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Critics Call For Quigley’s Resignation By Kitty Merrill

Theresa Quigley sat motionless, a statuesque statue uncharacteristically silent in the face of a detractor, her face a mask that barely blushed when the criticism prompted applause. “I call on you, Ms. Quigley, to resign now and I call on other members of the town board to demand your resignation. Your lack of civility and the divisiveness you bring to the board will not allow them to serve us as they should . . . Ms. Quigley, you must resign. Then and only then can we move on,” declared Fred Weinberg. The Springs resident was among a contingent of area residents offering an impassioned reaction, at the podium at last week‘s town board meeting and in the pages of local publication,

in the wake of The Independent’s report of the March 1 board gathering. At that meeting, as has become a habit, a number of Springs residents confronted lawmakers, urging them to take swift action to address the problem of illegally overcrowded homes in the hamlet. Some spoke of how they gathered “evidence” and were crafting a map of homes suspected of such violations. After the public comment period ended, as some of the audience members filed out, Quigley turned to colleague Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and used the word “Nazis” to characterize the neighbors’ activities. “I’m not a Nazi,” Weinberg said from the podium last week. “No one on the Springs Citizens Committee

is a Nazi. The Springs Concerned Citizens group does not use Gestapo methods. No one in Springs spies on their neighbors. We don’t have to; their violations are in our face.” He continued, as the councilwoman looked on without expression, “Referring to the Springs Citizens Committee or any other person in our town as Nazis exposes a board member who is out of control, full of rage and unfit to continue on the East Hampton Town Board.” Weinberg paused as applause filled the town hall auditorium and Supervisor Bill Wilkinson asked audience members to refrain from clapping. Before calling on her to resign, Weinberg said her comment was CONTINUED ON PAGE 24.

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CONDOMS AND LIFE SAVERS On February 27th, Conan O’Brien opened his show and said, “As of tomorrow, Rick Santorum will be assigned Secret Service agents. Did you know that? Yeah, this is historic: It’s the first time Santorum has agreed to use any kind of protection.” Which brings me to my great marketing insight as to how over-thecounter sales of condoms made Life Savers the most successful and profitable candy brand of the 1950s. In 1957, when a 15- or 16-year-old boy would go into a pharmacy to purchase a box of condoms, it was the most tension-provoking, frightening purchase a young man could make. On one side were his raging hormones. On the other side were the church, the Legion of Decency (a powerful Catholic group), his family, society, censorship – a quietly repressive political climate that sanctimonious politicians used to win votes. It was a world of shame and guilt that Rick Santorum wants to bring back

when he’s (don’t laugh) elected. Naturally, in the 1950s, against all odds, the raging hormones always won and our hero went shopping for protection. Unlike the giant CVS and Walgreens and Duane Reade megastores of today, pharmacies in those days were tiny stores and there was a good chance that the proprietor knew your parents on a first-name basis. So one would slink into a pharmacy when the owner was out or having dinner. Then you would go from aisle to aisle pretending that you were going to buy aspirin. Or Bengay, or Vicks – any item in the store other than a box of condoms. You checked the other customers. Is that your mom’s best friend? A teacher from your high school? Your local priest? Head down, you would make it to the front of the store where the condoms were kept behind the counter. You would look at the floor and mumble, “. . . I would like a box of . . .

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mumble . . . mumble . . . mumble . . .” A voice from behind the counter would say “WHAT?” You then would look up into the eyes of a girl from your school who sat four seats away from you in your social studies class; this was her part-time after-school job. She would greet you by name. “What would you like?” she would say in a voice so loud you knew your mother sitting in her living room a mile away could hear. Panic - panic - pure unadulterated panic. “I would like er . . . er . . . er . . . I would like er . . . er . . . er - A PACK OF LIFE SAVERS! That’s what I would like, a pack of Life Savers.” There they were, brilliantly placed near the cash register. I bought hundreds, thousands, of packs of Life Savers. I was responsible for a full share point of their national sales. Every boy I knew from that time has the same story. No young man in the United States ever went into a store to buy Life Savers, but we all came out frustrated with a pack of Life Savers and a case of guilt. Sexual thoughts and hang-ups in Brooklyn started for a boy with his first kiss. It was the fuse that ignited the hormone tinderbox. I remember as if it were yesterday. It was summer. I was 12 years old, the most awkward child ever put on this earth. I took my date (her name was Rose) to the Kingsway Theater on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. Nervous? There wasn’t a pore in my body that wasn’t flooded. My armpits needed leaders and gutters. My body felt like it had a temperature of 106 degrees. My hands and feet felt 70 degrees colder. I was also nauseous because in preparation for this first “date,” I had brushed my teeth about 20 times and was in danger of dying from an overdose of Colgate toothpaste. Rose thought I was the strong, silent type. Actually, I couldn’t talk because I had a mouth full of Life Savers. I had consumed two packs of Wintergreen Life Savers from the minute I had picked her up at home. So every time I let out a breath I smelled like a walking Airwick bottle. The movie was called Pagan Love Song, starring Esther Williams. We sat in the balcony and I was too

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shy to put my arm around Rose so I put it around her seat instead. The movie was almost two hours long and Esther Williams spent most of those two hours swimming. I spent the two hours in pain. My arm had cramped up in this awkward position and then it went to sleep. It was dead. Useless. I think I cut off the circulation and to this day I can’t throw a baseball 10 feet and I blame it all on that seat in the Kingsway Theater. At one point I realized that I couldn’t move my arm . . . had no control over it . . . and probably would never be able to move it again. I wondered if it would have to be amputated. This made me giggle hysterically to myself. Unfortunately, I had this thought during a love scene between Esther Williams and Howard Keel. Rose then said her first word of the afternoon to me: “Shuuuussssssh.” Finally, during the scene where Esther Williams was swimming underwater (and, I think, singing at the same time), I decided to try to kiss Rose. My dead right arm, which I had counted on for foreplay and balance, was useless. So I had to try to move my body and sort of lurch at the same time. It put me off-balance and, even though I was aiming for her lips, I missed and sort of kissed her on the bridge of her nose and on her right eye. She sort of summed up what my sex life was going to be like forever when she said, “Stop that. We’re going to miss the good part of the movie.” I may have been 12, but being thrown over for Esther Williams didn’t do much for my sense of self-esteem. It was then I decided to retrieve my right arm, but in order to do that I had to reach over Rose’s head with my left hand and pick up my dead right arm and swing it over her head. I didn’t do that as well as I should have. My hands were dripping wet with perspiration and I wound up dropping the arm and accidentally hitting her in the top of the head with my dead arm. “What’s wrong with you?” she said, thereby becoming the first person to ask a question that I’ve been asked many times since. If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to jerry@dfjp.com or visit indyeastend.com and scroll to the bottom of the column.

