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Star Staff
January 18, 2018

Student Art Festival

Guild Hall’s annual Student Art Festival, featuring the work of students from kindergarten through 12th grade, will open with a reception on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and remain on view through Feb. 11.

The opening festivities will include performances by the Bridgehampton High School marimba ensemble, East Hampton High School and Middle School dance teams, the Amagansett School chorus, and Abigail Loos of the East Hampton home school group.

Star Staff
January 11, 2018

Origami, Collages, Community Service

On Saturday at 3 p.m., at the Amagansett Library, kids ages 9 to 12 can make their own owl or monster origami bookmarks.

Children ages 5 to 8 can be dropped off on Tuesday between 4 and 4:45 p.m. to create tissue paper collages following a story time featuring books by Eric Carle.

Teens and preteens ages 12 to 18 ­who are interested in helping the Young Adult librarian develop teen appropriate programs throughout the year should stop by on Friday, Jan. 19, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Teen advisers will receive community service credits.

 

Clay Play at Wharf Shop

Star Staff
January 4, 2018

Selfies, Xbox, and Crafts

At the East Hampton Library on Wednesday between 4 and 5 p.m., kids 4 and up can learn how to create a selfie with paint, or their own self-portrait. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

The library has its very own Xbox One S and it will share it with teens who stop by on Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

For ages 4 to 6, there will be a winter story and craft-making session next Thursday from  4 and 5 p.m. Advance registration is requested for this one, and the self-portrait workshop.

 

Baby Beats and Ozobots

Judy D’Mello
January 4, 2018
According to Steve Levy, a former county executive for Suffolk who is now the director of the Center for Cost Effective Government in Bayport, state legislation is needed to mandate that any increases in property taxes, whether due to capital improvements or standard operational costs, must be presented to the voter at one time in May, during the annual school budget vote.

According to Steve Levy, a former county executive for Suffolk who is now the director of the Center for Cost Effective Government in Bayport, state legislation is needed to mandate that any increases in property taxes, whether due to capital improvements or standard operational costs, must be presented to the voter at one time in May, during the annual school budget vote.

The issue takes on particular significance as the Springs School District is seeking taxpayer approval of the bonds necessary for its $16.9-million expansion plan. The bond referendum is set for March 6, a time when many South Fork taxpayers are still away in sunnier climes.

Star Staff
January 4, 2018

P.J. Brabant, a fourth grader at the Springs School, has started a program called One Makes a Smile whereby presents received over the holidays that were unwanted or age-inappropriate, for example, can be dropped off at the school. They will then be donated to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital to offer children something to play with during their stays there.

Boxes in the school’s front foyer and by the back door will be available for drop-offs until tomorrow.

Star Staff
December 27, 2017
Local School Notes

Windmills in Water Mill

Tomorrow, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, families can work together building a windmill with Legos. Stephen W. Schwartz, an architect from New Jersey and the founder of Building Blocks Workshops, will be on hand with 70,000 Lego blocks to recreate offshore windmills. This hands-on event is free for members and $12 for nonmembers, children, and students. Space is limited so advance registration is required.

 

Party and Art 

Judy D’Mello
December 21, 2017
Latin and American Sign Language will be added to the Amagansett School curriculum this winter.

Latin and American Sign Language will be added to the Amagansett School curriculum this winter, Eleanor Tritt, the district’s superintendent, announced this week, in addition to Spanish, which is already provided from prekindergarten through sixth grade. American Sign Language will be taught to students in kindergarten through third grade and Latin will be introduced to third through sixth graders.

Star Staff
December 21, 2017

Holiday Puppet Show

The Goat on a Boat puppet theater will bring the puppeteer Joshua Holden and “The Joyfully Jolly Jamboree” to the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 11 a.m. The show, which is best for kids 3 and older, will include original holiday songs and some old classics. 

And for children who have not yet had an encounter with Santa, this could be their chance. St. Nick will be on hand to meet fans after the show. Admission is $15. 

Looking ahead, Gustafer Yellowgold, a multimedia production for kids, will be at Bay Street on Dec. 30, also at 11 a.m.  

 

 

Holiday Club, New Year’s Eve 

Judy D’Mello
December 21, 2017
Residents of the Springs School District will vote on March 6 on whether to approve the bonds necessary for the district’s $16.9-million expansion plan to go forward.

Residents of the Springs School District will vote on March 6 on whether to approve the bonds necessary for the district’s $16.9-million expansion plan to go forward.  

The resolution to vote was adopted during Monday night’s school board meeting. It followed a negative declaration determination made by the school board as a result of an extensive environmental assessment that is mandated under the State Environmental Quality Review Act and required when municipalities want to undertake major capital improvements.

