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6DWÇ§DPSP 6KDG\3DWKÇ§ Traditional gem in the heart of the Hamptons featuring 5br, 6.5bth, OHA heating, central air and ďŹ replace. 1 acre of lush and natural landscaping that surrounds the htd pool. Excl. #57820 Dir: Mtk Hwy East to BHSag Harbor Tpk, left on Lumber Ln, left on Scuttlehole Rd, right on Brick Kiln, right on Fair Hills Ln, left on Shady Path. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§DPSP 7DQVH\/DQHÇ§ Newly constructed Traditional home, close to the village borders reserve. 2,800 sq.ft., 4brs, 2.5bths, 2 ďŹ replaces, EIK, LR and formal DR. Rear patio overlooks gunite pool. Just staged. Excl. #58843. Dir: Left on Bridge-Sag Harbor Tpk., right on Woodruff Ln, right on Tansey Ln. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP :KHHORFN:DONÇ§ Impeccably built traditional has 4 spacious brs and 3 full bths. Beautiful kit. with all new appliances. High ceilings and skylights. LR with new ďŹ replace and french doors that lead to the outside deck overlooking the Koi Pond and specimen trees. Custom made windows and window treatments, new light ďŹ xtures, and custom made entertainment units throughout. Close to town. #64957.
6DWÇ§SP *RXOG 6WUHHW Ç§ Circa 1915. The updates have only enhanced the original charm of this 1915 Trad. 3 br, 3 bth gem complete with white picket fence. Youâ€™ll enjoy the expansive green lawn and htd pool, and pool house complete with full bth and wet bar. This home combines old world charm with modern conveniences. #63352.
6DW 6XQÇ§SP $)DQQLQJ$YHÇ§ This well constructed home offer 3-4 brs 2.5 bths, formal LR w/fpl, formal DR, den and large country kit. Just 1/10 of a mile from the village. Excl. Web#55690. Dir: Montauk Hwy to Ponquogue Ave. Travel south to Fanning Ave., East to 1st cul-de-sac approx. 150ft., On north side of road.
6DWÇ§SP +DUERU%RXOHYDUGÇ§ SpaciousColonial.NewConstruction. 3,200 sq.ft. home featuring 4 brs, 2.5 bths with lots of living space. In a great location. #58346. Dir: 27 East to Springs Fireplace Road follow road for 2 miles and make a left on to Harbor Boulevard. House on right.
6DWÇ§SP +XFNOHEHUU\5RDGÇ§ Ranch features 2 brs, 1.5 bths south of the highway within a short distance to bay beach and ocean. Full bsmnt, 1 car garage. Situated on .32 acres. Excl. Web#H52025. Dir. Montauk Hwy to Ponquogue Ave. Make left onto Bay Ave East., right onto Huckleberry Lane, travel to #25.
6DWÇ§SP +DUERU%RXOHYDUGÇ§ Charming New Construction. 3 br, 2.5 bth home with gracious wraparound porch on .51 of an acre with room for a pool. A unique opportunity. #53086. Dir: Dir: 27 east to Springs Fireplace Road drive about 2 miles road is on your left. Turn on to Harbor Boulevard. House on right. $PDJDQVHWW 2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP )DQWDV\'ULYHÇ§ Unique Beachfront Gem presents rare opportunity. 3 brs, 2 bths, wood ďŹ‚oors, ďŹ replace, all newly renovated, smell the sweet salt air & bbq â€˜s on your sundeck or go for a swim steps away, water views from almost every angle in your home 1-car garage, deeded dock rights, amazing sunsets every night...donâ€™t miss out on this rare opportunity to feel like your on your own island on the beach. Dir: Flanders Road (Rte. 24) to Longneck Blvd. Travel north to end, make right onto Fantasy Drive to #40. +DPSWRQ%D\V2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 1RUIRON'ULYHÇ§ Newly-built Mediterranean-inspired luxury home of almost 4,000 sq.ft. in waterfront community. 4 brs and 5 bths, professional kit., 3 ďŹ replaces and cathedral ceilings grace the interior. Prof. landscaping surrounds htd gunite pool with bluestone terrace, waterfall, barbecue, outdoor fpl and pool house with bsmnt. #62692. (DVW+DPSWRQ2IČŠFH
)ULÇ§SP 6XQ&RXUWÇ§ Bayfront home features 5 brs, 2 bths in main house, and 2 brs, 1 bth in guest quarters, LR with vaulted ceiling. DR with sliding doors leading on to deck, Kit., ofďŹ ce. Views from everywhere in the house! With Shinnecock Bay beach access and your own Private Dock. Web#H0115325 6DJ+DUERU2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP ,VVDFV3DWKÇ§ Turn-key home close to Indian Wells and beaches. Immaculate 3/4 br home with den off of the open living area, fpl, spacious and well equipped kit. that has French doors leading out to landscaped pool area with brick patio and pergola. Must see. Excl. #64798. Dir: East on Town Lane, left on Abrahamâ€™s Path, left on Talkhouse Walk, right on Issacâ€™s Path.
