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Wednesday marks the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy's touchdown in the metropolitan area, and the governor has called for a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives during the storm.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo also directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff to honor the 61 people who died.

Edith Wright, a 52-year-old Montauk woman who was swept into the ocean while walking her dog on the beach, was among them. She had reportedly gone out after the worst part of the storm seemed to pass on Oct. 29, 2012.

The National Weather Service’s marine weather service reported 16 to 24-foot waves in Block Island Sound around the time Ms. Wright went missing. Her body was found on Georgica Beach in East Hampton, over 16 miles away, the next morning. Her death was the only one reported on the South Fork.

"Two years ago, New York State was hit by one of the worst natural disasters in a generation,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “All across the state, homes and businesses were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, and 61 people lost their lives. As we mark the second anniversary of this horrific storm, let us pause to remember those who were lost, as well as the countless others who were impacted by Sandy.”

Superstorm Sandy destroyed or damaged 300,000 housing units and left more than two million people without power, including 90 percent of power customers on Long Island.

Ms. Wright, who was known as Deet, was working as a teacher’s aide at the Montauk School. Her husband, Norvell, died several years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Kiah, then 23, and Laini, then 18.

Velanie Pfund, a friend of hers, said she keeps in touch with the sisters. “Her girls are doing the best they can, but really miss their parents, and continue to heal daily.” She added, “There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of Deet.”

In her memory, the Montauk School placed a photo of Ms. Wright with her daughters at the school, along with a plaque. The school had damage to several classrooms and its roof in the storm. Jack Perna, its superintendent and principal, said Tuesday night that “whenever we talk about Sandy and the damage to the school, I always stop and say, ‘Wait, we lost a person. Everything else has been replaced.’”

A colorful and artistic crowd gathered at Guild Hall  on Saturday night to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: "Mary Ellen Bartley: Leaning Above the Page" and "New Additions and Works From the Permanent Collection."

Ms. Bartley, who recently had a solo show at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City, was awarded top honors by Lilly Wei in the 2012 Artists Members Exhbition. At Guild Hall this autumn and winter, she is showing photographs from five series: "Paperbacks," "Standing Open," "Blue Books," "Sea Change," and "Push 2 Stops." The catalog features an interview with the artist conducted by Ross Bleckner.  Mr. Bleckner described one of her works as a "quiet composed still life and suddenly it starts to vibrate."

Throughout the rest of the museum are more than 50 works acquired by or donated to the museum's permanent collection, many by artists given the lifetime achievement award by Guild Hall. Those artists on view include Jennifer Bartlett, Joe Pintauro, David Salle, April Gornik, William King, Eric Fischl, Chuck Close,  Estaban Vicente, and Larry Rivers, and there are many, many more.

Ms. Bartley will lead a tour of her show on Saturday at 2 p.m. Christina Strassfield, the director of the museum and chief curator, will give a gallery talk on the permanent collection show on Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. Both exhibitions will be on view through the new year.

If you've thought about giving up cigarettes, but are having a hard time, this program may be for you.

Southampton Hospital's Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute will offer two free sessions next month of Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation as part of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The annual event, slated for Nov. 20, is meant to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit or to quit that day. The hospital's classes will be offered at the institute in Hampton Bays on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Albert R. O'Connell III, a certified hypnotist, licensed clinical social worker, and addictions specialist, will lead the programs. He is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and specializes in helping clients quit smoking. Those who wish to register should call 631-728-WELL.

The class usually costs $75.

Summer may be over, but the Montauk Farmers Market lives on, at least for this Saturday.

According to Deb Aiza, an artist and proprietor of Sweet'tauk, a Montauk store that specializes in fine lemonades and cocktail mixes made with fresh herbs and fruit, the market is back, on a trial basis, this Saturday. The decision to open, she said Friday, was made this week by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. "Maybe we'll be trading, barter-style," she said, fearful that the people of Montauk might not show up at this impromptu market. "But we will be there," she said.

Ms. Aiza said that she has been told there will be about 12 different vendors and farmers on the green.

The hours are 9 a.m. to noon.

The Montauk Rugby Football Club will dedicate its match on Saturday to Ron Jensen, a former player who died unexpectedly on Tuesday at the age of 44. 

Rich Brierley, the assistant coach, said the club will remember Mr. Jensen during its game with the New York Rugby Club, with whom it is tied, in East Hampton's Herrick Park at 1 p.m. "I know a lot of alumni are making a special trip," Mr. Brierley said. 

Mr. Jensen was a front row player from about 1991 to 2002, before moving to Florida with his wife. A Shoreham native, he lived in East Hampton during his years with the rugby club and worked as a chef, mainly in catering. Mr. Brierley recalled meeting Mr. Jensen, then a student at Johnson and Whales University, for the first time on the Cross Sound Ferry and starting up a conversation with him because he was wearing a rugby jersey. "I told him, 'When you're done with school, look us up,' and he did exactly that the next spring," Mr. Brierley said. 

