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Hamptons RecreationThe Hamptons seasonal bicyclist are out, share the road. It has been a long cold winter and I for one am so excited to welcome the warm weather. Bike riding in the Hamptons has always been a favorite activity but now that we are quickly approaching the official start of the Hamptons season I thought it would be a good idea to go over some safe bike riding rules. It is unfortunate that there are not many roads in the Hamptons that have bike lanes and therefore Bikers, Drivers, Runners, Walkers and animals must share the road.turkey crossing the road

Many accidents that occur are usually with bicyclist and drivers who do not respect each others space, so let’s try to avoid these unfortunate and preventable accidents this summer.Drivers and cyclists can work together to improve road safety through shared awareness, patience, courtesy and cooperation. Casual riding

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver of a vehicle. While a driver’s license is not required to ride a bike, bicyclists are required to know and obey all traffic laws such as stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and signaling before turning or changing lanes. Bicyclists should never, under any circumstances, ride against traffic.

A high percentage of all car/bike collisions result from cyclists going the wrong way. Stay to the right if you are moving slower than other traffic, maintain a constant position in the lane about three feet away from the curb or parked cars. Do not weave in and out of parked cars. Maintaining a presence on the road will help drivers see you and will reduce the chance that motor vehicles will pull in front of you. If lanes are too narrow to share with motor vehicles,
the safest place to ride your bicycle is in the middle of the lane. If the lanes become wider, move over to the far right side again.

Rules for Bicycles

Bicycles are the most vulnerable of all vehicles on the road, and extra safety precautions should always be taken when riding. Driving on roads requires care and courtesy whether you are driving a car or a bicycle. As road users, bicyclists must be predictable and highly visible; often drivers of vehicles have a difficult time seeing bicyclists in traffic. The following are some tips to help bicyclists Share the Road with vehicles.

  • Obey all traffic laws. Ride with traffic, obey stop signs, traffic lights and other traffic controls. Bicyclists do best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.
  • Be aware of surrounding traffic, especially when riding in traffic with large trucks and buses that make wide right turns. Don’t sneak in between vehicles, and never assume that drivers see bicyclists or hand signals.
  • Ride with traffic. Ride on the right side, with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic may cause you to miss traffic control devices, such as traffic signs and stop lights. Be especially careful when riding near or around trucks.
  • Be careful when riding too close to a large truck. Large trucks have blind spots in the front, back and on the sides, which make it difficult for drivers to see around them.
  • Be visible and predictable. Wear bright colors, ride straight, signal before changing directions, and plan ahead to avoid obstacles.

Rules for Motorists

Driving on roads requires care whether you are driving a car or a bicycle. Motorists must respect the rights of other road users including bicyclists. Do your part by being a safe and courteous driver. The following are tips to help drivers Share the Road with bicyclists:

  • Allow three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist just as you would with a slow-moving vehicle. Maintain this distance even if there are designated bike lanes.
  • Do not pass bicyclists if you will be making a right turn immediately afterward. Always assume bicyclists are traveling through the intersection.
  • Before opening your car door, look for bicyclists who may be approaching.
  • Do NOT pass bicyclists if oncoming traffic is near. Wait as you would with any slow-moving vehicle.
  • Reduce your speed when passing bicyclists, especially if the roadway is narrow.
  • Don’t blast your horn when approaching bicyclists — you could startle them and cause an accident.

Give bicyclists adequate space to maneuver. Recognize situations and obstacles which may be hazardous to cyclists, such as potholes, debris, and drain grates.

Special thanks to MARC for this information.

Bicyclist it is important to also pay attention to the rules about riding your bike down Main Street in most towns. I know in Sag Harbor you cannot ride your bike in Town, so bring a lock to park your bike if you would like to browse or have a bite to eat. Although many towns are safe there are still dishonest people everywhere.sag harbor main street

If you are seeking to buy a Kayak or a Bike Amagansett Beach & Bicycle is my favorite place in the Hamptons. Lee & Barbara Oldak will take care of you, tell them Hamptons Mouthpiece sent you and I am sure they will give you a special savings off your total purchase. The Best kept secret is that not only can you rent a bike from them  but they will deliver and pick-up from you in towns Montauk-Bridgehampton. You can also have your bikes repaired as well and you can trade in your old bikes and be given a credit towards a new bike. Amagansett Beach and Bicycle are at 624 Montauk Highway, Amagansett New York, 631-267-6325amagansett beach bike

Remember these words, they will save your life and others….“SLOW DOWN AND LIVE”

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Hamptons Summer Camps List 2018

Hamptons Summer Camps list 2018 , only 2 more months for school, have you made plans for what your kids are doing for the summer? Here is a list of summer programs throughout the Hamptons for kids. Just click on the name to link to the website.