6DW 6XQÇ§SP )DQQLQJ$YHÇ§ These traditional homes just 2/10 of a mile to town offer a light open ďŹ‚oor plan including 3 brs, 3 bthrooms, great room, LR with ďŹ replace, formal DR, mudroom, laundry room, enclosed porch and room for a pool. Excl. Web#H54914. Dir. Montauk Highway to Ponquogue Ave, South to Fanning Ave., East to 1st Cul-de-sac approx. 150 ft. on the north side of road.
6DW 6XQÇ§DPSP +LJKODQG5RDGÇ§ 5br, 3bth home on a pvt .85 acres ďŹ lled with mature landscaping, room for tennis. Totally turn-key. New heating, central air, new kit and updated bths and htd pool. Excl. Web#HO153375. Dir: West on Hill St into Montauk Hwy, right on Sugarloaf, left on Highland. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§SP 2OG7RZQ &URVVLQJÇ§ Classic Southampton village home, minutes from ocean and shopping, 4 brs, 2.5 bths, LR, 2 fireplaces, formal DR, den overlooking large deck on beautifully landscaped yard, bsmnt and 2-car garage. Excl. #63883 Web#H55772. Dir: Main Street, left on Meeting House Lane, right on Little Plains Road, left on Old Town Crossing. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§DPSP 6DJ0DLQ6WÇ§ On approx. 3.4 acres. Historic 1840â€™s barn offering 5,000-+ sq.ft. of open spaces with exposed beamed ceilings, wide plank ďŹ‚oors, fpl and walls of glass. Excl. Web#H55639. Dir: Montauk Hwy East, right on Sagaponack Main St (Sagg Main), across from Loaves & Fishes. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 2OG)DUP5RDGÇ§ Renovated home with 5br, 5bth, central vac/air, den/library, LR with fpl, full ďŹ nished bsmt, htd pool, Har-Tru tennis and storage shed. Close to Wolffer Vineyards. Web#HO147835 6DJ+DUERU2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP )DLUOHD&WÇ§ 6,500 sq.ft. custom home built by renowned Curto Builders. 6 generously sized brs, 5.5 luxury bths, prof. French country kit. with granite countertops, Sub Zero refrigerator and Wolf stove. Web#H50444 6DJ+DUERU2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP /DXUHO9DOOH\'UÇ§ 2.4 very pvt acres bordered by preserve. 6 en suite brs and 1 half bth, ďŹ rst ďŹ‚oor master suite with ofďŹ ce. Grand foyer, formal DR, gourmet kit., large deck, htd pool and 2-car gar. Excl. Web#H55003.
6DW 6XQÇ§SP :HVW+LOOV&RXUWÇ§ MagniďŹ centnew6,150sq.ft.homehas 5 brs, 5 bths, 2 half bths and features 1st ďŹ‚oor master suite, gourmet kit., formal DR, heated gunite pool with spa, outdoor shower and built-in grill. Co-Excl. #56273 Web#HO156273. Dir: East on Montauk Hwy, left on DeerďŹ eld Rd., left on Middle Line Hwy, right on Southampton Hills Ct., left on West Hills Ct. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 6RXWKDPSWRQ+LOOV&WÇ§ 2-story traditional-style home. 6,000 sq. ft., 5 brs, 6.5 bths, formal DR, prof.-grade kit., lib. and full bsmnt. Central air, 4 fpls, and 2-car gar. with a 1,200 sq. ft. of unďŹ nished, loft-space above. 1.26 acres of landscaping surround the htd gunite pool. #50747. Dir: Montauk Highway East, left on DeerďŹ eld Road, left on Roses Grove, right on Middle Line, left on Southampton Hills Court. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§SP 3RZHOO$YHÇ§ Newly renovated Hampton Traditional in the heart of the Village. Includes 4 brs, 4.5 bths, media room and meditation room. Master br on 1st ďŹ‚oor with bth. 3 additional brs with bths on 2nd ďŹ‚oor. Cozy kit. with all new appliances and connects to a sunroom. Solar heated pool and large private deck. Excl. #60995 Dir: Montauk Highway East, right on North Sea Road (by Gulf Station), left on Willow, left on North Main St, before RR tracks, right onto Powell Avenue. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP :LOGZRRG5RDGÇ§ 2-story home built in 2000 and features 4 brs, 4.5 bths, full bsmnt and fpl. Master is on 1st ďŹ‚oor. Heated pool on .60 pvt acre. Excl. #54894
6DWÇ§DPSP 3HOOHWUHDX6WUHHWÇ§ Be the ďŹ rst to live in this 2-story traditional home with 5brs, 4bths and gunite pool. Ready for the summer. Co-Excl. Web#HO158995. Dir: East on Hampton Road, left on Elm Street, right on Pelletreau.
