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Community News

Shinnecock Hills Job “Open”-Ings

the economic opportunity the event brings, including 550 jobs for East End residents that we announced yesterday. This is an excellent opportunity for the East End to show off its amazing assets, such as our beaches and vibrant downtowns.”

“The ultimate test in golf is returning to Suffolk County, Long Island,” said Bellone. “I encourage anyone who is interested in seeking a temporary job or looking to take advantage of the historic experience to apply online as we look this make this another memorable event.”

Independent / Kitty Merrill The U.S. Open this June at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (above) is expected to generate some 550 jobs and over $100 million in revenue for the region.

predicted an economic impact of $120 million to the region … a region where hotel rooms went for a mere $208 per night during the Open. The last major in Wisconsin, the 2015 PGA championship at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, generated $102 mil. Pricing being what it is in the tony Hamptons, the economic impact of the open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton will likely eclipse that of Wisconsin.

By Kitty Merrill

The first US Open Golf Championship was played in 1895 at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. The course was just nine holes, and 11 golfers participated. The winner, Horace Rawlins, received a $150 cash pirze and a $50 gold medal. Last year’s winner, Brooks Koepka, took $2.16 million out of a $12 million total purse home from the competition held in Erin, Wisconsin. In advance of the event the Milwaukee BizTimes 2%+.."*; (&!") &%

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On Thursday during a press conference heralding the jobs impact, County Executive Steve

Bellone predicted a financial influx to the region that could top $130 million. He said analysis is based on expected weekly attendance of over 200,000 people, which include players, fans, volunteers, vendors, and media. There will also be approximately 8,000 hotel rooms booked along with an average of 3500 temporary job opportunities, with many more to be unveiled in the coming months ahead. Over 550 temporary food service and hospitality jobs at the Open are on the horizon for East End residents. Bellone announced support for the recruiting efforts of open vendor Ridgewells. Its representatives attended a job fair at the East Hampton Library on Friday.

“I am proud and delighted that world class golfers will be returning to the historic Shinnecock Hills golf club for the tournament,” County Legislator Bridget Fleming said Friday. “We’re excited about

In partnership with the Suffolk County Department of Labor and the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, Ridgewells will manage the recruitment, hiring, and training of all event staff to support the large scale catering operation at the U.S. Open. A mix of front- and-back of house catering positions are available that include tent supervisors, beverage managers, buffet managers, bartenders and servers, tent chefs, sous chefs, kitchen assistants, action station attendants, dishwashers, and operation helpers. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their resumes to and indicate the position in the subject line. For more information on county-wide job fairs, call 631853-6600 or visit the One-Stop Employment Center at www.

“Hiring workers from the surrounding communities is an essential element in providing a first-class experience for fans at the U.S. Open,” said Charlie Howe, the USGA director for the 2018 Open. “As the Championship approaches we will see more of our vendors seeking local employees to fill key positions. We encourage interested parties to check the New York State Job Bank for updates and additional opportunities.” This is the fifth time the championship is being hosted at the historic golf course. It will take place from June 11 to 17.


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Community News

By Kitty Merrill

Flu Emergency, Clinics

and eight pediatric deaths in New York. Over the last four years, there have been a total of 25 pediatric flu deaths in New York State and an average of 10,571 flu-related hospitalizations a year, Cuomo reported in a release announcing the emergency.

It’s been a rough week, Dr. Robert Chaloner, CEO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital acknowledged last Thursday night, himself a recently recovered victim of the flu. The widespread illness continues to top the headlines, with the Centers for Disease Control predicting the season on track for breaking records. On the East End, influenza cases have kept emergency departments at area hospitals on the run. Officials at SBS in Southampton reported 122 cases in the ER from January 1 through last week. During the same timeframe last year, there were 91 cases. The CDC notes that it’s hard to gauge the exact number of flu cases since not everyone with influenza seeks medical care.

Local schools have seen an increase in flu-related absences. A teacher in East Hampton who asked not to be identified reported her district is even having trouble getting substitute teachers to come in to cover sick teachers’ classes. Said Springs School Superintendent Debra Winter, “Our absentee rate has been slightly higher than usual. We have reminded our students to wash their hands frequently. We have directed our custodians to clean desks, doorknobs, and areas student touch thorough-ly each evening. We have posted and sent home all precautions to take regarding the flu. Our staff have been slightly more effected this year than others.” Patricia McArdle, Director of Infection Prevention and control at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport reported, “ELIH has seen a 62 percent increase in the number of patients presenting to the (Emergency Department) with confirmed influenza compared to the numbers seen in 2016-2017 for this time period from December 2017 through February 2018.” According to published reports, over 60 children nationwide have died from the flu this season compared to 20 during the 2017 flu season. On Monday morning, CBS news reported a fourth New York City child had succumbed to

The Department of Health’s website links to each local health department providing the public a one-stop-shop approach to individual counties’ expanded efforts. Additionally, the HealthMap Vaccine Finder also identifies locations where vaccines can be found at other locations in New York State at www.


The CDC notes on its website that flu activity commonly peaks in the US between December and February. However, it’s unpredictable and can vary from season to season, beginning as early as October and continuing to occur as late as May.

Last Thursday Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide public health emergency and directed New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to authorize emergency assistance funding to counties. That means enhanced reimbursement to counties and expanded efforts to promote and increase access to flu vaccines statewide. Governor Cuomo called on all 58 local health departments to expand efforts to more readily accommodate New Yorkers still needing a flu shot.

more clinics to be announced.

“We ask residents to obtain immunization against the flu to protect not only themselves but others who may be especially vulnerable to the flu, especially infants who are too young to be immunized, pregnant women, older residents and those with other health conditions that make them more vulnerable to flu,” said Dr. Tomarken.

For the last nine weeks, influenza has been geographically widespread across New York. As of February 3, 52,567 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza had been reported, and 11,802 people had been hospitalized with influenza. During last year’s flu season, there were 12,912 flu-related hospitalizations

Governor Cuomo has also directed local health departments to re-focus enhanced outreach to vulnerable populations, including daycares, nursing homes, senior centers, and homeless shelters, to reemphasize the need for flu vaccinations, provide targeted education regarding the signs and symptoms of flu, and to identify and assist those populations with low vaccine rates. Local health departments will coordinate with local school superintendents to identify schools experiencing an increase in absenteeism rates due to illness among students and staff and link them to ongoing education and vaccination efforts. These partnerships will further ensure effective education and guidance is provided to protect children, Cuomo said.

By Friday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken announced that the county would offer free influenza immunization to residents. The announcement follows Governor Cuomo’s declaration of a public health emergency in New York. All residents six months of age and older who have not already obtained their flu shots are urged to do so as soon as possible. The first clinic was held in Great River, with 5


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Jerry’s Ink

pathetic sight, stretched out on my sofa staring at a frigging boring golf match on television with a tear in my eye. That’s when I ask the question I ask every year: “Why don’t they allow tackling in golf?”

by Jerry Della Femina

AM I THE ONLY PERSON ALIVE WHO HATES THE WINTER OLYMPICS? My wife, the beautiful Judy Licht, along with every gay person in the world, is glued to a television set watching figure skating during the winter Olympics.

Figure skating consists of a couple skating on the ice and doing weird acrobatics where the guy throws the woman – who’s wearing a skimpy outfit – up in the air. She spins around like a top and then lands perfectly on the ice and avoids falling on her pretty ass.

The announcer has an orgasm. “Did you see that? He did a ‘Double Umloff,’ threw her like a rag doll and she did her famous ‘Horizontal Kuchicoo’ move, but she came down and lost her frozen smile for a fifth

of a second and that will cost them a point with judges.”

“Did you see that?” screams Judy? “It’s so wonderful! She’s half Jewish, you know. Or is it the skier who’s half Jewish?” Judy saves her loudest accolades for athletes who are Jewish – even someone who is only onequarter Jewish will do. “Oh, that’s wonderful,” I mutter, but when I think of this stupid event I think that somewhere up in Olympics heaven the Greeks who invented the real Olympics are throwing up. This is all happening while I’m trying to adjust to life without football. This Sunday I was a

I mean, why don’t they allow a bunch of the other golfers to rush towards a guy when he is trying to make a putt. Here’s how it would work: The other golfers are at the edge of the green at least 10 yards away and the referee blows his whistle and the golfers take off yelling and waving their clubs. Now, they can’t touch the golf ball as it rolls, but if they can deck the guy before he gets his putt off, it’s allowed. I’ll bet that would do wonders for the ratings of golf on television.

I guess this kind of thinking is what got me to conclude that it’s only February and I so miss Eli Manning. Frankly, it is a bit strange and unnatural how much I miss Eli Manning. I missed Eli so much this Sunday that I started to worry that it was like a Brokeback Mountain type of thing. For a second I pictured Eli and me alone in the frozen wasteland of the New Jersey Meadowlands. That scared me because it gave a whole new meaning to the term “fantasy football.” I then realized that what I missed the most was not Eli (thank God), but betting on Eli and the Giants and football. That’s when I had the thought that maybe I could bet on the Winter Olympics. Would my bookie think I was a degenerate if I asked him if I could start betting on the men’s speed skating event? Could I call him and find out what the morning line is in the Men’s Slalom?

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I’m still trying to come to grips with the fact that the Winter Olympics are being held in South Korea. South Korea? Is the Olympic Committee nuts as well as being corrupt? South Korea is a few feet away from North Korea and that nutty little fat kid who keeps threatening to drop a nuclear bomb on our laps. Now don’t get me wrong – I owe a lot to Korea. I have three beautiful Korean-American grandchildren – Annabel, Charlie and Maggie – and a wonderful Korean son-in-law, John Kim. It’s not their fault that



the Olympics are being held in the middle of a South Korean flu season. Fact is, this is my usual “I hate the Winter Olympics” column.

First of all, there are too many foreigners involved with the Winter Olympics. Guys with name like Hans, Fritz, and Olaf are beating guys with good old American names like Tom, Bill, and Joe. Why? Because these pushy foreigners have us competing against them in the sports they clearly do best. I’m talking about sports where you ski off the top of a mountain and there’s a good chance that when you land, if you’re lucky, all you’re going to do is break your fool neck. Show me a sport that depends on guys jumping off of mountains on skis into snow and I’ll show you a sport that belongs in a country filled with suicidal depressives like Norway. I don’t care how much Donald Trump loves Norway.

It’s disgusting that second-rate countries like Lower Slovenia, where the kids are born with skis on their feet (which, I might add, is the reason why every family in Lower Slovenia has just one child), are able to take gold medals away from the United States, the greatest country in the world. I also object to the overt sexuality in the naming of Winter Olympics events. I have always thought that the “Men’s Giant Slalom” is a title more suited for a porno movie than an Olympic event. As for the event they call the “Men’s Half Pipe,” I don’t even want to guess what that competition is all about.

And can someone please tell me when sledding became “The Luge”? Also, why does going down a sheet of hard ice, head first, at 70 miles an hour qualify you for a gold medal instead of a psychiatric examination? When you come right down to it, the only event that a real American can really enjoy in the Winter Olympics is hockey. Heck, they don’t even have a football event, leaving out the only true winter sport in the United States where every Sunday 22 red-blooded American guys spend a fun-filled few hours beating the crap out of each other. Gosh, I’m going to really miss that violence every Sunday.

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Community News

By Rick Murphy

Brawl At Basketball Game

Police had to be called in to help quell a brawl at a Southampton High School basketball game that scared some fans and parents and caused a brief panic on February 6. Wyandanch was visiting Southampton in Suffolk League VI game that was a critical one for the home team. The Mariners are fighting for a playoff berth in the upcoming Suffolk County tournament after earning a trip to the New York State Final Four last season. Wyandanch had already been eliminated from postseason play and lost to Southampton at home earlier in the season. The two teams have a long rivalry. Tempers have been known to flare in Wyandanch, where once, years back, the team had been mandated to play several games without spectators after a brawl. The two teams were locked in a tight game that was described by one player as “very physical.” The Southampton school administration, in a statement released the following morning, acknowledged it was “a highly intense game.”

One source said coaches and players on the Wyandanch bench were becoming exasperated by the officials, who they believed favored Southampton. “In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, a number of actions occurred. A player on the opposing team [Wyandanch] was ejected. The coaches on the opposing team also received numerous technical fouls and would not leave the court when directed,” the statement from Southampton read. It was signed by Dr. Nicholas Dyno, Superintendent of Schools, Principal Dr. Brian Zahn, and the Athletic Director, Darren Phillips. Phillips said the district will have no further comment about the incident. Southampton made 40 free throws during the game, while Wyandanch made only seven.

a game at Mercy High School against Southampton was closed to spectators after a fight between the teams earlier that season.

However, there were numerous technical fouls called near the game’s end that resulted in the Mariners being rewarded free throws.

side then stormed the floor, and several fights broke out. There were some security officers on hand who tried to restore order, but they were overwhelmed.

Spectators from the Wyandanch

As far as closing the gym down to the public, closing the gym for a high school basketball game is not unprecedented. In 2014,

With the score 80–74 and the situation deteriorating, officials decided to call the game and award Southampton the victory, its eighth league win against seven losses.

Also, a brawl between fans occurred in the parking lot when Center Moriches and Southampton played, on December 19, 2015, in Southampton. No fans were allowed in the gym when another game was played a month later.

Southampton played at Bayport/ Blue Point two nights later without incident.

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Sand In My Shoes by Denis Hamill

UBER RAPIST’S FOX HUNT DRIVE Phil Dowling was stepping out of his car into the driveway of his parents’ house on Timber Trail Lane in Medford when I approached him and asked if he knew about the Uber driver that lived around the corner that Southampton police say raped a teenage passenger?

“He lives around the corner,” asked a surprised Dowling, director of the Morning Show on News 12. I told him that that Steven Palmer, 33, lived on Winged Foot Drive, the next street over. “That’s scary,” Dowling said. “I

have two kids of my own, 15 and 10. I wouldn’t let either of them into an Uber on their own. Ev-er. Especially my daughter. Never. It’s spooky because this is my parents’ house, where I grew up. You never think a guy like that lives around the corner.” But the Boogeyman lives around every corner in America.

Steven Palmer, 33, lives in one of the 23 houses on Winged Foot Drive around the corner from Dowling’s idyllic childhood home. Nestled just north of the Long Island Expressway in Medford,


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Winged Foot Dr. is a quintessential laneway of the boundless American suburb where skeletal winter trees tower over well-groomed single family ranches and two-story homes. Trustful residents leave unchained bicycles, ladders, coolers, shovels, and plow blades on their tidy porches. American flags sag under a drizzly sky. Streetlights fashioned to look like 19th century gas lamps ignite like beacons of safety at the fall of dusk.

From this slice of Norman Rockwell’s Americana, Steven Palmer climbed into his black Uber car last December 1 and tooled down Winged Foot Dr., turning right at a street with the foreboding name of Fox Hunt Drive. From there, police say, Palmer drove onto the LIE, rolling east toward the storied Hamptons which allowed Uber to steer into its tanned and sandy heart last summer. Uber came with mixed emotions.

