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The Bulova Plant

Before Time Stood Still In Sag Harbor By Rick Murphy

The Fahys Watchcase Factory in Sag Harbor, better known as the Bulova Factory (cover insert) has been gutted (cover), is undergoing a major renovation into a condominium complex (above.)

There was a time when the loud horn that sounds in Sag Harbor at noon literally lived up to its nickname – the lunch whistle. At the stroke of 12, workers from four factories would hit the streets, many heading to the bars and luncheonettes and restaurants on Main Street, many more to a bench or nearby beach, lunch box in hand. Rowe Industries, Sag Harbor Industries, the Grumman factory on Long Wharf and the Bulova Watch factory all stopped hiring and closed or curtailed operations decades ago, but during the glory years after World War II up until

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the early 1970s there was plenty of work for those willing to do it. Grumman, where parts of the Apollo Lunar Landing module were produced, is long gone, replaced with a shopping mall that currently houses Bay Street Theatre (though not for long – its lease is up) and a marina. Sag Industries and Rowe still stand, shells of the thriving factories that once employed scores of people. Bulova, the brick mammoth in the center of town that dwarfs every other structure around it still stands, but just barely, though an ambitious renovation into condominiums promises to restore its lost luster. The building has a history as rich as the whaling port it anchors. The whaling industry was already ending in 1836 when a group of whaling boat owners and captains, realizing an era had come to a close, decided to build a factory on Washington Street and Hampton Road, with easy access to both East Hampton and Southampton, as well as docks and waterways. If nothing else, it would provide jobs for their crews, and so it did for while, serving as a cotton mill. The whaling boats then transported cotton, giving them a palpable secondary product to market as whales became scarcer. It was not unusual for a whaling boat to leave Sag Harbor and travel all the way to Europe, South America, and even the Pacific, hunting whales as the stock became more and more depleted. After a fire destroyed the factory, civic leaders sought businesses to relocate to Sag Harbor and rebuild. In 1881 Joseph Fahys, who owned CONTINUED ON PAGE 21.

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Sashay, Shake, Sing And Support Sharkey By Kitty Merrill

I learned to my chagrin, and subsequent relief, that there would be no swimsuit competition. That’s not to say there wasn’t a prodigious display of middle-aged midriffs by contestants vying for the coveted title of Mr. Amagansett on the stage at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett last Saturday night. There was pulchritude aplenty, but mercifully, no Speedos. Tina Piette who, along with Patty Sales and Kristine Gaudy, founded the annual pageant, issued the invitation to The Independent. Editor in chief Rick Murphy demurred – he would neither judge nor participate. But he did give $50 for the cause – The Donald T. Sharkey Community Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project. And, as he does with most issues of import, passed the responsibility on to me. The storied gin mill was packed by the time contestants took their shot at the chance to wear the crown and (bath)robe. Mr. Amagansett’s official duties include leading the Ama O’Gansett parade, the world’s shortest parade, through the hamlet next month. An array of Gansett gents – 10 in all – exhibited their “talents,” which ran the gamut from film to choreographed dance numbers to plying judges with bubbly to smashing a watermelon. Computer Shop Lee (not everyone would provide their full names) offered his Gallagher imitation, his

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assistants rolling a length of tarp out for audience members to hold. It did little to contain the leche spray when he smashed a container of liquid, coating the unsuspecting and slow (like me) with milk. Musical numbers went from droll, with reigning Mr. Amagansett Ken Wessberg offering a rendition of an old time clamming ditty, to quasi serious, with Matt Schmitt playing guitar and singing a popular tune, to surreal, as a grass-skirted, balloon breasted George Gust danced to an Al Green hit. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20.

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STOP THAT MAN! HE’S TRYING TO SAVE MY LIFE Raymond Kelly is a great police commissioner. I have no doubt that if he and his fine police department were not around, a number of people who are complaining about him might not be alive to whine. Their grievance? They are complaining that Kelly’s New York police have extended their surveillance of Muslim communities and are checking on Muslim students, mosquegoers and others throughout the area, including at Yale University in Connecticut. Naturally, the American Civil Liberties Union (where was it on 9/11?) is calling for a probe, and Yale President Richard Levin condemned the reported police action, saying that “surveillance based on religion, nationality or peacefully expressed political opinions are antithetical to the values of Yale, the academic community and the United States.”

Here’s a case where one can be president of one of the world’s finest schools and still be a dope when it comes to understanding what’s going on in the world around him. Perhaps President Levin might want to check out Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who in 1986 got a degree in mechanical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and then went on to become the man who planned the 9/11 attack that killed nearly 3000 Americans. If President Levin thinks a terrorist attending a college in North Carolina is no big deal, perhaps he might be more impressed with a terrorist attending MIT or Brandeis. Take the case of Aafia Siddiqui, who attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned her PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University in 2001. In May 2004,

