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Feb 11, 2019 11:46 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Community News, February 14: What's Happening In Your Neighborhood

Feb 11, 2019 12:42 PM

If you have a story, milestone, event information or news tip to share, please email community@pressnewsgroup.com. So on to the news in the community:Just about any time of day, any time of the year, the downtown area of Sag Harbor is bustling but on Saturday, February 23, it will get a boost of bustle when HarborFrost brings a lineup of activities. HarborFrost is a celebration of winter in Sag Harbor highlighting two extreme elements—fire and ice— and featuring live ice-carving demonstrations, ice sculptures along Main Street, live music performances, and indoor children’s activities.

The day begins with a culinary stroll (registration at Il Cappuccino Restaurant) at 11:30 a.m. Other highlights include the Frosty Plunge by the windmill at 2 p.m. (registration starts at 1 and this event benefits Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps), ice carving at 2 p.m., live music at Corner Bar, hot chocolate and a photo booth at John Jermain Library, the Fiery Sensations Fire Dancers at the Long Wharf at 5:30 and the fireworks at 6:15. Go the sagharborchamber.com for more information.

East Hampton

The Palm at The Huntting Inn and the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will co-host an early evening mixer on Wednesday, February 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Palm in East Hampton Village. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be offered, along with happy hour prices. Chamber Executive Director Steven Ringel will update attendees on the New York Times Travel Show that he and other members attended, the Spring Street Fair and other pending projects. Also meet new incoming president, Glenn O. Vickers. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, email steven@easthamptonchamber.com or call 631-324-0362.

East Hampton residents 60 and older can now gain the benefits of adding more movement and activity to their lives at the Human Services Department’s free new pilot program, Wellness 60+ at Ashawagh Hall.

Free wellness classes will be offered midday on Mondays and Wednesdays and will run for eight or more weeks (the first was Monday) at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. The current line-up includes Qigong on Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. (no class on February 18). Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and exercises that consist of gentle standing movements, stretches, balance walking and closing standing meditation. Also offered is Core Strength on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.; Mobility, Balance & Strength on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

For more information or to pre-register, seniors 60 and older can call the town’s Human Services Department at 631-329-6939. Pre-registration is not required but is suggested.

The Springs Library has sent word that it is holding a book sale in the Krupinski Room. Prices range from 25 cents to $5, and includes books of local interest and children’s books.

Montauk

Over at the Montauk Library, seniors can get some free tax preparation help. Reservations must be made for the one-hour time slots, which are available on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., from February 8 through April 12.

Also at the library, Stay and Play on Fridays, February 15 and 22, at 10:30 a.m.; Sharing Music with Lori Hubbard on Saturday, February 16, at 1 and 2 p.m., depending on age group; Tech Tuesday will be all about cell phone technology; and the Wednesday movie will be “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

For more information, call the library at 631-668-3377.

Amagansett

At the Amagansett Library, ongoing programs include My First Story Time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Shake, Rattle and Roll on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.; and Lego Club on Thursdays at 4 p.m. For further information or to register, call 631-267-3810 or go to amaglibrary.org. Young patrons of all East End libraries are invited to attend Amagansett Library programs

In The Schools

Students in the Journalism Club at Springs School sent over their news of the week:

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, students in Ms. Havlik’s class enjoyed a “room transformation” with the theme, “In love with first grade.” Students will participate in activities in each subject that will be related to love and kindness. Mrs. Garsetti had her students got in the Valentine’s Day spirit by creating a bulletin board that showed how her students have their “hearts full.” The students created a construction paper heart and made sections to show all the things they love and for which they are grateful. Mrs. Branche’s third grade class celebrated by students choosing a book they love and explaining why.

The Inclusion Club hosted a Winter Formal last week in the school gym. Current students and special education alumni enjoyed a night of food, dancing, and fun. Students attended an assembly that featured singer Jared Campbell. The singer and guitarist travels the country and spreads anti-bullying and self-confidence messages through his songs. Students enjoyed singing along and interacting throughout the show.

Mrs. Dellapolla’s and Ms. Firemark’s third grade class celebrated Chinese New Year by eating noodles using chopsticks, and acting out traditional Chinese plays. Part of their study of China was learning about Chinese legends and the Chinese zodiac. Students talked about what foods they eat for Chinese New Year because each food is a symbol. They learned that long noodles are a symbol for long life.

