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Community News

By Kitty Merrill

Touring With Jay & Frank

walking path called the Cannuscio trail, named after a former supervisor.

“Not everything is done, but we’re making progress,” Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said.

“We’re working on a zoning plan to re-envision downtown, something that figures in historic elements and design,” Schneiderman said.

Not long after he took the wheel (figuratively) of his first term as Southampton Town supervisor, in 2016, his deputy supervisor, Frank Zappone, took the (literal) wheel of a town car for a tour of Hampton Bays. Driving through the hamlet, Schneiderman and Zappone offered an ambitious list of projects they envisioned for the village and its environs. Last Thursday, the pair hosted another tour designed to offer an update on ongoing projects in Southampton’s most populated community.

The first stop downtown was the historic Lyzan Hat Shop on Main Street. Brenda Berntson, president of the Hampton Bays Historical Society, met the entourage at the shop and offered a sneak peek at its newly renovated interior. An official ribbon cutting is expected later this year, bringing the two-year restoration of the 1850 edifice to a delightful denouement. When the weather is amenable, a brick patio will be built between the hat shop and the 1790 Prosper King House next door.

Another local historic structure, the Canoe Place Chapel, has been renovated. A complete physical restoration is finished, with landscaping the last punch list item. The chapel was moved to its current site about two years ago, Zappone explained. It was once located across the bay and was used as a

Independent/Kitty Merrill Supervisor Jay Schneiderman at the Good Ground Park amphitheater in Hampton Bays.

gathering place for members of the Shinnecock Nation. The historical society plans to erect a sign that describes the significance of the building and its link to the past, the deputy supervisor said. Good Ground Park, the 36-acre multi-year project situated behind Main Street to the north, was nothing but tall mountains of dirt when Schneiderman hosted the 2016 tour. It’s almost completely finished now, with just restrooms and a second playground left to be completed.

The huge, sunken bowl-shaped amphitheater is a focal feature of the site. It can accommodate up to 1000 people, Schneiderman informed. The stage is “all powered’



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and can have both lighting and sound systems. The natural bowl shape attentuates sound, Zappone said. “We’ve never had a complaint from neighbors about noise,” Schneiderman said. According to Zappone, Southampton Hospital and another private donor have pledged $50,000 over the next 10 years to support programming at Good Ground. The deputy supervisor spoke of partnerships with the local cultural center to “create a nice synergy.” Shakespeare at the Park may be produced at the park in Hampton Bays, and at Agawam Park in Southampton. Pianofest, another annual cultural staple, may present a performance at Good Ground this summer also.

Only four acres of the site have been developed, Zappone informed. The town is working to craft a trail through the woods all around the park’s perimeter. Designed for both hiking and biking, the trail would be just a mile long. Moving towards the vision of a walkable village the supervisor espoused in 2016, town officials are continuing to work with local business and property owners on the idea of establishing storefronts that overlook the park rather than Main Street. They’d also like to see a roadway cut through Main Street to the park. Right now, there’s a

Heading east out of the central downtown district, Zappone guided the car to a parcel alongside the Shinnecock Canal. It’s slated to become the home of a new maritime park. The land has been cleared of scrub vegetation and a chain link fence removed to open the view to the canal. A parking lot and open green picnic area with a shade structure are planned. Spaces for events like a fisherman’s fair are part of Schneiderman’s dream for the space. Pedestrian access from the highway is a possibility.

The supervisor reported that the developers of the Canoe Place Inn have pledged $300,000 towards the creation of the park. “This will be a free park,” Zappone said. “You won’t need a sticker to come here and sit in the sun, buy a lobster roll and enjoy the afternoon.” The CPI project includes a grand catering hall and restaurant on one side of the canal and luxury townhouses on the other. It’s water water everywhere moving along Ponquogue Bridge to Dune Road. At its southern foot is Ponquogue Beach, a site Schneiderman vows will make it to the annual list of best beaches in the nation. The pavilion is on track for a major renovation and the lawmaker predicted, “Once this building is built, it’s going to be on Dr. Beach’s list.” Construction bids are poised for release and Schneiderman sees the rehab as a fall project with a finish date in the spring of 2019.

Across Dune Road, the old Ponquogue Bridge and fishing pier reconstruction are moving towards conclusion. The goal is to have it open by June. Schneiderman pointed out that the pier area is renown among scuba divers for the unusual species of fish that can be found in the unique habitat created by tides.

