Hampton Bays Community Notes, December 19

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Here’s a little trivia tidbit for you! John Horsley designed the first Christmas cards in 1843 and they sold for a penny apiece in London. The image on the front was of a family raising a Christmas toast and that caused the Puritans to denounce it. In spite of this, the cards became very popular.Louis Prang, a German lithographer, brought the tradition to America in 1860, printing the cards in his press in Boston. Nowadays, more than three million Christmas cards are sent in America alone. Hallmark loves you!

I was recently visiting the graves of my parents and noticed that Charlie Schneider and Scouts from Troop 483 have been very busy removing and replacing the split rail fencing around Good Ground Cemetery. The work is part of Charlie’s Eagle Scout project. It looks great, guys!

Local dentist Dr. Charles Haddad and his wife, Jane, have returned from a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, they attended a two-day dental conference where newer bonding and tooth veneer techniques were discussed. Dr. Haddad was awarded a dental curing light for achieving the highest bond strengths to tooth structure. Well done!

Welcome home for the holidays to U.S. Army Specialist David Worrell! David has been stationed in Afghanistan for the last nine months and is home for a visit with his mom and dad, Karen and Matt. After Christmas, David has plans for a trip to Australia.

And welcome home to Caragh DeLuca! Caragh will be flying in from Chicago to spend two weeks with her mom and dad, Mary and Bob.

A champagne toast to the Devon twins, Dean and Deanna! Dean and Jennifer Alongi became engaged this summer on the Fourth of July. And Jason Figari asked for Deanna’s hand on November 23. Cheers!

Happy birthday wishes are going out this week to the Benson brothers! Robert’s cake-and-candle day is on Saturday, December 21, and John’s big day falls on Monday, December 23. Joyce Spellman and Joanne Levandoski share the same birthday on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24.

Ron at the UPS Store in Hampton Bays would like me let readers know that the shop is open with extended hours Monday through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Good news for all you 1 North Steakhouse fans! The restaurant is now open for business at its new location at 322 West Montauk Highway. Stop in for some holiday cheer.

All aboard! There’s still time to take a ride on “The Polar Express.” The magical story will come to life on board the North Fork Trolley today, Thursday, December 19, through Monday, December 23.

The trolley will pick up passengers at The All Star bowling alley in Riverhead and take a 70-minute tour with a special reading of the book and then stop at the North Pole (Hallockville Museum Farm) for a visit with Santa and his elves. Cocoa and cookies will be served. Be sure to bring your cameras!

Tickets are $31 per child and $36 for adults and you can purchase those online at www.northforktrolley.com. Questions? Call (631) 369-3031.

Musician Bryan Clay, formerly of Hampton Bays, was out celebrating his birthday earlier this month with family and friends. When the night was over, he and his wife, Carol, headed back to their home in Shirley to find it engulfed in flames.

The fire took away everything. All of Bryan’s instruments, including a baby grand piano, were destroyed in the blaze. Furniture, family keepsakes, clothing—all gone. The couple didn’t have homeowner’s insurance because they are on a fixed income and could not afford it. Now they are homeless.

Bryan and Carol are in need of housing, clothing and gift cards. Anything that can be done to help give them a hand would be very much appreciated. Please mail all donations to Bryan Clay, c/o Timothy Bennett, P.O. Box 328, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. Questions? Call Tim at (516) 902-9987. Thank you!

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