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An Annual Ritual Photos by Morgan McGivern

Polar bears took to the sea Monday afternoon, completing a ritual begun in 1999 by three local friends. Some plungers began the test of hardiness by jogging from the Seafood Shop, the event sponsor, to the nippy waters off Beach Lane in Wainscott. This year the plunge benefited L’Arche Long Island. The aim of L’Arche is to create communities which welcome people who have intellectual disabilities.

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Frozen In Time Photos by Justin Meinken

Over 100 participants braved the frigid New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge on Main Beach in East Hampton. The ocean maintained a steady 37 degrees and the air was a record-setting 12 degrees, not including the wind chill. Though the plunge saw a noticeable drop in participation due to the brutal cold, volunteering for charity has never been cooler.


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Jerry’s Ink

by Jerry Della Femina

I WANT MY HIGH SCHOOL BACK Jerry’s Ink, originally published June 6, 2007

Unless you went to Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, this column won’t mean much to you. Although if you think back to your own high school years with the same bittersweet memories I have, you will see how sad it is to wake up one day and realize your high school will soon cease to exist.

What was it? Was it the music? The Penguins singing, “Earth Angel, Earth Angel, will you be mine?” or the incredibly untalented Johnny Ray scratching, “If your sweetheart sends a letter of goodbye, it’s no secret, you’ll feel better if you c-r-r-r-r-y.” We loved it. It was our music. Our parents and teachers hated it. Maybe that’s why we loved it. We were young and invincible then and we went to a great high school called Lafayette. When you walked in the halls of Lafayette in those days it was as though you had walked on to the set of the movie Grease. The halls were filled with black-leatherjacketed would-be tough guys singing:

“Life could be a dream (Sha Boom), if I could take you up in paradise up above (Sha Boom)…”

Lafayette was Grease, in spades. It was “Happy Days” 10 times over. Lafayette was in a neighborhood which, in the 1950s, an ambitious Mafia-hunting Tennessee senator named C. Estes Kefauver called “the breeding place for crime in the United States.” Instead of being shamed, the neighborhood was proud. Recognition, any kind of recognition, is welcome when the world is pretending you’re not there. Whatever the neighborhood was, there was a magic. And a big part of that magic was the high school called Lafayette.

In the mother of all dumb moves, they’re closing it. There will be no Lafayette High School in the future.

The Board of Education, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Joel Klein have thrown up their hands and admitted the bad kids have won. “No mas,” they cry. “We’re closing the school.” Why? The board cited factors such as graduation rates and academic performance among the reasons that the school is being closed. The Department of Education specifically cited Lafayette, Tilden, and a couple of other schools as having four-year graduation Visit Us  at    

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rates that are lower than average, and below-average academic performance. Then there are the fights and kids being picked on and serious racial disturbances. If that’s the criteria, Lafayette should have been closed 50 years ago. There’s nothing wrong today with Lafayette that a few good teachers and some strong security presence can’t cure. Nothing has changed to call for this move. When I went to Lafayette, as many as 20 percent of the boys attending the school quit before they were 16. They got working papers and most of them went to work on the docks. Lifting, hauling, pushing, and straining.

At that same time Lafayette graduated a kid named Fred Wilpon, who went on to become a New York leader and who now owns the New York Mets. Ask him about Lafayette. One of the people who attended Lafayette at that time was a kid named Frankie who today is part of the witness protection program. He admits that he whacked eight other mobsters. But another Lafayette graduate of that same time is Sandy Koufax — arguably the greatest pitcher in history and one of the nicest people in the world. A lot of kids who went to Lafayette got into trouble and “went away.” But it’s the same school that graduated more major league baseball players than any school in New York, including John Franco, Ken and Bobby Aspremonte.

Lafayette was the high school of artists Peter Max and Maurice Sendak, actors Paul Sorvino and Art Metrano, singer Vic Damone, sports writers Phil Pepe and Larry Merchant, financial wizards and community leaders like Michael Steinhardt and Frank Borelli. A number of years ago at a Lafayette reunion, one of Lafayette’s distinguished graduates made a speech where he recounted that as a young Jewish boy attending Lafayette, he was picked on and was beaten up by the Italian kids every day at three o’clock. His name was Larry King. I came up to the podium

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to speak and told Mr. King he had been avenged. “I’m an Italian and I married a Jewish woman, Judy Licht, and every day at three o’clock she beats me up.”

Lafayette has always been a tough school with a low graduation rate. I know, I barely made it out of the school with a 59 average. I cut classes, I shot craps in front of the school, and, yes, I accidentally knocked over the principal, Mr. Grady, when I was running away as he broke up one of our crap games. If there is statute of limitations, I’m in the clear. It was nearly 50 years ago.

One of the kids who was shooting craps with me became a successful doctor. Two others are successful businessmen. One kid is a retired policeman, another is a retired fireman, six of the seven other kids turned out fine. The seventh, I’ve heard, served some time. I went back to Lafayette a few years ago to speak at the graduation. I had heard and read all the stories about how the school was “Horror High.” What I found was a school that hadn’t changed that much from when I was a student. Except for the diversity of the students. The graduation class was made up of Italians, Jews, African-Americans, Asians, Russians, and Poles. After my speech an AfricanAmerican woman asked me to pose for a picture with her son. She was proud as she could be. Her eyes were so filled with tears she had trouble seeing through the camera’s viewfinder. “He’s my first to be going to college,” she said, then she put her hand on the shoulder of her little girl and said, “but he’s not going to be the last.” That is the Lafayette I will always remember – a tough school but a great school where every student tasted life. Lafayette was and is in a poor working-class neighborhood. It will never be at the top of the list for brains. But it will not take a back seat to any school in this town for heart. I want my school back.

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Van Scoyoc Talks Of Challenges

Independent / Morgan McGivern Taking the oath of office in East Hampton Town Hall Tuesday morning were, from left : Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Judge Steven Tekulsky, Highway Superintendent Steve Lynch, Councilman Jeff Bragman, and Trustee Francis Bock.

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc cited improving water quality, energy efficiency, and preservation as some of the challenges faced by officials and residents in 2018 during his state of the town address Tuesday morning at Town Hall.

The challenge foremost on Van Scoyoc’s mind is that of protecting the town’s water quality, he said, citing recent revelations of elevated levels of perfluorinated chemicals in private water wells in Wainscott. The town will continue to work with outside agencies to determine the source of contamination and “above all ensure that the public has access to safe drinking water,” he said. “The water that we depend on is under foot,” he said. “We must tread lightly and be mindful of the fact that what we do on the land can have a direct and significant impact on the quality of our water.” To prevent nitrogen from leaching into the town’s aquifers and surface waters, which feed into residents’ drinking water, the town is now requiring the installation of low nitrogen systems for all new construction and substantial renovation projects. It is also offering septic rebates of up to $16,000 per property to replace waste treatment systems with alternative low-nitrogen septic systems.

Habitat restoration and open space acquisition will also continue to be an integral part of the town’s water quality improvement plan. “Using community preservation funds, qualifying projects such as building

oyster reefs or growing macro algae, will help restore our water bodies natural ability to process nitrogen and other contaminates,” Van Scoyoc said.

On a larger scale, Van Scoyoc noted the continuing Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Planning study will go a long way to developing strategies to combat coastal erosion and sea level rise, with phase two of the study mapping out how the town to be more responsive in addressing the impact. He said town officials will continue to press the federal government to deliver on “their promise of a major, sandonly beach replenishment project in downtown Montauk under the Fire Island to Montauk Point reformulation study,” which will allow them the time they need to implement the strategic planning effort of their study. The town will continue working toward its 100-percent renewable energy goal by supporting offshore wind power and will pursue solar energy production on its properties, incorporating solar panels on its buildings wherever possible to improve energy

efficiency in 2018. The town will also invest in technology to retrofit downtown Montauk street lights with LED fixtures, and will begin the transition to electric-powered vehicles by replacing a portion of the town’s fleet, installing more electric vehicle charging stations, and lighting upgrades. “With these changes, we will further reduce energy consumption, reduce toxic emissions, and lower costs,” Van Scoyoc said.

Preserving the town’s historic properties and scenic character is also a priority for the town in the coming year with plans to move forward with preserving Second House in Montauk, the George Fowler House on Springs Fireplace Road, legislation protecting historic homes from demolition, and land acquisition. In terms of newer housing and its affordability, Van Scoyoc noted a total of 60 housing units are in the works for the coming year including a 12-unit development known as the Manor House Project, which is expected to be completed by the end of summer. A second development for 48 units

is expected to start construction by year’s end.

As far as town functions are concerned, Van Scoyoc said officials plan to improve services and replace antiquated infrastructures by building a new senior center on Springs Fireplace Road and moving the town’s offices from 300 Pantigo Place to Town Hall to make way for more efficient services. In response to residents’ ongoing noise complaints about the town-operated airport, officials have hired outside counsel and are engaging additional professional consultants to assist in preparing the Part 161 Study to examine the issue. Another challenge the town faces is finding ways to safeguard

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Sand In My Shoes by Denis Hamill

A HOLIDAY MIRACLE Call it a Chanukah miracle.

Call it one helluva Happy New Year. But it sure didn’t look that way last Super Bowl Sunday in February when 38-year-old Bridget rushed to a West Side hospital in Manhattan with severe abdominal pain. Emergency room doctors there wanted to do a trans-vaginal X-ray but Bridget said she was in too much pain for anything so invasive. Couldn’t they do something less invasive, Bridget asked, like a sonogram to see if it the pain was caused by an ectopic pregnancy in the Fallopian tubes?

Bridget says, “Their answer to me was, ‘We don’t give out pain medication, ya know.’ I said I didn’t want pain meds. They thought I was scamming for opioids. So I checked myself out and my husband drove me to Brooklyn to [a different hospital] where my own OB-GYN was affiliated.” The diagnosis there was no better. “They insisted I had gas pains from constipation,” Bridget says.

“I told them I wasn’t constipated. Finally, they gave me a topical sonogram and saw blockage which they insisted was constipation. I asked them to do a CAT scan. They refused. By this point my abdominal pain was so severe I was bent in half, wailing.”

Bridget went home where her husband and two-year-old daughter watched her suffer through the most agonizing night of her life. In the morning Bridget called her OB-GYN, Dr. Peter Guirguis, who when no one else would listen four years earlier discovered that Bridget had a pituitary adenoma, or brain tumor, which was successfully treated with burnocrylines. “I told Dr. Guirguis my symptoms and that I thought I needed a CAT scan of my abdomen and pelvic area,” she recalled. Bridget went to a local radiology clinic where they took the scans and told Bridget to hurry to the nearest emergency room because she had a ruptured colon. She raced to the ER.

“They admitted me, diagnosed me with diverticulitis, and treated me with antibiotics for five days,” Bridget says. “I never saw a urologist to see if the rupture had invaded my bladder or urinary tract. No tests done for the presence of cancer. I was released and scheduled for a colonoscopy in eight weeks.” Two long months later Bridget had the colonoscopy. “They found

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Bridget saw the doctor who wanted to schedule immediate surgery. “I said I wanted another opinion. Even though I was already on my third opinion because two other hospitals had misdiagnosed me.” Bridget’s uncle was a cancer survivor who had been treated by a renowned radiologist named Dr. Michael Zelefsky at Memorial Sloan Kettering. He recommended a surgeon named Dr. Philip B. Paty at MSK. Bridget’s father’s family doctor also recommended Dr. Paty. “When I met Dr. Paty, he oozed confidence, ordered more tests and also brought an urologist named Dr. Guido Daldagni into the team because the scans showed that the colon rupture had slightly perforated my bladder,” says Bridget. “He also said I had stage three, not stage four cancer. I immediately placed my life in Dr. Paty’s hands. But the truth is when you have cancer, you must be proactive, you must take charge of your medical treatment.”

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of the monster from Bridget’s body. Dr. Daldagni said he was confident the bladder was safe after he’d surgically scooped off a slim crescent. Dr. Rona D. Yaeger, the oncologist, said the MSK team would know after six months of chemo if they had been successful.

Only once in those six months did Bridget surrender a public tear, at her brother’s high school graduation. “I keep thinking I might never see my daughter wear a cap and gown,” she said. Six months later the chemo-related neuropathy caused balance-loss numbness in her feet and a scary loss of dexterity in her hands. When she visited an MSK neurologist for a prescription he became alarmed at the severity of the neuropathy in Bridget’s hands. “It’s usually only in the feet,” the neurologist said. “When it’s in the hands like that it could indicate that the cancer has spread to the spine and brain. I want scans of both.” The news hit Bridget like a sucker punch.

Bridget undertook the scans of brain, spine, colon, and bladder on December 7. The results would take five anxious days, like awaiting a death penalty verdict. Then on the first day of Chanukah, Bridget sat with her husband and father in Dr. Yaeger’s office in MSK. Finally, Dr. Yaeger entered with a poker face, a sheaf of papers in her hand, nodding to all. “How you feeling?” Dr. Yaeger asked Bridget.

When you have cancer you are also transported to an alternative star system, orbiting between heaven and Earth, between today and tomorrow, between life and death. Bridget, an NYU political science grad who was not a single pound overweight, had never smoked cigarettes, never drinks diet sodas, eats a healthful diet and exercises by chasing a toddler around playgrounds and playgroups. Bridget put on a brave New York face. But her family could see the fears in her eyes -- that she might not make 40, that her daughter might not be raised by her mommy, that her daughter might never remember her.

“I’ll tell you how I’m feeling when you tell me how I’m doing.”

Dr. Paty said he’d excised all traces

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The surgery went very well.

“Oh,” said Dr. Yaeger, waving the test results. “I have nothing but good news. We’ve studied all the scans, brain, spine, colon, bladder. You are cancer-free.” The father, an old Catholic altar boy, sighed and wiped a joyous tear as his daughter flashed a smile as bright as the flame from the miraculous oil that fueled the menorah on this first day of Chanukah.

“I might convert,” joked Bridget’s father. It was also going to be a merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year.  

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Southampton Initiatives For ’18

pavilion, and picnic area.

