Daily Bee: Lost Cat Returns. Pickles. Easter Bunny. And Pintail Gliders

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Happy #HumpDay! Today, we are pleased to report some glorious news: The Hampton Bee’s kitty, who disappeared over the weekend, has happily returned home. A well-intentioned neighbor mistook Buddha the cat, pictured above, for a stray and dropped him off at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, near the East Hampton airport. Fortunately, the good people at ARF saw our plea for his safe return on the Facebook group Bonac Pets and alerted us. We’d like to thank ARF, Bonac Pets and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for Buddha’s safe return.

We’ll take some pickles, please

In more feel-good news, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce reports that it raised about $7,400 for the Montauk Food Pantry from its 2015 Montauk Farmers’ Market. The market will re-open for the season on Thursday June 9 (mark your calendars!), continuing every Thursday through Sept. 1, then every Friday through Sept. 30, ending Columbus Day Weekend. As the market’s motto goes, if they can “bake it, catch it, grow it” then you can buy it — and support a good cause at the same time. This year’s market, on Montauk’s village green, will feature some 30 vendors, selling everything from mushrooms and peaches to dog treats and smoked fish. We hear good things about the pickles.

How about a plan for Downtown Springs?

At long last, the town of East Hampton says it has hired the firm of Dodson & Flinker to complete “business and hamlet studies for our commercial areas.” We think we can read between the lines here — and yes, town of East Hampton, you should create a dynamic, walkable, thriving downtown (complete with shops, restaurants and galleries) for Springs. It will be huuuuge. We digress. Business owners, residents, fellow Americans, please note that the town will hold a kick-off meeting at 10 a.m. on March 15, followed by workshops to solicit ideas for the six hamlets of East Hampton, Springs, Wainscott, Amagansett, Downtown Montauk and Montauk Harbor. See dates and times here.

Quick takes…

LondIsland.com has published its Spring guide, with “all of the tips and info you need to break out of winter and enjoy the incoming Spring Season to its fullest extent.” There’s advice on boardwalks, kayaks and beach yoga….The Kadampa Meditation Center in the Sag Harbor reports that 85 people attended its “Prajnaparamita Empowerment” day over the weekend, many of them probably learning how to pronounce “Prajnaparamita” for the first time. (Prajnaparamita, of course, is the female Buddha of enlightened wisdom)…. Montauk Yacht Club is gearing up for Easter weekend, planning an Easter Egg hunt, Easter crafts and a family-friendly brunch. Guests who stay overnight at MYC can also arrange for the Easter Bunny to come to their hotel room and tuck in their kids. That’s either cute or terrifying, we’re not sure.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“23 pounds of the finest solid drive down some point perfection you could ever dream of.” — Martin Shapes, which makes surfboards, waxing poetic about this pintail glider on Instagram. Sick, rad, etc.

Got a tip? Nothing is too great or too small. Trust us. Email thehamptonbee@gmail.com. 

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