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Bridgehampton Community Notes, April 5

Publication: The Southampton Press
  Apr 3, 2012 12:45 PM

This week is one of those time warps. By the time you read this, I will be flying back home with my wife from a quick get-away to Florida (unless, of course I won that paltry $640 million lottery everybody was talking about), where we visited her sister and my aunt and uncle in Del Ray Beach and Boca Raton. As I write this on Friday afternoon, it’s been more than 25 years since I’ve been there, so I really don’t have any idea of what to expect, although I’m hoping nobody asks me to play polo. I’m afraid of horses.

Last weekend’s rainy weather—I guess March went out as something of a lion—forced the Hampton Library to postpone its annual Easter Egg Hunt until this Saturday. The event starts with story time at 10 a.m., followed by the egg hunt out on the back lawn of the library.

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will hold a community program to discuss increasing voter turnout at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at the Hampton Library. I was very surprised to read in the League’s press release announcing the program that New York has the 47th lowest voter turnout in the country. That’s really pathetic.

Glorian Berk of Water Mill, the League’s co-president, will present an audio-visual program that will offer suggestions to rectify the problem. Refreshments will be served at the beginning of the program. Hmm. Maybe they should offer refreshments at polling places too.

Here are a couple of other library programs worth mentioning:

Celia Josephson, an East Hampton attorney who specializes in elder law, will discuss the topic on Thursday, April 12, at 5 p.m. She will discuss long-term care, taxes and the changing state power of attorney form.

And Steve Gregory, a retired psychiatric nurse, will discuss ways to manage stress, at 10 a.m. on two Fridays, April 13 and 20. He will discuss and demonstrate basic stress management techniques for those who assist elderly spouses or parents. Cardiac patients may benefit from these cognitive techniques as well. But anyone dealing with stress is welcome.

Here’s another way to relieve stress. The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum will team up for another of their full-moon hikes on Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. This is the “Fish Moon Hike.” Apparently, the first full moon in April was named the “Fish Moon” by coastal Native American tribes because it coincided with the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn. The leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum will be followed by hot cider and donuts. Meet at the museum parking lot on the Bridgehampton Turnpike. To make a reservation, call the museum, 537-9735, or on the night of the hike itself, call Jean Dodds at 631-599-2391.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will hold their next monthly meeting on Monday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, at 1061 Bridgehampton Turnpike, just north of Scuttlehole Road. If you are interested in joining, this is your chance.

It’s that time of year again. If you want to run for the Bridgehampton School Board, you can pick up nominating petitions at the district office at the school. Petitions must be returned to the district clerk by 5 p.m. on April 16. Three seats, which each carry three-year terms, are up for a vote in May.

Happy Easter and Passover to one and all.

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