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Star staff
August 28, 2014

Activities for Summer’s End

As those free and easy summer days wind to a close, the local libraries have a few more activities to keep the imagination going and the brain engaged.

At the East Hampton Library tomorrow, kids 4 and up can create their own clay creatures using shells, rocks, and other items found outside. The program runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Christopher Walsh
August 28, 2014
Brigit DiPrimo started her tenure as the new Amagansett School principal on Thursday.

­The Amagansett School has a new principal. Brigit DiPrimo starts in the position Thursday, while Thomas Lamorgese, who had been appointed interim principal in June following the resignation of Robert Brisbane, has been named interim administrator on an as-needed basis, also effective today. The school board voted to appoint Mr. Lamorgese to the new position at its meeting on Tuesday morning.

Carissa Katz
August 28, 2014

It’s time to get out the backpacks, stock up on supplies, get to know this year’s bus schedule, and enjoy those last few days out of the classroom. School starts on Wednesday in all the local districts but Bridgehampton, where students report for their first day of classes on Sept. 8.

At the Montauk, Springs, and Wainscott Schools, the Child Development Center of the Hamptons charter school, and the East Hampton Middle and High Schools, all students will have a regular schedule on Wednesday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 25, 2014
The East Hampton School Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to go over its goals for the coming school year. Replacing Patricia Hope, who resigned from the board this summer, is not on the agenda.

The East Hampton School Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to go over its goals for the coming school year.

One item that's not on the agenda is a plan to replace Patricia Hope, who resigned from the board late last month.

"We just had a lot of business before school opened," said J.P. Foster, the president of the school board, when asked why the board had added a meeting to its August schedule.

Star staff
August 21, 2014

Creatures Featured

Star staff
August 21, 2014

On Monday night, the Sag Harbor School Board appointed Thomas J. Schiavoni, a parent and longtime schoolteacher, to fill a vacancy.

Mr. Schiavoni, who lives on North Haven and teaches at Center Moriches High School, is filling the seat of Daniel Hartnett, who resigned last month after he moved to Springs. To remain on the board, Mr. Schiavoni would have to seek a full three-year term during the regular elections in May 2015. He was elected to the North Haven Village Board in June.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
August 14, 2014

Monday night’s meeting of the Springs School Board tackled updates related to technology and enrollment, with the start of school less than one month way.

At the sparsely attended meeting, Elizabeth Mendelman, the board president, expressed excitement at the start of a new school year. “I’m sure my kids aren’t that excited, but their mother certainly is,” she said.

Star staff
August 14, 2014

Smoke and Mystery

The Nelson Illusions Smoke and Mystery Tour will materialize at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Wednesday with shows at 1 and 5 p.m. The show, according to the museum, “combines rare and original illusions from around the world with award-winning, jaw-dropping magic.” It is geared to those 5 and up. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $13 for kids, and $14 and $11 for members.

An arts and crafts workshop focusing on an op-art project will precede the show at 4 p.m. The cost is $10, $8 for members.

 

Janis Hewitt
August 14, 2014

It was a brief but contentious meeting of the Montauk School Board on Tuesday afternoon. Carmine Marino and Dan Stavola, both of whom have children who are certified teachers, took issue with the board’s hiring process and executive sessions, which they said weren’t properly publicized.

The men spoke during the public comment section of the meeting, after the board had approved the hiring of two new teachers, Melissa Palumbo, who will teach elementary reading and math, and Shannon McLoughlin, a speech teacher.

Lucia Akard
August 14, 2014

Camp Shakespeare, a summer program for students between 8 and 15, will wrap up its 15th season on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett, where the camp holds two weeklong sessions each summer. 

Star staff
August 7, 2014

Children’s Fair

The East Hampton Library’s annual children’s fair, a free event with carnival rides, games, a children’s book fair, crafts, performers, and more, will take place Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Gardiner Farm on East Hampton’s James Lane.

 

Space Cadets

Amanda M. Fairbanks
August 7, 2014
In the wake of Patricia Hope’s surprise resignation one month ago, the East Hampton School Board’s decision about how to fill the vacancy has remained up in the air.

