If we all work together, stir up enough passion and let our voices be heard, anything is possible.
There are a number of worthy projects and causes in the greater community that effect our quality of life. Your voice and your donations make a difference. Two years ago a CVS pharmacy was planned in Bridgehampton at the four corners gateway to the community at the monument where Ocean Road meets 27. Concerned citizens protested, demanded and marched to keep the project from happening. Their voices were heard and the building became an office building that blends in with the historic character of the village. Unfortunately, the CVS is popping up further down 27 where the bowling alley formerly stood.
Four efforts that deserve our support are:
• Peter's Path & Town Water
• The Annual Fireworks Display on Three Mile Harbor
• Save Sag Harbor Cinema
• Sag Harbor Waterfront Park
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Peter's Path & Town Water
An effort is now being made to bring town water to Peter's Path. The Suffolk County Water Authority requires 40% of the residents on Peter's Path to sign up before they will commit to this work. Interested residents are asked to fill out the Service Application and mail it in with their deposit check. Please click on the SCWA Agreement Form below, as well as the Benefits of Public Water button for more information .
At the moment, this effort is focused on the north half of Peter's Path and, two more of these eight homes: #'s 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 32 & 33 are needed to go forward with the Suffolk County Water Authority. Residents of Peter's Path have made previous attempts to make this happen, and it is their hope that this effort will be successful. Leading this effort is Greg Beauchamp at 24 Peter's Path - 917-371-0963. About three years ago, Oyster Shores Road went through this same process, and it is now completely operational to those residents who signed up.
The Annual Fireworks Display on Three Mile Harbor
For years, everyone has loved and enjoyed the summer fireworks over Three Mile Harbor that take place on the first Saturday after Bastille Day. It has been the highlight of the summer in mid July, a grand summer event we look forward to. Boats come from as far away as Connecticut and Rhode Island to anchor over night and enjoy the celebration. They almost didn’t happen last year due to lack of funds. At the last minute, an anonymous donor stepped in to save them. The fireworks depend on donations which fund a tax deductible local charity, The Clamshell Foundation. If you love the fireworks and want to see them continue, you should help support them with a tax deductible donation.
The annual fireworks display started in the 70’s when George Plimpton, the late writer, actor and founder of The Paris Review, began hosting fireworks parties at his summer homes in Sagaponack and Amagansett. The fireworks became an event for the public’s enjoyment in 1980, when George Plimpton partnered with Tony Duke and Felix Grucci, Sr. as a benefit for Boys Harbor, (later Boys and Girl’s Harbor), a camp for deserving adolescents. When Boy’s Harbor left East Hampton, Ross Perchik, a local architect stepped in and took over the fireworks tradition with the Clamshell Foundation. Sadly, Ross Perchik past away suddenly last year and the fireworks almost didn’t go on until an anonymous donor stepped in. The Clamshell Fondation is continuing the tradition but needs your help to make it possible.
Save Sag Harbor Cinema
Sag Harbor could get it’s beloved movie theatre back! When the theater was destroyed by fire during a bone chilling blizzard in December, the community was devastated. A community organization, The Sag Harbor Partnership, has entered into negotiations to buy the property where the cinema stood and to establish a Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center. The group has plans to replace what was lost with two theaters, one seating 250 people and the second would seat 150 people. A private screening room with 30 seats is planned for the second floor and would serve as a classroom and a locally owned cafe would be housed downstairs. The old theater accommodated 480 people. The group would expand upon the cinema’s tradition of art house film programming with educational initiatives for the community. Plans include rebuilding the facade and repairing the sign, considered an iconic landmark, which is in storage.
A contract has been signed to buy the property from Gerald Mallow for $8 million; the SHP has secured over $1.5 million to date. April Gornik, vice president of the Sag Harbor group, said they have until July, when a fund raiser is planned, to decide if what they are looking at in pledges is substantial enough to move forward. Ms Gornik said, “We think it’s really important to give our community back what was lost, It really was the heart of this place in a big way. We were concerned that we’d lose it to some big business, and Main Street would be irrevocably changed,”
An urgent fundraising campaign is underway but time is of the essence. How wonderful it would be to have an even better cinema complex to serve our community! Contributions to the project will be tax-deductible and can be made to the Sag Harbor Partnership. To pledge support click the button below or send a check to: Sag Harbor Partnership, PO Box 182, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Sag Harbor Waterfront Park
Great news for Sag Harbor and the greater Hamptons community, the waterfront park will likely become a reality. There is a public hearing at Southampton Town Hall on Tuesday, July 10 at 1 pm.
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