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You may not know her face. But if you live on Long Island and you’ve got a radio, you’ve surely heard Cindy Clifford’s voice. A Riverhead resident, Clifford’s been a fixture on the regional radio scene -- as a host and popular voice over artist -- for some 30 years. Remember the super seductive Zena Black on WRCN? That was Clifford’s alter ego back in the ‘80s. As happened with lots of the trails she’s blazed along her career path, Clifford didn’t set out to become a radio personality. A graduate of Suffolk Community College and a student at Stony Brook University, Clifford wanted to pursue an acting career. She figured doing voice overs might further that dream, so she met with the general manager of WRCN and asked if they had any commercials that called for a woman’s voice.

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They didn’t need her female voice. Instead, she was hired to write copy for commercials. Eventually, she recorded them as well. Soon, she was asked if she was ready to go on air. “It hadn’t even occurred to me as a possibility.” And Zena Black was born. Why pick a stage name? “The anonymity was important to me remain anonymous. I didn’t want anyone finding out where I lived and seeking vengeance because I didn’t play their AC/DC song.” Clifford stayed at RCN, taping commercials and taking shifts as Zena, she said, “Until I couldn’t play Stairway to Heaven one. More. Time.” Still in love with voice-over work, Clifford shed the role of on air personality radio about a decade, as she raised her daughter. She crafted her life around being a full time mom while pursuing her own interests and making money. A cruise introduced Clifford to a new love, and she started working at a travel business. A talk show focused on travel could be a way to promote cruises, Clifford figured. She approached an acquaintance at WALK radio and pitched the idea. They didn’t want the show, but they wanted her. “At first I felt, ‘no, thanks,’ but then I thought, if a door’s opening,

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it’s just stupid not to at least look in,” she recalled. That was in 2000, and Clifford’s been with WALK ever since. She currently cohosts the morning drive time show, WALK Breakfast Club with Marc & Cindy, sharing the bill with Mark Daniels, a 30-year veteran at the station. And sharing’s the best part. “I’m a big sharer,” Clifford informed. “I like having the opportunity to have a big group of people to share with.” The platform also offers the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Even an offhand comment along the lines of ‘if I never had to cook another meal, I’d be so thrilled’ elicited a response from other women who related. A voracious hunter of subjects for breaks, Clifford is constantly on the lookout for topics to raise during the show. It could be anything – something she saw on the news, or social media, something she overheard on line at the store – all can be fodder for Clifford’s wit and insight. And when her shares – on the radio and in real life – can have a feminist spin? More’s the better. Lately, she said, her feminism has been bubbling at the surface. An ardent proponent of gender equality, she said ”It really matters to me, about women.” Spending time with interesting women is a must for Clifford. She’s a co-creator of The Apron Strings Project, a one-of-a-kind theatrical project inspired by a friend’s collection of vintage aprons. The idea sprang from Clifford’s friendship with three local women. The foursome conceived a crowd-sourced stage production, originated by women and centering on a classic feminine accessory and those who wore them. The project meshed well with Clifford’s female focus. “I think women are fabulous. They’re clever, creative, and fun. They have super powers.” Super powers? Like, girl power? What gives Clifford her girl power? “I don’t know if I’ve always been like this or learned how to stand up for myself, how to be assertive. I’m less concerned CONTINUED ON PAGE 18.


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What’s On The Kids Menu? By Kitty Merrill and Emily Toy

A Harlem doctor prescribes fruits and vegetables to patients who fill the ‘script for free at farmers markets. Inner city teens grow their own food while college students learn to cook healthy meals on a shoestring. A teacher weaves information about nutrition into math and science lessons. An entire school district in California includes growing fresh produce, cooking it, and even yoga class, into a curriculum geared towards creating healthy citizens. And on the East End? Kids made news by boycotting the lunchroom, pressuring school leaders to provide healthy food options. Te n y e a r s a g o , A u s t r a l i a n entrepreneur Joe Cross documented his transformation from obese to fit in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The acclaimed film and its sequel together reached an astonishing 21.5 million viewers. As he travelled the country endeavoring to regain his health, and then again, as he shared the message of his lifestyle change Cross recalled this week, “After many appearances, shows, and tours the question would always come up: what about the kids?” The Kids Menu was the next logical step. Cross and his crew travelled the United States for 18 months, amassing 3.3 million frequent flyer miles and editing down 120 hours of film to an 85 minute movie. The goal? Find the successes; unearth what people are doing to help kids get healthy. Cross was on a mission to find healthy role models. “I want to focus on the next generation and what can be done with fighting the child obesity epidemic . . . I don’t want to tell people what to do, that doesn’t really work. It’s better to find out what’s working and what really helps people and what they respond to,” he explained in an interview with The Independent. In The Kids Menu Cross sets the table with some staggering statistics and observations offered by experts like former White House food advisor Sam Kass and Dr. Janet Wojcicki, a specialist in pediatric obesity at UC San Francisco. In the film Dr. Wojcicki describes obesity as a marker for a plethora of diseases and notes that 30 years ago, Type 2 diabetes was extremely rare in children. Now, thanks to the societal preference for sugary beverages, the illness is much more common in kids. Kass noted that kids see an average of 5500 ads a year for junk food compared to about 100 ads for fruits and vegetables and whole grains. More eye popping data: Children with one obese parent are 40 percent

