The Montauk Fire District’s board of commissioners faced a full house, including many of the hamlet’s older residents, when it met on Tuesday evening. The crowd showed up to ask the commissioners to extend their paid-paramedic program from 12 hours a day to full-time coverage.
The program, instituted to provide faster response, began in June 2013 and expired in September of that year. It was so successful that the ambulance squad petitioned the commissioners to extend it, which they did, but only on the part-time basis.
Since the Rev. Thomas Patrick Murray arrived in Montauk on June 25 as the new parish priest at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, he has made quite a few new friends. He credits the Monsignor, a chubby yellow Labrador retriever, for that. “Everyone greets the Monsignor,” he said from his new office at the parish center.
Over the years on Halloween I’ve been the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz,” a princess, of course, and a giant face, a mask that covered everything except my shoes. But I’ve never been a ghost, because I’m afraid of ghosts. As luck would have it, I’m pretty sure one has moved in with my husband and me.
Those arriving at the Montauk Firehouse on Sunday for the political debate sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Montauk had no doubt that State Senator Lee Zeldin was going to be there. Dozens of Zeldin for Congress signs were being waved at the entrance and a big bus in the parking lot carried the message. Once inside, the audience was peppered by those wearing Zeldin for Congress T-shirts. The event was well attended, with more than 100 prospective voters on hand.
Field Day on Oct. 5, a free afternoon of fun sponsored by Montauk Youth and Concerned Citizens of Montauk, drew a big crowd to the Montauk County Park at Third House. A bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, fire department demonstrations, sack races, and tugs-of-war kept kids on their toes. Chili, chicken noodle soup, and hot dogs were offered for sale, and there was live music, too.
The rain on Saturday postponed the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s fall festival and turned what was supposed to be a fun day into a nightmare for chamber officials, said Laraine Creegan, the chamber’s executive director.
The chamber had to reschedule its volunteers and all involved with the festival, which was moved to Sunday and Monday. But when the sun came out on Sunday, so did the people, making it the busiest, most well-attended fall festival in the event’s history, she said.
The Montauk Teachers Association issued a letter to the school board on Tuesday asking that the district take a tougher stance on its attendance policy. Students who take extended vacations often fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates, said Laura Schilling, a special education teacher.
After the meeting, teachers said that the stakes are higher now, since the state has imposed standardized testing, known as the Common Core, which the Montauk teachers have embraced, unlike many others statewide.
At St. Therese
A family Christmas concert will be held at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church on Sunday at 5 p.m. The adult and children’s choir will be singing holiday tunes, some solo. The audience will be invited to join a sing-along of traditional carols.
Christmas Eve services will be held at 4:30 p.m. and midnight at St. Therese, and in Spanish at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day, Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
A good-sized crowd turned out to support Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive who is running for governor on the Republican and Conservative lines, at East by Northeast restaurant in Montauk on Thursday evening.
Mr. Astorino, a former radio producer who lives in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., is making a bid against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in November. He announced his candidacy in March, and accepted the Republican nomination in May. He is in his second term as Westchester County executive.