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OPEN HOUSES THIS W E E K E ND Friday 11/28, Saturday 11/29 & Sunday 11/30 BRIDGEHAMPTON 6DWÇ§SP -REV/DQHÇ§ This magniďŹ cent site has direct access to Swan Creek and beautiful views of Mecox Bay and open ďŹ elds. The current home on 2.2 acres offers 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, den, open living plan, gunite pool and separate guest quarters. Plans available for 10,000sf. distinctive residence designed by Preston Phillips. Excl. F#66520 | Web#H14028. Dir: Ocean Rd to Mecox Rd, left on Jobs. (DVW+DPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP )DLU+LOOV/DQHÇ§ New 5 bedroom, 6.5 bath hilltop traditional featuring den, great room, 3 ďŹ replaces, family room, chefâ€™s kitchen w/ dumb waiter, formal dining & living rooms, screened porch, gunite pool & more. F#52475 | Web#H0152475. Dir: Rt.27 E, left on Butter, right on Scuttle Hole, left on Brick Kiln, right on Fair Hills Ln. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP /XPEHU/DQHÇ§ The main house features 4 bedrooms, 4 ďŹ replaces and has been totally upgraded with central air and wireless. The guest cottage has 2 bedrooms and full bath and the gunite pool sits among gardens and lush 1+ acres of rolling lawns. Close to all. F#63284 | Web#H54724. Dir: Mtk Hwy East, left on BH-Sag Tpk, bear left on Lumber Ln. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH 6DW 6XQÇ§DPSP %XWWHU/DQHÇ§0'/' PERFECT SUMMER RENTAL - One level, double master bedrooms with glorious bath and French doors out to gunite pool with spa. Two additional bedrooms and 4 baths total. Spacious living quarters with large screen TVs & satellite radio throughout. All set on 2.5 rustic acres. F#64586 | Web#H92349. Mtk Hwy east, left on Butter Ln %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
CENTERMORICHES 6DWÇ§DPSP 6HQL[$YHQXHÇ§ Spectacular big water views on Sinex Creek. Dock your boat in your private slip outside your home with 180ft. bulkhead with direct access to Moriches Bay. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features privacy, wide plank wood ďŹ‚oors, updated boiler, roof, sprinklers. F#63687 | Web#H55426 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
EASTHAMPTON 6DWÇ§DPSP 0DULRQ/DQHÇ§ Stunning contemporary sited on a private and well landscaped acre. Oversized double height living room opens to formal dining room with 3 walls of glass large enough to accommodate large dinner parties, kitchen is totally redone. Exclusive. F#66590 | Web#H18862. (DVW+DPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§DPSP 5XQQ\PHDGH'ULYHÇ§ Bordering a 30 acre reserve and short distance to the bay sits this ranch home w/ 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ďŹ replace, full basement w/ high ceilings and 1-car attached garage. Shy half acre with pool, located in Lionâ€™s Head area. F#54854 | Web#H0154854. Dir: Mtk Hwy E., left on 3 Mile Harbor to end, left onto Isle of Wight, left on Runnymeade. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
EASTQUOGUE 6XQÇ§SP .DWH$YHQXHÇ§ Eclectic Georgian villa boasting 6,000sf. and 3,000+sf. full ďŹ nished basement, with a movie theatre, exercise area, dressing room, etc. This elegant home is located on 1.4 secluded acres, with a very private setting and stone walkways. F#67659 | Web#H19283 :HVWKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
)ULÇ§SP 6KLQQHFRFN5RDGÇ§ Waterfront private community, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, custom gourmet Viking/Sub-Zero, Granite kitchen, central air, ďŹ replace, heated free-form gunite pool, outdoor shower, pool side cabana bar with sink & fridge, Steps to private beach, over-sized deck and 75ft. bulkhead. F#67024 | Web#H55937 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
HAMPTONBAYS 6DWÇ§SP %3RQTXRJXH$YHQXHÇ§ Well cared for traditional home located on a private ďŹ‚ag lot with plenty of space both in/out complete with pool and 5 bedrooms, this renovated home has a great room with French doors leading out to pool. New oak ďŹ‚oors, full lower level and CAC. F#54788 | Web#H0154788. Dir: Old Mtk Hwy to Ponquogue Avenue. House on right down private drive. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
QUOGUE 6DW 6XQÇ§SP 2OG0DLQ5RDGÇ§ Build your dream home from 2,500â€“5,000sf. with room for pool and tennis. A one-of-a-kind waterfront lot. F#67346 | Web#H1818 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
REMSENBURG 6DWÇ§SP 6RXWK&RXQWU\5RDGÇ§ This 3,500sf. ranch features an expansive master suite, as well as 3 Jr. bedroom suites, magniďŹ cent open ďŹ‚oor plan with cathedral ceilings, ďŹ replace, gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. Teak ďŹ‚oors throughout and recessed lighting in all rooms. F#53693 | Web#H0153693 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
SAGHARBOR 6XQÇ§SP %DUFOD\'ULYHÇ§ Newly constructed 6,500sf. traditional is a marvel of form, function and design. Featuring beautiful waterviews, 6bedrooms, 6baths and 2 half baths. Excl. F#56006 | Web#H0156006. Dir: Rt.114 North to roundabout, Ferry Rd exit, left on Sunset Beach Rd, right on Barclay Dr. Call Raphael Avigdor for gate code access at 917.991.1077 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP 2OG1R\DF5RDGÇ§ New construction, traditional-style home on secluded, wooded, shy-2 acres. Generous 9,800sf. of living space includes 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths and 4 ďŹ replaces. F#62708 | Web#H53744 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
SAGAPONACK 6XQÇ§DPSP 3DUVRQDJH/DQHÇ§ Traditional estate featuring 8 bedrooms, 11.5 baths, great room, professional kitchen, formal dining room, family room, media room, 4 ďŹ replaces, full ďŹ nished basement. Plus a 1,000sf. pool house, heated gunite pool and so much more. F#62701 | Web#H54574. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP /RQJ3RQG5RDGÇ§ Cool and modern home on almost 2 acres backing up to preserve. Double-height living spaces, master suite and newly added guest master on the main ďŹ‚oor with a lovely loft above. 2 over-sized guest bedrooms, cozy ďŹ replace and open kitchen. Heated 20x40 pool, beautifully landscaped and private but minutes to town and the ocean. F#56651 | Web#H0156651. Dir: Mtk Hwy E. to Sagg Rd north, cross the RR tracks, left at fork onto Toppings Path, left on Haines, right on Long Pond Trail %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§DPSP 6KLQQHFRFN+LOOV5RDGÇ§ This alluring 2 bedroom, 2 bath traditional ranch sits on a 1.38 landscaped acres with living room, ďŹ replace, ďŹ nished basement w/ separate entrance. Plenty of room for expansion, pool and tennis. F#44188 | Web#H0144188. Dir: Mtk Hwy east, right on GreenďŹ eld Rd, go to end, right on Shinnecock Hills Rd. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP %D\/DQHÇ§ Water Mill by Farrell Building, this remarkable 7 bedroom, 7.5 bath, new shingled gambrel home is sited on 1.8 acres. Grand foyer, huge great room, chefâ€™s kitchen, library, gathering room, complete ďŹ tness center, covered porches & patios. Pool, pool house and tennis make this Hamptons retreat complete. F#65384 | Web#H39243. Dir: Montauk Highway east, right on Mecox Rd, right on Mecox Bay Ln, left on Bay Ln %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
