Community News, April 6: What’s Happening In Your Neighborhood


It was terrific to hear from the Children’s Museum of the East End that it has been awarded a $1,000 grant from a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. The funding will be used to support an after-school program designed to foster the development of positive mathematics identities of Latina girls age 10 to 13. The 10-week “Empowering Latina Girls Through Statistical Knowledge” program will strengthen participants’ analytical skills while enabling students to better share their views inside and outside the mathematics classroom. The initiative grew out of Ciencia, an after-school science program at the museum that serves Latino children age 5 to 9 and their caregivers. Museum staff members were concerned about declining interest in science and math among girls after they graduated from the program.According to one U.S. Department of Education study, 31 percent of elementary school-age girls say they are good at math. In middle school that number falls to just 18 percent. That same study notes that “improving girls’ beliefs about their abilities could alter their choices and performance … particularly as they move out of elementary school and into middle and high school.”

“While the initial goal is to foster mathematics confidence in Latina girls living in the East End,” said Leah Oppenheimer, the museum’s Director of Community Outreach, “we expect to replicate the program regionally and provide professional development training to middle school teachers locally, regionally and nationally through the Association of Children’s Museums conferences and publications.”

We all know that Type 2 diabetes is a common health issue for people. If you are dealing with this disease, there is an opportunity to learn how to eradicate it in your body. A two-day workshop is set for Saturdays and Sundays, April 22 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Christ Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Hampton Bays. Among the topics of discussion will be how to get blood sugar back to normal without medication, how to exercise safely and how to lose weight. For more information, call 631-561-8995 or email

If you are on social media, it has probably not escaped your notice that April is Autism Awareness Month. As part of its programming during this month, the Flying Point Foundation for Autism is offering its annual First Responder Training Conference this Saturday, April 8, at Hampton Bays Middle School. Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. and there is time for the light breakfast being served before the 9 a.m. start. The presenter will be Bill Cannata, program coordinator for the Autism Law Enforcement Education Coalition based in Massachusetts, which was featured a few years ago on The Today Show. All first responders, hospital and school personnel and law enforcement are invited to attend the free conference, which awards three hours of non-core CME credits. First responders seeking credit, should register with the Suffolk County Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services at 631-852-5080; walk-ins welcome. General inquiries, email

The second talk in the Pierson High School’s Women’s Issues Club will take place on Friday, May 5. The program on “Feminism Now: Issues, Ideas and Inspiration” will be led by keynote speaker and panel moderator Liz Abzug, along with panelists Christie Brinkley, April Gornik, Kathleen King and Minerva Perez.

The program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pierson High School. Admission is free and all are invited.

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So on to the news in the community:


The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will host an Easter Egg Hunt for kids and their dogs on Sunday, April 9, starting at 11 a.m. There will also be crafts, refreshments and a chance to meet the cats and dogs available for adoption. One lucky egg hunter will find the Golden Egg and win a basket courtesy of Harbor Books in Sag Harbor. Don’t forget to bring a container to hold your eggs. For more information, call 631-537-0400, x203.

East Hampton

The Ladies Village Improvement Society will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8,, on its grounds at 95 Main Street in East Hampton. Children age 8 and under are invited to bring their baskets and have their picture taken with Peter Rabbit. There will be prizes for those finding the Golden Eggs. Don’t be late because the hunt starts promptly at 11 a.m.

Another opportunity for an egg hunt is next weekend at Herrick Park when the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee hosts its annual event on Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. Participants should bring their own Easter baskets. The Easter Bunny is expected to visit, and there will be raffle prizes, games, treats, and fun for all!

The YMCA East Hampton Recenter has a full slate of sports clinics scheduled for Saturdays in April. On April 8 and 22 the clinics will focus on soccer; April 15, basketball; and April 29 is Healthy Kids Day. Free child identification safety cards will be available at each clinic. For registration and information, contact Scott Rawson at


Over at the Amagansett Library, a number of programs are planned for the coming weeks. On Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m., look for “Grover and Elizabeth, An Amagansett Tragedy.” The program features Susan Gandolfo MacNeill, who writes about her family’s experiences and shares intimate family stories, including how, for generations, they suffered from Huntington’s disease.

Later that weekend, on Sunday, April 23, join Sally Roesch Wagner for “A

Woman Presidential Candidate in 1884,” which explores the ongoing creation of democracy in our country. This presentation is co-sponsored by the local League of Women Voters and is made possible with a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Go to for complete program listings.


