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Dec 16, 2014 11:27 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Community News, December 18

Jan 2, 2015 1:25 PM
The North Sea Fire Department Antique Truck Committee will host a pancake breakfast this Sunday, December 21, from 8 a.m. to noon at 230 Elm in Southampton. Usually, the breakfasts are held at the firehouse; however, due to construction, this year the truck committee’s benefit breakfast will be held at 230 Elm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids; children age 3 and under eat for free. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, this weekend—come out and support your local fire department, and enjoy a delicious breakfast! Lately, I have had the opportunity to write about a few community members who have performed good deeds or acts of kindness, and this week is no exception, as I get to continue letting you all know about some of these benevolent acts.

On the evening of December 3, Olde Towne Animal Hospital in Southampton received a call from the Southampton Town Police dispatcher, informing them that a dog was being brought in for after-hours emergency care. The dog had fallen off a dock and had been stranded in the cold waters of the bay for more than an hour.

Shortly after the call came in, Officer John Loren arrived at the animal hospital with Percy, a large 2-year-old mixed-breed dog. Both officer Loren and Percy were soaked to the bone. Dr. Richard Altieri and veterinarian assistant Michele Montaldo administered emergency care for Percy’s hypothermia, and he has since returned to his adventurous ways.

The folks at Olde Towne want to express their sincere gratitude to Officer Loren. In an email this week, Olde Towne Animal Hospital insisted that had it not been for his efforts, which went above and beyond the call of duty, Percy would not have survived his ordeal. Percy is back with his family, just in time for the holidays. Thank you, Officer Loren!

The San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons President Rick Martel recently presented the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital with a $2,500 check, on behalf of the feast committee. On hand to accept the donation was Southampton Hospital President and CEO Bob Chaloner, CWC President Susan Barry Roden and CWC Vice President Stacy Quarty. The Feast was held this fall on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, in Hampton Bays.

Congratulations to Evelyn Konrad of Southampton, who was recently sworn in to the bar at the U.S. Supreme Court. As a member of the bar, she and others who were recently sworn in are eligible to sit in a reserved section of the courtroom.

Last week, Southampton local Nichlas “Nicki” Keszler passed away. He was 22. I did not know Nicki personally, but last week my Facebook became flooded with posts about this young man, who had the brightest smile and biggest heart. Family and friends of the Keszler family have created a Give Forward account, where donations can be made to the Southampton Fresh Air Home. The Fresh Air Home is a camp for physically disabled children and an organization very near and dear to the Keszler family’s heart, as per Give Forward’s website. As of Tuesday, December 16, the account had raised upward of $25,000. To donate, visit www.giveforward.com, or to learn more about the Southampton Fresh Air Home, visit www.sfah.org.

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