Daily Grind

East Hampton Town police prioritized their sex offender monitoring on Halloween eve, but the department is warning parents and children to use vigilance on the holiday, nonetheless. 

"The initiative consists of several detectives that are conducting intensified supervision of registered sex offenders. Police are visiting the homes of those offenders and conducting random surveillance to ensure compliance with state and local laws," Capt. Chris Anderson said on Friday.

The extra monitoring will continue through Halloween.

Captain Anderson made several recommendations for trick-or-treating. First, he said, make sure older children take friends and stay together. Also, parents should not send younger children out alone, and they should always walk younger children to the door. Children should be told not to go inside a house unless they are with an adult. Lastly, "Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them," he said. 

According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice, there are seven registered Level 2 and 3 sex offenders living between Wainscott and Montauk. Level 1 sex offenders, who are considered low risk, do not come up on the registry. 

The Parrish Art Museum opened two new exhibitons on Saturday night and presented a performance and talk by two of the artists now on view on Sunday.

A sizable group gathered on Sunday to hear Steven and William Ladd discuss their installation and exhibition "Mary Queen of the Universe," centered on their childhood and Catholic school education in Missouri.

The second show, which demonstrated some interesting parallels to the other exhibition, was a group of works by Alan Shields, a late-20th century artist who lived on Shelter Island and dabbled in fiber, paint, beads, and other materials of art and craft. His large and small-scaled works could take up a table or 18-square feet of gallery floor space, such as the maze that is a centerpiece of this show.

On Sunday, the Ladds presented "Faith," a tall sculpture of minimalist blocks, taking them off one-by-one, and opening them to reveal a low-relief piece within them. Assembled in a grid six cubes long and wide, they formed a landscape that represented the two zones the brothers traversed as children, one a sanctioned world of asphalt and concrete, the other a forest with a creek that was forbidden, because they might get their feet wet.

Many of the artists' works deal with childhood whether it was the ants that infested their house in the summer or a sound their father made when he saw an attractive woman. Both artists made the noise and then enlisted their father, who was there with their mother and friends, to provide the original inspiration.

A noise analysis report on the East Hampton Airport is to be the subject of a special town board meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. at East Hampton Village’s Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street.

Peter Kirsch, an aviation attorney hired by the town, will be on hand to address the interim report and potential next steps for the town. Peter Wadsworth of the town’s airport finances subcommittee will review an analysis of 2014 airplane noise. A public comment period will follow the presentations.

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. 

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