Montauk Community Notes, July 3


There’s been lots of rain in Montauk lately, and we’ve noticed a huge increase in mosquitoes. My husband, Don, went to Becker’s Hardware for a $5.99 pump bottle of “Buggspray,” which smells like vanilla. Before heading to the garden I sprayed it directly on my pants, long sleeved shirt, ankles and hands. There’s a welt near my left eyebrow reminding me next time to also smear it on my face.

The same time the mosquitoes showed up our young Lithuanian couple departed for New Jersey to live with an older brother who will connect them with better summer jobs. The kids were unable to find full-time work in Montauk. We were sad to say farewell.

My sister-in-law, Dawn Melnyk, had names of others recently visiting Atlantic Beach Realty seeking summer housing. I contacted Agon and Tony, brothers from Albania, here for the summer. My family once owned Ann Breyer’s Cottages across from the Tipperary, so I know a thing or two about quick turnaround.

The 23-and-21-year-old brothers, a cheerful, boisterous pair eager to lend a hand, are very tall and have auburn hair and light brown eyes.

Sunday afternoon, older brother Agon and I were on the patio hosing down a small refrigerator for the guys to use. The next thing I knew, Chance the dog was running through the backyard. Upstairs on the porch, younger brother Tony scratched his head and shrugged. Chance escaped through the upstairs slider. If those darned feral cats were in the swamp, this time Chance was determined to get them. Neighbors were treated to the spectacle of rather diminutive me, and two 6-foot Albanians, hollering and chasing a mud-covered dog around and around the house in both directions.

“Mrs. Vicky, Chance knows you want to catch him and that’s why he’s running like this,” Agon said. “I think you must train Chance.”

At neighbor Darlene’s house, several golden retrievers confined in a small chain link kennel, barked wildly. Darlene yelled. Ultimately this commotion attracted Chance. I cornered him near my neighbor’s dog pen. That’s one way to get exercise.

Another way is to go to the Montauk Movie. Montauk’s only movie theater is a family institution, owned and operated by three generations of the Rutkowski family for more than 30 years. May through October they screen two movies a night, seven days a week, as well as rainy day matinees. After weeks of prepping Montauk Movie for a new venture, CinemaCycle is now open. The cinema screens movies at night — and is a cycle studio that holds indoor cycling classes during the day.

CinemaCycle features 24 new Schwinn A.C. Sport indoor trainers delivering the real-life cycling feel of outdoor bikes in a controlled, hard-pedaling indoor environment. The trainers are equipped with virtual contact resistance technology, an innovative system employing magnets and an aluminum disk to generate resistance. This creates a tough, high-energy workout. The chain-drive system and extra-large flywheel make it possible to adjust the resistance levels in continuous increments for smooth pedaling and an authentic ride, like on undulating hills. Call (631) 668-2393, find CinemaCycle on Facebook for daily and rainy day matinee show times, or visit for more information. “The Lone Ranger” is planned for coming weeks.

Thursday, July 4, at 9 p.m., the Montauk Chamber of Commerce will, as it has for more than 15 years, sponsor its annual Stars Over Montauk fireworks display by Grucci at Umbrella Beach, about 1/8 mile west of the center of downtown Montauk. The Montauk Chamber of Commerce, its business members and Montauk residents donate funds to ensure tradition is maintained for this dazzling 25 minute show. All are welcome to enjoy this patriotic event. Visit the Montauk Chamber of Commerce on Facebook to check up-to-date info about the fireworks, or contact the chamber office at 668-2355.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman of Montauk has announced that summer bus service for the S94 shuttle from Montauk Village to the Montauk Point Lighthouse will resume. The S94 service connects to the 10C route to East Hampton and runs Monday through Saturday from Friday, July 5, to Saturday, August 31. Bus schedules are available on the Suffolk County Transit Bus website at Those over 60, or students with ID, are eligible for fare discounts.

“The only South Fork Gallery with unlimited parking,” the Depot Gallery is located in the Montauk railroad station at the junction of Edgemere and Flamingo roads. From June 27 through July 8, works by Cathy Hunter, Cynthia Loewen, Sandy Fleishman, Pat Flynn and Phyllis Chillingworth are on display, noon to 5 p.m. daily, except Thursdays and Wednesdays when the gallery is closed.

The Depot is now enrolling students for summer classes. Visit for a list of free summer art classes for children and “tweens.” Classes for adults are offered at nominal fees. For course descriptions and instructor credentials, call the association office at 668-5336, or call the gallery at 668-0897 to confirm schedules, as changes may happen without notice.

The Friends of the Montauk Library invite all to their 34th annual Book Fair, this Saturday, July 6 (rain date, July 7), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Montauk Green. This is an important fundraiser for the Friends, who support the Montauk Library. The fair offers books by the pound, raffles, auctions, plants, jewelry, a children’s section, white elephants, baked goods, refreshments and more. New this year is a pet corner offering pet items. Perhaps I’ll find a new dog training book to add to my burgeoning collection.

Montauk residents and visitors get ready for summer evenings enjoying cool breezes while listening to great music. Montauk Chamber of Commerce is pleased to sponsor another summer of free concerts on the Village Green and at Gosman’s Dockside Stage in the Harbor. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and picnic suppers to these family-friendly performances. Restaurants are within walking distance and ice cream is available in nearby shops for a post-concert stroll. Along with the chamber, Ben & Jerry’s, Gurney’s Inn, Montauk Clothing Co., Naturally Good Foods and Café, Page Home Service, the Viking Fleet and Gosman’s are proud sponsors of the concerts.

Concerts on the Green will be on Monday nights, starting 6:30 p.m. There’s an extra event Wednesday, July 3 when Ray Red hosts Montauk Open Mic Nite from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, July 8 features Hoodoo Loungers with Mardi Gras party music.

Concerts in the Harbor at Gosman’s Dockside Stage are Sunday nights at 6 p.m. July 7, Nancy Atlas Project will rock and roll. Stay on top of concert schedule changes by visiting the chamber’s Facebook page.

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