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At Bridgehampton: Incumbent Berhalter Ousted by Newcomers

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By Kathryn G. Menu

The voters of the Bridgehampton Union Free School District overwhelmingly approved its budget and several propositions on the ballot Tuesday night, also choosing to support newcomers Jo Ann Comfort and Lawrence LaPointe over incumbent Joe Berhalter in the race for two seats on the school’s board of education.

Comfort led all three candidates in the race, earning 148 votes with LaPointe following with 139 votes. Berhalter, who during his three-year tenure on the board sought to close the Bridgehampton’s high school and send students to neighboring school districts, earned 91 votes.

“It feels really good,” said a jubilant LaPointe afterwards. “For me, the focus was deciding to run in the first place. After that, if I won, if I lost – I considered both a victory because I decided to run and went through the process.”

“I am really happy,” he added. “It gives me a lot more confidence going on the board. But I am glad this is over.”

Comfort, who voted with her husband and five-year-old daughter in tow earlier in the evening, was equally thrilled with the outcome.

 “I did other things today, but I also talked to a lot of people,” she said. “I tried to get out the vote.”

Berhalter, who was the only candidate not at the closing of the budget vote, was not immediately available for comment.

“I am looking forward to working with Jo Ann and Lawrence,” said Bridgehampton School Board President Elizabeth Kotz. “I appreciate Joe Berhalter’s time and hope he remains involved with the school.”

For Kotz, Tuesday night’s results showed a clear mandate supporting not only the Bridgehampton School but also several projects it hopes to accomplish in coming years.

The budget – a $9,951,049 spending plan for the 2010-2011 school year – was approved with 217 votes in favor, with 61 against. It represents the second tax rate decrease Bridgehampton has presented its voters in the last two years.

Voters also overwhelming approved $125,000 for the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center’s annual contract with the school district with 203 residents voting in favor and 68 voting against the contract.

An issue discussed within the school district for three years – improvements to the historic school house including window replacement, the installation of a protective exterior insulation finish system and masonry improvements to the exterior of the historic school building, the replacement of exterior cladding and trim on the kindergarten bay windows, and upgrades for code compliance, also received support with 190 residents voting to fund the improvements and 83 voting against the measure. The cost is budgeted not to exceed $1,350,000 and would have no impact on this year’s tax rate, but would be bonded for over several years.

A transportation proposition also passed, allowing the school to continue its current busing program for residents at a cost of $62,000 annually. Two-hundred-and-twelve residents supported the initiative, with 58 voting against the proposition.

Lastly, the school was given permission by residents to accept $45,505 in reimbursement from the State of New York’s Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning (EXCEL) aid program with 225 residents supporting the proposition and 40 voting against it.

“While the turnout was low, we got a solid, solid endorsement of our budget and our propositions,” said Kotz.  

Obituaries February 4, 2010

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John M. Ring

John M. Ring, a veteran of World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, died at his home in Noyac on Tuesday, February 2. He was 87 years old. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 16, 1922, he was the son of Alphonse G. and Marie (Mallon) Ring.

A graduate of St. Augustin’s and Fordham University, Mr. Ring was a former vice president of the Williamsburg Savings Bank.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, being drafted in 1942 at the age of 20, and served through 1945. His unit, the 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion, shipped out in June 1944, and landed on Utah Beach during the invasion of Normandy. They were assigned to support the 80th Infantry Division in Patton’s Third Army. Later that year, Ring’s battalion participated in the bitter cold, halting the German advance at the Battle of the Bulge. Receiving shrapnel wounds, Mr. Ring was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Mr. Ring was a member of the Sag Harbor Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jane Fearon, and their children, Marie Levins (Craig) of East Northport, L.I.; Noel Ring; Michael Ring (Katherine) of La Canada, Calif.; Gerard Ring (Suzanne) of Montclair, N.J.; Jane Coppola (David) of Scotia, N.Y.; and Elizabeth Ring (Erik Petersen) of Roswell, Ga.

He was predeceased by a brother, Tim. He is survived by a sister-in-law Doris Ring of Hempstead, L.I. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.

Knights of Columbus services will be held tonight, Thursday, at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. Mass will be held Friday, February 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews RC Church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service or East End Hospice.


Camille J. Cafiso

Camille J. Cafiso, a resident of East Hampton for 46 years, died at Southampton Hospital on January 26. She was 73 years old.

Born in the Bronx on July 23, 1937, she was the daughter of Dominic and Lena (Fiorelli) Cardoso.

Mrs. Cafiso attended East Hampton High School. She was a homemaker and an avid walker.

Mrs. Cafiso was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Cafiso, Sr. She is survived by children Lorraine Fiigon of Fort Myers, Fla., Catherine Cafiso of East Hampton and Vincent Cafiso, Jr., of East Meadow, L.I. She is also survived by brothers Anthony Ricci of East Hampton and Dominic Cardoso of East Hampton; three grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.

Services were Friday, January 29 at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, with a Mass on Saturday, January 30 at Most Holy Trinity Church in East Hampton. Interment followed at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar St. East Hampton, NY 11937, or Most Holy Trinity Church, 79 Buell La., East Hampton,NY 11937.


Joseph R. Comfort, Jr.

Joseph R. Comfort, Jr., formerly of Sag Harbor, died on January 28 in Palm Bay, Fla., where he had been living for the past five years. He was 53 years old.

Born in Southampton on July 29, 1956, he was the son of Joseph R. and Irene (DeSanti) Comfort, Sr.

Mr. Comfort was an auto mechanic and an honorary member of the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his children, Shawn M. Comfort of Hampton Bays, Kimberly A. Comfort of Hampton Bays and Jack E. Comfort of Florida.

Remains were cremated.


Katharine Williams Grant

Katharine Williams Grant of Washington, D.C., died peacefully on January 17 at home. She was 85.

Born in Utica, New York, to Henry D. Williams, an attorney and New York State senator, and Mary F. Jones, she was educated at St. Timothy’s School in Catonsville, Maryland, and Radcliffe College in Boston.

In 1943, she married David Grant, and eventually settled in Englewood, N.J. They later divorced and she continued to live there, raising a son and caring for her mother. Later, she studied art at Columbia University, Italian language and culture in Perugia, Italy, and worked at the Ford Foundation in New York City.

In 1982, she moved to Jarinu, Brazil, where she managed a dairy farm that had belonged to her aunt, overseeing its herd of Holstein cattle, creation of a lake and renovations to all buildings and fields. Accompanied by her German Shepherd, Apollo, she lived there until she returned to the U.S. for health reasons.

She is survived by her son, David W. Grant, and grandson, Byron James Grant.

Mrs. Grant loved Sag Harbor, where she spent extended periods of time with her sister, Margaret Williams Ginna, of Division Street. She will be buried next to Margaret in Oakland Cemetery, after a service at Christ Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 14, at 2 p.m.