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.
The Montauk Village Association, the group that keeps flowers abloom throughout the hamlet, will host its annual Greenery Scenery party on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Montauk Lake Club from 6 to 9 p.m.
This year the group will honor James Grimes of Fort Pond Native Plants for “his many years of service and commitment to Montauk,” said Nancy Keeshan, the president of the M.V.A.
When James Katsipis, a Montauk photographer who captures surfers in all seasons, put out the call on Facebook and Instagram for female “models” to participate in his new “Mermaids of Montauk” series, he was flooded with inquiries from all over the country.
The Diamond in the Rough Gala, the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s most elegant and largest fund-raiser of the season, will be held under a lighted tent on the Playhouse grounds on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. A full-course meal will be served, with an open bar and music by the Nancy Atlas Project.
Visitors to Aubrey Roemer’s cool, sizable studio, in a rented basement apartment in Montauk, are greeted with a sea of local faces painted on linen and strung from the rafters of the room. The work was originally called “The Montauk Portrait Project,” but she has since decided to call it “Leviathan,” to represent a large vessel of the sea.
Her goal was to capture at least 10 percent of the hamlet’s year-round community, roughly 400 people. At last count, on June 19, she had completed 100 pieces, and has now decided to shoot for 500.
Interns studying water quality in Montauk’s Big Reed Pond for the Third House Nature Center presented their findings to a small group at the Montauk Library on Friday.
Conrad Kabbaz, Daisy Kelly, and Serrana Mattiauda explained that a contaminant called cyanobacteria, otherwise known as a blue-green algae bloom, has choked the freshwater pond of its oxygen, killing off plant life and several species of fish, including large-mouthed bass and whitefish. The bacteria can be toxic to people and to animals, who may sip from the water or as they walk around its edge.
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.