Back in November, while on my way to Southampton and moments after passing two Southampton Town Police cars on the side of the road, I pulled over and tried to make a call on my cellphone to my wife. Unable to get through to her, I turned my phone off and pulled back into traffic just after one of the two officers passed me. I was surprised, to say the least, when he let me pass him and then immediately pulled me over to write me a ticket for a cellphone violation. He claimed I had the phone to my ear; I told him if anything I was scratching my ear. I let him look at my phone to show him the call I had made a couple minutes earlier had not gone through. That didn’t help my case.
But when I saw that the ticket carried a fine of $185, I was not amused and decided I would fight it even if it meant requesting a jury trial and going to jail, if necessary. Fortunately, the cop didn’t supply the supporting deposition I requested, so last month when my court date came up, the ticket was dismissed, with the only cost to me being the time I had to spend waiting in the courtroom.
Fast forward to last Thursday when I found myself on Town Line Road at Montauk Highway, waiting to turn east to head into East Hampton. Who should turn off the highway, heading south on Town Line Road, in a Town Police car but the very cop who gave me that ticket—with one hand on the wheel and the other on the cellphone he held up to his ear. File that one in the rich irony folder.
Big news from our correspondent at the Bridgehampton Association, Elise Quimby, who reports: “Spring is officially here; so it’s time to stop trying to round up a table for bridge by the fireside and start thinking about gathering a foursome for golf on the greensward.”
The association’s annual golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, May 11, at the Bridgehampton Club on Ocean Road. The annual event is a fundraiser for the association, which raises money for grants to local nonprofit institutions. The tax-deductible fee of $100 per person in a foursome includes 18 holes of golf, buffet breakfast and lunch, and, with a bit of skill on the greens, a variety of pride-worthy awards. Call Pat Mohlere at 729-5120 to sign up or for more information.
The association also has a raffle in connection with the tournament to add some more excitement to the event, and members will soon be selling once-in-a-lifetime chances at various hot spots such as the Candy Kitchen and the post office. Non-golfers are alerted to be on the lookout for the chance encounters and support the association’s goals without having to lift a club, Ms. Quimby tells us.
Bridge Kids will present Spring Painting with Jean Mahoney at the Hampton Library on Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. The program is for children 8 and older who will work with Ms. Mahoney to create butterflies, bugs or blossoms with watercolor and/or painted paper collage using children’s book illustrator Eric Carle for inspiration.
The library will hold its annual egg hunt for kids up to age 8, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. Let’s hope for good weather, so the hunt can take place outdoors on the back lawn.
Other programs for kids include a Recycling Craft for Earth Day on Monday, April 18, at 2 p.m. when children 7 and older have been invited to use a plastic milk jug to make a birdfeeder for the backyard. A Fairy Tale Feast on Wednesday, April 20, at 1 p.m. is open to kids 6 and older. Children will join Emily and Kim in a reading of “The Magic Pear Tree” before making a Magic Pear Grumble, a dessert guaranteed to quiet the grumbling of even the hungriest belly.
Remember, the Peconic Land Trust will reopen Bridge Gardens with free admission on Saturday and Sunday. (The gardens will be open for free again the weekend of May 6 to 8 in celebration of National Public Gardens Day.)
Gardens Manager Rick Bogusch will host tours of the gardens on the first Saturday of each month, beginning May 7 at 11 a.m. The guided walk will give visitors the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the gardens.
The gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays until May when extended hours are offered.
Tax day is Monday, April 18, instead of Friday, April 15. But remember, the post office still closes at 5 p.m.