Everyone is familiar with the expression “lovey-dovey.” I had the opportunity last week to observe a pair of mourning doves courting—I’ll call them Romeo and Juliet—and they definitely gave new meaning to the term.The two looked like they were kissing—nibbling each other’s neck and bill area, and then each preening the other before mating. This display went on for several days before the lovebirds settled down to begin housekeeping.
Spring has definitely sprung in my backyard.
A champagne toast to Joanne and Paul Levandoski, who celebrate their wedding anniversary today, Thursday, April 16.
Happy birthday to George Holzman Sr.; George’s big day is on Saturday, April 18. And Judi Veeck’s cake-and-candle day falls next week on Wednesday, April 22. Cheers!
Here’s the latest news from the college campus front. Rachel Klink of Hampton Bays was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Crystal Reiner, also from Hampton Bays, received a Master of Arts degree in teaching elementary education from Western Governors University in Orlando, Florida.
And Annina Giannuzzi, who hails from Flanders, was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Brigham Young University in Utah. Congratulations!
The Hampton Bays Public Library Adult and Teen departments have been busy planning a special two-day event for this weekend.
Tomorrow, Friday, April 17, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., representatives of the Suffolk County Department of Labor will be visiting the library along with officials representing many local businesses and organizations, among them Catholic Charities, Riverhead Building Supply, Briarcliffe College, J. Tortorella Service and the Suffolk County Police Department.
Bring along copies of your resume and make sure you’re dressed to impress, potential applicants. All are welcome and registration is not required.
Then on Saturday, April 18, the “Need to Succeed @ THBL” job fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The library is offering a number of programs that are geared toward the job-application process, like accessing resources on your phone or tablet, learning how to ace the interview, and what qualifies as appropriate attire when applying for employment.
Attendees will also be shown how to use the LearningExpress Library: Career Center to improve their job-seeking skills, as well as tips on composing resumes and cover letters. Refreshments are being provided by Scotto’s Pork Store and Krieg’s Bakery. Questions? Please call (631) 728-6241, ext. 109 or 110.
The World Village Fair Trade Market is going to be visiting the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for its Earth Day celebration this Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Nature Center.
In addition to a “Fair Trade” sale, the event features environmental exhibitors, nature walks, crafts, live animal presentations, and self-guided canoe and kayak trips. It’s a fun day for the whole family.
Nikki Distefano is hosting a scholarship blood drive on Monday, April 20, from 1 until 7 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue.
Donors who are 16 years of age must have parental consent. Bring along photo identification containing a signature. For more information, or to make an appointment, contact Nikki at (631) 740-7541 or NikkiDJB@gmail.com. Your donation will help save up to three lives!
Sign up for the Universal PreK Lottery will be taking place on Monday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Elementary School. To be eligible, children must be 4 years of age on or before December 1, 2015.
Proof of residency and your child’s original birth certificate are required. Inquiries regarding the program can be directed to Assistant Principal Richard Triandafils at (631) 723-2121, ext. 4105. For further details, call Maria Schmidt at (631) 723-2100, ext. 5107.
East End Hospice is offering a free teleconference titled “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m., at the Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street in Riverhead.
Continuing education credits for social workers, nurses, counselors, etc. are also available for a fee of $15. For more information, or to register, please call Dina Difolco at (631) 288-8400 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 20: Hampton Bays Civic Association meeting, 7 p.m., Southampton Town Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue. Scheduled guest speakers are Hampton Bays School Superintendent Lars Clemensen and financial administrator Larry Luce. Also on hand will be high school science teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg along with students Annika Kennedy and Alicia Golyski. All are welcome.
Friday, April 24: League of Women Voters of the Hamptons Book-and-Author Luncheon with guest speaker Gail Sheehy, noon to 3 p.m., Cowfish Restaurant, 258 East Montauk Highway. Admission is $60 per person. Please mail checks made payable to “LWV Hamptons” to c/o Gladys Remler, 180 Melody Court, Eastport, NY, 11941. Call (631) 288-9021.
Sunday, April 26: Hampton Bays PTSA Fashion Show, 2 p.m., Hampton Bays High School auditorium, 88 Argonne Road East. Admission is $5.