Many barked that Uber would add to the summer gridlock. Others welcomed Uber even if the rise of the black car phenomenon had added some 60,000 new cars to the streets of NYC, 46,000 associated with Uber alone, causing unspeakable hardening of the traffic arteries in a city where the average speed of a vehicle is 4 mph. But as one Sag Harbor resident told me, “I’d rather see more Uber traffic than more deaths caused by drunk drivers.” Hard to argue with that logic.

But Steven Palmer might have just added a new argument against Uber in the East End – or at least a call for some strict new rules. Because police have charged that on that first night of December Palmer picked up a teenage girl of “16 or under” – somewhere in the Southampton, but cops won’t say exactly where – who was visibly upset and perhaps crying in the rear of his Uber. Police are also sketchy of all the details leading up to Palmer allegedly crossing the line from Uber driver to fox hunt driver but they claim he drove for a while and then parked his vehicle in a remote area, climbed into the back with the emotionally short circuiting minor, consoling and compromising her. And then, police say, Palmer engaged in unlawful sex with a minor.



When I called Southampton police to find out if the teen was drunk or drugged up or frightened or coerced into the sexual encounter, or if Palmer ever asked her age, or if he claimed that she had lied to him about her age, they would not comment.

What police have already revealed is that Palmer and the teen had sex on three subsequent occasions following December 1, which makes it sound consensual. But sex with a minor is never consensual, it’s statutory rape. Statutory rape is illegal, punishable by jail time but not the same level felony as violent, forcible rape. But if the minor was intoxicated that could be date rape, a very serious felony.

How police learned of the alleged crime is also unclear but police arrived at Palmer’s home on Winged Foot Dr. on Sunday, February 4 and arrested him, placed him in the back of a police car, turning right at Fox Hunt Dr. and heading east for Southampton where he was booked, fingerprinted, mug-shot, and arraigned for rape. He was released on $40,000 bail. Uber deactivated Palmer’s account.

On Sunday the “UBER RAPE” headlines hung over the Hamptons and this little P-shaped section of cul-de-sacs, and quiet side streets of Medford like a second set of winter storm clouds. “We live in sorry times,” said Phil Dowling, about the accused rapist around the corner. “Who knows who drives these Uber cars? What is the screening is like? A grown man alone in a car with an emotional teenage girl? Why? How? Scary. Maybe we shouldn’t let teenagers, especially girls, ride in Ubers alone.” When I tell him an Uber driver was arrested in Queens in August for rape and another in California on January 23 for four rapes, Dowling rocked on his heels in horror. “There just needs to be better screening and safeguards,” he says.

He’s right, of course, and some child advocates have urged parents to implore their teens to form a “buddy plan,” and to never ride alone with any stranger.

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Community News

By Kitty Merrill

A Litany Of Obstacles

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” The tagline from cartoonist Walt Kelly’s iconic Pogo comic strip could summarize the doctor’s sentiment. Last Thursday night, Dr. Shawn Cannon relayed a litany of obstacles that delay or impede the care of opioid-addicted patients. Big Pharma, hospital pain policies, NIMBYism, the federal government, and even the medical community can be blamed, Cannon opined at the third Southampton Town-sponsored forum devoted to discussing the opioid addiction epidemic. Held in the Parrish Hall at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, the gathering was geared towards hearing from the medical community. “Where are the people? Where are the ribbons? Where’s our march? Where is our quilt?” Cannon asked rhetorically at the outset of his speech. The doctor, who founded the hospital’s residency program in social medicine, spoke of the stigma attached to addiction. He recalled the same shame that once marked illnesses like breast cancer in the 1970s and AIDS in the 1980s. Fundraisers and awareness campaigns for both diseases are now embraced by communities. The same needs to happen for addicts, Cannon said. “It’s time for addiction to come out of the closet,” he said. “This topic needs to be spoken about.” In 1985, “unintended injuries” was the number one cause of death in young people. Back then, car accidents were the leading cause of those injuries. Groups like

coverage?” The insurance industry and its policies restricting coverage for holistic treatments, and hospital and rehab stays for addicts were other impediments Cannon explored.

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving formed. People marched and took action and things changed, Cannon reminded. Now, overdoses comprise the bulk of the unintended injuries in young people. Shedding light on the extent of the stigma, Cannon informed that his residency program is the first in the country that requires medical students to study addiction medicine. It’s not required in general medical training programs in the United States.

Any effort to resolve the addiction epidemic will require the disruption of the system, Cannon said. But, Cannon emphasized, medicine alone is not going to fix the problem. “Don’t look to us for the answers. We don’t have them,” he said.

Cannon did have staggering stats to report. With just under five percent

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of the world’s population, the United States consumes 84 percent of the world’s opiates. Ninety nine percent of the vicodin on earth is consumed in this country. According to a 2017 article in the Journal of American Medicine, five percent of twelfth graders abuse vicodin.

“Where do they get these drugs?” Cannon asked, answering, “From us.” Hospitals across the country have “no pain” policies that result in wholesale pain killer prescribing. And the medical community gets the drugs from “Big Pharm,” Cannon said. He spoke of the popular 1970s narcotic Quaaludes. It was a scourge until the Drug Enforcement Administration lobbied Congress to ban its production. Its production was prohibited and, said Cannon, “You never hear of it anymore. “

“Where is Congress now?” Cannon asked. Positing that drug company lobbyists hold elected officials in their sway, the doctor proclaimed, “We have a Congress that allows our children to die.” Laws enacted to quell overprecription of drugs have resulted in an increase in the street price of opioids; it has skyrocketed to as much as $80 per pill while heroin use, at $5 per bag, has burgeoned. Alternative modalities like yoga and meditation can help patients manage pain, Cannon pointed out. But, he asked, “Who has the

Insurance “dictates” how addicts receive treatment. For many, insurance covers just a three-day hospital stay. Sometimes patients can stay a week. Five to seven days is just enough to detox, then patients are told, “go home” with, he said, “no treatment.” If patients were put into hospitals for 90 days, hospitals would be bankrupt in 90 days, the demand is so high. “If we have beds, you better have cash,” Cannon said is the message from hospitals.

Treatment, combined with a move to sober housing that includes a change of environment, seems to be successful. But, said Cannon, communities chafe at the notion of sober homes in their backyards. Opioid addiction is already in their backyards, the doctor asserted.

When the forum was opened up to attendees for comment, many affirmed Cannon’s statements. Clinician Anthony Rizzuto from Seafield and Diane Newman from the Dunes in East Hampton both spoke about community pushback related to sober houses. Seafield just dropped a proposal to lease a Blue Point retreat house for a 70bed treatment center. Community opposition “came from a place of ignorance,” he said, and local elected officials “folded like a cheap suit.” Those are the same politicians who stand next to bereaved parents and call for solutions for the uptick in overdoses, Rizutto said. Other professionals spoke of the value of alternative treatments, and the need to publicize available services, address the mental health aspect, and include the entire family in treatment. Kyle Camberdella was the last to the microphone. Applause erupted when he identified himself as one of the thousand people emergency responders saved from overdose on Long Island last year. “I still struggle, but I have a cousin who

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Community News

‘Bridge’ Over Troubled Waters

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

There will be no more “treat and street” on this cop’s beat.

Southampton Town’s top cop has taken a page out of the book from his former beat in Nassau County. Chief Steven Skrynecki wants officers responding to overdoses to act as a bridge, or go between, to give patients better access to treatment services. Earlier this year, the chief enacted the new “treatment bridge” protocol, where a patient who is revived from an overdose will be asked by an officer if his or her information can be shared with the treatment subcommittee of the Southampton Town Opioid Addiction Task Force.

The policy, which requires consent, will allow a member of the subcommittee to reach out to the patient or family about the treatment options that are available. “It frustrates us as law enforcement to revive people multiple times and not see them get help,” Skrynecki said in a phone interview last Wednesday.

If an overdose patient does not sign a consent form, the officer will give them a pamphlet containing a list of resources in Suffolk County and contact phone numbers where addicts can seek help after their release from the hospital. In cases where a family member is present, the officer will also ask if they would like their information shared with the subcommittee to help with treatment options. “The concept behind it is that we are looking at it as the person who overdoses today can be the person who could fatally overdose tomorrow,” he said. “This is a direct effort to take that very high-risk individual and to put that person in the direction to get help.”

In 2017, there were 19 fatal overdoses in Southampton Town— nearly quadrupling the four drug fatalities in 2016. The overdose antidote, naloxone, more commonly referred by its brand name, Narcan, was used 21 times by either police or emergency medical services at the scene, however, four revivals

Independent/Peggy Spellman Hoey Southampton Police Chief Steven Skrynecki has officers responding to overdoses share patient or family contact information with the town’s treatment subcommittee to make help more accessible.

were unsuccessful and the patients died.

Southampton police responded to 20 overdoses in which Narcan was administered in 2016 and four in 2015, however, there were no immediate deaths. There have been no fatal overdoses since December 27.

“This is the longest stretch we have had,” he said. “There have been no deaths in the last six weeks now, which is a good sign. We are hopeful that the opioid task force’s collective efforts are influencing that.” Since the start of the year, police and first responders were able to revive one victim by administering Narcan, however, the person did not wish for his or her information to be shared with the treatment subcommittee. The person was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

“When an addict comes back from an overdose, it hurts; it’s not pleasant,” said treatment subcommittee chairwoman Karen Martin of Alternatives Counseling Services, Inc. in Southampton. Some addicts might want to go home and sleep it off, others might want another hit, still others or their families might want an end to the cycle, she said. In those cases, the “treatment bridge” will go a long way to

helping addicts seek an end to their addiction. “Let’s hope it’s a save,” she said. She added that offering the option of involving family members is also an effective tool in breaking

the cycle. “We can help with counseling, with services. We can educate them [about] what is going on in an addict’s world, because it is not the same world you and I live in,” Martin said.

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Community News

By Kitty Merrill

Can You Hear Them Now?

only one other site is viable—the Old Stone Market on the corner of Old Stone Highway and Neck Path.

Campanile is an Italian word that means bell tower. No means the same thing in Italian and English, and it appeared to be the East Hampton Town Planning Board’s answer to a long-aborning application to construct a cell tower on the site of St. Peter’s Chapel in Springs. During its February 7 work session planners continued review of AT & T’s proposal to build a 50-foot tower on chapel property in a residential zoning district. Located on Old Stone Highway, the chapel dates back to 1881, but has never been identified as suitable for historic preservation by the town, state, or feds.

The proposal would require several variances from the town’s zoning board of appeals—for height and proximity to wetlands. Given that two new members joined the seven-member body in January, and variances must be obtained before the planning board can conclude

A tower there would likely be designed as a 50 to 60 foot tall wood utility pole, Huber said. By contrast, the chapel proposal was designed, he said, with cutting edge technology and a campanile style modeled on the Piazza del San Marco in Venice, Italy. It’s a design he called “incredibly innovative,” and a revision from an earlier version that was described as looking “a little bit like a rocket.” Independent / James J. Mackin The applicant looking to erect a cell tower at St. Peter’s Chapel in Springs has yet to win over the East Hampton Town Planning Board.

its review, a conversation about the general concept was warranted. Was there a consensus about moving forward? Not really.

Three board members seemed opposed to the plan, two were supportive and a third was on the


fence. A final member of the board —Ed Krug—recused himself from the discussion due to a conflict. He’s a member of the congregation. Those in opposition -- chair Job Potter, and members Kathy Cunningham and Randy Parsons -- spoke mostly of the location as a sticking point. “I’ve never supported this application, I’m sorry to say,” Potter offered. He believes the chapel property is an historic site, unsuitable for the project. New to the board, Parsons offered to consider alternate sites with AT&T/New Cingular rep attorney John Huber. Huber, as well as supporting members Ian Piedmont and Nancy Keeshan, noted alternate sites had been discussed during earlier review. At the discussion’s conclusion Huber reminded that to obtain cell coverage in the area,

The planning board “vetted this thing from every angle,” Huber said. Desirable architectural elements were identified through “extensive discussion.”

But it wasn’t a discussion with the current board, the one seated last month.

Supporters Ian Piedmont and Nancy Keeshan both complained that it didn’t seem fair to raise the notion of looking for an alternate site when such a search had been discussed by planners in the past. The prior board guided the applicant away from using the Old Stone Market as a site for the tower, Piedmont reminded. “Something’s backwards,” he said. “This same discussion could go on forever,” Keeshan remarked.

It’s going to go on at least once more. Potter suggested putting the application on the agenda in two weeks to give all the members of the board the chance to look through the file and, he said, “do our homework.”

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Some Wainscott residents are not enamored with Deepwater Wind’s plan to bring a cable carrying wind generated power onshore at Beach Lane and bury it underground through the hamlet.

Town Green Lighting Deepwater?

Independent/James J. Mackin

By Rick Murphy

Si Kinsella is, he thinks, the first person in 34 years to be summarily dismissed from a Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The reason, he said? “Just follow the money.” Kinsella has been a vocal critic of the way the town has handled the

PFC contamination in Wainscott hamlet, and wrote a scathing memo questioning why the town has been slow to formulate a cleanup plan to remove the PFOS and other chemicals from affected drinking water wells. Kinsella also is concerned the Deepwater Wind project is being green lighted without sufficient

environmental review. Deepwater plans to bring a cable carrying its offshore wind generated power onshore at the ocean beach on Beach Lane.

The CAC has no legal authority and serves at the pleasure of the East Hampton Town Board. Kinsella had been on the committee since 2016 and in 2017, his name

was submitted for reappointment, along with the other 16 members, near the year’s end. It was considered a formality— until a fellow board member noticed Kinsella’s name was taken off the list of 2018 members. The list was posted on the town’s website without CAC members

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Complaints About Cost Of Wind Farm

In August 2017, National Grid stunned Rhode Island residents by asking for a hike in the energy rate, which would increase the average electric bill by 17 to 20 percent. A spokesman relayed, “The increases . . . reflect market dynamics that affect customers across all New England,” and that they were not related to the wind farm specifically.

By Rick Murphy

Some Block Island, Rhode Island residents are complaining their electric bills have soared due to the energy costs from the state’s wind farm, built by Deepwater Wind last year. Long Island residents fear the same rate increase if a proposed, even larger facility is built off the coast of Montauk. Last month, the Newport City Council passed a resolution to question the increases, maintaining residents are experiencing “anxiety and sticker shock due to huge increases.” According to the council, Deepwater has yet to provide cost estimates made for approximately 1000 residents of Block Island, or for the remainder of the state’s residents, who will share some of the distribution costs. The wind generators went operational last year. Deepwater Wind built them at a cost of about $300 million. “The energy they produce will not be cheap. But, at a starting cost of 24 cents per kWh (kilowatt-hour), the new system will save Block Islanders $25 to $30 a month off their electricity bills,” wrote Phil McKenna for Inside Climate News on May 4, 2017.

Independent/Courtesy Phil McKenna, InsideClimate News Rhode Island ratepayers are complaining their electric bills have risen dramatically to help subsidize the Block Island Wind Farm (above, as seen from shore). Deepwater Wind, the parent company, wants to install a bigger wind farm off the coast of Montauk.

