Amagansett Community Notes, May 16


I had the pleasure of attending the screening on May 9 of Amagansett School’s “Then and Now” movie made by the sixth-graders to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the school. The movie was so heartwarming and makes me proud to be a part of the hamlet. The movie will be available at the Amagansett Library in case you missed the show. My daughter Lucy Pearl Emptage, an Amagansett alumna, can’t wait to see it.
In other school news, the Amagansett PTA will serve hot lunch at the school today, May 15.

The School Board and budget vote is Tuesday, May 21, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the school. Please make sure you take the time to vote.

Congratulations to Chasen Dubs, an Amagansett alumni. He and Liana Paradiso have been selected among a number of children who tried out in New York, Illinois and California to be part of the CONI-USA (Italian National Olympic Committee) track and field team to compete in the Student Youth Games in Rome from June 2 to 8.

Chasen, a sixth-grader, and Liana Paradiso, a seventh-grader, both attend East Hampton Middle School. Liana and Chasen’s track and field event will be determined by the team’s coach, Julia Pickslay, who will be arriving from California on May 31 to train the athletes prior to their departure on June 2. Eddie Arnold, Southampton High School boys and girls cross-country and girls track and field coach, will be helping out with the training prior to Julia’s arrival.

The USA team, which consists of six boys and six girls will compete against teams from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Venezuela and Italy. To qualify for participation, children must have at least one grandparent who is or was an Italian citizen. Selection is based not only on physical performance but also how they do in an interview conducted by Mico Delianova Licastro and the coaches who will screen them in the tryouts Mr. Licastro is the American representative of CONI-USA. For additional information, Mr. Licastro’s contact number is (631) 566-0257.

There are just a few more weeks for the evaluation portion of the 2013 Junior Lifeguard Program. The program takes place on Sundays through June 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the YMCA RECenter Pool in East Hampton. The program is for children between the ages of 9 and 14. For more information, call John Ryan Sr. at 324-2787.

Children must pass the swimming test to be admitted into the lifeguard program this summer. The Junior Lifeguard program begins Saturday, June 22, at Indian Wells and Ditch Plains beaches and culminates with a tournament on August 4 and 5.

Town beaches open on June 14. I can’t wait!

Reminder: The Amagansett Fire Department’s 100th Anniversary Classic Car Show Benefit is on Saturday, May 25. The rain date is May 26 at the firehouse. For more information or to register your vehicle, call Steve Graboski at 726-9300 or send an email to The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. There will be firehouse chicken, pulled pork, chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream and more for purchase. This is a fun day for the whole family.

There will be a workshop on becoming a beekeeper at the Amagansett Library on Saturday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. Moira Alexander from the Long Island Beekeepers Club will discuss these fascinating creatures that are so critical to the American farm economy. That same day, from 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a children’s book panel that will discuss the importance of children’s literature and what really makes a children’s book. The panel will consist of Kaylee Davis, Todd Jackson, Renee McGrath and children’s librarian Jeanne Mc Dermott.

On Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m., the library will present an illustrated lecture by Henry Osmers, historian of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, on his most recent book, “American Gibraltar: Montauk and the Wars of America.” Mr. Osmers will speak about the strategic role of this eastern promontory and the changes in warfare and technology on our shores from the days of the Montaukett Indians through the early 1980s. All are welcome, but are asked to call for reservations in advance at (631) 267-3810.

The 2013 growing season has officially started at Balsam Farms in Amagansett. The greenhouses are full of seedlings, the fields are being plowed and the farm is now selling shares in its 2013 Community Supported Agriculture Program. Balsam Farms offers four different CSA membership shares running from May 31 to November 22. You can join for the length of time that works best for you.

This year, in addition to the weekly fresh produce participants receive from the farm, they are now being offered five additional options. Balsam has partnered with some local vendors and farmers and will now offer fresh flowers, prepared foods, fruit from the Milk Pail in Water Mill, and Briermere Farms and cheese from Mecox Bay Dairy and Villa Italian Specialties. Visit the Balsam Farms website for further details,

There will be more “Beautifying the Hamlet” days coming our way, thanks to the Amagansett Village Improvement Society. Check out its website at

The Town of East Hampton has begun a new series of sports clinics. There will be a golf clinic at Montauk Downs on Wednesdays for 5 to 8-year-olds from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. from May 15 to June 12 and on Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. from May 12 to June 9. Kids between the ages of 9 and 12 will meet on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. from May 16 to June 13 and Sundays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. from May 12 to June 9. The cost is $125 for six weeks. Advance registration is a must because there is space for only six students per session. For more information, stop in the Department of Parks on Pantigo Road or the Montauk Playhouse or visit

Tennis Clinics take place at the Amagansett Youth Park from May 14 to June 12. The cost is $40 per child. Kindergarten and first-graders meet on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids in grades two and three will meet on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Clinics for fourth- and fifth-graders will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., and kids in grades six and older will meet on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Department of Parks.

Just a reminder that even though summer is just around the corner, school is still in session, so please drive safely, especially in front of our schools and crosswalks where children and pedestrians may be crossing.

Enjoy spring in Amagansett and thanks for all your news.

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