The Student Art Show continues at Guild Hall through February 24, where there are works by Springs Students on display.

Parents and caregivers joined the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center staff this week for another workshop. This week’s presentation and discussion focused on “Social-Emotional Competency: The Importance of Teaching Kindness, Empathy, and Acceptance,” presented by Arlene Pizzo Notel, the center’s program director, along with Dr. Julio Gonzalez of SUNY Old Westbury and various special guests. The series, which is also offered in Spanish, continues throughout the year.

After a week filled with Valentine’s Day activities, the center will close for February vacation after the school day on Friday. Classes will resume on February 25.

Sag Harbor

Canio’s is hosting a talk with Chandler B. Saint, author of “Venture Smith, from enslaved African Royal to African American Autobiographer” on Saturday, February 16, at 4 p.m. Venture Smith, son of a West African prince, spent 14 years as an enslaved man on Fishers Island. Later he worked to purchase his freedom and lived on the East End and Connecticut. In 1798 he wrote his autobiography considered the earliest known completely African American literary voice. One of fewer than 20 autobiographies from the first 200 years of the American colonies, the narrative sheds light on life in West Africa, the Middle Passage and 18th century slavery in New England.

Chandler B. Saint, historian and preservationist, has devoted years to documenting the life and times of Venture Smith. He served with Pete Seeger and others in the emerging New England side of the Civil Rights Movement.

Founder and president of the Beecher House Center for the Study of Equal Rights, Saint has initiated projects like the reenactment of the historic Lane Debates of 1834 (the first major debates on abolition), and the Documenting Venture Smith Project which has attracted international attention and cooperation from scholars in Britain, Canada, Africa, and the U.S.

Bridgehampton

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele is collecting donations to a Pet Food Drive Challenge, in association with Long Island Cares’ Baxter’s Pet Pantry, through Friday, March 29. In a press release, Assemblyman Thiele noted, “Struggling families are often choosing between heating their homes, buying medications, or putting food on their tables. In addition, funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) does not include the purchase of pet food. Ultimately, beloved pets end up in shelters or are given away simply because their families can no longer afford to feed them. With this drive, I once again hope to help alleviate some financial pressure and keep Long Island pets out of shelters and with their families.”

The donations most needed are 5- or 10-pound bags of dog and cat food (larger bags are always accepted), canned dog and cat food, kitty litter, treats, new toys; and food for other pets including but not limited to reptiles, fish, ferrets and hamsters. Please note, all pet food must be unopened and in its original packaging. No opened bags, ripped bags, or loose pet food will be accepted.

Donations may be dropped off at Assemblyman Thiele’s district office, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The office is located at 2302 Main Street, Suite A, in Bridgehampton. Donations are distributed through Suffolk and Nassau counties to nearly 600 member agencies of Long Island Cares.

For more information on the Pet Food Drive Challenge, please call office at 631-537-2583 or email Thielef@nyassembly.gov.

The first in the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center’s 2019 Thinking Forward Lecture Series, “Straight Talk, Real People,” will feature a talk by Charnele Brown and be moderated by Lynn Sherr. The talk will focus on growing up on the East End, race, entrepreneurship and mentoring. The March 23 talk will take place at Guild Hall and start at 3 p.m.

Charnele Brown grew up in East Hampton. Best known for her portrayal of Kim Reese, the pre-med student on the hit NBC sitcom “A Different World,” she was also one of the first African-Americans in the hit Broadway musical “Sarafina,” which was nominated for a Tony Award She’s done numerous off-Broadway plays, as well as cabaret in NYC. She spearheaded an acting workshop at The Challenger Memorial Correctional Facility, offering young adults an opportunity to develop skills and possibly another way out of the life of gangs. She founded The Charnele Brown Acting Academy.

Tickets are required for the free lectures. Call the Guild Hall box office at 631-324-4050.

Southampton

The Rogers Memorial Library and Southampton History Museum will offer “Meditating On a Riff: How Spirituality is Changing American Culture,” on Wednesday, February 20, at noon at the library. Former New York Daily News columnist Hugh Wyatt will give a talk about how yoga and Buddhism have transformed American religion and culture, and will focus on how spirituality is replacing the word religion in modern times. Mr. Wyatt will also discuss his new book, “Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff,” which explores the jazz legend’s journey into spirituality and even occultism.

