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East End News Project Launches

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. The Independent will team up with Times Review Media Group’s three newspapers (the Shelter Island Reporter, The Suffolk Times, and the Riverhead News Review), The Press News Group (The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press, and 27east. com), and The Sag Harbor Express to begin jointly reporting on this critical issue.

The facts of the overdose crisis are stark and frightening: Suffolk County has the highest rate of overdose deaths in New York State. Almost 500 people died from opioid overdoses in Nassau and Suffolk counties in 2016, the most ever. The drug fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than morphine,

was a culprit in many of those deaths.

In June of this year, the Suffolk County police commissioner held a press conference to report that there had been 22 opioid-related overdoses within a 48-hour period. These overdoses and overdose deaths have affected every community in Suffolk County -- including the five East End towns, villages, and hamlets. We have not escaped this scourge. The menace is here. And it is

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getting worse. A recent forum on the issue at Hampton Bays High School filled the auditorium. One speaker said she was on a train when her son called to tell her that her other son was dead from an overdose. Southampton Police Chief Steven Skrynecki told the crowd that there were five overdose deaths in the town in 2016; there had been 17 up to that point so far in 2017. 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 communicate the horrible reality --

and save lives.

If you can help us with our work, here is our contact information: The Independent

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Narcan kits, as well as do-ityourself drug-testing kits, can also be obtained from the Suffolk County Sheriff ’s offices. For more information about how to obtain either kit, call 631-852-2663. More

information about Narcan training can be obtained by watching “Saving One Life at a Time with Narcan at Suffolk Opioid Overdose Prevention Program” on YouTube. The next class will be held at the Southold Fire Department, 55135 Main Rd on December 28. Participants are encouraged to RSVP by December 22 by calling 631-765-3385 or emailing nfvrsa@

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Narcan: Antidote For Overdose

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

A mock cellphone, super tiny cotton balls, rubber bands, pieces of wax paper, and plastic caps -- all drug paraphernalia -- were displayed on a table near a Christmas tree strung with lights. Most of the 30 community members gathered inside the Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreation Center last week would agree they could have chosen one zillion other activities for a night during the holiday season. Nonetheless they were ready to act, ready to learn how to reverse overdoses -- something most civilians don’t know how to do -- from opiates like heroin by administering Naloxone.

“Basically, it’s the antidote for opioids,” Bill Weick, an investigator from the Suffolk County Sheriff ’s Office told the group of mostly parents and educators, as part of a free class co-sponsored by County Legislator Bridget Fleming, County Executive Steve Bellone,

Signs Of Opiate Overdose

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Naloxone, aka Narcan, is used to reverse opioid overdose.

the county’s Department of Health Services, Southampton Town Police, Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreation Center, Human Growth and Understanding Services, and Thomas’s Hope.

Naloxone, more commonly-known by its brand name, Narcan, was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reverse the effects of overdose from opiaterelated drugs in 1961. Its name was little known outside the medical profession until recent years, when it became commonplace to hear in relation to the growing number of overdoses associated with heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. It can be administered either by injection, in the case of emergency medical technicians, or intranasally, by police officers and civilians. All police officers throughout the

county now carry the drug, and until recent years, the drug was not as readily available for the use of civilians -- moms, dads, educators, librarians, high school soccer coaches.

Naloxone can be given to anyone who is experiencing the effects of an overdose from any class of opiate and it cannot be used or abused to get high, according to Weick. “If it is given to a person who has not taken on an opioid, it will not have any effect on them,” he said. “So, if I give Narcan to you and you are in overdose status and I think you are on opioids and I give this to you, it turns out that you overdosed on something else. There’s no ill effects. No harm no foul, other than you have to get your kit refilled.” The class was shown a slideshow of photographs of people to help them identify signs of

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opiate overdose such as pinpoint pupils, slow or shallow breathing, and unresponsiveness. One misconception people have about drug overdoses is that they happen almost immediately, Weick said. “That typically does not happen until several hours later; a lot of people think you shoot heroin and you immediately fall over and drop dead from an overdose,” he said. “Overdoses can occur five to six hours later. Generally, it’s about an hour or two hours later. We are slowing the system down. You have to understand this is not like an electrocution. This is something that slows the system down until you eventually go into cardiac arrest.” Other signs of overdose include a pale face, and blue nailbeds and blue lips. “If you take your fingers

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Jerry’s Ink

by Jerry Della Femina

WATCHING AN OLD LADY DIE ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK She’s a bundle on a cold sidewalk. She’s a very old woman, maybe in her late 80s or early 90s. When you pass by her she is so wrapped up in blankets and rags that only the top of her head can be seen. You can hear her mumbling. She’s out of her head. God know where she thinks she is and to whom she thinks she’s talking – a long-lost son? A daughter? A dead husband? Who knows? She can be found every night sprawled between 63rd and 64th Streets and Lexington Avenue. She’s a living, breathing symbol of the failure of every town and hamlet in this country to deal with and save mentally ill, homeless souls. She won’t make it through this winter.

Passersby leave her cups of coffee and scraps of food. When she freezes to death, and she will, Mayor Bill de Blasio will have killed her. Don’t fall for all his sanctimonious speeches about the homeless. Just look at this pitiful old woman he has left out on the street to die.

When she dies, the New York Police Department, the finest, most compassionate police force in the country, will have a hand in killing her. They must drive and walk past her every night. All they have to do is pick up her tiny body and take her to a shelter. They don’t. They drive and walk past her as though she wasn’t there. There are more than a hundred houses of worship in Manhattan. There are churches, synagogues,

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the old woman who will die is the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer. It is on 66th Street and Lexington Avenue, just about 150 steps from the woman who will freeze to death. Two avenues -- or 400 feet -- away is Temple Emanu-El.

My dream is one night, when the temperature is 10 degrees, a young priest from St. Vincent’s and a rabbi from Temple Emanu-El will go out into the street to help the freezing old lady. They will meet and come together to bring her to warmth and safety.

Who am I kidding? A priest and a rabbi come together to save the life of an old woman ... that’s an old Bing Crosby movie from the 1940s. The truth is the priest and the rabbi will continue to sleep in the warmth of their bedrooms and ignore the little old lady who will die on the street.

Tomorrow night when I pass her I will slip a $20 bill into the blankets and rags where she is sleeping. But once again, who am I kidding? I’m just as responsible as you are.

The old lady will die. And when she dies, and she will, we all must know we killed her.

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Determined, With A Huge Heart

By Kitty Merrill

the eight-year-old addressed the entire school body at the meet. “Have you ever felt lonely? ” she asked the audience.

Kailey Eberhart had a variety of medical issues when she was born. “She spent a lot of time in doctor’s offices,” her mom, Kristy, informed this week. With serious asthma, she couldn’t go outside during recess on cold days, didn’t learn how to play classic outdoor games, and couldn’t run around with other kids her age. “Recess was a challenge for her,” Kristy recalled. “Oftentimes friends didn’t know she was lonely, that she was not playing tag because she didn’t know how.” One doctor’s visit lit a fire in a kid whom, her mother said, “has a huge heart.” Sitting in the waiting room, she perused a copy of Highlights magazine and found an article about buddy benches, benches on school playgrounds designed to help kids find friends. “I read a magazine and saw it,” Kailey recounted this week. “The day before that I had no one to play with and I was feeling really lonely. I read about it and said, ‘Mom, I want to do that.’” Kailey was just

“She read this whole letter, a lady behind me was crying,” Kristy said. Kailey said she felt “very nervous” about giving a presentation before hundreds of kids, parents, and teachers. But afterward, “I felt good, I felt proud. At recess all the kids were coming up to me saying it was really good and I didn’t seem nervous at all.” Independent / Kitty Merrill Kailey Eberhart was at the holiday fair at St. Michael’s in Amagansett on Saturday, raising money to install a buddy bench at Springs School.

five when she got the idea.

Kailey and her mom broached the notion to school officials at Springs School. But patience was needed. Other organizations and individuals had embarked on volunteer initiatives. “They were doing really nice things we wanted to support,” Kristy recalled. So they waited.

They waited years.

And the desire didn’t die.

This year, Kristy went to the school principal again with her daughter’s idea. “I said, ‘We have to do this, she’s driving me nuts.’” It was time. Assistant principal Christine Cleary signed on to help out. “Mrs. Cleary said do I want to go up at the spirit meet and I said ‘Sure!’” Kailey reported. Last week,

Not only did the third grader voice a desire to install the bench, she offered ideas how kids could raise the money for it. “She had all the questions answered,” district superintendent Deb Winter explained. “She took all the questions and had an answer for everything.”

There’s a big poster outside Kailey’s classroom now, Winter informed, “and the school has really gotten behind her.” Continued On Page 32.


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Sand In My Shoes by Denis Hamill

From Empty Nest To Season’s Best Ryan was not feeling jolly this yuletide season. He was stuck between humbug and ho ho ho.

The news was filled with sexual abuse, nuclear saber rattling, racial division, uproar in the Middle East, Puerto Rico still a swamp, fires rampaging through California, the nation teetering toward autocracy. Worse, a loved one was awaiting results of postchemo cancer scans.

But on Saturday morning a log flickered in the fireplace. Falling snow polka-dotted the golden leaves and yellowed lawn outside Ryan’s window. Then Ryan heard the sweet, loud creaking of the stairs that sounded like a crying infant. “He’s awake,” Ryan thought.

His son Rory was thumping down from his bedroom that had been as empty as a playground in the rain since late-August while he

was away at an upstate college. Now Rory was home for a long weekend, with one final test scheduled on Wednesday up in his school before a month long semester break at home.

Ryan smiled, gulped some coffee.

The aroma of the fresh java and the sizzle of bacon on a steel pan and the snow falling through the skeletal trees outside the frosted windows and the loud creaking of his son descending the stairs all at once made the house feel like Santa Claus might be coming to town. The empty nest of September would be full until late January.

A few days before Ryan was searching for a book when he came across old baby pictures of Rory sitting on his shoulders, in his baby walker, another with Ryan’s hands wrapped clear around Rory’s infant torso.



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Now Rory appeared in the kitchen, tall, strong, lean, and filled with the impossible ephemeral vitality of age 18. Rory’s favorite cat, Rascal, threaded through his legs. Ryan smiled at his Little Guy.

Rory, to grease his palm with way more money than the small task deserved. Giving a college kid spending dough made Uncle Steve feel a vicarious 18 himself again.

“Amazing. Man, I missed my bed, Dad.”

“I can do that,” said Rory, beaming at the C-note. “Thank you so much.”

“Sleep okay?”

Rory held up a large, clenched fist. Ryan met it with his own fist. They shoulder bumped. The bacon crackled. Rory scooped up Rascal and gave her a scratch under her furry grey chin. The cat purred like a little motorboat. Father and son wolfed pancakes drenched in real maple syrup, crunching bacon, and sipping strong hot coffee.

Ryan knew that even though his son was home he wouldn’t see much of him. He’d be down the basement with his wrecking crew, watching sports, playing music, talking to girls. Or he’d be out with the guys cruising, at the movies, tossing a football or shooting hoops.

But just knowing he was around, hearing him laughing from downstairs, barging into the house when he was hungry, asking for cash to go to a party with pals, and hearing him creak down the morning stairs, was enough to lift Ryan out of the doldrums of a sick loved one, a splintered nation and a world in turmoil and into the spirit of Christmas. Ryan began to move from Bah humbug and Ho-Ho-Ho.

Ryan and Rory watched a Saturday morning marathon of “Law and Order” as the tireless snow buried Ryan’s car and the assorted sins of the gloomy world outside his window like a white blanket of absolution. That was fine with Ryan because he had on his slippers and his Little Guy was home.

Ryan stared at his son as a jury foreman found some lowlife guilty on the TV show. The day before Ryan’s buddy Steve had asked Rory if he could rent his teenage muscles to put up a real Christmas tree in his living room for his grandkids. Ryan knew it was an excuse for Steve to play Dutch uncle to

“Merry Christmas, go party while you’re young,” Uncle Steve said.

That night Rory didn’t let Uncle Steve down.

The next morning in the living room, Ryan gazed at his son trying to remember all the Christmases past with his Little Guy. There were too many to remember, all balling together like a bag of torn wrapping paper and pine needles. The Christmases zoomed like a movie montage. Ryan kept gazing at his Little Guy, wideeyed, wordless.

“What, Dad.” Rory stood with his empty coffee mug, looking down at his father. “Nothing.”

“More coffee?”

Ryan looked up at his son. “You got taller, Little Guy.” “Yeah? Nah.”

Ryan stood, nudging a taller Rory to the kitchen doorway where his growth marks climbed the frame like a ladder from boyhood to manhood. “C’mon, this again?” “Shaddap, runt.”

Ryan backed Rory against the frame. He flattened a felt pen across the top of his son’s head, making a growth notch. “Wow, over an inch since summer,” Ryan said. They used the tape measure which showed Rory was now 5’ 11 ½.” The Little Guy who sat on Ryan’s shoulders a few scant Christmas mornings ago was now a grown man with a semester of college under his belt. “You are officially no longer my Little Guy,” Ryan said.

“Yes I am,” Rory said. “Always.” That was all Ryan had to hear.

Ryan’s kid was home and it was gonna be very good Christmas.

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By Peggy Spellman Hoey

More Cameras For Hillcrest outside the park, spurred calls at community meetings for more of a police presence and the installation of cameras as a deterrent. The second round of cameras were then installed about a year ago, village officials said.

An additional two surveillance cameras were recently installed -bringing the total number to eight -- in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Southampton Village to address quality-of-life concerns of the residents who live there.

Surveillance cameras were first introduced to the neighborhood at Windward Way Park almost 10 years ago. Since then, residents have complained about illegal dumping and last year, a drive-by shooting in which three men were injured

“The shooting is what tipped the scale,” said Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison. He’s liaised with community members about quality-of-life issues, noting the department has observed “problems” in a portion of the neighborhood “for the better part

of 30 years.”

“It’s been very difficult for us to police the way the roads are set up,” he said. Lamison said people participating in illegal activities would use lookouts to notify each other if a police car was on its way into the neighborhood.

Cameras have been placed on Windward Way, facing down Hillcrest Avenue, and Miller Road. Lamison would not reveal all of the camera locations.



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Independent / Peggy Spellman Hoey The Hillcrest neighborhood of Southampton Village recently had an additional two cameras (such as this one above) installed on utility poles as a deterrent to quality-oflife threats.

The village also has had its hands full with illegal dumping -everything from litter to mattresses -- in the neighborhood in a portion of Hillcrest Terrace that is owned by the Town of Southampton behind Gee Allius Church. The litter has been difficult to clean up, Lamison said. People were also dumping garbage at the foot of a pathway leading to the adjacent townhouse development and frequently used by residents walking their dogs, he said. “Ninety-to-ninety-five percent of the people [in the neighborhood] are good, hardworking people -- it’s the five percent that come there that don’t live there,” he said. “It’s the hub for hanging out. The majority of operations has been terminated due to the [camera program].”

The video camera initiative started with former Mayor Mark Epley whose administration began examining areas that needed attention as part of an overall plan, “where there was an opportunity for things to happen” and they looked at areas where there was a history of vandalism, he said this week. At that time, cameras were installed at Windward Way Park, Coopers Beach, Agawam Park, and a “variety of locations,” according to Epley. Continued On Page 55.



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CCE’s Contamination Action Plan

been evaluated for potential PFC contamination. There are three airports, six fire training facilities, and 278 fire stations. All of these sites may have been used for fire training purposes.

Compiled by Kitty Merrill

Citizens Campaign for the Environment released a comprehensive four-point action plan to address per-fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) on Long Island. In conjunction with the plan, CCE released an online interactive map showing a potential 287 additional sites that could have PFC contamination.

