Southampton Community News, May 14


Congratulations to Joe Hurley of the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance who was named the Nancy Mackson Award winner at this year’s Southampton Town EMS Advisory Committee’s annual awards dinner. The dinner was held this past Friday, May 8, at Seasons of Southampton. Representatives from the Bridgehampton Fire Department, East Quogue Fire Rescue, Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance, Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance, Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and Southampton Volunteer Ambulance were on hand to see Joe accept his award.Nancy Mackson was part of the inaugural group that formed the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance in the early 1980s. Through her 26 years with the ambulance company, Nancy made countless contributions to both Flanders and other emergency service agencies throughout Southampton Town. Each year, a member of one of the agencies listed above is awarded the Nancy Mackson Award of Excellence.

Joe Hurley has been a member of the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance since 2003 and has run more than 2,500 calls during his tenure with the agency. Joe developed a new, intensive and comprehensive training program for new programs which went into effect last year. Joe is also a certified CPR instructor. Joe’s volunteer experience does not stop with SVVA. He also donates his time volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and hospice care.

Congratulations, Joe. I think I speak for every agency within the Southampton Town EMS Advisory when I say that you definitely deserved this award.

Speaking of the ambulance, be sure to check out the “A Day in the life of an EMS Responder” presentation on Wednesday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library. In honor of EMS Week, members of both the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance and the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance corps will share their stories and discuss how both agencies train and coordinate EMS coverage for medical and trauma emergencies. Who knows, you might even get inspired, pick up an application, and begin to volunteer your time to help your local community! Call (631) 283-0774 or visit for more information.

Recently, 10 former Southampton Hospital Operating Room nurses were given a truly unique opportunity: a private tour of the hospital’s new Audrey & Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center. Mickey Dawson, Meg Gage, Pat Griffith, Lynn Falkowski, Jacqueline Falkowski, Fran Rolf, Judy Gregory, Helen Foster, Diane Gil and Florence Kissane were joined by current operating room supervisor Kathy Anderson. The ladies said they were incredibly impressed by the new technology and equipment.

Don’t forget, this Sunday, May 17, is the Special Olympics Spring Games South! The daylong event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southampton High School on Narrow Lane. For more information, call (631) 591-4600 or visit

“The Reconsturcted Bra Fashion Show and Auction,” Lucia’s Angels annual fundraiser, will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Social Club. Live auction, full open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Plus, enter to win an all-expenses paid luxury trip. Advance tickets are $50, if purchased before Wednesday, May 20, or $60 at the door. They can be purchased at Catena’s Market, the Breast Center at Southampton Hospital or on their website.

According to their website, Lucia’s Angels is a foundation committed to helping women and their families on Eastern Long Island with late-stage women’s cancers including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and uterine cancer. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Remember, if you have any community news to share, send it to the email address below or I’d love to hear from you. Have a great weekend, everyone!

At The Library

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

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

Photographer Michael Fairchild will be at the library on Monday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss his travels in Myanmar. Mr. Fairchild’s work has appeared in National Geographic, Sierra Club, Nikon World, and Time-Life publications.

Register at or call (631) 283-0774 ext. 523.

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