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more likely to become obese. If both parents are heavy, the percentage doubles. A shocking 69 percent of Americans are overweight, with one in three in the US tabbed as pre-diabetic. The cost of healthcare is estimated at $3.3 trillion in the next year. Instead of harping on depressing data, however, the film’s mood is decidedly optimistic. The Kids Menu depicts an array of avenues people are taking in the war on obesity and who’s getting in the game. Take celebrity chef Rachael Ray. She developed the nonprofit organization Yum-O to help empower kids and families to develop a healthy relationship with food. James Beard award winning chef and restaurateur Michel Nischan co-founded Wholesome Wave, the revolutionary program used by “The Fruit Lady of Harlem.” A l l a c r o s s t h e c o u n t r y, Cross found problem solvers – experts, parents, teachers, and kids themselves, all dedicated to making a difference. Speaking to The Independent last week he acknowledged, “When you’re dealing with kids, you don’t always know what you’re going to get, but this truly was a wonderful experience.”

Candid discussions with youngsters from preschoolers all the way to college students comprise a significant portion of The Kids Menu. They talk about what they like to eat and, in several depicted cases, demonstrate how their preferences changed once they got their hands dirty growing their own fruits and vegetables, and learning how to cook them. Said Nischan, “Anybody who has grown a garden with a child knows that gardens are magic.” Voicing an oft-echoed sentiment, he added, “School gardens are gateways for

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kids to fall in love with food.” On the East End, school gardens are a growing trend. So, too, is the focus on healthy nutrition. Segments of The Kids Menu were filmed in East Hampton, where scenes show East Hampton’s Ginny Reale teaching a class about healthy eating, and recall the famed 2005 boycott of processed school lunches her instruction inspired. Another scene has local siblings refusing fast food and serving as role models for their mother. Following the doc’s debut in East Hampton Saturday night at LTV Studios in Wainscott, Cross noted the boycott spurred the creation of the East Hampton Wellness Foundation. The foundation got its first financial infusion from Doug Mercer, its founder and chairman of the board. The two met after Jenn Taylor from the Wellness Foundation saw Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and contacted Cross. Since then, they’ve become close friends. Cross has lectured at Wellness Foundation events and is a past Wellness Foundation Illumination Award recipient. During a post-premiere Q&A the pair traded praise, highlighting how each is working to find solutions to the obesity epidemic. The Kids Menu is slated for release on iTunes on April 1.


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(As printed in The New York Times March 18, 2016.) The voters have spoken. In convincing fashion, Republican voters seem to be selecting Donald Trump as their nominee. And in a democracy, victory has legitimacy to it. Voters are rarely wise but are usually

sensible. They understand their own problems. And so deference is generally paid to the candidate who wins. And deference is being paid. Gov. Rick Scott of Florida is urging Republicans to coalesce around Trump. Pundits are coming out with their “What We Can Learn” commentaries. Those commentaries are built on a hidden respect for the outcome, that this is a

