Bridgehampton Community Notes, September 29


Voters were apparently busy doing other things on Saturday, as only 41 Bridgehampton residents—and three of them were from my family—and 18 Sagaponack residents showed up to vote on the Hampton Library’s $1.5 million budget and trustee election. The budget passed, and Board President Elizabeth Kotz (my wife) and incumbent Trustee Jackie Poole were elected to three-year terms as were newcomers Tom House, Dr. Louise Collins and Sarah Jaffe Turnbull, who were appointed to the board in the summer.

Something tells me there will be a larger turnout when the Bridgehampton Fire District holds an informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 14, on its proposal to spend $3.9 million to buy the Pulver Gas property. The vote itself will take place at the firehouse on School Street from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 18.

Speaking of the fire district, the Bridgehampton Fire Department held its annual inspection dinner on September 16 at the Bridgehampton Racquet and Surf Club. Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Steven Halsey opened the evening by welcoming the invited guests and thanking the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the community. The Reverend Steven Howarth of the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett offered a blessing and Chief Richard Thayer, First Assistant Chief Tim Doran and Second Assistant Chief Tim Sieger recognized several firefighters for their contributions during the past year and thanked the volunteers and their families for their support.

Several members received awards, most notably, past Captain Tom Jenkins, who was named the 2011 EMS Person of the Year, Captain Chuck Broadmeadow, who was named the 2011 Officer of the Year, and Assistant Captain and Past Chief Ray Topping Jr., who was named the 2011 Firefighter of the Year. The Fire Police Company was named the 2011 Company of the Year, and special recognition was given to Lawrence Osborn for 50 years of service and to Past Chief Ray Topping Sr. for 65 years of service. That bears repeating: 50 and 65 years of service. Wow!

The Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Clergy Group will sponsor a screening of “Love Hate Love” in the parish center of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 2.

The film, by Don Hardy and Dana Nachman, follows the stories of three families whose lives were shattered by terrorist attacks in New York, London and Bali and who are now trying to find a new path. A discussion will follow the screening. A $5 donation has been requested.

The Retreat’s fourth annual Sports Car Pursuit Road Rallye was bedeviled by lousy weather Saturday morning that probably scared some participants away, but congratulations to those who did take part and helped to raise money for a good cause. The best in show award would have to go to Gregory Tolaram who rolled up in a 1965 Aston Martin DB 5, which I think would look really good parked next to my minivan. And the most unusual entry had to be Sandra Ferguson who competed in a 1992 GMC Sierra pickup truck, which would also look pretty good parked next to my minivan. Come to think of it, just about any vehicle in working order would look good parked next to my minivan.

This, of course, reminds me that the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s annual vintage car rally will be held on the Corwith House grounds on Saturday, October 1, starting at 10 a.m. This event commemorates Bridgehampton’s automobile racing history and is open to cars built in 1959 and earlier, although some special exceptions are made. Besides a collection of beautiful cars that will follow a 70-mile tour which begins with a 4-mile loop around the original race circuit on local roads, there will be plenty of other activities and exhibits as well. For more information, contact the historical society at 631-537-1088 or

If cars aren’t your thing, the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will offer a workshop, “You and Your Garden Aging Gracefully,” at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the horticultural library at the Bridgehampton Community House. The cost is $10 for non-members of the Horticultural Alliance; it is free for members. Refreshments will be served and reservations are requested by phone message at the Alliance office at 631-537-2223.

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