Kismet Kapers


The KCA (Kismet Community Association) announced good news for residents and visiting beachgoers looking for a sustainable way to get rid of beach visit leftovers. Kim Alyson Harris Sitone has spearheaded an effort with Relic Sustainability, an organization working with local towns and communities to establish beach clean-up stations for voluntary trash pick-up. With over 20 actively maintained clean-up stations on Long Island, they want to enlist beachgoers in maintaining beaches and protecting the ocean. As a pilot project, they will be installing two trash receptacles with baskets on the beach crossovers at Oak and Pine Walks. The baskets are free: young Kai Sitone will help with checking and maintaining the baskets as part of a community service project and the KCA will pay for pick-up and maintenance.

Pickleball is finally happening: Text Jacqueline Breen Compitello at 516-423-2161 to reserve a court. Racquets and balls are available to borrow.

Amid the happy summer vibes, is the usual bad news. There are the borrowings, aka thefts, of bikes, children’s scooters, a cushion off a boat and even an old beer pong table. Newcomers are unbelieving when told to lock up but even seasoned Fire Island residents are sometimes ambushed. “I only forgot to lock it once,” is all it takes. A new “outrage” this summer is the increasing number of visiting sharks. There were seven sightings reported last Friday, two in Kismet, each requiring a 30-minute water evacuation. The sharks are only looking for a snack, but really…The wildest and most unusual event was the appearance of a very large food delivery van heading down Burma on its way to Ocean Beach. Amid residents’ incredulous laughter, the driver did manage to turn around and didn’t even hit any garbage corrals. The wonders of GPS!

On a bright and breezy Tuesday, a record 78 kids ranging from 1 to 12-years of age came to take part in the Memorial Snapper Derby on the bay. Nobody told the snappers – or maybe they did. While several kids caught a bunch of fish, not all did. The participants converged on the tables by the market at the same time almost overwhelming the 14 Kismet volunteers led by Kim Harris tasked to sign the kids up, hand out event t-shirts, name tags, poles and bait then create lists sorted into age groups by boy and girl. Once reeled in, fish were to be carried to Tommy for weigh in then returned to the water. Two of the successful fisher-people were 1 and 2-year old Kai/Harlee and Ryder. Damien and Reagan won trophies for the most fish. Twenty-two sponsor contributors made sure each child got a t-shirt, name tag, pole, and bait as well a trophy for the winner in each of 10 categories and prizes, hot dogs and ices for all.