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The Turmoil Dear Editor, My name is Deborah Goodman. I am a Springs homeowner who is running for an open seat on the Springs School Board of Education. For two years, I was employed as a lunch monitor at Springs School. This year I am working for Project MOST at Springs. I know The Independent is aware of the turmoil at Springs School. Whether it be the harassment claims, the exodus of many employees, the division among staff, and the issues with the budget, just to mention a few. I can no longer look the other way. Someone needs to step up and bring a new set of eyes and ears to the school board. I have the finance and management background. Deborah Goodman

Rick, I would like to talk to you about this because lack of transparency, stonewalling, protesting of our flag is news. James Boyd

Well Written Dear Editor, This was a very well written article by Desirée Keegan. (“Workshop On Going Electric,” March 27). You really made sure that the people and organizations involved and the time lines were accurate. I am sorry I did not have more time to speak with you. It was a pleasure to meet with you in person. Till next time. Dan Mabe CEO, President, American Green Zone Alliance

Great Interview Misrepresentation Hello Rick, I was at the [Southampton] school board meeting Tuesday night and they had Hispanic students there who were saying how they went on a trip to Albany and experienced democracy. These students stayed at the meeting to see how it works at the school board meeting. Yet when I asked the chairman if I could ask board members questions, “No.” When I asked why Roberta and Anastasia do not put their hand over their hearts during the pledge, I was told I would not get an answer. How is this for freedom? People want the Mueller report to be released and our local school board won’t answer questions. What does this tell the students there? Also, Jacqueline misrepresented a FOIL we have in the school district and when I corrected her, I was told to not speak. Yes, this is Southampton, not Russia, I think.

To the Editor, Thanks for the great coverage and interview. (“Workshop On Going Electric,” March 27). We are reposting and pointing to your original and crediting you. Cheers, Luke Massman-Johnson American Green Zone Alliance

High Quality To the Editor, Thanks very much. I echo Dan Mabe and Luke Massman-Johnson’s thoughts about the high quality of your coverage by Desirée Keegan. (“Workshop On Going Electric,” March 27). Best Wishes, Jamie Banks, PhD. Executive Director Quiet Communities, Inc.

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News & Opinion Everything’s Coming Up Gruber Former Democratic leader a new GOP darling? By Rick Murphy rmurphy@indyeastend.com

The sun came up in the west. Donald Trump wore a sombrero. David Gruber’s name appeared atop the Republican ballot for East Hampton Town supervisor. Allow us to repeat this earthshattering bit of whimsy again: David Gruber, GOP candidate. Ok, it hasn’t happened yet. The long-time Democratic activist, who perhaps not coincidentally is the local party’s most generous campaign

contributor, has never been confused with a Republican. Although as of this writing, Richard Myers, of Wainscott, still sits atop the East Hampton Republican ticket, ready to take on the Democratic incumbent Peter Van Scoyoc, that race is not going to happen. Sources said that Myers was stepping down on Friday, April 5, and that Gruber is the favorite to fill the void. “I think he would make an excel-

Myers Withdraws From GOP Race East Hampton GOP likely to nominate Gruber for top spot By Rick Murphy rmurphy@indyeastend.com

Richard Myers notified the East Hampton Republican Party that he will not run for town supervisor come November after all, despite the fact his name appears on the top line on the final petition filed with the Suffolk County Board of Elections. There was speculation Myers never planned to square off against the incumbent but had agreed at the behest of party chairman Manny Vilar to serve as a placeholder. The GOP committee hierarchy, as well as the Independence Party and an offshoot of the town’s Democratic Party, had hoped to lure Jeffrey Bragman, a first-term Democratic councilman, into

the race. But Bragman, despite some mild interest initially, never seriously considered a run, sources said, though the window has not closed yet. The GOP will hold interviews on Wednesday, April 10, ostensibly with the goal of choosing another candidate. However, The Independent has learned the designation will go to David Gruber, the renegade former Democratic Party chairman who is mounting a three-pronged attack against the incumbent, Democrat Peter Van Scoyoc. “Manny has kept all the points and the charts,” Myers said as The Independent went to press. “There is no bad blood. My record speaks for itself.”

lent choice, and there is a good chance it is going to happen,” said Elaine Jones, the chairwoman of the local East Hampton Town Independence Party, which is running a full slate of candidates — a slate that is virtually identical with the Republican ticket, with the difference that Gruber has secured the Independence nod to run for supervisor. “People are angry at Van Scoyoc,” said Rona Klopman, who is a member of the Democratic Reform Party that intends to challenge the embedded Democrats though a primary battle. Klopman revealed plans are also underway to secure another ballot line, dubbed the Fusion Party as of this writing. Gruber would head the Fusion ticket as well. Klopman said volunteers are gathering the necessary petitions to secure the line. “Anyone who has hasn’t signed another petition can sign. It could be anyone from either party. Lys did it last year,” she said, referring to Councilman David Lys. In the interim, Gruber will challenge Vilar originally championed Myers but coveted Bragman. Myers is the long-time chairman of the East Hampton Town Architectural Review Board, a former chair of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee, and a 30-year resident of the hamlet. Gruber’s faction of the Democratic Party, the local GOP party, and the Independence Party all oppose Van Scoyoc because of his passive resistance to the Deepwater Wind project, which would run an underground cable through Wainscott, should it survive a lengthy state review. Elaine Jones, the Independence Party head, said the idea of a coalition lining up behind Bragman was to stop the Deepwater project. But Jones and others said there is growing optimism Gruber could take over the helm with the coalition of support. “We are running real people, not politicians,” she said, adding that she did not rule out a scenario wherein Gruber would ascend to the top of the ballot on four different party lines.

In Southampton Southampton Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said this week he will square off against Supervisor Jay Schneider-

Sources said that Myers was stepping down on Friday, April 5, and that Gruber is the favorite to fill the void. Van Scoyoc in a Democratic primary. Town Justice Lisa Rana and three town trustee candidates, including Klopman, will also participate in the primary. The top line of the East Hampton ballot could be (D) Van Scoyoc, (R) Gruber, (IND) Gruber, (Conservative) Gruber, (Working Family Party) Van Scoyoc, (FUS) Gruber.

The GOP will hold interviews on Wednesday, April 10, ostensibly with the goal of choosing another candidate. man in an Independence Party primary June 25. Gregory Robins is the Southampton Republican Party candidate. “I think I can do a better job,” Gregor said. He said he is concerned Schneiderman may pursue an idea advanced by Shinnecock Hills Golf Club to partially close Tuckahoe Road.


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East Quogue Group Wants Own Village Hamlet looking for local control over local decisions By Desirée Keegan desiree@indyeastend.com

Members of the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee present a petition to form a village to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Independent/Cyndi McNamara

Members of the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee proudly marched into Southampton Town Hall April 3 to present a petition to form their own village. Looking for local control over local decisions, they have more than 780 signatures backing them up. “We’ve stood up at many meetings and said this is how we feel, and no one’s ever had the ability to ascertain what we wanted,” said committee co-chair Dave Celi. “We feel we have no voice. We feel Southampton Town is not listening. It’s time East Quogue takes its future into its own hands.” The 15-member group began working together in November 2017, trying to figure out a way to be heard, but found it difficult when there’s no East Quogue representation on the town board, and the hamlet only makes up eight percent of the town’s voting population. While some may say the rejection of The Hills planned development district and its replacement with the Lewis Road planned residential development is the motive behind the movement, committee co-chair Karen Kooi said while it may have been a catalyst, there were many other issues, such as the Damascus Road landfill contamination that left over 40 homes without drinking water, that have left community members feeling overlooked. “The town was busy finger pointing over who should take responsibility,” Kooi said of the landfill issue. “And the East Quogue Village is not going to have any say in whether the golf course gets built, whether the village was formed tomorrow or not. The plan is moving forward, and East Quogue has lost all these great community benefits.” Celi added it comes down to the “kicking of the can.” “Here we are a year and a few months after the decision was made to kill the PDD, and people in Southamp-

ton Town are still kicking the can back and forth to each other getting everyone else involved. Which agency is going to put their finger on it next?” Celi asked. “We’ve been through myriad studies, myriad ups and downs. This is four years in the making and we’re still debating with lawyers. There’s a $100 million lawsuit to worry about. It just doesn’t sound like we have a cohesive political environment in Southampton Town anymore.”

has proved it can be done.” Sagaponack Village Mayor Donald Louchheim agreed. “In the 13 years since our incorporation, Sagaponack Village has demonstrated that a concerned community can successfully assume control over land use and quality-of-life issues while continuing to rely on the Town of Southampton for essential services without any negative financial impact on taxpayers,” he said in a statement.

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The East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee is looking to have its proposed village manage building, planning, zoning, and code enforcement, but rely on the town for police coverage and public works. “We want control over land use, construction permits,” Celi said. “When you try to take over everything, it can get very convoluted, and we don’t need to do that. We want good code enforcement and a good building department so we can have quality-oflife issues taken care of.” The group’s main objective in getting that done was to come up with a thin layer of government at the lowest cost possible. There will be a mayor, trustees, and a local architectural review board made up of volunteers. The only paid position, required by law, will be the village clerk. Kooi said while there have been rumors about wanting to model it after the Village of Quogue, she said the group is actually looking to mirror the Village of Sagaponack, which incorporated in 2005. “We had booths set up at the post office and local businesses to answer people’s questions, and we tried explaining that we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Kooi said. “Once people understood that, they were eager to sign and eager to learn. We want to protect our community character and the residents here, and we want to do this at the lowest cost possible. Sagaponack

Kooi said delivering the big binder to Supervisor Jay Schneiderman was like “handing off the baby.” Celi said he felt a rush of relief and excitement. “We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished and so pleased that we’ve got to this point,” Kooi said. “We decided everything from what the logo could possibly look like, to the plans to get the signatures, to a budget. We planned everything. This group pulled it off.” The group hired municipal attorney Peter Bee, of the law firm Bee, Ready, Fischbein, Hatter and Donovan, LLP, to guide it on what decisions had to be made. The proposed village includes the East Quogue School District and the Northern Fire District. This meets the legal requirements for boundary lines with the Village of Quogue to the west, the Flanders/Riverhead School District to the north, and the Hampton Bays School District to the east. Dune Road/the Atlantic Ocean is the southern boundary. Suffolk County voter registration data and Southampton Tax Map data shows 3428 people are regular inhabitants, which means at least 692 signatures were needed. “The support has been overwhelming,” Celi said. “What was amazing about this group of people in their late 30s to late 70s, of all political persuasions, is that even though we

have different backgrounds and didn’t know each other before this, we became quick friends and worked very, very hard to come to a decision on how we could make this work. The goal is to protect East Quogue, and I think we’re going to achieve that.” Schneiderman is required to publish and post the notice of a public hearing between 20 and 30 days from when the petition was submitted on April 3. The town board is not involved, so the hearing will include Schneiderman, a member of the town’s legal department, and the hamlet residents. It needs to be held in East Quogue. “It’s my job to review the petition — determine the sufficiency to see if it meets the standards for calling a vote,” Schneiderman said. “Throughout the process, there will be challenges, and my determination could be challenged one way or the other, but I’ll be objective, remain neutral, and make sure that it conforms to the requirements of the law.” The public hearing must be closed within 20 days of the scheduled meeting, and by 10 days after that, Schneiderman will need to issue a written determination. “We want locals representing locals,” Celi said. “People who live in our village will be the people we come to. We’d get a better feel for the pulse if it were local. Hopefully there’s a chance for everyone to vote whether or not they want to incorporate.” After 15 people worked for the last year-and-a-half to move this forward, Kooi said she and many others are no longer skeptical if incorporating can be done, or as to the future of decision-making within the hamlet. “It’s always the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. The louder you scream, the more you’re heard, while the ones who are quietly going about doing the right thing are usually the ones that are not,” Kooi said. “We’ve found a way where we can be heard.”


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Some TLC On The Way For Herrick Park Village proposes major upgrades to much-used recreational facility By Stephen J. Kotz sjkotz@indyeastend.com

Herrick Park, in the heart of East Hampton Village, will be getting a makeover. The village board on Thursday, April 3, reviewed a draft plan for upgrades that would include rebuilding the tennis and basketball courts, updating playground equipment and the children’s play area, improving entryways and paths between the Reutershan and the long-term parking lots, and enhancing lighting and security. Village Trustee Rosemary Brown, who is leading the effort, said on Friday that the village board will most likely vote on a final request for proposals later this month. The designer who wins the contract will be asked to hold meetings with the village board and other community

“This started as a beautification project, but we realized it could be improved.” – Rosemary Brown

groups before proposing a formal plan. “This started as a beautification project, but we realized it could be improved,” said Brown of the park. “It’s used by so many groups, from young to old, and everyone in between.” The eight-acre park is owned by the village and leased by the East Hampton School District, which uses it for middle school recreation and sports. Although a budget has not yet been set for the project, the school district typically shares the cost of capital upgrades to the property. Brown said she would like to see the project designed and completed in time for the village’s centennial celebration next year. She added that the village has for years asked merchants to direct their employees to park in the long-term lot, but that the long walk through a deserted and dark park at night might be unnerving for some. “Safety is a concern, and for me it’s at the top of the list,” she said, noting that better lighting, wider openings from both parking lots, and security cameras could go a long way toward making people feel safer. As part of a longer-range plan that is not included in the current project, the village wants to move the shed near Newtown Lane that is currently used by the village’s traffic control officers and place it near the long-term lot. The asphalt driveway leading to the shed

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would be removed as well. The village will also look at ways to incorporate portions of property it purchased at the ends of Muchmore and Pleasant lanes into the park space. Steven Ringel, the executive director of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, appeared before the board to ask permission for the chamber to hold a summer fair in the park on August 3. Ringel said the idea is to create a “country fair” with activities such as three-legged sack races and hot dog and pie-eating contests. The fair would be like the spring and fall fairs the chamber now holds, “just with a slightly different flavor,” Ringel said, adding that the idea would be to cater to summer visitors and residents with a “family-friendly” event. The plan would be to have craft vendors, food booths, and entertainment, Ringel said. He asked the board for permission to run the fair from 10 AM to 6 PM so that people coming home from the beach would be able to stop by before going out to shop for eat dinner in the village.

Mayor Paul Rickenbach asked Ringel to first talk with Guild Hall, which now sponsors the Artists & Writers Softball Game, to see if the two events could be held on the same date. The board also discussed briefly a proposed new law imposing limits on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers by commercial landscapers. Rickenbach asked that language exempting the village, the school district, and the Maidstone Golf Club be removed from the draft law, arguing such organizations should lead by example and pointing out the language could be reinserted after a hearing is held in May.

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SH Town: Commuter Ridership Up South Fork Commuter Connection Service use doubles in first month By Desirée Keegan desiree@indyeastend.com

The South Fork Commuter Connection train departs from the Hampton Bays station. Independent/ Desirée Keegan

While the summer months will be the real test, just one month after the launch of the South Fork Commuter Connection service Southampton Town officials have announced ridership has more than doubled. Last week nearly 100 riders used the bus shuttles compared to about 40 during the first week of service beginning March 4.

“We expect those numbers will continue to climb as people discover this alternative solution to sitting in traffic,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. The South Fork Commuter Connection costs $4.25 each way and includes the shuttle bus. The schedule features two trains in the morning. The first train leaves from Speonk at 6:16 AM and

Septic Replacement Assistance Southampton, East Hampton to hold meetings on alternative systems By Desirée Keegan desiree@indyeastend.com Southampton and East Hampton towns have partnered with Suffolk County and local organizations to hold two public information sessions on septic replacement financial assistance programs. The Concerned Citizens of Montauk and Group for the East End will meet with local residents at Southampton Town Hall Monday, April 15, at 6 PM, and East Hampton Town Hall on Tuesday, April 30, at 6 PM. The pro-

grams are designed to encourage installation of new septic systems that reduce nitrogen levels in ground and surface waters. “There is no doubt that nitrogen from residential septic systems is degrading the water quality of our bays and wetlands,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “These town and county rebate programs provide the necessary funding to install nitrogen removing systems to

The Future Is Female Photo by Justin Meinken

More than 100 young women attended i-tri’s annual mentoring day at the East Hampton Middle School on Saturday, April 6. Led by 42 registered i-tri mentors, the activities were centered around the day’s theme, “The Future is Female.” The mentors held self-esteem workshops and shared expertise in their own careers. A networking session was included to allow additional time for the girls to connect with a mentor of their choice. Based on Eastern Long Island, i-tri is a community-based program for adolescent girls that works through a curriculum based upon physical fitness, nutrition, and self-esteem. The organization strives to affirm respect, responsibility, and teamwork, and utilizes the sport of triathlon to foster dedication. For more information, visit www.itrigirls.org.

travels east to Amagansett by 7:08 AM. The second train originates at Hampton Bays at 8:26 AM and travels to Montauk by 9:25 AM. There are two afternoon trains that return from Montauk at 2:48 PM and 4:50 PM. The first train gets to Speonk by 4:14 PM and the second ends in Hampton Bays at 5:43 PM. As traffic on the South Fork continues to build on Sunrise and Montauk

highways, the train could become a popular alternative mode of transportation for commuters to get to work, or even for those looking to visit. Some riders are even choosing to walk, bike, or arrange for pickup rather than take the shuttle bus to their destination. To learn more about the schedules and shuttle bus destinations, visit www. sfccLIRR.com.

help restore our water quality.” Existing traditional systems were not designed to remove nitrogen, and pollution from aging and inefficient cesspools and septic systems has been cited as a major cause of ground and surface water degradation. Several new technology options are now available for use and have been demonstrated to remove excess nitrogen. Widespread installation and use of these innovation alternative (IA) systems would improve water quality throughout Long Island’s East End. “Replacing traditional septic systems with those that reduce emissions of nitrogen into the environment will play a key role in eliminating threats to our ground and surface waters — the source of our drinking water and an important ecosystem that supports fishing and other recreation,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said. “The town and county programs are designed to make it easier for our residents to replace their antiquated systems.”

Suffolk County, through its Reclaim Our Water Septic Improvement Program, as well as both towns, have designed financial assistance programs to aid in replacement of old cesspools and septic systems. At the April meetings, representatives will discuss program eligibility requirements, implementation procedures, technical considerations, and estimated costs. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and speak with countyapproved IA septic vendors. “Many property owners are eligible to receive financial assistance from both the county and the town, allowing for the installation of an environmentally sound state-of-the art septic system at no cost,” Concerned Citizens of Montauk president Laura Tooman said. “We encourage anyone interested in these programs, whether in Montauk or elsewhere on the East End, to attend these sessions to learn about these important programs.”