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a job that requires maturity. He is an insecure boasting little boy whose desires were somehow arrested at age 12. He surrounds himself with sycophants. “You can always tell when the king is here,” Trump’s butler told Jason Horowitz in a recent Times profile. He brags incessantly about his alleged prowess, like how far he can hit a golf ball. “Do I hit it long? Is Trump strong?” he asks. In some rare cases, political victors do not deserve our respect. George Wallace won elections, but to endorse those outcomes would be a moral failure. And so it is with Trump. History is a long record of men like him temporarily rising, stretching back to biblical times. Psalm 73 describes them: “Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence . . . .They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.” And yet their success is fragile: “Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly they are destroyed.” The psalmist reminds us that the proper thing to do in the face of demagogy is to go the other way — to make an extra effort to put on decency, graciousness, patience and humility, to seek a purity of heart that is stable and everlasting. The Republicans who coalesce around Trump are making a political error. They are selling their integrity for a candidate who will probably lose. About 60 percent of Americans disapprove of him, and that number has been steady since he began his campaign. Worse, there are certain standards more important than one year’s election. There are certain codes that if you betray them, you suffer something much worse than a political defeat. Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all. As the founders would have understood, he is a threat to the long and glorious experiment of American self-government. He is precisely the kind of scapegoating, promise-making, fear-driving and deceiving demagogue they feared. Trump’s supporters deserve respect. They are left out of this economy. But Trump himself? No, not Trump, not ever. If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to jerry@dfjp.com.

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Nine weeks and five days till Memorial Day. Thanks to everyone who’s sent supportive messages privately and to those who liked our Facebook posts. Don’t forget to visit our page for daily check-ins. You can comment under this article online as well at www.indyeastend.com. This first week we focused on starting to exercise and drinking lots – and lots – of water. Let’s talk about food. Most experts agree that weight loss is 20 percent what you do exercise-wise, and 80 percent what you eat. If weight loss isn’t your goal,

and you just want to feel fit, strong, and energetic – that starts in the kitchen, too. A year ago, on a lark, I did a five day eating detox cleanse, courtesy of Simply Sublime Market and Juice Bar in East Hampton. (Check our indyeastend.com archives for the March 4 story A Detox That’s Simply Sublime.) Also, on a lark, I read New York Times bestselling author J.J. Smith’s book, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. I visited her Facebook page, saw amazing transformations and even though I’ve been dieting unsuccessfully for 43 years -- that’s not a typo, 43 years! --- I decided to give it a try. I lost 40 pounds. The word “cleanse” has come to have a negative, and icky, connotation, as people envision

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chugging nasty swill, then scheduling a whole lot of bathroom time. Smith’s cleanse is nothing like that. While the 10-day GSC is built

around green smoothies, you still eat snacks, too. You’re not supposed to get physically hungry, though by Day Four, you may experience cravings and visions of sugar plums or golden arches; they’re just detox symptoms. It’s psychological. Smith’s focus is on changing your lifestyle – eliminating processed foods and learning to “eat clean.” A nutritionist, she embraced the idea of using raw greens to heal herself after struggling with a panoply of recalcitrant illnesses. I’ve experienced similar healing. Inflamed joints, rashes, acid reflux, and headaches – annoyances I thought were just part of aging – disappeared once I began eating clean and avoiding processed foods. I’m not alone. Her Facebook page is crammed with stories from real people reporting not just amazing weight loss, but equally amazing returns to health. The stories are real. The people are real. I’ve met many of them. After the initial cleanse, I began focusing on eating clean food. Clean food is subject to varied interpretations. For me, it means avoiding processed, chemical cuisine. I paid attention to how I felt compared to what I ate and decided which fuel makes my engine purr and which food makes it shudder and stall. For me, dairy, wheat, and just about anything white impedes peak performance. And we all want peak performance, don’t we? Many of us need to operate at top speed once the busy summer season rolls along, doesn’t using the best fuel make sense? Face it. With the constant barrage of tips about healthy eating in the news or on our newsfeeds, most of us know what we need to eat for optimal health or weight CONTINUED ON PAGE 17.


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It’s not completely without glitches, but so far the state’s e-prescription mandate is going well, according to Vincent Alibrandi of White’s Apothecary in East Hampton and Southampton. The state law implementing electronic prescribing goes into effect on Sunday. The law requires doctors to electronically prescribe all prescription medications, sending them directly to the pharmacy. Paper ‘scripts are no longer allowed, except in limited circumstances. E-prescriptions are an enhancement to patient safety, Alibrandi believes. They’ll result in fewer medication errors, as pharmacists don’t have to try to decipher doctors’ stereotypically sloppy handwriting. It eliminates the chance of telephone misunderstandings, and will result in fewer lost written prescriptions. “All the pharmacies I know are fully ready for e-prescriptions,” said Alibrandi. “So far it’s gone very smooth and we’re very happy with it.” He predicts wait time for prescriptions will be reduced as they could arrive at the shop well before a patient could walk in with a paper ‘script. There might be some hiccups as the program gets fully underway next week, but Alibrandi doesn’t think they will be major. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo reminded residents that the law was going into effect. Some patients also received reminders in the mail. The requirement that all prescriptions written in New York State must now be transmitted electronically from the prescriber directly to the pharmacy is a key component of New York’s I-STOP initiative. “The Legislature enacted the I-STOP program as a means of curbing the abuse of prescription drugs, particularly pain killers. It has been effective in helping to reduce prescription abuse,” Assemblyman Fred Thiele explained. Last year the legislature was required to postpone the effective date of e-prescribing or paperless prescriptions, because there was insufficient time to implement the system for doctors and patients, he said. “The new effective date of March 27 is rapidly approaching. It appears that the doctors are now ready to implement the new law. I CONTINUED ON PAGE 17.