There are four confirmed sites where PFCs contaminated private drinking water wells. The potential 287 additional sites are places where PFC-containing fire suppressant foam could have been used for fire training purposes. New York State needs to work with local counties to thoroughly assess these 287 sites to determine if PFC foam was used and conduct monitoring to assess if PFCs are present in drinking water, according to CCE. “PFCs are serious contaminants that threaten drinking water, our environment, and our health. Potential long-term exposure effects can include decreased birth weight, and cancers within the renal and thyroid. To date, no full assessment has taken place to ascertain where PFCs were used on Long Island and where they might be contaminating drinking water. Ignorance isn’t bliss, ignorance is dangerous,” stated Adrienne Esposito, CCE’s executive director.

The EPA’s Health Advisory Level is .07 parts per billion for PFCs, yet there is no enforceable drinking water standard. The NYS Drinking Water Taskforce discussed the need to establish a drinking water standard at its November meeting, but no additional progress has occurred. PFC contamination has been found at four sites on Long Island, three on the East End -Gabreski Airport, Westhampton; Firematics Fire Training Facility in Yaphank; Hampton Bays Fire Station; and East Hampton Airport. All of the sites were used in fire training activities, where the fire fighting foam contained PFCs. Based on these initial investigations, CCE analyzed potential locations where firefighting activities may have

Independent / Courtesy CCE Citizens Campaign for the Environment identified 287 potential sites of PFCs contamination on Long Island.

occurred on Long Island, including airports, fire fighting training facilities, and fire stations. CCE

found a potential 287 sites on Long Island that could have been used for training purposes and have not

“With over a 100 different fire departments on Long Island, all conducting their own fire training, there is a great potential for additional contaminated sites. DEC [NYS Department of Environmental Conservation] needs to work expeditiously with local health departments to

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By Kitty Merrill

Senior Center On The Horizon

The center will also provide a permanent home for the East Hampton Food Pantry.

Spend some time there, she said, and “you can’t shake the smile off your face.” East Hampton Town Councilwoman Kathee BurkeGonzalez can’t praise the programs at the town’s senior center enough.

“We’ve had seven meetings with the architects,” Burke-Gonzalez reported. “But we’re just not there yet.”

At lunchtime in the senior nutrition program there’s a table where ladies from Amagansett who went to kindergarten together sit.

There’s an adult daycare program the councilwoman calls “a real lifeline for caregivers.” Participants at the center can enjoy crafts, movies, current events discussion, exercise, meditation, and more.

Independent / James J. Mackin A new senior center to replace the elder edifice on Springs Fireplace Road in East Hampton is in the offing.

The town’s Department of Human Services operates out of the twoacre senior center campus, with its transportation, in home services for the elderly, residential repair, mental health referral programs, county advocate, and more. DHS predominantly works out of 1600-square-foot trailer on the site next to the 10,100-square-foot main building.

While Burke-Gonzalez extols the activities at the center, where the myriad programs take place, the dreary old building on Springs Fireplace Road? Well, that’s a different story.

But there’s cause for optimism. The town board is in the process of tweaking the design for a new center, right on the same site. Earlier


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this year, members of the board got to see a proposal for a new senior community center comprising some 22,000 square feet, twice the current allocation for programs.

A presentation by the architectural firm Savik & Murray proposed a two-story building that exceeds minimum accessibility standards. Wide corridors with handrails and wide aisles between the furniture to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, vinyl floors, automatic doors, and plenty of natural light were suggested for indoors. The draft plan calls for a larger kitchen and dining room, with activity rooms for technology, wellness, and games. Outside, the property would boast 120 parking spaces with a covered drop off area, gazebo, walking path, and gardens with seating in an “adult playground.”

Once a design is finalized and construction begins, it may move forward more slowly than many projects, but for a good reason. The new building will be sited back from the roadway, with work underway while programs in the old building continue. “It’s really important to us to keep the programs going during construction,” the councilwoman explained. Other sites were considered for the new center, but the current locale was deemed most centrally located and easily accessible to residents of nearby senior housing complexes. The weathered blue building has been home to the town’s senior services for 30 years. Before that it was a bar called the Cottage Inn, and is an estimated 100 years old, older than almost all of its users. With the senior citizen population the most rapidly growing demographic in East Hampton – a third of the population is over 55 – the capacity of the aging structure hasn’t kept pace with the demand for services. For at least a decade, a new, expanded center has been on community members’ wish lists. The town’s capital budget includes $3 million for construction. In the 2018 budget, the town designated $1.5 million from reserve funds to reduce borrowing for the project.

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Compiled by Rick Murphy Transition Office Suffolk County Sheriff-elect Errol Toulon, Jr. has created a transitional office in the month leading up to his January inauguration. He intends to meet with small groups of deputy sheriffs, correction officers, and civilian staff, he said last week.

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“I want to create an environment over the course of this transition that encourages our employees to share their ideas and ways in which I can support their professional growth,” Toulon said. “Over the next few weeks, I will be assessing staff levels, learning about the inner workings of the Sheriff ’s Office, and fine-tuning my agenda for my first six months

in office.”

In addition to the establishment of the Transition Office, Sheriff-elect Toulon announced that he would be seeking resumes for the position of undersheriff. There are two vacancies. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 15 years of fulltime law enforcement experience, as well as strong management and

analytical skills. The position is in the exempt class and the appointee serves at the pleasure of the sheriff. Thiele Urges Task Force Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. has joined with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef of Westchester County in calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to immediately convene a task force charged with comprehensively reviewing existing state government policies and making recommendations for a uniform standard to handle sexual harassment claims and investigations involving all state workers and elected officials. The proposal for a coordinated task force would include representatives from the assembly, senate, and the offices of the governor, attorney general, and comptroller. The task force would be required to develop a recommendation for a consistent sexual harassment policy spanning across all state agencies and departments within three months. The legislature and the executive branch, which include the state agencies, have workplace rules to address sexual harassment complaints. However, different systems are in place for each institution and no clear standards exist for all government workers and elected officials. The definition of sexual harassment is the same unwelcome behavior from one person to another regardless of where he or she works.

A comparison of the assembly and senate sexual harassment policies show marked differences in how both manage employee grievances, including investigation procedures and time frames for the entire process once a complaint is formally filed. The goal of the task force will be to consolidate the separate policies and provide an unambiguous policy for anyone who receives a paycheck from the state. Workplace harassment is illegal in New York and is a violation of the state Human Rights Law and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination and harassment based on a person’s sex. Every employee in New York is entitled to a working environment free from sexual harassment. 14

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Dr. Eva Sapi.

By Rick Murphy

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Lyme Disease Breakthrough?

A scientist and her research students at the University of New Haven have found what may be an important breakthrough in the treatment of Lyme Disease. Best of all, said Dr. Eva Sapi, is that individuals who are showing symptoms of Lyme can start the treatment right now, without consulting a physician or getting a prescription.

Dr. Sapi, a professor of cellular and molecular biology, operating in the shadow of the town where the first case was diagnosed, made an

observation the group decided to pursue. The student was reading an article about antibiotics and made note that the writer ingested sugar when taking a dose. They wondered about a possible association between the two. Though Lyme, Connecticut, is thought to be the birthplace of Lyme Disease, the East End of Long Island has become the epicenter, and reported cases are rising dramatically. Antibiotics have been the go-to treatment for Lyme Disease for years, with varying degrees of success. Sapi

and her students decided to test further. They found that the most antibiotic resistant form of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that cause Lyme Disease - called biofilm actually increased in mass with individual antibiotics. Playing a hunch, Sapi decided to take assorted sweeteners in conjunction with the antibiotic treatment and test the results.

“I told the team, let’s pick up every single sugar you could think of,” Sapi, who heads up the biology and environmental sciences department at the University of

New Haven, said. “We went to Shop Rite and picked up whatever was on the shelf, all that have sugar, everything,” Sapi related in a published research paper.

The team made a startling discovery. Among the items the team purchased at a nearby supermarket was stevia, a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana.

The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycosides (mainly stevioside and rebaudioside), which have

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By Rick Murphy

Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t object to the term “natural flavors” if the related ingredients have no added colors, artificial flavors, or synthetics. Still, ingredients that fall under the “natural flavor” umbrella may be highly processed. Many argue that this means there’s nothing natural about them. You can grow stevia plants at home and use the leaves to sweeten foods and beverages. Reb-A sweeteners are available in liquid, powder, and granulated forms.

Stevia comes from the Stevia rebaudiana plant, which is a member of the chrysanthemum family, a subgroup of the Asteraceae family (ragweed family). There’s a big difference between the stevia you buy at the grocery store and the stevia you may want to try growing at home.

“More than 78 million US adults are obese, and sugar-dense foods and beverages may be a major contributing factor,” according to the Huffington Post. “We’re in search of a sweet but healthy solution. Stevia, an FDA-approved sweetener, attempts to be the answer. It’s becoming increasingly popular, blending in between the pink, blue, and yellow packets at coffee shops, even making its way into brand-name soda products.”

Who knew? If the preliminary research outlined in this section proves accurate, stevia, a natural, non-caloric sweetener made from the leaves of a Paraguayan shrub, will go down in history as a cure for to one of the East End’s biggest health problems: Lyme Disease.

Dr. Eva Sapi, University of New Haven, who uncovered the connection with Lyme Disease, cautioned that only the liquid, whole-leaf stevia, extracted from the leaf, helps decrease the mass of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

Stevia products found on grocery store shelves, such as Truvia and Stevia in the Raw, don’t contain whole stevia leaf. They’re made from a highly-refined stevia leaf extract called rebaudioside A (aka Reb-A). In fact, many stevia products have very little stevia in them at all. Reb-A is about 200 times sweeter than table sugar. It can have a polarizing taste, though, experts warn, which is one reason why it hasn’t replaced the likes of Splenda, Equal, and Sweet’N Low in the diet drink market, though Pepsi is testing a product called Pepsi True that will reportedly contain stevia and cane sugar. Some stevia brands also contain natural flavors. The US Food and 16

who played Lydia, Laura Fraser, laughed about the product antiplacement: “Sorry, stevia,” she said. “Oh, I suppose it feels a bit rubbish. Do you think anyone actually bought it anyway?” According to The New York Times, yes indeed. Stevia now sits in second place in the $400 million market for sugar-bowl sachets. (Sucralose, or Splenda, hangs on at No. 1.) When Cargill introduced the leading brand of

stevia, called Truvia, in 2008, the company heralded it as “a new category of sweet.” Sure enough, imitators followed, and then the manufacturer of Sweet’N Low started filling light green packets with what it called Stevia in the Raw.

For those interested in harvesting their own, several local nurseries carry stevia plants for your own gardens.

Even before its potential to neutralize the Lyme Disease bacteria was discovered, stevia was making inroads at the supermarket.

Coca-Cola Life, which launched in the US in 2014, was a lowercalorie pop marketed to those who are turned off by the taste of typical diet soda. It relies on both stevia extract and cane sugar to get its sweetness. Naturally, Pepsi is rolling out its own version. Another plus: stevia is calorie-free. According to the New York Times Magazine, on a Sunday evening in September, 2013 stevia became famous. In the final episode of “Breaking Bad,” an image of the sweetener filled the TV screen. Lydia emptied the packet into her mug of chamomile tea, not knowing that Walter White, her former partner, had poisoned it. “How are you feeling?” he later asked. “Kind of under the weather, like you’ve got the flu? That would be the ricin I gave you. I slipped it into that stevia crap that you’re always putting in your tea,” Walt confessed.

In an interview with The Guardian, published the next day, the actress

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up to 150 times the sweetness of sugar, are heat-stable, pH-stable, and not fermentable. Stevia’ s active ingredient works longer than sugar. (See sidebar.) In solid form, the stevia did not perform particularly well in lab tests. But liquid, whole-leaf stevia, extracted from the leaf of the Japanese plant -- not the powdered varieties that people most commonly use -- reduced the biofilm mass by about 40 percent, the researchers found.

“The first experiment, Stevia, stood up very strongly. I couldn’t believe it,” Sapi said. Sapi said their thought is that the bacteria, which causes Lyme Disease, sees the sugar and looks at it as food, not an antibiotic. “It reduces the size of the bacteria in the test tube by quite a bit,” she said. So while Sapi and her team with the Lyme Disease research group continue their work, a small clinical trial based out of New York got underway just a few months ago. They are using stevia along with antibiotics to treat Lyme Disease while others are taking the extract themselves. Sapi told The

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Independent Thursday that there is a long road ahead but laboratory testing has begun.

“We do a lot of testing antibiotics and alternative agents but so far we only do test tube data,” she said. “We would like to extend our testings to an animal model and we are trying a zebra fish model. When we have animal data we will be able to do testing which can have data which can be closer to the clinical applications.” Though years of testing are routine procedure before a medicine is approved for distribution, stevia is a natural remedy.

“Stevia was checked for its safety by our FDA and it cleared,” Dr. Sapi noted. “Japanese society has used it for centuries with no problem. [We] are conducting a clinical trail as we speak so we will have data very soon.” “I’ve got emails from people saying they’re getting better, but again, we need to have double binding, clinical trials before we say yes,” Sapi said in an earlier interview. “Right now I would wait for the trial that is being conducted. Everybody is holding their breath to see if it helps and let’s hope for it, that would be wonderful.”

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Deepwater Focusing On Wainscott

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By Rick Murphy

Deepwater Wind, the company slated to construct a wind farm 30 miles off the coast of Montauk, has concluded Wainscott is the preferred location for bringing its electric cable onto shore and has set about the task of winning over Wainscott residents and East Hampton Town officials.

Clinton Plummer, a Vice President for Development with Deepwater, said the company is taking great pains to include everyone involved in its decision-making process to assure any questions or reservations are addressed.

Towards that end Deepwater is offering a significant amount of inducements and incentives, both in Wainscott and town wide. The cable will be drilled during offseason months. It will travel under the water from a point about 2000 feet out, come under the beach, and will emerge behind the existing parking lot. From there it will wend its way up Beach Lane, down Main Street, down Hedges Lane and eventually to its final destination, the PSEG substation at Cove Hollow Road near Route

Independent /Courtesy Deepwater Wind Deepwater intends to improve the Wainscott vista by burying the existing utility poles on Beach Lane and Main Street.

114. It’s the quickest, fastest, and least disruptive way to bring the power in, Plummer pointed out.

“We will fully fund the cost of burying the cable, existing electric distribution and overhead utility lines along Beach Lane and portions of Wainscott Main Street,” Plummer said. In addition the town and the East Hampton Town Trustees will be compensated for any easements granted. The company intends to drill 12 hours per day in November and December and 24-hours per day in January, February, and March. Deepwater will scale back the more aggressive schedule in the event of a written complaint. The

project could begin in 2018 but is contingent upon receiving all the necessary approvals and permits.

Plummer is acknowledging the drill will be somewhat noisy. The company, “will use reasonable efforts to mitigate sound and light resulting from drilling activities including adding sound mitigating walls to comply with the town’s applicable requirements.” There will be public access to the beach at all times.

Deepwater, said Plummer, is making a significant commitment to the town. In addition to opening an office in Amagansett, there will

Deepwater is pledging $1 million to establish a Wainscott Water Infrastructure Fund and to provide a fisheries liaison. That person, Julia Prince, has already been hired and can be contacted at In addition, there will be a $100,000 Fisheries Habitat Fund, a $500,000 Marine Improvement Fund, and a $200,000 Energy Sustainability and Resiliency Fund. Plummer said every property owner along the way has been or will be contacted. Construction of the pipeline should proceed by about 300 to 700 feet per day. There will usually be one lane of traffic open – “commercially reasonable efforts to maintain one lane of traffic,” according to a proposal submitted to the town, and all the roads will be restored in a two-phase project. Deepwater will need to acquire easements from the town to bury the cable and intends to “compensate the town for the fair market value.”