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Lona: Politics, Poker, Philosophy And Ping Pong By Kitty Merrill

This week The Independent continues its series celebrating extraordinary East End women with a focus on East Hampton’s Lona Rubenstein. At 78, Rubenstein’s career(s) span the worlds of politics, book publishing, education, real estate, professional table tennis and world champion poker. In a recent interview, she joked, “It’s all P’s – politics, poker, philosophy and ping pong.” As a young woman putting herself through school, Rubenstein was among a select group of athletes chosen to play on the World Championship Ta b l e Te n n i s Team. Growing up in Washington Heights, she began playing at the local Y and was soon singled out for her talent and trained by a pro. “When I was 14, I beat the women’s national champion. They said I had one of the best forehands in the world. I hit very hard. I played a man’s game.” At 16, Rubenstein was living on her own and attending City College on a scholarship when she made the championship team the first time she tried out. She declined to accompany members to Bombay, because she was in school and working varied jobs. She made the team a second time and declined the next trip to focus on her studies. By the third time, she decided to go to Tokyo and the next time, toured Korea visiting military installations. Memories created on the tours still bring a smile. “I was in Incheon by the sea in Korea necking with one of the boys on the team. We were in the reeds by the water and heard this click. The lights came on and we were surrounded by American soldiers. They thought we were North Koreans.” Rubenstein married her husband Marty soon after she returned from

overseas, and began raising her family. When she was 29, she made the team again and traveled to Prague. She recalled being stopped by city residents who saw her USA jacket. “They were so glad to meet someone from the west. At the time, we were prohibited from going there.” Once more Rubenstein made the team, and home obligations kept her from making a trip to Peking with teammates. But they didn’t stop her from taking on another man’s game. When Rubenstein considers the term “trailblazer,” she sees her work in politics as the apex of a life spent bursting through barriers. “I broke the glass wall out here for women,” she declared. A lifelong Republican, she recalled that during the 60s women in the Republican Club were talented, able . . . and stuffing envelopes. “I was the first woman who met with the men.” She remembered walking into headquarters and heading directly to the war room, and “you could hear the shock.” Ed Ecker, Sr., described by Rubenstein as a “political genius,” hired the housewife and philosophy teacher to write letters in a campaign against Judith Hope. “She’d become a formidable candidate at the last minute. They weren’t taking her seriously until they realized she was smarter and better than they were.” Hope (who was profiled in the March 7 debut of this series) won the race for East Hampton Town Supervisor and the pair has been friends ever since. When Montauk’s Perry Duryea decided to run for governor, Rubenstein was an integral part of his team, even though, she pointed out, “In Albany, the guys hated me . . . They thought I was a pushy Jew.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 20.

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Tuckahoe Retail Center Gets Mixed Reviews By Emily Toy

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Another Controversy: Free Ride For Teachers’ Kids By Rick Murphy

Springs teachers who live outside the district can enroll their kids at the school, and three do so. That practice does not sit well with some Springs homeowners, who have been railing about escalating taxes for quite some time. Lynne Scanlon, a founder of the Springs HomeOwners Alliance, is one. “I don’t think the school board has the right to do this with our money,” she said. “It’s a form of discrimination, is it not?“ Scanlon said many civilians work in other hamlets and would benefit by taking their kids to the school where they work, but it’s typically not allowed. “It’s not unusual. It’s contractual, a board policy,” said Springs Superintendent Michael Hartner. “It doesn’t cost us anything.” Carole Campolo, a Springs resident, isn’t so sure. “I’d like to see

an analysis of the numbers,” she said. “The thing that bothers me is the schools think of themselves as separate entities from the rest of us, that they are entitled to these special perks.” But Hartner said the practice is a common one. “No students of teachers are enrolled in the district that are not residents,” said Rich Burns, the acting superintendent of the East Hampton School District. Burns said Amagansett does, and Bridgehampton does as well, a former school board president said. “Being a teacher is a wonderful thing, but they live in this fantasy land . . . that they are somehow put upon,” Campolo added. Hartner said the clause allowing the children is only good through the eighth grade; Springs graduates attend East Hampton High School, and are charged tuition.

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Members of the panel (from left) Patricia Darcey, Charles Robbins and domestic abuse survivor Nicole Behrens. By Emily Toy

“I hope you’re living the life you’re proud of. And if you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.” So said Merrill Lynch vice president and domestic violence survivor Nicole Behrens. Behrens, a woman who suffered nearly a decade of abuse, spoke on a panel at Bay Street Theatre last Thursday night to a crowd of about 70 men and women after a screening of the film Tyson, an introspective look at the downfall of the controversial boxer Mike Tyson, a man notorious for his violence both in and out of the ring. Sponsored by The Retreat (an East

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the question of what men can do to prevent domestic violence from occurring. “Men can say there’s no room for violence in loving relationships,” he said. “Men need to be partners and be supportive.” Assemblyman Fred Thiele was on hand to voice his ongoing support and to issue a proclamation to the agencies sponsoring the event. “Domestic violence does not occur in isolation,” Thiele said. “It’s been my pleasure getting to know all of you and working closely with The Retreat for all these years.” Sponsored by grants and donations, The Retreat has been a fixture in the East End community for about 25 years. Several audience members praised The Retreat for being helpful in overcoming abuse and getting the necessary aid. One formerly abused woman in the audience credited The Retreat with getting her out of an abusive relationship, something she says she has struggled with for nearly 20 years. “Support The Retreat,” she said, “because domestic violence never goes away.” To contact The Retreat, call 631-3292200 or visit www.theretreatinc.org. Emily@indyeastend.com