With a Democratic super majority taking its seat at the dais this week, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is eager to begin his second term, and set in motion a slew of initiatives designed to fulfill a vision for the town begun during his first term in office. On a brief vacation in Vermont last week, the supervisor set aside a few minutes to tell The Independent his hopes for 2018. “Water quality is going to be a big piece of our work this year,” he said. He hopes to locate areas with concentrated residential development that could be suitable sites for the construction of advanced wastewater systems to serve an entire neighborhood. So far, wastewater treatment initiatives have focused on individual septic systems. Schneiderman wants to find ways to address larger areas.

Independent / Magda Schneiderman Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman considers the coming year during a Vermont vacation.

section of Southampton -- will be on the front burner this year. The town is working to buy the property with a private partner and establish the hatchery. The purchase plan, Schneiderman said, is “complicated.”

Another environmental program -- the creation of a shellfish hatchery on the Lobster Inn property in the Shinnecock Hills

So, too, is the creation of affordable housing. Still, said the supervisor, “It’s very important to me. I want to make a difference in that


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area.” Observers will see “some bold initiatives, particularly with accessory apartments,” the veteran lawmaker predicted. “You’ll definitely see us moving forward in a significant way, particularly east of the canal,” he added. Last year Diana Weir, a one-time East Hampton Town Councilwoman and renowned housing expert, joined Southampton Town as its director of housing and community development. “She’s doing a great job,” Schneiderman enthused.

A raft of capital projects will move ahead in ’18. Expect minor adjustments to improve traffic flow in select downtown areas. Also, said the supervisor, “There’s a lot going on in Hampton Bays.”

A portion of the old Ponquogue Bridge, on the south side, will see improved public access, courtesy of a $1.9 million reconstruction project that broke ground last month. Improvements will include new bulkheads, recreational access ramps, and a sustainable deck and handrail. The old bridge was damaged during Hurricane Sandy; its north side will be stabilized, leaving a 21-foot wide, 61-footlong fishing pier. Renovations to the pavilion at Ponquogue beach are expected to be completed this year. Good Ground Park in downtown Hampton Bays will see the completion of a second playground and comfort station, and Schneiderman hopes to see his vision for a maritime park alongside the Shinnecock Canal come to fruition. Improvements will include a parking area, park, shaded

Taking a long view, the supervisor embraces the notion of bringing family friendly tourism to the hamlet. The old model for Hampton Bays featured “young people partying,” Schneiderman said. He’d like to see a more wholesome atmosphere maintained, while economic growth is enhanced. With scant hotel capacity in the area, he said, “We’re going to look at the AirBNB model, and see if we can create a program that lets people rent for less than two weeks. It could make sense in some areas and doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I want to have a conversation with the community and ask, ‘Is there way to do this right?’” The new federal tax plan is going to hurt the local home market and some people are going to need to rent their homes on short-term bases. “We need to ask whether our rental law is keeping pace with the times,” Schneiderman said.

Finally, the lawmaker has his eye on the opioid epidemic. “It’s my biggest priority,” he said. “How do we prevent the next death? It sounds so simple, but that person’s out there.” In the wake of an unprecedented number of overdose fatalities in Southampton, late last year, town officials convened an opioid addiction task force that hosted its first public forum in November. Additional, issue-specific forums are planned this year. “I’ve learned a lot so far,” Schneiderman said. “This is a major priority of mine, not just to talk about it, but to actually save lives. I want to reduce the number of opioid deaths in Southampton to zero, I’ll do everything I can to figure out how.”

Turning to priorities his Democratic colleagues on the town board have mentioned, the supervisor said freshman Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni wants to look at tickborne illnesses, and Councilman John Bouvier is interested in building a community center in Westhampton. Councilwoman Julie Lofstad hopes to streamline the process in the building department and strengthen code enforcement.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a new public awareness campaign to crack down on “patient brokering,” a practice where brokers collect payments from addiction treatment providers in exchange for referring patients to those programs. The campaign warns New Yorkers about the fraudulent practice and urges that these brokers be reported. Eastern Long Island’s weekly newspapers have joined together to form the East End News Project for the purpose of reporting and writing stories about one of the most important issues of the day: opioid abuse and overdose deaths in our communities.

For our project to work, we need your help. We need people who have beaten addiction, families who have lost loved ones, families who have saved loved ones, first responders, treatment specialists and others to tell us their stories. We will respect everyone’s privacy, but we firmly believe that powerful voices and stories, with photographs and videos, can best tell the horror and save lives. If you can help us with our work, here is our contact information:

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Visitors to East Hampton’s Senior Center celebrated the New Year with a countdown and sparkling cider.

By Kitty Merrill

Seniors Celebrate New Year

Glittery silver and gold stars hung from the ceiling. Each table boasted a tablescape of twinkling lights and floral arrangements, while a huge banner heralded the approach of a new year. Revelers made ready to sing “Auld Lang Syne” and toast 2018 with sparkling libations in faux stemware. Smiles and laughter accompanied the countdown, and a song was offered to Paul King for his birthday. It wasn’t New Year’s Eve and the partiers weren’t toasting with real champagne. But the mood was no less festive last Thursday at the East Hampton Town Senior Center, as senior nutrition participants rang in the New Year. “They serve dessert here first,” Councilwoman Kathee BurkeGonzalez explained, as trays of cupcakes were portioned out. Campari tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese followed, the appetizer before dinner. Program manager Michelle Posillico reported that earlier Thursday morning seniors shared about past New Year’s celebrations and voiced their resolutions. “Michelle and her crew, they do a fantastic job,” Josephine Crasky said. “I don’t know what we’d do without them.” Crasky’s been a steady visitor to the senior center 12

for “at least 30 years,” she said. “[Former town supervisor] Mary Fallon started this whole thing for husbands and wives. It was a place where you could get a meal so you don’t have to cook. The men loved it, it was a place where the men could visit with other men.”

Jerry Granozio has been a volunteer at the program two days a week for the last 12 years. Desirous of giving back to the community, he recalled “I thought I’d try it for a while.” That while has stretched through the years because, he said, “the people here are phenomenal, the staff in the kitchen is unbelievable, the food is unbelievable, and they really care about the people.” The convivial atmosphere helps transform lots of ordinary days into holidays and special events. An author who has written about the annual awards, Granozio hosts an Oscar party at the center offering partiers the chance to submit predictions and ballots for Best Picture and dishes named for nominated films are served. An “over 90” party hosted each year at the center is, said Burke-Gonzalez, “always fun.”

The popular nutrition program, which sees between 70 and 80 attendees on average, is run through the town’s Department of Human Services.

And it’s not the only thing the folks in the busy department do. Director Diane Patrizio walked Indy through the array of programs human services provides. An adult day care program provides respite for caregivers while offering participants the chance to socialize and participate in such activities as arts, crafts, exercise, and entertainment in a safe setting. The program is held in East Hampton and Montauk. Free transportation to town programs is provided for residents over 60 years old. Last year, the department extended its transpo services to accommodate veterans who need rides to medical appointments as well.

Need help at home? The department has a program for it. Their in-home services program assists residents over 60 with light housekeeping, meal prep, errands and shopping, with fees for the services requested on a sliding scale. The residential repair program offers help with chores that don’t require the skills of a licensed craftsman. Think smoke alarm installation, minor repairs, painting, grab bar installation, or cleaning those nasty gutters. It’s free, though contributions are accepted and the cost of materials is on the user. A senior advocate from the county

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is on hand once a month at the center. He’ll help with entitlement paperwork. Case managers also can assist with applications for a raft of programs like home energy assistance, Medicaid, and Medicare – and those aren’t just for seniors; anyone can get help from town case managers. A cooperative agreement between the town and the Family Service League allows for mental health services and immediate referrals when necessary. Every Friday, there’s free counseling for seniors and a caregiver support group is held regularly.

Patrizio embraces eastern modalities that tie to wellness. The department works with the Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute of Southampton Hospital and offers yoga, healing circles, and Reiki. A fan of meditation, she said, “We did it yesterday, the room gets so peaceful.” Some meditators may fall asleep, but the director said no one minds the snoring.

Back at the nutrition program, there are different activities offered every day. Some participants show up as early as 7 AM and stay as late as 4 PM. Hampton Bagels and Breadzilla donate bagels and while the center doesn’t technically serve breakfast, Posillico said, “the coffee’s on at 7.”

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Comfort For Critically Ill And Families

On December 30, a call went out via social media. There were many families on site and water, soda, and snacks were needed to restock the center’s pantry. Cases of Coke, Diet Coke, water, and ginger ale are in high demand. Individually wrapped snacks are welcomed, as are single serve boxes of cereal for family members who spend the night.

By Kitty Merrill

Watching a loved one’s final days spent in a sterile, often cold and unfeeling, hospital setting can add pain to tragedy. Almost a year ago East End Hospice offered an alternative, the Kanas Center in Quiogue. There, critical patients rest in warm and beautiful surroundings in private rooms equipped to handle their needs.

Donations can be dropped off any time at the center located at 1 Meetinghouse Road in Quiogue or at the East End Hospice development office located at 209 Mill Road in Westhampton during regular business hours. The Independent is proud to serve as a drop-off spot for South Fork donors. We’re open during regular business hours, Monday to Friday; on Wednesdays, the office is open from 9 AM to 1 PM. Find us in Suite 16 in the Red Horse complex, 74 Montauk Highway, East Hampton.

Opened in March of 2016, the center is set on six forested acres along the Aspatuck River. The grounds boast gardens and walking path for quiet meditation. Each room features giant sliding glass doors that afford patients views of nature. If the weather allows, the doors open wide enough for beds to be rolled outdoors onto individual decks. If the weather’s cold, heat lamps installed in the ceilings above their beds offer extra warmth to patients. The eight rooms are spacious, allowing room for family members to visit comfortably – none of that crushing in between rolling curtains like one finds at some hospitals. Rather, each patient’s quarters are designed to provide a sense of space and the feeling of home. The center’s first goal, obviously, is to ease end of life for terminal patients. But it also provides comfort for loved one at their bedsides. Friends and family can gather in shared spaces like the center’s library and its great room. Each room also has its own separate sitting area.

Independent / Kitty Merrill Volunteer Mike Cruise rolls a cart full of donations into the Kanas Center in Quiogue on New Year’s Eve.

There’s a kitchen where visitors can find snacks and drinks and take a

According to its mission statement, “East End Hospice provides care and comfort for all terminally ill patients, their families, and loved ones living on the North and South Forks of Long Island, including Brookhaven Township. Health care professionals and volunteers offer pain and symptom control as well as palliative care and social, emotional, and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones in a comfortable and caring environment.”

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Keeping Schools Safe And Secure

By Gary Bixhorn and Lars Clemensen

Events such as the Las Vegas concert and Texas church shootings remind us of the critical role that law enforcement plays in our communities. As school administrators, those events bring back horrific memories of the Newtown tragedy and cause us to reflect on the heightened level of interdependence between our public schools, often the cornerstone of Long Island’s communities, and our police.

This relationship has evolved and intensified over the years due to both legislative requirements and the increased complexity of societal and community issues. The incident that first changed the nature of the relationship occurred in Jefferson County, Colorado, in April 1999, when two Columbine High School students massacred their classmates. Prior to Columbine, interactions between schools and police on Long Island, for the most part, centered on matters such as vandalism, graffiti, the assignment of crossing guards, bomb scares, and an occasional drug-related arrest. Schools and the local police responded to incidents in these and similar categories on a “case-bycase” basis. Practices varied from district to district and department to department. Appropriately, that changed with New York State’s legislative response to Columbine. The

Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (SAVE) was passed by the legislature and signed into law on July 24, 2000. The legislation, which has since been amended and supplemented, required schools and school districts to implement a number of measures, but most prominently to develop and maintain safety plans at the building and district levels and to adopt codes of conduct for the maintenance of order in school operations. The intensity and importance of the relationship between the police and schools grew as the stakes were raised, and we worked together to implement SAVE. The unthinkable required school and law enforcement officials to plan for eventualities that seemed impossible just a few months earlier. The problems of the past paled in comparison to the concerns about the future.

Today, the partnership is more important than ever, as both police and schools are called upon to deal with local manifestations of issues of national prominence, the opioid crisis, and gang violence. Opioid abuse occurs all around us every day. The epidemic cuts blindly through race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Its consequences impact people of all ages in all communities. In 2016, Long Island suffered 519 opioid-related deaths. Recently, more than 400 educators, mental

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health professionals, and law enforcement came together at a regional conference sponsored jointly by LI-CAN, the island’s school superintendents’ associations, and SCOPE to discuss this issue. Gang violence, while far less pervasive, does exist on Long Island. While schools are not a center of gang activity, they are places where young people gather and information is exchanged. As a result, there is a mutual benefit to the partnership between schools and law enforcement because we must address this problem together. The introduction of school resource officers (SRO), uniformed police personnel assigned to certain schools, has facilitated this communication and has been a powerful approach in emphasizing the role of police officer as community leader. The SRO plays a crucial role in our schools – not just by responding to incidents, but in building positive relationships with students, staff, and parents. We support a well-structured, thoughtful expansion of this important program.


The key to future success is mutual respect, the availability of adequate resources, and exhaustive planning. We’ve come a long way since 2000 and we have much more to do. Together, with the right school district and law enforcement leadership in place, including the new Suffolk County district attorney, Tim Sini, and soon-to-benamed police commissioner, we can meet today’s challenges and achieve our goal of providing a safe, secure environment for all students.

Assuring that our students receive the highest-quality programs and services in a safe, secure environment is the goal

Gary Bixhorn is executive director and Lars Clemensen is president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association.

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make an appointment in an effort to maintain “a full governance body of seven members while saving taxpayers the additional costs associated with a special election,” officials stated in a press release.

Board To Fill Seat

Sag Harbor Board of Education is looking to fill the vacant seat left by Thomas J. Schiavoni who resigned following his election to the Southampton Town Board.

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Applicants seeking an appointment can provide a letter of interest either mailed or hand-delivered to Victoria Handy, district clerk, 200 Jermain Ave., Sag Harbor, NY 11963, or sent via email to by noon on Monday. The board anticipates applicants will be interviewed at a public workshop sometime before January 19. The chosen applicant will be sworn in at the board’s January 22 meeting.