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Sendlenski Reflects On 20 Years In Government He says maintaining the East End for future generations is paramount By T. E. McMorrow t.e@indyeastend.com After 20 years in government, including over 12 years combined in both the Southampton and East Hampton towns, Michael Sendlenski is stepping down as East Hampton Town attorney. He reflected on his career and touched on his future plans in a recent interview. In prosecuting those who violate a town’s code, the key for Sendlenski has always been compliance. “A town board, a planning board, spends so much time creating this town code. A two-volume set, eight inches thick. So much time and energy goes into making that, that getting compliance is a necessary part. Otherwise, it is all wasted,” he said. Sendlenski was born in Southampton Hospital. On the wall in his office in East Hampton Town Hall hangs an antique Harvard pennant. It was a gift from Dr. James Johnson, who delivered him in 1973. The late Dr. Johnson was a Harvard grad, and Sendlenski would be the first baby he had ever delivered to go on to attend his alma mater. Hence the gift. Growing up in Southampton, Sendlenski delivered furniture for Hildreth’s every summer from the time he was 12 until after his junior year at Harvard, when he decided to try something new and became an intern for a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature. That backbencher in the state House of Representatives, Paul Casey of Winchester, hired Sendlenski after he graduated as an aide. That same year, 1996, the then-speaker of the house resigned in disgrace, and Casey became

chairman of the Public Safety Board. At 23, Sendlenski was named Casey’s chief of staff. He spent about five years in that position, overseeing a staff that included three lawyers. Life in the Massachusetts House was a continuing education course for Sendlenski. “You learn what real politics is, and you learn what real policy thought is,” Sendlenski said. “There is a lot of policy that goes through there. They tend to be very forward thinking.” The concerns, he discovered, were similar to those of the East End of Long Island.

Up To Code Sendlenski discovered his love for law, and obtained his degree from Suffolk Law School in Boston. After a brief stint in a law firm in Riverhead, he became an assistant attorney for Southampton Town in 2006. He worked alongside another attorney, Elizabeth Vail, who had attended sixth grade with Sendlenski in Southampton. When Vail became the East Hampton Town attorney in 2013, Sendlenski followed, and wound up succeeding her when she departed to enter private practice. Under Vail and Sendlenski, the town attorney’s office began working closer than it had been with both code enforcement and the police. A key moment was when David Betts was brought in as the town’s public safety director. “I worked with Dave Betts when I was in Southampton. I was very happy when he came here, because he’s played an

Michael Sendlenski, who will soon leave his position as East Hampton Town attorney, stands in front of the antique Harvard University pennant given to him by the doctor who delivered him in Southampton Hospital. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

important part in coordinating those things,” Sendlenski said. “We have professionalized a lot of those things from where they were, in getting everyone trained properly. Before we got here, I don’t think code enforcement had done a search warrant in decades. We did do them and some of the things we found were truly troubling. Almost 20 people living in a basement. Almost 40 camp counselors living in a single house,” he recalled. The latter case involved the Hampton Country Day Camp, owned by Jay Jacobs, Nassau County’s Democratic chairman, who was recently named leader of the New York State Democratic Committee by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Both cases have been adjudicated, and both properties are now in full compliance with town code, Sendlenski said. He also points to the town’s battle with Cyril’s, a once popular restaurant and bar on Montauk Highway on Napeague. “It was a public safety nightmare, a true tragedy waiting to happen,” he said of the site. People flocked to Cyril’s, often walking on the shoulder or crossing the highway, where the speed limit is 55, to get there. The town took the restaurant to

court, and got 45 misdemeanor convictions, and a stipulated settlement for the site going forward. A new owner is opening Morty’s Oyster Stand at the same location this year, with a set of rules for what can and cannot be done on the site now in place.

Future Goals Sendlenski took the job with the town, after interviewing with then Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, as well as with current Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. In that interview, Sendlenski said, he quoted a line from Billy Joel’s song “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’”: “There ain’t no island left for islanders like me.” His goal, he said, is to pass down an environmentally healthy, vibrant East End to his children, and his children’s children. And, the traditions, as well. “People who know how to use a clam rake. People who know how it is to catch a striped bass on the beach. Who know what it’s like to walk through a farm field,” he said. “That is what drives me.” He was asked about a recent public hearing at which musicians and their followers showed up, en masse, at Town Hall to voice objections to a proposed Continued On Page 37.

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April 10, 2019

Census Citizenship Question Opposed Say Trump administration’s query may lead to inaccurate count By T. E. McMorrow t.e@indyeastend.com Four local politicians have signed onto an amicus brief being presented to the United States Supreme Court in an effort to stop President Donald Trump’s administration from adding a question at the end of the United States 2020 Decennial Census form. The inserted question asks whether the person being counted is a citizen of the United States. Last year, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the question, which hasn’t been asked on a census since 1950, would be put on the form. The Census Bureau is run out of the Commerce Department. Critics were quick to attack the insertion of the question, claiming that it was done to suppress the count of noncitizens who live in the United States, and thereby skew the count toward areas that

are lower in non-citizen populations. The four local politicians whose names appear on the copy of the brief obtained by The Independent are East Hampton Town Board Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and State Assemblyman Fred Thiele. Every 10 years, a counting of every single person living in America, no matter what their legal status in the country is, is required by the U.S. Constitution. Each census takes over a decade of planning. Even though Trump is now president, the 2020 census is at least partly, if not largely, the creation of the Barack Obama Commerce Department. By inserting the question, critics argue, the Trump administration is throwing a

wrench into the workings of what was already in place for the 2020 count. A memo from Ross, dated March 26, 2018, states that consideration for insertion of the citizenship question was presented to him by the Department of Justice, then headed by Jeff Sessions, on December 12, 2017. In the memo, Ross wrote that “neither the Census Bureau nor the concerned stakeholders could document that the response rate would in fact decline materially” if the question was added to the form. In an April 20 press release. BurkeGonzalez stated, “Yesterday, I proudly joined 190 bipartisan state and local elected officials and municipalities around the country in challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.” In January of this year, Justice Jesse Furman of the United States District Court in Manhattan found for the opponents of the question, ruling that, in adding it, Ross had violated numerous Federal rules. He also points out in his decision that the Justice Department even refused to meet with Census Bureau officials to find an alternative to placing the question on the form. The Justice Department requested from the Supreme Court, an expedited hearing on the issue, which the court

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East Hampton Town Councilwoman Kathee BurkeGonzalez is one of the local politicians who have signed an amicus brief for the Supreme Court as the justices weigh whether or not to strike a citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. Independent/ T. E. McMorrow

granted. The court will hear the case on April 23, with a decision expected by late June. The deadline for the Census Bureau to begin printing the census form is July 1. In her release, Burke-Gonzalez added, “Public testimony was uncontroverted in determining that the addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 census will lead to an inaccurate census count, with the population count being depressed among already hardto-count populations, including but not limited to households with noncitizens, immigrants and communities of color.” The impact, however, is even broadContinued On Page 24.

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Iditarod Veteran To Share Trail Tales Karen Land, dogsled racer, will speak at Hampton Library By Stephen J. Kotz sjkotz@indyeastend.com and found a job with a musher, helping to raise and train dogs for his team. She later returned to Montana, where she worked with another musher before she put together her own team and made her first Iditarod run in 2002. Riding a sled behind what’s called “a string” of 14 dogs, Land finished a respectable 49th out of 65 competitors that year, completing the approximately 1150mile course in just under 14 days. She returned with high hopes of improving her time in 2003, but her entire team of dogs came down with a stomach virus at the start of the race. “You are allowed one 24-hour break, and most people take it at the midpoint,” Land said. “I was super aware the dogs were not having a good time, so I took my 24-hour break after the first day, hoping they’d get over the flu bug.” When they

Karen Land and her team at the start of the 2004 Iditarod race. Independent/Courtesy Karen Land

failed to improve, she was forced to drop out of the race. She ran her third and final Iditarod the following year when she finished 56th among a field of 89 entrants, completing the event in about 12-and-a-half days. When she speaks in Bridgehampton, Land will bring along her sled and her dog, Noggin, a seven-year-old mixed

breed that looks more like one of the dogs up for adoption at ARF than the kind of dog — a Siberian husky, for instance — central casting would send over to play the role of lead sled dog. “The Alaskan husky is a mixed breed for long-distance running,” Land said. “They are true mutts in the best Continued On Page 37.

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One might think that with the arrival of April and its spring showers, the longdistance Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska would be far from most people’s minds. But on April 13, Karen Land, a threetime veteran of the famous Anchorageto-Nome race, hopes people will be thinking snow when she recounts her experiences on the trail in a family program starting at 1 PM at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. Land, who was born and raised in Indiana before attending the University of Montana, was introduced to the sport in the late 1990s when she took part in a post-graduate film program in Maine and made a documentary that followed a local musher through a series of regional races as he tried to qualify for the Iditarod. “By the end of that semester, I was hooked,” Land said. She moved to Alaska


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his board is not looking to “take money and run with it.” “We did have a large windfall after Sandy — over $1 million — which we used to help the town because it was in financial crisis,” he said. “We bought equipment we would normally ask you to buy in the maintenance department.” Trustee Scott Horowitz said his board is looking to maintain a stable fund balance and increase transparency. “We have to be very careful how we manage our finances, and at the same time maintaining infrastructure that’s important to everyone in the town,” Horowitz said. “And in case we get into some sort of litigation, we want to make sure that there’s a healthy fund balance there in addition, and a chunk of money set aside for those trustee roads.” Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Councilman John Bouvier agreed they’d like to see the trustees become even more of an independent body, although Schneiderman did not hesitate to voice some worries. “It’s been a concern if you lacked adequate funding and we’re not able to raise taxes that you might turn to increasing fees to make up the difference — and that would make it harder for our residents to access public places — or

sell off properties,” he said. “For the most part our interests align, but there will be times when they don’t.” With a potential agreement the trustees would have the ability to hire staff but would also be held to the two percent tax cap increase year over year as the town is. Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni said he appreciated what the trustees do, but said he was skeptical of giving them their own tax line. Trustee Bill Pell, who recently shied away from supporting the measure, agreed. “We may find out it’s too expensive to do it,” Pell said. While there was not a public hearing on the matter, Schneiderman let audience members comment during the April 2 meeting. One man echoed a sentiment shared by Trustee Ann Welker, who feared a situation similar to Brexit. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m not sure, in my own mind, that this is going to clarify a very complicated issue,” he said. “I just have a feeling this is going to complicate what has been working pretty well. Maybe not perfectly, but pretty well.” If the legislation passes and no agreement is reached the two bodies could be back in court, which is why Horowitz is looking to get ahead of a decision to help the trustees find stability without giving away their authority or breaching their fiduciary duty. “This is a golden opportunity for these two boards to do something on the right side of history,” Horowitz said. “This board has the keys to the economic engine of the entire town. We can do something great to protect and defend this for future generations. That’s all we’re asking to do in a stable, transparent fashion. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s uniquely set up this way and we want to work together with what makes sense for us today, and in the future.”

their final stages. The Macchio family, which owns the property, had agreed to sell, according to published reports. Opposition rose quickly. A petition with 2800 signatures was gathered, and on January 22, a huge crowd showed up to urge the East Hampton Town Board to put a hold on the project. “This is a really bad location for a substation and there is significant opposition,” said Shaun de Jesus, who lives near the potential site. He and his neighbor were in the forefront of the move to stop the filing to buy the site, which, he said, “was done behind closed doors without soliciting input from anyone.” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said, at his urging, PSEG-Long Island officials are recon-

sidering plans for a new substation on Industrial Road. “This is a positive step and a stark contrast to PSEG’s previous interactions with East Hampton Town,” Van Scoyoc said. “PSEG-Long Island’s direct engagement with the community about the need for a new substation, and potential locations, was well received and appreciated, and we look forward to further engagement to ensure that community concerns and standards are met.” The ultimate location of the substation, which PSEG has said is needed to meet growing energy demand, has not been determined, but the utility has pledged to continue working with town residents and officials to identify a viable site that will not have a negative impact on the community.

The Southampton Town Board and Board of Trustees discuss a separate tax line for the trustees. Independent/Desirée Keegan

Support For Southampton Trustees Boards come together at historic meeting to talk tax line By Desirée Keegan desiree@indyeastend.com The Southampton Town Board and the trustees have some homework to do to, but one thing is certain; the first separate budget for the trustees will come at no additional cost to taxpayers. After a first-of-its-kind meeting between the two boards April 2, it was decided a committee will be formed to hammer out the specifics, including a detailed cost analysis that will seek to determine any additional “hidden fees” that are currently covered by the town for such things as trustees’ office space, utilities, accounting, and attorney fees. Assistant Town Attorney Martha Reichert clarified questions on bonding, saying she confirmed the trustees will remain ineligible to float bonds on their own. Town Comptroller Len Marchese

said the trustees would have to rely on the town board for borrowing. “Regardless of the agreement the town has, the town is ultimately responsible. We’d be on the hook,” he said, stating he believes something should be written into an intermunicipal agreement to protect the town in the future. “In terms of bonding there could be some kind of trigger that would allow you to reject any for fiscal prudence because it doesn’t fit into your parameters,” he told the board. But because the trustee board is not a municipality nor bound by town law, board members agreed an intermunicipal agreement would not be appropriate and that a memorandum of understanding would be better. Trustee President Ed Warner said

No Decision On Substation PSEG backs off Flamingo Avenue proposal — for now By Rick Murphy rmurphy@indyeastend.com A concerted effort by Montauk residents opposed to a new PSEG substation to be built on elevated land on Flamingo Avenue seems to have paid off. PSEG originally wanted the new substation to be located on Shore Road near Fort Pond Bay, but neighbors complained it would be located in a flood

plain. PSEG and the town jointly nixed a suggestion the facility be built at the landfill. PSEG and LIPA announced last July they were acquiring four lots totaling 6.7 acres on Flamingo Avenue, and that they intended to locate the substation there. In fact, negotiations were in

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The Independent Wins At NYPA Indy takes home 21 awards at the 2018 Better Newspaper Contest

The Independent was honored with 21 awards at the New York Press Association 2018 Better Newspaper Contest Awards in Albany over the weekend. The Independent was up against more than 160 daily and weekly newspapers throughout New York State and over 2743 entries. The Independent was recognized with five first-place awards and was ranked third place in the Top Five Single Flag Newspapers and second place in the Top Five Newspapers for total editorial contest points. The Independent also picked up four second-place

awards, four third-place awards, and six honorable mentions. Prizes were awarded in the highest circulation division in the state. The Independent received an honorable mention for the most prestigious award in the design category: the Richard L. Stein Award for Overall Design Excellence. The judges noted, “The front page, arts and entertainment section, and features really popped out on this entry.” First-place editorial awards went to editors Jessica Mackin-Cipro and Bridget LeRoy, who took home the gold

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The Indy team at the New York Press Association 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. L to R: Marketing Director, Ty Wenzel; Director of Business Development/Branding, Amy Kalaczynski; Executive Editor and Associate Publisher, Jessica Mackin-Cipro; Staff Writer, Nicole Teitler; Staff Writer, Desirée Keegan; and Managing Editor, Bridget LeRoy. Independent/Michael Heller

for their overall work in Coverage of the Arts, and to staff writer T.E. McMorrow, who won first place for Best News Story, titled “Deportations Of Those Convicted Of Crimes Ramp Up.” The article included the stories of five East End men that Immigration and Customs Enforcement wanted to deport from the country. Included in The Independent’s first-place awards were the categories of cartoons and photography. First place for Best Editorial Cartoon went to author/illustrator Karen Fredericks for her weekly turn, “Is it Just Me?” First-place photography awards went to Michael Heller for Best Spot News Photo and to Peggy Spellman Hoey for Best Sports Action Photo. The award winner by Heller was of a fire in East Hampton and the award-winning photo by Spellman Hoey was of an ocean lifeguard tournament at Main Beach in East Hampton. Second-place awards include Best Large Space Ad and Best Online Dynamic Ad by Ty Wenzel; Best Obituaries by Bridget LeRoy and Jessica Mackin-Cipro (for articles on Joe Pintauro and on Gerson and Judith Lieber, respectively); and Picture Story by Ed Gifford. Third-place awards included Sports Action Photos by Gordon M. Grant; Spot News Coverage by Peggy Spellman Hoey; Art Photo by Ed Gifford; and Best House Ad/Ad Campaign by Ty Wenzel. Honorable mentions also included Best Public Service or Non-Profit Special Section; Picture Story by Justin Meinken; Feature Photos and Sports Feature Photos by Gordon M. Grant; and Spot News Photos by Ed Gifford.

Grossman Talks Sag Harbor’s Jewish History Photo by Justin Meinken Author and syndicated local news columnist Karl Grossman lectured on the history of Jews on the East End on Sunday, April 7 at John Jermain Memorial Library. A professor at SUNY Old Westbury, Grossman’s family settled in Sag Harbor more than a century ago despite “the anti-Semitism they faced in an area where the KKK was extremely active and Nazis marched at their Camp Siegfried in Yaphank in the 1930s.” Grossman also indicated that “historically 15 percent of the Sag Harbor population in the 1900s was Jewish.” Grossman’s lecture also touched on the various houses of worship on Long Island, including one of the oldest synagogues on Long Island, Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor.


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Moon” Hike for all ages on April 19 at 8 PM at the museum’s location in Bridgehampton. Jean Dodds, the secretary and treasurer of the Friends, will lead the leisurely-paced, hour-long hike, which will be followed by refreshments. Attendees meet at the SoFo parking lot. The program is free. The museum will also host “Birding with Joe Giunta — Early Spring Migration at Promised Land” for adults on April 20 at 8 AM. Giunta, a birding instructor for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, will lead the walk to see bluebirds, woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, and chickadees. Attendees will receive directions to the specific site upon registration. Call 631-537-9735.

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Rogers Memorial Library The Rogers Memorial Library and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will host “Healthcare on the East End: An Update” on Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 PM. Bob Chaloner, the hospital’s chief administrative officer, will talk about the hospital’s partnership with Stony Brook Medicine and the new benefits provided. A question-and-answer session will follow. The library will team up with the Southampton History Museum to offer the third lecture in the “American First Lady” series led by Marilyn Carminio on Wednesday, April 17, at 12 PM. Focusing on the first ladies Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump, the visual lecture will highlight the personal side of life in the White House

and the unique contributions from each of these five women. Register for both programs at myrml.org or by calling the library at 631283-0774.

SoFo Natural History Museum The South Fork Natural History Museum will present a “Search for the Singing Frogs — Spring Peepers: A Nighttime Montauk Exploration” for adults and teenagers on Saturday, April 13, at 7 PM in Montauk. Xylia Serafy, a SoFo environmental educator, will lead attendees in trying to find the elusive chorus of frogs. There is a Suffolk County Parks fee of $4 for all participants. SoFo and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will host a Full “Pink

The Southampton Chamber of Commerce will hold its golf outing at the Noyac Golf Club on May 15 from 11 AM to 6 PM. The event will start with an 11 AM lunch followed by a shotgun start-best ball/Calloway at noon. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet, and an awards ceremony will

Sick seal gets back on his flippers By Justin Meinken justin@indyeastend.com

The rescued harp seal, Pepper, was released back into the ocean on April 5 after he was nursed back to health by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. Independent/Justin Meinken

Lido Beach, suffering from dehydration. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation nursed the seal back to health before releasing it back to

finish the day. Tickets and packages range from $150 to $2000. Partial proceeds will go to benefit the Phillips Family Cancer Center at the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. For more information, visit southamptonchamber.com.

Easter Egg Hunt The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society will host an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 13, at 11 AM at the LVIS headquarters at 95 Main Street in East Hampton. Children need to bring their own baskets. Prizes will be awarded to those who find the golden egg. Peter Rabbit will be in town for photos.

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An enthusiastic crowd braved cold rain on Friday, April 5, at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays to cheer on the harp seal, Pepper, which had been found a month ago at

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the ocean. With the encouragement of the foundation’s assistants, Pepper slid down the beach and dove headfirst into the waves to return home.

