Daily Grind

With Election Day is a little more than a month away, State Senator Lee Zeldin, who is challenging Representative Tim Bishop to represent New York's First Congressional District, visited East Hampton, where he met supporters on Thursday. The cocktail-hour for Mr. Zeldin was held at Cittanuova restaurant in East Hampton Village. The East Hampton Town Republican Committee sponsored the event.

Mr. Bishop and Mr. Zeldin are in a dead heat, according to a poll released last week by a conservative group that is backing Republican candidates.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and across the South Fork there are events planned to bring attention to and raise money for breast cancer charities. Here are some events or fund-raising initiatives we found. Know of more? Leave a comment below.

On Friday, in East Hampton, a breast cancer awareness health fair was held at Most Holy Trinity Church on Buell Lane, but if you missed it, another will be held on Nov. 7.  Those who do not have health insurance are encouraged to sign-up for free clinical breast examinations, Pap smears and mammograms. The fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sabrosa Mexican Grill, a new restaurant on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, is donating the amount of the total bill for the 100th customer each day in October to the Coalition for Women's Cancers at Southampton Hospital.

Deborah Thompson Day Spa, located on The Plaza in Montauk, will donate 10 percent from all treatments this month to the coalition.

Brahmin, a handbag company with a store on Jobs Lane in Southampton, is donating proceeds from fall sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation throughout the month of October. Brahmin will give 20 percent off any one item when customers donate $5 to the foundation.

Naturopathica Spa in the Redhorse Plaze in East Hampton is also offering a discount for services with a portion of proceeds going toward the Ellen Hermanson Breast Cancer Center at Southampton Hospital. Visit the spa Monday through Friday during October and receive 20 percent off your treatment as part of the offer.

On Wednesday, Southampton Hospital is kicking off a Give Where You Live campaign, which is meant to create awareness about the need to support organizations on the East End, with an event at 4 p.m. at the Parrish Memorial Hall on Herrick Road and Lewis Street in Southampton.

The annual Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk to raise money for the North Fork Breast Health Coalition and the Coalition for Women's Cancers at Southampton Hospital will take place at Crescent Beach on Shelter Island on Oct. 18. The race starts at 11 a.m. A raffle will also benefit Lucia's Angels, a foundation that supports women and their families through the late stages of terminal cancer.

Also on Oct. 18, the Birdhouse Auction, with houses designed by local artists, will benefit the Coalition for Women's Cancers and Lucia's Angels. It will be held at the Southampton Social Club at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

What's better than shopping for a good cause? Calypso St. Barth on Newtown Lane in East Hampton will donate a percentage of sales on Oct. 23 to Lucia's Angels. You must shop between 5 and 7 p.m.

In November, the fund-raising continues. Chicks with Sticks Yarn & Craft Sale will be held at the Parrish Memorial Hall in Southampton on Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who knit, crochet or love crafts are invited to this event to benefit the Coalition for Women's Cancers.

The annual Girls' Night Out at Gurney's in Montauk is a night for women to enjoy cocktails, dancing, and pampering in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Coalition for Women's Cancers.

Additional batches of tickets to several choice screenings during the upcoming Hamptons International Film Festival went on sale Thursday.

When we checked late Thursday there were seats available for closing night's "Still Alice" starring Julian Moore on Monday, Oct. 13 at 7 and 7:30 p.m. There were tickets as well to Olivier Assayas's "Clouds of Sils Maria" starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chole Grace Moretz. One has to move fast when tickets become available. The festival staff has suggested keeping an eye on its Facebook page and Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute changes and additional listings.

Tickets to some of its Conversation With . . . series are available as well. These include a Saturday, Oct. 11 session with the actress Laura Dern. Talkfests with Hilary Swank and Mark Ruffalo were on sale; tickets remained for a Friday, Oct. 10 event at the Bay Street Theater with Patricia Clarkson, who co-stars with Ben Kingsley in "Learning to Drive," one of HIFF's Spotlight Films, whose two screenings are already sold out, though patrons who try their luck on the festival's "rush" lines usually stand a good chance of scoring a seat.

Tickets are available for many of HIFF's films from around the globe. These included choices in the Golden Starfish Narratives and Documentaries and World Cinema categories . These can contain many of the festival's hidden gems, films not likely to see wide distribution among the nation's multiplexes. For many viewers, the Hamptons Festival will be their only chance to see these films on a big screen.

Most of the title in the Conflict and Resolution programming remained on sale as of Thursday evening. This included "Virunga," about the threats facing a UNESCO world heritage park in eastern Congo that was the winner of the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award this year.

The Hamptons International Film Festival box office is at 47 Main Street in East Hampton in the Obligato shop and is open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are also available at the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton, and in New York City at 416 West 42nd Street.

The 2015 budget for the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor was passed overwhelmingly on Monday.

In a 198-to-32 vote, residents of the Sag Harbor School District said yes to the approximately $2.4 million budget, which includes a 5.8-percent increase from the current budget, or a $128,723 increase over all. Taxpayers can expect about a $12 rise in their tax bills.

Also, the two incumbents running for the library board were re-elected, and one newcomer will join them on  Jan. 1. Ann Lieber was re-elected with 154 votes, Jackie Brody, who now serves as board secretary, received 129 votes, and Anne Sutphen was elected with 144 votes. Susan Sabin took in 127 votes, Robert Hooke received 84, and Caleb Kercheval got 71. Tony Spitz, an incumbent, did not seek re-election.

Two years after putting its mobile adoption van on the road, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is celebrating 1,000 pet adoptions from the van.