6DW 6XQÇ§DPSP /LWWOH3ODLQV5GÇ§ Classic cedar cottage 3 blocks from ocean features 3 brs and 2 bths on a bright sunny lot. Great condition and room for expansion and pool. Excl. #247698 Web#H15378. Dir: East on Hampton Road, right on Little Plains, house on left. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§SP 0HHWLQJ+RXVH/QÇ§ In the heart of the village, this cottage features 4 brs, 3 bths and gourmet kit. overlooking dining area that opens to a pergola-covered mahogany deck. Second-ďŹ‚oor en suite master has its own sun deck. Hardwood ďŹ‚ooring throughout; also central air and vac. Estate-quality landscaping deďŹ nes the elegant, heated gunite pool. Exquisite details abound throughout this pristine residence. Co-Excl. Web#H54459. Dir: South on Main Street, left on Meeting House Lane, house on left. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 2VERUQH$YHQXHÇ§ Classic, Hampton-style home with cottage featuring great master suite with ďŹ replace and plasma wall unit, 2 additional brs plus a 2 br cottage making 5 brs and 4 full bths, formal DR, family room with ďŹ replace, quiet yard and room for pool. It is really a turn-key beach house. Also available for 2008 summer rental @ $55,000. Excl. #63189 Web#H54576. Dir: East on Hampton Road, left on Osborne Avenue, #44. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§DPSP 1RUWK0DJHH6WÇ§ The living is easy in this 4,200 sq. ft. post modern with cathedral ceiling family room, spacious LR and DR, 5 brs, 4 bths, EIK with sliders to deck and patio, bonus room over garage with separate entrance and permit in place for pool. Excl. #52933. Dir: County Rd. #39, north on North Magee St. to #340. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6DW 6XQÇ§SP (OP6WUHHWÇ§ This well-built home has 2 brs, 2 bths, LR, kit., ďŹ nished bsmnt w/hot tub and garage. Attic could be converted to 2 brs. Located in the heart of the village and priced to sell. Excl. #60619 Web#H51238. Dir: East on Hampton Road, left on Elm Street. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§DPSP 6SULQJ3RQG/DQHÇ§ Nestled among birches in a private community with tennis and close to all is this lovely, light-ďŹ lled home with wide plank ďŹ‚oors and cathedral ceilings, ďŹ replace, large windows, 2 decks and beautiful ďŹ nishes throughout. Excl. #62083 Web#H53046. Dir: CR 39 to Shrubland/Sebonac Rd and turn into Cold Spring Fairways at sign 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§SP 6KRUH 5G Ç§ Just Reduced. Charming 1935 traditional home with fabulous open waterviews. On the north Sea Creek. Town permits for 6â€™ x 20 â€˜ ďŹ‚oating dock with catwalk. 4 brs, 1.5 bthrooms, and original ďŹ replace. Has all the charm of times long gone. Needs a little TLC. Priced to sell QRZ ([FO Ç§ Ç§:HE+ Dir: Montauk Hwy East To North Sea Road To Noyack Road Make Left On Shore Road. 4XRJXH2IČŠFH
WATERMILL 6XQÇ§SP 6WHSKHQ +DOVH\ 3DWK Ç§ On 1.2 acres of lush landscaping. South of the highway, 1.5 miles to Flying Point Beach and closer still to Mecox Bay. 5 brs, 4.5 bths, central air and ďŹ replace. Secluded overlooking a reserve. Co-Excl. Dir: Montauk Hwy to Cobb Rd, right onto West Cobb Rd, right onto Stephen Halsey Path. #33809 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6XQÇ§DPSP 1DURG%RXOHYDUGÇ§ South of the highway. 2-story traditional 1 street over from Calf Creek & Mecox Bay. Renovated with 5brs, 4bths, country kit., sitting room, 3 fpls, gunite pool and more. Pvt community dock w/deeded boat access. Excl. #62539. Dir: 27 East to Montauk Hwy, right on Mecox, right on Narod Blvd. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
WESTHAMPTON 6DW 6XQÇ§SP 'XQH5GÇ§ Nature and architecture blended to spectacular effect in this newly constructed condominium complex. Design, quality and amenities surpassed only by the magniďŹ cent views. Ten oversized bayfront townhouse units, each a fresh interpretation of the Hamptons shingled beach home. New top-ofthe-line construction! Three brs, three and one-half bthrooms, 2,800 sq. ft. of living space plus 1,400 sq. ft. of decking, garage and bsmnt space. State-of-the-art gourmet kit., 2 ďŹ replaces, walk-in closet in master suite, hot tub on top level deck. The complex features a fully-equipped private marina with 28 boat slips, heated gunite pool, clubhouse and ďŹ tness room and a private right of way to the most spectacular spot on the ocean beach. :HVWKDPSWRQ %HDFK 2IČŠFH