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the FBI named Siddiqui as one of checked. As an Italian-American, here is its seven Most Wanted Terrorists in the world. When she was arrested how I feel about profiling: There is a neighborhood on the in July 2008 in Afghanistan, she was carrying a computer thumb drive lower East Side of Manhattan with containing plans for conventional streets with names like Mulberry bombs and weapons of mass de- and Grand and Mott and Elizabeth struction and descriptions of New that is the most wiretapped and York City landmarks with references secretly photographed place on to a mass casualty attack. She was earth. There are more FBI agents also carrying two pounds of sodium and undercover police in the area cyanide in a glass jar. She is doing than there are cannoli in Ferrara, 84 years in jail, so she won’t be at- the wonderful Italian pastry shop tending any Brandeis class reunions that is smack dab in the middle of the neighborhood. This is where for a while. Which brings me to a question my parents and grandparents lived I would like to ask Yale President when they arrived in the United Levin, the ACLU, and the many Mus- States. This is Little Italy. The reason for all the surveillims from the tri-state area who are protesting the surveillance by Ray lance is because this is where many of the leaders of the Mafia can be Kelly’s police. Who are: Faisal Shahzad? Mo- found. Yes, there is a Mafia, and it hammed Reza Taheri-azar? Naveed is made up mostly of Italians. And, Afzal? Abdulhakim Mujahid Mu- among all those Italian-Americans hammad? Major Nidal Malik Hasan? in this neighborhood (of whom 99.9 Abdullah al-Muhajir? Najibullah percent happen to be law-abiding, wonderful citizens), there is an ocZazi? And Mohamed Mamdouh? President Levin might note the casional Mafia guy with a name like people I cited above look exactly Sammy the Bull or Matty the Horse. Now, with the exception of like many of the students walking to class on his campus right now. breaking a few kneecaps of guys They look like what they are, Ameri- who were dumb enough to bet on can Muslims; just like the Ameri- the New England Patriots (-3) in can Muslims who are attending this year’s Super Bowl and then mosques and going to businesses in welched on their bets, the Mafia is Muslim and ethnic communities in not interested in hurting or bombNewark and on Long Island and all ing you and me. As for harming the image of the over these United States. But here’s where they’re dif- Italian-American community, I must ferent. The men named above admit I find the cast of “Jersey Shore” are American-born or neutralized more scary than the late John Gotti, Americans citizens who are terror- who seemed like a dashing sort of ists who have killed or attempted fellow and wore some nifty clothes. Now I believe racial profiling to kill as many Americans as they in Little Italy is correct. If you’re could. DIRECTORY • PAGE 4 Can you tell them apart from the looking for the Mafia, then racially CONTINUED VACUUMS VACUUMS WINDOW WASHING Italians and stake out Little 99.9 percent of Muslims living in profile this country who are good, honest, Italy. I don’t believe that along with law-abiding citizens? Neither can I. the FBI looking for the Mafia in RTake Faisal Shahzad, who at- Little Italy, they should be forced tempted to detonate a car bomb to photograph and wiretap people E New York’s Times Square on a in Polish neighborhoods, German in BILLand MARTIN WINDOWS FA C T O RY S H O W R O O M look for the crowded Saturday afternoon. No, he neighborhoods, C When you’re this powerful, didn’t some Muslim children Mafia in Chinatown and Harlem, K care ifFactory you can afford to whisper... in Alaska and Hawaii. were passing by walking withthetheir all new S2or by Miele. Authorized X nine point nine percent parents when the bomb went orby its ultra-quietNinety Don’toff, be fooled operation. The high-performance, Miele-made Vortex Sales & Americans are good people. Let’s ifLan innocent bystander was Motorkilled System tacklesof dust, dirt and allergens with absolute ease. Explore this Service notfurther be at:so politically correct that we and the Koran he or she was carrylightweight yet powerful vacuum WINDOW CLEANING Free Oreck Iron with leave that one-tenth of a percent ing was destroyed in the explosion. COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL any purchase of an East Hampton Vacuum He was onlyOreck interested in Jihad. 476 Pantigofree Upright* INSURED Rd. to harm us. or aboveGetting toEastbad Hampton, NY 11937 If you wish to comment onEnd“Jerry’s Profiling *XL3700 works. Serving the East 631.324.8900 Hampton Vacuums Etc. can hurt inno- Ink” please send your message people East before they for 25 Yearsto jerry@ 476 Montauk Hwy East Hampton, NY indyeastend.com cent people works, no matter what dfjp.com or visit For Estimates 631-287-3249and (631) 324-8900 the race or religion that is being scroll to the bottom of the column.

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“Legs” May Have Legs To Stand On

By Emily Toy

Seated among village residents, community members and fellow art enthusiasts, the property owners of the old Baptist Church at the corner of Madison and Henry Streets in Sag Harbor’s historic district watched and listened while their Larry Rivers’ “Legs” underwent review. Sag Harbor residents and East Hampton gallery owners Janet Lehr and Vered sat quietly amongst the standing room only crowd during a spirited Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Main Street on February 21. “I have the pleasure of walking by those legs each day,” said Washington Street resident Tara Newman. “This is art, no question,” she said. “Larry Rivers was not just some local guy, and this is not just some sculpture, but the work of a world renowned artist. This should not be before this

Newman was in good company at the hearing, where the majority of the 70 plus people present were in support of Lehr and Vered legalizing the 16.1-foot tall “Legs.” The matter of proper zoning for the sculpture has been under review for the past two years and has since evolved not only into a highly publicized issue, but a discussion of whether it’s a work of art or what the board has deemed it: an accessory structure. The ladies’ attorney, Montaukbased Richard A. Hammer, asked the board to consider their rights to freedom of expression, adding that if the “Legs” were to be considered a “structure” then the board could still say that it does not violate the Independent / Emily Toy basic2012 principles zoning meaning board. It would be a huge detriment Away for the Winter (half)-INDY_Quogue Sinclair 1/3/12 in 10:42 AM --Page 1 if these were lost in the community.” that it doesn’t benefit Lehr and Vered

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while at the same time providing a detriment to the health, safety and welfare of the Sag Harbor community. “This is an intellectually vibrant issue,” Hammer said, charging, “Art speaks for itself and it clearly has a place in our community.” The ZBA, sans Gayle Pickering, its chair, and member Michael Bromberg, who recused himself from the application, ultimately decided to table the issue until its next meeting on March 20, where Pickering will have time to review it. “We are looking at this as a structure,” said acting chair Brendan Skislock. “We don’t want to get into the focus of art or emotion. That has no place on the Zoning Board of Appeals. We have to concentrate on this as a structure.” Under the village code, as a “structure,” Lehr and Vered’s “Legs” would need three variances to be in the clear. The “Legs” are located one foot CONTINUED ON PAGE 25.

