The trees are up and lit along our Main Street, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But despite all of the local holiday activities this month and last, the dedicated members of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) continue to take time out of their own busy lives to gather once a month in the meeting room of the Bridgehampton National Bank. Their December gathering occurred on Monday, December 16, at 7 p.m. where sparkling water and snacks were offered, along with updates on the activities of several local organizations by their directors. Local residents are welcome to attend these meetings.During last month’s busy meeting, members heard about the sign ordinance changes the Town Board adopted in 2006 which were intended to minimize the impact of visual clutter. It also acknowledged the need for businesses to be visible and advises businesses on what types of signs the town would like to see.
Among other sign issues, the members learned that neon signs seen from the street are not allowed except for the Candy Kitchen, which has been grandfathered in. Neon signs within an establishment are permitted.
CAC members also learned, in an update on Planning Board meetings, that the property that includes Candy Kitchen and the Atrium is being subdivided into two properties. No changes are planned; merely a legal action. Also, the Pizza Place is adding to the rear of their building. There will be no difference in what is seen from the street. They are planning to put white shingles on the exterior to match the gas station across the street.
Members also heard that the Montauk Highway-BH/Sag Turnpike intersection has been reviewed, including the pedestrian crossing signal timings and the traffic signal timings, by NYSDOT. Adjustments were made to improve pedestrian crossing signal times, but to the chagrin of some, no infrastructure/roadway changes are planned.
At the same meeting, Steve Long, executive director of the Children’s Museum of the East End, reported on CMEE’s plans for updating the museum. With CMEE’s attendance increasing to almost 60,000 people a year, there is a need to update some of the interactive exhibit areas within the building and to make better use of the outdoor areas. The updates are part of a capital campaign that CMEE launched publicly last month. To date, the museum has raised half of its $2 million goal. Steve encouraged anyone interested in learning more about the campaign or the exhibit updates to contact him by calling CMEE at 537-8250.
In other local fundraising news, The Friends of the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton presented Library Director Kelly Harris with a check for $30,500 raised during the year to support the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. The Friends of the Library raised the money through two very successful fundraisers: the annual cocktail party held in July and the longstanding Fridays at Five Author Talks held every Friday in July and August.
“The money they raise is used to purchase items and provide services that truly set us apart from the other libraries in the area” said Director Kelly Harris.
The Bridgehampton Museum also is raising funds for the restoration of the Nathaniel Rogers House. Plans to continue the foundation repairs under the front portico have been stalled again due to problems with the bidding documents sent out by the town. The plan now is to have a new bidding round over this winter, and then have restoration work commence on March 1, 2014. Anyone interested in learning more about this historic structure, or the efforts to restore and preserve it, can call the museum at 537-1088. The museum, by the way, has also begun its 2014 membership drive.
If you’re still holiday shopping, or if you’re just beginning to shop, the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons will be exhibiting and offering for sale the work of guild members at the Bridgehampton Museum’s Archives building (2539-A Montauk Hwy) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 20 to 22 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. It’s a great exhibit and it offers an opportunity to purchase handcrafted items as gifts for others or for yourself. Over the years I’ve bought several items from guild members, none of which have ever been received by the intended recipients. My cupboards are getting full.