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TEMPLETON RESEARCH LECTURE SERIES Clarifying the Nature of Trust in Science and Religion
SPRING 2008 SCHEDULE
Lectures are at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Mondays in 249 Harriman Hall, unless otherwise noted. February 11, Guest Lecture
March 24, Guest Lecture
April 14, Provost’s Lecture
“Some Basics of Basic Trust” Guest Speaker: Martin Marty, Stony Brook Templeton Fellow 2007–2008, University of Chicago
“Some Reflections on Trust, Experience, and the Parsing of Ambiguity” Guest Speaker: Adam Seligman, Professor of Religion, Boston University
“Trust in Science is No Longer Rational” Guest Speaker: Paul Forman, Curator, Division of Medicine and Science, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 4:30 pm, Humanities Institute, Room 1006
February 25, Guest Lecture “Counterpoint: Trust and Control in Conductorless Orchestras” Guest Speaker: Dmitry Khodyakov, Sociology, Rutgers University
March 3, Lecture “A Scientist’s Faith” Speaker: Alfred S. Goldhaber, Professor of Physics, Stony Brook University
March 31, Lecture “Neither Gods Nor Beasts: How Science is Changing Who We Think We Are” Speaker: Elof Carlson, Professor of Biochemistry, Stony Brook University
April 7, Guest Lecture “Truth and Trust” Guest Speaker: Wade L. Robison, Hale Chair in Applied Ethics, Rochester Institute of Technology
April 17, Lecture “The Three Sources of Trust In Aristotle’s ‘Rhetoric’ ” Speaker: Nanda Golden, Philosophy, Stony Brook University
April 28, Provost’s Lecture “The Public’s Trust and the Public Trusts” Guest Speaker: Martin Marty, Stony Brook Templeton Fellow 2007–2008, University of Chicago, 4:30 pm, Humanities Institute, Room 1006
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Obama’s Secret Battling for Votes in Texas from a Southampton Oceanfront Mansion By Dan Rattiner By the time you read this, the Tuesday primaries in Texas and Ohio will have come and gone and the result will be that either Barack Obama is sailing toward the Democratic nomination, or his battle with Hillary Clinton is soldiering on. This is written late Thursday evening, however, four days before the outcome is known, and I have just been in the middle of a wild and enthusiastic meeting of Obama supporters, who have spent the last four hours at a friend’s Southampton home, eating pizza, drinking Coke and making phone calls here in the Hamptons to random people in Texas and Ohio to get out the vote. I try to stay fairly neutral in these pages when it comes to politics. And I’m not apologizing for being in the middle of a den of Obama people, but my being here did come about by chance. My friend has a very large house on the ocean. We’ve been sitting around in the library. In another part of the house, this crowd of people,
mostly young people, has been in a dining room and a living room down the hall occasionally whooping and hollering in accompaniment to what they were doing. “What the heck is going on down there?” I asked my friend. “Let me show you,” my friend responded. We wandered down the hall to find about a dozen of them, sitting at the dining room and kitchen tables all in rows looking down at their
which consisted of a button that read MAKE PHONE CALLS. When you clicked that, you got to another page that said BEGIN HERE. A caller stood behind me and guided me through the process. There was a map of America, with all the states in gray but four states, which were at issue on Tuesday — Vermont, Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas — were in dark blue. I clicked Ohio. And after a few seconds, in a box, appeared the name HAROLD and a nine-digit phone number. “What just happened?” I asked. “The site is hooked up to the national database of every registered voter in the country,” my guide said. “You have just been given a voter to call in Ohio.” I sat there and stared at it. Directly below was a written script. It read, “Hello, is _______ there? My name is ______ and I’m calling you on behalf of Barack Obama who as you know, is running for President in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. We think that Barack Obama is the best candidate to bring much needed change to our country. Do you expect you might be voting for him?” Suddenly, what was on my screen disappeared. I turned. “What just happened?” “Let me see. Here it is. The system has shut
You would have thought Barack Obama was a rock star and these were members of his fan club.
