Happy New Year, friends and neighbors! “And now let us welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been.”
I’d like to make mention of a few good deeds that took place before the end of the year:
Sister Frances, Mary and Marybeth (and a host of elves) of the Church of Saint Rosalie’s ESL program gave each and every child a gift the week before Christmas.
We happened to spot Santa Claus riding in an Army truck, while receiving an escort from the American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post Riders, spreading holiday cheer throughout our hamlet. Thanks guys!
Thank you to the King Kullen deli department for a job well done on the 3-foot hero that we ordered over the holidays. It was delish!
And many thanks to Mary, the manager of the men’s department at Macy’s, who went above and beyond the call of duty to locate a new blazer for Ron.
It’s a girl! Hailey Elizabeth Mayer was born to Brandon and Nicole Mayer at 6 p.m. on November 11. She weighed in at 6 pounds 12 ounces and was 19.5-inches long. Tickled pink grandparents are Lisa Keyser of Flanders, Kirk Mayer of Shirley and Debbie Mazzone of Staten Island. Brandon is a 2001 graduate of Hampton Bays High School and he and Nicole live in Lindenhurst.
Eighth-grader Evan Kelly took first place in the Hampton Bays Middle School’s National Geographic Geography Bee on December 22. Hannah Hansen was the runner-up. The competition is designed to encourage the studying and teaching of geography. Evan will next have the opportunity to qualify to compete on the state level. Good luck!
Ann Cryan is pleased to announce that her daughter Amanda Cryan and Jan Randazzo, both of Buffalo, became engaged on Christmas Day. A fall 2012 wedding is planned.
Belated birthday wishes are going out to Carolyn Browne. Carolyn’s special day was last Friday, December 30.
Happy birthday to Joseph S. Lach! Joe’s cake-and-candle day is this Friday, January 6.
The Hampton Bays United Methodist Church Thrift Shop is now open on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
And don’t forget about the Dominican Sisters Thrift Shop, located right next door to Scotto’s Pork Store. Stop in for some great buys.
Southampton artist Corinne Lavinio has her photography on display this month at the Hampton Bays Public Library. All of Corinne’s images are natural, vibrant and created without enhancement.
Hampton Bays’ TJ Fox will perform his acoustic solo set of classic rock, top 40 hits and songs by Eminem at The Patio in Westhampton Beach on Friday, January 6. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. TJ has performed all over Queens and Manhattan and now brings his music to his summer home in the Hamptons.
The Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot competition is set for this Saturday, January 7, at 1 p.m., at the Hampton Bays High School on Argonne Road East. The hoop shoot is a free-throw shooting competition for boys and girls age 8 through 13 who are split into groups according to age and gender. Put your sneakers on and come have some fun!
Here’s a good way to start off your new year. The Suffolk County Department of Health is giving “Learn To Be Tobacco Free” smoking cessation classes at the Hampton Bays Public Library. The classes begin at 6 p.m. next Thursday, January 12, and run through February 16, with a reunion set for March 8. There is no charge. Just call 728-6241 to sign up.
The Hampton Bays Public Library is offering a theater package that includes a three-course dinner (tax and tip are covered) and a ticket to see the Hampton Theatre Company’s latest production, “Deathtrap,” on Friday, January 20. The cost is $48 per person. For reservations and more details, please call 728-6241 by January 13.
By the way, “Deathtrap” opens next Thursday, January 12, and runs through Sunday, January 29, at the Quogue Community Hall. For information, call 653-8955. For tickets, log on to www.hamptontheatre.org or call OvationTix at 866-811-4111.
Congratulations to Anna Cristine Guarino who was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Nice going!