Schools, Government Offices Closed Monday for MLK Day

Martin Luther King Day observed in Southampton area.

Southampton area schools and government offices, including post offices, are closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

The Southampton, Tuckahoe, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton and Sagaponack public school districts are closed, as well at local Catholic school, Our Lady of the Hamptons in Southampton Village.

Southampton Town Hall and Southampton, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack and North Haven village halls are all closed.

Local libraries, including Rogers Memorial in Southampton Village, John Jermain Memorial in Sag Harbor and Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, are closed.

Rogers Memorial Library will open its doors briefly in the morning for the 11th annual community breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. King. A clip from an interview with the Rev. Dr. King at the his Atlanta home in December 1965 will be screened. Doors open at 9:45 a.m., but reservations were required to attend the event.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated as an officially recognized federal holiday in 1986, though a bill to establish a holiday coinciding with the Rev. Dr. King's birthday was first introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, just four days following his death, when he was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the age of 39.

The public ceremony for President Barack Obama's second inauguration is also taking place on Monday, though he was officially sworn in Sunday during a private event.

christie nicolle January 21, 2013 at 06:46 PM
it's pathetic that Presidents George Washington + Lincoln no longer have their own holidays with their names anymore --- but MLK does... it's Crazy! Sorry, MLK was never a President... + his message of "judging one's character instead of one's skin color" is completely ignored by the Liberal Left....No, Leftism is based on nothing but race bating. MLK would be horrified to find what he died for -- his message, is now distorted by todays Political-Correctness. MLK would vomit to see Obama, an Emperor with no clothes on be President!
Jaguar-Guy January 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM
MLK was a great man - great. His fight for equality, at such a divisive and terrible time, will resound throughout history forever. Have some respect and do not mix him up with others and what "he would have thought of them". I think MLK would resoundingly agree with most all the President's actions, and it is obvious to anyone that he is MOST responsible for this man being elected President. We may all not agree with O's politics, but it is time to put aside all the hatred - especially you - and not turn a holiday into a debate.
christie nicolle January 22, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Jag-Guy, you're such a Rino... your cowardly, lukewarm, political perceptions + your ilk are why a glorified windbag like Obama won. Even the BBC called Obama a "glorified windbag". Martin Luther King was the real organic deal; he or someone like him should have been the first black President not Obama! Barry is nothing but a divisive, synthetic, spoiled Invention of the Left -- courtesy of Oprah + the internet. America does not love + respect Obama... But America loved + admired Dr. King who was a brave, self made man... a real man, unlike Obama -- a punk. It's embarassing to compare -- Obama is not fit to shine MLK's shoes, much less to be President. What a nightmare! As for respecting MLK's "holiday", do you feel the media respects the holidays for Presidents George Washington + Lincoln -- their names are no longer mentioned -- it's just "Presidents Day"? Something is WRONG with that!
Hazel Wilkonson the First January 22, 2013 at 07:20 PM
It can at least be said that Jag (someone I disagree with 90% of the time) is clearly a decent man of principle and not a bigot as well as someone willing to put country ahead of politics. On the other hand, you, Mr. Nicolle, are a person of no integrity or decency. But we love to see your writings here because every time you speak, another independent becomes a democrat! Thanks!
christie nicolle January 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Hazel, it's transparent why you're using the cowardly, liberal ass-kissing Jag-Guy to spew your stupid rant. You leftists do nothing but call conservatives names instead of addressing facts. Learn to read english... I state above my facts; that Obama in comparison to MLK is a plastic, synthetic, phoney... yes, MLK should have been the 1st black President, not Oprah hyped Invention Barry Obama who holds NO CORE VALUES... just like you.


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