Dan Rattiner is the founder of Dan’s Papers. His memoir, In the Hamptons: Fifty Years With Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires and Celebrities will be published by Harmony Books this May.
laptop computers and occasionally making calls on their cell phones. Apparently they were calling prospective voters. “I want to try this,” I said. They sat me down at a laptop, which was open to a website called barackobama.com. On the top was a picture of him, smiling in front of an American flag. On the rest of the page were things you can do to help Barack Obama, one of
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“After Dwayne says what he has to say,” my guide told me, “you click on one of these boxes. Then you get a new script to read. And based on his answers, you click more boxes. It’s easy.” “How do we know somebody has not already called this person?” “The responses recorded are sent back into the database. Those that are done don’t get put up to be called again.” There were other things on the screen. In another box were the names of the top ten callers, with the number of calls they had completed in descending order next to their names. There was another box that had a collection of non-responses you could click. NO ANSWER/NOT IN. NOT PARTICIPATING.
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And so forth and so on. There was another place where you could click to confine your calls to just men or just women or all. “This is amazing,” I said. “Want to try one?” “I guess it couldn’t hurt.” My first call, to Dwayne, was a disaster. The main thing was that we weren’t back on the page where the first script was. We were on the second script. “Hello?” “Uh, is this Dwayne?” “Yeah.” He had a strong Texas twang. “Uh, I’m a caller for a campaign for Barack Obama. We’re doing a survey. Are you voting for Barack Obama there in Texas?” “That’s my business,” Dwayne said. “Okay.” We hung up. I turned to my guide. “Where’s the script? Where’s the script?” I shouted. “Try another,” she said, bringing me back to the script. “I want to just talk to a woman,” I said. “Okay.” The next person, Sheila, defaulted to an answering machine. I told the guide. “Click NO ANSWER/NOT HOME.” The next four I called also defaulted to answering machines. “It’s not working,” I said. “Most of them are not answering at this time because it’s the dinner hour.” “Does Hillary have something like this?” “I think so. They all do.” On the next call, I hit the jackpot. I got Lottie. Or actually, it wasn’t Lottie, but her sister. I glanced at my guide, decided this was too complicated, and just pressed on. “Hi. Listen, my name is Dan and I’m calling you on behalf of Barack Obama who is running for President in the Democratic Primary in Texas this Tuesday. Are you voting for…” “I already DID vote for him. He was HERE!” “He WAS?” “Yes. I just came back from Town Hall. He was here and he spoke. This was just an hour ago. He’s wonderful. The place was packed. Right after I went out and voted for him.” “So you’re a DEFINITE?” “Oh yes.” “Well, we’re here in New York.” “You’re all the way in New York? I’m in Belmont.” “Where’s that?” “Southern Texas. Thirty miles south of Houston.” I looked at my guide and she asked me to give her the phone, which I did. Inside of a minute, the two of them were bonding over the phone about Barack Obama. Would she volunteer to help him? She would? What could she do? My guide asked if she could put her on speakerphone so everybody in the dining room could hear, and she said sure. Pretty soon they were talking about getting more people to go out and vote for Obama, or make phone calls for him or put meetings together for him. The energy in this dining room, and indeed, in whatever room Lottie in (continued on page 31)
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Grumman’s Revenge A Snub 20 Years Ago in Riverhead Bites Back at Boeing in Seattle By Dan Rattiner When the Japanese sent their planes over Pearl Harbor, the Americans, besides being surprised, made a startling discovery. They didn’t possess any aircraft capable of dealing with the Japanese Zero, and all of the planes that came over Pearl Harbor were Japanese Zeros. The Zeros were faster, nimbler, better armed, able to climb higher and dive more steeply. The few American pilots, climbing into aircraft that had not been blasted to smithereens on the ground, went down a runway and up into the air to fight the Zeros hand to hand and were lucky to get back alive. You can’t fight a Zero with slow biplanes named Buffalo Brewsters.
