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Be Careful To The Editor, People who claim to be anti-Israel and who support boycotting Israeli products, divestments from Israeli companies, and sanctions are actually Jew haters who cloak their true hatred in anti-Israel rhetoric. In the Middle East, the Muslim countries want to destroy Israel because it is a democratic country in a sea of totalitarian Muslim countries. The Muslim countries hate Israel because it is a Jewish country, and it is all about religion in the Middle East. There is jealousy of the high standard of living in Israel and all of the Israeli accomplishments in science, engineering, medical technology, education, agriculture, business, and military prowess. The United States values its close relationship with Israel, a strategic ally, because we share similar values and strategic interests. Unfortunately, our first two Muslim congresswomen, one from Minnesota and the other from Michigan, are apparently on record opposing Israel’s right to exist, and they have expressed typical anti-Jewish views which parrot the Jew haters of the world. We must be more careful electing our government officials. Donald Moskowitz

Pass The Buck Rick, First, they spent millions of our dollars to make and air his “New York, New York” lies. Then he said if you don’t, like a liberal New Yorker move out. Now that over a million did indeed move out and his state has a $2.3 billion deficit, our governor wants to blame President Trump. Typical democrats like Ted Kennedy, both Clintons, and the nitwits in Virginia, no democrat will admit a mistake. In New York, the first hit will be state aid to our schools so that our already high property taxes will go even higher. Pass the buck and blame someone else — thank a Democrat. Pay Riotman

Pay To Play Dear Editor, Reading The Independent, I learned Springs residents will be charged for a suit concerning teachers at the school. Let me explain; there are five well paid administrators, teacher’s union etc. Why in the name of heaven are the residents being billed for a major problem concerning a sexual harassment incident? News is out, there may be another lawsuit involving the same people. It’s obvious the superintendent is not worth getting a paycheck, if she insists to not handle these situations. Springs residents rise up and demand the school pay its own debts. Bea Derrico

Political? Dear Editor, It is difficult to fully comprehend the opioid epidemic’s effects across New York state. But without the brave service of our law enforcement officials, it’s likely that the impacts of opioid addiction and overdoses would be even

more severe. Input from the law enforcement community will be critical to ending this crisis, because we know firsthand what is fueling the growing death toll. Illicit substances, such as heroin and fentanyl, and the criminals who sell them require our immediate attention. Unfortunately, the Opioid Stewardship Act, the first legislative attempt to combat the epidemic, overlooked law enforcement and first responders’ stances on the significant driver of the state’s opioid addiction and misuse problem, illegal drugs. Instead of targeting the black market, lawmakers chose to place financial burdens on the health care supply chain and chronic-pain patients. The law appeared to be political in nature, and leaders in Albany didn’t seem serious about reducing the supply of opioid-containing medications. They simply sought to fill budget gaps and point fingers for political gain. However, the law was recently struck down by a federal judge in Manhattan. The court found it to be unconstitutional, but I have another concern: the law’s total failure to address illegal drugs. I have been a member of the New York State Park Police for almost 35 years. And if this experience has taught me anything, it’s that illegal drugs and the criminal activity that surrounds them pose a substantial threat to all generations of New Yorkers, and that immediate action is necessary. Over the past several years, we’ve seen the number of prescriptions for opioids drop, yet the death toll continues to spiral out of control, and the scourge becomes deadlier by the day. Last year across Long Island, authorities projected more than 600 opioid-related deaths. The majority of them are directly related to the astounding quantity of illicit fentanyl that is being shipped into the United States from countries like China and Mexico. And unlike legal, government-regulated narcotics, these drugs are unfettered and extremely potent. Even small doses mixed with other substances are deadly. A law that increases fees on the distribution of legal opioids won’t put an end to these tragic overdoses, nor will it make any progress toward curbing the sale or use of illegal drugs. Criminals simply will not be dissuaded from selling drugs, and addicts won’t stop taking cheap drugs that fulfill their highs because of a government-imposed surcharge. Rooting out the offenders will take a more direct and action-oriented approach — one that only law enforcement officers can effectively carry out. Of course, disagreements about political solutions are inevitable. But when it comes to the opioid epidemic, it is imperative that we look past our differences and recognize the cold hard facts: illegal drugs play a major role in the current epidemic. Legislators in Albany should not be stigmatizing and penalizing legitimate patients and health care providers as if they are criminals. New York state’s law enforcement officials gladly embrace the responsibility of protecting their fellow citizens each day. But legislators cannot take this support for granted. Moving forward, they must acknowledge the growing rates of illegal drug abuse and take the steps necessary to prevent further damage. This should include a comprehensive policy response, one that embraces the need for on-the-ground support from our brave law enforcement community. Manuel Marques Vilar

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functioning ones in the United States. South Fork, which hoped to begin formal New York State mandate review months ago, has still not submitted sufficient data. Last week, Eversource Energy purchased a 50 percent stake in the Ørsted/Deepwater entity.

Competitors line up as company’s project languishes in Wainscott

Liberty Up Next?

By Rick Murphy What a difference a year makes. Deepwater Wind, once poised to introduce offshore generated wind to the continental United States and specifically East Hampton, is mired down in a review process fueled by considerable community opposition. Its muchballyhooed project, slated to land in Wainscott in 2022, may well be dead in the water, though no one associated with the company is saying as much. Meanwhile, a slate of new companies is gearing up for a piece of the wind power action: Governor Andrew Cuomo has set a course for the state’s first procurements of offshore wind to support the state’s initial goal of 2400

megawatts of new offshore wind generation by 2030, enough to power 1.2 million New York households. In October, the D.E. Shaw group, which owned Deepwater, sold the company to Ørsted, an international power company with extensive offshore wind experience, for $510 million, creating the leading U.S. offshore wind platform, with the most comprehensive geographic coverage and the largest pipeline of development capacity. Included in the deal was the 15unit South Fork Wind project, the Block Island Wind Farm (five turbines), and two projects planned for New England. The Block Island turbines are the only

18 Wind Energy Plans Submitted Cuomo mandates NYSERDA approve four this year By Rick Murphy There is no shortage of companies angling to get a piece of New York State’s lucrative offshore wind energy goals. On February 14, the deadline for the latest round of proposals, a whopping 18 plans were submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that NYSERDA approve at least four projects this year, with an eye on produc-

ing 9000 megawatts of offshore energy for the state by the end of the decade. Liberty Wind, a venture by Vineyard Wind and Anbaric, turned in perhaps the most specific and ambitious, giving the state options of 400, 800, or 1200-megawatt wind farms initially. The 1.2-gigawatt project — which the company said is the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers — would be one of the largest offshore wind projects in the

The resulting company certainly has the financial wherewithal and industry knowledge to grab a major share of the wind energy market, but the Deepwater East Hampton experience has encountered significant roadblocks on the public relations front. New York Assemblyman Fred Thiele recently pulled his support because he said company officials kept lying to him about the project’s scope. In July, Cuomo double-downed on his pledge to produce 2400 megawatts of power in the coming decade. He directed the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority to procure approximately 800 megawatts of offshore wind through a solicitation issued in the fourth quarter of 2018, in consultation and coordination with the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority. Awards are expected to be announced in the second quarter of this year. If needed, a world and would make a major contribution to Cuomo’s objective of developing nine gigawatts of offshore wind energy to supply New York. That proposal is the subject of an accompanying article in this week’s Independent. Ørsted, which bought a 50 percent stake in Deepwater Wind late last year and sold portion of that stake to Eversource just last week, is already in the process of trying to get approval for its 130-megawatt project to come ashore in Wainscott. Equinox Wind submitted a sparsely detailed proposal for up to 2000 megawatts. Other proposals came from Atlantic Shores and Offshore Wind. Sunrise Wind, said to be another Ørsted/Eversource project, will be located within 30 or so miles off Montauk Point. Deepwater critics fear the company will turn East Hampton Town into a distribution center, funneling offshore power west. Liberty Wind promises “substantial

second solicitation will be issued. But it was Vineyard Wind and not the Deepwater/Ørsted entity that grabbed the first headline, announcing, with much fanfare, a new offshore wind project proposal to serve New York called Liberty Wind. The Liberty Wind proposal was submitted in response to NYSERDA’s solicitation of offshore wind project proposals for supplying New York with clean, emission free offshore wind energy. NYSERDA said it will announce next week if Liberty’s bid is chosen. The Liberty Wind proposal includes 400, 800, and 1200-megawatt project size options. Deepwater’s South Fork Wind proposal comes in at a paltry 130 megawatts in comparison but its Revolution Wind project proposed a next-generation 400-megawatt offshore wind farm with up to 50 offshore wind turbines serving Rhode Island. The 1200-megawatt project proposed by Liberty, which is the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers, would be one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world and would make a major contribution to Cuomo’s new objective of developing 9000 megawatts of offshore wind energy to supply New York by 2035. The Liberty Wind 1200-megawatt project Continued On Page 18. economic development and job creation benefits to New York,” because foundational components will be fabricated at a port facility in the Capitol Region and transported down the Hudson River to the project site in the Atlantic Ocean. Liberty Wind’s turbines will be located in federal waters 85 miles away from the nearest New York shore, officials said. It will hook up to “an existing Long Island substation” that has yet to be revealed. “Our team’s extensive offshore wind experience from around the world and nearby in New England, where we are building the nation’s first utility scale offshore wind project, allows us to deliver the best project for New York,” said Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind. None of the proposals pinpoint exactly how or where the offshore power will make landfall. Two environmentally fragile locations in East Hampton Town are the only locales specifically earmarked to accept the offshore power.


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Lucian Truscott IV, in front of his Sag Harbor home, is a tireless crusader for the descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Independent/Justin Meinken

Lucian Truscott IV Continues His Mission Thomas Jefferson descendent fights for the recognition of his black cousins By Bridget LeRoy

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ucian K. Truscott IV — best-selling author and journalist — is sitting in the living room of his Sag Harbor home, which was built in the early 1700s, more than 30 years before the birth of his great-greatgreat-great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson. Truscott is admittedly exhausted; he’s just spent the week at Jefferson’s Virginia residence, Monticello, where a new exhibit focused on Sally Hemings, Jefferson’s slave and mother to six of his children, has opened to the public. Truscott attended the event with his cousin, Shannon Lanier, also a direct descendant of Jefferson. The difference, at least on the surface, is that Truscott is white, and Lanier is black. Truscott has spent the last 20-some years as a tireless crusader on behalf of the Jefferson-Hemings offspring, first to have them recognized by Monticello as even existing, and then to get them the same rights afforded to the white descendants recognized by the Monticello Association, of which Truscott is a member. He appeared with Lanier on “CBS This Morning” on Valentine’s Day in a six-minute segment which followed the cousins around Monticello and into the graveyard, which is run by the Monticello Association, and where — as of now — the descendants of Jefferson and Hemings cannot be buried. “My fifth great-grandmother is Martha Jefferson,” Truscott wrote on “Shannon’s fifth great-grandmother is Sally Hemings. We talk all the

Truscott with his cousin, Shannon Lanier. They share Thomas Jefferson as their fifth great-grandfather. (Below) Truscott and Lanier, in the cemetery at Monticello, stand at Thomas Jefferson’s grave. Independent/Courtesy Lucian Truscott

time about the ‘founding fathers’ of this nation, the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, who attended the Constitutional Convention. This nation had founding mothers, as well. One of our founding mothers was a slave, Sally Hemings.” Jefferson, over the course of his lifetime, owned over 600 people. “Slaves got Thomas Jefferson up in the morning,” said Truscott. “They fixed his breakfast and laid out his clothes for him to get dressed. They arranged his pens and paper on his writing desk. In fact, if Thomas Jefferson had not owned slaves, he probably wouldn’t have had the time to write the Declaration of Independence, in which he famously declared that ‘all men are created equal.’” It wasn’t until DNA testing became readily available in the late ’90s that the oral history that had been passed down by Sally Hemings’s children and grandchildren became generally accepted. “But a lot of people still don’t know about it,” Truscott mused. “Even while we were there, at Monticello, there was a man visiting from Iowa, I think, who still didn’t know about it.” Truscott appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1998, where he had the opportunity to meet and embrace his African-American cousins. “I was raised to believe that everyone was created equal,” he said. “My parents weren’t racist. I’m not a racist.” He showed up at Monticello that year, at the annual event for Jefferson’s descendants, with about 50 new cousins in tow, all people of color. The reception he received, except from his own siblings, was chilly. “Once the evidence appeared that, yes, Thomas Jefferson had fathered these children with Sally, there were no apologies forthcoming. There was no acceptance,” he said. “It just wasn’t talked about.” Truscott was even referred to as a “race traitor” by some of his own white relatives.

And still, according to Truscott, the Monticello Association won’t talk about it. But Monticello itself, which is run by a different non-profit organization, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, has taken up the banner of accepting and disseminating the facts. “Every inch of Monticello was built by slaves,” Truscott said. “Until 20 years ago, if you took the tour, you would have thought Jefferson built the place with his own two hands. The fact that Jefferson owned slaves at all was just not discussed. Now the guides will tell you, ‘That archway was built by John Hemings.’ They talk about the slaves almost as much as they talk about Jefferson. They’ve opened the shack where Sally lived, and are looking for more evidence of the slaves who lived and worked there. I wish the other seats of this country, like the Capitol and the White House, would start doing the same — admitting and owning the fact that these places were all built by slaves.” “That is the difference between saying that all people are created equal, and believing it and living it,” he added. Truscott said that he had to fight to take the picture of him and his cousin standing by the obelisk that marks their ancestor’s grave. “That’s our national tragedy, isn’t it?” he said. “That so many years have gone by, and still Thomas Jefferson’s dream has not been realized.” Truscott vows he will continue to fight for the rights of Hemings’s lineage to be recognized and supported by the Monticello Association. Even as he spoke, he received a comment from a woman on his Facebook page, The Rabbit Hole, condemning him for supporting the family tree that came “from the wrong side of the sheets.” Truscott sighed, used to remarks like that one. “One day, we will win,” he said.


