Water Mill Community Notes, April 30

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Water Mill’s Joyce Shulman is the woman behind the wildly successful Macaroni Kid website and weekly newsletter about all the things a parent needs to know in their community. Macaroni moms across the country manage their own locally oriented newsletters, all under the watchful and nurturing eye of “supreme mac” mom, Joyce.So it’s no surprise that Elite Dance Studio chose to honor Joyce as one of the 10 Most Fascinating Women on Long Island, in the inaugural event of its kind, to benefit First Company Pink, a Long Island breast cancer research foundation, on Friday, April 24. Nearly 150 people were in attendance at the benefit, which took place at the Dominican Village Helen Butler Hall in Amityville.

Joyce was chosen by Elite Dance’s Marie Seaquist for her leadership in enriching communities through Macaroni Kid hyperlocal enewletters and websites featuring local events and activities for kids and families in Long Island and across the country, and for empowering hundreds of Macaroni Kid mom publishers to do something that they love while earning some extra money for their families.

Elite Dance supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and works with Dancers Against Cancer. It was awarded the honor of being a Hope Studio. Elite also runs the only breast cancer awareness competition dance team in the country, The Pink Elite Dancers.

In other local news, the Water Mill Community Club, besides being known for fostering a spirit of community among its members and their children, has a reputation for fun family events. Last Saturday’s event is a case in point: the second annual Trivia Night in which teams enjoyed competing in six rounds of general knowledge questions, a listening round to identify popular songs and a picture round to identify world landmarks.

Walking away with first prize was the team comprising Tom Noonan, Danielle Leef, Ellen Wenz and Steve Wenz. Hats off to the committee—Eileen Noonan, Cindy Corwith, Danny McKeever and Pat Sliwienski—for organizing the event.

The Water Mill Community Club will host its annual Covered Dish Supper and Business Meeting on Wednesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at the Community House. All are invited to a delicious dinner of homemade dishes and to hear an update of the club’s activities for 2015. RSVP to Pat Sliwienski, psliwiensk@aol.com, by Monday, May 4.

News from the Water Mill Bridge Club: The club held its second annual Grace M. Lloyd Memorial Silver Bowl Championship on April 7. Hanneke and Bob Gold of East Hampton took first place. Grace Lloyd was a Southampton Village resident who was active in tennis and bridge, besides many other activities. She was the tennis champion at the Meadow Club for many years and was a Silver Life Master of Duplicate Bridge. She died last April and her friends and fellow bridge players recognize her contribution to the game of bridge through her annual memorial silver bowl championship.

A traditional New England contra dance is set for this Saturday May 2, at the Water Mill Community House. The fun starts at 8 with a few minutes of tutorial beforehand. Bring a snack to share, wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes. General admission is $14, Long Island Traditional Music Association members pay $10, students are $7 and kids under 16 years old are free. For more information, go to www.litma.org or call (631) 725-3103.

Today is the last day of April, a month in which autism is often in the headlines with stories to raise awareness of the disorder. Locally, the Flying Point Foundation for Autism did its part with regular postings of interesting headlines on its Facebook page, hosting its Autism AWareneness for First Responders workshop with Southampton Hospital, staging a successful fundraiser called Generation Runway. Throughout the month, donation boxes were in key locations in Water Mill and Southampton for its Give A Buck for Autism campaign and Sabrosa selected the organization as its charity of the month.

For families impacted by autism, awareness doesn’t end on April 30. The challenges remain the same but with more in the community understanding what it’s about, it makes it all that much easier.

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