Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends and neighbors!Happy birthday to my editor and chief at The Southampton Press, Frank Costanza. Frank’s big day is tomorrow, Friday, November 28. Enjoy!
Happy birthday to Darren Ottati, hair stylist extraordinaire. Darren’s day to shine falls next week on Wednesday, December 3.
And a champagne toast to Judi and Don Veeck! The happy couple will celebrate their wedding anniversary on December 3. Cheers!
It’s that time of year again! The Big Duck in Flanders will be all “ducked out” for its annual holiday lighting, which takes place next week on Wednesday, December 3, at 7 p.m., at Big Duck Ranch located at 1012 Flanders Road.
The festivities include a sing-along of Big Duck carols and a visit from Santa Claus, the latter courtesy of the Flanders Fire Department. Parking will be available next door on the Flanders Men’s Club property.
After the lighting, The Friends of The Big Duck will host a tour of the new Long Island Duck Farming Exhibit, with refreshments, hot chocolate and other goodies.
A salute to Captain John A. Carter! The Hampton Bays native became commander of the USS Bataan at a Change of Command Ceremony that took place on November 5.
Captain Carter’s sea assignments have included tours on the guided-missile cruiser, USS Mississippi, the guided-missile frigate, USS Crommelin, and the guided-missile cruiser, USS South Carolina. His most recent mission was aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, from February 2013 through September 2014.
Captain Carter has commanded two ships for the Navy. From 2001 until 2003, he was in command of the rescue and salvage ship, USS Salvor. And then from 2006 until 2008, he was in charge of the guided-missile destroyer, USS Roosevelt.
Additionally, Captain Carter has served in the following campaigns: Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Support Democracy, Operation Active Endeavor, JTF Aztec Silence, JTF Agile Response, Operation Enduring Freedom and JTF-RNC. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars).
A 1984 graduate of Hampton Bays High School, Captain Carter is the son of Harry and Bette Carter, and the late Karen Marshall Carter. He is the grandson of the late Harry (Squeek) and Elinor Carter Sr., and the late Robert and Evelyn Marshall.
Congratulations to Hampton Bays Rotary Club’s Supermarket Sweepstakes winner Geri Brogan. Geri had just four minutes to grab $700 worth of groceries at the King Kullen in Hampton Bays.
Rotary would like to say “thank you” to the hundreds of community members who bought raffle tickets in support of the St. Rosalie’s Church Food Pantry. With King Kullen adding a generous 10 percent donation to Rotary’s collected funds, the food pantry received $1,360 in King Kullen gift cards for families in need of holiday cheer.
Geri also donated all of the winnings in her cart to our food pantry. Fantastic run, Geri!
Let’s hear it for Greg Hook! Greg achieved President’s List honors, thanks to his 4.0 GPA, this semester at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Very proud parents are Carolyn and Rich Hook of Hampton Bays.
More applause for the Hampton Bays High School Class of 2015. The seniors defeated the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, in the school’s annual “Battle of the Classes,” held on Friday, November 14. The day featured a series of field day-type games, like a hula-hoop pass, a sack race and a pass the orange competition. Go Baymen!
On behalf of the Hampton Bays Lions Club, the Long Island Board of Realtors was recently presented a plaque of appreciation for its support of the club’s annual “Over the Bridge” 10K run and 5K run/walk that took place in September.
The race was the brainchild of Franklin Butz, owner of South Fork Realty. An avid jogger and runner himself, Frank proposed and completely organized this major fundraiser for the Lions Club three years ago.
Proceeds from the run go to sponsor seeing eye dogs through the Smithtown Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Additional proceeds fund scholarships for students attending the Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach school districts, as well as local churches, the Dominican Sisters, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Maureen’s Haven and the St. Rosalie’s Church Food Pantry, to name just a few.
Sunday, November 30: Caroline Doctorow will perform “An American Holiday in Song,” from 2 until 3 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue. Audience participation and sing-alongs are encouraged! Call (631) 728-6241 to reserve a seat.
Monday, December 1: Hampton Bays Beautification Association membership meeting, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue.
Tuesday, December 2: Friends of The Big Duck will meet at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center, 656 Flanders Road in Flanders. All are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, December 10: Hampton Bays Beautification Association Holiday Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Oakland’s Restaurant on Dune Road. Enjoy a three-course lunch, awards and a 50/50 raffle. Contact Grace Daly at (631) 723-0726 for reservations and then mail your check for $35, made payable to the “HBBA,” to c/o Grace Daly, P.O. Box 1245, Hampton Bays, NY 11946.