SOUTHAMPTON 6XQÇ§SP 3DUULVK3RQG&RXUWÇ§ Brand new 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath traditional w/ great room, den, library, family room, FDR, 3 ďŹ replaces, heated gunite pool and 3-car garage. 6,000sf. on 1.4 acres. F#62298 | Web#H35715. Dir: Rt. 27 east, right on Tuckahoe Rd., left on Parrish Pond Ct. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH )ULÇ§SP 3XODVNL6WUHHWÇ§ Circa 1930â€™s cottage renovated and expanded, maintaining the character of the era. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, living room, FDR, expansive kitchen/great room. Covered rear porch, heated gunite pool, garage. F#55036 | Web#H0155036. Dir: From Rt. 27 in SH, right on N.Main St, under RR tracks, ďŹ rst left on Powell Ave, 2nd right on Elm, ďŹ rst left on Pulaski. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP +DQQDKV&RXUWÇ§ This 5,800sf. top quality, new construction on a landscaped acre features 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and is located on a new cul-de-sac only minutes from SHV. Excl. F#62657 | Web#H55125. Dir: East on Noyac Rd., right on Straight Path, 2nd right Hannahs Ct. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP +DQQDKV&RXUWÇ§ Gorgeous new construction with 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths located on quiet cul-de-sac just outside SHV. Excl. F#61060 | Web#H52745 Dir: E. on Noyac, right on Straight Path, 2nd right on Hannahs Ct. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH )ULÇ§SP 1RUWK0DLQ6WUHHWÇ§ Recent Price Reduction! Classic colonial-revival home, down village ďŹ‚ag drive, on .5 acre w/ 4BR, 4B, chefâ€™s kitchen, FDR w/ butlerâ€™s pantry, LR, and great room w/ ďŹ replace. Old-world details, 3 covered porches, gunite pool, landscaping. F#62057 | Web#H53967. Dir: County Rd 39 east, right on North Main St. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH )ULÇ§DPSP 1RUWK0DLQ6WUHHWÇ§ Restored, c.1845, legal, 2-family home, located in SHV. Enhanced with gardens, landscaping, & new driveway. Each ďŹ‚oor has 2 bedrooms, bath, living room and kitchen. Room for small pool. Zoned for light commercial. F#49523 | Web#H0149523. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP .QROO5RDGÇ§ Recently constructed 3 bedroom, 2 bath traditional-style home in a waterfront community just 5 minutes from SHV is the perfect Hamptons getaway. Excl. F#47099 | Web#H31198. Dir: East on Noyac Rd, right on Cove Rd/SH Cove, right on Knoll Rd. 6RXWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
WAINSCOTT 6DW 6XQÇ§DPSP &O\GHQ5RDGÇ§ Charming, 4 bedroom home (2 masters), country kitchen with Garland stove, FDR, open living room with double height ceiling, heated pool & pool house. Barn beams, wainscotting & major style. Proven rental history. Sold furnished. F#63082 | Web#H51102. Dir: Mtk Hwy, north on Town Line Rd, right on Clyden Rd. %ULGJHKDPSWRQ 2IČŠFH
6DWÇ§SP 0HFR[5RDGÇ§ Brand new traditional-style home just built with expert details & amenities. 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, 1 half-bath, 4 ďŹ replaces. Professional kitchen with ďŹ replaces, adjacent screened-in porch & stone patio. Finished basement. 20x40 gunite pool. 2-car garage. Bordered by reserve. F#57953 | Web#H0157953. Eastbound on Route 27 into Water Mill, see the Milk Pail on the left, right on Mecox Road %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP 0LOO)DUP/DQHÇ§ Gambrel-style, 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home, designed for gracious living with vaulted ceilings, double-height windows, great room, professional-grade kitchen, family room, 3 ďŹ replaces, patios & heated, gunite pool. F#60420 | Web#H35711. Dir: From Rt. 27 In Southampton, left on David Whiteâ€™s Lane, bear right on 7 Ponds Road, right on Upper 7 Ponds Road, right on Mill Farm Lane %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§SP %D\$YHQXHÇ§ $1m price reduction. South of the highway, luxury living, 6,500 sf. with great & living rooms, formal dining room, 4 ďŹ replaces, 6 bedrooms. In-ground, gunite pool. Room for tennis. Views of Mecox Bay. F#62542 | Web#H53481 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6DWÇ§DPSP 1DURG %RXOHYDUG Ç§ Renovated, shingled traditional-style home in top waterfront community. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 ďŹ replaces, modern kitchen, FDR, sitting & living rooms. Landscaping, gunite pool. F#62539 | Web#H53472. From Rt. 27 eastbound in Water Mill, right onto Mecox Road (just past The Milk Pail), right on Narod . %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP %ODQN/DQHÇ§ Renovated colonial-style home, on a hedged ďŹ‚ag lot is with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, modern kitchen, FDR, and living room also includes extensive decking, and heated pool. Full basement with ďŹ nished playroom, 2-car garage, landscaping. F#63859 | Web#H55700 %ULGJHKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
WESTHAMPTON 6XQÇ§SP 0HHWLQJ+RXVH5RDGÇ§ Brand new home emerges, tucked away on a quiet, private road. This red cedar shingled home features gorgeous landscaping and pavers surrounding a beautiful kidneyshaped heated pool, copper rooďŹ ng, radiant ďŹ‚oor heat, marble baths, custom wainscotting, moldings and built-in cabinetry. F#56316 | Web#H0156316 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH 6XQÇ§SP -DJJHU/DQHÇ§ Totally renovated, classioc traditional home situated on secluded park-like setting on one acre ďŹ‚ag lot in a prime WH location. Features 3 bedrooms, designer kitchen, formal liv/din rooms, ofďŹ ce, den, 3 baths, ďŹ nished basement. coach house, heated pool and 2-car garage. F#67912 | Web#H32315 :HVWKDPSWRQ2IČŠFH
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Announcing the Upcoming Tours Lineup… DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO SEE “Shrek” The Musical – Sat., Dec. 6th – $193 pp. – “As big & beautiful as any Shrek fan could have hoped, with gorgeous scenery, tunes that stick in your head and, naturally, a happy ending.” The Seattle Times – Joining Shrek on his journey from the swamp to the stage will be his wisecracking sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad and a chorus of everybody’s favorite fairytale creatures. With more layers than ever and a completely original new score, Shrek The Musical proves that there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Christmas at The Greenbrier® - 4-Day Tour – Sun.–Wed., Dec. 7th-10th - $979 pp./do. – West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort, a National Historic Landmark in the Allegheny Mountains, is consistently ranked as one of the best resorts in the world. Experience its luxury, charm, elegance, history and tradition. The fireplaces are crackling and there are miles of garland and an abundance of poinsettias in their lobbies. Rejuvenate, rekindle and relax your winter blues away as you enjoy impeccable service. Call for the full itinerary, as this experience will last a lifetime. A New York tradition: HOLIDAY BRASS at Avery Fisher Hall – Sun., Dec. 14th - $140 pp. – The Philharmonic’s Principal Brass and the Canadian Brass present their annual Holiday classic, filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the season. The group’s debut came at the invitation of the Canadian Brass, when they joined that ensemble in a 1983 concert in Ottawa, Canada — the start of what has become a regular musical collaboration. The musicians master the gamut of concert presentations — from formal classical concerts to music with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. You will surely be delighted. Vermont Christmas – 3-Day Tour – Tues.-Thurs., Dec. 16th-18th - $425 pp./do. – SO MUCH TO DO! – Vermont’s perfect atmosphere will help you prepare for the holidays. Visit the famous Vermont Country Store, tour Mendon Mountain Orchards & Cider Mill (and if you order a fresh-baked pie, they will have it ready to pick up on your return). Don’t miss your special Wine & Cheese Tasting Seminar at the hotel, take a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride, visit the town of Woodstock, the beautiful Queechee Gorge Village and Montpelier, hear the wonderful sounds at Porter Music Box, tour Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, have a proper British Tea and enjoy some great entertainment. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” The Musical - Wed., Dec. 17th – $199 pp. and Wed., Dec. 17th – $208 pp. – The classic holiday film comes to the Broadway stage. Described as “a new musical stage reinvention of the beloved classic film,” the musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Many Irving Berlin classics are showcased in the new musical, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.” Carnegie Hall – “1964: The Tribute” (‘Beatles’ concert) – Sat., Jan. 10th – $180 pp. – This is our 3rd annual excursion to the finest Beatles tribute concert you’ll ever experience – The exceptional talent of these remarkable men will ensure a sensational concert experience. They are world renowned and dubbed “the best Beatles Tribute Show on earth” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Featuring Robert Miller and Orchestra and Special Guest Gary Mule Deer. Combine a wonderful dinner with Prime Orchestra tickets for this remarkable performance and you are assured a fabulous evening. Turning Stone Resort & Casino – Overnight – Sun.–Mon., Jan. 18th-19th - $165 pp./do. – Join Hampton Jitney as we venture to this award-winning resort and casino in New York’s scenic Mohawk Valley. Enjoy luxurious hotel accommodations, a world-class casino and so much more. You will receive a $10 Meal Voucher, $30 Free Play Coupon or Bingo Dollars and have a wonderful Breakfast Buffet included.
