Hampton Bays Community Notes, May 14

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They came, they saw and they conquered. Tom Tretola of Treetola’s Arbor Care was in our neck of the woods a couple of weeks ago along with his crew of five guys. They took down nine dead trees, ground them up and removed all of the debris.Thank you so much Mark, Carlos, Henry, Erick and Jose Rubio. You did an amazing job!

Nurel’s Farm Stand is back and open for the season at 226 East Montauk Highway. The new building is still a work in progress, but Tony tells me that all of the construction should be completed in another month.

Welcome back home to Ellen Tretola! Ellie has returned from Palm Beach State College in Florida and plans to continue her education in horticulture this fall at SUNY Farmingdale.

I had the pleasure of sitting with Brenda Frankenbach and Liz Kane, both of Hampton Bays, at the “Hampton Abbey” tea held last Saturday over at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Many thanks to all of the hardworking people who helped to make the event a big success, among them Julie Sheehan, Judy Rose, Betty Sparrow, Peg Allen, Mary Castro and Brittany Palladino.

As part of a new community service committee, 70 first-graders at Hampton Bays Elementary School recently teamed up to raise $800 for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Under the direction of teachers Kristy Loper, Jonathan DellaSperanza and Diane Hutchison, students met throughout the month of April to organize a plan for the fundraiser and awareness campaign. The kids accomplished their goals by designing posters that they hung in the school, made T-shirts and sold bracelets.

Additionally, the Research in Science students at Hampton Bays High School presented their scientific findings at the school’s Science Research Symposium held on April 30.

The 18 students spent between three and four years in some instances working on research projects that included topics ranging from hurricane tracking to the red meat allergy caused by the bite of a Lone Star tick.

A big round of applause for the following students: Sydney Caldwell, Kaylee Catena, Taylor Dunn, Mackenzie Engeldrum, McCaila Grismer, Alicia Golyski, Sarah Jiudice, Annika Kennedy, Erin Link, Meghan Long, Alexandra Macholz, Jack Martin, Erin Murphy, Caroline Oakland, Alexandra Peterson, Lily Spellman, Magdalena Wrobel and Matthew Zbikowski.

Wow, way to go Baymen!

Volunteers are needed to sit for three-hour shifts on Saturdays and/or Sundays inside the Dominican Sisters Family Health Services Thrift Shop on Montauk Highway, right next door to Scotto’s Pork Store. If you would like to lend a hand, please call (631) 728-0937.

Peconic Pediatrics, in conjunction with Riverhead Town’s police, fire and ambulance personnel, will be offering a “Community Safety Saturday” on May 16, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the pediatric office at 34 Commerce Drive, Suite 2, in Riverhead.

The free event will provide car seat safety checks, a “smoke house” for learning how to evacuate a home, face painting, arts and crafts, and lots more.

The Hampton Bays Public Library is looking for volunteers to participate in an “Immigration: Community Ambassador Training” class facilitated by the New York Immigration Coalition on Friday, May 22, from noon until 3 p.m., at the library at 52 Ponquogue Avenue.

The training will teach participants how to answer basic questions on administrative relief, offer informational workshops and help direct members of the community to local navigators and legal service providers. To learn more, go to www.thenyic.org. To register, call (631 728-6241.

Saint Rosalie’s Gala on the Bay is planned for Saturday, June 20, from 5 until 9 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Villa on Lynn Avenue. Organizers are looking for sponsors; your donation is a great way to help offset the cost of the event. For more details, please call Linda at (631) 728-9461.

On The Calendar

Saturday, May 16: Baymen Pride Day 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., starts at the Hampton Bays Middle School, 70 Ponquogue Avenue. Community Pride Day immediately following the race with vendors and food. To register for the race or obtain more information, including entry fees, please visit http://HamptonBaysPrideDay5k.itsyourrace.com.

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 per person. 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 online at www.southamptonanimalshelter.com or call (631) 728-7387.

Saturday, May 30: Auction for Wildlife to benefit Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, 6 p.m., Southampton Elks Club, 605 County Road 39, Southampton. Tickets are $40 in advance. Call (631) 728-9453 or log on at www.wildliferescuecenter.org

Saturday, June 6: Hampton Bays Beautification Association Garden Party and Chinese Auction, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Cowfish Restaurant, 258 East Montauk Highway. Tickets are $45 apiece and are now on sale at Fandango, Erica’s Clothing Store and Scotto’s Pork Store.

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