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Paying Respects To Fallen NYPD Detective Funeral for Brian Simonsen held at St. Rosalie’s Catholic Church in Hampton Bays By Gianna Volpe @GiannaVolpeReport Southampton Town was bracing early this week for an expected huge turnout in Hampton Bays for the funeral of New York City detective Brian Simonsen, who died in the line of duty on February 13. Services for Simonsen, 42, a Calverton resident, began with wakes on

February 18 and 19, Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon and evening, at St. Rosalie’s Catholic Church on Montauk Highway. A funeral Mass was scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, at 10 AM at the church, with burial following at Jamesport Cemetery. Over the weekend, Southampton

Town police issued a traffic advisory, announcing delays, parking restrictions, and road closures in the area around the church during the services. On Monday, Riverhead Town police issued their own traffic advisory, announcing delays and closures Wednesday along the funeral route. Simonsen, a 19-year veteran of the NYPD and a Riverhead High School graduate, had been investigating an unrelated crime with Sergeant Matthew Gorman, when they, and several other police units, responded to a reported robbery at a T-Mobile store in Queens. Officers opened fire when the suspect appeared holding what turned out to be a fake gun. In the chaotic 11 seconds when police fired 42 rounds, Simonsen, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, was struck in the chest by a bullet fired by another officer. He and Gorman, who was wounded in the leg,

were rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where Simonsen was pronounced dead. Local fire departments turned out to honor Simsonsen that evening when his body was brought home, lining the Long Island Expressway and displaying American flags. Southampton Town police announced that on Wednesday from 8 AM to 1 PM, Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays from Route 24 to Old Riverhead Road, Squiretown Road between Montauk Highway and Old Riverhead Road, Springville Road from Montauk Highway to Good Ground Road, and Ponquogue Avenue from Montauk Highway to Good Ground Road would be closed. In addition, parking would be banned along those same roads from 6 AM to 1 PM. Riverhead Town police said motorists should expect delays on Route 25 between County Road 105 in Riverhead to Laurel Lane in Laurel, starting at 11 AM and lasting into the early afternoon hours. Police also announced that South Jamesport Avenue in Jamesport would be closed between Route 25 and North Rail Road Avenue for about an hour and a half beginning at 11 AM. Simonsen is survived by his wife Leanne and mother Linda. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Healing Haven Animal Foundation.






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come Election Day. “We have Republican, but many non-Republican candidates. We have incumbents and we have Independence Party members who have screened,” Vilar said. There is, he senses, a great deal of dissatisfaction among would-be voters toward the Democratic incumbents, he said. “They have an abysmal record. Deepwater is a disaster; Wainscott is a disaster. They throw money away in Montauk and make it worse,” he said. “They are the party of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Democrats. We are the party for the people of East Hampton.” Vilar said there is another reason for optimism: infighting among

the Democrats could yield to internal bickering and primary battles. Those kinds of splits often help third-party candidate like Conservative and Independence Party nominees. “We have a long way to go, but to them, Governor Cuomo is more important than the people of Wainscott. They are pandering. We are remaining true to the course,” Vilar said. One example of party politics rearing its head is the Democrats’ decision to run a candidate against incumbent Town Justice Lisa Rana, who ran unopposed last time around. “She has been an outstanding town justice. She is well known and liked in our community. She is from a good local family. We are going to run her on her record,” Vilar said.

The Westhampton Free Library will be closed for renovations from Monday, February 25, to Monday, March 18. The project will convert 2500 square feet of unused space into usable space, including expansion of the children’s program room and a reconfiguration of the main floor to accommodate a more efficient flow, additional book stacks, and a quiet study room. The plan was designed after a series of community charrettes, and while the library will reopen March 19, the makeover is expected to be completed in May.

The project is being predominantly funded through private donations, including $1.3 million gifted to the library by Westhampton Beach resident Ann Skovek in her will. Skovek, who died June 2013, also donated $780,000 to the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance Association, $392,000 to Bideawee, and $130,000 to the Westhampton Beach Historical Society. Please check with the library regarding cancellations, and rescheduling and relocation of previously scheduled programs during this time.

Party intends to run full slate against Democrats By Rick Murphy “Our problem is we have more people than we do spots, and that’s a good problem to have,” said Manny Vilar, the East Hampton Town Republican Party leader. The suspense won’t last long: The

party’s convention is Saturday, February 23, from 2 to 4 PM at the American Legion in Amagansett. The public is welcome after votes are cast for an impromptu meet and greet of candidates expected to grace this year’s ballots

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So Long, Styrofoam Southampton banning polystyrene, plastic straws starting May 8 By Desirée Keegan

With no opposition from either residents or businesses, the Southampton Town Board unanimously agreed to a ban on polystyrene and plastic straws. Come May 8, food establishments in the town will be prohibited from offering clamshell to-go containers, Styrofoam cups and coolers, packing peanuts, and plastic straws and stirrers. Cardboard, stainless steel, or bamboo products could take their place. “This may be a small step, but I think it’s a very important step,” said Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, who sponsored the legislation. As the wife of a commercial fisherman, she said she knows well the effects of plastics in the ocean. “Our environment is everything to us, and I think anything we can do that is not going to have a harmful impact on our businesses and our residents is a no-brainer,” she said. The town’s Sustainable Southampton Green Advisory Committee estimates town residents and visitors discard nearly 20 million plastic straws and eight million polystyrene cups per year, many of which wind up along the town’s beaches. “Styrofoam represents 30 percent of the volume of our waste,” Councilman John Bouvier said. “It’s a huge issue, and this is a start.” Colleen Henn, the coordinator for the eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots environmental non-profit that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches, said since June 2017, 260 straws were found

across 10 town beach cleanups. During a cleanup at Hampton Bays’ Tiana Beach two weekends ago, more than 340 pieces of polystyrene smaller than a quarter were found. In three hours, 1300 pounds of plastic trash were collected. Hampton Bays resident and Surfrider volunteer Carolyn Munaco added that 202 plastic bottles and 175 plastic bottle caps were found. “And that was just a small area, so Styrofoam containers like these will be banned in Southampton Town effective May 8. you know how bad it is out there,” Munaco said. add enforcing the ban to their list of oftentimes they can hurt as a result,” Supervisor Jay Schneiderman duties, but board members are hopshe said. “When we talked about bigadded he hopes legislation against the ing residents can step in and be on the ger businesses being contacted and not intentional release of balloons is next. lookout for people and businesses viohearing anything back, I think that’s “All you have to do is see the piclating the bans. Schneiderman said the probably a good sign, because I know tures of marine life that are impacted Southampton Online Solutions Center that when the plastic bag ban — which and of course you want to change could even be used to report a business is the original law that we’re amendthings,” he said before the unanimous that is in violation. ing — was sent out, I got a barrage of vote February 12. “It’s fairly remark The legislation is applicable to all requests to please not do this because able that we’ve had no one opposed to establishments, including corporate it would hurt their business models. I this. I think the community, through and franchise chains like McDonald’s think people are coming on board. This public education, is already moving in or Dunkin’ Donuts, despite the town seems like a win-win.” this direction. I love people thinking of not hearing from owners about the Henn, who also sits on the task our area as being environmentally renow-approved amendment. Businesses force to reduce single-use plastics in sponsible. It’s a place taking the steps will be allowed to keep 20 plastic straws Suffolk County, is working with legnecessary to protect our resources.” on-hand to provide to those who need islators to push a county-wide ban on Joe Glorioso, a member of the them to remain in compliance with the polystyrene and plastic straws. Bans Sustainable Southampton Green AdAmericans With Disabilities Act. on Styrofoam-type products have visory Committee and Solid Waste Ad While Councilwoman Christine been sweeping the nation, with citvisory Committee, said after surveyPreston Scalera said it’s no secret that ies like San Francisco, Portland, Miing 80 restaurant owners, 95 percent she has not supported bans in the past, ami Beach, Minneapolis, Seattle, and agreed with the ban. not receiving a single letter in opposijust this year, New York City adopt “I think our proposal will save tion made it easy for her to side with ing measures. Locally, East Hampton the town money, increase our revher other board members. Town, East Hampton Village, the Vilenues from recyclables, help keep our “I prefer to move forward dolage of Patchogue, and Huntington beaches clean, and reduce the amount ing incentives, because oftentimes the Village have banned polystyrene. East Upholstery, Discounted Fabrics, Slipcovers, Cushions, Pillows, Draperies, Valances, Cornices of plastic in our environment,” he said. business community has a hard time Hampton Village recently passed a Installations, Pick up & Delivery, Window Treatments by Hunter Douglas Code enforcement officers will adjusting their business models and ban on$ plastic straws.

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County Also Looking To Ban Plastics Suffolk’s Single-Use Plastic Reduction Task Force presents package of bills By Desirée Keegan Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn is pushing a package of policy initiatives intended to reduce plastic waste. Through four separate bills, the Single-Use Plastic Reduction Task Force hopes to codify the county’s commitment to sustainability by reducing unnecessary and excessive single-use products comprised of nonbiodegradable chemical compounds from entering the waste stream. The legislation would ban the use polystyrene food service products and sale of polystyrene packaging; require restaurants to provide biodegradable straws and stirrers by request only while disallowing plastic ones; prohibit county concessionaires from distributing single-use cups, utensils, or beverage straws made from non-biodegradable substances; and require the county

to install water fountains designed to allow bottle filling at most of its facilities. “The vast and growing scale of the worldwide plastics problem has become a growing threat to human health,” Hahn said. “We as a county have worked, in some cases decades, to address the challenges posed by these dangerous pollutants. Now, with the backing of science and evolving public awareness, support for policies limiting and banning substances that threaten human health and our environment has reached a turning point. It’s time to take a stand against this growing threat.” The bills make accommodations for people with disabilities whose medical conditions necessitate use of plastic straws through the Americans with

Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn at a press conference announcing a package of bills to ban single-use plastics like polystyrene clamshells and cups, and plastic straws. Independent/Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn

Disabilities Act, and exempts polystyrene items used to store uncooked eggs, raw meat, pork, fish, seafood, and poultry. “My students and I have found a significant amount of plastic in the salt marshes we study,” said Dr. Rebecca Grella, a research scientist and educator in the Brentwood Union Free School District. “We have plastic from the 1990s as evidence from the bottle caps we are finding. There is a tremendous amount of plastic in these marshes and we need a solution.” Hahn said in recent years, minute micro-plastics and fibers measuring the width of a human hair or far less have been found in an extraordinary

range of products, such as honey and sugar, shellfish, bottled and tap water, beer, processed foods, table salt, and soft drinks, which means that just like sea turtles and birds, humans are ingesting plastic virtually every day. “Each one of us makes a difference with our daily actions,” said Beth Fiteni, director of Green Inside and Out, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization that promotes living environmentally consciously. “While no one step is the whole solution to preventing plastic pollution, these proactive steps being considered by the Suffolk County Legislature show strong leadership toward reducing waste and protecting our oceans, rivers, and lakes.”









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Residents say some are way too high By Desirée Keegan

Two pending lawsuits have Southampton Town’s attorney department asking to amend town code from the 1970s. Assistant Town Attorney Katie Garvin is proposing an amendment to clarify the town’s policy to exempt from regulation any retaining walls that are required for use as part of sanitary waste disposal systems approved by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. But the issue many residents and Chief Building Inspector Michael Bonacasa raise is that some of the walls are too high, going way above minimum requirements; in some cases, to level out a yard or increase property height. “The walls are engineered by private companies and brought to the health department for their approval, and my question to the health department was, if an engineer designs a wall that’s six or seven feet above groundwater, which makes the retaining wall much, much higher, would it be approved? In their eyes, it’s a good thing,” Bonacasa said. “Suffolk County requires separation between two to three feet depending on the size of the system between a leeching field and groundwater, and I believe the wall should be the minimum height required to get an approved system in.” His proposal was to amend the code to include a minimum height for which that and anything above in a blueprint of plans would be checked by the building department. He asked that the code be changed to the following: “Retaining walls will be the minimum height required to use as an integral part of sanitary waste disposal systems and approved for construction by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Any such height greater than three feet shall be reviewed by the building department for possible

screening and mitigation.” This was something community members could get behind, including J.J. Sacca, president of the Cold Spring Pond Home Owner’s Association, whose beachfront community is at the center of the pending litigation. “Some are using sanitation to gain elevation,” he said. “They’re increasing property heights to give someone without a water view a view of the Peconic.” He and others also feared flooding, because the large walls don’t allow water to recede during a storm surge. “I understand the importance of creating distance from the septic system to the groundwater table to protect our bays and harbors, for human health, and everything. It’s necessary for water quality,” Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “But I can see how a six-foot retaining wall is an issue, especially if it’s on the property line clipping roots of vegetation. It’s unsightly, you can fall and get hurt, wildlife has issues jumping over it, drainage becomes an issue, storm surges, so we’re solving one problem and potentially creating another.” Councilpersons Tommy John Schiavoni and Christine Preston Scalera were also concerned with relinquishing zoning powers to Suffolk County. Because retaining walls, which fall under fencing regulations, are only monitored by the town when being built around a pool or tennis court, the code will need to be altered to include septic systems regardless. The question remains if and by what regulation standards. Councilman John Bouvier will be contacting Suffolk County Department of Health Services to see if there is an average preferred height to base a code change off and revisit the issue at the March 12 town board meeting.

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Dan Gasby Appeals To East Hampton Town Says he over-cleared property to protect, nurture declining B. Smith By T. E. McMorrow Dan Gasby spoke plainly about his wife’s condition February 13. Independent/ Courtesy LTV

Dan Gasby has been seemingly candid and forthright in recent months when speaking in public about his wife B. Smith’s descent into the dark, bleak world that is unique to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and the resulting care that condition entails. That appeared to be the case as well, when he addressed the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday, February 13. Gasby was before the board seeking a special permit for clearing already completed on the couple’s Two Holes of Water property. The 11-acre site is in a district considered vital to the health of East Hampton Town’s drinking water in the underground aquifer in the area. The town says Gasby has cleared a halfacre of native underbrush where such

clearing is banned unless the property owner obtains a special permit from the planning board. Barbara Elaine Smith, the famed restaurateur and fashion maven, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. Gasby told the board that he and his wife have been members of the community for well over 20 years, during most of that time running the B. Smith restaurant on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. That restaurant, along with her other two establishments, one in Manhattan, the other, Washington, D.C., were closed after she was diagnosed. The couple owned a beachfront house on Sound View Drive in Sag Harbor for many years. “After the diagnosis of her having

Alzheimer’s, it became apparent that living on the beach, living by the water, was a dangerous situation,” Gasby said. “She was constantly escaping. She would end up at the American Hotel.” Gasby continued, “The police in Sag Harbor, who were fantastic, always knew that if she were walking down Route 114 or she was on Hampton Street or whatever, she would be picked up. What became a little scarier was that when she saw somebody who looked like me, she would get in the car with them. It became a situation where, because we were on the beach and had sliding glass doors, we never knew which way she would go.” Gasby said he decided to sell the Sag Harbor house. According to online

real estate records, Gasby sold the Sound View Drive property in early 2017 for $7.75 million, while, at about the same time, purchasing the Two Holes of Water residence for $2 million. “I wanted to ensure her safety,” he said. “We found this wonderful property in a wooded area, but more importantly, roughly four acres of it is fenced in, and it has a gate.” He explained that they have five very large dogs. “My wife and I never had children. The dogs became like surrogate kids, and she would talk to them, ‘Come here, sit down.’” Gasby continued, “When you are living with someone who has Alzheimer’s, time is special, and the moments that you have when you see a smile on their face you appreciate.” Continued On Page 18.

