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Letters Back To Basics Dear Editor, New York State clearly defines the role of town government. The responsibility of Southampton Town is to carry out general governmental functions, including highway maintenance, police services, recreation programs, and property assessment. Unfortunately, our current supervisor does not understand local government, despite his many years on its payroll. Regrettably, our supervisor has never seen a project that he would not spend our money on to complete. The Community Preservation Fund and the constant reassessments have given him too much of our money. He is always searching for his next big project. For example, the restorations of the Tiana Life Saving Station in East Quogue, the Tupper Boat HouseConscience Point in North Sea, and the transfer of the ownership of the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock in Hampton Bays to Southampton Town are currently in progress. However, there appears to be no standard used to determine if a project is worthwhile. The litmus

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test seems to be: Is there a photo opportunity for the supervisor included in the project? The Shinnecock dock is merely the latest example of fiscal mismanagement. The dock is in deplorable condition, and our town taxpayers must now fund its extensive and expensive repairs. As Suffolk County government drowns in a sea of red ink, Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s friend, Executive Steve Bellone, has saddled town taxpayers with this bill. Our town hall should be user-friendly, staffed with effective and efficient departments serving the residents. Instead, we have a supervisor who lacks respect for the private sector. Thanks to him, we are now in the real estate business (town buys Bel-Aire Cove Motel) and in competition with the local Hampton Bays bike shop (town hires a firm for its bike-share program). The question for Tuesday, November 5, 2019, is can you afford Jay? He has been a Republican, a Democrat, Independent, and a Conservative candidate over the years. In reality, he is the poster boy for big spending. On Election Day, vote as if your wallet depends on it. Continued On Page 36.

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News & Opinion President Seeks Trump Change POTUS swells campaign coffers with local loot By Rick Murphy In the final analysis, President Donald Trump’s foray into the Hamptons was much like his presidency: immersed in criticism and seemingly surrounded by haters. He nevertheless ended up with the biggest grin — and the money. While pockets of protestors — reportedly about 80 on the Water Mill green — waited wearily for a glimpse and made impassioned speeches demanding an end to what they called Trump’s racist rhetoric, the President was outwardly oblivious to them, at one point doing crude imitations of South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and mimicking his accent. Mostly though, he laughed and talked and yucked it up with the kind of supporters who build skyscrapers, manage billions of dollars, and find him compelling enough to make the trip east worth a reported $12 million in donations. It started at the Stephen Ross estate on Shinnecock Bay, a tidy little luncheon for 60. Attendees — tickets ranged from $100,000 to $250,000 — laughed when Trump noted he had inadvertently drawn Ross into an unneeded controversy: His

wife controls the Equinox and SoulCycle gym chains, and opponents of Trump sought to organize a boycott of those establishments. “I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others, and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions,” Ross said. Meanwhile, both Equinox and SoulCycle released statements distancing the companies from the event and Ross himself. Melanie Whelan, CEO of SoulCycle, said “SoulCycle in no way endorses the political fundraising event being held later this week . . .” Trump's arrival at Francis S. Gabreski Airport on Sunday, August 11, in Westhampton Beach received a warm welcome from Congressman Lee Zeldin, a strong ally, and his wife, Diana, and traveled to the Ross estate via limo. The Secret Service, Southampton Town Police, New York State Troopers, and Suffolk County law enforcement combined to limit traffic in the areas around the motorcade, and local police said the ef-






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fort went smoothly. Trump and his entourage then headed for the Bridgehampton enclave of the builder Joe Farrell dubbed Sandcastle, where Trump waxed poetic at some length, even promising some action on the gun control issue. Rudy Giuliani and Andrew Giuliani, who live nearby, attended, as did Joe Piscopo, Geraldo Rivera, Estée Lauder billionaire Ronald Lauder, Vornado founder Steve Roth, Senator Lindsey Graham, Richard Le Frak, and Ed Cox. And of course, there were Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle — the couple recently bought a house nearby. Sandcastle, at this point, needs no introduction: Farrell’s $40-million play toy, at 612 Halsey Lane, is 17,000 square feet, with more bells and whistles than a fleet of fire engines. It features a movie

theater, bowling alley, walk-in refrigerator, wine room, climbing wall, basketball court, private gym, and spa. “Yes, I have my own baseball field,” Farrell answered to a press query. Halsey Lane was closed most of the day in anticipation of Trump’s arrival, which was pushed back to after 3 PM. “It’s an incredible honor, the biggest in my life,” Farrell said about hosting President Trump. “So far, we have 45 people who paid $35,000 to take their picture with him.” Trump boasted that he was well liked in the Hamptons and enjoyed coming here. In fact, though he did carry Suffolk County in the election, he lost decisively in the Hamptons. The Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said at the lunch, “The support Continued On Page 45.


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Steinbeck Park Becoming A Reality Management transfer ceremony scheduled for August 16 By Desirée Keegan John Steinbeck Waterfront Park is finally becoming a reality. A plan four years in the making will be made official Friday, August 16, when the Town of Southampton will transfer management and operation of the site to Sag Harbor Village after acquiring the parcel last month under the town’s Community Preservation Fund. The handover caps an effort dating back almost a generation to save one of the last remaining pieces of waterfront property from condominium development. The plan is for the new park to be linked with the existing Windmill Park and soon-to-be-updated Long Wharf Pier through a walkway under the Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge, forming an interconnected feature at the center of downtown. “This is a banner day for Sag Harbor — a community which had poured millions of dollars into the Community Preservation Fund, particularly in the past few years,” village Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy said. “The new park saves an absolutely vital piece of our waterfront from development, and instead offers a lovely gateway to our village. We expect

Design plans for the new John Steinbeck Waterfront Park in Sag Harbor. Independent/Hollander Design Landscape Architects

in due time this will become a beautiful amenity for residents and visitors alike.” The recently-voted-in mayor said the move would not have been possible without the support of the town and the work of former Mayor Sandra Schroeder and Trustee Jim Larocca, who “tirelessly led this effort,” she said. Southampton Town closed on the $10.5-million purchase of the 1.25-acre property July 24 with funding from its Community Preservation Fund, which is financed through a two-percent tax on real estate transfers. The park is named after John Steinbeck, the author of “East of Eden,” “Of Mice and Men,” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” who won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature. Steinbeck, and his wife, Elaine, were village residents for the last 16 years of his life and became deeply involved in the Sag Harbor community — instrumental in the creation of the Long Wharf windmill and the fall HarborFest.

“If you pay your bills, trade locally as much as possible, mind your business, and act reasonably pleasant, pretty soon they forget that you are an outsider,” Steinbeck wrote in his 1957 essay “My War With The Ospreys.” “I feel that I belong in Sag Harbor and I truly believe that the people of the village have accepted us as citizens,” he said. He penned at least two of his bestselling novels — “The Winter of Our Discontent” (1961) and “Travels with Charley” (1962) — from his famed writing studio, Joyous Garde, which looked out over the Sag Harbor waters, and died in 1968. The mayor said a statue of Steinbeck was donated to be placed in the park. Elaine Steinbeck, who passed in 2003, was a patron of Sag Harbor arts, and the stage at Bay Street Theater, across from the John Steinbeck windmill, is named for her. “Steinbeck Park will enhance the village experience for everyone and honor a great American author who


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cherished Sag Harbor,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Informal planning and design of the park is being headed by village resident and landscape architect Edmund Hollander. With Mulcahy and others, he’s made preliminary concept plan renderings that depict an entrance to a raised area with seating and a grove of shade trees to sit under while looking out at Sag Harbor Cove. The idea is to have three main walkways — a literary walk, historic walk, and ecological walk — each with educational and scenic value that tie into the theme of that trail. For instance, the literary walk would have places to sit and read, and a box filled with books to choose from. Schneiderman added Steinbeck quotes could even be engraved on the benches. The ecological walk would have QR codes that visitors scan with their phone that would teach them about tidal wave Continued On Page 45.







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East Hampton ZBA Considers Krakoff’s Dream Beach House Two tear-downs bought for $10.5 million will give way to dune mansion 55 Dunes Lane, seen from the oceanside of Atlantic dune, will be replaced, along with neighboring 61 Dunes Lane, with a house designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

By T. E. McMorrow Spending $10.5 million for the right to demolish the oceanfront houses on two adjacent properties on Napeague, then merge the two properties, and build one grand structure on the new lot, may seem like an audacious plan, but perhaps not, when you consider the applicant is Reed Krakoff. Krakoff is the creative designer who made Coach Inc. through his creative leadership of the company formerly known as Coach New York from 1996 until 2012. He is now the artistic director for Tiffany & Co. Krakoff also has a history in East Hampton. In 2007, he purchased the home at 121 Further Lane in East Hampton Village, where Jacqueline Bouvier, the future First Lady, spent her summers when she was growing up. He sold the property in 2018, then later that year purchased the Dunes Lane parcels. It was Krakoff’s application for the Dunes Lane project that was the basis for a public hearing before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals August 6. It was a lavish presentation made by Krakoff’s team, but board members were concerned that too much pristine dune land was going to be disturbed on the way to the final design. The two properties in question are at 55 and 61 Dunes Lane, a private road. The houses currently on the site, one a three-bedroom, the other, four, date

back to the 1970s, at the latest. They are reached via two driveways, starting from a common entrance on Dunes Lane. Combined, the two properties cover three acres. The sites are each long rectangular strips of land running from Dunes Lane to the Atlantic Beach dune itself. ZBA Chairman James Whelan, in introducing the application to his fellow board members, described the land surrounding the properties as “beautiful, incredible dune land.” To the immediate east of the two properties is a state park filled with pristine dune land, running from Montauk Highway to the Atlantic, then farther east, the old subdivision known as Montauk on the Sea, which includes the Amagansett White Sands Resort Hotel. Krakoff has hired Michael Trudeau of the architectural firm of Thomas Phifer and Partners to design a dream house for him and his wife, Delphine Krakoff. Trudeau explained his design to the ZBA August 6. He said the Krakoffs wanted a “series of discreet spaces. They are both practicing artists and designers. They have four children, generally in their teens.” Trudeau said his clients wanted a structure with “a public place, and a private place for work, for reflection, for artistry.” The initial design called for an

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8000-square-foot, two-story structure, with two curving driveways, a 1000-square-foot pool located on the second floor, and 2600 square feet of decking. The driveways cover almost 7000 square feet. To go ahead with the plan, Krakoff would need to get a natural resources special permit to allow construction within dune lands, and two variances, one to allow a library room on the second floor to only be accessed from outside, with no interior access, contrary to East Hampton town code; and a height variance, to allow the planned flat roofed structure to stand 27 feet tall, when the code limits such structures at 24 feet in height. Tyler Borsack, the East Hampton Town Planner handling the application, recommended denying the original application, though he said that, with modifications, the planning department might well change its position. He pointed out the pluses in the project, such as a state-of-the-art septic system. Modifying the proposal is exactly what Trudeau did in the weeks between receiving Borsack’s memo on the application, and the August 6 public hearing. The ZBA was presented with a new survey, and each of the five board members were given two lavishly illustrated books showing what the final product would look like. The new design was scaled back significantly from the original, with most aspects decreasing by 15 to 20

percent, Trudeau said. Gone are the two driveways, to be replaced by one. One of the two variances for the proposal is no longer needed: the second-floor library will now be accessed from the interior. The second variance, regarding height, was needed because of the property’s location in a flood zone, Trudeau explained. While the plan calls for replacing two houses with one, at one point, Trudeau seemed to be saying that the structure could function as two dwelling areas. He said the vision for the house was to provide Reed and Delphine with a “place for the two of them when the two of them are alone together, or when the kids are in the main house.” In order to get the special permit to build in mostly pristine dunes, clearing caused by the project would have to be reduced, board members made clear during their remarks. “Our dune land is our most precious resource,” board member Roy Dalene said. Whelan followed that by saying revegetating dune land after clearing it for construction “was not quite the same thing.” He said that the various aspects of the proposal would require “clearing this virgin dune land.” Board members questioned, if a new driveway was to be added, why not utilize one of the two existing ones instead of clearing for the new one? “All your proposed parking up by Continued On Page 54.

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Discourse On The Dead At Town Board Meeting Historian challenges restoration of Northwest Woods cemetery By T. E. McMorrow

Restoring historic cemeteries is not usually a hot-button issue. It became one during the August 6 East Hampton Town Board meeting. Averill Geus is the East Hampton Town historian, a non-paying position. The town is required, under New York State law, to appoint a town historian every year, the only state in the nation that has that requirement. It has been Gues’s job for the last few years. The town had circulated a press release dated August 2 titled “Restoration of the Historic Colonial Cemetery on Old Northwest Road.” The release begins: “This burying ground preserves the memorials of the local Terry and Van Scoy families, with stones dating from 1792 to 1884. Nine-

teen headstones and footstones survive in all, including that of a Revolutionary War patriot, and a rare family obelisk cast in zinc. The restoration project will preserve the priceless and unique family records that are carved on the stones.” The release states that the project would take about three days, and would be led by Burying Ground Preservation Group, Inc, which is run by three East End historians, Zach Studenroth, Kurt Kahofer, and Joel Snodgrass. The project is being shepherded by Councilman David Lys. In the public portion of the board meeting, Geus read a letter from her late husband, Edwin Lewis Geus, which she said he wrote before his passing earlier this year. In it, he decried the condition of the cemetery, writing that it suffered

A project to help preserve this cemetery off of Old Northwest Road had the town historian challenging the genealogy of East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. One of the early tombstones in the cemetery, seen here in a photo taken last week, is covered with plastic to protect it until it can be restored. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

from years of neglect. “I was rather surprised to learn that Mr. Lys has taken it upon himself to hire some people to go in and redo the cemetery,” Geus said. Geus continued, saying that Lys “has absolutely no interest” in the cemetery, because “he has no ancestors planted there.” She said she was a descendant of the Van Scoy family. Her family name before she married was Dayton, a name that stretches back in East Hampton history for centuries. East Hampton Town Supervisor

Peter Van Scoyoc encouraged Geus to bring her remarks to a conclusion. Geus went on, attacking the group hired to do the work. “I am responsible for this,” she claimed, meaning that, as town historian, she should be the one making those decisions, although the guidelines laid out in the state law creating her position do not mention the word “cemetery” once, though it does mention monuments. “You have hired a couple of amateurs,” Geus said, adding that the work done by the Burying Ground Preservation Group Continued On Page 54.

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Pedaling Forward With Zagster Southampton looks to allow bike-share program in Hampton Bays By Desirée Keegan

After some consideration and discussing the options, Southampton Town officials seem set on joining Suffolk County’s pilot bike-share program Bethpage Ride — but only offering it in Hampton Bays. Following comments made about the effect on local businesses, and potential for other bike-sharing programs on the East End, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman asked Zagster, a Cambridge-based startup that designs, builds, and operates over 250 bike-sharing programs in 35 states, to change its town-wide noncompete clause into a hamlet one. This agreement would mean Zagster is the only company that can operate a pedal bike-share program at town-owned facilities in Hampton Bays for the length of the agreement, which is two years. The board was scheduled to vote on a resolution to join Suffolk County at an

August 13 board meeting, but results were not available by press time. “I think there’s a lot of value in that for us, just from the standpoint of seeing how this actually works,” Councilman John Bouvier said. “It also exposes our other businesses to opportunity, which is important to all of us on the board as well.” The cost is $1 for every 15 minutes. Monthly memberships are available for $10, and annual ones for $60. There’s a student discount available. The monthly and yearly plans include unlimited 30-minute rides, where riders can dock and reset. The 25 bikes that will be available to start can be locked up at any public bike rack for $2, or at Bethpage Ride racks for free. Bethpage Federal Credit Union is the Zagster sponsor to make the program available free to municipalities.

Southampton Town voted on taking part in a Suffolk County two-year pilot bike-share program called Bethpage Ride, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Independent/Courtesy Suffolk County

Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera was concerned over bikes being left on private property or scattered about, because there’s no way to tell if a bike is being locked up at a public rack, unless Zagster is going to map out where there are current bike racks in the hamlet. While Councilwoman Julie Lofstad said she loved the idea, as a Hampton Bays resident she’s worried about the effect on local businesses, especially The Local Bike Shop, which

Assemblyman Fred Thiele presented the Springs School District in East Hampton with a New York State check for $50,000 on Monday, August 5. The funds will be used to support the district’s new pre-kindergarten programming, as well as its first Robotics Lego League, for the 2019-20 school year. Independent/Courtesy Office of Fred Thiele

offers daily, weekly, and monthly rentals that include helmets. “He felt it was going to hurt his business,” she said. “He wasn’t objecting, because he felt it would happen anyway, but we may end up having another empty storefront in Hampton Bays, and that concerns me.” Zagster’s senior marketing manager for the Northeast region said while there have been immediate concerns elsewhere, there’s never been ongoing discussions with local bike shops over a loss of business. Town Environmental Planner Michelangelo Lieberman said with the contemplation of a form-based code, the recent grant for the bike path connecting Good Ground Park to Red Creek Park, and the upgrades at Ponquogue Beach and Maritime Park, he sees the landscape changing in more ways than meets the eye. “We’re moving in a direction where walkability is going to increase, and that means so will biking,” he said. “An opportunity like this — I see local bike shops sharing the profit as we expand this connectivity and create bike lanes.” The program was made available to Southampton when the Town of Huntington opted out. Suffolk County is also partnering with Patchogue and Babylon to offer the bike sharing. But there’s a local program that began in Southampton Village that’s also looking to move into other hamlets. PedalShare, which partners with the real estate company Out East, runs on a model similar to Zagster, and costs $4 an hour, or $35 daily. Annual memberships of unlimited one-hour rides is $59 a year. Co-founder Chris Dimon said Continued On Page 54.


