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Congressman Lee Zeldin To Speak At LWVH Annual Meeting May 17, 1-3 P.M., Southampton Cultural Center

The East End's newly-elected Congressman Lee Zeldin (1st C.D.) will be guest speaker at the 38th Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons on Sunday, May 17, 1-3 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane. All are invited to hear him speak on issues and initiatives that directly affect the East End.

After his talk, the business portion of the League meeting will include adoption of the budget for 2015-16, the election of officers and directors, and the adoption of local program. Also on the agenda is the presentation of the Betty Desch Student Leadership Award of a $1,000 scholarship to senior Natalie Palumbo of Southampton High School, and the announcement of the two students--12th grader Sarah Pierson and 11th grader William Taylor Reddick of Southampton High School--who will attend the NYS League Education Foundation's annual "Students Inside Albany" conference, May 17-20.

The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For further information or to join the League, call the League phone at 631-324-4637, go to the League's website at http://www.lwvhamptons.org or 'like' the League on Facebook.

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Click here to see our next great event! Amazing Amagansett on Wed. June 10 offers fun, knowledge and our customary great tour planning

To register: Send your check for $40, made out to LWVH, to Gladys Remler, 180 Melody Court, Eastport, NY 11941 by June 5. Questions? Call Gladys at 631-288-9021.

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State League Reports Progress On Women's Agenda

LWVNY is a proud member of the Women's Equality Coalition and will continue to advocate for measures that advance economic and reproductive justice for all women in New York State.

The League applauds both the Senate and Assembly for passing A506 (Paulin) / S007 (Lanza), anti-human trafficking legislation earlier this session. We are also pleased that both the Senate and Assembly passed A6075 (Titus) / S1 (Savino), which prohibits differential pay because of sex; A.5360 (Galef) / S.2 (Valesky), which extends the law against sexual harassment to all workplaces; and A.4272 (Gunther) / S.8 (Hannon), concerning reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions. These are victories for working women!

We also appreciate the Assembly passed three other critical pieces of legislation: A.6221 (Glick) / S.4432 (Stewart-Cousins), the Reproductive Health Act; and A.3870 (Nolan) / S.3004 (Addabbo) the Paid Family Leave Act, and A.6183 (Russell) / (no same as), which prohibits employers from denying work or promotions because of familial status. We now call on the Senate to also pass those bills.

Additionally, the League will continue to advocate for the following piece of legislation, which has already passed in the Senate:

 S.5 (Robach) / (No Assembly companion): An act to amend the real property law and the real property actions and proceedings law, in relation to prohibiting discrimination in housing based upon domestic violence status and establishing a task force to study the impact of source of income on access to housing. This bill would amend the Real Property Law to add a new Section 227-d, which would prohibit discrimination against domestic violence victim status in housing.

Join LWVH on Monday March 9 at a forum titled "The Role of the East Hampton And Southampton Town Trustees"

The community is invited to a forum on "The Role of the East Hampton and Southampton Town Trustees" on Monday, March 9, 7 p.m. at Hampton Library, 2478 Montauk Highway Bridgehampton.

Speakers at the forum will be: Diane McNally, East Hampton Town Trustee Clerk; Deborah Klughers, East Hampton Town Trustee; Edward J. Warner, Jr., President Elect of the Southampton Town Trustees; and Southampton Town Trustees Scott M. Horowitz and William Pell IV. LWVH Voter Services Committee co-chair Anne Marshall will moderate. The trustees will speak about their roles and discuss past and present issues in their mission as stewards of our town waters and beaches. Refreshments will precede the program and a Q&A will follow.

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Barb McC, the Kaysers, the Epsteins
Barbara McClancy, Julia & Leroy Kayser and Bernard & Naomi Epstein enjoyed the Dec. 8 2014 holiday party

2014 Holiday Party Raised Over $1,300 for Food Pantries

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Co-Presidents Glorian Berk (left) and Judy Samuelson thanked Dodds & Eder representative Dottie Simons for lending her great facility"Co-Presidents with Honorary Member Dottie Simons


North Fork Fall Fling drew many on September 16, 2014

Harbes Farmstand was one of the wonderful locations visited on our tour

Docent Carol Grzywinski showed us a farmhouse from the 1930s

Shinn Winery cultivates grapes in a biodynamic method


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A delightful fundraiser at Shelter Island's Sylvester Manor

Above: a fund raising event on June 20 at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island. This historic plantation is almost 300 years old and the most intact plantation north of Virginia. The weather was perfect, and event was a huge success, raising funds for our league and providing an informative and delightful tour of an important site in Long Island's history.

