Bridgehampton Community Notes, October 23

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Following on the heels of its wet but successful road rally on October 11, the Bridgehampton Museum’s fundraising cocktail party at the Bridge Golf Club last Saturday was a great success, with more than 150 people attending. The club is situated on the site of the former Bridgehampton Race Circuit and besides great food and drink, all courtesy of club founder Bob Rubin, guests were treated to showings of a 17 minute three-screen media piece by Shimon Attie portraying many former participants at the Bridge during its racing era. Those guests who arrived just before sundown enjoyed a spectacular view of the surrounding areas from one of the highest points on Long Island.Spectacular views of another kind will be offered this Friday, October 24, at 7 p.m. when “The Night Sky: Celestial Viewing” is presented for adults and children age 8 and up by the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG.) The astronomy outreach team from the Custer Institute and Observatory, Long Island’s oldest public observatory that was founded in 1928, is making another visit to SoFo. The event will start with a presentation on topics of astronomy, telescopes, and the celestial objects that can be seen Friday evening. Afterward, telescopes will be available for viewing the heavens. This program is weather-dependent; to make a reservation call the museum at (631) 537-9735.

The Bridgehampton Nutrition Center celebrates October birthdays on Friday, October 24, starting at 10 a.m. with a luncheon of roast turkey with pan gravy at noon and birthday cake. The center will also be holding its Halloween Party on Friday, October 31, starting at 11 a.m. Call 537-3072 by the day before to reserve for the birthday party. The center welcomes all seniors to join the many activities offered throughout the week. The address is 585 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, and you can call the center at 537-3027.

This Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m. the Bridgehampton Museum will be offering a panel discussion on “Farming’s Future on the East End” at its Archives Building, 2539-A Montauk Highway. The hour-long discussion will include presenters Scott Chaskey of Quail Hill Farm, David Falkowski of Open Minded Organics, Mary Waltz of Bees Needs, and others. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. For more info call 537-1088.

I just received word that there is a New York State “New Farmers Grant Fund” that was created to provide assistance to new and early stage farmers and to encourage farming as a career path to sustain and grow agribusiness across New York State. Empire State Development, in consultation with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, will administer the $614,000 fund, which will provide grants from $15,000 to up to $50,000 for eligible early stage farmers who substantially and materially participate in the production of an agricultural product on a commercial farm operation within New York. Funds can be used for up to 50 percent of project costs including, but not limited to: lease or purchase of farm machinery and equipment; construction or expansion of farm buildings or systems; and, purchase of supplies such as root stock, seed, and fertilizer. Beginning farmers must not have produced an agricultural product for more than ten consecutive years prior to application. Applications must be postmarked by January 28, 2015. Additional information can be obtained by writing to Bonnie Devine at nyfarmfund@esd.ny.gov.

It’s that time of year again. The Bridgehampton Lions Club’s “Carving Contest 2014” is set for Monday, October 27, at 5 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. This year’s categories include, among others: Area 51, Pulp Politico, Creepy Clowny, Mythic Monstrosity, Compost Zombie, Let There Be Light, Odd Lot, Even Odder Lot and many others. There will be cash prizes, a puppet show, doughnuts, cider and lots of fun. Visit the club’s website for rules, details and info on a “Mystery Category” at www.bridgehamptonlions.org.

The Bridgehampton CAC is inviting the community to presentations and discussions with a series of environmental guest speakers who will focus on several critical local issues. On October 27, Kevin McAllister, founder of defendh2o.org, will discuss our surface waters. The Bridgehampton CAC meets in the Bridgehampton National Bank Community Service Room at 7 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month. In addition to guest speakers, the CAC agenda always includes updates and discussion on important hyper-local issues such as recent developments on Bridgehampton’s Main Street.

Members of the Bridgehampton CAC have been very interested in what’s going on at the corner of Lumber Lane and Montauk Highway, where the historic Wick’s Tavern once stood and where a proposed CVS store may be erected. At their October 9 work session the members of the Southampton Town Planning Board decided to declare the CVS application a positive type 1 action which will lead to an environmental impact study. Many community members, and apparently the Planning Board members, felt that the changed use of the building warranted the new study. Julie Burmeister, a member of the local CAC, felt that the Planning Board’s decision was encouraged by all those letters, emails, protests, petitions, photographs and attendance at meetings by community members.

Finally, the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SoFo) has announced that it has received a grant from an anonymous donor in support of its new after-school educational program “South Fork Environmental Learning” which was launched in September as a three-month pilot program in conjunction with the Sag Harbor Elementary School. It will run through December 20.

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