He rememebred Mr. Jensen as a good player and "a ton of fun." He said, "The laughs you got from that guy, they never stopped." The players kept in touch with him even more than a decade after he moved to Florida, and Mr. Jensen still returned to East Hampton to work in the summers. 

Mr. Brierely said the club is already talking about organizing a fund-raiser for Mr. Jensen's wife, Donna Jensen, and two young children, ages 6 and 3. They live in Jupiter. No service information was immeditely available.

The Montauk Fire Department's 75th anniversary parade may have been rained out earlier this month, but that hasn't dampened the celebration. Montauk Fire Chief Joe Lenahan announced this week that the parade has been rescheduled for next month.

The parade will be held on Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. Craig Tuthill, a 60-year member of the fire department, will serve as the grand marshal of the parade, leading it from Kirk Park to the Hank Zebrowski Memorial Ball Park. "Bring your family and support our hometown heroes on this monumental occassion," the chief wrote. 

Mr. Tuthill, who is still an active volunteer, joined the fire department in 1954. He served as chief from 1979 to 1981, Chief Lenahan said. 

The parade was originally scheduled for Oct. 11, during the Montauk Chamber of Commerce's annual Fall Festival over Columbus Day weekend. A downpour that Saturday forced the department to cancel the celebration. 

November has been declared Automated External Defibrillator Awareness Month in the Town of East Hampton.

As part of a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of A.E.D.s, which are used in cases of cardiac arrest, the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation has plans to spread the word about where the devices are located. Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell issued a proclamation during a town board work session on Tuesday.

The initiative goes back to 2007, when the foundation launched a townwide public A.E.D. distribution program, with the help of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association and funding from the Kazickas Family Foundation. Since then, 42 units have been placed in houses of worship, libraries, museums, restaurants, and other public places through the town. Free maintenance is also provided.

A.E.D.s, which are portable and used in conjunction with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, analyze a heart rhythm and advise whether a shock should be delivered in hopes of resuming a life-sustaining rhythm. The device offers step-by-step guidance and can be used by laypeople and emergency responders alike.

Representative Tim Bishop joined representatives from the Committee to Restore and Preserve the Amagansett U.S. Life Saving and Coast Guard Station in thanking the United States Merchant Marine Academy for its donation of a wooden lifeboat.

The committee had approached Mr. Bishop, who is campaigning for a seventh term in Congress, when it learned that the lifeboat, similar to those historically used at the Amagansett station, was no longer in use. The committee asked Mr. Bishop to determine if the Maritime Administration would be receptive to donating the lifeboat. Due to its historical significance, the latter group agreed to make the donation.

"Finding a new home for the lifeboat at the Amagansett U.S. Life Saving and Coast Guard Station is important in order to help preserve the legacy of those who served at that station," Mr. Bishop said in a statement issued by his campaign. "It will also assist those visiting the station to gain a more thorough understanding of the station's history and better appreciate its role on the East End."

A restoration effort is ongoing at the station, constructed on Atlantic Avenue in 1902. It played a small but important role in World War II: In June 1942, a young coast guardsman stationed there intercepted four would-be Nazi saboteurs on the beach just east of the station. The Germans had come ashore with explosives, intending to destroy infrastructure and terrorize the population on the U.S. mainland.

Upon completion of the restoration, the lifeboat will be the focal point of the station's Boat Room.

Ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and Spider-Men, have plenty of places to go in the coming week. With All Hallows’ Eve falling on a Friday this year.

Ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and Spider-Men, have plenty of places to go in the coming week. With All Hallows’ Eve falling on a Friday this year, there are two entire weekends chock full of frightful gatherings and trick-or-treating.


Tomorrow’s Tricks

Groundworks Landscaping @ Hrens in East Hampton will be ground zero for Halloween, featuring the Trail of Terror, an outdoor haunted attraction for adults and kids 12 and older. Visitors can take a spooky walk through the two-acre property tomorrow, Saturday, next Thursday, and Friday, Oct. 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person.

A family Halloween bash best for kids 6 and under will be held at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be games, trick-or-treating, crafts, and a costume contest. The cost is $10, free for members. Make haste: Tickets often sell out. On Sunday at the museum, there will be a free Halloween story time with Sima from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

At Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater, tomorrow marks the opening night of “Frankenstein Follies,” starring the young actors of Stages, a Children’s Theater Workshop. “Follies” returns to Bay Street for its 20th year with performances tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A benefit performance, including many alumni of the theater group, will take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A party will follow. Tickets are $35, $25 for students, and proceeds will help support the workshop’s scholarship program.


Scary Saturday

Though it doesn’t scream Halloween, Groundworks is also having a fall festival on Saturday and Sunday. Kids and families can enjoy face painting, games, hayrides, caramel apples, pumpkin soup, and much more starting at 9 a.m. each day. A highlight: Sue Wee Flying Pig races at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.

Costumed revelers will parade through Bridgehampton on Saturday morning starting from the Hampton Library. A story time at 10 a.m. kicks off the all-ages fun. That afternoon at 1, kids 12 and up can decorate monster cookies while watching a classic monster flick on the library’s big screen. Reservations have been requested.