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PSEG: Still No Montauk Decision No place is a good place for new substation, residents complain By Rick Murphy

One site is too close to the water level down on Industrial Road; a roomy six acres on Flamingo Road is close to drinking water wells and a senior citizen center; and the recycling center is

the former Montauk Dump, and is logistically problematic. With residents in an uproar though, Public Service Enterprise Group will have to find somewhere to

put its substation. This week, officials vowed to address the matter anew. “We’ve made some major changes in our approach to siting a new and very much needed substation in the Montauk area,” David Gaier, PSEG’s director of communications, said this week. One of those sites being considered is still the Macchio property on Flamingo Road that has about 2700 petitioners objecting to it as of this writing. “Residents have raised some valid points” about the Flamingo Road site, said John O’Connell, PSEG’s vice president of transmission and distribution. “We know they don’t want it there.” Building on the existing substation site, which sits on a parcel that juts out into Fort Pond on Industrial Road, was a preferred choice until a neighbor filed

a lawsuit. That site will be revisited; the flooding could be addressed by raising the substation 12 feet. There is also another site north of the recycling center which has yet to be revealed: residents quizzed this week favor that one, sight unseen, almost by default. PSEG officials said they will announce a date shortly for a community meeting that will reveal the latest twists and turns. Gaier stressed the project is still a go, though. “I do want to emphasize that the need is real because the load on the South Fork and the East End is growing significantly year over year. Our intention is to provide safe and reliable service to the entire island with as little impact on rates as possible,” said Gaier.

Democrats Will Challenge Rana Andrew Strong nominated to run for East Hampton town justice By T. E. McMorrow

For the first time in six years, it appears there will be an election in East Hampton Town for the job of town justice. The East Hampton Democratic Committee “voted overwhelmingly” to nominate an attorney, Andrew Strong, for the job, Cate Rogers, the chair of the East Hampton Democratic Committee, said February 17. Strong, 39, will take on incumbent East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana this fall, unless he is defeated in a primary, which Rogers said is extremely unlikely. Rana will be seeking her fourth four-year term. “He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Northwestern University Law School,” Rogers said in an earlier press release, “and has worked as an assistant DA in Manhattan, as well as a human rights lawyer in The Hague.” Strong currently serves as an advocate for immigrant civil rights as general counsel to the Organización Latino Americana. Neither major party has opposed the incumbent over the past two town election cycles. Justice Steven Tekulsky, who was first elected in as a Democrat in 2013, was unopposed by the

Republicans in 2017, while Rana, originally elected as a Republican in 2007, ran unopposed in 2015. East Hampton Town Justice Court annually ranks as one of the top two to three busiest courthouses in New York State, with Southampton frequently coming in as number one. The East Hampton Town Justice Court calendar spans three days a week, unless there is a trial. Besides East Hampton Town cases, the court also adjudicates East Hampton Village matters. Mondays in East Hampton are for zoning matters, plus parking tickets; Wednesdays are for vehicle and traffic law matters; and Thursdays see most of the criminal cases the court handles. There is always a gaggle of attorneys in the courthouse, and on some Thursdays there are as many as 80 criminal cases on the court’s calendar. Rogers said that Strong’s experience in the International Court in The Hague, as well as being an ADA in Manhattan, gives him the kind of background he needs to take on the job. Strong’s name rarely appears as the attorney of record in cases on the three weekly East Hampton Town Jus-

There will be a race for East Hampton Town Justice this year, Democrats announced last week Independent/T. E. McMorrow

tice Court calendars. He has been more of a presence in front of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals as well as the town’s planning board. Rogers said that, during the screening process, which involved the entire committee, and was open to the public, “He was very knowledgeable about what was going on in East Hampton Town Justice Court.” Rogers sees the fact that Strong is a new face with a strong background as being an asset. “We are seeing it nationally, and locally,” she said. “That is good for our town and it is good for our nation,” she said. Manny Vilar, who heads the Republican Party in East Hampton, criticized the choice, saying that “It is very disappointing that they would politicize the job of town justice.” There are certain jobs in local government that should not be looked at through the political spectrum, he added. He called Justice Rana an “absolute asset” to the Town of East Hamp-

ton. “She has always given so much to so many, whether they have been here for generations, or have just arrived in town,” he said. Calls to Strong for comment were not returned. Aside from town justice, the committee also approved a full slate of candidates, including incumbent town board members Sylvia Overby and David Lys, who are each running for a four-year term, and Peter Van Scoyoc, for a two-year term as town supervisor. The committee approved town trustee incumbents, all Democrats, Francis Bock, Bill Taylor, Susan McGraw-Keber, John Aldred, and Rick Drew. Also nominated was Republican Jim Grimes, who is an incumbent trustee. In addition, Democrats Tim Garneau, Zach Cohen, and Mike Martinsen were nominated to run for trustee. Incumbent Steve Lynch, a Republican, was picked for highway superintendent, and Jeannie Nielsen and Jill Massa were tabbed for tax assessors.

February 20, 2019




By Karen Fredericks

Valentine’s Day: Who are the flowers for? Bruce Helier One of these is for my girlfriend and one is for my daughter.

A Welcome Proposal Dianne Dassa They’re for a very dear friend. I lost my husband in June and her husband was with me when he passed. She’ll be here today and her husband will be out tomorrow, so we’ll be spending the evening together. They are such lovely and kind people.

One of the biggest mistake planners and policymakers made on the East End decades ago was to make it virtually impossible for developers to build apartments. Sure, the intention was good: Nobody wanted to see rows of apartment buildings crowding the sides of roads or lining the beaches. And reducing the potential population density meant, theoretically, at least, that what development there would be would have fewer negative impacts on the environment and less demand on other government services, including schools. The problem with that once rosy scenario is that nobody foresaw the rapid escalation in real estate values that now make it virtually impossible to find a starter home for less than $750,000 (if you can find one) and is driving people from the East End. East Hampton Town has fared better than Southampton in its efforts to answer the growing need for affordable housing, with different initiatives scattered from Montauk to the edge of Sag Harbor. In Southampton, where larger scale projects have often resulted in neighborhood opposition, the focus has shifted to smaller developments and tweaking the existing zoning code to make it easier for some homeowners to create accessory apartments. That’s why the plan, unveiled two weeks ago by the nonprofit Concern for Independent Living, Inc., to develop as many as 60 affordable apartments on a site next to the Southampton Full Gospel Church is so welcome. The proposal calls for a mix of one-and two-bedroom apartments that would truly be priced at affordable levels — ranging from $550 to $1200 — with 25 percent of the units set aside for veterans. The sole drawback, it seems, is the location along County Road 39, one of the busiest stretches of highway east of the Shinnecock Canal. That means access to the site would most likely need to be from the rear of the property. Initial plans call for a road to connect to first Seasons Lane and then Hillcrest Terrace before entering North Sea Road, a bit south of County Road 39. That’s a small inconvenience for a project that could provide homes to 60 more of our neighbors and friends.

Juan Guzman They’re for my beautiful wife, Flor.

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Stop rolling your eyes at me. That’s ridiculous. We’re on the phone. You can’t see if I’m rolling my eyes. I can feel the air currents. Damn. You’re good. Karen was chosen Best Cartoonist by the New York Press Association in 2017. She’s also the recipient of multiple awards for her illustration of the international bestseller How To Build Your Own Country, including the prestigious Silver Birch Award. Her work is part of the permanent artist’s book collection of the Museum of Modern Art.


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Police East Hampton A Safer Place, Report Indicates Crime of almost all kinds down, but opioid crisis continues By T. E. McMorrow

Continuing a trend first reported in October, reported crime, and arrests of all kinds, were down significantly in the Town of East Hampton in 2018, according to the annual report released recently by East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo. In the category classified as events, once called by the department “complaints,” the total number logged in was 1926 less than in 2017, dropping from 20,005 to 18,079, or just under 10 percent. It is the lowest number since 2013. Arrests were down an even higher percentage, 16.5 percent, with the total dropping from 970 to 809. It is the lowest number of arrests by the department since 2015’s 672. Arrests on driving while intoxicated charges came in at least a 14-year low: the 140 recorded by town police is one less than the 141 racked up in 2004, which is as far back as The Independent’s records go. In 2017, there were 214 DWI-charged arrests. In October, Chief Sarlo commented on that decrease, citing as a possible

reason, in part, the growth of rider share services in East Hampton Town. One figure that, unfortunately, stayed flat from 2017 was the number of drug overdose cases in East Hampton. There were 10 overdoses recorded, with three being fatal. The chief reported that town police continue to train in the use of NARCAN to reverse overdoses. If there was less crime in East Hampton for officers to battle, they were still busy on the roads: parking summonses were up to 8382, a 23 percent increase for the town. The number of domestic violence reports, at 265, exceeded the number of such reports over each of the past two years, and matched the 265 from 2015. Another number that dropped significantly in the past year is the number of vehicular accidents, down from 954 to 878, the lowest since 2013. That number begs the question, are the roads safer, or are they simply less travelled? The decrease in crime is across the


board, reflecting fewer reports. Complaints of burglary, larceny, and criminal mischief, all of which are either misdemeanors or felonies, as well as harassment, which can be charged as a crime or as a simple violation, have all been dropping over the past few years in East Hampton. There were 25 complaints of burglary last year, for example. There were 36 in 2017, 40 in 2016, and 55 in 2015. The other categories mimic those numbers, percentage wise. Another welcomed decrease is in the number of noise complaints called into the police in the town. The total number of residential and commercial noise complaints was at 613, a major drop from the 728 from 2017, and almost half of the 1132 noise complaints registered in 2015. Chief Sarlo listed four objectives for 2019 for the department in the report, which he will be sharing with the East Hampton Town Board in an

upcoming session. The chief cites the drop in DWI arrests, saying the department “must remain focused on deterring citizens from drinking or taking drugs, then driving.” The other three objectives for the year include expanding the police presence in the town’s schools, increasing community outreach concerning the national epidemic of opioid use, and completing the town-wide radio system emergency communications upgrade. The number of complaints or incidents recorded by the department had been rising steadily over the years, cresting at 2017’s 20,005, perhaps reflecting the growing summer nightlife in the town over that period. The decrease in 2018 may augur well for a slightly more peaceful summer season in 2019. The decrease in crime in East Hampton is consistent with a like decrease across the East End, and across the nation, according to FBI statistics.

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Judge: ‘Full Speed Ahead’ For Gilbert Trial Defendant’s mother rips mental health care standards in America By T. E. McMorrow

There will be no more mental competency exams for the former Georgica Estates man accused by the New York Police Department of murdering his father in January 2015 in the bedroom of his Beekman Place apartment, then staging the scene to make it look like a suicide. Thomas Gilbert Jr.’s attorney, Arthur Levine, told New York State Justice Melissa Jackson on February 15 that Dr. Alexander Bardey, hired by the defense, had met with Gilbert the previous day. Bardey had reported that he found Gilbert “was, for the most part, cooperative” and said that “Gilbert squeaks by as fit, competent.” However, according to Levine, Bardey was concerned with Gilbert’s level of paranoia. Gilbert had sent a letter to Justice Jackson two days earlier, as he has previously, asking to be released, and calling for a speedy trial. She denied the request to be released, but then added, “However, in light of this news from your attorney, we will be moving this case, as you want, to trial.” She then returned to a point that had been broached in court last month. Since Gilbert’s attorney was being paid by Gilbert’s mother, Shelly Gilbert, who is also the wife of the deceased man, and is expected to be called by the prosecution (she was the one who first found her husband’s body) as well as by the defense, a claim of a conflict of in-

terest could be made, requiring a new attorney to be appointed by the court.” “Now that you have been found fit,” the judge asked, “I want to see if you waive any perceived conflict of interest?” Gilbert responded by nodding his head, yes, which he did several times. She noted for the record that he was replying, “Yes,” then said, “I’m going to take that as a full speed ahead on this case.” Unlike other recent court appearances, when he has responded to the judges’ questions verbally, sometimes at length, Gilbert remained silent throughout. May 6 was set as the date for all preliminary trial matters to be settled, with May 13 for jury selection to begin. Shelly Gilbert, who has attended each of her son’s dozens of court appearances since his arrest by the NYPD January 5, 2015, made a statement to the reporters on hand, outside the courtroom. “I think the bar of fitness for trial in New York State is so low that we have people in the courtroom that are not fit for trial,” she said. “This is unconstitutional. Certainly, in the history of the laws in America, slavery used to be perfectly legal. This process is perfectly legal too, but it is highly, highly wrong. And the only way to clear it up is to shed some light on it.” She compared the state of treating mental health issues in America as matching that of a third world country.

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She questioned her son’s confinement on Rikers Island, given his mental condition, rather than being taken to psychiatric hospital for treatment. Levine said, as he walked away from the court, that the prosecution has indicated that its initial presentation of witnesses, including Shelly Gilbert, and of evidence to the jury would last about three weeks. He noted that he has already notified the prosecution of his approach to the case, apparently

one of not guilty by reason of insanity at the time of the alleged murder. Levine indicated he would call on Bardey and at least one other professional from the mental health field, along with family members, including, it appears, Shelly Gilbert, to reveal Thomas Gilbert’s struggle with mental health and his state of mind at the time. That process will likely take a couple of weeks, followed by the prosecution attempting to rebut the defense’s arguments.

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he argues. “Deepwater is part of our governor’s plan to bring in renewables. It stands on its own. As a society we clearly want to get off fossil fuel,” said Gaier. Tom Bjurlof, an energy expert, said the kind of generalized feel good approach to Deepwater simply isn’t true and it does all involved a disservice. He guessed the Wainscott site won’t get approved, and an alternate site in Hither Hills Park has been a red herring from the get go. “No one ever took that seriously,” he said. Eversource also will become partners in the rest of Deepwater’s 257-square-mile federal lease area, which could eventually host hundreds of additional turbines feeding power to New England’s power grid. Eversource was already partners with Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of the Danish wind energy giant Ørsted, in Bay State Wind, a 300-square-mile wind lease area adjacent to the Deepwater lease area. In a statement on Friday morning, February 15, Deepwater representatives said the combined partnership now has the potential to eventually provide up to 4000 megawatts from its offshore developments south of New England. “We are excited to have Eversource join us as we embark on the creation of the strongest U.S. offshore wind platform,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind. “With their expansive knowledge of the energy market throughout the region, and by building on both companies’ community outreach programs, we are on track to ensure that the Northeast will be the North American hub for offshore wind energy.”

black huckleberry and lowbush blueberry, while leaving the oak tree canopy intact. Smith could roam through the area with her dogs, while her caregivers could keep an eye on her. The shrubbery is considered by the town a vital natural agent in cleansing water as it makes its way down to the aquifer. After she was diagnosed, Gasby and Smith also gave up their Manhattan Central Park South residence. Being in Central Park gave Smith joy, Gasby said, but for him and her caregivers, it was terrifying. “We left the city because she would get confused, and if you turned your back, and she was gone, you never knew where she would be. She could be on the subway, she could be on one street, then turn a corner and walk into a store.” Gasby then addressed the issue at hand. “The over-clearing that we did is not based on vanity. It was not based on some architectural desire. It was done to allow her to have access to walk around, to get outside, to be in nature.” “The maximum allowable clearing on the property is 45,000 square feet, whereas 68,184 square feet of clearing currently exists,” said Eric Schantz, a senior planner for the town. He said the property was in a district “where disproportionately large quantities of rainwater are recharged into and stored in the underground aquifer.” This, he said, is part of the town’s irreplaceable groundwater supply and sole source of drinking water. Schantz, however, allowed that Gasby may actually be entitled to an additional 5500 square feet of clearing, based on a 1995 planning board determination.