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In Your Easter Bonnet With all the frills upon it. The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join in the Annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Saturday at 1 PM. Meet in front of Muse Restaurant where the Easter Bunny will lead the parade through the village sidewalks to the Sag Harbor Garden Center for a free Petting Zoo. Wear your most creative Easter Bonnet and join the fun! All children will receive a “goody bag” compliments of the Sag Harbor Variety Store. The Petting Zoo runs from noon to 2 PM.

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Vigil Mass at 7:30 PM in the church on Saturday, and a simultaneous version in Spanish in the community center. Sunday sees a sunrise Mass at the Shinnecock Inlet at 6 AM.

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Blood Drive Southampton Fire Department will hold a blood drive on Tuesday at the firehouse on Hampton Road. Donate between noon and 7 PM. Complimentary hot chowder will be available. Be sure to bring your ID. Chamber Networking The Southampton Chamber of Commerce will host this month; a networking night at Baron’s Cove on Water Street in Sag Harbor on Thursday, March 31, from 5 to 7 PM. Admission is just $15. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards to swap and for the raffle. Visit the chamber website to RSVP.

On The Cover: Bridgehampton School Art teacher Robin Gianis sent us artwork by fourthgrader Darianne Garcia. She describes the nine year old as “a very special young lady with a special talent and work ethic.” Kudos, Darianne!

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Drug Forum An array of organizations and agencies, including the Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Suffolk County Health Department, East Hampton Town Police and Suffolk County EMS, will be on hand tonight at 6 PM at the high school for a forum on drug and addiction issues facing the community. The Enchanted World Closing The Enchanted World Emporium, the little store with big heart, down the alley off Main Street next to Rowdy Hall is closing. They’re hosting a half price sale through April 1. Their virtual Enchanted World store will continue. Call 631324-7695 for details.

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Say this about Southampton School Superintendent Scott Farina: he knows how to get his name in the newspapers. Unfortunately, it is usually for the wrong reasons. The latest – and potentially most damaging incident – came to a head last Thursday when Heather McCallion, the school

board president, made a terse announcement: the district was hiring a law firm to investigate “allegations” against Farina. McCallion refused to divulge the nature of the allegations. “We believe that it is important to exercise common respect and decency whenever a protocol like this must be utilized. It would be irresponsible for the district to

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The school board acknowledged it has been “investigating” an allegation since February 11 but did not mention the selfie. The picture appears to be taken in a sailboat berth and indeed is X-Rated, though the face of the male pictured is not shown. Nevertheless, it’s the latest blow to the beleaguered school head. CONTINUED ON B-2.

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Farina filed for bankruptcy last July after a divorce from his wife, Jill. He owes over $180,000 and lists the value of his personal belongings as $76,328; his boat accounts for much of his worth (see accompanying article on page B-5). Farina, a former principal in East Hampton, has been a divisive figure since arriving in Southampton in 2013. He championed a merger with Tuckahoe School District, and persisted pushing for it for almost two years, despite the fact taxpayers rejected the idea twice and the merger would have resulted in higher taxes for virtually every property owner. Voters soundly rejected his plan, but Farina stubbornly revived it

the following year only to see it rejected again. The school board, with Farina’s urging, was set to sign on to The Extended Learning Time (ELT) Grant Program, which could have conceivably garnered $2.5 million in revenue. But parents who read the fine print said it would prove disastrous, mandating that many students show up for class at 7:15 AM. A petition circulated to stop the board from signing onto ELT. Parents opposed to the program pointed out that earlier arrival times and later departure times would impact not only the students but also the community. “This program would negatively affect community based businesses that cater to children and families and infringe on time that would be used for after school activities, including sports, music, and