The negative declaration assessment, in essence, determined that no significant adverse environmental impacts can be expected if the school’s construction project becomes a reality.

Judy D’Mello
December 14, 2017
East Hampton has denied reassigning the lease of the now defunct Child Development Center of the Hamptons building on Stephen Hand’s Path to Gersh Academy, based on the fact that the company is not nonprofit, as the previous school there had been.

Although the East Hampton Town Board rejected Kevin Gersh’s proposal to open a school here for children on the autism spectrum last Thursday, with four members of the board voting unanimously and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez absent, the proposal is far from dead.

The board denied reassigning the lease of the now defunct Child Development Center of the Hamptons building on Stephen Hand’s Path to Gersh Academy, based on the fact that the company is not nonprofit, as C.D.C.H. had been.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 14, 2017
The East Hampton Housing Authority, which is creating an affordable housing complex with 38 apartments on 4.6 acres at 531 Montauk Highway in Amagansett, has offered to make a $25,000 annual payment to the Amagansett School District and library district in lieu of taxes to help offset the costs of educating any additional students who might move to the district.

The East Hampton Housing Authority, which is creating an affordable housing complex with 38 apartments on 4.6 acres at 531 Montauk Highway in Amagansett, has offered to make a $25,000 annual payment to the Amagansett School District and library district in lieu of taxes to help offset the costs of educating any additional students who might move to the district. 

While a housing authority is exempt from paying property taxes, Catherine Casey, the authority’s executive director, said at a recent town board meeting, the authority customarily makes a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, to help offset any increased costs in a school district that may have to accommodate additional students who move in to the housing being created. 

Star Staff
December 14, 2017

“Nutcracker” With a Twist

Studio 3, a dance company in Bridgehampton, will present “Mixed Nuts,” an original twist on “The Nutcracker” at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Judy D’Mello
December 14, 2017
Security measures are a topic at the forefront of debate at many South Fork schools today. The issue was also raised during Monday’s work session of the Springs School Board.

With issues that dominated conversation at East Hampton School Board meetings during 2017 — the site of a new school bus depot, for instance, and the lack of a football team — now largely off the table, the board and administration were asked to turn their attention to three other areas of concern: drugs in the schools, the security of the buildings, and a seemingly lax dress code.

Judy D’Mello
December 14, 2017
Shakespeare wanted his work to be performed. And for 20 years, students at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton have kept the Bard’s intentions alive.

Shakespeare wanted his work to be performed. And for 20 years, students at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton have kept the Bard’s intentions alive. 

Shakespeare and Company, a Massachusetts organization committed to performing, training, and educating adults and children on all things Shakespearean, has been at the helm of Hayground’s performances as part of its annual artists-in-residence program, which involves full immersion into one of Shakespeare’s plays and culminates in two public performances. 

This year’s play, “The Tempest,” will be staged at Guild Hall today at 1 and 6 p.m. All 88 students enrolled in the school, ranging in age from 3 to 13, will participate, along with 11 faculty and staffers.

Judy D’Mello
December 14, 2017
In recognition of women over the age of 25 who are full-time South Fork residents and currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or intending to return to higher education, the Ladies Village Improvement Society of East Hampton has awarded two Madelon DeVoe Talley Scholarships for $3,000 each.

In recognition of women over the age of 25 who are full-time South Fork residents and currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or intending to return to higher education, the Ladies Village Improvement Society of East Hampton has awarded two Madelon DeVoe Talley Scholarships for $3,000 each to Diane Carino-Rivera and Meghan Delaney Bambrick.

The awards were presented by Sarah Minardi, the chairwoman of student awards at L.V.I.S., during Monday’s member meeting at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. 

Star Staff
December 7, 2017
Tchaikovsky's classic comes to Guild Hall and holiday-themed activities abound this weekend.

“The Nutcracker” at Guild Hall

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present its ninth annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton. The show opens tomorrow at 7 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Judy D’Mello
December 7, 2017
According to Autism Speaks, an advocacy group, 25 private schools east of Medford and west of Hauppauge offer specialized education for autistic children — but there are none on the East End.

According to Autism Speaks, an advocacy group, 25 private schools east of Medford and west of Hauppauge offer specialized education for autistic children — but there are none on the East End. 

Still, superintendents from East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Montauk, Springs, and Sag Harbor have insisted that a proposed school for children on the autism spectrum, which Kevin Gersh seeks to open in the vacant Child Development Center of the Hamptons building in Wainscott, is not needed.

“We do not have a need,” Debra Winter, the Springs School superintendent, said this week. “Our children are being taken care of.” 