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RICK’S SPACE James Dean, Fonzie And Me When I was growing up in Sag Harbor the world I knew was on the cusp of a new era. The time for tight jeans, fast cars, and pompadours was ending. The Age of Aquarius was about to begin. A lot of my friends out here were old school – they were totally infatuated with cars. My buddy Craig, like me, didn’t know anything about cars. We could have just kept quiet

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That usually meant a mass of tangled steel and occasionally a dead guy. Southampton Town finally straightened it out after the fourth or fifth fatality, but not before me and Craig tested our mettle by looking death in the eye. Our friend Georgie was driving; I don’t know what kind of car he had, but it was fast. I do know it had glass packed mufflers, dual quads, a hemi-head and so on because Craig told me so. It was about midnight. “Faster! Faster!” The guys were yelling. “Floor it!” Craig screamed. “Why the hell did you say that?” I asked, quivering. “We don’t want them to think we’re not cool,” he replied. Next thing you know we were sliding sideways, Georgie completely out of control. A tree whizzed by my window. Just then headlights materialized – a car was headed right for us, pulling out of a hidden hideaway. The driver hit the brakes and the car screeched into the roadway, just missing us. As we came around Dead Man’s Curve we were on the wrong side of the road, and another vehicle, this one a truck, was headed right for us. Georgie swerved, but the truck got turned around and careened around the curve. We were about to pull over when another car came around the curve behind us and almost slammed into the truck. Georgie shut his headlights off and sped away. The next day we hung around all day waiting to hear the bad news but apparently no one got killed. When we saw Georgie we flipped out. “You almost killed us, man,” I screamed. “Yeah,” he said, “My dad would’ve killed me for messing up his car.” We learned later that as nerve wracking as the ordeal was, it wasn’t that bad, at least to Georgie and the others. “We’ve had closer calls,” Georgie said proudly. “I was only going 60. Last week we went 75.” As it turned out, we weren’t cool at all. We were the tenderfoots. The idea was to scare us. I never did get a cool set of wheels, and let’s face it, the guys with the hot cars always got the bitchin’ babes. By the following summer our hair was longer, and Volkswagen buses and bugs replaced the hot rods. We were more likely to get a ticket for going too slow. A lot of the greasers went off to Nam. Some didn’t make it back. It seemed being a teenager in that era was fraught with danger, and you had to grow up a lot faster. If I ever do see a car with dual quads, glass pack mufflers, and all that other stuff, though, I’m gonna buy me one and burn a little rubber.


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EDITORIAL Under Siege It is somewhat ironic that East Hampton Councilwoman Theresa Quigley in under siege to resign – after all, during her regime a number of town hall workers have been pressured to leave their jobs. Quigley has been angling to get rid of Planning Department Director Marguerite Wolffsohn for a while now. But her vendetta isn’t about job performance, nor could it be – Wolffsohn, a brilliant planner, is as responsible as anyone for preserving vast tracks of woodlands in the Northwest and elsewhere. Rather, Quigley seems to want to assert herself at the planning director’s expense, and has become increasingly stymied by her inability to do so. When Quigley and Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson use words like “insubordinate” to describe a town worker they are setting that worker up for a fall. In fact, the pair discusses “subordinates” at town hall as if this was a fiefdom and they the king and queen. It is the first time in memory on the East End we can recall town leaders presuming to know more about specific jobs than the people that hold them. Wolffsohn is an expert in her field, and she is “subordinate” to no one in town hall when it comes to planning expertise. Nor did she behave in an insubordinate manner – she simply replied to a confusing email from Quigley with the answers she thought the councilwoman wanted. The pair muscled a lot of workers out of town hall, and some of them deserved to go. But the Quigley/Wilkinson team tried the same thing with the Natural Resources Department Director Larry Penny, and were left scurrying with their tails between their legs when Penny hired labor attorney Tom Horn Jr., a former town employee who is becoming the go-to lawyer for folks who were wronged by the town. Should the town attempt to discipline Wolffsohn she will likely

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Public Private Poppycock Dear Rick, The Pussy’s Pond Bridge Project is finally getting off the ground thanks to the work of dozens of volunteers and private contributions. In a phone interview with a reporter, Supervisor Wilkinson said

fight. The town will then give its labor attorney, Vince Toomey, a blank check to do what he does best – spend our hard earned money. In fact, Bill McGintee and later the Wilkinson board used Toomey when Horn balked at losing his job and filed a grievance. They were administered a thorough beating, and paid Toomey a lot more than they could have paid Horn to make his case go away. Quigley seems hell bent on easing restrictions, limiting the powers of our planning department and board, and promoting development. Some insiders say her vendetta is based on a case or cases she handled as an attorney before her town hall days. Others suggest she has clients who would favor a less restrictive planning process. Conspiracy theories aside, Quigley may simply believe the process is overly cumbersome. Whatever the case, she has little support to change the process. The fact that she is the board’s liaison to planning is no doubt at her bequest, giving her a convenient perch from which to snap her whip. Obviously, longtime planning board member and former chair Sylvia Overby should be given the post – Quigley’s bias is evident. As is the case with her insistence that we build more apartments in one-family houses, Quigley seems to want to do the exact opposite of what the overwhelming majority of her constituents want, and it has left her sitting as one of the most unpopular elected officials since McGintee, who ended up resigning. That said, Quigley has done nothing egregious enough to warrant calls for her resignation. Wilkinson and Quigley are not members of some royal family town workers must bow to. Elected officials come and go but good municipal workers, especially department heads, often spend their whole careers with the town. We’ll wager Wolffsohn will be in town hall long after Quigley is gone.

that the project was a good example of a public-private partnership that benefits the community. I have to ask - where’s the “public” part of this partnership? Is it the fact that Supervisor Wilkinson gave permission for volunteers to raise all the needed funds? Or, that after the volunteers build the bridge, then the town will own it? Maybe we have to look south of the highway to know what “public” means in a “public-private partnership.” Recently,