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In Depth News

By Rick Murphy

New Rule Threatens To Upend Internet Fee Structure

videos from Netflix and HBO, putting other video services at a disadvantage,” CNN reported.

The internet was once described as “the last frontier,” a place free of censorship, government meddling, and crass commercialization. Those days are long gone. Advertisers are given direct access to would-be customers, government and law enforcement agencies invade files of anyone who might be deemed suspicious, thieves steal our financial data and sometimes the actual identities of unsuspecting web browsers.

Old-school web surfers who were dismayed about the state of the internet received a rare tidbit of good news in 2015. The Obama administration urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve a new provision called net neutrality: a basic tenet that prohibited internet service providers from speeding up, slowing down, or arbitrarily blocking any content, applications, or websites users tuned into. With the new regime in Washington comes an assault on our ability to surf the net freely and on our own terms: paid priorization, wherein customers will pay a premium to have certain internet services delivered to them

Internet users have mounted a grassroots campaign urging lawmakers to reinstate the practice known as “net neutrality.”

faster. Paid priorization would undoubtedly prove to be a boon to companies designed for surfers who like to stream movies and games at maximum speeds and have the ability to pay more for the privilege. Those extra dollars go directly into the pockets of the giant telecom providers like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T, which will also be able to speed up and slow down how fast texts and tweets are delivered. So, of course, it’s no secret who the major lobbyists were that got to the Trump administration. Party Lines The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission

voted December 14 to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal passed along a party-line vote, 3-2. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, has framed the repeal as getting the government to “stop micromanaging the internet.” How the repeal will affect internet users in the short term is unclear -- it is possible that many will embrace the repeal. It could actually save consumers money. “It could change how customers are billed for services, both for good and bad. T-Mobile, for example, was criticized by net neutrality supporters for effectively making it cheaper for customers to stream

The FCC will face legal challenges. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman already announced he would challenge the decision in court. “The FCC just gave big telecom an early Christmas present, by giving internet service providers yet another way to put corporate profits over consumers,” Schneiderman said on December 14. He added that a number of other states would likely join the suit. “Today’s rollback will give ISPs [internet service providers] new ways to control what we see, what we do, and what we say online. That’s a threat to the free exchange of ideas that’s made the internet a valuable asset in our democratic process,” the AG said. Internet services providers could charge more to access Facebook, Twitter, and other sites, Schneiderman warned. The FCC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Schneiderman’s lawsuit. Netflix officials also expressed dismay. “We’re disappointed in

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January 3


In Depth News

Trump Signs Off On Tax Reform

of the Medical Expense Deduction, preservation of critical education and student deductions, and strong corporate tax reform that will stimulate job creation and make America more competitive in the global economy,” he said.

By Rick Murphy

President Donald Trump’s year-end gift to Americans, a sweeping tax reform package that will, despite naysayers, benefit almost every American taxpayer, is now the law of the land.

US Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, a Democrat who opposed the bill, sounded the party line when criticizing the package. “I guess Donald Trump’s wealthy friends in New York” would benefit at the expense of middle-class residents, he said.

But for New York State residents, along with a few other states, there is a big lump of coal in the proverbial Christmas stocking.

That’s because many New Yorkers will not see the tax breaks others in the country will -- and millions will be worse off than they were in previous years. Many taxpayers in California and New Jersey are in the same boat, and Democrats critical of the new law point out all three states are so-called “blue” states that usually vote for Democrats come election time.

Critics of the bill are most upset by cuts in the corporate tax rate.

The reduction -- to 21 percent from the current 35 percent -- will begin next year. “Savings from corporate tax cuts will go either to shareholders via dividends and stock buybacks, customers in the form of lower prices and better products, or employees through higher wages,” said David Zervos, chief market strategist for Jefferies LLC.

It could have been worse: during a two-week period of review, leaders from the House of Representatives and the US Senate reconciled their versions of the bill, so the original provision thought to be particularly damaging to New Yorkers was tweaked. A provision to disallow state and local tax deductions (SALT) was softened. Henceforth, there will be a limit of $10,000 on deductions for state, local, sales, and property taxes as well as a cap on deductible mortgage interest. The bill’s proponents maintain an increase in the standard deduction from $6350 to $12,000 will offset those changes. Nevertheless, local Congressman Lee Zeldin, a staunch Trump supporter, voted against the package, joining virtually every politician of note in the state in opposing the new law. “My goal in this tax reform mission has always been to ensure that the hardworking men and women of Long Island keep more of their paycheck, reduce their cost of living, and are able to save more for retirement,” Zeldin said. “Unfortunately, this bill is not the tax relief they were promised.”

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Independent/Courtesy White House President Trump pushed through a major tax reform package that will reduce taxes for most Americans.

The rate will go from 15 percent to 12 percent for individuals who earn up to $38,700 and from 25 to 22 percent for those who earn between that amount and $82,500.

There are seven rates in all, with the highest, 37 percent, reserved for individuals who earn more than $500,000 and couples earning more than $600,000. The rate for high earners was previously 39.6 percent. Starting next year, families making between $50,000 and $75,000 will get average tax cuts of $890, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Families making between $100,000 and $200,000 would get average tax cuts of $2260, while families making more than $1 million would get average tax cuts of nearly $70,000, according to the analysis. The bill was passed strictly along

party lines and despite the tax breaks Americans have been clamoring for, many Democrats took the offensive. Thiele Unhappy State Assemblyman Fred Thiele said he spent a recent weekend digesting the 500-page bill, and it did not go down easy. “A tax bill like this is seldom all bad or all good. However, there can be no question that for Long Island, the bottom line will be devastating to the local economy.”

The local real estate industry will be hurt by the new law, Thiele opined. Please see our real estate section elsewhere in this edition for additional reporting on the matter. Zeldin’s view was more tempered. “I like many aspects of this final agreement, including the expansion

“Reducing the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, for example, is great, but it should not be done on the backs of any hardworking, middle-income taxpayers,” Zeldin lamented. Matthew Townsend, writing for Bloomberg on December 15, said the corporate tax rate decrease would affect different sectors in different ways. “But distribution will vary. Some firms, such as Caterpillar Inc., are saddled with pension liabilities that need to be funded. Other industries, including chip-makers, could use extra cash to cut prices,” Townsend said. “Many predict that the bulk of the gains will go to shareholders,” Townsend added.

The rationale is that US companies already have plenty of cash and borrowing rates are at historic lows. If Townsend is correct, then the booming stock market, already at an all-time high, will surge even more. Redistribution? “On balance, this bill remains a geographic redistribution of wealth, taking extra money from a place

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In Depth News

Town Paid Aggrieved Cop $300,000

By Rick Murphy

No wonder Southampton Town tried to keep the terms of a settlement forged with Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa confidential – Costa walked away from the proceeding with a check for $300,000 of the taxpayers’ money. Yielding to a Freedom of Information Law request from The Independent, the town finally provided a copy of a court document dating back to last September.

Costa filed suit in 2014, contending she was repeatedly passed over for promotions and special assignments since she was hired in 1999 in favor

Compiled by Rick Murphy Car Thefts A Southampton man is responsible for a string of car thefts in and around Southampton Village, according to the New York State Police. David Trotman, 32, is the culprit, police said. Two weeks ago he was charged with stealing three vehicles over the summer -- two of them were left at the Shinnecock Reservation off Hill Street after they disappeared from the village.

State Police said they arrested Trotman near the reservation, though they did not specify where, and charged him with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony,

of male colleagues, and that there were several instances of sexual harassment.

Kelly Magnuson, an attorney with Burke, Scolamiero, & Hurd, LLP, a law firm in Albany, represented Costa in the matter; Cynthia Augello of the Garden Citybased Cullen and Dykman LLP represented the town. None of those concerned, including Southampton Town Attorney James Burke, would reveal the terms of the settlement. Two of the attorneys were quoted as saying the matter was a “confidential settlement.” The case was dismissed with prejudice on September 14, meaning that it is permanently

closed. On November 21, this newspaper requested documents under Freedom of Information Law, contacting Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. We wrote, “As you well know, there is no such thing as a ‘confidential’ agreement involving a court settlement if the money is to be paid with public funds, as it will be in this case.” Schneiderman referred the request to Burke. Yesterday the settlement was emailed to The Independent without additional comment. Though neither side admitted wrongdoing, Southampton Town agreed to settle all claims against itself and related parties including the Southampton Town Police Department and former police

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following an investigation that also involved village police. Authorities said Trotman has been formally charged with stealing an Audi A8, a Dodge Caravan, and a Mercedes-Benz convertible. There were allegedly more; authorities said Trotman would likely be charged with the theft of six other vehicles taken from assorted spots within the village in August. Trotman was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on December 15 and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. Holiday Grinches Southampton Town Police caught two Grinches who almost stole Christmas.

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Detectives found additional packages in their vehicle, and the stolen packages of two other victims. Decicco was charged with three counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and two counts of criminal possession of

The town agreed to issue Costa a check for $300,000 that included her legal fees. In addition, the town agreed to pay Costa for 22 additional sick days in addition to any she has already stockpiled. The settlement ends the action by Costa. All parties concerned entered into the confidential agreement to settle the action before the United States District Court Eastern District despite the fact that it clearly violated the New York State Sunshine Law, a law requiring certain proceedings of government agencies to be open or available to the public.

It was not signed by a court official.

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stolen property fifth degree, a misdemeanor, and held for morning arraignment. Fleming was charged with one count of petit larceny and released on an appearance ticket.

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On December 18, Southampton Town Police arrested Pasquale Decicco, 37, of Bridgehampton and Christen Fleming, 34, also of Bridgehampton, after the patrol division received a call from a victim about a theft of packages from their porch. Thanks to the victim’s Ring doorbell video and a great community effort using Facebook, the subjects were located by patrol and detectives responded to the location where Decicco and Fleming were stopped.

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Tax Office Sees Surge

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

Theresa Kiernan said her office has seen a surge in homeowners looking to pay their property taxes for the full 2017-18 tax year. “Each day since the bills went out, we’ve seen two extra trays of mail and the line is out the door,” she said.

With President Trump’s signing of federal legislation capping state and local tax deductions at $10,000, many residents throughout the East End raced to pay as much as possible by New Year’s Eve, so that they could include the higher amounts on income tax returns for 2017, as others were looking to get their payments out of the way by the January 10 deadline in preparation for next year. Southampton Town Tax Receiver

In accordance with Suffolk County law, the first installment of property taxes is due before January 10, with the second half due by May 31. In addition to offering extended office hours last week, Kiernan was quick to remind residents that tax bills can be viewed, printed, or

paid without ever leaving home. To view or print a tax bill, property owners can log on to www.

With more than 51,000 taxable parcels in the town, Kiernan’s office collects over $350 million annually in school, county, and town taxes. Over 65 percent of bills are paid directly to the town by individuals, with the remaining 35 coming from banks for taxes included in mortgage payments. On December 27 the Internal



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Songwriters Share For Charity

formed,” Remkus continued.

Feel like dancing off those extra holiday pounds for a good cause? The fourth annual Songwriters Share concert series can help.

Remkus, who is also an interfaith minister, is fond of the UU Meetinghouse as a music venue. “People can really sit and enjoy the music, hear the lyrics, and listen to the stories,” she stated. “It has been a wonderful place for people to gather and mingle with community members at the complimentary wine and cheese reception after each concert. The songwriters enjoy the venue as well and most love to return year after year.”

The series, founded by Sag Harbor native, educator, and musician Nancy Remkus, features local songwriters that share – both by speaking to the audience about the inspirations for their music, and by donating the proceeds of each concert to the charity of their choice. The series is held the first Friday of each month, January through June.

The HooDoo Loungers, a local New Orleans-influenced Mardi Gras party band with a faithful following, kicks off the series this Friday at 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse of the South Fork in Bridgehampton. And the money raised by the event goes to a charity of the band’s choosing – the Island Gift of Life Foundation.

The HooDoo Loungers band members feature David Deitch on keyboards, Michael Schiano on guitar, Joe Lauro on acoustic bass, David Giacone on percussion, with Dawnette Darden providing the vocals on originals and some old familiar tunes. They’ve been providing “Nawlins” music since 2009 up and down the East Coast, and are on the verge of releasing a new CD in the spring.



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Anything different this year? “We switched things up a bit to make room for other artists to play -- and many of the musicians invite other musicians to join them or open for them.” The HooDoo Loungers

Island, and Southold.

Some of the Foundation’s past assistances include providing travel expenses to Boston Children’s Hospital for a child with rare bone disease, covering a significant portion of uninsured expenses for a patient with lung cancer, and helping a severely debilitated patient with multiple sclerosis by arranging and paying for frequent custodial visits, installing a Med Alert system, applying for disability insurance, and making the residence more handicapped accessible. “Concertgoers not only support local musicians and local charities, they also get an inside look at the songwriting process through these talented musicians,” said Remkus in a press release. The Songwriters Share concerts will be held the

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How did Remkus come up with the idea? “I was thinking about how many talented songwriters there are in our area, and I wanted to know what is behind each song. What inspired it? Where did it come from? So I thought it would be wonderful to create a venue where songwriters had a chance to speak about the songwriting process and where their inspirations come from,” she said. Then the key word became “share -- a chance for songwriters to share their thoughts and also share the proceeds with a local charity of their choice. Since its beginning the series brings together our local artists with the people that represent our local charities and many bonds have been

Next up, on February 2, is local favorite Inda Eaton, playing to benefit Project MOST, an afterschool program that services kids on the South Fork. March 2, it’s Caroline Doctorow, playing to benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center. April brings Fred Raimondo (with Steve Skoldberg) playing to benefit The Retreat.

Gene Casey, accompanied by Tricia Scotti, plays in May to benefit Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, and the series goes out with a bang on June 1, with five local songwriters -- Job Potter, Sarah Azarra, Klyph Black, Sarah Greene, and Cynthia Daniels -- playing for Maureen’s Haven. A complimentary reception follows each concert with an opportunity to speak with the artists and fellow concertgoers. General admission for each concert is $20, $15 for students and senior citizens.

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A Night Out With . . .

