Town beaches are open and there are only two more days to the start of summer on Friday, June 21.The town’s Junior Lifeguard program starts Saturday, June 22. The program now runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett and at Kirk Park Beach in Montauk. These are both changes in time and venue, so mark it down. If and when Ditch Plain gets more sand, the town will notify participants and move the program back there. The fee is $80 per child and the program is open to children between the ages of 9 and 14 who passed the swimming test, which was offered weekly throughout the spring. Checks should be made out to the Town of East Hampton.
At the Amagansett School, today is prekindergarten graduation (I think it is the cutest event in the world.). It is also Field Day for the older kids. Tomorrow, June 20, is kindergarten graduation and Beach Day for the rest of the school. Sixth grade graduation takes place on Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m., the last day of school.
East Hampton Middle School held its award ceremony on Wednesday, June 11. The following Amagansett students received awards: Camille Barrett, National Junior Honor Society, LVIS Book Award for Individual Progress; Peter Barron, Departmental Award for Technology; Lina Bistrian, Suffolk County Reading Council for Prose; Colin Mathews, Jim Miller Award; Katie McGovern, Departmental Award for Girls Physical Education, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Award for Americanism, Principal’s Award, National Junior Honor Society; Abby Nanci-Ross, President’s Academic Award.
Joe and Pat LaCarubba are the proud grandparents. Their granddaughter, Jillian Czarnecki, an eighth-grader, received the highest grade point award and was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Another granddaughter, Cassady Czarnecki, a sixth-grader, received the PTA Book Award. I know the whole family is very proud.
On June 10, the Ladies Village Improvement Society held its June Members Meeting and invited the recipients of its 2013 scholarship awards to attend their ceremony. Congratulations to Amagansett students Christopher Schwagerl, Laura Gunderson and LB Lownes.
LB was also invited to the East Hampton Lions Club Student Recognition Dinner, which was held Tuesday, June 4, and was awarded the Walter Preische Community Service Award along with a scholarship. He was one of the two East Hampton seniors recognized that night.
Amagansett mom Betsy Hughes is running her seaside summer camp starting next week for the fifth year. Amagansett Beach Kids is an old-fashioned, fun, relaxed alternative to camps or day care. Kids get to do arts and crafts, splash in the water and collect seashells. On sunny days, it takes place at Albert’s Landing. On rainy days, the camp moves indoors. The camp starts Monday, June 24, and runs until September 6. It takes place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Saturday program is now available. There is also a little kids half-day program and many more options. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Betsy at 610-573-0304.
Story and Craft time for families takes place every Saturday at the Amagansett Free Library at 3:30 p.m. Each week there is a different theme to the stories and craft. Saturday, June 22, will be “Fly, Fly” and Saturday, June 29, will be “Sweet Strawberries.” This is a nice way to enjoy the afternoon with your child. The library also offers regularly scheduled programs for toddlers and babies. Every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. is First Story Time and every Friday at 10 a.m. is Shake, Rattle and Roll.
The library also offers many book clubs and special events for adults. Stop by the circulation desk for more information.
The Town of East Hampton offers clinics at the Youth Park beginning Monday, June 24. The town offers tennis, basketball, baseball and softball for kids in kindergarten and up. Register or get more information by stopping by the Department of Parks at 159 Pantigo Road in East Hampton.
The town will also be offering a soccer clinic at Stephen Hands Path and Lions Field in Montauk. For more information please go to www.ehamptonny.gov.
Stony Hill Stables on Town Lane in Amagansett has been owned and operated by the Hotchkiss family for more than five decades. The Stony Hill Stables Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes equine sports through education and competitive opportunities for children and young adults, will be the beneficiary of a cocktail party on Saturday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the stables. There will be a dressage exhibition performed by Grand Prix dressage riders as well as an exciting Pony Drill Team Presentation performed by the young riders of Stony Hill Stables. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. They can be purchased online. For more information or to make a donation, please go to www.stonyhillstables.com or call 267-3203.
Enjoy the summer in the hamlet. Please be safe and don’t forget to wear sunscreen.