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To Discuss Springs Forum Results By Kitty Merrill

Tonight the Springs School Board is slated to continue its budget development process with a discussion of tuition costs, BOCES and the final tally of input gleaned during a public forum held earlier this month. Over a hundred community members braved the closest thing to a snowstorm this winter to participate in a Saturday morning workshop geared

toward garnering input regarding potential service and staff cuts. Like all municipal bodies across the state, the school board has to find a way to adhere to a mandated property tax cap that allows an increase of no more than two percent. At the forum, stakeholders were given a list of 25 programs that could be excised, along with their cost and in some cases, less expensive alternatives. They were

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keeping the more costly services and pursuing a vote to pierce the cap, even though it means a greater increase in tax rate. Of all the higher cost items, like small class sizes and full day Kindergarten, forum participants appeared most amenable to eliminating the district’s Pre-K program for a savings of $130,000. Fifty-one out of 74 votes favored Pre-K closure. Also supported by forum participated was the closure of summer school for a savings of $65,000. Forty-nine out of 77 votes supported summer school cessation. Forty-eight out of 83 votes were cast in favor of eliminating $15,000 in intramural sports programming. Another 56 out of 80 voters supported defunding Project MOST, the after school program. Fifty-three participants supported cutting the cost of all extra curricular activities by 50 percent for a savings of $35,000. The highest number of votes indicating the program most valued by forum attendees, 81, were tallied for music instruction. Class sizes of less than 25 students received the next amount of high marks, at 75, with full day Kindergarten supported by 74 voters. Following the forum, board president Kathee Burke Gonzalez said the tally would provide a springboard to further, subsequent discussion of potential cuts. That discussion is expected to continue tonight. See the district website for a complete tally of the forum votes. kmerrill@indyeastend.com

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Described by county attorneys as “one of the prime architects of a massive mortgage fraud involving mostly Hamptons properties,” Donald MacPherson was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison Monday in Suffolk County court. MacPherson, his wife Carrie Coakley, ex-county legislator George Guldi and others schemed to defraud mortgage lenders out of an estimated $82 million in a conspiracy that dated back to 2002, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. MacPherson pleaded guilty to 45 counts of grand larceny, scheme to defraud, insurance fraud and criminal possession of a forged instrument last fall. “JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and other lenders were swindled by this defendant and his associates who arranged for the filing of mortgage applications that were filled with fraud, specifically false employer information supplied to straw purchasers, forged notary signatures, and falsified powers of attorney and fictional bank balances,” said Spota. “Every one of these mortgages for some 60 homes ended up in default. The defendants’ greed inflicted massive economic damage to the banking

industry and the regional economy”. The DA’s office secured 34 Restitution Judgment Orders against MacPherson, totaling $44 million on behalf of the victimized lenders. Coakley pleaded guilty in December to grand larceny and scheme to defraud and will be sentenced March 8. Her sentence is pending the con-

“The defendants’ greed inflicted massive economic damage to the banking industry and the regional economy.” - Tom Spota tents of a Suffolk County Department of Probation pre-sentencing report. Guldi, who represented the South Fork on the Suffolk County Legislature before he was unseated by current rep Jay Schneiderman in 2003, is currently doing time in the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Sullivan County, New York. Following a trial that was often dubbed surreal due to Guldi’s unusual behavior, he was sentenced

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RICK’S SPACE Dominus Vobiscum, You Hunk. I’m not one for talking in the morning. My ideal morning would be spent reading the sports pages and drinking coffee, oblivious to the world around me. Of course, that only holds for the weekend. On weekdays I have to trek

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Now let me go on record right now as stating I will never use words like “grande” and “venti” when ordering my coffee. The way I figure it, I spent three years in Catholic High School studying Latin, and I hated it then and I still hate it. The ongoing joke was Latin was a worthless language because we would never be able to use it in real life. I’ll be dammed if 40 years later all of a sudden Starbucks proves us wrong. I should also point out I cheated my way through all three years of Latin, elaborate schemes that involved hand signals, coded messages, and well-timed coughs. My mother once remarked that if I spent as much time studying for my Latin exams as I did on cheating, I wouldn’t need to cheat. How bad was I? I thought an aqueduct was a racetrack in Queens. What did I know, right? “Large coffee, half regular half decaf, skim milk.” I mumbled. “And how are you sir? How’s your day going?” The woman was beaming. “It’s turning bad very quickly now,” I mumbled. “Did you want a grande or a venti?” Those dreaded words. “A large coffee,” I stipulated. “What’s your name?” Oh oh. Now I’m in trouble. What, am I about to get reported to the Coffee Police? Have I committed the fatal faux pas of speaking English in a Latin establishment? Now, who did I offend? “Your name?” she asked again. “Hunk . . . Hunk of Steamin’ Funk,” I finally answered. She then wrote the word “Hunk” on an empty cup and wordlessly passed it on to another lady. Her face was expressionless. “That’s $2.65,” she said. “Mater Dei! ” I exclaimed before forking over the money. I waited around for another woman and the second lady came to the counter with a cup. “Hunk!” I didn’t move a muscle. “Hunk!” she shouted louder. Still nothing. She went to the first lady and whispered, then they both looked at me together.” “You’re Hunk, right?” the woman with the coffee asked. “No, I’m Hunk Of Burning Funk,” I replied calmly. “One grande, half decaf,” she said, offering the cup to me. “NO,” I said, “I wanted a large.” Finally, she glared. My morning brightened considerably. I went out to my truck and took a sip only to spit it out. No milk. I went storming back. “You put the milk in yourself over at that table,” the woman informed. Oh, see, I didn’t get the exam booklet when I came in the store explaining the protocol. Assembly required. MUST SPEAK LATIN. Customers who refuse to give their names will not be served. Tomorrow I have to go back. I’m gonna be “Misty Dawn.”


