Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms, aunts and grandmothers out there. Enjoy your special day, ladies.Very special birthday wishes are going out to lifelong hamlet resident Emma Laverne Mades. Emma will be celebrating her birthday on Monday, May 11, when she turns 101 years old!!
Happy Mother’s Day, Emma, with love from your son Donald and his wife, Mary, son Kenny and his wife, Kathleen, two grandchildren, Virginia and Kenny Jr., and great-grandson, Brendan.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Villa Paul Restaurant’s 50th anniversary celebration that took place on Sunday, April 26. We saw loads of friends and neighbors out enjoying themselves.
Fred and Rita Petta were there, as were Dr. Teri Meekans, Lisa and George Hastings, Walter and Sharon Olsen, and Hampton Bays Schools Superintendent Lars Clemensen. The food and music, provided by Brian and Eddie, were awesome! Thank you to Charlie and Cheryl Pensa, and all of the staff, for the lovely party.
Lee Droz is back upstreet at Gators Restaurant. Lee has been recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident last summer. Nice to see you again!
The National Association of Letter Carriers is having a food drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” this coming Saturday, May 9. Please leave your nonperishable food donations out at the mailbox for your letter carriers.
Just a few items that are suggested by the food banks are: cereal, pasta, rice, canned soups, chili, tuna fish, vegetables, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, and 100-percent juices. Thank you!
Hampton Bays High School senior Sarah Jiudice has more exciting news to share this week. In addition to being the salutatorian for her class, Sarah has been named the 2015 National Elks Club’s female Most Valuable Student.
This honor has earned her a first-place $50,000 college scholarship! Sarah has her sights set on attending UCLA in the fall to study biology and pre-med.
Our Hampton Bays High School music students recently showcased their skills at music festivals held across the island. The events were sponsored by the Hampton Music Educators Association, the Suffolk County Music Educators, the New York State School Music Association (All County), the National Association for Music Education (All Nationals) and the Long Island String Festival Association.
Let’s hear it for the following students: Sasha Andrews, Nicholas Coruzzi, Daniel Dimijian, Lindsay Dunn, MacKenzie Engeldrum, Lily Griffin, Nicholas Kolb, Meghan Long, Matthew Lligui, Alexandra Macholz, Laura Maila, Rachel Moscato, Alexandra Peterson, James Puccio, Isabella Romano, Giancarlos Ruiz, Julia Tetrault and Olivia Terry. Bravo!
More applause for the newest inductees into the Hampton Bays High School National Honor Society! Congratulations to Todd Anderson, Alexis Bogannam, Caleb Brenes, Celeste Ceballos, William Dzanoucakis, Jake Fotopoulos, Alexis Fotopoulos and Alicia Golyski. Also, Cameron Heaney, Yakut Karali, Erin Link, Shannon Long, Laura Maila, Jack Martin, Hannah Martinez Arias, Andres Martinez Arias, Alyssa Pyclik, Hannah Reed, Lily Spellman, Marley Tyler, Brook Von Bartheld, Magdalena Wrobel, Drew Zaweski and Laura Zaweski.
Don’t forget about mom! The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center is having its Mother’s Day plant sale over at the facility, located in Munn’s Pond County Park at 228 West Montauk Highway, starting today, Thursday, May 7.
Sale hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. today through Sunday, May 10. All proceeds benefit the center in its efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured wildlife.
The eighth annual Baymen Pride Day 5K Run/Walk is all set for next Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m., from the Hampton Bays Middle School at 70 Ponquogue Avenue.
You can sign up ahead of time online for $25 at HamptonBaysPrideDay5k.itsyourrace.com. All proceeds go to support Hampton Bays Track and Field, the Booster Club and water for South Sudan.
Hampton Bays Public Library Teen Department is holding a Prom Dress Drive now through Friday, June 5. Girls are invited to come in and choose dresses, bags, shoes and accessories free of charge. For more details about that, give Theresa Owens a call at (631) 728-6241, ext. 120 or 121.
Vendors are wanted, especially a face painter, for the Friends of The Big Duck’s annual Craft Fair/Flea Market, which is coming up on Saturday, May 23. The fee is $50 for a 10-by-10-foot space. Please call (631) 727-0593 to sign up.
For the sixth year in a row, Judy Wilenski will be participating in the 13.1-mile LI2DAY Walk for breast cancer awareness on Saturday, June 13. All proceeds from this event benefit Lucia’s Angels, the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital and the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center. To learn more, or to make a donation, log on at www.li2daywalk.com.
Saturday, May 9: Flanders Community Garden Planting Day, 9:30 a.m., David W. Crohan Center, 655 Flanders Road. Community members will begin planting vegetable, herb and flower seeds. All are welcome.
Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17: Wildlife Rescue Transport classes, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn how to help and rescue injured wildlife. Call (631) 728-9453 to register.
Sunday, May 17: Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society’s “Brunch with the History Bunch,” 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Inn Spot on the Bay, 32 Lighthouse Road. Admission is $20 at the door. For reservations, call (631) 728-1200.
Saturday, May 23: Southampton Animal Shelter Wine Tasting Benefit, 5 to 8 p.m., Southampton Center (formerly the Parrish Art Museum) on Jobs Lane in Southampton. Tickets are $40 per person or two for $75. Purchase tickets at www.southamptonanimalshelter.com or call (631) 728-7387.