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Press Releases

Don't miss our June 16 meeting!
Tour of SoMAS on 6/16 at 5:30 pm

Free public forum on 'Town Manager Options for East Hampton' May 4 3 pm at Public Svcs. Building in EH

Moderated by LWV Voter Services co-chair Carol Mellor. It includes Suffolk County Legislature candidates Christopher Nuzzi (R) vs. Jay Schneiderman (I); Southampton Town Supervisor candidates Linda Kabot (R) vs. Anna Throne-Holst (I); and the four candidates running for two seats on the Southampton Town Board--Brad Bender (D), Stan Glinka (R), Jeff Mansfield (R), and Frank Zappone (D). Other candidates are invited to introduce themselves. Southampton Town's SEA-TV will tape the debate for later viewing on Channel 22.

Further information on both debates is available from Ms. Marshall at 631-324-4637.

National Voter Registration Day 2013

At Amagansett Square a passerby accepted a registration form from Barbara McClancy & Judy Samuelson
Rosa Scott & Julia Kayser at Amagansett P.O. on NVR Day
At the Amagansett PO Rosa Scott & Julia Kayser made information available
Joanne Samborn covers Waldbaum's in Southampton


Ursula Lynch and Joy Flynn manned a table at Waldbaum's in Hampton Bays
Glorian Berk at Rogers Mem. Library in Southampton

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__________________________________________________________June 16 Special Member Meeting at SoMAS

Don't miss our meeting Monday June 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM, at Stony Brook's Southampton School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). Facility Director Christopher Paparo leads a tour and talks about programs offered.

___________________________________________________________Flood the Phones for Women's Equality on National Equal Pay Day, Tuesday April 8th! Join the NY Women's Equality Coalition's Statewide Day of Action

April 8 is NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY. That's the day in 2014 when women's salaries catch up to men's earnings from 2013. That's right - over 15 months of work for one year's pay! Women head more than 1,000,000 households in New York, and more than 63% of working mothers in New York are primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners.

The Women's Equality Act (A.8070) would close loopholes in our state's equal pay laws which allow employers to still pay women less than their male colleagues. Help the state League send a loud, clear message: New Yorkers should not have to wait another year for stronger equal pay protections! Flood the phones for the Women's Equality Act on Equal Pay Day:

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2013 Events

At our member meeting on June 10, we hosted Mary Dewar who spoke about the Affordable Health Care Act. The meeting was held during one of our recent rain storms but we still had approximately 25 people attend with a lively Q&A. The meeting was filmed by SEA-TV to be shown on the Southampton Town local access station.

Our 2013 Annual Meeting was held on May 5 at the Watermill Community House. Members attending voted on items such as approving programs and positions to focus on; the 2013014 budget (our calendar starts in May; slate of candidates for 2013-14 Board of Directors; minutes of 2012 Annual Meeting; and amendments to LWVH bylaws.

2012

Nov. 12 is a busy day for our League: the Fundraiser and Luncheon at 12:30; Members Meeting at 7 p.m. Topic: On Nov. 12, we have two events you won't want to miss

We Co-Sponsor Debates

Sept. 10 LWVH Hosts Mayors of 4 Villages. Join us!

LWVH Hosts Debate For NYS Senate Democratic Primary Candidates August 29

LWVH hosts free community forum: from local to global-- Planned Parenthood at work

Fundraiser 6/20/12 in a Rose Garden, Featuring Lunch and Speaker

June 4 Join LWVH to Review Recycling Efforts in Both Towns

Lawrence Levy to Speak at May 6 Annual Meeting

Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m., Bay Street Theatre, see 'Patriocracy,' a documentary about our disfunctional government and possible fixes

Join LWVH on April 9, 7 pm at Hamptons Library to discuss 'Methods of Increasing Voter Participation in NYS'

Running & Winning on March 14

Beat Winter Blahs Luncheon Feb. 15 at Bobby Van's

LWVH to sponsor two high schoolers for 'Students In Albany' Conference. Jan. 20 Deadline to Apply

LWVH invites you to hear from Town Supervisors Anna Throne-Holst and Bill Wilkinson on January 9, 7 p.m., Hampton Library in BridgehamptonNYS Campaign Finance Reform

The League of Women Voters' regular monthly program is scheduled for Monday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street in Bridgehampton.

The program, presented by Past President Carol Mellor,is titled "Preserving Our Democracy: The Case for Campaign Finance Reform in New York State." It will examine the state's campaign finance laws in regard to its high contribution limits, its loopholes, the influence of special interest groups and large donors and its weak enforcement provisions. Leagues throughout the state are organizing community forums on the topic in advance of a possible special state legislative session in November or December.

Begin your League day by coming to our best fundraiser/luncheon yet

It starts at 12:30 p.m. at Muse in the Harbor. We hope you'll join us. The co-owners of Canio's book store, Kathryn Szoka and MaryAnn Callendrille, will treat us to a discussion of writers of the East End, past and present.