Montauk

Barefoot Kids

  • Ages 2-10 (9 am-1:30pm) Let them Play is the theme. Curriculum integrates a vast array of subjects, weaving hands on lessons for the children in local history, wildlife, science, marine biology, music, and arts throughout the day. 

Pathfinder Country Day Camp

  • A multi-sport and multi-faceted experience, variety of activities, swim instruction every morning, Parents must provide lunch M-Thursday, every Friday is  cookout day with Hotdogs and hamburgers. Transportation is included. July 2nd – August 24th

East Hampton

Summer Camp at Ross

  • CAMP @ROSS * Day programs for ages 14 and under, Day program offers a variety of choices in sports, science, performance, media, nature, and the arts for campers ages 0–14!  Our Early Childhood programming for campers ages 6 and under includes Music and Movement, Creative Explorations, and Sports Explorations
  • SUMMER TERM @ROSS *Boarding and day programs for ages 12–18, rigorous academic courses with relaxation and time at the beach, cultural events, shopping, and day trips to vibrant New York City. 

Hampton Country Day Camp 

  • Foster values of sharing, integrity, responsibility and respect in a friendly, safe environment of fun. The best camp experience gives children greater self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience. Tuition: Includes round trip door-to-door bus transportation, lunch and healthy snacks daily. (June 25-August 17th)

YMCA East Hampton RECenter

  • Summer Day Camp offers children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, building confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age. Specialty camps * Sports, Arts, Dancing, singing , Swimming , June 25th – August 31st , NEW! For the 2018 Camp Season, Transportation is provided. 

Hampton Racquet

  • A multi-sport and multi-faceted experience for children 4-14. Organized by age and specific focus, supportive atmosphere where healthy competition is encouraged. The camp is designed to address all the various components a young athlete needs to be a success both on and off the court. June 25th -August 24th * ages 4-14

Camp Blue Bay Sleepaway Camp

  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County offers a variety of sleep away summer camp program choices. Girls can enjoy a diverse camping experience in which they can choose between Troop House Camping and Outdoor Tent Camping. Camp programs are available for one or two week sessions.Camp activities including swimming, boating, archery, crafts, nature, campfires and more. Both Girl Scouts and Non-Girl Scouts alike can sign up as individual campers or go with a friend. Girls entering grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-11 in September of 2018. Girls entering 1-6 grades can participate in our 4 or 5 day mini sessions.

Stages Summer Musical Theatre Camp

Amagansett – Hamptons Summer Camps list 2018 

SPORTIME Amagansett / EHSC @ SPORTIME

  • Kids of all ages , Junior program options include great kids’ tennis clinics, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Summer Tennis Training Camp, or East Hampton Sports Camp @ SPORTIME, offering tennis, swimming and a variety of sports and camp activities.

Camp Shakespeare

  • Acting • Theater Games • Arts & Crafts –  Camp Shakespeare is a fun and creative summer program for kids and teens, ages 8-15. Activities involve acting, improvisation, movement, voice, and theatrical arts and crafts, and are led by trained theater educators in an atmosphere of discovery and cooperation. Each weeklong session culminates in a performance for family and friends. August 6 – 10/ August 13 – 17

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater Summer Camp

  • Students will work together to create and perform their very own musical! In addition to developing ideas for an original script, students will learn standard songs and choreography that will culminate in a presentation on the Bay Street Theater Mainstage on Friday for family and friends.
  • All Theater Camps run 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Monday – Friday , July -August

Breakwater Yacht Club Jr. Sailing Camp

  • summer sailing program begins in late June and runs through early September. Each session lasts one week.  Students in the program start out by learning the basics of sailing, including how to rig a boat and what to do when it capsizes. They are also learn how a boat responds to wind before they experience this concept firsthand on the water. Ages 7 and up. 