On The Beat

By Rick Murphy

Woman Accosted

A woman in her 60s, out for a leisurely stroll in broad daylight, was accosted by an unknown man in Quogue on December 5. Southampton Town Police said the woman, who is not being identified publicly, stated that a man, described a 5’ 10” inches tall and in his 50s, came out of nowhere and grabbed her. Though she described him as “stocky,” the woman was able to fend off the attack. Police said the man, who was described as having long gray hair on the sides and balding on top, drove off in a dark gray SUV. Police did not say what street the incident took place on nor provide any additional information. RIverhead Burglary A Jamesport man is under arrest, charged by Riverhead Town Police

with second degree burglary. Police said Eric Jones, 26, was apprehended Friday after a K9 unit sniffed him down near the Bayside Avenue home that was burglarized. A resident of the home called 911 at about 4:40 AM that morning to report an intruder in the house. Responding officers found an open exterior door and damage to an interior kitchen door. The intruder apparently ransacked the residence and fled. A number of items were missing from the home, police said.



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Stars Come Out For Sag Cinema

By Bridget LeRoy

Cinema Arts Center have announced their final fundraising push to put their effort over the top of the $8 million needed to finance the purchase of the iconic Main Street landmark.

What do a famous comedian, the world’s most famous nanny, the director of the scariest movie ever, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist have in common? They are all contributing, in one way or another, to bringing back the Sag Harbor Cinema -- destroyed almost exactly a year ago in a devastating Main Street blaze.

And now the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, in fulfillment of its mission to show independent, foreign, and documentary films, has announced its winter programming slate, the first of a series of programming initiatives that will bring screenings and other filmrelated events to local arts institutions throughout the East End. The program will mostly be held in the heart of Sag Harbor, in partnership with Pierson High School, and will be free to the public. The theme is “American Values,” and the SHCAC will be showing roughly 10 films dedicated to identifying, celebrating, exploring, and at times challenging what it means to be an American and what American values look like in action. The series will touch on various genres and themes and will span from 1940s classics to today, including both documentaries and fiction, studio productions and independent films, Oscarnominated titles as well as lesserknown ones.



Each film will be followed by an in-depth discussion with a presenting guest and Q&A with the audience. Some members of the cinema’s advisory board, as well as

Most recently a banjo-playing, arrow-through-the-head-wearing comedian (who wishes to remain anonymous) has offered a major gift to the Sag Harbor Cinema. What a wild and crazy guy.

The SHCAC has also launched its “Save A Seat” campaign. Donors who wish to support the project with a $5000 gift can now name a seat for their favorite movie, person, anniversary, or whatever they choose.

Julie Andrews will present a screening of The Americanization of Emily.

other artists, have agreed to select a film and to host it. Music composer Carter Burwell introduced the Coen brothers’ western True Grit last Saturday. This Saturday at 2 PM at Pierson High School, Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker will host Town Bloody Hall, their documentary on the legendary match between feminist frontwoman Germaine Greer and author Norman Mailer. Other upcoming choices include Julie Andrews and The Americanization of Emily in February; Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alec Sokolow and Toy Story the Saturday before Christmas; Watergate

journalist Carl Bernstein and a screening of All the Presidents Men; and The Exorcist director William Friedkin, who will introduce his very first film, The People vs Paul Crump, a rarely-screened documentary that helped save a man from the electric chair. Artist and musician Laurie Anderson, Oscar-winning director Rob Marshall, and producer John De Luca, will talk following a screening of Chicago. Isabella Rossellini will discuss perhaps her mother, Ingrid Bergman’s, most famous film, Casablanca.

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“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from residents, small businesses, and people from across the East End who have supported this effort over the past eight months,” said artist April Gornik, vice president of the Sag Harbor Partnership and Chair of the SHCAC.

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Watermill Artists-In-Residence, 2018

gathered in a common space,” she continued.

“We have also expanded our educational programming to provide more interactions between our artists-in-residence and the local community, including more workshops for children and professional development opportunities for East End teachers and educators.”

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The Watermill Center.

By Bridget LeRoy

Last week, the Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary arts and humanities lab located in Water Mill, announced its artists-inresidence for 2018, with recipients from around the globe.

ANTIMÉTODO (Chile), Ville Andersson (Finland), Jarrod Beck (US), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Anne Carson (Canada), Jayoung Chung (South Korea), El Colegio del Cuerpo (Colombia), Lauren DiGiulio (US), Saskia Friedrich (Germany), groupe Karol Karol (France), Molly Joyce (US), Masako Miki ( Japan), Iva Radivojevic (Serbia), Hugh Ryan (US), Bastienne Schmidt (Germany), John Stintzi (Canada), Tercer Abstracto (Chile), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon), Boris Willis (US), and Joe Zorrilla (US) have been selected. Each artist will spend two to six weeks at Watermill to create works “that critically

investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of artistic practice,” according to a press release from the center.

The Watermill Center’s residency program provides artists with the opportunity to utilize the center’s art collection, library, archives, and grounds, as a home and workshop to create and develop their own work. Resident artists are chosen by a distinguished, international selection committee composed of artist peers, journalists, academics, and other cultural leaders from all disciplines.

The artists-in-residence program was begun in 2006, when the center officially opened as a year-round facility. Over the course of the program, up to 20 collectives or individual artists take up residence at the Watermill Center to create new works. During each residency, artists present their work to the public as

part of In Process @ The Watermill Center. Past residents have presented work that was created and developed at the center at festivals and venues including the New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Roulette, PS122, American Realness, Clocktower Gallery, Performa, Vienna’s Donaufestival, Kampnagel in Hamburg, CPR – Center for Performance Research, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, among others. To date, the Watermill Center has hosted over 640 residents.

“We are excited that the 2018 artist residency program has expanded to include more writers, researchers, and visual artists than ever before,” said Elka Rifkin, director of the Watermill Center. “This dynamic mix allows artists working across disciplines to develop their individual practice and share ideas with an eclectic community while

2018 marks the first year that artists-in-residence will have access to the center’s new onsite digital research tool, the Library of Inspiration, launched last month. The library allows artists and researchers to explore Watermill’s collection of art and artifacts; documentation of new works created on site; the archives of its founder and artistic director Robert Wilson; and the supporting collection of books. The Residency Program will begin on January 8, with Iva Radivojevic and Borris Willis. Radivojevic is a Serbian video artist based in Brooklyn. While at the Watermill Center, she will develop Aleph, a video journey through a labyrinth of 10 different countries and characters using magical realism to steer the viewer through collected stories. Willis is an American artist merging performance and technology, crafting interactive multimedia works that draw from his theatre and dance background.

Masako Miki will take up residency at the center in February, followed by Tania Bruguera and Anne Carson in March, and Barthélémy Toguo in June 2018.

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by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. 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. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 PM. The show runs through January 30. Photographers Folioeast in East Hampton presents “Photographers On The East End.” The show is curated by Ned Smyth and Folioeast. Artists include Philippe Cheng, Ralph Gibson, Laurie Lambrecht, Tony Lattari, Lindsay Morris, Jonathan Morse, Joe Pintauro, Michael Ruggiero, Bastienne Schmidt, and Ned Smyth. The exhibit will run through January 7.

Sex, Fishnets & Rock Helmut The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton presents “Sex, Fishnets, & Rock N’ Roll.” The show features artists Steve Joester and Luciana Pampalone. Joester is a British-born rock & roll photographer and mixed media 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. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 PM. The show runs through January 7. ONGOING Plein Air Painters The Wednesday Group, Plein Air Painters of the East End presents an exhibit of work at the East Hampton Library in the downstairs gallery. Participating artists are Teresa Lawler, Jean Mahoney, Alyce Peifer, Gene Samuelson, Cynthia Sobel, Frank Sofo, Bob Sullivan, Aurelio Torres, and Pam Vossen. The show runs through December 20. Don Wilson Don Wilson is artist of the month for December at the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue. Wilson is inspired by the sea, the shore, the farms, and the scenes of Long Island. For more information, call 631-734-6382, or visit www. 24

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. Also on view are selected photographs by Charles Jones, on view through December 31. Ille Arts Ille Arts in Amagansett presents its holiday show. The large exhibit of art will run from through January 15. Seascapes The Quogue Library Art Gallery presents artist Jon Schusteritsh of Cutchogue with “Seascapes of the East End.” He was awarded the first prize in last February’s “50 Shades of White” photography exhibit. This solo show features photographs of the shorelines surrounding the East End, and runs through December 30. Davis Feiffer Rizzie Christy’s Art Center in Sag Harbor presents “Davis Feiffer Rizzie,” an exhibition of works on paper by

Artwork by Steve Joester at the White Room Gallery.

illustrator Paul Davis, cartoonist Jules Feiffer, and artist Dan Rizzie. The show runs though December 31. 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.

Off The Wall Christy’s Art Center and Keyes Art in Sag Harbor present “Off The Wall,” a curated selection of contemporary art and objets d’art being held at 3 Madison Street. A holiday showcase includes hand printed scarves, painted wine boxes, original skateboards, and one of a kind jewelry. Artists include John De La O, Lou Pimentel, Breahna Arnold, Yumi Vong, Reed Slater, Steve Miller, and more. The show runs through Monday. 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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‘Now Showing’ Film Series

On December 30 watch the biographical, animated-painted drama, Loving Vincent, about the life and death of Van Gogh. An impressive 65,000 frames were oil painted by a team of 115 artists over five years to create something never seen on screen before – a moving, living oil painting in the style of the artist himself. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.

“Our audience has asked us for years to continue to program films after the annual film festival, and we are thrilled to make this dream a reality,” said HIFF executive director Anne Chaisson.

HIFF and Guild Hall member tickets are $12. General admission is $15. Check for additional screenings that will be added at www. Purchase tickets at

Loving Vincent will screen as part of the “Now Showing” series.

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Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall present a new series of screenings titled “Now Showing.” The series brings noteworthy films that otherwise aren’t destined for the local area to East Hampton. “We live in a film-savvy community, but many of the best new releases never make it to our theaters,” said Andrea Grover,

executive director of Guild Hall. “We are thrilled to work with our longtime partners HIFF to fill this void.” Kicking off this Saturday at 6 PM at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater is Faces Places, a documentary from legendary filmmaker Agnes Varda. Road trip through the villages of France with Varda as she seeks portraits and the stories that make them.

On December 23, watch The Square. This film, directed by Ruben Ostlund, was the 2017 winner of Cannes Palme d’Or and sold out during HIFF screenings this fall. It stars Claes Bang, Dominic West, Elisabeth Moss, and Terry Notary. Watch as a Stockholm museum curator prepares for a new exhibit all the while dealing with “a crisis of conscience.”

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A look Back At 2017

At the Nasdaq opening bell with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Love gala. It’s incredible to be able to work with so many amazing foundations.

Apple picking at the Milk Pail with Joe.

It’s been quite the year. As usual, it feels like it flew by. This week I was really able to reflect while going through each issue of The Independent for our Best Of 2017 issue that comes out next week.

After many events, interviews, and trips, it’s almost time to shut the door on 2017.

At The Independent we launched a completely new design and expanded our coverage, creating a bigger and better product. It’s something I’m very proud to have accomplished along with everyone on our Indy team. And like every year, being a journalist has given me a front row seat to some fantastic experiences. For our arts section, I had the ability to interview some truly inspiring individuals like Florence Fabricant, Judith and Gerson Leiber, Jennifer Fisher, Margaret Hayes, Kendra Scott, Richard Kind, Marcus Samuelsson, Helen Ficalora, and so many others this year.

We started January 2017 by sponsoring the annual Love Bites event, an event The Independent is proud to be a part of year after year. The event benefits two pediatric cancer foundations, Katy’s Courage and The Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The next Love Bites event is coming up on January 20.

In February my husband Joe and I took a day trip to Beacon, NY, which was really lovely. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a day or weekend trip. We spent a day at the Dia:Beacon art museum and then had lunch at The Roundhouse overlooking a waterfall.

As summer came around things really kicked into high gear. It was time to hustle. In addition to our regular jobs, Joe and I also sold our Hampton Jam Company goods at the Havens Farmers Market on Shelter Island every Saturday. It’s something we really love doing as our hobby job, or what I like to refer to as our “jobby.” I really broke out of my comfort zone when I modeled in the Southampton Animal Shelter’s benefit, a runway show called Catwalk for Canines. I thought I might faint from nerves or trip from clumsiness, but thankfully I didn’t become fashion road kill.

The Independent was the media sponsor of some wonderful charity events like the UNCF Benefit, The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s A Hamptons Happening, the Caliente benefit for Long Island Cares and OLA, and the SoFo gala. I was lucky to serve on the committee for UNCF and SWCRF and on the junior committee for Southampton Animal Shelter’s Unconditional

Right before the A Hamptons Happening event the committee was invited to ring the Nasdaq opening bell, which was broadcast all over the world. It’s also surreal to see yourself on the Nasdaq building in Times Square. And the list goes on, this summer created so many great memories like dinner at EMP Summer House with Joe, celebrating my 30th birthday (again) at WÖlffer, meeting Chelsea Clinton at BookHampton, and covering a dinner to honor FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology -- where I went college).

But some of the best days and nights of summer were spent celebrating birthdays, weddings, and life with close friends and family, going out on the boat, or finding a few hours to relax on the beach.

As summer came to a close, the fall continued to bring more excitement. We loved every minute of our trip to LA, Vegas, and Denver (I wrote about it last week in our Travel section).

We came home just in time for the Hamptons International Film Festival which is always my favorite time of the year. I love being around people who wear as much black as I do. I also love seeing the films.

Weekends in November were spent with family and friends and we were able to take in some of best the East End has to offer like the Dan Flavin Art Institute, apple picking at the Milk Pail, the LongHouse Reserve’s holiday party, and hiking Camp Hero. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 will bring. And I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. Here’s to another great year! For more follow on Instagram @hamptondaze.


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Stephen Talkhouse Tomorrow at the Talkhouse in Amagansett, it’s the annual Christmas shindig starting at 5 PM. Bring an unwrapped toy, coat, or jacket for local families in need. On Friday it’s singer-songwriter Sarah Conway at 8 PM, with a great collection of little-known gems of Christmas songs -- rock, country, blues, and gospel. Fun, rocking, and spirited! JR Inventor DJs afterward, 10 PM.

Then on Saturday, the Nancy Atlas Project rocks the Talkhouse stage at 8, followed by the annual ugly sweater Christmas party with Hello Brooklyn at 10 PM. Sunday brings songwriters Fred Raimondo, Inda Eaton, Gene Casey, Job Potter, Mariann Megna,

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and Nancy Remkus as well as special guests to the stage, to share an evening of original music and stories to benefit The Retreat. Visit or call 631-267-3117 to purchase tickets or for more info. Karaoke at Springs Tavern The Springs Tavern hosts karaoke night every Saturday beginning at 10 PM. No cover, just bring your best singing voice! For further information call The Springs Tavern at 631-527-7800. A bottle of red and george bailey

Billy Joel’s original band, The Lords of 52nd Street, will be performing Billy Joel classics that they themselves recorded in the ’70s and ’80s at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Friday night, as well as some holiday favorites. This is not a tribute band, these are the actual guys who played with Joel. Tickets range from $35 to $49, doors open at 6:30 with the show starting at 8 PM. Then on Saturday, dance your pants off at WLNG’s Rockabilly Christmas show. Sun Records’ last and greatest recording artist -- Jason D. Williams -- is often compared to Jerry Lee Lewis. He joins Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, with a guest appearance by Prentiss McNeill (member of The Drifters for over 30 years) singing doo-wop versions of Christmas Carols. Also starts at 8 PM.