“Mary Poppins” – Wed., Feb. 11th - $165 pp. – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Nanny Mary Poppins keeps the Banks family in line with the kind of magic only she can conjure. Based on the books by P. L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this is the story of the Banks family and how their lives change after Mary Poppins arrives at their home at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London. “South Pacific” – Valentine’s Day Special – Sat., Feb. 14th - $226 pp. – Lincoln Center Theater presents this Rodgers & Hammerstein revival. Set during World War II, it tells the story of an American lieutenant and an American nurse and their relationships with some of the residents of the exotic islands where they find themselves stationed. The musical score is absolutely beautiful. Take your special someone for a wonderful lunch and one of the most beautiful musicals ever. This is a show not to be missed! “The Lion King” – Wed., Feb. 25th - $185 pp - Julie Taymor’s acclaimed staging of the hit Disney animated film has been hailed as a Broadway landmark. The Lion King tells the story of the epic adventures of a young lion cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king. “Colonial Gossip & Glorious Gardens” – Philadelphia 2-Day Tour – Sat.-Sun., Feb. 28thMar. 1st – $259 pp./do. – This unique tour will thoroughly engage you in Philadelphia’s charm. You will find out the meaning behind some of the old sayings from Colonial times and be thoroughly entertained while you learn. In addition, you will have tickets for the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show – this year’s theme is “Bella Italia”! Virginia Tattoo and Baltimore, MD 4-Day Tour – Sat.-Tues., May 2nd-5th - $849 pp./do. – See the largest Tattoo in the U.S., the Virginia International Tattoo and enjoy some wonderful adventures in Baltimore. Visit the Edgar Cacey Association for Research & Enlightenment, the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Splash down on a Baltimore ‘Duck’ Tour and visit the National Aquarium of Baltimore. Montreal and Quebec–6-Day Tour – Sun.-Fri. — Jun. 14th-19th - $1325 pp./do. - Montreal is a unique blend of old-world charm and new world glitz. Hampton Jitney is very excited to return to our Northern neighbors again this spring. There is a great deal to see and do, so come along for an exciting journey – you won’t be disappointed. You will have guided tours of Montreal, Basilique Saint Anne de Beaupré and Montmorency Falls, have some wonderful meals and do more sightseeing and shopping on your way home through Vermont & Massachusetts. PLEASE NOTE: PASSPORTS OR PASSPORT CARDS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR RE-ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES (AS OF JUNE 1, 2009).
Also Available: Sex and the City Hotspots Tour - Fri., 2/6 “13, A New Musical” – Sat., 2/21 Philadelphia Flower Show – Sun., 3/1 & Sat., 3/7 Quilt Festival of New Jersey - Sat., 3/7 “Billy Elliot” Sat., 3/7 & Wed., 3/11 St. Patrick’s Festival at Platzl Brauhaus – Tues., 3/17 “Guys & Dolls” – Wed., 3/18 & 3/25 “Hair” – Sat., 3/28 “West Side Story” – Wed., 4/1 Wed., 6/3 Victorian Cape May 3-Day Tour – Sun.-Tues., 4/26-4/28
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Dressing a Lighthouse It Might Have a Dim Bulb Now, But it Sparkles for the Christmas Season By Dan Rattiner Fifteen years ago, Dan’s Papers ran a contest out at the Montauk Lighthouse called “The Flight to Portugal.” Fifty five people built model airplanes and entered the contest, which consisted of them throwing their craft off the cliff there in the general direction of Portugal. The one that flew the closest to Portugal before splashing into the sea won a 10-day all expense paid vacation to Portugal, courtesy of the Portuguese National Tourist Office. As the ringleader of this competition, I had the responsibility of trying to make sure that the contest was on the up and up and that we were able to judge which one of these entries really did get the farthest out before falling into the sea. At the time, I went to see Grumman Aerospace in Calverton, where I asked workers to volunteer by bringing out a GPS system for making accurate measurements. They could be the official judges. They said they would do so. But in the end, we had to use our eyes to judge the contest. The GPS system they had — and it was in the early days of invention at that time — was so big and heavy that it could not be brought out except on the back of a giant truck. And their enthusiasm to do so was shot down by senior
Grumman officials who just would not okay the expense. Today, a GPS system can fit into your pocket. I was out with Billy Joel in one of his boats some years later. He punched a destination into such a device and the boat navigated successfully to it, avoiding shoals and rocks and other obstructions along the way as effortlessly as you please, without the slightest help or interference of anybody turning the wheel.
focused lenses, gave off much less light and could only be seen a little more than half as far. Whether this was a salute to saving energy or a recognition that the light wasn’t of much use anymore or both, the effect was that if you were out off the Montauk Lighthouse in a deep fog, you better have the old GPS to light your way home. At the same time, by the way, the Coast Guard reduced the decibel level of the fog horn, perhaps again because it was not really that much needed, but in addition, there were now people who came out to look at the Lighthouse in the fog who said when the old foghorn went off, it made their hair stand on end and their ears burn because it was so loud. And so — because we live in a litigious society and because the age of personal safety and security has dawned — the Coast Guard decided that enough was enough. The loud foghorn really has to be turned down. And so they muted the hoopla. It is true that none of this affects the future existence of this magnificent structure, built by order of George Washington in 1796 and a very visible symbol of our American heritage. The Lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and anybody local would shoot
There are still ships at sea that reckon where they are the old fashioned way, by lighthouses. Looked at from another perspective, the invention of the GPS meant that there was really no further need for the powerful beacon that was for 300 years, the Montauk Lighthouse. Indeed, in 2002, the Coast Guard unscrewed the 1,000 watt beacon that could be seen from 24 miles away and replaced it with a new 35 watt halogen lamp which, with the help of high
