Hampton Bays Community Notes, September 11

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We will never forget September 11, 2001. Take a moment out of your busy schedules today to remember that Tuesday 13 years ago. Gone, but not forgotten.The 14th annual Hamptons Offshore Invitational tournament, hosted by the Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club, took place last month, with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI). Incorporated in 1977, the organization provides mentoring, education and support services to children on the East End and beyond.

Sixty boats registered for the tournament and this year’s winners in the “Overnight Division” were Ziggy, Triple Play, Rebel, Fish This, Sea U II, Fish Tank, Canyon Bound, Reel Lucky, Barbaric, Dorado, Bolshevik, Lady Jane and Love of the Game. Those winners in the “Day Division” included Mango, Mako Bones, Modern Yachts, Bimini Bum, Spellman’s Marine and Outlaw.

Mark Cox, the chief executive officer of BBBSLI, would like to thank all those who made the 14th annual fishing tournament a huge success: Platinum Sponsors—George Vickers Jr. Enterprises; Shoreline Insurance Agency; Wahl Rich Group; RBC Wealth Management—The Nydegger Investment Group; Owen and Laurie Schwartz; White Water Custom Sportfish Boats; White Water Outfitters; and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. And the Gold Sponsors—Haskell; South Shore Docks; Hampton Watercraft Marine; Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina; Riverhead Building Supply; Dave Bofill Marine Inc.; Staten Island Yacht Sales; Everglades; Spellmans Marine; and Unity International Group.

Let’s hear it for Hampton Bays Boy Scout Troop 58! The Scouts have completed the “Paws Walk” for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) thanks, in part, to a $250 grant that was awarded to the shelter last spring by the Southampton Town Youth Services Bureau. Southampton Masonry provided the stone and the boys sanded the area and laid out the stones for the path that leads from the shelter to a fenced in play area.

SASF thanks Troop 58 for assisting in the building of a number of projects at the Hampton Bays shelter that have improved the safety and wellbeing of pets, staff, volunteers and community members.

The American flag is flying this month at the Hampton Bays Elementary School in honor of veteran James Nicholson. A ceremony was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today, Thursday, September 11, outside the school.

A lifelong resident of Hampton Bays, James enlisted in the Navy in 1952, during the Korean War, and later served as an airplane mechanic aboard the USS Ticonderoga, an aircraft carrier. After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1956, James returned home and joined the Hampton Bays Police Force, later the Southampton Town Police Department, until his retirement in 1985.

In addition to his police service, James has been a member of the Hampton Bays Fire Department for 50 years. He and his wife, Katherine, have four sons and six grandchildren. Thank you for your service to our country and community!

The Hampton Bays Lions Club’s fourth annual Over The Bridge 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk is all set for this Saturday, September 13, at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The fee is $25 if preregistered; children 14 and younger pay $10.

Day of race registration runs $30 and that will take place from 7 until 8:30 a.m. at the Hampton Bays Middle School on Ponquogue Avenue. To sign up, log on to www.islandrunning.net.

Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps is presenting an under the stars screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this Saturday, September 13, starting at 6 p.m., at ambulance headquarters, 18C Ponquogue Avenue. Admission is $30 and that includes a barbecue chicken dinner and music performed by the band Untreated. Be sure to bring along a blanket or a beach chair.

Those 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For tickets, please call (631) 687-9092. The rain date is Saturday, September 20, at the same time.

The members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians are having a “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” fundraiser on Saturday, September 13, from 6 until 10 p.m., at the Boardy Barn on Montauk Highway.

Admission is $20 per person and that includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner, live music and a performance by Irish step dancers. There will also be a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. Get your green on!

New York Blood Services is holding a blood drive on Monday, September 15, from 1 until 7 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue. Donors who are 16 must have a signed permission form, and those are available at the front desk. Call (631) 728-6241 to register.

Raise a glass on the water so they can have a glass of clean water. The Rotary Club of Hampton Bays, in partnership with the Hampton Bays Middle School, are co-hosting an Autumn Evening by the Sea next Thursday, September 18, from 6 until 8 p.m., at Oakland’s Restaurant on Dune Road. Admission is $45 per person.

Rotary and the school are working together to raise $5,000 to build a well in a South Sudan village. To learn more about this special project, visit www.waterforsouthsudan.org.

On The Calendar

Saturday, September 13: Poets Rising group meets at 1 p.m. for its third anniversary celebration at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue. Guest speaker Constance Lagan will read with from “The Path to Within.”

Sunday, September 14: Registration for Sunday school classes for children in kindergarten through the seventh grade, 9:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 165 Ponquogue Avenue. Confirmation classes for children in grades eight to 10 are held twice monthly beginning this Tuesday, September 16. Visit www.stmaryshb.org or call (631) 728-0776.

Wednesday, September 17: Fifth annual Southampton Hospital reunion, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Southampton Social Club, 256 Elm Street, Southampton. Admission is $55 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, dessert and one drink. Former staff, new staffers, physicians and volunteers are welcome. Call (631) 726-8318 or (631) 728-2718 for tickets.

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