Gershon Will Try Again Perry Gershon, who lost to Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin in 2018, has announced he will again challenge the three-term incumbent in 2020. Gershon made his announcement at a gathering of supporters at Painters’ Restaurant in Brookhaven on Saturday, April 6. “It doesn’t take an outsider to see the old ways, the divisive Lee Zeldin and Donald Trump ways, just aren’t working — not for Long Island families, not for America,” Gershon said in a release that was sent to supporters. Gershon of East Hampton is a businessman who started one of the first sports bars in New York before going into commercial real estate. He beat out a crowded field of five other candidates to win a Democratic primary in 2018. In the general election, Zeldin held his seat by a 52-48-percent margin. SJK

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JUST ASKING

By Karen Fredericks

After the Mueller report, what now? Jeff Millman We will just have to trust the electorate to understand what that report really told us when we go to the polls in 2020.

Political Storms It is no understatement to say the voters are restless. And we are not just talking about national politics and the yawning divide between Republicans and Democrats. Look no further than East Hampton Town, where incumbent Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc is feeling the heat from all sides despite the fact — or maybe because of it — that he is presiding over an all-Democratic town board. Van Scoyoc will face a primary challenge from former Democratic leader David Gruber, and should he get past that, he’ll meet Gruber all over again in the general election because Gruber has already won the Independence Party nomination and is rumored to be under consideration for the top spot on the Republican ticket as well. Meanwhile, in Southampton Town, incumbent Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor, who has often found himself at loggerheads with Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, has announced that he will mount a primary challenge for the Independence Party nomination for supervisor. But Gregor’s challenge is hardly Schneiderman’s only problem. Last week, a group of East Quogue residents marched into Town Hall and dropped a petition containing nearly 800 signatures of people who want to incorporate their hamlet into its own village. The group is unhappy for many reasons. One of those reasons is certainly linked to the town board’s decision to pull the plug on the Hills Planned Development District. When that happened, East Quogue lost out on a number of sweeteners the developers had offered as part of the deal that would have allowed them to build a golf course and more than 100 residential units. Instead, the developers have returned with both a $100 million lawsuit and a traditional subdivision plan that will be reviewed by the planning board instead of the town board and will not include any special community benefits. In general, though, members of the incorporation drive say they are just tired of being governed by outsiders who don’t seem to know what is important to or needed in their community, and they think they can do better themselves. Schneiderman will be required to weigh in on whether the petition is valid by early next month. If East Quogue is successful, don’t be surprised if similar incorporation drives take flight in Hampton Bays, Bridgehampton, or other parts of Southampton Town.

You’ve been so grumpy lately. Most people go through their terrible twos much earlier in life.

Patricia Hope I say let’s hang on for the Southern District of New York, the most powerful judicial body in the state, which has a lot of its own investigations going on. I believe Mueller moved many of the cases there because the federal government has no say over it and Trump can’t touch it. Kathryn Jones We’re still waiting for the full report to be released so we can understand the full implications of the report. But now the important thing is for the Democrats to be moving on. To find a new candidate and to focus on priority issues that really matter and will get people to the polls. I think it needs to be fully vetted. And when all the information is there people will make their own judgement when they go to the voting booth in the next election. Jeffrey Hoagland Clearly, there was no smoking gun in the Mueller report and the Democrats will try to milk everything out of that they can. But I think it's rather anticlimactic. I just don't think anything else is going to come of it.

Better late than never.

Is it just me? © Karen Fredericks

Karen was chosen Best Cartoonist by the New York Press Association in 2018. 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 DA: Hampton Bays Man Sexually Abused Boys Correction officer behind bars; had stash of weapons, kiddie porn By T. E. McMorrow t.e@indyeastend.com An Iraqi War veteran, who has worked for the past 24 years with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department as a correction officer at the county jail in Yaphank, is now behind bars, accused by District Attorney Tim Sini and Southampton Town police of being a predatory sex offender, who abused mentally and physically challenged boys he had adopted over the years. Robert Weis, 55, was charged with one count of “course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree.” If found guilty of that one charge, Weis could be sentenced to 25 years in state prison, Sini said during a press conference following Weis’s arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court Friday morning, April 5. The alleged victim is now an adult. The incidents of abuse, which included anal sex, were said to have occurred when the victim was between the ages seven and 16, according to the DA. The abuse ended around the year 2000. Sini said that the victim walked into police headquarters last month, and disclosed to detectives what had allegedly

happened to him. The DA said the victim had undergone therapy for an extended period of time, as he tried to cope with what had allegedly happened to him in his childhood. “It can take years for someone to overcome the trauma,” Sini said. In addition, Weis, a Hampton Bays resident, was charged with three felony counts of criminal possession of unregistered handguns. Police said they recovered a .45 caliber Colt, a .32 Calber Walther PPK, and a Luger-style 9 mm. In addition, another felony count was brought against Weis for alleged criminal possession of stolen property. He was charged with a misdemeanor charge of improper official conduct as well. Sini said that Weis was “in possession of stolen property from a Suffolk County correctional facility, including bullet-proof vests, handcuffs, EMT equipment, and other items.” A deeply disturbing find by police, Sini said, was that when they raided Weis’s house at 4 Sunset Street Wednesday, April 3, they found “36 long guns, and 50,000 rounds of ammunition.”

Suffolk County correction officer Robert Weis could face 25 years or more in state prison. Independent/ T. E. McMorrow

Weis is also facing a charge of child sex abuse out of Columbia, SC, that was first brought in 2016. Details of that case are unknown, other than the fact that it has not yet been adjudicated. Bail was set Friday for Weis by Southampton Town Justice Barbara Wilson at $1 million, with a $3 million bond alternative option. While he has only been charged with one sexual offense classified as a violent crime, police believe there are more victims. “Because of his history, including other allegations of sexual abuse, and the fact that he had access to so many vulnerable people, it certainly gives rise to concern that this victim might not be his only victim,” said Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki at the press conference.

The chief asked that anyone with knowledge of past crimes, especially the victims, contact detectives with his department, by calling 631-702-2230. All calls will be kept confidential. “If there is anyone out there who has been victimized by this defendant, please call us,” the chief said. One of the difficulties in bringing charges for crimes alleged to have occurred prior to 2000, Sini explained, is that the statute of limitations for many of the crimes they believe Weis committed may have run out. That is not true, however, with the charge that was brought this week, “course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree.” As with rape in the first degree, there is no statute of limitations for that charge. Continued On Page 37.

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Police Say Man Raped, Abused Two Teens Relative calls police after alleged attack on April 6 By T. E. McMorrow t.e@indyeastend.com

Bryan Ordonez-Albarracin, 23, of Springs was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Sunday morning on multiple rape and child sexual abuse charges. Three of the charges he is facing are rape in the first degree, a violent felony, each of which carries a mandatory sentence of five to 25 years in prison, if he is convicted. Police said Ordonez-Albarracin had been sexually abusing two teenaged girls for several years. He allegedly admitted to having had sexual contact with each of them, individually, over that time period. Ordonez-Albarracin is acquainted with the victims. Police

would not release any identifying details about the victims, which is standard in rape cases. According to the police, the most recent attack occurred Saturday, April 6, when Ordonez-Albarracin allegedly cornered and forced himself upon one of the women. The woman who was attacked confided about the alleged incident to a relative, who contacted police. Detectives interviewed the victim of the April 6 attack, according to a press release sent out early Sunday, April 7. They also reached out to the other victim before speaking with Ordonez-Albarracin, who was placed under arrest

Four Charged With DWI By East Hampton Cops Two arrested in Montauk, plus one each in Amagansett, Springs By T. E. McMorrow t.e@indyeastend.com

a little before 3 PM on Saturday and held overnight for arraignment. Besides three counts of rape in the first degree, he is also facing one count of rape in the second degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, all felonies, and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. Ordonez-Albarracin was represented at his arraignment by attorney Carl Irace. East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky said that the district attorney’s office had asked bail to be set at $100,000. Irace said that Ordonez-Albarracin is a graduate of East Hampton High School, and had gone to a local community college for a year before going to work as a mason in East Hampton. Irace asked for a lower bail amount, saying Ordonez-Albarracin would “benefit to be at liberty to fight these charges.” He also told the court that Ordonez-Albarracin has one prior arrest, that on a driving while intoxicated charge several years ago, which was reduced to a non-criminal charge in a plea deal, and would be hiring the same attorney from that case, John Kern. Tekulsky issued two orders of protection for the women, telling the There were four arrests on driving while intoxicated charges made by the East Hampton Town police this past week. All were charged as first-time offenders at the misdemeanor level. On Friday night, April 5, a Springs man, Pedro Quizhpi-Sanchez, 35, crashed a 2011 Hyundai into a tree on Royal Street in Amagansett, south of Town Lane, police said. Neither Quizhpi-Sanchez nor his passenger were injured. Failing sobriety tests, he was arrested and taken to headquarters, police said, where a breath test registered a .14 reading, over .08 of one percent alcohol content in the blood that defines intoxication. Besides DWI, Quizhpi-

Bryan Ordonez-Albarracin after his arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court Sunday morning. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

defendant that he must not have any contact with them, then set bail at $80,000, which was not immediately posted. Suffolk County deputy sheriffs picked Ordonez-Albarracin up and took him to county jail, where he remained as of Tuesday morning. If Ordonez-Albarracin remains in custody, the district attorney’s office will have until Friday, April 12, to obtain an indictment, or release him, under state law. He is due back in court on April 11. Sanchez was charged with driving without a license, a misdemeanor, and several moving violations. He was held overnight. During his arraignment, several friends and family were in the courtroom. East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky commented on the large turnout in support of Quizhpi-Sanchez, as he released him without bail, but not before saying, “I am suspending your non-existent driving privileges. You cannot drive.” Town police received a report of a 2015 Ford being driven erratically on Main Street in downtown Montauk the afternoon of April 2. An officer soon spotted the vehicle, which had reportedly Continued On Page 20.

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April 10, 2019

Cops: Springs Man Sexually Abused Child

of seven years in prison, Bacuilima is also facing a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Migliore asked that bail be set at $75,000. Matthew D’Amato, the attorney from Legal Aid Society representing Bacuilima, questioned the validity of the alleged confession, saying that there was no indication that a Spanish language translator had signed off on it. Baciulima speaks no English. Bacuilima has lived in the East Hampton area for the past 20 years. D’Amato asked for a lower bail amount, arguing that Bacuilima was not a flight risk. He said the defendant had turned himself into police voluntarily after they contacted him on Wednesday, April 3, and returned when he was allowed to leave headquarters to get lunch. He was placed under arrest that evening. In a press release announcing the arrest, police said that they were “contacted by school officials in January 2019, when the child disclosed the abuse to a teacher after seeing an educational video on when to report touching to an adult.” Justice Rana set bail at $50,000, and issued an order prohibiting

Arrested by East Hampton Town police, facing seven years in prison By T. E. McMorrow t.e@indyeastend.com

A former Springs resident was taken to county jail Thursday, April 4, after being arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on a felony charge of sexually abusing a child late last year. According to the East Hampton Town police, Juan Bacuilima, 56, who told the court through his attorney that he had just moved to Sag Harbor a week ago from his longtime residence in Springs, inappropriately touched a child. The child’s family was acquainted with Bacuilima. The identity and

further information about the child are being withheld, due to age. Assistant district attorney Rudy Migliore Jr. told Justice Lisa Rana that Bacuilima had confessed to police, telling them that he had placed his hand on the child’s crotch “for one or two minutes.” When he pulled his hand away, he asked the child if the child "liked it." The child said, "No," Migliore said. Besides the felony charge, which Migliore said carries a top sentence

Photo Of Robbery Suspect Released

Juan Bacuilima, shown here after being arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court April 4, is facing sexual abuse in the first-degree charge. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

Bacuilima from having any contact of any kind with the child. Bacuilima remained in custody as of Tuesday morning. He is due back in court on Thursday. operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. His vehicle was impounded. Also on March 29, at approximately 12:39 AM, Luis Ivan Uzhca Namina, 30, of Sag Harbor was charged with possessing a fake New York inspection sticker, a misdemeanor, while driving on County Road 39.

Caught on camera at Eastport gas station last month

Suspect Charged In Attempted Robbery

By Rick Murphy rmurphy@indyeastend.com

There have been a lot of gas station/ convenience stores robbed in the wee hours hereabouts over the last couple years. This week Suffolk County Police released a close-up taken from a video camera during the robbery of an Eastport gas station last month. Other robberies have been committed in the greater Riverhead area, Wading River, and the areas in between. At approximately 11:35 PM on Monday, March 11, a man brandishing a knife entered the Valero gas station on County Road 51 and demanded money from an employee, police said. The clerk hit a panic alarm and the man fled the scene with no money, according to a press release this week. Police said that the suspect ran north and entered a vehicle waiting near the intersection of County Road 51 and Eastport Manor Road. Police

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are asking anyone with information to contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police are offering cash reward of up to $5000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Southampton Village Southampton Village police report that Manuel Guamanriga, 57, of Hampton Bays, was arrested March 30 on Meeting House Lane and charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operations, a felony; felony DWI; and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. Police said they stopped Guamanriga, who was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Express van eastbound on Hill Street, for failing to maintain his lane of travel. He was held overnight for arraignment. On March 31, at approximately 1:43 AM, village police received a call from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital that

a stabbing victim had been bought in for treatment. Upon further investigation, police found that the victim had been allegedly slashed with a box cutter-style knife three times while at 75 Main. The victim was treated and released. John Alvarez, 31, of Medford was arrested on County Road 39 March 31 and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. Abraham Perez-Rojano, 39, of Hampton Bays, was arrested on Somerset Avenue on March 31 and charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. Fabian Bohr Boch, 47, was arrested on Rail Road Plaza on March 31 and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operations, a misdemeanor. Israel Reyes, 48, of Port Jefferson Station was arrested on County Road 39 on March 29 and charged with

A Riverhead shopper found himself in a life and death situation while shopping at Home Depot on Sunday, April 7. The unsuspecting shopper, whose identity was withheld by police, was walking in the parking lot when a man later identified as Able Tsang, 59, of Riverhead “rushed him,” police said. The disheveled attacker knocked him to the ground and, according to Riverhead Police brandished a knife. He demanded money. The victim was able to run, and got the alleged attacker’s license plate. Police responded, taking Tsang in on first-degree robbery charges. He was arraigned later that day. RM


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Armed Home Invasion In Springs East Hampton Town police ask for public’s help By T. E. McMorrow t.e@indyeastend.com

This house on Norfolk Street was the target of two armed burglars. Independent/ T. E. McMorrow

East Hampton Town police are asking for the public’s help in providing information about a home invasion that happened in Springs, in which two armed men tied up their victim, and demanded cash. “The two men, armed with hand-

guns, and wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, forced entry into the home through a locked basement door,” the police said in a press release. The burglary occurred the afternoon of April 4, just before 3 PM, at 13 Norfolk Street.

The resident, a 56-year-old man, had his hands bound behind his back by the intruders. The two ransacked the house, and fled with an unknown amount of “proceeds,” according to police.

The victim was able to free himself and call police. Captain Chris Anderson has asked that anyone with any information about the incident to call 631537-7575. He said all calls would be kept confidential.

Four DWI Charges

Police said Bello-Rosas failed sobriety tests and was arrested and taken to headquarters, where a breath test produced a blood alcohol percentage reading of .21, above the .18 mark that raises the charge to the aggravated level. He was freed the following morning after posting $500 bail.

Jorge Herrera, 51, was driving a 2004 Dodge on April 3, when an officer reportedly clocked him at 55 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone on Springs-Fireplace Road. The Southampton man, who registered a .08 on a breath test, was released the next morning without bail. Sara Ann Bielinski, 33, of Brook-

lyn was driving a 2005 Subaru north of Montauk Highway on South Delrey Road early April 5 without her lights on, police said. She was arrested after a traffic stop when she failed sobriety tests. She was released after her arraignment later that morning without having to post bail.

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come to a stop in the middle of South Eton Street, just north of the beach access point. Francisco Bello-Rosas, 32, of Passaic, NJ, was behind the wheel, police said, with an open container of alcohol.

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Kenneth Lipper. Independent/Courtesy Bay Street Theater

Ken Lipper: Taking On ‘City Hall’ Bay Street offers talkback to discuss politics and corruption By Bridget LeRoy bridget@indyeastend.com

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“City Hall” — a 1996 gritty political drama starring Al Pacino, John Cusack, Danny Aiello, and Bridget Fonda — will be part of the Friday Night Flicks series at Bay Street Theater on Friday, April 12, with a talkback by the film’s producer and co-writer, Kenneth Lipper. The movie seems to be experiencing a sort of rebirth, maybe in the wake of the present political climate. “It was just shown at the Aero,” an art cinema house in Santa Monica, CA, on March

27, “and there was a line half a block long,” Lipper recalled. “And from the questions afterwards, it was clear to me that the current audience understands it better and is more attentive to it than previous audiences. It’s clear now from what’s going in the government in Washington, and all these institutions, that people can relate. It is almost more relevant and current today than when it came out. Young people are keeping their eye on the government right

now, and that’s good. This movie is an intimate examination of government at any level.” Lipper, an East Hampton resident, knows a thing or two about politics and movies. There’s not enough room to go into his prominent career in the financial and political sectors, but here’s just a taste: grand poohbah at Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers, his own Lipper & Company, plus his adjunct professorship at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and lots of other esteemed titles and places of work. He was Deputy Mayor of New York City. He’s also won an Oscar. And written books. And was the technical consultant on the film “Wall Street” (in which he also appeared), and which he then turned into a successful novel of the same name. Roger Ebert’s description of the film when it was released was this: “‘City Hall’ begins with a street shooting not unlike those that happen so often in big cities. A detective and a gangster exchange bullets, and they’re both killed — along with

a six-year-old boy unlucky to be caught in the crossfire. Questions arise: Why was the cop at a one-on-one meeting with the nephew of a top Mafia boss? Why was there no backup? Whose bullet killed the kid? For New York Mayor John Pappas (Pacino) this is all in a day’s work, and he moves smoothly into action, accompanied by his idealistic young deputy mayor, Kevin Calhoun (Cusack). He visits the cop’s widow. He visits the boy’s father. He holds a press conference ('Be sure the Post gets the first question'). He promises an investigation. And he delivers — up to a point. The movie is about what that point is, and what lurks beyond it.” Lipper began writing the screenplay for “City Hall” from his home in East Hampton. “I wrote it over a threeyear period on weekends,” he said with a laugh. “One thing that the film focusses on is that government is a place. Just like Wall Street is a place, so is City Hall. It’s organized in a certain way. There are certain other institutions that orbit around it, that are symbiotic with it, and the people who inhabit it are shaped by it.” It’s interesting to talk to Lipper about the three films with which he’s been involved — “Wall Street,” the ultimate film about greed, then “City Hall,” which shows how power can corrupt even the most well-meaning politician, and his Oscar-winning documentary “The Last Days,” which focused on the final moments of World War II and the experiences of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors. It’s almost like Lipper started down a path to examine the dark side of ambition, and it just got darker. Where did this fascination with the abuse of power begin? “I worked in Wall Street for many, many years,” he said. “And then government. And it’s more about the dilemma of power than the abuse of power. The interesting point to me is why and how, and Continued On Page B9.