The library’s Reference and Technology Librarian, Steve Alcalde, will give a talk on free movie and TV-streaming services available to the library patrons, on Thursday, February 21, at 1 p.m.

Shelter Island Reporter columnist Bob DeStefano will host a trivia night, “Battle of the Brains,” on Monday, February 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the library. The contest consists of 50 general knowledge questions answered by the entire team (low pressure!). Bring a team or come alone. Pizza and snacks will be served.

To register for library programs, go to myrml.org or call 631-283-0774 x523.

Hampton Bays

Surfrider of Eastern Long Island had a great turnout of volunteers for its cleanup effort at Tiana Beach and along nearby Dune Road. The 37 volunteers hefted 1,330 pounds of marine debris from area, sorted it for data collection and then dumped it all in a trailer provided by the Southampton Town Trustees for hauling to the transfer station. The collected items included 279 pieces of polystyrene, 202 plastic bottles, 194 glass bottles, 185 plastic food wrappers, 175 plastic bottle caps, 148 various “other” plastics, 130 aluminum cans, 89 shotgun shells/wadding, 87 balloons, 70 plastic shopping bags, 69 cigarette butts, 60 plastic cups, 59 pieces of marine rope, and two large fishing nets, plus lots more.

The next Surfrider cleanup is at 67 Steps Beach in Greenport on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The folks running the Hampton Bays Library’s Teen Department has sent along a few highlights of the many happenings being offered there. For instance, Bringing in the Bystander (a program for parents) will be held on Tuesday, February 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This program explains a community of responsibility model to teach bystanders how to intervene safely and effectively in cases where sexual assault may be occurring.

Teens and their parents are invited to Paint n’ Pizza Night on Wednesday, February 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will create their own “Hope & Courage” painting on an 11x14 canvas. Space limited; cost is $25.

Hampton Bays High School will host the “The Ugly Truth” on Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. The multi-agency presentation will center on the opioid epidemic on Long Island and feature representatives from the Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office and Suffolk County Office of Mental Health.

During the event, experts will offer information related to the opioid epidemic and a complimentary Narcan training for all attendees over 18 years of age. The SCPD will also be available in the auditorium lobby before and after the event to collect unwanted medications in order to properly dispose of them.

Hampton Bays School District kindergarten registration for the next school year will take place by appointment only. Appointments will be scheduled in the following time windows: February 14 and 15, February 25 to March 1, March 4 to 8, March 11 to 15, March 18 to 22. Call Pilar Corredor at 723-2100, ext. 5107 to schedule.

East Quogue

Kindergarten registration for next school year will take place at the school on February 27 and 28, and March 1. Any child residing in East Quogue who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2019 is eligible to be registered. Call the main office at 631-653-5210 to schedule an appointment and get information on required documents.

Quogue

Quogue Wildlife Refuge will offer an afternoon of fireside poetry reading in the Nature Center, hosted by local poet and published author Maggie Bloomfield, on Saturday, February 16, at 4 p.m. Bring a poem of your own, a favorite by someone else, or a very short essay to read, or just enjoy a warm winter respite. All ages, especially children, are invited to read. The topic for the event is “Celebrating Nature and our Local Environment.”

Call 631-653-4771 to make a reservation for Quogue Wildlife Refuge programs.

At the Quogue Library, kids can come by for Miss Pat’s Story time on Thursdays, February 14, and 21 at 11 a.m.

Adult patrons of the library should look for “All You Need is Love and Chocolate French Cooking Tips and Dinner” on February 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Stretch your mind with trivia games and more every Wednesday at the library.

Yoga Fridays start at 9:30 a.m. and chair yoga at 10:45 a.m.

Westhampton

The Westhampton Free Library is holding a family read-a-thon to benefit Maureen’s Haven, a local homeless outreach program. As part of the community outreach project, participants are asked to garner pledges for every book or hour they spend reading. The fundraiser will end on February 28.

The library invites teens and tweens to participate in its new “Friday Night In” program, from 5 to 9 p.m. participants can take part in a variety of activities, including video games, board games and movies, plus a themed activity.

As part of its Lunch and Learn series, the library will host a discussion about online dating on Friday, February 15, at noon. Participants will hear from librarian Niki Loder about the various online dating sites and couples she knows who were brought together by the power of the internet.