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Hamptons resident and bestselling author Nelson DeMille recently told Marymount College’s Lewis Burke Frumkes how he was able to delve deep into the Mafia for his latest novel, The Gate House. He said, “Let’s put it this way … I had this Uncle Frank when I was growing up who always had a lot of money and cars, etc. … but no job that anyone ever knew about.” * * * Hamptonites John and Margo Catsimatidis gave a birthday party for their friend, actress and author Rita Cosby, at New York’s Orsay. Rita’s escort was author Bruce Littlefield. Before the party, the group went to see the off-Broadway show, LaGuardia. * * * Hamptons regular Christy Turlington has signed on as a contributing editor with Marie Claire and will collaborate with the magazine’s writers on a regular column on topics such as politics, mothers around the world and her global travels for humanitarian causes. The column will run every two to three months, and begins with the magazine’s December issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday and features a piece on Turlington’s trip to Washington, D.C. to push for a Senate resolution on maternal health. * * * Aretha Franklin, who just sang on TV’s “Dancing With The Stars” in Los Angeles, didn’t let her busy schedule interfere with her lengthy daily telephone calls to her longtime agent, Quogue’s Ruth Bowen, who’s at home recovering from surgery. Franklin doesn’t fly and made most of the calls while traveling on her bus. * * * Donna Karan brought Urban Zen to Sag Harbor last summer, and has just opened another wellness boutique on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. The 1,400square-foot store features a tree-lined courtyard with wooden benches and a rock garden. Said Karan: “The goal is to bring calm to the chaos of everyday life, and each store is completely different because we want to preserve the character of the spaces.” * * * Hamptons residents Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos hosted the 29th anniversary of the Cartier Holiday Bow celebration at the Cartier Mansion in New York this week. * * * Hamptons regular and “Sex and The City” star, Kim Cattrall, has posed partially nude in a contemporary recreation of Titian’s masterpiece, “Diana and Actaeon.” BBC Two’s “The Culture Show” challenged Tom Hunter to create a 21st-century version of the painting after he backed the campaign to raise £50 million to keep the artwork on public display. The National Galleries of Scotland and the National 1147611 1147611
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Effective Wed., Nov. 26 through Tues., Dec. 2, 2008 To Manhattan
Thanksgiving Week Schedule
W W Thurs Thurs thru & Mon Sun 8:30 10:15
10:20 12:20 2:20
10:30 12:30 2:30 10:40 12:40 2:40
8:45 10:30 8:55 10:40
Airport Connection 7:05 7:20 Manhattan
Mon thru Sat 9:30 9:35 9:40
7 Days 11:30 11:35 11:40
7 Days 1:30 1:35 1:40
7 Days 3:30 3:35 3:40
Fri thru Wed 5:30 5:35 5:40
7 Days 6:30 6:35 6:40
Mon thru Sat 9:00 9:05 9:10
Sun Only 9:30 9:35 9:40
Manhattan / 40th St. Airport Connection
East Hampton Wainscott
Sag Harbor Bridgehampton
4:30 I 4:35
7 Days — —
Airport Connection 6:35 Midtown Manhattan 6:45
10:35 11:35 10:45 11:45
7 Days 8:30 8:35
Thurs & Fri 9:00 9:05
Mon thru Sat 9:30 9:35
Mon thru Sat 10:00 10:05
7 Days 10:30 10:35
‡ 7 Days 11:30 11:35
7 Days 12:30 12:35
7 Days 1:00 1:05
7 Days 1:30 1:35
7 Days 2:30 2:35
Wed & Fri 3:00 3:05
‡ 7 Days 3:30 3:35
Airport Connection 8:20
Sag Harbor Wainscott
East Hampton Amagansett Napeague
10:30 10:40 10:55
11:30 11:40 11:55
12:00 12:10 —
12:30 12:40 12:55
1:00 1:10 —
1:30 1:40 —
2:30 2:40 2:55
3:30 3:40 3:55
4:00 4:10 —
4:30 4:40 4:55
5:50‡ 6:00‡ 6:15‡
6:30 6:40 —
6:50‡ 7:00‡ 7:15‡
7:40‡ 7:50‡ 8:00‡
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7:50 8:00 8:10
8:30 8:40 8:55 N
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10:30 10:40 —
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12:00 12:10 12:25
12:30 12:40 —
2:00 2:10 2:25
Manorville Southampton Water Mill Bridgehampton Wainscott East Hampton Amagansett Napeague Montauk
These trips drop off on the Westside. Mid/Uptown Westside drop offs are: 86th St. & Central Park West, 86th St. & Broadway, 79th St. & Broadway, 72nd St. & Broadway, and 64th St. & Broadway.
This Lower Manhattan trip drops off on the Westside. Drop offs are on 6th Avenue at the following cross streets: Bleeker St., 14th, 23rd & 32nd at the MTA stops. These trips guarantee Sag Harbor passengers will never be required to transfer prior to their arrival. This trip will not go to Napeague and Montauk on Tues.
These trips arrive approximately 20 minutes earlier on Sat., Sun. & Thanksgiving Day. BLOCK ISLAND FERRY CONNECTION - For the convenience of our passengers living near Montauk Harbor or traveling from Block Island, HJ picks up at the Viking Ferry dock on Sunday & Monday at 6:20 p.m. Viking dock is located at 462 Westlake Drive. For more information regarding the Block Island Connection contact www.vikingfleet.com or 631-668-5700. Airport Connections. Hampton Jitney airport connection stops are convenient to JFK, LaGuardia and Islip/MacArthur airports. Detailed information is located in the Westbound and Eastbound notes section on our website, by calling Hampton Jitney or by referring to our printed schedule.
ARRIVAL TIMES ARE ESTIMATES AND CAN VARY DUE TO WEATHER, TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND DAY OF WEEK. HAMPTON JITNEY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAYS BEYOND OUR CONTROL.
7:50 8:15 8:20 8:30 8:35 8:45 8:55 9:10 9:15
Wed NORTH FORK LINE 11/26 Park Slope Park Slope Boerum Hill B. Heights
PM Only 5:30 5:35 5:45 6:00
Tanger Outlet Riverhead Aquebogue Jamesport Laurel Mattituck Cutchogue Peconic Southold Greenport
8:00 8:05 8:10 8:15 8:20 8:25 8:35 8:40 8:45 8:55
Amagansett East Hampton Wainscott Bridgehampton Watermill Southampton Manorville
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LW Sun PM 6:20 6:30 6:35 6:45 6:50 7:00 7:25
AM LIGHT PM BOLD
Mon AM 5:00 5:10 5:15 5:20 5:25 5:30 5:55
To The Hamptons MONTAUK LINE (from Lower Manhattan)
Eastbound READ DOWN
HAMPTON JITNEY RIDER ALERT
TICKETS AND PAYMENT Payment on board may be by cash, ticket, credit card; or by check if you are an Express Club member and have your membership card with you. American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards may be used for payment only if the credit card is on board with the passenger. Open (unreserved) tickets, including Value Pack ticket books, can be purchased at the Omni desk in Southampton, through our accounting office or online. Trip availability is subject to change — always call or refer to our website to confirm schedule. BROOKLYN & LOWER MANHATTAN SERVICE: Weekend Service to and from Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan continues this fall. MEADOWLANDS SERVICE: Once again HJ offers direct roundtrip service to Jets/Giants home games.
Fri Availability Resumes 12/5
Financial District - Water St. & Broad St. - Southeast corner of Water St. and Broad St., in front of Chase Bank
South Street Seaport Pearl St. & Fulton St. - East Side of Pearl Street, in front of Wendy’s
Peter Cooper Village 1st Ave. & 23rd St. - East Side of 1st Ave. (between 23rd & 24th), in front of Board of Education Building Manorville Southampton Watermill Bridgehampton Wainscott
ALL LUGGAGE: Must have ID tag. HJ liability maximum $250. All checked luggage and packages are subject to search. RESERVATIONS Reservations are required to guarantee a seat. Please call if you must change or cancel a reservation; please do not double book. “No shows” may be charged full fare.
AM LIGHT PM BOLD
Battery Park City South End Avenue & Albany Across from Gristedes
CELL PHONE POLICY: All phones must be turned off. Urgent calls only; limited to a total of 3 minutes.
Fri Availability Resumes 12/5
D E PA R T I N G
Wed 11/26 READ DOWN PM AM LIGHT PM BOLD Only Park Slope - 4th Avenue & 9th Street 5:30 Park Slope - 4th Avenue & Union Street 5:35 Boerum Hill - Atlantic Avenue & 3rd Avenue 5:45 B. Heights -Tillary St. between 6:00 Cadman Plaza East & West
8:30 — 8:35 8:45 8:50 8:55
To Lower Manhattan MONTAUK LINE
D E PA R T I N G
Sun PM Only 5:40 5:50 5:55 6:00 6:05 6:10 6:15 6:20 6:25 6:30
NORTH FORK LINE
Select trips have letters or symbols above them. The following defines the codes.
These trips do not include Sag Harbor on Fri. & Wed. (Eastbound) and Sun. (Westbound).
B. Heights B. Heights B. Heights Park Slope Park Slope Park Slope
Mid/Uptown drop offs are 3rd & 39th, 42nd, 51st, 61st, 67th, 72nd, 79th & 85th.
Sun & Fri 7 Days 9:30 11:00 9:35 11:05
Manhattan / 40th St.
D E PA R T I N G ARRIVING
Mon thru Sat 9:00 9:05
8:30 — 8:35 8:45 8:50 8:55
7 Days 8:00 8:05
4:10 — 4:15 4:25 4:30 4:35
The “Bonacker” Non-stop service to and from NYC and East Hampton, available Eastbound Friday & Saturday.
Wed Only 7:30 7:35
Manhattan / 59th St.