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Hampton Bays’ Padavan Talks ‘American Idol’ Contestant reflects on trip to Hollywood By Jessica Mackin-Cipro jessica@indyeastend.com

“Do rich ladies loaded up on wine try to hit on you?” asked country music star Luke Bryan during Hampton Bays resident Christiaan Padavan’s audition for “American Idol.” “That’s the Hamptons in a nutshell,” joked Padavan. The 19-year-old singer auditioned for judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Bryan, and was told “You’re going to Hollywood!” after performing a chilling rendition of Billy Joel’s “Vienna.” The singer made it to the top 98 in the competition before returning home. Indy caught up with Padavan to talk about the experience and what comes next.

Tell us about the process of auditioning for ‘American Idol.’ I’ve been auditioning for “American Idol” since I was eligible. It’s not like it seems on TV. There are pre-rounds with producers and executive producers who decide if you can audition in front of the celebrity judges. I’ve made it to the executives like, twice, before but never made it past them until this season. I initially auditioned down in Florida, getting a “maybe” from the executive producers who still had me sign all the paperwork and said they’d be in touch. Well, they didn’t lie. They got back to me, I auditioned in front of them again in Manhattan and they liked me enough to put me in front of the celebrity panel the next day!

Out of the judges, do you have a favorite? I’d definitely say Lionel Richie. He is so genuinely kind and you can tell he really wants to steer those on the right path in their career. Plus, his music career was kind of influential, I guess you can say (totally joking). This man co-wrote “We Are The World,” was signed by Motown Re-

cords, and he and I had a casual conversation about hanging with friends, except his friend was Smokey Robinson. It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to bump into him again down the road.

Why did you choose the song ‘Vienna’ by Billy Joel for your audition? I chose Vienna last second actually. I was going to be playing a song I cowrote with a friend and accompany myself but then, at the last second, I thought, “This might be a good one, being from Long Island and all, plus, maybe Billy Joel will even see it!” I wanted to represent where I’m from well, and all the musical talent that has come out of, and that is still, on Long Island. I’m still hoping Billy Joel sees it and reaches out to me.

Now that you’ve been through the experience, is there anything you would have changed or done different? Not at all! I wouldn’t change anything about my experience on “Idol.” I stayed true to myself from day one, and that’s all I wanted. I still wish they got to show my Hollywood Week solo performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and my group round performance of “Attention” by Charlie Puth, but that’s the entertainment business. I’m lucky I got shown off as much as I did with my initial audition, being that most auditions were never even aired.

Who are some of your musical inspirations? Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Michael Bublé, Queen, ELO, and the list never ends.

Christiaan Padavan’s audition for “American Idol. Independent/Courtesy Christiaan Padavan

You were the iHeartRadio Cold Brew Jams winner in 2018. Tell us a little about that experience. At the time, a couple of buds and I were going to Five Towns College in Dix Hills and we decided to sign up for the competition. The competition was basically writing your own Dunkin’ [Donuts] jingle to lyrics that were already provided. So, everyone that competed had the same lyrics but a different tune behind them. A few weeks later, our jingle made it into the top 10, where the public then voted us to the top three. The top three met up at iHeartMedia in Manhattan at the Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Lounge, where we all performed our jingle in front of an executive from RCA Records, Greg T the Frat Boy from Z100, and the previous 2017 competition winner. After all the groups went, we ended up winning the grand prize of $10,000 studio time at The Cabin Studio in the Manhattan Center. The Dunkin’ team must’ve liked us, because after that competition, we were invited to play for a Dunkin’ Rooftop Pool Party at Hotel Eventi in Manhattan, a Dunkin’

charity gala at The Edison Ballroom in Times Square, and play for the VIP launch party for their newest [partner], Saquon Barkley of the NY Giants. We now go under the band name Away For The Day when we’re together.

What are some of your favorite things to do or places to go in Hampton Bays? Favorite things to do in Hampton Bays — drive down Dune Road, go to the ocean, go out to get an egg sandwich at Katrinka’s Deli, and always see someone I know. And sing my gigs around town at 1 North Steakhouse, Cowfish, and Rumba.

Do you have any local performances planned for the future? On April 26, Away For The Day, the boys who won the “Cold Brew Jams” competition with me, and I will be making our Stephen Talkhouse debut in Amagansett at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available for $10 on www.stephentalkhouse.com.


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The show works in a linear fashion. Why did you plan it that way? The paintings create a loose narrative sequence when installed in this manner. The works are grouped in a way that allows for them to help give the viewer visual cues that inform or deepen the understanding.

You have an affinity for the past. What historical moments influence your work? I have always been drawn to somewhat darker themes and have a particular interest in historical painting. Goya’s “Disasters of War” series was extremely influential to my work in the beginning. This notion of art having a function that is greater than just aesthetic enjoyment really connected with me. This is what lead me to investigate similar events in contemporary America. For instance: 9/11, the Iraq/Afghanistan War, mass shootings, and the rise of hate groups.

‘Threshold’ Tells Artistic Timeline Nazzaro’s panels take inspirational cues from the past By Nicole Teitler nicole@indyeastend.com

Halsey McKay Gallery welcomes Augustus Nazzaro with “Threshold,” on view now through April 28 in East Hampton. Nazzaro obtained his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and he has exhibited worldwide with shows in Moscow, London, Tokyo, and more. Now the East Islip native returns for his second solo exhibit with Halsey McKay. Through the use of acrylic paint on wooden panels, Nazzaro’s panoramic installation portrays a story through time. Though the works were created between 2015 and now, they act as cues to the past. Rather than each being seen as a singular image, Nazzaro intentionally guides viewers

over a timeline, where each work builds on the other.

What is your artistic process? I begin with selecting imagery to paint, either from photographs I personally take or from online media sources. Several of my paintings utilize imagery taken from videos by anonymous users, then I create image captures or stills from them and then manipulate further by cropping, enlarging, adjusting exposure and contrast. These images act as a starting point from which I build the paintings surface up in a traditional manner by

adding paint to the surface. I allow the subject and personal feelings regarding the content of the image to inform the way I choose to carry out the work. I then systematically remove the paint from the panel’s surface by sanding off the successive layers, digging backwards into the history of the painting and removing the presence of the “hand.”

What current events influence your work?

What’s your connection to the East End and Halsey McKay?

Your work is very monotoned. Do you intentionally leave out vibrant color?

I was born and raised on Long Island, so in a way, it’s very familiar to me and I have a connection to the culture. It’s also a place I frequently visit the older generation of artists who established themselves there long before the hub that it is today. I first met Ryan Wallace from Halsey McKay through an art collector. I was aware of the gallery and its quickly growing reputation and we began to have a dialogue over the years that has culminated in two solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions.

Why the title ‘Threshold’? I push my paintings to their limit visually by subjecting them to an intense

History repeats itself and there is so much to be learned from the past. It fascinates me the parallels between history and current events and sadly how little changes. I like to mine this area where the paintings I create today could, in a sense, be timeless.

Yes, absolutely. Color is the first thing I strip from the works. It puts all of the paintings on an even field. It also carries its own significance, exhuming the loaded visual aesthetic of printed newspaper, historical photographs, or degraded Xeroxed imagery; mediums often used to deliver important information.

What upcoming projects are you working on? I plan to further the body of work that is being exhibited in “Threshold.” Halsey McKay Gallery is located at 79 Newtown Lane in East Hampton.


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Colorful Talk At Parrish Art Museum David Scott Kastan discusses his new book By Nicole Teitler nicole@indyeastend.com “Color is ubiquitous, and therefore we don’t really think about it. We are surrounded by color every day, but we don’t know much about it from a psychological or sociological point of view,” said Terrie Sultan, Parrish Art Museum Director. The director will field a discussion between “On Color” co-author David Scott Kastan and painter Byron Kim on Friday, April 12, from 6 to 8 PM. The conversation will come at the topic of color from two perspectives, an artistic and a scholarly one. Kastan is a professor of English at Yale University. He co-authored “On Color” with Stephen Farthing, an English painter. The two met in Amagansett. Farthing invited Kastan to write something about his paintings for the catalog of an exhibit he was participat-

ing in at the Royal Academy in London. “We loved talking about color, but he talked about it as a painter, and I talked about it as a scholar. It made for good conversation — and we thought it would make for a good book,” said Kastan. Kastan grew up in Arizona and was influenced by the vivid landscape. He even briefly thought about becoming a painter, but said, “I suppose the book was prompted by the paintings that I couldn’t get onto a canvas.” Each chapter in “On Color,” 10 in all, is uniquely devoted to in-depth perspectives — cultural, anthropological, scientific — on 10 individual colors. The author will sign copies of his book after the talk. Painter Byron Kim will join in the conversation at the museum on Friday, exploring color from a socio-political “Skyspace Piz Uter,” courtesy James Turrell. Independent/Forian Holzherr

perspective, which can be seen in his work “Synecdoche.” Sultan described it as “a grid of 400 monochromatic paintings, each recreating the skin color of someone whom Kim knows.” Kastan is already considering writing “On Color 2.0,” since this book has made him more attentive to the colors in his daily life, including those of the ocean and light, that contribute to what makes the East End so breathtaking to him. He also is interested in teaching a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary course on color. “Color is an endlessly surprising and enigmatic aspect of our world,

though it seems inescapable and so literally obvious. The colors we see aren’t really ‘out there.’ We make color, processing electromagnetic waves — and just as interestingly, color makes us. Think about how we color code almost everything: race, politics (red states and blue states), social class (blue bloods and rednecks), and emotions (tickled pink and green with envy). Colors are the visible metaphors of our cultural imagination,” Kastan concluded. Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Visit www.parrishart.org.

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We’ve all heard the George Carlin bit about the differences between baseball and football, how the former is a gentlemen’s game.

RICK’S SPACE By Rick Murphy

Screw Balls Playing the game of baseball and life rmurphy@indyeastend.com

My esteemed friend Russell Drumm used to say “All stories are fish stories,” and I knew exactly what he meant. To me, life is a game of baseball, not of course literally, but more so than non-believers could ever imagine. And so, it is with a profound sense of ceremony, I usher the 2019 season in, despite the fact that winter hasn’t had nearly enough time to make a proper exit. The phenomena of rushing the season has been with us for a while, particularly here on the East End, where Super Summer Season promises celebs, cutting-edge cuisine and fashion, and transgender gender benders, all of which are already inundating the newspaper with updates. It used to be we’d jump from Presidents Day right to Easter week with all the gusto that comes with a righteous holiday — and an excuse to shop. PR machines would pepper us with story ideas from merchants, tired of the winter malaise, who looked for an angle to kick-start the season. Lately, though, excepting a Kmart Easter Bunny basket, there really isn’t a hell of a lot to sell around here. “Hey, Jesus died today. Wanna grab something to eat?” people say on Good Friday evening. Oh, we’ll do Mothers Day — flowers, candy, and those corny cards — and give a couple weeks to promoting Fathers Day, which thanks to baseball, used to be a traditional feel-good Andy Griffith/Opie holiday, but is being bastardized by the Super Hero football gods. I used to get my dad a card featuring an innocent 10-year old with a baseball mitt posing. “Thanks for

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teaching me . . .” it read. Nowadays the same card opens up to wild-eyed kids, buxom babes, with a half-dozen bottles of booze. “Thanks’ for TEACHING ME HOW TO PARTAY DAD!!!” That’s the lasting influence of professional football on the typical American male. We’ve all heard the George Carlin bit about the differences between baseball and football, how the former is a gentlemen’s game. Baseball players sacrifice and bunt, while football players throw bombs and unleash missiles. These are euphemisms that help us learn life is a team sport. Ask anyone who’s ever been in a foxhole, and he will tell you the war is fought not for some noble cause crafted by crooked politicians, but because the men and women in uniform feel an obligation to the guy on either side. You fight because you are part of the team, and even the weakest link is a link nonetheless. Which brings me, of course, to Florida. Last week in Albany, I had my annual high-stakes Rotisserie Baseball Draft, our 31st, started by young executives out of Syracuse University those many years ago. They rose through the ranks to hold prominent jobs in state government, and dutifully retired. Now three spend the offseason in Florida, and a fourth is on his way. For the first time, owners were allowed to attend via a videoconference. We commandeered a state office building but it wasn’t the same: trash talking a computer is no fun. As it turned out, the guys moved to Florida because their wives want out of the gray, frigid Albany winters they

endured for 30 years. I suspect it is that way out here as well: I know Karen, my wife, has just about had it with the miserable winter weather and my dog Coco, a rescue out of the Carolinas via Texas, shivers at the thought. But I’m the one playing on the team. I’m in the starting lineup. I get my share of hits. David Halberstam writes about a veteran reporter, I believe for the Daily News, who covered the Yankees for 40 years. He never missed a day, no matter what calamity befell him. I’m paraphrasing, but he told the writer, “I feel so lucky being able to cover baseball for a living that I don’t ever want to give anybody else a chance to replace me. What if they are better than me?” The answer to that question is the

colostomy bags, sun rooms, all you can eat Italian-style meat dinners at 4:30 and video conferencing. The answer is Florida followed by death. OK, I’ll admit that occasionally I’ll walk out the door in February and get hit by that wave of frigid air. It will occur to me I could cash out my chips and buy a ticket to the Sunshine State. Would I survive? Of course. But would I be in the game? I want a little more out of it than that. I wanna be a star. Rick Murphy is a six-time winner of the New York Press Association Best Column Award and holds first prize finishes in the Suburban Newspaper of America and the National Newspaper Association. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee.


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Gallery Events By Jessica Mackin-Cipro jessica@indyeastend.com

Art Groove 2019 The ninth annual “Art Groove 2019” will be held this weekend at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. The opening reception is Saturday, April 13, from 6 to 11 PM. The show is a collective of 21 contemporary artists including works on paper by world-renowned sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp. Art Groove intermixes musical, performance, and visual art. There will be live music by The King Bees at the opening followed by a dance party featuring DJ G-Funk. Artists include Beth Barry, Laura Benjamin, Barbara Bilotta, Rosalind Brenner, Michael Cardacino, Nadine Daskaloff, Paul Dempsey, David Geiser, Pearl Golden, Phyllis Hammond, Joan Kraisky, Frank Latorre, Geralyne Lewandowski, Michael McDowell, Jim McGarvey, Joyce Raimondo, Sarah Turnbull Jaffe, Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Charles Waller, Josephine Wojtusiak, and Mark Zimmerman. On Sunday, April 14, will be The “Heart” of Art Groove from 3 to 6 PM. Join for an afternoon tea dance and sale to benefit the Ellen Hermanson Foundation. For more info, visit www. artgroove.info.

Believe The RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton presents its 10th annual Hamptons Juried Art Show, “Believe,” to benefit The Retreat. The show will open on Saturday, April 13, with a reception at 6 PM. Twenty-three pieces were selected for the curated collection. The Retreat’s mission is to end the cycle of domestic violence and to empower survivors. The foundation, a safe haven for families in crisis on the East End, receives 100 percent of entry fees and 50 per-

cent of show sales. The exhibit will run through April 26.

On The Grid VSOP Projects in Greenport presents “On The Grid: Contemporary Explorations,” curated by Scott Bluedorn. The show opens on Saturday, April 13, with a reception from 6 to 8 PM. The show includes artists Rossa Cole, Sabra Moon Eliot, Robert Otto Epstein, Colin Goldberg, John Messinger, Patience Pollock, Bastienne Schmidt, Christine Sciulli, Drew Shiflett, Mike Solomon, and Daniel Sullivan. The exhibit runs through May 19.

Broad Impressions Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “Broad Impressions.” The show runs Saturday, April 13, through May 12. There will be an opening reception on Saturday from 3:30 to 5 PM. Artists include Amy Florence, Kelly Carmody, Tina Orsolic Dalessio, Melissa Franklin Sanchez, and Maryann Lucas.

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The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead presents “When Women Wore Whales: The Story of How Whalebone Shaped 19th-Century Fashion.” Through a display of 19thCentury photographs, fashion magazine plates, whaling tools, corsets, parasols, and exquisite dresses showing the changes in fashion from 1820 to 1920, this special exhibit explores the role the American whaling industry played in the world of 19th-Century fashion. The show is curated by Richard Doctorow. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 13, at 1 PM in the Weathervane Gallery.

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The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue is opening its 2019 season with an exhibition of more than 85 original watercolor paintings depicting north fork wildlife by students in eighth grade from Mattituck Junior Senior High School, under the direction of art teacher, Dina Rose. From 1 to 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 13, there will be a presentation by Rose and art student Alex Koch followed by a reception with light refreshments and musical entertainment by George Corky Maul. Visit www.oldtownartsguild.org. Also on Saturday, April 13, a children’s watercolor workshop with Melissa Hyatt will be held for second through fifth graders from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. A donation of $10 each can be made and materials are included. Register with Lee Harned by emailing leearthar@yahoo.com.

Grids And Touch Folioeast presents “Grids and Touch,” curated by Bastienne Schmidt. The show is on view through April 30 at Malia Mills in East Hampton. Artists include Louise Eastman, Sabra Moon Elliot, Philippe Cheng, Saskia Friedrich, Bastienne Schmidt, and Almond Zigmund. Visit www.folioeast.com.

Of Seascapes And Horses East Hampton resident and acclaimed

photographer Bob Tabor will be having his first solo exhibition, “Splash Pictures and Seascapes,” all shot in the Hamptons, at BlackBook presents in DUMBO next week. Collected by well-known celebrities, influential interior designers, and private collectors worldwide, Tabor will be showing a selection of his equestrian pictures as well. Additionally, the artist will be signing copies of his new book, “ SPLASH.”  The exhibition will run through the first week of May. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 9 PM at the gallery on 20 John Street, Brooklyn.   For more info, visit www.blackbookpresents.com or www.bobtaborimages.com.

Zen & Art The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton presents “Zen & The Art Of Women.” Artists include Joanne Handler, Nella Lush, Oz Van Rosen, and Adele Venter. The show runs through April 21.

Augustus Nazzaro The Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton present Augustus Nazzaro’s “Threshold.” The show runs through April 28. See www. halseymckay.com.


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READING OUR REGION By Joan Baum

Two Crime Novels From The Permanent Press Sag Harbor tomes offer mysterious, thrilling tales In “Scuffletown,” Howard Owen’s new offering in his Willie Black murder mystery series, the intrepid, cynical, sardonic protagonist newspaper reporter from Richmond, VA is out to exonerate a good friend accused of murder. Willie, who’s part African American from Oregon Hill — “an alabaster ghetto of intolerance” — and a full pain in the butt to local cops and baddies, is 57 now, but he hasn’t lost it. He’s on his fourth wife and has kind of adjusted to working the night beat on his “beleaguered” local newspaper, a job beneath him, of course, as the inexperienced young suit who owns the paper and Willie’s admiring colleagues well know, but it’s a job he does well, especially when he’s told not to involve himself in an investigation but does so anyway, upholding standards of journalism and justice. Though the plot of “Scuffletown” seems a bit obvious, one of the book’s main attractions, as is usually true of a Howard Owen tale, is setting. The reader learns about a part of the country most people know little if anything about. Scuffletown is real, a part of the “Fan” district of Richmond (so named because of geographical design). As the book opens a crime has occurred in Scuffletown Park — lots of blood, though no one’s reported hearing gun-

shots. Odd, muses Willie: “Here in Richmond, we prefer to shoot each other. Knifing is just too damn personal.” It turns out that Willie’s roommate Abe Custalow, part Indian, has been photographed at the crime scene. It also turns out that Abe refuses to discuss why he was there, clamming up to Willie, the cops and his moneymad black lawyer who, despite comical hustling, will do the right thing. All of which brings up the other element of fiction for which Owen is noted: the creation of a cast of engaging diverse characters. In “Scuffletown,” many make return engagements from previous novels. These include Willie’s mother, Peggy, a self-medicating marijuana addict; Willie’s daughter Andy, Abe Custalow; Awesome Dude, a reclaimed homeless man who lives with Peggy; and a host of newsroom folks, local police, lawyers, and a former wife or two. Arguably, too many characters (and their stories) crowd onstage for a plot that extends only two weeks. Still “Scuffletown’s” a hoot, a fast and entertaining read and an affectionate elegiac tribute to print journalism.