Supervisor Wilkinson and Councilman [Dominic] Stanzione found money to conduct a meticulous clearing on the south side of the Bluff Road. And why not? As Mr. Stanzione said, “People pay taxes here, so they can see these views and our town’s natural beauty.” For Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Stanzione, the definition of “public-private partnership” depends on where you live. In Springs it means the “public” gets zero money from the Town and “private” citizens pay the

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bill. For locations south of the highway, it means that “public” tax dollars are used to create “million dollar views” for “private” homes. PAMELA BICKET

Off Track To The Editor, Sorry Rick but in between all of your “facts” is the overriding fact that ‘these people’ are here illegally and too many do not pay their fair share (if any) of the tax dollars needed to pay for their use of our schools, medical care, hospitals, police, etc. You want ‘programs’ to help them assimilate - more cost, (like English as a Second Language courses and teachers in our schools), paid for by hard working family oriented American tax paying citizens. You say “they are not content to live on the dole” then we’ll help them assimilate by paying their share of our taxes. Sorry but illegal immigrants are here illegally and need to pay for their presence and use of our services. It is not “racism” to want illegal aliens to do the right thing. They disrespect American citizens every single day when they drive without licenses, live in overcrowded illegal homes, send their children to our schools without paying school taxes or their fair share of same, use our hospitals for free, etc. etc. etc. By the way, we don’t all define them as “Latinos,” you did. The legal middle class has had enough and the “happy and diverse” people of Springs are now waking up to their reality - school costs and illegal unsafe housing are affecting their children and their costs and their quality of life. Sorry Rick but you’re off track on this issue. JIM -- AMAGANSETT

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Violence Begets Violence Dear Editor, Regarding the US soldier responsible for killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan. Those advocating the death penalty for the US soldier responsible for killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan would do well to read Portia’s speech, “The quality of mercy,” from William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” It is perhaps the best known “positive” representation of a lawyer in poetry. It serves, primarily as a reminder that all people are called upon to work within the man-made law to give effect to the “higher law” which is, mercy, “an attribute to God himself.” Shakespeare reminds us all - especially those whose duty it is to uphold the law that “Though justice be thy plea, consider this, that, in the course of justice, none of us should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy.” Criminals are human persons who,

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to write to you again. It was my great ambition to come to this country 38 years ago. So, I made sure that I came prepared to communicate with American people through their language, not mine. I also promised not to burden the government through my not collecting benefits. Although I was well educated, I took every menial job offered to me. I was laid off several times. I refused to collect unemployment insurance because I thought I would be put in jail. I promised, in writing, not to go on Public Assistance. It took two years before my visa was approved. I am furious with people who come to this country illegally. I’ve been trying to petition one of my siblings to come visit me. It has been thirty years since I saw my family in the Philippines. We provided everything that was needed for a visit but somehow, every time there was an interview, there was always something else needed to complete the application process. All of my family back home have jobs and are well-to-do Philippine citizens. It should be as easy as one, two, three but no luck so far. I even petitioned Congressman Tim Bishop’s office with no luck, either. It is no wonder that some people just decide to do foolish things because they feel the need to outfox our government. I will always obey the laws of our land and our God! DAHLIA FERRANDO AMAN

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Zerach Michele March Madness has struck. I’m not that big a basketball fan myself I’m more of a football fan. But I come from a big family and they are big fans. So I always end up rooting for whoever they are rooting for. And in the end, they each like different teams. Sheila Faron As far as basketball goes I love following the Linsanity. He came out of nowhere and no one wanted him. And of course, all the Asian people are so happy. And I went to school with Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics and I recently saw him on the news. Dan Mirse I don’t watch much basketball or much of March Madness. But I do like the NBA. I like Dwyane Wade. I guess when you play college basketball you try a little harder to score but they still need to learn a few more moves before they’re really at their peak. John Lucciano I used to watch the games but I’ve gotten much busier over the last few years. Plus I’m a big Duke fan. And now that Duke is out of the tournament I have a little less incentive to watch. If they were still in I would probably be following some of it.

despite their crime, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. God’s mission is to bring salvation to all men and women, excluding no one. His salvation is not imposed but reaches us through acts of love, mercy and forgiveness that we ourselves can carry out. There is no moral justification for imposing a sentence of death. Violence begets violence both in our hearts and in our actions. By continuing the tradition of responding to killing with statesanctioned killing, we rob ourselves of moral consistency and perpetuate that which we seek to sanction. PAUL KOKOSKI

Evil Oil Dear Rick, Those with the Drill, Drill, Drill mentality are either ignorant to the fact that we do not need more oil or are being purposely manipulated and used as shills by the big-oil conglomerates in order to increase further their already unprecedented prodigious profits. Our country has a surplus of oil. Oil demand in our country is the lowest it has been in the last 10 years. In fact, since 1908 the United States has been exporting oil to countries such as Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Prior to that we had consumed all

the gas we produced plus imported gas. We presently have more drill sites, drilling more than ever and producing greater quantities of oil production than we have in the last 10 years. Production is up, consumption is down and our oil surplus grows as does our export of it. Despite these facts, our drill-aholics claim we need to “Drill. Drill, Drill for more, more, more oil to make us less, less, less dependent on foreign imported oil.” More than mere nonsense, it is a outright lie. Unfortunately, by repeating non-stop the misleading mantra, “Obama is responsible for the high cost of gas,” it has duped much of our population, vis-à-vis they hope, voters. Add to that, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. There seems to be as much of a surplus of misinformation concerning this potential disaster, as there is the everincreasing surplus of oil in our country. The TransCanada pipeline carrying heavy tar sands crude oil crossing our country from Alberta, CA to Port Arthur, Texas on the Gulf is not for American consumption at the gas pumps. It will be refined and exported and since the refinery is within a Foreign Trade Zone the oil companies will accomplish its export strategy, TAX FREE. The only entity Continued on page 15.