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available. Before the latest bombshell, tongues were wagging about a district proposal that would have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Day, a change championed by the Shinnecock Tribe and adopted in several other communities across the country. There was a backlash against the idea, though many supporters turned out to address the board as well. Ultimately, the board adopted a generic calendar and agreed to address the issue at a future date. “We are in the midst of budget season — we have to get our budget finished. We don’t want to lose sight of all those things while we’re debating the calendar,” McCallion said. One parent told The Independent there was talk about a grade-fixing incident involving an Advanced Placement Regents exam that went unreported. Several other sources had heard there was discontent among a faction of the teaching staff because Farina “played favorites.” The board hired Jaspan Schlesinger LLP of Garden City to look into the latest allegations against Farina. It is a multi-purpose firm that has represented school districts in the past. That hiring is controversial in its own right: the New York Law Journal identified Steven Schlesinger as managing partner o f J a s p a n S c h l e s i n g e r L L P. Newsday over the summer alleged Schlesinger funneled foundation funds to organizations in which he had a personal stake or interest— including $1.25 million to the Jacob D. Fuchsberg School of Law at Touro College, where he is on the board of directors — and smaller gifts to charities run by his friends, including former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato and Long Island developer Gary Melius, the owner of Oheka Castle – he is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head fired by an unknown assailant.

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A sickening thud was audible for a mile or more last July 18 in the sleepy town of Southold. Sirens wailed as emergency service personnel, and the curious, raced to the scene. Onlookers will never forget what they saw: the mangled limousine, the limp bodies. Eight young ladies, all friends, were out for an afternoon in wine country, seemingly safely ensconced in the stretch limo. But even in broad daylight something went terribly awry. Earlier this week the Suffolk County District Attorney announced its office intends to hold the driver of the limo, and to a lesser extent the driver of the pickup truck that smashed into it, accountable. The limo driver, Carlos F. Pino, of Old Bethpage, 59, is charged with four charges of criminally negligent homicide, four counts of assault, failure to yield the right of way, reckless driving and other traffic law infractions, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota announced.  Steven Romeo, of Peconic, the driver of the truck that struck the limousine, was charged with DWI the day of the crash, and is now charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of driving while ability impaired by alcohol. Citing the data collected and analyzed from the reconstruction of the crash and witness accounts, including five additional witnesses who were at the intersection at the time of the crash, Spota said

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the investigation found Pino had “limited sight lines looking into westbound traffic” because a Jeep Liberty was positioned in the intersection waiting to turn left onto Depot Lane.   “The Jeep Liberty completely blocked the limo driver’s view of the oncoming traffic in the main travel lanes,” Spota said.  “Despite the fact that the main west bound travel lanes were not visible, the limo driver, Carlos Pino, failed to take any precaution or any action to make sure he could safely enter the westbound travel lanes.” Pino told police at the crash scene he did not see any traffic. “There is no evidence that demonstrates he ever came to a stop,” Spota added. Pino is suing Southold Town. In legal filings he maintained he sustained personal injuries due to negligence on the part of the town, which “was careless, reckless and negligent in causing, allowing and permitting a dangerous and defective condition to exist on

Route 48 and Depot Lane.” Eyewitnesses said the limo was attempting to turn onto Route 48 from Depot Lane. Pino’s suit alleges, “no traffic control devices, lights, and/or traffic signs,” were in place and added that the “speed limit at or near the intersection was dangerously excessive.” The victims were Brittany Schulman, 23, and Lauren Baruch, 24, both from Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park; and Amy Grabina, 23, of Commack. Injured in the crash were Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood; Melissa Angela Crai, 23, of Scarsdale; Alicia Arundel, 24, of Setauket; and Olga Lipets, 24, of Brooklyn. Pino was also injured.

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Spota said Romeo only had 200 feet to avoid the accident once the limo came into view, and that traffic experts analyzing the scene concluded it would have been impossible to avoid it. “A perfectly sober Steven Romeo could not avoid this crash. An intoxicated Steven Romeo could not avoid this crash.” By law there must be a link between Romeo’s intoxication and the cause of the crash, “Here-because the crash was unavoidable, there is no such link and the grand jury did not indict him for Vehicular Manslaughter or Criminally Negligent Homicide.” Spota said. “Romeo can be held criminally responsible for driving while intoxicated but he cannot be held criminally responsible for the crash. The person who is criminally responsible for the crash is Carlos Pino and Carlos Pino alone.”