On Sunday at 6 PM It’s A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play, directed by Cindy Clifford, will be performed live in the style of the old-time radio shows. A holiday favorite in a historic theater! Tickets are $15 to $30. For more info and tickets, visit

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HArbor bells and holiday song Who doesn’t love the English bell choir? Enjoy a free Harbor Bells performance on Friday at 7:30 PM at Peconic Landing in Greenport. Members of the Harbor Bells have been performing together since 1993. In April 2006 they became a community English handbell choir. Some of the selected works this season will be “Good King Wenceslas,” “Joy to the World,” “Jingle Bells,” “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “We Three Kings.”

Then on Saturday at 2 PM, celebrate the holidays in music and song with a free concert from Southampton native Darren Ottati. With fellow artists Jenifer DeMeo, Amanda Kuchinski, Ralph D’Ambroses, Shannon DuPuis, and a five-piece band, these dynamic performers will help put the audience in the holiday spirit. RSVP for both events at www. For additional information call 631477-3800. World music at SAC LIVE from Southampton Arts Center: presents Oscar Feldman Afro Cuban jazz night on Saturday at 7 PM. With Claes Brondal, Essiet Essiet, Oscar Feldman, Frank Lacy, and Ian MacDonald. Doors open at 6:30 PM, the ticket price is $15, and more information

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Follies at Guild Hall and Peconic landing Friday at 7 PM, Guild Hall will screen National Theatre Live: Follies by Stephen Sondheim. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. Set in 1971 New York -- There’s a party on the stage of an iconic theatre, the day before its demolishment. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves -- featuring the song made famous by the original Carlotta, Yvonne de Carlo, “I’m Still Here.” General admission is $18 ($16 members). Tickets are available at

Can’t make it to Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday? The performance will be rebroadcast at Peconic Landing in Greenport on Sunday at 3 PM. $20 a person. Call 631-477-3800 to find out more.


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• 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. THURSDAY 12•14•17 • Chabad of The Hamptons ignites a six-foot menorah in Kirk Park in Montauk at 4:30 PM.

• The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will host its holiday networking mixer at the Maidstone on Main Street from 5 to 7 PM. Lite bites and happy hour beverages will be served and the chamber’s executive director Steve Ringel will update all on several projects in the planning stages for winter and spring. Admission is free to members and $10 for nonmembers. FRIDAY 12•15•17 • 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. • See March of the Wooden Soldiers in 3-D at 1 PM at the East Hampton Library. It’s free but you need to call 631-324-0222 ext. 3 to register. SATURDAY 12•16•17 • Meet Santa in the Square at Amagansett Square. From noon to 2 PM, there will be holiday carols by the Amagansett School choral ensemble. Enjoy sips and snacks at

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• Hike a moderately paced loop along the Ocean View trail to views of Napeague Bay, then on to Fresh Pond, the Elisha’s Valley trail, and the Petticoat trail. Meet Laurie DeVito of the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society at the Hither Hills West overlook on Route 27. Call 631-813-6988 with questions. SUNDAY 12•17•17 • Check out the MenorahCade hosted by Chabad of The Hamptons. Menorah-topped cars will drive through East Hampton from Woods Lane, stopping at Herrick Park for a grand menorah lighting celebration at 3:30 PM.

SUNDAY 12•17•17 • Sag Harbor Historical Society hosts its annual “spirit of the season” holiday party from 3 to 5 PM at the Annie Cooper Boyd House on Main Street. It’s a free event with seasonal refreshments.

• The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreation Center presents “The Gathering,” a free family event that includes photos with Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, vendors, baked goods, a raffle, temporary tattoos, and music. 2:30 to 6:30 PM. • Aiyana Smith of the Shinnecock Nation will discuss nature-


based therapy during the 10:30 AM service of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork. The UUs gather at their meetinghouse on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike at Scuttlehole Road.

• Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor will host its annual community Chanukah party at 4 PM. Everything from pop-up shops to films to music and, of course, a celebration of light are promised. TUEsday 12• 19 •17 • At 4 PM tweens engineer their own flying contraption using the art of origami at the Westhampton Library. Call 631-288-3335 to register for this free program. WEDnesday 12• 20 •17 • Southampton Town Democrats hold their holiday party at The Inn Spot in Hampton Bays at 6 PM. It’s $20 at the door.


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• Get your nom-nom on at the Kathleen King’s cookie exchange at the Rogers Mansion in Southampton Village at 4 PM. Swap dozens of homemade cookies and hear Kathleen, former owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, discourse about her love of cookies and how they have influenced her life. Bring two to three dozen cookies to swap, plus copies of your recipe and container to take all your goodies home. $15 admission for museum members. Call 631-283-2494 to register.

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Reporting From Broadway by Isa Goldberg The Parisian Woman Holding the mirror up to nature, suiting “the word to the action; the action to the word” as it were, is cause for rather grueling stage imagery of late. In The Parisian Woman, for instance, Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) writes dialogue that sounds like the work of an aggressive spear carrier, a hack even, or maybe someone who just writes Tweets. It is jarring to listen to such empty conversation, so falsely spoken. But that is very much the case in this production, a Broadway debut for both Uma Thurman, who plays the lead, and Willimon.

In this satire about social climbing politicos in our nation’s capital, the nattering is simply despicable. At the center of it, Josh Lucas portrays Thurman’s husband, a tax accountant pushing for a judgeship. In this role, Lucas is a far cry from a man of justice -- too handsome and metrosexual -- he comes across as a snake oil salesman. It’s his career that is on the line. As his adversary, a Trump supporting banker, Marton Csokas’s Peter is a “jealous ass,” and so dreadfully

pompous we can’t wait for him to lose. Meanwhile, Blair Brown, portraying the latest Trump appointee, feels like a breath of fresh air by the time she gets on stage. Only to discover, of course, that she is nothing more than an old-school siphon.

The other characters, too, are equally stultified. “I’m standing here, and saying I love you and you just want to put the weight of the world on my shoulders,” a jilted young woman, played by Phillipa Soo, complains. Regardless of who is speaking, barely a word rings true. Director Pam MacKinnon is at work, holding up the mirror to society during the Trump era.

The action is easy to follow -- at first trite and unconvincing, the tale becomes explicitly manipulative and discomforting. Call it what you will -- moral turpitude, greed -- it doesn’t matter. Success, appearances, the envy of others, all seem to matter. JUNK Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar reveals a similar sense

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of despair in his new play, Junk, at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Helmed by Doug Hughes, the story unfolds as docudrama about the junk bond debacle of the ’80s.

Akhtar’s fictional tale depicts the crippling deeds of Wall Street’s power brokers, selling debt and building a deficit that is left to hard-working Americans to repair. However, if like this reviewer, you did not understand the junk bond market then, you are no more likely to understand it after seeing this production. Why and how it happened exactly seem to matter less than the personalities of the perpetrators. In Junk, Steven Pasquale boldly imparts qualities of curiosity and mischief into the driven mastermind of the debt trading game.

Still, both plays depict the hubris of our modern demigods -- the falseness and dishonesty that define the power structure. And both demonstrate the narcissistic self-

serving characters who drive that machine. Downtown Race Riots Set in the ’70s, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s new play Downtown Race Riots dredges up the depravity of New York City during its bankrupt years. Golden Globe winner Chloe Sevigny delivers an understated portrayal of a junkie and the mother of two teenage children, all living in a railroad flat in Greenwich Village. Derek McLane’s set, with shag rugs and an avocado kitchen, faithfully depict the era. And as the apartment is laid out, it creates a horizontal plain that reaches from far left to right. From the audience perspective, it’s an atypical layout, causing us to look at things just a little differently.

As directed by Scott Elliott, the ongoing life is pretty crummy, surrounded by race riots, gangs, and violence -- most of which we’re spared from watching. It’s the effect of it all that we experience. “I want to live to 21,” Chloe’s son, nicknamed Pnut (David Levi) insists. Still, in spite of poverty, illness, and addiction, Rosenfeld’s drama offers a flicker of hope. Even as we watch Sevigny’s Mary Shannon nodding into oblivion, we sense that one or two of the young people in this tale will take a stand. That hatred, vengeance, and murder will not go unchecked. Altogether, however, these three productions, running simultaneously, show us life in the Trump era, rife with racial hatred, lies, debt, and corporate greed.

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by Joan Baum

The Cuban Affair story.

Daniel (Mac) MacCormick, a charter boat captain in Key West, gets a visit from a shadowy CubanAmerican lawyer who wants him to meet a couple of friends with a proposition. The deal is tempting: $3 million in money stolen, it’s said, from Cuban exiles now in Florida, and hidden in a cave on Cayo Guillermo, off the northern coast of Cuba. Mac, who has serious debt on his boat reluctantly, and not without suspicion, says yes.

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille. Simon & Schuster, 433 pp, $28.99.

The Cuban Affair The pro is back. Designated in 2015 the ThrillerMaster of the year, Nelson DeMille, member and past president of the Mystery Writers of America and ardent supporter of “Author’s Night” and other East End community activities, shows once again with his 20th work of fiction, The Cuban Affair, how to do it. Get a fast-paced, suspenseful adventure tale full of action and exotica; an irreverent and sexy, wise-cracking protagonist; breathtaking chase scenes on land and sea. Add sex and love (in that order), an up-to-date political scenario -- present-day Cuba after the so-called Obama Thaw -- and smart, really smart, repartee (so witty and sarcastic you go back to re-read it). Infuse with a sure sense of authenticity (the military maneuvers and lingo, learned by 35-year-old Mac in Afghanistan, come from 74-year-old DeMille’s service as a decorated infantryplatoon leader), and you have one exciting, maybe stay-up-all-night

Off he flies to Havana to await instructions. Cuba before the 1959 revolution was violent and corrupt. Cuba after the revolution is violent and corrupt, though Mac (and DeMille?) seem inclined to indict the time-warped Castro regime more than Batista’s for hypocrisy, running a police state, manipulating currency, and ignoring societal needs, resulting in a country with no viable businesses or economic prospects -- except for those on the take.

Spies, under cover and overt, lurk everywhere (“chivatos,” informants), and cars, cell phones, AC, and cell phones are unreliable. But the drinks aren’t bad, if you can afford them, and Mac takes full advantage of cigars and Cuba Libres. The spirit of the place, invoked in signs and sayings, is, of course, Ernest Hemingway. He seems to have hung out everywhere. One of his lines is quoted a number of times by different people: “the Cubans double-cross each other.” Though Mac and Sara Ortega – the woman who made the offer and may end up in Mac’s bed -join a Yale tour group (a cultural, educational, or artistic mission, for visa purposes), complications set in, especially when a Cuban guide starts putting moves on Sara. But the cover has its moments, as when

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Mac gives credit to older ladies who travel to places where medical care is iffy, but insists, “I wouldn’t give them my amoxicillin.” Kudos, by the way, to DeMille for alternating dialogue and interior thoughts, and not putting the latter in clichéd italics. DeMille went to Cuba in 2015 and also did extensive research. Though Army, he spent a lot of time talking with and reading about naval action, as well. An interesting end note. DeMille acknowledges those who gave “generous contributions” to charity in return for having their names used as fictional characters. Nice. A Fantasy Tree House Coloring Book The most memorable children’s books are those that appeal to adults, especially when humor and charm betray winking wit. The Stileses know how to deliver all around and then some, because

their slim, inviting little water coloring book (with simple tips on what colors to start with and what brushes to use) realizes the “fantasy” promised in the title. Do what you want. In beautifully-drawn black ink sketches that emphasize thickbranched gnarly trees that grow in a child’s imagination, Stiles shows his artistic skill and savvy sense of childhood as a time and place of delicious secrets. Pages are framed as curved rectangular retreats from the world of grownups, but include whimsical details (pulley systems, mail drops, flags, lookout perches, and dogs and cats), that show that “treehouses aren’t just for kids.”

There is great love of the outdoors here along with an implicit challenge to explore nature which too few children are encouraged to do in our electronic age. As Thomas Edison said, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Both relatively free. 31

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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,

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“She’s amazing,” the educator continued. “She really gets the concept of kindness and consideration and that’s what we want for our students. We want them to know they can make a difference.”

“She’s a force to be reckoned with,” her mom acknowledged. “She’s determined to make things happen. The teachers have embraced her. They love her spirit and they see her big heart.” A teacher at John Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton, Kristy hopes the difference her daughter makes in Springs spreads to other schools on the East End.

Buddy benches are a national, make that international, phenomenon. In 2013, a first grader named Christian saw a picture of a bench in a schoolyard in Germany. If a kid was sitting on it alone, it was a signal to other children to ask him to play. He wanted the same thing at his school and officials at Roundtown Elementary in York, Pennsylvania, made it happen. A story in the local newspaper captured the attention of Huffington Post and the idea took off. An estimated 2000 schools across the country and in a dozen different countries now boast buddy benches. The Greater East Hampton Education Foundation submitted a grant for a buddy bench around the same time as Kailey promoted her idea. The hope is to tie the two projects together.

But in the meantime, Kailey had a variety of suggestions for classmates helping to raise money – they can do chores at home, rake leaves for neighbors or, like her, help babysit. She reported helping her dad Greg with her little brother at night, and believes the effort is already paying off. “I collected a lot of money already,” she exclaimed Saturday. “I have over twelve dollars!”

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Long Island Wines To Trust

With over 50 wine producers on Long Island it’s no surprise that our region takes pride in having some of the top wines in the industry. This year, Wine Enthusiast named Paumanok’s 2010 Tuthill’s Lane Vineyard Merlot number 93 on its list of 2017 Cellar Selection. When it comes to deciding what wine to sip, local vineyards provide some optimal options. The 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic, the “Oscars” of wine in New York State, named Sparkling Pointe Vineyard’s 2014 Topaz Imperial, Methode Champenoise the Best Sparkling Wine, in addition to the vineyard tying for “Winery of the Year.”

Over 420 New York wineries are eligible to take part in the awards, expertly judged in a blind tasting. Martha Clara Vineyards took home the Best Unoaked Chardonnay prize with its 2014 vintage, as well as Best Pinot Noir for its 2015

Estate Reserve. Making another list this year, Paumanok Vineyards won Best Sauvignon Blanc with its 2016.

Winner of Best Other Vinifera White Varietal was the Kontokosta Winery’s 2016 Viognier and Best Vinifera White Blend went to Bedell Cellars’s 2016 Taste White. Sparkling Pointe made the list again, two fold, with Best Vinifera Sparkling White going to their 2012 Blanc de Blanc and Best Vinifera Sparkling Pink for the two

time winning 2014 Topaz Imperial. Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery took home the Best Syrah for their 2014 year. WÖlffer Estate Vineyard’s 2014 Diosa Late Harvest won Best Late Harvest, in addition to also taking home the awards for Long Island Winery of the Year and New York Winery of the Year in the seventh Annual

New York International Wine Competition.

As 2017 comes to a close, so do such prestigious competitions. What will be in store for 2018? We will have to wait and see!

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Wash and cut the purple cauliflower in small pieces, marinate with juice of ½ lemon, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and chopped mint. In a large pot, soften a shallot in oil until translucent. Add the rice, and toast for one minute. Add a cup of hot water, once absorbed, add another cup. Continue this process for about 12 minutes. Add the sautéed broccoli, and stir. After five minutes, add the pureed broccoli.

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by Chef Joe Cipro

Potato Gnocchi With Butter And Parmesan until you have a nice sauce. Add salt and pepper.

Ingredients (serves 4)

2 large baking potatoes

1 medium sized Yukon gold potato 1 egg yolk

2 1/2 c pastry or cake flour

A bench scraper or large metal spatula

When the potatoes come out of the oven let them rest only until you are able to handle them, about 10 minutes. While they rest, dust a large work space with some of the flour.

Cut the potatoes open, scoop out the flesh with a spoon, and mill them through a potato ricer or food mill right on to the floured work space.

