631) 235-3743 or (516) 361-7210.
We are so quick to send money to help people far away, but it saddens me to see people having to go without in our very affluent community when a simple phone call or check could make such a difference in a family’s life. In her letter, Dyani also asks that anyone who may be demolishing a house consider donating it to the family for a tax write-off. I would also like to extend the message to any area builders that have extra materials, usable items left from a renovation or anyone who can lend a helping hand to get in touch with the family or members of the Nation.
To further help the family, Stepping Stones Smoke Shop is currently hosting a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. The drawing will be held on Friday, November 22.
Congratulations to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dunes Post 7009 of Southampton. The dedicated ladies won six awards from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of New York for the second year in a row. The awards included first place wins in the Veterans Administration and Volunteer Services, Legislation Programs, and Veterans and Family Support categories. The ladies took home second place wins in the Youth Drives and Cancer Aid Research categories. Rounding out the awards was a third place win in the Americanism category. I spoke to the lovely Ruth Plock, who serves as the auxiliary president to congratulate her and the ladies on another year of serving our community and local vets and she let me know that the group is gearing up for a holiday drive after the Thanksgiving holiday. When I get more details I will be sure to share them.
Worth NYC will team up with the talented stylists at 27 Hamptons Salon on Hampton Road to give complimentary hair styling and cosmetic makeovers to benefit East End Hospice on Friday, November 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patrons will also receive a goody bag and a $50 Worth gift certificate. A donation of $25 to East End Hospice will get you spruced up with a new look all while doing something good for the community. Each makeover lasts approximately 45 minutes and are available by appointment only by calling (631) 288-7080.
The Eastern Long Island Chapter of The Surfrider Foundation will hold its November meeting to discuss an update of the proposed Army Corps Project on Montauk’s beaches, an update and description of the beach replenishment project in the Sagaponack/Bridgehampton area, dune armoring work in East Hampton Village and an update on the Blue Water Task Force and area water testing on Wednesday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at North Sea Tavern in North Sea and a cash bar and dining will be available. If you are in the area, the group will also be hosting its Don’t Rock The Beach benefit with a live performance by Jettykoon on Friday, November 22, at 7 p.m. at Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. Tickets are $10.
I am a huge fan of the BBC series “Downton Abbey,” and got really excited when I recently received the announcement for the Southampton Historical Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Downton Abbey Style in Southampton.” The exhibition will be on view at the Rogers Mansion Saturday, November 16, through December 28 and it focuses on the fashions, activities and lifestyle during Southampton’s Gilded Age between 1880 and ending in 1929. Admission is $4 for non-members and is free to members and children age 17 and under.
Once Upon a Time … a Story Time for Grown-ups will take place on Friday, November 15, at 12:05 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library. The library will offer a concert of music from the Kennedy White House concerts by Alex Wu and the Serendip Piano Trio on Sunday, November 17, at 3 p.m.
To register for any program, contact (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit www.myrml.org.