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Julianne Moore, an Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author who owns a house in Montauk, will read from her new children's book, "My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me," and sign copies for kids and their parents at BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday.

Charline Spektor, the owner of the independent bookshop on Main Street, said Ms. Moore's appearance was scheduled at the last minute. Ms. Moore has done readings at the store before, for books in her "Freckleface Strawberry" series. 

Her latest picture book is about how first-generation children handle having mothers who may speak or dress differently, and how special that can be. "It speaks to a whole generation of kids," Ms. Spektor said. 

The reading will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the signing. 

BookHampton will match the revenue from sales of Ms. Moore's book that day and make a donation to Project MOST, an after-school program for students in East Hampton and Springs. 

 

 

The East Hampton Lions Club will host its fall blood drive for the Long Island Blood Bank on Monday from noon to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 419, at the corner of Montauk Highway and Abraham's Path. 

The Lions Club, said Bob Schaefer, its president, has been helping with the blood drive for more than 40 years. The goal is to exceed 150 pints, each of which can help up to three people. 

Lions Club members will assist by escorting donors through the process and serving refreshments to them afterward, including chili and soup made by Bob and Donna Orr. 

White's Apothecary on Main Street in East Hampton will hold a meet-and-greet with Mally Steves Chakola, the creater of a skin-care line called M. Steves, on Saturday afternoon.

A streamlined collection of anti-aging and skin regenerating solutions, it contains rose-hip seed oil meant to repair past damage and provide an instant glow for a youthful appearance.

Ms. Chakola's skin-care expertise has been featured in Harper's Bazaar, Haute Living, Style.com, and more. 

The meet-and-greet will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.

More cold-stunned turtles were found dead this week, this time in the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge in Noyac, and another turtle, found alive, is being treated for hypothermia.

A dead Atlantic green sea turtle was found  along the western shore of Jessup’s Neck in Little Peconic Bay on Tuesday morning, according to Kimberly Durham, the rescue cordinator at the Riverhead Foundaiton for Marine Research and Preservation, which responded. The small turtle weighed only about 5 pounds.

"The recent frigid temperatures and the timing of high tides is placing these small turtles at a greater risk to mortality associated with cold-stunning as they are not being found early enough," Ms. Durham said.

Another Atlantic green sea turtle was found in the refuge on Wednesday morning. It was being warmed up in hopes that it would survive, but no response had been observed, the foundation said on its Facebook page, noting that it would continue to monitor the turtle.

The live turtle was found in Cedar Point in East Hampton on Wednesday. The foundation said it is a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and had "slight but weak physical responses," from the cold-stunning. With a guarded condition, it is being kept in a small tank that is being warmed gradually. "We have seen improvements in its physical responses, which are now very good," the foundation wrote on its Facebook page.

The first cold-stunned sea turtle in New York State was discovered along a bay beach in Amagansett on Sunday. It was also already dead.

The Riverhead Foundation has also responded to Montauk this week. On Tuesday, it came to the rescue of an injured harbor seal at about 8 a.m. when the foundation received a call on its hotline about a seal that was up on the beach. The seal, a female, approximately 5 months old, had labored breathing and was bleeding from lesions in her mouth, Ms. Durham said.

The seal is underweight at about 37 pounds and measures about 3 feet in length. "She is showing signs of a respiratory infection and is presently on antibiotics and awaiting a radiograph (x-ray)," Ms. Durham said. 

The Riverhead Foundation also responded Thursday morning to a report of a dolphin beached at Ditch Plain. It was reportedly a common dolphin and was in severe distress. No further information was available. 

As part of a national effort, a Cranksgiving food drive on two wheels will be held in East Hampton on Saturday. Bicyclists will stop at four different grocery stores to purchase non-perishable foods to be donated to the East Hampton Food Pantry, which expects to feed more than 31,000 people in Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Springs, and Wainscott this year.

Matt Lauer from NBC’s ‘Today Show" and WNBC's Darlene Rodriguez will lead the six-mile ride, accompanied by cameras. 

Bicyclists can spend any amount of money they want from a list of food, but there is a minimum suggested amount of $20. While the ride is not considered a race, the first person to the finish line with all the listed items and accompanying receipts will be crowned the "winner."

Inaugurated in New York City since 1999 to collect food for City Harvest, Cranksgiving rides are held throughout the country.

The Hamptons benefit is being sponsored by Saunders and Associates. Eddie Lopez, a real estate agent, spearheaded bringing Cranksgiving to the South Fork.

"When Eddie brought this fantastic idea to us, we embraced it enthusiastically. Thanksgiving has always been a cherished holiday for my family and the Saunders and Associates family. This year, we felt we needed to honor the holiday by helping the Hamptons community give back to those less fortunate on the East End. We couldn’t think of a better way to do that than by joining forces with the East Hampton Food Pantry and sponsoring a Cranksgiving of our own,” said Andrew Saunders, the president of Saunders & Associates.

There is no entry fee for the event. A bicycle, helmet and a small backpack are required, and riders are supposed to carry all their purchases with them as they go. Free gifts will be provided to the first 50 participants who register at 10 a.m. at the East Hampton Middle School on Newtown Lane. The ride kicks off at 11 from the school. More information is available on the Hamptons Cranksgiving website.

The footage will air on the "Today Show" on Monday.

The East End Disabilities Group will host a mental health conference in Amagansett tonight at 7 as a first step toward identifying unmet mental health needs in East Hampton Town.