Salt and pepper 3 oz butter

1/2 c chicken stock (reduced to about 3 Tbsp) 1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese Directions Begin by baking all three potatoes at 350 for 70 minutes or until they are soft and fully cooked. While they are baking, set up a large pot of boiling salted water. You will need the water to be hot when you finish the gnocchi.

While the potatoes bake, gather and prepare your other ingredients. When the potatoes are almost fully cooked make your butter sauce by reducing the chicken stock in a small sauce pot. Once it is reduced, turn the heat to low and stir in cold cubes of butter

Drizzle the egg yolk over the warm potato and follow with a heavy handful of the flour. Begin to cut or gently chop the ingredients together, being sure not to work too fast or aggressively. When the moisture of the potatoes absorbs the flour, dust on a lighter sprinkle and fold the forming dough ball in on top of itself from all four sides, pressing it all together. Repeat this process until you have a dough that is workable but not too dense (you may or may not need all the flour). Form the dough ball into a log shape. With the bench scraper, cut off 1/3 of the dough and roll it out by spreading your fingers apart and gently rolling out a tube about as

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by Kitty Merrill Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery There’s a holiday open house and Toys 4 Tots toy drive from noon to 6 PM. Taste their wines, enjoy snacks, and listen to live music. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a complimentary glass of Chardonnay or Merlot. Same day, the Ahmad Ali Trio performs from 1 to 5 PM. On Sunday, it’s Southold Slim from 1:30 to 5:30 PM.

5:30 PM. On Saturday from 1 to 5 PM, it’s Joe Caggiano on the piano.

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard presents music on Saturday and Sunday. From 2 to 6 PM, it’s Miles to Dayton on Saturday with 2EZ from 2 to 6 PM on Sunday. www. Raphael Spinning in Infinity performs from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday. On Sunday, same time, Keith Maguire plays. Martha Clara Vineyards See the artwork of Jo-Ann Coretti on exhibit and meet the artist from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday. www. Diliberto Winery The popular Sundays with Grandma series finishes up for 2017 this week. It featured a pasta demonstration, four-course homemade meal paired with award-winning wines, and live music including classic Italian songs and holiday favorites. Visit the website for ticket info. www. Pindar Vineyards Enjoy complimentary hot mulled wine and cookies in the tasting room on weekends this month until Christmas Eve. 11 AM to 37

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at imaginary foes. We all had a phase where we became Davy Crockett, wearing ridiculous coonskin hats that were cheap, ugly, and smelly.

the word out of context. Kennedy, Johnson, and especially Nixon repeatedly looked directly into the cameras and lied to us, and freely admitted privately that they had done so -- and there are audiotapes to prove it.

RICK’S SPACE Our foes had different names, but basically all variations of the same theme: the bad guys. There were Krauts and Japs and Mexicans and Injuns, depending on the war we were pretending to be in.

by Rick Murphy

War Is Hell When we were little kids we played “war” as often as we did baseball. We were indoctrinated with all things war: fake rifles and six shooters, war games, war movies and television shows, toy guns, and so on.

It seems hard to imagine nowadays, but back when I was a little kid we were only a decade or so removed from World War II. Most of our fathers and uncles fought in the war, and some died. People forget that there was another war 15 or so years before that, so many of our fathers watched their own dads go off to fight.

Families were disrupted, and many shattered, and sometimes just as the

wound was healing it was ripped open again by another war.

Today (December 7) is the 58th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. I know well -- it was remembered on my street in Flatbush because the Terry kids lost their father there. It was a savage attack, made worse because the sailors, completely unaware, felt like they were in paradise. Too make a long story short, many of our guys – young men and women – were buried in those tin cans, blown up with no warning. Back home we would crawl around our backyards, picking off snipers with imaginary guns. Sometimes we’d switch into our Wild Wild West mode, pointing sharpshooters

I watched the documentary about Vietnam by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick over the past couple weeks. The first thing that hit me -- after the graphic images -- was the age of the soldiers. They weren’t very far removed from the Davy Crockett years. They were playing war in their backyards one minute, and playing for real the next. You had to be 18 if you were an American who wanted to join the fight. There were no such age restraints in Vietnam. The ARV (South Vietnam) and Viet Cong oftentimes were photographed with mere children, boys and girls, carrying weapon and arms.

The most telling story that emerges over the 20 or so hours of film is how often our leaders lied to the American public. I’m not talking

The most egregious: telling Americans we were winning the conflict and that there was light at the end of the tunnel. The truth crystallized with each corpse shipped home under the colors of Old Glory -- there would be no victory, ever.

Imagine surviving that hell only to be vilified at home.

Watching live battle scenes over and over I was stunned by the bravery of our fearless solders, who would retreat to a hut afterward, smoke a joint, listen to The Doors and Creedence Clearwater, and go back out the next day -- not to a battlefield, mind you, but into ditches, dense jungles, underground tunnels, and booby-trapped trails and streams. The politicians used our soldiers as recklessly as a chess master might sacrifice a pawn with no hesitation or remorse. The thought of making it home alive kept them going. But one of the recurring themes of the documentary is how shoddy our soldiers were treated, not only on the battlefield but when they returned home.

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It’s not that most of them didn’t want to go to college. There were other forces at play. There was no lottery back when their dad and grandpa and uncle went off to war. In the day you volunteered to fight, because that’s what Americans of a certain age did.

Our children are on computers, still fighting battles, sometimes in faroff galaxies alongside superheroes. But there are no superheroes. There is no gun worth firing, even a make-believe one. And there are no happy endings in wartime. There is just the eternal silence of a young voice that never had a chance to sing.

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By Bridget LeRoy

Health Food Stores Near You

Montauk offers shelf items, fresh and frozen, and grab-and-go items, along with a juice bar and organic menu.

Staying healthy means shopping healthy, and luckily on the East End we have a lot of choices. Some of these mom-and-pop shops may be more expensive than the big chain grocery stores, but the money goes to a small business owner. And many times, it’s local kombucha, kimchee, and kale carried in the smaller stores – so you’re also supporting local farmers as well as the store, while improving your own health and wellbeing. The Market in Greenport was established in 1987 and continues to offer organic and natural dry goods and fresh produce, plus a natural foods café and juice bar in an airy, well-lit space.44 Front Street, Greenport. www.

FIT-Foods in Southold just recently opened its doors. A one-stop shop offering health foods, snacks, allergy-friendly food, ice cream, frozen foods, burgers, vitamins, nutritional supplements, bath, body, and other natural products. 46025 County Road 48, Southold. Visit FIT-Foods on Facebook or follow @fitfoodsnofo. The Giving Room in Southold is better known as a yoga and barre studio, but it also features a juice bar and a choice selection of healthy edibles. Visit for an allaround holistic experience. www.

One of the best-kept secrets in the Hamptons is the East End Café in the King Kullen at the Bridgehampton Commons. Along with a “Wild by Nature” section (KK’s natural foods section), the café serves up vegan and veggie choices, along with organic foods and drink. Who says you can’t eat healthy for cheap on the South Fork? www. specialties.

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Green Earth Natural Foods in Riverhead. From bulk grains to bath salts and from essential oils to essential foods, Green Earth is your source. 50 East Main Street, Riverhead.

There are two Second Nature Markets, one on Newtown Lane in East Hampton and one on Main Street, Southampton. Along with vitamins, supplements, organic cleaners, and dry goods, each store features natural frozen foods and a small array of refrigerated goods as well.

Provisions in Sag Harbor has recently expanded its refrigerated, frozen, and produce sections, and continues to serve up veggie burritos, huevos rancheros, smoothies, and more in its café. An East End staple. Simply Sublime is nestled in a cozy space on Springs Fireplace Road in East Hampton. With an array of fresh goods and staples, it offers an extensive organic menu, along with juice cleanses and acai bowls for your enjoyment. www. Naturally Good Foods & Café in

There’s also the large Wild By Nature store in Hampton Bays -- a complete natural foods market with large produce section, cheeses, sushi, juice and smoothie bar, and much more. For those who are daring enough to venture even further afield, East Moriches is home to Wholly Natural (a health food store in a converted church) www. Center Moriches has Sacred Gardens, a magical shop and CSA located on the grounds of a nursery with goats and chickens (www., and the Mustard Seed Farm and Café -home to a health-based restaurant on an organic farm which also hosts art and yoga classes (www.

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Prescribed Pot In Hamptons

Holocaust survivors, children with seizures and neurological disorders, cancer patients pre- and posttherapy, as well as those with all kinds of neuropathy -- pins and needles, pinched nerves, slipped disks, spinal cord injury, spasticity.”

Let’s start by saying I haven’t had a drink of alcohol or a recreational drug in over 19 years. But even way back in my hazy heyday, I was never a fan of the ganja. It made me stupid, tired, and hungry.

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And I wasn’t a fan of pot smokers either. They all seemed like Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- dumb surfer stoners.

Chronic pain of the joints, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and irritable bowel disease are all helped with MMJ, Cramer-Ernst said. “Most of our patients don’t want to take strong painkillers, as they need to function and are aware of the risk of addiction and side effects these meds can have,” she said.

But let’s fast forward to this year. I’ve been suffering from chronic hip pain since early 2017. I’m not talking about an occasional rheumatic twinge. I’m talking about 24/7 excruciating agony. I’ve gone to countless doctors and specialists, had x-rays and MRIs, have been prescribed everything from steroids to painkillers to muscle relaxants, and as of mid-October the pain was still so bad that I had two fluoroscopic steroid shots directly into my hip joint in a six-week period, which can cause necrosis of the bone along with a host of other nasty side effects. It’s most likely the result of a tickborne illness -- still waiting for the results -- but knowing that doesn’t make the pain go away. I’ve developed what might be a permanent hitch in my step, which, I’m pleased to report, my husband finds incredibly sexy.

I had taken so many OTC pain relievers that, coupled with the stress, I developed a case of severe esophagitis -- bleeding ulcers in my esophagus -- which prevented me from taking those any more as well. I was miserable, I was in pain, and I had run out of options. MMJ To the rescue “Why don’t you try medical marijuana?” said a friend, someone in the health field who had just started using it herself for a chronic condition. Immediately, visions of Spicoli danced in my head. Yeah, sure -- smoke a bowl and call getting high “medical.” No, thanks. But I was desperate. I made a phone call to someone whose suggestions I usually take to ask what they thought about it. Knowing the kind of pain I’ve been 40

“Patients have reported improved quality of life, improved blood sugar control for diabetics, stress relief, a good night’s sleep for the first time in 12 years, a day without back pain for the first time in 10 years, and on and on,” she said.

experiencing, they advised me to try it out. I put a small amount, half an oral syringe’s worth, under my tongue, expecting the worst. But within 20 minutes, for the first time in almost seven months, I was pain free. And I was still me -- able to function, walk, and talk. No dry mouth. No red eyes. No munchies. No dumb behavior. Just sweet, sweet relief.

In New York, you are potentially eligible for medical marijuana if you have been diagnosed with one or more of the following severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions: cancer, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, Huntington’s disease, or plain old chronic pain. As of November 11 -- Veteran’s Day, tellingly -- New York State has added post-traumatic stress disorder to the roster.

Elizabeth Cramer-Ernst is known to many on the East End after being in the medical profession out here for over 30 years. She is a natural practitioner and the founder of Hamptons Medi Spa, a prescriber for medical marijuana.

Her telemedicine business grew out of home visits she was doing in the Hamptons for visiting resort patients. In 2014, Cramer-Ernst’s 79-year-old mother suffered a spinal cord injury. After treating her with MMJ, her mother is now able to walk with assistance. “Most of our patients report 90 to 100-percent symptom relief,” said Cramer-Ernst. “This usually happens within the first dose or so. Those who take longer need a little closer monitoring and fine tuning of their meds to get to that ‘sweet spot,’” she said.

As to the patients who come to her, Cramer-Ernst continued: “We have quadriplegic/paraplegic patients,

New York State allows for vaporized oil cartridges via pen, capsules, and an oral tincture. New York State does not allow smoking of marijuana or edibles. The MMJ is grown under strict supervision. The all-organic product is free of contaminants and mold, and is tested by Wadsworth Labs.

“Lots of people out here in the trades beat themselves up,” said Cramer-Ernst. “They can be helped with MMJ and not be impaired while on the job.” The ratio of THC to CBD differ in the various forms in which medical marijuana can be administered. But none of it is as high -- forgive the pun -- as a bong hit or a joint, which delivers almost 400 times the power of the medicinal version. The different ratios offer relief for different diagnoses, from anxiety to pain. “It has saved marriages, jobs, lives. I am just the messenger,” said Cramer-Ernst. And the message, from someone who has gone from skeptic to believer, is that medical marijuana works. To learn more, visit www.

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By Peggy Spellman Hoey

Healing Body And Soul

to make sure clients do not feel like they are in a hospital setting, so that whatever they are bringing into the experience they leave behind. “I can’t speak enough good things about this place,” she said. “I feel like when I come here it’s not just for a job, it feeds my soul.”

Patients moved through the hallway -- the lads wearing tracksuits and sneaks, the ladies, yoga pants, light and airy sweatshirts, and ballet shoes -- as if carried by a breeze, sipping from their water bottles, all the while chatting nonchalantly one recent Wednesday afternoon inside Stony Brook Southampton. It was unlike most hospital settings because the patients were on their way to a more balanced recovery -- of the body, mind, and soul -keeping up with their chair yoga inside the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Center.

The wellness center’s programs are not only about bringing the weak back to their full health. Overall wellbeing is offered for everyone through on-going programs and special programs only offered several times a year. For instance, anyone looking to tone up for the holidays can become a member of the gym at the Hampton Bays location, or take a barre class at $150 for a 10-class package. If they want, they can just take it easy and lay down for a onehour therapeutic massage for $70 through December 29 at a choice of one of three locations -- Southampton, Hampton Bays, and Westhampton. The center also offers nutritional counseling and smoking cessation classes, and has its own on-staff doctor to help advise on alternative health treatments and nutritional upkeep.

“It’s really made a world of difference for me,” said devotee 74-year-old Hampton Bays resident Susan Benson. Benson has participated in most of the center’s programs, spending her time now exercising in the morning and following up with chair yoga, a combination of activities that has helped her maintain her focus, preventing her from stumbling. “It’s also quite the social scene for us. We bonded. We go out several times a year socially.” The center has evolved from staffers jockeying around for the space to hold a yoga class in 2009 to its current form today with two locations through a donation from longtime hospital patrons Ed and Phyllis Davis. The couple learned of the lack of space and wanted to make sure there was not only a

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Caregivers are not left behind in all of this either. “We take care of our own,” Downes said.

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room to hold the yoga classes in, but also a central place for patients to receive routine wellness care.

There are still only a handful of staffers but there are now two locations, one on the third floor of Southampton Hospital, the second in Hampton Bays, with a lot of programs focusing on restoring health to cancer survivors and the elderly. Between the locations, there are not only classes in yoga, but also in Pilates and functional medicine, senior wellness, and fitness, as well as treatments in acupuncture and massage therapy with essential oils and flameless candles for ambience. Center staff

also travels around the community offering nutritional advice in local schools and senior centers. “We’re a very small department, but I like to say that we are really tiny, but we’re big,” said center coordinator Patty Downes. “We are everywhere, but there’s a small part that runs it.”

Many of the center’s programs are free, however, some, such as the massage and acupuncture treatments, require nominal fees. The center is funded through a combination of donations, the proceeds of fundraisers, and grants.

Medical massage therapist Joann Duran said she tries to do her best

Healthcare professionals working at the hospital can also schedule a massage when they need it. There are also lunchtime yoga classes for employees. Downes said she has taken advantage of the classes herself, something that has helped feed her own interest in the wellness movement. For one, it’s great to do, and two, it helps her make suggestions to patients. “I always wanted to be able to relay that feeling to someone if they came in,” she said. “I can kind of tell you what goes on in every class, so if I see someone who is older, I can say, ‘This class is totally not for you, but you would be good for this class, this class, and this class, or for this instructor.’” More information can be found by visiting www.