Block Island rates were forecast to stabilize, because the wind plant’s distribution charges were to be disbursed across Rhode Island. According to McKenna, “This offshore energy flows from the wind turbines to Block Island via a subsea cable already connected to the mainland . . . Costs will be subsidized by the larger pool of ratepayers statewide, who will see their electricity bills increase by an average of $1.35

Block Island, Rhode Island Residents are complaining their electric bills have soared.

a month when the system is in full operation.” But it hasn’t worked out that way, at least not yet, say critics.

One vocal Rhode Island critic, Benjamin Riggs, who has repeatedly filed complaints with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, among other agencies, complained the fixed wholesale price, with annual escalations, “amounts to four to five times the market rate for alternate energy.” National Grid agreed to purchase 100 percent of the wind power generated off Block Island. LIPA made the same commitment on Long Island for the proposed Montauk wind farm.

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Two weeks later, the Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to approve the winter rate increase from 6.3 cents per kilowatt-hour to 9.5 cents. For the average customer, that means an increase of about $17 a month. Last month, PUC officials said Rhode Island residents should see a reduction in future electric rates due to the new federal tax laws. Critics of the proposed Montauk wind farm have repeatedly maintained the project will cost ratepayers far more money than they are being led to believe. They also say officials from LIPA/PSEG have refused to release estimates. Si Kinsella, a former member of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee, recently filed a Freedom of Information request to LIPA requesting information about the costs of the project, and its potential effect on taxpayers. The transmission line from the wind generators would be buried under the streets of the hamlet. James Miskiewicz, a special counsel for LIPA, said, “Certain pricing and cost formulas are regarded as trade secrets” and “treated as confidential.”

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School Head Defends Legal Action

By Rick Murphy

Hampton Bays School District Superintendent Lars Clemensen said there are a number of good reasons to sue Southampton Town and that the action is “long overdue.”

Last week, the district filed a Notice of Claim against the town, blaming the municipality for allowing illegal dwellings—mostly former motel and hotels—that house children who then enter the local school system illegally. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman countered last week (see The Independent’s February 7 issue) that his administration has been proactive in addressing the problem and that there are

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or Kinsella knowing about the omission. He said he has yet to get an explanation, though town officials acknowledge they decided to replace him.

Deepwater Wind will need to bury its cable once it comes onshore, causing disruption on parts of nine roads in the hamlet as it wends its way up to a PSEG substation several miles way. Kinsella thinks the town board intends to green light the Deepwater project because, according to its Summary of Community Benefits, Deepwater has promised that, “at the start of offshore construction, DWW [Deepwater Wind South Fork LLC] will contribute $1 million to establish a Wainscott Water Infrastructure Fund to be administered by the town.”

The town could use that money to start purging the chemicals from the water wells instead of breaking into its own coffers—and thus the delay in formulating its own cleanup plan, says Kinsella.

Kinsella wrote a lengthy letter to the town board members outlining his concerns about the Deepwater project in Wainscott. He has previously drawn rebuke from the town attorney’s office for missives

hundreds of ordinance violations issued that are wending their way through the system.

“He’s baking a cake that went into the oven a long time ago,” Clemensen said. “We’re looking at all our options.”

Schneiderman said the long term plan is to make Hampton Bays a summer resort destination again, which will encourage hotel and motel owners to rent rooms for the summer at a premium, instead of year-round. Towards that end, the town has invested $10 million in capital improvements in the Hampton Bays hamlet since he was elected less than three years ago. Although Schneiderman thinks

expressing personal beliefs that could have been misconstrued as presenting the official position of the WCAC.

Late last year, he also had a spirited encounter at a town board meeting with then Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell that continued well beyond the three-minute time limit allowed for public commentary. Kinsella’s questioning of authority, some say, may provide insight into why he wasn’t reappointed to the WCAC. Peter Van Scoyoc, who was on the board last year and is the East Hampton Town Supervisor, said Friday he had “no comment” about the Kinsella matter.

“There are political reasons why they want [Deepwater Wind] to go forward,” Kinsella said in an interview last Thursday. “The process can be more controlled in Wainscott. We are the smallest and least populated hamlet, so this is the dumping ground. They don’t want to deal with East Hampton Village.” Though DWW initially suggested it would bring the cable ashore between the North and South Forks and into Napeague Bay, sentiment is growing that Wainscott has always been the preferred choice. Bonnie Brady, executive director, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association,

Clemensen should be grateful for the outlay, the school superintendent had a different take. The Ponquogue Bridge restoration project and creation of a marine park was “a safety issue,” Clemensen pointed out, necessitated by damage from Super Storm Sandy. “It was about making the park a safer place,” he said.

The Good Ground Park project, he said, was “mutually exclusive” from the school district’s problem. “I would hope the town board looks at these whether we have a situation or not.” Clemensen bristled at reports in some media outlets, specifically the New York Post, that suggested the school district was cracking down

on illegal immigrants. He said, “It’s not about the kids. I don’t know who they are. I’m prohibited from even asking their immigration status.” Where the kids come from has nothing to do with the problem, he said: “‘Illegal’ is a word that gets thrown around a lot. But it’s a non-conforming use.” The issue is that taxpayers, already burdened with the highest tax rate in the township, can’t afford to foot the bill for the estimated 80 children who are in the school system that don’t belong there. “The school population in Suffolk County has been declining since 2004. But ours has gone up, up, and up every year since then,” Clemensen said.

suggested the original route was publicized because DWW knew fishermen would object. “It was a bait and switch,” she commented. “It was so they could say, ‘Look, we listened to the fisherman.’” Kinsella concurred: “I believe Wainscott has been the first choice for a long, long time.”

“Deepwater has identified multiple landing sites on both the bay side and ocean beach. We have expressed that the bay side is a no go,” Van Scoyoc said via email. “I think it is safe to say they would prefer landing as close to the final cable destination (Cove Hollow substation) as possible.”

Van Scoyoc said the Wainscott beach is not the be-all, end-all. “If they don’t have town approval, they would continue to pursue landing at the state beach in Napeague.” Both Kinsella and Brady think DWW wants to hurry through the process and set the price on the power being generated from the offshore facility as soon as possible.

“Right now, it is about 20 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). They know new technology will be available. The bidding in Europe starts at 12 cents per kWh,” Kinsella said. “The cost [to ratepayers] will go up but their price goes down. That’s why it’s being pushed. They will make a fortune.”

Si Kinsella was unceremoniously removed from the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee—but no one bothered to tell him.

Van Scoyoc said the board has no timetable in mind while considering the project.

Arthur French, a Wainscott resident, has also been openly critical of the town’s handling of the water contamination problem.

“The town bonded $4 million for affordable housing. They bonded $3.1 million to pave a runway. They are moving the tower at the airport. Where is the bonding to clean out water wells?” French said he is also opposed to the DWW plan. “It’s going to be a mess just so some deep pockets can make money off the tax credits.” 15

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What Will Queen Bey Say?

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

Beyoncé might have to learn how to make lemonade out of this one.

Jay Z and his songstress wife reportedly object to their neighbor’s plans to construct a pool and addition to their East Hampton home. They’re going to have brush disappointment off their shoulders. Last Friday, the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals granted a variance for an 11-foot breezeway for a home and a swimming pool planned by Ana Meier on her Jones Creek Lane property adjacent to that of the couple’s crib on Briar Patch Lane. Nica Strunk, a Southampton

attorney reportedly representing 81 Briar Patch Lane LLC and another neighbor, former hedge fund manager Noam Gottesman, who lives at 61 Briar Patch Lane, argued at a public hearing on February 1 that the proposed home and pool could have been designed in a way that it would not require a variance. Strunk questioned the home’s size and told the board the swimming pool would replace an open field in her client’s view and that no barrier would be able to screen it. In the board’s decision, it found the proposed improvements would not change the character of the neighborhood or produce “a

detriment to nearby properties.” The decision did allude to the abovementioned property owners: “One adjacent property owner to the west and one neighbor several lots to the west registered some opposition to the application.”

“The adjacent neighbor objected primarily on the grounds that the new development would be visible from their property,” the board’s decision states. However, the board noted, based on its own inspections of the property and on photographs submitted by the applicant, that “the same neighbors have already erected a substantial line of mature cedar trees along the shared

boundary line, as well as a fence. In fact, it would appear that they have already undertaken significant steps to ensure their peace and privacy.”

The decision goes on to state that the “minor” variance relief requested will “allow a more elegant design by an iconic architect”—a reference to Meier’s father, famed architect Richard Meier, whose firm prepared the plans. “The board finds that there will be no adverse impact on the physical or environmental conditions in the neighborhood,” the decision states. Strunk did not immediately return calls for comment.

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Affordable Housing Lottery

Compiled by Kitty Merrill

Qualified first time homebuyers are being encouraged to enter a new workforce housing lottery in the Town of Southampton. Applications must be submitted to the Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP) by February 28. The lottery is for two newly constructed three bedroom/two bath homes in Tuckahoe Woods that will sell for $332,400. The homes are located on Moses Lane and Magee Street. The homes were built through the Southampton Business Alliance Housing

Initiative Corporation and the Southampton Business Alliance. The Town of Southampton donated the land. Qualified buyers must be within the 2017-2018 income levels established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Income limitations apply according to the size of household and run a range from a maximum of $93,050 for a one-person household to $175,500 for an eight-person household. Applications must be submitted with a non-refundable $50

application fee. Checks should be made payable and delivered to: Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc., 180 Oser Avenue, Suite 800 Hauppauge, NY 11788 Attention: Tuckahoe Woods Affordable Housing Program.

Applicants meeting the requirements will be entered into a lottery and will then be required to complete a formal application for income and employment/credit information. Applicants must also attend mortgage counseling with the LIHP, a certified HUD counseling agency, and qualify to

On The Beat

and agreed to meet up again. Police said the pair met daily for three more days, and had sex on each occasion. Police were called not by the girl but by another “agency” she was dealing with. Police declined to furnish specifics.

On February 4, Palmer was picked up at his home and charged with one count of third-degree rape. The felony charge can be levied if a victim is incapable of consent, or is age 16 or younger. Palmer was held for arraignment and eventually remanded to the Suffolk County Jail, where he posted bail in the form of a $40,000 bond two days later. Independent/Courtesy Southampton Town Police Steven Palmer of Medford is charged with raping a Southampton teenager.

ALLEGED RAPE IN SOUTHAMPTON Steven Palmer, an Uber driver, allegedly raped a 16-year-old several times in December, according to Southampton Town Police.

Detectives said Steven Palmer, 33, who lives in Medford befriended the alleged victim, a 16-year-old girl, back in December. She had called for a cab and police said she was “distraught” when Palmer arrived. They spoke at some length,

Lieutenant Susan Ralph said the charge was statutory rape.

An Uber spokesman said any kind of inappropriate sexual conduct by its drivers is strictly prohibited.

He then grabbed her pocketbook and took cash from her purse. A second man appeared at the scene and the two fled on foot, eluding a subsequent police search that included a canine unit.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Riverhead Detective Division at 631-727-4500, ext. 326. FELONY DRUG CHARGE New York State Police arrested two Greenport men on drug charges early Thursday morning. Troopers said they stopped a 2011 Hyundai Sonata on Sound Avenue after observing the vehicle speeding and crossing the center line near Pennys Road at about 2:35 AM.

obtain a mortgage.

Only those who have not owned a home, property or shares of a home or property during the past three years are eligible for the program. Questions about the lottery should be directed to the LIHP at 631-435-4710 or the Town of Southampton Housing Office at 631-702-1731. Applications can also be found on the town’s website, housinglottery. The lottery will be held March 15 at 2 PM at Southampton Town Hall.

The driver, identified as Karon D. Grant, 32, and a passenger, Fredrick D. Grace, 28, were both allegedly carrying—cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, was seized in the course of the arrest. Both men were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell (b felony), and fourth degree, possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, two counts: for cocaine (c felony), and heroin. There were several other drug-related misdemeanors and violations and numerous traffic violations issued. Both subjects were held for arraignment in Riverhead Justice Court.


AT GUNPOINT IN RIVERHEAD A woman reported being robbed at gunpoint by two unknown men in the parking lot of the Laundry Palace on Route 58 in Riverhead at about 12:45 AM Sunday. The victim, 35, was sitting in her own vehicle when a black man approached her. According to Riverhead Town Police, the man opened the passenger side door and flashed a pistol.




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Spirit Of Diversity Lives On In Eastville

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

then on to the present day as cultural clothing worn by everyone from rappers like Salt-N-Pepa to politicians in the U.S. House of Representative’s Black Caucus.

The sound of pages turning, a mouse diligently clicking, and the snipping of scissors resounded through the hall of the Eastville Heritage House in Sag Harbor Saturday afternoon as volunteers busily readied the museum for upcoming programs celebrating Black History Month.

“We talk so much about character education and about being tolerant and respectful. [Eastville’s] history and exhibits is an opportunity to put it into action,” said Eastville Community Historical Society executive director Georgette GrierKey in between sifting through photos for one of three exhibits that will be on display at the house. The society was formed in 1981 with the purpose of discovering and passing on information about the African American, Native American, and European Americans—mainly Irish—who settled the Eastville enclave of Sag Harbor. The Eastville Heritage House, a 1920s Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog home delivered in pieces and then constructed at 139 Hampton Street by Lippmann Johnson, serves as the society’s base of operations. The home fell into disrepair after the death of Johnson’s descendants in the mid-1980s. In the 1990s, it was almost auctioned off as a tax lien property by Suffolk County, but a group of residents lobbied for the transfer of the home to Sag Harbor Village, and it was

The exhibit also contains an example of how Kente cloth can be used in art work as in the case of a wall-hanging on display that is named “This is Us,” which features multi-ethnic couples joining together. Grier-Key said she believes it represents the diversity of Eastville. “This is a picture showing how we are all one,” she said.

Independent/Peggy Spellman Hoey Multi-colored traditional African garb known as Kente cloth, seen here with Eastville Community Historical Society executive director Georgette Grier-Key, is one of the latest exhibits on display at the museum for Black History Month.

preserved using donations collected at fundraisers. The Eastville community is also home to the St. David AME Zion Cemetery and church, which itself dates back to 1840 and is the only church in Sag Harbor to maintain its original footprint. The community is also thought to have served as a stop on the underground railroad.

With the advent of Jim Crow laws making home ownership difficult, affluent African Americans settled in Eastville as a leisurely respite. (Over the years, the community has been home to such influential African Americans as Lena Horne, Colin Powell, and Johnny Cochran,

to name a few.)

In essence, the community continued the rebellion first shown by abolitionists in opposing slavery by challenging anyone keeping them from visiting the beach, Grier-Key said. “It’s been a safe haven,” she said. “It’s been an extended family. Everyone on the block knew each other.”

The society is hosting a reception to mark the first of three exhibits on display, “A Celebration of Black Churches on the East End,” on February 23. Music and historical readings will help tell the stories of local churches in the photographs on display. The program kicks off at 5 PM.

“A lot of times these churches are in places where people say ‘there are no African Americans here,’ but the churches are still there and people are going to them,” she said. KINSHIP THROUGH KENTE A second exhibit about abolitionist Henry Garrett, which is on loan from the Suffolk County Historical Society (SCHS), will also be on view during the program, as well as “Kinship Through Kente Cloth.” It will explore the role that traditional African garb has played in society, from its use as a status symbol among tribesmen and women, to trading and commerce, 18

It’s a theme that has continued throughout both Eastville and the society’s years.

