Daily Grind

Representative Lee Zeldin took office earlier this month, and last week he opened the doors to his district and Washington, D.C., offices. 

Mr. Zeldin, a Republican and major in the Army Reserves from Shirley who ousted six-term Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop in November, set up a primary district office in Patchogue. It is at 31 Oak Street, Suite 20. Constituents in New York's First Congressional District can reach him at 289-1097.

In Washington his office is at 1517 Longworth House Office Building, and he can be reached at 202-225-3826.

Mr. Zeldin's website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed have also been set up to help provide updates from Congress.

Cormac Orr, a third-grade student at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton, was named this year's honorary Mayor for the Day in East Hampton Village. A ceremony at which the other mayor, Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., read a proclamation honoring Cormac was held at the East Hampton Village Board's meeting on Friday.

Cormac, who is 9, is a participant in Project Most, an after-school enrichment program for elementary students at the John M. Marshall and Springs Schools. He won two gold medals in the Special Olympics last year.

The young mayor has “a passion for computers and computer games,” according to Project Most, and is “working on the design of his own game.” He has expressed interest in becoming a teacher.

Mayor Rickenbach recognized his colleagues on the board for their support of Project Most before reading the proclamation, in which he spoke of Cormac's "qualities of compassion, generosity, good will, and caring" in his relationships with fellow students and faculty. "I hereby recognize Cormac as honorary Mayor of the Village of East Hampton for the 16th day of January, 2015," Mayor Rickenbach said. "We're very fortunate to have Project Most."
 

On Monday Martin Luther King's Birthday will be celebrated, and there are several observations planned on the South Fork this weekend and on Monday.

Jack Hill, the dean of world languages and literature at the Ross School, will discuss the work of  Dr. King at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 5 p.m. "The Legacy of Dr. King and Why King Still Matters" will cover his historical significance, his 1963 "Letter From Birmingham Jail," and the continuing importance of a nonviolent fight against injustice. 

On Sunday, Mr. Hill will be at BookHampton on Main Street in East Hampton where he will join Cora Daniels, a journalist, educator, and author of "Impolite Conversations," for a discussion of race, politics, sex, money, and religion. The session will take on such issues as "Why do we only talk about race with people who look like us?" and "Does Obama make whites whiter?" It begins at 5 p.m.

Over in Southampton, the Rogers Memorial Library on Cooper's Farm Road will hold its annual Martin Luther King's Birthday breakfast on Monday at 10 a.m. Bernice Sims, who was the first African-American trustee of the Village of Hempstead, will speak about fellow civil rights workers and her life of activism and social justice. There will be food, fellowship, and music. Reservations are a must with the library's front desk in advance or by phone at 283-0774.

Calvary Baptist Church on Spinner Lane in East Hampton will hold its annual Martin Luther King's Birthday program on Monday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Walter S. Thompson, the pastor-elect of the church, will be the featured speaker. There will be a rousing choral program as well. All will be welcomed. 

The Bridgehampton Baptist Church's festive Martin Luther King's Birthday program will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday. The church is located on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. All have been invited. 

In honor of Dr. King, the Blue Duck Bakery Cafe will be collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to local food banks from Monday, the King holiday, through Jan. 31. The bakery-cafe locations are in Southampton, Southold, Riverhead, and Greenport.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which has raised money for breast cancer research and education for two decades now, recently donated $295,000 to fund technology and patient support services for Southampton Hospital's Ellen Hermanson Breast Center.

A grant of $170,700 goes toward the purchase of a tomosynthesis 3-D imaging system, which is a diagnostic tool similar to a CT scan, at the Medical Atrium in Hampton Bays. The cost is about $100,000. The remaining  $70,700 will be used to buy diagnostic and treatment technology, such as a new DEXA system and equipment for radioactive seed localization.

Another grant in the amount of $124,300 will fund services through Ellen's Well, which provides support to cancer patients, like an oncological social worker and transportation for those undergoing treatment. 

Ellen's Run, an annual 5K road race now in its 20th year, was established in memory of Ellen P. Hermanson, who died in 1995. The race is the main fund-raiser for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which has donated more than $1 million to the breast center.