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listening as mindfulness exercises. Through reading children’s books like Lemonade Hurricane and Peaceful Piggy Meditation and incorporating hands-on projects of glitter jars and mindful eating placemats, the kids could bring something tangible home each time as a meaningful reminder to practice the teachings.

Sag Harbor resident and educator, Kristen Dehler recently completed her five-week course initiative, Beginning Mindfulness for Kids, a program at the John Jermain Memorial Library. Through the help of two middle school volunteers, Lyra and Ava, 13 children from Sag Harbor ranging in ages from seven to 10 years old participated in a free course that was aimed at practicing gratitude and creating overall self-awareness. What is Mindfulness for Kids? Kristen Dehler: Mindfulness is defined as a specific way of paying attention in the present moment, nonjudgmentally. The practice at any age of bringing awareness to each moment is simple and profound. It involves learning how to create greater self-awareness in our lives. As an educator, bringing this practice to young children in my classroom was something I began years ago. As a mom, it continued with my own children. When I talked with Cathy Creedon and Jaime Mott over at the John Jermain Memorial Library, they were on board and supportive in offering these classes to children.

Describe the progress from first class to the last class? Continued on Page 44.

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How did you create the program? What made you decide to involve particular exercises and lessons over others? The first thing I absolutely wanted the kids to learn about and study was their brain -- how mindfulness can help the thinking part of their brain process the raw emotion of the limbic system. Understanding what is happening in our brain and body when we’re stressed, in a challenging situation or when we’re neutral, calm, joyful is so important to regulating emotions and choices. It’s an exciting time with neuroscience showing us brain changes in people who practice mindfulness. For this series of classes, I chose practicing gratitude, mindful eating, breathing, seeing, and

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Absolutely love chicken quesadillas, but not exactly committed to all the excess baggage -- calories, later converted into pounds? There’s a healthier way to indulge in the rich and spicy fave without suffering the consequences of excess fat and carbs. In this year’s last segment of Peconic Bay Medical Center’s kitchen wellness series, a hospital chef will demonstrate how to prepare a healthier version of the

Tex-Mex staple on Wednesday, December 20. And you’ll be able to sample the dish to decide if it’s worth fixing for yourself.

The featured recipe will contain chicken marinated with garlic, ground cumin, and lime, black beans, mozzarella cheese on a whole wheat tortilla accompanied by salsa and yogurt, as a substitute for sour cream.

The chef will take questions about the preparation and a registered dietician will be on hand to explain

a breakdown of the ingredients. The demonstration will be held at Peconic Bay Medical Center, 1300 Roanoke Ave., Riverhead, on the second floor in conference rooms A and B from 11:45-12:30 PM. More in the series will follow in the New Year at the hospital on the first Wednesday of every month between noon and 1 PM. To register, call Christine McDermott at 631-548-6395 or email CMcDermott@northwell. edu.

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Mindfulness Continued From Page 43.

There was definitely a consciousness in launching this during a time of thanksgiving and the holiday season. Each class reinforced and built upon the one before it. In every class, we practiced an awareness of breathing because your breath is something that’s always with you. It’s why we use the breath to ground. For mindful eating, we did a raisin meditation and that’s always interesting because kids who are not fans of raisins will actually eat the raisin. Slowly. We looked closely at rocks and pinecones and followed sounds and chimes until they dissolved. We felt our feet and legs rooted to the ground by bringing awareness to different areas of the body. In what specific ways did you see a change? I felt kids come into the room with a particular kind of energy, settle in, and sometimes leave in a different state. In the beginning, kids who found it challenging to sit still or to try closing their eyes, seemed to grow more comfortable with it. Other kids, some just seven years old, settled in right from the first class. That’s the beauty, the seed is already there. A teacher is there to help wake the seed, allowing it to sprout and grow. Do you feel The Series should be longer than five sessions?

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Some of the kids expressed that it “felt short,” and asked if we would have more. It’s a good start and if they’re practicing even one minute of stillness each day it’s better than no minutes of stillness. The hope is kids continue to experience these teachings through school and at home. I’d like to keep going with the classes because it takes practice to cultivate and embody this way of being. Why is this important to children? We tell kids to pay attention. We tell kids to calm down and focus. We don’t teach them how to do these things. We need to show them. Once a child is already upset is not the time to teach them these things. Continued on Page 66.

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It’s the last call for getting lovely. A-Studio Spa and Hampton Lashes want to help you get ready for the holidays, shave some time off your daily rituals, and learn how to look your best. They’re offering a free makeup and skin care class today at 5 PM. Bring your own products – they’re not trying to sell you anything – and a fresh face and Angela and her staff of experts will show you the best way to use them. The focus will be on holiday glamour and festive hairstyles. Call to reserve your seat. 631-324-8646.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress ARF is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

12 Days Of Giving Sam’s Beverage Place on Race Lane in East Hampton is celebrating the holiday season with 12 Days of Giving beginning today. From now until Christmas Eve, enjoy freebies and reductions in your total cost. Today, get a free 20-ounce soda with a purchase of $10 or more. Thursday, take 10 percent off your purchase of $10 or more. Friday, buy $10 in merchandise and receive a 10 percent coupon off your next purchase of $25 or more. The deals continue all through the next 12 days. Stop in and check them out.

“We believe that we should be transparent about our work, and the impact of our donors’ contributions,” said ARF’s executive director Scott Howe, “Each gift we receive comes with responsibility to save the lives of homeless cat and dogs. GuideStar helps us fulfill our commitment to our supporters. “ To reach the Platinum level, ARF added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; indepth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward

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“A fundamental commitment for Suffolk Federal is to support our younger generation as they fulfill their dream of attending college by easing the financial burden,” explains Ralph D. Spencer, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Suffolk Federal. “Each year, we provide financial support to 10 dedicated high school seniors. The goal is to mobilize and support these students as they begin their college experience and future career goals. Our hope is to provide the tools which will enable them to become responsible adults who will make a positive impact in the world,” he continued.

its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate the organization.

The public is encouraged to visit the profile on GuideStar to see what ARF is all about and how the GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help the organization better communicate the exciting initiatives at a global scale. Suffolk Federal Scholarships

Applicants will be judged based upon their academic achievements, extracurricular, and community activities as well as the quality of written essays. Last year, Suffolk Federal awarded $20,000 in scholarships.

Suffolk Federal is offering local high-school seniors a chance to win scholarships to ensure their hopes of attending college can come true. Suffolk Federal will award scholarships of $1500 each to 10 young deserving members. One scholarship winner will also receive an additional $2500 scholarship provided by the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which Suffolk Federal will match for a total of $5000.

“The Navy SEAL LT Michael Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation is honored to partner with Suffolk Federal in awarding a scholarship to a deserving high school graduate who is a member of this wonderful banking institution,” said Daniel J. Murphy, Suffolk Federal supervisory committee member and father of the late Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy.

To be eligible, students must be high-school seniors attending two- or four-year accredited educational institutions for the first time in the fall of 2018. They must be a family member of an immediate member and if chosen as a recipient, must become a member of Suffolk Federal by the award ceremony in 2018.

Applications can be downloaded at and sent directly to Estelle Desilier, Suffolk Federal at 631294-8000 ext 8369 or edesilier@ Application deadline is January 5, 2018.


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We liked Lee Zeldin. We endorsed Lee Zeldin (in 2014). We are so disappointed in Lee Zeldin.

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George Washington said, “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation…”

It doesn’t appear to us that our Congressman has much esteem for his own reputation, welcoming as he plans to, the very hideous Steve Bannon to a campaign fundraiser tomorrow night in New York. The erstwhile Trump advisor and head of the alt-right Breitbart News is a lightning rod fomenting divisiveness and a shameless racist and misogynist. He comes to New York fresh from Alabama where he campaigned for accused pedophile Roy Moore.

Endeavoring to justify his embrace of Bannon, Zeldin told a local publication that they agree on some things (Israel and the Iran nuclear deal to name two) and not on others. Zeldin believes Moore should step down and called him “creepy” in a recent Tweet.

Call us crazy, but we’re of the mind that no matter how many issues the pair agrees on, support of Moore should be in and of itself, reason for Zeldin to step away from Bannon. The guy is decidedly not among “men of good quality.” Why is Lee choosing to alienate a sizeable segment of his constituents with this move? A petition under the heading “We’ve Seen This Before, a campaign of Bend the Arc Jewish Action,” had collected 4400 signatures as of last weekend. It urges Zeldin to disinvite Bannon, stating, “By aligning yourself with Steve Bannon, you’re endorsing his hateful agenda for our country. His bigoted attacks on communities like immigrants and Muslims are an insult to our Jewish history and a threat to us all.” Petition organizers call Bannon’s headlining the fundraiser a shanda – shanda is Yiddish for disgrace.

Concern about alienating his constituency doesn’t appear to top Zeldin’s priority list. His cowardly refusal to hold open town hall meetings was a harbinger last year. His repeated appearances on national news programs – sweating and stammering as the unofficial Trump apologist – further distanced the rep from his diverse district and begged the question, “What is he thinking?” He doesn’t appear to be thinking of us.

He doesn’t appear to be thinking of the consequences of his associations and blind party loyalty. (He’s voted with Trump over 90 percent of the time.) He doesn’t appear to be thinking, period.


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How will you be spending the Christmas Holiday?

On November 7, the Springs School had a smoke condition early in the school day. Children and staff already in place at the school were evacuated. Other arriving children either spent hours on school buses or were diverted to Springs School pre-planned disaster recovery sites until the danger was over.

Joseph Greco There will be eight or nine of us. My mother and father, my aunts and uncles, my brother and some cousins will be there. We do the traditional seven fish dishes. But these days we have it catered. Jean Bubka It's going to be a different kind of Christmas this year. My daughter is in the process of buying a new house. So it will be me my husband, my daughter her wife and our grandson. We haven't figured out who's cooking yet but it's going to be a wonderful holiday.

This incident was recounted by the school superintendent at a Springs School board meeting on November 20. The superintendent also recounted how responding Springs Fire District personnel had to leave the school premises and go up to the road, in order to get signals on their phones and communication equipment.

Remember that cell tower the Springs Fire District built several years ago? After selfish, wealthy political hacks living near the Springs Firehouse had a tantrum over the cell tower at the East Hampton ZBA in 2015, that board shockingly ruled against the Fire District, taking the unusual step of revoking the District’s already approved building permits. The District went to court to get the ZBA’s action reversed, where the case has languished for years. It is time for the Town Board, whose primary responsibility is the safety of its citizens, (yes even Springs citizens) to get off its duff and get this case resolved. I would hate to think that the Town Board would like to see the Springs cell tower made obsolete as it ventures into building other cell towers

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Susan Kramer It's just going to be my mother and I but we will have a lovely time together. We always do. We'll both share the cooking. There is lots to do. And we will be making roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Barbara Dandrea We celebrate Christmas Eve. We go to my parent’s house in Wainscott, me and my two sons and my brother will be there with his son. My mom does the cooking. Of course.

around town. The Springs tower is ready to go now, while the Board’s towers are in planning stages. The lives of Springs residents and the 750 Springs school children have been put in danger long enough. East Hampton elected officials, DO SOMETHING!! Carole Campolo

Still Developing Dear Editor,

Even though an application for a Planned Development District (PDD) to build a golf resort in East Quogue known as The Hills wasn’t approved by Southampton’s Town Board, the owners of the site have indicated they intend to develop their property using other options. The developers have alleged that the PDD zoning vehicle was too deeply rooted in the political process, in large part, because applications for a PDD must be decided by Southampton’s Town Board instead of Southampton’s Planning Board. I beg to differ. In my opinion, Southampton’s land-use system in its entirety is

politicized and patriarchal, and the flaws in the system can’t really be attributed to one political party.

For example, one member of Southampton’s Planning Board who has the ability to “think outside the box” and who is unafraid to listen to a woman’s ideas and discuss -- versus dismiss -- those ideas is a conservative, Phil Keith. I suspect Mr. Keith is able to think creatively about zoning problems because he doesn’t have a personal agenda. Unfortunately, Mr. Keith’s openminded approach to new ideas and his ability to treat women property owners with respect are qualities not often displayed by Southampton’s land use officials who have historically approached land use decisions by pitting one neighbor against another. Needless to say, in this environment, women property owners often lose. So it’s fair to ask, “Did a woman lose for a good reason or because the system favored a white male real estate opportunist?”

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Independent/Courtesy Town & Country Ted Ammon’s former residence on Middle Lane in East Hampton has sold.

By Rick Murphy Smaller Is Better The widely followed real estate blogger Brooke Chaplan opines that down-sizing is one of the hottest trends in real estate these days – specifically to significantly smaller houses and even the socalled “Tiny House” movement.

“It can seem like having a small home is a liability. After all, there’s a certain feeling that homebuyers are always looking for something bigger and better. But that trend has shifted over the last few years. Smaller homes are beginning to sell faster than many of their larger competitors,” Chaplan wrote in her December newsletter.

Area Over Square Footage. Buyers have also become incredibly conscious about the areas in which they live. With some buyers now targeting hip new areas, they are willing to put aside some of their size concerns in order to get into the hottest neighborhoods. These trends are especially true among younger buyers who don’t plan on having large families; they now know that they can get a good space near everything they loved without having to travel.

Bigger Means More Costs. Since the housing market crash in 2008, the way that people buy homes has changed and buyers are considering factors other than square footage in order to make a smart investment.

Bethenny Frankel has new digs in Bridgehampton.

Many buyers consider lower maintenance costs an important asset in a property. This, in turn, allows owners of smaller homes to be more competitive than their larger neighbors, especially when selling to investors.

Minimalism is in. Quite a bit of what’s been discussed goes back to a single, overriding trend among younger buyers: minimalism. There are many who now see having a smaller, nicer home as a lifestyle statement. These are the same kinds of buyers who would have paid top dollar for a larger space years ago, but are now following current trends. Ammon House Sold Multiple sources are reporting the sale of the late Ted Ammon’s house on Middle Lane in East Hampton. The estate was originally placed on the market earlier this year with Town & Country Real Estate agent as the broker. The Wall Street Journal is reporting the sale price was “just over” $8 million. Brown Harris Stevens reportedly represented the buyer. Greg and Alexa Ammon owned the property. Danny Pelosi, who is currently in jail for the crime, murdered their father, Ted Ammon, in the house. Pelosi was having an affair with Ammon’s estranged wife according to published reports. The 7000-square-foot English Manorstyle home has six bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, a solarium,


and a library. On the 2.2 acres of land there is a three-car garage, heated pool, and manicured gardens. Bethenny Frankel Buys In Bridgehampton Reality television star, noted author, and business mogul Bethenny Frankel has gone beyond being one of “The Real Housewives of New York City” and jumped full steam into the world of luxury real estate. With a new show “Keeping It Real Estate” about to premier, she’s laying down more roots in the Hamptons with the purchase of a 4239-square-foot estate in Bridgehampton. Frankel purchased her first Hamptons home in 2013, also in Bridgehampton.

Frankel closed on the sevenbedroom, 5.5-bathroom Hamptons spread listed exclusively with Kathleen Conway of Town & Country Real Estate in October. According to Conway, “Bethenny was fabulous to work with and saw the property as a great investment.” Originally listed for $2,950,000 and built in 1910, the former bed and breakfast, known as the Morning Glory House, is situated on 0.60 well-manicured acres South of the Highway in the village near shopping, dining, and more. The home underwent a major renovation under the guidance of architect Brian O’Keefe of BOKA. For more details speak to Kathleen Conway at T&C (631-537-3500).

