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Bridgehampton Bank Rings NASDAQ’s Closing Bell; and other news briefs

Posted on 11 March 2010

Bridgehampton National Bank Ring NASDAQ’s Closing Bell

As part of the Bridgehampton National Bank’s 100th Birthday celebration, Kevin O’Connor, president and CEO of the bank along with members of the board of directors and staff rang the NASDAQ closing bell on Friday, March 5, at the NASDAQ Studios in Times Square. Bridge Bancorp became a NASDAQ listed stock, last year (BDGE).

Ross School

Green Grant
Last week The Ross School in East Hampton received a grant for over $200,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for solar panels on the Lower School campus. The panels will be installed on the Barn Building. It costs roughly $12,000 per year to power this structure. These expenses will be reduced by 90 percent by using the panels.
Sag Harbor Whaling Museum ?

Orphans in the Attic ??

The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum announced their summer exhibition, “Orphans in the Attic,” this week. According to a press release penned by museum director Zach Studenroth, the exhibition will satisfy the curiosity of many visitors who inquire about the objects left in storage, while providing an opportunity to showcase the conservation challenges the museum faces. Visitors will be asked to “adopt” an “orphan” by pledging contributions that will be matched by the museum, thus making it possible to complete conservation work. Funding for the exhibit has been secured by the Town of Southampton. ?

The majority of the Whaling Museum’s collection was assembled over many decades from local sources, testifying to the community support that the museum has enjoyed since its founding in 1936. Many objects were acquired in “as found” condition. Some are still in need of major repair. After a preliminary search conducted by museum staff, guest curator Judy Estes will select the objects for exhibition and personalize their display by creating individual “biographies” that explain their origins, history of ownership and use, and suggested techniques for repair or treatment.?

Estes is a part-time curator for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (Cold Spring Harbor) and has consulted for numerous museums across Long Island. She is familiar with the museum’s collection, having initiated a collections management program for us with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (2006). ?For more information please visit the website at www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.

Suffolk County ?

Plum Island Help ??

The Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad Cold Case detective are asking for the public’s help in identifying a body that wash up on the shores of Plum Island on January 14. The deceased is described as a “black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing between 160 to 190 pounds, [and] between 50 to 70 years old.” The man was found wearing a light green three-button shirt with dark green horizontal stripes, green cargo pants with buttons inscribed with “God Body Collection,” brown loafers in size 10, blue plaid boxer shorts and a belt buckle inscribed “Stacy Adams.”

?During a post-mortem examination, it was discovered that the man had a well-healed head injury and indications of prior neurosurgery. He was also taking medications Dilantin and Phenobarbital, both of which are anti-epileptic drugs commonly used to control seizures.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that the man may be from Connecticut, Rhode Island or Massachusetts. ?Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Homicide Squad at (631) 852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-TIPS. ??

Peconic Land Trust

Close Pike Farm Stand ?

?On March 2, The Peconic Land Trust, Suffolk County and Southampton Town closed on the purchase of the Hopping family’s 7.8 acres of farmland on Sagg Main Street in Sagaponack. The farmland is home to the Pike Farm Stand, operated by Jim and Jennifer Pike for more than 20 years. Under the terms of the contract, the Trust purchased the property for $6 million; and then sold the development rights on the property to Suffolk County and Southampton Town for around $4.3 million, under a 70/30 percent split of the cost. The Trust, with donations from over 300 contributors and the Pew Charitable Trust’s Northeast Land Trust Consortium, brought an additional $1 million to the closing.

The Hopping family agreed to a second and final installment payment post-closing from the Trust of $700,000 by March 5, 2011. In the meantime the Pikes will lease the land from the Trust. ?When the final installment is paid to the Hoppings, the Trust intends to sell the restricted farmland to the Pikes with additional safeguards to ensure that this land will always remain available to farmers for agricultural production. To this end, the Trust will sell the land subject to an overlay conservation easement with preemptive right. These additional restrictions will enable the Trust to sell the restricted farmland to the Pikes at a price that they can afford. ??

Southampton Village ?

Hike for Haiti ??

The Grace Presbyterian Church of the Hamptons, based in Water Mill, recently hosted a “Hike for Haiti” event in Southampton Village. Almost 75 people, plus a few dogs, walked in the event. The walk raised around $3,500 for victims of the earthquake which hit Haiti in January. The proceeds will be distributed through the American Red Cross Mission to the World and World Vision.
New York City

Concert Series

Classical musicians connected with the Hamptons-based Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival recently performed at Carnegie Hall and Juilliard, and will be appearing at the festival in Sag Harbor this summer. Teenage piano prodigy David Aladashvili was the main attraction at a concert at Carnegie Hall on February 19, featuring musical pieces composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin. A group of students with the Julliard Pre-College program performed at the school on Saturday, February 20. The youngest performer Evan Lee, 10, played five pieces by Beethoven. Some of these students will in the Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival Concert series from the last week of July through the end of August. For more information call (631) 899-4074.

Southampton Hospital

Spanish Lessons

Southampton Hospital received a Suffolk County Community College Workforce Development Training Hospital Consortium Award to provide Spanish language training for its clinical staff in order to more effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking patients.

“While the hospital has a language line service and a number of its employees are bilingual, we felt that an employee with the ability to communicate directly with a patient provides for greater patient satisfaction,” said Patricia A. Darcey, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient Care Services at the hospital.

A main element of the course is sensitivity training to heighten the awareness of health practitioners to potential language and cultural barriers. Adds Darcey, “Southampton Hospital is supportive of continuing education and training and encourages our staff to take advantage of programs that enhance patient care.”

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