Star Staff
November 30, 2017

“Miracle Worker” Auditions

Young actors, take note. Boots on the Ground Theater is holding auditions on Monday and Tuesday at the Southampton Cultural Center for its April production of “The Miracle Worker.” The play about Helen Keller will be produced by Bonnie Grice and directed by Joan Lyons. The theater company is seeking a child 7 to 8 years old to play the young Helen Keller, someone in their teens to early 20s for the role of Annie Sullivan, and a teenager to play the role of Helen’s half brother, James Keller. Adult actors are being sought for the roles of Aunt Ev and Viney. 

Auditions both days will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Performances are scheduled for April 23 through 29 at the cultural center. 

Judy D’Mello
November 30, 2017
The Springs School opera is ready to take the stage Wednesday for the 21st consecutive year with an original production, “The Case of the Missing Pollock.”

A time-honored tradition, the Springs School opera, is ready to take the stage for the 21st consecutive year. This year’s fourth-grade opera company — 79 Watch Us Shine, referencing the number of students in fourth grade at the start of the year — will present its original production, “The Case of the Missing Pollock,” on Wednesday at 7 p.m., the only performance open to the public. It is free of charge.

Not only is this a new date for the opera (it is usually held in January) but instead of Guild Hall, the venue has shifted to the East Hampton High School auditorium. But make no mistake, what remains the same is the level of creativity, professionalism, and enthusiasm generated by the school’s fourth-grade ensemble.

Judy D’Mello
November 30, 2017
Whether South Fork children who are on the autism spectrum are receiving optimal educational services depends on whom you ask. A proposal to use a town-owned site for a new special-needs school has engendered opposition.

Whether South Fork children who are on the autism spectrum are receiving optimal educational services depends on whom you ask. As reported here on Nov. 9, two parents spoke passionately at a town board meeting early this month, saying more specialized services were needed and welcomed the news that Gersh Academy, a private school for children on the spectrum, would like to take over the former Child Development Center of the Hamptons building on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton.

“Many don’t realize that there’s a community of children here with autism,”  Genie Egerton-Warburton told the board. “We need a school here for children with autism.”

Judy D’Mello
November 30, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4 of every 100 middle school students reported in 2016 that they had used some form of electronic cigarettes.

Parents, if you haven’t heard of Juuls, read on, because even children as young as 12 are being lured by these sleek e-cigarettes, or vaping devices, small enough to be concealed and often mistaken for an innocuous flash drive. They come with disposable cartridges in kid-friendly flavors like peach, blueberry, creme brulée, and cotton candy. Yet each pod offers a dose of nicotine equivalent to that of a pack of cigarettes. What’s more, due to the inconspicuous appearance of this device — which can be plugged into a laptop to charge, and has commercial names like Cloud 2.0 and microG — it’s all happening right under the noses of unsuspecting parents and teachers. 

Judy D’Mello
November 22, 2017
Sitting around a table strewn with half-eaten packages of cookies and chips, the Guild Hall Teen Arts Council held its weekly brainstorming meeting as part of an initiative aimed at giving young people a bigger stake in the future of the arts and offering teens more cultural opportunities here on the East End.

Sitting around a table strewn with half-eaten packages of cookies and chips, the Guild Hall Teen Arts Council held its weekly brainstorming meeting as part of an initiative aimed at giving young people a bigger stake in the future of the arts and offering teens more cultural opportunities here on the East End.

Judy D’Mello
November 22, 2017
The Montauk School District has ranked high on a nationwide list of American schools that spend the most per pupil. According to 247Wwallst.com, a financial news and opinion website, the Montauk district comes in at sixth out of the top 11.

The Montauk School District has ranked high on a nationwide list of American schools that spend the most per pupil. According to 247Wwallst.com, a financial news and opinion website, the Montauk district comes in at sixth out of the top 11. 

The company reviewed the United States Census Bureau’s Survey of School System Finances in order to determine the annual per-pupil expenditures across 9,545 school districts, nationwide, with at least 250 students enrolled during the 2015-16 academic year.

The Montauk School, with an enrollment of 355 that year, spent $38,507 per pupil, more than $17,000 above the state’s average per-student expenditure. 

Judy D’Mello
November 22, 2017
Montauk students have decided once more to band together and send help to hurricane victims — this time to tiny Everglades City, on the southwest coast of Florida, which was battered during Irma’s devastating surge two months ago.

Montauk students have decided once more to band together and send help to hurricane victims — this time to tiny Everglades City, on the southwest coast of Florida, which was battered during Irma’s devastating surge two months ago.

Although the mayor there recently promised that more than 90 percent of the city’s businesses would be operational over the next two weeks as the tourist season begins, press reports show that many residents are still struggling, having been denied financial aid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, simply because of the vast number of claims received during a season of devastation across the country.