These were dark days for the American military. But the word got out. In the assault on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had lost a few of their Zeros. And so the Americans had pieces of them in enough quantity to be able to determine why they were so good. Specifications for the Zeros were quickly sent out to anyone making airplanes who wanted to see them. There needed to be an answer. And there was. A man named Leroy Grumman, who was building airplanes in a garage in Baldwin, Long Island, built and flew something he thought could beat a Zero. The military in New York City watched it fly and were very
impressed. An assembly line was quickly built in a warehouse near Baldwin, and Leroy now oversaw the production of what he called the Grumman F4F Wildcat. It was heavier, stronger and more armored than the Zero. It was faster. It had more weapons. And even if it was not as nimble as the Zero, there was a strategy that, if used, could give it the advantage. Fly it high. Then dive down through the Zeros and pick them off in a surprise attack. As the war progressed, the Wildcat and its successor, the F6F Hellcat, which was all of the above AND as nimble as the Zero, slowly took down the entire arsenal of Zeros that the (continued on the next page)
UPSCALE BILLBOARD ADS AVAILABLE AT EH AIRPORT By David Lion Rattiner In high season, East Hampton Airport has to be one of the most active small, local airports in the country. It is for this very reason that, every summer, residents within the noise radius of airplane and helicopter engines begin to complain. They bought a house in East Hampton for some peace and quiet, but because of the airport (which they may well have used to get here), they hear the buzz of helicopters every ten minutes instead. Valid arguments are made on both sides of the issue. In support of the airport, helicopters and private planes bring in the largest sup-
porters of our economy. And for those who want quiet, it’s probably best not to buy a house near an airport. But this endless drama has kept the East Hampton Airport in the public eye and on the desks of public officials who have been doing everything they can to remedy the problem. Very quietly, however, amid the controversy, an extremely interesting situation has arisen at the airport that has gone largely unnoticed by the general public. The airport managers are about to launch a new form of advertising this year in hopes of capturing the well-heeled audience as they fly
in. Luxury Media Partners and the East Hampton Town Board have figured out a way to get close to $1 million by setting up an advertising campaign within the airport itself. Of course, this is not the first time an airport has used advertising to generate revenue. Countless light box ads can be found at JFK promoting everything from vacation destinations to perfume. But at small airports, this practice isn’t very common, and that’s what makes this proposal so interesting. Five L.E.D. light boxes (six feet and ten feet tall), a 15-foot wide interior wall banner and (continued on page 32)
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Japanese possessed. At the end of the war, with only a few Zeros left, the Japanese ordered that pilots pledge themselves to the Emperor and fly them on suicide missions into the sides of the American battle cruisers if they could. Some succeeded. Most failed, shot down by buzzing Hellcats, which came from nearby aircraft carriers to circle around over the warships to protect them. Needless to say, Leroy Grumman became an American hero, a man to whom the entire nation was indebted. After the war, the Navy contracted Grumman to build the next generation of fighter planes for their aircraft carriers, and after that, the next. The very best scientists and engineers came to work at Grumman, first at Bethpage and later here on eastern Long Island in Calverton, where Grumman built a military airport in the middle of the Pine Barrens.
For two entire generations, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Grumman designed and then built and tested — you’d often see them streaking overhead — the most sophisticated aircraft on the planet. And even beyond the planet. The F14 Tomcat, immortalized in Tom Cruise’s movie Top Gun, was far and away the best fighter plane in the world from 1975 to 1995. The E-2 Hawkeye, with its surveillance dish mounted on top, was the most sophisticated spy plane in the world. And the Moon Rover, built for the Astronauts, was the first and only manned vehicle ever built for use beyond our planet. All were built in Calverton. But times change. And by the early 1980s, the relationship between Grumman and the Navy was considered by most Americans as just too cozy for comfort. Why weren’t there serious competitions for the next new Navy aircraft? There was a really good answer for this, but apparently, it was just not good enough. In the early 1990s, when it had become apparent that Grumman was not going to be selected from among the half dozen other rivals now bidding for the new Navy plane, Grumman officials struck out in new directions. They bought a company that made canoes. They bought a bus company and, with the trusted Grumman name on the side, won the competition for the next generation of busses for the City of New York. But when the first hundred or so of these Iowa built busses were delivered, they kept breaking, sometimes by breaking their axles, as they pounded through the potholes of New York City. Mayor Ed Koch, in a rage, backed out of
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the contract and had all the new busses scrapped. And so, Grumman was to be one of the earliest victims of a new American business rule, which was called Grow or Die. They died. In 1994, without a major contract and with just 4,000 employees left from the highpoint of 32,000 employees in 1980, Grumman was sold to Northrop Aviation based in California. Everybody moved away. After some debate, Northrop decided the Grumman name was better than the Northrop name. They renamed their company Northrop-Grumman. And with their new name, they thrived on the fringes of aviation, a second line company in a world of Lockheeds and Boeings that nevertheless was able to pick up contracts for trainers, commercial aviation aircraft, small cargo planes and other transportation vehicles. (continued on page 31)