Westfarrow Island Paul A. Barra notes that the titular setting of his thriller “Westfarrow Island”

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off the coast of Maine is not real, but “could be,” as could be The Clemson Project, the black ops CIA-type machinations at the center of big guy Anthony Tagliabue’s adventures, which the reader learns about as the plot gets under way. At first, though, the narrative focuses on a dead body that turns up on Anthony’s old work boat. Anthony appears to make a living as a fisherman, but he has another source of income which he reluctantly admits to his fiancée Agnes Ann. It involves commissions — assassinations and spy work — for a secret agency of the U.S. government. Barra continually surprises the reader with new directions in his multilayered tale, one of which involves the racing of Francine, a spirited twoyear-old filly Agnes Ann managed to wheedle out of her nasty ex-husband, a lawyer for The Mob. Will he try for vengeance? How will and how well will Barra connect the racing subplot, Tony and Agnes Ann’s romance, the investigation into the murder of Anthony’s old fishing buddy and new assignments from his black-ops handler?

The author, a former naval officer and a newspaper reporter, writes of what he knows, which amounts to an impressive amount of lore about boats, fishing, navigation, the backwoods of Maine, as well as guns, horse grooming, and racing, especially in Saratoga Springs, and the Mafia. An epigraph, two beautiful lines from a Robert Browning lyric, signal a writer who cares about language, and indeed Barra demonstrates that in an opening sentence rich in metaphor: “People who drifted in a certain stratum of Bath society knew the sailorman named Joshua White, a man whose face was gullied by salt air, coarsened and darkened by sun, and whose life was a solitary pursuit.” Other literary touches evidence a writer who risks structural innovation — the tale is told mainly from an omniscient third-person point of view but occasional chapters in the first person by Agnes Ann soften the view of the big guy. If the resolution to the several narrative strands seems a falling off, evocation of place nicely compensates, and there is sufficient suspense to keep reading.


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Hollywood Glam Comes To Riverhead Costume exhibit at Tanger showcases classic film faves By Gianna Volpe gianna@indyeastend.com The East End is filled with hidden gems and unexpected surprises, like the free exhibit that can be discovered at Riverhead’s Tanger Outlet Center. It boasts a museum quality collection of costumes worn by Hollywood stars throughout the 20th Century. From Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white, billowing halter-top number from 1955’s “The Seven Year Itch” to the eye-popping leather corset sported

by Raquel Welch as “Priestess of The Whip” in 1969’s “The Magic Christian” — not to mention Fred Astaire’s suit from 1948’s “Easter Parade” — there is an outfit to impress anyone from the most serious cinephile to the most casual moviegoer at Tanger II’s Suite 1003, in what is titled “Gene London’s Golden Age of Hollywood Exhibit.” London, whose obsession with acquiring, and ultimately preserving,

some of the most memorable pieces from Hollywood’s Golden Age began with his receipt of a cocktail dress from Joan Crawford. The nearly 50 outfits on display in Riverhead represent just a fraction of the 60,000-plus pieces in London’s possession. Lesley Anthony, the outlet mall’s general manager, connected with the costume preservationist at a Texas art museum and arranged for the pieces to be displayed at the Riverhead shopping center. “Probably my favorite — and for the majority of the people who come in — is Audrey Hepburn’s white dress with the black-and-white bow from ‘My Fair Lady,’ and the Scarlett O’Hara dresses from ‘Gone with the Wind,’” said Anthony. Those famed works — designed by legends Cecil Beaton and Walter Plunkett, respectively — were featured decades ago in a wildly successful costume exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where lines stretched

down the block. “This is just a little tiny glimpse of his collection and such a wonderful opportunity to grow it and maybe next time have an even bigger show,” said Anthony, who then hinted at what might be next at Tanger’s newly minted art space. “He has another exhibit of Louis Vuitton glass cases that show the changing style of women’s fashions over time, which I think would be a great fit for us.” The show not only had a popular grand opening with more than 1000 people filling the suite next door to Vera Bradley, but Anthony said what she is loving most is surprising daily shoppers who seem to have no idea what to expect when it’s suggested that they check out the show. “I love to see peoples’ faces — just to see their expressions change when they come to see the exhibit. They’re in awe of it,” said the general manager. “It’s just a really special exhibit.” Dresses by costume designers such as Adrian, Arlington Valles, Edith Head, Howard Greer, and many more can currently be found at Tanger, as can work by the master costume collector himself, Gene London. A sparkling cocktail dress worn by Mira Sorvino in HBO’s mid-’90s Marilyn Monroe biopic “Norma Jean & Marilyn” (as part of the “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” scene) can be found swirling in the exhibit’s back corner beside Richard Chamberlain’s sky-blue coat and cravat from 1976’s “The Slipper and the Rose: A Story of Cinderella.” Those curious to know more about the costumes can ask London directly. He will be present in the exhibit space on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, as well as April 27 and 28. He will interact with guests, in addition to making presentations at noon and 4 PM each day. The exhibit is on display through April 28 from noon to 7 PM. For more information, visit www. tangeroutlet.com.

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KISS & TELL By Heather Buchanan

Life Lessons In Plumbing Supply Showrooms Don’t get caught up in the details

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I asked and he pointed to the box with a barely decipherable visual description. When I got home, my first hurdle was to get the old seat off. I had my handy tool kit, which, readers may remember, does have floral handled screwdrivers. I got one side off, but almost gave up on the second side. I just wasn’t strong enough. Come on girl, I coached myself, all those chaturangas in yoga must have given you some muscle strength. And with a big grunt, I got it to move. While the new seat was not configured in exactly the same way, it would still fit. When I had finished with only a

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As happens in life, when something breaks, it breaks at the worst possible time. In my case, it was the toilet seat cover right before guests were coming. I thought about trying to duct tape it, but visions of someone in the middle of the night having the contraption fall apart and fall on the floor made me move on. I could call a plumber but there wasn’t any time and besides, I am a capable adult woman who can YouTube video instructions on just about anything, toilet seats included. And by the way, the drunken women trying to swing toilet seat covers like hula-hoops around their necks in ladies’ rooms should be a cautionary tale to everyone. I started online trying to match the picture of my toilet to ones on the internet to discover the model. This is the plumbing version of consulting Audubon Birds of America to discover a bird species. Who knew there were so many seat variations? Slow closing, soft seat, nightlight, heated, ones that take voice commands. I set out to the local plumbing sup-

for what reasons, an individual gets corrupted. It’s really an exploration of why somebody abuses the power and responsibility they have. When do they decide it’s okay to cross a particular line? It’s about self-discipline in an environment that demands heavy performance and results every day, and has tremendous obstacles.” Take “City Hall,” for example. Lipper points out that it was the movie’s objective to show Pappas as “the most effective mayor in the city’s history. He’s like LaGuardia. He’s trying to make things work for the right reasons, to serve the public. In order to make a democracy run, or maybe any government run, what they have to learn is how to make this complicated organization move in their direction, and this mayor is very well-intentioned. Someone else may be powerhungry, or a kleptocrat, and just want to get the money out of it.” How did he prepare to write this screenplay (with a couple of other guys named Paul Schrader, Bo Goldman, and Nick Pileggi)? “I read Greek tragedies,” he said. “‘Antigone,’ ‘Julius Caesar,’ that are about the dilemma of power and unforeseeable circumstances.” “So, the whole dilemma in this

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ply — not the fancy showroom, but the parts warehouse in the back. I was definitely a fish out of water, for sure the only one buying plumbing parts in Lululemon. I reached the head of the line with my diagrams of measurements and model numbers, and also brought out my phone to show the clerk pictures, including of the specific attachment screws, to make sure I could find one that matched. I told him I was concerned about getting it right. He looked at me and, with a Brooklyn accent, said, “Don’t overthink it.” He found a simple round model for about $30, and although I was kind of into the nightlight option, I decided simple was better and said great. He sent me around back to the enormous warehouse to pick it up. A man on an amazing huge forklift that could go forward and backwards and side to side and up and down pleasantly greeted me to fetch my item. I told him I wanted to borrow his gig and drive it to the American Hotel. How he could zip around that cavernous space to find all the items was amazing to me. “This comes with instructions, right?”

ruined manicure as collateral damage, I felt an immense sense of pride. Then I wondered how is it that I don’t have faith in myself to figure out simple projects and think I need to call in an expert. The voice of my warehouse friend came back to me, “Don’t overthink it.” All too often, we do the same thing when trying to fix a toilet seat as a relationship or a work project or a family dynamic. We get caught in the details and the diagrams and fret about the way things are supposed to be and if we are doing it wrong. We need to sit back and relax and have faith in ourselves, “Don’t overthink it.”

movie is about black and white. The deputy mayor says, ‘There is only black and white,’ and the mayor responds, ‘We live in the gray.’ But the point is, if you are living in the gray, you are living in the black, not in the white,” added Lipper. Touching on his Holocaust survivor documentary, Lipper agreed that this is “also about power — supreme power, power of life and death, that comes when an evil government is in control and there is no system of objectivity other than the whim of whomever wields the power at that time. So, in a peculiar way, ‘The Last Days’ carries out the implicit scenes of ‘Wall Street’ and ‘City Hall,’ it tells you what happens when there is absolute corruption of power. When there is only black.” “City Hall,” Lipper says, incorporates the philosophy of menschkeit — the space between a handshake. “Menschkeit,” says Pacino’s character. “It’s about honor, caring. Untranslatable. That’s why it’s Yiddish.” And later: “I’m talking menschkeit, the stuff between men. You know, the there that’s there.” And there’s more. To hear about Lipper discuss it, and to see Pacino in what has been called one of his greatest roles, get tickets to the 8 PM event at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on April 12. Visit www.baystreet.org for more details.

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Indy Snaps Marders Soap Making Class Photo by Richard Lewin For anyone who has ever wondered how a bar of fragrant soap is made, Marders Landscaping and Garden Shop in Bridgehampton was the place to be on Saturday, April 6. Herbalist, beekeeper, chicken farmer, and gardener Sarah Shepherd guided attendees through the process, from glycerin block to finished bar.

Pink Pearl Gala Photos by Gianna Volpe The North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s fifth annual Pink Pearl Gala, which honored Lucia’s Angels, was held Friday night, April 5, at East Wind Long Island in Wading River. Roughly 220 guests from the East End and beyond were on hand to raise money for the local organizations, which in turn provide emotional, social, and financial support to local breast and gynecological cancer patients. Lucia’s Angels also provides support to those dealing with late-stage cancer and, in some cases, the families of those who die as a result of their diagnoses. Metastatic — or recurring — cancer was a major topic of conversation at Friday night’s event with NFBHC gala chair Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski calling it the “big, pink elephant in the room.” The gala raised a record-breaking $60,000.


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Indy Snaps Zen & The Art Of Women Photos by Richard Lewin The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton hosted an opening for “Zen & The Art Of Women” on Saturday, April 6. Artists include Joanne Handler, Nella Lush, Oz Van Rosen, and Adele Venter. The show runs through April 21.

Slow Food’s A Moveable Feast Photos by Richard Lewin On Sunday, April 7, local farmers, student gardeners, restaurateurs, and caterers gathered at Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom in Sag Harbor for the ninth annual “A Moveable Feast” fundraiser. The event was held to benefit The Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End, and was put together by John Kowalenko and Cheryl Stair of Art of Eating.


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Entertainment Guide By Nicole Teitler nicole@indyeastend.com

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The Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents “Les Sylphides,” “Mendelara,” and the “Littlest Mermaid” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday, April 12, and Sunday, April 14. For tickets and times, visit www.guildhall.org.

New Moon Cafe in East Quogue presents open mic night every Thursday from 8 to 11 PM. Check out www.newmooncafeeq.com.

FILM Free Solo Southampton Arts Center screens the documentary “Free Solo” on Friday, April 12, at 7 PM. Visit www.southamptonartscenter.org.

Short Films The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett will have a special Talkhouse Short Film Night on Friday, April 12, beginning at 7 PM. See www.stephentalkhouse.com for a full calendar.

City Hall Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents Friday Night Flicks with a showing of “City Hall” on Friday, April 12, at 8 PM. For more info, log on to www.baystreet.org.

Neo-Political Cowgirls Guild Hall in East Hampton welcomes The Neo-Political Cowgirls with a “Second Dude’s Eye View” screening on Monday, April 15, at 6 PM. A talk will follow. Learn more at www.guildhall.org.

WORDS On Color The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will host author David Scott Kastan as he discusses his new book “On Color” on Friday, April 12, at 6 PM. The Talk & Book event will follow with a conversation with Kastan, Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan, and painter Byron Kim. See www.parrishart.org for details.

BookHampton Book Hampton in East Hampton welcomes Rocco Carriero, who will read from “Three Cords Approach To Life And Wealth Management For Business Owners” on Friday, April 12, at 4 PM. The bookstore will also host Storytime on Sunday, April 14, at 10:30 AM. Visitwww.bookhampton.com.

Suffolk Theater Suffolk Theater in Riverhead welcomes illusionist Rick Thomas on Friday, April 12, at 8 PM, Adrian Belew on Saturday, April 13, at 8 PM, and John Popper on Sunday, April 14, at 7:30 PM. For tickets, visit www.suffolktheater.com.

Jettykoon Townline BBQ in Sagaponack hosts live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM, with Jettykoon this Friday, April 12.

Dante Dante Mazzetti will perform at The Masonic Winter Music Series on Friday, April 12, at 8 PM, at the Masonic Temple in Sag Harbor. For more about this musician, visit www.dantemazzetti.com.

Courting The Jester East Hampton Library welcomes a musical tribute to Danny Kaye on Saturday, April 13, at 1 PM. For details, visit www.easthamptonlibrary.org.

Greenport Harbor Brewery The Bob Blatchley Trio will perform at its Peconic location on Friday, April 12, at 5:30 PM. Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks take the stage on Saturday, April 13, at 5 PM, and Zanti Misfits will perform on Sunday, April 14, at 3 PM. See www.greenportharborbrewing.com.

Stephen Talkhouse The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett welcomes Coverland on Friday, April 12, at 10 PM. On Saturday, April 13, dance along with the Bollywood Ball at 8 PM, followed by Cause And The Effects at 10 PM. Visit www.stephentalkhouse.com.

Shelter Island Friends of Music The Shelter Island Friends of Music series continues this Saturday, April 13, at 8 PM, with Peter Dugan on piano at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Visit www.shelterislandfriendsofmusic.org.

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents “Les Sylphides,” “Mendelara,” and the “Littlest Mermaid.”

A Star Is Born Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor brings to the stage a live concert tribute to “A Star Is Born” on Saturday, April 13, at 8 PM. See www.baystreet.org.

Jamesport Meeting House Pianist Magdalena Baczewska and violinist Muneko Otanin will perform at the Jamesport Meeting House on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 PM. For more information, visit www.jamesportmeetinghouse.org.

Suzi Shelton Suzi Shelton and friends will play on Sunday, April 14, at 12 PM at the First

Presbyterian Church Session House in East Hampton. For the skinny on Suzi, visit www.suzishelton.com.

BCMF The Bridgehampton Chamber of Music presents the Jerusalem Quartet on Sunday, April 14, at 5 PM at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. Learn more at www.bcmf.org.

Stires-Stark Alumni Recital Perlman Music Program welcomes the Stires-Stark Alumni Recital Series featuring violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton, on Sunday, April 14, at 2:30 PM at The Clark Arts Center on Shelter Island.

Savor Local Flavor For a Good Cause Taste Of Tuckahoe benefits school programming By Nicole Teitler nicole@indyeastend.com The highly anticipated spring benefit event, Taste of Tuckahoe, benefitting the Tuckahoe School, will be held on Friday, April 12, from 7 to 10 PM at 230 Elm in Southampton. The event, in its ninth year, raises funds that go toward enriching the educational programs, technology, the arts, literary, and beyond at the school. Taste of Tuckahoe is a foodie paradise. Participating local restaurants and businesses each highlight a signature dish of their choosing, allowing guests to savor local flavors all under one roof. More than 400 guests are expected to attend. Participating vendors this year include 230 Elm, 75 Main, Bake My Day, Centro Trattoria & Bar, DeJesus Deli & Taqueria, Edgewater Restaurant, The Golden Pear Cafe, Hampton Coffee Company, Hampton Farms, Katie Cakes & Confections, Krieg’s Bakery, La Hacienda, Melrose East, Montauk

Brewing Company, North Sea Tavern & Raw Bar, Paul’s Italian Restaurant, Saaz, Twin Fork Beer Co., Union Cantina, and Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Attendees can try their luck at both Chinese and silent auctions. Music will be provided by DJ Chris Cenzoprano, and there will also be a photo booth. For those eager to get a head start on the fun, a special VIP hour from 6 to 7 PM will include live music by Southampton native Liam Meaney. Meaney spent his post-high school years in Galway, Ireland where he sang on the streets to support himself. Now back on Long Island, he has showcased his talent at wineries, bars, restaurants, and charity events. His music is described as a blend of old-folk style with modern-day influences. Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door, and $75 for VIP tickets. Visit www.tasteoftuckahoe.com.


