When last interviewed, three and a half years ago, Joe Vetrano, fresh from having won Pan-American karate championships in fighting and self-defense, said his martial arts education had just begun.
A third-degree black belt now, Vetrano, 51, who lives with his wife, the former Karen Slattery, in Amagansett, still studies with John Turnbull at the Aikenkai Shotokan Karatedo Federation dojo in Southampton, a small school of dedicated students most of whom live here the year round. And he is still winning international championships.
The Max Cure Foundation will benefit on Aug. 13 from a two-hour B-East adult spin class and a boot camp/obstacle course for kids at Amagansett Square — a tune-up for the third Roar for a Cure carnival the following Saturday at the East Hampton Indoor/Outdoor tennis club in Wainscott.
The foundation was set up in 2007 to fund pediatric cancer research when 4-year-old Max Plotkin, the grandson of a part-time Amagansett resident, Richard Plotkin, was diagnosed with a rare form of B-cell lymphoma.
I bought two books at the recent Amagansett Library book fair — a nice clean copy of Bartlett’s for my office, which I will proceed to mark up, and “Rapid Italian for Students and Tourists,” which better provide pretty rapid results indeed, for my wife and I are talking about going to Italy in September, even though the dollar’s worth about 70 cents over there.
“Maybe Little Italy would be better,” I said the other night, “or Sam’s.”
Thomas Brierley, a 15-year-old who the day before had been nosed out for second place in the Hamptons Challenge 2-mile ocean swim in Montauk, breezed to a win in Sharon McCobb’s Youth Triathlon (300-yard swim, 7-mile bike, and 1.5-mile run) Sunday at Maidstone Park in 37 minutes and 8.1 seconds.
But the event, in whose field of 53 were 19 members of the Spring School’s I-Tri program, made up of girls who, before joining, had not thought of themselves as athletes, was about persisting and finishing rather than winning.
Maidstone Market wound up an undefeated season in the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 men’s soccer league on July 20, defeating Tortorella Pools 2-0 in a playoff final that, while played toe-to-toe throughout, was decided essentially by two Tortorella defensive errors and two highly promising offensive chances that miscarried.
When, bent by the heat, I shuffled into Alex Astilean’s new Speedfit studio off Newtown Lane in East Hampton the other day — the hottest of the summer — he asked me if I thought I was fit.
I replied that while I played tennis doubles twice a week and took Pilates and stretching classes at the East Hampton Y.M.C.A. RECenter, I didn’t really think so. Looking over at his treadmills, I allowed as how I hadn’t run in years, knee replacements in my 60s having persuaded me to give it up.
Some 131 swimmers, twice last year’s number, who ranged in age from 8 to 62, participated in two-mile, one-mile, and half-mile ocean swims early Saturday morning to benefit the Montauk Playhouse’s aquatics center.
The two-miler, which spanned Kirk Park and Ditch Plain Beach, was won by Rod McClave, 37, a world-class triathlete from New York City who has said the swimming races overseen by the Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad here have impressed him as “the best-run and safest I’ve ever been in.”
More than 100 6-through-14-year-olds, boys and girls, about evenly divided, learned from some of the best last week in a Rusty Red lacrosse camp overseen by Owen McCormack and his uncle, Brian, at East Hampton High School.
“It went great, though it was the hottest week of the summer,” said the younger McCormack, who assists Mike Vitulli in coaching the East Hampton High School boys varsity and heads up the Police Athletic League youth lacrosse program here.
With the playoffs looming, Bostwick’s has clinched the top seed in East Hampton Town’s women’s slow-pitch softball league, and, in the men’s league, Schenck Fuels was poised to follow suit if it defeated The Independent Monday.