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that would profit is the same already super profiteering oil giants. All this begs the question, why are we lamenting the need to import that evil foreign oil upon which we are supposedly “dependent” when in truth we presently have more and continue to produce more than enough in our own country to satisfy our own needs? Obviously rhetoric since one need look no further than who is profiting by this ruse and who are their “Drill, Drill, Drill” political beneficiaries. Add to that, the disgusting fraud perpetrated on our country by the profit motivated Wall Street Traders, and Financial Speculators. They purposely manipulate the price of oil to keep it high. Our enemy is not overseas, but within. The ultimate solution: Think Green! NICHOLAS ZIZELIS

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Airport issues dominated at last Thursday night’s meeting of the East Hampton Town Board. In the wake of a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration to Congressman Tim Bishop, stakeholders urging efforts to staunch noise, as well as those with aviation interests reiterated their positions to lawmakers. The letter to Bishop, sent in response to questions he posed about local control, notes that if the town allowed its existing grant assurances to expire in 2014, the feds would no longer maintain primary oversight, via the federal Airport Noise and Control Act, of noise control efforts. However, the FAA would still assess town efforts against federal standards.

Quiet Skies advocates appeared last Thursday night, using the ambiguity of the letter as a springboard to continue discussion of accepting federal money. Four speakers urged the town board to reconsider grant applications. Those with aviation interests saw things differently. Noting a unanimous vote at the end of last year, they wondered why lawmakers would recapitulate. Margie Saurenman, vice president of the East Hampton Aviation Association summarized her group’s sentiment, stating the letter contains “no news . . . it just reaffirms what we already know.” In other news last Thursday night, the board passed a resolution returning $2600 in building permit

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extension fees to the owner of property located at 341 Pantigo Road. According to the resolution, the owner paid the fees associated with a permit held by a prior tenant who never closed out the application. Last month, the board split on the vote, with Councilwoman Sylvia Overby and Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc opposed to the refund. Councilman Dominick Stanzione was absent from the earlier outing and the measure failed. Last week, it passed, despite “no” votes once again from Overby and Van Scoyoc. Frequent board critic David Buda questioned the move, as well as why the property owner, Bernie Kiembock was not named in the resolution. Buda believes “There is no reason to waive those fees . . .

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Marguerite Wolffsohn that had been discussed during a work session earlier this month, the councilman called his colleague to task for discussing a personnel matter in public, rather than in executive session. (Personnel matters are among the few subjects legally suitable for exec sessions.) Dated March 5, the exchange relates

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to a request by the Country School expanding its facilities on land leased from the town on Industrial Road in Wainscott. Quigley asked Wolffsohn a series of questions - she referred to the applicant as the “county” school - about clearing limits. At a subsequent work session, she characterized the planning director’s response as “crazy.” By last week, she and Supervisor Bill Wilkinson upped the ante, repeatedly describing the exchange as “insubordinate.”

Water Forum This Saturday The East Hampton Group for Good Government will host an informational forum on wastewater this Saturday from 2 to 4 PM at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street in East Hampton. Recently, Arthur Malman, one of GGG’s founders, noted that several years ago, when people began to realize underground fuel oil tanks could pose a hazard to the environment, programs were establish to mitigate the threat. It’s time now, he said, to look at what can be done to address how septic output can cause harm, and methods to reduce a potential danger to the aquifer. Next month, town officials plan to host another forum that lasers in on the town’s scavenger waste facility specifically. Some segments of the community were shocked earlier this year when East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Councilwoman Theresa Quigley seemed willing to divest the town of its scavenger waste facility – and in a hurry. Board members Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc noted there were still a slew of unanswered questions about the plant. They, along with some community members, called for a public forum devoted to discussing the myriad ramifications a decision about the facility might entail. K.M.

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Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Sylvia Overby disagreed. There were no words in the emails that could be deemed insubordinate, Overby said, “It’s very hard to divine tone in an email.” Wilkinson countered, noting it’s the responsibility of an employee to “figure out” how to say things so as not to appear insubordinate. Wolffsohn penned a memo to town board members following the work session asking them to review the exchange and “quickly clarify the issues discussed with respect to my job performance in an equally public manner, so that we can move beyond any misunderstandings.” Quigley, who had remained silent throughout a cavalcade of criticism that peppered the public portion of the meeting, bristled as Van Scoyoc read Wolffsohn’s memo. “I have no intention of apologizing,” she said. (The memo didn’t ask for an apology.)

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She complained that town employees don’t seem to recognize subordinate/ management relationships. Quigley claimed she had no intention of discussing the matter publicly, until pressed by Overby. After making the comment about the “crazy” email, Overby asked to see it. “Now it’s public. Whatever. So, fine. It’s disclosed,” Quigley, snapped. Van Scoyoc insisted Quigley brought the matter up and again urged fellow lawmakers to adhere to confidentiality when discussing staff. “You gotta be kidding me,” Wilkinson interrupted. “The issue was dead.” Quigley next accused Van Scoyoc and Overby of bringing the matter up for political reasons. Wolffsohn attended the work session on March 6, but Quigley didn’t discuss the email until after she’d left the meeting. kmerrill@indyeastend.com

Southampton Little League In the spirit of teamwork taught through youth sports, Buzz Chew Chevrolet is supporting Southampton Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Spring 2012 youth baseball season. Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve. Buzz Chew is sponsoring Southampton Little League as a part of Chevrolet’s nation-wide commitment to support youth sports, one community at a time. Over the course of the season, the dealership will donate equipment to the league. In addition, each sponsored league will take part in the “Chevy Youth Baseball Double Play Giveaway” which is a fundraiser that can earn each league $10,000. The “Chevy Youth Baseball Double Play Giveaway” features a Grand Prize of the All-New 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, along with other great prizes. “We are looking forward to a great season with Southampton Little League that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations” Bryon Chew said. “Chevy Youth Baseball is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.” For more information contact Marc Zwerdling 888-600-4369. M.X.L.

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Trustees Push To Purify Mill Pond By Emily Toy

Southampton Town Trustees Fred Havemeyer and Ed Warner met with town board members Friday afternoon to give an update on the health of the ailing Mill Pond. Lee Lyman, of Lyman Environmental LLC, and Shaun Hyde, of SePRO Corporation, maintained correspondence with the trustees over the matter. April 9 is the target date for an application of Phoslock, a chemical compound to remedy the growing amount of phosphorus in the pond. If the treatment is postponed until next fall, which may be the case if the town board fails to make a decision by today, the recommended date to begin a plan of action, then there is a chance that substantial blue green algae blooms may occur this summer, especially with the mild winter and early spring being experienced currently. This will give the pond an earlier than usual start on the recycling of phosphorus from the sediments and increases the potential for poor water quality conditions for the rest of the year. “We need to finalize an agreement with the town by March 21,” Havemeyer said at the work session.