Ms. Hermanson's sister, Julie Ratner, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation's chairwoman, said in a statement, "Medical care is not a luxury. The foundation is committed to supporting Southampton Hospital by providing the necessary funds to ensure that women and men have access to quality breast health care close to home. That is why we keep the money we raise on the East End in the community."

After a man taking a morning walk in East Hampton on New Year's Day was attacked by a pair of pit bulls, an animal behaviorist offers advice about what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

After a man taking a morning walk in East Hampton on New Year's Day was attacked by a pair of pit bulls, we wondered: What should you do if you find yourself in a similar situation? 

Barbara Pezzanite, an animal behaviorist who works at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in East Hampton, said it's important to remember "any breed of dog can attack, not just pit bulls." 

First and foremost, she said, do not scream or try to run away. "By doing so, you may be viewed as prey and incite a series of behaviors that include stalking, chasing, catching, and harming you," said Dr. Pezzanite, who has a Ph.D in psychology with sub-specialties that include animal behavior. 

Instead, she said, remain motionless. Place your hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog. "Direct eye contact can be perceived as threatening, causing the dog to respond defensively," she explained. The hope is that the dog will lose interest in you. If that happens, she said to slowly back away until the dog is out of sight. Never turn your back on the dog.

"If the dog does attack, feed him your jacket, purse, knapsack, or anything else you have on that can be placed between yourself and the dog," she said, adding that you should still try not to scream or even roll around. "Lastly, if you fall or are knocked down to the ground, curl up into a ball, cover your ears with your hands, and remain motionless," she said. 

The Southampton Cultural Center will celebrate Black History Month a bit early this year with a show dedicated to six regional and local artists opening on Saturday.

Those exhibiting will include: Rosa Hanna Scott, a painter and photographer; John Pinderhughes, a photographer; Reynold Ruffins, an abstract artist; Tina Andrews, an abstract painter and sculptor; Sheril Antonio, a photographer; and Danny Simmons, an abstract artist.

The show’s title is “Reflections in Black” and was organized by Ms. Andrews. It will include African-American and African themes rendered in bold compositions and rich color. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through March 1.

As you're cleaning house after the holidays, not everything needs to be chucked.

The East Hampton Library will take those holiday greeting cards that arrived via the postal service. Foldable cards will be used for a craft project on Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m., when teenagers will make little boxes out of them, according Lisa Houston, a librarian. 

Ms. Houston asked that all donated cards be foldable and that they not have family photos on them, though pets are acceptable. "If there's a personal message they don't want to be seen, don't donate it," Ms. Houston cautioned. The deadline to drop off cards is Jan. 20.

A Bridgehampton-born baseball player will play another major league season. A.J. Pierzynski, a catcher, was signed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, the Associated Press reported on Monday. The deal is pending a physical exam. 

Pierzynski, who was raised in Bridgehampton until he was 4 years old and then moved to Florida, was released by the Boston Red Sox in July. He signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals for the remainder of the season. The 38-year-old has played for seven major league teams, notably winning the 2005 World Series with the Chicago White Sox. If the deal goes through with the Braves, this will be his 18th season, according to FoxSports.com.

He still visits the area. His cousin, Eric Bramoff, is the new athletic director at the Bridgehampton School. 

The Southampton Cultural Center has added an additional audition for “A Chorus Line” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Michael Disher will direct the Pulitzer-prize winning play with music by Marvin Hamlisch, who was a long-time Sag Harbor and Westhampton resident, with lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante.

Although the starring roles of Zach and Cassie have been cast, there are still several roles, particularly male roles, that have not been filled.

Performances are scheduled for Feb. 26 through March 21, but may have to be cancelled if a full cast cannot be found. The musical includes such iconic songs as “One,” “At the Ballet,” “What I Did for Love,” and “The Music and The Mirror.”

Auditions and rehearsals will take place in the cultural center’s theater. They will require 16-24 measures of an upbeat pop song or musical theater ballad and comfortable clothing for the movement portion of the audition.

Information about which roles are still available and other details can be obtained by contacting Michael Disher at mbentondisher@gmail.com.

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