It isn’t always obvious what is killing the chickens. You are often left with only the evidence. At first, I thought it might have been domestic dogs — what they think is a squeaky-toy killing spree. Birds were here and there. From their torn bodies, trails of feathers tell of that fatal chase. Three are dead, and it is hard to know how many are missing. But the late-day damage also is consistent with a fox. Only I haven’t smelled one. Generally, before I feel the impact of a reemerging fox population, I can smell it. At first, they come ... 10 Dec 2019 by Staff Writer
A bill to change the name of Robert Moses State Park — because of the racism of Mr. Moses — was introduced in Albany last week by State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell of Manhattan. An attorney, he grew up in Suffolk County, in Commack (and is an older brother of Rosie O’Donnell, the TV personality and author). His measure declares that “Robert Moses repeatedly abused his power to entrench racial and economic segregation.” Examples cited: When Moses built Jones Beach State Park, “he intentionally ordered the overpasses of the connected parkway too low for buses, so that poor people, particularly African-American ... 9 Dec 2019 by Staff Writer
Our Lady Of The Hamptons School Lisa Macari and her Prep 6 class were the student leaders of the Advent Liturgy on the Feast of St Nicholas. The mass was concelebrated by Fathers John Wachowicz and Ryan Creamer. The OLH Joyful Noise, Hamptones, Hamptonix, Dance Troupes and bell choir enhanced the prayer and blessing of the Advent wreath, creche and Christmas tree at the family Advent service. The local and parish communities are welcome to attend “Written in the Stars,” an original Christmas musical to be presented at the school on Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m. and Monday, December ... by my27east
Southampton School District Senior Tonoa Pender has been recognized by the Rotary Club of Southampton as the Rotary Student of the Month for December. She earned the honor for her dedication to her studies and school community. She is the treasurer of the Rotary Interact Club and a member of the Spanish and National honor societies. She also participates in the Best Buddies program and the Southampton Village Planning Commission. When not studying, she enjoys sewing, thrifting, meditation and volunteering at the local Methodist church. In the fall, she plans to attend either Southern Connecticut State University or Syracuse University ... by my27east
Hayground School Students in Marybeth Pacilio’s and RJ Partington’s class took turns teaching the class about different aspects of slavery that they researched in small groups. Their focus has been on the origins, the middle passage, and the impact that slavery had on families and the lives of children in particular. Students have also been reading selected excerpts from Jules Lester’s “To Be A Slave.” It is a collection of first-person narratives of those who were enslaved. The topics are emotionally challenging, but the students are very clear about the importance of bearing witness to history in order to build ... by my27east
This happened a long time ago, so I may not remember the details correctly, but bear with me. I was doing a magazine piece about the attempt to turn Big Sur into a national park in order to preserve it, and I flew west to San Francisco, where a friend had a married sister who would put me up for a night. She and her husband gathered me in at the airport and drove me to their place. It was around 1 in the morning. Even though I was tired, we got to talking. His name was Jody Procter. He ... 6 Dec 2019 by Staff Writer
Bridgehampton School A Construction Student Ambassador Program has been recently initiated at the school. In the program, students have an opportunity to meet with the architect, construction manager and builders who are involved in the 35,000-square-foot expansion of the school building, which includes a new gymnasium, cafeteria, fitness center, locker rooms and a technology room. The real-world experience for students ranging from kindergarten to seventh grade, takes place every two weeks and allows students to ask questions and tour the construction site. “This opportunity enables our students to develop a wide range of skills from communication, collaboration, responsibility, confidence and ... by my27east
From a perch in a craggy tree, in every surviving ditch row, there is the slender bump of a hawk. The bird is hunting, patiently watching among the clumps of grass and earth below for a mouse to move or a mole to turn. After a two-month absence, the rough-legged hawk returns to my chicken yard, and on this mild morning he is perched on a low limb, focused on an abandoned herb garden. For what I believed would be a leisurely harvest, when I arrive in the field I can feel the cold air through my clothing. Five minutes ... 3 Dec 2019 by Staff Writer
Way back in high school civics class, we argued about the role of “representative government” and the Constitution. We learned that our House of Representatives, an integral part of the Legislative Branch, is a body of men and women whose job is to represent the interests of their various constituents, scattered across all 50 states. Each representative concerns himself or herself with being the voice of roughly 600,000 individuals. Today, we have 435 congresspersons: 233 Democrats, 197 Republicans, one Independent, and four vacancies. But what does it truly mean to “represent” a congressional district? There are two basic philosophies: The ... 2 Dec 2019 by Staff Writer
Checking into a hospital for surgery is like checking into the Army: You become the number printed on your wristband — name, rank and date of birth. You have to go by their rules, which they call “protocol.” No deviation. No rings on your fingers, or they cut them off. The rings, that is. I tried to convince my surgeon, Doc Brian, that with an epidural I wouldn’t feel any pain, so I didn’t need to be sedated and could do my yoga breathing. He said, “But I’m hammering and sawing and making a lot of noise. You will feel ... by Staff Writer
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