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A routine traffic stop and the smell of marijuana got two people in a mess of trouble. On March 15 officers from the Southampton Town Police Community Response Unit flagged down a vehicle in Riverside and approached it. They said they smelled burning pot and questioned the front seat passenger, Terrance Smith, 35, of Greenport, who allegedly had marijuana on him. After arresting him a search revealed a far more

valuable cache: heroin, narcotic pills, and packaging materials. Smith was tagged with a slew of charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, as well as four counts of seventh-degree criminal possession, and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. Aubrey Fauvell-Thomas of Flanders, 35, was in the back seat, police said. She was allegedly carrying 49 glassine envelopes

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that contained heroin, 7.8 grams of cocaine, and 47 grams of crack cocaine. Police also confiscated a digital scale, and cash. Police also seized a quantity of suboxone, which is commonly used to treat drug addiction. Fauvell-Thomas was also arrested, charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and two other counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, as well two misdemeanors and a violation. The driver, Scott Wilcox of Hampton Bays, 47, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and two vehicular violations. He was also wanted on a bench warrant from Southampton Town Justice Court.
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Tree-Hugger Southampton Town Police said a local man slammed his pickup truck into a tree early Sunday morning. Police responded to the scene, on Sunset Road in Hampton Bays, and determined the driver, Anacleto Bartolon-Ortiz, was allegedly intoxicated. Further investigation revealed he had a prior DWI arrest on his record, elevating the latest charge to a felony. Bartolon-Ortiz was additionally charged with a felony count of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and two vehicular violations. He was held for arraignment later that morning.

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RICK’S SPACE Amerigo Vespucci Day I find the movement to do away with Columbus Day troubling. My feeling is the more holidays the better. The truth is, before all this controversy Columbus Day was never considered one of our major holidays: Columbus Day is to holidays as Pluto is to planets. Nor do we celebrate it with the same gusto as the other holidays. We get candy on Easter and Halloween, and presents on Christmas. We eat turkey on Thanksgiving and corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day. I can’t ever recall doing anything special on Columbus Day except raising a glass of wine and saying salute and drinking it. (Thus, in my world every day is Columbus Day). In most places Columbus Day comes and goes with nary a whimper. Of course in Little Italy and other Italian neighborhoods in the city there are parades and people eat zeppole and watch reruns of “The Sopranos” but mostly it goes unnoticed. Of course, Catholic schools are closed - after all, we are not savages. In my neighborhood in Brooklyn, Columbus Day was in fact THE major holiday, and Columbus rivaled only the Baby Jesus in popularity. In fact, the schedule for the day’s events

were printed on the church bulletin board: 8:00 Communion Mass at St. Colombo 10:00 Bingo in the Saint Anthony Auditorium 11:00 Communion Breakfast at Guilio’s 12:00 Blessing of the Goomahs at St. Colombo 1:30 The Annual Beating of the Snitches: Bensonhust Park 2:00 Soul and Bowel Cleansing: Emilio’s Pork Store 3 : 0 0 Pa p a l B l e s s i n g : V i t o Corleone Park Many cities and states across the country have shifted away from celebrating Columbus Day, and that’s because more and more Americans are learning that Columbus didn’t really discover America. He actually landed on the island of Hispaniola, which today is the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In fact, he bought his first cerveza at a bodega there. It was at that very first bodega that he learned he wasn’t in America at all. “How do I get there?” he asked. “Go north,” the proprietor said. “And how will I know when I reach America?” “You’ll see a big fence.”

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The most surprising holiday is Valentine’s Day, which is apparently named after Bobby Valentine, the former manager of the Mets, and not a very good one, either. I find Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to be politically incorrect. There should just be one day, Parent’s Day, which come to think of it, insults those of us who make the sensible choice not to bring a baby into this god forsaken, globally warmed, smog ridden, homophobic world. It should be People’s Day. Halloween is a holiday, which is a little weird, with its ghosts and goblins and women with ugly hats riding on broomsticks and cackling loudly. Oh wait, that’s a Hillary Clinton rally. Come Columbus Day, let’s put our differences aside and celebrate that magic moment when Columbus heard a cry from atop the highest mast. “Land Ho!” the voice rang out. “Land Ho!” “Ho? Where? Ho? Where?” shouted Columbus. “I said ‘Land Ho!’” Columbus became excited at the thought that he indeed had discovered a Brave New World. “Is it America? Is it America?” “No, dopey Columbus. It’s Spain. We haven’t set sail yet.”


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Keep Columbus Day Dear Editor, Thank you to all from near and far for making the supreme effort to attend the BOE meeting Tuesday night, March 15. Thank you for writing letters to the BOE, newspapers and making phone calls. The cafetorium was filled to capacity with people standing against all walls. Estimates have said that there were 100 in attendance. As a point of reference, usually there are only one or two taxpayers that come to regular BOE meetings, unless there is a special presentation involving students.