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Nightly Specials Buzz At Bell & Anchor Prix-fixes and Sunday Oyster Night grace waterfront outpost By Hannah Selinger

When I met my husband, he lived in a small house on Harry’s Lane in Sag Harbor, which is part of a 1960s-era waterfront community. The majority of the homes there have not been renovated. There is a year-round population that is small (though growing larger), that finds commiseration in the fact that almost no restaurants deliver

to this area of Noyac. Better find your favorite nearby haunt, and find it fast. That’s how I stumbled upon all that is good and great and amazing at Bell & Anchor, David Loewenberg’s waterfront outpost, a low-ceilinged, intimate space that is at once cozy and stunning (panoramic windows at the restaurant’s rear look out onto the Mill

Creek Marina, offering a particularly compelling sunset). There are a lot of great things to say about Bell & Anchor, which has held court in Sag Harbor since 2012, and most of them are food related. Consider the brilliance, in the Hamptons, of a pre-6:30 PM prixfixe menu on a weeknight or weekend (excepting holidays), a choice of two courses for $30, or three for $35. And what of Lobster Night on Wednesdays, an homage to crustaceans amplified by a choice of three lobster entrees, all of which are under $50? Choose between the lobster garganelli with corn, basil, and saffron cream; the steamed oneand-a-half-pound lobster with haricots verts and fingerling potatoes; or the butter-poached lobster tail with a whole filet mignon. Go ahead, I dare you! Choose! There is Bouillabaisse Night on

Thursdays ($35 for stew, along with an appetizer and dessert), and Pork Milanese Night on Tuesdays ($35 for the pork, an appetizer, and — you guessed it — dessert), both brilliant ways to get clientele in the door on slower evenings, especially during the offseason. But the best special the restaurant runs is on Sundays, and you probably already know about it. Sunday is Oyster Night. From my husband’s old rental on Harry’s Lane, I could walk down the road (treacherous blind curve notwithstanding) and be at the Bell & Anchor bar in five minutes flat. Before I had children, or the near-permanent exhaustion that accompanies having children, I was a regular fixture at that bar. The fact that it served great food was an added bonus. The fact that it served $1 oysters on Sundays? Well, that, dear friends, was a challenge. The oysters that Bell & Anchor proudly delivers on Sundays — every Sunday, irrespective of season or holiday weekend — are the small, robust, and saline Montauk pearls. They’re local. They’re briny without overpowering the palate. They pair perfectly with Champagne (for as long as I can remember, the restaurant has served the grower Champagne, Paul Laurent, by the glass for $16, which is, by Hamptons standards, actually free), but you don’t need Champagne to enjoy them. One night, my husband and I undertook a challenge. How many oysters could two hungry, bivalve-loving adults really eat, if put to the test? Could we break a restaurant record, and simultaneously avoid contracting Vibrio? The answer may surprise you. It surprised Loewenberg, who confirmed that we had, in fact, broken a restaurant record. We ate 96. I tell this story not as a cautionary tale, nor as a lead-by-example moment. I tell it because it’s a testament to the restaurant’s faith in humanity. Despite the gluttons at the bar, they kept on shucking. However miraculously, they did not run out of oysters. And a week later, we were welcomed back into the fold of the restaurant with open arms. It’s a special kind of place that makes you feel at home while still catering to the demands of an oysterslurping summer crowd. A special kind of place, indeed.


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Things Are Brewing! A look at what’s ahead in the North Fork beer scene By Nicole Teitler nicole@indyeastend.com

When it comes to “hoppenings,” the North Fork has its share of gold on tap. If you’re looking to kick the keg and raise a pint with some friends, we’ve got the skinny. Greenport Harbor Brewing Company is tapping into the season with some fresh releases at its Peconic location, located on 42155 Main Road. These include Tidal Vienna Lager, Otherside India Pale Ale, Harbor Pale Ale, Black Duck Porter, Velvet Sea New York Ale, Light Work Hoppy Anytime Ale, Little Park IPA, 1927 Pilsner, Rattle N Him India Pale Lager, Stonefruit Parfait IPA with Peach Apricot & Lactose, UnRested Imperial Stout, Kettle Cookies Brown Ale with Almonds, Maple Syrup & Milk Sugar, Far Out There 2019 Hopped Up IPA Series, and Naturally Juiced Unfiltered Pale Ale. Try any of those brews while listening to live music. The lineup reads Bob Blatchley Trio on Friday, April 12; Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks on Saturday, April 13; Zanti Misfits on Sunday, April 14; Local Motion and Quaddra Love on Saturday, April 20; and concluding the month of April

will be Route 48 on Saturday, April 27. Looking for something different? Every Thursday at 5:30 PM, join Slapshot Trivia. It’s free to play and teams of six or less can win a $50 gift card. Home to the Fresh Hop Festival each Fall, Jamesport Farm Brewery at 5873 Sound Avenue is proving to be the place to be. In addition to hosting Pints, Flights, & Trivia Nights every Friday at 6:30 PM, it’s welcoming back the Brewery Comedy Tour on Wednesday, April 17, for a barrel of laughs. Tasting room selections read Barn Swallow Brown, Brown Ale – American; Gentleman Joe, Porter – American; Hay Baler, Pale Ale –American; Le Lecha De Madre, Stout – Milk/Sweet; Penalty Box, IPA – American; Rows & Hoes, IPA –American; Prancing Pony, Fruit Beer; The Lightest Beer We Have, Lager – American Lager; Waves of Grain Amber, Red Ale – American Amber/Red; Weekend At Bernie’s, Blonde Ale. It also carries hard ciders such as American Pie, an herbed/spiced/ hopped taste; Not Far From the Tree, a sweet option; and Wild Thing, incor-

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porating other fruit flavors. Riverhead is where both the forks meet, and accommodates the dual communities with several brewery options to choose from. Moustache Brewing Company at 400 Hallett Avenue in Riverhead has on tap Everyman’s Porter; Blueberry + Ginger Tripel, a Belgian Tripel; Empower Indian Pale Ale – American ; Lawn, Lager – American Light; Scorpion Drawer IPA – Imperial/Double; Milk + Honey, Brown Ale – American; Procrastinator (pints only), Bock – Doppelbock; Nine Pin NY Dry Hopped Cider; and Nine Pin Signature Cider. Thursday, April 18, kick off the Moustache’s Fifth Birthday Weekend. Beginning at 7 PM that night Moustache is hosting “The Nature Talks: Quan-What? A Small, Forgotten Bay on Eastern Long Island.” The talks are co-produced by Christopher Paparo of Fish Guy Photos. Mattitaco will be serving some delicious tacos. Friday afternoon, April 19, Pizza Rita will pair good beer with wood-fired oven pizza. Head to North Fork Brewing

Company – yes, it’s in Riverhead at 24 East 2nd Street. There’s plenty to fill your pint glasses and growlers with. Sandpaper Handshake, Bock – Single/Traditional; Pierce the Ale, IPA – American; Hop Contagion, IPA –Imperial / Double; Run the Juice, IPA – New England; Sticky Bandit, IPA – New England; Iron Pier, Porter – American; Lack To the Bacto, Sour – Ale; Bill’s Hyper Local Forecast, Winter – Warmer; Hold Me Closer Tiny Lager, Pilsner – German; Between the Bourbon And We, Saison – Farmhouse Ale; Gaffer’s Hearth, Stout – Coffee. Sometimes it’s hard to choose just one brewery to try. Brew Crew Cycles takes you on a truly interactive experience to two or three breweries in downtown Riverhead. Having just launched on Friday, April 6, it’s a great way to leave the keys behind and change up the experience. Called “Long Island’s only party bike and beer experience,” you can find out more on www.brewcrewcycles.com. This is the first article in a series on local breweries. Stay tuned to future issues of The Independent for more.

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Navy Beach Opens Navy Beach in Montauk will reopen for its 10th season on Friday, April 26, at

5 PM. For opening weekend, the restaurant will be open for dinner Friday through Sunday and lunch on Saturday

and Sunday. The beachfront restaurant will kick off its season 10 events with the annual fundraiser for the Navy SEAL Foundation on June 22. In late July, the popular beach and boating destination will celebrate with a Riviera-themed anniversary weekend. The restaurant will also offer new retail collaborations including a signature print commissioned by local artist Alison Seiffer as well as a limited-edition scented candle with Brooklyn-based JOYA Studio.

This spring, the restaurant will also launch a new Montauk Scholarship program for graduating East Hampton High School Students. Navy Beach will award two graduating seniors with a $1000 scholarship per student toward their college education. For more information visit www. navybeach.com or call 631-668-6868.

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ebration of Passover, which begins on Friday, April 19. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, April 16, and can be made by calling 631-267-2411. A full menu is available online at www.hamptonsartofeating.com.

Fresno Fresno in East Hampton will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 21, beginning at 5:30 PM. Guests may enjoy $1 Montauk pearl oysters alongside a special prix fixe menu. Cost for the prix fixe menu is $30 for two courses or $35 for three courses. Call 631324-8700 or visit www.fresnorestaurant.com.

A Night Out With . . . Nick & Toni’s and The Golden Eagle Studio 144 in East Hampton are continuing the artist series, “A Night Out With . . . (Artist of the Evening).” Art workshops, beginning at 5:30 PM at The Golden Eagle are followed by dinner with the artist at Nick & Toni’s. Edwina Lucas will be the featured artist on Wednesday, April 17. The cost is $75 per person and includes the art workshop (with any supplies needed) and the specially priced dinner, including tax and tip. Reserve space online at www.goldeneagleart.com.

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Harbor Bistro Opens Harbor Bistro opens Thursday, April 11, for its 14th season on Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton. The restaurant will offer several new menu additions and will continue to offer a Sunset Happy Hour Menu between 5 and 7 PM, with $8 drinks and $10 shared bites.

Craft Beer Takeover Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett will host its third Craft Beer Takeover on Friday, April 12, from 9:30 PM on. The evening will feature limited premium selections from Grimm Ales, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Montauk Brewing Company, and The Alchemist Brewing Company’s limited Heady Topper. Each beer will be $6 a glass. The night will also feature complimentary craft food from Bostwick’s Clambake Catering, and live entertainment beginning at 10 PM. There will be no cover.

Silver Lining Diner The team behind Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton will open, and is moving to, the Silver Lining Diner in Southampton at the previous Princess Diner location. In a Facebook post the team said to “look for Chef Eric Miller’s upscale diner cuisine with a gorgeous new look.” They plan to open in early June.

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Guest-Worthy Recipe: Alison Attenborough Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Pie By Zachary Weiss

Who: Chef, food stylist, and author Alison Attenborough

in bite-sized pieces if you don’t want to skin and chop the fish. Super simple to poach and add to your sauce!”

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3 leeks 1/4 c butter 1/2 c dry white wine or dry vermouth 1 c frozen peas 2 Tbsp flour 2 c chicken stock 4 (three-ounce) fillets Wild Alaska Pollock, cut into one-inch chunks 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

Chef Attenborough’s GuestWorthy Recipe: Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Pie with puff pastry, leeks, and peas

Why? “This is perfect for guests as they can make the whole pie ahead of time and pop it in the oven an hour before dinner. Serving with a big salad is great because that can be ready too — just add dressing last minute. That way they can have a cocktail or two and be stress free! The beauty of Trident Wild Alaska Pollock Skillet Cuts is that they come

Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice the leeks in half the long way, and then slice into quarter-inch half-moons. Rinse the sliced leeks in cold water and drain to remove any silt. Melt two tablespoons butter in a sauté pan, and cook the

leeks over medium heat until they become soft and fragrant, about seven minutes. Add white wine and bring to boil to burn off the alcohol. Remove from heat, add the peas, and set aside. Melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter in a saucepan or skillet. Stir in the flour and cook for two to three minutes. Slowly whisk in the chicken stock, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about three minutes. Add the pea and leek mixture and Wild Alaska Pollock, and simmer for one minute. Spoon the mixture into a greased

eight-inch casserole dish. Remove the pastry from freezer and gently unfold onto a floured work surface just enough to smooth out creases. The pastry may take a minute or two to soften. Roll the pastry gently so that it is large enough to fit over dish with some overhang. Drape the puff pastry sheet over the filling and crimp the edges under the side of the dish to create a seal. Cut two or more vents in the center of the crust. Set the casserole dish on a baking sheet and cook on center rack for 25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.

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Sweet Charities

event will be donated to local scholarships, as well as Katy’s Kids @ CMEE (the Children’s Museum of the East End). Katy’s Kids provides a safe and healing environment for children, teens, and their families as they grieve the death of a parent, sibling, close family member, or friend. Katy’s Courage is a not-for-profit organization honoring Katy Stewart, an inspirational 12-year-old girl who died from a rare form of liver cancer. The organization is dedicated to supporting education, children’s bereavement counseling, and pediatric cancer research. On the day of the race, registration and check-ins will take place from 7 to 8:15 AM and the run will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Runners will start at 21 West Water Street, head north and make a right onto Main Street, make a right onto Glover Street, run through the Redwood section of the course and finish back on Water Street. Visit www.katyscourage.org.

travel destinations and gift baskets to restaurant gift certificates and spa treatments. Tickets are $35 per person, or $50 a couple. They can be purchased at the door or by contacting Hampton Lifeguard Association committee member Amy Forst at amy@forstconstruction. com. All proceeds will support the HLA. For more info, visit www.easthamptonoceanrescue.org.

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Hampton Lifeguard Association will host a summer kick-off benefit party on Saturday, April 13, from 7 to 11 PM at Harbor Bistro in Springs. The benefit will feature music by Josh Brussell, a cash bar, delicious food, and silent and Chinese auctions with items from

East End Disability Associates presents its gala on Friday, May 10, at The Muses in Southampton. The event begins at 6 PM. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and Chinese auctions, dinner and dancing. Visit www.eed-a. org for more info.

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The Parrish Art Museum presents its annual Spring Fling. Independent/Nick Baratta

Spring Fling The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling community celebration, fundraiser, and networking event will take place Saturday, April 13, from 7:30 to 11 PM at the museum in Water Mill. The event features music by DJ Twilo, a silent auction, photo booth, and open bar and hors d’oeuvres catered by Elegant Affairs. Spring Fling helps support the Parrish’s year-round educational

programs for children as well as adults. The 2019 co-chairs are Christine Curiale-Steinmuller, Maryanne Horwath, and Laura Wynne. Tickets are $225. Visit www.parrishart.org/SpringFling2019.

Katy’s Courage Katy’s Courage will host its ninth annual Katy’s Courage 5K in Sag Harbor on Saturday, April 13. Proceeds from this year’s

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East Hampton Sports Camp @ Sportime

631-267-CAMP (2267) www.sportimeny.com/ehsc 320 Abrahams Path, Amagansett East Hampton Sports Camp @ SPORTIME Amagansett offers children between the ages of three and 13 an exciting pro-gram of sports and games that includes tennis, baseball, swimming, basketball, soccer, dodgeball, capturethe-flag, and more. Experienced art and music teachers also provide campers with a variety of creative activities, special events, and fun theme days.

The Country School Summer Camp

631-537-2255 www.countryschooleasthampton.org 7 Industrail Road, Wainscott The Country School Summer Camp is

for kids ages two-and-a-half through seven. There is a full range of activities to choose from, including art, music, gymnastics, jewelry making, team sports, swimming, and more. Located on Industrial Road in Wainscott — call for dates and rates.

YMCA East Hampton RECenter

631-329-6884 www.ymcali.org 2 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton At YMCA Summer Day Camp, children learn leadership skills and develop selfconfidence in a safe, accepting, and stimulating environment. Flexible programs are designed to accommodate all families across Long Island and cater to meet your child's interests and abilities. If your child can dream it, they can do it at the YMCA Summer Day Camp. Weekly sessions begin July 1 and run through August 30. YMCA membership

is required, and space is limited. Visit the YMCA’s website for more information.

Summer Camp @ ROSS

631-907-5555 www.ross.org /programs/summercamp 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton Summer Camp @ Ross offers a variety of programs from surfing to sailing, filmmaking to ceramics, and robotics to rock band for campers between the ages of six and 14. Early childhood programming for children six and under includes music and movement, creative exploration, and sports exploration. The camp’s Majors and Minors programming gives campers the opportunity to explore their two favorite areas. Weekly sessions begin July 1 and run through August 23.

Camp Blue Bay

631-604-2201 www.gsnc.org/en/camp/CO/camp-bluebay.html 103 Flaggy Hole Rd, East Hampton Located on 179 acres in East Hampton, Camp Blue Bay Sleepaway Camp is the perfect place for girls in third to 11th grade to have fun while discovering new things. Camp programs are available for one or two week sessions or a special four–day mini session for girls entering first to sixth grades. Camp Blue Bay offers both Troop House Camping and Outdoor Tent Camping. Throughout the week girls will enjoy swimming in Gardiners Bay, learn to shoot arrows on the archery course, make new crafts, and roast marshmallows over a campfire. Other camp activities include boating at Hog Creek, nature, outdoor survival skills, team building, sailing, games and sports!


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At Camp Blue Bay there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Summer Reading Club at East Hampton Library

631-324-0222 www.easthamptonlibrary.org 159 Main Street, East Hampton Registration for the East Hampton Library’s Summer Reading Clubs, which have the theme, “A Universe of Stories,” begins May 25. This summer, there will be three groups: Read-to-Me Readers (ages two-and-a-half to kindergarten); Independent Readers (entering grades one through five); and Young Teens (entering grades six through eight.) Prizes will be awarded. The program ends on August 31.

Future Stars Camp

631-287-6707 www.futurestarssouthampton.com Future Stars Camps is offering junior summer camps focusing on multisport, soccer, tennis, basketball, lacrosse, and baseball programs. Future Stars Southampton LLC, which operates the 46,000-square-foot state-ofthe-art indoor complex on Majors Path in North Sea, is an affiliate of Future Stars Tennis, LLC, one of New York’s

largest sports management companies.

Time Travelers

w w w. s h e l te r i s l a n d h i s to r i c a l .o r g / timetravelers The Shelter Island Historical Society hosts a weeklong summer program for children ages six to 12. Participants will journey back in time to explore Shelter Island’s story through music, art, performance, crafts, gardening, and games. Monday, July 29, through Friday, August 2, 9 AM till noon in the Havens Barn. Registration is now open. For more information, email info@ shelterislandhistorical.org.

Bulldog Ball Club

www.bulldogballclub.com/summercamps Based at East Hampton High School for the summer, the multisport camp for children six to 14 is now open for registration. Weekly sessions run from June 24 through August 23 and from 9 AM to 3 PM daily. The camp programs are designed to improve children’s knowledge and skills of sports for both beginners and experienced players alike. All children can enjoy sports with the right coaching and approach. Camp offerings include soccer, flag football, and basketball in the mornings, and base-

ball or softball in the afternoon. All coaches are year-round professional youth sports coaches. A drama and art camp takes place from July 8 to August 2, also from 9 AM to 3 PM daily. Transportation is available from Southampton, Bridgehampton, and Water Mill.

SoFo Camp

631-537-9735 www.sofo.org South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton hosts a marine science program each summer. Children will get to explore various marine habitats and the ecology of their fascinating and secretive occupants. Visit SoFo’s website to learn more.

The Art Farm

631-537-1634 www.theartfarminthehamptons.com The Art Farm offers small groups and tailored schedules that meet the desires of each camper to create a unique experience. Campers spend their morning on the water and the afternoon on Art Farm’s organic, sustainable farm in Sagaponack. Mornings are about being active, challenged, informed, and fulfilled while exploring. Afternoons add a chance for creativity, time spent nur-

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turing the animals, teamwork, and fun, always combined with composting, reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Camp Shakespeare

631-267-0105 www.hamptons-shakespeare.org/camp Entering its 20th year, Camp Shakespeare is a fun, creative, and welcoming place for kids and teens ages eight to 15. Activities involve acting, improvisation, movement, voice, and theatrical arts and crafts, and are led by trained theater educators in an atmosphere of discovery and cooperation. Each weeklong session culminates in a performance for family and friends. Camp Shakespeare is held on the expansive grounds of and in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett.

Camp Invention

800-968-4332 www.campinvention.org Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for children entering first to sixth grades. Camp Invention gives boys and girls the opportunity to investigate circuits, disassemble household appliances, and much more.

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As they dream, build, and make discoveries, they will have a chance to examine science and technology concepts during team-building exercises. Camp Invention will be offered at Springs School from July 22 through July 26 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM and at the John Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton from August 12 through 15 from 9 AM to 4 PM.

East Hampton Indoor Tennis

631-537-8012 www.ehit.club The Davis Cup Tennis Program provides top summer tennis instruction on a daily, weekly, or seasonal basis. Players of all skill levels are welcome to attend and each camper is placed into an appropriate group.

Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp

631-727-7850 ext. 328 www.ccesuffolk.org/peconic-dunes-4-hcamp The Cornell Cooperative Extension sponsors a sleepaway and day camp for youngsters eight through 15. Includes training in outdoor survival, marine science, forest, pond, and woodlands study. Call for more information.

Ages 2 1/2 to 7

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Come enjoy a summer in the outdoors with girls your age! For a complete brochure visit our website at gsnc.org or Contact: bissettcarrl@gsnc.org 631.604.2201


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Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue Pony Tails Compassion Camp

631-537-7335 www.amaryllisfarm.org For the camper who just can’t get enough of the world of horses, have we got a camp for you. Beginning June 24, camps will run Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 1 PM, through August 30. Sign up for one week or the whole summer.

Raynor Country Day School

631-288-4658 www.raynorcountrydayschool.org/camp The best gift you can give a child. Kids can enjoy an all-inclusive summer camp offering both indoor and outdoor options. Twelve-acre grounds offer manicured fields, gymnasium, two heated pools, aquatics center, and sports courts designed for various uses. Flexible options include two-day, three-day, and five-day experiences from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. A mature and experienced staff is on hand. Located in Westhampton Beach.

Buckskill Tennis Club

631-324-2243 www.buckskilltennis.com Located in East Hampton, the Buckskill Tennis Club offers a program

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to help develop well-rounded tennis players. In-struction is given in form, technique, fitness, and proper tennis etiquette. Buckskill instructors stress the importance of enjoying tennis as “a game for life.”

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

631-878-1070 www.camppaquatuck.com Specifically designed for campers with disabilities. Each session is designed to help the campers (children and young adults up to the age of 21) achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a sleepaway environment. The camp aims to help children reach beyond the limits of their physical and mental challenges, encouraging them to join fellow campers in activities. The camp is on Chet Swezey Road in Center Moriches.

Hamptons Baseball Camp

631-907-2566 www.hamptonsbaseballcamp.com For children of all experience levels, ages four to 13, who want to play baseball and soccer in a safe, fun, positive, and organized learning environment. Emphasis is placed on effort over talent, as well as team concepts, and core fundamentals. Also included are tips on diet, fitness, and “intangibles.” Weeklong summer sessions are available from June through September, and weekend camps are offered in spring, summer, and fall.

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631-283-2296 www.sandyhollowdaycamp.com The Southampton-based camp, for ages four through 14, offers a wide variety of activities, including swimming, tennis, sports, and arts and crafts. It is family owned and operated. Transportation is available.

631-537-2716 www.mainbeach.com The leading surf camp in The Hamptons provides 10 weekly sessions, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

Pathfinder Country Day Camp

631-668-2080 www.pathfinderdaycamp.com Treat your kids to a summer they will remember in scenic Montauk. Activities include swimming instruction in a heated pool, basketball, baseball, archery, tennis, cookout, and much more. Transportation included.

631-725-0818 www.baystreet.org/education Bay Street Theater’s available summer camps and classes include puppetry, musical theater, and Shakespeare. An array of offerings suitable for kids between the ages of four and 14. Visit the website to see it all.

631-680-3835 Rebecca_Robin@aol.com Children will focus on age-appropriate projects in small groups that provide each child with individualized attention and instruction as they work from drawing their design on paper to making clay models, papier mache masks, and finger puppets. Weekly sessions will be held starting July 1 through August 26 from 2 to 5 PM Monday through Friday at Robins Stables on Merchants Path in Sagaponack.

East End Arts School

631-369-2171 www.eastendarts.org Two Renaissance Kid Camps, “Nature As Our Muse,” in which children

ages five through eight will explore art, music, and theater, will be will be held starting July 15 and July 22, from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday. A choice of a weekly art camp focusing on drawing and painting, sculpture, or mixed media or a weekly music camp, focusing on group guitar, rock band, and singing, will be offered for children ages nine to 14 from July 8 to August 5 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Check for exact schedules.

Camp Good Grief

631-288-8400 www.eehcampgoodgrief.org Every year, East End Hospice offers a summer camp for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This year, Camp Good Grief will be held July 22 to 26 at Camp Pa-qua-tuck in Center Moriches. There are fun activities and plenty of surprises, plus the camp gives the children a chance to bond with others who have had similar experiences.

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April 10, 2019

Jean-Marc Zarka: His Journey From Seventh Avenue To Main Beach

The house was built in the ‘90s and it was basically designed to look exactly like the upper deck of a luxury liner, chimney and all. The prospective buyers were not crazy about the outside design from the start. They basically wanted to modify it to make it conform more to today’s standards. I made it my mission to explain the design so they could understand it, embrace it, and most important, keep it as is. I remember the analogy I used: “Pretend you are buying a classic car. Would you get rid of the fins and the chrome bumpers to make it look like a current car or would you preserve and maintain it as is?” That tipped the scale and they bought it the next day.

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he former CEO of well-known fashion brand, Vertigo, JeanMarc Zarka found a muchneeded refuge on the East End after his divorce. What he didn’t know was that he would find himself segueing from being mentored by one of the most successful East End real estate agents at Douglas Elliman to becoming the go-to agent in the Hamptons, with a global network for home-seekers and investors alike.

You pivoted from Seventh Avenue to the Hamptons luxury real estate market. When and why did you make this move? I was going through a divorce. I needed to sell my home in Westhampton to finalize it. I hired Enzo Morabito as my broker. He sold my house and we remained friends after that. Shortly after I sold my fashion brand, Vertigo, Enzo encouraged me to get my real estate license both in New York and in Florida. In 2017, once I was licensed, Enzo recruited me for Douglas Elliman. He’s been mentoring me ever since. I am very grateful to have learned so much in such a short time and for all the support my company, Douglas Elliman, has given me.

How has your background in the fashion industry helped you as an agent? The fashion industry is a very complex and highly competitive industry. You need to be very focused, very creative, and highly organized. You also need extremely good marketing and communication skills. In my opinion, if you can make it in the fashion industry you can make it in any industry. Real estate is actually a lot simpler than the fashion industry. The product is already made and you do not have to carry the cost of your inventory. The fashion industry has helped me develop strong negotiating skills. I spent many days inside garment factories in mainland China negotiating production prices. For each style manufactured, the price of the yard of fabric, the trims, and the labor was the result of intense negotiations.

You’ve traveled extensively, and you speak several languages. Has this helped you as well? If so, how? My extensive international travels both for business and pleasure and my exposure to so many different cultures have given me an edge over other agents. I believe I am better prepared to tackle the luxury home market because of it. The Hamptons being so close to New York City, you just never know who you are going to meet and where they could be coming from. There is a lot of foreign money pouring into the U.S. residential luxury market, whether it is in the Hamptons, South Florida, Colorado, or California. Douglas Elliman was a pioneer in recognizing this by forming, early on, an alliance with Knight Frank Residential. KFR is a global real estate conglomerate that ensures that our products are seen in key buyer locations around the world, such as London, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Moscow, and Singapore. In other words, when you list your property with me, it will be seen by qualified buyers throughout the world. 

You’ve been involved in spec building and investment property real estate. In your current role, are you involved in guiding the architecture, and the building process? What started as an investment became more a hobby as I need to always satisfy my insatiable need for creativity. Some people qualify renovating a home as a traumatic experience. For me, it is an absolute thrill. As a fashion designer, I am very detail-oriented and I like to pick every design and its components myself. I owned and renovated apartments in Paris, Miami, and of course, did a few houses in the Hamptons.

Are there any homes that you’ve sold that you’re particularly proud of? I recently sold a house on the bay on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach.

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Do you have a favorite architectural building in the Hamptons? I absolutely love 145 Neck Path in East Hampton. It is a 5000-square-foot glass box in the woods. It’s an openplan gem made out of glass and steel beams, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, completely unencumbered by columns. It was designed by Jeff Smilow, who also happens to be the structural engineer for the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan. It is breathtaking! In my opinion, it deserves to earn National Architectural Landmark status, just like many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses.

Dear Buyers, we love the fact that you have done your homework online. You have virtually visited every home in a 50-mile radius before you even got into your car and onto the LIE. Still, when it comes to picking the right home out of your Zillow Top 10 list, leave it to us professionals with deep knowledge of the local market, to tell you which one you should buy. Let our experience help you make the right choice for you and your family.

Are there any up-andcoming neighborhoods we should know about? Remsenburg has always been a favorite of mine — the first Hamptons, get there sooner, stay longer they say. Beautiful setting right on the bay, great value, low property taxes, and as far as you can get from the scene as possible. Yet the best restaurants, performing arts center, and shops are only minutes away.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working? What do you mean? Working in real estate is fun! I practice yoga every day, but on a nice day you’ll find me on the golf course, on a boat, or riding my motorcycle on the North Fork. I also love to cook and entertain at home.

Anything to add?

What advice would you give sellers? Buyers? Sellers: If you are ready to sell, then sell! When you are really ready to sell your home, your home is no longer your home. It has become a house. It is just an asset that you need to turn into a liquid asset. Selling your house is a business transaction best handled by a real estate professional who will guide you and complete that transaction for you.

I just want to say how grateful I feel to live in such a beautiful environment. I was very fortunate to have traveled to many places throughout the world, but the East End of Long Island to me is by far the most beautiful place on Earth. To reach Zarka or inquire about his properties, call 917-751-0515 or email jeanmarc.zarka@elliman.com.

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Real Estate News By Rick Murphy rmurphy@indyeastend.com

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she said. The allocation of $900 billion by the Federal Government is based directly on the numbers obtained in the census. A lesson from history in East Hampton drives home that point. In 2001, when Edna Steck was the head of the town’s Department of Human Resources, the immigrant community in East Hampton Town was growing. Steck thought that all of the young people of East Hampton would benefit by the presence of a state funded youth bureau in

the town. But when she applied for the funding, she was turned down. The 2000 Census, as reported to Congress in December of that year, showed the town with a population of 19,719. In order for the state to fund a youth bureau in a town, at the time, the population had to be 20,000 or more. The town was 281 residents short, at least according to the Census Bureau’s official head count in 2000. Fear in the vulnerable immigrant

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Cecily Jaffe and Kristen Asher-O’Rourke at the Jamesport frame shop, a reimagined version of Cecily's Love Lane Gallery. Independent/Gianna Volpe

Cecily Spreads The Love New framing gallery opens in Jamesport By Gianna Volpe gianna@indyeastend.com

If you’ve made your way to Love Lane this winter, you may be shocked to see Cecily’s Love Lane Gallery has shut its doors for good. But not really. Cecily Jaffe, known to many as the veteran matriarch of the quaint shopping community’s old guard, has moved her custom framing business west to Jamesport, where her business is now known as Jamesport Art & Framing. “When I closed the gallery, I was the last person left on Love Lane of all the people who had been there for the 20-odd years I had been there,” Jaffe said of the street’s evolving face. “Every-

thing had changed — every single other business or building. A lot of the businesses stayed the same, but they had different owners.” Among those is the well-loved Village Cheese Shop, which was once owned and operated by Rosemary Batchellor and is now headed by Michael Affatato. “The only other person still there in the last few years was Pat Moriarty of Bauer’s Love Lane Shoppe,” Jaffe said. “I got Loretta Bauer the other store probably back in 1999 or 2000.” After spending years doing custom framing work on the cutest block on the

North Fork, Jaffe began the enormous task of moving her business in October alongside 35-year-old professional photographer Kristen Asher-O’Rourke, near Duffy’s Deli on Jamesport’s main drag, where the two are currently enjoying a fresh start in a hamlet they both once called home. “I met Cecily because her daughter and I were best friends when we were 11 and 12 years old,” Asher-O’Rourke said of fond memories of her best friend’s mother. “We caused a lot of trouble in Jamesport and Cecily was cool with it all. She let it all slide.” Jaffe, ever the artist, spent her 20s working in rock-and-roll light shows, her 30s and the start of her 40s “working quietly” as the assistant curator at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and ultimately came to custom framing after a short stint doing commercial sculpting from home. “Cecily is a great mentor. She has a vast background in art and is able to both share that knowledge and wisdom, as well as apply it to what we’re doing here,” said her apprentice, who may one

day become successor. “I’m trying to use my background in photography to bring things full circle at the new shop. I offer re-touching, so if someone comes in with an old, beat-up print, I can retouch and we can put it in a new frame, so we’re doing both photo and art reproduction now, which brings together my background with the framing element.” Asher-O’Rourke and Jaffe are currently finishing a job for a local woman whose ancestral portrait has become cracked and water-damaged. AsherO’Rourke both restored and reproduced the piece well enough to inspire an awestruck and grateful response from the customer, while Jaffe now works on the antique frame. “Cecily is going to repair it, so it looks nice again. It has a curve in it because convex glass is the antique style of framing,” said Asher-O’Rourke. “It’s helpful for people that don’t have a negative, so we’ll be offering that, as well as selling gifts and other unique things.” For more information about Jamesport Art & Framing, visit www. jamesportartandframing.com.


April 10, 2019

Luminati Vacates Grumman Building Company once again in hot water financially By Rick Murphy rmurphy@indyeastend.com

Luminati Aerospace, part of the group that intends to purchase 1643 acres of Enterprise Park in Calverton, is in the news again. About the last thing the would-be

purchasers of Riverhead Town’s EPCAL property, Calverton Aviation and Technology, needs is negative publicity, but its minority partner Luminati can’t seem to help itself.

North Fork News Compiled by Genevieve M. Kotz gmkotz@indyeastend.com

Kent Animal Shelter The Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton received a $25,000 grant from the Alexander and Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust to provide funding for spay/neuter surgeries. The campaign will continue through April, providing spay/neuter surgeries for 400 felines and is available to domesticated or owned cats for a $25 co-pay. Feral cats will be spayed or neutered free of charge, but must be presented in a trap. Alexander and Elisabeth Lewyt, longtime residents of Long Island who funded the trust, are considered pioneers in the efforts to promote the nokill movement of sheltering animals. The spay/neuter campaign controls pet overpopulation that leads to abandonment and abuse and mitigates the suffering of homeless animals.

Individuals who would like to have a domesticated or feral cat spayed or neutered can visit kentanimalshelter.com.

Custer Observatory The Custer Observatory in Southold will present “Observing the Moon,” a lecture by Ed Anderson, on Saturday, April 13, at 7 PM. Anderson, a member of the Astronomical Society of Long Island and the Custer Institute, will discuss the best times to view the moon, observing tools, and interesting things to look for, including the Apollo landing sites. He'll be available for a question-and-answer session after the presentation, and the ASLI dome on the grounds of the Custer Observatory will be open, weather permitting. Custer Observatory staff will also

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Luminati Aerospace, owned by Daniel Preston, is said to have a 25-percent stake in CAT. The mall developer Triple Five Group, which is best known for developing large shopping malls like the Mall of America, owns the remainder. “All of his business deals have ended badly,” said Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith of Preston. She acknowledged Luminati is still tethered to the Enterprise deal with CAT. “He hasn’t done business with anyone who hasn’t sued him,” the supervisor added. Last week, Luminati reportedly agreed to leave the former Grumman Plant 6 in response to an eviction action filed by Laoudis of Calverton, the owner of the plant.

The building is not part of the bigger deal, which will transfer the 1643 acres to CAT for $40 million should it go through. Jens-Smith acknowledged she views the pending deal through a cynic’s lens. “This all started as a bromance between Daniel and Sean Walter,” Jen-Smith said, referring to the former town supervisor, “before I took office.” She characterized the sale as a “rush” orchestrated by Walter, adding she thought it was “a good deal” for CAT, but not necessarily the town. Preston’s penchant for getting sued could eventually put the bigger deal in jeopardy, Jens-Smith said. “We’ve contacted our attorneys about it,” she added.

give tours of the night sky through the Zerochromat telescope in the main observatory dome and other powerful telescopes on site, as long as weather permits. Reservations in advance can be made custerobservatory.org. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

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Scholarship Available The Southold Historical Society is offering applications for its 2019 Bainbridge Internship with a deadline of May 15. The internship will allow a local student to gain hands-on understanding of the many operations that help the historical society preserve and share Southold’s history for the community and future generations. The internship now requires the completion of 100 hours of service to the society and is accompanied by a $1500 stipend. Potential candidates must be sophomores through senior high school students living in Southold Town. The application and more information can be found at southoldhistoricalsociety.org under the “Get Involved” tab or can be requested by calling the society at 631-765-5500.

The Mattituck-Laurel Library will host “Landscapes: Creative Watercolors with Lois Levy” on Thursday, April 11, from 1 to 3:30 PM. Participants will create landscapes from imagination. All levels are welcome, but the class size is limited. Register at the circulation desk. There is a $20 fee. The library will also host a chess workshop for kids in grades two through six on Saturday, April 13, at 11 AM. Registration is required, but the workshop is free. The library will also host a Friends of the Library meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at 9:30 AM, and a health insurance counseling session, sponsored by the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, also on April 16, from 1:30 to 3 PM. The health insurance counseling is free, but registration is required. The library will host “April in Paris Cuisine” with Chef Barbara Sheridan on April 18 at 6 PM, where attendees can learn how to make a classic French Onion soup and a salade Nicoise, as well as recipes for mussels mariniere and coq au vin. The fee is $5. Register at the circulation desk. Call 631-298-4134.

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Sports Mariners Mow Down WHB Southampton’s early onslaught leads to 18-6 win By Desirée Keegan desiree@indyeastend.com

Southampton’s bats are surely heating up. James Malone, who went 3-for4 from the plate with four RBI and two steals, Andrew Smith, who went 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBI, and a steal, and a 3-for-4 appearance with a walk and two RBI from Thomas Gabriele helped muscle the Mariners to an 18-6 nonleague win over Westhampton Beach April 4. “The biggest thing for me is we put the ball in play and got some base hits today,” head coach Scott Johnson said. “We’ve struggled scoring runs in the past five years, so for us to get 18 on the board, we’ll certainly take that.” Junior Samuel Schneider pitched a scoreless first three innings, and threw four strikeouts over four. The righty went 1-for-4 with three RBI from the plate. “As long as he’s throwing his strikes and mixing his pitches he’s fine,” Johnson said. “I need him to come through for us.” Schneider did just that, relaxed on the mound because his Mariners made short work of the Hurricanes by hitting early and often. “This is a good way to start the season at home,” Schneider said. “We had a pretty good student-section to-

day, which was nice despite the weather. It gave me a lot of confidence, and so did the run support. I just wanted to throw strikes, hit my spots, get the curveball down, which came along.” Gabriele got Southampton on the board when a dribbler down the third baseline brought home Alex Petty (3for-5 with an RBI). He stole a base before Andrew Smith’s base hit between first and second brought him home. “I knew we had potential — we’re a bunch of new players — and we’re starting to put it together,” said Petty, who made several defensive stops at second after being a designated hitter all last season. “I wasn’t hitting too well, but we took it easy, didn’t try to go for the long ball, and got a lot of base hits because of that. The younger kids really helped us out. This is a good sign.” Ethan Walker’s double two batters later plated Smith, and Malone’s single with the bases loaded brought home Anthony De La Santos (2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk) and Walker to put Southampton up 5-0. Leadoff batter Schneider, at the plate for the second time in the inning, drove in two runs with a double for a 7-0 lead after one inning. Smith’s RBI-double and Gabe Camacho’s hit to the second baseman

Sam Schneider fires from the mound. Independent/Desirée Keegan

that brought Smith home gave the Mariners a 9-0 advantage after two. “I had some kids that hit well today, they really did, Andrew, and Thomas, but I also need those guys to pitch well,” Johnson said. “In a small school everybody’s gotta pitch. We have to piece some things together — we’re a work in progress — but with a combination of this hitting and some decent pitching we’ll be fine; we’ll compete.” Westhampton countered with a two-run fourth and four-run fifth. An RBI-single after three walks started the fifth before a walk with the bases loaded. Another hit brought home two to give the Hurricanes their final tally. “We’re going to see some better pitching, some better playing, some better hitting, so we’ve got work to do for sure,” Johnson said. Southampton graduated nine seniors off last year’s 17-man Class B team, but currently has nine seniors on a smaller roster of 13. The Mariners lost Jem Sisco, whom Johnson regarded as

the best pitcher and hitter in the league. Class A’s Westhampton Beach boasts an almost entirely new team, including first-year middle school teacher and head coach Asa Grunenwald. After playing for St. John’s University as a catcher from 2000-03, Grunenwald was an assistant coach at Hofstra University and later for Bayport-Blue Point’s varsity team that won two state championships. “We’ve got to be flexible, versatile,” Johnson said. “Last year we didn’t start strong, but finished strong, and that’s what I’m looking to do this year.” Schneider said Smith said they’re looking forward to facing League VII competitors Mattituck and Babylon, two of the team’s biggest rivals. Johnson is hoping his team can become more vocal, earn some road wins and have a few good bus rides to build up the camaraderie. Results from Southampton's game against Smithtown Christian on Monday were not available by press time.