Don’t bother to cook this Friday because you can stop at the Springs Community Church for Friday Night Take-Out. A delicious shrimp and rice casserole with salad, biscuit and dessert is on the menu. It’s a deal for $14. Pick-up from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

In case you missed it: the Springs Community Food Pantry is starting to prepare for the Easter holiday distribution to its clients. Anyone who wishes to contribute a roasting chicken or small ham for the pantry can drop off donations on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or after church services on Sundays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. If these times are not convenient, call the church office, 631-324-4791 for other available drop-off times.


Children age 2 and older are invited to design and make their very own Thomas train car on Saturday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the Montauk Library. Afterward, participants will “climb aboard the trains” to watch the latest Thomas adventure, “Thomas and Friends: Extraordinary Engines.”

Got treasure? Then head over to the library on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. when Eddie & Jean Costello’s Trash or Treasures Antiques Roadshow will be there to offer appraisals.

Seniors who want to boost their computer savvy, should check out the senior tech class on Tuesday, April 11, at 10:15 am.

Wednesday’s evening movie will be “Lion” on April 12, beginning at 7 p.m.

Finally, a bilingual story time is set for Tuesday, April 11, at 11:45 a.m. for children age 1 to 5.

Please call the library, 631-668-3377 to check registration requirements.

Montauk Community Church will hold its next rummage sale will be on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. We hear there are new items in all rooms.

Sag Harbor

The Pomfret School, an independent college preparatory school in Pomfret, Connecticut, provided us with some pleasant news regarding Sag Harbor’s own Zoe Mintz, who was named to the high honors list for the winter 2016–17 semester. Ms. Mintz, a member of the Class of 2019, earned a grade point average of 3.67 or higher for the semester, while receiving no grade lower than a B.

The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce will its annual Easter Bonnet Parade and Petting Zoo on Saturday, April 15. Create your finery and meet in front of Muse restaurant on Main Street for a parade that starts at 1 p.m. The Easter Bunny will lead the sidewalk parade to the Sag Harbor Garden Center for a free petting zoo, until 2 p.m. For more information, visit

Water Mill

Duane Arnister, the New York State chairman of Ducks Unlimited, was a guest speaker at a Capitol Hill briefing recently. A fourth-generation hunter and hunting guide on Long Island, he is passionate about wetlands conservation and spoke about the importance of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and the resources it provides for New York. The briefing was attended by several members of Congress and their staff, as well as representatives from sportsmen and conversation groups. Look for a longer feature about Duane in the coming weeks in our Sports section.

The Water Mill Community Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, April 9. Children age 10 and under are invited to the Burnett Field House to comb the field for candy-filled eggs at 2 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a basket to hold the eggs.

Incidentally, the egg hunt is also a terrific opportunity for high school students to fulfill some community service hours. Call committee chair Jessica Marchese at 631-726-0872 if your child can help.

Those applying for a Water Mill Community Club scholarship should be sure that it’s submitted by the April 15 deadline.


Last week we featured two photos on these pages of the SYS basketball teams. Later we hear about a “sports wrap party” hosted by Father Patrick Edwards of St. John’s Episcopal Church that took place on March 24. Coordinated through St. John’s Outreach Program Director Pat Griffith and sponsored by Séan Deneny of Town & Country Real Estate, the event was attended by over 125 adults and children.

Father Patrick was quoted as saying in the email we received that in his first year at St. John’s “we have made strides to connect with youth-oriented parents in appreciation of their efforts for the time spent in keeping their children involved.”

Also attending were coaches Edgar “Hikey” Franklin, Dan McDonnell, Billy Barbour, Ken Coard and Dan Sullivan.

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Judith Miller will be the next guest in the spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series at Stony Brook Southampton on Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. The author of “The Story, A Reporter’s Journey” published in 2015, Ms. Miller spent 85 days in jail for refusing to reveal a source in the case and received the Society of Professional Journalists’ “First Amendment Award” that year. For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit

The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will present the TransAtlantic Piano Duo with Evelyn Ulex and Pablo Lavandera on Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m. The duo will offer a four-hand piano journey from Europe to North and South America featuring music by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Khachaturian, Gershwin, Piazzolla, and Villa Lobos. A reception will follow.

The Rogers Memorial Library and the Southampton Historical Museum will offer a talk about the Lusitania, the Sussex, and America’s road into World War I on Monday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. Michael A. Barnhart, Ph. D., professor of history at Stony Brook University, will discuss America’s intervention in the First World War.

The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will offer “Music at Mid-Day: Robert Schumann” on Thursday, April 13, at 1 p.m. Canadian pianist Katherine Addleman will offer an hour of music and commentary about this important artist.

