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Town Focus: Day 2 in Hampton Bays

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays. (May 2, 2012) Credit: Ian J. Stark

When I called the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center last week to inquire about any special events they might have going on, I was told that summers are so busy, every day is like a special event.

As both the population of people and animals in the Hamptons rises during the summer, the staff at the rescue center field constant calls from the public about injured animals and what to do with them.

Today, they’ve invited me to tag along. I’ll be at the center this morning to see just how busy they are and everything the job entails. (I was warned it could get messy).

Look for a story on the center later today.

Last night, I attended a Hampton Bays Civic Association meeting where I saw firsthand the passion Hampton Bays residents have for their community. Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming and Kevin McAllister, president of the nonprofit Peconic Baykeeper, both discussed issues affecting water quality.

The concern was not the community’s drinking water, but the health of the bays for the fish. For a community that has for generations been comprised of fisherman, it’s one of the most important things shaping the future of Hampton Bays.

Look out for interviews with people from the civic association throughout the day.

Thanks for your emails and comments yesterday, and keep them coming. You can also reach me on Twitter and follow my day below via Storify.

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