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Continued From Page 5. would supply enough emission free energy to power over 750,000 New York homes and come ashore on Long Island, with possible landing sites including Shoreham or Brookhaven. “Liberty Wind will also bring substantial economic development and job creation benefits to New York, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs on Long Island, the Capitol Region, and in New York City. Foundation components will be fabricated at a port facility in the Capitol Region and transported down the Hudson River to the project site in the Atlantic Ocean,” according to a press release. Liberty Wind’s turbines will be located in federal waters 85 miles away from the nearest New York shore but could deliver up to 200 megawatts of clean power directly to the New York grid at an existing substation on Long Island.

Pushed Through The company hasn’t identified where that will be but it is expected to be mid-Island. Deepwater billed itself as an East Hampton-centric designer project conceived to solve the peak power outages in East Hampton Town. But the anti-Deepwater fervor is ratcheting because the feeling persists the project was pushed through the LIPA board by Governor Cuomo. East Hampton’s peak power shortage problem has been greatly exaggerated, critics maintain, and it requires a relatively simple fix, certainly not an offshore wind turbine project. David Gaier, PSEG’s director of public relations, said that is simply untrue. “The average annual forecasted growth rate from 2019 to 2030 is 2.4 percent.” The Montauk substation, though maintained and updated, is 100 years old, which is why the company wants to build a new one.” The matter of whether wind-driven power is needed is beside the point,

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‘Not Based On Vanity’ A large, fenced-in dog run was created on the property behind the house by removing low-lying shrubbery such as

“I take Mr. Gasby’s comments to heart. It is a unique situation,” Schantz said. “Whereas I am sure his intentions are pure, this permit would go with the land. And that is something you need to consider.”

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Marguerite Wolffsohn, the head of the town’s planning department, said that her department’s position was “that we think it is extremely important for our groundwater to not to whittle away” at the town’s code regarding what are termed “Water Recharge Overlay Districts.” One of Gasby’s representatives, Rick Whalen, explained to the board that the standard for issuing such a permit had a fairly low bar. “There is a human need behind the application,” he said. “If the applicant meets the special permit standards, you have to approve the special permit. You don’t have a choice.” The board was clearly moved by Gasby’s words. Randy Parsons asked the planning board’s attorney, John Jilnicki, if it was possible to make an exception, one that would allow the excess clearing until after Smith dies. Jilnicki said he would research the idea. Sharon McCobb, another board member who formerly served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, said that in her time on the ZBA, she recalled a case of an application concerning a handicapped individual. A variance was granted which would sunset if that individual either died or moved from the property. Kathleen Cunningham said that she empathized with Gasby and Smith. She asked if there was some way the board could add restrictions if it approved the permit, regarding irrigation and the use of chemicals on the cleared area. Samuel Kramer, the board’s chair, said he was concerned about the precedent that would be set regarding the town protecting its drinking water. Schantz encouraged Gasby to see how much revegetation could be done, given the fact that the property appeared to have room for an additional 5500 square feet of clearing past the limit, without touching the dog run, and then come back to the planning department. It was an approach to which both sides were amenable.

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Film Still from "American Masters—Basquiat: Rage to Riches." Independent/Marion Busch

Film Reflects On Artist Who Helped Define An Era Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life celebrated at Parrish Art Museum By Nicole Teitler



Jean-Michel Basquiat was an influential American artist in the early 1980s during the Neo-Expressionism art movement. He quickly rose to fame from his beginnings as a graffiti artist known as SAMO during the New

York modern art era, a time when artists were celebrities and celebrated in nightclubs and downtown galleries. His life seemed to be extinguished in an instant when he died at the age of 27. As part of The Artist’s Lens series,

co-presented with Hamptons Doc Fest, and in honor of Black History Month, the Parrish Art Museum will screen the film “American Masters — Basquiat: Rage to Riches” on Friday, February 22, at 6 PM, followed by a talk with photographer Michael Halsband and senior curator Corinne Erni. The 90-minute documentary, produced by David Shulman, shows interviews with Basquiat’s relatives, former colleagues, intimate friends, and lovers. The event celebrates the life of the artist; 2018 marked 30 years since his death. The film was released in 2017, only months after a Basquiat painting told for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York. “I think he’s one of the most significant artists in contemporary history,” said Erni. Basquiat, as a young black artist, she added, “changed the narrative in the way he painted. The art

world was very white male dominated at the time. It becomes pretty clear that, although a lot of people think Andy Warhol made Basquiat, Basquiat enjoyed a lot of success before he met Warhol. I think the film is a great way to change that narrative.” Halsband, who is also featured in the film, famously photographed Andy Warhol and Basquiat wearing Everlast boxing gloves. “I thought it was fun and cool. I wasn’t a conceptual photographer, so I was fine to contribute the spontaneity to it. Basquiat had that imagery in his work and saw the irony in that, the kind of iconic play,” Halsband explained. He met Warhol back in 1978 and met Basquiat in 1985 during a group portrait for the famous ’80s nightclub Area. The two iconic artists were at ease with each other throughout the July 1985 photo shoot, Halsband recalled. “It went for about an hour and I exposed 15 rolls of film. From those images we used two for the gallery poster and one, which is the one where Andy is knocking out Jean-Michel, which he completely staged, was used at the after party for the show,” he said. For this iconic image, Halsband explained, “Jean-Michel laid his hand on Andy’s gloves and made the expression of being punched in the face. While he was setting it up, I was taking pictures and realized what he wanted. I then tilted the camera, created the exposure and set the image.” The friendship between Halsband and Basquiat developed quickly from there. Halsband said he was looking through the photographs he took at Basquiat’s studio, when the young artist invited him to join him in Paris with Eric Goode, one of the owners of Area. They arrived in France on Bastille Day and, from there, Halsband and Basquiat traveled Europe together for Continued On Page B3.

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Cooley Addresses Creative Survival Artist next up at Watermill Center’s Nights @ The Round Table By Nicole Teitler

Will you be discussing survival as an independent artist? My intention for the Watermill Round Table is to facilitate a conversation about creative survival. Everyone present will be encouraged to participate in the dialogue. Sharing a diversity of perspectives and experiences is integral to building individual and collective survival skills so please bring your stories and strategies to share.

How have you seen the arts world change? The Watermill Center continues its Nights @ The Round Table talks on Wednesday, February 27, at 5:30 PM, with artist-in-residence alum and inter-disciplinary artist Ryder Cooley. The series welcomes the community to join for intimate presentations led by its community fellows, staff members, and esteemed alumni. Cooley will present a selection of slides and music/performance videos excerpted from her portfolio of interdisciplinary work. She will also facilitate a conversation about “how to survive financially and spiritually as independent artists/musicians in an increasingly privatized, product-driven, and ecologically/politically devastating corporate America.”

Amid privatized and product-driven America, what drives you as an artist? I feel more passionate than ever about being an artist. This is a vital time for the arts. We must keep our eyes open and our heads out of the sand, otherwise we could be completely swallowed up and co-opted into digital marketing, branding, and propaganda. What do you do when you feel like you are drowning? You swim even harder than before and that is what I feel like I have been doing, which is better than treading water.

As a young artist, I was able to support myself by working and exhibiting/ performing within the non-profit arts. Over the years, I have watched small arts organizations and non-profits drop like flies as public funding for the arts has diminished. Support for the arts has shifted drastically from public to private sponsorship. Curation and presentation are increasingly based on popularity versus content.

What advice would you give to young interdisciplinary artists today? I think the most important thing for artists is to be our most honest and edgy out-there selves, even if it is less

marketable, trendy, or profitable. Find your tribe and stick together, help each other out. Don’t let the world break you down, and try not to be competitive with one another. Support each other as much as possible.

Who inspires you? My father, John Ryder Cooley, is a writer and professor who turned to sculpture, and his husband, Jack Millard, is an incredible large-scale abstract painter. They are both a big inspiration to me and I am so grateful that my family has been encouraging and supportive of me as an artist. I studied accordion with Pauline Oliveros and Jeanette Lewicki, two strong women musicians, and most recently I have been playing with Melora Creaeger of Rasputina, who has been an amazing musical mentor.

What do you do to get your creative juices flowing? I get most of my inspiration from solitude. I have always loved cemeteries. I can feel all of the energy there — the spirits of the dead floating around and the fascinating residue of their lives carved into decrepit stones and the beautiful trees juxtaposed with fake flowers and all of the animals who live there — it’s all so fascinating. Thinking

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the mantra that I think America needs. Everyone should have access to basic needs, and by everyone, I mean animals too! I will always remember the things my grandmother told me: “love thy neighbor” (humans, animals, trees, the land) and “treat others as you would like them to treat you.” If we could apply these folk sayings to political affairs, we would be living in a much better world. For more information, visit or

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about my audience is also a big part of my inspiration, as well as going to museums on quiet days when no one is there.

Tell us about Hazel, the taxidermy ram that you use in performances. Hazel is a disembodied Barbados Black Belly sheep who now exists as a taxidermy ram’s head. I was looking for a taxidermy animal to play the role of the extinct Pyrenean Ibex in my extinction cabaret “XMALIA.” I found Hazel at a Salvage in Albany and it was love at first sight. Hazel is symbolically re-gendered and resurrected through our work together. I am her post-mortem prosthetic body, and she adorns me with horns. Hazel is also the mascot spirit animal for my dark carnival band Dust Bowl Faeries, and she co-hosts a weekly open mic night with me at a fabulous music venue in Hudson called Club Helsinki.

Who are the Dust Bowl Faeries? Dust Bowl Faeries is a Dark Carnival band that Hazel and I founded in 2014 featuring accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap-steel, guitar, and percussion. The group is inter-generational, and our unique sound draws inspiration

from circus, post-punk, Gypsy, and Eastern European folk music.

What impact do you hope your work has on others? I love it when people are transported to another world through the art and music that I make. I began playing music during the Riot Girl movement, and it has always been a goal of mine to inspire and encourage other women and queer/trans identified people to play music and write songs.

What else are you passionate about? I have been vegan for over 20 years and I do my best to live responsibly by recycling, growing vegetables from non-GMO seeds; carpooling, walking, biking, or taking public transportation when possible; and consuming things that are organic, non-toxic, and cruelty free. I am passionate about animal rights and ecological awareness. The earth is resilient and there is still time. We can change.

If you could relay a single message to the American audience, what would that be? Equality, compassion, and respect is

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Continued From Page B1. about a month. “Our friendship was closer than most people. We traveled together, shared hotels, ate many meals together,” said Halsband. A year later, the two began to drift apart, he said. On August 12, 1988, Halsband received a call at his Water Mill home that Basquiat had died in his New York City studio. The cause of death was later determined to be a drug overdose. “I felt very removed. I felt like I dropped the ball, like I should have been more sensitive or alert in that moment where there was a chance to save him or deal with it more immediately. It was shocking. There was this opportunity, many times, to reach out and try and help him. But he was hard to connect with and communicate with throughout that time,” said Halsband. For more information on Halsband, log onto www.michaelhalsband. com or visit for information about this and other events in The Artist’s Lens series.


Town Hosts Art Tour By Genevieve M. Kotz The Southampton Town Arts and Culture Committee will present its second “SHACC on the Road Tour” on Sunday, February 24, from 12:30 to 4:30 PM. Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni will join Jeremy Dennis, an artist and SHACC member, and Hope Sandrow, the SHACC’s founding chairwoman, in leading participants on a tour of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill and the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton. The town-sponsored bus tour will begin at Town Hall. The first stop will be the Parrish Art Museum, where director Terrie Sulton and Dennis will lead viewers through “Moments of Transformation: Artists in Residency with Jeremy Dennis,” as well as the 2019 Student Exhibition and the installation, “Every Picture Tells a Story.” The tour will then head to the Dan Flavin Art Institute, which is part of the Dia Art Foundation. Carly Haffner, the caretaker, will lead a tour to see Flavin’s permanent installation and artist Keith Sonnier’s installation “Dis-Play II.” “We are delighted to be part of this initiative that will encourage the community to engage with this rich heritage on their own doorstep,” Jessica Morgan, Dia’s Nathalie de Gunzburg director, stated. The tour is open to the public and free, but seating is limited. For more information, visit or call 631-283-6000.