By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

ever wanted to do was draw, and all I have ever wanted to draw were people,” she stated. On February 7, artist Traute Worschech is featured.

Spend a night out with some of the East End’s finest artists this winter. Starting Wednesday, January 10, Nick & Toni’s and The Golden Eagle Studio 144 in East Hampton will team up to create a new artist series called “A Night Out With . . . (Artist of the Evening).”  

Janet Jennings will be on February 21. Jennings is known for her luminous oil and watercolor paintings. When she moved to Amagansett in 1981 her focus became landscape painting. She has taught at the Parrish Art Museum, Guild Hall, and the Victor D’amico Institute of Art. In the ’90s, Jennings was also the chair of the Andy Warhol Visual Arts Preserve Program. She was a founding member of CMEE and has exhibited at galleries throughout New York including Elaine Benson Gallery, Hampton Road Gallery, Glenn Horowitz Gallery, Mark Humphrey Gallery, the New York Design Center, and Chase Edwards Gallery.

The series of art workshops -which are then followed by dinner with the artist at Nick & Toni’s -- kicks off with Paton Miller. Each week at 5:30 PM a different artist will present. The artist will present an art-related topic, give an art demonstration, or teach a mini art class at the studio. After that the artist and guests will enjoy a two-course dinner at Nick & Toni’s.   Painter Paton Miller’s works are exhibited internationally, in cities like Florence and Shanghai. His career has included over 20 solo and numerous group exhibits in New York City and throughout the US.

On January 18, the artist of the evening will be Dennis Leri. Leri creates sculpture for indoor, outdoor, private, and public spaces from various materials such as steel, copper, and wood. Curved shapes, clean minimalist lines, and abstract designs are common themes.  Painters Dan Rizzie and Susan Lazarus-Reimen will be the featured artists for January 24. Rizzie is a successful painter, printmaker, and collage artist. His art can be found in permanent

Artwork by Paton Miller. He’s the first featured artist in the “A Night Out WIth” series.

collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lazarus-Reimen exhibits her paintings and prints at local venues and across the country. She has a studio in North Haven. With a background in

arts education, she has served as school programs coordinator at the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, director of education at Guild Hall, schools project manager and print shop director at Amagansett Applied Arts in Amagansett, director of education at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, and the director of afterschool programs at the Bridgehampton Childcare & Recreational Center.

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The series continues on February 28 with photographer Michele Dragonetti. Dragonetti’s recent photography has focused primarily on her boat hulls series, which began in the marinas of Montauk. Her subjects are boats that are out of the water and in need of repair. Photos in the ongoing series transform often humble vessels into abstract portraits. “By focusing my compositions on the triangular patterns of the hulls in a square format, I am able to highlight the essential geometry of the images,” she said.   On March 7 the artist will be Jane Martin. Her work walks the fine line between abstraction and suggestive figuration. Closing out the series on March 14 is artist Darlene Charneco.

Space for each event is limited. To reserve a spot, visit www. The cost is $75 per person which includes the art workshop and the dinner, including tax and tip.

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Hamptons Take 2 Winner Revealed

For those interested in viewing the film themselves, there will be a Met broadcast on January 13. Additional highlights from the 2017 Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival were the Filmmaker’s Choice Award winner Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death, directed by Helen Whitney, and the Career Achievement Award that went to the Liz Garbus film Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech.

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Three newly-created awards were presented for the 10th anniversary -- the Breakout Director Award, which was given to Catherine Bainbridge for Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked

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Senior managing director of Brown Harris Stevens Robert M. Nelson commented, “It is so important to support the arts and especially the dedicated filmmakers who commit their life to finding topics, issues, people, and ideas to explore and present to a larger audience. We feel honored to be a part of it.”

Independent/ CB Grubb Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival executive director Jacqui Lofaro, center, and Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan, right, who led the Q&A, greet Susan Froemke, left, winner of the Brown Harris Stevens Audience Award for her documentary The Opera House.

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“One of the great joys of being a documentary filmmaker is that each film takes you on a new adventure,” Froemke stated. “The idea that you have succeeded in bringing the audience with you is incredibly rewarding.”

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The 110-minute documentary told the controversial story of rebuilding Lincoln Center along with the classic New York ambience of the Metropolitan Opera House. Depicting the classic era of opera in a bustling city, The Opera House featured an interview with famed soprano Leontyne Price, who was an opening night singer for the 1966 Antony and Cleopatra.

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The Opera House, directed by Susan Froemke, won the 2017 Brown Harris Stevens Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival. The film festival, which took place November 30 through December 4, celebrated a decade at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

the World, the Sloane Shelton Human Rights Award given to Josh Howard for The Lavender Scare, and the Hector Leonardi Art & Inspiration Award, awarded to Richard Kane for I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan.


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by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. Harvey Herman The Quogue Library Art Gallery presents its January exhibit, “Harvey Herman: The World Around Us.” The exhibit will feature Herman’s favorite subjects, including images of his koi pond, indigenous wildlife, local waterfront landscapes, and winter scenes. 

Herman has traveled the world to find beauty. From the long bay reeds in the wind, to bamboo forests bent over by heavy snow, the fruit farms in the spring, and the natural wildlife that surrounds us, he has decided that the East End may be one of the most beautiful places of them all. A resident of Hampton Bays, Herman teaches painting classes at local libraries, where he encourages children and adults to

appreciate the beauty of the East End.

There will be a reception for the show on Saturday from 3 to 4:30 PM. The exhibit will be on view through January 29.


Holiday Favorites Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “Holiday Favorites,” a photography exhibit with works by Stephen Wilkes, Daniel Jones, Roberto Dutesco, and Blair Seagram. The show runs through January 30.

The Quogue Library Art Gallery presents its January exhibit, “Harvey Herman: The World Around Us.”

artist, currently living and working in New York City. Pampalone depicts women as strong central figures in her work, allowing them to take on the roles of heroine or harlot. The show runs through Sex, Fishnets & Rock               Sunday. The White Room Gallery in Photographers Bridgehampton presents “Sex, Folioeast in East Hampton Fishnets, & Rock N’ Roll.” presents “Photographers on the The show features artists Steve East End.” The show is curated by Joester and Luciana Pampalone. Ned Smyth and Folioeast. Artists Joester is a British-born rock & include Philippe Cheng, Ralph roll photographer and mixed media Gibson, Laurie Lambrecht, Tony Lattari, Lindsay Morris, Jonathan Morse, Joe Pintauro, Michael Ruggiero, Bastienne Schmidt, and Ned Smyth. The exhibit will run through Sunday. Helmut



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Greenport Harbor Brewing Company hosts “Helmut,” an exhibit of paintings by artist Shannon Guyer. The show will be on display through February 28. The Drawing Room The Drawing Room in East Hampton presents artist Stephen Antonakos, Antonio Asis, Vincent Longo, Alan Shields, and Jack Youngerman. The show runs through January 14. Ille Arts Ille Arts in Amagansett presents its holiday show. The large exhibit of art will run from through January 15. Holiday Spotlight Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag

Harbor shines the spotlight on three participating accomplished artists. Joyce Brian’s bird series “Mourning Doves,” Adrienne Kitaeff ’s funny and useful ceramic tiles “Red Head,” and Lois Bender’s “Flower Squiggle Grid.” These artists are featured along with many others during its small artworks Holiday Invitational, on view through January 14. Good In This World The Tripoli Gallery in Southampton presents “There Is Still Good in This World,” its 13th annual Thanksgiving collective. Featuring works by Todd Bienvenu, Quentin Curry, Félix Bonilla Gerena, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, Yung Jake, Benjamin Keating, Enoc Perez, Rene Ricard, Rachel Rossin, and Lola Montes, the exhibition will be on view through January 29. Get with the Program Roman Fine Art in East Hampton presents “Get with the Program 2017,” the second edition of its annual holiday group exhibition. This exhibit will feature painting, photography, and mixed media works by nine contemporary artists working in a variety of media and genres.  In addition to offering works by Maya Hayuk, Elektra KB, Reisha Perlmutter, Leah Schrager, Sarah Slappey, and SWOON, this year’s edition of “Get with the Program” introduces three fresh, new faces: Christina Creutz, Lizzie Gill, and Ciara Rafferty. The show runs through January 28.

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The Tree Prophet Photos by Richard Lewin

December is the time that most of us pay special attention to trees and to choosing the perfect one to adorn our living rooms. For David Milarch, however, preserving Earth’s trees is his passion and life’s mission. On Saturday evening, the Reverend Karen Ann Campbell

Fresh on the heels of a successful campaign to preserve the Sag Harbor Cinema, the film was presented by the Sag Harbor Partnership, spearheaded by Nick Gazzolo and artist April Gornik, who introduced the evening. Kathleen and Charlie Marder, owners of Marders in Bridgehampton, who share

Milarch’s passion for trees, produced the film. Their son Tucker Marder and filmmaker Christian Scheider directed, and accompanied Milarch and his son Jake on their pilgrimage promoting their archangel tree archive. A panel discussion with the filmmakers followed the screening, moderated by Earth scientist Carl Safina, and included Forrest Gray, who produced the music for the film.


opened the doors of Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor to a standing-room-only crowd for a screening of The Tree Prophet, the story of Milarch’s efforts to clone, replant, and reforest ancient trees that have somehow survived thousands of years of climate


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Stephen Talkhouse On Saturday night, dance to tunes spun by DJ Paul Jones at 10 PM at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. Visit www. or call 631267-3117 to purchase tickets or for more info. Karaoke at Springs Tavern The Springs Tavern hosts karaoke night every Saturday night beginning at 10 PM. No cover, just

bring your best singing voice! For further information call the Springs Tavern at 631-527-7800. Townline BBQ Music Townline BBQ in Sagaponack continues live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM. Happy hour specials will be available on Fridays from 4 to 7 PM, including $8 fresh lime margaritas, $6 cocktails on tap, $4 12-oz cans of beer, $6 wings, $3 warm pretzels with mustard (2 pcs), and more. This Friday, enjoy The Realm. For more information call Townline BBQ at 631-5372271 or go to www.townlinebbq. com. Just because it’s January, it doesn’t

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In the mood for something a little more high-octane? On Saturday, “Portraits” featuring Billy Squier and GE Smith is an exquisite coupling, highlighting conversation and collaboration, featuring Squier’s music, stripped down to the bone. Squier has written and recorded 11 albums and sold nearly 20 million records. He has become a staple at Rock Radio with songs as “The Stroke,” “Everybody Wants You,” and “Lonely is The Night.”

Oscar-winner McGovern (“The Morning After”) comes to Riverhead to serenade theatergoers with her biggest hits, including “Can You Read My Mind?” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”

Participants will find community, freedom, and self-confidence through self-expression and support across generations. Free to all. Each workshop is led by a different artist from the community. To register contact Kate Mueth at The workshops will be held between 10:30 AM and noon. On Monday at 7:30 PM, Guild Hall presents the JDT Lab’s RACHEL, a new musical about Rachel Carson, with music by Jared Field, and book/lyrics by Jessie Field.

Marine biologist and writer Carson struggled to find her place in the world as a scientist and a gay woman. Her book Silent Spring alerted many to the dangers of DDT and other pesticides and has been credited with launching the modern environmental movement. This triumphant new musical explores how we take a stand for what matters, even in the face of professional adversity and personal tragedy. Directed by Ari Laura Kreith.

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mean the entertainment options have slowed down. The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead offers up two high-power shows this weekend, starting with ’70s sensation Maureen McGovern on Friday.

Amagansett resident GE Smith is a master guitarist who has played lead guitar for Hall & Oates, Bob Dylan, and as a bassist for Roger Waters. He served 10 years as the musical director of “Saturday Night Live,” where he won an Emmy.

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close up The Parrish Art Museum kicks off its 2018 series of Friday night programs this week at 6 PM with a screening of the documentary Chuck Close (2007, 116 minutes) by Marion Cajori. 

The film will be followed by a talk by museum director Terrie Sultan on Close, a Parrish collection artist whose work is in the current exhibition, “From Lens to Eye to Hand: Photorealism 1969 to Today.” Sultan curated the exhibition “Chuck Close Photographs,” which has traveled to several museums in the US since originating at the Parrish in 2015; and “Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration” at the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston which has been on view in nearly 20 venues worldwide since 2003.   Admission is $20; $5 for members, children, and students.

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by Kitty Merrill Each week we’ll highlight local community events and library offerings presented by area institutions and organizations. It’s on you to send ‘em in, kids. Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email

scenery. Call 631-537-9735 for registration, admission, and meeting location info. SUNDAY 1•7•18

• Kids read with Tara the therapy dog at the East Hampton Library at 4 PM. Suitable for children in grades one through five. Sign up with the librarian in the children’s room.

• Take a hike and see if you can spot a seal at Montauk Point State Park. A state park naturalist will lead a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals have been seen. Hike begins at the concession building. 1:30 PM. Expect to be outside two to three hours, so dress appropriately. Bring binoculars, if you’d like. Registration required, call 631- 668-5000. $4.

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• The YMCA hosts Friday night preteen and teen programs from 6 to 9 PM. Round-trip transportation for Sag Harbor, Southampton, and Bridgehampton kids is avails, too. Visit and look for Friday night preteen and teen program transportation to sign up online and learn more about the offerings.

• The monthly community soup dinner sponsored by East Hampton clericus takes place from 5 to 7 PM at the Most Holy Trinity Parish Hall. It’s free.

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SATURDAY 1•6•18 • Basic drawing classes will be held at the Amagansett Library Saturdays from 11 AM to 1 PM. The class is free, but students must provide their own materials. Call instructor Linda Capello at 631-725-5851 to sign up.

• Hike Amsterdam Beach with Aggie Condrich of the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society at 10 AM. Meet at the trailhead across from Deep Hollow Ranch on the corner of Ranch Road and Montauk Highway in Montauk. Phone 631-227-6193 with questions. • Get out of the house and enjoy a trail walk in Montauk at 10 AM cosponsored by Concerned Citizens of Montauk and South Fork Natural History Museum. A representative of the CCOM will report how they are working to help the community preserve the natural environment and the importance of water quality in our local ecosystems. This will be an easy-paced hike full of interesting conversation and beautiful Montauk

• See the comedy Brad’s Status at the Montauk Library at 7 PM.



