Alice McDermott Online
Why fight it? Let’s go deep digital: A “virtual author talk” with Alice McDermott will crackle to life onscreen at the East Hampton Library on Monday, when Tom Beer, the books editor at Newsday, leads a discussion about the author’s latest, “Someone.”
A funeral for Richard G. Ehrlich, the founder and owner of the Clam Bar restaurant on Napeague who died on Saturday of pancreatic cancer, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Road in Southold. Mr. Ehrlich, who was 73, lived in Southold and Jensen Beach, Fla.
A locksmith making a house call apparently visited the wrong house last month. Thomas MacNiven told police that sometime between May 1 and May 9, “the backdoor knob and lock were drilled out, and were replaced” on an Amagansett house with a Montauk Highway address. Nothing was removed from the house, and the old lock and knob were found just inside. It will cost about $160 to change the lock and knob yet again.
Students in the Southampton Intermediate School’s seventh and eighth-grade dual-language program will offer a window into ancient Incan, Aztec, and Mayan civilizations at the Watermill Center on Saturday. The project is part of a partnership between the program and the center, and will include performances, food, crafts, and games from each of these indigenous Mexican, Central American, and South American cultures.
A committee appointed by the East Hampton Town Board to evaluate the needs of senior citizens in the community, and resources available to them, is polling older residents through a survey, which can be completed online at easthamptonsurvey.com. Survey forms can also be found at various public buildings throughout the town, including Town Hall. Responses must be submitted by June 19.
Sophia Brun McMaster and Hunter Gerard Cuniff met in an anthropology class at the University of Richmond in 2006. They were friends for two years, and even had a “faux” date with each other, but did not begin dating seriously until after Richmond’s Ring Dance in 2009, where they danced and made dinner plans for the next week. Their first date was on Feb. 12 that year, and they went on to survive a long-distance relationship — Annapolis, Md., to New York — always knowing it was worth staying together, they said.
Southampton Hospital will host a panel discussion on tick-borne illnesses on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Parrish Memorial Hall on Herrick Road in Southampton Village.
The panel is the first event offered by the hospital’s recently launched Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, a place to go for education and facilitated access to medical care related to tick bites. An advisory panel consists of nine different medical specialists who address the spectrum of issues associated with the different diseases ticks are known to carry and transmit.
George Balasses, who ran Balasses House Antiques in Amagansett with his late wife, Teda Balasses, for over half a century, died at home on Fresh Pond Lane in that hamlet on Tuesday at the age of 97. He had suffered from dementia in the last years of his life.
Berta Jimenez, who emigrated from Guatemala 25 years ago and saw her children achieve the American dream of success, died at home on Accabonac Road in East Hampton on May 20. She was 98 years old, and had been diagnosed with metastasized bone cancer one month earlier.
Mrs. Jimenez witnessed two world wars and one revolution, welcomed in a century, and, despite having only an elementary education, embraced the computer era, often using Skype to keep in touch with her family. “She was absolutely extraordinary,” said her daughter Marta Nilon of Manhattan.
Margaret Ann Paxton, who was called Midge, died of pneumonia in Alexandria, Va., on Sunday. She was 69 and had persevered against an autoimmune disorder for many years.
Ms. Paxton and her husband, the folksinger Tom Paxton, who were married in 1963, were part of the early folk scene in Greenwich Village. Over the years, they traveled extensively as she supported his performing career and they took part in civil rights and antiwar demonstrations.