For all library programs, register at or call 631-283-0774, ext. 523.

Hampton Bays

Get your Easter finery ready for the second annual Easter Parade, sponsored by the Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society, on Saturday, April 15, beginning at noon. Meet at 116 West Montauk Highway. All children age 8 and younger are invited to stroll down Main Street, and afterward, all are invited to the Prosper King House to view the Lyzon Hat display and enjoy refreshments.

Hampton Bays School District reports that sign-up for the universal pre-K lottery will be on Monday, April 17, at the Hampton Bays Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A child must be 4 years old on or before December 1, 2017, to be eligible. Call Maria Schmidt at 631-723-2100, ext. 5107 for information.

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center is offering an opportunity to learn how to feed and care for the wildlife babies at a one-hour program on Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. Must be 16 or older and commit to a mimimum of three hours a week to care for the animals. For information, or call 631-728-9453.

Each Monday at the House of Wellness (HOW), formerly The Yoga House, in Hampton Bays a group gathers to raise awareness and support for local charities. Led by Tim Kadash, who came to HOW owner Kara Billingham, in 2015 to offer his services, it is a meditation session with all the proceeds going to selected local charities. Kara jumped on board. It began as a bi-weekly gathering and soon it became weekly because of its popularity. All are welcome to join the sessions from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tim, a 40-year veteran of meditation, plays the harmonium and guides the group through a healing chant; silent meditation follows for approximately 20 minutes. Tim shares about life lessons and easily brings people together with his candor and large love for life. “This is a gift that Tim gives,” said Kara, “what he receives in return is not in the form of money, but love and appreciation.” Since inception, HOW has given more that $3,300 to Maureen’s Haven for the Homeless and The Southampton Fresh Air Home. “We look forward to giving even more as the program continues to grow,” said Kara.

For more information, email


It’s starting to warm up outside making it a great time to visit the Quogue Historical Society’s Pond House. It’s open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Congratulations to Westhampton Beach High School special education teacher Susan Kearns, who was recently recognized by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies with the 2017 Bright Lights Award.

She earned the award for “inspiring and innovating digital curriculum and integrating technology into teaching and the learning process.”

The Trustees of the Westhampton Presbyterian Church are sponsoring a baked ham dinner on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be by duo Squeaky Clean, playing music from the ’50s to ’80s. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children. Contact the church office at 631-288-2576 for reservations.

Sponsors are being sought by the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce for its 21st annual Easter Egg Hunt, set for this Saturday, Apri 8 at noon. Call the chamber if you can help out.

As part of its 120th anniversary celebration, the Westhampton Free Library is hosting a “New Foods” food-tasting event on April 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to try foods that were introduced during the early 1900s.

Kids can learn to cook too at cooking classes at the library. On April 12, two pizza panini cooking sessions are scheduled. Elementary school-age patrons are invited to learn how to make pizza paninis with chef Rob Scott from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and children age 9-12 can try their hand at panini making from 3 to 4 p.m.

As part of a proposed interior expansion project, the Westhampton Free Library is seeking input from the community on a redesign of its lower level through a series of design charrettes scheduled for April 12 and May 17 from 6 to 7 p.m.

The focused charrettes, which will be held at the library and facilitated by H2M architects + engineers, will provide a great opportunity for the community and professional architects and engineers to collaborate on a design framework.

To find out more ways to participate in the redesign process, visit the library website at or call 631-288-3335.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Westhampton Free Library is holding a “Celebrate the Earth” poetry contest. To be considered for the contest, poems must be submitted to the library by April 4 and include the author’s name, address, phone number, grade and school. Poems may be dropped off at the library or mailed to attn: Poetry, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach. The poems will be celebrated at a poetry reading party on Friday, April 28. For details on library programs, call 631-288-3335 or visit

For more information, call 631-288-3335 or visit the library website at

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce 2017 Art Poster and Contest Exhibit is under way and entries can be viewed at the library; voting is from April 1 through 15. Contact the chamber for more information:, or 631-288-3337.

The Moriches Bay Project is spearheading an Earth Day celebration to coincide with the Great East End Cleanup on Saturday, April 22. Volunteers are invited to meet at Cupsoque Beach at 10 a.m. for a cleanup that will end at Pikes Beach.


The Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School will be holding kindergarten registration on Tuesday, April 25, for students who will be 5 years old prior to December 1, 2017. Call the school at 631-325-0203 x104 for more information if you have not been contacted.


Good news arrived from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where Eastport’s own Jacqueline Rankel participated in the school-sponsored Alternative Spring Break as a community volunteer. Ms. Rankel joined fellow students in the program to log more than 500 hours of volunteer activities in the New Paltz area, helping to generate more than $13,000 in donations.