Harborfrost Offers Wintery Fun Get ready for fire and ice. Harborfrost returns to Sag Harbor this weekend on Saturday, February 23, from 1 to 6 PM. From live ice carving demonstrations to fireworks over the harbor, Sag Harbor will be alive with wintery fun. Don’t miss live music performances, ice sculptures along Main Street, indoor children’s activities, and much more. Highlights include Keith Leaf the Amazing Fire Juggler, a culinary stroll, free glitter tattoos, a frosty plunge, face painting, and Fiery Sensations fire dancers. The event concludes with fireworks. For a full schedule of events, visit


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opportunities for kids to try new things and meet friends beyond their demographics, to connect with their community and feel accepted and supported, and most important, to help grow their self-esteem. When I started Camp SoulGrow I used the money my mother left me and ran 11 workshops in the summer of 2014. Summer had ended and I decided to stay in Montauk yearround and build Camp SoulGrow into a non-profit that people in the community could all be a part of.” A $25 wristband allows all adults to enjoy unlimited Cajun food like crawfish (don’t forget to “suck the head”), gumbo, fried chicken, jambalaya, and more, plus authentic King Cakes provided by Manny Randazzo’s of New Orleans, and unlimited beer courtesy of the Montauk Brewing Company. “The cycle of giving and shar-

ing, truly is ‘soul grow’ on both ends,” said Rosiere. “Being that the workshops and events we host are donation-operated, I knew I needed to throw a fundraiser and start raising money to offer more. I thought how perfect it would be to throw a Mardi Gras party, because of my New Orleans roots, and because of how fun it would be to spice up the winter, especially for the year-round locals. I wanted to keep the cost down and offer as much as possible, make it as authentic to Mardi Gras in New Orleans as possible, so the idea of flying in crawfish to boil, having King Cakes, a Southern buffet, limitless beer on tap, live music, and authentic carnival decorations and throws was what we did.” In addition, there will be auction prizes (and if you want to donate an item, contact Rosiere as soon as possible). The authentic “N’awlins” trinkets and beads associated with Mardi Gras will have partygoers yelling “Throw me something, mister!” Montauk artist Peter Spacek created the event’s poster, which is added to each year. Since its founding in July 2014, the camp has opened three locations, bought and painted a 23-passenger bus, conducted more than 585 workshops, and helped over 900 children disengage from technology, giving them the opportunity to experience healthy and fun activities that help them discover new passions, gain confidence, inspire hope, meet new friends, and feel united with their community. “It truly is a special night for the town, for the camp, and for me personally,” Rosiere said. “See y’all on Fat Tuesday.” Laissez les bon temps rouler! To find out more, visit www.

ning from Laurel to Orient Point and Fisher’s Island, are provided with the security of a safety net. Cathy Demeroto has been the executive director of CAST since 2017 and is excited to bring the community together. “This helps our neighbors who have unexpected emergencies and related expenses, such as medical bills, car repairs, rent assistance, and fuel or electric.” Honorees this year are Alex Vinash and Brent Pelton from American Beech, located in Greenport, who will accept the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Award. CAST has held an annual event for nearly a decade but has decided to switch things up with a new Rat Pack theme. New to the CAST board is Richard Vandenburgh, owner and co-founder of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, which explains the changed in location. “I am fortunate and honored to sit on the CAST board and have known

Cathy Demerato for some time now,” Vandenburgh explained. “Greenport Harbor has always believed in and supported local agencies that work to make the community where we live, work, and play a better place. CAST is one of those unsung hero organizations that supports a hidden class which struggles to make ends meet in a community that would otherwise be lost without their contributions to our work force and performing many of the jobs that everyone expects by default.” Menu items include pasta, salad, bread, wine, a beer ticket, dessert, and coffee. In addition, guests will be encouraged onto the dance floor with music by The Jerry Costanzo Quintet playing the sounds of Frank Sinatra. Tickets start at $45 per person. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is located at 42155 Main Road in Peconic. For tickets, visit www.castsoutholdtown. org or call 631-477-1717.

At last year’s “Mardi Gras in Montauk,” London Rosiere cuts a rug with Raymond "Cheech" Marisette. Independent/Kathleen Doran

‘Mardi Gras In Montauk’ Camp SoulGrow founder brings some down-home flavor to the East End By Bridget LeRoy

No matter how you slice the King Cake, nobody knows how to party it up like a New Orleanian. And London Rosiere, founder of Camp SoulGrow in Montauk, brings a taste of her hometown to The End on Saturday, March 2, when the nonprofit hosts its fifth annual “Mardi Gras in Mon-

tauk” at the Shagwong Tavern. “Being born and raised in New Orleans and displaced by Katrina, then losing my mother and moving to Montauk, I started Camp SoulGrow to help children connect with the goodness that is inside of them,” said Rosiere. “Camp SoulGrow offers pressure-free

Dancing To The Sounds Of Sinatra Southold Town comes together to benefit the community By Nicole Teitler North Fork residents will gather at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s Peconic location for dinner and dancing in support of the Town of Southold on Friday, March 1, from 6:30 to 10 PM. All proceeds from the Young At Heart event will go towards the Emergency Fund of the Community Action Southold Town, Inc., a “neighbors helping neighbors” type organization

founded in 1965. Through donations and funding, CAST helps low-income community members obtain the most basic of needs: clothing, nutrition, employment, and education. Thanks to the various programs offered, such as a food pantry, a sharing room, English as a Second Language early childhood literacy program, benefit assistance, and more. Southold residents, span-

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Indy Snaps ARF Sharing The Love Photos by Richard Lewin Dogs and cats received special Valentine’s Day gifts on Friday, February 15, as their owners treated them to lowcost vaccines and microchipping at the ARF Adoption Center’s “Sharing the Love!” Valentine’s event in East Hampton.

Jules Feiffer Birthday Celebration Photo by Michael Heller On Friday, February 8, Bay Street Theater held a surprise 90th birthday celebration for world-renowned writer, cartoonist, and friend of the theater, Jules Feiffer, following a screening of Feiffer’s critically-acclaimed film “Carnal Knowledge.” The screening was part of the new Friday Night Flicks @ Bay Street film series, and was followed by a talkback with Feiffer, Bay Street Theater Executive Director Tracy Mitchell, and the writer and host of “To Live & Dialogue in L.A.” podcast, Aaron Tracy.


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HAMPTON DAZE By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Hampton Daze Goes To London It’s tea time @hamptondaze

It’s no secret that during the doldrums of winter — especially January and February on the East End — it’s the best time to travel. Work is slower for most, there’s (slightly) less going on, and the weather is less than ideal. On a particularly cold day (remember a few weeks ago when America was frozen?) I boarded a plane for a warmer climate. No, not Florida or the Caribbean — but off to sunny England. My friend Christine and I headed to London for the first leg of our trip, followed by the ever-wonderful city of Paris. I over-packed my Betsey Johnson flamingo decorated luggage (I’m a child) with a luggage tag that states, “Remember to send me love letters,” and was on my way. My love letter to the baggage handler that asked me to send him one is as follows: “Dear JFK, I love you for not charging me $100 for my overweight luggage.” Flamingos make everyone happy. Who could fine a flamingo? London is one of my favorite cities for many reasons. It’s my happy place to be girly, dress up, and go to afternoon tea. We arrived at our hotel, The Chesterfield in Mayfair, an adorable, quintessentially British hotel. It was the perfect home for the weekend, filled with charm and personality. The bar even offered to put on the Super Bowl (I mean half time show) for us so we could watch like good Americans to see if Travis Scott would propose to Kylie Jenner. On our first day, we headed to Harrods, the famous British department store where we drank champagne and acted fancy. I do avoid most shopping in England because of the exchange rate. I was happy to see the Ted Baker sneakers I bought for the trip super discounted at Nordstrom Rack headlining the Harrods display at more than double the price. Next was the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. Who doesn’t like looking at centuries-old jewels while

daydreaming about being a princess? We stopped by Fitz, a spectacular cocktail bar. The bar is named after Charles Fitzroy Doll, the architect of The Kimpton Fitzroy London, where it is located. I tried the Cozette Rickey, a wonderful cocktail made with Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, Seedlip Garden 108, Dolin Genepi, lime, and soda. Delightful! We finished the night with dinner at Bumpkin in South Kensington. It’s one of my favorite dinner spots in London. The next day we strolled Bond Street, which included a stop at Burberry (how British!). Tea at Goring followed, which is one of the most special teas you can choose in London. No trip to London would be complete without a few trips to Fortnum & Mason. I could spend hours perusing the specialty items like chocolates and teas. (I brought home MANY chocolates for my husband Joe from both London and Paris, a gift I like to think is for both of us.) And because it’s not all about shopping, drinking, and looking at jewels, we took a tour of Charles Dickens’s house, which was fascinating. The “A Tale of Two Cities” and “A Christmas Carol” author’s home displayed a look into the life of the writer. A special exhibit titled “Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens” described the entertaining that Catherine and Charles Dickens did at their home. The home is even where he wrote “Oliver Twist.” And just like Twist, we wanted “some more.” We later stopped by American Bar at the Savoy. It happens to be the oldest surviving cocktail bar in Britain. The venue has been inviting guests to enjoy “American Style” drinks since 1893. The cocktail menu tells a story — it’s about 40 pages long — and draws inspiration from the celebrity portraits of photographer Terry O’Neill that have hung on the walls of the venue since the 1980s. These include David Bowie,

Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others. We then headed over to Rules, on what became an historic food and beverage tour. This happens to be London’s oldest restaurant. The walls are adorned with antlers of all types, and they serve traditional British food. Steak and kidney pie, anyone? We ended the night at Harry’s for dinner. A place I seem to end up at a lot while traveling. More on that later. For our last day in London, we headed to the Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Sanderson and tumbled down the rabbit hole of cake before dinner. This whimsical tea is dedicated to the world of “Alice in Wonderland.” Bring on the finger sandwiches! (Actually, bring on the scones, because finger sandwiches are not really my thing.) After tea, we stopped by Beyond Retro, a vintage clothing shop in Soho to shop all the decades. I ended up with a 1970s dress. While I may never be the

Queen of England, in this dress I can pretend to be a disco queen worthy of Studio 54. Once cocktail hour hit, it was off to Dukes, a place known for its martinis, made tableside. They’re so strong that they have a two-martini maximum. The bar was a favorite of Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond. It’s all very civilized. The last stop on our trip to London was Sketch for dinner. The venue combines food, drinks, music, and art. The artist conceived gastrobrasserie restaurant serves Michelinstarred culinary creations. The venue is broken into different rooms of theatrically themed bars. It also includes a bathroom with individual pods, so unique that grown men were stopping to take selfies and pose for Instagram content (it’s the world we live in). Next week, the second leg of our trip, we’re taking the Chunnel to Paris.

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KISS & TELL By Heather Buchanan

Roller Derby Queen When push comes to shove

I remember as a young girl being terrified by the film “Rollerball” with James Caan. It was a future dystopian universe with an ultra-violent version of the sport. I was equally as terrified when I found myself on Friday night in the middle of a roller skating rink in Greenport unable to move. When my friend asked me to join her on this adventure I thought, hey, I used to roller skate back in the day at what is now Bay Street Theater. I do yoga. I have balance. I remember the lyrics to “Shake Your Groove Thing.” I do not need the “walker” to support me. I’ve got this. But as soon as I put on the skates and kind of hobbled to the rink and stepped into oncoming traffic, I froze. I could not figure out how to propel myself forward. It is no wonder that the keynote speaker for the Roller Skating Association of America’s subject was, “Get Momentum: How to start when you are stuck.” Well, apparently you need a shove. My friend who had quickly remembered her youthful roller-skating prowess had to come over and both figuratively and literally push me forward. I tried to find some courage by channeling my roller derby heroines: Annie Mergency, Low Maim, Killen Mia Softly, Tyrana Soreass, and my personal favorite, Basquiat Case. With a bit of instruction from my friend, I started to gain momentum and actually picked up the pace. The next time she sashayed by, she asked me if I knew how to stop. I tried to find the stopper on my toe but almost fell over so, no. My only option was to hurtle towards the railing hoping not to take out the four-year-old and hit it where I had some natural padding. I noticed the sneer from the passing woman who looked like she was a former member of the East German speed skating team. Luckily there is Bill. He is the fixer, the clean up on aisle nine guy, the one who comes to the aid of fallen skaters flailing like turtles caught on their backs who can’t flip over. And when he is not Florence Nightingale on wheels, he will entertain the public by doing a

head stand in the middle of the ring. After a good 20 minutes I thought, I am getting the hang of it, and swung my arms to “Disco Inferno,” feeling pretty cool. Then, a whistle blew. Everyone stopped and switched direction. Due to my inability to stop, I found myself swimming upstream uttering expletives. My friend came to my rescue to take my hand and kind of swing me around in the other direction. A teenager in mean girl perfection cut me off but I thought à la Kathy Bates in the famous parking lot scene from “Fried Green Tomatoes”: “You may be younger and faster, but I’m older and have better insurance.” Luckily, along with the kids, there were some pretty handsome men who I assumed must be hockey players with their skating acumen. I tried to clutch onto the rail to observe, smiling as they passed, until I gave a sexy hip jut and tumbled to the ground. So, what are the takeaways of this “How to start when you are stuck” experience? In order to grow, you have to challenge yourself and try something new. It helps to have someone you trust to give you a push. It is good for your health to be a friend of Bill. And also know your limits. My girl friend called over her shoulder as she passed me, “Whatever you do, don’t try to use the ladies room in your skates.”

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RICK’S SPACE By Rick Murphy

Deadly Vermin Who Squat In The Night The rodent parade in the attic

They are all over the house — we hear them at night, plotting our demise. Time was when squirrels were a welcome addition to our new life together, but things are turning ugly now. Oh sure, they were cute enough, dancing on the wires outside our window and teasing our dogs. Not anymore. If we lived in a normal world, I could send Karen up to the attic with a BB-gun and have her pick off as many as she could before they took her out. Then the dog and me would go up with an automatic and finish the job. A word about attics. I live in the Land Of No. In the old days, you could walk up the stairs to the attic and store things up there like Christmas ornaments and the like. Nowadays, attics are basically illegal. You can’t put up Sheetrock. You can’t sleep up there. You can’t put a bathroom up there. You can’t even GET up there. I asked the builder what the deal was, and he said they are considered fire hazards, which is dumb. If you were in the attic and the house caught fire, you could just jump off the roof.

Somehow, we lived 10 years in our East Hampton house before realizing we couldn’t access the attic. Inside the closet of a spare room on the second floor is a roughly two by twofoot square opening. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the sole access point to the third floor. No one, to my knowledge, has successfully maneuvered it except the Cablevision guy, who inexplicably shimmied up in search of some obscure splitter and, to my knowledge, never came back. I once elicited an opinion from a guy concerning the removal of a certain business associate who owed me money. You know who “The Guy” is — he’s gonna get rid of the squirrels, no questions asked. Get rid of like in permanently. “Your soffit is in bad shape,” he reported. “You should see my liver,” I replied. He wanted five large to complete the assignment. Karen asked five large what — pastrami?

My favorite movie is “Alien.” I love when Sigourney Weaver gets shipped up to eradicate the little monsters, who live in rooms filled with muke and occasionally live in your stomach. I have reached the point when I have nightmares they are scampering all over the house ready to make their move so we have to do something. Last night, it came to a head. It was pitch dark, around 3 AM. It sounded like a parade up there. “What the hell are they doing?” Karen wondered. “Maybe they are bringing the Cablevision guy back down.” The funny thing is, we had squirrels in Brooklyn, too, and they were normal and friendly and came up to the door for snacks and there was no hint of abhorrent behavior. In fact, for a long time I thought the Brooklyn squirrels had summer places in the Hamptons and probably caught a Jitney on Fridays. But I can’t recall seeing or hearing one in the house. But it is the country. A man has to defend what’s his or they’ll snatch it away in a heartbeat. Them’s wild vermin out there, suitable for stew and not much else. Hey, this may not be a planet overrun with mukey rodents yet, but . . . “I think they are squatting in our house,” Karen said. I love it when she talks dirty. I’m getting a bad feeling — what if it’s raccoons ready to take the house? Papa once told me, of all the rodents he personally encountered, the raccoon was the fiercest. It seems he had a big drum of chicken feed and when he took the top off, a raccoon was inside and bit his face. The thing then took on Boots, our grizzled German Shepherd, and was getting the better of him as well. Thank god, a braless Sigourney Weaver walked by wearing nothing but a tight T-shirt and the poor thing was distracted long enough for Papa to nail him with a shovel. It’s 3 AM. They are everywhere

— the walls, the roof, right outside the bedroom windows. Sure, it could be squirrels, or raccoons, or Chuckie, that fat ugly rabbit that lives under the porch in the backyard. Cocoa, my eight-pound dog, is on the alert; the only line of defense. “Tonight, we may have to fight it out,” I say to her. “What you mean ‘we,’ Kemosabe?” she answers. Maybe it’s symptomatic of a changing world — cute is becoming ugly, and we are suspicious rather than intrigued at change. Maybe the poor squirrels just want to get closer to us. I just hope they don’t want to live in our stomachs. Rick Murphy is a six-time winner of the New York Press Association Best Column award as well as the winner of first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Suburban Newspaper Association of America and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.