Thanks to Superstorm Sandy, you have a second chance to reserve a spot. Simply mail your checks, made out to the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, to Gladys Remler at PO Box 881, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978. Questions? Call Gladys at 631-288-9021.

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Two NYS Senate Debates
Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R) vs. Bridget Fleming (D)

Monday, October 15, 7 pm Hampton Bays Senior Center, Ponquogue Ave. Co-sponsored with Hampton Bays Civic Association

Monday, October 22, 7 pm East Hampton Firehouse, Cedar St. and North Main St.

State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. (I), unopposed in NYS Assembly race, will be introduced at each debate.

U.S. Congressional Debate

Congressman Timothy Bishop (D) vs. Randy Altschuler (R)

Thursday, October 25, 7 pm

Westhampton Beach High School Auditorium, Lilac Road Co-sponsored with Press News & Times/Review News Groups Call LWV Voter Services Chair/Debate Organizer Anne Marshall, 766-3687 for more info.

At our July 9 Members Meeting representatives from Planned Parenthood discussed their broad range of health care services

At our July 9 members meeting, Planned Parenthood presented capabilitiesReina Schiffrin, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and Chloe Cooney, Director of Global Advocacy presented Planned Parenthood's services, which include general health, relationships, men's and women's sexual health and more. Their education programs give information to help individuals make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health.Their current challenges in a hostile political climate were also discussed.

Volunteers needed to help get out the vote!

The Voter Services Committee needs volunteers to help with voter registration throughout both Towns. Three teams will work within their area of a Town, going to various community events and venues to make registration forms available. These are the team captains and their areas:

The goal of our League and Leagues across the U.S. is to Get Out the Vote. It's what the League of Women Voters was created to do. In this presidential election year, when every vote literally does count, we aim to improve the dismal percentage (51%) of qualified citizens who go to the polls on election day.

To volunteer, contact the team captains in your area.
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On June 20, "the subject was roses" at our very successful fundraiser

Guests enjoy Joy Cordery's rose gardenLWVH netted over $500 profit at its June 20 Rose Garden fundraiser. Equally important, we gained at least three potential new members.

Best of all, the 39 attendees enjoyed a beautiful afternoon, a catered lunch and an entertaining speaker + all in LWVH Board member Joy Cordery's lush garden, with its roses in full bloom.


Town Supervisors Share PlansVoter Services chair Anne Marshall, center, moderated a conversation with our Town Supervisors"--Bill Wilkinson of East Hampton and Anna Throne-Holst of Southampton--at the Hampton Library on January 9.


Tom FabianoVillage of Sag Harbor Police Chief Tom Fabiano was available to answer questions about how the police work with The Retreat.


Retreat executives and Judi RothLWVH co-president Judi Roth, right, at the November 14 program about the work of The Retreat, featuring a panel consisting of Retreat Educator Helen Atkinson-Barnes (left), Director of Legal Advocacy Cristina Banados, and Shelter Director Minerva Perez.


Anne Marshall and Julia Kayser (at right)At the LWV Suffolk County Post Election Brunch on November 13 at Bellport Country Club, LWVH Voter Services chair Anne Marshall presented a certificate of appreciation to committee member Julia Kayser for her many years of dedicated service


Rick BrandNewsday political columnist Rick Brand shared election insights at the Suffolk League's post-Election Day brunch.


2011

LWVH sponsors November 14 meeting on The Retreat and how it combats domestic violence at Hampton Library

Nov 1 County Executive Candidate Debate

PUBLIC INVITED TO LWVH FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON Oct. 26

Oct. 13 Debate in Southampton

Oct. 17 Debate in East Hampton

LWVH Presents 'The Shinnecock Nation, Past and Future' Mon. Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Accessory Apartments Topic of July 11 Members Meeting

June 13 Members Meeting Covers Ways to Save Money and the Environment at the Same Time

LWVH Annual Meeting May 7 with Guest Speaker Carol Kessler, Nuclear Security Expert

April 28 Hot Topics luncheon features LongHouse Reserve's Exec. Director Matko Tomicic

April 11 brings LWVH public meeting on Role of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal in the town

Young Women from seven local high schools chosen to attend LWVH Workshop with Women in Public Office to wxplore careers in Public Service on April 13

Don't Miss Our Winter Blahs Luncheon on Feb. 16

Hot Topics Luncheon & Discussion Jan. 19

Join us at Jan. 10 Membership Meeting. Topics: Corporate Contributions and Redistricting


2010

Please Join Us Dec. 13 for LWVH Holiday Party

Free screening of `The Last Fix,' a documentary on East End's pioneering drug court, November 8, 7 p.m. at Westhampton Library

LWVH Airs Video On New Voting Process. The viewing schedule is available on the LTV Channel 20 and 22 website at www.ltveh.org and at the SEA-TV Channel 22 website at www.town.southampton.ny.us.