The Eastport Fire Department Benevolent Association will be holding a steak dinner fundraiser at the firehouse on Saturday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $32. For ticket information, call 631-484-2160.

Take Note

Looking ahead, the Great East End Cleanup will take place April 22 and 23. On those two days, volunteers remove litter and debris from public areas such as roadsides, trails, parks, and beaches throughout Southampton Town. Last year more than 750 volunteers removed over 60 tons of litter and debris, including 3.5 tons of metal that was sorted for recycling.

For more information, or to register, please visit the Southampton Town website at and follow the link for the Great East End Cleanup on the homepage, or contact Rick Hodgson at (631) 283-5210. Individuals as well as groups are welcome to sign up. The deadline for registration is Monday, April 17.

This is the last weekend to see the Hampton Theatre Company production of “An Act of the Imagination.” Shows are on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30 at Quogue Community Hall. There will also be an additional matinee performance of “An Act of the Imagination” on Saturday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call Ovation Tix at 1-866-811-4111.

Save the date for the League of Women Voters program called “Wind, A Clean Energy Solution” set for Monday, April 17, at Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences Center. The program will include discussion on renewable energy as a cost-effective reliable solution to Long Island’s electricity needs; Governor Cuomo’s Master Energy Plan and vision for off-shore wind projects; and Deepwater Wind’s South Fork Wind Farm offshore from East Hampton Town.

Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 631-283-6549.

Spring is in the air so it’s time to start thinking about your gardens. A great resource for that sort of information is the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons. Up next in its workshops is Care and Cultivation of Hydrangeas on Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Summerhill Landscapes. This is event is co-sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust/Bridge Gardens.

The next day, April 9, at 2 p.m. a presentation on lawn alternatives in the form of ground cover will be pled by Larry Weaner. The lecture will take place at the Bridgehampton Community House.

A three-part series on organic lawn care gets started this Saturday, April 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton. The series, in partnership with Perfect Earth Project, continues June 24 and September 16. Space is limited, reservations are requested. Rain or shine.

Learn how to build a birdhouse on Saturday, April 15, at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. Guided by carpenter Brian Kennedy of Fixhampton and Alfonso Fiore of Forza Painting, partipants will assemble a birdhouse from pre-cut materials and learn more about ways to attract songbirds to your backyard. Materials for this program generously donated by Riverhead Building Supply. $10/birdhouse, space is limited, reservations required. Rain or shine.

The always interesting courtship flight of the woodcock can be seen during a walk being organized by the Group for the East End on Saturday, April 8, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or

On Tuesday, April 11, get a look at the full pink moon during a hike co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and South Fork Natural History Museum. Walk through open-field trails to get a great view. Meet at 8:30 int he SoFo Museum parking lot in Bridgehampton. Call Jean Dodds, 631-599-2391, for information.

Poets Rising will meet on Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome. Call Bev Livernoche at 631-728-4637 or the Hampton Bays Library at 631-728-6241.

It’s SAT time for college-bound high schoolers and if you’re looking for an affordable test prep program for you child, call the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center. There are two upcoming sessions. Call Bonnie Cannon or Tammy Coffey (631)537-0616. Transportation is available if needed.

OLA of Eastern Long Island is partnering with LI Jobs with Justice to host a free “rapid responder” training for East End volunteers wanting to become more active in support of immigrants and other vulnerable community members.

The training will be held on Friday, April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. All interested must register via Eventbrite (search for OLA and LIJWJ). The training is free and speaking Spanish is not necessary to volunteer.

Attention teenagers! There is always plenty to do in our area, especially if you check the website of Southampton Town’s Youth Bureau. The music lovers among you should mark your calendars for the open mic night scheduled for Friday, April 21, the Flanders Community Center in Flanders, from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s for students in grades five through 12. More information is available at 631-702-2425.

Also, on the Youth Bureau calendar is its annual Photography Contest, which has been expanded this year to a Creative Arts Contest. The theme this year is kindness. The contest is open to students in grades five through 12, who reside in the Town of Southampton. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Art Piece in the categories of photography, graphic art, sculpture, and freehand. Artists can submit a maximum of two entries. Art work will be judged on quality, creativity, and presentation based on the artist’s interpretation of kindness. All art entries must be dropped off at the youth bureau’s main office at Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Road, by Monday, April 24.An exhibit and reception, featuring all the entries, will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center.

For contest details and to view the registration form, visit or call (631) 702-2425.

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