Wed & Fri 7:00 7:05
B. Heights - Cadman Pl. & Clark St. B. Heights - Tillary St. B. Heights - Court St. & Joralemon St. Park Slope - Union St. & 4th Ave. Park Slope - Prospect Park W. & 2nd St. Park Slope - 9th St. & 4th Ave.
I 7 Days 6:30 6:35
5:00 5:05 5:20 5:30 5:40 5:50 6:05 6:15 6:40
Mon thru Sat 6:00 6:05
— — — — — — — 2:00 2:25
Ambassador Class Service
Fri & Sat 5:00 5:05
Southampton Water Mill
Montauk Napeague Amagansett East Hampton Wainscott Bridgehampton Water Mill Southampton Manorville
Enjoy the ultimate in comfort – a full size coach with only half the seats! Spacious captain’s chairs and plush carpeting, Up to 17” leg room, FREE wireless internet service, Outlets for your electronics, Enhanced complimentary beverages and snacks, Personalized host service.
Wed Fri & Sat 5:00 5:05
Sun thru Wed 4:30 4:35
A N Fri thru Wed 5:30 5:35
Greenport Southold Peconic Cutchogue Mattituck Laurel Jamesport Aquebogue Riverhead Tanger Outlet
Thurs thru Sat Manhattan / 86th St. 7:30 Manhattan / 69th St. 7:35
MONTAUK LINE AT
AM LIGHT PM BOLD
D E PA R T I N G
7 Days 7 Days 9:30 — 9:35 —
7 Days — —
W Thurs & Sun 9:30 9:35
7 Days — —
7 Days 11:30 11:35
B.I. Ferry Connection W P.U. at Ferry Thurs 6:20 PM thru Sun & 7 Days Mon Only Mon.
READ DOWN AM LIGHT PM BOLD
Sun PM Only
W Sun Only 4:45 4:50
W Sun Only 3:15 3:20
To Brooklyn BROOKLYN SERVICE To East End BROOKLYN SERVICE To East End (Eastbound) To Brooklyn (Westbound) Wed 11/26 PM Only
W Sun Only — —
To The Hamptons
See Dan’s North Fork Section for our North Fork Line Run!
I 7 Days 3:45 3:50
Fri thru Wed 1:30 1:35
7 Days 7 Days 7:30 — 7:35 —
Wed & Fri
Fri thru Wed 12:30 12:35
W 7 Days
D E PA RT I N G
Manhattan / 86th St. Manhattan / 69th St. Manhattan / 59th St.
Thurs thru Mon 8:30 8:35 8:40
AM LIGHT PM BOLD
To The Hamptons Eastbound
W Mon Only — —
AM LIGHT PM BOLD
D E PA R T I N G
W Sun Only 7:15
D E PA RT I N G
Mon Fri thru thru Sun & Fri 7 Days 7 Days 7Days 7 Days Wed 7 Days Mon 7 Days 5:00 6:10 8:15 10:15 12:15 2:15 3:15 4:45 6:15
Fri thru Wed SH• Thurs Only 6:30 6:35
AM LIGHT PM BOLD
Sun Wed & thru Fri. Fri Thurs SH,MA• Mon SH,MA• thru Only thru Thurs & Sat Sat Sat Sat Only 4:30 — — 4:35 — —
W Thurs Only — —
To Manhattan Westbound
MONTAUK LINE A AT Mon, Tues
East Hampton Amagansett
4:55 6:45 7:10
7:15 7:25 7:30 7:40 7:50
Lower Manhattan Westbound MTA Bus Stop Drop-off Locations: • North Side of Water St. 2nd Ave. & 34th St. 2nd Ave. & 22nd St. & Broad St. • State St. & Battery Place 2nd Ave. & 14th St. (Bowling Green Subway 2nd Ave. & 9th St. West Side of Allen St. & Station) • Church St. & Cortlandt E. Houston St. St. (Connection to Path • West Side of Pearl St. & Trains to N.J.) Fulton St. • South End Avenue • • • • •
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Twentysomething…By David Lion Rattiner Viagra The Sports Supplement I’ve recently begun a new workout regiment that doesn’t include lifting a pint of Ben and Jerry’s from the freezer. It’s wintertime, and with that comes the endless parade of reasons to eat heavy food. My workout routine happens not in the morning, but after work, and consists of either 30 minutes (okay 20 minutes) of cardio or 40 minutes of weight lifting. I switch up where I go to workout — the beach, a treadmill, a trail. Getting back into shape gives you a clear head, as my mother would say. Now I’m not really into sports supplements, but I have been anxious to go on some sort of dietary routine to increase my performance and protein intake. I looked at product called “Muscle Milk,” which is a high-protein, horrible tasting product, and considered creatine, but I’m just not that hardcore. I’m not into bulking up — I want something to help my endurance and circulation. I was at a loss until yesterday when I read the news about this new sports supplement, Viagra. Have you heard of this sports supplement? According to reports, it really gives you a lift, and it’s perfectly safe — as long as a doctor says you’re healthy enough to take it. A guy like me is more comfortable taking a sports supplement prescription from a doctor than an over-thecounter product like creatine. You just never know what that over-the-counter stuff can do to you. Viagra is all the rage in the professional athletics world. I don’t really understand why, because side effects of the drug can be blurry
vision, which I would imagine doesn’t help a baseball player very much. But apparently professional athletes use it, and even though it has been legal for decades, the World Anti-Doping Agency is trying to figure out if it should be banned from professional sports if indeed it gives athletes the advantage of letting them rise to the occasion. I’m no professional athlete of course, but this stuff has been hailed to work for hours and according to some people I know who take it, their wives and girlfriends are thrilled that they’re using it. “I can just go and go and go, it’s amazing,” one of my buddies told me. “Really? It really works that well?” “The stuff is just really great.” Personally, I become exhausted from just 15 minutes of jogging on a treadmill, but hours and hours? My buddy must be getting in really good shape. Hmm, well I guess anything that would elevate me to a new level of fitness is worth looking into, so I could take off like a rocket ship when playing basketball. It could also help out my vertical. You never want to be caught in a situation where your muscles feel completely deflated and hardly work anymore — that’s never a good thing. Erupting with fitness and zooming to the moon of health is where it’s at. Pumping up and showing off the gun show whenever possible while doing bicep curls is what all the girls are into. Viagra, the sports supplement, might be worth looking into. Fortunately, I’m nearing the end of this column right now because I’m writing it with a pencil and I’m running out of lead. So I’ll take some precaution and wrap it up.
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anyone who harmed a hair on its head. Nevertheless, for many mariners who chug around in the ocean, either with or without a GPS, the wimping out of the Lighthouse is a sad testimony to the fact that the days of yore are truly now yore. Having said all this, I am pleased to report that this Saturday night, November 29, for the first time ever, the Montauk Lighthouse is going to be lit up with a festoon of Christmas tree lights, 3,000 of them as a matter of fact, with many of them up on the sides of the glass light chamber and actually blocking the beam of flashing light as it goes around and around. In fact, the light will not really be blocked, in the same way as the beam of a powerful flashlight, which is what this really is, is not really blocked much by your putting a finger in front of it a few inches away. But nevertheless, doing this, as much as it will be fun and festive and a good time, does sort of remind me of putting lipstick on a pig. The job of the festooning is currently underway, performed by the Looks Great Services Company of Huntington, Long Island, owner Chris Lane presiding. As the strings of light go up the full 88 feet, which, when you consider the lighthouse tops out actually 168 feet up above sea level on its cliff, means that this is a sort of Christmas tree affair that will exceed in height the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The lighting ceremony on Saturday night is sponsored by the Montauk Historical Society, which has its headquarters in the Lighthouse, and will be accomplished as one big celebration from 4 to 7 that Saturday night and everyone is invited, rain or shine, sun or fog, with the light switch being thrown somewhere around dusk, which will be around 5 pm. There will be hot cider, music, snacks, and an appearance of Santa Claus himself. It’s going to be a wonderful time. Well, I suppose you can feel this way and that way about all this, but I do think it is important to point out that there still are ships at sea that reckon where they are the old fashioned way, which is by the blinking of various lighthouses, and at least one group of them are these so-called pirates that are operating off Somalia and other places, boarding such ships as supertankers and keeping the crew and the 100 million gallons of oil hostage until the proper ransom can be paid. And I’d like to imagine them coming up along the Atlantic coast looking for fair game and coming upon, well… “Ahoy Captain, there’s a big, uh, tree, out where the Montauk Lighthouse is supposed to be. It’s all lit up.” “Perhaps they’ve torn it down and replaced it, matey. What do you think?” “I don’t know, Captain, but farther to the left, there are a couple of old windmills made out to look like trees and even farther to the left is this big white duck, also all lit up in Christmas tree lights. The duck looks like it’s where the town of Flanders is supposed to be.” “Well, matey, let’s high tail it out of here. This could be some kind of trick. All a-stern. Now come about. Easy does it.” “Aye, aye sir.”