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Jerry’s Ink

felt the women were in charge! Thanks for the memories Jerry.” Now I can’t say how women were treated at other ad agencies. But this is how they were treated at mine.

by Jerry Della Femina

AN ANSWER TO THE ‘ME TOO’ FANATICS Last week I wrote a column about how the “MeToo” movement was turning from something good – which would put the Harvey Weinsteins, Kevin Spaceys, Bill Cosbys and, Dr. Larry Nassars into jail where they belong – into a hate-filled cult idea that would attract all the dumb angry losers who spend their lives looking for a cause that will hurt as many innocent people as it can. The good news is when the column was re-posted on Facebook, 95 percent of the people who saw the column agreed with me. But then there was the 5 percent who are malevolent sad sacks who are so filled with hatred for both men and women that they insist that “MeToo” can be a relevant movement, even though they accept anonymous sources that can ruin people for the most minor of social or sexual encounters.

Witness the case of Chuck Close, a great artist who was a “MeToo” victim of two anonymous nude models he interviewed. Since Mr. Close is a quadriplegic in a wheelchair who can’t move any of his limbs, how did he

manage to sexually touch these two anonymous women? His voice. He used his voice; he said something to them.

Clearly the two women who pose nude for a living were crushed by his words. They protested and the politically correct faintof-heart jerks at the National Gallery of Art in Washington have postponed an exhibition of Close’s work. How lucky is Pablo Picasso that he’s dead? I could fill this column with case after case of talented people whose careers were ruined by anonymous tattletales. The saddest protest came from a woman who said that my describing the strong, exciting women of my agency in the 1960s, 70s and 80s wasn’t true, that the women who worked at my agency in those days were victims who couldn’t say what they really felt.

This was followed by a comment by a beautiful woman who worked with us in those days, Lizzie Maxey Robertshaw: “Sure glad I don’t have to work or date in this crazy time. Had so much fun working at your fantastically fun outrageous agency! I definitely

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What follows is an excerpt from an old column describing our agency that says it all. It’s dedicated to Lizzie Maxey Robertshaw and all the wonderful men and women who made us into a great agency, where everyone was free to be great. In the early 1960s in advertising, sex was a forbidden subject – everybody did it and no one talked about it.

By 1970, thank the Lord, the sexual revolution was on and the advertising business went wild. The atmosphere was sexually charged at my agency. I encouraged it because nothing got people to come in early and leave late better than the prospect of a sexual adventure. But then I decided one day that too many hours were being wasted by people lusting after each other. So I started the Agency Sex Contest, which was my feeble attempt to bring the lusting out into the open and keep it to one week at the end of the year. This was, until today, the best-kept secret in advertising. Thousands of people took part in the agency sex contest and kept it a secret.

The sex contest was everyone in the agency voting anonymously on a paper ballot for the three people they most wanted to go to bed with. They were also asked to vote on the person of the same sex they would consider going to bed with and, of course, there was the ménage a trois category, in which they selected the two other people they wanted to go to bed with. Sometimes as many as 200 votes were cast.

The walls of the agency were covered with people who were campaigning for themselves. One very shy, young girl in accounting got into the spirit of the contest and xeroxed her breasts and hung pictures of them on the walls. Another young account executive had as her slogan: VOTE FOR AMANDA [not her real name].

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Voting was on the up and up. One year I had our accounting firm tally up the ballots. You never saw so many accountants looking so amused and animated in your life.

First prize for the winning couple was a weekend at the Plaza Hotel, paid for by my agency. Second prize was a night at the Plaza. Third prize was a night uninterrupted on the couch in my office. Winners of the ménage a trois got dinner for three at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Winners of the gay and lesbian part of the contest won a $100 gift certificate to the Pleasure Chest.

The results were announced at a party where as many as 300 of us would lock ourselves in a Mexican restaurant. At one party, I was concerned that the entire agency had imbibed too much cannabis and margaritas and the party was getting dangerously out of hand. One executive passed out and his head hit the table and the woman next to him shouted, “He’s OK, the guacamole broke his fall.” An Oriental girl – change that, for today’s rules, a Chinese girl – change that, a Chinese woman – change that, an Asian woman – then jumped on to a table and started dancing with wild abandon and accidentally kicked one of my art directors in the head. I rushed to the restaurant’s manager and asked him to tell his waiters and waitresses to cut down on the drinks. He smiled at me and said, “It’s too late. My waiters are all stoned and they are in the middle of the party.” Was it sophomoric? You bet.

Was it politically incorrect? You bet. But oh, the memories. Oh, those memories.

P.S. Those memories are still shared on Facebook today by a few hundred men and women who worked at our agency. We have our own closed site. It’s called Jerry’s Kids.