“If it’s not approved, the alternative window would be in October with a target date of November 12.” Havemeyer reported the process is a two-year application, with the first year used to rid the pond of phosphorus and the second year for a follow up and to take care of anything else that may arise. “It probably is going to last six to eight years,” Warner said of the treatment. “It absorbs as much phosphorus as it can then it becomes sediment at the bottom. There are no negative effects.” Currently, the Southampton Town Attorney’s office is in the process of creating a contract between the town trustees and SePRO, who would provide the Phoslock treatment. Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst expressed concern over the cost of the project. “We may find ourselves needing another sizeable amount of money to put towards this,” she said. “We can’t find ourselves in a position where we need to incur additional cost.” The project is slated to cost about $420,000 for both phase one and phase two of the proposed treatment. Throne-Holst reminded the trustees that the rate discussed at

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was to be reported back to the town board on Monday. “I think we would all like to see Mill Pond cured, aesthetically healthy and ready for recreational use,” Havemeyer said. “The long term lake will be maintained and Southampton will have this as an asset.” Emily@indyeastend.com

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7. And push she did. Rubenstein founded Women for Duryea, a group that became a force during the campaign. Duryea lost the race for governor, but Rubenstein never lost her interest in politics. After a short foray into the world of real estate, she’s been a key strategist for innumerable local campaigns. Rubenstein believes her first mentors hired her because they saw she was a competitor. “Competition was the key. As an athlete I loved to compete . . . and that brings us to poker.” In her 60s, Rubenstein discovered the world of online poker, and loved it. “The other players couldn’t see me. They didn’t know I was a woman. They didn’t know I was old.” They soon found out she was good. In the first year she won $28,000 plus the chance to play in tournaments held aboard cruise ships. The experience sparked her book, Getting

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Back in the Game, finding the fountain of youth in cyberspace. (Did we mention she’s an author, too?) Despite medical setbacks -- she’s had two heart attacks, one just recently, she plans to head off to Foxwoods this month for another competition. “I’m probably the oldest lady in the tournament, but I don’t mind,” she said. It throws her opponents off. kmerrill@indyeastend.com

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Approximately 40 juniors and seniors were selected from six East End high schools to attend the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons fourth annual “Running and Winning” program on March 14 at the Southampton Cultural Center with women elected officials, to encourage the girls to consider a career in public service. Among the participants were, left to right, Lindsay Cox of Sag Harbor’s Pierson H.S., Nicole Daniludis of East Hampton H.S., Alix Suter of Westhampton Beach H.S., Hannah Kaminski of Pierson H.S., Gen Kotz of Bridgehampton H.S., and Shannon Manley of Southampton H.S.

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Eye On Education By Dr. Dominic Annacone

“Year-Round Education: 25 Years Later” I’m celebrating, or make that lamenting, the proposed yearround education plan I promoted 25 years ago during my term as Sag Harbor School Superintendent. The plan, (“Extend-Ed”) was roundly defeated in a public referendum by 400 votes. Extend-Ed was comprised of about 35 to 40 course offerings for Sag Harbor students that ranged from a duration of one week to up to eight weeks. The principal focus of these offerings had to do with enrichment and with engaging students in learning activities to help them maintain and advance their skills and knowledge. Many teachers must deal with the problem of regression after students return from their summer vacations. A significant number of students have to be re-taught subject area concepts they’ve already learned because of a lack of use over the summer months. A sampling of the offerings contained in the Extend-Ed proposal follows: -Kinder-Prep: A two-week program that provided readiness preparation for those children entering Kindergarten in September. - Personal Keyboarding: An introductor y/crash course on keyboarding skills for students in grades 3 to 12. Computer novices would learn two-handed typing on a keyboard and students at higher-grade levels would become more facile with the keyboard. (This would be especially helpful for those entering college.) - Exploring the Marine Environment: Sag Harbor had established a liaison with Project Oceanology of Groton, Connecticut. Students would be able to take several cruises on their Enviro-Lab ship that would dock at Long Wharf and study various aspects of marine biology with their trained crewmembers. - The Great Books Seminar: Students would be challenged to read, discuss, and analyze some of the world’s greatest literature compiled by the Great Books Foundation and would be led by teachers trained in the Great Books methodology. - Advanced Art Courses: Several courses in ceramics, sculpture,

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career of Long Island artist Charles Henry Miller (1842-1922). The first F detailed biography of the artist, the book contains nearly 200 images documenting the life of the artist. “We are simply delighted to be able to release this new publicaschool. According to DeMattia, the tion on Miller,” stated Geoffrey K. purpose of this week-long effort is Fleming, Director of the Society, “it “to educate and engage students was long overdue for an artist of in a variety of activities that will his importance,” he continued. The encourage positive interactions and book was co-authored by Fleming tolerance.” and Ruth Ann Bramson, the great granddaughter of the artist. The book is available at the Historical Society Publishes Book The Southold Historical Society Southold Historical Society, other is pleased to announce the publica- bookstores, and can also be purtion of a new book on the life and chased online at Amazon.com. For

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Local Science Team Excels Stony Brook University’s Center for Science and Math Education hosted it’s fifth annual “Protein Modeling Challenge,” a science competition for Long Island high school students. One hundred high school students from 26 different high schools across Long Island, university students, professional scientists and researchers from Stony Brook University were in attendance at this competition. Riverhead High School’s team, Sandra Ruttkayova (2012 salutatorian), Daniel Raynor (junior) and Daugile “Gabby” Savaneviciute (2012 valedictorian), took the equivalent of fourth place in the Challenge. North Fork Community Theater The King and I, is a musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein is set in Siam in the late 1800’s. It includes such well known songs as, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Getting to Know You”, “Shall We Dance”, “Something Wonderful”, and “The Small House of Uncle Thomas”. The North Fork Community Theater is casting for their production. There are open roles for boys and girls. Children’s auditions will be held on Saturday from noon to 3 PM. Bring sheet music to a Broadwaytype song to use for the singing audition. You may be asked to read from the script of the show and do some dance movement. For further information please contact Laura Jones, Director 5132843, Marion Stark, Producer 9877209, or Nancy Deegan, Musical Director 921-4720.