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some of his most significant (and some of his smallest but most interesting) legal adventures, here and abroad, including revelations about his cases involving Jacqueline Onassis, former Vice Presidents Spiro T. Agnew and Hubert Humphrey, Roy Cohn, Donald Trump, and others.

The event is being held from 1 to 2:30 PM on Saturday. To register, call 631-324-0222, ext. 3, or stop by the adult reference desk. Tickets are also available at www.eventbrite. com.


film at library The East Hampton Library serves up a holiday classic with a film screening of Laurel and Hardy’s March of the Wooden Soldiers in 3-D. Stannie Dum (Laurel) and Ollie Dee (Hardy) rent rooms in Mother Peep’s shoe in Toyland. When Mother Peep can’t make her mortgage payment to the evil Silas Barnaby, he attempts to blackmail her into having Little Bo-Peep marry him, despite the girl’s attachment to Tom-Tom Piper. Stan and Ollie offer their assistance

to Mother Peep, Bo-Peep, and Piper, and later enlist an army of wooden soldiers to battle Barnaby’s cave-dwelling bogeymen. Film is being shown Friday at 1 PM. Call 631-324-0222, ext. 3 to register, or visit www.eventbrite. com and search for East Hampton Library.

This documentary, an official selection of the Cannes and New York Film Festivals, and on everybody’s “Best of 2017” list, takes audiences on a road trip with Varda and French photographer and muralist JR around the villages in France as they find portraits and the stories behind them. Varda recently received an honorary Oscar for her life’s work as a film director. Tickets for screenings are $15 for general admission and $12 for HIFF and Guild Hall members. Additional screenings will be announced in coming weeks on To purchase tickets, visit www.

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They’re looking to ditch the plastic water bottles. Southampton Town, in collaboration with the Suffolk County Water Authority, is looking to reduce plastic waste by installing a reusable water bottle refilling spot dubbed “the hydration station.” The installation will offer members of the public and town employees an easy way to refill reusable water bottles. It is estimated that tens of millions of plastic water bottles are thrown out in the United States every day. Under the arrangement, SCWA paid for the hydration station, with installation, maintenance, and electricity provided by the town.


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“With the old water fountain, people might occasionally take a quick drink or rinse out a cup, but it was very underutilized,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “Since the new unit went in, employees and visitors have saved over 1100 bottles that otherwise would have been wasted.”

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with a Blue Christmas service on Thursday, December 21, at 5 PM. The plan is to explore how to look for wholeness and reconciliation in “the promise of Advent and the comfort of Christ.” Guest vocalists and musicians will include Barbara Borsack, Christine Cadarette, Greg Galavotti, Lee Michel, and Peter Martin Weiss. The church is located on Main Street in East Hampton Village.

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Mayor Mike Irving said the two recent cameras were installed within the last two months at the request of a member of the neighborhood watch who had an additional area in the neighborhood that they wanted monitored.

Irving said that on a personal level video surveillance makes him uncomfortable because it is considered an invasion of privacy, so

he asked the residents to make the request in writing, and with that in hand, he made sure the cameras faced away from houses toward the public roadways.

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Lamison said officials are looking to expand to more areas throughout the 7.2-mile village, such as the Main Street business district and Jobs Lane with “some kind” of video surveillance that will help them solve crimes. More cameras would have helped last year in the case of the daytime robbery of Rose Jewelers. A man walked into the store and made off with a $20,000 necklace for which a suspect was eventually nabbed two months ago. Two other theft cases where taped surveillance could have come in

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The Southold Historical Society has been approved for a grant by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation in the amount of $72,245 to complete a project for the care of its collection. The creation of a good environment for all parts of the collection fulfills the society’s mission of being a good steward of what has been entrusted to it over the years. The funds will be used to install heating and cooling systems in several of its historic houses and structures.

The Southold Historical Society was charted by the Board of Regents in 1965. The organization was founded out of the need of community members to have a safe, welcoming place where they could store and exhibit historical artifacts they loved and grew up with in Southold. Each artifact tells a piece of the story of Southold and its families, including its maritime and farming cultures, and an environment that has nurtured various artists over the years.

As Southold’s populace grew to include newcomers from ”up island” as well as from Manhattan and surrounding states, the founders of the society, under the leadership of Ann Currie-Bell, formalized this collection of history. Ann personified the interest in history in Southold. She was born and raised in the house on the Main Road to which she returned as a married

woman. Toward the end of her life, she gave the residence and its contents to the historical society, which she founded, as its first meeting and museum space.

The Southold Historical Society’s collection consists of over 25,000 objects relating to local and regional history, including paintings, ceramics, decoys, decorative arts and furniture, documents, maps, books, textiles, farm equipment, carriages, tools, whaling objects, and more. These objects are stored in the various houses and structures the society owns. In the Prince Building located in the heart of Southold on the Main Road, textiles, artwork, and the archives are housed. The Prince Building accommodates the society’s offices, the Museum Shop, and the Treasure Exchange (consignment shop). When the installation of the HVAC systems is completed, the collection will be moved to storage (and exhibit) to the Ann Currie-Bell House, the Thomas Moore House, and the Pettit Center at the Museum Complex on the Main Road.

and thematic exhibitions have used pieces of the collection for public view. After the HVAC system is installed, the doll collection and the textile/quilt collection will be stored and exhibited on the second floor.

The Thomas Moore House was built on the land that’s now the museum complex in the mid-1700s, and was continuously occupied until the 1970s. The first floor houses an open hearth kitchen, a dining room, a loom room, and bedroom, interpreted as they would have been in the mid-1700s. In preparation for the installation of the HVAC systems, the doll and toy collections on the second floor have been moved to the Ann Currie-Bell House where they will be stored and exhibited. The second floor will now become exclusively storage space. The Downs Carriage House’s (1840) (Robert Long Print Shop) exterior is original to its purpose

as a carriage house, while the inside has been refurbished to resemble an early 20th-century print shop. Three printing presses from the area are housed there, including the Hurricane Press and a Merganthaler Linotype. The installation of the HVAC system will ensure that the restoration of the presses will enable the use of the presses in demonstrations to school groups and other visitors.

The Pettit Center, built as a residence in the 1950s, was the previous director’s residence. With the support of the grant and a private donor, the building will be renovated to become a central collections center and an art gallery. Four rooms on the main floor with additional space in the basement will be used for collections storage. The building will be fitted with an HVAC system that will enable collections items to be safely stored there.

The Ann Currie-Bell House was built in 1901 by Joseph and Ella Hallock and was later occupied by Ann Currie-Bell and her husband, Tom Currie-Bell, a Scottish portraitist. Most of the furniture in the house is original, as well as the artwork. In the gallery, artwork by local artists has been displayed,

Independent / Courtesy Riverhead School District Champion Riverhead High School varsity cheerleaders placed first at the UCA Empire Regional competition at Nassau Community College on December 2. To earn the spot, the team, led by senior captains Melissa Blackmore Wiggly and Chelsea Cawley, competed against 12 regional teams. The win now provides the team with a prestigious bid to the High School Nationals in Orlando, Florida, in February.


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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 Blood Drive The American Red Cross would like to encourage everyone to go out this holiday season and give the gift of life at a local blood drive. Donations tend to decrease during this time, but the need is constant. If you would like to visit a blood drive head to Your Wireless Inc. in Riverhead on 1826 Old Country Road from 10 AM to 3 PM on December 23. a livEly celebration Join the Living Water Church for its annual Christmas season celebrations. Starting on this coming Saturday, enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa from 9 AM to 11 AM. Then on December 20 is the annual Christmas quiz at 7 PM. Finally on December 22, the church will be presenting its new musical, One Christmas Night. Tickets will be $15 per person and the proceeds will raise money to help those less fortunate this holiday season. In addition, services

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The Southold Fire Department and North Fork Rescue Ambulance Association will be hosting an opioid overdose prevention class on December 28 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Southold Fire Department on 55135 Main Road. The class will focus on recognizing overdose victims and properly administering intranasal naloxone to the victims. RSVP before December 22 by calling 631-765-3385. Into the woods Join the Group for the East End this coming Saturday for two exciting events at the Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. From 10 AM to 11 AM, families can help feed the local bird life by making pinecone feeders that will be scattered around the preserve. After that, join the members of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for a hands-on presentation of animals of all sorts. For more information, contact Anita Wright at 631-7656450 or email her at acwright@


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Chorus for the annual “Carols and Cookies” event in the Jamesport Meeting House. Celebrate the season with sing-along Christmas carols and enjoy some cookies and mulled cider once you’ve finished. Children of all ages are welcome and attending adults are suggested to donate $5 to the Meeting House. The celebration will begin on Friday at 6:30 PM in the Lecture Room.

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Local author, James Daniels, will be holding a book signing for his new book, The Must See Hiking Destinations of Long Island. A presentation and the signing will be held in the Visitor Center Community Room for the Hallock State Park Preserve in Jamesport. It will start at 2 PM this coming Saturday.

Celebrate the holidays in Greenport with two incredible events: a musical performance and a visit from Santa. On Friday, Santa will visit at 6 PM in Brecknock Hall and there will be a special reading of The Night Before Christmas. Also Friday, Harbor Bells English Bell Choir performs at Peconic Landing at 7:30 PM. The event is free, however, registration is required and you can visit Peconic Landing’s ticket leap site for details.

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School Days Submitted by local schools

Independent / Courtesy Hampton Bays School District Hampton Bays High School junior Ava Bianchi recently performed with the NYSCAME All-County women’s chorus.

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Independent / Courtesy East Hampton Schools The East Hampton High School Jazz Band, directed by Christopher Mandato, performed at the Santa parade on December 3.

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Junior Ava Bianchi recently represented Hampton Bays High School at the annual New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education All-County Music Festival.

In November, Tuckahoe’s Librarian Laurie Verdeschi, and second grade teachers, Jean Dodici, and Antoinette Counihan arranged for their students to say “Aloha” to their second grade Hawaiian pen pals through a Skype from the school library. Students were very excited to see one another, and exchange names, smiles, and information about their interests and activities. Students will continue to write to one another throughout the school year and get together again on Skype in the Spring.

Bianchi, who performed with the women’s All-County choir, was selected for the honor after receiving a perfect score on her NYSSMA vocal solo last spring.

In addition to singing in her school’s choir, Bianchi participates in her school’s theater program and also performs on various community theater stages.

To give back to the community, members of the Hampton Bays Elementary School K-Kids community service club are hosting a coat drive throughout the month of December. All of the coats collected will be donated to local families in need. The coat drive is just one of the many fundraisers the K-Kids is hosting this school year. In November, they collected enough food to feed 15 local families for Thanksgiving

ELEANOR WHITMORE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Prekindergarteners from the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center walked to Guild Hall to see a performance of “The Polar Express.” The children have been out and about in the village, learning about their community. On another neighborhood walk, they will post their letters to Santa in the specially designated mailbox. Sandy McLauglin’s Pre-K class

To mark computer education week, Westhampton Beach Elementary School kids are learning code. Above, second graders Romeo Rivas (left) and Michael Garcia participated in an hour of code.

visited the East Hampton Library on Friday.

EWECC children created a holiday mural featuring book-loving gingerbread men, with the theme “Smart Cookies Read.” Look for it in the shop window at Mary’s Marvelous on Newtown Lane in East Hampton.

six-week program during which children in small groups will participate in activities focused on helping children identify and express feelings, gain awareness of others, and other social skills. Students will be reassessed after the program and follow-up instruction provided as necessary.

An all-school holiday singalong will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday. At 9 AM that morning, the children in Pre-K Room One will present their “Readers’ Theater” dramatic interpretation of the story “The Gingerbread Man” to their parents.

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Following observation and a screening assessment of their students, teachers are implementing individualized instruction plans designed to support each child’s social-emotional growth. The pinpointed strategies are part of a research-based program at the Center, supported by a grant. In addition to the individualized plans, Jacqueline Rambo, the Center’s school psychologist, is leading a

On Friday at 7 PM, Springs School will host its first free book drive. Through the National Book Bank program, First Book connects publishers with local schools and community programs serving children in need. The nation’s only clearinghouse for large-scale book donations, the National Book Bank puts over 8 million books each year into the hands of kids. Springs School is receiving these books as part of the book drive at Longwood School District. Josephine Libassi, Vice President of the Middle Island Teachers Association was instrumental in ensuring that Springs School receive approximately 1400 books. 59

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right now and squeeze them together, they will turn white and when you let them go, it’s called capillary refill,” Weick explained. “It takes about one second for your color to come back from white to pink.” Capillary refill would be absent or delayed in the case of an opiate overdose.

Weick walked the class through the steps of administering Naloxone -first instructing them to make sure a patient’s nose is clear of mucus to ensure maximum absorption --then

demonstrating a simple maneuver involving the twisting of a few caps and attaching an atomizer to an intranasal syringe that is then divided in two slow squirts up each nostril, or in the case of a child, a quarter in each nostril but repeated twice. He also gave some helpful hints such as instructing people to assemble at least one of their syringes and keep it in an eyeglass kit in their case for quick access, and staying with a patient to administer rescue breathing until medics arrive. “If you need this in an emergency, all you have to do is the little ‘piggy nose’ thing, and half and half,” he said. “So, now you have one ready

to go, or in some cases, two.”

Weick said Narcan takes five minutes to work. If it doesn’t, a second shot is needed. It starts to wear off within 30 minutes and within 90 minutes, it’s already out of the patient’s system. He warned of being ready for anything when a patient comes around. “Sometimes they want to fight you,” he said.

Everyone in the class was issued a certificate of completion and a kit with two doses of the drug, as well as a form to report use or disposal of the drug to the county. The class also gave participants an opportunity to discuss the

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genesis of drug addiction in Suffolk County -- number one for opiaterelated deaths in the state, but more specifically, on the East End, where as a resort community, the economy is fueled by restaurants and bars and saturated with means to procure drugs and alcohol. In Westhampton Beach alone, a village of 2.9 square miles, there are three liquor stores and 48 liquor licenses, according to Kym Laube, executive director of HUGS, an organization that provides drug and alcohol prevention and leadership training for teens and their families. Laube said 22 percent of teens on the East End have reported drinking or drugging by the time they are in eighth grade, but by ninth grade, just a one-year difference, that number increased to 66 percent, according to the Southampton Town Teen Assessment Project, completed in 2015.

“What is most important is that we continue the conversation about how did we get here, because if we only focus on where addiction ends, we are only going to continue to bury bodies, and I don’t know about you, but I am tired of burying bodies,” Laube said. “If we are afraid of heroin, we are missing the stuff that is coming down the pike, because some of this stuff that is being synthetically manufactured right now is going to eat heroin like chump change. It will make heroin look like it is no big deal.”

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Riverhead librarian Cheryl Armstrong attended the class on behalf of her employer, the John Jermaine Library of Sag Harbor, because administrators there believe “its very important their staff be trained just in case” a patron comes in and overdoses. “All kinds of people use libraries, and everyone is welcome in libraries,” she said. “So, in case we get a situation like that we can help them.” Southampton resident Arlene Vanslyke, who has worked with young people as a leader in the cub scouts and NAACP, said she was shocked the drug epidemic has progressed to where it is now, but she wanted to stay informed. “I wanted to know what I should look for,” she said.

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Last Thursday Santa received some help from his Southampton Town Police Department. STPD officers participated in Targets Hero’s and Helpers program spreading holiday cheer for families that needed some assistance. Nine children from Southampton Town went shopping with Southampton Town Police, The New York State Police, and Southampton Town Police Explorers at Target in Riverhead. The Southampton Town Policeman’s Benevolent Association and The Southampton Town Superior Officers Association made additional contributions to make the children’s holiday shopping spree even bigger. After hearing about this program, Jack Kiernan, of Hampton Bays donated his allowance money to the children making the event even more meaningful.