Maybe it’s symptomatic of a changing world — cute is becoming ugly, and we are suspicious rather than intrigued at change.


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SAND IN MY SHOES By Denis Hamill

Bad To The Last Drop Ryan faces his (ice cube) maker

Plop. It started with a single drop of water. It fell from the ceiling behind the wet bar in Ryan’s basement like a pearl of nitro glycerin detonating on the ceramic tile floor. The drop dispersed in a three-foot radius. Then came the second drop. Another little aerial bomblet of H2O spiraling down from an unseen enemy behind the ceiling sheetrock. Ka-splash! Ryan looked up. And here was a third drop bulging like a giant tear in the dark eye of the ominous ceiling. Before he could retreat, the droplet splashed on Ryan’s forehead like an overture to a full symphony. “No,” Ryan shouted, lurching toward the stairs, racing up to the kitchen to check all the faucets, drains, spray hose, feeder pipes, drain pipe. Dry. He raced to the radiator in the kitchen extension. The floor was as arid as precious British humor. Ryan checked the bathroom — sink and toilet and radiator all functioning normal. He raced back downstairs, missing the last step in a near pratfall, throwing

a disc in his left lower lumbar East of Montauk Point. Sciatic pain boiled in his gluteus, bolting down his left leg like a pitchfork of lightning. Ryan screamed a four-letter Fword. But all that made him think of was a five-letter F-word: FLOOD! Because by now the drip was a steady drum roll of water banging from three places in the ceiling. Plop-plop-plop was now bap-a-dappa-dappa-pappap-pap-dappa . . . Ryan searched for three buckets to catch the competing drum rolls that sounded like Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, and Ginger Baker doing “Wipeout” on Ryan’s bar and floor. With his left leg a lava spill from Mt. Sciatica, Ryan pivoted on his right leg toward the stairs and skidded on the water that was now a giant amoeba devouring his basement floor. “Son of a b . . .” He didn’t get to finish the sentence as a black four-legged creature hydroplaned across the floor. The cat — whose name is Black Cat — was drenched with ceiling water and looked more like an otter than a feline. Then, Ryan could have sworn he heard the voice of the late Howard Cos-


sell shouting: “Down goes Ryan! Down goes Ryan!” Ryan lay on his side on in the puddle for a long senior moment thinking about that ad: “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Black Cat stopped on the far side of the puddle, shook himself into a spiky punk rock hairdo, and gazed back at Ryan in a mocking way. Ryan could have sworn Black Cat was smiling before darting under the couch. Ryan pulled himself to his one good leg with the help of a stationary bike that he used to dry socks. This was the most exercise he’d ever grunted from the $1200 contraption. Ryan sloshed across the floor, and squished up the stairs, dragging the electrified left leg behind him. He yanked the Hefty bag out of the kitchen garbage can. He considered putting the bag over his head and pulling the drawstrings at his neck. Instead, he carried the can, emptied two clear storage tubs of old papers and plunged back into the dungeon wondering if Jules Verne had been inspired to write “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by a single drop of water. With buckets in place, Ryan scaled the stairs again and turned the feed to the dishwasher right to off. He waited a full night to see if that did it. Eight-times-three tubs of water later Ryan concluded that the dishwasher wasn’t the problem. Ryan called a contractor friend to recommend a plumber saying he suspected that a pipe had frozen and cracked and was leaking somewhere in the circulatory system of the house. His contractor pal volunteered to come assess the problem first. The contractor tore out the ceiling sheetrock expecting to find a broken pipe. No pipes. Just wet wood beams, drooling water from three places. The contractor checked upstairs the way

Ryan had. But he located a thin transparent feeder tube for an ice-making system in a refrigerator that had not been used in months and needed to be thrown out. The fridge was bought at Sears long before Jeff Bezos of Amazon, the richest man in the world, ate the famous company for a midnight snack. When Sears was still in business, Ryan had called several local appliance repairmen to fix his fridge but was told only Sears’s mechanics could service it because only they had the parts. Sears assured Ryan they would call back with an appointment. Yeah, for its funeral. Because, like his fridge, Sears went kaput. So, Ryan hauled a smaller fridge up from the basement and had not decided what to do about the Sears fridge. Ryan did not know that when you turn off a fridge you also have to turn off the ice-making hose. Or else you get hosed. After two days of flood, a dislocated disc, sciatica, a ruined ceiling and basement walls, the contractor turned a tiny cinch device under the sink that stopped the flow of ice maker water into the tube. “See if that does it,” the contractor said. “It might take a day for all the water inside the crawl space to come down.” Ryan set his alarm to ring every two hours through the second night so he could empty the three buckets three times. By morning the dripping had stopped. Black Cat strolled out of the warm and dry boiler room, stretched, yawned, gazed at Ryan, and shook his head. Ryan wasn’t sure if Black Cat said “Meow” or “Moron.” Then Ryan heard one of the scariest sounds in the world: Plop. Ryan turned, holding his breath, thinking: Please, let that be the last drop . . .

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Entertainment Guide By Nicole Teitler

COMEDY Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center presents Jackie Kashian on Thursday, February 21, at 8 PM. Get your tickets at

FILM King Richard II Guild Hall in East Hampton will offer a National Theatre Live Screening of “The Tragedy of King Richard II” on Friday, February 22, at 7 PM. Visit

Alice’s Ordinary People Hampton Library in Bridgehampton presents the final film in their Documentaries and Discussion series, “Alice’s Ordinary People,” on Saturday, February 23, at 1 PM. Call 631-5370015 for details.

Capernaum Guild Hall in East Hampton presents “Capernaum” on Saturday, February 23, at 6 PM. See

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Creative Artists Salon

Tom Petty Tribute

Amagansett Free Library will screen the Hamptons Doc Fest Film “Patriocracy” on Sunday, February 24, at 2 PM. Visit for more information.

LTV hosts the first Creative Artists Salon Series on Friday, February 22, at 7 PM. It will feature performances, talks, singers, and more, hosted by Angela LaGreca and followed by DJ Franklin Quito. Call 631-537-2777 ext. 110 for more information.

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be Dr. Eamz and Souliztik. Concluding the festival in Southampton at 230 Down will be Flack Jacket, No Lives, Haunted Hacienda, Old Ironsides, and The Shipwrecks, beginning at 4 PM.

East Hampton Library continues its Winter Film Festival with “The Third Murder” on Sunday, February 24, at 2 PM. Call 631-324-0222 ext. 3.

The ConVENTion Hamptons Library in Bridgehampton co-presents with Hamptons Doc Fest “The ConVENTion” on Monday, February 25, at 7 PM. Call 631-537-0015.

Suffolk Theater in Riverhead presents The Wailers on Friday, February 22, and a Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, and Elvis Presley tribute on Saturday, February 23. Both concerts start at 8 PM. See for details.

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Townline BBQ in Sagaponack presents live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM. This week will be Jimmy Lawler.

Cabin Fever Music Festival

Roses Grove Band

The Cabin Fever Music Festival continues on Friday, February 22, at 9 PM with Liam Meany and Wandering Time at Doran’s in Hampton Bays. On Saturday, February 23, at Buckley’s Inn Between in Hampton Bays, at 9 PM, will

The Masonic Temple in Sag Harbor will host the Roses Grove Band, playing the music of the Grateful Dead, on Saturday, February 23, at 8 PM. Proceeds go to the Pierson High School Scholarship Fund and local food pantry.

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The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett presents DJ Snoop on Saturday, February 23, at 10 PM. Visit for a full calendar.

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents the Tom Petty tribute band Damn the Torpedoes on Saturday, February 23, at 8 PM. Visit

Open Mic Night The North Fork Chamber of Commerce is offering up an Open Mic Night at Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion on Monday, February 25, at 6 PM. Dinner options are available. See

THEATER Film & Performance Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill presents “4 Little Girls: Moving Portraits of the American Civil Rights Movement” with a live performance with 36 African dancers and drummers in collaboration with the Edge School of the Arts, co-presented with the Hampton United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 23, at 2 PM. Visit www.parrishart. org for more information. Continued On Page B15

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Gallery Events By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Winter Show

‘A Night Out With . . .’

Southampton Artists Association presents its Winter Show at the Levitas Center for the Arts in the Southampton Cultural Center. The exhibit opens February 20 and closes March 3. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, February 23, from 5 to 7 PM and a closing reception on Friday, March 1, from 5 to 7 PM. Visit

The “A Night Out With . . .” series continues at Golden Eagle Studio 144 in East Hampton on Wednesday, February 27, with artist Perry Burns, starting at 5:30 PM. Dinner with the artist at neighboring Nick & Toni’s restaurant follows. The cost is $75 per person.

Painting Locally The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “Painting Locally.” The show opens on Saturday, February 23, with a gallery talk and reception at 4 PM. The show runs through March 10.

Manifestations An opening reception for Leah Schrager’s “Manifestations” at Roman Fine Art in East Hampton will take place on Saturday, February 23, from 6 to 8 PM. The show features new photographic works from her Reality Instagram Project. The exhibit runs through March 17.

Rich In Black History The RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton presents “Rich in Black History” on Saturday, February 23, with a reception from 6 to 8 PM. The gallery honors Black History Month with a show that features artists Jules Arthur, Stefanie Jackson, Harmonia Rosales, and Phillip Thomas. Join Don Lemon of CNN for a lively discussion on Black History with moderator Cristina Cuomo.

Genesis and Transcendence

Artist Jules Arthur is diplayed in the show "Rich In Black History" at RJD Gallery.

The Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor will showcase Michael Butler’s work in an exhibit titled “Genesis and Transcendence.”

The show will showcase approximately two dozen works, featuring work over a long range of the artist’s creative en-

deavors. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 22, from 5 to 7 PM. The show runs through April 21.

Winter Art Show February 20 - March 3 Opening Reception Saturday, February 23, 5pm - 7pm Sponsored by Southampton Artists Association

Gallery Hours Sunday-Thursday 12 noon - 4pm Friday and Saturday 12 noon - 6pm Meet the artists and add a beautiful piece of local art to your collection. Paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media. More than 100 works of art in all.

Closing Reception: Friday, March 1, 5pm - 7pm Levitas Center for the Arts, Southampton Cultural Center 25 Pond Lane, Southampton Village


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Dining Casa Basso: Food Fit For A King Eclectic castle serves up Italian fare at reasonable prices By Hannah Selinger

It is, without a doubt, the weirdest restaurant on the East End. Even if you have never been to Westhampton’s Casa Basso, you probably know about it. You have probably driven by the iconic — and maybe a little decrepitlooking — castle, with its statues of horses and fencing musketeers. What is that place? You probably asked yourself that. I know I did, a million times, well before I actually turned into the parking lot. Half abandoned amusement park, half rococo art installation, Casa Basso is the place compelling a double take. Actually, it’s an Italian restaurant, and one that has been family-owned and operated since 1928. The site was once the Theophilus Brouwer House, a designated Westhampton Hamlet Heritage Resource, since it includes both the ruins and the kiln of Brouwer’s pottery studio. The castle was originally built by Brouwer, a sculptor, woodcarver, architect, painter, and potter. The statues that mark the Casa Basso prop-

erty are actually the work of Brouwer: two 12-foot-tall musketeers, a rearing horse, a wrestler, a lion, a fairy, and a snake, to name a few. Every few years, the property repaints the statues, which fade in the elements. In 1928, M.L. Basso and his family opened the Italian restaurant, which they operated until 1958, when it was purchased by Valerio “Rene” Mondini. In 1986, the restaurant went on the market again, this time to Mondini’s apprentice, Bejto Bracovic, who assumed roles both in the kitchen and out, operating the restaurant as owner and executive chef. The restaurant’s interior is less surprising than its exterior, boasting spacious dining spaces sans the castle theme. What diners will find is a reasonable Italian restaurant, offering reliably delicious food. There is grilled calamari, clams casino, escargot, Italian antipasto, and stracciatella to begin, with appetizers capping out at $17. Pastas deal in red sauce Americana: manicotti, spaghetti and


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the wine list also pours Gavi, three Italian Chardonnays, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Frascati, Soave, and Grillo. There are charmers — and true showpieces — in the red department. Volnay Premier Cru from Maufoux? Mouton Rothschild? Count me in. Every day except Mondays — when the restaurant is closed — Casa Basso offers a prix fixe menu, three courses for $27. The promotion is offered all night on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and from 5 to 6:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. Diners can choose between four appetizers (baked clams, tomato and mozzarella salad, zucchini fritti, and mussels Chablis); four entrees, all of which are served with sides (scallops with risotto, chicken Francaise, pasta primavera, and eggplant parmigiana); and three desserts (Napoleon, ice cream, and rum cake). It’s an impressive deal, even for a restaurant set in less knightly digs. Lucky for you, this one’s in a castle.