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EDITORIAL Transparent Transparency There are apparently, degrees of transparent. Webster’s says it means “clearly viewed; easy to understand; obvious.” When it comes to town government that means everything is done in front of the public. But it means more to us as journalists; it’s the difference between rushing to do something after it’s obvious some board members have talked about it while excluding others from the discussion; it means making sure that all board members, all the journalists and the members of the public have been privy to all that goes into the decision making process. Most of all, it means taking action only after all sides have had their say. Southampton Town officials distribute work session agendas at least two days in advance of their meetings, and have done so for years. If there are time sensitive resolutions that absolutely can’t wait until a regularly scheduled meeting, Supervisor Anna Throne-Host will publicize a special meeting, held concurrent with the work session. Notice of the meeting most often includes copies of any resolutions that could be subject to vote. Notices and the resolutions are posted on the town website swiftly, allowing the public adequate time to bone up on any issue they wish to react to or ask questions about. By contrast, East Hampton appears to be slipping away from full transparency. Veteran board watchers know when a town board wants to sneak in a resolution with as little fanfare as possible. Oftentimes, the brown bag work sessions are the venue, and that’s because the public isn’t in the room to object, especially if people don’t know what is going to happen at the meeting – and therein lies the rub. The current town board has a habit of creating urgency where none really exists. There really is no difference between scheduling a Thursday vote rather than pushing through a resolution two days earlier. Town Supervisor Bill

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Wilkinson complained that everything was grinding to a halt because of recent impasses; we’re under the opinion someone needed to slow the speeding train down before we have to deal with a train wreck. Important decisions, like the waste facility, the new town hall, the sale of town owned offices, and the fate of public tennis courts recently put up for grabs, need to be explored more thoroughly, and the ramifications of proposed actions analyzed carefully. Time For Retirement Tom Spota has been the Suffolk County District Attorney since 2001 – he’s had a good run. The problem is he wants to run again next year, despite the fact a 1993 county law set the term limit for elected officials at 12 years. Spota believes a state law overrules the county law in his case, and he’s suing to overturn the term limit law. Spota knew of the term limitation when he ran back in 2001 and has known about it all along. At this juncture it seems selfish to upend things just to stay in office. Some have speculated Spota put the clamps on the scope of the investigation into East Hampton Town’s financial scandal when disgraced former Town Supervisor Bill McGintee almost bankrupted the town. Why? Perhaps because East Hampton Town is fertile ground for state and national campaign donations. Prominent Democrats couldn’t survive a local branch of the party devoid of power and crippled by scandal. After spending two years and god knows how much money, the case was basically aborted. Spota would doubtless deny it; but the doors that remained unopened during the socalled probe had a lot of secrets behind them. It’s possible somebody high up didn’t want them opened. When you lose your ability to go for the jugular it’s time to get out of the law enforcement game, and sadly, we fear Mr. Spota has lost his edge.

Foundation would like to thank Councilwoman Bridgette Fleming and the Town Council of the for passing Resolution 2012-229 designating February 28, 2012 as “Spay Day” in the Town of Southampton. According to the Humane Society of the United States, nearly four million cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year. That means one homeless

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neutering saves lives. Resolution 2012-229 encourages the people of the Town of Southampton to observe this day by having their own pets spayed or neutered or by sponsoring the spaying or neutering of another person’ pet or an animal in the shelter awaiting adoption. Of the 462 organizations reporting statistics nationwide, the average live release rate (the number of dogs and cats going home healthy and happy) is 55 percent. According to data gathered by the Humane Society of the United States this equates to 12.5 animals euthanized per 1000 people. The independent and donor supported Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation ended 2011 with a 94 percent live release rate for cats and dogs. This equates to one animal euthanized for every 1000 year round resident of the Town of Southampton. World Spay Day takes place on February 28, 2012. Please support the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s low cost spay and neuter program and help us keep saving lives. To volunteer or to spay or neuter your pet, simply call 631-728-PETS or visit www. southamptonanimalshelter.com. Together, we can ensure every pet enjoys a long, happy and healthy life in a loving home. ED FRITZ Executive Director Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation

Potential Danger Dear Editor, The 2013 Defense Department budget cuts military spending by $487 billion over 10 years, which translates into eliminating six Air Force fighter squadrons, cutting 16 ships from the Navy, and reducing the Army and Marine Corps by 80,000 to 100,000 troops over five years. Our thinking is that future wars will be fought with more high technology weapons and fewer troops. The problem is we could lose highly qualified military personnel because of the cutbacks. The end result could mean we will have a plethora of Continued on page 12.