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$1.3 Million To Primp Preserved Lands value.

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

“We don’t see this building as just a building, we see the synergy of it,” he said.

Now that’s high maintenance for ya.

The East Hampton Town Board on Thursday night approved a roughly $1.3 million management and stewardship plan for its preserved properties with $865,000 in funds going toward the former homestead of artists James Brooks and Charlotte Park.

The town has budgeted a total of $1,280,452 with roughly one million set aside to pay for subcontractors to undertake historic restoration and demolition work. The 11-acre former homestead of James Brooks and Charlotte Park and their two artist studios on Neck Path in Springs will be allocated $15,000 for an outside professional to make recommendations for the property and $850,000 for subcontractors to conduct restorative work. The property was purchased in 2013 for $1.1 million from the heirs to the artists’ estate. Director of Land Acquisition and Management Scott Wilson said the property has fallen into disrepair and the main home has broken windows and holes in its roofing.

The remaining $150,000 set aside for projects will be used to demolish the former Star Room Niteclub, Maloney home on Springs Fireplace Road, and the barn known as “555” in Amagansett, Wilson said. Independent/Peggy Spellman Hoey The East Hampton Town Board voted on Thursday night to purchase 90 Gerard Drive in Springs using $275,000 from the Community Preservation Fund.

Wilson said that this year’s plan was unique in that there

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“Go to the campus wellness center tomorrow and get one.” “A lot of kids on campus already have the flu,” he said. “Oh, that’s great news.”

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and my nose is running,” he said, coughing and sneezing and blowing his nose into the phone. “But I think I just caught a cold. Not the flu.” “Go to the wellness center, knucklehead.” “Ok, promise.”

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I teach at two different college campuses and so I’m often around other people. As a reporter I meet and shake hands with strangers. I’ve been washing my hands so often I’m not sure I still have fingerprints.

I worry about myself. I was more worried about my son on an upstate campus whose idea of taking care of himself -- like most kids of 18, who think they will live forever -- is a morning shower and cafeteria food. Preventative care is Chinese take-out. This flu is a killer.

We don’t know exactly how many people die each year from the flu because the CDC only keeps stats on people under 18. Adults will often require another cause of death but a note that it is “influenza related” because according to the CDC the flu often triggers “pneumonia, congestive heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

The CDC does estimate flu related deaths.

“CDC estimates that from 20102011 to 2013-2014, influenzaassociated deaths in the United States ranged from a low of 12,000 (during 2011-2012) to a high of 56, 000,” the CDC states on its website. And this year is much worse than any of those years. Nice.

The last time I had the flu it was like being an extra in “The Walking Dead.” My body ached like I went 12 rounds with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. I coughed until I gasped for breath. My head pounded, my throat scorched, and my nose gushed like a faucet missing a washer. I had night sweats and morning chills. When I awoke I was afraid I would die; 20 minutes later I was afraid I wouldn’t. When I dragged myself to his

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office my doctor backed away like I was leper.

I couldn’t read. I didn’t have the energy to yell back at the TV (so what’s the point of watching?) All food tasted like rice cakes. I forced myself to write a column. About, what else, the flu. When I hit SEND I half-hoped my laptop would detonate. Last Thursday my son called from upstate. “I went to the Wellness Center.” “And?”

“I have the flu.”

I used a different F-word than flu. “Can you come pick me up,” he asked, coughing, sneezing, and blowing his nose.

I drove north for two hours as the twilight sky purpled into night. The radio news came on.

“Three of the Philadelphia Eagles might be sidelined from playing in the Super Bowl because of the flu,” the broadcaster announced. Great, I thought. Guys built like war memorials are being sacked.

When I got to the college campus I called my son who exited the school, teeth chattering. He said the physician’s assistant diagnosed him with a mild flu. “Bed rest, fluids, Tylenol,” he said. I had the passenger window open so his germs could trail behind us on the Taconic.

He closed the window, blasted the heat, and turtled himself under my leather coat. He dozed most of the way home, waking only to sneeze and cough. Back home he underwent the only cure for flu: Three days on the family couch. Eating soup, drinking fluids, sweating out the virus.

I told him to take another day off. He said he couldn’t miss classes. By Super Bowl Sunday he was chowing hot wings, pizza, and soda. After the game he drove north with school pals, back in action. So far my flu shot must be working. I don’t have the flu.