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Big Gap If I Can Keep from Paying My Gap Bill on Time I Might Save the World By Dan Rattiner I went up to the Bridgehampton Commons two weeks ago and wound up buying some clothes at the Gap. It had been a long time since I had been in there, and I thought I’d just buy a pair of pants, but one thing led to another and I bought a whole bunch of clothes. It was great stuff. I felt good about it. The bill was about $440. A pretty young woman with a big smile was at checkout and she lovingly folded all my clothes up neatly and then, as I held out my American Express card, asked me if I would like a Gap Card. I said no, but she persisted. I was missing out on a good thing. In fact, if I got a Gap card,
the price would not be $440 but $380. I thought well, wow. They were going to give me $60 in order to have the privilege of lending me the money. I said sure. What followed was even better. I filled out and signed an application, and she made a short phone call and then in about 15 seconds came back to tell me I had been approved. And my card would be coming in 10 days. “Do you want me to sign something for the clothes?” I asked. She said no. Just take them. You’ll get the card in about 10 days, a bill for your purchases in about 14. Just pay the bill. “I can just walk out without signing for them?” “Yes.”
“And what about canceling the card? I just got it because it gave me the discount. After that, I’d want to cancel.” “You can cancel at any time.” She put everything in a pretty designer bag with pastel squares and the word Gap on it, added a “temporary” card I could use until my real one arrived, and I carried everything with the stuff inside back out to the mall. No alarms went off when I went out the door. Wow. Back home I unfolded the “temporary” card and learned how happy they were I had gotten it and how there were other gifts waiting for me (continued on next page)
EH BUDGET FINAL: WHAT IT’S GONNA COST YOU By T.J. Clemente The budget process for the Town of East Hampton has concluded with a $68,588,000 bottom line and a 23.99% tax increase. (Because the real estate portion of a tax bill is dwarfed by school taxes, the actual increase, if school taxes stay the same, would be about 5%.) In effect, what the Town (through the Board) is doing in this present environment — one in which home values in town have plunged roughly $100,000 each since 2007, where income is down, jobs are being cut or curtailed and only god knows what has happened to personal investments — is raising the cost of living in East Hampton.
In a split decision of three in favor (Supervisor Bill McGintee, Brad Loewen, and Pete Hammerle) and two against (Julia Prince, Pat Mansir) the board voted to roll the dice on ending up with another huge deficit based on a belief that tax revenues due would be collected and other income streams would be adequate to raise almost $69 million. Supervisor McGintee stressed that the town’s 36 departments must be properly funded or they would over spend and the town would end up in the red. Julia Prince, the largest vote getter in the last election, was against raising the taxes so much, but also against raising beach fees. Her belief that the
departments must learn to do more with less landed on deaf ears. During the whole budget process, McGintee often stated that the first $50 million is “frozen in” through union contracts, leases and other commitments. He argued about wrestling with town health care costs, and hopes to save $2-3 million in that area with this budget. But one former town expert said the board did not take into account the effects of a massive economic downturn on the local economy. He said the town should have announced plans to revisit all union contracts under a spirit of co-operation to find a (continued on page 24)
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to enjoy just as soon as I got back to the store. I could get “points,” there was a 10% further discount for my next purchase if I came back on the first Tuesday of the month, there was, just for me, free shipping for orders over $100 and there was a special thing they could send me for my birthday if I asked about it. That was the good news. The bad news came when I actually got the envelope containing the pretty little plastic card with the pastel boxes on it, which was yesterday. The Gap had sold my account to a whole different company. It was called GE Bank, and if the Gap store was filled with young women with big smiles, GE Bank was no-nonsense tough guys with shoulder holsters. I didn’t know that Gap could do this. But now that I think about it, with what I have learned regarding this recent Wall Street downturn, I guess they can. My credit account can indeed get sold to another company and that company can sell my account to still another company, which could bundle my credit card account with a whole bunch of other credit card accounts and then sell the bundle to another company which could turn around and sell groups of bundles together as something they call derivatives. (They are called that because they are derivative of something else.) Then THAT company could sell the derivative bundle to a bank which sells it to an insurance company which sells it to an investment bank company. And so, there in the same envelope with more happy news about my new Gap card from the girls with the smiles, there were other pieces of paper with tiny, tiny print on it telling you all about GE Bank who now, apparently was who I owed the money to, and who is going to try to collect from me what I owed Gap when buying the $380 worth of clothes – at least until they bundled that “right to collect” to somebody else. These little pieces of paper spelled out what they did and how they did it. And this was not pretty. But I should never be able to say I was
not warned. Yes indeed, they wrote on one piece of paper, they would share my personal information such as my “social security number, phone number address, mother’s maiden name and other transaction information” to others, who they listed, and they or those others might be sending me emails which, on occasion, might contain “cookies” so they could keep track of my buying patterns. They could sell my account to others, so others could do that, and they were letting me know that since they didn’t know who those others were going to be yet, that I was agreeing that they could do these things with my information blindly. On the other hand, and I quote from this piece of paper “we maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard nonpublic personal information about you.” So that was a plus. Then, on another sheet, there were the terms upon which they would have me adhere in consideration of the fact that at the time I purchased this stuff I had not, hard as I might have tried, come up with the money. My variable periodic rate — interest they would charge me — would be 21.05% for anything I left unpaid. And I had to pay SOMETHING. If I didn’t pay ANYTHING during a particular month, then there would be an increase in the interest rate for the balance (called a “delinquency” rate) to 23.9%. There would be a minimum finance charge of $1 for every billing period for which a finance charge was assessed, and then, if payment was not received before 5 pm of the last of the 30 days since the purchase, there would be late payment fees. They would be on a sliding scale. If my balance was $29 or less the payment fee would be $10, if it was $30 to $250 then the payment fee would be $25 and so forth and so on. For my $380, if it was still not paid, the late fee would be $29 a month. And there was another fee for $29 if my check to them, electronic or otherwise, was not honored. I also
agreed to pay any costs that might accrue from my telephone provider for the nasty phone calls they might make, which I was approving, to my home at all hours of the day or night. I did the math. It seemed to me that if I did not pay for what I purchased on November 10 by December 10, I would no longer be owing $380, but in addition to that, $7 interest, $29 in late payment fees and $1 in a finance charge. So there it was. I had got a $60 discount, but the Gap was betting — no, GE Bank was betting — that I couldn’t pay this before December 10, and if I didn’t, I’d owe them anywhere from $36 to $65 or more on top of the $380, which is just about what I would have paid had I not gotten the discounts. And if I still didn’t pay, the charges and penalties would go up even further, until finally, if they got way out of hand, they’d foreclose on my house. Or to put it another way, the merchandise really did cost $380 in the first place, but then there are all these guys who bought and sold my loan, all these goons who have to harass me, and all these guys who have figured out how to put cookies on my computer and spy on me, all of whom have to be paid. They’re not going to do this for nothing. And that makes it $440. Well, that’s not what I bargained for when I bought these clothes. And so, I’m going to roll up my sleeves and accept this challenge. It’s me against the banking industry. The bill, sent by snail mail to me at my home whenever this “GE Bank” gets around to mailing it, will probably arrive around November 30. My job? The day it arrives, I will, by check, pay it. Hopefully, they will get the check about December 5, which will leave them five days to credit it to my account. And I do trust they will hurry it up so that I make the deadline and not get penalized. I know they will. On December 10 — and I have put a note in my planner in my diary to remind myself — I will declare victory and cancel this account and tell them to pack up their cookies and leave. I wondered what I would have to do to cancel the account. In the small print, it tells you. You have to do it by letter. But in this one envelope there were items sent me regarding this matter from both El Paso, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. I intend to write them both, and also hand deliver my letter of resignation to the Gap store in the mall. After that, I’d feel I could go back again to the Gap and shop. Last night, I had a dream. The $750 billion bailout had failed, but it had come This Close to succeeding. All they needed was just one more person to not pay a bill they had received for $380. And so they came to me. And after thinking about it, and after looking out the window to the vast expanse of land we call the United States of America and thinking about the 300 million people that live in it, I decided to bite the bullet. I did pay it. But the check would arrive in their hands just 24 hours too late. So then the roof would fall in on me. And America would survive.