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Goodbye Whitney Dear Rick, A letter to Whitney Houston. “We will always love you.” She was the captain of her ship. The girl with a magical voice. She embarked upon her life’s journey and she took charge of it. The road took her down many destinations. Only she truly lived this adventure. Did she know how much we all really loved her? Was it enough? Did she leave us a message? Life is but a fleeting dream – a moment in time. The show must go on. DIANNE BALDUCCI


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Illegal, Unsafe Conditions Found At H.B. House An investigation conducted by Southampton Town Police Department, the Fire Marshal’s Office and members of the town investigations and enforcement unit found a slew of illegal and unsafe conditions at a Hampton Bays dwelling last week. The residence, located at 3 Surf Street, allegedly had 12 people, which included six young children, residing in the house at the time of the inspection. Police say there were also other residents occupying the house who were not present during the time of the inspection. Certified as a two-family home, the basement had been converted into a third residence, officials say. According to authorities, the

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MOST Soup’s On Sunday By Kitty Merrill

Sure, the weather is far from frightful and the idea of throwing some burgers on the grill may be delightful, but specious spring is no excuse for skipping what’s become one of winter’s most popular community events. This Sunday, slurp soup in support of The Springs Seedlings and Project MOST as the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser pours into the Amagansett American Legion from noon to 3 PM. According to Project MOST executive director Tim Bryden, the fourth annual Empty Bowls

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310,000 486,000 415,000 375,000 449,000

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Larcenies, Both Grand And Petit, In Southampton Southampton Town Police Department’s Detective Division arrested Richard P. Borsman, 35, of Flanders, last Tuesday evening for one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony. According to police, the charge stems from an investigation into a pilfering of jewelry that occurred at a residence on Flanders Road that Borsman was familiar with and had permission to be in. Borsman was scheduled for arraignment last Wednesday. Last Friday, police arrested Dennis J. Malerba Jr., 31, for grand larceny in the third degree, also a felony. Police say a Remsenburg woman reported Malerba, employed as her dog walker, was pilfering jewelry and silver ware from her residence. Malerba was located at the intersection of Montauk Highway and East Pond Lane before being transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays, where he was processed and held for arraignment. Upon further investigation, police discovered that the Westhampton Beach resident sold the stolen jewelry at local pawn shops. Larceny proved to be a reoccurring theme throughout Southampton Town as the weekend continued. On Sunday, cops arrested a 22-year-old woman for petit larceny, a misdemeanor. The Southampton resident allegedly took several items from Claire’s Boutique in Bridgehampton without paying. That same day, Southampton Police arrested a man of the same age on Montauk Highway in East Quogue for stealing donuts. A resident of the hamlet, the man was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and processed at police headquarters. E.T.

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Charged With Arson Katherine Helm, 21, was charged with third degree arson last week. Cops say she set fire to an East Hampton man’s truck. According to Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson, “There was a dispute between her and the vehicle’s owner.” Exactly what sparked the dispute is not clear at this time, he added. A passing volunteer firefighter from Amagansett was first to see the 1993 Dodge Ram Charger on fire in a driveway on Springs Fireplace Road Wednesday afternoon. He and the vehicle owner extinguished the fire. East Hampton Town Police Detectives worked with town fire marshals and the Suffolk County Arson Squad on the investigation that led to Helm’s arrest. Anderson said the suspect and victim had “some sort of prior relationship”. . . a relationship that’s apparently gone down in flames. K.M.

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a watchcase factory in Queens, did just that; in fact, the granite cornerstone of the rebuilt building was just unearthed during renovations earlier this month. Bulova purchased the building in 1936 and made its watchcases there. For the better part of the next four decades business was booming; At its peak hundreds of people worked at Bulova; there were times when overtime was plentiful; a plan was implemented to bring Polish immigrants over from Europe before and during World War II, and the company held mortgages that allowed workers to move into homes, many in the development east of Madison Street and south of the village. Department heads were paid a wage comparable to teachers, and company stock was given to loyal employees, placed in a retirement fund. There was an elite group of toolmakers that earned good wages as well. The great majority of workers, however, worked what was known as “piece meal” – they were, literally, paid by the piece. A worker might have to “press” 1000 pieces of stainless steel into watchcases by centering them in an eight-ton press where they were “stamped” into shape, to earn $2. As a result, workers found shortcuts, rushed, or lost their concentration. They would lose a finger for doing so, and dozens of employees were without digits, though they found ways to keep working. Finally, OSHA laws were put into place that required safeguards be built into the giant presses -- one would be workers would have to press two buttons, one with either hand, to activate the press. Nevertheless accidents occurred, because the workers, to increase their speed, would tape down one button or place an elbow over it. Gold was used to finish some cases; Fahys’ watches are collectors’ items; he used thousands of dollars worth of gold each day in the factory’s hey day. Though it was never proven, dozens of workers — mostly men – who

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worked in the “coloring department” wristwatches and failed to get a -- a windowless pit in the middle of piece of the wildly profitable digital the factory – played Russian roulette watches. Bulova shares plummeted with their lives. They worked with on the stock market, leaving loyal no ventilation and for years without employees with a portfolio of wearing masks – the fumes from the Bulova stock in their retirement coloring and cleansing agents were funds that was virtually worthless toxic. Many died from cancer, years when the factory closed in 1975 for good. It has sat there, decaying, before their time. Bulova produced some of its gold ever since. Like Rowe Industries, the Bulova plated models in Sag Harbor, and many of the stainless steel bases site was contaminated. In the case of the former, for Bulova’s watch Aurora Plastics line were stamped at the factory. Though . . . old-timers used owned the operation, and assorted much less gold passed through the factory to warn newbies not carcinogenics, liquids plastics, degreasers, than in bygone eras – and quality control to smoke cigarettes fuel and the like were dumped in the ponds was better – legend behind and to the has it more than a down there. north of the plant, few of the rank and which is situated file found enough gold dust over the years to earn a modest south of Mashashimuet Park on the east side of the Sag Harbor/ windfall. For many years Elizabeth Hall Bridgehampton Turnpike. Though today the Long Pond ran the factory with an iron fist, demanding efficiency, making sure Greenbelt has been hailed by at workers on piece meal were at their least one local environmentalist “as machines except for a brief hourly one of the most pristine areas in break, even counting pencils and the state” it is anything but — water notebooks the office staff used. Hall, laced with chemicals has been air with a degree from Northeastern, sparged from the aquifer for years, was sent down to Sag Harbor from and county water had to be brought Providence, where Bulova had its in for area residences after pipes headquarters. She took along her rotted out, bathrooms turned green semi-invalid mother, who lived in an with mold, showers were destroyed, apartment on Howard Street in the and a cancer cluster was identified Flower Hill House. Hall became the first female mayor on Long Island in 1957 when she was appointed to fill out the term of the elected mayor, Hap Barry. Times were changing, and Bulova didn’t change with it. For one thing, General Omar Bradley, the retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a World War II hero, stepped down as chairman of the Bulova Board in 1973 after 25 years. With his departure, Bulova lost valuable government contacts and contracts. Moreover, as the rest of the industry was converting timepieces using digital technology, Bulova re-tooled with the advent of its Accutron line – not nearly as accurate as the digital watches Texas Instruments and others were developing at a fraction of the price. Bulova lost its market share of the European-style jewel movement