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Long Island Winterfest Enters 12th Year East End celebrates five weeks of fun By Nicole Teitler

23, from 7 to 11 PM. Other live music events at the location include Bakithi Kumalo and Southbound. Country music fans can kick the dust up at Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue Farm in Riverhead for its American Country Friday Night dancing on February 22 from 7:30 to 10 PM. Down the road, Twin Stills Moonshine will be hosting a free drop-in karaoke from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday, February 23. Long Island Winterfest will feature musical talent across all genres, including the HooDoo Loungers at Clovis Point Vineyard, Fred Acoustic at Long Ireland Beer Company, Julia King in the Local Music Series at Sound View Greenport, Greg Parr at the Cooperage Inn, and jazz duo Amanda & Rob Scalici at Borghese Vineyard. Events including local brew and cocktails will also be part of the fiveweek long event. For example, Moustache Brewing Company will have the Mattitaco Food Truck for a Firkin Fri-

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The quieter months on the East End are cherished as a time to interact and truly get to know the community. Long Island Winterfest welcomes those near and far to experience the area like a local, and also brings in some much-needed tourism. Now in its 12th year, LIWF kicks off Friday, February 22, with a party at the Hotel Indigo in Riverhead, and runs through March 24. Diane Tucci has been involved with LIWF for three years and this is her second as organizer. “The goal is to highlight what the East End has to offer in the winter, to bring people together to enjoy the music, shows, and arts,” said Tucci. “Also, to encourage people to stay overnight in our hotels and bed and breakfasts.” Winterfest will include organized tours of local vineyards and breweries. Vineyard tour packages are available for March 9 and 16, brewery tour packages on February 23 and March 23, and a mixed tour package on March 2 that includes Long Island Vodka and Riverhead Ciderhouse. The festival, which has been held

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primarily on the North Fork in years past, has expanded its event locations to include South Fork entities such as the Southampton Cultural Center, Parrish Art Museum, Bay Street Theater, White Fences Inn, Topping Rose House, The Maidstone Hotel, The Baker House 1650, and The 1770 House. Harborfrost, taking place in Sag Harbor Village on February 23, and THAW Fest, the Hamptons arts weekend festival, held March 22 through 24, also fall under events Winterfest is promoting. Hotel Indigo in Riverhead has been involved with LIWF since its inception, partnering with local musicians, breweries, and wineries to bring something extra to guests. “We’re very excited. This will be our third year hosting the Winterfest Kickoff,” Kristen Reyes, vice president of operations at Hotel Indigo, said of the party taking place on Friday, February 22, from 7 to 10 PM. “It’s becoming more of a whole weekend event.” The day after the kickoff party, Hotel Indigo will have live music by Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday, February

day Special Cask Tapping. Long Island Spirits will host an Art of Distilling class and a Craft Cocktail Seminar. The LIWF website also suggests the Bedside Reading Authors Weekend with “Cocktails Welcome,” an event with author Amy Impellizzeri at Topping Rose House. Book signings will also be held at The Maidstone Hotel, with author Sandra Block, The Baker House 1650 with Kelly Simmons, The 1770 House with Amy Reichert for “Coffee Break with Hampton Coffee,” and at White Fences In with Kristy Woodson Harvey along with a “tea tasting.” On the art front, William Ris Gallery of Jamesport will showcase works from local artists, including from the North Fork Art Collective. To promote responsible driving, LIWF has partnered with Lyft for guests to receive free rides on the North Fork. For a full list of events, specials, and partnerships, visit or call 631-209-4244.

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Vegetable Soup With Spiced Crème Fraîche Ingredients (serves 4) 2 large carrots (peeled & diced) 1 onion (peeled & diced) 1 fennel bulb (trimmed & diced) 1 green pepper (trimmed, deseeded, & diced) 2 cloves of garlic (minced) 1/2 bunch of thyme 1 bay leaf 4 red potatoes (diced) 1 c diced butternut squash 1 c diced celery 2 Tbsp tomato paste 3 c vegetable stock 2 c water 1/2 lemon, juiced and zested 1/4 c crème fraîche 1 tsp curry powder 1 tsp paprika

1 pinch of nutmeg 1 pinch of cinnamon 3 Tbsp canola oil Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions Begin by heating two tablespoons of canola oil over medium high heat in a large, deep soup pot. Add the celery, onion, garlic, green pepper, fennel, and carrots. Allow the vegetables to sweat for five minutes while stirring often. Add vegetable stock and the water. Allow everything to come to a boil while watching it and stirring often. Reduce the soup to a simmer and add the tomato paste, the herbs, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Remember to taste the soup throughout the cooking process.


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Waiting for Nothing Guild Hall in East Hampton presents “Waiting For Nothing,” a performance by LaWanda Hopkins and Elijah Coleman on Sunday, February 24, at 3 PM. Visit for the skinny.

WORDS Film & Talk Parrish Art Museum will screen “American Masters — Basquiat: Rage to Riches,” followed by a talk with Michael Halsband and Corinne Erni on Friday, February 22, at 6 PM. Visit

Poetry Workshop Amagansett Free Library presents a poetry workshop with Tammy NuzzoMorgan exploring Walt Whitman’s verse on Saturday, February 23, at 1

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Madoo Lecture Series The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack presents Timothy Tlighman on Sunday, February 24, at 12 PM. Visit for further details.

Black History Month Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, co-hosting with Eastville Community Historical Society will present the Fifth Annual Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, February 24, at 2 PM at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Expert panelists include Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Alleen Novick, and David Rattray. Visit for more information.

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Romaine Gordon Saunders & Associates Island-Hopping From Nantucket To The Caribbean To Long Island

The other thing that has carried over and been very helpful is being able to help a customer see what could be and not just what is, whether selling a fixer upper or a brand-new construction, that might not be anything more than plans on paper.

You oversaw the building of your own home in East Hampton. What was that like? It was really fun, exciting, and terrifying all at the same time. And a great learning experience. I designed the house, hired each of the tradespeople, and was at the house every single day to be sure everyone else was there as well. I spent a lot of time running back and forth to the lumber yard, Home Depot, and of course the local delis for coffee and sandwiches to keep everyone on the job.


omaine Gordon was born and raised on Nantucket island in Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a degree in business and marketing, she spent time traveling in the U.S. and abroad, lived in San Diego, CA, Breckenridge, CO, and spent many years living on St. Thomas & St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, before finally settling in the Hamptons 18 years ago.

You come to the Hamptons from Nantucket. How did you find yourself on the East End? I grew up on Nantucket and after college lived there for a few years as a young adult but was actually living on St. John and St. Thomas before moving to East Hampton. I came to the Hamptons in the late ‘90s to visit a woman that I had worked for while living on Nantucket years prior. I immediately fell in love with everything about it. A week later, I started working as an assistant in the woman’s interior decorating business and have been here ever since.

Nantucket has a very similar landscape to the Hamptons in terms of region and architecture. Does it feel that way to you? Absolutely. That is probably why I was immediately drawn to East Hampton and the Hamptons in general. Both places have done a great job of preserving their charm and character, which is what makes both locations so magnetic to everyone that is lucky enough to spend

any time in either place. That, and being surrounded by beautiful beaches and fresh air.

Of all of the brokerages, why did you choose Saunders? Because I knew that it was the best. Honestly, it never occurred to me to go anywhere else. Andrew and Colleen Saunders are really hands-on and accessible, which is great. Saunders is one step ahead of everyone else, continually growing and moving forward, and I love being a part of that.

You had owned a Bridgehampton decorating and design firm before joining Saunders. I handled the business and marketing side of the decorating and design business for years before joining in on the creative side of things. The creative, fun part of decorating is what people generally think of when they hear decorating and design, but there is so much that goes on behind the scenes before you ever start “the fun part.”

How has that experience helped you in your real estate career? I think working with clients, architects, builders, tradespeople, and multiple vendors on numerous projects all at the same time really helped me hone my time management/multi-tasking/ damage control/think outside of the box skills — all of which are necessary on a day-to-day basis in real estate.

Do you ever partner with builders on spec homes or in being their exclusive real estate sales agent? I have not partnered with any of the builders that I work with on spec homes but I do have a couple of builders that I have sold multiple homes for and am currently working with on great new project with which I consider a huge compliment.

What are some ways that you market your Saunders real estate inventory? Saunders has an award-winning marketing department so they make it easy. When we advertise, I tend to focus on email blasts and social media. Both are great ways to reach a large number of people and you can be really creative in how and what you share. We also print luxurious brochures for each of exclusive properties in-house so we can get very creative with those as well. Saunders produces a beautiful book twice a year that is distributed not only locally but also all around the country, to places like Aspen and Palm Beach at the height of their season.

How has the digital landscape affected your marketing strategy?

Digital marketing has really helped to get more eyes on more properties for sure. Videos are a fantastic way to show off a listing to a potential buyer anywhere in the world. A potential buyer takes a tour of a property in Amagansett while on a ski vacation in Switzerland.

Saunders is one step ahead of everyone else, continually growing and moving forward, and I love being a part of that. Have you noticed any trends in architecture or interior design our readers need to know about? Saunders & Associates Independent/Courtesy Health, wellness, and sustainability, now more than ever. I just sold a new construction for under $2 million, but even at that price point, the house offered a conditioned attic (treated with a foam spray to help promote healthy air and to help with air temps), a built-in humidifier and Aprilaire healthy air purifying system, a water filtration system, an air exchange system, long lasting mahogany and Douglas fir that wouldn’t have to be constantly replaced, and everything that could be Energy Star Certified was.

What is the first thing you do with new clients to help them sell their home? Any tips on selling it quickly and efficiently? The important aspect of selling a property quickly and efficiently is to price it properly. And, almost as important — declutter, declutter, declutter! Inside and out. A buyer needs to be able to see a property and envision it as their own. Try and make the property as clean a slate as possible.

What do you do for fun when you’re not showing gorgeous homes?

I spend time with my 18-year-old son, Max. Either watching him play basketball or watching basketball with him. If basketball isn’t involved, then we are probably walking our two little dogs on the beach somewhere. To reach Romaine Gordon or inquire about her properties, call (516) 317-1593 or email

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5 Waring Lane, East Hampton, New York | $1,820,000 Properties like this are nearly impossible to find today in the Hamptons and those that do exist don't come to market all that often. The water views begin as soon as you start down the driveway of this private 1.1+/- acre waterfront flag lot. On your left and directly ahead are views of Accabonac Harbor and Gerard Drive out to Gardiners Bay. The foyer of this three bedroom, two bath traditional opens to a spacious and comfortable living room and dining area with a wood-burning fireplace; the focal point of both spaces are the windows which showcase the magnificent water views. The dining area leads to a large eat-in kitchen with multiple windows offering the same magical water views. Also located on the first floor are a large master bedroom with sitting area, a full bathroom as well as a laundry room/mudroom offering access to the attached one-car garage. One of the many features of this property that could not be duplicated on a waterfront property today is the spacious water's edge artist's studio. This breathtaking waterfront property is right around the corner from Gerard Drive as well as many other bay beaches, windsurfing, paddle board and kayak locations, waterfront restaurants, marinas and some of the most amazing sunsets that the Hamptons has to offer. To reach Gordon for a private showing call 516-317-1593 or email

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North Fork Southold Town Board Weighs Rezoning Request Applicant seeks broader use for Mattituck property By Gianna Volpe @GiannaVolpeReport

The Southold Town Board is considering rezoning a parcel of land next to the Dinizio & Sons service station on the corner of Wickham Avenue and Route 48 in Mattituck after a two-hour public hearing brought a half-dozen opponents to Southold Town Hall on February 12 despite the inclement weather. The applicant, Harold R. Reeve & Sons, wants to rezone a 25,000-squarefoot zoned for business use and portions of an adjacent residential lot to create an 84,000-square-foot parcel zoned for “limited business” use, where, say, a restaurant or winery could be built on Route 48. Abigail Wickham of Wickham, Bressler & Geasa represented the applicant in support of “reclaiming” square footage of the business-zoned lot abutting Route 48 that she said has been “chipped away by the town” through the years. She asked to increase buildable business space toward Mattituck Creek. Rezoning the lot for limited business use “may provide a better transition to adjacent residentiallyzoned and developed land with suitable mitigation measures,” she said. The local attorney cited the more intensive nature of the uses found at Dinizio & Sons service station next door, and Strong’s Marine across the creek from the property, to support her

claim that “surrounding properties are not pristine residential” and rather “a pocket of residential engulfed in higher intensity uses.” Wickham pointed to a report submitted by the town’s environmental consultants Nelson, Pope & Voorhis stating, “It is not anticipated that significant land-use impacts will result from the rezoning.” She said the applicant could have gone to the town Zoning Board of Appeals to create parking behind the business zoned lot or even rezone the entire parcel, citing variances granted to Capital One and East End Sporting Goods in Mattituck, as well as Mullen Motors in Southold. Instead, she said, Harold R. Reeves & Sons had chosen a more tempered approach by working directly with the town board. But several unhappy neighbors, including LeRoy Heyliger, a former member of the Southold Housing Advisory Commission, and Ben Polen, a new resident, who said he likes the quiet nature of the area and has hired a lawyer to combat development, spoke in opposition of the project. Southold Town Planning Board chairman Don Wilcenski also sent a letter restating the board’s 2013 concerns that the proposed 31 percent increase of business-zoned use would allow for

James Reeve, the president of Harold R. Reeve & Sons, speaks to the Southold Town Board February 12 about his business’s request to rezone a parcel at Wickham Avenue and Route 48 in Mattituck. Independent/Gianna Volpe

“a more substantial commercial buildout” than the existing B-zone restrictions. A future restaurant or winery on a 1.84-acre parcel may be deleterious to the residential area and are better located within the hamlet center,” he added. Wilcenski suggested the town board instead consider a residential office zoning designation that would allow a restaurant with a special exception permit, but not allow a winery, to “alleviate the potential of incompatible commercial uses to the residential uses.” Charles Giuli, president of the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association, echoed Wilcenski’s suggestions. “If it were to become residential office it would set a precedent, which we believe can be useful in the coming months, because when the comprehensive plan is adopted, it’ll give cause to this board and the town to review zoning throughout the town,” he said. “As an example, the Main Road in the heart of Mattituck right now is zoned on one side totally residential

office and on the other side there are several lots that are hamlet business. If those were changed to residential office, it would ensure conformity on both sides of the street,” said Giuli. He added that the residential office zoning would also ensure that any commercial build-out wouldn’t be large enough to “create any kind of environmental hazard or noise hazard.” Last week’s hearing came after the town board unanimously voted to issue a moratorium on permits and approvals in the area of Love Lane on Main Road bounded by the intersection of Route 25 and Bay Ave on the west and Route 25 and Pike Street on the east. The moratorium will remain in effect until the town and state have completed a traffic study to identify ways of improve parking, cross walks, and other infrastructure addressing what the town board sees as a need to “handle the drastic increase in traffic in recent years and to allow for the safe passage of pedestrians.”