Oct. 25 Candidates for NY State Legislature Debate

Sept. 13 LWVH Program Presents Information on new voting system, absentee ballots, more

Film Chronicling Suffragist Leaders Airs on July 12 at Ross School

Westhampton Beach Candidates Debate June 7

Are lawns a dangerous obsession? Find out June 14

Gala Celebration of LWV's 90th Anniversary at May 23 Annual Meeting

April 15 Running & Winning Event

April 25 at 2 pm enjoy an entertaining afternoon at the 2010 Trivia Challenge

April 12 Members Meeting about Agriculture and Aquiculture on the East End

All Welcome to Hear EH and Southampton Supervisors Plans at March 10 LWVH General Meeting

February 24 Candidates Debate for Southampton Council Seat

Don't miss our annual Blahs Lunch Jan. 27

LWVH and Naked Stage Joint Fundraiser Presents Proof December 6

LWVH Oct. 28 Luncheon Offers Good Food, Friends and Networking

Oct. 22 Southampton Candidates' Debate

Oct. 15 East Hampton Candidates' Debate

Oct. 5 LWVH meeting looks for progress one year after Greening of South Fork event

South Fork Economy & Culture Topics for Sept. 14 LWVH General Meeting

Please Join Us Dec. 13 for LWVH Holiday Party

Free screening of `The Last Fix,' a documentary on East End's pioneering drug court, November 8, 7 p.m. at Westhampton Library

LWVH Airs Video On New Voting Process. The viewing schedule is available on the LTV Channel 20 and 22 website at www.ltveh.org and at the SEA-TV Channel 22 website at www.town.southampton.ny.us.

LWVSC's Housing Chair, Nancy Marr. Barbara Jordan, Off-Board Chair, Housing Committee, will moderate.

Don't miss this most relevant evening. And do bring friends and family -- LWVH meetings are open to all who are interested in topical issues.


LWVH Wins LIFWG Grant For "Running & Winning" 2012

The Long Island Fund for Women and Girls (LIFWG) selected our program from among 103 grant applications to be awarded $1,600 for "Running and Winning." This grant has been newly named the Albright-Freund Grant for Political Leadership -- for Madeleine Albright, who is very active in the organization and Winnie Freund, a retired Fund employee. Education Committee Co-Chairs Mary Blake and Terri Levin-Davgin were especially instrumental in applying for the grant, with guidance from League Co-President Judi Roth. Judi said, "In addition, Fran Medaglia, the fund grants person, told me she is sending our publicity submission to other grantees to show them how to do it! This of course, is to Arlene Hinkemeyer's credit as our publicity expert."

Click here for highlights of our 2011 Annual Meeting

Mary Blake, Matko Tomicic, Terri DavginLWVH celebrated spring by presenting Matko Tomicic, executive director of the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, as our speaker on April 28 at the second Hot Topics luncheon. Organized by Terri Levin Davgin, at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. On left is LWV Board member Mary Blake, who also serves on the LongHouse Board. Mr. Tomicic previewed the exciting exhibits planned for the 20th season of LongHouse, the 16-acre sculpture garden and home of internationally-known textile designer and art collector Jack Lenor Larsen.


LWVH Meeting on Zoning and Planning Boards Well-Attended

On April 11 at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, members of the Zoning and Planning boards from the two towns discussed the jurisdiction and functioning of their respective boards. Left to right: Brendan Skislock, member, Sag Harbor Village Board of Zoning Appeals; Adam Grossman, vice chair, Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals; Bob Schaeffer, vice chair, East Hampton Town Planning Board; Jacqui Lofaro, member/former chair, Southampton Town Planning Board; and LWVH emcee, Judi Roth.

Running and Winning -- Past Years At program's end, the seven teachers and 34+ students from six local high schools gathered for a group photo

The delegation from Sag Harbor's Pierson High School, with teacher Ruth Dunne-White, center

Photos for Running & Winning by League member and professional photographer and Southampton Press art director Bob Wilson.

WINTER BLAHS LUNCHEON, February 16

Our "Winter Blahs" luncheon is always a purely social occasion, and members, non-members and guests are welcome.

Julia Kayser and friendsAll smiles, Julia Kayser, center of photo at left, headed and promoted the League's successful Beat the Winter Blahs luncheon on February 16.This year,it took place at OSO restaurant at the Southampton Inn. League members and friends at her table included, left to right, Nora Hajko, Dr. Jeannette Lofas, Marilyn Montgomery, Anne O'Neill, Julia Kayser, Pat Arceri and Doris Wray.

caption at rightAlso attending the luncheon were Suffolk County LWV co-president Lisa Scott, Beth Barth with husband Bob Wilson, Anne Marshall, Jacqui Lofaro and Susan Wilson.