• Kate Plumb will be at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton at 5:30 PM to discuss astrology and the planetary trends for 2018. Register at or call 631-2830774 ext. 523. • Being “in the flow” is being completely immersed in an activity. Time has no relevance; energy is immediately replenished. One may be skiing, playing tennis, composing music, or writing a memoir. Passion is fuel, outcome is not important, the journey is its own reward. “The State of Flow: What It Is & How to Get There” is a seminar led by motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan, which encourages one to find their passion, recognize the state of flow, and embrace the journey, wherever it may lead. Check it out at the Hampton Bays Library at 7 PM. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 631-7286241 ext. 122. FRIDAY 1•5•18

• Children ages four and up can capture a snowy scene or favorite figurine in a snow globe at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. 4 PM. • There’s a senior ping pong meet up at John Jermain Library in Sag Harbor on Fridays from 10 AM till noon. No registration required. SATURDAY 1•6 •18 • Pamela Hardwood moderates a round table discussion offering tips on how to use the winter months to plan a spring garden. The talk is sponsored by the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons and takes place in the HAH Library in the Bridgehampton Community House at 10 AM. Call 631-537-2223 to learn more. • The JP Spata Southampton Town Democratic Club will hold its monthly breakfast meeting at 10 AM at Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor. Activist Eileen Duffy will discuss the social media page “Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin” and strategies for creating a grassroots movement. Call 631-4706121 for tickets.

• Head over to the Water Mill Community House at 8 PM for a traditional New England contra dance. All dances taught by the caller Chart Guthrie with live music by Dune Grass. The dance is family friendly. There’s an introductory lesson at 7:45 PM, no partner necessary, beginners welcome. Admission: $15 adults, $7.50 students; children up to 16 free with adult. Please wear softsoled shoes to protect the floors. SUNDAY 1•7•18 • “Thou Shalt Not Steal: Pilfering the Common Good” is the topic of this week’s 10:30 AM service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork. Ken Dorph is the guest speaker asking the question, “How can we turn the tragedy of the commons into a new morality?” The UU Meetinghouse is located on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike at Scuttlehole Road.

• The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will present Anne Taffel in concert on at 3 PM. Praised by The New York Times for her “animated performances,” Taffel will offer a program that includes works by Handel, Beethoven, Chopin, and Granados. A reception will follow. Register at or call 631-283-0774 ext. 523. • It’s “All about Owls” at the South Fork Natural History Museum at

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10:30 AM. Kids aged eight and up can find out whooo lives in our area all year, whooo is just visiting, and when and where they can be seen and be heard calling. Dissect an owl pellet to investigate what owls eat and why they are an important animal in forest ecosystems. Limited enrollment. Material fee $3. Call 631537-9735 for registration, admission, and meeting location info. MONDAY 1•8•18 • Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to the Westhampton Free Library to take part in a “Miniature Snowman” program from 4 to 5 PM. During the event, participants will listen to a snowman story, make fake snow, and build a miniature snowman to take home. To register for the program, call 631-288-3335 or sign up online at TUEsday 1• 9 •18 • The Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton will offer four introductory classes to Latin dance with Jorge Alberto López starting today from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. He will teach the basics of salsa, cha cha, merengue, and rumba. All levels are welcome. The fee is $30. The class size is limited, so advance registration and non-refundable payment are required. Register at or call 631-283-0774 ext. 523. • The “Cover Me with Love” knitting circles hosted by Southampton Town Senior Services meet from 10 AM to 11:30 AM in the Hampton Bays and Bridgehampton community centers. Participants knit infant caps and blankets for local hospitals. Call 631728-1235 to find out all about it. WEDnesday 1• 10 •18 • The Westhampton Free Library invites teens in grades six through 12 to help knit octopuses for premature babies as part of its community service programming. Teens can learn how to knit the cuddly creatures every Wednesday in January and February between the hours of 2:30 and 5 PM. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 631-288-3335 or visit

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Tuesday Club Photos by Richard Lewin

On December 19 East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach, Jr.’s Tuesday Club met so that the members, all experienced senior citizens, could share their views about current events, local and global. Guest speaker for the luncheon was East Hampton Village historian and town crier Hugh King, who told three classic tales from East Hampton history.

Successful Philanthropy Photos by Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, hosted her fourth annual holiday luncheon at Le Cirque in NYC. Over 60 invitees attended the benefit, which was held in honor of the New York Center for Children. In true holiday spirit, Shafiroff made a generous donation to the charity in honor of those guests who attended. 28

Mini Art Camp Photos by Richard Lewin

On December 22, while artists were shopping on the main floor of Golden Eagle Artist Supply in East Hampton, upstairs children were unleashing their imaginations at the “Kids Holiday Mini Art Camp.” Art teacher Kate Gimbel Goldman guided the group in using a variety of media to create holiday-themed works. 

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By Linda B. Shapiro

Indy Honored At Love Bites

The Independent will be honored at this year’s annual Love Bites event on January 20. Love Bites event coordinator Linda B. Shapiro recalls her work over the years with The Independent newspaper.

This story goes way back, when The Independent was still a twinkle in the Mackins’ eyes. We can call it a “coming of age” story. My eldest child, Jonathan, was preparing for his bar mitzvah. The year was 1992. The religious portion of the event was going to take place at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, followed by a big party at the then Sapore di Mare restaurant in Wainscott.

Having searched the yellow pages for a photographer -- at that time I was a NYC dweller, with a weekend home in the Hamptons -- I came up with James Mackin and/or Jodi Della Femina. After speaking with Jim Mackin and liking him, I decided to move forward and hire him for this exciting occasion. From that day on, we’ve been friends. Fast forward one year to 1993, and lo and behold The Independent newspaper was born. From the very first moment of its inception, I was in contact with Jim about being involved with my charity events and he in contact with me for the very same reason. We were

one great team. I remember that Jim wanted to create an event for Halloween at which children/ families would come to the square outside of the Red Horse Market – then known as Jerry and David’s Red Horse Market -- to decorate cookies, display their best costumes, and more. Early July of the following year I was working with The Independent to organize a family event for the MakeA-Wish Foundation, at which actor Rick Moranis served as our honorary chairperson, with his two little children. We were absolutely packed!

And so it evolved. I think that Jessica Mackin was about 10 years old at the time. I remember going up to the main office and Jess was sitting there fielding the calls that were coming in with questions about the event. As Jim and Jan had Jessica and Jenna, I, too had my team of four children, my youngest being KK, without whom I could not do an event! And the three boys – most interested was Jesse, who was like the Pied Piper of children. And, so the story goes. If I had an event for which I felt The Independent’s presence and participation would be the perfect match, I would immediately contact Jim. Then, as Jessica became more involved, I would contact both of them. I cannot remember a time when they turned down

the opportunity to partner with me and the designated charity. The support that I and so many of these local and national, sometimes international, organizations received from The Independent are countless.

We’re going into our third year of the winter’s Love Bites event. It benefits Katy’s Courage, a local charity founded in memory of Katy Stewart who passed away at the age of 12 from liver cancer, and the Scarlett Foundation at Memorial Sloan Kettering, honoring eight-year-old Scarlett James. She so bravely faced four years of chemotherapy and is now a beautiful young woman. This year, Love Bites is more than proud to honor The Independent newspaper, along with our other honorees, Brigid and Jim Stewart, Katy’s mom and dad. The Stewarts endured years of supporting Katy as she went through her treatments.

When those failed to save her, they set up programs in her memory which would help others coping with the same type of situations.

These little “hidden” stories would never have been made public as much as they are, had it not been for The Independent, the East End’s “little mouse that roared.” Not only has it been a tremendous support system for numerous charity organizations, the Mackins have become my personal close friends. I cherish both components of our relationship and am thrilled to see them being honored on Saturday, January 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, at the Love Bites benefit, hosted at the beautiful event space, The Muses, at the Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton.

For ticket information you can contact Linda B. Shapiro at 631-725-2023 – -- or visit and look under “Events” for online purchasing.


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Sweet Charities by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. Love Bites The annual Love Bites event will be held to benefit the Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Katy’s Courage on January 20 at The Muses in Southampton from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. The preValentine multi-chef event will feature some of the best restaurants and caterers in the Hamptons with music by DJ Michael of East End Entertainment. The event will honor Brigid and Jim Stewart, The Independent Newspaper, and lead chef Rocco DiSpirito. Chef

chairperson is Peter Ambrose. Tickets start at $125. Visit www. or contact event coordinator Linda B. Shapiro at 631-725-2023. Perlman Music Program The Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island presents a wine dinner and charity auction at Le Bernadin Privé in Manhattan on Thursday, February 1. The annual celebration of the finest food, wine, and music, all support the incredible young artists of PMP. Tickets start at $1500. For more info visit www.

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The Southampton Animal Shelter arrived at Westhampton’s Gabreski Airport on December 16 with 20 puppies and their mothers, all rescued from Puerto Rico.

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By Nicole Teitler

East Quogue’s Hamptons Farms

The culinary trend toward farmto-table experiences continues to make its mark on the East End. Hamptons Farms is the new neighbor in town, offering fresh ingredients and a warm atmosphere, at its debut location at 412 Montauk Highway in East Quogue. Owner Sandra Sadowski runs things with her husband Stefan Amraly, alongside Arielle Ferrara as the local chef heading the kitchen, serving up comfort food without the guilt. Eager to learn more, Indy sat down with Sadowski. How would you define Hamptons Farms? Our goal is to have our produce, meat, and fish from sustainable sources, all non-GMO, no hormones, and if we can source locally that is a bonus. Using these fresh foods makes for a betterquality product in the end. We also strive to have both indulgent dishes on the menu and light dishes so our guest feels they can share plates and also visit us regularly. We pride ourselves on our gluten-free and vegan options as well. How often do you switch up your “featured dish?” Chef and I enjoy collaborating on special features for the bar, main dishes, and desserts. Usually I pitch an idea and she will create a final product that is better than I envisioned which is really exciting. We switch up our featured dishes at least once a week, however, on some occasions, up to three times per week. Our loyal guests comes in several times a week and looks forward to our new features so this is very important to us. We also take suggestions from guests into consideration; we love input from our community. What have been some favorites so far?


What’s your signature dish? Favorite dishes thus far have been the Swedish meatballs with the Fisherman’s Bowl, which includes striped bass, angel hair pasta, spicy tomato fennel broth, and mussels, with toast points for dipping.

An indulgent dish that is very popular is the buttermilk fried freerange chicken with bacon mac and cheese, pickles, and coleslaw. We have guests who also come for our warm French bread with honey butter; it’s simple but so fresh and delicious. On our kids’ menu the grilled cheese is the most popular and, of course, rosemary French fries with aioli. Our bar guests love the cheese and charcuterie board, juicy grass-fed cheddar burger, and our flatbreads: simple margarita and indulgent mushroom, brie and truffle.

If I had to say we have a signature dish on the lean side of the menu, it would be our grilled salmon over a salad of arugula, butternut squash, and black beluga lentils and pepita pesto. Lately, I just cannot get enough of the grass-fed strip steak which is served over potatoes, blistering tomatoes, and caramelized onions for dinner and the farro bowl (spinach, butternut squash, poached egg) with wild grilled salmon for lunch.

What made you choose East Quogue as the location? How did you find your building? East Quogue found us, the building found us. The location is perfect, such a high-volume area being on the point of Montauk Highway and Old Country Road. I had driven by almost daily and just never considering taking on such a large project alone. My husband has been the biggest support and encouraged me to take the plunge of ownership versus just operating. So far there have been no real surprises, just more time invested which is to be expected. Tell us about the decor. What can patrons expect upon entering the doors? Family and friends were the inspiration for the decor. The thought was, ‘How can we make a cozy modern barn atmosphere and carry that through the branding entirely?’ This is seen in the actual building, decor, food, staff, and soon to be outdoor space this spring --the creation of a “social eatery,” where friends and family can come together in a relaxed yet refined chic environment for cocktails, bites, games, and overall fun.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, very farm chic. We have throw blankets we offer patrons who want to get even cozier which we mostly used in the autumn outside. The party table in the back is outfitted with a three-sided cushion bench and a plethora of throw pillows. This table is requested almost nightly and is available to groups of eight up to 13. Our hutch holds many games to be played during lunch and happy hour, and also keep the little ones busy while waiting for their meals in the evening. We have had parents joyfully comment that this was the first dining experience with their children not on electronic devices.  The copper bar has been a popular place for friends wanting to gather and catch up over hand-crafted libations, especially with daily happy hour from 3 to 6 PM. In the warmer months the inside-outside bar and dining will double capacity and offer a wide range of social activities which we are looking forward to.

The location has a tainted past of closings. What makes you optimistic that Hamptons Farms is here to stay? The hospitality industry is an extreme environment to work in. Between very long hours, weekends, nights and holidays, it can take a toll on ownership and

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Maryland Crab on Toast WHY? “Crab on Toast is pure America. It has all the flavors of a really good crab boil, but on toast. It can be a great starter to any meal and also pairs well with an ice cold beer. When made at home, this dish also makes for the perfect bite for any year-round party. At Rye Street Tavern, we switch it up every day with a Crab of the Day special.”  INGREDIENTS: For the garlic cream:

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin 1 c heavy cream 1/4 tsp salt

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1/8 tsp fresh-ground black pepper 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 6 oz lump crabmeat

For the crab toasts 12 slices ciabata bread (or two slices per person)

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 medium zucchini, cut in half and sliced thin into moon shapes (about 1 cup) pinch salt

pinch fresh-ground black pepper 1 small can crushed tomatoes

1/2 jalapeno pepper, halved, seeds removed, and sliced thin DIRECTIONS: To make the garlic cream, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, over medium heat for about two minutes, until they’ve turned golden in the center and brown on the edges. The garlic will crisp up a bit but you don’t want to let it burn. Add the heavy cream, turn up the heat to high, and let the cream boil until it’s reduced to 1/4 cup (about seven minutes). You should have a pretty thick cream. Add the salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir everything together so it’s combined.