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Smoking Gun Can 650 Poospatucks Smoke 100 Million Cartons in One Year? By Dan Rattiner For at least a half a century, the two Indian reservations here on Eastern Long Island, the Poospatuck in Mastic and the Shinnecock in Southampton, have been allowed by the authorities to sell tax-free cigarettes by the carton to passersby who come along in automobiles along Route 27a to the shops that are on the border of the reservation’s land. Whether there has been an actual law that would allow them to do this or not I do not know, but in any case, early on, it amounted
to pocket change, as a carton costs about $2, the taxes charged by the State amounted to around 16 cents and the State was glad to allow the Indians not to collect it. The argument was, and the State bought this argument, that the reservations were separate nations, not subject to the laws of America. America had, by treaty, granted autonomy to these reservations. Surely we couldn’t ask the Indian residents to pay American sales taxes. They had their own taxes to pay, whatever they might be.
Over the years, however, the taxes kept going up and up in relation to the cost of the cigarettes. They were just 6% when the sales tax was started. But as cigarette smoking was judged to be a filthy habit, the taxes went up to 10%, then when cigarette smoking was judged to be a danger to your health they went up to 20%, and then when cigarette smoking was adjudged to probably kill you they went up to about 40% since you wouldn’t be around much longer anyway. Most recent(continued on next page)
The Sheltered Islander
By Sally Flynn
The Thanksgiving that Was ... But Wasn’t Rockwell What I’ve always wanted is a Rockwell Thanksgiving, just like in the painting. The food is perfect, all the people seated around the table look kind and polite, all the kids are clean and sitting patiently and perfectly behaved. My mother always wanted that too, and come to think of it, every woman I know wants that — a Rockwell Thanksgiving — just once. But, it can’t be. First of all, nobody, unless you have a chef in the family, can organize all the dishes so that everything is perfect and
ready to serve all at the same time. We always have the nutty expectation that we can turn an ordinary kitchen into a culinary palace required to create a feast. We all watch the short cuts on Rachel Ray and it sure looks easy when she does it. But my dinner always looks like a 12-year-girl scout was earning her cooking badge that day. I try to spend extra time on table decorations. A large paper fanned out turkey casts a big shadow on the table to hide the burned pieces in the
turnips. I have an orange painted hammer and chisel now on the table to help me serve the stuffing and anything else I overcooked. I also try to serve lots of cheap wine in advance of the dinner, it lulls the victims into a stupor and through the haze of alcohol, even my food is edible. Then, there’s the whole problem of the family members being all together at once. While the alcohol mellows them for the meals, it also (continued on page 28)
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ly, these taxes were adjudged to be a good way to get people to stop smoking. We’d just make them so expensive that people couldn’t afford them. Today, the tax almost equals the cost of the product. And all this has made the bargain struck by the State and the Indians more and more profitable for the Indians. And so, like the Indian Givers and Treaty Breakers that we are, we have now noticed that this is no longer pocket change. It is a considerable sum of money. And we want it back, given the very hard times that we suddenly find ourselves in. The latest assault on the Indian’s source of income has come in the revelation that spies from Suffolk County who work undercover driving up and buying cigarettes by the car-
ton at the reservation stores have now determined that indeed, this amount of the potential tax not paid is vast. As a result of this, the County of Suffolk is joining a lawsuit filed by the City of New York against the smoke shops on the Poospatuck Reservation because the Poospatucks are now selling about ten million cartons a year, which means that the sales tax being bamboozled is about $21 million a year. Apparently, the Poospatucks, are selling cartons of cigarettes not only to the general public who drive up, but also in vastly larger numbers to wholesalers, who back in big trucks and have tons of the cigarettes loaded on to be taken to New York City. That these “smugglers” are not coming another 40 miles out to the Shinnecock stores
in Southampton is because they don’t have to, according to the undercover agents. These are not people dying for a smoke. These are people who don’t want to waste another two hours driving back and forth and do not want to waste the gas. They’ll wait. The Poosepatucks are obliging. Frugal people, these smugglers. As for the Poosepatucks, the State recently gave them a new wrinkle about who they should collect taxes from. This new state law says that it might be okay for Poosepatucks to sell to other Poosepatucks without paying the tax, but it is not okay for the Poosepatucks to sell to the White Men without paying the tax. The Poosepatucks responded that besides the fact that a bargain is a bargain, they are not obligated to collect taxes for the United States of America because they are not members of the United States of America. They are Poosepatucks. It seems stronger arguments need to be found. And I propose that the Poosepatucks argue that they are innocent until proven guilty. And they plead not guilty to the charge of selling the cigarettes to the trucker people. They can argue that the 10 million cartons of cigarettes that are bought at wholesale every year by the tribal store owners come in the back door and go out the front, sold only to other tribal members who then smoke them. Poof. It’s gone. Prove it otherwise. Of course, each tribal member would be smoking a lot of cigarettes. There are 20 cigarettes a pack, and 10 packs in a carton and if there are 10 million cartons being sold per year — with all of them to the 642 tribal members — then each tribal member is smoking 3,600 cigarettes a day. I’ve done the math. That’s how much they would have to smoke. And figure they need to sleep six hours a night to get some rest from having done this, that leaves them awake for 18 hours and that breaks down to one light up for each of them every one and a half seconds. As I’ve said, I’ve done the math. It can be done. Just look around. See all those Poosepatucks with the cigarettes in their mouths? They puff and puff each day. It’s a tradition. There’s no problem here. And no, those are not tobacco-free cigarettes they are smoking. So go away. I have only one other question to ask about this topic, and that is why do the Poosepatucks have such a feminine name? It kind of makes you think of the word papoose? And why do the Shinnecocks have such a masculine name? Who’s idea was that anyway? And what happens when these two tribes get together? Anybody know? In any case, I believe the time has come to avoid having to pay lawyers tons and tons of money on this lawsuit The Native Americans and the White Men should sit in a big circle and smoke the peace pipe and discuss this matter of tobacco, general health, the Dow Jones, the Upcoming Great Depression and wampum, which by the way, is made of clamshells collected on the East End for use as currency at every Indian nation around the country. This is all getting way out of hand.
