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123 At Bideawee

Bideawee announced that 123 of its animals were adopted this summer. This number was due, in part, to the 20 adoptions that originated at Bideawee’s first-ever pop-up adoption center on Main Street in Westhampton.

Leslie Granger, Bideawee’s president and CEO, said, “I am so delighted that 20 formerly homeless animals are now valued family members because of our new Westhampton pop up. And even better, our main adoption center on Old Country Road did 103 adoptions — more than any summer in the last decade.” Bideawee opened its adoption center on Old Country Road in 1966. Granger hopes to be back on Main Street next summer if the right location is available. For information about how to support Bideawee or adopt a pet, visit or call 866-262-8133.

Chamber Business Mixer

People’s United Bank and the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will co-host an after-hours business mixer on Wednesday, September 18, from 5 to 7 PM at 99 Newtown Lane in East Hampton. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and other beverages will be served. For more news and events, visit

Southampton Fest

On Friday, September 20, at Agawam Park in Southampton village, Southampton Fest kicks off the celebratory weekend with a party presented by the Southampton Rotary Club from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. To purchase tickets online, go to

The weekend activities include concerts in Agawam Park featuring Mean Machine, Sturdy Souls, NiteWork, Lynn Blue Band, Southbound, Next Level Band, and That Motown Band, plus the annual Chowder Contest, Taste of the East End food vendors and food trucks, caricatures, face painting, fine art vendors from Southampton Artists Association, EMS safety demonstrations, cornhole, and a kid zone.

The Party Pups Agility Show will offer special puppy cuddle time. Also on tap will be an interactive kids rock concert with Jim Turner, pumpkin decorating, craft projects for the kids, stilt walkers, hula hooping, face painters, Innovators Camp, and more.

On Saturday, Jobs Lane becomes pedestrian only with the farmers market, jewelry and craft vendors, chalk art, food vendors and live music with Certain Moves, Andrew Weiss and Friends, and more, plus DJ Double S and a special Latin dance demonstration with Jaime Ruiz. Southampton Arts Center will open a 40-year retrospective of the work of artist Michael Paraskevas with a special opening reception on Saturday night followed by the return of the Silent Disco Dance Party on the west lawn.

The popular Harvest Day Fair at Southampton History Museum also returns on Saturday, September 2,1 from 11 AM to 4 PM on the grounds of the History Museum.

For a full schedule, visit

Recipes With Rick: Eggplant Caponata

On Saturday, September 21, from 2 to 3:30 PM at Bridge Gardens, Rick Bogusch will demonstrate his recipe for eggplant caponata, along with ideas for variations, share the history of this delicious dish, and provide you with a sample to enjoy. You’ll leave with a copy of the recipe. The cost is $10/person, free to Bridge Gardens members. Space is limited, reservations required. Rain or shine. Visit and find “Bridge Gardens” to learn more.

At Rogers Memorial Library

WSHU essayist and author David Bouchier will be at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton on Thursday, September 19, at 1 PM for a talk titled “The Real South of France,” in which the author will recount experiences from his travels in the country.

The library will host a birth year dinner party on September 19 at 5:30 PM. Participants are asked to research a popular recipe from the year they were born, prepare it, and bring it to the library to share. Reservations are required.

The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will present pianist Joel Fan in concert on Sunday, September 22, at 3 PM. He will perform works by Chopin, Liszt, Ligeti, and others. There is no charge for this program.

Dr. Martin Levinson will moderate a session focusing on cyber conflict and geopolitics on Monday, September 23, at 11:30 AM. The library will offer a screening of “Maria by Callas,” also on Monday, at 3 PM. Shelter Island Reporter columnist Bob DeStefano will host a trivia night, “Battle of the Brains,” on Monday at 5:30 PM. The contest consists of 50 general knowledge questions. Bring a team or come alone. Pizza and salad will be served.

Vinyasa Yoga instructor Vinny McGann offers an introductory yoga class for men on Tuesday, September 24, at 6:30 PM The session will outline the basics of yoga, with a special focus on areas of particular challenge for the male physique.

Author Jeffrey Sussman will be at the Rogers Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 25, at 1 PM, to talk about his new book, “Boxing and the Mob: The Notorious History of the Sweet Science.”

“Living and Dying: Reflection and Conversation,” with social worker Paula Peterson, will be held on Thursday, September 26, at 5:30 PM in the Cooper Hall board room.

The library will host a clothing swap on Saturday, September 28, from 11 AM to 2 PM. To participate, bring five to 10 items of clothing, clean and in good shape, and prepare to “shop.” Register or find out more about any of these programs at

Don Noble: Hometown Hero

The Westhampton Free Library will honor veteran Don Hill Noble during its September Hometown Hero ceremony on Saturday, September 21, at 10 AM, at the Westhampton Beach Firehouse.

Noble grew up in Cheyenne, WY and attended the U. S. Military Academy until his third year when his father passed and his mother suffered with a major stroke. He was forced to leave the academy to take care of his ailing mother. After much time, he enrolled in the University of Vermont, where he completed his degree in math and science.

Being a member of the ROTC and a Distinguished Military graduate, Noble then commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. With the Vietnam war raging, Noble prepared himself with as much solid training as possible, from basic infantry to becoming a paratrooper, to a U.S. Ranger, finishing his training at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, NC.

Two months after entering Vietnam, he was wounded by a grenade and mortar fragments to his legs and side. He refused to be evacuated from the battlefield but was eventually taken to a combat hospital by the Vietnamese airborne ranger commander. While he was in the hospital, he was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, a Bronze Star for Valor, and the first of his two Purple Hearts.

Noble refused to rotate back to the U.S. and extended his time for a second tour. Noble was awarded the second Purple Heart, a second Bronze Star for Valor, and the Silver Star by General William Westmoreland when during his second tour, with bullets in both legs, a bullet in his arm, and a serious head wound, he elected to stay behind while his other team members were evacuated. He was rescued the next morning and taken to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D. C.

After the military, Noble enrolled in graduate school at the University of Florida. He earned his master’s degree in business, all while taking some time off to get surgery for his wounds. Noble is involved in local veteran organizations, the American Legion, and the VFW. Noble resides in New York City and spends his weekends in his Remsenburg home of 20 years, with his wife, Jean.

Montaukett Indians Talk

On Saturday, September 21, at 2 PM, the Amagansett Library welcomes Sandi Brewster-Walker as she shares her research on the history of the Montaukett Indians and the dishonest strategies used to negotiate the removal of the Montauketts still living on the land reserved for the tribe.

On October 11, 1910, while Montaukett Indians were seated in the room, Judge Abel Blackmar ruled that the Montauketts no longer had legal standing as an entity before the court. Brewster-Walker, chair of the board of trustees and acting executive director of the Indigenous People Museum & Research Institute, will address the repercussions of subsequent appeals on the current status of the Montaukett Indians.

Brewster-Walker served in President Bill Clinton’s administration as deputy director of the Office of Communications at USDA. For more info, visit

Ducks Unlimited Event

On Sunday, September 22, from 5 to 7 PM, the Water Mill Community Club will host the Eastern Suffolk Ducks Unlimited low country boil and raffle, with more than $5000 in door prizes. Ticket includes entry, food, and beverages. Additional raffles will be held on site at $50 per ticket. You do not need to attend to win. Only 300 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are available online at

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