The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society has invited children to stop by its headquarters on Main Street on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., if they dare. Costumes have been encouraged at this party, which will include singing, dancing, storytelling, and a scavenger hunt for kids in third grade and under. There will be goodie bags for all.

Out at the Island’s spooky eastern end, the Montauk Library will host an afternoon of gourd and pumpkin painting on Saturday from 2 to 3:30. There will be games for all ages. Sixth through 12th graders can pitch in to help for community service credit.

The Whaling Museum in Sag Harbor will host a walking tour at 5 p.m. Saturday for adults and kids 12 and over. Tony Garro and Annette Hinkle will take the group to the Old Burying Ground, with stops in front of historic buildings and houses, telling ghost stories along the way. The cost is $25.

Then, from 7 to 9 p.m., the museum becomes the Sag Harbor Wailing Museum, with a family-friendly Halloween costume party. The museum promises “creepy vibes, finger food fit for a corpse, and music from the undead.” Tickets are $25.

Adults can take the party over to Long Wharf later, where the Drag Me to Hell party will happen at Harlow restaurant. Music will be played by D.J. Karin Ward from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $25 cash, at the door only.


Spooky Sunday

A Halloween Family Fun Day, sponsored by the East Hampton Kiwanis Club, will be held at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, a “tattoo” parlor, a bounce castle, scavenger hunts, prizes, and more, all included with the $5 admission.

Sag Harbor Village’s annual Ragamuffin parade, a costume extravaganza that whole families can take part in, will be on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. from the Sag Harbor Launderette on Main Street. Participants will stroll down Main Street to the Custom House, where there will be treats for sale.

Later on Sunday, the Great Pumpkin Blaze will light up Mulford Farm in East Hampton. A family pumpkin-carving event, it will be held in the barn rain or shine from 4 to 7:30 p.m. People have been asked to take their own pumpkins. Carved creations will be displayed in front of the barn starting at 6:30.


Monstrous Monday

Get your creative juices flowing and sharpen your knives, the Bridgehampton Lions Club’s annual carving contest is around the corner. The jack-o’-lanterns go on display at the Bridgehampton Community House on Montauk Highway at 5 p.m. Monday. Carved creations can be entered in more than a dozen categories, including new ones like Creepy Clowny and Poultrygeist. Cash prizes between $20 and $250 will be awarded. Liz Joyce from Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre will do a show for kids, and the Milk Pail will offer cider and doughnuts. Rules and more information are online at bridgehamptonlions.org.


Wednesday’s Wackiness

On Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., the Montauk library promises “tricks, treats, trivia, and a scavenger hunt” for kids, who can come in costume or not. And there’s an extra treat for those who check out a book with their library card!

Hugh King, the East Hampton Village historian and town crier, will lead an All Hallows’ Eve tour of the South End Burying Ground in the village on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration of $15 is required by calling the East Hampton Historical Society.


On Halloween

Students at the Sag Harbor Elementary School will get another chance to flaunt their getups on Halloween when the PTA-organized parade takes a turn down Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Amagansett’s Ragamuffin parade is slated for 2 p.m. Students will walk from the school down Main Street. Students at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton will also set out from that school for a parade at 2 p.m. Most stores in the village give out candy to trick-or-treaters afterward. Cooper Lane and other streets off Newtown Lane are closed to traffic in the evening, when residents transform the streets into a Halloween spectacular for trick-or-treaters.

The Montauk School’s annual parade, with students from prekindergarten to eighth grade taking part, is set for Halloween as well. Students will meet at Pizza Village at 4 p.m., and the parade of costumes will go down Main Street.

On Halloween night, Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor will host a Halloween costume party from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. D.J. Twilo will be in the booth, and half-price specialty cocktails will be served. There is no cover. Prizes will be given for best costume, best drag, spookiest costume, and more.

The annual Halloween party at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, better known as Rowdyween, is also slated for Halloween night. The $35 admission includes one drink, snacks, and $5 drafts and $6 well drinks. D.J. Noid will spin the tunes. The best costumes will be up for $500 in cash prizes. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Back out in Montauk, Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa will host a Halloween ball including dinner, dancing, and prizes for the best costume. Tickets are $35.

Harbor Grill on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton will be the site of a Halloween costume party starting at 9 p.m. The best costume will take home a prize. The $25 admission includes two drink tickets and appetizers. A D.J. will provide music — “enough to wake the dead,” according to the invitation.


Day of the Dead, Nov. 1

La Fondita in Amagansett will celebrate the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) with kids crafts by the Golden Eagle art store on Nov. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children 5 and up have been invited to decorate skulls and play games. La Fondita will take care of the treats. Admission is $10 per child. The celebration will benefit a local family. Since space is limited, reservations have been suggested with the Golden Eagle in East Hampton. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Nov. 2.

Solé East and the Backyard restaurant on Second House Road in Montauk will close out its season with a Halloween bash at 8 p.m. Free food will be served at the bar, and a D.J. will be on hand. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. Admission is free, and special room rates are available if you want to make a weekend out of it.


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