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Mar 30, 2015 2:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Water Mill Community Notes, April 2

Mar 31, 2015 1:34 PM
I was a non-believer on Friday when co-workers started to talk about the possibility of snow accumulation on Saturday. That all changed by Saturday afternoon when there was a good 2 to 3 inches on the ground. Mother Nature seemed to get the seasons back in order on Sunday afternoon, giving us and many neighbors, the chance for a lovely walk under sunny skies.I can’t remember a year when there was snow on the ground for the annual Easter egg hunt organized by the Water Mill Community Club but there were some patches out there this year, making it tricky to hide some of the plastic eggs. But the show must go on, as they say, and about 15 kids turned out in the 40-degree weather to hunt for eggs and prizes on Sunday.

Hats off to the committee members who made the event special for the kids: Kristy and Andrew Stevens, Jennifer and Ed Vinski, Jenn and Chris Corwith, Stacy and Brian Halsey, Michael and Mary Levine and Samantha Wesnofske.

Sabrosa restaurant invited the Bridgehampton Killer Bees to dinner last Wednesday to celebrate their win as New York State Class D Champion in basketball. The team and coaches came by to enjoy some of the delicious, healthy Mexican fare at the restaurant and also went home with a check for $1,223 to help the Bridgehampton School Foundation.

Speaking of Sabrosa, starting this week, the restaurant will match the cost of the 100th diner of each day and put that amount in the monthly fundraising effort for the Flying Point Foundation for Autism. Each month, the restaurant chooses a local charity to benefit from this unique give-back. As the founder of the Flying Point Foundation, I am grateful that Sabrosa has chosen it for April, given that it’s Autism Awareness Month. Please head over there and support the business as a thank-you for all the charities they have given to.

Surely, this month, you will hear a lot about autism, and on behalf of the Flying Point Foundation, I will be sending out information through Facebook, our mailing list, and on Twitter. Thanks to increased media attention the past few years, you are probably aware of autism and may even know individuals with autism. Awareness is important, but what is desperately needed is more funding of programs for individuals who really need them, not just for Flying Point, which is close to my heart, but also for other very worthy programs that families like mine could not live without. So, yes, if you hear a lot of begging for money this month from the FPF and other autism-related groups, it’s for a reason: we are here to help but we can’t do it alone. We are all too aware of the toll of autism, now we need more awareness of how much it costs.

Next week is school break and if you’re looking for interesting programs for the kids, check out the vacation workshops offered by the Parrish Art Museum, www.parrishart.org.

Another interesting program is the Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP), created and sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, a weeklong creative writing workshop for teens. For further information or to fill out an application, visit www.stonybrook.edu/yawp or email william.chandler@stonybrook.edu.

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