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The Buck Stops Here Rich or Poor, it Matters Not at All at the Zoning Board of Appeals By Dan Rattiner Every day in towns and villages around the Hamptons, the rich and the poor, the billionaires and the blue-collar workers, meet the same justice when they face our various Zoning Appeals Boards. As an example, here are two cases in the Dan’s Papers files from the hearings of the East Hampton Village Zoning Appeals Board that took place last Friday. One involves a case on West End Avenue, perhaps the most exclusive address in the Hamptons. The other involves a case on Maidstone Avenue, a more modest street where locals live. The first case was about a very large pergola,
11-feet tall, 32-feet long and 16-feet wide, already built in the garden of a tony estate on West End Avenue just beyond the end of Lily Pond Lane. Built late in 2006, it is fronted by Greek columns, has latticework along the sides, an open trellis on the roof and more latticework along the back. It hasn’t got a floor. And it sits right at the property line of the owner of this land, Norma Lerner. Two years ago, this pergola was not there. But Lerner wanted it there. And so, back in December of 2006, she hired a man, Don Sharkey, who is one of the building inspectors for the Town of East Hampton, to arrange the paperwork so she could be allowed to build one
on that spot. Keep in mind that Lerner is in the Village of East Hampton, a small incorporated village that is entirely surrounded by and separate from the Town of East Hampton, which has no jurisdiction in the Village. Sharkey wrote a letter to the Village Building Inspector of East Hampton Village, his counterpart, asking to apply for a building permit. The Village Building Inspector, Tom Lawrence, wrote back that one would not be necessary. The reason, according to Lawrence, was because you can’t build a building on the property line. But you could build a fence, for which you would not need a building permit. (continued on the next page)
DWARF LUGGAGE THIEVES STRIKE AGAIN IN SWEDEN By Dan Rattiner Every few days, I come across an item in the news that is just so odd. I do try to write about these things for the paper by expanding upon them or finding some sort of social relevance with the East End, but with the two items I am going to tell you about now, I just come up blank. Dan Rattiner is the founder of Dan’s Papers. His memoir, In the Hamptons: Fifty Years With Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires and Celebrities will be published by Harmony Books this May.
First of all, there are the dwarf thieves of Sweden. This came up in the news during the first week in February. It seems that for several months a bus company that takes people on long distance journeys from Stockholm to Vasteras has had many claims of jewelry and other valuables being stolen from the suitcases in the luggage bay. They are warning passengers not to leave any valuables in the suitcases stowed in the luggage bay. Before you get on the bus, take out your diamonds and gold earrings and wear them as you travel. Nothing important should be left below down there. The officials of this Swedish bus company,
called Swebus, have come to the conclusion that on the occasions when these thefts have happened, one of the pieces of luggage must have in it a very small person. Perhaps one of the Gypsy Dwarves of Bulgaria or something. The bus leaves the station and is humming along the highway and this small person makes his way out of his luggage, goes into everybody else’s luggage, takes out the valuables and then returns with it to his own luggage. He gets inside, locks himself up, and, when the bus arrives at its destination, he is unloaded onto the platform with all the other (continued on page 32)
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Lawrence wrote back that he thought this pergola qualified as a fence. With this letter in hand, Lerner had the thing built. Personally, I wonder how Lawrence could have mistaken an 11-foot high pergola for a fence, which by law can only be allowed six feet high. But he did. From what I’m told, he did have the plans in hand for the pergola. None of this might have come to the attention of anybody — other than a very puzzled neighbor — except for the fact that Lerner proceeded to install electric lights in the pergola and a sound system so music could emanate from it. And that, finally, is what brought this whole matter to the attention of a whole bunch of neighbors. What was going on? They called the East Hampton Village Zoning Board to complain about the noise and the lights. The East Hampton Village Zoning Board called Lawrence. And Lawrence called Sharkey, who in turn called Lerner. Sharkey then said he certainly recalled being surprised to learn, when he wrote to Lawrence asking about the permit, that none would be needed. After that, having given it some thought, Sharkey then did an unusual thing. He wrote a letter to the East Hampton Town Ethics Board, asking if that Board could give him a letter back saying that it was all right with them that he have a separate business — he works full time for the Town — advising people about zoning matters, as long as he did it on his own time and in a jurisdiction that was not in the Town. The Ethics Board chairman, Hugh King,