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It’s the silver anniversary for the Montauk Artists’ Association’s popular juried art show on the Montauk Green. Featuring everything from jewelry to photography to paintings to large and small sculpture, and many other forms of artistic media, the exhibit will

open on Friday, August 16, at noon until 6 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission is free. For more infor-mation or to preview some of the pieces, visit




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County Set On Eliminating Cesspool Pollution Officials scramble to save waterways and groundwater By Rick Murphy State, county, and local officials are involved in a full-fledged war on nitrogen pollution as they race against the clock to save the watershed and waterways in the county, particularly the South Shore. Recently Suffolk County fired off the biggest salvo yet — a $4 billion, 50year plan to “turn the tide on nitrogen pollution” that will hopefully yield meaningful results in 10 years — if it isn’t too late by then. Suffolk officials, calling it “historic,” released its long-awaited Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan, which calls for a transition away from the reliance of cesspools and septic systems, which have been identified as the primary source of nitrogen pollution. Suffolk Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken announced the study,

Approximately 74 percent of Suffolk County remains unsewered, so individual residences and businesses rely on antiquated onsite wastewater disposal systems.

stating, “Scientists have warned that continued reliance on primitive wastewater disposal systems is a mounting threat to both our environment and our economy.” It will take a mammoth effort to be sure, but county officials said a coalition of scientists, business leaders, organized labor, and environmental leaders endorse the plan. Approximately 74 percent of Suffolk County remains unsewered, so individual residences and businesses rely on antiquated onsite wastewater disposal systems. Studies show that about 70 percent of the nitrogen input to local bays comes from approximately 360,000 cesspools and septic systems. After 1973, newly installed systems were required to include both septic tanks and leaching pools. The SWP notes, however, that more than 253,000 of the systems were built before 1973, and are simply cesspools, which are essentially injection wells that direct contaminants to groundwater. The groundwater in Suffolk County is part of a sole-source aquifer that provides the region’s drinking water, but is also the primary source of nitrogen contamination to streams and bays. Last month, Suffolk banned the installation of cesspools unless they are accompanied by a septic tank. Previously, New York State and Suffolk teamed to offer incentive programs, up to $19,200 per household to install an advanced treatment system. The East End towns have voted for a percentage of Community Preservation Funds — a tax on real estate transactions — also be set aside for septic upgrades. The Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, championed by Governor An-

drew Cuomo and the State Legislature, established the State Septic System Replacement Fund and allocated $75 million to support the multi-year effort.

A Race To Reverse Now the race to reverse the troubling buildup of nitrogen begins in earnest. The SWP set an ambitious goal of investing $2.7 billion to eliminate 253,000 cesspools and septic systems by replacing them with new individual nitrogen reducing systems, or by connecting properties to sewers. While the plan identifies some areas that can be connected to sewers, most of the nitrogen reduction would be accomplished through replacement of cesspools with individual advanced nitrogen-reducing onsite systems that have been demonstrated to remove over 70 percent of nitrogen from wastewater. Both Suffolk County and New York State are currently offering grants that cover most of the cost for homeowners who decide to replace their cesspool or septic system with one of the new systems voluntarily. Between 2019 and 2023, for Phase I, which officials call the “ramp up” phase, an estimated 10,000 cesspools and septic systems would be eliminated through replacement of 5000 cesspools with new technology. For the second phase, beginning in 2024, the plan recommends the elimination of 177,000 cesspools and septic systems in near-shore and high priority areas over a 30-year period at an estimated cost of $1.9 billion per year. “One critically important aspect of the plan is the economic opportunity

and new jobs that will continue to be created, both in the rapidly developing industry of trained and certified technicians required to install and maintain the new nitrogen reducing systems, and in connecting thousands of additional parcels to sewers,” said Deputy County Executive Peter Scully. “Over the past several years, the county has worked cooperatively with the liquid waste industry to establish licensing requirements and to provide the training needed to install the new systems. Right now, the industry can support the installation of about 1000 systems per year, but the capacity of the industry will continue to grow as more local small businesses are created to meet market demands,” Scully added. The third phase of the program calls for upgrades in all other priority areas in a 15-year period between years 2054 and 2068, at a cost of $730 million. Upgrades in the remaining areas of the county would be completed in the fourth phase of the program at an estimated cost of $1.3 billion, bringing the overall cost of the program for phases one through four to $4 billion.

Advancing Strategies In addition to recommendations for wastewater management, the SWP provides the foundation for advancing strategies to reduce nitrogen from non-wastewater sources such as fertilizer, and includes recommendations for addressing other compounds, such as contaminants of emerging concern, phosphorous, and pathogens. The plan is the subject of detailed Continued On Page 45.

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Supporting ARF Through Architecture Sagaponack teen expands reach in second year of fundraising efforts By Desirée Keegan Luke Louchheim loves his ARF dogs. So much so, that he wanted to give back to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons for all the joy his bulldog, Buttercup, and pit bull-chihuahua mix, Sam, have brought him. Last year, the 15-year-old Sagaponack resident came up with the idea to construct dog and cat houses and auction them off to raise funds for ARF. He presented Executive Director Scott Howe with a detailed plan of how to make it happen. “When he approached me with this idea, he was so organized — he had a full proposal. It’s something you would

Sagaponack 15-year-old Luke Louchheim, a standout on the East Hampton varsity tennis team, fused his passion for architecture and love of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons to create a project that raises funds for the rescue cats and dogs at its shelter. Independent/Courtesy Tria Giovan

expect from an adult in this business,” Howe said. “It was more than, ‘This is a good idea, you should do this.’ He said, ‘I’m going to do this.’ And he did.” Now, Louchheim is on his second year of the project. Fashion icon Donna Karan and Gabby Karan de Felice’s K9 Zen x Tutto Pavilion, interior designer Steven “S.R.” Gambrel’s Consoling the Pup, and theater and visual artist Robert Wilson’s Doghouse will be available to bid on through Friday, August 16, via The functional and durable shelters for indoor or outdoor use are available for public viewing at The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack until then. The project coincides with the Saturday, August 17, Bow Wow Meow Ball, honoring fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi for his longstanding partnership with the nonprofit. Much like he did the first time around, Louchheim partnered creatives with builders, but this time, broadened his reach from architects to interior and fashion designers, saying he wanted to be more inclusive. Some of last year’s participants included Fred Stelle, Blaze Makoid, Maziar Behrooz, and Robert Young. The structures were auctioned off at ARF’s annual fundraiser in August 2018, and raised more than $30,000. Howe said that money is equivalent to 15 rescue trips to South Carolina; vaccines, health exams, and spay and neuter surgeries for 120 animals; or a month’s worth of

Fashion icon Donna Karan and Gabby Karan de Felice’s K9 Zen x Tutto Pavilion. Independent/Courtesy Tria Giovan

food and supplies for all the cats and dogs in the shelter. So, when Louchheim voiced his desire to do it all again, Howe said, “Being part of a nonprofit, how can I say no?” “It’s incredible,” the executive director said of what Louchheim — whose mother, Summer, is on the ARF of the Hamptons board — has been able to do. “Luke’s idea was a creative way to give back in a way that for everyone is very natural. It lets them take their talents and use them for a good cause. Luke is an incredible young person, and I think this really speaks well for his generation. Obviously, his family should be very proud of him.” He solicited designers and builders, got free supplies, followed up once he received plans, gave the go-ahead, ensured a production schedule was followed, and found photographer Tria Giovan to capture the works of art. But the Sagaponack resident, who was also a standout on the East Hampton High School varsity tennis

team, said it was his awe for all ARF has achieved that motivated him. “They are so organized, and they do so much,” Louchheim said. “They get the job done.” He’d just started taking lessons in architecture, thinking of a project combination would be a win-win for all involved, but had no idea the support he’d receive. “I was really surprised with how willing everyone was to help their community,” Louchheim said. “I didn’t get anybody that said ‘No’ to the project, and it’s been really nice to see it all come together. This took a lot of time, but it’s all worth it.” Fashion icon and philanthropist Donna Karan believes through creativity, collaboration, connection, and community you can change the world, which led to her involvement. She worked with Wainscott’s Men at Work Construction and Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture DPC Continued On Page 46.



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Police Amagansett Man Faces Felony Assault Charges He spent five days in jail after allegedly whipping two women By T. E. McMorrow Juan Marte-Falette, shown here being led into court to be arraigned, is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon that causes serious injury. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

A retired 77-year-old Amagansett man spent five days in county jail last week, after East Hampton town police charged him with two felony counts of assault with a weapon with intent to do injury in an alleged domestic violence incident. Juan Marte-Falette is accused of whipping and striking two women multiple times with a leather belt in a bedroom of their residence late night August 4, raising welts on their bod-

ies, and badly bruising both of them. In addition to the felony charges, MarteFalette is also facing two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. There were two minors present in the bedroom where the alleged attack happened. East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky issued an order of protection for all the alleged victims at the arraignment. Tekulsky said that the District Attorney’s office had asked

Crash Closes Route 114, Driver Arrested EHTP charges woman with DWI; also arrests in Montauk, Springs By T. E. McMorrow



A one-vehicle crash on Route 114 at dawn Saturday, that closed the main road between Sag Harbor and East

Hampton for several hours on an already busy weekend, ended with the arrest of the driver, Stephanie Baker,

that bail be set at $30,000. Matthew D’Amato, Marte-Falette’s attorney from the Legal Aid Society, asked that bail be set at $500, which is the amount his client gets in Social Security payments every week. While the DA’s requested bail seemed excessive, Tekulsky said, given the severity of the charges, he would set bail at $5000. Unable to post that amount, Marte-Falette was taken to jail in Riv-

erside. Under the law governing such circumstances, the DA’s office had five days to obtain an indictment from a grand jury, or release Marte-Falette. He was released on Friday, August 9. Instead of moving the case to State Court, which would have happened if an indictment had been forthcoming, the case could remain in the local courthouse, to be adjudicated at the misdemeanor level, unless an indictment is obtained at a future date.

on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated. Her passenger was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Baker, 27, of Pleasantville, Nova Scotia, was headed south on Route 114 August 10 when she failed to navigate a left turn onto Swamp Road and hit a PSEG utility pole, bringing the pole and attached power lines down onto the roadway. Both Baker and her passenger were wearing their seatbelts, the accident report says. The airbags deployed. The entire front end of the car was crushed in. The passenger was taken to the hospital complaining of neck pain, and has since been released. Baker was seemingly unscathed

when she was brought in to be arraigned later that morning, at East Hampton Town Justice Court in front of Justice Lisa Rana. Baker told the court that she has worked in East Hampton for the summer for the same employer for the past six years, and was due to return to Nova Scotia when that job ends later this month. Rana told Baker her driving privileges in New York were suspended based upon a reported breath test that read her blood alcohol content at .08 percent, the mark that defines intoxication in New York State. Carl Irace, representing Baker for the arraignment, said that state court precedent shows driving privileges should be suspended only if the Continued On Page 27.

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Unlicensed Drivers Abound In SH Village Police reports also show cars with suspended registration By Rick Murphy The debate rages in New York State: should undocumented immigrants be given the option of applying for a state driver’s license? Proponents of the bill say it will allow applicants to attend safe-driving classes and pass a standardized test before being issued a legal driver’s license. One thing is for certain — a lot of folks, legal residents or otherwise, are

operating vehicles without the proper credentials. Take Southampton Village: A typical week involves processing several drivers who, stopped for one offense, turn out to have another, more egregious problem. For example, on July 30, at approximately 8:19 AM, Oscar CabreraSantos was arrested on North Main

Indictment Coming For Alleged Domestic Abuser? Pietro Amato facing charges in East Hampton, three other LI courts By T.E. McMorrow The case of a man accused of repeatedly threatening or contacting his ex-wife, despite multiple court orders to cease such actions, continued down a new path this past week. The woman has since fled East Hampton, where she was seeking shelter when one of the alleged threats on her life was made. She has sought shelter in undisclosed locations across eastern Long Island, but the defendant allegedly continues to harass her. Pietro Amato, 24, of Massapequa,

had been facing a felony charge of criminal contempt of court in a Nassau County courtroom for an incident in which he had physically harassed the woman, leading to his arrest June 21. He remained in county jail after that arrest until July 10, when he was allowed to plead guilty to the same charge, but at the misdemeanor level, with the understanding that he would get a sentence of three years of probation. He also has similar open charges in

Street and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor. Cabrera-Santos was found to be in possession of a stolen Florida license plate from Miami. That same morning, Sergio Ottoniel Lopez-Godoy, 31, of Shirley, was arrested on Halsey Farm Drive and charged with circumventing an interlock device and aggravated unlicensed operations in the second degree, both misdemeanors. His vehicle was impounded and he was processed and released after posting $250 cash at arraignment. The trend continued throughout the week: Alejandro Castro-Segura, 25, was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor, July 31. Erik Guzowski, age 48, of Staten Island, was arrested on Hill Street and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operations and operating a

vehicle with a suspended registration, both misdemeanors, on August 1. Later that day, Yirso Escalanteoritz, 36, of Riverhead, was arrested on Hill Street and charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. Kevin Ehm, 31, of Shirley, was also arrested on Hill Street and charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. Raymond Abbott, 38, of West Sayville, was arrested on Wickapogue Road and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operations, a misdemeanor. Douglas Madriz, 48, of Bay Shore, was arrested on Hill Street and charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. Dennis French, 24, of Riverhead was arrested on Hill Street and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operations, a misdemeanor.

two cases in Suffolk County, stemming from another pair of incidents that allegedly occurred in May. After taking that July 10 plea, according to East Hampton Town police, Amato immediately began contacting his ex-wife via text, email, and Facebook. In one of the messages, police reported, he said that while in jail he’d met a gangbanger, and told his ex-wife he could have her killed for $500. She had come to East Hampton to try to elude Amato, police said. Arrested and brought to East Hampton August 1, Amato was arraigned by Town Justice Lisa Rana, who had worked before starting her law career as a volunteer rape crisis counselor for St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. She set bail at $75,000, an amount Amato could not meet. District Attorney Tim Sini’s office had until August 6 to obtain an indictment from a grand jury, or release Amato, under the law governing felony charges and bail. But, instead of getting an indictment, the DA’s office brought a new charge. According to the new charge, the

day before he was arrested, to be brought to East Hampton, he again tried to contact his ex-wife. By this time, she had fled East Hampton, seeking shelter from Amato in yet another undisclosed location in western Suffolk County. Instead of releasing him outright on August 6, as the law would normally require, he was turned over by the Sheriff’s department at the county jail in Riverside to the Suffolk County police, who rearrested him on the new charge, and transported him to Central Islip. There, bail on the new felony criminal contempt charge was set at $7500, creating a new indictment deadline of August 12. After the newest charge was added to Amato's Suffolk County docket, he retained a private attorney, Daniel Tanon. On August 12, Tanon waived his client's right to be released if not indicted. All three Suffolk County cases were adjourned until September 5. In addition, he is still facing the felony charge in East Hampton. His sentencing date in Nassau County has been moved up to August 27. Amato is currently in custody at the Suffolk County Riverside facility.

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by Suffolk County police officers at approximately 12:49 PM while traveling eastbound on the Long Island Expressway near exit 69 in Manorville. Clancy’s vehicle was severely damaged, with a large hole in its windshield and blood on both the exterior and interior of the car. The vehicle was also missing its front license plate, which was recovered at the scene of the crash. A blood test taken approximately three-and-a-half hours after the crash revealed a high level of fentanyl in Clancy’s blood. A search warrant executed on Clancy’s vehicle resulted in the seizure of a glassine envelope of the drug. He is currently free on bail that was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. He is due back in court September 10. Clancy faces a maximum sentence of eight and onethird to 25 years in prison.

Charged with leaving the scene after striking a pedestrian By Rick Murphy

Keith Clancy, 32, of Mattituck, was high on fentanyl when he struck and killed a pedestrian on July 14, a Suffolk Grand Jury decided last week. Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini announced the unsealing of an 11-count indictment against Clancy that detailed the allegations. At approximately 12:21 PM July 14, Clancy was driving a 2014 Nissan sedan southbound on Lake Avenue in St. James when he left his lane, crossing onto the shoulder of the road and striking northbound jogger Michael McDermott, 37, of Smithtown. “Drugged driving is often deadly, as it was in this case,” Sini said. “We lost a beloved member of our community and nothing will bring him back. We will seek justice in this case.”

Clancy is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, a B felony; manslaughter in the second degree, a C felony; vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, a D felony; leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, a D felony; tampering with physical evidence, an E felony; driving while ability impaired by drugs, an E felony; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, an E felony; reckless endangerment in the second degree, an A misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, an A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, an unclassified misdemeanor. Clancy allegedly left the scene of the crash. He was apprehended

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for arraignment purposes only, said his argument is still an avenue Baker’s future attorney can explore. A much less serious accident ended with DWI charges for a Manhattan man in Montauk the night of Wednesday, August 7. Police said Michael Kissane, 48, driving a 2010 Ford, was tailgating a 2005 Toyota on the plaza approaching Montauk Main Street. When the Toyota came to a halt at the stop sign at the intersection, Kissane rear-ended it,

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reading comes back exceeding .08, not at .08 itself. Rana said the law gave .08 as the number, rejecting Irace’s argument, and put Baker’s case on her criminal calendar for Thursday, August 15, to move it forward, while setting bail at $300, which was posted. Irace, who was on hand to defend those arrested


said to be his landlord. At about 7:30, a call came in that Andrew Watroba, 40, allegedly made threatening statements and then locked himself inside his Aldrich Lane residence. Southold Police responded and surrounded the home. A Suffolk County police emergency services unit was also called. Watroba came out on his own accord and was arrested for an active warrant stemming from a prior incident.

