Southampton Community News, November 24


The day will be Thanksgiving when this issue first appears on newsstands, and if you’re reading this column I’d like to impart some wisdom (if I even have any) in light of this odd holiday. While the history and aftermath of the first Thanksgiving may be subjects of contention, its current message certainly is not, and that message is simply one of giving thanks and being appreciative. It becomes far too easy in day-to-day life to forget the great things you have and oftentimes the everyday gifts are taken for granted. So I encourage everyone to take a moment during the holiday shuffle to slow things down, take a deep breath and disembark from contention and pettiness, and remember that small acts of kindness go a long way. Sounds simple, right?Parents of Southampton Elementary School students are extending invitations to the surrounding community to attend a benefit in support of Rob Colavito Jr. in his fight against cancer.

Mr. Colavito Jr., 32, the son of Southampton Elementary School teacher Rob Colavito, was diagnosed last spring with a rare and aggressive from of cancer, primary adenocarcinoma of the seminal vesicle. Proceeds from the fundraising effort will assist in paying for Mr. Colavito’s medical expenses as he receives experimental treatment for his condition.

The benefit will be held Wednesday, November 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Southampton Inn. Tickets are $30 and include a buffet dinner provided by Thyme & Again, an open bar, live music from the band MTK Rewind and a Chinese auction. For additional information or to purchase tickets contact Delaney Oser by phone at 631-204-7500 or by email at We hope to see you there!

I received some greats news from some local veterans this week. On Thursday, November 10, Commander Michael C. Grubb, son of Chick and Susan Grubb of Southampton, took command of the U.S.S. Newport News, a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine based in Norfolk, Virginia. Los Angeles-class submarines are naval attack submarines with an overall length of 362 feet and a maximum operating depth of 950 feet.

Commander Grubb, a 1996 graduate of Southampton High School, began his career in the Navy in 2000 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. After completing the Naval ROTC and Nuclear Power and Submarine Officer Training, Commander Grubb reported to the U.S.S. Miami as the Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant and Communications Officer. In August 2004, CDR Grubb reported to the Commander of Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Two, at which time he was deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his deployment, he then attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Prior to his command of the U.S.S. Newport News, CDR Grubb reported as Engineer Officer aboard the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, and Executive Officer of the U.S.S. New Mexico.

CDR Grubb currently resides in Norfolk with his wife, Clare. We wish him all the best in his continued service.

At The Library

Professional fine art appraiser Jessica Ley will deliver a lecture titled “From Victoria R. to Jackie O.: 109 Years of Adornment for Men and Women” on Wednesday, November 30, at noon at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. Ms. Ley will highlight the historic, societal, economic and political influences in each period. Admission is free.

Craig J. Ferrantino, a financial services specialist, will discuss the ins and outs of Social Security and the changes that have recently been made by the U.S. Congress on Thursday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Register by calling 631-283-0774 ext. 523 or visit

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