Bill Chaleff, a longtime member who helped preserve the heritage house, said he has been involved in civil rights issues for years and naturally gravitated to Eastville because of its reputation for people of different races and backgrounds working together. “I was interested to see a community that was integrated,” he said.

On February 25, the society is joining with historic Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, the first provisional plantation in the northeast, for a second program, “Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of Music, Culture, and Tradition,” which will be held at Bay Street Theater. The program kicks off at 2 PM.

“The program will look at how culture, politics, and tradition intersect through music,” Grier-Key said, noting the event will feature songs ranging from Negro spirituals to bluegrass. “Sometimes this music is intertwined culturally. The songs are stories representing places and ideas of a certain time.” In March, the society is joining with SCHS in hosting “Collective Identity: Photographs and Tintype Images Celebrating AfricanAmerican and Native-American Diversity in 19th Century Eastville.” The opening is March 3 at the society’s headquarters in downtown Riverhead. For more information, visit www.

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What’s To Be Or Not, For Hamlets

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

an existing residential zoning with an agricultural overlay district. Other recommendations include expanding the existent lot to increase parking and considering a timed ticket system, reconfiguring the Long Island Rail Road station parking lot, and encouraging mixed-use development to allow second-story apartments for workforce housing.

To be or not to be, that is the question for East Hampton’s hamlets.

Traffic concerns, business development, protecting the environment, and maintaining the scenic and historic character of the town were all challenges discussed during the town’s update of its hamlet study at town hall on February 6.

As part of this study, an illustrative master plan was drawn up for each hamlet center, showing recommendations to eschew the strip centers the town is suffering from, and instead moving toward interconnected, walkable village centers, said consultant Peter Finkler, president of Dodson and Finkler of Florence, MA. “The purpose of these illustrative plans is to show what could happen,” he said. “It’s a vision for the future that shows how that connectivity can happen.”

For Wainscott, the plan recommends transforming the hamlet center to make it more walkable. It also aims to improve traffic circulation by connecting the roadway behind the Main Street development so motorists do not have to use Montauk Highway. Reducing the speed limit, installing a series of traffic circles, and changing parking configurations could also work to that end, according to the study. Rezoning would create a home improvement district and affordable housing overlay district.

For East Hampton, retaining existing zoning boundaries on North Main Street and Pantigo Road, and creating a new contractor vehicle special permit use within designated areas along SpringsFireplace Road was recommended. A North Main Street Overlay District could also be developed to require development to reflect a small-town feel, with historic character, and streets easily accessible by pedestrians. Other recommendations include the introduction of design guidelines that could be used to prevent the conversion of Pantigo

Independent/Peggy Spellman Hoey A strategic retreat from the breach area of Montauk’s downtown — all but dead on a Tuesday afternoon off-season — was included in East Hampton’s recently released Hamlet Study.

Road to an auto-oriented strip. The study also recommends consolidating parking spaces and reducing curb cuts, and coordinating with Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on its proposed satellite building for emergency medicine.

The study recommends North Main Street and Pantigo Road have opportunities for mixed-use development, including second story apartments. The study also explored the use of the west side of North Main Street as a defacto affordable housing area, and encouraged the development of the former Stern’s property on Pantigo Road as affordable housing.

The gravel pit on Springs Fireplace Road could be developed as another mixed-use area with several parks, a recreational area, industrial park, and housing. For Springs itself, the study includes recommendations similar to those in East Hampton, by keeping existent zoning patterns and creating a commercial vehicle parking use, or designating specific areas for commercial parking to decrease disturbances in residential neighborhoods. The creation of a Fort Pond Boulevard Overlay District and design guidelines could also ensure the neighborhood’s character is retained with any future development. Improved bicycle lanes and pedestrian connections, including a maritime walking

district, could link the Paumanok Path to Three Mile Harbor Marina, and improve mobility in the hamlet, according to the study. For Amagansett, the study recommends reinforcing the priority to protect farmland north of the hamlet center and retaining

A strategic retreat was recommended for Montauk— involving relocations and buyouts— allowing the coastal area to be fortified and built up to mitigate potential sea level rise, which would, in turn, move development toward the downtown area to fill in the gaps of missing businesses. Also recommended were the installation of downtown sidewalks, lighting, and bike lanes, and further study of roundabouts, existent and proposed. The study also proposes pedestrian walkways along the waterfront of Montauk Highway and West Lake Drive. Continued On Page 27.

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Government Briefs

By Rick Murphy LOCAL ROAD AND BRIDGE INFRASTRUCTURE Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. recently announced the state has made $250 million available in enhanced assistance for local governments to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts. This new funding is provided through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s BRIDGE NY initiative, which focuses on projects that ad-

dress poor structural conditions, mitigate weight restrictions or long detours, facilitate economic development or increase competitiveness, and/or reduce the risk of flooding. BRIDGE NY grants are now available to all municipalities authorized to receive and administer state and federal transportation funding. Awards will be made through a competitive process and will support all phases of project

development, including design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. Evaluations will be based on the structural condition of a bridge or culvert and its resiliency and significance. Deciding factors include traffic volume, detour considerations, the number and types of businesses served, and the overall impact on commerce. Applications for culvert funding will be accepted through April 13, 2018, and for bridge funding

through April 27, 2018. Grant applications and additional information are available; visit dot.

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new Uber safeguards is kind of a no-brainer in a time when an Olympic doctor has been convicted of over a hundred child athlete molestations, when Hollywood icons are accused of abusing minors, when a seemingly endless stream of female teachers are arrested for sex with minor male students and in a time when even the White House harbors accused spousal abusers who handle classified information and write speeches for the President of the United States. Who has been accused himself by 22 women now of sexual abuse or misconduct which would preclude him from even driving an Uber under the current inadequate vetting. “I dunno,” another person said walking up Fox Hunt Dr. in Medford on Saturday. “Maybe the only answer is driverless Ubers…” To comment on Sand in my Shoes, email


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Some 52 percent of American households have given up landlines … unless you live in Springs or any one of the myriad East End locales where cell coverage is unreliable. Late last year, firefighters responding to an emergency at the Springs School, one serious enough to warrant an evacuation of the building, were unable to stay in contact with each other. They had to leave the building and walk up School Street to get signals on their phones.

About 10 years ago, the Springs Historical Society proposed erecting a cell tower at Ashawagh Hall. Officials, most notably then councilwoman Deb Foster, tanked the tower. Built to look like a flagpole, it was too tall, she complained, and not aesthetically pleasing enough for the hamlet’s historic district. Forget that it would mean extra income for the society and the continued maintenance of its hall. Forget that kids at the school where Foster once taught could be safer. The flagpole wasn’t pretty. Last week, the East Hampton Town Planning Board appeared poised to tank another Springs tower proposal, this one at St. Peter’s Chapel. It’s not pretty. It’s too tall. And it’s been under review for quite some time, about two years. Board members asked the applicant, Cingular Wireless, to redesign the proposal, and to even consider alternate locations for the tower. By the look of it, the applicant complied.

But it’s still not pretty and it’s still too tall.

During review of the application, a community member offered a story that wasn’t too pretty either. Speaking from a wheelchair, the woman reported she fell in her driveway on Christmas Eve in 2016. Luckily, she had her cellphone on her. Unluckily, she had no service and had to wait to call 911. She said a new cell tower, with enhanced coverage in the area, would be “a blessing” to the entire area. We’ve complained about the East End’s god awful cell coverage in this space before. What we’d like to avoid is having to publish news of a local person who died in a driveway because he or she couldn’t get a signal and couldn’t reach emergency responders. It’s time for local officials and applicants to figure out how to allow technology that means increased safety while maintaining neighborhood character. Maybe it’s time to acknowledge pretty isn’t as important as safe.

IS IT JUST ME? The Equal Pay Act of 1963 made it illegal to pay men and women different salaries for similar work, yet women still earn approximately 75 cents to a man’s dollar for the same job.

Hey! That apple is a dollar. You’re giving me 75 cents. You owe me a quarter.

Ed Gifford Depends on how you look at it.

© Karen Fredericks Karen was chosen Best Cartoonist by the New York Press Association in 2017. She’s also the recipient of multiple awards for her illustration of the international bestseller How To Build Your Own Country, including the prestigious Silver Birch Award. Her work is part of the permanent artist’s book collection of the Museum of Modern Art.



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Which television shows do you watch?

To the Editor,

Ruby Reiter I watch “Fuller House.” It’s about a family in which the father doesn’t have his wife. So, he and his two best friends have to go to work to support the kids, since he has three daughters. I love when you see things where everyone is fussy with each other. That’s what real life is like!

The overtaxed Springs School District is being asked to buy a “Pig in a Poke.”*

Through a sleight of hand by the School Board by withholding our taxes as a very large “Reserve Fund,” it only appears to be a $17 million and not $23 million expansion.

Vicky Sdrugias I love “Grace and Frankie.” I’m waiting for the new season to come out. It’s wickedly funny. Jane Fonda is a perfect straightman to Lily Tomlin’s zany character. And it’s truly poignant. It’s about what ageing is like in America. And about gender. My husband always asks what I’m laughing out loud about.

We also need to consider the added yearly annual school budget increases (information never received after requests). How much is this going to actually cost Springs tax payers? Until we know, how can we be expected to pay for this?

Fred Yardley Sports. Basically, football and baseball. I’m ready for spring training and the Yankees. I also watch the news. Channel 23.

This is a very large facility and a huge property re-construction. It will take years to complete and we will be paying for it for decades (long after the kids who weather the construction have left the school).

Thomas Crane If I watch anything, I watch “Victoria,” or something on Masterpiece Theatre. But the truth is I rarely watch television.

*Pig in a Poke: Something that is bought or accepted without knowing its value or seeing it first.

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Sadly, the only way to get a reasonable plan is to vote this down on March 6, 1 to 9 PM at the school and insist that we get only what we can pay for.

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wasn’t as fortunate.” The cousin was one of the 600 people who died from overdose. Camberdella wanted to know, “Why am I still a number?” On his parents’ insurance, he said, “I have never gotten full treatment, ever.” He has tried 30 in-patient and outpatient programs. Now that he’s over 26 and on state funded insurance, he said, “Help keeps getting slimmer and slimmer.”

Southampton Town’s addiction task force will hold additional forums in the coming weeks.

By Justin Meinken

The South Fork Natural History Museum is hosting a menagerie of events for children of all ages during the winter recess, beginning Monday. Each one-hour event (10:30 to 11:30 AM) aims to be a fun, educational program.

On Monday, Taylor Ruhle will be leading “Birding in Vineyard Field.” Children will learn the basics of birding and identifying local bird species. On Tuesday, “Sleeping Trees and Wandering Seeds” will be the program’s theme. It will be led by Xylia Serafy and attendees can expect to find and understand how trees handle the winter months.

Next will be “Sleepy Spiders and Other Snug Bugs,” on Wednesday, February 21. Led by Melanie Meade, children will search the Vineyard Field for sleeping critters. On Thursday, February 22, Ashely Federici will lead “Snow Clues,” in which children can discover footprints and other messages left by the local wildlife. Finally, Friday, February 23’s program, “Winter Weather,” will be led by Eleni Nikolopoulos and attendees will create a weather journal on an interactive walk through the field.

Also, SoFo is hosting several events throughout the coming months and the full calendar list is available at

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Photogs Give Snapshot Of Exhibit

Scott Farrell’s Storm Tide.

By Nicole Teitler

William Ris Gallery in Jamesport will host “Imagined/Actual,” photographs by Scott Farrell and Mike McLaughlin through March 18. The opening reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 7 PM, and an artist talk on March 3. Prior to the opening, Indy spoke with the two featured artists.



Farrell resides in Huntington Station and creates his photographs with a full-frame DSLR, Canon 5D Mark III.

WHAT IS A COLOR, OR THEME, THAT GUESTS CAN EXPECT TO SEE MOST OF IN THIS EXHIBIT? SF: My “Dry Documentaries” body of work is comprised of two series—the “Alternate Landscapes” (containing abstract representations of landscapes and seascapes) and “An Abstract Vessel” (containing more abstract, interpretive pieces). The color schemes vary, primarily exhibiting muted tones of blues,

greens, and earth tones found in my “landscapes and seascapes” before gravitating towards more vibrant colors encountered in the more abstract works. WHERE ARE MOST OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN? WHY THAT LOCATION? SF: All of my work in “Imagined/ Actual” comes from multiple locations along the North and South shores of Long Island, from Glen Cove to Greenport. I’ve pretty

much scoured a great deal of the island over several years to uncover these unique and “temporary” images. WHAT’S AN EAST END LOCATION THAT INSPIRES YOU? SF: I’d probably have to say Greenport for the North Fork, and Montauk for the South Fork. The maritime history of Greenport is fascinating and the natural beauty

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Red Influences Valentine Art Show

Adam Handler’s Ballad Girl.

painters Demers and Mizrahi have created works for the show that were influenced by the color red.

The show will also feature paintings of flower bouquets by Warren Brandt and Paul Georges and figure studies by Balcomb Greene and Paul Resika.

Several Bert Stern Last Sitting photographs of Marilyn Monroe will also be displayed. Two of these works were created for the gallery during the early 1990s. The show runs through March 7. For more info, visit www.

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Love is in the air at Janet Lehr Fine Arts. The show “Valentine & Art: Together Forever” will open this weekend at the East Hampton gallery. All are welcome to join for the opening cocktail reception on Saturday from 8 to 11 PM and are encouraged to dress in a touch of red.

The show will feature paintings and sculptures meant to tease the senses. Contemporary artists include David Demers, Adam Handler, Ron Agam, Haim Mizrahi, Colin Christian, Christopher Deeton, and Shimon Okshteyn.

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Hampton Daze by Jessica Mackin-Cipro


“Norell: Dean of American Fashion” is on display at The Museum at FIT.

A few things I can’t get enough of in life are travel, fashion, and “Sex And The City” reruns. Fortunately, only one of those was ruined for me this week. (If you haven’t heard, there’s a pretty public quarrel between Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker happening right now.)

I started the week off with travel: a quick 48-hour trip to Palm Beach. With Frontier Airlines offering practically-free flights out of Islip (I mean it, you can fly to West Palm for $39), it was the perfect time for a little getaway. It seems that the Palm Beach– Hamptons connection is stronger than ever. Everywhere we went,

there was a reminder of home. The first stop was to Restoration Hardware for lunch. The home store, which recently debuted its first rooftop restaurant, in Palm Beach, also has a location in East Hampton. The restaurant offers diners a chance to grab lunch under a glass atrium, and enjoy a seasonal menu. The next day we headed to the Royal Poinciana Plaza and stopped by the Joey WÖlffer boutique. The Sag Harbor boutique has made its way to Palm Beach and is open for business, selling its Hamptonsinspired clothing and accessories, from local and international


Sant Ambroeus in Palm Beach.

designers as well as pieces from WÖlffer’s namesake line. After that it was off to one of my favorites, Sant Ambroeus, which also has a Southampton location, for lunch.

