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Students Earn $5,000 Grant for Solar Panels at Bridgehampton

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By Kathryn G. Menu

Students and educators at the Bridgehampton School have spent the last several years cultivating a schoolyard garden and greenhouse in an effort to create an outdoor classroom, but also to promote healthier, sustainable living.

To that end, over a year ago a group of students began working with landscape design and environmental science teacher Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz and math teacher Linda Murphy, brainstorming ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the school, and showcase alternative energy sources.

Bridgehampton high school students Zave Brodie, Ben McLaughlin and Jack Janson took on a project as a part of their environmental design course work to look at ways of reducing the schoolyard garden’s energy consumption.

Now, thanks to a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant recently awarded to the district, the school has raised about $10,000 for the project. The money would be used to fund the installation of a 50-kilowatt solar panel system on the roof of the school’s administration building, as well as an irrigation system for the schoolyard garden, and a water retention and pump system to reduce the amount of water needed to keep the garden irrigated.

“Our project is to install solar panels to reduce our reliance on finite resources for our energy needs and to install a rainwater retention irrigation system for our growing field,” said Carmack-Fayyaz in her grant proposal to Lowes in February.

“At present, we are heating our greenhouse with natural gas, which is expensive and non-renewable,” she continued. “We would like to create a place within our garden to showcase alternative energy sources.”

“This project would be our first energy project and would showcase how solar energy works and how it can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” she added. “We would also like to reduce our use of precious groundwater by recovering much of the rain that falls on the roofs of two nearby buildings. We would like to connect the downspouts to rainwater retention receptacles and use that water as much as possible to irrigate plants in the greenhouse and in the garden.”

Now that the funding is in place, Carmack-Fayyaz said the district is working on the nuts and bolts of implementing the plan.

“The reality is the solar panel system is going to cost more than it did when we applied for the grant,” said Carmack- Fayyaz. “It was going to cost $5,000 but because of changes in the kind of rebates offered for the installation, it will now cost about $10,000. The school district is looking at the proposal and the grant and will determine what our next step is.”

The school will continue to work with SunStream USA’s Brian Tymann on the project, said Carmack-Fayyaz. Tymann has donated his services to provide not just labor in the installation of the panels, but also education, teaching her students about the benefits of solar power, but also how it is properly implemented.

The students originally wanted to develop a solar powered irrigation system, but Tymann advised that for the same amount of money the school could instead install panels on the roof of the administration building, and when the energy was not being used towards irrigation, it could be put back into the grid, allowing the school to collect a rebate from the Long Island Power Authority.

“It was a much more efficient way to go about it,” said Carmack-Fayyaz.

The project has also had support from Steve McGarry from Lawn Sprinklers Inc. in Hampton Bays. McGarry gave the school a small grant for an irrigation system, which has already been installed in the schoolyard garden. Another grant, from Eastern Suffolk BOCES paid for material supplies.

The water retention system, said Carmack-Fayyaz, will likely be installed sometime in the next six months, depending on how much more funding and support the project earns in coming months.

For now, Carmack-Fayyaz says this is just one of several projects she sees coming out of the school’s edible schoolyard and greenhouse. This summer, the district will debut its inaugural Young Farmers’ Initiative for students in grades seven through 12, a summer school program focused on local agriculture.

“It’s never ending what we can do here,” said Carmack-Fayyaz.

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.