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Southold Town police arrested a Cutchogue man they suspect was driving drunk after he struck a utility pole on Bridge Lane at about 4 AM Friday, August 9. Peter Martin, 25, was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, as well as a marijuana violation, police said, and held for arraignment later that morning. Southold police arrested a Cutchogue man on Wednesday, August 7, after he allegedly grabbed a rifle during a dispute with another man

Shelter Island police reported three arrests for drinking and driving. On Thursday, August 8, Robin O’Reilly, 54, of Manhattan, was observed changing lanes unsafely, police said. After pulling her over, police ascertained she had been drinking excessively. She was arraigned the next morning and released on her own recognizance. Three days earlier, police said they noticed a driver making an illegal left turn, and pulled her over. Lauren Dickerson, 65, was impaired by drugs, they concluded. She was so charged, and an additional charge of unlawful possession of marijuana was leveled. She was arraigned and RORed in justice court. Police said they pulled Galit Shrvit, 43, of Sag Harbor, over July 31 for assorted traffic infractions. Police said field tests revealed she was intoxicated. Shrvit will answer the charges next month.

police said. Neither driver sustained injuries, with the same being true for the two passengers in the Toyota. Kissane was released the next day without bail. A Montauk man was charged with DWI a little before midnight Friday, August 9. Police said John Kanavy was driving a 2018 Nissan pickup on Main Street in downtown Montauk when he failed to signal a turn onto the plaza, while also failing to yield to oncoming traffic, leading to a stop and his arrest.

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What are your memories of going to summer camp? Maddy Shaw My parents were ready to send me to sleepaway camp but I didn’t want to go. So they let me go to day camp with my friends. I loved it. I went from the time I was seven until I was in eighth grade. And my best friend and I went together every year for that entire time.

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Rebecca Taibi I went to day camp for about four years. What I remember most was learning how to swim. It was exciting but I also remember the communal aspect of it. Everybody’s scared but you just do your best and jump in. You try not to drown and you have an amazing sense of success when you come out of the pool alive.

On one hand, the state, county, and local governments have done a tremendous job identifying the problem, putting aside funds to deal with it, and coming up with new technology to improve the effectiveness of our septic systems. But we are staring at a 50-year plan to address the nitrogen-loading problem. If only our forefathers had the wisdom and vision to understand what we were doing to our drinking water supply and our waterways. It wasn’t long ago that our “modern” roads and highways were designed to route rainwater — and all the pollutants — off the roads and into our bays and inlets. Sewers were installed with little thought to their effectiveness or placement. Entire neighborhoods, from Montauk through the Promised Land, in Springs and Noyac, North Sea and Hampton Bays, Westhampton, along the river in Riverhead and numerous neighborhoods on both shores of Southold Town, are riddled with ineffective septic systems, some that empty directly into our swimming areas, other that leach directly into our precious drinking water supply. They are buried, away from our thoughts, so we can choose to pretend each of us isn’t a part of this toxic problem. More to the point, and we get this — few property owners have the financial stability to replace their units with state of-the-art solutions. Most of us can always find something more pressing on w hich to spend our hard-earned pay, be it on tuition, a car, health insurance, and so on. The time for drastic measures is upon us. Almost every homeowner that has a multimillion-dollar house, especially those south of the highway and near or on the bay, can come up with enough money to do something about it. Our towns should mandate cesspool replacement for every property that needs one at the homeowners’ expense. Now. The rest of us have some grants and tax breaks available. What we need are loans, 100 percent if needed, monies divvied out according to income. Tax breaks could offset some of the repayment woes. Installations should be bid out for the best possible price. Jobs should be prioritized, with those directly polluting the bays and ponds first on the list.

Stefan Martinovic I went to both sleepaway and day camp. I have no brothers or sisters so I really preferred sleepaway camp because it was just great having a lot of kids around day and night. It was really exciting for me. I went to the same camp for five years.

Elizabeth Brown I went to sleepaway camp in the Berkshires called Camp Chinqueka. I loved it! I never got homesick, I went for five or six years. I met my best friend there as a kid and today we’re still best friends.

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Arts & Entertainment Pat Benatar Tells All Her real-life Romeo & Juliet story with Neil Giraldo By Nicole Teitler The 1980s were defined by a rock-androll voice so profound, so powerful, that women today still define love as a battlefield. Lindenhurst native and four-time Grammy Award winner, Pat Benatar’s songs of female empowerment, both tragic and hopeful, have transcended decades. Benatar and her husband and guitarist, Neil Giraldo, aka “Spyder,” have a real-life Romeo and Juliet story, but with a not-sotragic ending. Together, in conjunction with Guild Hall, Jamie Cesa, and Bel Chiasso Entertainment, they present a free concert and staged readings of “The Romeo & Juliet Project” at Bay Street Theater’s “Under The Stars” free concert at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17 at 7 PM.

What was your reaction the first time you came across ‘Romeo & Juliet’? The first time I read it was in seventh grade and I fell totally, and madly in love. I was a romantic fool. It was perfect. It was everything I loved — the historical fiction, the romance, and the

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Independent/ Travis Shinn

entire life. I was 13. It fit right into my lexicon of the universe at that time.

How did all of this come together? About four years ago, Spyder and I met with Jamie Cesa, the producer of the show. We met with him with the idea of doing a biographical musical, a jukebox musical. We were working on that for a couple of years, getting our writers

and false starts, meanwhile continuing to do performances. In the first two years, Bradley Bredeweg was producing a small version of a musical called “Romeo & Juliet: Love Is A Battlefield.” You obviously can’t have two performances going on at once, so we sent people down in Los Angeles to check it out and they said it was really good. I said, “Oh shit.” So, we shut the production down. We had to. He didn’t have the rights to

the music anyway; it can only go so far. Then he was at a benefit and came up and introduced himself. Then, Spyder and I decided we didn’t want to do another biographical musical. So, we called Bradley. What he had done was so brilliant, it was amazing. The songs that are being played are done in the form they were written in but it wasn’t the form we wanted. Then, we all got together, us, Jamie, and Bradley, and Continued On Page B4.

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Authors Night: An Insider’s View Interviewing at a rapid pace By Bridget LeRoy

Alec Baldwin, founding honorary chair for Authors Night, recalled the bookmobiles of his childhood when we chatted on Saturday night. Independent/Kelly Loeffler

Bridget Moynahan and Amanda Benchley were properly impressed by my snazzy boots. Their book, "Our Shoes, Our Selves," profiles the soles (and souls) of 40 women. Independent/Kelly Loeffler

The East Hampton Library’s Authors Night, which took place on Saturday, August 10, is the premier literary event in the Hamptons and beyond, with 100 authors signing their books and talking to fans. With the likes of Alec Baldwin, who is also the event’s honorary chair, Candace Bushnell, Rosanne Cash, Douglas Brinkley, Gretchen Rubin, Kat Odell, and many others, the fundraiser provides about 10 percent of the organization’s operating costs each year, said executive director Dennis Fabiszak. I was lucky enough to interview as many of the writers as I could, as host of a live satellite broadcast for the local NPR affiliate, Peconic Public

Broadcasting, 88.3 WPPB-FM, with its main offices in Southampton Village. I like to call it “Speed Dating with Authors.” The fabulous Dawn Watson would “wrangle” the participants to the platform where I sat with the mic and my headphones on; my husband, Eric Johnson, would make sure that overenthusiastic up-andcomers didn’t storm the castle (one or two got through when he was snacking on sushi); and most importantly, Kyle Lynch, the producer, would keep “dead air” to a minimum. I had recently interviewed actress Bridget Moynahan for this paper about her book, “Our Shoes, Our Selves,” and it was fun to throw my



leg up on the table so that she and her co-author, Amanda Benchley, could “ooh” and “aah” over my super-cool boots. Speaking with Candace Bushnell about her new book “Is There Still Sex in the City?” proved to be poignant, as she discussed divorce, loneliness, but ultimately getting back into the game when you’re over 50. Alec Baldwin, as always, was intense and passionate about his commitment to the library and other local year-round cultural nonprofits. He recalled the bookmobiles that used to travel around his hometown of Massapequa that are now decommissioned. Sentimentally, he bought one — it sits, rusting, on his property, but conjures up fond memories for him. Rosanne Cash and Dan Rizzie coproduced the book “Bird on a Blade,” with Cash’s lyrics and Rizzie’s art, and discussed their collaborative effort, which took 20 years from the first time they discussed it until its actual fruition. Instead of discussing his seven New York Times bestsellers, or his new book “Moonshot,” or his role as presidential historian, it was fun to talk to Douglas Brinkley instead about the Grammy-nominated album he coproduced with Johnny Depp — “Gon-

zo,” an album based on the writings of Hunter S. Thompson, but realized in music. The jump from journalism to jazz is an interesting one. Brinkley also won a Grammy for “Presidential Suite,” published the long-lost novel by Woody Guthrie, and drove a natural-gas powered bus across the nation. He is easily one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, and I wish I had been able to speak with him much longer. As always, a chat with literary lion Robert Caro was a thrill. Taking a break from his LBJ-athon, Caro managed to churn out the book “Working,” which is due to become the go-to bible for investigative journalism. In it, he chronicles how to do research, and his own experiences interviewing Robert Moses and other power brokers. The evening ended with Thomas Maier — best known for “Masters of Sex” with his book, “Mafia Spies,” about how the CIA hired two mob guys to try and remove Fidel Castro — and Gianni Russo (“Hollywood Godfather”), who played Carlo, the nogood son-in-law, in the movie “The Godfather,” and is a real made man. Having the two of them together up on the platform, interviewing each other, was everything you could hope to see as a journalist.




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Bluegrass Comes To WHBPAC Sam Bush Band hits the stage By Nicole Teitler

He’s dubbed the most decorated bluegrass performer of all time, with top hits “Stingray,” “Blue Mountain,” “Eight More Miles To Louisville,” and more. Sure, he can sing, but he can also play a mean fiddle, strum a guitar, and rock a mandolin. His name is Sam Bush and he’s coming to the East End. The Sam Bush Band will hit the stage at the Westhampton Beach Per-

forming Arts Center on Saturday, August 17, at 8 PM. Bush grew up on a cattle farm in Kentucky during the post-war 1950s era. His father, Charlie Bush, plays the fiddle and organized jam sessions in the local area. At only 11 years old, Sam purchased his first mandolin and, in the blink of an eye, he was a three-time national champion of the National Old

Time Fiddlers’ Contest, junior division. Sam was inspired by the New Deal String Band in the spring of 1970. Before long, Sam would go on to play alongside Ebo Walker, Courtney Johnson, and Curtis Burch, to form the 1971 band New Grass Revival. The group played together until 1989. Bush was awarded three International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Player of the Year awards, for the years 1990 to 1992, taking home a fourth in 2007. After 25 years of collaborative play, Sam Bush went solo. He earned the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist in 2009. Today, Sam Bush and his band continue to tour. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Call the box office at 631-288-1500 or visit online at

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Women’s Surf Film Festival

A still from the film “Tofino is a Place.”

The seventh annual New York Women’s Surf Film Festival will be held Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18, at The Montauk Beach House. On Friday, there will be an artist opening with Taylor Slater and the exhibit “The Pink Coast” from 6 to 9 PM. Saturday, the festival begins at 7 PM. Professional surfer, local entrepreneur, and Surfrider ambassador Quincy Davis will be onsite to meet guests of the festival. The night includes the exclusive premieres of “Circle of the Sun” and “Tofino is a Place” as well as the U.S. premiere of the film “This Way.” There will also be a beach clean-up on Sunday from 7 to 10 AM at Ditch Plains with Surfrider Foundation, CLIF Bar, and Athleta in Montauk, followed by a free surf session given by local women. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, visit JM

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37 years and have been together for 40. You know, I’d love to say that this has been a picnic, but it has not.

we came up with what we have now. A reimagined story of “Romeo & Juliet,” the original in some places with a detour into things more relevant for right now.

How did you and Neil Giraldo meet?

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What is the music like in the show? A hybrid. It’s our music reimagined as a musical theater number. It’s remarkable how the lyric content fits in the story.

Out of all plays to emulate, why ‘Romeo & Juliet’? Everyone has always called us the Romeo and Juliet of rock and roll because they’ve thrown everything at us on Earth — trying to split us up, all of this horrible stuff that people do — and we’ve managed to survive it. It has relevance for us. We’ve been married for

I signed to Chrysalis Records and the company put together a group of studio musicians. We were putting things together and doing demos with wonderful studio musicians. It just wasn’t raunchy enough. It wasn’t rock enough. I mean, it sounded beautiful, but it wasn’t what I meant. I met with Mike Chapman a few times and I told him what I was trying to do, so he said he had a guy. So, Spyder came down the day I was doing auditions for the other band members and just came so we’d meet. He was already too accomplished to audition. He came in with everybody else. I didn’t know he was there. Someone told me Neil Giraldo was there, but I didn’t turn back. Then, I heard someone behind me say, “Hey, man, can I borrow your axe?” And I thought, oh my gosh, he didn’t

even bring his guitar? I was ready to turn around and skewer him. Then I saw him and that was the end of that. My brain literally shut down, the rest of my body lit up on fire. I tried to compose myself, like “What the hell are you doing?” I was madly in love with him. I composed myself, shook his hand, and he got on stage to play the most unbelievable guitar chord I have ever heard. I wouldn’t have worked with him if he hadn’t been the right guy, the right guitar player, but he was exactly what I was looking for.

Was the first song about you two? “Promises In The Dark.” We were dying to be together. I was still married; he was in a relationship. So, we were not together. We made that whole record with all of that emotional, physical tension going on. We were trying to figure out how to start the relationship, because they don’t make it. We were crazy about each other but didn’t want to blow the career. It was a hard to deci-

sion to make. We took it really slowly, and the first song we actually wrote about the relationship was “Promises In The Dark.” It’s our signature thing.

How does this rock ‘n’ roll journey differ from others? We’ve had a really amazing life. It hasn’t been perfect, there have been lots of struggles, but we came out on the other side. We have two daughters, two grandchildren. We’re so grateful. To be able to circle all the way around, go back to my Long Island roots, and be able to start this whole other adventure, where music that has been so critical and important to your life is now being put into another format. It’s amazing. I’ve never heard the songs sung by anyone but me. To hear them all singing these words that we wrote, we played, that have never been sung by another person, is spectacular. For times and VIP tickets, visit www. or

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By Nicole Teitler The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will host its annual Bow Wow Meow Ball on Saturday, August 17, at 6:30 PM in East Hampton. An evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and auction items will raise funds to support animals in need. But when the glasses have emptied and the checkbooks have been put away, it’s the stories that leave a lasting impression. Lisa Blinderman and her husband, Cliff, purchased the Second Nature markets in Southampton and East Hampton in 1994, making them a recognizable, local family on the South Fork. Yet their heartfelt connection to the area began back in 1985 when they adopted their first ARF rescue, a basset beagle mix named Polly. The family has been adopting ever since. A few years ago, the Blindermans adopted a 17-year-old cat, Spooky, who was brought to the shelter when her owners passed away. Spooky was able to live out her final three years of life with the loving family. “I like adopting older cats, cats with medical issues, or cats that, for no apparent reason, were passed over,” Lisa Blinderman said. Then, another cat, Bonkers, came into the picture. Bonkers fell from a high-rise building, and arrived with a broken jaw, in addition to a multitude of injuries, and was essentially left for dead. ARF’s medical team saved the feline’s life, performing multiple surgeries and feeding him through a syringe. A year later, Bonkers was ready for adoption and the Blindermans swooped in. “He’s a character. I find him drinking my coffee if I leave the room. He makes me laugh and his antics give me so much joy. At night, he sleeps on my husband’s face. Every day he does something more outlandish than the day before,” she said. Their most recent addition to the family was Caillou, found on ARF’s critical list: those who have spent their lives at the shelter. Meghan Bozek, a real estate agent at Douglas Elliman, was introduced to ARF in the early 1990s during family summers in Montauk. She officially moved to the area full-time about four years ago and needed a way to fill her time during the colder, winter months, so she became a dog walker. Then, in 2015, she adopted her first ARFan, Tink, a terrier mix rescued from Dallas. Together, the pair became a registered therapy team through Pet Partners through which they visit nursing homes, schools, and more.





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“In my experience, ARF is so acY commodating for the dogs and cats that CM come in, be it a short or a long stay. The MY staff and other volunteers are beyond warm and welcoming for any person CY that comes through their doors. It feels CMY like a family. I often find myself at ARF K on holiday mornings, where I know I will be greeted with such love, by both the ARFans and the wonderful staff,” Bozek commented. She is an active volunteer in the Village Walk Program and has two other rescues from ARF, Tiana, rescued from St. Croix, and Brighton, rescued from South Carolina. In 2019, ARF is expected to take in over 1400 dogs and cats, with more than 28,000 animals rescued and placed since the organization began in 1974. At the Bow Wow Meow Ball, fashion designer and entertainer Isaac Mizrahi will receive the Champion of Animals Award. Dinner will be catered by Olivier Cheng, with music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. In addition, animals will be on-site, ready for adoption. “You’re doing a kind act by giving a homeless animal a chance. Each time someone adopts, a spot becomes available for another deserving animal. But it can’t be entered lightly. Too many people think animals are disposable, and when problems arise, they’ll discard a not-soperfect pet. You wouldn’t return an adopted child; you don’t return an adopted animal,” Blinderman said. Tickets start at $750. Visit online at

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"Gillian," and "Tripoli" by Joni Sternbach.

Joni Sternbach Photographs Artists & Writers Surf shutterbug set to take portraits at the annual softball game By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Photographer Joni Sternbach — known for photographing surfers and shorelines around the globe — will create a unique art project with her photos at this year’s Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game in Herrick Park in East Hampton. After an Instagram post suggested she might be done after 12 years, Benito

Vila, the new Artists & Writers board president, reached out to the artist to collaborate. Sternbach is now set to bring a vintage, large-format Graflex camera to the game on Saturday, August 17, and plans to create black-and-white portraits of the players. “This is a new ‘thing’ for me,” said

the artist. “I chose this particular camera for its portability and ease of shooting, in such a fast-paced public arena. I am particularly drawn to vintage lenses. This one in particular will create spherical aberrations that set the subjects apart from their background. The end result will likely have an array of abstract characteristics.” “The techniques and processes Joni employs are as inventive as the art she creates. Having her trying something ‘different’ on with our players and fans on game-day this year will bring an added experience of ‘the unexpected’ to our event,” said Vila. Sternbach added, “Should this endeavor be successful, I would like to create a limited-edition artist book of the event with approximately 100 copies.” Guild Hall in East Hampton has partnered to plan this summer’s game. “Joni is a well-respected portraitist. Her approach to ‘The Game’ fits in well with Guild Hall’s mission to encourage

artistic expression and creative experimentation. Also, Joni’s participation is another instance of ‘The Game’ encouraging talented people to come out and ‘play.’ It will be fun to watch her work with the Graflex camera and it will be interesting to see the portraits she creates with it,” said executive director Andrea Grover. For more info on the Artists & Writers Softball Game, visit

“It will be fun to watch her work with the Graflex camera” — Andrea Grover

‘Sea Of Shadows’ At Gurney’s Leo DiCaprio executive producer By Jessica Mackin-Cipro A screening of “Sea Of Shadows” will be held on the deck of Gurney’s Montauk on Friday, August 16. The film is part of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Air, Land, + Sea series. “Sea Of Shadows,” with Leonardo DiCaprio as executive producer, follows

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a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists, and courageous undercover agents, as well as the Mexican Navy, as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas — an endangered species of porpoise — and bring the vicious

international crime syndicate to justice. HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent will be on hand at the screening, as will Dr. Cynthia Smith, the program manager of Vaquita CPR. The film is the winner of the Audience Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

The event begins with the Air, Land, + Sea sunset reception at 6:30 PM, followed by the outdoor film screening at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $23 for current HIFF members. Visit www.

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Gallery Events Compiled by Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Romany Kramoris Gallery Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor presents a group art show featuring three local artists: Barbara Groot, Lianne Alcon, and Herbert August. The exhibition will be on view from August 15 through September 5, with a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 17, from 5 to 6:30 PM.

Three Roads, Three Artists “Three Roads, Three Artists,” an art exhibition featuring local artists Kirsten Benfield, Kurt Giehl, and Daniel Vernola, will be held at Ashawagh Hall in Springs through Thursday, August 15. A closing reception will be held from 5 to 9 PM. “Three Roads Three Artists” is an exhibit where three roads converge and three artists come together to present a collection of oil paintings and watercolors that explores a place between.

Life At Sea The photography series “Life at Sea” by Matt Raynor will be on view from Friday, August 16, through Monday, August 19, at the Southampton Cultural Center. A reception will be held on Friday, August 16, from 6 to 9 PM. Raynor’s evocative photos captured during his time as a commercial fisherman exude the raw power and simultaneous peace of the natural world. On April 18, Raynor suffered a spinal cord injury that has left him with permanent paralysis from the upper chest down. Faced with this new challenge, Raynor hopes to continue to share his artistic vision with the world while finding new ways to make art. For more info, visit

Synchronicity Curator and interior designer Alexandra Hayden has gathered together a talented group of creatives to display their work in a new show, “Synchronicity,” at Chaos Theory Gallery in Sag Harbor, open now until late August. The show showcases a combination of photography, sculptural pieces, and furniture by artists including Mario Milana, Daisy Johnson, Gerard Williams, Annie Shinn, Bari Ziperstein, Steve Miller, the Campana brothers, Humberto and Fernando, and Wendall Castle.

Fields And Fences The Madoo Conservancy presents “Fields and Fences: Paintings 1998-99,” a selection of paintings by Robert Dash. The exhibition will be on view through October 12, and is free and open to the public.

Sugar Hill Children Museum Ille Arts in Amagansett presents the opening reception for Damien Davis and Lina Puerta, artists in residence at Harlem’s Sugar Hill Children Museum of Art and Storytelling on Friday, August 16, from 5 to 7 PM. The exhibition, organized by Sara De Luca, founder of Ille Arts, and curated by art advisor Wendy Cromwell, is the first collaboration on the East End to showcase the program. SHCMAS provides the culturally rich neighborhood of Harlem with a space for children and their families to engage with the work of accomplished artists and storytellers and to

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Dog Days of Summer The Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council and the North Fork Animal Welfare League are teaming up to present “Dog Days of Summer.” On Saturday, August 17, the Cutchogue Village Green is going to the dogs with a multigroup adoption event and the first ever “Eastminster” Dog Show. The multi-group adoption event is the first of its-kind on the North Fork. Opening the event to other organizations in the animal welfare community ensures that there is a large selection of

animals available for adoption, along with giving more animals a broader audience to find homes. Participating groups include Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Bideawee, Kent Animal Shelter, Last Chance Animal Rescue, Long Island Greyhound Connection, North Fork Animal Welfare League (Southold Animal Shelter & Riverhead Animal Shelter), Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Admission is free and the event will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM. The

"The Surrender" by Lianne Alcon at Romany Kramoris Gallery.

create and share their own work. The show runs through September 3.

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The “Art of Imagination” exhibit will be held at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from Saturday, August 17 through August 21. The show features artists Brigid Marlin, Miguel Tio, France Garrido, Don Farrell, Olga Spegel, Jean Pronovost, Liba Waring Stambollion, and Roku Sasaki.

MM Fine Art in Southampton presents “Watercolors.” The show will open with a reception on Friday, August 16, from 5 to 8 PM. Artists include Claudia Aronow, John Baeder, Lucy Cookson, Terry Elkins, Eric Fischl, Sean Friloux, Brook Laughlin, Nancy Maloney, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. The show runs through August 25.

Artists Of Shelter Island Artists of Shelter Island presents its 10th annual open studios event, with 16 artists participating. The event is held on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, from noon to 5 PM. Founded by Shelter Island artists of various disciplines and styles, the ARTSI studio tour has become a summer highlight for locals as well as visiting art lovers who come to the East dog show takes place from 1 to 3 PM.

Summer Hamptons Evening Northwell Health presents Summer Hamptons Evening with a special performance by Alexa Ray Joel on Saturday, August 17, in Water Mill. The master of ceremonies will be Rosanna Scotto. The event is presented by Victoria Moran-Furman, Iris and Saul Katz, and Lawrence Scott Events. The event begins at 6 PM with cocktails and is followed by dinner, live music, and dancing. For more info, visit www.give.

Oceanic X Montauk Oceanic X Montauk will be held on Saturday, August 17, from 4 to 11 PM at Hero Beach in Montauk. The day

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Birdhouse Exhibition A closing reception for Bridge Gardens and Peconic Land Trust’s birdhouse exhibition and silent auction will be held in Bridgehampton on Saturday, August 17, from 4 to 6 PM at Bridge Gardens. The exhibition has been in place at the gardens since June 29. Winning bidders will be announced at 5:30 PM. Over two dozen local artists contributed their considerable talents to decorate or create the birdhouses. includes an interactive event with conservationists, artists, surfers, musicians, and sustainable brands to raise awareness for ocean conservation. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Oceanic Global. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.

Summer Family Party The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill presents its sixth annual Summer Family Party, which includes fun activities inside the museum and outdoors on the lawn and terrace, and a classic summer barbecue dinner on Sunday, August 18, from 3 to 6 PM. This year’s artists include Michael Combs, Jeremy Dennis, Kathryn Lynch, and Paton Miller, who returns this year and will incorporate the use of pastels in his drawing project.


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MARKET PAGE By Zachary Weiss

I’m All Ears! Love for the lobes

For the rest of the summer, lucky summer patrons who stop into the Joey Wölffer shop in Sag Harbor will find an array of clothing and accessories, including Ylang 23’s baubles, which

recently celebrated their summer residency with resident piercer Afton Alexander. Here, we’ve selected a few affordable and stylish styles from the brand!

Suzanne Kalan Emerald and Diamond Baguette Firework Stud Earrings, $2200

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HAMPTON DAZE By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Joey Wölffer, Ylang 23, Sandcastle Contest Puppy Party & Cobram Dinner @hamptondaze Chef Kevin O'Connor. Independent/Courtesy Cobram Olive Oil

On Thursday, August 8, designers Joey Wölffer and Shoshanna Gruss hosted a garden sidewalk party on Main Street in Sag Harbor, outside of the Joey Wölffer boutique. The event was held to celebrate a special partnership between Joey Wölffer and Ylang 23 Jewelry. The jewelry brand has taken up residence through the end of the summer at the boutique. Resident piercer Afton Alexander was on hand for ear piercings at the event, where guests also perused the shop while sipping Wölffer rosé. On Saturday, August 10, I joined as a judge at The Clamshell Foundation’s annual Sandcastle Contest. This East End tradition is a contest where attendees create magnificent sculptures in the sand at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. This year marked the 28th annual event. All donations ensure the continuation of the Clamshell Foundation’s events as well as benefit the people, programs, and projects here on the East End. One hundred percent of all profits go back to the East End community to support college scholarships, food banks, and fish seeding programs. For more info, visit Later in the day, we stopped by the Rosé Garden at Topping Rose

House in Bridgehampton to celebrate the dog days of summer with an event presented by Puppy Parties to benefit the North Shore Animal League America. Who doesn’t love a party for puppies? Guests enjoyed unlimited rosé from Chateau de Berne and appetizers from Jean Georges. Four-legged guests were served ice cream from The Pupper Cup and enjoyed splashing around in doggie pools. The pups also enjoyed a popup by pet designer Max-Bone, a Bow Tie Pet Club photo booth, and a meet and greet with Tinkerbelle the Dog. Coming up over the next two weekends, The Independent and Zachary Weiss will host a dinner (August 17) and brunch (August 24) with Chef Kevin O’Connor of Cobram Estate Olive Oil at Terra Glamping at Cedar Point Park in East Hampton. Enjoy a dinner under the stars or a brunch on the beach, while O’Connor prepares a multi-course meal over an open fire. The menu will include all local duck, whole fish, oysters, wild mushrooms, and vegetables. Guests will sip drinks from Simple Vodka and Out East rosé, and go home with a tote bag that includes bottle of Cobram olive oil, a recUpholstery, Discounted Fabrics, Slipcovers, Cushions, Pillows, Draperies, Valances, Cornices ipe and cooking technique, and more. Installations, Pick up & Delivery,AWindow Treatments by Hunter Douglas Puppy Party at Topping Rose House. Independent/ Danny Greene, Provence Rose Group For tickets, visit Eventbrite. $

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BookHampton in East Hampton welcomes Jori Finkel, author of “It Speaks to Me: Art That Inspires Artists” on Friday, August 16, at 5 PM; Saturday, August 17 at 5 PM is Grace Coddington, author of “Marc Jacobs Illustrated” in conversation with William Norwich. Go to for book details.

FILM Southampton Arts Center Southampton Arts Center presents an outdoor film: “Black Panther” on Friday, August 16, at 8:30 PM. On Sunday, August 18, will be “Walking on Water” at 6 PM. Then, on Tuesday, August 20, at 7:30 PM will be Southampton Jewish Film Fest: “Monsieur Mayonnaise.” Learn more at

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Amagansett Free Library Amagansett Free Library welcomes an author talk with Lyle Greenfield on Saturday, August 17, at 5 PM and a talk with Brent Glass, director emeritus of the Smithsonian, on criminal justice and museums, on Sunday, August 18, at 2 PM. Go to

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Sag Harbor Cinema presents “Trading Places” on Sunday, August 18, at 6 PM at Pierson High School. See more at www.

Keyes Gallery welcomes Billy Baldwin with his children’s story “Story Glass” on Sunday, August 18 at 4 PM.


The Arts Center at Duck Creek in East Hampton will host Piri Halasz on Sunday, August 18, at 5 PM as part of the Lichtenstein Lecture Series. Learn more at

Guild Hall Guild Hall in East Hampton will have a two-day Purist Connect 4 Ideas Festival on Wednesday, August 14, and Thursday, August 15. At 6 PM on August 14 is the next in the Thinking Forward Lecture Series with Sherrilyn Ifill, “Equality Matters in the Hamptons.” On Sunday, August 18, at 11 AM will be “Stirring the Pot: Katie Lee” hosted and interviewed by Florence Fabricant. Monday, August 19, at 7 PM, the Hamptons Institute presents: “The Future of Women in Leadership.” Go to for tickets.

Artists Speak The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art welcomes Maira and Alex Kalman on Wednesday, August 14, at 6 PM for the next Artists Speak series. Learn more at

Zen Bender Grain Surfboards in Amagansett will have author Stephanie Krikorian read from her book “Zen Bender” on Wednesday, August 14, at 6:30 PM.

Viewpoints The Watermill Center welcomes David van Der Leer on Thursday, August 15, at 7:30 PM. See more at

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The Clam Bar at Napeague hosts live music every Wednesday starting at 4 PM.

Surf Lodge in Montauk brings Arizona to the stage on Saturday, August 17, at 6 PM and Whatsonot on Sunday, August 18, at 6 PM. Head to

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COMEDY Suffolk Theater in Riverhead welcomes Paul Reiser on Friday, August 16, at 8 PM. For tickets, go to

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THEATER The Hills Are Alive The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport presents “The Sound of Music” through Saturday, August 17. Visit

Annie Get Your Gun At Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” is now running through September 1. For tickets and times, go to www.baystreet. org.

Be A Badass On Friday, August 16, at 8 PM Guild Hall welcomes the New York City Ballet. Tuesday, August 20 at 8 PM will be “How to Be a Badass,” starring Alan Alda and Laura Brown. Visit www. to learn more.

Puppets At Bay Street At Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor Goat on a Boat presents “Jack’s in the Box” by Lanky Yankee Puppets on Saturday, August 17, at 11 AM. For tickets and times, go to


The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival will conclude its final week with Mozart, Fauré, and more on Wednesday, August 14; Saturday, August 17 with Dynamic Duos; and Sunday, August 18, the season finale of Mozart, Esmail, and Brahms. All concerts held at Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church at 6:30 PM. Tickets are sold at

Paul Gene Springs Tavern in East Hampton will have live music by Paul Gene every Thursday from 6 to 8 PM.

Jam Session The Jam Session of The Hamptons will perform at Paola’s East in East Hampton every Thursday night at 7:30 PM. See more at

Open Mic Night New Moon Café in East Quogue presents open mic night every Thursday from 8 to 11 PM. Check

Gurney’s Gurney’s in Montauk will host Alfredo Merat and Rick Wonder on Thursday, August 15; Friday, August 16, is Samara Brown and Manhattan Funk, along with Chachi; Kasey Berry plays on Saturday, August 17; and Jamie Hartmann and Empire Sound play on Sunday, August 18. See times for a full schedule.

The Clubhouse The Clubhouse in East Hampton will have Josh Brussel on Thursday, August 15; Rum Hill Rockers on Friday, August 16; Tom Wardle on Saturday, August 17; Dan Bailey Tribe on Sunday, August 18; and Jettykoon on Monday, August 19. All music begins at 6 PM.

Jazz On The Terrace Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill welcomes Hendrik Meurkens on Friday, August 16, at 6 PM.

Steve Gunn The Backyard at Solé East in Montauk presents Steve Gunn on Saturday, August 17, at 5 PM. Head to www.soleeast. com.

The Paramount Theater The Paramount Theater in Huntington hosts Unforgettable Fire and Fix You on Friday, August 16, at 8 PM; Julian Junior Marvin on Saturday, August 17, at 8 PM; and Sal Valentinetti on Sunday, August 18, at 7 PM. Buy tickets at

Piano Programs At Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, August 17, at 8 PM will be “Philip Glass: Works for Piano — Program A” and on Sunday, August 18, at 8 PM, he will play Program B.

Westhampton Beach Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is hosting Beachstock, a fundraiser, on Friday, August 16, at 7 PM. On Saturday, August 17, at 8 PM will be Sam Bush Band. Tab Benoit comes to the stage on Sunday, August 18, at 8 PM. For tickets and to find out the secret Beachstock location, go to

Rickie Lee Jones Suffolk Theater in Riverhead will showcase Rickie Lee Jones on Saturday, August 17, at 8 PM. For tickets, go to www.

Music On The Steps Southampton Arts Center will have world music on the steps with Dan Lauter & Claes Brondal on Sunday, August 18, at 2 PM and theater and opera, House Rules, on Monday, August 19, at 7 PM. Learn more at

Concerts On The Green On Monday, August 19, Montauk Village Green’s free outdoor concerts continue with Sarah Conway and The Playful Souls at 6:30 PM. Visit to learn more.

Music Mondays Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents John Lloyd Young’s Broadway music, directed by Tommy Faragher, on Monday, August 19, at 8 PM. Visit www. for tickets.

Stephen Talkhouse Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett will welcome Born and Raised on Wednesday, August 14, at 8 PM. Thursday, August 15, will be Twain followed by Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band at 8 PM, followed by Revel in Dimes at 10 PM. Patrick and The Swayzees opens at 8 PM with Hello Brooklyn at 11 PM on Friday, August 16. Saturday, August 17, is Joshua Radin at 7 PM and Leah Kate at 9:30 PM. Sunday, August 18, Samantha Fish plays at 8 PM, followed by Dollarman at 10:30 PM. Monday, August 19, will be a musical benefit for Phil Vega at 6 PM, followed by open mic night at 10 PM. Tuesday, August 20, is Aztec Two-Step 2.0 at 8 PM and Student Body at 10 PM. See more at

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KISS & TELL By Heather Buchanan

Emotional Crossing Guards Protection from relationship hit and runs

Crossing Montauk Highway in August is no easy feat. Even pedestrian crosswalks are rarely respected. So, when I was running late to my yoga class and trying to walk across Route 27 and saw no end of cars in sight, I felt my stress level rise. Stressed yoga should not be a thing, even in August in the Hamptons. Then, to my rescue, comes a nice-looking young man in a yellow reflective vest who parts the Red Sea of Range Rovers to let me safely pass across the street. “I want to take you everywhere

with me,” I said with a smile. Then I thought how great it would be to have an emotional crossing guard who would keep you safe on the relationship highway. He would see that player guy with the killer smile who was coming at you like a Mack truck and say, “Whoa, slow down, heartbreaker.” We women can be attracted to this magnetic type even when we are aware of the danger. I actually had a dedicated ringtone for one of these guys, “I Knew You Were Trouble When

You Walked In,” to remind me. Yet it’s helpful to have someone who has our safety as their priority to blow a whistle and say “Talk to the hand.” Sometimes it is not the barreling down the highway of love type, but the distracted driver who can present a problem. They are not intentionally looking to run over your heart but simply don’t connect with you because they are so absorbed in their own world and needs. You keep thinking they will pay attention and take the time to see you, really see you. You shouldn’t need your emotional crossing guard to say, “Hey dude, stop texting and look up, there’s a lovely woman right in front of you.” Then there are the gentleman drivers who are totally self-aware and cognizant of others and have chivalry in their DNA and say, “Hey, I am paying attention, and there is a lady in the road, and not only do I not need a crossing guard to stop me, I am already on it and also will make sure nobody behind me causes her any harm.” I love these guys. I had one who actually did throw his coat in the road so I wouldn’t get my heels wet. But as I ruminate on my emotional crossing guard I think, “I am a grownass woman who should be able to navigate relationship traffic on my own


without a town-appointed 20-yearold with a walkie talkie. I have been through therapy. I have read ‘He’s Just Not That Into You.’ I see the tan line where the wedding ring should be. This is not my first rodeo.” It’s all about paying attention and realizing we share the road and all need to look out for one another. But at least for August, I am super happy to have that crossing guard.

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Indy Snaps UNCF “A Mind Is . . .” Benefit Photos by Joseph Allen The United Negro College Fund hosted its annual “A Mind Is . . .” Hamptons summer benefit on Saturday, August 3, at the home of Nancy Silberkleit in East Hampton. The event honored Sharlee Jeter and R. Donahue Peebles. UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. For more info, visit

Candace Bushnell At BookHampton Photos by Richard Lewin On Thursday, August 8, Candace Bushnell, the author of “Sex and the City,” held a signing for her latest book “Is There Still Sex in the City?” at BookHampton in East Hampton.

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Indy Snaps Authors Night Photos by Gordon M. Grant East Hampton Library’s 15th annual Authors Night fundraiser was held on Saturday, August 10, at the “555” field in Amagansett. The evening featured 100 authors from a range of genres. Featured authors included the event’s founding Honorary Chair Alec Baldwin, along with an impressive lineup of honorary co-chairs that included Robert Caro, Rosanne Cash, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Candace Bushnell, Douglas Brinkley, and Bridget Moynahan. Additional participating authors included Tom Clavin, Steven Gambrel, Sybille van Kempen, Jamie Brenner, Barbara Kavovit, Holly Peterson, and Jeffrey Sussman, to name a few.

C.U. Out East Photos by Barry Gordin & Godfry Pix A concert by The Wallflowers, along with comedy by Colin Jost of “Saturday Night Live,” took place at The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s benefit “C.U. Out East” at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, August 3. Prior to the performance, there was a VIP cocktail reception. The Celiac Disease Center provides compassionate patient care for children and adults with celiac disease. All of the center’s research is directed toward celiac and reflects the nature of the disease as a multisystem disorder.


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‘Get This Party Started’ A soundtrack for the Hamptons We are at the middle of August and at the height of the events season before Labor Day puts the break on our partying. Music not only underpins the vibe of many of these events, but musicians have been front and center in some of the best and still-to-come events in the season, all brought to you by the party master Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events. Open your ears . . .

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new wine venture under the brand LVE (Legend Vineyard Exclusive). www. Last month, Usher headlined the celebrations at the 14th annual Feinstein Institute Summer Concert with a performance. Larry Scott has produced the event for over 14 years and since the event was founded, more than $25 million has been raised to helped accelerate cures, $3.4 million at this year’s event.

Katz, and Lawrence Scott Events to benefit the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. Master of Ceremonies at the event will be Rosanna Scotto, co-host of “Good Day New York,” on Fox 5 NY

is for charitable events to move away from auctions mid-event to conducting all fundraising beforehand and then make the night a celebration to remember.” The Spectacle. “Think big! Do not just arrange platters of food, make them visually appealing; place individual dishes in domed glass jars, add art. A display makes any buffet instantly appealing.” The Surprise. “Everyone puts a lot of effort into trying to create the right event, but fatigue with planning can result in a great but unmemorable event. Start by planning something to surprise guests, such as a procession of models in unusual outfits. Something that will change the energy or clearly define the next phase of the celebration.” Quality of Drinks. “Cocktails come first. The trending drinks this summer include rosé wine and rosé Champagne, vodka, tequila, and Japanese whisky.” The people. “Last, but not least, your guests. As author Lewis Carroll said, ‘That which causes the failure of party is not meat, nor drink, but conversation.”

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Larry Scott established Lawrence Scott Events and instantly gained a reputation for his exceptional, one-of-akind celebrations. “From the ridiculous to the sublime,” a Larry party brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. This summer continues to feature some of the biggest musical talents as an essential ingredient in a Larry party. This summer, Lawrence Scott Events produced with Hamptons Magazine John Legend’s launch for his

Larry Scott recently produced and provided the ambiance and gourmet offerings for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 61st Annual Summer Party, adorning the event with glamorous floral décor.

Still To Come — The S.H.E. Event This inaugural event will see Alexa Ray Joel as the special performer at the first annual Summer Hamptons Evening event on Saturday, August 17, presented by Victoria Moran-Furman, Iris & Saul

WNYW. Scotto is also part owner of the family’s New York City restaurant, Fresco by Scotto. Presenter Vicky Moran-Furman is a philanthropist and supporter of NYU and New York Weill Cornell Hospital, where she sits on the Dean’s Council and has opened her Water Mill home on numerous occasions for charitable endeavors. Presenters Iris and Saul Katz have spent decades supporting the development of better health care across Long Island.

What Makes The Perfect (Larry) Party? Do not forget it is a party. “The trend


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In The Ballpark Paul Goldberger’s book highlights baseball diamonds Over the Fourth of July, Google’s “doodle” showed a baseball sharing space with smiling popcorn and a peanut with baseball cap and gloves. A click away, a cartoon game was being played against an organ snippet of the 1908 Tin Pan Alley tune “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” — sports, pop entertainment, history, marketing, all together. Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger, the author of “Ballpark: Baseball in the American City,” would likely not have been surprised. He might even have smiled at the logo, seeing it as a timely gloss on “Ballpark’s” overarching idea. Namely, that American ballparks have gone from being “rus in urbe” [a bit of country in the city] — “simulacra” of green in an urban landscape — to being “simulacra of simulacra,” or high-end, privately owned, commercial, determinedly fun-filled representations of representations. The ballpark come a long way from its early life as a “democratic and exuberant” house for fans in the city who made it to games by public transport and, after the railroads came, could follow teams who now played in nationwide leagues. The phrase “simulacrum of a city” belongs to A. Bartlett Giamatti, who described the ballpark as “a green expanse, complete and coherent, shimmering,” a carefully tended garden. (Giamatti, who had been president of Yale, was baseball commissioner for only five months before he died in 1989). His words open Goldberger’s book. In his acknowledgement section, Goldberger recalls that when he was in high school, covering his local baseball team for a New Jersey newspaper, and was already interested in architecture, he felt “there was something unusual and special in the idea that baseball was played in the symbolic heart of the town. It tied the idea of a place to watch sports with the idea of public space.” An invitation from The New Yorker in 2009 to write a piece on the two ballparks opening that year in the city — Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium — set him on his path to “explore” the idea of the ballpark “as both civic space

and a work of architecture.” And explore he does, with almost overwhelming detail about ballparks (charming and ridiculous, modest and over-the-top), owners, players, political supporters, and powerful CEOs. Of course, a book on ballparks must also be a book about baseball, a sport that has no clock, “a thing apart from the city and at the same time intimately connected to it.” There has always been tension between rural and urban, (anyone ever read Leo Marx’s 1964 “The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America”?), but the best ballparks, as Goldberger persuasively shows, finessed eccentricities and physical challenges for manageable multipurpose expansion, authentically serving both “rus” and “urbe,” until some domed stadiums and retractable roofs complicated matters and threatened the harmony of contending goals. The strength of Goldberger’s argument is that while he has likes and dislikes, he is more analytical than critical. He understands how cities themselves, and urban populations, have changed, reflecting different economic strata and cultural values. The book “inscribes an arc of a century and a half” in 12 chapters that exemplify four phases, or “generations” in the concept and development of American ballparks. In the late 19th Century, when the game finally was organized enough for a ballpark, there were neighborhood-based city oases (Union Grounds in Williamsburg, Shibe Park in Philly, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ebbets Field in you-know-where). Then, after World War II, when cars became ubiquitous, ballparks, often called “concrete donuts,” nodded to the suburbs (Candlestick Park, Shea Stadium), only to yield in a decade or two to a third phase — retro-style ballparks that would seek to reconnect with the city (Camden Yards in Baltimore) and stimulate local development. And now? The ballpark is becoming the dubious centerpiece of privately controlled real estate development (SunTrust Park for the Atlanta Braves).

“Ballpark” is an engaging book, parks (before the Brooklyn Dodgers, though baseball fanatics have the adthere were the Trolley Dodgers), and a vantage over general fans because it contemporary prompt to consider semay be difficult at times for the average mantics: is it a “park,” a “stadium,” a reader to keep track of all the ballpark “field,” a village, a complex? changes, especially when so many were “Ballpark” is a handsome book renamed to reflect new owners, brandwith over 160 photos, most in color, ing rights, and new money related to on thick stock, with footnotes that add ancillary commercial interests. But interesting lore. When were women what a great compendium Goldberger courted as spectators? Where was the has wrought in accessible and lively first night game? In case you’re on prose. “Jeopardy.” By the way: Is it a test that And for New Yorkers, what a nosnowhere is the cover photo identified? GET trip TO.LH WEEKEND QP iconic INDY.qxp_Layout 1 8/8/19I 11:37 PM Page 1 talgic to the city’s three ball(I confess. failed.)

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It’s amazing how many otherwise sane people I know think dogs play a part in the afterlife.         Some think they will return to Earth as a dog, and therefore they should give dogs all the love, respect, and liver bits they can in the fervent hope the favor is returned to them in the next life. I believe a variation of the theme: that every dog I’ve ever had waits for me in the next life, waiting to guide me through the Pearly Gates to everlasting bliss. I’ll die and there they will be, on Judgment Day. If St. Peter doesn’t want to let me into heaven — a reasonable decision given I’m a stone-cold sinner — I could unleash (literally) Suzy, the first dog I ever had and one of the sweetest ever, for a little talk with St. Peter. Suzy had a way with males. Consider this ribald tale, which is true. When I was about 10, there was a dog on our block in Sag Harbor I befriended. It seemed like years and years passed, and every summer we would return from the city and the dog would be still be there, sound asleep on the hot tar in the middle of Howard Street, and Suzy would saunter over. She had him at “Hey, yo.” Many times over the years, the strangest vehicle I’ve ever seen would be parked on the street: an old pickup truck with all sorts of accoutrements hanging off the camper that sat in the pickup bed: brooms, tarps, pails, poles, pot and pans, and the like. I only saw the gentleman who drove it a couple of times, coming and going. The guy (at least according to my aunt) and a lonely lady on Howard Street (who I won’t name) enjoyed the same conjugal bliss privately that Suzy and the dog did publicly. I was the only one not getting any action on Howard Street. But I digress. Back at the Pearly Gates,    If Suzy somehow fails to persuade St. Peter to let me into heaven, I’ll have to send the big dogs in, the muscle. The fiercest was Fang, my German Shepherd. He wasn’t the least bit violent — he was a sweetheart as well — but I taught him to do the guttural growl on demand, which never failed to scare the hell out of people, especially when the fangs came

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out from under the upper lip. I lived in an apartment in Newark for 10 months in the worst neighborhood imaginable, and no one gave me any trouble — not with Fang walking next to me. I didn’t plan on having a dog that big. I had just lost my previous dog, a mutt named Duke, who weighed about 20 pounds. Despondent, I went to the folks on WLNG who dutifully put it over the air. A woman called to say she had Duke — in Southold. “Is he about 20 pounds, black, a cocker spaniel mix?” I asked excitedly. He was indeed, she assured me. My girlfriend drove all the way up there and came home with Fang, a 70-pound Shepherd. “Honey, do you REALLY think this dog looks like Duke?” “Well, kind of,” she replied. I kept the Shepherd and got rid of the girlfriend. Fang’s only flaw was he had a bladder problem. Instead of letting me know he had to go out, he’d tinkle in my shoes. I went through a lot of socks that winter. He’d also spray my guitar, which is why I play off-key to this day. If reincarnation is in fact what happens after this life, and if we do come back as dogs, I’d like to point out I don’t want any baths. It’s not that I am a dirty human being; it’s just that I’ve never had a dog that liked to get a bath. Also, do not give me a cute name. The other day I was walking around Maidstone Park and every dog owner I encountered was guilty of that particular sin. I would ask people the names of the their dogs and they would say stuff like This is “Boopy Bon Bon” or “Hairy Pawter” or the equally obnoxious “William ShakesPaw,” or even “Baconeater.”  And no ribbons behind my ears, no bejeweled collars, and no designer haircuts, either. Respect my dogness. I would also like a guitar and a fire hydrant. By the way, the dog in Sag Harbor, Charley, had a best-selling book written about him. It turned out his owner was John Steinbeck.  Consider the fate of these two Sag Harbor-based literary lions: Steinbeck is considered one of the greatest writers of all time and just had a park named after him in Sag Harbor. And then there is, well, me. 

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Dining Know Your Farmer Get pot-lucky with Treiber Farms and Slow Food East End By Nicole Teitler

On Wednesday, August 21, Slow Food East End will bring people together with a potluck dinner that has one goal: know your farmer. The community event aims to connect local farmers to those who survive, and thrive off of their produce. The event will be held at and highlight Peconic-based Treiber Farms, as the group enjoys a dinner and conversation with good food and good people. Treiber Farms was founded in 2014 by a father and son with the same name, Peter Treiber (senior and junior, respectively). Daughter/sister, Kelly Treiber, works alongside her family helping with the daily farm home operations. None of this would be as adorable without Treiber Junior’s silky black Lab, Peaches, who can be seen running around the farm. Altogether, the team runs a 56-acre property that started with fruit but has expanded into poultry, cows, bees, vegetables, and flowers. In addition, the farm collaborates with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream in Manhattan.

Slow Food East End is a chapter of Slow Food USA but a member of a world-wide organization founded in 1989 in Italy. The goal, globally, is to keep local food culture intact. We are what we eat, and Slow Food aims to preserve efforts from the ground up, celebrating small farmers amid the rise of corporate conglomerates. SFEE is volunteer based across both the North and South forks. Together with the community, this organization furthers education on environmentally sustainable ways to live. Guests are encouraged to bring an appetizer, main course, side dish, or dessert to share with the entire group, serving six to eight people. In keeping things as farm fresh as possible, all ingredients should be local from a garden, community supported agriculture, or local farm stand/market. Each person is also expected to bring serving and eating utensils, and a serving plate. To help wash down the deliciousness on the table, favorite beverages are

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Guest-Worthy Recipe: Eric Miller Montauk Harbor fluke By Zachary Weiss

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STEAK NIGHT Chef Miller’s Guest-Worthy Recipe: Montauk Harbor fluke with capers, lemon, and chervil

Why? “I love the fluke because it’s an indigenous species out east. It’s a great dish to serve for guests any season because it’s available year-round with a buttery texture and light, oceanic flavor. Nothing could be more sea to table than this.”

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8 ears of corn (shucked) 4 Tbsp butter at room temperature 2 Tbsp crème fraÎche 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp mayonnaise 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp black pepper 1/4 c chopped cilantro 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp curry powder

Begin by heating the grill to medium heat. A gas grill should be set around 350 to 375 degrees. Place the shucked corn on the top roasting rack of the grill. Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Brush the buttery mixture over the corn and shut the grill cover. Rotate and brush corn with cilantro butter every three to four minutes for 30 minutes. Enjoy.

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How Summer Is Meant To Be Spent Poolside eats at The Shipwreck By Hannah Selinger

I am a simple girl with simple tastes. In summer, one need not deliver to me a buffet of exotic delicacies to ensure my happiness. It is neither truffle nor sea urchin that tickles my hot weather fancy. All I really need, when I get down to the brass tacks of it, is a cold, delicious drink, a view of a deep blue expanse, and somewhere to find relief from the heat. If you thought food writers were all navel-gazers, you may have misjudged us. I, for one, prefer to gaze out at the sea. You may or may not have visited SALT, Shelter Island’s waterfront restaurant boasting superlative views. This article is not technically about SALT. This article is about the adjacent bar and snack shack, where you can get takeout from SALT, plus a bevy of drinks. You can also swim in

a pool, hear live music, sit on a grassy knoll overlooking bobbing boats, and take in a summer evening in the most magical way possible. It really doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. I wasn’t joking about that. My husband knew that when he married me, which is why he conceded on building a swimming pool. Add a pool — any pool — to a bar destination and you really have made my day. The Shipwreck hinges around a 1930s-era vessel, a twin-mast boat anchored in the center of a cement pad that functions as bar, entertainment area, and music venue. Instead of a Pain Killer, the bar offers its own version, the Whale Killer: Cruzan rum, Coco Lopez, pineapple juice, a Sag Harbor dark rum floater, and a whiff of nutmeg. It goes down easy (a little too easy — hence the original drink’s

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famous name). When the heat fatigues you, head through the restrooms into the changing area and take a dip in the pool, where you can both hear the music and watch the boats dancing in the marina. This brand of relaxation doesn’t cost a penny. The full SALT menu can be ordered through the bar. Servers deliver it in takeout containers to your table. Monday night is burger night ($10, a Shelter Island steal). On Tuesday evenings, The Shipwreck hosts Trivia Night at 7 PM. Live performances take place every Thursday through Sunday. The comprehensive menu includes everything from fresh sushi (veggie rolls, spicy tuna rolls, shrimp tempura rolls, spicy lobster rolls) to oysters on the half shell to sandwiches to shellfish to shareable entrees, like steak frites. Do you have a boat? The Shipwreck is easier to get to by sea than by land. Call The Island Boatyard for docking instructions and pull up to a slip. (They can give you pricing and

availability information over the phone. Just call 631-749-3333.) I can think of no finer way to bypass the Hamptons traffic this August. Like so many good things out east, this particular good thing must come to an end eventually. The Shipwreck is a seasonal delight, though that probably comes as no surprise — there’s no shelter, really, save for a flimsy piece of fabric over part of the patio that provides a partial respite from the midday sun. Enjoy these last weeks of summer, then — and yes, accept it, August is already here, and with it, summer’s winding, wending, final days. While the weather is still unacceptably hot — a reality we’ll fervently miss in the coming months — get yourself to The Shipwreck. Laze in the pool. Dawdle on the lawn. Drink a Whale Killer and ponder a second. If the sun slips into the water before you’ve had a chance to take stock of the day, know that you’ve done yourself proud. This is how summer is meant to be spent.


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EAST END TASTE By Vanessa Gordon

Dining With That Special Someone

Everyone does farm-to-table and dock-to-dish but what happens in between makes a difference.

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In celebration of my and my husband’s eight-year wedding anniversary, I am looking back and reminiscing how our relationship grew throughout the years and how we decided to settle down full-time on the East End. Many of our memories etched out east are of when we dined out at some of our favorite spots, which I recommend as being some of the perfect dining destinations to bring that special someone for almost any occasion. Below are our five favorite romantic restaurants in the Hamptons, and what we both love to order at each.

The Palm A staple for us. We have been dining at The Palm at The Huntting Inn for over 15 years. We love that the food is consistent, the portions are large and perfect for sharing, and we always like to sit in the sunroom and order colossal portions of steak and lobster. We love to start with either the lobster bisque, Monday Night “Chop Chop Salad,” or the watermelon and burrata salad in-season.

for a couple of hours. We order the Tavern Burger and always for dessert, the sticky date cake, salted caramel gelato, and toffee sauce. A visit to the Hamptons is simply not complete without experiencing a taste of the sticky date cake. Note, the menu rotates with the seasons.

Il Capuccino A favorite of ours and our families for over 20 years, we have loved dining at Il Capuccino and have ordered almost every dish on the menu. Of course, the garlic knots are simply the best and we always take several home with us to reheat in the oven the next afternoon. We love its Salmon Capuccino and Capelli D’Angelo ai Gamberi: angel hair pasta tossed with shrimp, scallions, and plum tomatoes. We finish off the evening by splitting the tartufo. And in the autumn, we simply cannot resist their pumpkin raviolis with seasoned Alfredo sauce.

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La Fine at Montauk Manor is a charming, family-style restaurant that we have enjoyed visiting for the past four years. We love to head out to Montauk during the week and eat on the back patio. We love to split Grandma’s Meatballs and then dive in to our Bolognese smothered in beef, veal, and pork with Nonna’s marinara and fresh roasted tomatoes, finished with fresh ricotta and fresh basil. For dessert, the Italian cheesecake, light, buttery ricotta cheese pastry with orange zest and hints of vanilla, is always a winner.

We love to particularly dine at The Tavern downstairs as we can usually come in without a reservation during the week. The Tavern has such a relaxing, low-key vibe, making it a perfect spot to escape

Which are your favorite restaurants? Where are you dining this weekend? Share by tagging @EastEndTaste and using the #EastEndTaste.

The American Hotel We would walk to The American Hotel at least twice a week and play backgammon for hours while sipping cocktails or tea. Its late afternoon cheese fondue is one of our favorite treats. If we come in for dinner, we sit in the back room and have the lobster BLT or the bacon-wrapped bison fillet.

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Fulvio Massi of A+M+L Architecture Principals of A+M+L Architecture, Kirk Lehman, Fulvio Massi, and Richard Acierno. Independent/Ty Wenzel

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Fulvio Massi of A+M+L Architecture

Combining 75 years of exquisite architecural excellence By Ty Wenzel Sunshine pours in onto the largescreen computers which are lined up in the center of the main room, by strategic design, to encourage conversation that runs seamlessly so that everyone’s ideas get heard. The main room of A+M+L Architecture is a hub of activity and looks like a tech start-up but with architectural rendering, blueprints, and architectural art adorning the walls. The firm is a collective that brings together principals Fulvio Massi, Richard Acierno, and Kirk Lehman, plus their staff who are busy working on various projects. We sat down with the Italian born-and-bred Massi to deepdive into the firm and learn more about their history as a team, their work philosophy, and what he thinks about designing the East End’s gorgeous homes.

Fulvio, you hail from Italy. How did you find yourself on the East End of Long Island? My wife, Naimy, is from East Hampton,

so my first visit was in 1974. Since then, I spent a lot of time here and finally moved here permanently in 2000.

How did studying architecture in Italy translate to the American aesthetic? What were the differences in building materials or architectural details that you found interesting when you came here? In Italy, the principal structural building materials I was working with were concrete, masonry, and steel, very different from the wood stick frame that is common here. I wasn’t familiar with wood construction, so for me, it opened a whole new world. In a way, a common denominator can be found in the cedar shingles — being a modular material, it does have some relation to bricks.

Was it challenging switching from the metric to the

imperial system? The thought of switching from the metric to imperial system was worrisome, but I was surprised how quickly I embraced the feet and inches, as they are intimately related to the human body. Oddly enough, at this point I don’t miss the metric system.

A+M+L stands for the three principals: Richard Acierno, Fulvio Massi, and Kirk Lehman. How did the three of you come together to create the firm? We met while working as Project Architects for Barnes Coy Architects in the late 1990s. We left to pursue our own design interests and founded A+M+L Architecture in 2001. Our current office is arranged with a large open communal studio space where ideas are freely expressed and there is a cross pollination of thoughts and intuition. We work together in this way to remain aware of the multiple dependencies and requirements of our projects. In fact, everyone is encouraged to provide input and proposals regarding the project development.

Are modern and traditional they different in terms of methodology when fleshing it out into a finished work?

Our firm is versatile and well familiar with differing architectural languages and styles. While the finished works may look very different to the aesthetic observer, there are design parameters that remain consistent throughout our design process. The relationship of interior space with the surrounding landscape and the development of a highly functional and efficient plan are important aspects of design for us. Another important theme for us is the degree to which material expression can inform the feeling of interior space, as this can be realized through decorative or additive procedures or conversely, by editing or reductive moves. All of these are critical elements and reflect ideas that transcend style.

What projects are you currently working on? We have many projects in various stages of development throughout the East End and in Manhattan. We are currently completing both traditional and modern homes in Sag Harbor and here in Southampton Village, a stunning penthouse in SoHo and another on Park Avenue. We have multiple projects now under construction and many exciting projects that we are currently designing. So, we are very busy. That is another aspect of our work that we find so fascinating — the constant juxtaposition of finalizing and initiating architectural concepts.

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What was your favorite project that you worked on? We have been very fortunate to be able work with wonderful clients that allow us to express our architectural intuitions through the realizations of the work. The best projects are those that allow us to work through a design trajectory in a natural way without a preconceived visual agenda.

Who are your architecture or design heroes? As I mentioned earlier, our office is a large communal work space, so conversation in the office will routinely reflect on the many personalities in various fields that appear in the office psyche and continually inspire us to develop and pursue integrity in our work, from Louis Kahn to Nikola Tesla to Miles Davis.

How are you incorporating green building into your projects? We are typically implementing many green building initiatives into our work. Some of these include photovoltaic solar arrays, high performance insulation

packages, LED lighting packages, high efficiency appliances and HVAC equipment, high performance window and exterior door systems, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. We also prefer to use locally sourced materials whenever possible.

You’ve designed so many show-stopping homes on the East End. What inspires you about the region? There are, of course, things that we all lament about the changing physical nature of our communities out here on the East End, but this remains a truly special and significant place. The natural environment provides the framework for understanding the region and its architecture. The ocean, bays, lakes, and ponds provide focus at the periphery of the built environment. We are inspired and intrigued by the dialogue between exposure and protection, permeability and privacy that inform the experience of these places. But we are also inspired by how these themes equally apply to the more densely built environment throughout the villages in the region. These are universal concepts that can only become specific at a particular place, orientation and time.

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Does the firm employ bidding for the projects you are hired for by the homeowners or do you work with select builders to realize your designs?

and revealed by the intuitions about the nature of a particular place.

The circumstance for the development of our projects is varied. Sometimes clients come to us because they’ve seen something we’ve done that they really liked or we are recommended by a family member or friend. In that case, it might naturally evolve to the point where we are inviting different builders to bid the project. Sometimes we are brought in to a situation where a builder already has a relationship with a client and a bidding process is not required. We generally follow the request of the client with this aspect of our work.

We have in our office a good array of books that we keep close at hand for reference, spanning from architects’ monographs, architecture history, technical details etc. We have also a subscription to a series of Italian and American magazines like Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, El Croquis, Casabella, and Domus.

What magazines, websites, or books do you read or follow for inspiration?

When you’re not designing luxury homes, what do you do for fun? Painting, cooking, and traveling.

How would you define the homes you design in terms of their style? We would describe our work as diverse. We are very inspired by both the historic architectural fabric reflecting hundreds of years of shared experience and the contrasting characteristics of a modern response to that context. These are equal positions for us that are informed

To reach Massi or inquire about A+M+L Architecture, call 631-287-7230 or visit

CORRECTION In last week's Real Realty feature on Eastbay Builders, The Independent ran an incorrect phone number. The number to Eastbay Builders is 516-807-2649.

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$1.5 Million For Plum Island Lighthouse Homeland Security, Army Corps project will stabilize the structure By Desirée Keegan

A historic Plum Island landmark is receiving funds for long-term preservation. The Plum Island Lighthouse, first lit in 1827, is receiving $1.5 million worth of restoration work financed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The money will go toward replacing rusted-out ironwork at the door and top of the lighthouse. Repairs are also needed on a deteriorating roof, as well as a cleaning out of the asbestosladen interior, all the result of years of neglect and exposure to the elements. “The lighthouse on Plum Island is a historic treasure,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said. “The fate of the lighthouse had been a great concern given the uncertainty of the future of Plum Island.” The lighthouse, which the Department of Homeland Security owns, guided mariners through Plum Gut for more than 100 years. The three acres at the west end of Plum Island that the lighthouse stands on was purchased from Richard Jerome for $90 in 1826, and marks the east side of Plum Gut, a mile-wide entrance to Long Island Sound with extremely strong tidal currents. Orient Point lies on the opposite side of Plum Gut. The first lighthouse on Plum Island was a 35-foot octagonal tower built of rough stone using a $4000 appropriation granted by Congress May 18, 1826. Ten lamps with reflectors, divided into two groups of five and arranged on rotating copper tables, served as the tower’s lighting apparatus, and an eight-room dwelling was provided for the keeper. In 1856, a fourth-order Fresnel lens that produced a white flash

every 30 seconds replaced the array of lamps and reflectors. A second light on the granite house was added in 1869, and the metal tower in 1978, the year the lighthouse was automated by the Coast Guard and replaced by a modern structure. Plum Island Lighthouse is listed on federal, state, and local historic landmark registers. “This is a good preliminary step in efforts to rehabilitate and preserve this irreplaceable part of American history,” Southold Town Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Ted Webb said, adding the cliff in front of the lighthouse was stabilized some years ago with granite boulders from the breakwater at Sag Harbor. “Sadly, through neglect, the lighthouse is in very poor condition, but it can be saved. As one who passes by this American treasure on a daily basis, I am witness to the rapid acceleration of its physical deterioration. It is worth noting that thousands of mariners and ferry passengers pass by this lighthouse every week.” Webb narrates lighthouse cruises around the North Fork, and has visited the structure nearly every day for the last six years. Sadly, the lighthouse has a history of neglect dating back to the 1800s. “Both the tower and keeper’s dwelling are in bad condition and should be rebuilt,” the 1868 Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board stated. “The tower, built in 1827, leaks badly; the masonry is soft and crumbling; the lantern is of the old pattern, and with small lights and large astragals, and it leaks badly. It is thought that the old buildings are not worth the money, which would be required to put them in good order, and it is therefore proposed

Plum Island Lighthouse needs repair of rusted ironwork at the door and top of the lighthouse, a deteriorating roof, and asbestos-laden interior. Independent/Courtesy Office of U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin

to rebuild them.” Funds were allocated on March 3, 1869 for a replacement, and it went into operation in 1870 using the Fresnel lens from its predecessor. The new lighthouse consisted of a granite, twostory dwelling, with a white cast-iron tower, capped by a black lantern room, attached to the front of the dwelling’s pitched roof. A fog bell, mounted in a wooden tower and tolled by a Steven’s striking apparatus, went into operation with the new light. The previous keeper’s dwelling remained standing until 1885. The lighthouse’s slate roof, which leaked badly, was replaced in 1878 with a shingle roof, and the fog bell was raised 10 feet higher on the bell frame that same year so it could be better heard. Noted angler William Wetmore was head keeper when the current lighthouse was built. John Jacob Astor, who would later be the wealthiest person to perish aboard the Titanic, was outfitted with bait and lines by Wetmore. Three years later, then-President Grover Cleveland stopped at the island to get the keeper’s pointers on catching bluefish. Wetmore was 85 and reportedly the oldest keeper in the country when he died in 1892. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, lighthouse personnel became part of the war effort as lookouts were established at many stations. A lookout tower was mounted atop the lantern room at Plum Island Lighthouse for part of World War II. Webb and Russell said U.S. Rep-

resentative Lee Zeldin’s interest in preserving the historic landmark accelerated the restoration effort and funding allocation. “We are greatly appreciative of the advocacy and success of Representative Zeldin,” Russell said. “His efforts to protect and restore the lighthouse demonstrates his understanding of how important our great history is to the residents of Southold. It also shows how committed he is to protecting not just the future of Plum Island, but also to protecting its history.” Zeldin pointed to another piece of the lighthouse’s past, being the site of the first battle between British and Continental troops ordered by General George Washington, while also noting its use as a defense fortification and artillery post up until World War II. “Plum Island is not just a natural resource, but a cultural and historic monument with a rich history. Instead of selling Plum Island and its unrivaled history off to the highest bidder, we must invest in its future by committing to protecting its past and restoring the Plum Island Lighthouse,” Zeldin said. “This federal funding is a critical step in stabilizing the lighthouse and Plum Island’s future, and I look forward to continuing to work with those at every level of government to ensure we continue to restore the island’s landmarks and safeguard its rich history for generations to come.” Restoration work is expected to be completed by December 2020.

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Einstein Square(d) Photos by Lyndsey Belle Tyler The Rothman’s Department Store building in Southold received a complete update and restoration, including the green space around it, which was unveiled Friday, August 2. Now known as Einstein Square, the timing of the dedication is historically significant because 2019 not only represents the 100-year anniversary of Rothman’s Department Store but the centennial of the confirmation of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. It also marks the 80th anniversary of the summer Einstein spent in Southold, when he and David Rothman, the store’s founder, formed a legendary friendship. Einstein would later refer to this time as his “happiest summer ever.” Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell spoke at the ceremony. The property is being handled through Douglas Elliman's real estate offices. BL


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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, INDEX NO. 607745/2019 CAROL RESSI DI CERVIA, (Mortgagors) Plaintiff, -against- SIRO ZANINI,(Mortgagee) Defendant, SUMMONS, To the above-named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer, or if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance, on Plaintiff's attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to answer or appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the notice set forth below and in the Complaint. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, INDEX NO. 607745/2019 CAROL RESSI DI CERVIA, (Mortgagors) Plaintiff, -against- SIRO ZANINI,(Mortgagee) Defendant, VERIFIED COMPLAINT, Plaintiff, by and through her attorneys, The Law Office of William D. Shapiro, as and for their Verified Complaint: AS AND FOR A FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION 1.This Action is brought pursuant to the New York Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (hereinafter “RPAPL”) Article 15 to secure the cancellation and discharge of record of the below-described mortgage which encumbers the below-described premises. 2 Plaintiff is an individual residing in the State of New York, County of New York, with an address of 350 East 79th Street, Apartment 10C, New York, NY 10075. 3 Upon information and belief, Defendant Siro Zanini, is an individual engaged in the transaction of business throughout New York State and more particularly within Suffolk County, having an address of Via Navegna 2D, P.O. Box 2040, CH-6648, Minusio, Switzerland. 4 Plaintiff is/was the Owner of certain real property known as 8 Gansett Lane, Amagansett, Town of East Hampton, County of Suffolk, State of New York, Suffolk County Tax Map No. 0300-172.000-10.00-009.000 (hereinafter the “Premises”). 5 Plaintiff sold the Premises in 2017 to an uninvolved third party but was unable to obtain a satisfaction or discharge of mortgage for the below-described mortgage from the Defendant before the date of closing of title, and thus Plaintiff maintains an “interest in the property” pursuant to RPAPL §§1501(4) & (5) 6 In order to induce the uninvolved third party to close title to the Premises, Plaintiff deposited – pursuant to a written Deposit Agreement – the sum of TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND ($200,000.00) DOLLARS from the sales proceeds with the title company who insured the transaction in order to ensure the discharge of the below-described mortgage. 7 The insuring title company requires an Order Discharging/ Cancelling the Mortgage in order to release the escrow funds to Plaintiff. 8 On March 31, 1992, in connection with the Premises, the above-said Plaintiff, as Mortgagor, executed and delivered to Defendant, as mortgagee, a note whereby Plaintiff promised to pay the sum of TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND ($200,000.00) DOLLARS with interest on the unpaid balance of the debt (hereinafter the “Note”). 9 As security for the payment of said Note, Plaintiff duly executed and delivered to Defendant a mortgage in the amount of TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND ($200,000.00) DOLLARS, which mortgage was dated March 31, 1992 and recorded in the Office of the Suffolk County Clerk on May 20, 1992 in Liber 17670 Page 498 (hereinafter the “Mortgage”). 10 Per the terms of the Note and Mortgage, “[a]ll sums owed under the Note are due no later than March 31, 1997.” 11 Accordingly, because all sums owed under the Note and Mortgage were due no later than March 31, 1997, the sixyear Statute of Limitations for brining a action to foreclose on the mortgage pursuant to CPLR §213(4) began to run at the latest on March 31, 1997. 12 Consequently, the six-year State of Limitations for bringing an action to foreclose on the Mortgage pursuant to CPLR §213(4) expired on March 31, 2003; six (6) years after the due date stated in the Note and Mortgage. 13 At no point in time did the Defendant, or Defendant’s successor(s)-in-interest, if any, gain possession of the Premises. 14 Upon information and belief, all parties are known, and none are an infant nor mentally incapacitated. 15 The judgment will not affect a person or persons not in being or ascertained at the commencement of the action, who by any contingency contained in a devise or grant or otherwise, could afterward become entitled to a beneficial estate or interest in the property involved. 16 Every person or persons in being who would have been entitled to such estate or interest if such event had happened immediately before the commencement of this action is named as a party thereto. 17 As a result of the foregoing, Plaintiff by reason of its interest in the property, demands the cancellation and discharge of said mortgage pursuant to RPAPL §1501(4). WHEREFORE, Plaintiff Carol Ressi Di Cervia hereby demands, pursuant to Section 1501(4) of the Real Property Actions & Proceedings Law, judgment against the Defendant cancelling and discharging the Mortgage held by Defendant and encumbering the Premises located at 8 Gansett Lane, Amagansett, Town of East Hampton, County of Suffolk, State of New York, Suffolk County Tax Map No. 0300-172.000-10.00009.000, together with such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT: the object of the above-captioned action is to discharge a mortgage securing the sum of $200,000.00 and interest, recorded on May 20, 1992 at Liber 17670 Page 498 covering the premises known as 8 Gansett Lane, Amagansett, New York. The relief sought is a final judgment adjudicating enforcement of the mortgage as barred by the Statute of Limitations. Suffolk County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. The Law Office of William D. Shapiro, Attorney for Plaintiff, By: William D. Shapiro, Esq., 34 E. Montauk Hwy. - Ste. 3, Hampton Bays, New York 11946, (631) 377-1168,


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is good s***. I used to enjoy Jerry’s column as well. A great leap above the milquetoast crap I read in the Suffolk Times. Shame I have to get through all the celebrity ass-kissing to find your work, but I guess that’s what pays the bills. Eli Stoneman

Continued From Page 4. Greg Robins Republican Candidate for Southampton Town Supervisor

Attempted Coup To The Editor, A couple of topics were conspicuously absent from last week’s cavalcade of clowns, ditzes, dullards, and demagogues otherwise known as the Democrat Debates. Not one mention of the Trump/ Russia/Putin collusion fantasy! After three years of an incessant barrage from Democrat party hacks and their media accomplices promising that evidence of Trump’s crimes would soon be forthcoming, somehow this vital subject was completely ignored. So, Trump was right after all — the whole thing was political theater, a huge hoax designed to undermine his campaign and then to remove him once he was elected. Hopefully now that Sheriff Barr and his posse are on the case, those responsible for this attempted coup will pay a heavy price. Also, strangely unmentioned, was the wave of abortion laws passed with cheers and applause by Democrat state legislators all over the country — laws that permit the killing of infants up to and including the day they are born. Are the Democrats no longer proud of what they consider a major advance in Western civilization? One item did finally appear at a Democratic event. There were American flags on stage, though they used an electronic version rather than real ones, probably because they feared that the Antifa thugs scattered among the crowd might rush the stage and burn or trample them. Actually, given all the free stuff the candidates were offering to illegals, the more appropriate flags to fly would have been those of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. They also spent lots of time promising to stamp out the scourge of white supremacists, a group that apparently includes anyone who disagrees with them on any issue. It’s just as much a scam as the Collusion Crusade, and will meet the same fate when the bad guys fail to materialize. Sincerely, Reg Cornelia

A Buck A Pop Dear Rick, If the paper wasn’t free, I think I’d pay a buck or two to read your column, not that I’m going to mail you a buck or two. But it

Bad Government? Dear Editor, The East Hampton Town Board’s thoughtless haste to consolidate the existing Montauk and Three Mile Harbor shellfish hatcheries into a monster-sized facility on the heavily-used town dock at the end of Gann Road in Springs threatens our neighborhood and the larger Springs community and town in several ways. Chief among these is by riding roughshod over the established zoning, planning, septic, and environmental review processes, and reneging on their promise to engage the community over the past year. Their claim is that “they’ll take care of that later” because of funding deadlines. This is unacceptable, and worse, bad government. A quickie SEQRA declaration of “no or little impact” without presenting required detailed state and county plans may in fact be illegal, as was pointed out by Jeff Bragman, the only lawyer on the town board, who abstained from voting on a funding pledge that would enable the town to apply for “grants,” money that we all know comes from taxpayers one way or another. Does the Town of East Hampton need this greatly expanded facility in a busy residential area, or is there a better location? What is the actual projected return in terms of water quality improvement? Could the $5 million (and that’s only the beginning) be better spent with far more effective and immediate water quality improvement outcomes? It seems that vanity and hubris are not even allowing these questions to be asked. Worse, the sneaking creep of the existing hatchery facility has become the hot ticket for recreational oyster hobbyists. In so doing, they have usurped the wider commonalty’s access to the town preserve at both ends of Babes Lane, clearly damaged and blocked the shoreline, including by installing an additional 50 dock, and further impeded traditional open water access for anyone else. Not to mention they’ve overwhelmed the Gann Road public dock for hatchery social events, complete with tenting like with the Memorial Day fiasco that prevented local residents from parking, fishing, and hanging out, or local boaters from using the launching ramp, unless they had a floating trailer. And the beat goes on. As a result, virtually every resident and business owner on Gann Road and

Babes Lane, as well as many on Woodcrest Drive, Squaw Road, Long Lane, and beyond have been led to object the petition. We recognize the threat to all of us, to Springs and the town at large when governed by fiat, rather than consultative representation and following the rules. Why doesn’t the town board? Why should we be at cross-purposes if this is a good idea for all? Virtually no one on the East End, to my knowledge, and certainly none of my neighbors, is against aquaculture. We know that shellfish can have an ameliorative effect on water quality and support commercial and residential shellfishing. We initially strongly supported the town’s purchase of the 1.1-acre, 2500-square-foot residential property at 36 Gann Road to complement the long-established hatchery’s presence, provide educational space, limited offdock parking, and a list of environmental upgrades, including a better septic system for the entire dock. Instead, the plan was developed in the dark, and residents were blindsided by an additional 5000-squarefoot structure. Over 8000 square feet on 1.1 acres? You try that. Casual oystering and unwarranted, overblown development aside, why are the Springs residents all too frequently asked to shoulder burdens for the town, especially when we have two representatives on the town board? We have been suing ourselves over a desperately needed emergency communication tower for over three years, but still can’t make cell phone calls. The East Hampton School District was allowed, even encouraged, to place a bus depot at the Fireplace Road entrance to Springs over our community objections. And now we’re being asked to give up our dock, launching ramp, commercial and recreational fishing, beach, and harbor access on a town nature preserve, and plant a greatly-expanded commercial facility on a small residential parcel without community input based on a plan that was literally sprung on us without warning despite phony promises of community involvement. Please support our effort. Whose neighborhood is next? Ira Barocas President, The Duck Creek Farm Association

Lead In A Bullet Is there as much lead in a medal as there is in a bullet? Put your finger on the trigger and pull it It does not take much lead to make someone dead Once you have fired that bullet you cannot take it back It’s not like calling someone a dirty name

Once you’ve pulled that trigger You have no else to blame You’ve taken a life They could have been a husband or a wife Mother or father Brother or sister You have destroyed an entire family By being so cruel you are nothing but a fool You will end up in prison for the rest of your life You have killed a husband or wife Brother or sister The answer to the question Is there as much lead in a medal as there is in a bullet? There is more lead in a bullet than there is in a medal However It is better to receive a medal than to get a bullet Richard Sawyer

Honor Codes Dear Editor, Hello. My name is Arthur Smyth, I am a Boy Scout. I am currently at Boy Scout camp in Rhode Island. Part of being a Boy Scout is memorizing the Scout law and Scout oath. Before every meeting, we form up and recite them both. The Scout law and oath are meant to be honor codes by which each Scout lives. The Scout law lists different traits that each Scout should have, the oath says that a Scout will do his best, to do their duty to God and country, to obey the Scout law, and to help other people at all times. To some Scout troops, it may just very well be the words you say before the meeting, but to our troop, it’s different. Our Scoutmasters have made sure it’s more than just some words, and is really something we live by. When Boy Scouts was first founded, that was what it was supposed to be, a law by which each Scout lives and an oath you carry not just while you’re a Scout, but for the rest of your life. But as time has gone on and people spend less time worrying about how they act toward others and become more involved in themselves, people have stopped living by codes and their morals have become lower. Less people hold the door for each other. When people fall down or need help, nobody rushes over to help them. Instead, they whip out their phones and start recording. I believe that the boys in my troop however all live by honor codes. A lot of people in the world could learn something from the boys in my troop. So, I think everybody should reflect on themselves, and think, What honor code do I live by? Next time you see someone who needs help, think of the scout slogan: “Do a good turn daily.” Arthur Smyth

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Sports Going To Bat For Good Causes Legendary game pits artists v. writers to aid four local charities By Desirée Keegan The 71st annual Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game will be held August 17 at East Hampton’s Herrick Park, and there’s bound to be some surprising faces as long as some familiar ones. Organizers never know who’s going to show up, and that at-the-last-minute, Hamptons-summer reality makes it even more interesting when those like former MLB catcher and Yankees Manager Joe Torre, Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets left-handed pitcher John Franco, President Bill Clinton, and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani decide to stop by. “We never truly know who will come out for the game, and, over the years, we’ve been able to surprise our fans with talented people they never thought they’d see running around on a softball field,” said Leif Hope, longtime organizer of the event. “Our game is also one of the few fundraisers out here that anyone can attend.” There’s a suggested $10 admission, although attendees are never turned away. Hope said, in fact, he finds the year-in-year-out fans give more. What makes the fundraiser, which raises money from sponsorships, donations,

The Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game dates back 71 years, and has featured big-name surprise guests. Independent/Courtesy Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game

and T-shirt sales, different from other seasonal campaigns, is the event doesn’t benefit a national organization. “We are a rare summer fundraiser in that we raise money for local nonprofits,” Hope said. “The money this game raises stays in the community and benefits those who live here.” The four local beneficiaries — The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House Academy of Long Island, The Retreat, and East End Hospice — provide essential services for all ages and communities across the East End. The East Hampton-based Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center sup-

ports local families by being the only not-for-profit educational organization providing full-day, year-round child care; the Phoenix House in Wainscott serves young men ages 18-30 who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction; The Retreat in East Hampton provides domestic violence and sexual assault services and education to families; and Westhampton Beach-based East End Hospice provides care and comfort for terminally ill patients, their families, and loved ones living on the North and South forks and Brookhaven township. “This game features nationallyknown musicians, journalists, painters, models, publishers, singers, report-

ers, producers, designers, actors, and broadcasters — who may never be together in one place except for this game — all showing up to play for the local ‘good,’” said Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game board president, writer, and longtime player Benito Vila, who worked with East Hampton’s Guild Hall to strategize development and marketing for this year’s game. “Yes, it’s a bit like a backyard game in that you’ll see 20-year-olds on the field with 70-yearolds. Still, it’s one of the most interesting games of softball you’ll ever see.” “Every year the unexpected happens,” he continues. “Like the year we Continued On Page 45.


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Ellen’s Run, a 5K now in its 24th year, has raised over $4 million for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and prevention efforts, as well as emotional support for patients and their families. Independent/Courtesy The Ellen Hermanson Foundation

Running For A Reason Ellen’s Run raises funds for breast cancer research and recovery By Desirée Keegan Julie Ratner’s sister Ellen Hermanson was a go-getter, an activist, and adversary in the war against breast cancer. Hermanson’s personal battle with the disease began in February 1989 when she was diagnosed while still nursing her sixmonth-old daughter. The journalist gave a voice to survivors in need, and educated readers on the importance of being well informed, the challenges of living with breast cancer, and the availability of resources to help with the myriad problems that arise because of it. Her work with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship — delivering a speech “One Patient’s Pain” in November 1994 — and as first executive director of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert did the same. So, after Hermanson lost her battle

with breast cancer on April 11, 1995, at the age of 42, Ratner decided to continue the fight. “It’s my way of honoring my sister Ellen’s life and all that she did and accomplished in her lifetime,” Ratner said. “She didn’t have a chance to complete the work that was so important to her, and so, I am. I don’t want anyone to suffer the way my sister did.” Ellen’s Run, a 5K now in its 24th year, benefits the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, a nonprofit established in 1997 which continues Hermanson’s advocacy work while benefiting the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital by funding state-of-the-art technology. No patient is turned away from the center

for lack of insurance or inability to pay for treatment, and all services though what’s called “Ellen’s Well” — a program that provides psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors under the leadership of specially-trained oncological social workers — are provided free of charge. “My sister focused all her journalistic talent on the breast cancer world, and she was extremely effective,” Ratner said. “She dealt with a lot of pain, and pain management was her focus when she died. I was amazed at her courage. I was in awe of her grace. She never complained. She was scared — she didn’t want to die — had this horrific pain, and with all that she went on with her life still being the warm woman she was, still so willing to help other people. It was her incredible grit that inspired me and has guided me since she died.” The first Ellen’s Run attracted over 500 participants and raised more than $62,000 — what Ratner called “an astonishing success” for an inaugural event. By the third year, the amount of money raised had more than doubled, and by the 20th, the number of runners had grown to over 1000, with the Ellen Hermanson Foundation awarding more

than $4 million in grants. She said stepping onto the race course always gives her an emotional high, and is a moving moment for all attendees. “You see all these people come out and celebrate life, honor those that have survived and those that died, remember them,” Ratner said. “The whole experience is one that’s healing and exhilarating. It’s conflicting emotions, but on race day I think I am a mass of conflicting emotions — of happiness, excitement, sadness. I do this with great joy, and I’m also sad because I do miss my sister, a lot, all the time.” Ellen’s Run, which starts on Sunday, August 18 at 9 AM at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall, 265 Herrick Road, costs $45. If each participant raised $100, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation could provide 1000 free mammograms to women in need. “I’m doing what I want to be doing, and I feel very grateful to be able to,” Ratner said. “It’s a great honor and privilege; it’s meaningful work. It makes a difference and it helps people.” For more information, visit www.










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Hampton Cup, Hamptons Hoops Academy’s charity event also on Saturday By Desirée Keegan

An East Hampton family is once again opening its doors, and backyard, to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. Billy, Dominique, and Tommy Kahn are offering up their Olympic swimming pool for the third annual Swim for a Cure Saturday, August 17 at 10:30 AM, with an inaugural award in

memory of Dr. Charles Van Der Horst, a retired AIDS researcher who, at 67, drowned during the Eight Bridges Hudson River Swim. He had been a participant in the East Hampton event every August since its inception. All proceeds benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, with a mission to advance scientific and medical research

Cardboard Boat Race Tie Southampton and Riverhead towns to share trophy By Desirée Keegan The Supervisor’s Cup ended in a tie. From the halfway point on down, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith were neck and neck (or bow and bow) at the annual Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic River Saturday. August 10 marked the second time the two supervisors faced off, with Jens-Smith taking home the top honor last year. Schneiderman has used the same carboard boat he built himself for the past three years,

and Jens-Smith steered the same one Brookhaven National Lab made her for the 2018 event. The pair crossed the finish line in one minute, 19 seconds. As a result of the tie, the supervisors will share the trophy. Southampton will put it on display for six months, and turn it over to Riverhead in February. In 2017, Schneiderman beat former Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter. The Supervisor’s Cup was one of five separate races. “Jaws,” steered by Parker Roppelt and Cameron Gior-


Hampton Cup At Hampton Racquet The 2019 Hampton Cup, a junior tennis tournament to benefit Project MOST, will take place at Hampton Racquet in East Hampton August 17 beginning at 11 AM. The annual tournament raises funds for the East Hampton-based nonprofit that provides an after school and summer learning program. To register, visit

Shelter Island Library Tennis Tournament The Shelter Island Library Tennis Tournament will take place August 17 at 8 AM on the Shelter Island High School tennis courts. There will be men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles teams

in the round-robin tournament benefiting the Shelter Island Public Library. It is $50 to sponsor the event and have a name written on the back your T-shirt. Contact Terry Lucas at 631-749-0042 for such donations. To register for the tournament, visit www.silibrarytennis.

Hamptons Hoops Academy The second annual Hamptons Hoops Academy charity event is August 17, with a basketball clinic at the Amagansett Sportime multisport facility at 10:30 AM, and a family fun event at The Clubhouse at East Hampton Indoor Tennis at 4 PM. All proceeds go to an NBA player foundation, most likely the Serge Ibaka Foundation, and United Way of Long Island, according to Hamptons Hoops Academy. For more information or to register, call 631-394-5796 or email hamptonshoopsacademy@

Westhampton Lax Player Is A World Champion

Belle Smith has reason to smile. The Westhampton Beach rising senior scored nine goals across three games to help her USA U19 women’s lacrosse team to a world championship title August 10. The red, white, and blue beat Canada, the defending champion after upsetting the U.S. in the 2015 gold medal game in Scotland, 13-3 in Ontario Saturday. To find out more about Smith’s journey to gold, visit www.indyeastend. com. DK dano, both age 11, won the Youth Regatta. Amanda DeArmitt took first in the Riverhead Yacht Club Regatta in a boat made by Girl Scout Troop 220.

Belle Smith bites down on her new hardware after helping her USA U19 women’s lacrosse team to a world championship win. Independent/Courtesy Hattrikpro

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Pétanque Pros Compete In Montauk Duryea’s Lobster Deck hosts sport with French heritage By Zachary Weiss

Consider it bocce ball — but better. Pétanque is the Frenchman’s summer sport of choice. Just like bocce, it’s best enjoyed on a sunny afternoon with a drink in hand. That’s exactly how things unfolded on Monday afternoon, August 5, in Montauk, when a group of pétanque novices and pros came together at Duryea’s Lobster Deck for a high summer tournament that felt right at home with the eatery and marina’s French heritage. “The game of pétanque is very much part of the French culture, especially in the south of France,” the managing director of Montauk Asset Holdings hospitality group, Steven Jauffrineau, said. “With Duryea’s drawing much of its inspiration from that area

was Jean-Francoi Ott, owner of Domaine Ott, who flew into town from France for the event, founder of Sunswell apparel Craig O’Brien and his pals, who wore matching blue gingham button-downs from the brand as they made a posh arrival by boat, as well as Michelin-minted Chef Eric Ripert, who sported a pair of summer-friendly swim trunks and a Le Bernardin Tshirt from his acclaimed Manhattan

eatery while capturing content for his over half a million Instagram followers. But none earned more acclaim that Team Coperaco Café, the purveyors of fine coffee, who faced off against the owners of The Beacon restaurant in Sag Harbor to bring home a win. But in the end, everyone won, as they made off with a gift bag filled to the hilt with their own set of pétanque “boules” and one truly hulking magnum of rosé.

of the globe, it felt like a natural fit, so we had our first tournament in 2017. Duryea’s also got involved with A Walk On Water that same year, so we decided to donate most of the proceeds to the charity.” While the weekends may see the glitzy new locale, tucked behind the Montauk train station, filled to the brim with visitors pining for lobster cobb salads, shellfish towers, and freshly caught local fish despite an often hours-long wait time, Monday afternoon’s crowd was decidedly more local. “A good tournament always starts with friendly but competitive players, sometimes with little or no experience, no rain, and lots of rosé,” Jauffrineau added. Among the loyal 20 teams there


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It is a moment I dreamed about for nearly five years: visiting Banff National Park. I sapped a photo 5249 feet atop the Big Bee Hive Trail along the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, with Lake Louise tucked below it, and as unapologetically stunning as a picture may be, it doesn’t do the moment justice. The hue of the water in Canada’s first national park is a blue is so vibrant that, unless seen by the naked eye, one would assume it’s super saturated with color from a filter on some sort of app. It was the most difficult, and highest, ascension I have completed to date — making it as rewarding as it was exhausting. It was more than 25,000 steps — over eight miles —at an elevation that reached 7448 feet. The trail zigzags alongside the mountainside, with glaciers in the distance, before coming to man-made steps that lead to the Lake Agnes Tea

House. From there, I took a walk over some rocks alongside Lake Agnes and up the mountainous equivalence of Lombardi Street in San Francisco — a steep climb, which was positively petrifying, to the top. Standing there, the rest of the world became silent, aside from my heavy breathing to adjust to the new altitude. The wind whistled through the evergreens, and, for a moment, I envisioned a time before tourists. When it was just the mountains. Did the trees know I was there? Did they mind? How was I going to make it back down? Oh look, a chipmunk . . . it was time to go. Once at the bottom, I enjoyed a 30-minute canoe experience. The next day, I made my way to back to the Moraine Lake, just a 20-minute drive from Lake Louise. Both lakes attribute their brilliant blues to the glacier runoff waters. Moraine sits at 6183 feet. I opted for an easier hike with no uphill gain,

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and only a 45-minute round-trip walk, with shoreline views the entire way before venturing further into the woods, off the designated path, and closer to the waters. Temperatures were positively chilling. The following morning, I took part in white-water rafting with Hydra River Guides at Kicking Horse River, the wildest ride in the Rockies. It was a two-and-a-half-hour journey downstream, hitting class two, three, and four rapids over 13 miles. I had never

rafted before, so going from zero to four in that time span was exhilarating. As far as the rest of trip goes, the drive alone to and from these destinations from the town of Banff, where I stayed, was a wondrous, scenic tour. The mountains seem to grow — a true marvel coming from the flat shoreline of the East End. My entire experience brought me closer to nature in a way I’d only dreamed about until then, and, as a deeply spiritual person, brought me closer to God.

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After the 2019 PGA Championship, 2018 Masters Champion Patrick Reed felt he was burnt out and golf was no fun anymore. We all know that winning doesn’t get any easier just because you win one of the four annual major championships. Just ask Henrik Stenson. He came out on top at the 2016 Open Championship but has had only one win since, and it wasn’t

a major championship. Jimmy Walker won the 2016 PGA Championship and to date, that is his last major victory. After the recent PGA Championship in Bethpage, Reed thought he needed a break. He and his wife, Justine, rented a place in the Hamptons and didn’t touch a club for 10 days. Jordan Spieth also seems to be hitting a low spot similar to what Reed has been experiencing. Spieth has

won three Majors championships, but hasn’t been in the winner’s circle since the 2017 Open Championship. As we enter the new season, which starts in less than a month, three men will have a chance to become only the sixth player to win all four of golf’s majors. Rory McIlroy still needs to win the Masters, Phil Mickelson lacks the U.S. Open, and Spieth the PGA Championship. Last week, in the first of three FedExCup playoff events, 125 players got to tee it up at Liberty National. Only the Top 70 have moved onto the second event, the BMW Championship in the Chicago area, that starts this week. The stakes have increased, and are very high, as only the Top 30 get to reach for the big $15 million payday at the Tour Championship the following week. It is played annually at East Lake just outside Atlanta. Strange as it may sound to you, because that’s how it sounds to me, the Tour Championship will start a new format this year: it’s going to be a handicap event. Not the handicap events that you and I are used to, though. In this one, the better player will get strokes rather than give strokes. Crazy? I couldn’t agree more. Let’s get back to last week when Reed played and putted like the Masters Champion he is. This Northern Trust win did not come easy for Reed,

as some big names applied as much pressure as they could, notably McIlroy and Spieth. Both Spieth and McIlroy eventually finished four back, with Adam Scott three back and superstarin-the-making Jon Rahm just two off the pace. This win was huge for Reed because it pretty much guaranteed that Reed will be playing for Captain Tiger in the upcoming Presidents Cup later this year in Melbourne, Australia. By the way, I love Melbourne, which has some of the finest golf courses in the world. Next week, I will try to explain the handicaps when we get to Atlanta. After spending 10 days in the Hamptons clearing his head — oh, by the way, is there any place better in the world to do so? Personally, I don’t think so — it was time for Reed to relocate the game that was great enough for him to earn that coveted Green Jacket. This is where legendary East Ender Jimmy Dunne comes into the picture. Dunne invited Reed to play a round of golf at National Golf Links. Reed promptly drove the green on number one, then, from six feet, found the bottom of the cup for an eagle two. Reed is going to be a tough guy to beat in the last two playoff events. I guess the lay-off was a success and Jimmy Dunne helped Patrick Reed get it done.

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Continued From Page 6. for our President is unprecedented and growing.” Guests dined on a buffet lunch of sirloin steak, shrimp with lemon chili, and charred broccoli. Trump left at about 5 PM for a short trip to New Jersey, where he will stay at his golf resort in Bedminster. He is not on vacation, he stressed, correcting the “fake news” — the White House is being refurbished. But outside the gilded gates of Sandcastle, the prevailing sentiment was summed up by demonstrators who chanted, “Stop the violence, stop the hate.” One sign carried by a roadside demonstrator read, “Send Him Back.”

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Continued From Page 8. changes, marshes, and ospreys. In total, the current design could cost anywhere from $3 to $4 million. “The park is beautiful. The park is recreational. The park is educational,” Hollander said. “That’s one of the concepts we’ve been playing around with there, but these plans are a design of what it could be, not what it has to be.” Creating enough typography creates a place for park goers to experience the views while also creating ample drainage that would also help mitigate storm-water runoff. Mulcahy said the plan is for it to look as natural as possible, with the addition of native plants and rain gardens. Sketches show the park going down to the water, with a small pier for a place to fish and launch a kayak. Schneiderman said he’d also like to see the water taxi from Sag Harbor to Greenport revived, as a way for people to explore the parks and the main streets both villages have to offer, while also curbing any potential parking problems. “We’re all excited about that property,” Schneiderman said. “I’m thrilled. This is extraordinary, and I think there will be real support for this. This is a

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place I’d love to visit, bring my family to and hang out. This would be a real asset to downtown.” The public will be involved in decision-making regarding the design of the park moving forward. In the interim, the 1.25 acres of green space with split-rail fencing, picnic tables, and benches will be open for residential use so Mulcahy can see how visitors would like to use it. There’s $130,000 in a fund that will go toward maintaining the property for the time being. The hope is to raise money through public and private donations, and use recycled materials to bring the final plan to life. The mayor said she’d like to see the village break ground on the project next summer.


Continued From Page 16. environmental review by the county’s Council on Environmental Quality, including the development of a generic environmental impact statement. CEQ’s determination that the GEIS is complete, expected in mid-August, will trigger the start of a 30-day comment period and the scheduling of two public hearings on the plan. Interested citizens can access information regarding the plan online at Dr. Christopher Gobler, endowed chair of Coastal Ecology and Conservation, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and director of New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University, said, “The strength of this plan is the incredibly strong and sound science on which it is based. The county has taken what may be the largest and most comprehensive water quality data set generated by any county in the country and has generated a robust, comprehensive, and forwardthinking plan to restore Suffolk County’s most vital resource: its drinking water and surface waters. He continued: “While I have spent my career documenting the degradation of Long Island’s fisheries and aquatic habitats, it is inspiring to finally see a

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plan designed and implemented that will reverse course on decades of negative trajectories. The citizens of Suffolk County will reap the benefits of this plan for decades to come.” “The Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan is a significant piece of work and will serve as an invaluable tool as we move forward with implementing Suffolk County’s Septic Improvement Program and cleaning up our ground and surface waters,” Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski said. “This was a long and deliberative process and there are many people to thank, including members of Suffolk County Economic Development and Planning and the Division of Environmental Quality, as well as County Executive Steve Bellone, who had the vision to recognize the impact of nitrogen pollution and the resolve to move forward with finding solutions.” Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming said, “Science tells us that nitrogen from outdated septic systems is the leading cause of contamination of our groundwater, which then spreads into our bays, gravely impacting our entire ecosystem. In the face of this crisis, I applaud County Executive Bellone and the Suffolk County Department of Health Services for taking the lead with this groundbreaking, science-based plan, which targets priority areas within Suffolk County to save our drinking water and our critical marine resources,” she said. “I’m proud to have been part of this vital undertaking, and I look forward to continuing the work required to support the effort.”

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Continued From Page 37. had Rudy Giuliani umpiring and Carl Bernstein catching. Who thought you’d ever see those two agree on anything?” The involvement of Guild Hall has led to new player participation, including former “Saturday Night Live” musical director G.E. Smith; his wife, producer Taylor Barton; NYC Ballet executive director Jon Stafford; model, pho-

tographer, and skincare entrepreneur Rebecca Underdown; musician and photographer Chloe Gifkins; model and social media influencer Sean O’Donnell; broadcaster and hockey legend Ron Duguay; ABC weatherman and new WLNG proprietor Bill Evans; CBS correspondent and “Inside Edition” weekend anchor Diane McInerney; screenwriter Daniel Pulick; Emmy award-winning filmmaker Rob Levi; stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster Remy Kassimir; and financial writer Stone Abramson. Raffles and field-side seating will be available starting at 1:15 PM Saturday. Player batting practice starts at 1:30 PM. The artist and writer squads will be lining up for pre-game festivities at 2:45 PM. Choral Society of the Hamptons is singing the national anthem, and Paramount’s Hot Bench judge Pat DiMango will deliver the ceremonial first pitch at 3 PM. Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow — whose father, the late, great writer E.L. Doctorow, played in games past — is expected to perform her rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” during the seventh-inning stretch. August 17 is a “Day of Celebration” planned by East Hampton Village, with the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce staging its first Summer Festival, from 10 AM to 5 PM, in the playground area adjacent to the field off Newtown Lane. Following the Artists & Writers game, the East Hampton Fire Department is hosting its annual fireworks display at Main Beach, set to start at 8:30 PM. “With the Artists & Writers game as our centerpiece, this is going to be a great day for East Hampton Village,” said Mayor Paul Rickenbach. “The game always brings out the best in everyone, especially in generating muchneeded support for the local non-profits our community relies on. The game also helps us all appreciate the special creative talent we have in our community. Nowhere else do so many people give their time in such a generous way.”

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locations in Amagansett, East Quogue, Mattituck, Medford, and Huntington, provided the materials for all 10 of last year’s and each of this year’s structures. “He’s done such an amazing job,” Louchheim said. “He’s been really generous.” Droesch said he thought pairing local builders and architects to help rescue animals was a unique idea. “I was very impressed with Luke taking the initiative to begin this

ambitious project,” he said. “Seeing the creative designs they came up with, too, was amazing, and it was fun to see the cat and dog houses come to fruition. Working with Luke and ARF enabled our company to serve a segment of the local population and gave us a unique opportunity to give back to the community which we have been a part of for many years. Luke has given his time, talent, and skills to help ARF, and I love that he was determined to keep this

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in Southampton cemeteries made the tombstones look like “a row of brightly polished teeth.� Lys is active in expanding hiking trails in the town, including by the cemetery in question. Geus said, “I don’t think descendants want their ancestors tromped on by hikers and bicyclers and heavens knows what.� “I don’t know about you, Peter,� Geus said to the supervisor. “Because I have never been able to find your connection.� “I’m happy to provide my genealogy if you are interested,� Van Scoyoc said. “Ok. Are you related to Peter?� she challenged, referring to the buried Van Scoy. “No. I’m related to Cornelius,� the supervisor answered. “Well, that’s not Isaac,� Geus said.

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WINE 750 ML Ruffino Gold Label ...................39.99 Blackstone (all varieties).......3 for 30.00 Kim Crawford Sauv. Blanc .......13.99 Sterling Meritage .......................9.99 Crane Lake .......................2 for 10.00 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chard .......10.99 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling ...9.99 Chateau St. Jean Chard...............8.99 Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio ...21.99 .......................................240 for case Bogle Chard ...............................8.99 Bogle Cabernet ........................11.99 Bogle Pinot Noir ......................11.99 Bogle Merlot ..............................9.99 Louis Jadot Macon Village........11.99

Boodles Gin Mag.




Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask


69 .



Jameson Mag.




Dewars White Label Mag.




Bacardi Mag.

1-$$24.99 2- 42 3-$60

Tanqueray Mag.




Jim Beam White Label




Apothic Red ...............................9.99 Macrostie Chardonnay .............19.99 Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Cab .................................................16.99 Simi Chardonnay .....................14.99 3 Ring Shiraz ...........................14.99 Domaine Ott Rosé ... 49.99 or 3 for 120 Wolffer Summer in a Bottle ......24.99 Secco-Bertani...........................24.99 Dona Paula Cab or Malbec .........9.99 Motto Cabernet ..........................9.99 Belcreme de Lys Chard or Pinot Noir ...................................................9.99 Simi Cabernet ..........................19.99 Whispering Angel ....................19.99 Hampton Waters Rosé ..............22.99



Herradura Silver Liter



2- 60 Knob Creek















Malibu Rum Mag.





Skyy Vodka Mag.




2- 40

Stolichnaya Vodka Mag.

32.$ 99


WINE MAGNUMS Lindemans (all varieties)............9.99 Frontera (all types) ....6 for 8.49 each Yellowtail (all var) ....6 for 10.99 each Fetzer (all varieties) ...................9.99 Woodbridge ..............6 for10.99 each Barefoot (all types) ..........6 for 60.00 Gekkeikan Sake..........................9.99 Mark West Pinot Noir ..............19.99 Santa Marina Pinot Grigio .......10.99 .................................. or 60 for a case Beringer All Types .....................9.99 Butter Chardonnay ..................29.99 Pindar Winter White................12.99 Grand Baillard Rosé .................12.99 La Vieille Ferme Rosé...............15.99

Not responsible for typographical errors. Subject to inventory depletion. All prices expire 8/28 /19




Kettle One Vodka Mag.



Makers Mark

Single Malt Whisky

Silver and Reposado





Basil Hayden's Bourbon

1800 Tequila




Jack Daniels

2- 60

Absolut Vodka Mag




Sauza Hornitos Plata and Reposado





Don Julio Mag.





or Chopin Vodka





Goslings Black Rum Mag. x

32.99 $ 21.99



Smirnoff Vodka


1-$$21.99 2- 20.99 3-$19.99

SPARKLING Cristalino Brut ...........................8.99 Veuve Clicquot .........................43.99 La Marca Prosecco . .................13.99 Villa Chiara Prosecco ...............11.99 ......................................... or 2 for 20 Brut or Rosé ............12.99 or 2 for 22 Louis Roederer Brut.................40.99 Moet Imperial ..........................39.99 Buena Vista Champagne ..........39.99 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame ....................159.99 Cristal ....................................229.99 Piper-Heidsieck........ 42.99 w/glasses Mionetto Prosecco ...................12.99

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