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Bonackers Fall To Port Jeff East Hampton team still looking for first Division II win By Desirée Keegan desiree@indyeastend.com

The Bonackers came up with eight goals, but it wasn’t enough in a 20-8 loss to Port Jefferson April 6. Grace Perello put away seven goals to bring her total to 24 on the season. Sophia Bitis added the final goal and Asha Hokanson assisted. The East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson/Ross team had an April 8 game at Center Moriches, but results were not available by press time. The Westhampton Beach girls, on the other hand, bounced back from a 12-5 loss to Eastport-South Manor April 1 with an 11-3 win over Harborfields April 5. Hollie Schleicher had four goals, Belle Smith added three goals and one assist, and Olivia Rongo scooped up four ground balls and forced three turnovers to lead the Hurricanes (3-2) in Division II.

Grace Perello protects the ball as she moves up the field. Independent/Gordon M. Grant

The Hurricanes traveled to Islip April 9 but results were not available by press time. Westhampton’s (4-2) boys lacrosse team ended the week with a loss, 115, at undefeated Mt. Sinai April 6. It snapped a two-win streak for the Hurricanes after a 3-0 shutout of Deer Park and 13-11 win over Elwood-John Glenn. Tyler Nolan had a hat trick in the loss to the Mustangs. Jack Gilbride and Pe-

Hurricanes Swamp East Hampton Westhampton picks up third straight with 16-4 win By Desirée Keegan desiree@indyeastend.com

Brooke Walker went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, and six RBI; McKinley Skala went 4-for-4 with two doubles, four runs, and three RBI; and Elana Seltzer went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs, and four RBI to lead Westhampton (3-1 League V) to a 16-4 win over visiting East Hampton on April 4. Brooke Walker was the winning pitcher. The Hurricanes traveled to Elwood-John Glenn April 8, but results were not available by press time. The Bonackers (1-4 League V) looked to

end a five-game losing streak when they hosted Bayport-Blue Point April 8, but results were not available by press time. Mattituck picked up its seventh win of the season when it edged Hampton Bays 9-8 April 8 to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in League VI. Jaden Thompson went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Lexi Burns went 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Lilly Fogarty earned the win, pitching seven innings, allowing

ter Traina each added a goal, and Chris Bender had an assist. Goalkeeper Andrew Arcuri made 11 stops. Westhampton travels to Babylon today, April 10, for a 4:30 PM matchup. The South Fork boys team is still searching for its elusive first win. The Islanders wrapped up the week with a 17-6 loss at Lindenhurst April 5. Prior to that, the South Fork (6-0) team suffered a 17-4 loss to Walt Whitman and a 16-4 eight runs on four hits, striking out eight and walking 13. Emily Peyton was the losing pitcher for the Baymen, picking up two strikeouts over seven innings. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Hampton Bays, which moves to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in league play. Southampton also lost to Mattituck, 14-5, on April 3. Aniah Thompson went 3-for-5 with a double and home run. Jaden Thompson added her own home run, while Dome Crews went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Fogarty pitched a complete game. Leah Sellinger was the losing pitcher for Southampton, which fell to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in conference action. The Mariners hosted Pierson/Bridgehampton/Shelter Island (1-4) April 8, but results were not available by press time. The Whalers were coming off a 12-0 shutout loss to Babylon April 6. Kathryn Powell was the losing pitcher, striking out two over three innings. In a 12-4 win over Port Jefferson April 3, Sam Cox hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning to lead the Whalers. Lauren

defeat at the hands of Half Hollow Hills East. Luke Marro made three goals in the game against Lindenhurst, and Cole Shaw and Cooper Brindle each added a goal and an assist. Brian Damm rounded out the scoring while Lucas Martin made nine saves and Cody Buzubek one between the pipes. The Islanders traveled to Copiague Tuesday, April 9, but results were not available by press time.

East Hampton’s Sofia Swanson hurls a pitch. Independent/Desirée Keegan

Gurney earned the win, pitching seven innings, allowing four runs, striking out four, and walking four. Southold-Greenport lost its third straight and is still searching for its first win of the season. The Settlers are coming off a 12-0 loss to undefeated Center Moriches on April 8.


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Ravi MacGurn won his No. 2 singles match over Westhampton Beach’s Andre Insalaco 7-6, 6-2. Independent/ Desirée Keegan-

“It’s the first time our doubles saved our singles lineup since I’ve been the coach,” — Kevin McConville The Hurricanes are one win above Southold/Greenport (3-2), which was led by No. 1 singles player Devin Quinones (4-6, 6-0, 7-5 over Lucas Kosmgala) in its last match, a 5-3 win over Mattituck March 28. The Settlers lost to East Hampton 6-1 on April 2. Hampton Bays, at 2-4 in League VIII, also came up with a win this week, edging Eastport-South Manor 4-3 Saturday. No. 1 singles player Patricio Tulla led his Baymen in the April 6 matchup with a 6-2, 6-1 win.

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East Hampton’s boys tennis team is on a roll. With a 4-3 victory over Westhampton Beach April 4, the Bonackers, a team also comprised of students from Bridgehampton and Pierson, earned their third straight win to improve to 6-0 in League VII. Ravi MacGurn won his No. 2 singles match over Andre Insalaco 7-6, 6-2, and Luke Louchheim swept No. 3 Trevor Hayes 6-1, 6-1. Jaden Glasstein and Alex Weseley topped Jake Ongania and Kasper Buchen at No. 1 doubles 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, and Brad Drubych and Nathan McGovern beat out Daniel Caputo and Pierson Rosen-Keith at No. 2 doubles 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to give East Hampton the win. “Starters Jamie Fairchild and Miles Clark were out at a robotics competition in Canada,” head coach Kevin McConville said. “It’s the first time our doubles saved our singles lineup since I’ve been the coach.” No. 2 singles player Josh Kaplan finished with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jonny DeGroot for the Hurricanes, and No. 4 Santo Benenati outdid Max Astilean 6-3, 6-4. No. 3 doubles duo John Jimenez and Jackson LaRose beat Nick Chen and Sandro Volpe 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 as Westhampton remains at the No. 2 spot in the league with a 4-2 record.

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Foster Has Sharp Intuition SGF Acupuncture in Amagansett offers variety of treatments nicole@indyeastend.com @NikkiOnTheDaily In being completely transparent, I’ll say it. I don’t know if acupuncture works. It could be due to the fact that in my trial experience, I only had a total of eight needles in me for a shortened period of 10 to 15 minutes. Perhaps acupuncture requires more frequency to feel the full effects. However, what I can say with certainty was my instant connection and sense of relaxation with Sandra Geehreng Foster of SGF Acupuncture. She read three pulses of sorts on my wrist. In a moment’s time she accurately assessed a lung issue, body temperature imbalance, and emotional stressor. Then, in connection to her reading, she placed a needle on each palm, another on each wrist, and two each on my lower leg, to target my different points. Whether or

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not the needles worked, her intuition surely did. SGF Acupuncture has been in its Amagansett location for 10 years. Foster, an East Hampton native, offers acupuncture, cupping, medical qi gong, full-spectrum infrared sauna, and Pangu Shengong qi gong (an incredibly strong and healing form of qi gong).

How did you get into qi gong and acupuncture? I was first introduced to acupuncture after a bout with meningitis in my senior year of high school. I was left with headaches day and night. Western medicine did not help. A family friend suggested acupuncture to ease them. After a series of treatment, I was relieved of my headaches.

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of this column is available. All fees raised will be ted by The Independent to Division 18 of This expression goes back safety. to Biblical How Many Fish Are There In USCG Auxilliary for use in boating days — when there were fewer people the Sea? ation call Jim Mackin @ 631.324.2500 and even fewer boats. If each generation wants to hand over these creeks and bays to their children and grandkids in the condition that we were entrusted with, there are a few simple rules, rubrics, and guidelines to follow, even if your neighbor doesn’t. And the occasional hurricane is always up the challenge, as storm drains spew debris and God-knows-what-else, reminding us that even bubble gum wrappers thrown in rain culverts can end up in our creeks, coves, and bays.

After this experience, I knew this was special stuff! I went into teaching for a couple of years, but the pull I was feeling to do acupuncture was getting stronger. While in acupuncture school, I met Paul Fraser, who taught me the medical qi gong and introduced to me the incredible world of energy work.

How long is a typical session and how many needles are used?

You noted that students are coming in to see you. Why?

For those afraid of needles, like myself, why is this different than getting blood taken?

I have been treating more high school students the last two to three years. The majority come in for anxiety, depression, sports injuries, insomnia, and stress. I feel so many students never unplug themselves from their phones. Many do not eat properly, or eat their meals on the go. The more the students consume their energy the less their body can heal itself. The way acupuncture releases the stress form the body is amazing. I would love to see more kids try acupuncture. Hopefully one day I’ll have a place that would allow kids to receive acupuncture after school and sports.

What is your typical demographic? I treat people from many different walks of life. Since I grew up in East Hampton, I feel more people are willing to try acupuncture because they know me or my family. In the summer, I also treat people who are from New York City.

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When we were kids, we thought that question had no answer. Now we know that the bio-mass is going down and, with some specific species, faster than the bigger fish can make little fishes. So, just take what you can eat that day. Use circle hooks to make it easier/safer (for the fish) to release those you throw back. Consider calling local fisheries managers and offering to join their tagand-release program. Help with the long-term data collection process. Be part of the solution.

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A lot of mariners, half seriously and half in jest, justify off-loading human waste into our waters based on the old saw, “Do you know what the FISH are doing in these waters?!” Admittedly, the marinas are now charging for pump-outs, but come on, Bunky, you can call the Southampton Pooper Boat on channel 78 and he’ll pump you out for free. If that isn’t convenient, (you do have to be in the Town of Southampton waters to be serviced and that means you have to travel as far east as Hart’s Cove), call 1-800-ASK-FISH and ask where there are pump-out stations in your area. Be part of the solution.

Trying To Top Off Have you ever squeezed off a few more ounces at the fuel dock just to see half of it (or more) spill over the side? Forgetting Coast Guard regulations and fines, think about this for a minute. You’re burning some number of gallons an hour and you’re trying to top up the last few ounces? What does that represent? Twenty seconds of steaming? And fill your jerry cans on the hard,

The first session is about an hour and the following sessions are about 30 minutes. The number of needles used depends on the issue being treated.

The acupuncture needle is much smaller than the needle used for taking blood. The acupuncture needle is used to stimulate a point to help balance the body, resulting in better health, less pain, and increase in energy.

Any miracle stories to share? I had an older woman who had been in serious back pain for 20 years. After one treatment, she was free of the back pain. Also, the protocol has helped stop the progression of macular degeneration. Truly, I feel so incredibly fortunate to do this work. To help strengthen someone’s body to help them heal is an amazing honor. SGF Acupuncture is located at 532 Montauk Highway in Amagansett in the Harold McMahon Senior Medical Complex. Visit www.sgfacupuncture.com or call 631-267-9500. not on your boat. If someone throws even a small wake at you while fueling the can in your boat, it is better than even-money that gasoline is going to end up in your boat and/or in the water (where your bilge pump will send it before you can spell “big trouble!”). Keep some absorbent pads aboard. Be part of the solution.

Garbage In, Garbage Out If you brought it out, bring it in. Don’t throw excess anything over the side, even if it is biodegradable. Treat your boat as a temple on God’s great sea and leave no mark behind that you were there.

Come Upons If you come upon flotsam in the water, grab your boat hook and bring it aboard. Dispose of it as if you had dropped it over the side. Why? Well, as Cicero said 20 centuries ago, “Virtue has its own reward.” Be part of the solution. By the way, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at  DSOHR and we will help you “get in this thing.”


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I’ve covered over 30 Masters and yet I still get excited. Yes, it’s still a privilege and a pleasure to witness the magic that happens at the end of Magnolia Lane. Augusta National is where history embraces the future. As the 2019 Masters is now on my doorstep, let’s take note of just a few Masters highlights. This year marks the 50th anniversary of a truly remarkable Masters win by George Archer. Six months after Archer’s death, Donna, his widow, revealed that he suffered from a severe learning disability. He was never able to read anything but the simplest sentences and could only write his name. No one but his inner circle knew about it. His life continues to serve as an inspiration.

Can anyone forget the 1986 Masters? Many say it was the best ever, and I find it difficult to argue. I remember standing behind the 72nd hole and I could hear the roars from around the course whenever Jack Nicklaus made a putt. Jack was 46 in 1986 when he won his sixth Green Jacket. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time, and I was the first one to interview him after his win. To date, it is still one of my favorite interviews. The ’95 Masters also shines brightly. Gentle Ben Crenshaw beat all odds and managed to come out on top, but it was with a heavy heart. Harvey Penick, Ben’s longtime coach, had died a few days before that Masters, and Ben flew back to Austin to serve as a pallbearer

for his funeral. In my interview, Ben said that “Harvey was the 15th club in my bag.” I remember it like it was yesterday. In 1997 the Masters and the world of golf as we knew it changed forever. Tiger Woods was a talented young player who announced his arrival onto the big stage of professional golf with the words, “Hello, world.” There were many Tiger skeptics wondering if he could keep up with the big boys at the Masters, where “experience” paid big dividends. After Tiger posted a 40 on the opening nine, the naysayers were in full song. But he proceeded to play the next 63 holes in 22 under par and won by a whopping 12 shots, proving to one and all that he was indeed the “real deal.” The final round drew a record-setting 44 million television viewers. Just as amazing as his play in 1997 and the fact that he has four Green Jackets is the fact that he hasn’t won since 2005. To get back to the present, history was made last week when the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship was hosted by the members of Augusta National. Seventy-two of the world’s best women amateurs competed for this first-ever prestigious championship. The top 30 after 36 holes got to play the final 18 holes on the hallowed Augusta National course. Jennifer Kupcho, a 21-year-old senior at Wake Forest and the #1 ranked

women’s amateur, was the winner, firing an amazing 67 in the final round, which included an eagle on the tough 13th hole. She followed that up with birdies on the last three holes. Jennifer has already qualified for the LPGA Tour and there seems little doubt that she is ready for the challenge. The memory bank will undoubtedly be enhanced this week as the 2019 Masters is filled with history-making possibilities. Can Rory McIlroy win and complete his career Grand Slam (winning all four major championships)? Will Tiger be able to record major win #15 and edge closer to Jack’s record of 18 major championships? Will Patrick Reed manage to find his game in time to be a repeat winner? Will the Masters magic help Jordan Spieth get his game together? This young crop of current players is full of exciting potential. Goodness, the list is endless. Rickie Fowler? Justin Thomas? What about Phil? Oh, yes, my excitement level is running high. In fact, I just can’t wait for it to get started. But, as usual, it will be a long week across many time zones for me as I will be covering the Masters for talkSPORT in Europe (the world’s largest sports radio station), for WBZ out of Boston, for WLNG, for World Golf Radio, and of course, for The Independent. Please don’t feel sorry for me, I love it. 

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amendment to the town code governing music in bars and restaurants. He was asked if he was disappointed that the law sparked so much opposition. The answer was an emphatic, “No.� “You have people in East Hampton who want to be involved,� he said. “It is not disappointing at all. It is encouraging.� His two children are a major factor in his decision to leave government service. Sendlenski said the East Hampton Town Board has done much recently to bring the pay levels for town attorneys into the same ballpark as other towns across the East End, but still has a ways to go. With his two children approaching college age, the future is now, he said. “I’ve indulged my interest in working in government for a long time . . . I can take the sacrifice,� he said. “My kids shouldn’t have to. My parents wanted me to go to the best school I could. I owe the same thing to my children.� On May 3, the day he steps down, Sendlenski said he is going to “take a breath,� then get to work, most likely in his own office. “I would like to start something for myself, and build from the ground up,� he said.

In court, the assistant district attorney handling the case, Laurie Moroff, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, said that Weis had “sleepovers� for friends of his five adopted sons, during which he would abuse and fondle the other boys. Besides the five boys that Weis adopted, he also acted as a foster parent to many more troubled youths over the years, Sini said, though the exact number is not known. Besides the alleged victim, the other four boys Weis adopted are now adults and still live at the Hampton Bays residence. The Suffolk County Social Services Department has been contacted, Moroff said, to assist with one of the four remaining in the house. Beyond the sexual allegations, and the three unregistered handguns police found when they raided the house at the time of Weis’s arrest, police uncovered a horde of what they believe to be child pornography. The title on one of the DVDs is “Age is Just a Number,� Moroff said at Weis’s arraignment. The DVDs are being reviewed by investigators. Weis’s attorney, James O’Shea, said that his client owned, besides the house in Hampton Bays, property in upstate New York, and in Texas, where he was planning to move. Wilson quizzed Weis about the Texas property. “I was planning on moving to Texas. I was planning on retiring next year,� Weis responded. If Weis was unable to post bail, he would have needed to be indicted by a grand jury by Tuesday, April 9. The charges against Weis could mushroom in an indictment brought by a grand jury, pending the outcome of the police investigation, which was described during the press conference as “active and ongoing.� During his arraignment, Wilson asked about Weis’s military record. “I served in the army,� Weis said, adding that his reserve unit was deployed to Iraq in 2004. Also on hand for the press conference was Suffolk County Undersheriff Steven Kuehhas. He said that when the South Carolina charge was brought, Weis had his gun taken away from him by the sheriff’s department, and he was placed in the quartermaster’s department. O’Shea asked Wilson that his client be segregated out of the common prison population. The judge responded that that would be at the discretion of the sheriff’s department. Kuehhas said after the press conference that Weis would likely not even be held in Suffolk County for his own protection. He could be locked up as far away as Rikers Island in New York City. Weis remained in custody as of Tuesday, April 9.

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