The discussion will focus on "what are we not doing in East Hampton" to help people facing depression and other mental illnesses, said Glenn Hall, the Disability Group's chairman. "This is a community that does not speak up," he said, so his group is trying to speak up for it.

With the recent suicides of high school students and recent graduates, there has been increased attention on the importance of mental health services. A task force, the South Fork Behavioral Health Initiative, was formed, and it includes state and local legislators, school administrators, and community members. State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. secured $150,000 in state money for increased mental health services here, and Legislator Jay Schneiderman brought an additional $17,500 to the table from Suffolk County.

Mr. Thiele is expected to attend tonight's meeting, as are doctors, community leaders, social workers, and other mental health professionals and consumers. In advance of the conference, the group distributed a questionnaire to help frame the discussion. It includes pointed questions to identify areas of weakness in the local system, asking respondents whether they or someone they know have difficulties finding a therapist, a psychologist to provide testing, a case manager, or a therapist who accepts their insurance or speaks their language, for example.

"It's a discussion that's needed," Mr. Hall said. The conference will be held in the community room of the St. Michael's apartments on Montauk Highway across the street from the Amagansett I.G.A.

A multi-agency drill for fire rescue and emergency medical services professionals and volunteers is scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m. at Amagansett Farm, at 555 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Severe weather will cancel the event.

The drill is designed to coordinate assets in the event of a large-scale emergency and to allow local and regional agencies to work jointly on multiple scenarios. Participating emergency responders will practice the skills needed to execute rescues in difficult environments.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell told the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee on Nov. 10 that the mass-casualty drill will bring "hundreds of firemen, ambulance volunteers, and resources from throughout town and on the East End and Suffolk County" to the 18-acre property. "It's an important drill because it gives all the E.M.S. people the opportunity to have multiple events going on, on one property. It's a really important training opportunity for them," he said. Mr. Cantwell wanted to publicize the drill so that residents would not call 911 in alarm about drill-related activities.

David M. King, the coordinating chief and first assistant chief of the Springs Fire Department, said in a statement that, "The members of the East Hampton Town Chiefs work to provide a challenge to our department members to further our skills providing emergency services to the residents of East Hampton and Southampton Town. This drill greatly enhances our capabilities."

The exercise will include the fire departments and ambulance companies from Amagansett, East Hampton, Springs, Montauk, Sag Harbor, and Bridgehampton, as well as ambulance personnel from Southampton Town. Also participating will be the East Hampton Town police, the fire marshal's office, and the Highway Department; the East Hampton Village Mobile Command and Communications Unit; assets from Suffolk County, including aviation for Medevac, fire marshals, the major emergency response vehicle, and a command van; and evaluators from throughout the County, who will critique all participants.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday in Bridgehampton on a proposed expansion of a mining permit for the Sand Land Corporation, which operates a mine south of the Bridge Golf Club. 

The Sand Land Corporation, also known as Wainscott Sand and Gravel, already operates what the Citizens Campaign for the Environment calls a "massive land mine" at the site on Millstone Road in northern Bridgehampton. It covers 50 acres and goes down to a depth of 80 feet, according to a release from the group, which opposed the expansion. (The company corporation also owns a now defunct sand mine in Wainscott.)

The application calls for mining an additional 4.9 acres and excavating an additional 40 feet in depth.

A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Administrative Law Judge will preside over the hearing at 6 p.m. in the Bridgehampton Community House at 2357 Montauk Highway.

The mine is located in one of Suffolk County's six special groundwater protection areas. "Despite its permitted use as a sand mine, the facility has been used for compositing, storing mulching, and dumping construction and demolition material since the 1980s," according to the Citizens Campaign.

The mine has been permitted since 1981.

The written comment period will remain open until Nov. 21. Correspondance may be sent to the N.Y.S.D.E.C. Region 1, attention Mark Carrara, Deputy Permit Administrator, SUNY Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook 11790. 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for the National Park Service to put Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Sylvester Manor is a former 17th-century farmstead now being used as a nonprofit organic farm and educational center. 

"Sylvester Manor has a long and complex history over 11 generations on Shelter Island,” Ms. Gillibrand said in a release Monday. “This site has seen much transformation over those years and should be preserved for generations to come. I will continue to work hard to ensure the National Park Service grants this important designation to Sylvester Manor so it can have access to federal resources that will support the ability to further its mission in the community.”

The property was once Native American hunting and fishing grounds, and the Sylvester family, original European settlers, took it over in 1652. They were slaveholders from 1653 to 1820, and Nathaniel and Grizzell Sylvester were the largest slaveholders in New England during their time. 

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm serves is a nonprofit organic farm and cultural arts and educational center that practices organic farming and sustainability, which is taught to seasonal farm apprentices and local students. Art workshops, history programming, live performances, tours, and summer youth programs also take place.

In her letter to National Park Service director, Jonathan Jarvis, Ms. Gillibrand said the manor was "central in development of Long Island's agricultural industry," as it has a historic role as a food supplier, and was once the estate of Eben Norton Horsford, known as the father of modern food chemistry.

“As an archaeological and archival site, the Manor has already contributed over one million artifacts and 10,000 primary source documents which describe the quality of life on Long Island for over 400 years. Including the Manor on the National Registry would be an important recognition of Sylvester Manor’s contributions to the history of Long Island, and bring additional attention to the site, further attracting visitors and growing the region’s tourism economy.”

Such designation would make federal historic tax credits and other resources available.