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Budget Hearing Tonight Tonight the Springs School Board of Education will conduct its fourth Budget Work Session at 6:30 PM in the gymnasium. At this meeting, the board will be seeking input from the Springs community regarding the budget options discussed at the February 11 Community Forum,

a copy of which is available at the homepage of the District’s website. All community members are encouraged to attend and to share their thoughts regarding the difficult choices facing the district.

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Important Meeting There will be a citizen’s forum next Wednesday to discuss the ongoing traffic problems on Noyac Road by Cromer’s. The meeting will take place at the Bridgehampton Senior Citizen Center located at 585 Bridgehampton Turnpike. It begins at 7 PM The area has been a hotspot for motor vehicle accidents for decades and the town board is mulling ideas to improve the situation.

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John Ward Dies He was The Mayor of Sag Harbor, right up until the day he died, three decades after he last held the official position. He died on March 15 at the age of 90. A local boy, Ward went to Pierson High School, served in the Army, and came home to become a quintessential civic leader. He was mayor or village trustee for 24 years; a member of the fire department and a former chief; and a member of the American Legion and the

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New Trustee For ELIH Last week Eastern Long Island Hospital announced the appointment of Edward Schott to the Board of Trustees. After 22 years of service as one of New York’s finest, Schott retired from the New York City Police Department and relocated to Walton, NY and then to Greenport with his wife, Marianne. Schott began his career in service to his county, serving in the US Navy as an electrician’s mate, and the US Coast Guard Reserve. He spent his early years in the engineering department

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but not those present in town hall when it was uttered. “I suggest that she does not have the requisite temperament to sit on a town board,” Carol Buda, a SCC organizer, wrote. “Her comments were reprehensible. She owes the town an apology and should consider resigning.” Caustic commentary continued with harsh words from another board critic, Arthur French. Also calling for her immediate resignation, he wrote, “Just go back under the rock you crawled out from. You are an absolute disgrace,” adding “what comes out of her battleship mouth and rowboat rear end is beyond belief . . . She has come up with more hare-brained schemes than the character in Alice in Wonderland.” Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, who has also been known to spar verbally with detractors at the podium, said nothing when Weinberg called for Quigley’s resignation. On Monday, however, he came to his running mate’s defense. (Reached

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for comment, she declined to comment on the matter) “Theresa Quigley is a strong, extremely intelligent, professional woman. To a lot of people, strong, professional, intelligent women are a threat. I do believe they perceive she is that way and there is a need to target her.” Speaking specifically to the use of the word “Nazis,” Wilkinson said, “I’m sure she would not use that comment again.” But, Wilkinson defended his deputy’s choice of the word and its “historical reference,” when cast against a backdrop of seeming bias against immigrants occupying overcrowded homes in Springs. “Even if 20 percent of Latinos are undocumented, what are the 80 percent brushed with,“ he asked rhetorically, noting remarks made by Springs residents about “those people” weren’t very flattering for the community. Weinberg called upon members of the town board to urge Quigley to resign. NONE of them plan to do so. “I think it was a very unfortunate choice of words,” Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc offered. “Context is important, and I’ve heard the word used before in other situations, but it’s still pretty hurtful given what people’s experience of that word was.” Still, Van Scoyoc said he wouldn’t demand a resignation. “It’s not my place.” “I, like all of us, stand before the people in judgment. That happens on Election Day,” said Stanzione. “Look at the work Theresa Quigley has done, alongside the rest of the board, in wresting the town from its financial emergency. She has made a contribution to our community.” Stanzione said he felt the criticism of his colleague was unfair, noting that on the night Quigley made the controversial utterance, “The tone of comments from the public was troubling, raising many issues of equity in my mind.” He vowed to work to nurture tolerance in future discussions of the sensitive topic. Overby, who has locked horns with Quigley repeatedly, was diplomatic. She has no plans to call for her fellow lawmaker’s resignation, but said, “I think the word she used is inappropriate on any level and does nothing to create a constructive community dialogue. That being said, people make mistakes and they can apologize for those mistakes and forgiveness is a powerful tool we all need to practice.” Van Scoyoc said he and Overby have been mulling the notion of hosting a forum on the housing issue, as SCC has demanded. “Clearly there’s a lot of frustration,” he noted. “But we want to make sure any forum is held in a constructive way.” kmerrill@indyeastend.com


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Blame it on Margot Hetzke. Only a sophomore, the 5-foot 11inch forward is already a hoopster to be reckoned with, and the Riverhead girls basketball team found out the hard way Friday night. Hetzke, the regional tournament most valuable player, exploded for 24 points as undefeated Penfield crushed the Blue Waves dream of a first ever state championship by beating the locals 67-49 in Troy Friday night. Still, Riverhead (23-2) ends its season as the Long Island Class AA champs, the State Southeast Regional champs, and a trip to the Final Four — not too shabby. Penfield is on a mission. The team has come close before but may have the magic ingredient this time around – Hetzke. A prolific scorer and rebounder (she had a game high 12) Hetzke demands so much

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attention on the court that it opens up the court for her teammates – Lucy Covely, for example, who tallied 12 points. Riverhead has a star player as well – Melodee Riley, and she came to play, finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds. But Penfield’s shifting defense forced the Waves into taking off balance shots, and the team was cold early on. In fact, the Wave shot only 33 percent for the game. Penfield took an early lead and never relinquished it, going into the locker room with a 31-18 edge. Credit Riverhead coach Dave Spi-

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Yankees Mortgage Future For Past After Jorge Posada’s retirement in January, the Yankees were down to the final two of the core four; Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. But after last week’s announcement that Andy Pettite would return to