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near the factory. The cleanup was funded by Nabisco, which ironically brought the factory after all the damage was done. In the case of Bulova, the courtyard was the dumping ground for all things chemical. Rusted out 50 gallon drums that once held chemicals including cleaning solvents and assorted lubricants were strewn about for years; oldtimers used to warn newbies not to smoke cigarettes down there. The ground in the courtyard is still contaminated, though D.E.C. officials said last month the clean up is nearing completion. The current owners, the Manhattan and New Jersey based Cape Advisors, plan an ambitious condominium conversion on the site, preserving the historic redbrick exterior. It will be a dream come true for local taxpayers: condo owners are expected to be second homeowners who won’t have children in the local schools, who can take a Jitney from the city to the site and walk to the restaurants, markets etc, and whose Manhattan money will swell the village’s tax base. That project will be covered in a story next week. Rick Murphy was the Time Study Engineer at Bulova in the early 70s. He replaced, among others, Bob Freidah, who became an East Hampton School District administrator and Mayor of Sag Harbor.

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from the property line where 35 feet are required and stretch 16.1 feet high where 15 feet is the maximum. The sculpture also protrudes through the sky plane 16.7 cubic feet more than permitted under the code. Hammer presented the board with a petition in support of the “Legs” signed with 430 names as well as supporting letters. Included in those were Larry Rivers Foundation Director David Joel, David Levy of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Helen Harrison of the Pollack Krasner Foundation. “This shouldn’t be before this board,” said Joel. “Maybe you should recognize this should not come before you and you should not be in the uncomfortable position of having to decide this,” he added. “This is the first time this work of art has not been called a work of art,” Joel continued. “The precedent you’re setting here is a scary one.” Skislock, along with board members Anthony Hagen and Benedetta

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Deubel, said that the main concern for the board was the precedent being set with the “Legs.” “I can imagine cases like this coming up in the future,” Hagen said. “I can’t ignore the precedence being set up here.” Hagen said he thinks the “Legs” have a “commercial nature” to them, adding, “The applicant has a business in East Hampton where they have a commercial opportunity to advertise their business. It looks like a billboard.” Hagen was promptly muffled by a booing, and at some points, hissing, crowd. “The thing is this needs a variance,” Deubel said. “I’m worried about what will go on from this point.” Although the “Legs” staying put was highly supported at the meeting, the board members were not the only ones that had reservations on the issue. Local businesswoman and Sag Harbor resident Jennifer Hauser, who owns the two properties facing the “Legs,” was not in support of them staying.

“We have the opportunity to put into place a long term stand, instead of a precedent we may regret later,” she said. “This is about living in a historic district in Sag Harbor and clarifying the codes that have been put in place,” Hauser added. “This is not about art, but the precedent it sets.” Hauser charged she too thought the “Legs” were part of a business promotion. “And they’re illuminated all night, by the way,” she said. Charles McCarron, a Noyac resident also would like to see the “Legs” go. McCarron owns a residence located directly behind Vered and Lehr on Henry Street. “I don’t know if it’s art or not, but I don’t like them and I’m a neighbor,” he said. “Jennifer doesn’t like them and she’s a neighbor. When you have neighbors complaining then that’s a problem,” he added. “As a neighbor, I’m totally against it.” Hammer assured the board that they do in fact have the ability to say whether or not the “Legs” are a structure.

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Sag Harbor Village Attorney Fred Thiele urged Hammer to look at the “Legs” as a structure because there is case law that backs the village up on such a charge. “The last thing people want is for government to determine what is art and what isn’t art,” Thiele said. “This is a case of first impressions,” he added. “Ultimately what this board has to address and look at is if the benefit to the applicant is outweighing the detriment, if any, to the community.” If it were said that it is not a structure, but a work of art instead, according to Hammer, then the “Legs” could be “kicked back to the board of trustees.” “It was amazing,” Vered said of the meeting in an interview this week. “We had great support, wonderful attendance. It was very positive,” she said, adding, “Every case has its own merit. We wouldn’t have these committees if it were a matter of precedents. This case certainly has its own merit and it would be horrendous if they voted no.” Emily@indyeastend.com

