Hampton Bays Community Notes, September 4

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The Beach Hut at Meschutt Beach County Park will remain open throughout the month of September, weather permitting, of course. The Mambo Loco band plays on Wednesday, Friday is classic car night, and there’s music on Saturday and Sunday nights. Check out their website, www.thebeachhuts.com, and click on the calendar to see the complete lineup of bands.Happy birthday to Helen Browne! Helen’s cake-and-candle day is this Sunday, September 7. And Mark Knotoff’s b-day falls on Monday, September 8.

Let’s hear it for Daniela Gutierrez. Daniela was selected by SUNY at Oneonta to serve as an orientation leader for the 2014-15 school year.

Over the summer, Daniela led activities for new students and their parents during orientation sessions. Now she is busy mentoring students through their first few weeks on campus. A 2013 graduate of Hampton Bays High School, Daniela is a sophomore majoring in psychology.

Congratulations to Nikki Distefano! Nikki was recently presented with a check by the Hampton Bays Lions Club to help with her Girl Scout Gold Award. To earn the award, Nikki decided to create a “Military Millennium Wall of Honor” that is to be housed inside the Hampton Bays High School.

Nikki’s vision for the Wall of Honor features the emblem of each branch of the military, surrounded by the names of Hampton Bays’ alumni. If you have served, please mail your name, year of graduation, proof of service and military branch to the Hampton Bays High School, Attention: “Military Wall of Honor,” 88 Argonne Road East, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. And, if you know someone who has served and meets the criteria, please encourage them to do the same.

Construction on the Wall of Honor is set to start later this month, so please get that information to the school ASAP. Questions? Email wallofhonor@hbschools.us.

The Hampton Bays Beautification Association (HBBA) hosted its annual “Concert Under the Stars” last month over at Ponquogue Beach. HBBA President Susan von Freddi would like to say thank you to the following groups and individuals for the extraordinary job that they did: the Town of Southampton for assisting with the event; Chris Bean, Jon Erwin and the town’s entire Parks and Recreation Department; Southampton Town Human Services for providing the shuttle buses; the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance; the Hampton Bays Fire Department; and the Southampton Town Police Department.

Special thanks to Christiaan Padavan for singing the national anthem and for singing along with the Grease Band. What a wonderful talent and such a treat for the community!

Thank yous are extended to HBBA Chairmen Jack O’Keefe and John Zuccarelli, and their great team of greeters; the Bucket Brigade; the Tee Shirt Table Team featuring Barbara, EJ and Don; and roving photographer Molly Doyle. Without all of these amazing volunteers, this wonderful evening would not be possible.

Additionally, HBBA would like to thank the following institutions, businesses and individuals:

Major Sponsors: Bridgehampton National Bank and Bettina Equities (the Caiola Family).

Sponsors: The Boardy Barn, King Kullen and the Hampton Bays Senior Center.

Benefactors: The Hampton Maid, Rechler Equity Partners/Hampton Business District and TD Bank.

Associates: Shinnecock Animal Hospital, Strong Oil, Village Auto Body, Hutchinson Landscaping, Spring & Summer Activities, Rumba, Riverhead Building Supply, Maryann D. O’Connor Esq. and the Quogue Sinclair Fuel Company.

Friends: Village Real Estate, Oakland’s Restaurant, Matthew Dwyer Jr. Esq., We’ll Floor U, Steven Maresca Inc., Jones and Little CPA, Allstate Insurance, Mulvey Plumbing and Heating, and Uncle Bob’s Storage.

And lastly, thanks to all who attended in record numbers to enjoy the evening, making our community the wonderful place that it has become.

The annual election of officers of the Bay View Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association will be held this Friday, September 5, at 7 p.m., at the David W. Crohan Community Center on Route 24 in Flanders. If you’re a member, please make sure you attend and vote!

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again! The Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps will present the movie, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” on Saturday, September 13, in the great outdoors (outside the ambulance company headquarters located at 18C Ponquogue Avenue).

The evening will include a BBQ chicken dinner that begins at 6 p.m., with live music performed by the band, Untreated. Tickets are $30 per person and they can be purchased by calling (631) 687-9092.

On The Calendar

Thursday, September 4: Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society Historic Boat Cruise at 5:30 p.m. aboard The Hampton Lady; meet at 363 Dune Road behind the Hampton Lady restaurant. Tickets are $50 per person and include light refreshments. For reservations, call (631) 728-0887.

Saturday, September 6: Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation annual benefit, 6 to 10 p.m., The Boardy Barn, 270 West Montauk Highway. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased online at www.southamptonshelter.com, or pay $35 at the door. Fee includes music, a buffet dinner and drinks at a discounted price.

Sunday, September 7: After-Summer East End Community Picnic, 1 to 6 p.m., Red Creek Park, 102 Old Riverhead Road. Bring a potluck dish to share. There will be food, entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Monday, September 8: Hampton Bays Beautification Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue. Elections for officers and directors will be held and the latest design proposal for Good Ground Park will be presented.

Wednesday, September 10: Southampton Town Senior Citizen Picnic, 9:30 a.m., Red Creek Park, 102 Old Riverhead Road. Admission is $5. Food, fun and entertainment provided by the Banjo Rascals. Rain date is Thursday, September 11. Call (631) 728-1235 to sign up.

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