Between The Dunes, September 4, 2014

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Today is the first day of school and tomorrow is Lauren Walsh’s birthday; both occasions are very special. Happy Birthday to all the September birthdays I listed last week. We have a lot of Virgos in the hamlet. Summer is over and school days are here and time is marching on very fast.The roads should be a little safer now with most of the summer traffic gone but, please drive safely and watch not only the crosswalks but the side streets as well.

The ABA (Amagansett Beach Association) Lifeguard chair was taken down for the season on Tuesday, September 2. These end of the summer rituals are always so bittersweet.

Sunday, September 7, is the Gansett Trash Bash founded by Dell Cullum and assisted by the Amagansett Chamber of Commerce and Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee. The Bash takes place from 12 to 5 p.m. at Miss Amelia’scottage. There will be live music and at 2:30 p.m., a grand prize will be awarded to the people who collected the most trash. In trash news, I am still amazed how the kids at Indian Wells Beach spend more time claiming the garbage isn’t theirs than they do picking it up. Hopefully next year they will get a clue and put the trash in the cans.

In gossip news, the former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, dined at the Lobster Roll and Sotta Sopra while he was on his vacation here in the hamlet.

At the Amagansett Free Library, ABS Plus is now back to its winter hours, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. All levels, ages and people are welcome. Just bring a mat.

The library has a whole new back to school for students program. Check it out at the circulation desk. Story and Craft time for families still takes place Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.

Monday, September 8, the Monday Book Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. The book will be “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Pick up your copy at the circulation desk.

The Wednesday at One Book Club will meet September 10 and the book is “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman. Books for this club are also available now at the circulation desk.

The library will be hosting a presentation by poet Carol Stone on Sunday, Sept 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. She will give a poetry reading and talk from her book “Hurt, The Shadow and The Josephine Hopper Poems.” The reading will be accompanied by slides of the paintings and a discussion of how the paintings were used to create the poems. Ms. Stone will demonstrate how the Hoppers’ marriage shapes the narrative beneath all the poems, and let people know Jo Hopper not only as wife and model, but as the artist she was.

A benefit and celebration for I-Tri Girls and team will take place on Saturday, September 6, at the Breakwater Yacht Club at 51 Bay street in Sag Harbor. Many girls from our hamlet participated in the Summer Triathlon this year. It is a really nice cocktail party with some finger foods. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. There will also be a reggae band playing as well. For more information, contact Sharon McCobb at Smccobb@optonline.net. Sharon not only helps to train the girls but she is president of OMAC (Old Montauk Athletic Club), which does so much for our community.

In church news, we are back to winter hours. The First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett holds its worship services Sundays at 11 a.m. and all members of the community are welcome to attend. St. Michael’s Lutheran Church across the street from the post office holds its worship service Sundays at 11 a.m.

The Amagansett Satellite of the East Hampton Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s and donations and volunteers are always welcome. If you are cleaning out your house, your refrigerators, and closing your house after the summer months, please consider donating unused, canned foods and non-perishables to the food pantry. You can drop off items at Vicki’s Veggies on Montauk Highway.

The Greater East Hampton Education Foundation will be having a golf outing benefit at East Hampton Golf course on Wednesday, September 10. This benefit helps our youth by giving scholarships and funding events. For more information or if you would like to register, call (631) 388-1838 or go to info@gehef.org.

Have a great week, drive safely, still wear sunscreen and keep checking for ticks.

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