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Hello! I am Vincent Pica.  As you can tell from the title, I am responsible for running a component of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the volunteer arm of United States Coast Guard Forces.  Many people have an urge or calling to serve. They think about ways that they can, on their own terms and on a time and schedule that works for them, contribute to their country and to their community, especially if they can have fun doing it and be recognized for whatever they do put in to it.  The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was created by act of Congress back in 1939 when threatening storm clouds of national concern were looming on the horizon. Today, more than 32,000 American patriots are volunteer members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary performing virtually every mission of the regular Coast Guard except those dealing with law enforcement and military

action. If it doesn’t need a weapon, you’ll find Auxiliarists volunteering to do it. Currently, as in 1939, there are concerns for the future security of America, and as part of the Department of Homeland Security, Auxiliarists contribute to the protection of our waters and our way of life. In addition, Auxiliarists undertake a great many missions that fall under the domain of the US Coast Guard but which do not have such highlevel national impact thereby freeing active-duty itself to concentrate on such matters. Auxiliary missions have historically included teaching boating safety to the public, performing vessel examinations, and undertaking operational patrols of our waterways. Today there are a great many additional missions that are added to that list including aviation, cooking, radio watch standing, translation services, and public

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affairs, just to name a few. Membership is open to all individuals who: • Are American Citizens. • Are 17 Years of Age or Older (no upper limit) • Have no Felony Convictions. • Are Willing and Able to Volunteer to Serve their Community and Country. You need not own a boat; in fact, you can be a great contributor without ever being on the water. The Auxiliary will provide free training in a great many subject matters. You are welcome to participate in any of the missions that interest you, to the levels and timings of participation that suit your personal schedule. Some worry about it being expensive. Annual dues are $50. That’s about $4 per month.  Uniforms are available at low-cost and every penny you spend is tax-deductible.  And, if you offer your boat for use by the USCGAux, your mission-related fuel use is reimbursed, 100 percent.  Some worry that you will need a tremendous time commitment.  You don’t need gobs of time.  Give us 12 hours a summer in crew time and you will be in continuous good standing. Only two hours if you want to teach seamanship, rather than practice it. I warn you, though.  There is so

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much enjoyment and satisfaction in this role that you will give well more than that. This will only be the Land of the Free if it is also the Home of the Brave. Serve your Nation.  Serve your Neighbors.  On your terms.  Be brave. Get in this thing. So, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@ aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you “get in this thing.”

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Nick Thomas knows a thing or two about playing in the Suffolk County B-C-D game, which used to be called the Small Schools Title Game. Back in those days, of course, Thomas was an allstar point guard for the Bridgehampton Killer Bees, the perennial County Class D champs. Now, two decades later, Thomas is on the other side of the fence -- he’s the coach of the Center Moriches Red Devils, the County Class B champs. The larger enrollment school is expected to win the BCD game, and on Friday the Devils did just that. Thomas was a defensive standout as a player, and the Red Devils mirror his commitment to playing suffocating D. Pierson, the Class C champs, learned that the hard way, as the Red Devils’ full court, hounding defense smothered the Whalers, forcing numerous turnovers. Ironically, it was the Whalers who did in this year’s edition of the Killer Bees in the County C/D game. Simply put, the Red Devils wore out Pierson, holding a manageable eight-point half time lead but exploding in the second half. The finale was 68-36. Akyse Brown tallied 19 for Center Moriches (16-5) and Tim Rowland added 18. Make no mistake about it; Thomas has his team peaking at the right time. Jake Bennett led the losers with nine points. Center Moriches plays Class A Harborfields tonight. Pierson (12-8) upended Bridgehampton last Wednesday behind the hot shooting of Joey Butts, whose trey at the third quarter buzzer gave the Whalers a 17 point lead they would never relinquish. The final was 57-41, and Butts tallied 17. Pat Sloan added 12 and Sean Miller had 10 for the winners. Canaan CONTINUED ON PAGE 29.

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Mets And Fans Limp Into Spring Training They say spring training is a time for hope, change and promise. For Met fans, those sentiments ring as hollow as they would if Barack Obama tried to run on them for reelection this November. The Mets are now six years removed from the playoffs. They finished second-to-last in the NL East in 2011 with a 77-85 record. While the rest of the division continued to improve, New York remains stuck in quicksand and accomplished little in the disappointing off-season to energize its fans. Financially, the New York Mets continue to be a mess. After losing an estimated $70 million last year, the organization spent its off-season searching for 10 minority owners at $20 million per investor. Those 10 investors would still equate to less than the Tigers and Angels spent on Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols, respectively.

The Mets 2012 payroll may represent the largest reduction in payroll over one year in the history of the game from approximately $143 million in 2011 to the neighborhood of $90 million. The Wilpon family has become the veteran player who doesn’t know when to hang ‘em up. While the fans are frustrated, General Manager Sandy Alderson prefers to joke about the situation. He recently tweeted, “Will have to be careful on this trip. Mets only reimburse for gas at a downhill rate. Will try to coast all the way to FL.” It’d be funny if we didn’t actually think it was true. The recent passing of Gary Carter evoked happier times for many Mets fans. Most feel it’s bizarre the organization has refused to retire Carter’s number 8. Mets officials reason that Carter only spent five years in the orange and blue and holds no team hitting records. But

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any fan, even those of us too young to remember Carter, know his Mets legacy was about much more than the stat lines. Fans from those years, including my father, speak about Carter’s cando, winning attitude. Carter started the two-out rally in the tenth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. That by itself might be enough for the Mets to retire his number. The Mets have tried to make things right by having players wear number 8 patches this season. This is an insufficient commemoration for a player who symbolized one of only three memorable eras in the franchise’s 50-year history. In case you’re wondering, the Mets aren’t exactly in danger of running out of numbers to retire. They’ve only retired three of their player’s numbers, (Gil Hodges, Casey Stengel, and Tom Seaver) and Jackie Robinson’s number 42, which every team has retired. As for the competition, the Miami Marlins swiped shortstop Jose Reyes from the Mets, the Phillies remain the class of the division, the Braves were just a game out of last year’s Wild Card spot, and the Washington Nationals were recently named Major League Baseball’s best farm system by Baseball America. Meantime, the 2012 Mets brought in some bullpen help (Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and Ramon Ramirez), and hope that Johan Santana can return to pre-surgery form. The most significant development in the Mets off-season did not involve a player. The Mets moved