Children in kindergarten through grade 3 can learn to code using Dot & Dash, on Monday, February 25, at 4 p.m.

Children ages 3 to 5, are invited to explore endless possibilities with blocks, manipulatives and their imaginations on Thursday, February 28, at 10:30 a.m. For more information and to register, call 631-288-3335 or visit westhamptonlibrary.net


Take Note

King Kullen recently sponsored a “Check Out Hunger” campaign in its stores, raising over $28,000. The money was donated to the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank, which has been serving the hungry on Long Island since 1980.

The Center for Jewish Life-Chabad in Sag Harbor will be hosting a Cantorial Sabbath on Friday, February 15, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 16, at 10 a.m. Guest Cantor Chaim Shneur will deliver traditional and contemporary prayers from around the Jewish world. Tickets are $55 and include a dinner and luncheon. Reservations may be made by emailing info@cfjewishlife.com or calling 631-938-6202.

In addition to unique melodies and liturgy, including prayers associated with medieval Spain and contemporary Uzbekistan, the event will feature community meals and opportunities to meet the cantor.

In partnership with the Sag Harbor Inn, the Center For Jewish Life will be offering a “Cantorial Sabbath Package” for $359,– which includes lodging for two, dinner, breakfast and lunch.

The Suffolk County Historical Society will hold a Book & Bottle event on Saturday, February 23, at 11 a.m., featuring author John Strong, who will talk about his book, “America’s Early Whalemen: Indian Shore Whalers on Long Island, 1650-1750,” and the important contributions of Native peoples to colonial America. His research draws on exhaustive sources and addresses labor relations, the role of alcohol and debt, the patterns of cultural accommodations by Native Americans, and the emergence of corporate capitalism in colonial America. A limited number of books will be available for purchase. To reserve a seat, call 631-727-2881 x100.

The Parrish Art Museum Student Art Festival remains open through March 10. It features the work of more than 1,000 young artists from Eastern Long Island schools. The exhibition also kicks off Family Month at the museum, featuring a live circus performance with the National Circus Project on February 15; a film & live performance event “4 Little Girls: Moving Portraits of the American Civil Rights Movement” on February 23; LEGO Night workshops on March 1; and a free Community Day on March 10.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will offer a low cost vaccine clinic on Friday, February 15. No appointment necessary. More at www.arfhamptons.org.

Hamptons Kirtan and House of Wellness in Hampton Bays have announced that in addition to helping with the Earth’s rhythms, they will also help some local nonprofits. The proceeds from each of its kirtans (kirtan, by the way, is an ancient call-and-response form of chanting and, in the modern reincarnation, with music added) will be donated to a worthy group; the March 15 kirtan with Devadas will benefit the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center. For more information, call 631-287-7664.

Teen Corner

The Southampton Youth Bureau will be hosting its next Open Mic Night on Friday, February 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hampton Coffee Company in Southampton. Performing is free and open to youth in grades five through 12. Acoustic solo artists & bands, karaoke, poetry/spoken word, and comedic acts are all welcome to participate. To reserve a performance time, call the Youth Bureau at (631) 702-2425 or email pstrecker@southamptontownny.gov.

Also from the Youth Bureau is its annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the SYS Recreation Center. This event is open to all students in fifth through 12th grade. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams in middle and high school brackets. Proof of age is required. Pre-register by Thursday, March 14, for $15 per team by submitting a completed form and payment to the Southampton Youth Bureau in Flanders or register at the door from 6 to 6:45 p.m. for $30 per team. Space is limited so pre-register early! Admission is free for non-players and $2 roundtrip transportation is available from several locations. Call the number above for more information.

Take a Hike

Sunday, February 17, hike from the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton to Mashashimuet and back. Meet at 11 a.m. Call 631) 537-9735 to register. There is a fee.

Tuesday, February 19, Full “Snow Moon” Hike at 6:30 p.m. Meet at SoFO. Walk leader is Jean Dodds, 631-599-2391.

Farther Afield

In recognition of Black History Month, the Suffolk County Historical Society is offering a presentation on African-American Genealogy by Sandi Brewster-Walker on Saturday, February 16, at 1 p.m. Call 631-727-2881 x100 with questions or to register.

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