As the school year draws to a close, concern about standardized tests and the companies developing them was the hot topic at Tuesday’s meeting of the Amagansett School Board.
Eleanor Tritt, the school’s superintendent, discussed continuing concerns about field-test questions embedded in tests developed by for-profit corporations such as Pearson Education, which creates and markets educational materials, technologies, and assessments.
The Town of East Hampton should authorize a hamlet study for Amagansett, the attendees at Monday night’s Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee’s meeting agreed after discussing a number of issues that they believe are receiving insufficient attention and adversely affecting residents’ quality of life.
Nine members voted in favor of requesting a hamlet study, with none opposed or abstaining.
On Wednesday, Christmas Eve services will happen at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 5 p.m., and a candlelight service at the Amagansett Presbyterian Church will begin at 7 p.m.
A Christmas Day service will start at 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s.
Lou Reed, the influential musician who died last year in Springs, is among the next inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known for his work in the 1960s with the Velvet Underground and later as a solo artist, will be inducted in an April 18 ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame issued the announcement on Tuesday.
In the wake of highly publicized police killings of young African-American men, and the subsequent refusal of grand juries to indict the officers involved, a silent vigil for racial justice will happen Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Bridgehampton war memorial.
The East Hampton Lions Club will host its fall blood drive for the Long Island Blood Bank on Monday from noon to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 419, at the corner of Montauk Highway and Abraham's Path.
The Lions Club, said Bob Schaefer, its president, has been helping with the blood drive for more than 40 years. The goal is to exceed 150 pints, each of which can help up to three people.
A multi-agency drill for fire rescue and emergency medical services professionals and volunteers is scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m. at Amagansett Farm, at 555 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Severe weather will cancel the event.
The drill is designed to coordinate assets in the event of a large-scale emergency and to allow local and regional agencies to work jointly on multiple scenarios. Participating emergency responders will practice the skills needed to execute rescues in difficult environments.