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LWVH'S FIRST HOT TOPICS LUNCHEON DRAWS 40 ATTENDEES

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Internationally-known yogi Rodney Yee and his wife Colleen Saidman, owner of two Yoga Shanti studios in Sag Harbor, spoke at the League's first Hot Topics luncheon at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. Speaking about the art, meaning and practice of yoga, Yee explained that the word yoga means 'to bind or pull together. It enables our body, mind and heart to be unified in the present moment, and helps us understand how we are all interconnected and involved in community -- as, for example, LWV is. Yee also led the audience through a body scan meditation and answered questions from the enthusiastic group of over 40 attendees.

Terri Levin Davgin LWV Board member Terri Levin Davgin, initiator of the Hot Topics programs, greeted guests at the door.

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Glorian Berk was a presenterThe subject matter for our January LWVH meeting was "Two Significant Federal and State Election Issues for 2011." LWV Board member Glorian Berk gave a PowerPoint presentation titled "The Case for Redistricting Reform in NYS." Prepared by the LWVNYS, it illustrated several examples of gerrymandering nationwide and called for non-partisan reform when the U.S. Congressional, and NYS Senate and Assembly lines are redrawn after the 2010 census. The second half of the program was a presentation created by LWVH President Carol Mellor on the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the "Citizens United" case, allowing unlimited corporate campaign spending in elections. (Photo/caption by Arlene Hinkemeyer)Judge Deborah KoopersteinLWVH Program on East End Drug Court

The League's November 8 program at the Westhampton Library featured "The Last Fix: An Addict's Passage From Hell to Hope." The documentary, produced and directed by former LWVH president Jacqui Lofaro, chronicles the journey of three convicted East End drug offenders -- a man, a woman and a teenager -- who opt for a tough and pioneering East End drug court instead of prison. Present for the post-film Q&A was Southampton Town Justice Deborah Kooperstein (in photo), one of the presiding drug court judges.
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Autumn Luncheon Combines Usual Warm Atmosphere with Striking New Venue

On Oct. 27, LWVH's annual Autumn Luncheon & Auction was held at the historic Inn At Quogue. The 47 attendees included 89-year-old Former Westhampton Beach Village Mayor Arma E. "Ham" Andon plus Southampton Town elected officials Chris Nuzzi, Sundy Schermeyer and Anna Throne-Holst. read more about the work of the Special Events Committee

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Voter Services Committee Explains Details of New Voting Procedures

At the September 13 LWVH meeting at the Bridgehampton library, Anne Marshall, left, explained the new voting system of paper ballots and scanning machines in NYS; Arlene Makl, center, talked about the new, less intrusive NYS absentee ballot application; and Estelle Gellman spoke about the 2008 NYS judicial decision that allows second home owners to register and vote at their second home locale instead of their primary home address. Anne, Arlene, Estelle

Click here for diagram showing how the new voting process works

These and other 'fast women' join Ellen's Run, a 5K race on behalf of fighting breast cancer

LWVH is an active supporter of organizations that support women's issues. We support them in many ways, with participation in events, with financial support from individual members and in joint fundraisers. The 2010 Trivia Challenge held in April at Parrish Hall, Southampton Hospital, raised money for the hospital's Breast Cancer Center.

Among the LWVH participants: Glorian Berk, Arlene Makl, Carol Mellor and Mireille Lister. Arlene came in second for her age group, first among walkers. (Photo by Peter Lister)

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Smiles and sales at Aug. 14 & 15 Rotary Flea Market in Westhampton

Board members Gladys Remler (left) and Ursula Lynch planned and manned our booth To help raise funds for League activities, LWVH Board members Gladys Remler and Ursula Lynch headed this year's committee to participate in the Westhampton Beach Rotary Club's Flea Market, attic treasures and disseminating voting material.

2010 Annual Meeting Celebrates LWV 90th Birthday

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Longtime LWVH treasurer Emoke Forman (at left) received the 2010 Carrie Chapman Catt Award for service to the Hamptons League.

On the occasion of the LWVUS 90th anniversary, Southampton Town Board member Nancy Graboski presented a town proclamation to the Hamptons LWV. Also attending with a proclamation was a representative of State Senator Kenneth LaValle.

Singer-songwriter Sandy Rapp of East Hampton performed two songs on women's rights.

LWVH Special Events chair Susan Wilson organized and emceed the Women's Suffrage Rally on the steps of the Southampton Cultural Center.