Both sides spoke passionately from their point of view. Posters and banners were held up throughout the room. Some Shinnecocks wore regalia, some ItalianAmericans wore their lodge jackets and boutonnières. It was anything but somber. To the right side of the stage was an intermediate school handmade vertical banner over eight feet high. It featured various colored handprints with the word “TOLERANCE” written boldly across it. I received a letter that was sent to me that very afternoon from three Long Island NYS Assemblymen: Brian Curran, Michael Montesano, and Andrew Raia. I read it at the BOE Meeting. It concludes: “We do not write this letter to oppose the inception of an Indigenous Day, as we also understand the merits of commemorating such a day. However, we disagree with a

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time of the year. We believe this solution amicably solves this controversial decision and is agreeable for both parties involved.” I have been accused as being antiIndigenous Day. Please let me set the Continued on Page 12. © Karen Fredericks

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record straight. Most people, myself included, are not against a holiday named Indigenous Day. What we are against is having Columbus Day being abolished and replaced by it. This is far from over! What will the BOE do next? Hand-select a committee? Ask for a volunteer committee? Hold forums? Make a decision behind closed doors? Speaking of forums, the BOE held one on Wednesday, March 16th, concerning their want of a multi-million dollar new administration building. The room was set up for a huge crowd, numerous handouts were available and the Superintendent conducted a Power Point Presentation. Only five taxpayers attended. Superintendent Scott Farina bolted from the meeting as soon as he could. It was obvious that he did not want to engage in any post meeting conversations. Most of the taxpayers in attendance asked thoughtful questions, presented facts, and were not in favor of this presentation’s effort to convince them that this proposal was a wonderful thing. We need to keep the pressure on concerning both these matters: Columbus Day and the proposed new administration building. JOAN DIPAOLA TUTT

Indigenous Holiday Dear Editor, And Ms. DiPaola Tutt, Columbus Day as we know it was established in 1972 by President Nixon through a presidential proclamation declaring it be celebrated on the second Monday in October, and before that it was declared a national holiday to be celebrated on the 12th by Franklin Roosevelt in 1937. I agree, this holiday is a long-standing American, and Southampton, tradition. But being a tradition does not make something morally right. You are right, this holiday was originally intended by Italian Americans to recognize this particular Italian on a national level in the early 1900s. Cristofo Colombo, according to the daughter of the Coloradan-Italian-American who led the movement to recognize the holiday, picked an Italian who “. . . Americans would not throw rocks at” (Noel, Denver Post, 9/26/2010). But what does it say about Americans and diversity when the

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holiday to celebrate Italian heritage is known as “Christopher Columbus Day” and not “Cristofo Colombo Day?” When the man chosen to be the face of Italian-American pride was a man who enslaved the people he found upon arriving in the Caribbean (a move that horrified both the Spanish crown and the church)? When the people who wanted to celebrate their heritage could not celebrate “Italian Heritage Month/ Day” and instead had to pick a man whose “contribution” to history is beginning the mass exploitation of the peoples and land of the Americas? The holiday, while originally promoted as an effort to celebrate Italian heritage, was taught to me in grade school in a light that emphasized “the beginning of mass cultural exchange,” a euphemism for what really began. But there are many facts left in the dark. Like the fact that Colombo was his real name, the fact that he enslaved 500 native Caribbeans as a gift for Queen Isabella, the fact that Queen Isabella believed enslaving the natives was wrong and sent her “gift” back to the Caribbean, and the fact that in 1498 conditions were so bad in the Hispaniola settlement under his rule that Spanish authorities arrested him and he “returned to Spain in chains” (www.history.com/topics/explotation/ christopher-columbus: accessed 3/17/2016). Why should we continue to celebrate a holiday that honors a man whose true legacy is the commitment of mass theft, murder, and enslavement? M’aam, I am trying to see this the way you might be seeing this: if a holiday dear to me and my identity/heritage were to be removed from the school calendar I would be horrified. The thing is, there is no school holiday for Women, for Mexicans, or for Indigenous People. Women need a whole month to highlight the people who have overcome their disenfranchisement for their gender and even with this month we are not guaranteed to learn in school that Rosalind Franklin was the scientist whose Nobel Prize winning research on DNA structure was stolen by Watson and Crick. Mexicans, from whom the states of California, Utah, Colorado, and others were taken, don’t have a national holiday (no, 5 de Mayo does not count, it’s not even a national Mexican holiday) AND most people don’t understand why Hispanic Heritage month begins on September 15th because the month is hardly a blip on the school calendar radar. Thanksgiving, again, is a holiday that sugarcoats the truth about