Shelter Island

Camp Quinipet

  • Established by the Methodist Church in 1947, Quinipet is built upon the rocks of Faith, Courage, Love, Humility and Honesty, creating a foundation that welcomes campers from all walks of life, faith, and church affiliation.  Day Camp is Monday-Friday Overnight Camp is Sunday-Saturday​*July-August  
  • Traditional Overnight Camp, Ages 7-17 * Sailing Overnight Camp, Ages 9-17
  • Day Camp: Day Camp has all the spirit and tradition of  overnight camp, complete with waterfront, sports, and arts activities. Ages 5-14  M-F  9a-4pm

Sagaponack

Poxabogue Golf Course

  • To teach and enhance fundamentals essential to the development of junior golfers…and to have FUN!!!Golf Summer camp and clinic  for boys & girls ages 7-16 * Dates June 25th -August 31st

Bridgehampton

Hayground Camp

  • Campers engage with the natural world, get their hands in the dirt and sand and water, make things grow, and build things of which they can be proud–gardens, cities of sand and wood, tables, go-carts, and lasting friendships.  Ages 3-13, Art, Chess, Cooking, Music, Sports, Sailing are just a few of the activities offered. 

ROCK CAMP & DANCE INTENSIVE

  • The whole Rock Camp and Dance Intensive family is brainstorming for an amazing July 2018 – ensembles, lessons, concerts, recitals, masterclasses, guest artists, and a whole lot of fun for beginners to accomplished musicians and dancers. JULY 16 – 20, 2018

Bridgehampton Childcare & Recreational Center

  • Summer camp serves 80 kids for 2 months July & August, 

Watermill

Hamptons Baseball & Soccer Camp

  • Saturday camps: Ages: 4-13 – The age groups are ‘Rookie’ (4/5), ‘Beginner’ (5-7 ), ‘Intermediate’ (middle 7-10), and ‘Advanced’ (Oldest 10-13). Depending on group size, games may be played in a ‘one room schoolhouse’ fashion with calibrated coach pitching and defense.
  • Summer Baseball Camp: Weekly sessions June-AugustMonday-Friday, 9 am to 1 pm. Gates open at 8:30 for extra batting practice.
    Ages: 4-13 – The age groups are ‘Rookie’ (4/5), ‘Beginner’ (5-7 ), ‘Intermediate’ (middle 7-10), and ‘Advanced’ (Oldest 10-13)
  • *New Soccer Camp: Weekly sessions July-August : Activities include fundamentals in dribbling, passing, shooting, goalkeeping, game strategy and structured game action.

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Future Stars Southampton

  • High school competitive athlete to the young beginner working on gross motor skills, program is personalized to challenge aspiring youth to reach another level in their development. Each camper is carefully grouped by the director into an age and level appropriate small group that allows for swift advancement in skills while providing the perfect social opportunities for the individual. Visit website for programs and fees

Southampton Camp & Club

  • Program provides a unique blend of tennis, athletics, aquatics, creative arts, and performing arts in a safe, warm, nurturing and FUN environment. Daily round-trip transportation (Westhampton-Bridgehampton) and healthy snacks and lunch included in tuition, we offer the perfect program for every camper. (June 25th -August 20th)

Sandy Hollow Day Camp

  • The Sandy Hollow camp environment is welcoming, nurturing, comfortable and safe. Each child experiences an immediate sense of inclusion and belonging. Campers feel at home and secure. Program includes: Games & Activities * Arts & Crafts * Swimming * Tennis and special events. June 25th – August 17th 

Quogue

SPORTIME Quogue

  • Pre-school Camp, ages 3-5 – certified early childhood teachers and experienced assistants, in a 5:1 camper/counselor ratio.  The Preschool camp day includes professional tennis and swimming instruction, a variety of multisport lessons and games, arts & crafts, and more!
  • Multi-sport camp Ages 6-13:  multi-sport curriculum offers campers instruction, recreation and friendly competition in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports and activities, including tennis, basketball, soccer, swimming, baseball, pickleball, wallball, arts & crafts, and more!
  • Tennis Camp: Tennis campers spend their days participating in challenging drills and games and competing in inter/intra-club matches. Tennis campers will also participate in camp special events and activities.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