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the outfield fences in at Citi Field in an attempt to improve the power stats of Jason Bay and David Wright. As for the future, experts peg the Mets farm system as middle of the pack. There is hope for the future in starters Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia. However, when they finally arrive, will they resemble Seaver, Koosman and Gentry or the Generation K flops of the mid- 90’s, Pulsipher, Isringhausen and Wilson? In the meantime, the return of Santana, a healthy Ike Davis and the return of Banner Day may be the highlights of 2012. It’s a disappointing time to be a fan of the New York Mets. Spring training can often help baseball fans get through the last burst of winter. Instead, maybe Mets fans should look into booking that last minute cruise through Travelocity. Pete is a lifelong Montauk resident and former sports talk host at 88.7FM WEER. He can be reached via email at Peterfmundo@gmail.com.

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Melodee Riley is on a roll, and her Riverhead Blue Waves are rolling with her all the way to the Class AA county girl’s basketball championship game. Riley, a senior, scored a careerhigh 28 points to lead No. 3 Riverhead (20-1) over No. 2 Lindenhurst (19-2) in the Class AA semifinal 6651. The Blue Waves will take on No. 4 Hauppauge in the final on Tuesday at Farmingdale State. Riley was on fire Saturday. The senior scored a career high 28 points as The Waves, seeded three, stunned Lindenhurst, the two seed, 66-51 on the loser’s court. Riverhead was scheduled to play last night against Hauppauge (number 4) for the county AA title and a berth in the state tournament. Shanice Allen added 16 for the winners and Jalyn Brown tallied 14. Valerie Oyakhilome led the losers with 17 points. Southampton knocked off Southold Saturday in the B/C/D game and was to play Elwood/Glenn last night for the

county small school championship. Southampton used a balanced scoring attack and toyed with Southold, quickly opening up an insurmountable lead. The final was a very comfortable 56-21. Kesi Goree was the lone Lady Mariner in double figures with 16 points but six players tallied six points or more including Cassis Guida and Paris Hodges with eight each. Southold was led by Lauren Ficurelli with eight points; the Lady Settlers knocked off Shelter Island in the C/D game on February 21. The Lady Mariners will play Cold Spring Harbor next Wednesday for the Long Island Class B title. Southold will take on Friends Academy the same day – both games are at Farmingdale State College. Shelter Island will play a Class D regional game on March 10. Shelter Island’s Kelsey McGayhey is the fourth highest scorer in the county with a 22.8 mark. The Indians standout senior is also an all-county volleyball player.


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Who’s Number One? For the past decade the short list included just one name: Sir Albert Pujols. Sure, in 2010 we were tempted to pick Hanley Ramirez first after he turned in a stellar 2009 campaign: 27 homers, 106 ribs, 27 stolen bases and a garish .342 batting average. But we knew in our heart we’d pick Albert given the opportunity. Oh, we may have considered having a brief fling with Carlos Gonzalez after his breakout 2010 season: 34-117-26-.336. But we knew Albert was Number One in our hearts. That’s because those guys had career years, while Albert’s average season during his 11-year career is over 40 homers, 120 ribbies, and a .328 average. So what’s this about the socalled “experts” not giving Albert Number One love as we approach the 2012 season? For one thing, he’s signed with an American League team, which means he’ll be facing a lot of pitchers he’s not familiar with. Second, he was surprisingly human in 2011, hitting 37 homers, batting in just 99 runs, and watched his average dip to .299. Who are the contenders? About 50 percent of the stat services have Matt Kemp on top. After all, he’s coming off an unbelievable fantasy

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season: 39 homers, 126 ribs, 40 steals and a .324 average. The 40 steals really stick out – old Albert doesn’t run like he used to. We feel Kemp comes with a red flag, however: he batted just .249 the previous year, and that type of inconsistency will kill a fantasy player. Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies has been getting a lot of love, despite being injury prone -in fact, at the FSTA experts league draft in Las Vegas last month, Tulo surprisingly went first overall. Fantasy players like him because he brings big production to the shortstop position, where there is a lack of fantasy stars. He’s also at that magical age, 27, when so many major leaguers enjoy their best seasons. Tulo hit 27 homers, batted in 95 runs and hit .302 despite missing 19 games in 2011, but he was hobbled a lot, as indicated by the fact he only stole nine bases. The year before he went 27-95-.315 with 11 steals despite missing 39 games. The final challenger for the Number One position in the draft is Ryan Braun, who has been cleared of charges after originally being suspended for 50 games for taking an illegal substance. Assuming Braun is clear to play now, you have to figure he’s

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sitting on a monster year after going 33-111-33 .332 last year and winning the National League Most Valuable Player award. And, he’ll have something to prove. After much deliberation we would take Braun first, Tulo second, Pujols third, and Kemp fourth followed by Jose Bautista (41 homers for Toronto after slugging 53 the year before), Cargo, and then probably Justin Verlander, who will be the first

pitcher off the board. The truth is, though, you could do worse than any one of these nine superstars. Maybe the trick is to get the ninth pick and take whoever is left – after all, in a standard 10 team draft pick that means you’ll get to pick again three picks later. The guy with the first pick, on the other hand, won’t pick again until number 20. Han Ran, for example, might well slip into the second round.

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