Southampton Community News, March 6


Sunday nights in my house are almost always “family nights”—it’s really the only night during the week when everyone is home. It is a time when the whole family can catch up and regroup before the busy week begins. This past Sunday was no exception, with the addition of a few guests. I had the pleasure of dining with two graduates of the Southampton Hospital School of Nursing—my grandmother, Barbara Fanning, and her best friend of fifty years, Betty Kraszewski, or Aunt Betty, as my brothers and I call her. As we talked over wine and my mom’s signature mashed potatoes, they told stories of their years working at Southampton Hospital post-nursing school graduation, it got me thinking. I think a lot people—especially from my generation—don’t even know that a nursing school even existed at Southampton Hospital.I’d love to hear more of these stories from those who graduated from the nursing school at Southampton and went on to work at the hospital. These are the kinds of stories that are so important to our town’s history, so anything and everything you’d like to share, I’d love to hear!

When I first told my dad that my new position at the press included writing the Village Crier column, he was incredibly excited. Like any dad, he couldn’t have been happier that his daughter officially had a “real world” job. I think he’s under the impression that because I’ll have my own source of income, I won’t need his credit card to fund my serious shopping addiction. Think again, dad. But I think what’s even more exciting than my employment is that this job puts me in the perfect position to promote the Southampton Fire Department Blood Drive, which Jim (my dad) happens to run. So, here it is: The Southampton Fire Department will hold a Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 18, from noon to 7 p.m. This is an awesome way to give back to the community, plus you can enjoy some delicious clam chowder donated by Schmidt’s. So go out on the 18th and give the gift of life. Call Jim Frankenbach with any questions at (516) 319-9954. I think he’s pretty cool, most of the time.

The Special Olympics is coming to Southampton High School for the first ever Spring Games South on Sunday, May 18. From three to five hundred athletes from the East End are expected to compete in what is sure to be an incredible day for everyone involved. The local Special Olympics committee, headed up by Brian Tenety, physical education teacher at Southampton High School, is still looking for sponsors, volunteers and coaches. Contact Brian at to find out how you can get involved and support this new opportunity for special athletes. Please pencil it in—this is a day you most definitely won’t want to miss.

The Village Latch Hotel will open for the summer season on May 1. A very busy season is predicted, so call 283-2160 or visit website at to receive the best rates.

Don’t forget, this Sunday, March 9, marks the start of daylight-saving time! Get ready for longer days and, hopefully, some warmer weather. With this winter’s track record, I wouldn’t be surprised if we still have snow come the Fourth of July!

At The Library

The Rogers Memorial Library’s spring yoga and tai chi classes are now accepting registration.

There are still spaces open in the library’s creative essay and personal memoir workshop, led by Carol Goodale, MFA, on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. Writers work to improve their craft to create more powerful writing. Beginners welcome.

The performance by Zsolt Bognar scheduled for Sunday, March 9, has been canceled.

Tickets are on sale for the library’s Dinner and Theater Evening on Thursday, March 20. Patrons will meet at Stone Creek Inn at 5 p.m. After dinner, participants will see a performance of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” at 7 p.m. at Quogue Community Hall. The cost is $53, and that includes a three-course dinner, tax, tip and the theater ticket. Reservations are required by March 14. Contact the Hampton Theatre Company at 653-8955 or for details and reservations.

Fred Volkmer will be at the library on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. to talk about author M.F.K. Fisher whose writings on food helped to transform the American palate.

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

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