Residents of the Montauk School District would see a 2.1-percent increase in their school taxes if the final budget proposal of $18.5 million presented this week is approved at the next school board meeting on April 17 and okayed by voters on May 15. Jack Perna, the district superintendent, gave out the figures at a board meeting on Tuesday.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the Montauk Friends of Erin have a full weekend of activities planned tomorrow through Sunday.
The annual grand marshal lunch will be tomorrow starting at noon at Gurney’s Inn. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, cost $40. At the event, Mickey Valcich, this year’s grand marshal, will be roasted and handed his top hat, parade sash, and shillelagh.
One of my first assignments for The East Hampton Star was to collect recipes from Montauk locals for a St. Patrick’s Day supplement. I, being the very eager little cub reporter, approached every Irish person I knew for recipes and turned in about 20 of them. The Star used one.
The number of emergency medical service volunteers is dropping rapidly in the Montauk Fire Department. With a troubled economy, the problem has escalated as many residents are forced to work two or three jobs and have no time to volunteer. With some members pushing 60 to 70 years old, longtime volunteers are aging out of the department. The training is tough but very rewarding, said Alan Burke, the captain of Company Four, in charge of the ambulance crew.
On Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, a small crowd marched from the church to the parish center across the street to commemorate St. Baldrick’s by shaving or watching others shave their heads to raise money for children’s cancer research.
Among the brave ones was Simone Monahan, who started the tradition three years ago, and was the only one that first year to work up the courage to trade her long curly locks for a bald head.
About a year ago, John Behan of Montauk, a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, received a phone call from Tom Morrison, who was also a marine in Vietnam. Mr. Morrison told him that he was the crew chief on the helicopter that picked up Mr. Behan on May 23, 1966, the day he lost both of his legs in battle.
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.