Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends and neighbors! And Happy Hanukkah to all members of the Jewish faith in our community. Have a beautiful Festival of Lights.Happy birthday to my editor, Frank Costanza! Frank celebrates his b-day today, Thanksgiving, November 28. Gerald Fanning will be celebrating his 80th birthday next week down in Florida on Monday, December 2. Darren Ottati’s day in the limelight is on Tuesday, December 3. And Judi and Don Veeck’s wedding anniversary also falls on December 3.
Singapore was the destination for the November 2 marriage of Joseph Hickey to Anyi Lee, originally from Singapore. Among those in attendance were Joe’s parents, Joseph Sr. and Cindy of Hampton Bays, and Joe’s brother, Brian, of Manhattan.
Also there were Joe’s lifelong friends Jeff Anthony of Portland, Oregon, and Bruce Doscher of New Zealand, as were Bruce’s parents, Bruce and Christine Doscher, of Hampton Bays.
Incidentally, Joe, Bruce and Jeff were members of the Class of 1995, and Brian was in the Class of 1996 here at Hampton Bays High School.
Special thanks go out to Pastor Ed Sheridan of St. Rosalie’s who helped the couple through the prenuptial process. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. And then some!
European-American portrait artist Edina “Kinga” Agoston will have her pencil drawings on exhibit in December at the Hampton Bays Public Library at 52 Ponquogue Avenue. Kinga’s drawings feature some of the world’s leading Zumba dancers, including Zumba founder Beto Perez.
A special kick-off reception/party will be held next week on Tuesday, December 3, at 7 p.m., with a free one-hour Zumba class, light refreshments and a question-and-answer session with the artist about her art and Zumba.
The Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce and the Hampton Bays Fire Department’s annual Tree Lighting is this Sunday, December 1, at 4 p.m., across the street from the firehouse. After the tree lighting, children are invited to go back to the firehouse for hot chocolate, cookies and a photo-op with the jolly old elf himself.
The Hampton Bays Public Library’s Children’s Room kids and their families are collecting donations to hang on their Mitten Tree. Please bring in new and/or handmade mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks and they will be given to St. Rosalie’s Church to be distributed to children and adults in our community. Thank you!
Darlene Troge of the Long Island Indian Council is excited to announce that it has opened a new satellite office here in Hampton Bays at the Hampton Atrium Office Complex.
The office will address the staggering rates of underemployment and unemployment of Shinnecock and Unkechaug Nation members and others here on Long Island. First established in 1975 in Providence, Rhode Island, the Natives Serving Natives strategy has been in place for more than 35 years.
A grand opening Workforce Development Open House has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, at 4 p.m., at the office, which is located in Suite D-2 at 186 West Montauk Highway. All are welcome to come and learn more about paid, on-the-job training and career development programs.
For addition information, call Darlene at (631) 594-5594, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.newyorkindiancouncil.org. The event is free to the public.
Monday, December 2: Hampton Bays Beautification Association membership meeting, 7 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue.