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Earle Of Wisdom Grammy winner shares stories in ‘Portraits’ series at WHBPAC By Bridget LeRoy



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Steve Earle will play WHBPAC with G.E. Smith October 26. Independent/Tom Bejgrowicz

Steve Earle — the Grammy-winning American folk, rock, and country “hardcore troubadour” — will be the next performer in the “Portraits” series with G.E. Smith, produced by Taylor Barton, at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 26. Next to his writing — whether it’s his songs like “Copperhead Road” or “Guitar Town” or his novel, short stories, or even the play he scribed — next to all of this, and his role as Harley Wyatt on HBO’s “Treme,” Earle is known for his story telling. And tell them he does. When, as the interview opener (and we only had 15 minutes because he is in high demand), he was asked about the “elephant sanctuary” — at the suggestion of a little bird — his response was hearty laughter. “I never actually saw it up close,” he said. “But it just so happens that there is an elephant sanctuary in the same town I got sober in. There’s a little treatment center called Buffalo Valley in Lewis County, TN. And it’s called Lewis County because Merriweather Lewis committed suicide there. He was


on his way back to Philadelphia and holed up there instead, shot himself, and did a pretty bad job of it. It took him four months to die.” Ice. Broken. “The joke was always if people bailed out on Buffalo Valley and walked in the wrong direction, they would come up against an elephant,” he said, laughing again. His friendship with legendary guitarist G.E. Smith goes way back. “I knew who he was because of ‘Saturday Night Live,’” where Smith was the musical director for a decade, “but he was playing guitar in Bob Dylan’s band when Bob went back out on the road in the late ’80s. And we were the opening act. When I was offered the tour, I thought Bob Dylan would never go out on the road again at that point. As it turns out, he hasn’t come off the road since.” Earle said he and Smith had a lot of things in common, “some bad, some good,” and they were both avid guitar collectors. “After that, I ran into him at George Gruhn’s guitar shop in Nashville a few times. I own a mandola to this day that belonged to G.E. that

I bought there, and he probably had traded it for something else.” As far as his collecting, “I’ve gotten way more selective,” Earle said. “I’m actually a pretty serious collector. Not a lot of players are. G.E. is, but I think he’s a little more bulimic than I am. I don’t sell mine very often. At one point, before I built my guitar room, I looked at them all stacked in the corner and I thought, ‘Uh-oh, this is hoarding.’ But it’s something I understand, it’s something I love, it’s something valuable, and it’s somewhere to put money besides Wall Street,” he said the last two words with a twinge of disgust. “I don’t do Wall Street,” he added. “If I want to gamble, I’ll go to Vegas.” Besides the stuff he’s written (and his songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and Shawn Colvin, to name just a few), Earle has also been the subject of two biographies and a documentary film, and he hosted the “Hardcore Troubadour” show on the Outlaw Country channel. He is also a vocal opponent of the death penalty. His song “Ellis Unit One” was used in the movie “Dead

Man Walking” and in 2010, Earle received the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Shining Star of Abolition award. His youngest son is autistic, so Earle is also a champion for more autism-friendly schools and research. Where was his activism born? “We moved to Texas when I was still a kid, and Texas was executing people at an alarming rate. My mother was really disturbed by it. I grew up in a house that was against capital punishment.” There was one case, “basically a poor kid who killed a rich kid in a brawl in a parking lot, and got the death sentence. The rich kid’s family hired a special prosecutor, which was legal then. My father thought that was not fair, and he wrote a letter to the governor of Texas, John Connally, the guy who got shot, who was sitting behind JFK. And that was when I was about six or seven, and it made an impression on me.” There is so much more to tell. Steve Earle will tell you himself, along with playing his music, on Saturday at 8 PM in Westhampton Beach. Visit for tickets.

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News & Opinion Southampton Supervisor Candidates Square Off Clear differences evident at The Independent endorsement interviews Clockwise: Alex Gregor, Greg Robins, and Jay Schneiderman. Independent/Desirée Keegan

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The only drama associated with the Southampton Town Supervisor’s position a few months ago was whether the incumbent Jay Schneiderman planned on running again. Once he decided in the affirmative, most local political pundits made him the heavy favorite, and with good reason: he’s a proven vote getter, and the local Republican Party seemed hesitant to take him on. But Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor, himself a proven vote getter, decided to stir things up, as he is wont to do — and he is very good at it. Greg Robins, the GOP candidate, buoyed by his prospects in a three-way race, seemed rejuvenated. The three candidates sat down at The Independent October 15. The three discussed the recent controversy in East Quogue, where developers tried to use the town’s Planned Development District option to construct a huge residential community with a private golf course and marina. That led to a move by East Quogue residents to form their own village, which was voted down last week. Many townsfolk, like Gregor, thought the town made the developer spend a fortune jumping through hoops knowing two town board members could and would sink the project by quashing the PDD request. “That’s part of the reason I’m running, because the developer strung the applicant along.” “I tried to preserve it many times,” Schneiderman said of the 600-acre site. “I never liked the PDD law. It was too open-ended.” Gregor insinuated Schneiderman worked behind the scenes to push for

the project, noting an oft-cited expert in the hydrology field Schneiderman championed didn’t have the full range of credentials implied. “I have a background in drilling golf courses,” Gregor said. It’s all still in play: The renegades could opt to break from the town and form a village again next year and Discovery Land has other development plans for the parcel. Gregor questioned if Discovery Land has full title to all the land in question. Schneiderman’s plan for the town, “To buy, rejuvenate, develop, and auction: the ‘blighted’ Bel-Aire Motel” was criticized by both opponents. “The town shouldn’t be in the housing business,” Gregor said. “That place is unsafe. The last thing the town needs is another real estate agent.” The Bel-Aire Cove is one of many one-time resort motels that over the years have turned into overcrowded and unsafe housing. “You don’t have the political will or you’re too goodhearted” to close them down, Robins said to Schneiderman. “I don’t want anyone living in squalid conditions,” Schneiderman said. “I’m not soft on enforcement.” Schneiderman questioned the wisdom of “raiding houses at four in the morning.” “Neighbors say this kind of thing has been going on for decades,” Gregor said. Robins is a retired teacher with 39 years under his belt. He is a longtime member of the North Sea Fire Department and an elected fire commissioner in North Sea. He lives in a modest

waterfront house, a talking point in the discussion about Schneiderman’s freeze on property assessments, which will begin in the next fiscal year. Gregor’s criticism was succinct about the Supervisor’s motivations for the freeze: “He’s increasing spending.” Schneiderman said the town, one of the few to use full fair value assessment, has developed a problem — some properties are accelerating in value at a much faster rate than others. “There is a mechanism to fix the problem.” Robins said the Supervisor is holding too much in reserve, asking, “Why do you have $2.5 million in the budget?” Gregor added, “You should have seen this coming.” Robins pointed out his North Sea neighborhood is a perfect example of how assessments can go awry. “I live in a wonderful area,” he acknowledged, but while he has kept his house “modest,” others have turned theirs into McMansions, which has the effect of raising the assessed value of all the houses, even those that kept their original footprint. Schneiderman, who now lives in Southampton, began his public career in 1991 as a member of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board. He served eight years, was elected Town Supervisor of East Hampton in 1999 and reelected two years later, serving two terms. In November 2003, Schneiderman ran for and won a seat on the County Legislature and won reelection five times, until his term limit was exhausted. He handily won the race for the Southampton Town Supervisor’s seat and is seeking a second four-year term. “I’ve been innovative. I try to come up with solutions. I’m experienced. I do

my best. Crime is down, property values are up, and I’ve made my case to continue,” said Schneiderman. Gregor, 60, a resident of East Quogue, burst on the scene as town highway superintendent in 2010 and took a hands-on approach to an office many critics felt had lost touch with the constituents and workers, and turned into a bureaucracy ruled by deal makers. He is a graduate of Hampton Bays High School and the Harry B. Ward Technical Center and earned his Level One Road Master certificate from Cornell University’s Local Roads program. He is a Long Island representative for the New York State Association of Town Highway Superintendents and a member of the Suffolk County Highway Superintendents Association. His calling card is his hands-on experience: he’s on the job, period. Gregor said he’s running because he suspects Schneiderman may try for a county position in the near future — the supervisor ran for Suffolk Comptroller last year. “What’s his next move?” Gregor asked rhetorically. He said he has no political ambition beyond the next couple years. “I’m an underdog. I’m sick of the backstabbing. I want to be a good neighbor.” Robins said, “It’s time for a local guy.” Schneiderman, he said, “isn’t in touch with the real people.”

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Protecting Mecox Saves Southampton Trustees adopt management plan to preserve bay and town's future By Desirée Keegan

The Southampton Town Trustees have unanimously adopted a Mecox Bay management plan to deal with flooding, salinity levels, and oxygen levels. Independent/Courtesy Scott Horowitz

Mecox Bay affects Southampton Town more than one might think. The Water Mill body of water nestled between Southampton and Bridgehampton has not only an environmental impact, but direct economic control over fishing and agricultural industries, and influences recreational pastimes for those in the area and beyond. That’s why protecting it with a Mecox Bay Management Plan, adopted unanimously this

month, was so important to the town’s trustees. “I serve as a trustee because I’m concerned moving forward — I’m concerned generationally — and with something that’s this important and critical to everybody in the town, there should have been a written document adopted into our blue book of regulations so that future boards have guidance,” said Secretary-Treasurer Scott Horowitz, who,

along with the rest of the board, manages the easement from the crest of the dune to the high tide mark. “We’re only successful when we all work together,” he said. For hundreds of years, a cut, or man-made trench, has been dug between the bay and the Atlantic Ocean, allowing Mecox to drain, which adjusts the water level, raises the salinity for shellfish, and flushes it with clean ocean

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water. But under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Environmental Conservation, the trustees needed permits to be able to control the flow, and their request to reissue permits were denied in 2016 pending the submission of a plan. In the meantime, the trustees were issued emergency permits, known as incidental takes, by the DEC when flooding occurred. Continued On Page 29.

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Dune Road Reopened Emergency work done to repair damaged dune in Hampton Bays By DesirĂŠe Keegan

Suffolk County Department of Public Works crews restored a 750-foot stretch of dune along Dune Road in Hampton Bays damaged from the storm on Wednesday night, October 16, that caused high winds and flooding. PSEG Long Island suspended power to that area east of Ponquogue Beach to the inlet October 17 to allow the heavy equipment operations. Crews began work at 7 AM in preparation of the 10 AM high tide. In that three-hour period, workers positioned approximately 1000 cubic yards of sand in the vulnerable areas of the dune. Crews then continued moving additional sand during the early afternoon. Town of Southampton highway workers assisted the county in this latest effort to shore up the dune. The work was performed under a local state of emergency declared by

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman October 16 in advance of the storm. This was the second such order in a week. Last week prior, the Suffolk’s DPW and state Department of Transportation crews worked tirelessly to restore the same section of dune opposite the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock. An emergency Suffolk County beach replenishment project is currently being planned to start in two to four weeks that will dredge 90 thousand cubic yards of sand to rebuild the beach and dune line. However, it is hoped that the Army Corps of Engineers will position a dredge already off the coast of Long Island into our area and perform an even more significant dredging operation. Dune Road is located on a vital

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The 750-foot stretch of sand on Dune Road has been repaired for a second time following recent storms. Independent/Courtesy Southampton Town

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Fleming, Kabot Seek Seat In Suffolk Legislature Two popular winners force voters to make a tough choice By Rick Murphy

Bridget Fleming, Linda Kabot. Independent/Justin Meinken

The race for the second district Suffolk County Legislature seat may well be the featured event on the fight card. It pits the Democrat incumbent Bridget Fleming, seeking a third term, against Republican Linda Kabot, the former Southampton Town Supervisor. Both candidates served on the Southampton Town Board as well, and have proven to be effective and popular with voters. The pair met with The Independent editorial board on October 17. Fleming has worked hard on keeping

the groundwater clean, and the county has been faced with significant roadblocks along the way, including PFC pollution. “It’s taken a concerted effort from the state and municipalities,” Fleming pointed out. “All of us are in this together. It’s region-wide.” Kabot continually attacked the county’s spending record under County Executive Steve Bellone and Fleming. “We have the second worst bond rating. It’s one grade above junk.” That, she said, hampers new projects.

Kabot suggested a “lock box” approach where funds are earmarked for future projects so the funds aren’t raided. Fleming said county spending bottomed out under Bellone’s predecessor, Steve Levy, a Republican, and that it was slowly improving. Kabot took a hiatus from politics after a narrow loss to Anna ThroneHolst in the 2013 town supervisor’s race and now has a successful career in real estate. She reentered politics, in part, she said, to support John M. Kennedy, who is running for county

executive. But she still possesses her fierce combativeness, preparedness, and attention to detail. Her votegetting prowess is such that she once garnered 4000 votes as a write-in candidate. Fleming had to endure the backroom dealing of third-party political bosses almost from the outset, but prevailed. Her work-ethic is her calling card, and she learned reluctantly that she needed to promote herself more. Much of her work in the trenches went unnoticed. She gave Continued On Page 29.

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Southampton Town’s first Public Safety & Emergency Management Administrator, Steven Troyd, has resigned. The town board members unanimously accepted the former FBI agent’s resignation October 8. Troyd, 53, of West Babylon, was hired in September 2017 to oversee code enforcement, animal control, and fire prevention. In January, he approached the board with proposed changes to yearly and seasonal rental regulations, some of which were adopted in February, including an online application fee for annual and seasonal rental permits. He had asked to the board eliminate the need for a rental permit after the Building Department approves an accessory apartment, but the board rejected that proposal. Troyd previously worked for the FBI for 28 years, where he was assigned to several high-profile investigations, including the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 that went down after takeoff from John F. Kennedy Airport. He was assigned to the Long Island Gang Task Force in Melville in 2003, and took over as the lead special agent for the New York Metro

Southampton’s town board unanimously accepted the resignation of Public Safety & Emergency Management Administrator Steven Troyd. Independent/ Desirée Keegan

Gang Task Force in 2015. He said he is leaving to focus on his private consulting business. Troyd’s salary was $105,000 when the town hired him in 2017. According to payroll records he made $110,000 in 2018. He is expected to receive a payout of $6663, according to a town board resolution. Assistant Town Attorney Richard Harris will assume Troyd’s former duties while the town conducts a search for a new department head.




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Lost At Sea Memorial Photos by Richard Lewin Most think of Montauk Lighthouse as the easternmost structure on Long Island, but there is actually a structure farther east at Land’s End: the Lost At Sea Memorial. The bronze statue, created by artist Malcolm Frazier with the assistance of his wife, Adrienne Collins, was completed and dedicated 20 years ago. On Sunday, October 20, friends, family, lighthouse staff, Montauk Historical Society board members, and others gathered to pay respects to the 120 fishermen who lost their lives at sea and never had a proper burial. Speakers included Frazier and Joe Gaviola, the lighthouse’s keeper. Local musician Lori Hubbard sang a passionate rendition of “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” also known as the Navy Hymn.

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Elizabeth Jackson, an East Quogue community member opposed to incorporation, was “relieved.” Announced October 17 by Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer following a day’s-long referendum, residents voted 889-642 against forming a village. “We have pride in our community and we didn’t see a reason why we needed to completely turn the fruit basket upside down,” she said. “The fact that people weren’t able to be engaged as much as they should have been able to be — as far as bringing together thoughts and comments — that to me was a travesty I couldn’t let happen.” Fifty-eight percent of the East Quogue residents that came out to vote Thursday opposed incorporation. Of the total 3468 eligible voters, 44 percent came out to the polls. “Our opponents had an easier time selling an undocumented fear than we had trying to sell a thoroughly-documented, verified set of facts to support incorporation,” said East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee co-chair Karen Kooi, reading from a prepared statement. “We’re saddened by the outcome, but we’re very proud of everyone who came out to vote and we respect the outcome.” Both sides, though, were thrilled to see the turnout. “We’re very happy to see that so many in the community got to have their voices heard,” Kooi said. “We accomplished what we set out to do. We wanted to give the East Quogue community a choice.” Jackson said she was so strongly opposed to the idea of becoming a village because of what she felt was the

spreading of misinformation and a lack of inclusion. “Nothing was set in stone, and the way the conversation was being had was very deceptive,” she said. “If we had a two-way conversation, we could have brought up details and things, but we never got that opportunity in front of the community. The fact that it started off as 12 people pissed off by one ruling, and they’ve admitted, said that a couple of times, that that was what this was built on, wasn’t a very organic way to establish an entire village.” The committee must wait a year before attempting to bring the proposal back up for vote. Kooi said the group hasn’t thought that far ahead, saying, “We have not looked into that yet. We needed to get through today.” Jackson said she’s always thought Southampton Town had East Quogue’s best interests in mind, and added if there are those who don’t feel that way, she thinks they should attempt to run for a seat on the town board. “You don’t get your way all the time, any time you want it, but if we go to the town, we get heard. The town has been putting in a lot of effort, even making sure that Discovery Land, if The Hills project were to get approved, it’s done in a way that’s appropriate and to the code. That’s all we’ve asked for, really, to start with,” Jackson said. “For them to say everything with the proposal has been a doomsday scenario was disappointing. I think anyone that has wanted to have a say has been able to, and if people are really wanting change, they can continue to go to meetings and try to get a position on the board, like we’ve always been allowed to do.”

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South Fork News Compiled by Jenna Mackin

From Fangs To Fashion Gary Lutz will be at the Rogers Memorial Library to talk about “Dracula: Fiction and Reality” on Thursday, October 24, at 5:30 PM. He will discuss the origins and early evolution of one of the most recognized characters in all of English literature. Beth Fiteni, author of “The Green Wardrobe Guide: Finding Eco Chic Fashions that Look Great and Help Save the Planet,” will speak on Saturday, October 26, at 11 AM on the connection between the planet, the clothes, and those who produce them. She will also talk about organic and natural fabrics, how to extend eco-fashion to our housewares and body products, and where to find sustainable fashions. “Drawdown: An Introduction” on Monday, October 28, at 10:30 AM, followed by “Drawdown: Solutions” at 11:30 AM, comes from Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, and focuses on the opportunities for change involving energy use for individuals and communities. Local group leaders will discuss the project as well as actions that can help to reverse global warming. Jeannette Downes and Ellen Bialo will return for a talk in The Armchair Traveler series “Exploring Peru,” on Monday, October 28, at 5:30 PM. In April 2019, Jeannette and Ellen traveled through southeastern Peru, spending much of their time in the region of Cuzco near Machu Picchu. They will talk about the people, places, and history of this fascinating and complex country. Enjoy Spooky Halloween Trivia on Wednesday, October 30, at 6 PM. How well do you know horror mov-


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Garlic Planting The stewards at Quail Hill on Deep Lane, Amagansett, will teach you all you need to know about planting and growing garlic on Saturday, October 26, from 10 AM to noon. Also known as the stinking rose, this versatile vegetable needs to be planted now for harvest next summer. Take part in this stewardship day with the Peconic Land Trust and help prepare cloves for the soil. Led by farm director Layton Guenther, participants will enjoy work songs as they help get this garlic project done. All hands are welcome! Celebrate the farm season at PLT’s family-friendly open house on Saturday, October 26, from 1 to 4 PM at Bridge Gardens. Plant and bring home bulbs with Summerhill Landscapes, channel your inner creativity with Aaron Goldschmidt of Shine, join the scavenger hunt for holiday recipes throughout the gardens, create a pine cone bird feeder, and more. Refreshments all day. Bridge Gardens is located at 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. Visit www. for more details.

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School News Compiled by Desiree Keegan

Mattituck-Cutchogue Kindergarten students at Cutchogue East Elementary School put their artistic talents to good use, creating a unique piece of artwork to honor Sarah Benjamin for her lifetime commitment to promoting the importance of family literacy and the lifelong benefits of early childhood education. The artwork featured brightly-colored individual handprints surrounded by the quote by Fred Rogers: “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child. Not my community. Not my world. Not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.’” The student’s artwork was displayed during the Helen Wright Prince Community Award ceremony recognizing Benjamin. The ceremony was held in the Southold High School Library. Senior class photos are typically taken at the start of each school year, but some are more interesting and creative than others. As class sizes grew at Mattituck-Cutchogue Junior Senior High School, it became difficult to fit all the seniors into one photo and still use the high school as the annual background. In 1991, with 104 members in the senior class, it was decided to use Breakwater Beach as the background, and with the exception of 1992, the tradition continued.

Bridgehampton The Bridgehampton School District has earned reaccreditation from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The multifaceted evaluation process is a voluntary system that recognizes a school district for meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards. Gabrielle Lemon’s pre-kindergarten class has been learning all about the

fall season and this week learned many facts about apples. Some of the activities included an apple taste test, marble painting, and investigating the parts of an apple and its life cycle.

Southampton Artist Michael Paraskevas treated Southampton High School students to a special tour at the Southampton Arts Center October 11. During the tour, students learned about Paraskevas’ work as a children’s author and illustrator. He also presented each student with a hand-painted and autographed baseball cap. “The students had a terrific time and asked many questions,” said Southampton teacher Cindy Lou Wakefield, who arranged the tour with art teacher Pamela Collins. “They admire Mr. Paraskevas greatly.”

Tuckahoe Eighth-grade Tuckahoe students in Ms. Verdeschi’s family and consumer science class planted spring flowering grape hyacinth bulbs. Thanks to a generous donation from Fowler’s Garden Center in Southampton, each student planted five bulbs to beautify the school grounds for years to come.

Hampton Bays The Hampton Bays High School music department hosted a benefit concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital October 22 in the cafeteria of Hampton Bays High School. The evening featured a variety of musical renditions by the high school’s music students. The district started the annual event six years ago after students decided they wanted to do something to give back. “This is their night and a wonderful opportunity for kids to help kids,” said band director Jennifer Halsey.


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On the cover of the September 11, 2019 issue was what I think a prejudicial picture of a black woman with her hands cuffed and two police officers on each side of her. I was told that if you see something, say something. This woman was convicted before she goes to trial. Today we have Hispanic women suicides, car accidents, etc. but they are not pictures on the cover. Keep America beautiful? Our children and young people see these covers. This cover was a biased trick to popularize this paper.

Continued From Page 4. Second, we want to make sure there is no confusion around what part of the exterior electrical system that connects a home to the PSEG Long Island grid is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain versus what PSEG Long Island owns and maintains. The meter is not the homeowner’s responsibility, as the previous article stated, it is owned and maintained by PSEG Long Island. We encourage readers to check out PSEG Long Island’s website, which clearly lays out what portion of the home exterior electric service is the customers’ responsibility. The exterior electric plan and all the other available service plans can be a wise financial planning option for homeowners. On top of taking the hassle and financial burden out of an inconvenient home repair emergency, a PSEG WorryFree service plan from HomeServe gives homeowners comfort knowing that they will be protected if and when a covered home repair emergency strikes. Myles Meehan SVP Public Relations HomeServe

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Many Challenges Dear Editor, Elections are about choice and elections are about issues. I am honored to offer a choice to the voters for the position of Suffolk County Legislator. The incumbent legislator and I agree on a number of issues, but we also disagree on certain policy matters. I offer voters my strength of character and nearly 14 years of local government experience at the executive and legislative level in Southampton Town. As former Southampton Town Supervisor and Councilwoman, I worked hard to protect the interests of taxpayers and to foster the ideals of good government in all decision-

making. I am proud of the accomplishments and groundwork laid under my prior leadership and I believe that I have earned a reputation for being honest, fair, meticulous, hard-working, results-oriented, reform-minded, and independent. I have demonstrated time and time again that I bring common sense and principled leadership to the table, with a proven track record in reaching across the aisle to work with others for the common good, regardless of political affiliation. There are many challenges that face us regionally — affordable housing, water quality, economic development, transportation, public safety, and continued environmental protection. However, at this time in particular, fiscal responsibility is the number one issue. We need representation that puts people and fiscal solvency first, not partisan politics. Suffolk County government is at a crossroads and the situation is dire. We have never been closer to the margin than we are now. We are at junk bond status. The New York State Comptroller has ranked Suffolk as the most financially stressed county in the state. We need to restore fiscal sanity, and force the county to live within its means. Suffolk County has a $3 billion operating budget, and is broke, so broke that it borrows millions of dollars to pay for day-today operating expenses. Moreover, Suffolk County has also

raided over $171 million from clean water funds to pay for day-to-day operating expenses, which has been ruled illegal by a state appellate court. Raiding of environmental funds should be reason enough for any environmentally conscious voter to not vote for the incumbent county executive and rubberstamp legislators who have allowed this to happen. We need to elect community servants at the county level who are not afraid to make the hard choices to cut spending, reduce accumulated debt, and eliminate operating deficits. Difficult times require difficult decisions and elected officials who have the fortitude to stand up for the taxpayers to pull Suffolk County back from the brink of financial disaster. I invite you to explore my viewpoints on my campaign website: I would be honored to earn your vote of confidence on Election Day, November 5. Respectfully Submitted, Linda Kabot Candidate for Suffolk County Legislator, Legislative District #2

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Police Jail For Conspiracy In Drug Fatality Judge says Greenport man knew drug concoction could prove fatal By Rick Murphy

Lashawn Lawrence at his trial last month. Independent/T.E.McMorrow



The hammer finally came down on Lashawn Lawrence in Suffolk County Criminal Court October 15. Judge Anthony Senft sent Lawrence upstate for a two-to-four-year stint. Last month, Judge Senft found the defendant guilty of conspiracy for his role in the death of a Riverhead man who died of a drug overdose a year earlier. Lawrence, was convicted of conspiring with John Brophy, 50, of Riverhead, to sell heroin cut with fentanyl to Lawrence Yaccarino, 50, who suffered a fatal overdose at a home on Sweezy Avenue on Sept. 19, 2018. Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said Brophy and Lawrence deliberately brewed a potion of potentially lethal drugs and sold the mix nonetheless. According to court papers, they shared text messages about the product they were selling. Yaccarino emerged as the likely buyer, the conversation showed. Brophy previously plead ed guilty to manslaughter and narcotics sale charges on August 30. He was sentenced by Senft October 3 to four to six years in prison. A third codefendant, Bryan Hale, 52, of Flanders, pleaded guilty August 9 to one count of attempted criminal

sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (narcotic drug), a class C felony. Hale allegedly allowed Lawrence and Brophy to sell drugs out of his auto repair shop on Lincoln Street in Riverhead. He is free on a $200,000 bond awaiting sentencing.

Drug Den Popped Again The district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force, along with the Riverhead Police Department, conducted an investigation into 67 Zion Street in Riverhead. This location has also had two executed search warrants done since 2016. Complaints refer to this premise as the epicenter and a safe haven to both sell and utilize illegal narcotics. On October 15, at approximately 3:01 PM, a search warrant was executed, resulting in the recovery of crack cocaine, packaging material, and various items of drug paraphernalia. Venable Booker, 69, was charged with thirddegree and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Five other individuals were charged with loitering. Booker was held for arraignment, as well as Robert E. Young, 54, who was turned over for processing after

being charged with loitering and finding out he had an outstanding Riverhead bench warrant. The East End Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement unit funded by the district attorney’s office. The task force includes detectives, police officers, and law enforcement personnel from the New York State Police Department, Suf-

folk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Department of Probation, Southampton Town Police Department, Riverhead Police Department, East Hampton Town Police Department, Southampton Village Police Department, Southold Town Police Department, and Suffolk County district attorney investigators.

String Of Burglaries In SH Village Southampton Village Police said Makhail Fraiser, 21, emerged a suspected culprit in a number of breakins. On Saturday, October 5, they made their move, picking up the Pennsylvania drifter. Fraiser, whom police described as homeless but a former resident of Braddock, was charged with felony counts of burglary, three counts of second-degree criminal trespass, three counts of possession of burglars’ tools, and two counts of petit larceny, all misdemeanors. He allegedly helped himself to a couple bottles of wine from the Plaza Café through a window on September

5 and on September 29, he entered a property on Halsey Neck Lane, according to police. Police alleged on October 3 and 4, his taste for fine wines led to an uninvited visit to a house on First Neck Lane, where he stole vino and attempted to steal a cable box. Fraiser was allegedly captured on home security video at two of his stops, police said. He was arraigned and remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside in lieu of $25,000 bail. Police said more incidents are likely to have occurred. RM

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East Hampton: One DWI, Five Stolen ‘Tombstones’

Everyone must have been at the movies. East Hampton town police recorded only one driving while intoxicated arrest over the past week. No DWIs were reported by village cops. On October 20, at about 9:34 PM, East Hampton Town Police said they spotted a 2001 Nissan without a headlight. The driver was Jose Llivisaca-Nievea, 45, of Soak Hides Road in East Hampton. Police said he failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving while intoxicated. Llivisaca-Nievea was held for arraignment the following morning. A Sherrill Road resident in East Hampton was asleep at about 3 AM on October 16 when he heard a dog barking. He noticed a dark-colored car, possibly a Honda, in front of his house. As he approached, the car sped away and he noticed five Halloween tombstones were gone from the front yard. As legend has it, come Halloween night, the tombstones will be replaced in the ground — by five corpses, all of whom are reading this now. Are you one of them? RM

K-9 Memorial Ceremony Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, along with other members of Suffolk and Nassau counties’ sheriff’s offices, met at the unveiling October 17 of a memorial honoring the four-legged members of law enforcement.

Throughout the history of the sheriff’s office, K-9s have played a role in keeping county communities safe both inside and outside of correctional facilities. K-9 “officers” Arras, Bronco, Dewey, Hans, Kalle, Lady, Patch, Raider, Robby, Roy,

Smokey, and Tobey were memorialized, with remarks by Toulon and Alan Croce, former and longest-serving chairman of the state Commission of Correction. The memorial is located outside 100 Center Drive in Riverhead.

Eastbound traffic was snarled back to the canal during rush hour on Monday morning, October 21, because of a lane closure due to an SUV taking out a pole. Independent/James J. Mackin

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What do you miss most about summer? Mark Zuccaro My whole family is going to miss the warm weather and the swimming. But we’ll also miss going to all the different farm stands for all that beautiful fresh produce. I guess that’s what we come here for.

East Quogue Village: Not Dead Yet In the end, the status quo prevailed in East Quogue, and we can read into it what we may. The bottom line though is people are happy with the way things are. That’ not to say some changes can’t be made. The issue was whether to incorporate East Quogue — breaking away from Southampton Town and charting a new course. The turnout, contrary to some comments, was solid, but lighter than expected given the magnitude of the proposal, although there are a lot of second homeowners who cannot switch their “primary residence” for fear of losing rent subsidies in the city, and others who simply couldn’t make it out here on a weekday, though they may have wanted to. Absentee ballots were not accepted as per a 2006 court decision on the matter. The proposed Discovery Land development loomed over the proceedings, but this was not a referendum: Discovery owns the largest parcel of buildable land in East Quogue and is entitled to — and intends to — build a significant residential development. That debate is far from over, and should things change in town government down the road, East Quogue residents might rue the day they declined to control their own destiny. Remember, if one town board member voted the other way on the PPD issue, the full The Hills vision of luxury homes, a championship golf course, and marina rights would have been realized. The Discovery Land package that promised to improve the school septic system, buy more fragile public land and preserve it, and provide financial incentives may likely be gone for good. And with that, the company will continue to circle, looking for an opening that will allow a variation of the original proposal to reach shovel-ready status. Its inherent right to build can’t be wished away. The village proponents will likely be back next year. There was a bit of aggression between the two sides after the vote, which is understandable given the level of passion, but unfortunately neighbor was pitted against neighbor, a lose/ lose situation for those who didn’t want to get involved but were, by definition, thrust into the fray anyway. But for the moment, bucolic, sleepy East Quogue is the kind of place people want to raise a family and enjoy country life, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Marguerite Nunez Summer is such a beautiful season. I miss the sunshine, I’ll miss the warm weather, and I’ll miss getting to be outside so much of the time.

Kelly Seitz I miss the beach and I miss the ocean. I love summer. I also worked at the Maidstone Club and that was fun. It’s such a beautiful place to work so sometimes I miss the days when I worked there.

Kyleen Burke I miss those long, long days of sunlight. I can remember driving home, not that long ago, at seven or eight at night and the sky was still full sunlight. I will miss that very much.

I’ll bet it was more like, “Does this spacesuit make my butt look big?”


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Arts & Entertainment Earle Of Wisdom Grammy winner shares stories in ‘Portraits’ series at WHBPAC By Bridget LeRoy

Steve Earle will play WHBPAC with G.E. Smith October 26. Independent/Tom Bejgrowicz

Steve Earle — the Grammy-winning American folk, rock, and country “hardcore troubadour” — will be the next performer in the “Portraits” series with G.E. Smith, produced by Taylor Barton, at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 26. Next to his writing — whether it’s his songs like “Copperhead Road” or “Guitar Town” or his novel, short stories, or even the play he scribed — next to all of this, and his role as Harley Wyatt on HBO’s “Treme,” Earle is known for his story telling. And tell them he does. When, as the interview opener (and we only had 15 minutes because he is in high demand), he was asked about the “elephant sanctuary” — at the suggestion of a little bird — his response was hearty laughter. “I never actually saw it up close,” he said. “But it just so happens that there is an elephant sanctuary in the same town I got sober in. There’s a little treatment center called Buffalo Valley in Lewis County, TN. And it’s called Lewis County because Merriweather Lewis committed suicide there. He was

on his way back to Philadelphia and holed up there instead, shot himself, and did a pretty bad job of it. It took him four months to die.” Ice. Broken. “The joke was always if people bailed out on Buffalo Valley and walked in the wrong direction, they would come up against an elephant,” he said, laughing again. His friendship with legendary guitarist G.E. Smith goes way back. “I knew who he was because of ‘Saturday Night Live,’” where Smith was the musical director for a decade, “but he was playing guitar in Bob Dylan’s band when Bob went back out on the road in the late ’80s. And we were the opening act. When I was offered the tour, I thought Bob Dylan would never go out on the road again at that point. As it turns out, he hasn’t come off the road since.” Earle said he and Smith had a lot of things in common, “some bad, some good,” and they were both avid guitar collectors. “After that, I ran into him at George Gruhn’s guitar shop in Nashville a few times. I own a mandola to this day that belonged to G.E. that

I bought there, and he probably had traded it for something else.” As far as his collecting, “I’ve gotten way more selective,” Earle said. “I’m actually a pretty serious collector. Not a lot of players are. G.E. is, but I think he’s a little more bulimic than I am. I don’t sell mine very often. At one point, before I built my guitar room, I looked at them all stacked in the corner and I thought, ‘Uh-oh, this is hoarding.’ But it’s something I understand, it’s something I love, it’s something valuable, and it’s somewhere to put money besides Wall Street,” he said the last two words with a twinge of disgust. “I don’t do Wall Street,” he added. “If I want to gamble, I’ll go to Vegas.” Besides the stuff he’s written (and his songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and Shawn Colvin, to name just a few), Earle has also been the subject of two biographies and a documentary film, and he hosted the “Hardcore Troubadour” show on the Outlaw Country channel. He is also a vocal opponent of the death penalty. His song “Ellis Unit One” was used in the movie “Dead

Man Walking” and in 2010, Earle received the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Shining Star of Abolition award. His youngest son is autistic, so Earle is also a champion for more autism-friendly schools and research. Where was his activism born? “We moved to Texas when I was still a kid, and Texas was executing people at an alarming rate. My mother was really disturbed by it. I grew up in a house that was against capital punishment.” There was one case, “basically a poor kid who killed a rich kid in a brawl in a parking lot, and got the death sentence. The rich kid’s family hired a special prosecutor, which was legal then. My father thought that was not fair, and he wrote a letter to the governor of Texas, John Connally, the guy who got shot, who was sitting behind JFK. And that was when I was about six or seven, and it made an impression on me.” There is so much more to tell. Steve Earle will tell you himself, along with playing his music, on Saturday at 8 PM in Westhampton Beach. Visit for tickets.


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Two Exhibits At Guild Hall Guild Hall presents works by abstract expressionists and Joyce Kubat By Nicole Teitler

Two exhibitions will grace the walls of Guild Hall in East Hampton from Saturday, October 26 through December 30: “Abstract Expressionism Revisited” and “Joyce Kubat, My People.” “Abstract Expressionism Revisited: Selections from the Permanent Collection” is curated by guest Joan Marter, Ph.D. in the Moran and Woodhouse galleries. The theme comes from the avantgarde movement of the 1950s. Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, and others, were active participants in a movement that created an artists’ colony of the area. In conjunction with the exhibit, a catalogue of color illustrations and an illuminating essay will be published to highlight the critical role these East End artists played in the movement. Marter received her doctorate from the University of Delaware in 1974 and has since lent her expertise as an art critic, author of “Women of Abstract Expressionism,” co-editor of the Woman’s Art Journal, a distinguished professor of art history at Rutgers Uni-

Lee Krasner's "Untitled, 1963."

Joyce Kubat's "Peaches."

versity, and other projects and works. A reception will be held on Sunday, October 27, from 2 to 4 PM, following a gallery discussion from 1 to 2 PM. The exhibit is set to include works on paper, paintings, and sculpture, all to celebrate the abstract art of Guild Hall's collection. Guests will be shown works that have been dormant from view in recent years, as well as some

notable loans mixed in. In Guild Hall’s Spiga Gallery, curatorial assistant Casey Dalene organized “Joyce Kubat: My People.” A members’ reception will take place Sunday, October 27, from 2 to 4 PM with a gallery talk on November 16 at 2 PM. Kubat received top honors at the 79th Artist Members Exhibition in 2017, carefully selected by guest awards juror Ruba Katrib, who curated the Sculpture Center and currently holds a position as curator at MoMA PS1. In her current exhibit, Kubat displays works that have been in development since 2002. Psychological figurative works with pastels on damp paper cre-

ate works of velvet pigments, pink inks with a fleshy transparency, all to elicit an emotional connection to human anatomy. “The figure has always been my focus, and over the years, it’s become a psychological focus, a not-alwayseasy-to-view focus. Art with only surface excitement seems empty. For me, it has to have a serious and profound underpinning, always poignant, often humorous, relating in some way to the universal humanity common to all of us,” Kubat said. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. Learn more at

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Larger Than Life Iconic subjects, styles, pop at White Room Gallery By Nicole Teitler Owners of The White Room Gallery, Andrea McCafferty and Kat O’Neill, define an icon as “a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration or great respect.” McCafferty added, “Though it began with religious figures and symbols years ago, it has since evolved into a celebration of those people or creations that have become larger than life in our culture.” It is with this definition in mind that the Bridgehampton gallery presents I-CONz, featuring the artwork of Ceravolo, Candice CMC, and Steve Joester. Ceravolo has been creating largescale paintings for over 30 years. His New York upbringing brought him to create six large-scale portraits in the Palladium Theatre lobby, which include portraits of Hugh Hefner, Rod Stewart, Elton John, and others. His

famous Urban Pop takes such icons and, using colorful design, creatively works them in gray. “The realistic image always painted in gray is combined with colorful textured brush strokes and sometimes three-dimensional abstract elements to give the work of art that distinctive look which has been my trademark,” Ceravolo said. With a degree in graphic design, advertising art, and photography, New Yorker Candice CMC took her vast knowledge and applied it to a new style of artistic photography. Her photographs capture Einstein, Van Gogh, Willy Wonka, Marilyn Monroe, Wonder Woman, and others, in a captivating way — through the careful placement of individual images of donuts that she took. It’s pop art reimagined, as onlookers are encouraged to view the images through a camera (or smartphone) "Mick" by Steve Joester.

to see the piece fully form. Across the pond, Joester shot the Brits as a rock ’n‘ roll photographer in the ’70s and ’80s. His photographs landed placements on posters, magazines, and album sleeves. He documented Neil Young, Sting, Mick Jagger, and Andy Warhol on film. His pieces are personal interpretations through mixed media work. “In curating this exhibit, we set out to find artists whose styles were just as iconic as their subjects. Vintage rock star photographs take on new dimensions as they are married with

mixed media narratives. Donuts come together to imbue faces with vibrancy and color in magical ways. A master painter captures the essences of Hollywood stars at their prime. In a strange and delightful way, this exhibit is a celebration of life as even though many of the icons featured have long since left us, their cultural impact lives on,” O’Neill concluded. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 5 to 7 PM. The show is up through December 1. Visit to learn more.


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Bringing Out The Best In Everyone Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation helps young girl’s passions live on By Nicole Teitler On June 15, 2013, 14-year-old Anna Mirabai Lytton was riding her bike to the CVS on Pantigo Lane in East Hampton when she was struck and killed by an SUV. Anna’s life was cut short far too soon, but she left behind a lasting impression on those who loved her. To honor her memory, the nonprofit Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation was established in 2014, a tribute to a young girl who was passionate about creativity and wellness. Kate Rabinowitz and Rameshwar Das inspired Anna and her brother, James, to love travel. She visited England, Scotland, Italy, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, and Vermont. “My husband and I have both traveled extensively and know how formative those experiences were in our lives,” Rabinowitz said. “I lived in Europe as a teenager, studied abroad in college, traveled and studied in Asia. My husband, Rameshwar Das, traveled to India after college, returning as an inspired photographer, writer, and spiritual practitioner. We felt it would be important for our kids to learn selfsufficiency, tolerance, and resilience in foreign cultures.” Rabinowitz recalled her daughter’s voice, a year prior to the accident, saying, “Mom, I want to go everywhere and see this world and different people.” The family would daydream about their future trips, camping across countries and living in foreign cities. Anna’s passions didn’t end there, she was a prolific reader and writer since the age of five — favorite books being “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him” by Bret Witter and Luis Carlos Montalvan. Her adoration for animals led to the family welcoming Razzle, an ARF rescue dog who has been Rabinowitz’s therapy dog since Anna’s passing. “Anna brought out the best in everyone in her life, and in her death,” Rabinowitz continued. Together with some of Anna’s childhood friends, they set up the foundation’s art projects at Springs School, as well as a mural painted between the music and art

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rooms, a tree of life showcasing Anna’s beloved images on each branch. To this day, some aid in the visiting artist program and creative workshops at the annual Watermill Center Art Day for the Springs sixth-grade class. “Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation brings programs in arts and wellness to underserved parts of the community. Schools need more programs in creative arts, yoga, plant-based local natural food cooking, photography, and poetry writing. These are all activities Anna loved, and we want to give these opportunities to other young people, to give them tools of health, creativity and sense of self that can guide them to make good choices.” Additional programs include art and journalistic photography, creative writing, mindfulness, and video documentary. Currently, the foundation is seeking photographers to come support and teach in classrooms. There is a course with Jeremy Dennis and Megan Chaskey in poetry and photography, “Creating your Epic Narrative,” in collaboration with Guild Hall, that the foundation hopes to expand to other schools and community centers. Other goals are expanding the plant-based cooking classes and increasing the volunteer base. Visit www.annalyttonfoundation. org for more information and to be part of the effort.

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36 Hours In Charm City Take a weekend trip to Baltimore @hamptondaze

The lobby at Lord Baltimore.

This weekend, my husband Joe and I explored Baltimore while visiting family and friends. Joe grew up in Howard County, right outside of Baltimore, so I’ve become somewhat familiar with the area over the years. We started our day outside of the city at Inverness Brewing, which is located in Monkton, MD on a 100-acre farm. The brewery prides itself on its crop to keg philosophy, created with the farm’s 600 thriving hop plants. It’s also the first Baltimore County brewery, formed in 2018. We enjoyed everything the farm had to offer, from the live bluegrass to the bocce ball. It turns out, I’m pretty good at bocce and I believe I may have found my sport. The beer was also phenomenal. After a game of bocce, we headed to our hotel, Lord Baltimore, which is located downtown. It’s a historic hotel close to the Inner Harbor. I always prefer to stay at a historic hotel, because they usually hold a certain charm. And while visiting Charm City, it only seemed right. If you’re looking for something a bit more lux, I’d also suggest The Ivy. We knew we weren’t going to be spending much time at the hotel, so we went with the more economical ($140 v. $650/night), yet still architecturally magnificent, choice. Upon arrival at Lord Baltimore, we entered a spectacular lobby. In the cen-

ter was a grand piano under a Murano glass chandelier. It’s not hard to picture this hotel in all its glory when it was opened in the 1920s. The coffee at Lord Baltimore’s cafe was also delicious. We didn’t have time to explore much more, but it also has a rooftop bar that boasts views of the city. After checking in, we headed to Full Tilt Brewing to meet some friends. Our day inadvertently turned into a brewery tour of Baltimore. If you enjoy craft beer, Baltimore has many to offer. The colorful taproom also had entertainment like air hockey and arcade games, all perfect for kids and adults. The food was also a hit. Between the North Fork TV Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival, I’ve accidentally eaten more than my fair share of pretzels this month. (No time for lunch and about to watch a threehour film? A movie theater pretzel it is!) And I can say that the pretzel at Full Tilt was by far the best. A beer and a soft pretzel is a wonderful thing. The fear of turning into a soft pretzel is not. For dinner we went to The Brewer’s Art, a brewpub located in an early 20th Century townhouse in Mt. Vernon. The building was absolutely beautiful, with more historic charm and architecture. The skillet mac and cheese is a must-try for the table, as is the brewery’s Resurrection Beer. Following dinner, we went to the Owl Bar, located in the Belvedere Hotel. The Belvedere is another historic venue filled with Charm City grandeur. It’s played host to the likes of many past presidents, Al Pacino, Patti LaBelle, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lauren Bacall, and Fred Astaire, to name a few. The Owl Bar is a famous prohibition-era speakeasy. Stained glass overlooking the bar reads “A wise old owl sat on an oak / the more he saw the less he spoke / the less he spoke the more he heard / why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?” It’s a nod to the venue’s legacy. It’s been open over 100 years and still going strong. On Sunday morning, we headed to brunch at the Golden West Café in the

village of Hampden. Hampden, which is centered around West 36th Street (known as The Avenue), offers a hipster haven of colorful restaurants, bars, and shops, in converted row houses. It sort of reminded me of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when I lived there in 2004. Golden West was fantastic and offered an array of vegan options as well as traditional brunch options. They focus on “Americana cuisine and Southwest comfort food, rooted in tradition-

al New Mexican specialties.” We ended the day at the American Visionary Art Museum, a Baltimore must-see. Displays included works from the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, a race that takes place through Baltimore and consists of wacky and imaginative human-powered pieces of art that are made to travel through the elements. We also saw outdoor sculptures like Andrew Logan’s eight-foot “Cosmic Galaxy Egg.”


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Entertainment Guide Compiled by Nicole Teitler

American Dharma On Sunday, October 27, at 6 PM, Sag Harbor Cinema will present a special screening of Errol Morris’s “American Dharma” at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Learn more at




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Operatif Lecture

The Paramount Theater in Huntington welcomes Kreeps with Kids Comedy Show with Robert Kelly, Ron Bennington, Jim Florentine, and Rich Vos on Friday, October 25 at 8 PM. Then, Sunday, October 27 will be Bret Kreischer at 7 PM and 9:30 PM. Head to www.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Bob Saget On Saturday, October 26, at 8 PM, the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead welcomes a full house to Bob Saget. Grab tickets at

United We Laugh Bridging the racial divide through laughter and conversation, Jim “Dr. Love” Banks, Richie Byrne, Wali Collins, Melissa Diaz, Vic Henley. Wednesday, October 30, 7:30 PM at the South Fork United Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, Bridgehampton. Tickets at

On Friday, October 25, the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead will have a performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 PM. Grab tickets at www.

Guild Hall Guild Hall in East Hampton will screen “National Theatre Live: All About Eve” on Friday, October 25 at 7 PM and “The Met: Live in HD — Massenet’s Manon” on Saturday, October 26, at 1 PM. Visit to learn more.

Film & Talk The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will have a film and talk on American art in the 1960s followed by a conversation with Parrish director Terrie Sultan and chief curator Alicia Longwell on Sunday, October 27, at 3 PM. Learn more at

Victoria Bond will lead an Operatif Lecture on Saturday, October 26, at 12 PM. Visit to learn more.

Writers Speak Stony Brook Southampton hosts Writers Speak on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:30 PM, with Jennifer Acker and Susan Scarf Merrell in the Rakoff Theater. Learn more at www.stonybrook. edu.

Quiz Night Townline BBQ in Sagaponack will host Quiz Night every Wednesday at 7 PM with a $10 participation fee. See www.

Haunted Library

Bob Saget will perform at Suffolk Theater.

Southampton Arts Center will have a Halloween Silent Disco dance party. Learn more at

Steve Earle Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center presents Steve Earle in “Portraits” with G.E. Smith on Saturday, October 26, at 8 PM. Buy tickets at

Jam Session Radio Hour

On Saturday, October 26, from 7 to 9 PM, East Hampton Library will turn into a spooky place to be. Learn more at

Listen in on Peconic Public Broadcasting on 88.3 FM every Wednesday from 7 to 8 PM for the Jam Session Radio Hour. Go to


Little Feat

The Little Mermaid

The Paramount Theater in Huntington hosts Chris Janson with special guest Ross Ellis on Thursday, October 24, at 8 PM; Little Feat on Saturday, October 26 at 8 PM; and Pink Martini on Tuesday, October 29, at 8 PM. Head to www.

Southampton Cultural Center’s Center Stage presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” through Sunday, October 27. For a list of times, and tickets, go to

Little Women The Musical North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck will offer performances of “Little Women the Musical” through Sunday, October 27. Learn more at

Baskerville The Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue will have a production of Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” showing from Thursday, October 24 through November 10. Grab tickets at

MUSIC Perlman Music Program Located at the Clark Arts Center on Shelter Island, the Perlman Music Program presents Stires-Stark Alumni Recital on Saturday, October 26, at 4:30 PM, and Works in Progress on Sunday, October 27, at 2:30 PM. Learn more at

Silent Disco On Saturday, October 26, at 7 PM, the

Townline Tunes Townline BBQ in Sagaponack will have live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM. This Friday, October 25, will be Out East. See

Salon Series The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will host Salon Series: The New Yorkers on Friday, October 25, at 7:30 PM. Learn more at

Masonic Music Series The Wamponamon Lodge in Sag Harbor welcomes The Roses Grove Band on Saturday, October 26, and Unsung Heroes on Sunday, October 27, both at 8 PM. Visit www.masonicmusicseries. com.

Stephen Talkhouse Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett welcomes Nancy Atlas and friends on Friday, October 25, at 8 PM, and on Saturday, October 26, at 8 PM, will be a Halloween party with Hello Brooklyn at 10 PM. See more at

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KISS & TELL By Heather Buchanan

Two Wasps On A Windshield Don’t wing it, ask for help

After the storm, I found two injured wasps on my windshield. They were very subtly trying to move their injured wings, not making much of a fuss, didn’t want to disturb anyone. What WASPs, I thought. Should I just mix up a mini pitcher of gin and tonics and leave them to it? If it were two injured bees, there would have been mayhem with buzzing and writhing. They would be saying, “Call an ambulance! Call ARF — I mean insects are animals too! Call my lawyer! I am going to sue! Or at least sting someone!”

This is why wasps and bees don’t mate. People from different types of families have entirely different approaches to conflict, and this can be a challenge in a relationship. There is a reason for the stereotypical depiction of a woman in an apron with a smile on her face mixing cake batter in a bowl with the caption, “The secret ingredient is resentment,” and on the other hand the fiery woman taking the spoon and throwing the mix at her husband. If you were raised in an environment

of passive-aggressive versus outwardly aggressive, there can be communication problems. Yelling and throwing a glass at the wall would signal a divorce in a certain home, or that might just be Friday night in another. I definitely fall on the former side of the spectrum. This can play out when a partner asks what’s wrong and we say nothing and they walk away. They are now in double trouble as they haven’t realized that clearly something is horribly wrong and “nothing” is code for “You idiot! Of course, it’s not nothing!” Or when you are used to having discussions about issues in very calm and respectful tones, and your partner starts yelling and swearing and you are wondering how you are going to pack all your stuff and the Yorkie and her pee pads and sneak without him knowing. Then he calms down and asks whether you’d like to stay in or go out for dinner. Those of us from the passiveaggressive realm also tend to take on our own problems without reaching out for help. I said to my friend in the city that it might be nice if she visited and saw my roses. She later said, “Oh my god, you are such a WASP.” That really meant, “My life is falling apart now, and I need you to get on the first Jitney


without even stopping for a latte.” On the other end of the spectrum, it’s horrible to constantly be walking on egg shells because you never know what is going to set off your partner’s verbal anger storm. I sometimes hear children using the most vulgar and disrespectful language and think, “Where did they get that from?” You can bet it started at home. Meeting in a healthy communication middle is the goal. Be clear, but calm in discussing difficult topics. Timing is key, such as a beach walk in the morning and not midnight after cocktails. Absolute statements are to be avoided such as “You always” or “You never.” Reach out in need for help with specific suggestions and time frames. Don’t break things, as you just have to go back in humiliation with a dust buster. If it’s getting really heated, take a “time out” and go to separate corners and binge watch the Netflix show the other hates. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but do bring up the big problems before they become even bigger. Do pay attention and be intuitive so you will notice if something is amiss with your partner. That makes them feel seen and understood. And reach out your wings to each other, being careful because they may be injured.

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Henny: “Are all those dancers on their tiptoes?” Mother: “Yes.” Henny: “Why don’t they get taller dancers?”

Boo Who? You can always find something cool to do with a straight razor If one were to think logically about this whole dreaded affair, teaching children to relish the thought of blood-soaked half-dead zombies ripping flesh might seem just a bit odd. Nevertheless, in the old days, Halloween was one of the most anticipated nights of the year, and why not? It was on this date adults were mandated to give kids lavish amounts of free candy, and at what price? A silly disguise. Most of our moms made us dress up as Casper the Friendly Ghost, meaning we wore a sheet with a hole for our eyes. That’s because we were poor folks — we couldn’t run over to Target and spend 30 bucks on some plastic piece

of crap. When Davy Crockett was the big thing, we wore these god-awful coonskin caps, which looked like dead vermin on our head. Duh. That’s the way Davy liked it. Crockett’s girlfriend: “Do you have to wear that thing to the movies?” Davy: “I wear it every day.” Girlfriend: “It’s a dead raccoon.” Davy: “Want some melted butter on yours?” A lot of the girls were ballerinas because they took lessons and already had the “costume” — meaning mom already paid for it once. That reminds

We would go charging through the Brooklyn projects begging for candy amidst weirdos and sickos of every description. Among them were, no doubt, masochists and the like, who viewed chainsaws as tools of learning. How perverted is it to fill impressionable minds with vivid images of blood-drenched skulls? What kind of world is ruled by the fiery dead who would eat slime? Who drives stakes deep into chests and then celebrates doing so? We do. It is my contention that today’s mass murderers were the little ones of yore who enjoyed Halloween just a little too much. Then there were the pervs. One guy “dressed up” as Overly Friendly Ghost. He talked in riddles and invited trick or treaters inside to play Tent City or Trapped Miner. Nowadays, costumes are a fortune. All the super heroes are represented, of course. Every little girl wants to be Wonder Woman. Hell, I want to be Wonder Woman. Then there is the World T-Rex Inflatable Costume, which makes it difficult to run away from would-be predators like Casper. And there is Donald. Orange, of course. A conversation piece to be sure, but this year, a new phenomenon — it looks like Alec Baldwin! ARGHHHHHHHHH. For the most part though, trick of treating is a thing of the past. The end of the innocence began when some wise guy started putting razors in apples. To me, the most egregious thing was the apple — who the hell wants fruit on Halloween? You can always find something cool to do with a straight razor,

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at least in Brooklyn, especially on Halloween. If you are smart, you should realize there is just so much you can mythologize. That for every creepy story there is a witch fomenting evil in the real world. This year on Halloween, try this if you dare: Chant “Bloody Mary” in front of a mirror while staring at your reflection, in the dark preferably. She may be bloody, but she’s certainly not happy. Depending on the version you were given, the grotesque vision appears that has been known to pull little girls into the mirror. This is what happened to Samantha Bee. Or, even worse — you could turn into a short ballerina. Don’t kid yourself. Reality and myth are kissing cousins. For every story or myth concocted around a campfire, there is a real horror — presided over by the Prince of Darkness himself, Donald . . . (just kidding), the Root of All Evil, Beelzebub — Satan. His name may change but his game is the same: spiders and bats and snakes. Do you doubt me? If you are reading this right now, mark these words: that heavy breathing you hear under your bed at the stroke of midnight on Halloween night might well be Casper the Overly Friendly Ghost under your bed.

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Indy Snaps Tabling Time Photos by Richard Lewin The Independent continued its Tabling Time storytelling series at Rosie’s in Amagansett on Thursday, October 17. The theme of the evening was “Love” and featured stories from Heather Buchanan, Dawn Watson, Fred Raimondo, and Monte Farber. The series continues each Thursday through October. This coming week, Angela LaGreca, Ty Wenzel, and Christine Prydatko will all tell stories about “Sacrifice.” If you’re interested in telling your story at any of our storytelling nights, please email amy@indyeastend. com.

Mandala Book Club Photo by Richard Lewin “Etched in Sand” by Regina Calcaterra, published in 2013 and on The New York Times Best Seller List for many months, has been integrated into high school and college curricula nationally. It is a timeless, true story of five siblings who huddled together for survival as foster children. Evan Harris, Amagansett Free Library’s children’s librarian and Jolie Parcher, founder and director of Mandala Yoga Center for Healing Arts in Amagansett Square, chose the book for a round table discussion at the meeting of the Mandala Book Club on Thursday, October 17.

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If It Bleeds, It Leads ‘Below the Fold’ delves into TV newsroom story chasing “Below The Fold,” by fiction writer, former journalist, and TV newsroom managing editor R.G. Belsky, takes its title from a well-known phrase in print journalism. It refers to news that appears on the lower half of a page — neither breaking nor highly significant, but of interest. Sometimes, however, a below-the-fold article can “explode into a huge Page One phenomenon,” as it does in this crime novel, when the apparently meaningless death of a middle-aged homeless woman becomes related to the murder of a beautiful, wealthy young woman on the Upper East Side. The opening line of the one-page prologue, pulls the reader right in: “She was thinking about money when the killer came knocking on her door.” It’s the opening line of the actual narrative, however, that lays out the theme: “Every human life is supposed to be important, everyone should matter. That’s what we all tell ourselves, and it’s a helluva noble concept. But it’s not true. Not in the real world. And certainly not in the world of TV news where I work.” As for murder, it’s a numbers game for the media, especially in the world of TV news. “Sex sells. Sex, money, and power. Those are the only murder stories really worth covering.” The speaker is 44-year-old Clare Carlson, a smart, attractive newsroom

pro, a woman of integrity and heart, even though she’s the first to admit to a good friend (their dialogue is curt and cute) that her three failed marriages attest to a passion more for work than love (sex is another matter). But the homeless woman’s death deserves coverage, Clare feels, especially after she finds a picture of the woman from the mid-1980s, when she was a gorgeous young coed at NYU. What happened? Maybe the story will strike a nerve with a viewer. Clare, who comes courtesy of an earlier Belsky book, has impressive investigative skills. In “Below the Fold,” she has been promoted to news director at Channel 10, but she misses the thrill of the chase. Switch to the Upper East Side socialite’s murder, which was particularly brutal; she was beaten to death with a statue. Clare gets involved when it’s discovered that a list of five names was left near the bloodied corpse, and lo! One of them is that of the murdered homeless woman. The other names include an ambitious politico who’s also a serial womanizer, a handsome police detective on administrative leave (whom Clare gets the hots for), a tough-talking powerful woman lawyer who defends the mob, and the head of Clare’s own news organization. Relationships? None to see. Belsky knows how to sustain

curiosity, even if many chapters end with obvious cliff-hangers. Coming up with ingenious hypotheses that seem to point to the socialite’s killer, Clare turns each telling fact into that night’s news story that bests the competition. Ratings soar. She’s the golden girl. But the theories fall apart, forcing her to refocus her investigation, not to mention figure out how to continue exploiting viewer attention and keep the ratings high. She engages reader sympathy, however, for her willingness to reconsider inconvenient truths and hold onto ethics. Though her number-one mantra is the Woodward-Bernstein Watergate prompt to “follow the money,” she finds herself drifting to another mantra, “follow the heart,” something “an old newspaper editor always preached to me.” (Note: She points out that Woodward and Bernstein never said that in their book “All The President’s Men” — it was Dustin Hoffman in the movie.)

In an author’s note at the end, Belsky says that his long experience in print and TV gave him a “real-life look at what it’s like behind the scenes in the high-stakes world of news media,” and “it’s not always the same as you see on TV or at the movies,” meaning that the prime motivation in getting a story is rarely altruism. It’s fear. “Fear of screwing up, having the competition get there before you.” And so, newsrooms engage in what’s called “feeding the beast” — making sure that no matter how successful one scoop may be, there better be another one at the ready. It also means that investigative reporters better watch their backs — hidden secrets might undo them. And so it is with Clare, who won a Pulitzer for a story about the mysterious disappearance of an 11-year-old girl, who may well have been her out-of-wedlock daughter. Belsky cleverly leaves this one dangling . . . but, hey, he’s got a series going.


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Gallery Events Compiled by Jessica Mackin-Cipro and Tame” features the variety with which we see and interpret the world outside ourselves. Alice Aycock, Tulla Booth, Elizabeth Down, Cornelia Foss, Sally Gall, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Bonnie Lautenberg, Christa Maiwald, Steve Miller, Alexis Rockman, Laurie Simmons, and Ned Smyth form a rich and colorful group of visionaries who make us see the world in new and inventive ways.

North Fork Art District Tour

Laurie Simmons’s “Flowers on Legs” in “Wild and Tame.”

Wild And Tame lululemon East Hampton is hosting a new art exhibit, “Wild and Tame,” on October 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, in partnership with the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center to support the rebuilding of the Sag Harbor Cinema. lululemon East Hampton’s newly renovated Loft community space is located above the Main Street storefront. Curated by artist April Gornik, the work in “Wild

The North Fork Art District Tour will be held on Sunday, October 27. The self-guided tour includes the Max Moran Studio, William Ris Gallery, Alex Ferrone Gallery, and Scott McIntire & Lori Hollander studios. A dinner, that includes an art auction, follows the tour, at Halyard Restaurant in Greenport at 6 PM. Visit www.eventbrite. com for tickets.

Seen Artist Haim Mizrahi presents “Seen,” an exhibit of paintings at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on October 26 and 27. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 26, from 4 to 8 PM. On Sunday, there will be a po-

Artwork by Haim Mizrahi.

etry reading at 3 PM. The show is sponsored by Janet Lehr Fine Arts.

Halsey McKay Gallery Two current solo exhibitions are being held at the Halsey McKay Gallery In East Hampton. Denise Kupferschmidt's fourth solo show, “Solastalgia,”  turns her direct and graphic imagery away from depiction of the figure and towards human impact on the landscape. In a series of new paintings and works on paper, heads morph into setting and rising suns, while repeating footsteps appear in and out of prismatic roads and cities. Upstairs, a suite of Steven Cox paintings find him also re-

ducing his compositions in his second solo show with the gallery. “Tattarratat,”  a palindrome,  plays on the action of reading a gesture both forwards and backwards. The five recent  paintings on view are constructed with oil paint impressions, each layer mirroring the structure of the one beneath. The shows run through November 16.

Drawing Room Gallery The Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton presents Michael Light “Gardiner’s Island and Amagansett.” The show opens on October 25 and runs through December 22. For more info call 631-324-5016.

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A Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise breast cancer awareness for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation will be held on Thursday, October 24, from 8 to 10 AM at Rocco A. Carriero Wealth Partners in Southampton. The dress code is pink. To RSVP, email Nicole.a.chance@ampf. com or call 631-283-8482.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will host a Halloween Pawty on Saturday, November 2, from noon to 3 PM at its adoption center in East Hampton. All are welcome for tricks and treats, a haunted agility course, low cost vaccines for your pets, adoptions, contests, and more. Bring the whole family and pets for the fun. ARF will be offering FVRCP, DA2PP, bordetella, and rabies vaccines, and microchipping. For more information, contact adoptions@ or call 631-537-0400 ext. 203.

Wildlife Rescue Raffle The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Eastern Long Island’s only wildlife hospital, is holding a raffle to win $1000 in groceries. Tickets are $5 each or $45 for 10. The drawing will take place on November 25. Visit www. or call 631728-WILD.

Chowdah Chowdown A Chowdah Chowdown to benefit the missions of Share The Harvest Farm

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and Springs Food Pantry to help feed local families, will be held on Saturday, November 9, from 1 to 4 PM, at Springs Tavern. Participating chefs and businesses include A Kitchen for Liam, Chef Pete Ambrose, Breadzilla, The Clubhouse, East End Food Institute, E.H. Sports-

men’s Alliance, One Stop Market, SALT, Smokin’ Wolf BBQ, Springs Fire Department, Springs General Store, Springs Tavern, Stuart’s Seafood, and more. The cost is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.sharetheharvestfarm. org/events.


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Dining Showfish Kicks Off Wine Dinner Series Gurney’s restaurant delights with five-course pairings By Hannah Selinger

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On Thursday, October 10, Showfish at Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina hosted the first in an ongoing series of wine dinners. The five-course meal, which was conceived and executed by chef Jeremy Blutstein, was paired with a series of wines from the esteemed Paul Blanck estate, an Alsatian wine

producer with history dating back three centuries. Tickets to the event, which included food, wine, tax, and tip, were $102.90 apiece, an incredible bargain for the quality and quantity offered. Despite whipping winds and sideways rain, the intimate dining

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room at Showfish was full for the inaugural wine dinner. Guests were seated family-style, sharing tables and meals with strangers, who, by the end of the meal, had become friends. Dinner began with an amuse bouche of smoked, glazed salmon, served with glasses of the Paul Blanck 2018 Classique Pinot Blanc, from the estate’s entry-level line of wines. This crisp, refreshing wine carried on through another amuse, a fatty, creamy tartare of local tuna belly, which was amplified by a house-fermented pineapple vinegar and slivers of duck skin chicharrones. Chef Blutstein’s wit and wisdom was on full display throughout the evening. His take on a Waldorf salad — a classic Upper East Side iteration made with a mayonnaise-based dressing, walnuts, and grapes — was translated into a fresh, clean plate of black sea bass crudo. Coins of red grape provided sweetness and acidity, while a saffron aioli offered a slick of fat. The culinary star of the evening actually arrived in the third course. A corn chawanmushi, topped with Maine sea urchin, a dusting of truffle, purple shiso, and hearts of palm, was an inimitable consistency: creamy, unctuous, perfect. Chawanmushi is a traditional Japanese dish, a custard that requires precision in its execution. Blutstein hit his out of the park. Wines evolved with the meal. While a 2016 Les Crus Rosenbourg Riesling, paired with the chawanmushi, was imminently quaffable, the true stunner came with the beet-cured scallops, the 2016 Les Grand Crus Schlossberg. Golden-hued and aromatic, this wine lingered long on the palate.

“It’s better after 30 minutes,” Philippe Blanck advised, and so I held my glass into the following course. He was right; the wine developed secondary aromas: white flowers, a faint echo of petrol, and slick stone. A round, developed wine, the Schlossberg promises to deliver for years to come. Those scallops, by the way, tinged crimson, sat atop a jet-black squid ink risotto. The two seafood entrees were served in largeformat bowls, encouraging guests to commiserate as they broke bread. The evening’s final savory course, tilefish poached in duck fat and garnished with micro cilantro served atop potatoes from Marilee Foster’s Sagaponack farm, was a perfect match for an old-vine (vielles vignes) Auxerrois. The wine, Blanck told me, has eight grams of residual sugar — not enough to identify it as sweet, or even off-dry, but enough to move the needle. Actually, that tiny bit of sugar made perfect sense for the course. The tilefish featured a house-made massaman curry, and that rumbling spice was an apt partner for something fuller, richer, and sweeter. Dinner concluded with poached apples from Water Mill’s Jen Halsey. Served halved, and adorned with buttery pucks of crumble, made from Quail Hill Farm’s rye berries, the apples were a reminder of the season. The apples themselves were cooked in the Paul Blanck Pinot Gris. For the final wine pairing, we enjoyed glasses of the 2016 Les Crus Patergarten Pinot Gris, a smart, bright wine that conjured ripe apples and pears all on its own. This exciting, innovative evening was only a promise of what is to come from this Montauk hotspot.


October 23, 2019

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You don’t need to leave home to satisfy your sweet tooth By Nicole Teitler

It’s 8 PM and you just finished dinner. As you’re cleaning the kitchen, drying the dishes, suddenly, a craving hits. You recall strolling through New York City, or even Jersey City, and coming across that bakery. It was delicious, mouthwatering, and right now you wish you could be back in that moment again for one more bite. You’d give anything to satisfy your sweet tooth. The stomach wants what it wants. Sadly, your East End home is out of range for Uber Eats. So, you put the dishes away and turn on Netflix as another disappointing night without dessert goes by. Well, there’s a solution for that. We’ve compiled a list of indulgences that do nationwide delivery, from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey, and — yes — the Hamptons. Dessert brought directly to your door. Milk Bar, recognized for its classic confectionary style, hit the dessert scene in 2008 when it opened its doors in the East Village. Since then, James Beard award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi has expanded Milk Bar to 16 locations. Whether you’re craving a classic B’Day flavor or seasonal Pumpkin Dulce De Leche, it’ll arrive at your home when you order through Baked In Color, located at 58th Street and 8th Avenue, is noted for its original rainbow chocolate chip cookies. They sell out so quickly that the website even suggests ordering in ad-

vance for those nearby. Not a worry, they do nationwide shipping on all tins, tubes, brownies, and cakes. See its selection at Gluten-free, and ready-to-eat cookie dough is a dream Willy Wonka would rave about. Kristen Tomlan is the mastermind behind serving of edible cookie dough in ice cream cups out of her flagship location in Greenwich Village. DŌ serves upward of 10 flavors, with new ideas churning out. Trade in the Pillsbury container and think outside the tin at For a cookie with a doughy feel but cooked in classic form, there’s Gooey On The Inside. The brick and mortar store is on Chrystie Street, but with a Dunkaroo Cookie and molten cookie jars, it’s worth going to The bite-sized cupcake, which really only leads to more bites, delivers directly to your door thanks to Baked by Melissa. S’mores, cookie dough, peanut butter cup, tie-dye and more await at But if you’re more of a go-big or go-home type and feeling like a fullsized cupcake, splurge on the popular Magnolia Bakery. Since opening its first location in 1996 in the West Village, Magnolia has proven to be a household name. Let a piece into your home at Some names are synonymous with

With boozy cookies, Bourbon Walnut Toffee, Cinnamon Whiskey Crackle, classics like Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk, and so much more, it’s no surprise that this small shop is making big baking waves. Taste it for yourself at www. Whether you’re sending a sweet reminder to friends or family out of town, or you’re on vacation and missing a piece of home, some of our favorite local spots ship nationwide as well. After opening its doors in 2011, Carissa’s Bakery enjoyed an expansion this past summer. Known for its breads and pastries, it’s no wonder it ships domestically every Thursday by ordering online at Levain Bakery was founded in 1994 with a headquartered shop on the Upper West Side, but luckily their summering in the Hamptons clientele brought them over to Wainscott. Taste what everyone is talking about at www. And who could forget about Tate’s, the Southampton shop that made crispy cookies a craze. Go in yourself or order online at www.

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the streets of New York, like Carnegie Deli and Russ & Daughters. Maybe desserts aren’t the first thing you think of when you hear these classic names, but black and white cookies, rugelach, and chocolate babka make coming home all the sweeter. Explore offerings at www. Over to Brooklyn, Oneg Bakery in Williamsburg has been voted “best babka in NYC,” an order that would make Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld proud (season five, episode 13). Head to www. to try it for yourself. If chocolate isn’t your thing, then surely the world-famous Juniors Cheesecake can satisfy your craving. Since 1950, the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb has been filling bellies with its golden classic, and seasonal offerings like pumpkin, apple crumb, and more right at www. Hopping over the Hudson is a lesser known but large in flavor cookie shop. Bang Cookies, located in Jersey City, plans to open two new locations in the upcoming weeks at the American Dream Mall and another in Hoboken.



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Smoked Turkey & Avocado On a cheddar biscuit with truffle aioli and sweet potato fries Ingredients (Serves 4) 1 1/2 c Bisquick mix 1/2 c whole milk 1 c shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 lb smoked turkey breasts (sliced thin) 4 egg yolks 2 Tbsp butter 1 oz truffle oil 2 avocados 1/4 c vegetable oil 2 sweet potatoes (sliced thin) Salt and pepper to taste

Directions Start off by turning the oven on, to 400 degrees. Toss the thinly sliced sweet

potatoes in the vegetable oil and a bit of salt, place on a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Now mix the Bisquick, milk, and shredded cheddar in a bowl, then drop four equal servings of the resulting batter onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. While the biscuits and sweet potatoes bake, start to boil a small pot of water for the double boiler you will need to make the aioli. Separate four egg yolks and whisk them together in a metal mixing bowl, then gently cook the egg yolks in the metal mixing bowl over the double boiler, being sure to con-

tinuously whisk the yolks so they do not scramble. When the yolks start to become thicker, drizzle in the truffle oil and continue to whisk until you have a thick sauce consistency. When the biscuits finish, cut them

in half carefully and layer on the sliced turkey and avocado. Spoon on some of the aioli and return them to the oven for another five minutes. Then, serve with the crispy baked sweet potato fries.


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Guest-Worthy Recipe: Tom Parker Bowles The Original Scotch Egg from Fortnum & Mason By Zachary Weiss

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Tom’s Guest-Worthy Recipe: The Original Scotch Egg from Fortnum & Mason

Why? In celebration of World Egg Day, which took place on October 11, Fortnum & Mason is taking a look back at the Scotch Egg, invented in 1738 by the beloved English purveyor of tea, snacks, and everything else under the sun.

Ingredients: 650g sausage meat 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp white pepper 1/2 tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried sage 1 clove garlic (crushed to a paste with a pinch of salt) 1 small shallot (very finely chopped) 10 medium eggs 100g plain flour 100g breadcrumbs (preferably Japanese panko crumbs) Vegetable oil (for deep-frying) 50g micro cress


1. Put the sausage meat in a bowl, add the spices, salt, dried herbs, garlic, and

shallot and mix well. To test the seasoning, take a teaspoonful of the mixture and fry it until cooked through. Taste it, then adjust the seasoning of the remaining mixture, if necessary. 2. Add eight of the eggs to a large pan of gently simmering water and cook for six minutes. Drain and leave under cold running water until they are completely cold. Peel off the shells. 3. Divide the sausage meat into eight portions, weighing them for accuracy, if you like — they should be about 80g each. Roll out each one between two sheets of cling film so that it is big enough to wrap round an egg. Lightly flour the eggs, then wrap each one in a piece of sausage meat, rolling it up in the cling film as you go and making sure that it is evenly covered, without any gaps. Twist the ends of the cling film tightly to help shape the eggs.

than a third full, or you risk it boiling over). Add the Scotch eggs to the hot oil, cooking them in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for seven to eight minutes, until they are a deep golden brown, then drain well on kitch-

en paper (the sausage meat should be cooked right through, but if you find that it isn’t, put the eggs in a moderate oven for three to four minutes to complete the cooking). Serve warm, garnished with the micro cress.




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4. Put the remaining eggs in a shallow bowl and beat together. Put the remaining flour in another bowl and the breadcrumbs in a third. Remove the cling film, then dip the Scotch eggs first in flour, then in beaten egg, and finally in the breadcrumbs, patting them on well with your hands.


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Clam Chowder Contest Photos by Richard Lewin Whether you prefer red or white clam chowder, a commemorative mug bought you a chance to enjoy 15 choices by local home and pro chefs at the Clam Chowder Contest held Sunday, October 20, at the East Hampton Historical Museum. The winners? Bonac Chowder: Smokey Anderson. White: Smokin’ Wolf. Red: Terry O’Reardon. Honorable Mention: Aleaze Hodgens. People’s Choice: Smokin’ Wolf.


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Food & Beverage News


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Coche Comedor Coche Comedor in East Hampton announces a new weekend brunch. A special brunch menu will be available Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Menu items include huevos a la Mexicana, guacamole toast, queso fundido, and much more. For more info, visit

Montauk Brewing Company The fans spoke, and they listened. Montauk Brewing Company’s topselling beer in the taproom for the past year, Juicy IPA, will be released in four-

pack 16 oz cans. While this size format is new for the brewery, the nautically themed brightly colored can reflects Montauk Brewing Company style. Look out for the cans throughout Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens,

The Bronx, Staten Island, and Westchester.

Autumn Chef ’s Dinner Sen in Sag Harbor presents its Autumn Chef’s Dinner on Thursday, October

24, starting at 6 PM. The menu will be paired with sake and includes items like tempura oyster, Sen taco, Peking duck ramen, and skirt steak. The cost is $120. To make reservations, call 631725-1774.

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Shannon Willey Of Sea Green Designs Brings The Seaside To Your Door By Ty Wenzel


or almost 20 years, Shannon Willey has been providing for the East End her expert eye, and bringing a love of coastal-inspired design to her work. While one might imagine décor touches, she takes it much further with a cohesive plan that encompasses everything from long-lasting sustainability, eco-friendly materials, organic and low VOC finishes, and items that are fair-trade whenever possible. She believes that the home is the key to health, happiness, and success. Her work style emphasizes the natural beauty of the East End’s coastal landscape. Sea Green Designs’ goal is to “change the world, one home at a time.”

continued to evolve over the last 20 years from pieces of furniture I finished myself to my current shop on Jobs Lane, where we offer many lines available in custom finishes, fabrics, and sizes. It also allows me to source and offer products made in a sustainable way, which is very important to me.

Shannon, how did you get involved in interior design? Is this something you studied?

What is your design philosophy that we can see interpreted in your designs? How would you describe your interior design style?

I originally got my degree in fashion design, then in environmental studies. It was after working for a summer in a local furniture store that I found a passion for interior design. Both of my degrees have helped me immensely in the field of interior design.

Your specialty is coastal interior design. What are some of the tenets of this style? This is a great question, because coastal interiors can be anything from modern to cottage style. What is inherent in coastal interior design is the use of colors and textures that evoke the feeling of living on the coast.

You are one of the few interior designers on the East End with a brick-and-mortar retail establishment. Why did you decide to offer products as well as your interior design services? I actually started out 20 years ago with a 500-square-foot space in Sag Harbor as a decorative painter. I had almost 10 years of retail experience prior to opening my business. So I created a retail space that was also my studio. That

What are you currently working on? We’re currently working on the renovation of a waterfront home in East Quogue, as well as two in East Hampton. We have new client in Water Mill, and we’re finishing off a few in Remsenburg. I am also finishing one up in Virginia, which has been a great experience.

My philosophy is that a house should feel like a home. It is important to know what that means for each client. I really strive to make a space feel the way a client wants it to when they walk in to it. There is no question my style is inspired by the coast. I bring colors and textures of our coastal environment into all of my projects. I also design spaces to function with a coastal lifestyle for our clients who live by the coast.

Is there a project that was your favorite? I can’t pick a favorite, but the project that will probably be closest to my heart is one I did a few years ago in Remsenburg. I was involved from the time the architect drew up the plans for this client. It was our fourth project together. I love doing new construction projects. It allows us to design all of the details. In this case, I personally faux-finished most of the rooms in the house. I was able to be very creative.

What is it about the East End that you love? I love our coastal environment includ-

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ing our farmland, our beaches, and the community.

Do you ever have to bid on projects or does an architect or homeowner just call you direct? I typically don’t have to bid on projects. We get a lot of referrals, and homeowners will call direct. We explain how we work and set up a consultation to determine if we’re a good fit.

Are there any trends that our readers should be aware of? What are you excited about? The overall trend I see is an eclectic style emerging, where there is a mixture of some antique or vintage piece with new pieces. A beautiful mixture of modern and traditional in a way that is unique to the client is what I’m seeing. I’m excited about the increased use of natural materials that I see, and excited to see that people are more interested in how their home furnishings and accessories are made.

If money were no object, what would you like to design? I would love to design for a brandnew, oceanfront home where we could work with a builder who builds LEEDcertified homes, and we could choose sustainable building materials and furnish and accessorize with hand-crafted pieces, organic linens, no VOC finishes,

and create a home where a client walks in and feels like it’s been their home their whole life, where they feel very connected to the space.

What are some of your favorite go-to magazines and/or books for design inspiration? I love Luxe, Veranda, & HC&G magazines for design inspiration. I also love "Coastal Modern" by Tim Clarke and all of Phoebe Howard’s books.

How are you using social media and has it helped your marketing efforts? Instagram is my main social media platform, but Facebook is important for us, too. Both are great ways to share our point of view and let people know what’s happening, both in our store and on our projects.

When you’re not designing gorgeous interiors, what do you do for fun? Walks on the beach with my dog is my daily fun. Rain or shine, it has become a daily habit that brings me a lot of joy. I also love to bake, which I do much more of this time of year. I also still love to draw and paint. To reach Shannon Willey or inquire about her services, visit or call 631-259-3612.


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Food Trucks At The Farm Hallockville Museum Farm hosts inaugural event By Nicole Teitler

Flavors from two forks will be rolling onto the grounds of the Hallockville Museum Farm on Sound Avenue in Northville this weekend for the first Food Trucks at the Farm. Hallockville farm, a Riverhead Town landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, offers tours, educational workshops, and events year-round. As a nonprofit, it is entirely supported by membership, charitable donations, grant funding, and sponsorship. This Saturday, October 26, event from 11 AM to 5 PM will support the cause. Michelle Panciarello, general manager of the Bay Shore-based Eat Me, Drink Me food truck, conceptualized the event. “The vision that Michelle brought to us is something that we can fully embrace. It’s a great opportunity for the local food trucks who get a lot of

ingredients from local stands across the north and south forks,” said Megan Shpak, the assistant director of Hallockville Farm. “It’s a really fun time of year. Besides things like pumpkin picking, this is a great option for something to do in the area.” “I love Hallockville,” Panciarello said. “It’s a super cool, historic venue run by a bunch of great people who truly care about what they are doing, and I wanted to help bring funding to the farm.” She said with Edible Long Island deciding not to do a food truck derby this year, it seemed like a great time to “sort of pick up the ball, and run with it.” Food Trucks at the Farm will offer numerous choices, with no two vendors serving the same type of food, allowing guests to really get a sense for the individual businesses. Ven-


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vendors that aren’t even from Long Island,” Panciarello said. “I felt like we have a great spot to all pull together to put on an economical family day that actually benefits a Long Island landmark.” Tickets are $7 per adult. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Visit for tickets.

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“We had to jump through all these hoops and get all these documents in place, which would delay the process for weeks,” Horowitz said. “I think that everybody has come to realize that the emergency protocol is not working. Utilizing it is like waiting for a 20-car pileup on an icy interstate before you send out the salt and sand trucks. Obviously, you want to send the sand and salt trucks out as soon as you know the roadway conditions are deteriorating so that you don’t have the disaster.”

Coming Up With A Plan Henry Gooss, who owns a home along the body of water, began the Mecox Bay Conservation Group when the request for permit was denied, because of the effect the lack of management had on his property. “We have saturated lawns when the water in the bay rises too high,” said Gooss, who had to send pictures to Horowitz as documented proof so the trustees could get the incidental take permits. “We have to wait for an emergency, but by then the damage is done. It’s very cumbersome.” He gathered 68 neighbors, of the 320 homes around the bay, to figure out what could be done to help. One of those was Jim McGregor, who lives on the northern side of Mecox, and helped manage discussions with the regulatory agencies. Across all parties involved, it was concluded the cut would be open when the water raises to a certain level, and data shows that by day 25, salinity and dissolved oxygen in the water will be normalized. While being mindful of sand transport east to west on the ocean beach, the cut can then be closed if it doesn’t close naturally before then. To make the document irrefutable, it was labeled a living document, meaning there’s a provision that it can be amended if need be, especially as things may change over time. The trustees unanimously approved the adoption of the management plan, and now, just need the 10-year permit to regain local control. “I played a small role in it, but I feel as though I’ve accomplished something with everyone,” Gooss said. “Now we can efficiently and effectively manage the cut.” The town, which can use 20 percent of the previous year’s Community Preservation Fund revenues for water quality improvement projects, awarded the trustees $271,922 to pay for real-time water quality monitoring and water level measuring.

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The project has been like restoring a piece of history because of how far back the trenches date, but it will also stabilize the marine and agricultural communities. Because the shellfish population was negatively affected when the salinity levels changed, it hurt commercial and recreational fishermen. Gooss said fishermen still harvest one million pounds of oysters and clams.

Effects On Industries “It’s a heartbeat in that area,” said Captain Peter Haskell, a bayman who owns Haskell’s Seafood in Quogue, a seafood-processing facility, and Haskell’s Bait & Tackle, a recreational fishing shop. “The salinity and the water flow and the depth of the bay instigates growth and really prolific natural resources. When you have a very well-managed body of water, only good things come from that, and it’s all encompassing — from the bottom of the food chain right on up. I think that’s why that bay is so special. It will not only be healthy when operated the way the trustees plan to, but it’s going to instigate economic value to our community.” Haskell said he sees the body of water as unique because the economy and the environment go hand in hand in this situation, and was thrilled to see the issue begin to be resolved. “I had faith that it was only a matter of time until the trustees would be successful,” he said. “It’s a relief to see it unfold.” The farms around the area have also been negatively impacted. The Halsey Farm has suffered, as the saturated fields hindered the growing conditions, Horowitz said. The roots were suffocating in a high-water table with high salinity. The family grows peaches, pears, and apples, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and DEC were invited tour the farm to see the consequences on the crops firsthand. Harry Ludlow of Fairview Farm at Mecox has not had exactly the same issues with his crops, but knows it could happen. His basement, however, has experienced significant and frequent flooding because of the bay’s high water levels. Ludlow explained that his father, who owned the property until 1980, saw water in the basement one time. Since then, Ludlow has seen water in the basement at least a dozen, maybe 20 times. “My family has been on this farm for many generations, so I’ve watched the bay over the years and watched the management, and seen the effects. Living next to the bay offers up a unique set of risks, and sometimes those can be mitigated and sometimes

they can’t,” he said. “But when the bay backs up into Swan Creek and Swan Creek overflows, we have almost half a mile of property that still does get very damp. The effects could get serious as the bay gets higher and higher. The management of this bay is important, especially for all the properties at risk.” Not only are the effects on both industries detrimental, along with the surrounding homeowners, the rest of the island also suffers. There are less jobs in these fields, fewer local oysters on menus at restaurants, or to be purchased at local fish stores. Families on fall and summer outings no longer have the opportunity to pick as many fresh fruits, like apples, or buy gallons of cider to bring home. Those looking to fish recreationally in the area will have to go elsewhere. “You have to protect and defend and have respect for the traditions of our agricultural folks and our commercial fishing folks,” Horowitz said. “Everyone should be around the table to make sure this is successfully managed.”

Mindful Of Erosion Ludlow has also been worried about the environment, with increased erosion along the bay in the summer months. “Our property has eroded where there is no bulkhead and no protection,” he said. “And the border between Swan Creek and Mecox Bay has perforated, and gotten much narrower. Wetlands have been destroyed.” This plan will serve as a template for handling other bodies of water, but the use of CPF revenues remains a win-win for the community and the environment in other ways. Instead of trustee permit profits going toward Mecox Bay, funds will be able to be redeployed to other projects, like the current repairs being done on the dilapidated dock on Baycrest Avenue in Westhampton. Horowitz said the hope is to move next to repairing a rotting bulkhead on Bay Avenue in East Quogue. “There are a lot of deteriorating boat ramps, deteriorating docks and piers, and we can now pay down debt service on bonding to get those projects done,” Horowitz said. “Now we can stick to this plan and do what’s best for the environment and do what’s best for the constituents. This plan is mindful of erosion, it’s mindful of the agricultural community, and it’s mindful of all the commercial fishermen and baymen and recreational community. There’s a huge benefit to the public, whether they live here or not. It keeps things safe and helps these things remain usable and stable for generations to come.”


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the three-decades long incumbent Ken LaValle all he could handle in the 2012 race for state senator. Both candidates agreed that spending was tight, with Kabot declaring, “There should be no more capital projects until debt is under control.” Both candidates agreed the sprawling county bus system has to be more effective. Fleming suggested a more flexible scheduling system for buses. “It may require riders to walk a little more . . . the bus may have to go out of its way a little bit.” Providing affordable housing is tricky on every level. “People scream about density. You see what happens when it goes before a town board,” Kabot said. She advocated for modular home communities. But that was unrealistic, Fleming countered. “I don’t think our communities will embrace this sort of density. They won’t embrace sewer systems.” Fleming, who lives in Water Mill, pointed out tax credits are available for the right projects and that she has championed the County Affordable Housing Opportunities Program. Fleming serves as chair of the Ways and Means Committee, cochair of the Health Committee, and as a member of the Public Works, Environmental Protection Agency, and Public Safety Committees in the legislature. Her primary policy focuses are on protecting and preserving our natural environment (particularly water quality), public health, and responsible economic development. She worked for almost a decade as an assistant district attorney for DA Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan. Fleming was first voted into public office when she was elected to the Southampton Town Board in a special election in March 2010 and won reelection in 2011 for a four-year term. Kabot lives in Quogue. She served a two-year term as Southampton Town Supervisor, six years as a town board member, and began her political career as executive assistant to the late Supervisor Vincent Cannuscio for six years. Fleming wants the opportunity to continue the fight to save our waterways and counterattack erosion and destructive weather problems. She envisions “a region-wide coastal resiliency model, using a holistic approach and collaborative sources.” Kabot lists public health and public safety as two main issues, and urges transparent financial management.


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SAND IN MY SHOES By Denis Hamill

The Ghosts Of Halloween Stopping by on the way to Heaven Almost every Irish family has a ghost story. My down-to-earth father Billy Hamill was the last guy you would ever think believed in ghosts. But every Halloween, as the tales of the macabre, the occult, witches, vampires, and spook houses echo through the East End, I am haunted by my father’s ghost story. To put his real-life ghost story in perspective, we must start where Halloween has its origins, in that foggy land of misty bogs and wailing banshees and “little people” who protect crocks of gold at the end of the rainbow in Ireland. Samhain is the ancient Celtic pagan festival at summer’s end after the harvest when people would light bonfires and wear scary costumes to ward off the cold and wicked spirits of winter. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor All Saints Day, therefore subsuming the pagan traditions of Samhain on its eve of October 31 as All Hallows, where people were encouraged to dress as long-dead saints to scare away the evil spirits of the devil. At Christmastime, back in the 1970s, I visited the splendid Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary farm of Paddy Clancy of the storied Clancy Brothers traditional Irish music folk group. Before St.

Patrick escaped as a Roman slave from England to Ireland and spread Catholicism to a pagan land, December 26 was a day when costumed men used the carcass of a dead wren to chase away the evil spirits of winter. The Church would soon appropriate this Celtic tradition and call it St. Stephen’s Day. But when I visited Paddy Clancy, deep in the countryside of Tipperary, his family revived the pagan “Wren Boys” tradition on December 26 the same way they had revived traditional Irish music in Ireland. Paddy and his brothers Tom, Liam, and Bobby and their visitors dressed in crazy costumes as pagan Wren Boys, who, in times gone by, would catch and sacrifice a singing wren and wrap the poor bird in colored cloth and run wild through the fields to chase away the evil spirits. As it became a Catholic holiday, the costumed kids would go to the doors of neighbors begging for pennies and singing “The Wren Song” which the Clancy Brothers recorded: The wren, the wren, the king of all birds St. Stephen’s Day was caught in the furze Although he was little his honor was great Jump up me lads and give him a treat. Up with the kettle and down with the pan, And give us a penny to bury the wren My father was born into this haunted land where the Catholic Church

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transformed Samhain into All Hallows, aka Halloween. He was raised in Northern Ireland, in Ulster, in the tough, industrial city of Belfast in a family of 11 children. His father, David, was an iron molder who had a hard time finding steady employment because the Hamills of 44 Locan Street were Roman Catholics in a predominantly Protestant town ripped apart by revolution, partition, and sectarian bigotry. My father grew up playing soccer, a center forward on the rocky pitches of West Belfast, dazzling people with his speed, feints, and ball-stealing skills. His first cousin was Mickey Hamill, considered the greatest professional footballer of his era as a wing half for Belfast United, leading Ireland to its first Home Championship Win, even defeating England in 1914. Mickey Hamill would later play for legendary Manchester United and was lured with American dollars to play for immigrant teams in Boston and New York. My father left Belfast in 1924 hugging and kissing his siblings farewell, especially his most beloved older sister, Kathleen, whom he promised he would one day see again. My father crossed the Atlantic in ratty steerage, moving into a rooming house in Brooklyn. He boxed for speakeasy money and played soccer for a variety of immigrant teams that were so popular, profitable, and competitive in the 1920s. Then, on March 25, 1928, on Commercial Field in Brooklyn, when he was playing for St. Mary’s semi-pro immigrant soccer team against a famed Jewish immigrant team called Hakoah, my father was blindsided with a ferocious slide tackle that broke his left leg, bone piercing flesh. In a time before penicillin, as my father waited hours on the sidelines for an ambulance from Kings Country Hospital a mere half-mile away, sepsis set in. That night, my father recounted years later, he was told that he would have to have his left leg amputated above the knee. This single nightmare shattered all his American dreams. Or so he thought. He was given morphine for pain, and as he awaited the surgery a little before midnight, he wondered what his life would be like after losing a leg at 24. He would never again box or play soccer. He wondered if he’d ever dance or marry or have a good job and an American family of his own. “Then I was startled to see that my beautiful sister Kathleen had come to visit me,” my father would later say. “I hadn’t seen her since I left Ireland and I’d heard she was sick. But here she was for me. Holding my hand and telling me that everything was going to be just fine. That I would meet a wonderful woman and have a big family and many sons

Samhain is the ancient Celtic pagan festival at summer’s end after the harvest when people would light bonfires and wear scary costumes. and a long life.” She was right — Billy Hamill would live a longer and happier life than his superstar cousin Mickey Hamill, who would later return to Belfast where he married a woman he adored but suspected of infidelity. On July 23, 1943 Mickey Hamill’s body was found floating in the River Lagan, declared a suicide. But back on that fateful night in Brooklyn in 1928, Billy Hamill’s sister Kathleen kissed her younger brother before he was wheeled into surgery where doctors would saw off his left leg. The next morning, when my father awoke in post-op pain and the cruel reality of dawn missing a leg, he realized that he’d only had a morphine dream about his sister Kathleen visiting him the night before. Then a messenger arrived at his hospital bedside with a telegram. It was from his twin brother Frank in Belfast informing him that just before midnight the night before Billy Hamill’s most beloved sister Kathleen had died peacefully in her sleep. “On her way to Heaven my sister Kathleen stopped by to visit me,” said my father. “So yes, I believe in ghosts because Kathleen sat on my bed and held my hand and promised me that everything was going to be okay.” Two years later, Billy Hamill met Annie Devlin at an Irish affair that led him and his wooden leg onto the dance floor and then to the altar. They had seven kids, six sons, and a daughter who was born on Billy Hamill’s birthday, whom he named Kathleen. My father died at 80. Do I believe in ghosts? Well this story appears to me every year with the fulvous leaves of Halloween that haunts us all from the smoky bonfires and singing Wren Boys of Samhain in a mystical place called Ireland where Halloween had its Celtic ghostly origins and so did my father who is long gone but still here with me. Yes, Kathleen, I believe in ghosts . . .


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Westhampton Beach sophomore Rose Hayes secured her second consecutive Suffolk County title in three straight finals appearances with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Commack’s Kady Tannenbaum. Independent/Desirée Keegan

Hayes Wins Second Straight County Title Westhampton’s doubles duo of Peruso, Curran also headed to states By Desirée Keegan It seems there isn’t a Tannenbaum that can stand in Rose Hayes’ way. After topping Emily in the Suffolk County finals last year, the Westhampton Beach sophomore shut down her younger sister Kady 6-0, 6-2 to snag her second straight Suffolk County crown in three consecutive appearances October 21. Oddly enough, as in the Division IV finals, where she’d faced her teammate, there was some familiarity with her Commack opponent. In fact, Hayes has played

doubles in the national circuit with Emily as her partner. “It’s really funny, because I’m actually pretty good friends with her and her sister,” Hayes said. “It’s kind of awkward. I know how Kady plays, but I’ve never played her before. It was fun.” The Hurricanes’ No. 1 singles star was solid across the first set, feeding off the lobs Tannenbaum was throwing back at her, pounding the baseline, and forcing her to hit out. A couple of service errors

also went Hayes’ way. Westhampton head coach John Czartosieski said he’s seen growth physically and mentally in how Hayes attacks the ball. “I think she’s hitting a little harder and the depth of her shots has improved,” he said. “She’s always moved well, but I think she’s moving better than she was last year, and I think she also gained a little more muscle.” She’s still a sophomore after all. And despite her youth, she has all the experience needed as a nationally-ranked player — at No. 64 according to Tennis Recruiting Network — who has three consecutive Division IV title wins and now three state championship berths. “I think I’ve become more aggressive and I’ve learned to stay calm,” Hayes said. “In high school tennis you can get a bit anxious, especially when you only have one try at this, and then you have to wait until next year.” But Hayes had her serve broken early in the second set. Dropping her first

game of the match — the second of her entire tournament — while remaining up 2-1, she quickly regrouped. Bursting out of her neutral position that was giving Tannenbaum a chance to put some pressure on her, she took the next three games, sweeping two of them by catching her opponent off-balance switching between hitting hard and soft strokes. “If it’s 2-all that’s a huge deal. It’s a lot better for her than 3-1, where it can go either way,” Hayes said. “It’s super important to get ahead before things spiral out of control.” Tannenbaum took another from her before the sophomore secured the second set. After being down early to Emily last year, Hayes also knew how important it was to come out to a strong start, looking for the momentum swing to also propel her. “Usually when there’s knotted scoring, it’s even a bigger deal, so there was a little less pressure, but you don’t want to be out here forever,” Hayes said, smiling. “Everyone’s looking at you — they’re expecting you to win. It’s tough.” Czartosieski said he’s fortunate to be working with a player of Hayes’ caliber. “She’s a treasure to the team,” he said.

Two Teammates Will Join Her Westhampton’s doubles duo of seniors Rose Peruso and Jen Curran will be taking their first trip upstate after securing fourth place. The duo dropped their semifinal match to No. 1-seeded Maddie Germano and Darienne Rogers of Islip, before falling to Alexis Huber and Skylar Semon of Half Hollow Hills East. “We were playing a little flat,” Curran said. “We worked on our lobs and a lot of volleys. I felt we were confident at the net, so that helped.” “I’m a little disappointed we lost today, but overall, it’s an incredible accomplishment,” Peruso added. “With all the tennis we’ve been playing, I think we were both a little tired physically.” Curran hadn’t played at the county level before, and Peruso hadn’t moved that far through the bracket, but that didn’t mean they were about to exit early. After dropping the first set 6-4 in the opening round of the tournaContinued On Page 32.


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Bonackers Best Westhampton, Again East Hampton improves on five-set win to take it in four By Desirée Keegan

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Hayes Wins Title Continued From Page 31.

ment October 19 to Commack’s Christine Kong and Khaya Sokal, the duo fell behind 5-2 in the second before things shifted. “We got this insane drive in us, and got it to 5-5 and ended up winning 7-6 before taking the third set 6-2. We just decided that we weren’t ready to go

home yet,” Peruso said. “It gave us such an adrenaline rush.” They knocked out Smithtown East’s Lauren Schiraldi and Anya Konopka, 6-2, 6-2, later that day. Peruso and recent graduate Juliet Tomaro had topped Kong and her former doubles partner Valerie Slackman to help the Hurricanes secure a Suffolk County final win last season. Commack had also been previously unbeaten to that point.

Sophomore libero Brooke Wittmer secured East Hampton’s No. 2 seed in the Suffolk County Class A tournament. She came through with 20 digs and four aces to aid East Hampton in a 25-17, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23 win over Westhampton Beach in the final game of the regular season Monday. The four-set win October 21 helps the Bonackers (10-3 overall, 8-2 in League VI) improve on their five-set win over the Hurricanes back on September 23. Senior setter Molly Mamay added 20 assists, setting up classmate Mikela Junemann for 13 kills in the road win. Westhampton senior libero Belle Smith, who was honored for surpassing 2000 digs prior to the match, and competed in her second game back since spraining her ankle, racked up 45 more of them for her Hurricanes (13-4, 6-4). Junior Emma Citarelli had 14 digs

and junior Jackie Glaser, 13, to go along with 12 kills. The No. 3 Hurricanes were without one of their best hitters in sophomore Emmie Koszalka. Her older sister Ava, a senior, classmate Michelle Kryl, and junior Ella Donneson added five kills apiece. Kryl also came through with three aces and four blocks. The county championship tournament begins Monday, October 28. Westhampton will host Amityville (012, 0-10) before the Hurricanes’ final rematch of the season against East Hampton on the road November 5. Both games are tentatively scheduled for 4 PM. Whoever wins would compete for the Class A title at Newfield High School November 11 at 2 PM. Undefeated Kings Park (12-0, 10-0) is the No. 1 seed. The Kingsmen have won eight straight county titles, earning the last five with wins over Westhampton.

“We worked really hard for this over the summer and during practice, and couldn’t have made it this far without our teammates pushing us all season,” Curran said. “I’m so excited for us, Rose [Hayes]. I’m just proud to see how far we’ve all come this season.” The three Hurricanes will compete in the state tournament beginning November 2 in Latham. Hayes will be looking to improve on her fourth-place finish

from last year. But first, Westhampton is looking toward the team tournament, which began October 22. The focus since the beginning of the season has been to defend the program’s 2018 county and Long Island titles. “The team is really focused on that,” Czartosieski said. “They want to repeat, and I told them I will assist them in any way I need to help them achieve that goal.”

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Boutin’s Two INTs Steal The Show


Paul Boutin, starting in just his second game on defense, recorded two interceptions crucial to Westhampton's win. Independent/Desirée Keegan

His final possession seals Westhampton’s 31-21 win over East Islip By Desirée Keegan

Paul Boutin was only playing his second game on defense, but he was prepared. The Westhampton Beach (5-1) senior had watched tons of film, and knew exactly what he was looking for. He Jaden AlfanoStJohn, who also had made a move on it. Twice. an interception, capped a four-play, 82 The first time he intercepted East yard drive with a 35-yard touchdown Islip quarterback Brandon Miller was run with 2:54 remaining after hitting the on a pass at the 29-yard line on his home ground with an injury a minute prior. sideline, where he snagged it before re “I knew I had to make a play,” he turning the ball 52 yards to the Redmen said. “I knew I had to help my team out. 19 to set up a Christian Capuano-JackI knew I had to suck it up. It’s football, so son Hulse score. Hulse crossed the field I’m going to get hit. I just saw the sideand caught an 18-yard pass before shakline and hit it full speed.” ing off a tackle as he scampered into the Boutin iced it by intercepting his end zone at the end of the third quarter second pass with 1:59 to go in a game. to put Westhampton up 24-6. “I’m just shocked right now, of how “I was preparing for their out we all played, but I did not expect to do routes and that’s when I jumped the that,” he said, smiling. “It was a great ball,” Boutin said. “As soon as I saw him team win. We all stepped up.” . . . I knew it was coming. I followed the And there were many, as head quarterback’s eyes and jumped on the coach Bryan Schaumloffel called them, pick.” “unsung heroes.” Junior quarterback The game grew closer after backChristian Capuano tossed three touchto-back-to-back East Islip (4-2) touchdown passes, with junior running back downs helped the Redmen close within ed Fabrics, Slipcovers, Cushions, Pillows, Draperies, Valances, Cornices Aidan Cassara (19-yard pass) and senior 24-21, but that wasn’t going to shake & Delivery,Westhampton. Window Treatments by Hunter Douglastight end Aidan Cumisky also finding

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NoFo Retreat Escape to Corey Creek Tap Room this weekend @NikkiOnTheDaily Whether you’re a local or out-oftowner, the North Fork still retains a certain allure of peace. Unless you see the water, you’d almost think you’re elsewhere in rural America. I came across an Instagram account, North Fork Retreats, a very nice idea. The thought alone calmed me. Jess Kelleher, a certified yoga instructor, and Anne Pawlowski, a certified life coach, met at a holiday cookie party. Kelleher, a born and raised North Forker, went to high school with Anne’s husband. “She thought I was intimidating and did not get a good first impression of me,” Kelleher said. “I’ll never let her live that down.”

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A few months later, the two reconnected over a project and created NoFo Retreat, a North Fork retreat company, and clicked. They launched their first escape in June 2018. Attendees ages 25 to 70 came from the East End, all parts of Long Island, NYC, even Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. Now, the two are gearing up for their next local adventure, Autumn In The Vines, on Sunday, October 27, at Corey Creek Tap Room in Southold from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. For $250, participants will enjoy a day of yoga, mindfulness, wine, food, and connecting with likeminded individuals. As an added bonus,



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How did you decide to do a retreat company together? Anne Pawlowski: We’ve both found much healing, growth, and passion in our work. We love teaching classes and doing one-on-one sessions independently. But we also felt called to do more — to tie the beauty and splendor of the North Fork with our offerings, making a special day for our attendees to focus only on themselves. We’ve both attended a few retreats, but had a vision for something a little different. Both being moms to small children, we knew a week away at a tropical location just wasn’t that realistic for us right now in our lives. As we talked with friends and family, we learned the same was true for many of them, which is how we landed on our one-day format. And we wanted it to be a luxury experience as well. Give us five hours of your time, and we’ll take care of every detail. Jess Kelleher: It was Anne’s idea and I just said yes. To be honest, when Anne first came to me with this idea, we didn’t know exactly what our retreat would look and feel like, but we had to give it a shot to find out. It worked. It makes the retreat accessible to so many different people. We all feel like we don’t have time. But in some ways, the closer to home the retreat is, the easier it is to transition back home.

In your opinion, why are retreats important to overall health? AP: Most of us are busy, stressed, and spread thin. Life gets in the way and we find ourselves putting important things on the back burner. Retreats offer an opportunity to press pause, new perspectives and an opportunity for deep connection, with ourselves and with the other attendees. JK: Life and the emotions we experi-

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5K For The Ridley Riverhead run benefits sea turtles By Desirée Keegan Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), the rarest species, also known as the Atlantic Ridley sea turtle, is critically endangered. It is just one of many species that the New York Marine Center strives to rescue, rehabilitate, and release every year as cold-stunned turtles arrive helpless on beaches in the fall and winter, and often die without discovery and response. The 5K Run for the Ridley on Main

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Remembering The Payne I Knew His sunny afternoon smile at Pinehurst It is very difficult for me to comprehend that this October 25 will be the 20th anniversary of one of the darkest days in professional golf. On that date, Payne Stewart passed away in an unusual but tragic aircraft accident while on his way to Houston, TX to play in the Tour Championship. Just a few months earlier, on June 20, 1999, Payne Stewart had won the U.S. Open Championship at the famed Pinehurst #2 by making a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to edge Phil Mick-

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“We did it in three.� Westhampton Beach’s boys volleyball teammates surprised themselves, and even their coach, with their 3-0 blanking of East Hampton October 17. “I told them it’s going to be at least a four-set game, that someone’s going to falter in some way,� Westhampton head coach Jackie Reed said. “They were smiling from ear to ear — they feel on top of the world right now. I think, in a way, they were shocked, but I also think they expect to do well at this point. They know they’re good, they know how to play as a team, and they know how to perform.� The Hurricanes (9-4 overall, 8-3 in Division II) didn’t just edge out the Bonackers to secure a strong playoff

position, they bested their opponent 25-13, 25-17, 25-23. Junior Ryan Barnett led Westhampton with 12 kills and six digs, and sophomore Daniel Haber added 10 kills and five aces. Senior setter Blake Busking had 29 assists and three aces. “I think we played better than expected. It was a game up in the air and we executed,� Haber said. “They’re a good team, but we got the better of them today.� Haber switched from middle to right side to match up against East Hampton’s (7-5, 7-4) outside blockers. “I was feeling pretty good out there,� he said. “They weren’t closing their block a lot, and whenever they did that, they’d give me enough line so

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