While ARF conducted adoptions at the new Petco store in Bridgehampton on Saturday, Molly, a 4-year-old Scottie recently rescued from a Missouri puppy mill, was lucky number 1,000 to get a home thanks to the mobile van. Christine and Alfonso Paradinas, who live in New York City and East Hampton, are Molly's new owners. 

ARF bought the 26-foot van to extend its reach beyond its adoption center in Wainscott and travel to adoption events, fairs, pet supply stores, parades, and other places in order to promote adoptions. Approximately 40 percent of all ARF adoptions are done from the mobile van, the organization said. 

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons celebrated the 10th edition of its calendar on Saturday night at the Water Mill home of Sandra Powers, who is this year's pet calendar chairwoman.

Previous artists such as Paul Davis, Carol Saxe, and Billy Sullivan joined Eric Fischl, who conceived this year's cover. 

Calendars are on sale now through ARF. Those interested can call Kathy at 537-0400,extension 214.

Before the winter arrives, the New York State Department of Transportation plans to repave a 3.5-mile section of Route 27 in East Hampton and Amagansett, part of a larger $13.8 million project to redo the highway between Montauk and East Hampton. However, state officials are looking for approval from business owners to do work during the day.

Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the D.O.T., said Tuesday that "the most deteriorated 3.5-mile section of Montauk Highway" between Methodist Lane in East Hampton Village and Old Montauk Highway, just before Cranberry Hole Road, in Amagansett, could be repaved before the harsh winter weather arrives. Work is set to begin next week. Despite signs on the highway that announced roadwork would begin Sept. 15, crews are only cleaning out drainage basins for now.

The remaining 11.5 miles of repaving of the highway up to South Etna Avenue in Montauk will begin in the spring of 2015. The new date of completion for the easternmost stretch of the project is Dec. 31, 2015. 

"This priority section includes about 1,500 feet through the Amagansett shopping district," Ms. Peters said.  Initally, the D.O.T. required repaving in the business district to be done at night, as it had been in the spring between Southampton and East Hampton. However, the state is considering daytime paving.

Ms. Peters said state engineers are "actively seeking input from the business owners in the Amagansett shopping district on an alternate proposal to conduct paving operations during daytime in order to complete this section prior to winter." Officials have reached out to the Amagansett Chamber of Commerce, as well.

Should business owners in that area agree, daytime work in that area would be done Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., though paving is expected to take only about five days, weather permitting. The days are not necessarily consecutive. 

All roadwork, whether being done during the day or night, will require lane alterations. On-street parking would not be available, but access to side and off-street parking would continue.

"We recognize this day work would be a temporary inconvenience but the benefit would be a newly-paved road prior to the harsh winter weather," Ms. Peters said.

East Hampton Library's 2015 operating budget easily passed muster with voters — those who showed up on Saturday.

By a vote of 124 to 25,  next year's spending plan of just over $2.2 million was approved by an 83-percent margin. The budget contains an $85,500 increase in expenses from 2014. Voters from the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts were eligible to cast ballots.

Of the 104 voters from East Hampton, 81 were in favor and 23 were against the budget. Among the Springs voters, 35 said yes, and 2 said no. All of the 8 Wainscott votes were in favor.

The amount of tax collected from each of the three school districts varies depending on their population. East Hampton’s share of the increase will be about $80,000; Springs residents will pay an additional $17,489 in library taxes, and Wainscott will contribute $6,255.

Over all, the total to be raised by taxes in 2015 is $1.6 million. The budget anticipates fund-raising and donations to be about $472,000, a slight decline from the previous year. In a statement, the library said that the cost of the tax increase to the average taxpayer will be $6.60.

East Hampton High School will celebrate this weekend, and it will mark the first homecoming where soccer, not football, will be the headliner.

Also, nine people will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Saturday morning, following a breakfast. The inductees include the former touring tennis professional Paul Annacone, Richard Cooney Jr., Charlie Ecker, James Nicholson, Gary Greene, Nicole Ficeto, Annemarie Cangiolosi-Brown, Erika Vargas, and Ellen Cooper — and two teams, Ed Petrie’s 1989 state-champion boys basketball team led by Kenny Wood, and Jim Nicoletti’s 1991 state semifinalist baseball team, whose record was 25-5.

Among this year’s inductees will be a married couple (Mike Ferrara, of the ’91 baseball team, and Nicole Ficeto, who captained three teams here before starring in Division 1 field hockey at Davidson) and two brothers, Bill (a guard on the ’89 basketball team) and John Barbour (the first baseman on the ’91 baseball team). Rich Cooney Jr. joins his father, a former athletic director here, who was inducted last year, making them the first father and son Hall of Famers, and Robert Gurney (’91 baseball team) joins his sister, Ellamae, as an inductee.

Moreover, it will mark the third time Ed Petrie has made the Hall — as an individual and twice as a coach.

Here's the line-up for Saturday:

• HOMECOMING, Hall of Fame breakfast, 8:30 a.m., followed by induction at 9:15, East Hampton High School.

• FIELD HOCKEY, alumnae game, turf field, 10 a.m.; Harborfields at East Hampton, 2 p.m.

• GIRLS SOCCER, Bayport at East Hampton, 11:30 a.m.

• GIRLS TENNIS, Westhampton Beach at East Hampton, 12:30 p.m.

• BOYS VOLLEYBALL, Connetquot at East Hampton, 1:30 p.m.

• HOMECOMING CARNIVAL, with bounce house and slide, games, face painting, and sale of vintage uniforms, front lawn, East Hampton High School, 3:30 p.m.

• BOYS SOCCER, Hampton Bays at East Hampton, 6 p.m.

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