Give him a big pat on the back! I would like to make mention of this gentleman, whom many of you are familiar with, I am sure.
John Balzer has been an employee of the U.S. Postal Service for more than 17 years right here at our post office in Hampton Bays. The next time you are sending off a package or picking up some stamps, be sure to say hello.
Jason Kulp and Diane Henry of Hampton Bays are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Rose, on November 2. She weighed in at 5 pounds 1 ounce and was 18 inches long. Proud big sister Emma and big brother Jack Henry welcomed the arrival of their new baby sister.
Happy birthday wishes are going out this week to Mike Diffley and Diane Devon; they share the same birth date of Sunday, November 20. Beth Fox’s cake-and-candle day is on Monday, November 21.
You’ll Be Missed: The employees at Hampton Watercraft and Marine are sad to announce the sudden passing of their marina cat, Bigs. The 13-year-old cat was a fixture at the marina and restaurant and had a huge following. He will be missed by many.
Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue is hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, November 19, from 6 until 10 p.m., at the American Legion Hall located at 55 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. General admission is $20 and that includes Italian cuisine by Chef Michael, entertainment provided by Mojo Wire and lots of fun. Kids get in for free. For advance tickets, call 537-7335. To learn more about Amaryllis Farm, go to www.forRascal.com.
Birthright of the Hamptons is hosting a Zumba fundraiser on Sunday, November 20, at 9:30 a.m., at the American Legion Hall on Ponquogue Avenue. Amazing Zumba instructor Julio Usma will lead the hour-long class. Tickets are $15 per person. For reservations, call 728-8900 or 903-3798.
Sunrise To Sunset is sponsoring a skateboard competition this Sunday, November 20, at 4 p.m., at the Red Creek Skate Park, 102 Old Riverhead Road. Daily registration or current skate park membership is required. For further information, call 728-8585 or stop by the Parks and Recreation Department office at 6 Newtown Road.
The Hampton Bays Clergy Association invites the public to attend a Community Thanksgiving Service on Monday, November 21, at 7 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Assembly of God church at 109 Ponquogue Avenue. Donations of canned goods will go to the St. Rosalie’s Food Pantry and financial gifts will go to the Maureen’s Haven host churches in Hampton Bays. Call 723-1847 for more information.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is offering Italian Take-Out all day on Tuesday, November 22. Tickets are $15 apiece and include a choice of one of the following: a cheese pie; spaghetti with meatballs and sausage; penne alla vodka; and chicken or eggplant parmigiana. Tickets are available by calling the church at 728-0776 or Francesca’s at 728-8979.
Food For Fines: The Hampton Bays Public Library is having a “Food for Fines” food drive to help stock the food pantry shelves for the upcoming holiday season. Bring those overdue books back along with a donation of a nonperishable food item and all fines will be waived!
The Joe Marino Memorial Fund is seeking donations of merchandise, gift certificates and gift and auction baskets to benefit its Chinese auctions, the proceeds of which go to the Joe Marino Memorial Fund Scholarship (JMMFS). For those who may not remember, Joe was the 15-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2009.
The $500 scholarships are awarded annually to a graduating Hampton Bays High School student. Thanks to the generosity of so many in the community, three scholarships were awarded last June. Your contributions may be sent to JMMFS, 88 Old Riverhead Road West, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. You can call 766-6304 if you need more details. Thank you in advance from the Marino family.
Because of Thanksgiving, I have an early deadline this week. Please send me your news no later than this Saturday, November 19. Thank you for your cooperation.