Put the lump crab in a small bowl, pour the cream overtop, and stir the cream completely into the crab. Check the seasoning, and add more

salt, pepper, or cayenne if you think it needs it; then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside on the counter (you don’t want to cool it down). To make the crab toasts, toast the bread so it’s crisp and golden (you can also do this on the grill if you’ve got one). Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, saute for about 30 seconds so the zucchini is coated in the oil, and then season with the salt and pepper. Keep cooking the zucchini, tossing or stirring constantly, until it’s just soft and the green color has intensified -- about 90 seconds total from the time the zucchini goes in the pan.

Lay the toast out on a board. Spread each one with about 1 Tbsp of the tomato pulp, and then lay one spoonful of the crab mixture overtop on each half of each piece of bread, so each piece has two evenly-spaced mounds. Cut the toast in half (so each half has one lump) and then place two or three pieces of the zucchini on top of each crab mound. Add a slice or two of jalapeno and serve right away.

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by Chef Joe Cipro

Homemade Truffled Mac And Cheese pepper

Ingredients 1 lb macaroni pasta


1 oz white truffle oil


1/2 white onion 1 bay leaf

2 1/2 c whole milk

1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 c shredded white cheddar cheese 3 slices of American cheese 1 bunch of chives (minced) 1/3 c all purpose flour 3 oz butter salt

First bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil for the pasta. In a small saucepot add the rough chopped onion, milk, and bay leaf and slowly bring to a low boil. Then reduce to a simmer and let cook for 20 minutes. While this is happening we can make our roux (thickening agent made of flour and butter). Do this by slowly melting the butter in a sauté pan on low heat. When the butter has completely melted,

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saucepot and slowly whisk in the cheeses, adding a little bit at a time. When the sauce is finished, salt and pepper to your liking. While you are finishing your sauce, cook the pasta in the boiling salted water for about 10 minutes, strain, and in a large bowl mix the pasta and cheese sauce and garnish with a little bit of minced chives.


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the staff. Furthermore, the expenses from payroll, food costs, electric, mortgage, heat, insurance, and so much more have to be reflected and worked into the menu costs. This is not always understood by the customer. Finding the right formula can be difficult for an inexperienced operator, so with having so much corporate experience we are fortunate.  Consistency in service and food quality is our main focus and priority as well. With this winning combination, we are confident we will be a year-round social eatery destination for the community. Lastly, after meeting several of the previous operators, they all found success, however, they were burnt out from the industry. Openings can take a toll, which it has; however, we realize a work-life balance is extremely important in the health of ourselves and our team. What have your previous titles been? I am very front of the house. Operations has been my area of expertise. In the last four years, having consulted on some world-renown projects as well as being a part of their openings I felt confident in my own venture. My main area of focus has been wellness with a focus on fitness, spa, salon, juice bars, and wet facilities.  Titles held have been director of operations for North America, ESPA International Consulting, with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the Peninsula Hotel Group, Nobu Eden Roc Miami, Chatham


Bars Inn, Le Meridien Hotels, The Rittenhouse, and opening Sojo Spa Club and Baha Mar. Previous to ESPA, I spent 10 years at the RitzCarlton Central Park as director of spa and fitness, in addition to holding a place on the Ritz-Carlton corporate advisory council, opening up the Ritz-Carlton Westchester and the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain as well as assisting some low-performing properties. 

Prior to the Ritz, I was the spa and fitness director at The Plaza Hotel, where I was really in awe of culinary, and first took a liking to food and beverage being in the presence of the Palm Court, Oyster Bar, and the Oak Room. There was so much history and employees who had been working there for years with fantastic stories, just so much fun. Is this your first restaurant? What made you decide to take on such an endeavor? Yes, this is my first restaurant. This was not planned. Fell into my lap. My husband Stefan and I were discussing my hectic global work travel schedule and the stress it puts on my four children. Our conversation was overheard by a local real estate broker who chimed in to say he has a commercial real estate listing that may be of interest.  After working in five-star, fivediamond properties, I immediately fell in love with the farm chic and have been wanting to hang up my pantyhose and pumps for a more modern barn/lifestyle project. It all came together very quickly. I purchased the property as well, so it is more than a restaurant investment, it is also a real estate

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investment. Real estate has always been a huge passion, having gotten my New York State real estate license 10 years ago, although I do not practice. What’s your mantra or motto when it comes to business? Under promise, over deliver. Slow down to speed up. In the end, it’s about the overall experience and having fun. What restaurateur do you admire? Perhaps one you hope to meet or have met recently? I really enjoyed working with Chef Alain Allegretti who is able to present the most amazing modern French cuisine while maintaining a very calm demeanor in his kitchen. His charm and humility is infectious and allows his team to work side by side with him with ease. I would be honored to meet the legendary Jeremiah Tower who is the pioneer in American gastronomy. He is very welleducated, has a remarkable story, and created culinary experiences which continue to influence chefs and foodies today. How has your family been during this process?  My family has been extremely supportive in this process. My husband took on about half of the opening responsibilities and continues to finish our upgrades and final touches to the restaurant which will carry into spring. My four little children join us for a family brunch every Sunday at the restaurant so they can see and understand what we are working so hard for. My oldest child has even jumped in during unexpected busy afternoons and bused tables and engaged with the customers -- they love it! What sort of mark do you hope to make on the community? We love this community and open our doors to everyone. Being involved in the local happenings is very important to us. We proudly hosted the East Quogue School Gardening Club after their field

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trip to the Densieski Farm Stand to show them what “farm-to-table” means. We took the children through the process of picking up the produce at the farm, and all of the stages it goes through. Our chef demonstrated how we make our Densieski coleslaw, and allowed each of the children to enjoy tasting it. They were then educated on the customer experience and sent home with carrot cakes and an invitation to visit us again with their families. We also made chocolate chip cookies and individually wrapped them for the East Quogue tree lighting a couple of weeks ago. All of the attendees were able to enjoy them and we were thrilled we were able to be a part of something so special in our community. Overall, we strive to be a buzzing breakfast, lunch, and dinner destination for those who love food and fun. The biggest compliment to us is when we see our guests come in for lunch or brunch (weekends) and then return the same evening for dinner! Upcoming events or promotions? We are excited for breakfast to launch this spring, and in the meantime, focus on our weekday lunch and weekend brunch. Having outlets and USB plug-ins coming soon will allow those who work from home to have a place they can go to for all day coffee, breakfast, and lunch all while working in a social environment. Additionally, our outdoor space is amazing -just perfect for fun, games, and live music.

We are starting off the New Year with a wellness dinner series kicking off mid-January. This will allow our customer to learn tips from wellness experts while dining on a featured lean dish. We are also finalizing our Valentine’s Day menu and programing, and are thrilled we already have reservations! We love children and are incorporating some fun family friendly events such as a special Valentine’s weekend event and Easter brunch complete with an Easter egg hunt. Beyond the restaurant, look for us at the Quogue Library where we are hosting “A Taste of Spring” culinary event in March, and at many charity events throughout the East End. Our menu will continue to evolve

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by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. 1770 Honored The 1770 House Restaurant & Inn in East Hampton was recently honored by OpenTable as one of its 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2017. Of 19 establishments named in New York, it is the only one outside of Manhattan.

“Being voted one of the best restaurants in America is a great honor. It is gratifying for each of us who takes pride in creating a special dining experience for every guest, every night,” said general manager Carol Covell, who oversees all

aspects of the restaurant and inn.

“My thanks go to our loyal guests who take the time to write such kind reviews; and our staff, front and back of the house, who help earn us earn their top marks. Of special note are the talents of chef Michael Rozzi; restaurant manager and wine director Michael Cohen; and innkeeper Randye Lordon. We all appreciate the commitment of our ownership, Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, who go to great lengths to keep one of East Hampton’s oldest homes in such fine condition.” The list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America reflects the combined opinions of more than 12 million restaurant reviews submitted by

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and make a huge pot of Manhattan By Rick Murphy chowder, enough for damn near the

mental institution.

Whenever I needed sneakers I would ask for money -- I wanted Converse All-Stars, of course. He’d reply by asking my size and bring sneakers home from work. But they weren’t really sneakers -- they were mental patient sneakers. They didn’t have laces. I kid you not.

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Fun With Clams I once saw a recipe for a clam frittata in The New York Times magazine that stuck with me.

dyslexic). That was one of a dozen or so of our go-to spots where clams were plentiful.

Now don’t get me wrong -- even though I am somewhat of a legend among East Hampton baymen (some might say my name is synonymous with Bubby) I am not as infatuated with clams as many of the Bubbies and Bonackers are, but I can assure you I’ve eaten my share -- even a slice or two of clam pie.

I remember my dad and Uncle Tom would go and bring me along. I would marvel at their outfits, thinking surely they were the dorkiest adults around. Dad would wear one of those crazy straw hats that you won at the carnival, a plaid shirt, bathing suit, and sneakers -- who would have thought to wear sneakers in the water?

When I was a kid I used to go clamming by the little bridge on Short Beach in North Haven (which, oddly enough, is right before Long Beach, which is on Short Beach Road and runs the length of Long Beach -- and they wonder why I’m

But these weren’t ordinary sneakers.

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He did the same thing when we needed “dress shoes.” He brought home mental patient shoes -- you couldn’t tell the left from the right. I looked like a clown and immediately started walking like a duck but don’t ask me why. When he’d get really mad at us during dinner he’d scream, “You’re crazier than my patients!” He was probably right, which proves shoes make the man.

My uncle would also wear some odd concoction of mismatched clothes and the requisite mental patient sneakers. I concluded the types of clams who responded to clammers wearing this type of footwear were probably mentally-deranged clams, and that’s why dad and Tom wore them in the water to begin with.

After a couple of hours the straw bushel baskets stuck in the inner tubes would be brimming with clams, and as everyone knew, the crazy clams tasted best. We’d eat the little ones chilled with spicy cocktail sauce. Mom would make clam sauce, red and white, with the Cherrystones. Uncle Tom would chop up the chowder clams

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The challenge for me one night was to make my demanding and sophisticated new wife a suitable supper that would impress her. I could have said I was making scrambled eggs but that isn’t very romantic.

I used to make a pretty mean frittata when I worked on the restaurant circuit. A couple links of sausage, a jar of artichokes, a couple mushrooms, spinach, an onion and garlic, and whatever cheese I had around. Anything will do, however -- olives, broccoli, asparagus, you name it. I’d whip up a half-dozen eggs, add salt and pepper, a healthy squirt of Half and Half, and bake at 350 degrees in a baking dish lined with butter for one hour. The frittata comes out shimmering like a bowl of Jell-O but as smooth as custard, moist but not wet.

Serve it with garlic bread and a simple salad of tomatoes, black olives, red onions, and some home fries. To make a long story short, my idea to surprise Karen, a city girl, with a clam frittata was ill-advised to say the least. Even if she didn’t hate clams to begin with (she does), and even if she didn’t have shellfish allergies (she does), there is a time and place for everything, and a clam’s place is firmly centered in Bubbyland, where we used to have the aforementioned clam pie for dinner sometimes. You had to be there, folks. So what do you do need on hand when you have to impress someone with a quick meal when clams won’t suffice?

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My answer is based on the belief one should be able to feed a family without having to go shopping — this comes in handy during snowstorms, terrorist attacks, blackouts, or if you are extremely embarrassed about your sneakers.

Here’s my list in no particular order: 1) eggs 2) Half and Half or cream 3) breakfast meat 4) bread 5) potatoes 6) Novocain 7) pasta 8) cheese 9) parsley 10) wine. I left clams off – apologies to my Bubby brethren.

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Bags Under Our Eyes

Admit it, South Forkers. You’ve been hoarding plastic bags from Target ever since East Hampton and Southampton towns enacted bans. Since Earth Day, 2015, it’s been BYOB for shoppers in the Hamptons, and this year the bulge in grandma’s “bag of bags” will shrink, or at least quit growing.

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As of January 1, the movement designed to reduce plastic pollution spread across Suffolk County in a slightly different fashion. Shoppers will be charged a nickel for every bag – either plastic or paper – stores have to provide. Stores get to keep the money, which must be itemized on every receipt. Outlets that fail to comply with the law could face fines of up to $500 for each violation. It’s about time the county, and other East End towns including Riverhead and Southold, got on board. According to the website, stats related to single-use plastic bags are staggering. Worldwide, a trillion singe-use plastic bags are used each year; that’s almost two million per minute. It takes between 500 and 1000 years for plastic to degrade. That’s not a typo – 500 to 1000 years. For all our self-congratulation and hand-wringing about the environment, the US has been shamefully slow when it comes to taking action to reduce plastic pollution. Denmark enacted its plastic bag tax in 1993, and Danes average just four single-use bags per year.

By contrast in this country 100 billion bags pass through consumers’ hands every day, according to earth-policy, at least one per day per shopper. Laid end to end the bags could circle the equator 1330 times. California passed the first statewide ban in 2014, and over 49 million Americans live in communities that have passed either bans or fees. Now, Suffolk County residents do too. And it’s about time. Embracing Contradiction Dear Editor,

In a December 15 editorial entitled “Has Lee Lost It,” The Independent raised a question that I believe may impact Congressman Lee Zeldin’s bid for reelection: Does Mr. Zeldin represent

Donald Trump or the people who elected him?

As pointed out by The Independent, Mr. Zeldin justified an alliance with a controversial alt-right political operative by narrowing his criteria to one or two issues that failed to account for the diversity of his constituency, a constituency that

Is it just me? As you face all the challenges of the new year, remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt.

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In a similar vein, I believe Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman based his decision to approve a golf resort PDD in East Quogue on a limited set of criteria that didn’t take into account the ways in which the PDD would harm the community. For example, Mr. Schneiderman alleged that The Hills PDD might have generated tax revenue for East Quogue yet he publicly endorsed Alex Gregor for Highway Superintendent in spite of the fact that Mr. Gregor wasted millions on misguided projects in East Quogue -- yet another reason to have been skeptical of the PDD. It seems that both Mr. Zeldin and Mr. Schneiderman appear to embrace contradictory values in their attempt to secure votes.

