Southampton Community News, May 7

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On Saturday, May 9, U.S. Postal Service letter carriers across the country will visit homes and businesses in every city, suburb and town in America to collect food for the “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive, considered to be the nation’s largest food drive.Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization—which feeds and supports more than 300,000 Long Islanders annually—has been chosen by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service to be the Long Island
region’s sole recipient of its “Stamp Out Hunger” initiative.

So, here’s how it works. This Saturday, set out non-perishable food by your mailboxes. The food items will be picked up by the letter carriers while delivering the day’s mail. The letter carriers will then deliver their collected food to an Island Harvest “Stamp Out Hunger” warehouse—where an army of volunteers will sort food to be distributed immediately to Island Harvest’s network of 570 member agencies, including food pantries and soup kitchens throughout Long Island.

For more information on the 2015 “Stamp Out Hunger” to Benefit Island Harvest, visit www.islandharvest.org, call (516) 294-8528, or follow Island Harvest at www.facebook.com/islandharvest.

This past Saturday, May 2, the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance held its annual dinner at Oakland’s in Hampton Bays. Theresa Hunter was named Corps Person of the Year. Theresa was also a top call runner, as she ran 284 calls in 2014. I am so proud to call her my aunt. Congratulations Aunt Theresa! Jimmy Mack, of Southampton, was named EMT of the Year; Sean Muthig, also of Southampton, was named Driver of the Year; and Andrea Schuettinger was named Helper of the Year. Congratulations to all award recipients!The Fifty-Eighth Annual Girl Scout Convocation was held this past weekend, on Sunday, May 3, at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. The Most Rev. Andrzej Zglejszewski, Auxiliary Bishop, presided over the service. Congratulations to local girls scouts from Troops 705, 536 and 539 who have received the Regina Coeli and I Live My Faith Awards.

Hampton Watersports will host a swap meet this Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their Southampton store. Buy or sell used standup paddleboards, windsurf boards, surfboards and kiteboarding gear. This is the perfect time to get reduced prices on all of your favorite summer toys. For more information, call 283-9463 or visit www.hamptonwatersports.com.

The Southampton Colonial Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a joint meeting and program, “Women in Long Island’s Past,” with the Olde Towne Garden Club and guest speaker Natalie Naylor on Tuesday, May 12, at noon at the Southampton Historical Museum. For more information, visit www.dar.org.

Hamptons Kirtan—a local East End company dedicated to bringing Kirtan and Meditation to our community, according to their website—will host a series of benefit concerts throughout the spring and summer for those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. The first concert will be held on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. For more information, call (631) 287-6538 or visit www.hamptonskirtan.com.

Mark your calendars! The Special Olympics Spring Games South is back again this year and will be held on Sunday, May 17. The daylong event, which is chockful of activities, will be held at the Southampton High School on Narrow Lane. I will be there volunteering along with many community members, Southampton High School students and faculty.

For more information about the Spring Games South, contact Brian Tenety at btenety@southamptonschools.org.

Don’t forget, this Sunday is Mother’s Day, so pick up that bouquet of flowers, make a delicious dinner and don’t forget to tell your mom how much you love her!

At The Library

Writer and NPR book critic Joan Baum will be at the Rogers Memorial Library on Thursday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. In a talk titled “The Dirtiest Book in American Literature?” she will discuss “Sabbath’s Theater” by Philip Roth, particularly how this novel extends themes and subject matter explored in other Roth fiction.

Jessica Swiatocha, Southampton Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager, will talk about simple ways to prevent heart disease on Friday, May 8, at 10:15 a.m.

“Life Itself,” a documentary about the life of the late film critic Roger Ebert, will be screened on Monday, May 11, at 3 p.m.

Ava Locks will talk about the basic types of blogs and how to set up and manage them on Monday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. There is a $5 fee for this class due at registration.

Monique Singh-Roy, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer/freelance writer, will prepare a meal celebrating the 375th anniversary of the founding of Southampton on Wednesday, May 13, at noon. Reservations are required by May 10.

A conversation about death and dying facilitated by Paula M. Peterson, LCSW, FT, will take place on Wednesday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. This is not a bereavement group but an opportunity to exchange ideas about mortality and the meaning it brings to life.

Jan Kasoff, an NBC cameraman for 36 years, will talk about his life behind the camera on Thursday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m. For 26 years he shot Saturday Night Live and also covered the Olympics, the Watergate hearings, major league baseball and football, and more.

The library will offer an afternoon concert by the Omega Ensemble on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. They will perform a program of chamber music by Felix Mendelssohn and Benjamin Britten.

Register for any program at www.myrml.org or by calling (631) 283-0774, ext. 523.

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