  • The children’s Summer Field Ecology Program consists of nine one-week explorations of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas.  Based on your child’s grade entry level for the coming fall, he/she may attend one session of the Ecology Program. Programs for children 2-4 * grades 2-6 and grades 6th-10th grade. Summer programs start June 25th -August 17th 

Westhampton

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

  • Musical Theatre Camp * ages 6-14  July & August 

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Home Energy Assistance Program is back for 2017-18
HEAP is a federally funded program that assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Nearly 1.5 Million Households Received Assistance Last Winter
Households that need help paying their heating bills are able to apply for assistance from the Home Energy Assistance Program. The program provides financial assistance to help low-income and elderly New Yorkers keep their homes warm in the winter months and cool in the summer months.
heapgrid“The Home Energy Assistance Program is vital to helping struggling households afford the costs of heating their homes during the cold New York winters,” Governor Cuomo said. “It provides some much-needed relief, especially for low-income working families, as well as senior citizens on a fixed income. I encourage anyone in need of this assistance to apply before the coldest weather sets in.”

The Home Energy Assistance Program is funded by the federal government and is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Eligible households can receive a one-time benefit depending upon income, household size and heating source. For the 2017-18 season, a household of four can earn up to $53,484, or $4,457 a month, and still qualify for assistance.

Regular Benefit
Regular benefit component assists households that pay a high proportion of household income for energy.

Emergency Benefit
The Emergency benefit component assists qualifying low-income New Yorkers who are facing a heat or heat related energy emergency and do not have resources above the established limits. If you have an emergency, contact your local department of social services office.

Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement
The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit component help eligible low-income homeowners repair or replace primary heating equipment necessary to keep the home’s primary heating source functional.

Cooling Assistance
The Cooling Assistance component provides for cooling assistance services to HEAP eligible households that include an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by heat. Because the amount of funding is very limited, cooling assistance services will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Income Guidelines
HEAP Gross Monthly Income Guidelines

Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to your local department of social services office or the OTDA Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.

Hamptons Happenings…Learn how to make a Wreath..Attend Marders Fall 2015 Classes
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All classes start at 10:00 AM on Sundays. Please call Marders Garden Shop to register and pay in advance.
MARDERS — 120 Snake Hollow Road . POBox 1261 . Bridgehamptons NY 11932 . (631) 537-3700 . info@marders.com
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Student Athletes Heat and Wind Chill NYSPHSAA Policy
HEAT ALERT POLICY

I am posting this information for both students and parents because my objective always is to help student athletes prevent avoidable injuries and keep them safe. My daughter is an athlete that participates in 3 sports throughout the school year and is often faced with EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS. PARENTS it is VERY IMPORTANT that athletes say hydrated in extreme hot weather, the coaches will constantly reinforce this message, but it is advisable that this message start at home.

The information below is listed on the NYSPHSAA website.

  1. Modified Heat Alert – When the heat index reaches 88 (equivalent to T.H.I. of 73), practice sessions or contests in all sports must include:
    a. Forced, frequent water breaks (every 10-15 minutes).
    b. Loose clothing, light colored shorts and tee shirts (mesh recommended) for practice sessions.
    c. Frequent rest breaks in shaded areas.
    d. For football and lacrosse, mandatory water breaks every 15 minutes during which all players must remove helmets. Those players not participating in contact activities during practice, games or scrimmages shall not wear helmets.

NOTE: During all contests, the rules are to be modified to permit additional time outs for rest and forced water breaks.

  1. Full Heat Alert – When the heat index reaches 95 (equivalent to T.H.I. of 78), no physical activity in any sport is permitted. Team meetings are permitted.HEAT POLICY

for more information on New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Heat and wind chill policies click on links below:
HEAT INDEX PROCEDURES
WIND CHILL PROCEDURESWIND CHILL

Remember it takes a village to raise a child….Parents lets work together to keep our kids injury free and safe.
In addition you can check Accuweather.com for your local temperature and “REAL FEEL” temperature.