wrote back saying what he did on weekends and evenings was perfectly okay with them. They had no jurisdiction over that. And lots of full-time Town employees have businesses on the side like that. What happened next was that Lawrence wrote to the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals asking for them to confirm that when he had decided that this pergola was a fence, he had made the correct decision. The Zoning Board said they would take up the matter, and Lawrence said that whatever they decided he would abide by it. Thus this matter came to the attention of the Zoning Board last Friday morning. It would be hard to imagine the Village Zoning Board of Appeals ruling that this was anything but a building. I recall Tina Fredericks, the prominent real estate broker, buying a vacant five-acre parcel on Georgica Pond years ago (when it was affordable) so that she could build an open teahouse on the property. She had a house on Georgica Road. She didn’t need another one. What she proposed to the Village was that she build an open, raised, wooden deck on posts, with a Japanese roof on the top to shelter her and her friends from the rain. They would go down there and, by lantern light, play cards or sit and talk or just watch the pond. The Village turned her down. It was a “structure” they told her. And structures need permits. But then she couldn’t apply for a permit because as a teahouse it was a particular kind of structure known as an “ancillary
structure” that needed to be ancillary to a “main structure.” Since the land was vacant, there was no “main structure.” So that was that. Today, Fredericks, much more prosperous, lives on that property overlooking the pond in a beautiful stone split-level “main structure.” She never did build that teahouse. Or consider what happened to Jerry Seinfeld in East Hampton Village. In 2004, he came to town and bought the 12-acre oceanfront property owned by Billy Joel and soon thereafter renovated the house on that lot, and then on a nearby vacant part of it built a regulation little league field for his kids. The Village demanded he tear it out. It was an “ancillary structure.” And as it turned out, it was on a separate but vacant parcel Seinfeld owned. No main structure there. In the end, Seinfeld built a “main structure,” a modest house in comparison to his own, and then the Village allowed that the ball field could be an “ancillary structure” to the “main structure.” As far as I know, a rule of thumb definition of the law is that if it can be taken down and brought inside for the night, it’s okay. Otherwise, it’s not okay. You might want to keep that in mind. In any case, on Friday morning, the Zoning Appeals Board met to consider the matter of Lerner’s pergola. An attorney hired by Lerner, Tina Platte, told the board that traditionally decorative lawn ornaments such as trellises, pergolas and (continued on page 33)
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A Plan for Shelter Island Shall the Ram’s Head Inn be Transformed into a Big Drug Rehab? By Dan Rattiner A group called the Safe Harbor Retreat LLC has an option to lease the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island and turn it into a drug and alcohol rehab center for 162 “clients” (They refer to it as client occupancy levels. 56 in the first year, 162 in the second, and more than 162 as they expand after that.) The founder of the proposed retreat, Joseph McKinsey, has invited interested parties, including residents of Shelter Island, to a meeting at the Ram’s Head on March 15 at 4 p.m. to discuss the matter. In the invitation to the meeting, McKinsey reassured Shelter Islanders that residents will
be given preferred treatment at the new retreat. The addiction retreat, as proposed, together with its staff of doctors, nurses, keepers and treatment experts, will add a total number of new people to the Island that will increase the current population by a signigicant amount. With its focus on medical matters and addictions, it will have a significant impact on how the Island is perceived and how it perceives itself. I think this is worth examining. It is a matter of context. This tight little island, accessible only by ferry, currently does not have much of a context at all. It has a summer colony of about
300 homes owned by very rich people who enjoy seclusion. It has a year-round population of about 1,100, who are mostly blue-collar workers, fishermen, house watchers, bar owners, bed and breakfast owners and others who enjoy seclusion. There is really no commercial downtown. There are a few stores, both on the Main Street where the school, churches and town hall are, and up near North Ferry at the Heights. There are plenty of drug rehab facilities elsewhere. The largest drug rehab center in the area is Seafield in Westhampton, which has 90 beds. The important thing is, however, that in (continued on page 34)
LOCALLY GROWN EAST END HMO GOES BANKRUPT By David Stoll It seemed like a good idea at the time. Because the insurance industry seems to aggravate doctors and patients alike, why don’t doctors form their own insurance company, one that would understand the thinking process of doctors and be on the side of patients? That is exactly what a group of Long Island doctors did in 1995, forming MDNY based in Melville. But as the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, the experiment was an utter failure — perennially late in paying doctors, MDNY is now going out of business following liquidation proceedings, leaving
patients without continued coverage and doctors largely unpaid. Although MDNY’s website indicates that it remains active, without any mention of the company’s troubles, the dénouement has been in the making for years. As early as 2000, the New York State Superintendent of Insurance found that MDNY was insolvent, but indicated that MDNY had a plan to rectify the situation. That same year and in the prior year, MDNY was fined for not paying doctors promptly. By 2002, the same fine was imposed but in an amount exceeding $120,000 (vastly greater than an earlier fine of $5,000).
Also in 2002, the Superintendent of Insurance reported that MDNY was misallocating claims by business segments, thereby distorting the results of those segments. Significantly, the Superintendent found that MDNY had vastly understated the results for its “Healthy New York” program and was generally showing an underwriting gain on its books when in fact it was facing a loss. Apparently never rectified, this situation finally reached a boiling point in 2007 when the roosters came home to roost. In September, MDNY completely stopped (continued on page 32)
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