East End Digest – October 23

Posted on 23 October 2008

Carvers’ Carnival

The Bridgehampton Lions Club will host its pumpkin carving contest on Monday, October 27 at 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the Bridgehampton Community House with a performance by Liz Joyce’s Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre expected. All carving should be done in advance and lighting for jack-o-lanterns must be provided by the carver. In addition to the traditional Classic Jack and Classic Jill categories, the carving contest will also award prizes to gourds carved in themes like Pulp Politico, Sea Screecher, Mother Groosesome and Freaky Tiki. For more information, visit bridgehamptonlions.org.

photo by john musnicki

New York State Assembly: Calling for Compliance

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. released a copy of a letter this week that he has sent to six petroleum companies informing them of New York’s new law on the prohibition of zone pricing on gasoline sales. The letter was sent to Exxon Mobil, Hess, Citgo, Sunoco, Gulf Oil and Shell Oil Company.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to inform these companies that New York has taken steps to protect its residents and motorists from artificially high gasoline prices,” said Thiele. “Although we are seeing a national downward trend in prices, I am hopeful they will comply and motorists, especially on the East End, will see prices that are more comparable with retailers located further west.”

In his letter, dated October 16, Thiele writes, “As a result, there has been a movement statewide to eliminate zone pricing. It has affected other areas of the state and is having the same result on New York’s motorists. While I can appreciate and respect your position in operating a private business, entrepreneurs cannot continue to monetarily penalize individuals who must rely on personal transportation on a daily basis.”

Southampton: Preserves Bullhead Bay

After a century and a half of continuous ownership, the Corwin Family’s 19th century estate on Bullhead Bay has passed into the protection of Southampton Town’s Community Preservation Program, according to Supervisor Linda Kabot.

Consisting of 21.7 acres of pristine property, the land is located at the southwest corner of West Neck Road and Millstone Brook Road and lies within the Little Sebonac Creek Target Area. The vicinity is so designated by the Town’s Community Preservation Project Plan, which identifies areas and properties for acquisition for park, recreation, open space, and conservation purposes. Known for its marshes, inter-tidal creeks, wetlands, and oak-heath woods, Little Sebonac Creek “plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the Peconic Bay,” said Kabot.

Because of its environmental significance and abundant acreage, the parcel has been on the town’s preservation “wish list” for some time, having undergone appraisals, public hearings, and an authorizing resolution approved in August. Earlier in the year, the land was part of a 28.8-acre parcel, but owner Tim Corwin of Southampton subdivided the latter and retained 7.1 acres with existing residences and accessory structures.

At the time of the public hearing over whether to authorize the land’s purchase, Corwin told the town board the family did not want to sell to developers, but found the increasing property tax burden too much to bear. With its sale to the town for $6,000,000, the property will remain perpetually protected.

East End Women: Obama: Take Two

On Sunday, October 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. women from all over the East End will meet at 1 Tradesman’s Path at Butter Lane in Bridgehampton in a show of support for Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy for President of the United States. Several women will be interviewed on Sunday at the event, titled “East End Women for Obama: Take II,” and during the next week videographer Phillipe Cheng will host one-to-one interviews during which the participants will tell their personal stories about how they think an Obama presidential administration will change their lives, and what this historic moment would mean to them.

This is the second event of its kind for East End women. Close to 500 women fathered on a moment’s notice for an earlier rally on September 21 at the Topping Farm in East Hampton to show support for the candidacy of Obama and vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, and to demonstrate that the nomination of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket did not automatically garner female support towards that ticket. For more information on the event, call Linda Shapiro at 329-5480.

Southampton Town: Recognizing Employees

Stepping out of the budget spotlight of the past few weeks, Southampton Town Board members turned their attention from tax rates, revenue projections, and surplus allocations to momentarily recognize two employees and the charitable efforts of a women’s health organization.

After a brief introduction from Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, Justice Tom DeMayo took to the podium “in grateful acknowledgement” of court employees Ana Garcia and Mark Sidor. Justice DeMayo praised Garcia’s Spanish-translation ability as an “invaluable asset” to the court, while Sidor’s 25 years of experience as Chief Court Officer have made him a fixture there.

“As elected officials, we can have goals and lead by example, but it is our dedicated staff members that truly deserve the credit for helping us get there,” said Kabot. “These are the individuals that deal directly with the public and give residents their first, and sometimes only, impression of town government.”

The day’s events also included a visit from representatives of Southampton Hospital and Katie Diamond of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Earlier this year, the latter group held a “Super Saturday” fundraiser, and donated $35,000 of the proceeds to the hospital. Among those present to receive the check were Southampton Hospital CEO Bob Chaloner, as well as Community Relations Director and former Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor, Robert Ross.

A national non-profit group, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s mission is to fund research for early detection methods and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer.

East Hampton: Retreat Event

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month The Retreat is holding a wine and cheese event at Paumanok Vineyards in Aqueboque, on Thursday, October 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Retreat is the only non-profit domestic violence agency serving the East End. The event is $50 per person and includes various award-winning Paumanok wines and an assortment of cheeses. 

To buy tickets for this event call 329-4398.

Statistics show that incidents of domestic abuse rise during times of financial stress and considering the toll the recent economy has taken on average American families, this is a difficult time for many. During the first week of October, which happens to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Retreat’s residential shelter showed an occupancy rate of 100 percent. In 2007, the average shelter occupancy rate was 86 percent. Within the last month, The Retreat’s clients for non-residential services (legal advocacy, counseling, support groups and hotline calls) have dramatically increased. Unfortunately and ironically, while abuse increases in times of financial stress, the donations that the agency relies on to provide their services, often decline.

Southampton & East Hampton: Budget Hearings

The Southampton Town Board has scheduled two public hearings on the 2009 preliminary budget and the 2008-2017 Capital Program on Friday, October 24, at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, October 28, at 6 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall. The East Hampton Town Board has also scheduled its own budget hearing for its proposed 2009 spending plan. It will be held at East Hampton Town Hall on Tuesday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m.

The Southampton Town proposed budget is available on line at www.southamptontownny.gov and in the office of the town clerk. That town’s proposed budget is approximately $82.5 million and according to Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot’s office the preliminary tax rate is $1.32 per $1,000 assessed valuation, which is a five percent tax rate increase over 2008 and 2007.

In East Hampton, copies of the proposed budget are available for review at the town clerk’s office. That town has proposed a spending plan of $67 million for the 2009 fiscal year. The proposed budget represents an almost $8 million drop from the approved 2008 budget of $75 million, however, town residents are still looking at a tax increase of 18 percent, with those living in the village looking at a 28 percent tax increase.

 

 

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