I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it! Our grandson, Nico Jace Holthaus, made his grand entrance last weekend on Saturday, January 11. Jamie Kae White, Geoff Holthaus and baby Nico are doing just fine. You can read all about it this week in the birth announcement!Happy birthday to Dine Knotoff! Dine’s red-letter day is today, Thursday, January 16. Peggy Kraus shares the same birthday today as well. Peggy and Jamie Kraus will celebrate their wedding anniversary this Saturday, January 18. Lanny Molnar’s b-day also falls on Saturday, January 18. And Heidi and Vinnie Allegretta’s anniversary is on Monday, January 20. Cheers!
The Hampton Bays Methodist Church Thrift Shop is once again open on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Stop in for some great bargains.
There is a Foul Shooting Contest for third- through eighth-graders on Friday, January 17, from 7 until 9 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Middle School gymnasium on Ponquogue Avenue.
Proceeds from the contest will help the fifth/sixth grade SYS-Hampton Bays Boys Basketball Team participate in halftime festivities at the St. John’s University Basketball game on Sunday, February 9 at Madison Square Garden. How cool is that?
The team is trying to raise the $3,000 fee that St. John’s requires. Incidentally, this particular team has played together since the third grade and members are all very, very excited for the opportunity to play at such an iconic basketball arena.
The first 100 student contestants will receive a T-shirt donated by Action Jackson Tree Service and there will be six trophies awarded. The cost is $5 for preregistered students; the price goes up to $7 at the door. Students can sign up at the elementary and middle schools. Spectators are also encouraged to attend at a cost of $1 for students and $2 for adults.
Questions? Call Joyce Gilbert at (631) 742-0419.
Hampton Bays Historical and Preservation Society members are hosting an informative reception about the importance of the Canoe Place Inn this Sunday, January 19, from 2 until 4 p.m., at the Inn Spot on the Bay, located at 32 Lighthouse Road.
The free program will explore the inn’s rich history and its important role in shaping Hampton Bays. The event will include complimentary appetizers. In addition, there will be a raffle for dinner for two at The Inn Spot. If you would like to attend, please RSVP Brenda Sinclair Berntson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timothy Bennett is hosting a benefit for his brother and sister-in-law, Bryan and Carol Clay, on Monday, January 20, from 6 until 11 p.m., at Cowfish restaurant in Hampton Bays. The Clays lost all of their worldly possessions in a fire at their home in Mastic Beach last month. Bryan Clay grew up in Hampton Bays and his brother still lives here.
The donation of $30 at the door includes food, a deejay and music provided by three bands. Bryan was well known by many musicians, so you never know who might show up!
If you cannot attend, but would still like to help, donations can be made at www.sickmanfan.com. Questions? Call Tim at (516) 902-9987.
The Hampton Bays School District will begin preregistration for kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year beginning on Monday, February 10. Your child must be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2014, to qualify. For more information, please call Maria Schmidt, the registrar, at (631) 723-2100, ext. 5107.