Every Thursday morning this winter, visitors of the plaza are welcome to join for a Winter Wellness Series. The morning includes a complimentary Vinyasa Flow class at Haute Yoga, a $20 spa breakfast at Sant Ambroeus, and $2 juice shots at Celis Produce. Visit the Royal Poinciana Plaza’s website for more info. While you’re in Palm Beach, download The Free Ride app. Like in the Hamptons, The Free Ride can shuttle you to and from the beach and other locations.

Looking for a wellness getaway? East End based yoga company, Evolve East, is offering a Palm Beach mini retreat from February 23 to 25. For more info, visit www.

Back in NYC, I decided to get a quick dose of fashion at the “Norell: Dean of American Fashion” exhibit at the Museum at FIT, which opened last week. The exhibit

showcases approximately 100 garments and accessories from one of the greatest fashion designers of the mid-20th Century, Norman Norell. The show includes Norell’s signature mermaid dresses, along with coats, evening dresses, and menswear-inspired outerwear. “It shines a light on America’s greatest designer,” said co-curator and designer Jeffrey Banks on the museum’s Instagram. “The thing I love about Norell clothes is how beautifully they’re made. Using couture techniques for ready-towear was a real innovation.”

The show runs through April 14, and is definitely worth stopping by. As for “Sex And The City,” I’ve always been a Carrie (I write a newspaper column, I live on the Upper East Side, and I too “like my money right where I can see it — hanging in my closet”), but I refuse to pick sides. Maybe one day Cattrall and Parker can make up in true Samantha/Carrie fashion. But until then, who am I kidding? Nothing could ever ruin “Sex And The City” reruns. Follow me on Instagram @ hamptondaze.


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Sant Ambroeus Style By Zachary Weiss

It’s an unmistakable shade of pink that has the pasta-craving masses thinking one name: Sant Ambroeus. The eatery, popular for its Italian

fare served up from Southampton to Palm Beach, has cultivated a cult following since opening its first location on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1982. Now, to add to the obsession, Sant Ambroeus is launching a selection of non-edible collaboration products from the likes of Oliver Peoples and Superga footwear. There’s a catch, however. Limited edition items like the Mark Gonzalez x Sant Ambroeus skateboard will be hard to find.

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Gallery Walk



Arts & Entertainment

by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com.

will be held on Saturday from 4 to 7 PM. An artist talk takes place on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4 PM.



Nick & Toni’s and The Golden Eagle Studio in East Hampton have introduced a series of art workshops called “A Night Out With . . .” an artist of the evening. The art workshop is followed by dinner with the artist at Nick & Toni’s. On February 21, it’s Dennis Leri.

Southampton Arts Center presents its first exhibition of 2018. “A Radical Voice: 23 Women,” curated by Janet Goleas, will open on Saturday with a reception for the public from 5 to 7 PM.

The evening starts at 5:30 PM and the cost is $75 per person, which includes the art workshop (with any supplies needed) and the specially priced dinner, including tax and tip. IMAGINED/ACTUAL


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The William Ris Gallery in Jamesport will present “Imagined/ Actual: Photographs by Scott Farrell and Mike McLaughlin,” an exhibition featuring works of landscapes, seascapes, and architectural abstractions inspired by Long Island and New York City, from Saturday through March 18. The selection of over 50 photographs brings together textural, melodious images of Farrell and the sharp and expansive works of McLaughlin to create a provocative photographic juxtaposition. An opening reception

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“A Radical Voice: 23 Women” features contemporary art by a selection of women artists. Artists include Olive Ayhens, Amanda Church, Martha Clippinger, Connie Fox, Regina Gilligan, Tamara Gonzales, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Lisa Hein, Priscilla Heine, Hilary Helfant, Elana Herzog, Alice Hope, Laurie Lambrecht, Judith Linhares, Erika Ranee, Judy Richardson, Bonnie Rychlak, Toni Ross, Drew Shiflett, Jeanne Silverthorne, Zina SaroWiwa, Jude Tallichet, and Almond Zigmund. The show runs through March 25.


Judith Linhares’s Feast is included in the “A Radical Voice” show at Southampton Aris Center. The opening is Saturday.

JEREMY DENNIS A solo exhibition of new photographs by Jeremy Dennis – an indigenous artist who was raised and continues to live and work on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation

in Southampton – is featured at Suffolk County Community College’s Flecker Gallery in Selden, on the Ammerman Campus, through March 15. SPOTLIGHT SERIES The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum in Riverhead presents “Spotlight Series: The Paintings,” highlights from the permanent collection. The museum has more than 25,000 physical objects in its collection, most of them held in storage, sometimes for years, until placed on view for a specific exhibit. This is the first in a new Spotlight Series of exhibits designed to bring some of the objects out on display for all to enjoy. The show runs through May 19.

EMBRACING JOY The Gallery at Quogue Library presents its February exhibit, Katherine Hammond’s “Embracing Joy.” Hammond’s mixed media work includes an array of ink, watercolor, crayons, and paper collage. The exhibit will be on display through February 27. THE DRAWING ROOM The Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton presents its winter installation with new work by Stephen Antonakos, Antonio Asis, Mary Ellen Bartley, Sue Heatley, Mel Kendrick, Laurie Lambrecht, Vincent Longo, Aya Miyatake, Dan Rizzie, Alan Shields, and Jack Youngerman. Mediums include sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking. The show runs through March 18.


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Indy Snaps

The Restaurant Diet Photos by Morgan McGivern

BookHampton in East Hampton presented a signing with author Fred Bollaci, for his book The Restaurant Diet: How To Eat Out Every Night And Still Lose Weight on Saturday afternoon.

Mardi Gras Montauk Photos by Morgan McGivern

Camp SoulGrow, a creative camp for kids in Montauk and Hampton Bays, held its fourth annual Mardi Gras Montauk fundraiser party at Shagwong Tavern in Montauk on Saturday. The event included Cajun food by chef Andrew Doran and beer from Montauk Brewing Company. There was also live music by Revel in Dimes, as well as auction prizes. B-7


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Indy Snaps

Jewelry At J.Crew Photos by Richard Lewin

On Thursday afternoon, J.Crew in East Hampton held a special Valentine’s edition of its artisan series. Heather Hallam’s Sea Glass & Sunsets presented handmade sea glass jewelry at the Things-We-Love Pop-up Shop. Each piece is made using sea glass found along the shores of Long Island. B-8

New Hope Rising Photos by Nicole Teitler

New Hope Rising hosted an evening with psychic medium Josephine Ghiringhelli on Friday at 230 Elm in Southampton. New Hope Rising’s recovery housing, free community outreach program, and recovery and wellness center have helped hundreds of individuals and families on Long Island transform their lives.


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Arts & Entertainment

Reporting From Broadway by Isa Goldberg In Terrence McNally’s new play, Fire and Air, at Classic Stage Company, these connecting elements are equally deadly to one another. Air, the symbol of new life, loses its breath when fire destroys it. At the center of the drama stands an unruly, narcissistic, cruel, and egotistical man, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (Douglas Hodge), the impresario who created Ballet Russes. Through his love affairs with his much younger lead dancers, Nijinsky ( James CusatiMoyer) and later, Leonide Massine ( Jay Armstrong Johnson), we learn about his artistry and sense of showmanship, as well as his personal demons.

In light of recent revelations, however, the scenes of doting affection between the master and his young dancers come across as fodder for #MeToo and #TimesUp. In that regard, Diaghilev appears just as exploitative as Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey. McNally has been kinder to his protagonists in earlier works. Think what you may about the caustic character of Maria Callas in his play, Master Class, but the diva still maintains the writer’s admiration and respect. The historical characters in his musical, Ragtime, achieve saintliness, regardless of their flaws. And watching Chita Rivera in The Dancer’s Life is like reaching heaven. Hodge’s Diaghilev is an outcast to the world of civil behavior. Be that as it may, there is little here to redeem the ballet master.

Directed by John Doyle, the young dancers come to life vividly. Nijinsky and Massine ( Johnson) plumb the depths of their own prostitution with intense objectivity. Bringing Hodge, the 2010 Tony Award-winning star of La Cage Aux Folles, back to the New York stage is a gift to audiences. The production is built around the spectacle of his


That Marsha Mason portrays Diaghelev’s maid is something of a comic footnote, given her popularity as a screen idol. But then everyone is a small player next to the ballet master. Indeed, both John Glover (Dima) and Marin Mazzie (Misia) cope well as window dressing for Diaghelev’s demagoguery.

John Doyle and David L. Arsenault’s set design is highlighted by two enormous gold framed mirrors, succinct statements about art, and how we see ourselves. Sometimes, it can be quite distorted. X, OR BETTY SHABAZZ VS THE NATION Staged as a courtroom drama, Marcus Gardley’s historical play reenacts the assassination of Malcolm X—the events that led to it and the motives behind it. The action is framed by a narrator, Bootblack (William Sturdivant), who also portrays Elijah Muhammad. In the hands of Sturdivant, however, that transformation is so complete we don’t recognize the actor from one role to the next.

Sturdivant’s Elijah, the leader of the Nation of Islam, appears as a physically crooked character. Bent over a cane, he makes his way to the courtroom stage. He is ultimately the man responsible for the murder of Malcolm X. Adeptly directed by Ian Belknap, the production brings the key issues surrounding the political assassination into focus. It elucidates Malcolm’s trajectory, focusing on his role as a loyal minister of the Nation of Islam, his defection, and subsequent demise. Among the highlights, Malcolm’s belief that President Kennedy’s murder was a “reaction to the climate of hate in this country”

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Douglas Hodge and James Cusati-Moyer in Fire And Air.

shed light on the nature of the conflict between Malcolm’s emerging beliefs and the Nation of Islam. Fundamentally, that conflict was about the civil rights movement, which Malcolm came to embrace. It was he who opined that it was racism, and not the white race, that was the problem. The production’s beauty is in the portrayal of these historical events in a manner influenced by classical Greek drama. Flagging the audience with “applause” signs, and engaging us as judge and jury, we become live participants in the ongoing events.

The political events are filtered through the personal motives of these historical characters, as well as some fictional ones. To that end, the Nation of Islam would have us believe that Malcolm was the victim of his own hubris. But what is on trial here is more than an assassination. The production asks us to weigh the challenges of governing. The

realities of political timing are on trial here, too. And so are matters of violence, loyalty, racial strife, and political conviction. A brilliant ensemble of actors carries the show. In addition to Jimonn Cole as Malcolm X, Joshua David Robinson as his body guard and double timing best friend is remarkable. As Betty Shabazz, Rosyln Ruff perseveres as Malcolm’s loyal wife, despite Malcolm’s infidelities.

The minimalist black set, by Lee Savage, is an open arena which morphs from court room, to Malcolm’s home, to his room in the Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, to the scene of the crime. Byron Easley’s choreography, with the actors’ pounding feet in the stadium, makes a powerful statement. Celebrating the legacy of Malcolm X, who was murdered on February 21, 1965, this production by the Acting Company at St. Clements runs through February 25. B-9


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Entertainment Guide by Nicole Teitler

East End Arts Music Masters students will perform live with three-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and musician Brady Rymer.

STEPHEN TALKHOUSE The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett presents DJ Matty Nice on Friday at 10 PM. On Saturday it’s LHT at 10 PM. Visit SUFFOLK THEATER The Shelter Island Friends of Music presents A Season of Prizewinning Virtuosos with violinist Sean Lee.

All singing, all dancing? Readings, stagings, and slams? We can’t print it if we don’t know about it. Send your entertainment events to nicole@ by Thursday at noon.

MUSIC EAST END ARTS East End Arts Music Masters students will perform live on Thursday with three-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and musician Brady Rymer at 7 PM. Hotel Indigo in Riverhead will host the concert event, with musical numbers spanning from folk to rock. General admission tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit the music program at East End Arts. There is also a prix fixe dinner option, including general admission, for $55, beginning at 6:30 PM. For more information, call 631-3692171 or visit CABIN FEVER The Cabin Fever Music Festival continues on Friday at Durans in Hampton Bays with Grand Theft Aloha and Rock Doctor at 9:30 PM. On Saturday, it’s Satchel Boogie and Kyle Horn at Buckley’s Inn Between in Hampton Bays at 9:30 PM. B-10

PRIZEWINNING VIRTUOSOS The Shelter Island Friends of Music presents A Season of Prizewinning Virtuosos. Violinist Sean Lee, and piano accompanist, Peter Dugan, will perform music by Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmanioff, and jazz standards on Sunday at 3 PM at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church with a post-concert reception. Admission is free. Visit SIFMconcerts. SPRINGS TAVERN The Springs Tavern will host live music every Friday from 9 to 11 PM. This week, it’s Nicholas Kerzner. Artists will change weekly and there is no cover. The tavern hosts karaoke night every Saturday beginning at 9 PM. No cover, just bring your best singing voice. For further information, call the Springs Tavern at 631-527-7800. TOWNLINE BBQ MUSIC Townline BBQ in Sagaponack continues live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM. This week, it’s a performance by Jim Lawler & Friends. For more information, call Townline BBQ at 631-537-2271 or visit

The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead presents Johnny Cash B-day Celebration, a tribute to Cash’s live recording At Folsom Prison, with S.E. Horst, on Friday. Doors open 6:30 PM, with the show beginning at 8. Tickets start at $35, visit www. NOT DARK YET

Sisters Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer perform in “Not Dark Yet,” their first collaboration, on Friday night at 8 PM at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. For ticketing information, visit www. or call 631-288-1500.

FILM THE INSULT The Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall in East Hampton present the Now Showing Series, with a screening of The Insult, directed by Ziad Doueiri, on Sunday at 1 PM. The film depicts a civilian court case between a Lebanese Christian and Palestinian refugee reconsidering their values, as revelations complicate their understanding of one another. Visit A TIME TO DIE The 2018 East Hampton Library winter film festival continues on Sunday with a screening of A Time

to Die, directed by Arturo Ripstein. Films will be screened at the East Hampton Library at 2 PM. All screenings are free. Reservations can be made at www.eventbrite. com, by calling 631-324-0222 ext. 3, or at the adult reference desk.

WORDS WRITERS SPEAK Poet Sam Sax is next in line in the spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Sax will read from and talk about his work tonight at 7 PM in the radio lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall. On Wednesday, February 21, it’s Judith Newman. For more info, visit LAURIE ANDERSON Guild Hall in East Hampton presents an artist talk featuring Laurie Anderson, with Christina Strassfield, museum director and chief curator, on Saturday from 2 to 4 PM. The talk will be followed by a reception and book-signing of All the Things I Lost in the Flood: Essays on Pictures, Language and Code by Anderson. Anderson is a musician, performance artist, composer, fiction writer, and filmmaker. www.

COMEDY THE STOWAWAYS Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts present “The Stowaways: An Evening of Improv Comedy” on Saturday at 8 PM. Tickets are $25-$30. Visit www.


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

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Fork Natural History Museum night time owl prowl at 7. The evening starts with a brief slide show and taped calls to acquaint participants with our native owls. Then, Giunta will take lead owl seekers into the woods for actual sightings. There is a good chance that participants will see an Eastern Screech Owl and maybe even a Great Horned Owl, whose courtship period begins at this time of year. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Limited enrollment. Call SoFo at 631-537-9735 to register, and for admission and location information.

