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The Southampton Town Police Department, the Southampton Youth Bureau, the Southampton Town Police Explorers, the New York State Police, and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office participated in National Night Out at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays on August 6.

National Night Out

The Southampton Town Police Department, the Southampton Youth Bureau, the Southampton Town Police Explorers, the New York State Police, and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office participated in National Night Out at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays on August 6.

Chief Steven Skrynecki and Supervisor Jay Schneiderman addressed the community regarding the dangers of alcohol and drug addiction, gangs, bullying, and school violence. The youth bureau provided face painting, a bounce house, and a DJ for entertainment, while The Southampton Town Police Benevolent Association with The Southampton Superior Officers Association provided pizza and beverages.

Community members were given demonstrations of emergency police vehicles and service equipment, and unmanned aircraft. Members from the sheriff’s office also gave bicycle safety demonstrations and gave away helmets to the community. State troopers demonstrated one of their police motorcycles.

Educator Of Distinction

The National Society of High School Scholars recently named Southampton High School math teacher Frank Amitrano a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction.

The award is granted to educators who display outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence and who make significant contributions to their profession. Amitrano, who was nominated anonymously by one of his students, has served as the Math PLC leader, a class advisor, an alternative school teacher, a varsity club advisor, and an assistant varsity softball coach during his eight years at Southampton.

Shark Research & Education

The South Fork Natural History Museum will host “Working to Unlock the Mysteries of Long Island’s White Shark Nursery, and News About This Year’s Montauk Expedition” with the Shark Research & Education Program team on Wednesday, August 14, at 6 PM. Led by scientist Dr. Tobey Curtis and chief field coordinator Greg Metzger, the team will unveil some of the data it has gathered from the 2019 field season. A Q&A panel discussion will follow. For more information, visit

Temple Open House

Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor will host a prospective member open house on Friday, August 16, at 6:30 PM.

There will be a wine and cheese reception, tours of the historic temple, and the opportunity to meet Rabbi Dan Geffen, as well as some of the lay leadership, staff, and current members. Guests are also invited to join Shabbat Services at 7:30 PM followed by an Oneg Shabbat. For more information, visit

Mashomack Goes To Montauk

Mashomack Preserve will host “Family Fun: Sculpture from Nature at the Andy Warhol Preserve” in Montauk on Saturday, August 17 from 10 AM to 12 PM, where artist Grace Markman will lead participants in building sculptures from found materials. The program is for children ages seven and up.

There also will be “Hauling a Seine” for families on August 24 from 6:30 to 8 PM. Participants can help pull in a 300-foot haul seine and look at the creatures and plants that live in the sea, such as striped bass, bluefish, porgies, fluke, flounder, and several species of crab.

All programs require pre-registration. Call 631-749-1001.

Hometown Hero

The Westhampton Free Library will honor Lisha Terry as its Hometown Hero for August at the Westhampton Beach Firehouse on Saturday, August 17, at 10 AM.

Terry attended Westhampton Beach High School. Following her graduation, she joined the U.S. Coast Guard Department of Transportation and was stationed in St. Petersburg, FL. She received a letter of commendation from the Coast Guard for responding to a single-engine plane crash. Terry had swum out through the rough waters to the plane, where she successfully rescued the pilot and passenger.

Terry then served on the Coast Guard’s Shinnecock Station and in 1999, entered the Health Dental Technical School where she became a dental technician. Her active duty with the Coast Guard came to an end in 2002 and she then served as a dental assistant at the 106th Air National Guard Medical Clinic.

Nearing her 19th year in which she would become eligible for military retirement, she decided to make a change from medical to security forces for a better chance at deployment and other opportunities. She was deployed to Kuwait in 2015. Following her deployment, Terry earned her associate degree in criminal justice through the U.S. Air Force.

Terry is still with the 106th and continues to train. She recently attended 7-Level School at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. She is scheduled to be promoted to master sergeant in the near future and hopes to serve the unit as a first sergeant. She volunteers with the VFW Post 5350, where she serves on its golf committee. She is also a member of the Westhampton American Legion Post 84 and volunteers on the Westhampton St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, for the nonprofit Human Understanding and Growth Services, and others.

Terry is a licensed massage therapist with an urban farming business. She is the mother of two children, Reed, 12, and Race, 10.

Women In Leadership

The Hamptons Institute will have a panel on “The Future of Women in Leadership” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Monday, August 19, at 7 PM.

Produced by Tracy Marshall and Sheraton Kalouria, the panel will talk about the increase of women leaders being elected to Congress and the surge of female candidates for presidency. Kathy Hochul, the Lieutenant Governor of New York, and Brette McSweeney, the president of Eleanor’s Legacy, will be on the panel. Additional panelists and special guests will be announced.

Tickets are $25 to $55, or $23 to $50 for members. Special tickets are $500 and include premium seating and a post-performance reception with the panelists. For more information, visit

Rogers Memorial Library

Benn Steil will give a talk titled “The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War,” which will focus on the years 1947 to 1949, on Monday, August 19 at 5:30 PM at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. Steil, a senior fellow and a director of International Economics at the Council of Foreign Relations, will discuss seminal episodes that marked the collapse of postwar U.S.-Soviet relations, such as the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany.

Author Deborah Burns will talk about her book “Saturday’s Child: A Daughter’s Memoir,” about growing up with an unconventional mother in the 1950s, on Wednesday, August 21, at 12 PM. Her memoir recounts her eccentric upbringing and her quest to uncover the truth about her mother and their complex relationship.

The Rogers Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Express News Group, will offer “Truth in the Time of Trump” on Thursday, August 22, at 6 PM. Bill Keller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founding editor-in-chief of the Marshall Project, will talk with Joe Shaw, executive editor of the Express News Group. They will discuss the challenges that the news media has faced during the first term of the Trump administration. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, visit

Peconic Estuary Committee

The Peconic Estuary Technical Advisory Committee will meet at the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center in Riverhead on Wednesday, August 21, from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.

The Technical Advisory Committee advises the program and its partners on technical and scientific issues, provides technical and scientific feedback to projects, plans initiatives, and assists the program in research and information gathering. RSVP by calling 631-854-0095. For more information, visit

Believe Garden Party

The Chabad of the Hamptons in East Hampton will host “Believe: Fifth Annual Garden Party for Women” on Wednesday, August 21, beginning at 7:15 PM.

The event will feature appetizers, dinner, and a dessert buffet. Charlene Aminoff, the founder of Gali’s Couture Wigs, will speak on her experiences with her daughter Gali and the life-changing experience that led her to become a Torah observant Jew.

Tickets are $36. For more information, visit

Auditions At Guild Hall

Auditions for an “Aladdin”-inspired original premiering at Guild Hall in November will be held on Wednesday, August 21, at Dancehampton Studio in East Hampton. There will be an open dance call between 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Those interested can schedule an audition for acting or singing between 3 to 6 PM. To schedule an audition, e-mail [email protected].

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