Looking to the future, the Suffragette Rally featured an Apple Honda Crosstour fuel-efficient car carrying young women wearing green garb from Smith's in Southampton

Past presidents of the LWVH were honored at the celebration. Gathered on the steps of the Southampton Cultural Center were, left to right, Jacqui Lofaro, Joy Lupoletti, Sandy Ferguson, Barbara Jordan, Susan Wilson and Carol Mellor.

After the outdoor festivities, League members and guests enjoyed birthday cakes generously given by Gurney's Beach Bakery.

Third Annual LWV Trivia Challenge

Bringing a team to the lively event was Ellen Hermanson Foundation President Dr. Julie Ratner (2nd right), in whose sister's memory the foundation is named. With her were David O'Brien (left), Ida Cole and Henry Heller.

Dr. Julie Ratner and her Team

LWVH Special Events chair/Trivia Quiz head Susan Wilson, left, and Trivia Quiz emcee/Hamptons radio personality Walker Vreeland with the winning team, which competed in all three LWVH quizzes and finally won: Barbara Jordan, Richard Mellor, Michael and Arlene Hinkemeyer The winning team

LWVH hosted 'The New Face of Agriculture and Aquaculture on the South Fork'

April 12 Agri-Aquaculture forum

A panel consisting of John Halsey, 12th generation Southampton Town farmer; Jennifer Pike, farmer and co-owner of Pike's Farmstand in Sagaponack; Kim Tetrault, community aquaculture specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Southold; and Stephanie Talmage, East Hampton Town Trustee, member of aquaculture committee and PHD candidate studying effects of climate change on shellfish discussed changes in the crop farming and shellfishing industries on the South Fork. Ann Sanford organized the program and moderated.

Running and Winning Program April 15

Running and Winning 2010. An exciting daylong program at which high school girls meet and interact with elected women officials and are introduced to public service as possible career choice. In 2009, Roberta Hunter, Esq., congratulated the students and encouraged them to get engaged in the political process. Roberta Hunter, Esq. was keynote speaker at our first Running & Winning event. In 1992, she was the first (and is still) the only woman of color to be elected to the Southampton Town Board. She was the first Native American to be appointed to the position of executive director of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission.

Forum on Redistricting also Celebrates LWVUS 90th Birthday

On February 9, more than 60 people from nine local Leagues and other organizations attended the Forum on Redistricting and celebration of the LWVUS's 90th Birthday at the Rockefeller Institute in NYC. Speakers included Assemblyman William Parment; Assemblyman Daniel Burling; Gerald Benjamin, Associate VP for Regional Engagement, SUNY New Paltz; Blair Horner, Legislative Director, NYPIRG; Jeffrey Wice, Counsel to Senate; and Reapportionment Chairman Martin Dilan. Susan Arbetter of WCNY-TV moderated. The Forum provided an abundance of information and further questions about this key issue. A follow-up forum is being discussed as well.

Committee Formed to Study Government Consolidation

An ad hoc committee will explore opportunities to reform local government through consolidation of entities and/or shared services. The goal is to realize improved efficiencies, reduce redundancy and lower expenses for the resulting entities. Next steps will be to study materials provided by the state League of Women Voters (and other sources) and then share information with league members. Later, the committee will use consensus questions developed by the state league to interview local public officials in search of reforms here in the Hamptons. You can follow progress through a succession of articles in The Voter, starting in January 2010.

Children's Books Enrich the Wait in Southampton and East Hampton Public Health Clinics

During a December 2009 visit with Pat Stearns, Administrator of the Suffolk County Health Clinics, Young readers at the Southampton clinicLWVH Health Committee member Judi Roth saw an opportunity to serve the community and pounced on it. The Riverhead Library donated books to the clinic there. The waiting rooms in East Hampton and Southampton had no books or toys. Judi knew League members and our local libraries could fill those bookcases. Ursula Lynch and Jane Lapple solicited books from the Westhampton Beach Library. Judy Samuelson visited the Springs and Amagansett Libraries and thanks to Heather Anderson at the Springs library and Cynthia Young in Amagansett, now gets material for clinic shelves in East Hampton and Southampton. Do you have a source of Spanish language books for adults or children? Contact us and we'll arrange to pick them up.

Candidate Debates in Towns of East Hampton 10/15 and Southampton 10/22

Photo at left: Debates 2009: Anne Marshall moderated as Ben Zwirn and Bill Wilkinson squared off as rivals for East Hampton Town Supervisor. Photo at right: The panel of questioners at Southampton Candidates Debate were Annette Hinkle, Sag Harbor Express; Jennifer Henn, Southampton Press; LWVH president Carol Mellor.