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Ignorance Is Strength Dear Editor,

Another back to the future direction by the ever-backward directing Trump. This time it takes its cue from George Orwell’s 1949 anti-utopian novel, 1984. In Orwellian lingo, George Orwell referred to it as “Newspeak.” It was the “Big Brother” Oceana language designed to diminish the range of thought by diminishing words. The



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goal is, by forbidding certain words one can limit negative expression relative to specific subjects. Taking this cue, the linguisticallychallenged Trump and his administration has kicked off the process by limiting the words allowed to be used by the nation’s top public health agency. In the ongoing dumbing of America process they have thus far forbidden seven words to be used. They are alphabetically: “diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, fetus, science-based, transgender, and vulnerable.” We know that the least educated





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Americans relate to Trump and are his base so this further stupidification of their country should not only welcome but reinforce their support as well. Stupid is as stupid does.

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Sign Pollution Dear Editor,

It has been nearly two months since Election Day. I was glad to see most of the roadside candidates’ signs promptly removed after the day came and went but as the weeks have gone by, I wonder if the remaining ones will ever be taken down. I have to figure the candidates whose signs remain (mostly Zacharese) likely have no idea the signs are still around throughout Southampton.

I also figure that no one would complain if I take one, and dispose of it, each time I drive through town. Maybe some of your readers will do the same so we don’t have to look at the sign pollution until the next election.

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very different housing markets: Atherton’s 94027 is the playground of the richest people in Silicon Valley, New York’s 10013 covers TriBeCa with its luxury condo developments, while 33109 in Fisher Island is a small, secluded Floridian island community.

According to the Long Island Board of Realtors home values are predicted to drop as much as 10 percent because of the new federal tax bill.

Sagaponack residents will henceforth parade around chanting “We’re Number 15! We’re Number 15!”

According to Trulia, the real estate industry website, Long Island will become “the worst place in the nation” to buy a new home, now that the bill has been signed into law.

“Real estate is a key to the economy on Long Island. It is the cornerstone for the East End,” said Assemblyman Fred Thiele. “Real estate isn’t just a living for real estate brokers; it puts food on the table for every tradesman and builder in the region. Main Street

Independent / Property Shark This Crestview Lane estate, listed for sale at $44.95 million, is one of the pricier properties for sale in Sagaponack.

businesses also depend on the real estate industry.” Sagaponack Sinks Shouts of “We’re Number One! We’re Number One!” will undoubtedly be muted in Sagaponack for the foreseeable future.

After winning the title of most expensive zip code in the US two years in a row, Sagaponack’s 11962 lost to Atherton, CA in 2017, according to an annual survey by Property Shark. The culprit,

analysts said, was sales of more moderately priced homes in 2017. Sagaponack’s median sale price fell to $2.8 million; the barrier for entry in the top 10 is $3 million. The tony village was also outranked by two neighboring zip codes – 11976 in Water Mill and 11975 in Wainscott, which broke into the top 10 in 2017, each climbing seven spots from last year and reshuffling the top 10 as the only new entries. With Sagaponack out of the picture, the top three positions are now claimed by zip codes from three different states: California, New York, and Florida. The nation’s priciest zip codes feature

Just as it did last year, California claims the highest number of zip codes at the top – 77. The Golden State is followed by New York, which features 19 zip codes in the ranking. Besides California, New York, and Florida, eight other states managed to break into the top. Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey each have two zip codes featured while Colorado, Nevada, Maryland, and Hawaii rank with one zip code each.

At city level, San Francisco leads the way with nine zip codes present in the top 100 – however, the highest-ranking San Francisco zip code, 94118, only comes in at number 42. Zooming out to county level, Los Angeles County wins, ranking with 18 zip codes. It is followed by Santa Clara with 15 zip codes, which is not surprising given the sky-high levels prices have reached in Silicon Valley. When adding San Mateo County to the mix, Silicon Valley has 25 zip codes in the top, while the entire Bay Area claims a total of 45 zip codes among the nation’s priciest.

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Tax Reform Law May Impact Prices

The adverse impact on real estate won’t be just for the second-home market. It will also impact every local first-time homebuyer who needs these tax deductions to be able to make the monthly mortgage payments. The proponents of the tax bill argue that the federal government should not subsidize “high cost” states with these deductions. But most New York state officials have opposed the tax reform package and Congressman Lee Zeldin, Republican, voted against the law, which passed along partisan lines.

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In addition to the restaurant, a market is set to open later this month located at 69 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach. This separate location provides


an intimate setting of five tables or so in addition to a bar seating area. As the grab-and-go spot, there will also be shelves featuring beauty products, picnic supplies, and sustainable home goods.

its young people from the “ever-growing threat of opioid addiction,” Van Scoyoc said. “We will make a concerted effort working with our schools and other community groups, to provide additional youth services to combat the opioid epidemic,” he said.

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the decision to gut net neutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity, and civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands with innovators, large and small, to oppose this misguided FCC order,” reads a statement released on December 15. Without net neutrality, internet providers may pursue similar offers more aggressively, which would likely be viewed as a positive by consumers looking to save money on their streaming media. But the hole cards have yet to be played. Down the road, critics suspect internet providers will begin charging customers more to access services like Netflix that are currently included as part of basic internet service. Individual Deals Steve Weisman, a media law lecturer at Bentley University, is pessimistic about the longterm costs associated with paid priorization.

“The bad news is that many people already have little or no choice in regard to internet service providers -- and therein lies the problem. With little, if any, competition, the ISPs pretty much can do what they want and offer the packages they want,” he told Metro US in a recent interview. “We well could see ISPs making individual deals with specific providers leaving consumers in a position of having to choose providers who may or may not provide the services they want at the speeds necessary to

These bundled packages often come at a discount. However, Weisman warned, the long-range trend will cost most of us more money. “While you may see some initial promotional rates, those rates will go away and, ultimately, you will find that with little (if any) competition between ISPs, there is no incentive for them not to raise rates,” he told Metro. In addition, you will see some of the content providers passing on their new costs of doing business to the consumer by raising their fees across the board, even to those who don’t avail themselves of the premium services being offered.

One weapon to stop the giant telecoms from controlling the action is local control. “With the FCC opening the door for internet service providers to block content, networks owned and operated by local governments may be the last bastion of the free and open internet,” opined Victor Luckerson, writing in The Ringer on December 14.

In fact, municipal broadband is on the rise. ISPs run by local governments rather than private corporations put the management of internet content into local hands. The hope is to expand access and reduce prices. The FCC approved net neutrality guidelines just two years ago. It was supported by most technology companies and web surfers who wanted the internet to remain open to all users on an equal basis. “Internet companies big and small banded together for an online protest to preserve net neutrality,” but to no avail thus far, CNN Tech reported.




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Independent / Courtesy Lee Zeldin Congressman Lee Zeldin celebrated Christmas with Marine Corporal Maria Ripis, of Farmingville, who is stationed at Al Jaber Airbase in Kuwait.

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Last week Congressman Lee Zeldin returned from celebrating the holiday season with deployed US service members in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Jordan. Zeldin led the bipartisan Congressional Delegation that also included congressmen David Cicilline, Mike Coffman, and Brian Fitzpatrick, from December 23 through December 28. Zeldin also participated in high-level diplomatic meetings, was briefed by top military

officials, and met with Syrian refugees.

“It was my highest honor to be able to personally thank all of our deployed men and women abroad for their tremendous sacrifice on behalf of a very grateful nation. It is not easy for them to spend the holiday season several thousand miles away from home having great family and friends missing them around the Christmas tree or Hanukkah menorah,” Zeldin said.

Designer Showhouse

Independent / Courtesy Stony Brook Southampton Photo from left: Southampton Hospital Foundation president Steven Bernstein, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital chief administrative officer Robert S. Chaloner, and Hampton Designer Showhouse board member Brian Brady.

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The 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse -- a home design and furnishing exhibit featuring The Fields of Rosko Lane in Southampton that ran this past summer -- raised $150,000 for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, bringing the organization’s grand total of donations to the hospital to nearly $2 million since its inception 17 years ago.

On December 18, Hampton Designer Showhouse board member Brian Brady, who is also president of Brady Design, presented a check to hospital chief administrative officer Robert S. Chaloner and hospital foundation president Steven Bernstein. “The Hospital is very lucky to be the beneficiary of this wonderful annual event, and we’re excited to see what will be showcased next year,” Chaloner said.

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Independent / Courtesy Westhampton Beach Elementary School The Westhampton Beach Elementary School is kicking off the New Year with simple acts of kindness. Second graders have created a wall of posted notes, filled with kind phrases like, “Teachers are the best” or “Be the best person you can be.” The school is conducting this to participate in a schoolwide kindness initiative and the wall will continue to grow. (From left) Grace Hart, Michael Garcia, Juan Vicente, and Jude Dawson penned uplifting messages for a holiday-themed display at their school.

Independent / Courtesy Riverhead Schools The Pulaski Street Elementary School in Riverhead is carrying out a guitar restoration program headed by its very own Bob Fallot. After carefully researching the methods involved, fifth and sixth graders spend their afternoons restoring guitars that are later donated to organizations like Earlier this year, several of the repaired guitars were sent to students in hurricane-affected areas.

Tuckahoe School Two of Tuckahoe’s fifth-grade classes have been discovering and learning about living cells and kinetic sculptures. Students explore the differences between animal and plant cells while learning what organelles are within both. In science, they study the scientific terms and in art class, they formed connections with kinetic sculptures called mobiles.

Tuckahoe art teacher Barbara Imperiale has explored the 20thcentury American artist Alexander Calder with her class, as well as his creations made of recycled materials. Students have created their own representations by creating organelles out of re-used materials, weighing the different pieces and recording the mass differences. At the same time, students are testing the balance ratio of different parts and using balancing scales with gram cubes. As their final project, students

will construct kinetic cell mobiles, containing two mini mobiles that counter balance each other. The organelles will be represented with their functions in mind. By the end of the presentation, students learn a better understanding of kinetic art works as well as the science behind living cells. Riverhead Schools Art students at Pulaski Street Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District are learning that art is more than just drawing and painting through a community service project that involves the restoration of broken guitars. As part of the initiative, spearheaded by art teacher Bob Fallot, fifth and sixth graders spend their Wednesday and Thursday afternoons using screws, paint, wood, and tools to repair dilapidated guitars. Fallot, who learned to refurbish instruments by watching videos, obtains the guitars by bidding on them, paying as little

Independent / Courtesy Springs School The Springs School Student Council hosted its monthly Middle School Pajama Day on December 13. Each month, Pajama Day is tied to a local charity or school fundraising theme. This month, Springs Middle School students donated new unwrapped toys to the East Hampton Kiwanis Club Toys for Tots program. Students donated eight boxes stuffed with over 150 new toy donations. In November, the Student Council helped stock the Springs Community Food Pantry with food items for Thanksgiving.

as a penny for each one. Once the instruments are repaired, they are donated to organizations such as, a nonprofit that distributes instruments to students in need. Earlier this year, several of the repaired guitars were sent to students in hurricane effected areas. Westhampton Beach Schools As part of a schoolwide kindness initiative, second graders at Westhampton Beach Elementary

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the spirit of cooperation.”

The blistering cold on New Year’s Day didn’t deter Riverhead residents from turning out Monday to Howard Hovey Elementary School to mark the inauguration of Laura Jens-Smith -- the first woman in the town’s 225-year history to be elected to the post of supervisor.

Democrat Jens-Smith, a former nurse and school board member, defeated incumbent supervisor Sean Walter, a Republican, in November in her second bid for the seat having been unsuccessful two years prior. On Monday JensSmith, who will lead a Democratic majority on the board, cited a motivational speech by US Navy Adm. William McRaven, about the 10 life lessons that can be gained from the basic training of the elite Navy SEALs, which served as inspiration for her to continue working toward her goal.

“If you want to change the world you can never give up,” she said. “Two years ago, I ran for office and while I didn’t succeed then, I didn’t give up either, and today I am proud and grateful to be standing here as the first woman supervisor in Riverhead Town history.” Taking a tip from the admiral, she noted change cannot be brought about by one person alone -- a theme that continued throughout

“I am excited to really get started -we have a work session tomorrow, and I think a board meeting the next day,” she said. Incumbents Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, Highway Superintendent George ‘Gio’ Woodson, Deputy Highway Superintendent Michael Zaleski, and Town Assessor Laverne Tennenberg were also sworn in at the ceremony.

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the ceremony.

“If we truly want to make our town better, we all need to help each other and we all need to work together,” Jens-Smith said. “We need to remember we will not always be successful and when we are most challenged, we must keep moving forward. We all must continue to work hard, work hard to be our very best.”

Jens-Smith described herself as “always involved” in the community and “head strong” with her opinions, wanting to bring about change for the better, but aside from a stint in student government as a teenager, she never envisioned herself in a political role.


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“I’ve always been driven in a sort of ‘see things done the right way,’ I guess,” she said. A Woman’s Voice It was not until a legislative breakfast several years ago — where she noticed men outnumbered women — that got her thinking about running for public office. “I said, ‘There needs to be more women up there, there needs to be a woman’s voice,’ and that is kind of what started me thinking about wanting to run for office,” she said.

For the first time, the town not only has a female supervisor but a female majority on the town board. For now, Jens-Smith’s priority is focusing on providing “good government” and being “inclusive regardless of the perspective whether it be male or female,” she said. Running mate Catherine Kent said the pair have “hit the ground running” the day after their election, apprising themselves of “everything,” and meeting with the heads of various departments, and other council members to talk with them about “working together in

More like a celebration, and less like a government ceremony, the inauguration was interspersed with performances from community members including the First Baptist Church Riverhead Choir, which performed “America” and “Stand” and a group of students from Riley Avenue Elementary School that sang “You Raise Me Up,” while signing the lyrics in American Sign Language for the audience.

Kent, a former school teacher, taught the song to the youngsters in her class two years ago, so that they could perform it for their parents at the end of the year. “That song is about people who make you stronger, that build you up and empower you, so I thought it was fitting,” she said. “There were a lot of people in the room whose shoulders we stood on, that’s what the song is about. We couldn’t do it all alone -- it took a lot of people.” Supporter Betty Harris, a longtime Riverhead resident and community volunteer who donated her time to the Democratic campaign, said the party’s volunteers worked very hard to elect Jens-Smith and Kent to their new posts. “I believe in our town and there is nothing that I would not do for it, now,” she said. “I believe that we are going to have great things happen, and I am looking forward to it.”