Salamander. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see this salamander as it makes its way to the pond to mate and lay its eggs. Bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. Note: This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains. Call SoFo at 631-537-9735 to register and for more information.

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R5 )%5 ,)/( 5." 5 &) %51#."5 " 5 Rob Scott at the Hampton Bays Library at 11:30 AM. He’s going to demo creative dishes to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Register by calling 631-728-6241. R5 "#-51 %]-5gf9if5 5- ,0# 5 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork is focused on Audrey Lorde, the 20th Century African-American poet, essayist, and novelist who chronicled the lives of black women, lesbians, feminists, and civil injustice. The UUs gather at their meetinghouse on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. 56&4%": t t

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Hampton Coffee Lauded For Altruism

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Belkin admires the emphasis the foundation places on treatment availability, despite one’s ability to pay.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation will host its annual Denim & Diamonds event on Saturday, March 10, from 6:30 to 10 PM at 230 Elm Street in Southampton.

Native to East Rockaway, Belkin and his wife, Theresa, who originally called Ireland home, have raised their kids in Westhampton Beach for the past 15 years. They have witnessed the grueling winters where many businesses, and charities, struggle for support. “It’s always harder in the winter. Summer is so much easier for people to come out,” Belkin opined.

Proceeds will benefit The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton and Ellen’s Well, which provides crisis intervention counseling for breast cancer patients.

The team behind Hampton Coffee Company, including owners Jason and Theresa Belkin, will be honored for over a decade of involvement with the organization. Shirley Ruch and the South Fork Bakery and Dr. Louis Avvento of the NY Cancer and Blood Center will also be honored. What began in 1994 as a single, small espresso bar in Water Mill, Hampton Coffee Company has grown into Long Island’s largest independent coffee roaster. With several locations on both the North and South Forks, including a Mobile Espresso Unit and Coffee Roaster, it still remains family owned, with a strong emphasis on the surrounding community. The company helps out more than 100 organizations annually throughout the towns they serve. “We support things our employees and customers are concerned

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about,” said co-owner Jason Belkin. Charities it supports, besides the foundation, include the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, The Retreat, and the Water Mill Community Club.

“Sara Blue is amazing. She deserves an award,” Belkin said of the Denim & Diamonds event organizer, who also lends her time to Riverhead homeless shelter Maureen’s Haven. Hampton Coffee Company provides soup, chili, and

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Open year round, the Hampton Coffee Company employs more than 60 local residents, with jobs ranging from baristas to executive level positions at its corporate office. Belkin said that helping the community is a value that Hampton Coffee Company shares with the Ellen Hermanson Foundation. “We appreciate this organization so much,” said Belkin. “People have needs all year round. They’re here, like we are.” Although not personally affected by cancer,

In addition to philanthropy, the company practices “keeping it green.” Solar panels sit atop the roof of its Water Mill café, and it uses energy efficient LED light bulbs company wide. Single cups are made in the U.S., producing 30 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, and its Java Jackets are printed with vegetable-based inks, making them recyclable and compostable. The company even manufactures its own K-cups, using recyclable material. Jason and Theresa Belkin, along with 20 staff members from Hampton Coffee Company, are slated to attend the Denim & Diamonds event. Interested in attending? For more info, visit

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by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. HAVE A HEART DINNER The annual CAST (Community Action Southold Town) Have a Heart Dinner will be held tomorrow, with seatings at 5 or 7 PM. Peconic Landing hosts the event at its community center in Greenport. Seating is limited. Reserve your seat on the website, or by calling 631-577-1717. CAMP SOULGROW Camp SoulGrow presents its fourth annual Presidents Week this Monday through Friday at the Camp SoulGrow Studio in Montauk. The week includes music with Laura Maruzzella on Monday, recycle-art with Kate Nicolai on Tuesday, fitness with Merete Cavanaugh on Wednesday, crafting with Eileen Devlin on Thursday, and baking with Karl Stork on Friday. Each event takes place from 1 to 2:30 PM. The week is donation-operated. For all kids 7 and up. To sign up, email info@ THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Southampton Arts Center presents a special reading of The Vagina Monologues on Saturday, February 24, at 2 PM and 7 PM. The Retreat, a foundation that helps domestic violence victims on the East End, will be the beneficiary of the net proceeds. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the award-winning Eve Ensler play and the founding of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors, $10 for students) and available online at TRIVIA NIGHT The Springs Tavern and the East Hampton Little League are hosting

Trivia Night with quiz master Paul Johnson on Wednesday, February 28, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. The price includes one complimentary beverage and small bites. Proceeds will benefit the East Hampton Little League. For tickets, call Dave Rutkowski, 631681-7086. GO RED East Hampton resident and SterlingRisk Insurance COO Marci Waterman has been named a “Women of SterlingRisk” honoree for the American Heart Association’s 17th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, scheduled for February 28 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

A leading fundraising for the American Heart Association, the Go Red for Women Luncheon aims to brings together female leaders from throughout the community to help in the fight against heart disease and heighten awareness of heart issues facing women. For more info, visit www. CFAR TRIVIA NIGHT Citizens for Access Rights (CfAR) will host Trivia Night at the Amagansett American Legion Hall on March 2 at 7 PM; doors open at 6:30 PM. Teams of four can register in advance for $25 per person ($20 for 2018 CfAR members); singles may also register and will be put on a team. To register in advance, send your team name to There will be a cash prize for first place. Snacks and refreshments will be available. All proceeds will go to CfAR’s efforts; it is a group of East End residents who support open access to local beaches. MASONIC WINTER MUSIC Dante is performing at The

Katy’s Courage is hosting its seventh annual skate-a-thon at Buckskill Winter Club.

Masonic Winter Music Series on March 3 at the Masonic Temple in Sag Harbor. Tickets are $20 at the door and includes complimentary wine and refreshments. All proceeds go to the Mason’s Pierson High School Scholarship Fund and the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry. Combining grooveladen soul with acoustic folk-rock, Dante is a singer songwriter known for his gritty vocals, fingerpicking guitar style, and engaging live performances. KATY’S COURAGE Katy’s Courage is hosting its seventh annual skate-a-thon at Buckskill Winter Club on Sunday, March 4, beginning at 4:45 PM. All proceeds will benefit Katy’s Courage. The schedule for the day includes regular public skating, a puck throw, a figure skating recital, a skate-a-thon, a hockey game, and raffle.

Throughout the day, participants may stop by the annual bake sale for treats and choose to partake in a fundraising raffle. A rain date is set for Sunday, March 11. Katy’s Courage is an organization honoring Katy Stewart, an inspirational 12-year-old girl who died from a rare form of pediatric liver cancer. The organization is dedicated to supporting education, children’s bereavement counseling, and pediatric cancer research. For further information about Katy’s Courage, visit www.

DENIM AND DIAMONDS The Ellen Hermanson Foundation presents its annual Denim and Diamonds event on Saturday, March 10, from 6:30 to 10 PM at

230 Elm in Southampton. Proceeds will benefit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Ellen’s Well. Join for chef tastings and open bar, live and silent auctions, DJ, and photo booth. The event will honor Dr. Louis Avvento and New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, Jason and Theresa Belkin and Hampton Coffee Company, and Shirley Ruch and South Fork Bakery. Individual tickets start at $125 with a junior ticket for those 34 and under for $75. For tickets, visit EAST END HOSPICE East End Hospice’s Kanas Center in Quiogue is in need of supplies. There are many families at the residential facility for critical patients and water, soda, and snacks are needed to restock the center’s pantry. Cases of Coke, Diet Coke, water, and ginger ale are in high demand. Individually wrapped snacks are welcomed, as are singleserve boxes of cereal for family members who spend the night. Donations can be dropped off any time at the center, located at 1 Meetinghouse Road in Quiogue, or at the East End Hospice development office, located at 209 Mill Road in Westhampton, during regular business hours.

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The famous Prague Castle.

streets just waiting to be played. Loved it!

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Our Airbnb in Prague was comfortable, with a washing machine but no coffeemaker. Luckily, less than a block away was a little hole-in-the-wall (literally) coffee counter that sold huge and

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Our rooms were located in Nove Mesto, or New Town, an area founded in 1348 by Charles IV . . . not really so new by our standards. Right across the street was a park, and there we discovered the first of many public pianos, called Pianos on the Street, put there for anyone to use. A sign explained that there are about 30 pianos on Czech

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The first day, we just meandered, oohing and aahing at all the very impressive buildings of Prague. We stopped at a spot right on the Vitava River for a light supper, and I had my first caipirinha, a Brazilian cocktail I sipped from Prague to Vienna to Budapest. We wandered until dark, just looking, especially marveling at the sparkling nighttime view across the river to the famous Prague Castle.

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Next, Old Town Square to watch the famous Orloj, Prague’s astrological clock featuring not only the position of the sun and moon, but a parade of apostles and Death striking the hour. The clock is surrounded with superstition that ensures that the citizens of Prague will see that it is kept running . . . until the end of time? The square itself was great fun, with a jazz combo playing lively music and bubbles everywhere. Lots of big bubbles, made by a man waving his magic bubble wand. Dinner that night was one of the best meals we’ve ever eaten in a restaurant, at a local spot called Starogesky. It was wellproportioned, delicious, and unbelievably inexpensive. Good beer, too!

Prague Castle is what everyone told us not to miss, so we didn’t. It was a long walk up a hill, and it took a long time to get in, largely because of bag checks being performed on all who entered. We thought the cathedral was easily the most spectacular part of the castle. On our way back across the river, we inadvertently but happily found Vojanovy Sady, a garden of vivid flowers where there were a lot of peacocks, including one that seemed to find me fascinating. Next morning . . . and next column . . . off to Vienna. Find many more photos of Prague at, comment on our Facebook page—Old Dogs, New Trips, or contact us at

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Sweet Treats: Bees’ Needs Honey

By Nicole Teitler

Mary Woltz is in a very sweet “bees-ness.” Her company, Bees’ Needs, is an artisan honey company based in Sag Harbor, producing only raw, unheated, and unfiltered honey. Woltz’s apiary consists of 13 separate bee yards, primarily located on farms. “I haven’t purchased any bees since 2005, preferring to increase numbers by dividing my own colonies and catching swarms, in hopes that the bees will better adapt to local conditions,” Woltz explained.

Honey making is a detailed process, said Woltz. The Queen, the sole egg-layer per hive, begins laying her eggs in late winter and builds her colony from a few thousand to 100,000 by mid-to-late summer, dependent on season and colony strength. Peak weather for outdoor bee activity begins around the low 50-degree mark, when the insect seeks out pollen for protein and nectar for carbohydrates. The honey bee travels, cumulatively, 50,000 miles, or twice around the Earth, collecting nectar from two million blossoms, which all gets turned into a single pound of honey. Come mid-June, the honey supers are extracted. A super is a box placed on a hive with frames of comb to collect honey from a honey bee hive. Woltz emphasized, “I only take the surplus, making sure each hive has what it needs to get through the winter.”

A thin layer of wax capping each cell, the form seen in honeycomb, is then cut off with a hot knife and the honey is then put into an extractor (a spinning metal tube to release the honey) which is strained into a pail, or “honey-gate,” and then fills each jar.

Bees typically only travel up to two miles for food, a radius of nearly 8000 acres. Meaning, each jar offers

flavors true to the surrounding landscape, she said.

Bees’ Needs seasonal varietals include Early Harvest, “Marvelous May,” the first harvest of the year that is primarily composed of black locust blossoms; Middle Harvest, “Juicy July,” a golden color representing the flavors of linden, sunflower, lavender, and privet; and the Late Harvest, “Fabulous Fall,” a dark, rich flavor of goldenrod, Japanese knotweed, asters, and buckwheat. Her honey has received top honors at the Good Food Awards for three consecutive years, an award that takes into consideration the production process as well as the honey itself. Woltz said, “I consider the farmers, and others who host my bees, as both partners and important supporters of my work, since many sell my honey at their farmsteads or stores. Channing Daughters not only sells my honey but also uses it in their Vervino (vermouth).” She added that both Marders and the Peconic Land Trust have provided frequent opportunities to speak on the vital role bees play in the ecosystem.

Bees are on the decline, which Woltz and Bees’ Needs, is aiming to prevent. When the queen bee stops laying her eggs, in early December, Woltz treats the bees for varroa mites (a parasite that causes infections and shortens a bee’s lifespan).

Mary Woltz.

Woltz has lost a third or more of her honey bee colonies each year for the past decade. She pleads, “Please plant trees, shrubs, and flowers for the bees. Don’t spray or spread things that kill them.”

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Almond in Bridgehampton will host a five-course whole pig dinner.

The Baker House 1650 is hosting a rosé tasting.

Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. ROSÉ TASTING The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, in association with Domaine Select Wine and Spirits, is hosting a rosé tasting on Saturday from 4 to 6 PM. A Domaine representative will guide guests through a 60 to 90-minute tasting session that focuses on six different rosés. Light snacks will also be provided. Tickets ($50 per person) can be purchased by visiting http:// ALMOND Almond in Bridgehampton will host a five-course whole pig

dinner featuring Macari Vineyards and Winery wines on Thursday, February 22, at 7 PM. The cost for the evening is $65, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 631-537-5665.

hosting its annual “Rowdy & The Oscars” ballot contest. In each check presented, customers will find an “Oscar Ballot” form. If they choose to participate, all they need to do is fill out the ballot and present it to the host, manager, server, or bartender. Whoever

submits the most correct answers will be declared the winner and will receive a $50 gift certificate and two movie vouchers. If there is a tie, a drawing will be held. The contest ends Sunday, March 4, the date of the Oscars. For more information, call Rowdy Hall at 631-324-8555. Japanese RestauRant and sushi BaR

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conscious approach for capturing an image. IS YOUR WORK BEST SEEN IN THE SMALL DETAILS OR LARGER PICTURE? SF: The majority of my photography relies on detail. Of course, the details make up the larger picture, but more often than not, I want the viewer to look closely at the work. Oftentimes I receive suggestions to do prints on metal or to try frameless, acrylic pieces. I know these substrates are popular and, oftentimes, are very eye-catching, but I far prefer traditionally matted, framed prints



that are printed on archival fine art papers. Most of my subjects have incredible texture that simply cannot be rendered as effectively on high gloss, reflective media. I truly feel the right paper, sometimes as much as the composition, makes the photograph.

are more familiar with my North Fork landscapes, I’m particularly interested in the reaction to and feedback on my architectural work. I’m also excited to see the juxtaposition of my “actual” to Scott’s “imagined.”

McLaughin resides on the North Fork. He primarily uses a Nikon Df but is experimenting with Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless camera.

MM: I love the South Fork, and go there often, both to take pictures and to exhibit my work. The ocean beaches and dunes in the Hamptons and Montauk are among the most beautiful I’ve seen.



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Real Estate News off occurred before the collapse of 2008, when sales sunk to $1.2 billion, and 2009, $1.5 billon. One conclusion that could be made is the smart money sparked the sell off in 2017. In other words, at least some market insiders suspected trouble ahead if not the collapse of the nation’s entire banking system.

