Last week I mentioned that access to Nowedonah Road from the service road along the railroad tracks had been restored. Well, that is not exactly correct, as I learned last week when making my way to the bank on the corner. The fact is, the ridiculous circle that connects the new development to the west is finished and now effectively blocks access from the service road to Nowedonah. It’s an incredibly overbuilt “solution” to the traffic flow problems that will ensue when the project to the west opens for business. And it breaks my heart how close the traffic circle is to the Community Club fields and how it takes away one of the singular joys of “localhood”: knowing where the dirt road leads to.
We were pleased to learn that Bryan Futerman of Foody’s Restaurant in Water Mill will be Bridgehampton School’s next partner in Michelle Obama’s ‘Chefs Move to Schools’ initiative. In the initiative, the First Lady is calling on chefs to adopt a school and work with teachers, parents, school nutritionists and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. As co-founder of the Springs Seedlings Project (a greenhouse at Springs School) and a board member of Slow Food East End, Bryan is extremely committed to helping students make healthier food choices and will be a great asset to the school. We couldn’t agree more.
Just a reminder that the second annual Core Cares Cycle-a-thon will take place this Saturday, January 21, at Core Dynamics in Water Mill. For time increments of varying lengths between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., participants will ride indoor bikes to raise money for Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program, which organizes overnight stays for the homeless at area churches. The Core Cares event will benefit the stay at the First Presbyterian Church in Southampton. A minimum donation of just $15 to reserve a bike for 30 minutes is required, but Core, of course, encourages riders to get as many sponsors as possible. The three top fundraisers will earn a prize. For more information and to reserve a bike and ride time, please call Core at 726-6049 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice went out last week to those on the mailing list of the Water Mill Citizens Advisory Committee that there will be a special meeting of the group on Wednesday, January 25, at 6 p.m. at the Community House. The topic of discussion will be stormwater abatement on Deerfield Road. A plan regarding runoff to Mill Pond, prepared by Cashin Associates, will be presented and Supervisor Anna Throne Holst and Mike Collins from Southampton Town will attend. Copies of the plan will be available at the meeting.
A couple of scholars deserve props this week:
Katherine L. Rogers, daughter of Kathleen and Paul Rogers of Water Mill, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2011 fall semester. Katherine is a sophomore at the school.
At SUNY Geneseo, Kristen Giugliano, daughter of Carolyn and James Giugliano, is also earning stellar marks. She made the dean’s list there, which means she’s got better than a 3.5 average.