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Becoming Visible Sag Harbor Filmmakers Bring Award-Winning Work to Light
By Susan M. Galardi self-imposed silence. “Mother is the icon of Elaine was married and had two sons, now acceptance at any age,” said Alda, herself a grown, with her husband. But after watching mother of four. “Many people we spoke with a few episodes of “The L Word,” Showtime’s didn’t tell their mothers when they came out, risqué show all/tell all series about a particueven after they agreed to do the film.” lar group of lesbians in Los Angeles, Elaine The topic of religion first arose with Walter, finally summoned the courage to “come out.” who feared his fellow congregants would disA powerful statement about the influence own him. Happily, his fears were unwarrantof television? An “aha!” for those who say a ed. But the most poignant example of that conperson can “turn” gay? A great anecdote for flict arose in Cathy and Michelle’s story. Their the next volume of “Whacky Coming Out straight neighbors, good friends as well as godStories?” Maybe. But Elaine wasn’t a teen parents to their children, still opposed and in confused about her sexuality, easily swayed fact voted against gay marriage. Their reason by the boob tube, or honing her stand up comwas that, despite the friendship, they are conedy. When Elaine had this cathartic experiservative Christians who see marriage as a ence, coming to terms with her sexuality, she sacred sacrament rather than a legal precedAbove, Jennifer Brooke, Beatrice Alda. Below, Out Late stills ing that grants financial advantages and legal was 79 years old. “I was married for 51 years. I have two chilprotections to some Americans. Yet, despite a dren — two boys. I knew that I liked women … long history of friendship, the neighbors chose In those days you didn’t, you did not come out. abstract beliefs over an emotional, flesh and Over the years I wish I’d been a lot stronger.” blood relationship. This is part of Elaine’s story, one of five “How could you choose dogma over the person revealed in Out Late, a documentary written, right next to you?” asked Brooke. “I would hope directed and produced by Sag Harbor filmmakthat, over time, you would choose the person ers Beatrice Alda and Jennifer Brooke. The film, next to you. which will have a benefit screening Dec. 6 at the “Look, I’m the ultimate Anne Frank,” she conBay Street Theatre, debuted at the Maryland tinued. “Even when the Nazis are coming up the Film Festival last May and won Best stairs I believe all people are basically good. I Documentary at the Long Island International hope that eventually, given time, people will be Film Expo in July. An enthusiastic reception by won over by the personal experience.” a wide audience helped Alda and Brooke procure The personal experience is one of the main a distribution deal for a theatrical release, TV, reasons Brooke and Alda believe the film is and DVD in the U.S. and Canada. Out Late has important for anyone living a life of quiet desalso played well abroad, recently, at the Madrid peration for any reason. They feel that it’s proFilm Festival. found, at any age, to choose to be visible. Brooke and Alda became interested in the “You need to see yourself reflected in the envifilm’s topic after a conversation with a friend, ronment,” said Brooke. “That’s what happened who wondered if his 80-year old mother was gay. with Elaine. She didn’t see enough of that until, “I saw the topic as a human-interest story,” at 79, she watched ‘The L Word.’” said Alda, writer/actor/producer and the daugh- gants during a church service in his hometown In addition to encouraging visibility, Alda ter of Alan Alda. “It addresses the question, ‘If of Toronto. Kansas residents Cathy, 60, and hopes the film motivates honest self-assessment. you hadn’t done the one thing to define yourself, Michelle, 57, while a committed couple for 24 “We hope Out Late makes people look at their what would your life be like?’” years, were late to the gate in terms of coming own lives, and re-look at their assumptions about “We thought it was fascinating that people out to others: family, colleagues and neighbors. others and stop projecting the reactions.” would wait that long to become their true Brooke and Alda aren’t only committed to their An obvious question is, “What took you so selves,” said Brooke, a former creative executive long?” Brooke and Alda offered answers, based subjects, they share similarities with them. in the New York advertising world. on research and experience. “Fear, shame, a need While they are “out” (they married in Canada “That’s where we started,” offered Alda, “with to hide, physical safety,” said Alda. almost three years ago) they were both previousthe question of what would keep you from A spokesman in the film makes a point that, ly married to men. Their blended family, which becoming what it is that defines you.” for older generations, the words gay and lesbian includes their collective five children, lives in Sag Brooke and Alda, founders of the Sag Harbor- were unspoken largely because of fears — Harbor. Walking the walk of what they talk based production company Forever Films, can- whether real or ungrounded. Today, while any- about in the film, they are excited about making vassed for people who had come out later in life. one risks rejection by coming out, the stakes their work visible in their own local community. The documentary also presents Ken, a retired may be even higher for older people who no “We’re very happy to bring it home,” said systems analyst who had four children during longer have careers, may not be self-sustaining, Brooke. “We love this community, our home, our his 47-year marriage and came out when his and perhaps rely on children and grandchildren school. We love it here.” wife died. He was 72. “Our dental hygienist wants to see the film,” for support of every kind. So for those who wonDonald lived in back woods of Nebraska and der, what did they have to lose? Brooke said Alda. “We’re part of a community — of denjoined the military. “The first 60 years of my life answered, “You have to lose what you have left.” tists, teachers, business owners — and we’re I lived as a man,” he says. “I was beaten by Two recurring themes arise in the film: the excited to share our work them.” drunks in the Navy who thought I was too pris- influence of religion on sexual repression, and Out Late benefit screening: Sat., Dec. 6, 8-11 sy.” At the age of 60, Donald became LeAnna, parental acceptance, particularly by the mother. p.m. Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor. Reception deciding to live the rest of his life in a body that Considering some of the “children” in the film and Q&A, moderated by Bonnie Grice, follows. made more sense to him: female. are grandparents themselves, it was profound Tkts: $45.00, at Bay Street 725-9500. Proceeds Walter came out at 60 to his fellow congre- that the fear of losing a mother’s love begot a benefit SAGE-LI and LIGALY. www.outlate.net.
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Sag Harbor Developments: Starts & Stops Group for the East End and other organizations are trying to stop it. Ferraris hopes the project can get started and thus stop the deterioration of the former landmark building, with the site being, “renovated and refurbished.” Commenting on other commercial projects, Mayor Ferraris said that work on retail office space on East End Avenue (by the American Legion Post) has began, and the project at West Water Street is also on track. However, the condo project at the foot of the newly designated Jordon C. Haerter Bridge is still under review. There are 14 landmark buildings in Sag Harbor and now there is newly landmarked neon sign — that of the Sag Harbor Cinema. That very sign is a replica of the original that was taken down by the building’s owner, Gerald Mallow, in May 2004. When the citizens became furious, the Sag Harbor residents raised $20,000 to create the now standing replica. The move to landmark the sign, according to Mayor Ferraris, is not to financially injure Mallow but to protect the efforts of those who raised the money for the replacement art deco sign. “There are procedures Mr. Mallow can take should he truly need to remove the sign, after all the Bulova watch factory was a landmark, building but the new Sag Development project was approved.” In terms of other Sag Harbor housing initiatives, an idea was presented by Larry Darcey,
a 20-year resident of the village who believes there needs to be affordable housing. “It’s time we blend the rich with the poor,” he said. “The voice of the poor has something to teach us. We have isolated them.” Truth be told, the economic realities facing the country will probably also change the face of Sag Harbor. The group to Save Sag Harbor will have an uphill battle not because anyone is against keeping Sag Harbor’s historic charm intact, but because, in view of the tough financial situation facing the nation, decisions will be made to save the economic integrity of the town. These are the issues town officials are now wrestling with as they tip toe down the narrow path of saving the history but not at the expense of killing off the downtown. George Schiavone, whose family’s buildings were knocked down and removed by the National Grid project located near the post office, said, “My son has planned to construct new buildings very much with the historical architecture of Sag Harbor. My family believes in the traditions of Sag Harbor.” As Sag Harbor marches forward, changes will come. Most likely the integrity of historical character of the hamlet will remain intact but nothing remains the same forever. The beauty of a walk down Main Street Sag Harbor is without a doubt one of this country’s finest showings of real-deal Americana. Hopefully, it will remain that way.
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By T.J. Clemente Recent efforts to convert the Bulova Watch Case Factory into 65 condos has hit a temporary snag as the Group for the East End sued to get a hearing on halting the project in State Supreme Court — and won. The hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2009. Sag Harbor Mayor Greg Ferraris stated he believes that when the court hears all the facts, the suit will be thrown out, thus freeing Sag Development Partners (a subsidiary of the firm Cape Advisors) to proceed. In addition, the Group for the East End, claims that the application process for Bulova was not done properly. Sag Harbor officials think otherwise, having held many meetings to approve many aspects of the project, one at a time. Many Sag Harbor residents believe in keeping the village as it is, even if it means allowing the Bulova structure to slowly fall apart. Others, like Mike Cavianola whose prize cheese shop is directly across from the site, feel differently. He’s in favor of the project because, as he says, “Saving Sag Harbor must include this as part of saving Sag Harbor.” He laments how every day at the shop people inquire why that prime property is decaying in front of everyone’s eyes after all these years. But there’s a bigger fish to fry. It seems Bulova has a financing issue at the moment. Sag Development officials are still actively seeking financing even while the
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