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Sports Bees Claim County Class D Championship Bridgehampton’s ‘Big Three’ lead way in title game against Shelter Island By Desirée Keegan

Bridgehampton's Elijah White soars toward the hoop in the Killer Bees Suffolk County Class D victory over Shelter Island. Independent/Gordon M. Grant

Elijah White let out a huge sigh of relief. “A lot of people doubted us, didn’t think we’d make it this far,” the Bridgehampton junior said. “We had a couple of bad losses in the beginning and end of the season, and to reassure us, to get us to have faith in ourselves, this win was big.” White scored 18 points and had six steals and six rebounds in the Killer Bees’ 61-49 win over Shelter Island February 13 for the Suffolk County Class D title at Center Moriches High School. But he wasn’t the only one serving up some trouble. The rest of Bridgehampton’s big three was having double the fun. Senior J.P. Harding’s 19 points and 13 rebounds led the Bees, and junior Nae’Jon Ward added 11 points and 10 assists. Harding got his team off on the right foot when he battled for a layup to knot the score at 5-all while being fouled. He completed the three-point play to give his team a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. To show just how much he and his teammates shared the ball, Harding finished the first quarter with seven points, White and Ward each had a 3-pointer, and by the end of the first half all three had seven points. But Shelter Island trailed by just seven, 2821, at the break and kept the game close early in the third. White hit his second three with 3:19 left in the fourth quar-

ter to push the Bees’ lead back to double digits, 49-37, and Shelter Island got within 10 points the rest of the night. “We wanted to pressure them on defense,” Harding said. “I think the first half we could have stepped it up a little bit more, but in the second half everybody was denying the ball, working hard playing man-to-man.” Shelter Island beat Bridgehampton by three points back on January 10, a loss that stuck with the Killer Bees, along with a big loss to Greenport and a much closer one, by one point at the buzzer, to Pierson February 1. “We worked for this all season, and especially to get it against Shelter Island feels really good,” Harding said. Bridgehampton studied Shelter Island to ensure it would have success like it did the second time around against the Indians February 4, when the Bees won 78-61. “They’re great shooters. We knew all of them were great going right, so we wanted to force them to go left,” White said. “We know the offense is going to come, but defense is the problem we’ve had, so we kept in the back of our minds to make it a priority.” For Harding, it is the fourth time he’s played in the postseason, but first Continued On Page 27.


February 20, 2019


Anderson Scores 50 In Class C Title Game Greenport junior sets points record in win over Southold By Desirée Keegan

When the ball is in Ahkee Anderson’s hands, it’s like it is magnetically attracted to the hoop. And that magnetic connection was strong February 13 as the junior guard racked up a career-high 50 points to propel Greenport to the Class C title with an 82-52 win over Southold at Center Moriches High School. “I only do that in [NBA] 2K,” Anderson said of his record performance, laughing. “I mean 50, that’s crazy.” His three straight field goals and two free-throw points off an intentional foul — that gave him a rare four-point play — helped put the Porters (19-1) out front for the first time, 12-10, and forced Southold to call timeout. Out of the break, Anderson scored back-toback 3-pointers that sent the fans into a frenzy. To that point, he’d scored 16 of

Greenport’s 18 points. “The night got big,” he said. “Once you hit a few, it feels like everything is going to go in. They were right behind me every shot. It was a real good atmosphere.” The guard ended the evening nearly single-handedly surpassing the Settlers, and made five 3-point shots, four in the first half. Senior Jaxan Swann (12 points, nine assists) said it’s been special playing with a teammate like Anderson. “There’s never a day when the ball is not in his hand,” Swann said. “He’s always practicing. He works way too hard to be off. He plays every game like it’s his last.” Swann also played alongside his brother Jude, who finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and

Ward Lifts Bees Nae’jon Ward knew he had it in him. With the score tied at 85 and just 17 seconds left, the Bridgehampton junior almost lost the ball in the backcourt before recovering and dribbling past three defenders and a double team before hitting a running jumper with 1.3 seconds left to stun Greenport 87-85 in the Suffolk County Class C/D title game on Saturday. After the game-winning shot, Ward raced across the court at William Floyd High School and into the waiting arms of his coach, Ron White, as the Bees celebrated the unlikely victory over a team that had trounced them twice earlier this year. “Coach always tells me in situations like that for me to shoot the ball, that it’s my time to shine, so the first thing that came into my head was my team needs me to score this bucket,” Ward said. “And I felt very comfortable and confident.” The junior point guard finished with 31 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter. Elijah White added 29 points and J.P. Harding had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Greenport’s

Greenport's Ahkee Anderson, who scored 50 points against Southold, drives to the hoop. Independent/Gordon M. Grant

two blocks. “Fans, coaches, refs really like our team because we’re unselfish,” head coach Ev Corwin said. “They’re a crew.” Of Anderson, the coach recalls being wowed the first time he saw him play. The guard was in fifth grade and made a bounce pass that sent his jaw to the floor. “I shouted, ‘Who’s that? He goes to Greenport, right?’” Corwin said as his eyes widened. “His mind is on another level. He’s made me a lot smarter over the last couple of years.” By the end of the first half Anderson had already racked up 32 points, 18 off field goals. “I don’t think he hit the rim in the first half,” his coach said. “He was locked in, and when he’s locked in, the other team should be scared.” And it seems Southold was, as things only got easier for Greenport.

Southold (11-8) was led by Nick Grathwohl’s 24 points. Steven Russell added nine. “At first it was go for 40, and then it was go for 50,” Anderson said, laughing. “Our main focus was to stay poised, stay in the moment, not rush anything. We wanted to come out with a lot of intensity and make sure we handled business.” It just so happened he had the hot hand, catapulting Greenport one step closer toward its goal of making it to the state finals. The Porters remember that long drive home after a 73-58 semifinal loss to Binghamton, and don’t want to feel that again. Greenport faces the Class C winner of a Section IX/I matchup in the regional championship March 9 at Centereach High School at noon. “This one is special,” Anderson said, grinning from ear to ear. “But we’re trying to take things slow. We can check this box, and it’s on to the next one.”

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Nae’Jon Ward, above, during Bridgehampton’s Class D championship win over Shelter Island, made the game-winning basket in the Suffolk County Class C/D final. Independent/Gordon M. Grant

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Southampton's Marquise Trent brings the ball up court against Mattituck. Independent/Gordon M. Grant

Free Throws Help Mattituck Thwart Southampton Mariners shoot 13-for-22 while Tuckers go 22-for-26 in Class B semifinal By Desirée Keegan This meeting between Southampton and Mattituck wasn’t like the last. In fact, it was much more like the first time the two teams met back on December 14. But this time, the shoe was on the other foot. That’s because the Tuckers’ Xavier Allen surprised Southampton by scoring 30 points, and he and freshman Luke Woods combined to go 12-for-13 from the free-throw line in the fourth

quarter to help Mattituck edge Southampton 70-66 in the Class B semifinal February 14. “We’ve always had a lot of grit, but when you’re not making free throws and not making layups it means a lot in a playoff game,” Southampton head coach Herm Lamison said of his team that shot only 13-for-22 from the foul line. “A lot of stoppage in play also halted our mo-

mentum a couple of times, but Mattituck played well — they did everything they needed to do.” Allen had 10 points and Woods had two in the Mariners’ 72-43 home win back on January 18. At the end of the first half back on Southampton’s court Thursday, Allen was already up to 14, and the score was just 29-25 in the Mariners’ favor. The lead didn’t last for long, as three straight Tuckers buckets brought the score to 31-all. But a Sincere Faggins jumper, two Dakoda Smith free throws, and back-toback Marquise Trent 3-pointers helped lead a charge for Southampton, which reestablished its lead at 49-44 heading into the final stanza. Allen, who had five rebounds, four assists and shot 15-for-16 from the foul line, scored nine points in the fourth quarter. Then Woods stepped in to help Mattituck seize the day. “I was nervous,” Woods said. “But it’s been my goal since I started playing basketball to make the varsity team as a ninth-grader.”

The 5'6" first-year wonder drove the baseline and leapt to the backboard for a layup, bounced in an offensive rebound, and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line, tying the game at 55, 57, and again at 59. Going up against Southampton’s bigs and a bold defense, Woods seemed immune to the pressure. “I know what I’m capable of when I play with confidence,” Woods said. “Nobody believed in us. The last time Mattituck won a county title was like 10 years ago. But this team, we have so much heart. I love these boys.” And on Valentine’s Day the feeling was mutual. Back in the Mattituck-Southampton matchup January 18, the Tuckers shot 4-for-22 from the foul line. But in Thursday’s win, they reversed that and went 22-for-26. Woods said after that first meeting he switched his shooting position, moving a few inches to the right. On Thursday, he made it look easy. Mattituck took the lead for good on a Ryan Seifert putback and two Allen free throws for a 63-59 edge with 1:15 left. Marcus Trent (19 points) flipped in a layup before Allen countered and followed with a free throw seconds later to make it 65-61. Southampton’s Artemi Gavalas drilled a three-pointer from near the right sideline to pull the Mariners (14-6) within 66-64, but that was as close as the team would come. Woods’ putback with 11.2 seconds left and a pair of Allen free throws sandwiched a Dakoda Smith layup to close out the game. Smith scored 12 points and had eight rebounds, and four assists, and Faggins finished with 13 before he fouled out with 1:15 remaining. Marcus Trent’s twin Marquise marked the fourth Mariner to reach double digits (11). He also had a big block to start the fourth that ignited the crowd. “My heart bleeds for the seniors that weren’t able to make it to where we wanted to be this season,” Lamison said of the Trent brothers and Kristian Wheeler. “These guys have given me their heart and soul.”


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Pierson Defense Prevails Staunch efforts of Giles, Kneeland bring Whalers c/d title By Desirée Keegan

Katie Kneeland was frustrated. Her Pierson girls basketball team had topped Smithtown Christian 51-41 January 9, and blown the team out of the water in a 64-34 home win February 2. But going into the locker room at halftime in the Suffolk County Class C/D finals at Centereach High School February 15, the Whalers were up just 22-18. “We needed to play our game,” Kneeland said. “We were playing at around 70 percent and we needed to bring it up to 100.” And the senior forward came out of halftime guns blazing, scoring 13 of her team-high 17 points in the second half to go along with 10 rebounds in the Whalers’ 55-31 win. Kneeland is now five points away from a career milestone of 1,000 points. “I want her touching the ball as much as possible,” head coach Kevin Barron said. “She scored off some screens in the low post and off the fast break too, which was nice.” The Whalers, who started up 6-2 off threes from Chastin Giles (11 points, six assists, six steals) and Celia Barranco (5 points), who converted her chance off her own steal, played a dominant first quarter. After a Smithtown Christian free throw, Pierson went on another tear, with Giles feeding Kneeland before she sank two shots from the foul line. Aziza El added a bucket, and Kneeland hit two more free throws for a 14-3 advantage. But things deteriorated for Pierson in the second quarter, as the Whalers let Abigail Loiacono score seven of her 10 first-half points, three coming off fouls. What hurt more was Giles sitting out from the 4:57 mark after picking up her third foul. At halftime, the Whalers already had 10 fouls.

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Continued From Page 24. time he’s competed in a county championship game, with Bridgehampton collecting the title without having to face an opponent the last three seasons. White said he enjoyed representing his town, and providing it with not just a title but a game to show how hard the Bees have worked to get there.

“We needed to calm down,” said freshman point guard Sofia Mancino (six points). “We needed to move the ball around to find that chemistry we usually have. We wanted to make smart passes and decrease mistakes.” Mancino was the clamp to the team’s “clamp-down” defense in the second half, guarding Loiacono and forcing her to make several turnovers in the paint. “She’s a great athlete,” Barron said of Mancino. “She’s a great defender.” But it was the team’s bench players who were the unsung heroes. From the moment Giles walked off the court to the time she stepped back on it with 4:46 left in the third, Phoebe Arkinson and Aziza El (10 points) worked with Kneeland to re-extend the lead. “Every person on this team is a huge asset,” Mancino said. “Every person has an important role.” Kneeland racked up nine points in the third, her last two on a rebound with 5.4 seconds on the clock for a 20-point lead heading into the fourth, 43-23. The Whalers side-stepped and back-passed under the basket for easy, open layups. “That’s our thing,” Kneeland said. “We also started doing more picks, which got a lot of other girls open. We were driving to the basket much harder.” While Mancino said the team is on top of the world going 16-0 in League VI and moving on to face Mattituck with the hopes of beating the Tuckers a third time for the B/C/D title Wednesday, February 20, at Centereach at 4:30 PM, Kneeland is taking the win a little differently. “We’re pumped up,” she said. “But this is definitely a wakeup call. We need to be more powerful.” Their coach felt the same. “It’s all about earning things,” said Ron White, Elijah’s father. “Nothing is given in real life. You’ve got to go out and earn it, and I really appreciate the fact that that we did play somebody.” Bridgehampton will face the Section VIII Class D winner in the regional championship at Center Moriches High School March 1 at 5 PM.

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Keeping Father Time At Bay Phil Mickelson wins at Pebble Beach

Two weeks ago, Phil Mickelson, 48, the man who appears to be ageless, came out on top at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at the so-very-scenic Pebble Beach Golf Links. Phil’s been working hard on his game and admitted that some of his hard work had paid off in his win at Pebble, but he expects the real payback could be at Augusta this year, where he has already won three times. Normally, as golfers age and get closer to the 50+ Club, they hit the ball

shorter off the tee, and their putting gets more undependable (dare I say “yipes?”). Lefty will turn 50 during the 2020 U.S. Open, so normally he would be a candidate for that 50+ club, but I don’t think Phil will be applying for membership anytime soon. Right now, Phil is swinging his driver six miles an hour faster than a year ago, which is incredible. He won this year at Pebble with wet, soggy, no-roll on the ball conditions. In June, when the U.S. Open is played at Pebble

Beach, conditions will most likely be warmer, dryer, and firmer, typical of the season. Playing the U.S. Open there in June will be a lot different and Phil will need his newly added distance and swing speed that he has worked so hard to create. After finishing second six times, I’d really like to see Phil finally win the U.S. Open and complete his Career Grand Slam, something only five players in the history of the game have accomplished. There were a couple of interesting aspects that surfaced after Phil’s win at Pebble. First, it was the fifth time he had won there and, just at the Pebble venue alone, over the years he has earned more money there than Jack Nicklaus had in his entire career. And another first that he needed some help with — for the first time in Tour history the combined ages of the winner on the Champions Tour and the winner on the PGA Tour exceeded 100. With Phil’s 48 years and Bernhard Langer’s 61, the combined age of the winners was 109 to be exact. After the wet and soggy Pebble Beach, the Tour made its way to the bright lights of Los Angeles. Tiger Woods was the tournament host and Riviera the course and once again, the weather was atrocious. It was the LA Open at Riviera, where Jack Nicklaus earned his first check on Tour in 1962

for a whopping $33. Interesting to note that both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have never won this event. The last man standing at this Genesis Open was J.B. Holmes. Even though the conditions were challenging with wind, rain, and cold, I must say it was not easy to watch as the final threesome took five hours and 29 minutes to play the last 18 holes. Holmes was such a good player in his youth that he even played on his high school varsity golf team when he was just in the third grade. With this win, J.B. Holmes notched his fifth PGA Tour victory, which is pretty remarkable for someone who underwent brain surgery in 2011. The doctors had discovered a defect in his cerebellum. J.B. knows just how lucky he is and he even keeps the section of his brain they removed in a jar in his office as a visual reminder. While it was a great week for J.B. Holmes, it was not so hot for Tiger, who three-putted four times and eventually tied for 15th, but it was much worse for Jordan Spieth, who couldn’t sink a three-footer and who couldn’t find a fairway in the final round, to post an 81 to finish in a tie for 51st. Well, the Tour heads to Mexico this week and with that victory at Riviera, J.B. Holmes has now qualified to be in the no-cut big money field.

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