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Field in Tampa, up the coast to the Bronx and out to the East End. General Manager Brian Cashman said last week, “Andy Pettite is worth complicating things for.” But, is he really? At this point, it seems unlikely Andy Pettite will be ready by opening day. However, dissent already appears to be growing in parts of the clubhouse. Team leaders Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have openly supported Pettite’s return. But the pitching rotation is now muddled. C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda are penciled in as number one and number two, respectively, in the rotation. That leaves five players, Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova,

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Phil Hughes, Michael Pineda, and Pettite battling for three spots. Freddy Garcia has been vocal about his disappointment in bringing Andy back, but as a veteran with a limited future in pinstripes, his words have little pull. Hughes, Pineda and Nova are three young starters still trying to prove their worth in the Big Apple. The Yankees traded their best hitting prospect, Jesus Montero, to bring Pineda to town. Hughes is intent on finally proving he can live up to enormous expectations. Nova has been supportive of Pettite’s return, but the 24 year-old has not yet faced adversity in pinstripes. Add a Yankee legend looking for a spot in the rotation, and you have the potential to mess with the confidence and future of the pitching staff. Unlike many athletes, Pettite went out on top. He helped win a World Series in 2009, and in 2010 he went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. After a year off, and months away from turning 40, it’s entirely possible Pettite will never be the pitcher Yankee fans remember. That’s not a knock on Pettite, but father time catches up to every professional athlete. Granted, Andy knows his body better than anyone, but I’d hate to see him fail, and have his final memory be a disappointing comeback attempt. What has separated these core four Yankees from the average cast of players is their success, their class, and their ability to know what to say and when to say it. Posada retired this offseason knowing his legacy will be greater as a result of spending his entire career in a Yankee uniform. Rivera and Jeter will both know when to step away from the game. We thought Andy Pettite had the same character, but apparently not. As many in the media have noted, there are plenty of potential positives to this comeback attempt. Ideally, Andy steps on the mound in early May for the first time, wins fifteen games during the balance of the season, and pitches like the Pettite of old in the post season on the road to World Championship number 28. The worst case: Pettite never regains his All-Star form, dissension grows among the young pitchers, the story blows up in the media, and an underperforming pitching staff leads to post season failure. Let’s hope the Yankees haven’t stunted their future while trying to relive their past. 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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Spring Isn’t Far Away But Warm Water Is We’ve had a few mild days in here. This reminded many of us that spring isn’t far away - and for my wife to say, “You’re not thinking of putting the boat in the water already, are you?” Well, much as I’d like to, I bet that Ol’ Man Winter has one or two surprises for us before the spring finally chases him away. But even then the water will be cold for several weeks and you need to be aware of how dangerous that can be - if you aren’t prepared and savvy. This column is about that.

the very least, a float coat provides warmth and at the same time doubles as a life jacket that will float a person. Just acknowledge that it isn’t as safe as a “mustang.” Be sure that your flotation gear has a whistle and an emergency strobe light attached. A reflector mirror would be superb. You can

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signal over 20 miles with one smaller than the size of your fist. Airline pilots are trained to call in sightings of targeted reflections. Step #4: Review cold water survival techniques and risks with your crew. If you fall in, get out. Even if you have to climb onto the hull of the over-turned boat (yes, Bunky, that happens!), get out. Remember the ice cube experiment. Limit your movements! Strenuous activity increases your heart rate, which increases the rate that blood, cooled at the surface of your body, is circulated to the central core - where it will kill you. Assume a heat-emitting lessening position - in the water or out (HELP.) Cross your legs to protect your groin area from giving up heat. Put your arms across your chest and your hands under your arm pits to do the same thing.

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If you’re a 200-lb man, here is a rough guideline of your survival time: temperature of water: expected survival time 70-80° F (21-27° C): 3 hours - indefinitely 60-70° F (16-21° C): 2-40 hours 50-60° F (10-16° C): 1-6 hours 40-50° F (4-10° C): 1-3 hours 32.5-40° F (0-4° C): 30-90 minutes <32° F (<0° C): Under 15-45 minutes

If you’re smaller, less time. If you’re larger, more time. And have a good meal before you make way. It will warm your body from the inside as the fires of digestion do their work.  BTW, these times only are applicable if you are wearing a life-jacket.  If not, you will start to falter as muscle control fades with body temperature - and you will drown.  You won’t be around long enough to get hypothermic.

Warm Air, Cold Water = Risks!

I like a warm day early in the season as much as the next mariner. But the water itself is just about as deadly as it is in the deep of winter. Remember that water takes heat from your body 25 times faster than air of the same temperature. You can impress this on your young boaters - and yourself - quite easily. Lay out a glass of water before you turn in one night. It will be room temperature by the morning. Now take two ice cubes from the freezer. Put one on a dry napkin next to the room-temperature glass on water. Drop the second ice cube into the glass. Now, in theory, they are both exposed to the same temperature -- room temperature. But when the ice cube on the napkin starts to show a damp line around itself, the ice cube in the glass will have melted away. This is why hypothermia is so insidious and dangerous.

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Yes! OK, it is a beautiful day in March or April and you’re just dying to tool out for a while. And why not - how great is it when the waters are too cold for the algae and other microscopic sea life so can you can see all the way to the sandy bottom? Great indeed but don’t make way without a few simple but important precautions. Step #1: Has the engine been prepped from its long winter snooze? Are you fueled up? Is there some fuel enhancer thrown in? Certainly, there is likely to be some condensation in the tank and that water will precipitate down to the bottom of the tank . . . and some might get sucked up into the engine . . . So, engine prepped, fuel tank full and fuel enhancer thrown in - or no-go! Step #2: Did you file a float plan with somebody? Do it - or no-go. If you do end up in trouble, getting the “rescue clock” started ASAP is imperative. The environment is inherently more dangerous when the water is cold. If you don’t have cold-water life jacket gear, you’re playing Russian Roulette with your own life. When we put to sea, if the water temperature is 60-degrees F or less, USCG regulations require us to be in “mustang” suits - which aren’t as encompassing as a dry suit but certainly offer us significant protection in the event of an immersion. Admittedly, when the air is warm, those “mustangs” are like Turkish steam baths, but we’re safe. At

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