Ben Zwirn, Bill Wilkenson, Anne Marshall Annette Hinkle (l), Jennifer Henn, Carol Mellor

October 2009 Greening of the South Fork One Year Later

LWVH Natural Resources committee, in conjunction with GAIN, presented The Greening of the South Fork, One Year Later. A follow-up to the 2008 meeting to learn what progress the towns have made on energy conservation. Mayors of Southampton Village and Sagaponack

August 2009: LWVH has fun, makes money at Westhampton/Rotary flea market

Members from Montauk to Westhampton Beach pitched in with sale items and labor to make this community event a success for our league. Said committee member Gladys Remler, "My 'fellow Westy,' Ursula Lynch, thought the flea market was a good way to raise the league's presence in the western end of the Hamptons. Everyone got into the act with donations, schedules, drop-offs etc. With Sue Wilson leading us, the next thing we knew, it was show time. The camaraderie and humor made up for tired feet. Thanks to all -- and start saving those trinkets for next year.L. to R. Volunteers Jane Dell, Susan Wilson, Carol Mellor and Ursula Lynch

Our 2009 Annual Meeting

Long House ReserveThe League of Women Voters of the Hamptons held its Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the magnificent LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.

Dorothy Lichtenstein In keeping with our theme, Art and Politics, Dorothy Lichtenstein, wife of the late Roy Lichtenstein, was the day's honoree. A generous supporter of LongHouse Reserve, the Parrish Museum in Southampton and other artistic establishments, she is equally involved and supportive of the political process.

Carol Mellor (right) presents award to Judi Roth

Carol Mellor, LWVH president, gave the Carrie Chapman Catt Award to Judi Roth. The award recognizes the recipient's enormous contribution to to the success of the League.

Kara Smith won Betty Desch Award

Kara Smith, of Westhampton Beach High School, won the Betty Desch award, given to a high school senior who exemplifies the League's values and work. Here, she accepts the award from League board member Ursula Lynch.

Helen Harrison

Helen Harrison, Director of the Krasner-Pollack House and Foundation, delivered the keynote address, Art and the State.
June 2009: Speakers Describe Health and Human Services Available in Hamptons

The LWV-Hamptons Health Committee hosted a public meeting at the Senior Services Center in Hampton Bays. The panel consisted of Dr. Humayun Chaudhry, then-Suffolk County Health Commissioner; William Jones, Director of Human Services for Southampton; and Audrey Gaines, Director of the Division of Youth Services, East Hampton. They gave a clear snapshot of the health and human resources available to residents of the East End.

Eight Family Health Centers and three satellites (including East Hampton and Southampton) provides primary and prenatal care. To schedule an appointment, call 631 439-1551. Access to specialists is severely limited, but Stonybrook Hospital is developing a relationship with East End hospitals.

East Hampton's Department of Human Services has three divisions: Programs for the Aging; Youth and Family Counseling and Support Services; and Youth Services. Services are based at the Senior Services Center at 128 Springs Fireplace Rd. in East Hampton. Main phone number: 329-6939.

Southampton has three centers for senior care programs: 25 Ponquogue Ave. in Hampton Bays; 585 Sag Harbor Tpk. in Bridgehampton; and 655 Flanders Rd. in Flanders. The town's department of Human Services is in Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Rd., Southampton. The main number is 631-702-2420.

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Member Biographies

Jana Hayden

Czech-born Jana grew up immersed in the art world of her native Prague, where she studied photography at the School of Graphic Arts. After graduating she produced a book of photographs about Prague's ancient Jewish cemetery that won her a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Fine Arts. There she earned an MFA and married a fellow student.

The newlyweds lived and worked Hawaii for five years before heading to New York, where they established a successful graphic arts and commercial printing company and raised two children while living in Rockaway and then in Massapequa.

They moved to The Springs 12 years ago, where Jana's interest in photography continues and she creates abstract sculptural pieces. She is active in the Artists Alliance of East Hampton, the East End Photographers Group, and the Crazy Monkey Gallery Cooperative in Amagansett.

Joyce and Daniel Flynn

The Flynns met 44 years ago while working at summer jobs in Westhampton Beach. They married three years later and lived in western Long Island, most recently in Northport, until 2005, when they moved to Quogue.

Joyce holds degrees from Cornell (BA), Michigan State (MA}, C.W. Post (administration) and St. John's (Ph.D.). She enjoyed a 33-year career in education + 13 years as a teacher in her hometown of Syosset and 20 years as an administrator, first in North Babylon and then in the Three Village School District in Stony Brook, where she was assistant superintendent of schools for instructional services. She retired in 2002.

