Continuing a popular tradition, the Hampton Bays School District paid tribute to World War II veteran Tom Curtis by flying the American flag in his honor at the elementary school for the entire month of April.Born in Michigan in 1922, Tom graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S Coast Guard in 1942. He was sent to Michigan’s upper peninsula, on Lake Superior, for boot camp and then went on to Duluth, Minnesota, where he served as an armed guard protecting shipyards and lake steamers.
In 1943, Tom applied for and was accepted into radio school in New Jersey. He graduated 16th out of a class of 122 students! He was assigned as a radio operator at a Coast Guard station in Michigan and then reassigned after he volunteered for advanced radio tracking training.
Following his training utilizing radio signals to track German submarine movements, Tom was ordered to serve in Virginia as a radio operator for air-sea rescue missions. From there, he was assigned to a Navy troop transport ship that was destined for Marseille, France.
Tom was honorably discharged in 1945. Having played the piano in the Coast Guard orchestra, Tom began making a living stateside as a piano player. He then decided to further his education and obtained a government radio operator’s license. In 1948, he was hired by TWA, flying all over the world until 1957.
Tom moved to Southampton in 1962 and got a job as a radio operator for a company called “Macky,” which later became ITT World Com, until his retirement in 1984. During this time, Tom also worked part-time as a piano player at both Gurney’s Inn and Bobby Van’s.
Tom and his wife, Rosalie, live in Hampton Bays and have eight children! Thank you for your service, Tom.
Congratulations to Hampton Bays High School Class of 2015 Valedictorian Alexandra Peterson and Salutatorian Sarah Jiudice! Through their outstanding and impressive commitment to academics, the girls have earned the top two spots in this year’s graduating class. Well done!
Natalie Monar of Hampton Bays was one of six students from the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology who earned “Best in Show” in the Professional Photography category at the Long Island Media Arts Show, held last month at Five Towns College in Dix Hills. Nice going, Natalie!
Kindergartners in Mary Motz’s classroom recently got down and dirty with compost. Students took part in a composting activity, read a book about Earth Day and made their own compost buckets out of recycled milk cartons, tissue paper and glue. Cool stuff!
Good Ground Artists and Friends will have their artwork on exhibit this month over at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue. Members are dedicated to exhibiting their work here and continuously educating our community regarding our hamlet’s rich heritage in terms of the arts.
A reception to meet with the artists will be held this Sunday, May 3, from 2 until 4 p.m., in the Helen Gould Room of the library.
Hampton Bays Boy Scout Troop 483 is having its annual Plant Sale this Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days, on the grounds of the Hampton Bays Fire Department, across the street from the railroad station, on Good Ground Road.
The sale offers a nice selection of annuals, veggies, herbs and hanging baskets. Proceeds will benefit Scouting programs and the summer camp.
The Flanders Fire Department will have its annual Memorial Service and Inspection this Sunday, May 3, starting at 10 a.m., at the Flanders Memorial Park on Flanders Road. After the service, all are invited to return to the firehouse for some light refreshments.
The Dominican Sisters Family Health Service is having its Benefit Golf Outing on Wednesday, May 20, at the Baiting Hollow Golf Club, 100 Club Drive in Baiting Hollow. Registration and lunch are at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
Tickets are $350 per person and include a BBQ lunch, golf cart, greens fees and access to the awards reception, which includes dinner and an open bar. Call (631) 728-0937, ext. 13, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or obtain more information.
The Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship to a lucky college-bound senior who attends our Hampton Bays High School. Applicants must have a “B” or higher grade point average to qualify.
To be considered for the scholarship, applicants need to write a 500- to 1,000-word business plan for a company that would thrive in our community. Applications are available in the high school guidance office. Questions? Give the chamber a call at (631) 728-2211.
And don’t forget that the deadline for applications is Friday, May 29. Good luck!
Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3: White Water Marine Center “Cast-Off” Boat and Tackle Show, 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., 288 East Montauk Highway. Come check out the lineup of 2015 boats and enjoy some food, music, raffles, giveaways and more.
Saturday, May 16: Hampton Bays annual Baymen 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., starting at the Hampton Bays Middle School on Ponquogue Avenue. Registration costs $25 and can be done online at HamptonBaysPrideDay5K.itsyourrace.com. Call (631) 723-4700, ext. 2713, or email email@example.com for more information.