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There are always a ton of fun and interactive events happening on the North Fork, here is a list of our favorites. Got news? Email us at an artist’s delight Artists don’t craft their works; they open up and bleed on the canvas. Sometimes it flows with ease and other times, it is an immense struggle. The East End Arts Gallery understands this struggle better

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than most and would like to honor their fellow artists by hosting an open call for all members who would like to participate in the annual non-juried members show. Gallery director Jane Kirkwood acknowledged that creating art can be torture. “Other times,” she said, “when the ‘muse’ is cooperative, the art just flows through the hands of the artist onto paper, canvas, clay, etc. Instead of a struggle, making art becomes fun.” “Fun” is the goal and theme for all the

participating artists which are guaranteed entry to the show. All entries must be delivered in person to the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead between 10 AM and 4 PM on January 18 and January 19, or between 10 AM and 3 PM on January 20. The opening reception will be held on January 26 from 5 to 7 PM. For more information about memberships, go to www. heaven for bookworms

The library, a common hangout

for many students on their holiday break (cough, cough). However, people of all ages should consider heading down to the MattituckLaurel Library or the Shelter Island Public Library for a menagerie of activities too numerous to list. Everything from book clubs, exercise classes, multi-media analyses, and opportunities to forge your own career path are available now and will continue into the new year. The MattituckLaurel Library is open from 10 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. The Shelter Island Public Library is open from 9:30 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays. For more detailed lists of the libraries’ activities, visit www. and www.silibrary. org. Peace and tranquility Join the volunteers at the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island on January 13 for a day of service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Participants will gain hands-on experience in regards to various outdoor preservation activities like invasive species removal and trail work. Community service hours are available and everyone is welcome to join. Also, many more activities will be available in the coming months and will start as early as February. fighting gravity

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like New York to pay for deeper tax cuts elsewhere. New York is a net contributor that now will be contributing even more. This bill chooses winners and losers in a way that could have and should have been avoided,” Associated Press writers Erik Schelzig, Jonathan Cooper, and Michael Catalini opined on December 17.

Democrats generally assailed the bill, claiming “red” states (those that voted for Trump) benefit from the tax cuts more than the “blue” states. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has said he thinks the tax overhaul could encourage more people to move from high-tax states to places like Tennessee, which charges no state income tax. “We think it actually will encourage both investment growth and population growth in Tennessee,” Haslam said.

projection that the tax reform law will add as much as $1.4 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years.

“Instead of true tax reform, the President and US Congress have crafted a tax bill that gives the bulk of the benefits to the wealthy and campaign donors. Again, the middle class is left behind. It is no accident that the bulk of benefits will accrue to the red states with the blue states picking up the tab. All of our children will pick up the tab for the $1 trillion hole this will create in the federal budget. Those who perpetrated this illconsidered legislation must be held accountable in 2018,” Thiele said.

However, since the debt rose over $6 billion during the Obama administration, the partisan criticism rings hollow, Republicans who helped craft the bill counter. Congressman Paul Ryan, for example, said that if the economy is indeed stimulated by the tax cuts, the added revenue will easily offset the projected $1 trillion.

“We are subsidizing other parts of the nation with our hard-earned tax dollars”

Thiele, Zeldin, and Schumer all – Fred Thiele lamented the fact that New York contributes more into the federal government than other states. “According to the Rockefeller Institute, each year New York State already sends $48 billion more in taxes to Washington than it gets back in services,” Thiele said.

“We are subsidizing other parts of the nation with our hard-earned tax dollars. That subsidy will be even greater by at least another $10-15 billion under this bill. Think about how much lower our own state and local taxes could be if we didn’t have to subsidize the so-called ‘low tax’ states with an inequitable federal tax code,” he stated. Democrats were quick to point to a Congressional Budget Office

The $1000-per-child tax credit will rise to $2000, with up to $1400 available in IRS refunds for families who owe little or no taxes under the new law.

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Alzheimer’s Support

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

The Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter sponsors a caregiver support group on the second Tuesday of each month from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the East Hampton Library, located at 159 Main St. The group, which is conducted by trained facilitators, seeks to offer a safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of people with dementia to develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions,

and to talk through issues and coping strategies. The program, which is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the New York State Department of Health, also offers a place for participants to share their feelings, needs, and concerns and learn about community resources. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter’s 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900. To learn more about the caregiver program or Connected, the chapter’s online community, visit

Independent / Richard Lewin Every New Year’s Day the Montauk Fire Department formally announces and swears in the officers for the new year. This year Chief Vincent Franzone, First Assistant Chief David Ryan, and Second Assistant Chief Mitchell Valcich welcomed families and friends at the fire house, to congratulate and to celebrate. Montauk Fire District Commissioner (and Ex-Chief) Richard Schoen did the swearing in. Joseph Dryer, Chairman of the Montauk Fire District Commissioners, took the oath from new Commissioner James Wright.

However, safeguards have been put in place to assure illegal immigrants don’t take advantage of the largesse. Parents would have to provide children’s Social Security numbers to receive the child credit. The legislation also deals a major blow to Obamacare – it eliminates the individual mandate that forced people to either buy health insurance or pay a penalty. The move is expected to send health premiums spiraling higher.

Independent / courtesy Tony Ganga Excavation on the 9/11 memorial at the American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett took place last month. Organizers hope to have the 1100-pound sculpture fashioned from a WTC beam into two pieces, one supporting the other in concrete to symbolize help, completed this year.


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Hurricanes An Early Season Surprise

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By Rick Murphy

The two basketball teams, both steeped in East End folklore, are off to historic starts. But while the wins pile up for one, the losses mount for the other. It’s been a while since the glory


days in Westhampton, when Rich Wrase took his Hurricanes to an undefeated season and the New York State Federation title.

No one expects another undefeated season, but then again no one expected the ‘Canes to be 8-0 at

this juncture either. Last week coach John Baumillerz led his charges into the Coaches versus Cancer Tournament in Hampton Bays. Jake Gaudiello scored 22 points and had 10 assists to lead the locals to an 81-29 romp

over Eastport South Manor in a semifinal encounter in December 27. Nolan Quinlan added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Thursday in the finale the Hurricanes upended the host team, Hampton Bays, 65-56 to

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earn the title. Gaudiello scored 27 points and had nine assists and took home MVP honors. Nolan Quinlan contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds. Lucas Brown had 22 points for Hampton Bays.

Westhampton was 8-10 last season and lost several key players, but Guadiello, a 5’ 10” senior, has taken his game to another level. He is Suffolk’s fourth-highest scorer, lighting it up to the tune of 25 points per game and is clearly one of the most improved players on the East End. Westhampton gets East Hampton at home tomorrow; tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 PM.

Bridgehampton, with 10 state titles, is arguably the most successful program in New York State. But a disastrous 0-6 start has heads shaking and tongues wagging. The Bees, just two years removed from the NYS Class D title, are reeling after the resignation of Carl Johnson, the veteran mentor who earned four titles as a coach and three as a player. His replacement, Ronnie White, has creds of his own – he played for Johnson on three of the title teams. But the early results indicate White has an overmatched squad weakened further because two seniors who were expected to start decided against playing. Still, on December 20 the Bees, playing at home against Stony Brook, showed signs of life. Elijah White, the coach’s son, went off for a career high 37 points and JP Harding added 12. The Bees play today at Southold (4:30) in a League VIII encounter. Riverhead, a Class AA school, looks to contend in Suffolk’s killer League II and so far the Blue Waves are up to the task. Saturday the locals disposed of Mt. Sinai on their home court 88-65. The Waves came out quickly, opened up a 20-point lead by early in the second stanza, and cruised the rest of the way. It was very much the Quashiem Miller Experience: the 6’ 3” junior dashed and slashed for 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Riverhead (6-3 overall) in a nonleague game. Cir’rus Davender added 12 points and 10 assists. Nick Hurowitz had 13 points for

The Bridgehampton Killer Bees are off to a slow start but not Elijah White (number 1) -- the junior guard scored 37 points against Stony Brook on December 20.

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Mt. Sinai. Riverhead is 1-0 in League II. The Waves play at Northport Friday evening at 6:15.

The greatest show on Earth? That’s debatable. But the word is out hereabouts that Greenport is the Holy Land true believers are traveling to.

Say hello to Ahkee Anderson, Greenport’s 5-10 sophomore wünderkind who is already being touted at Suffolk’s next superstar.

Playing at home Friday Greenport upset Class A Bayport-Blue Point 77-74. Anderson, who can fill the stat sheets with the best of them, scored 27 and handed out on 11 more buckets to lead the Porters to the Suffolk County Official Holiday Tournament. Julian and Jaxan Swann both scored 13 points. Julian had 11 rebounds and five blocks, two of which came late in the fourth quarter, maintaining Greenport’s lead. Tyrus Smiley added 16 points. Greenport gets two sleep-inducers

this week, Smithtown Christian today at home and Shelter Island on Monday. Anderson is Suffolk’s seventh-highest scorer (24 ppg).

East Hampton is hanging tough for coach Dan White in League V. Bonac fell to 2-3 in league play (3-4 overall) at home Friday to East Islip, 75-52, despite 19 points from Jack Reese, who is 14th on the county scoring rolls with a 21.3 average. The Bonackers get Rocky Point at home Tuesday at 6:15 PM after tomorrow’s game in Westhampton. 53

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Riverhead Looks To Reverse Course

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The Riverhead Lady Blue Waves know it’s tough competing in Suffolk’s League II against other Class AA schools, but the Waves have held their own over the years.

Last season was tough -- a 7-12 record, and a seat on the bench for the playoffs. This year, though, Riverhead and head coach Kenneth Coard are focused on gaining a berth in the county playoffs and seeing how far the team can advance. The optimism is based on the fact that the locals return a veteran team anchored by its heady allleague point guard, Faith Johnson-

DaSilva, a 5’ 4” dynamo who can make things happen. She’s an excellent passer, and that’s a good thing, because all of the starters can score. Friday, playing on the road against Patchogue-Medford was a perfect example. Riverhead surprised the Red Raiders, a League I Class AA school that is among the largest enrollment high school in the county.

Johnson-DaSilva was hitting the open man and the Waves were making the most of it -- especially Kate McCarney, a senior who went off for a game high 24 points. A 12-point lead expanded to 21 in

the third and the locals coasted to a 56-37 victory, raising their overall mark to 5-2. The Blue Waves are 1-0 in league play. Johnson-DaSilva added 10 points and boatload of assists and Kristina Dunn added eight for the winners. Next up is Copiague on Friday at 5 PM. Riverhead travels to Center Moriches Tuesday.

There is no hidden agenda for the Mattituck Lady Tuckers. The defending Long Island Class B champions, 22-4 last season, are back with a veteran team that has aspirations to ascend to the very top perch -- in the state. Five senior starters led by sensational all-everything Liz Dwyer allows the team to look beyond League VII to the state Class B tournament. The nonleague portion of the season has been used by coach Steve Van Dood to strengthen the team by taking on the best opponents he could schedule.

Shoreham-Wading River is no patsy. The League VI school, a Class A, was 18-3 last season and had no intentions of rolling over when the two teams clashed Thursday on the Wildcats’ home court.

Mikayla Dwyer scored 15 points and Abby Korzekwinski 12 points to lead the home team to a 48-36 victory over the Lady Tuckers. Dwyer had 20 points for Mattituck and is currently ninth on the Suffolk scoring list with a 22.2 average. A 15-4 first-quarter run did in the losers, who snapped a

seven-game winning streak. The victory improved the SWR record to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in League VI.

The Tuckers fell to 7-2 overall but remain undefeated in League VII with a 5-0 mark. The Tuckers play Pierson/Bridgehampton Monday in Sag Harbor at 5:45, and that should be a good one. The Lady Whalers fear no team, especially at home. In fact Pierson, the favorite to take the Long Island Class C crown, beat Shoreham/Wading River back in November 43-38. The Lady Tuckers, in turn, playing on their home court, took out Pierson 5937.

P/BH is 7-3 overall and 4-1 in League VII play, the only loss being to Mattituck. Patchogue-Medford proved too much for the Lady Whalers, who lost an away game there on December 27 by a 57-22 margin. Katie Kneeland had 15 points in defeat.

The award for the most exciting game of the week goes to Hampton Bays and Westhampton. The Baywomen won it Thursday 42-41 in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. Mackenzie Tyler drilled two free throws with second remaining to ice the game. The 5’ 4” senior point guard is the fifth highest scorer in the county with a 25.2 mark. The Baywomen travel to John Glenn tomorrow (4:30 PM); Westhampton is in East Hampton that evening - tipoff is scheduled for 5:45.

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Your New New Year’s Resolutions Happy 2018! By now you’ve written out, or mentally prepared, your hopes and dreams for the year ahead. More than likely that includes fitness goals, which are probably repeat resolutions of New Years’ past. In aims to be realistic, here are my five health and wellness resolutions that I encourage all of you to add to your list as well. I Will Not Body Shame. By starting the year with a sense of “boditude” (body-gratitude) we shift the focus from our flaws to what makes us us. Human nature is to strive to be better, but this year we will accept our body in its existing form. Beyond ourselves, we will appreciate all those around us as well. No one has the exact same size anything, despite what department stores tell us. It’s time to spread boditude. I Will Get Outside More. Even in this frigid air, walking outside for a few minutes a day helps get purer oxygen to the brain. Being outside stimulates more than muscles, it helps to feel connected to the world around us and all of our senses. From a hike to

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in hopes to become happier (2016 was a bad year). It worked. For this year we will find happiness in our daily lives. Positivity is contagious. It naturally rids stress and wards off diseases. That’s a healthy decision. I Will Love Food. Food is fuel for our bodies so we should learn to enjoy it. From organic eating to that slice of cake, everything we put into our bodies breaks down

and determines how we function. With that being said, let’s rid ourselves of the guilt associated with certain foods and the praise in others. Love every forkful!

Here’s to a healthier, happier, and more adventurous year ahead. In omnia paratus!

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