Daniel grew up in Clearwater, Fla. and attended the University of Florida (BA) and Hofstra University (MA). He started out as a journalist, then switched to teaching, working in Syosset, where he and Joyce coached the girls track team together. Twelve years later, he made another career change, becoming a commercial real estate broker. He is currently affiliated with Jones Lang LaSalle in Melville.

The Flynns keep busy locally. Joyce, who recently became president of the Southampton Democratic Club, works with Mexican families through the North Fork Spanish Apostolate, and is chairman of the board of her church, an officer of the Westhampton Garden Club and, with her husband, active in the Shinnecock Yacht Club in Quogue.

Armineh Ohanian Armineh was born in Iran to parents of Armenian heritage. She attended the American Girls School in Tehran, where she studied creative writing. After marrying and having a daughter, she and her family moved to Germany, where she had a son and began a "nomadic" existence + with the family moving wherever her husband's work took them. Over the years they were based in 12 different countries, ranging from Abu Dhabi to Switzerland.

In 1984 they immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Manhattan for nine years. Then, with her children grown, Armineh and her husband resumed their international lifestyle + studying at the Open University in England, and then moving to Russia. But after a year, Armineh opted to return to the U.S. She explained: "I decided if we really wanted to belong to a country, we should be American."

She "discovered" the Hamptons in 1994 after she asked her son to rent them "a nice place on Long Island near water." That brought them to Remsenburg. A year later they bought a house in Westhampton. Armineh has kept busy writing two children's books and two novels. Her latest novel, The Apple Tree Blossoms in the Fall, was published in September.

Sylvia Baruch

Sylvia was born in Brooklyn and raised in East Meadow, L.I. Since 1985, she has lived in Hampton Bays; part-time at first, full-time since 1996. Before that, Greenwich Village was her long-time home. She moved there to be near NYU, where she earned a BA and MPA (Masters in Public Administration) subsequently working there as an administrator, rising to deputy chancellor and vice president for planning.

In retirement, Sylvia's primary interest has been the local immigrant community. She founded Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, an advocacy and educational group that sponsored the well-received video "Immigrants Among Us." She also does volunteer work assisting Mexican women and children for the North Fork Spanish Apostolate. Sylvia decided to join and support the League after seeing its presentation on the work of the Retreat.

Adrienne Falzon

Adrienne grew up in the Bronx and attended the College of New Rochelle both as a graduate and undergraduate student. She enjoyed a challenging career as a reading specialist in schools in New York City and Westchester and at a minimum-security prison for boys. Six years ago, after years of summering on the East End, she and her husband + who have seven sons + bought a house in Southampton and moved in.

After retiring in 1997 Adrienne began writing children's books. Her first, What Is An Angel, is due out in August. Locally, Adrienne is a volunteer and fundraiser for the Southampton Historical Museum and leads its summer walking tours. She's interested in learning more about the League, so you can expect to see her at some of our upcoming events.

Mimi Goldberg

Mimi is Manhattan born, bred and educated. A graduate of City College, with a major in business, she worked for General Motors, then moved to the stock market, had two sons, and finally became a home-based travel agent who took advantage of her expertise by doing a lot of traveling of her own. Thirteen years ago Mimi built a house in Southampton, moved in and gave up her city apartment. She soon developed an avid interest in roses and now has 'a glorious rose garden.' An active member of the Southampton Rose Society (her son Hal now serves as president), Mimi chaired its annual June rose show. She learned about the League through fellow rose-lover Joy Cordery.

Corinne Marley

Corinne, a native of Peekskill, N.Y., moved to East Hampton in 1959 immediately after graduating from the State University at Albany to be with her future husband. In the years that followed, she earned a masters degree at Stony Brook, had four children, and taught locally both full-time and as a substitute. Since retiring in 2000 Corinne has been playing lots of tennis and bridge + both duplicate and social. She's also kept busy gardening, volunteering at East Hampton's LVIS Bargain Box Thrift Shop, and serving on the LVIS's membership and scholarship committees and as treasurer of the East Hampton branch of the American Association of University Women. As a new League member she hopes to expand her contacts and community involvement.

Joan Trabulsi

Joan, a native New Yorker, was born in Brooklyn, lived and worked most of her adult life in Manhattan, and became a full-time East Ender in the mid-1980s, when she moved into the Wainscott home she bought in 1975.

Joan attended prep school in Garden City, studied English at Connecticut College, and traveled in Europe, settling down in Paris to take courses at the Sorbonne. She returned to New York to work as an editor and writer at a variety of magazines, in public relations for the New York Stock Exchange, as financial editor for a brokerage house, and finally, pursue a long-time interest, as an interior decorator.

In retirement, Joan doesn't know yet what League activities she'll get involved with, but she's interested in local politics and very concerned that New York voters are so apathetic that the state ranks 47 in the nation when it comes to turning out at the polls.