All the local real estate companies put out year-end reports that theoretically should be almost identical—the data used to calculate, actual deed transfers, is identical. Yet there are nuances, suppositions and differences in methodology that make each an interesting read.

The 2017 Halstead Report for Hamptons and North Fork markets is interesting because it provides a number of graphs outlining longterm trends i.e., comparisons of data for the Hamptons marketplace from 2000 through 2017. For example, the total dollar volume of sales basically doubled from 2000 to now, going from $1.88 billion in 2017 to almost $4 billion last year. However, it has declined from 2014 ($4.41 billion) and 2015 ($4.15 billion) though it

Independent / Courtesy Zillow This house at 132 Glover Street in Sag Harbor recently sold for $1.685 million. The seller was listed as B & S Halweil, and the seller F. Cary.

rebounded from a sluggish 2016 ($3.6 billion).

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Two other long-term comparisons bolster the belief that the Hamptons real estate market, after a couple of decades of spectacular growth, has been more or less stagnant for the past two decades, particularly compared to Manhattan, for example. From 2000 to 2007 both the Average Sales Price and Median Price rose steadily each year, both basically doubling in that time frame; that means the average property bought in 2000, if sold six years later, yielded a 100 percent profit.

Beginning in 2008 growth has been for the most part either stagnant or measured in baby steps. The



Median Price then, $950,000, isn’t much different from the Median Price in 2017, $988,000 according to the Halstead report. The Average Sale Price actually declined slightly to $1.82 Million. The numbers do not negate the fact that 2017 was a banner year for the local real estate industry. There were 41 properties that sold for eight figures or more, and sales on the North Fork were up almost 10 percent.

Perhaps the best news for our local municipalities is that the market for houses under $500,000 is relatively vibrant—there is a serious shortage of affordable housing on the East End and a couple years ago it looked like the low end market would dry up altogether. In the Hamptons East of the Shinnecock Canal, 140 properties transferred for $500,000 or less. West of the Canal, there were 235 sales.

On the North Fork, over 90 percent of the sales were for under $1 million.

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: SUFFOLK COUNTY CALIBER HOME LOANS, INC.; Plaintiff(s) vs. JOSHUA HORTON A/K/A JOSHUA Y. HORTON; YVONNE LIEBLEIN; et al; Defendant(s) Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 2 Summit Court, Suite 301, Fishkill, New York, 12524, 845.897.1600 Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale granted herein on or about October 30, 2017, I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at Southold Town Hall, Main Road, Southold, NY 11972. On March 13, 2018 at 10:00 am. Premises known as 727 1ST STREET, GREENPORT, NY 11944 District: 1001 Section: 02.00 Block: 05.00 Lot: 033.007 ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Village of Greenport, Town of Southold, County of Suffolk and State of New York. As more particularly described in the judgment of foreclosure and sale. Sold subject to all of the terms and conditions contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $553,586.14 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 066279/2014 Robert A. Caccese, Esq., Referee 23


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Goodman To Helm GOP

He promised to be aggressive, to hold leaders accountable, and to offer an alternative to one party rule. Last week, Amos Goodman was unanimously elected chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee. He’ll take over for long time party leader, Reggie Cornelia.

Pledging to revitalize the local GOP, Goodman told committee members after the February 7 vote, “The days of single-party rule in East Hampton are numbered. Together, we will rebuild and revitalize the GOP and I invite town residents who have been disenfranchised and underserved by the current do-nothing Democratic system to join us. We are the inclusive, visionary party of change and renewal. We will deliver success for all residents of the town and their families.” The 2015 Republican candidate for the county legislature (he lost to Bridget Fleming) believes East

Hampton “deserves better.”

“Our town government continues to squander critical resources, and extort town residents with onerous and bad-faith impediments to even the simplest of activities,” he said in a release announcing the unanimous committee mandate. “It’s strangling the town, hollowing-out our community and it’s going to stop. The current system is broken and the current town leaders are beholden to selfserving party bosses with only one goal: perpetuating their own power to our detriment. Enough with yesterday’s weak leadership and corruption! We need new ideas, fresh leadership and a clear, inclusive vision for the future.” “That is what we will deliver starting tonight,” he told the membership.

Outgoing Committee Chairman Reg Cornelia praised his successor. “Amos is smart and savvy, and I’m confident he will lead us ably and effectively. His passion and energy

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Goodman, for his part, praised Cornelia and expressed hope that he remain involved in the committee going forward. “I’m proud to call Reg a friend and I admire him,” Goodman said, “Reg is someone of great character and integrity, a good man and a patriot. I thank him for his service—to the nation, the town, and to the party.”

The 34-year-old Goodman is now the youngest major party chairman on Long Island. A native of Springs and longtime committeeman, Goodman lays claim to raising more money, from more donors, than any legislative candidate in Suffolk history when he ran in 2015. Goodman runs a corporate advisory firm focused on aerospace and defense industries, and works closely with major corporations and investment funds. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Georgetown University.

Independent/Courtesy Amos Goodman Amos Goodman is the new chair of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee.

A Reschedule

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Assemblyman Fred Thiele has announced that the Sag Harbor primary has been rescheduled to September 13, 2018. The original date was set for September 11, however, out of respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001 and for those who wish to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the

primary has been rescheduled to the following Thursday.

Fred Thiele stated, “Voting is our most important civic duty, and each and every New Yorker should be able to exercise this right freely and equally. This legislation helps break down barriers to voter participation by ensuring that people of all faiths can get to the polls if they choose to do so.”



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Town consultant Lisa Liquori, president of Fine Arts and Sciences, LLC of City Island, said that the changes residents would like to see are obtainable.

“Working all of the coastal erosion mitigation into the redevelopment plan for the downtown area with architectural guidelines, with central parking locations, with the sanitary waste treated the way they wanted, with affordable housing where they want it, with seasonal housing—[it] all has the opportunity to come together any way you look at it,” she said.

Independent/James J. Mackin Years in the making, work on the turnaround on Montauk Highway is underway. Residents of Shinnecock Hills, in the area adjacent to the old Lobster Inn, asked for a solution to trouble they have leaving their development during peak traffic conditions. Assemblyman Fred Thiele facilitated a meeting between the state Department of Transportation and the community members to develop a solution. Work on the turnaround recently commenced.

Bringing about the recommended changes might require town officials to foster the formation of business associations, hire more planning staff, use community volunteers from the local citizens advisory groups, or a combination thereof, as well as coordinate with outside agencies for further information gathering.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said the town needs to figure out how to improve residents’ experience and quality of life while still meeting the needs of the community—whether it concerns business, housing affordability, or protecting the environment. “This process will allow us to address and further those issues, I think, in a constructive way, directly engaging the public in that conversation,” he said. “That’s democracy at work.”

Some residents had concerns about the study. For example, Montauk resident Terry Berger said the plan has its challenges, with the rising sea level and flooding issues. “The consultants talked about retreating back and that is all well and good, but you also need to come up, unless you are going to rebuild the primary dune and let that protect Main Street,” she said. “The way sea level rise has changed and accelerated, it is going to be a very big challenge. I don’t know time-wise when that will become a reality.”



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By Rick Murphy A lot of parts ... dozens of pieces

Rick’s Space

Big deal, Karen said. “Unless the tent comes with an air conditioner, cable TV, and running water, you’ll be going alone.�

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RICK’S SPACE I was after the serenity of a babbling brook, not a blabbering wife, so there.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS I consider myself one of those guys who digs the great outdoors.

I always think about tying a canoe to the roof of the truck, packing my gear, loading up the rifle, stringing up the old fishing poles, and heading up to the mountains. I would trap, hunt, and fish for my food, make campfires, and teach my son about nature while my two dogs kept the bear away.



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Still, I’m always on the verge of making my dream a reality. A visit to the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine almost did me in.

The King Pine Heavy Duty Dome Tent would make a perfect home away from home. There was a “no fly� zone. It’s a screened in section to hang out and whittle.

I picked out the queen-size Aerobed air mattress and an REI expedition sleeping bag, guaranteed to keep you warm and cozy in minus 20-degree weather. “It looks like something they put a mummy in,� Karen said. And she was right, it did.

I then outfitted my outdoor kitchen. Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler. Whisperlite Stove. Fold out table— seats six. “Maybe you can invite some opossum over for dinner,� Karen cracked, since we both know I don’t have any friends left. Soon, I had spent thousands of dollars. Waterproof matches. Coleman Air Pump. MSR Miniworks EX Water Filtration System. “What’s that for?� Karen asked.

“You can drink the water from the babbling brook,� I told her. “That’s what early settlers did.�

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“I’ll tell you what, Jeremiah Johnson. Set your gear up in the backyard and if you still want to go camping tomorrow I’ll go with you.� Ah! There is nothing like a challenge to get a man going! I unloaded the tent. Hmmmmm.

Oh well, better git the fire goin’— hell, temperature’s sinkin’ fast. Must be 60, 62 degrees. Good thing I have the REI coffin, er, sleeping bag. “I’m gonna whip us up some pork and beans,� I announced proudly. “It’s what a man eats when he’s camping,� I told her. “Besides, I want to save the squirrel stew for tomorrow.� “Why isn’t the tent up?� Karen asked. “I figured we’d sleep under the stars.�

Karen looked at me with THAT look. “You don’t know how to set up the tent, do you?�

“Of course I do,� I said. “Well, when you’re finished you better check your stove, because it won’t light. And the table collapsed when I put the canteen on it. Oh, by the way, this isn’t a portable radio. I can tell because it has to be plugged into a wall outlet.� With that, she went into the house for the night. Not me though. Pork and beans are perfectly good cold, and I still had my toasty sleeping bag. I started a fire and began singing the old camp songs I had learned as a child: “Home On The Range� and “Stairway To Heaven� for starters.

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I paced the yard aimlessly before swallowing my pride and knocking on the back door. “Let me guess,� Karen said. “You want to use the bathroom.�

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Traveler Watchman

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artists submitting work must be from the contiguous United States (the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia). Artists will be notified of the juror’s decisions of inclusion in the show on or before June 1. For complete prospectus, information on the juror, and to enter the show, visit: http://www.

Got some reefer madness? How about praise for Mary Jane? A little kush creativity perhaps? The East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead has announced an open call for artist participation in the upcoming juried, all media art show, “Cannabis,” opening with a reception on Friday, March 9 and running through April 20, 2018. The guest juror for this show is Mary Cantone, owner/director of William Ris Gallery in Jamesport.

“Marijuana—its recreational use, potential abuse, and legalization— has been much in the news lately. I encourage artists to take this opportunity to express their personal feelings and reactions to the substance,” EEA gallery director Jane Kirkwood offered in a release heralding the show. “Let’s have a dialog, starting with art.” Original works in all media may be submitted, including: painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and sculpture. Up to three entries can be submitted per artist. All submissions will be reviewed by the guest juror, who will choose a select number of works that best represents the theme, and those pieces will be included in the exhibit.

All media entries must be dropped off in person at the East End Arts Gallery between 10 AM and 4 PM

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Not down with the ganja? EEA has another opportunity for artists. It’s now accepting entries for the upcoming seventh annual national juried art competition and exhibit: “Ink.” The guest juror for this competition is Sara De Luca, the

Entries online must be submitted by March 27 or by the late entry deadline of April 10, for an additional fee. Artists may enter a minimum of three and a maximum of five works for the same entry fee of $50. Due to shipping restrictions,

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 9 from 5 to 7 PM, when guests will have an opportunity to meet the artists. This free event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

“This competition is open to all ‘ink’ media, including ballpoint, fountain pen, printmaking, Sharpie, tattoo ink (which may be submitted as photography of tattoo artwork) alcohol ink, India ink—any and every ink media with the exception of desktop printer ink,” Kirkwood clarified.

The “Best in Show” award winner will receive a seven-day stay in East End Arts’ artist residence near Hamptons museums and galleries, plus $1000 and inclusion in a group show at Ille Arts gallery. The winner will also receive 100 postcards announcing the show, which will feature the image of her/ his artwork. For more info about either show, contact Kirkwood at 631-727-0900 or

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Greenport’s Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation has named a new associate director. Independent/Courtesy Suffolk County Historical Society The Suffolk County Historical Society will receive a $500,000 grant from the state to construct a handicap accessible wing at its Riverhead museum. Compiled by Peggy Spellman Hoey

$500,000 GRANT SLATED FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Suffolk County Historical Society will receive $500,000 in grants to fund a new handicap accessible wing at its museum in Riverhead.

The two-story addition will feature a ground-level entrance and reception center with an elevator, and two new handicap accessible restrooms. Handicapped parking spaces will also be designated on site as part of the project.

The grant funding is from the Council on the Arts and Empire State Development through the Arts and Cultural Facilities Improvement Grant Program. It will be used in conjunction with money from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. The total approximate cost of the project is expected to be $1 million. “We are thrilled to be getting this project underway,” said society executive director Victoria Berger. “It is long overdue and has become our priority in better serving the residents of this county. It’s time we open our doors to all, and we anticipate this will revolutionize the way the museum is used as a history education and research center.” Construction is expected to be completed by summer. Museum operations will not be affected by the construction. It is open

Prior to coming to the hospital, Erin Young, a graduate of Dowling College, worked in Manhattan at a leading global media investment firm. In her new role, she will create, develop, and implement cultivation, fundraising, and stewardship strategies for the foundation’s campaigns and annual appeal. She will also oversee the development, planning, and coordination of special events for the hospital and foundation.

Young is a local of the Greenport community and thrilled to be back in her hometown and to be joining the hospital’s team, she said. “It is an honor to be a part of such an important organization, especially now with the partnership with Stony Brook Hospital. I am so excited to be involved in this adventure,” she added. SAVE WHAT’S LEFT! Science writer and artist Erica Cirino will speak about her travels documenting plastic pollution at the North Fork Environmental Council’s monthly speaker series at the Southold Recreation Center in Peconic at 7 PM on Friday.

The lecture, which is co-sponsored by the North Fork Audubon Society, will show a bird’s eye view of plastic pollution and what people can do to help reduce the threat plastic poses to avian wildlife. For more information, call 631-2988880.

with a fresh head of lettuce. The tour is $5 per person, space is limited, reservations required. Rain or shine. For more information and to reserve a space, call 631283-3195 or email Events@ SOUTHOLD LIGHTHOUSES TALK The Southold Historical Society is hosting “A Magic Carpet Tour of the Lighthouses of Southold Town: Icons of Our Maritime Heritage by Ted Webb” at the Ann Curie Bell House on Main Road in Southold on Saturday at 2 PM.

Webb, a resident of Orient and tour guide to the lighthouses, will share his knowledge of Southold’s maritime landmarks: Plum Island, Orient Point, Latimer Reef, Little Gull, Race Rock, Horton Point, Long Beach Bar, and North Dumpling. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 631-765-5500, ext. 3. MATTITUCK-LAUREL LIBRARY GOINGS ON The Mattituck-Laurel Library will show Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House at 1:30 PM on Friday. The film tells the story of Felt, who under the name “Deep Throat” helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972.

If that is too heavy, but you’d still like to stay in the 1970s, why not check out The Karpenteers, a Karen and Richard Carpenter tribute band, which will perform on Sunday at 2 PM. All events are free.



