Sag Harbor Community Notes, August 29


We are coming to that time of the year where we are alternately lamenting the inevitable end of summer and counting the days until Tumbleweed Tuesday. Let’s all make a pact to soak up every bit of good times that we can.When it comes to doing the things I like best, nothing beats spending as much time outdoors as possible. Of course, the tick epidemic does give me pause. I am terrified of contracting Lyme disease, which wouldn’t necessarily mean the end of the world but it would certainly be a huge hindrance since my job demands as much energy as I can get.

Luckily for me and my like-minded friends, Josephine DeVincenzi and Jen Brown will give a Tick-Borne Prevention talk at the Sag Harbor Farmers Market on Saturday, August 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two will discuss natural ways to reduce the incidence of tick bites, creating safe zones at home, natural repellents for humans and pets and tick-borne illness symptoms.

Basking in the glory of Mother Nature, on Sunday, Al Daniels will lead a bay seining adventure in Noyac at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the South Fork Natural History Museum. This family-friendly activity is free for SOFO members, $7 for adults, $5 for children and free for babies 2 and under.

To make a reservation and learn the location of the event, please call the museum at 537-9735 or e-mail To learn more about SOFO, visit

Congratulations to longtime Bay Street patron Dr. Barbara Kushner, who won a walk-on role at Sunday’s performance of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” from her bid at this year’s Rock The Dock Summer Benefit Gala. If you haven’t seen this show yet, hurry up and buy your tickets as it bows on Sunday, September 1. I absolutely love, love, loved it!

While we’re on the subject of Bay Street, the theater just announced that an anonymous donor has promised a $300,000 matching funds campaign gift. So open up your checkbooks and start donating.

Tax deductible donations can be made by clicking the “Donate Now” icon online at, by visiting the box office, by calling Jessica Lemire at 725-0818, ext. 129, or by sending a check to Bay Street Theatre at P.O. Box 810 in Sag Harbor, New York, 11963.

Parents, the first day of school is quickly approaching. Are you ready for the September 9 start date?

For those who might need some help making ends meet, the Sag Harbor Union Free School District recently announced its free- and reduced-price meal and free milk policy. Eligibility guidelines and applications are now available at the principal’s office in each school in the district. They may be submitted any time during the school year to Carol Matsuuchi in the district office. To learn more, please call her at 725-5300, ext. 421.

Speaking of learning, have you caught Karl Grossman’s “The (Unusual) Jewish History of Sag Harbor” television documentary on WVVH-TV, channel 78 yet? It’s fascinating.

The program is also available online on YouTube and, as well as on Verizon FIOS channel 14 and on Time-Warner’s Video On Demand on Channel 1111. Karl is a Sag Harbor resident, career investigative journalist and longtime Press contributor. Keep up the great work my fellow writer!

High Holy Days are nearly here. Temple Adas Israel will hold services at the synagogue and at Haven’s Beach. For more information and a schedule of services, call 725-0904 or email

The Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons will hold free Selichot services at the Old Whalers’ Church on Saturday, August 31, at 9 p.m. Additionally, the synagogue has announced its schedule of services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 2013, also to be held at Old Whalers’ on September 4, 5 and 6, and at the social hall of St. Andrew’s Church on September 13 and 14.

Both the Old Whalers’ Church and the St. Andrew’s Social Hall are fully air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Advance reservations are required. To learn more, call 488-0072, e-mail or visit

A schedule of services for all area synagogues can be found on page A41 in this issue of The Press.

While we’re on the subject of marking important dates, don’t forget that the village’s annual HarborFest is coming up next weekend. Can’t wait!

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