Deepwater Wind Photos by Morgan McGivern

Several East Hampton Town officials attended the Deepwater Wind office opening in Amagansett on December 6. Top: Trustee Bill Taylor, and Trustee-elect Susan McGraw-Keber. Center, left to right: Deepwater’s Clinton Plummer, Julia Prince, Jennifer Garvey, and Jamil Khan. Above: Supervisor-elect Peter Van Scoyoc with open house visitors.


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Montauk Santa Photos by Richard Lewin

There was quite an assortment of family fun at the Montauk Fire House on Sunday, including spin art, sand art, bouncy castle, toss games, rides on the Kiwanis Express, cotton candy, popcorn, and more. But the star of the show was Santa Claus, who made the most important stop on his long journey.


Fun At Fahrenheit 32 Photos by Justin Meinken

On a snowy Saturday morning, hundreds of human polar bears dove into 47-degree ocean waves, bravely celebrating the 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Coopers Beach in Southampton.Charging forward with sheer determination, participants were aided by the Southampton Ocean Rescue Team and some much needed hot tubs. All the proceeds from the event going directly to the non-profit organization, Heart of the Hamptons.

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Chanukah Fair Photos by Richard Lewin

The Social Room at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton was the place to prepare for Chanukah on Sunday, for the “Gates of Learning Chanukah Fair.” Edina Segal, JCOH’s director of Jewish education, made sure that participants experienced a bit of many things Jewish, including Chanukah card making, the singing of traditional Jewish songs (led by JCOH Rabbi Joshua Franklin and Cantor/Rabbi Debra Stein), and offerings by local Hamptons vendors.

Groundworks @ Hrens Photos by Richard Lewin

We know December is here, because Groundworks @ Hrens on Montauk Highway in East Hampton just held two weekends of its Annual Holiday Open House. Owners Kim Hren, Linda and Andy Silich and the staff created a total holiday atmosphere, from a life-size gingerbread house, visits by Santa Claus, hot cider, ornaments, live music, and much more. Specially featured this year is a colossal classic “Department 56 Snow Village.” Christmas trees of all sizes were ready to take home. 63

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2017 Mariners Have Big Shoes To Fill

By Rick Murphy

Yes, the Southampton Mariners are always good, and have been for a long time. Whenever the veteran coach Herm Lamison needs motivation he need only look back to the late sixties, when Southampton reeled off 61 consecutive victories, a streak that has yet to be bettered.

By any other standard, though, last season was pretty special, too. Lamison took his squad all the way to the state Class A semifinals. It was a magical ride that saw the team catch fire in January and then kept getting better and better. Although most of the key players graduated, there is ample firepower to believe that the locals can contend for the Suffolk County Class A title and perhaps make a playoff run – the team is the defending Log Island champion as well and has been so for four straight years—three as a Class B team. Two starters return: Elijah Wingfield, a senior and Micah Snowden a sophomore. Both can do what all the starts did last season –shoot from the outside, handle the ball, play killer defense, and bang the boards. It was this kind of versatility to enabled the Mariners to take on and beat taller rivals – tenacity. Nae’Jon Ward, a diminutive sophomore who started at point guard for the Bridgehampton Killer Bees last season as a freshman, has transferred over and he can handle the ball and run the point.

As if answering a clarion call one of Lamison’s former players, Franklin Trent, was moved back home and brought his two sons, Marquise and


Pierson’s Will Martin charges forward (this page), while East Hampton’s Will Reese (page 65) signals a play. The two are among the East End’s leading scorers.

Marcus Trent, with him. Both are juniors and word is both can play some. Southampton will be playing

in League VI this season. Bayport/ Blue Point and Elwood/John Glenn always have good teams,

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and Amityville has a couple good ones returning Wyandanch made

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Lady Whalers Off To Fast Start

By Rick Murphy

Thank goodness for the Pierson/ Bridgehampton Lady Whalers and the Mattituck Lady Tuckers.

With the non-league portions of most schedules concluded, those are the only two girls’ hoop teams on the East End to record victories. Pierson is 4-1 and lost only to Mattituck, the defending Long Island Class B champs. But the Lady Whalers, a Class C team, held their own and then some, stamping the locals as one of the favorites to win the Suffolk C title and a berth in the state playoffs. Last Thursday, on the road against Center Moriches, the locals gave a glimpse of what is to come. A punishing defense quickly took the Red Devils out of their offensive rhythm. Meanwhile, the multi-pronged Pierson attack was zapping from all angles, and an 18-3 blitzkrieg in the first stanza translated to a 45-27 victory.


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it to the county final county title, are all returning competitive teams. Hampton Bays has improved from last season and Miller Place, It all begins today, when the team travels to Glenn. There will be a home game against Mt Sinai Saturday at 6 PM.

The Mariners aren’t the only local team looking for county title. Greenport, competing in Class C, is zeroed in on the postseason as well, and has one of the most exciting players to come out of the East End in years.

That would be Ahkee Anderson, a sophomore blur who can fill up the stat sheet. The coach Ev Corwin has a veteran squad that nevertheless has only one senior starter, and that means a lot of victories are going to come his way in the next few years. Back and

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joining Anderson in the starting five are juniors Jaxan and Julian Swann and the senior Jordan Fonseca.

Greenport blew away Port Jefferson Friday on the loser’s court 8063 and Anderson showed what all the commotion is about. He scored 28, dished off for 11 more buckets, grabbed nine rebounds and recorded 10 steals. Julian Swann, though, took high scoring honors with 29 and added 13 assists. The Porters play at Babylon this afternoon (4:30 PM) and get Mattituck at home Monday at 6:15 PM. Pierson dropped a pair of nonleague games, falling at Center Moriches 76-33 on December 6 and at Babylon 70-48 Friday. Will Martin was a bright spot, scoring 45 points in the pair of losses. He’s now averaging 24.2 points per game. The Whalers play at Stony Brook Saturday night at 7.


Katie Kneeland, it seems, is always in the middle of the action. Now, as a junior, she is being asked to move to center stage. If this game is any indication, Kneeland is certainly ready for prime team. She exploded for 26

points, six rebounds, and five assists to lead Pierson to its first League VII win. The Whalers are 4-1 on the young season, and all five starters are underclassmen, meaning there are a lot more wins in this team’s future. In the same game, Celia Barranco tallied nine points. Chastin Giles added four assists. The Lady Whalers play Tuesday at Southold/Greenport. Tip off is scheduled for 6:15 PM.

Mattituck crushed Port Jeff 64-17 Friday at home. This one was also decided early, courtesy of a 23-4 second quarter run. All-everything Liz Dwyer scored 25 points, including her 1500th career point, as the Lady Tuckers improved to 4-1 on the season (2-0 in League VII). Dwyer also had four assists and two rebounds. Mackenzie Hoeg added 10 points and five rebounds. Julie Seifert grabbed eight boards and scored nine points. Mattituck was barely beaten by large school (AA) powerhouse Brentwood earlier this month. The Tuckers have a home game against Babylon Friday evening at 6:15. Stony Brook comes to town Monday for a 6:15 tiff.

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Was there a lot of community feedback on the program? There is a group of kids assembled for the next series at the library. People are curious. The library is a bustling place and after each class I had a few seconds of time to hear from a few parents that they were grateful for the class. That this was something so important. Most inquired about a class like this for adults. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who began The Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction Clinic in 1979, has said this is not something that’s a luxury, it’s a radical act of kindness and sanity. Being the first of its kind, will there be more sessions? Yes. I’m so thankful to our library for the opportunity to bring this to our kids. We are figuring out schedules and deadlines and how we can reach more of our kids and parents. I wish this existed when I was in middle school. I’d like to offer the teachings to some of the older kids. We’re looking at another kids class in February and an adult class in the Spring. As a mother, what are you most thankful for in your children’s upbringing? Thank you for this beautiful question. I love that we live in a place of astounding nature and that my husband, Kevin, had the foresight to bring our family to the East End. The work that goes into raising aware, compassionate, and attentive human beings starts at home and is supported by our schools, libraries, and places of business. what would you say is a societal disadvantage for children today? Children pick up on the nervous systems of the adults around them. We are, as a culture, addicted to stimulation and have become human doings, forgetting that we are human beings. Young 66

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people are suffering from higher rates of anxiety. There’s a paradox of kids experiencing so much so fast and then we see young adults emotionally and socially stinted. Our greatest challenge is to do the work ourselves so we can be a model of what mindfulness looks like when we eat, listen to each other, and come into contact with the world. I believe every person is at their own stage of evolution and a lot of people are trying to shift from a default mode of mindlessness to presence. It’s a muscle we build over time. Just as we can transform the body with exercise, we can build the muscle of attention and awareness.

Rather than wait until the next sessions in 2018, you can begin practicing your own sense of mindfulness right now. Dehler recommends Henepola Gunaratana’s, The Book Mindfulness in Plain English. For those more interested in a proactive approach, begin writing one thing you are grateful for each day and take three quiet moments to notice your breathing. Become aware during the idle times your hand reaches for the phone and consciously choose to leave it.

the facility? 66 percent of those responding said yes, 10 percent didn’t know.

• Has Class B fire suppression foam ever been used for training purposes at the facility? 25 percent said yes, with 15 percent uncertain.

• Has Class B fire suppression foam ever been used for firefighting or other emergency response purposes at the facility? 13 percent said yes, 15 percent didn’t know

• Has the facility even experienced a spill or leak of Class B fire suppression foam? Just one respondent said yes, six didn’t know. • Has your facility even been responsible for the use of Class B fire suppression foam at a location other than the facility? 52 percent of respondents said yes, nine percent didn’t know. Fifty two percent of respondents answered in the affirmative, nine percent were uncertain. CCE has put forth a four-point action plan to address the serious threat of PFCs: 1. NYS DEC needs to work in conjunction with Nassau and

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Charles Manning Jr., the former Bridgehampton Killer Bee who led his team to the 2015 New York State Class D Championship, is off to a good start at Florida Southwestern State College.

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determine where training activities occurred and if the public is at risk. Unfortunately, the more we look for PFC contamination, the more we find it,” stated Esposito. DEC sent a survey to 174 Fire Departments across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. 84 districts (48%) did not respond, 90 districts (52%) responded. Here are the queries and the results of those that responded: • Is any Class B fire suppression foam currently stored and/or used at the facility? 79 percent of those responding said yes.

• Has any Class B fire suppression foam ever been stored or used at

Suffolk County to accurately identify all fire training facilities, fire departments, and airports that used or stored fire suppressant foam containing PFCs. 2. NYS DEC needs to work with local health departments to install and evaluate monitoring wells down gradient from any facility discovered to be the source of PFC contamination; or known to have used or stored PFC containing fire suppressant foam.

3. NYS needs to provide funding in the 2018 budget for Suffolk County Department of Health Services to upgrade its laboratory to include testing equipment for PFCs. Currently, all Long Island samples are send to the Wadsworth Facility in the Capital Region for testing for PFCs, causing a back log and delay in results. 4. NY needs to establish a health based drinking water standard for PFCs as quickly as possible. CCE’s interactive map and full report can be viewed www. pfc.asp.

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Manning, who was the New York State Class D Most Valuable Player, is competing at the JUCO school this season to attain the necessary scholastic credits to qualify for a Division One program. The team is off to an 11-1 start and rotates its players liberally. Manning is the team’s third highest scorer, averaging 12 points per game. He is scoring at the rate of a point a minute. The 6’5” guard is shooting a blistering 56 percent from the field, second on the team. He has also grabbed 66 rebounds and recorded 19 assists. Laube Honored The season is over and the Long Island Championship trophy is

ensconced in the school lobby. Now it time for Dylan Laube to reap the individual rewards that come with being one of the greatest football players in Suffolk County history.

Laube, from Westhampton Beach High School, was named co-winner of the 58th Carl A. Hansen Award as the top high school football player in Suffolk County along with Lindenhurst senior Jeremy Ruckert . Laube also earned the Joe Cipp Jr. Award, given to the top running back in Suffolk County, was named All-Long Island First Team. He scored a record 47 touchdowns this season, had 120 TDs in his career, rushed for 6495 yards and had about 8000 all-purpose yards during his career. Hurricane Coach Bill Parry was named Suffolk County Coach of the Year.

By the way, Laube is also a terrific Lacrosse player. He is headed to the The University of New Hampshire. Liam McIntyre of Westhampton also earned First team honors.

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Indy Fit by Nicole Teitler

Fitness Gifts If there were a competition for Worst Gift Giver I’d easily make the top three winners. It’s not that I don’t enjoy spending money on others, I just completely blank on what to get. Gift cards seem too impersonal (as does money) and asking what said person wants point blank? Well, you might as well stamp a giant ‘Clueless’ right on my forehead.

That said, this holiday season, I’m going with the ‘Well, if I’d like it maybe they would too’ approach. For the fitness fanatic in your life, here are my eight gift ideas -- based on what I might accidentally wrap for myself.

Sweaty Betty has a scuba fabric, 100 percent polyester, All Sport backpack that measures 40.5cm tall, 43cm wide and 24cm deep. Small enough to toss around but still big enough to carry all the essentials. Adjustable straps make it easy to go from working out to commuting in seconds. Cute enough to complete any outfit in or out of a studio, but trendy enough to look like the badass workout chick you are. $115 at or visit the East Hampton store at 51 Newton Lane. Nike does it yet again with the Nike Vapor Energy Training Backpack. At 20.5” tall,12” wide and 7.5” deep this 100 percent polyester bag is ideal for going from the gym to the office. A padded laptop compartment fits sizes up to 15 inches, with dual-zip storage, adjustable straps for shock absorption and a helpful wet/dry compartment. The Pure Platinum and Black color options make it work with any situation. Find it for $70 at

I’m the furthest thing from a yogi but Chakra Art and Design makes yoga mats that are so breathtakingly beautiful I’d buy one and stay in child’s pose. 1/4” or 1/8” thick, 72”

tall and 24” wide, each mat is BPA, phthalates, heavy metal, and latex free. Their Empowerment Series takes artwork to the next level -hang it on your wall or use it for any workout of choice. All month long enjoy 25 percent off any Living Art Collection yoga mat, or 40 percent off unframed prints. $79. Visit TRX has been one of my favorite fitness discoveries of 2017. It doesn’t require more than a few straps and body weight, which means you can do it anywhere. TRX Go Suspension Trainer Kit allows you to take the workout with you. See that palm tree on vacation? You can use it there. The monkey bars while your children are on the playground? There, too. Prices vary, visit for the best options. A balance ball chair can turn workday into workout -- slightly anyway. The Gaiam Balance Ball Chair helps with back issues through improving posture while simultaneously encouraging core strength. The anti-burst 52cm balance ball sits on a PVC base and caster wheels. The best part? It comes with a desktop workout guide. Sitting at a computer all day isn’t such a bad thing after all. Check out your local Target for products (good luck leaving with only one thing). $79.99.

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performance but gain insight with outside, comparable statistics. Not just for the professionals anymore. Their Smart Capture technology allows players of all sorts -- baseball, golf, softball, soccer and tennis -- to film and attach the device directly to their equipment. The Tennis 2 Kit comes with a sensor, flex mount, pro mount, insert mount, USB charger, and mobile app for $99. You can find more of their gear at Muscle soreness is hardly an issue with the MobilityWOD Supernova 2.0 by Rogue. Forget the name, which sounds like something out of a Star Wars flick. This grooved surface breaks up knots in a precise way through its 80mm or 120mm size. That means less soreness and more active time. Find the

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Finally, an espresso maker for those on the move. WACACO MiniPresso GR Portable Espresso Coffee maker weighs under a single pound and measures 7” long. It creates a simple, single shot of caffeinated goodness. Bring this device anywhere, from drives to work to hikes up the mountains, for a 50ML jolt. All you need is hot water (or cold if you’re fine with it). Tilt and simply pump. Walmart is currently listing it at $51.99 or check Happy shopping!

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