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School Days Submitted by local schools

Independent/Westhampton Beach School District Westhampton Beach Elementary School students donated cans of soup as part of the school’s annual Souper Bowl.

ELEANOR WHITMORE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Students of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center participated in a number of special events this week, including the prekindergarten Olympics on Tuesday. The theme for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday was “show your love to your classmates.” Tomorrow, the 100th day of school will be celebrated with a festival of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curricular activities set up in the center’s rotunda. Children will rotate among the stations, which will include various explorations of the number 100. To make the 100th day celebration even more fun, the children—and their teachers—are invited to come dressed as if they were 100 years old.

A Chinese New Year celebration will be held on Friday, including lessons on the Chinese Year of the Dog and a tasting of Chinese food. The school will be closed next week for winter vacation. TUCKAHOE SCHOOL Tuckahoe’s eighth graders played the stock market game in social studies class.

Students made mock investments in three companies of their choice, researched their companies, monitored price fluctuations, and

maintained a financial portfolio.

At the end of the game, the students who earned the largest profits were Caroline Luss, Sophia Marano, Jade Coffey, Ajay Soorsattie, Raphael Garcia, and Andy Moranchel. The strongest companies were Abercrombie and Fitch, Macy’s, Netflix, Target, Walmart, and Decker’s Outdoor Corporation, which manufactures and distributes Ugg products.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration for residents of the Tuckahoe Common School District is scheduled for today and tomorrow between the hours of 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM. PATRIOTIC ESSAYS EARN ACCOLADES Ten local students were selected as winners in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests, and were recognized with certificates during a ceremony at VFW Post 5350 on January 25.

Hampton Bays Middle School students Erin Brosnan, Joshua Cardenas, and Carly Dunn received accolades for their essays based on the theme “America’s Gift to My Generation,” and high school students Olivia Lofstad, Jennifer Reyes, and Marin Smith earned honors for their works inspired by “American History: Our Hope for



the Future.”

Also honored were Westhampton Beach Middle School students Arthur Smyth and Morgan Thomson for their Patriot’s Pen essays, and high school students Emma Bender and Juliet Tomaro for their Voice of Democracy essays. RIVERHEAD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

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There was an atmosphere of altruism at Riverhead High School as the school’s Cooking Club and ceramics class teamed up on Februrary 1 to raise $1547 for the Phillips Avenue Elementary School food pantry through the second annual Empty Soup Bowls fundraiser.

Students at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center donned their scrubs to give their stuffed animals checkups during a unit of study on animals.

In preparation for the event, ceramics students spent hours handcrafting more than 140 bowls on pottery wheels, while the Cooking Club prepared soups, including broccoli cheddar, Italian minestrone, and loaded baked potato.

Also pitching in was the high school jazz band, which performed during the fundraiser, and the school’s Photo Club, which displayed and sold student artwork. In other news, third-and fourthgrade members of the Riley Avenue Library Leaders program are making a difference in the education of some of the district’s youngest learners. As part of the literacy initiative, spearheaded by librarian Amelia Estevez-Creedon, 16 Library Leaders spend their recess mentoring kindergartners in reading and writing. During the sessions, the student leaders work with the new readers on letter sounds and word “stretching.” They also show them how to work through tricky words and retell their stories through writing.

“The program is beneficial for both the younger and older students,” Estevez-Creedon said. “It is wonderful to watch the student leaders transform into confident ‘teachers’ and improve on their read aloud skills.” As part of its Parent University series, the Riverhead Central School District hosted a valuable Technology Night for parents and

caregivers on January 25.

During the event, participants attended informational sessions related to “digital citizenship,” educational apps for learning, coding, engineering and robotics, cellphone usage, “the parent portal,” and technological resources available at the library. The event also gave students an opportunity to take part in educational activities related to technology, such as “Hour of Code.” WESTHAMPTON BEACH SOUPER SUNDAY Local food pantries’ shelves will be fuller thanks to the Westhampton Beach Elementary School’s annual Souper Bowl.

As part of the annual food drive, students used their soup and nonperishable food donations to vote for the football team that they believed would win this year’s Super Bowl by placing them in a team bin. The final tally revealed that 248 students believed the Eagles would win, while 65 placed their soup bets on the Patriots. The items were donated to a local food pantry. Starting March 21, the Westhampton Beach School District will be accepting kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year for children who will turn five years of age by December 1, 2018. Registration packets will be available starting March 5 at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, 397 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach, or online at www.westhamptonbeach.

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‘Canes, Mariners, Bonac, Whalers Are In teams could face off again down the road.

The East Hampton Bonackers played an epic battle against league champion Westhampton on February 6 only to come up short. This page: Bonac’s Jack Reese (24) scores in heavy traffic. Next page: Maxwell Proctor (42) shoots while Nigel Braithwaite and Nolan Quinlan defend.

Westhampton fought off a game East Hampton team 60-57 on February 6 to all but clinch the League V title and place the Bonackers in the dire position of needing to win its last game to keep its season alive. Bonac deserved better: Dan White’s charges have gone to the wire with virtually every opponent ahead of them in the standings, and this one was no exception. The Bonackers led 23-16 at halftime and 45-41 after three stanzas, but Westhampton rallied down the stretch to prevail.

“We’re young. We get to that place in the game where we need a kid to step up.” Jack Reese, the heady senior point guard, can do it, the coach said. The others need time to mature. “We’ve got five or six kids coming back,” White noted.

Jake Gaudiello scored his 1000th point for the winners during the fray but it was Jim Baumiller who made Bonac pay down the stretch. He scored 20 points and went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final two minutes to lead Westhampton, now 13-2 in League V. Nolan Quinlan and Simon Brathwaite each added 14 points. Reese led Bonac with 17 points. Westhampton ascended to first place in the league, a game ahead of Kings Park and East Islip and two ahead of Harborfields.

By Rick Murphy

The resilient East Hampton Bonackers needed a win to earn a berth in the postseason playoffs Monday night on the road against 38

a tough Kings Park team – and got it. The Bonackers opened up a quick 10-point lead and coasted to a 57-44 victory. Turner Foster had 16 points, and Jack Reese

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and Bladimir Rodriguez added 13 points apiece to lead East Hampton (8-8) in Suffolk V. The Kingsmen, 12-4 in league play will also play in the Class A playoffs and the two

All of the above are fighting for good seedings in the Suffolk County Class A tournament, which begins next week, but Amityville, 19-1 on the season and 17-0 in League VI, has earned the top seed. “They will have to play a bad game to lose,” White opined. As for the other top seeds, “We came within five points of beating all of them,” he lamented. It took a head-banging win in the infamous “Brawl Game,” but the Southampton Mariners delivered with the season on the line and have earned a trip to the Suffolk

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County Class A playoffs.

The locals edged Wyandanch at home on Feb 6 80-74 in a game marred by a spectator fight after the game. (See story in the news section of this week’s Independent.) But the after-game shenanigans did not obscure the fact that once again Herm Lamison’s charges used a late season surge to get into postseason action, winning five straight games with the season on the line. The Wyandanch game was hard fought to be sure. The Warriors, already eliminated from the playoffs, were playing their longtime rivals tough—and hard. The game seesawed back and forth and in the final minutes growing frustration with the way the referees were calling the game got the best of the Wyandanch bench and spectators in the stands.

That made the situation worse. The referees began calling technical fouls, which in turn gave the Mariners free throws. The more they made, the worst the atmosphere got. After the victory was sealed – Southampton made 40 foul shots and Wyandanch only seven, a fight broke out, and then another. The refs ended the game with time still on the clock, though the outcome was determined.

The players, both schools stressed, were not involved. In fact Herm Lamison, a Detective Sergeant in the Southampton Village Police Department, stressed his players were already in the locker room when the melee became dangerous – two people ended up in the hospital before order was destroyed. It took security personnel and local police arriving on the scene a few minutes to break things up.

Southampton, which advanced to the State Class A Final Four last season, relied on its two returning stars, Micah Snowden and Elijah Wingfield. Snowden finished with 32 points. His numbers swelled by the penalty tosses: he made 20 of 21. He also grabbed 24 rebounds to

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lead Southampton, (8-6) in Suffolk VI. Newcomer Marcus Trent, whose dad was a star player at the school, contributed 14. The Mariners lost a chance to improve their playoff season by losing at Bayport/Blue Point Thursday, 76-64. Snowden (25) and Wingfield combined for 43 in

that one. The Mariners now await the Section 11 Seeding Committee recommendations to see if they get a home game to begin the playoffs. Either way, the road is fraught with peril – there are a dozen teams in Class A that could challenge for the title. Four League VIII teams await the

playoffs: Greenport (12-0, 18-2 overall) will be the top seed in the County Class C tournament, which will also feature Pierson (103,11-9) and Southold (7-5, 7-13). Bridgehampton (8-4, 8-10) will likely represent Long Island in the State Class D tournament.



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By Rick Murphy

And The Nominees Are . . .

It hasn’t been a banner season for East End girls basketball.

Mattituck, the defending Long Island Class B champion and the two-time Suffolk County Class B titleholder, is ready to make another run. When the county playoff seedings are announced later this week, expect to find the Lady Tuckers (14-0 overall) in League VII and 17-2 overall, in the number one spot. Thursday the locals made it 10 in a row by dispatching Center Moriches on the loser’s court, 5535. The blueprint was the same: Mattituck came out playing hard and surprised the Lady Red Devils with the defensive intensity, quickly opening up a double-digit lead. Liz Dwyer is averaging 18.9 points, 18th in the county.

It was the third straight win for the local and fourth in five. They await their seed in the Class AA playoff picture. On offense, the team worked the ball and concentrated on hitting the open shot. It doesn’t hurt that one of the players is one of the brightest stars to ever play for Mattituck. Dwyer is a sure allcounty selection and a candidate for small schools player of the year. She had what was by her standards an average game, which is to say a near-triple double: 20 points, 10 rebounds,

and eight assists. Jane Digregorio was the recipient of some of Dwyer’s pinpoint passes. She scored 14 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Mackenzie Daly chipped in eight points.

The highest scorer on the East End this season was Mackenzie Tyler of Hampton Bays.

Speaking of great players, Riverhead has one, too: the all star point guard Faith Johnson-Desilvia. On Friday, the Lady Waves, playing at home, devoured Lindenhurst 75-52, blowing it open with a blistering third quarter run. Johnson-Desilvia was in the middle of the action, nailing four treys and dishing off a fistful of assists. Kate McCarney led all scorers with 27 points. Kim Ligon chipped in with 12. Riverhead

finished with an 8-4 League II mark, 14-6 overall, and JohnsonDesilvia averaged 17.8 points per game, 22nd in the county.

Riverhead won its third straight, has taken four of its last five, and awaits its place in the Suffolk Class AA bracket.

By the way, the highest scorer on the East End this season was Mackenzie Tyler of Hampton Bays, whose 20 point average ranked 13th in Suffolk. Mercy (12-2, 14-6 in League VII) is also in the playoffs. Melina Santacroce, the high scorer for the Lady Monarchs, tallied 19.3 per game. Pierson/Bridgehampton (8-6, 11-8) also made the grade out League VII. They will compete for the Suffolk C title. The Lady Whalers won the Suffolk title in 2014 and 2016 and the Long Island title in 2016.



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radio career.

Al Wester was a giant in the radio world. He was the first radio announcer for the New Orleans Saints and for many years he was the radio voice for Notre Dame football. But Al’s true joy in radio was covering golf and he really loved covering The Masters.


After high school, I went into the Air Force and somehow found my way into Armed Forces Radio. After serving, I was lucky to go to work for WLNG in Sag Harbor.

Ironically enough, that was the same radio career map that longtime News Director Joe Ricker followed. Joe was a radio professional, had immense talent and took great pride in his coverage of the East End. It was outstanding. Joe still lives in Sag Harbor and is enjoying his well-earned retirement.

Early in my career at WLNG, a young Marv Albert was the sports reporter. Lucky for me, when Albert was drafted into the military, I was in the right place at the right time to take over that spot and I still enjoy it to this day. My next lucky break came after the USGA announced that the US Open would be played at Shinnecock Hills in 1986. I reached out to the USGA to see if WLNG could provide some coverage and was told that the radio coverage was handled by Al Wester. I arranged for a meet with Big Al but never dreamed that meeting him would have such a profound impact on my

At our initial meeting, Wester said it would be great if WLNG was part of the ‘86 US Open coverage. It’s what he said next that changed my radio career. Big Al asked me if I wanted to join his golf radio coverage team, primarily working for the Mutual Broadcasting Company, now known as Westwood One. To this day, I still remember how excited I was and how quickly I said yes. It was quite a thrill.

If I had to name a favorite moment from those days it would be the 1986 Masters. Wester had me covering Jack Nicklaus on Championship Sunday. I was the first person to interview Mr. Nicklaus after he won his sixth green jacket that day. It was the 18th and final major of his career and it is still regarded as one of the

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all-time great moments in Masters history. I now have covered over 100 golf majors and by far my biggest thrill still is that ‘86 Masters. Over the years, Jack has become a personal friend so when Tom Clavin and I wrote a book, “The Ryder Cup: Golf ’s greatest Event,” Jack was kind enough to do the forward.

Recently I renewed my contract with talkSPORT, the world’s largest sports radio station, to cover golf again this year. Whether it’s a big network with worldwide coverage or local station, for me, the thrill is just the same. Strange how things work out. The icing on the cake for me is being fortunate to be able to share my tales here in The Independent. So, Rest in Peace Al and thanks for taking a chance on me a long time ago to be part of your golf coverage team. To this day, you should see the puzzled look I get whenever I tell anyone I broadcast golf on the radio. Most often I hear, “you do what?”

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WHAT MATTERS TO YOU? In 2018, I turned over a new philosophy as a fitness columnist: don’t want to be me, want to be around me. It is never my goal to be someone’s envy, but rather be a person to inspire those around me.

Each one of us is unique, and that includes the genetics we’re dealt. I’ve been humbled, honored even, to hear from countless readers on the ways my words have been resonating with them. On the other end, the things I write about might be irrelevant to many of you, or not work the same way they do for me. However, there’s one thing we all have in common: commitment to being a healthier, happier, stronger version of ourselves.

What matters to you? In this week’s Indy Fit rather than serving you up some fitness facts or trends, I’m imploring my readers to reach out to me with your comments and concerns. What do you want to read about? How can I better inform you? Is there an instructor that’s inspiring those around them? Does someone have a personal transformation story that could motivate others? Is a certain ailment you’re curious about? What about a local business that could use some help staying afloat or getting things started? Is there

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Indy Fit is more than my column on health and wellness, it’s a community resource on bettering us all from the inside out.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dubbed March National Nutrition Month, a time to educate and focus on the importance of our daily eating and physical habits. Originating in 1973 as a weeklong campaign, it proved so popular that by 1980 it expanded into a month long celebration. There are four Wednesdays in March, which means four opportunities to highlight what our local community is doing to celebrate a healthier lifestyle. Got a recipe? Send it in! In addition to the above, I’m seeking North and South Fork residents/businesses who deserve a week-long highlight throughout National Nutrition month. If it doesn’t make it to my column, then you might be featured on my social media pages.

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