Southampton Community Notes, July 11


My soon-to-be 13-year-old niece Victoria, my sister-in-law Tammy and my father-in-law Bill came over to the house for dinner this past Monday. After a bustling Fourth of July weekend it was a pleasure to eat farm fresh food from North Sea Farms, Halsey’s and my own garden, outdoors in the backyard with a glass of Wölffer Rosé in hand and relax.Before the food even got to the table, Victoria looked me in the eye and told me she’s not a fan of vegetables. I cringed as I brought out my meal, which was almost completely vegetarian. We dined on a salad composed of variegated basil, bibb lettuce, tri-color baby heirloom tomatoes, kirby cucumbers and a smattering of fresh chives, tarragon and thyme. My homemade potato salad, grilled squash, roasted striped and golden beets with purple and golden carrots followed. As a precaution Tim put some sausages on the grill and I am happy to report the vegetables were gone by the end of the meal, and the meat remained. My niece ate everything we had to offer and even helped herself to seconds. After we cleared the table she turned to me and proudly announced that she finally likes carrots and will give other things a chance if they taste like that. A victory indeed!

Southampton High School has announced it is going to start an Athletic Hall of Fame and is currently seeking community members to participate in a committee.

The committee will be charged with creating the new Athletic Hall of Fame along with annual recommendations for inductions into the Hall of Fame. Community members who are interested must be Southampton High School alumni who participated in varsity-level athletic programs during their high school career. Members will be required to attend about 8 and 10 evening meetings throughout the school year. For those interested, contact Athletic Director Darren Phillips at (631) 591-4615, or by emailing

I received a note from Liza Tremblay this week announcing the formation of a new group she created with Southampton Hospital called East End Advocates for Women’s Health. The mission of the group is to create a bridge between the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute, Hamptons Ob/Gyn, and Southampton Hospital’s labor and delivery unit to increase education and support for all aspects of women’s health at the hospital, with an emphasis on natural birth. The group hopes to bring more midwives to Southampton Hospital so that eventually there will be guaranteed midwifery care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new group will hold its first event, “Mom’s Night Out” on July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Wellness Institute and is free to the public. The evening will feature a casual, light dinner and some short presentations by Julia Chachere and Stacey Brosnan (the hospital midwives), acupuncturist Rosie O’Shea, massage therapist Loretta Dalia, lactation consultant Deb Bouchard who is a nurse and La Leche League leader, and holistic doula Sara Topping. Its so nice to see a natural approach coming to the East End!

The Southampton Cultural Center will continue its Wednesday night summer concert series with a performance by Matt Daniel on July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Agawam Park in Southampton. Bring your own chairs, blankets and a picnic. All of the concerts in the series are free, but donations will be accepted and will support cultural center activities. Call (631) 287-4377 or visit for a full schedule.

The Southampton High School Classes of 1974 and 1973 will hold a co-class reunion weekend Friday, July 26, through Sunday, July 28. For more information on the schedule of events and to register, members of the class of 1974 should contact, and members of the class of 1973 should contact

I am always intrigued to see how people have changed over the years and I, and I’m sure the rest of community, would love to see some pictures both from back in ’73 and ’74 and pictures of those same people at the reunion. Send your pics to me at The best ones will be printed alongside this column in a future issue or The Press website, Hot pants and polyester jumpsuits not required.

At The Library

There are still spaces available in Valerie diLorenzo’s three-part series that will help Mac computer users learn more than the basics on Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25 at 1 p.m. Topics for discussion will include iPhoto, iTunes, and iWork-Keynote/Pages. There is a fee of $15 due at registration.

Susan Krieger, L.Ac., MS, will discuss Qi Gong on Friday, July 12, at 10:15 a.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library. She will talk about how this method of flowing movements de-stresses the mind and improves joint flexibility.

Author Donna Freitas, whose book, “The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy,” will be at the Library on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. The book answers important questions about why “hookup” culture has replaced dating and why the biggest losers are, surprisingly, young men.

To register for any program, call (631) 283-0774 or visit

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