In the wake of Patricia Hope’s surprise resignation one month ago, the East Hampton School Board’s decision about how to fill the vacancy has remained up in the air.

The remaining six members of the board could call a special election or the district superintendent could appoint someone. On Tuesday night, at the first public meeting of the board since the resignation, the board still seemed to be mulling the options. The consensus was unclear.

Star staff
July 30, 2014

KidFest at Guild Hall

Guild Hall’s KidFest performances and workshops begin on Wednesday, when Page Turner Adventures presents “The Great Pizza Contest” at 5 p.m., starring Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey. This one, which combines storytelling, slapstick, and audience participation, is ideal for kids 3 to 8. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $13 for kids, or $14 and $11 for members.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
July 23, 2014

Project Most, a nonprofit after-school program for elementary students in East Hampton and Springs, received a state grant for $137,500 this week.

“It’s the fifth time that Project Most has competed for the grant and the fifth time it has been successful,” said Tim Bryden, its executive director. Now in its 14th year, Project Most serves around 300 students at the John M. Marshall Elementary School and Springs School from 3 to 6 p.m., five days a week.

Star staff
July 23, 2014
Sailing, swimming, tennis, ballet, even painting with your feet

Sailing, Swimming, Tennis
A new session of East Hampton Town's summer sailing, for beginner to advanced sailors from age 12 up to adulthood, will begin on Monday at Fresh Pond in Amagansett. The classes run from Monday through Friday through Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon or from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $200 per person, and advance registration is required with the Town Recreation Department on Pantigo Road. A final session will be held from Aug. 11 through 21 at the same times.

Christopher Walsh
July 23, 2014

A “modern-day suggestion box” would benefit parents of Amagansett School students, one parent told the school board Tuesday morning.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 16, 2014

Daniel Hartnett, a member of the Sag Harbor School Board, announced his resignation Monday night, leaving a vacancy on the board at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Mr. Hartnett said by phone Tuesday that the board was not surprised, as he had told them he was selling his house in Bay Point. With the housing inventory as low as it is in the school district during the summer rental season, he had to sign a lease in Springs, he said.

Star staff
July 16, 2014

The Circus Is Coming

The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will set up its tents at the Shinnecock Powwow Grounds in Southampton on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for shows at 5 and 8 p.m. The circus will include aerial performers such as the Corps de Ballet and Petya, as well as the Fassio Family and their trained dogs, Lana and Company, a mother-and-son hand-balancing duo, clowns, the ThunderDrome, and a human cannonball, not to mention the tiger and elephant acts.

Star staff
July 9, 2014

Jazz for Young People

Amanda M. Fairbanks
July 9, 2014

Shock waves went through the East Hampton School Board meeting Tuesday night when it was learned that Patricia Hope, one of the board's most outspoken members, had resigned.

Star staff
July 2, 2014

Students of the Strings
Student string musicians age 8 to 18 have been invited to join the virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman and the East End Arts Student Orchestra in an open rehearsal conducted by Mr. Perlman on July 31 at Southold High School.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
June 26, 2014

Graduation season is well under way, with the official start of summer but a few commencement ceremonies away.

Star staff
June 26, 2014

Kids at the Mill

On Mondays and Thursdays through Aug. 7, the Water Mill Museum will give children 5 and up a glimpse of the colonial era as they help with a task that was important to daily life then — milling corn into grits, flour, and more. The hands-on milling sessions will be a lesson in engineering and water power, according to the museum. They are free, but advance registration is required by calling 726-4625. Donations will be accepted for the historic mill, which is at 41 Old Mill Road.

 

Star staff
June 26, 2014
Project Most, a nonprofit after-school program for elementary students in East Hampton and Springs, has established a new scholarship committee.

Project Most, a nonprofit after-school program for elementary students in East Hampton and Springs, has established a new scholarship committee that aims to “ ‘scale up’ the mission of Project Most so more and more kids can participate,” Lisa Rana, the president of the organization’s board, said in a release.