Sag Harbor Community Notes, August 21


In a summer of interesting sights and plenty of wildlife every day and night on Main Street, it was startling one quiet morning last week to be standing on Washington Street, putting our dog back in the car after a walk—yes, I pick up after him with a plastic bag—and hear the clippity-clop of a galloping beast with hooves.Briefly thinking maybe we were in the middle of a John Ford western, we turned around to see a deer whiz by at full speed and make the turn at the corner onto Main Street heading south. When we went down that way to see which way it had headed, the deer was gone.

We hear that the first annual “Beachcomber Cleanup Contest and Scavenger Hunt” will be held on Sunday, August 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. rain or shine at Long Beach, also known as Foster Memorial Beach.

The event, sponsored by the Town of Southampton and Beach Magazine, is for children of all ages. The town will provide materials for the cleanup and King Kullen has donated bags for the trash collection. Prizes will be given to the top beachcomber and scavenger hunt winner.

Rebecca Chapman of Sag Harbor, vice president of the Peconic Land Trust, is the recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Long Island Chapter. She will be honored at the association’s Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon in Melville in November.

The award is given to a fund-raising executive who “exemplifies the philosophy of the AFP through ethical, innovative and dynamic professionalism,” according to an announcement from the AFP.

In her 10 years at the Land Trust, Ms. Chapman has helped it develop and deepen its donor base. In the past three years alone, the Trust has raised more than $12 million to further its mission of preserving East End open space and farmland.

Before working for the Land Trust, Ms. Chapman served as associate dean of public affairs and vice president of philanthropy and communications at Stony Brook University Hospital and Medical Center. She has more than 35 years’ experience in philanthropy, education, health care, public policy, conservation and business.

She has served on several not-for-profit boards, most recently the Thomas Moran Trust. She previously served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Detroit Strategic Plan, Thurgood Marshall Scholars Foundation and Horizons Upward Bound.

While at the Land Trust, she has been a mentor to several area nonprofits including Hallockville Museum Farm, LongHouse Reserve, Madoo Conservancy and the Bridgehampton Museum. She volunteers at several not-for-profits including St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Friends of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

The Noyac Civil Council this summer selected the Sag Harbor and Southampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps as recipients of the council’s 2014 Community Appreciation Award.

“The volunteer members of those groups have made great efforts and achieved great results in improving the lives of many in our community,” reads the council’s July newsletter, through which the award was announced. “They deserve your appreciation.”

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the council will be publishing a celebratory journal and proceeds from advertising have been pledged to the two ambulance corps to help fund new ambulances. Funds will also support the council’s annual scholarship program for youth and adults and help support several local charities.

To find out how to place an ad in the journal, go to the website

Helicopter noise is a hot topic for many people in Noyac, Sag Harbor, North Haven and on Shelter Island so it was standing room only on Tuesday, August 12, when the Noyac Civil Council hosted Congressman Tim Bishop, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, a representative of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and several FAA officials to a meeting at which the issue was aired at the Bridgehampton Nutrition Center.

Congressman Bishop reported that he and Senator Schumer continue to pressure the FAA to amend its mandatory North Shore Helicopter Route between New York and the East End to require pilots bound to East Hampton to fly around Orient Point before heading to the airport.

Several speakers, including an FAA official who manages the regional TRACON (terminal radar approach control) facility in Westbury, decried the noise pollution some residents endure and said the East Hampton Town Board will gain the power to impose reasonable and non-discriminatory access limits to the airport after December 31. That’s when certain “grant assurances” signed by the town over the years—whenever it accepted grants from the federal Airport Improvement Program, the last time in 2001—are expected to expire under the terms of a lawsuit settled by the FAA and a group of airport critics a few years ago.

If you’re reading this on Thursday, August 21, there still may be time to sign up for the kayak or paddleboard tour to be led by naturalist Mike Bottini into Noyak Creek, which will leave from Cedar Point Lane in Noyac today at 5:30 p.m. and last for two hours. The tour is sponsored by the Town of Southampton Department of Parks and Recreation. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard or you can rent one for an additional fee. The charge to participate is $25.

For more information or to sign up, if it’s not too late, contact Eileen Langsdorf at her email address,, or by calling her at (631) 728-8585. Registration closed on Wednesday, August 20, but maybe there’s still room.

The next exhibition at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum at 200 Main Street will be “The Lure of the Striped Bass.” Curators Stephen Lobosco and Richard Doctorow will discuss the exhibition this Friday, August 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the museum. For further information, contact Greg Therriault at the email address or call him at (631) 725-0770.

Don’t forget to stop by the farmers market down on Bay Street during your perambulations on Saturday. It will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday and every Saturday into October three blocks east of Main Street.

The wonderful cartoonist and satirist Jules Feiffer will be at Canio’s Books on Upper Main Street Saturday, August 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. reading from his new graphic memoir, “Kill My Mother.” He’ll also read from a new children’s book, “Rupert Can Dance.”

Monika Olko Gallery at 95 Main Street will sponsor a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) on August 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. when the works of American artist Dean Johnson and his exhibit “Living Legends” will debut.

Mr. Johnson, a third-generation artist, will introduce his latest works featuring iconic figures in “living pieces.” These are mixed media, always changing LED lights and art panels composed of plexi-resin, pigmented inks, film and encaustic wax dyed with oil paints.

Mr. Johnson lost his grandfather to Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Johnson’s artwork will be on sale at the exhibit, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting ADRC’s satellite office at 33 Flying Point Road in Southampton. It opened in 2011 to provide services for East End residents with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

For more information about the exhibition, call Wafa Faith Hallam, art curator and gallery manager, at (631) 899-4740.

The Southampton Trails Preservation Society is offering a hike in Sag Harbor’s Peconic Hills on Saturday, August 23. Meet leader Mark Potter at the junction of Stoney Hill and Brick Kiln roads at 9 a.m. The five-mile trek will take until 12:30 p.m. Call Mark at (631) 725-0450 for further information.

“Shattering Boundaries” is the title of the exhibition opening at the Richard J. Demato Gallery next to the movie theatre on Main Street with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. For details, call (631) 725-1161.

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