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the Euro-American encounter. And none of the months we set aside to celebrate a particular group of people or any holiday we associate with a heritage celebration is a holiday that pits one culture over another except for Columbus Day. Removing Columbus Day and replacing it with a day to honor the people the day has historically ignored is not an attempt to divide the people of the town. This is an attempt to stop telling history in a way that erases what happened to the original people of this land. American history predates the arrival of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. VANESSA ROJANO

Plant Based Diet Dear Editor, After another winter of severe snowstorms and floods, I look forward to March 20th, the first day of spring, balmy weather, and blooming flowers. Hundreds of communities welcome spring with an observance of Great American Meatout, asking neighbors to explore a healthy, compassionate diet of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains. Indeed, 56 percent of respondents to a GlobalMeatNews poll said that they were or are reducing meat intake. U.S. per capita red meat consumption has dropped by more than 16 percent since 1999. Mainstream publications like Parade, Better Homes and Gardens, and Eating Well are touting vegan recipes. Even the financial investment community is betting on plant-based meat start-ups, like Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods, while warning clients about the upcoming “death of meat.” The reasons are ample. Last year, the World Health Organization found cancer to be associated with consumption of processed meats. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended reduced meat consumption. The media keeps exposing atrocities perpetrated on factory farms. And, animal agriculture remains chief contributor to climate change and water scarcity and pollution. Each of us should celebrate our own advent of spring by checking out plant-based foods at our supermarkets and vegan recipes on the Internet. EDWIN HORATH

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16. on has an explosive offense he has a better chance of getting batted in; if he is facing a lousy pitcher he has a better chance of getting a hit . . . and so on. If your league counts strikeouts, you obviously want to get a pitcher opposing a team that strikes out a lot: you can also choose to get two or three high powered relief pitchers, especially if they are rested: Dellin Bentances and the other setup men who record a lot of strikeouts are basically used every single game they are able to pitch – taking off only if they have pitched two or three games in a row. The strikeouts add up! Finally, be aware of the latest trends. The newest is to replace batting average and replace it with OBP – on base percentage. A lot of guys who don’t have high batting average draw a lot of walks and actually get on base a lot more than a free swinger who hits .300 but doesn’t draw many walks. Make sure you know what your league settings are.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9. am hopeful that this will be another step forward towards eliminating prescription drug abuse.” “This reform will improve patient safety, reduce the number of fraudulent or stolen prescriptions, and help combat prescription drug abuse across New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “Addiction can affect anyone from any walk of life and this administration will continue to use every tool it can to combat this epidemic and provide help to those in need.” According to a release from Cuomo, more than 60,000 prescribers are already e-prescribing and prescribers continue to register their certified software with the New York State Department of Health. I-STOP requires prescribers to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program Registry when writing prescriptions for certain controlled substances. The Registry provides practitioners with direct, secure access to view dispensed controlled substance prescription histories for patients in real time. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via an application on the Health Commerce System. The data is further used to identify potential sources of prescription drug diversion or abuse, including prescription fraud. As of the end of 2015, I-STOP has led to a 90 percent decrease in the number of “doctor shoppers” or patients who visit multiple prescribers and pharmacies to

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obtain prescriptions for controlled substances within a three-month time period, Cuomo said. “As a member of the Senate Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force, I am acutely aware of the addiction problem in our communities.,” Senator Ken LaValle added.  “The ISTOP (Internet System For Tracking Over-Prescribing) measure that is now law is a realtime database that’s intended to monitor the abuse of addictive prescription medications.   Research has shown that for some addicts, prescription drug abuse has served as the gateway to their destructive habit.   E-prescribing is a critical tool to monitor and, hopefully, stop more individuals from becoming addicted.”

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8. loss. Maybe it entails following a program like Weight Watchers or a special diet like Paleo. Maybe it just means cutting out bread and booze. GSC is my jam; you decide yours. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to focus on eating right, drinking right, and moving right. We hope to get our chef Joe Cipro on board and have him create some clean recipes for his weekly column. We’ll speak with local fitness experts and foodies, visit classes at local gyms, and maybe even try another “Sublime” cleanse – Simply Sublime Market and Juice Bar in East Hampton is opening this month and we hear the kichari calling. Check with your doctor and join us in The Independent Indy Fit Fitness Challenge.

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