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They Were Sisters, Black And White

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

Long lost sisters were remembered together inside the community center at Peconic Landing in Greenport Saturday afternoon. About 50 members of the community marked black history month during “Freedom Sisters and Suffragists” – a production of historian and preservationist Dr. Georgette Grier-Key – which marked the centennial of women’s right to vote in New York State. The multi-ethnic celebration featured reflections on passages from the writings of 22 influential women in history, including suffragettes, civil rights activists, and black writers. The readings were interspersed with musical performances and empowering affirmations.

“With all the ladies on the list, we celebrated their lives and what they have done for us,” said GrierKey, who is executive director of the Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor, noting the women have fought for a variety of causes such as the right to vote, equal pay, and birth rights. “These women are important.” The program commemorated not only the centennial, but it celebrated last year’s historic



Independent/Peggy Spellman Hoey Susan Dingle of Southold.

Independent/Peggy Spellman Hoey Historian Georgette Grier-Key of Eastville Community Historical Society.

march in Washington and capitalized “on the energy that is so contagious with women stepping up to the plate,” GrierKey said.

“It brings together all of these different voices and movements and activities that people are a part of, to share one womanhood,” she added.

Grier-Key said she felt it was the right time to highlight the struggle of black suffragettes because many people do not realize that they weren’t allowed to go on the same marches and were told to go to the back of the line; essentially there was a split. “For many years, people have not talked about the story, but now we are at the centennial and we have to talk about it – we are together now,” she said. “We don’t like to revisit our past, but it’s really important for us to move forward and understand. “ Southold resident Susan Dingle, of Poetry Street, a Riverheadbased poetry project, entertained

the crowd with stories about suffragette Susan B. Anthony. Anthony was raised by Quakers who were opposed to slavery, and became a vocal advocate of both women’s rights and African Americans, often using her newspaper, The Revolution, to voice her opinions by writing.

“She always recognized the profound connection between the civil rights of people of color and of women,” Dingle said. Those in attendance also listened to a selection about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who is famous for her quote, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Hamer volunteered to help the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee register southern black voters and her testimony later influenced the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“She was an amazing woman,” said Bay Shore resident Bobbette Jackson, who followed up Hamer’s story with her favorite song,

“This Little Light of Mine” by Harry Dixon Loes. Other musical selections included “Rise Up” by Andra Day, which was performed by commercial jingle writer Sheree M.C. Elder of Westhampton Beach. The program also included selections about abolitionist Harriet Tubman, poet Sonia Sanchez, suffragist Mary Hayes Stackpole of Riverhead, and Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress. The presentation ended with the group joining hands and singing the anthem of the Civil Rights movement, “We shall overcome.”

Grier-Key said the program not only touched on black history, but it brought all history together as American history.

“And, this group was enriching because they lived through the civil rights movement; they know what Jim Crow laws are,” she said. “We don’t know it; we just read about it.” Peconic Landing resident Edward Porco, who attended the presentation with his wife, Joan, found the presentation was “very telling” and draws parallels to other groups’ fight for equality in the present day. “It looks like problems never go away,” he said. “We have to keep on fighting.”

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Revisiting ‘Zeldin’ For Inspiration

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

After the November 2016 general election, Eileen Duffy cried. When she was done, she decided to do something more constructive and formed a Facebook group dubbed “Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin” in hopes of getting the attention of the Republican congressman for District 1. The rest -- as they say -- is history.

“That’s exactly what happened,” Duffy told a room of about 50 people at Page on 63 Main in Sag Harbor Saturday during a meeting of the Southampton Town Democratic Club. “I was like I have to do something, we have to visit him, and so I just started a Facebook page.” Fifteen months later, Duffy’s group has attracted 37,000 supporters, grabbed headlines, and landed her in the role of speaking before the group about strategies for creating a grassroots movement. Initially, LVLZ was a closed group by invitation only with Duffy inviting like-minded individuals. From there things moved quickly. She ended up meeting Greenport resident Kathryn Quigley, who went through campaign training for Obama for America, and the two organized the first rally outside Zeldin’s office in Riverhead on January 3, 2017, the first day congress reconvened.

Duffy, a former newspaper editor from Quogue, used her knowledge of the media business and reached out to the press for coverage, which gained the group more notoriety.

“So, we did get a lot of press,” she recalled, noting what helped her cause was that it coincided with constituents calling for a town hallstyle meeting with Zeldin and he “wouldn’t do it.” Group members got their visit with Zeldin, and many more over the next year, though not all face-to-face.

Duffy said it’s very hard to find out where Zeldin is because he does not make his schedule public. More recently, at the end of December, he had mobile office hours in Riverhead and refused to see her. She was one of the last people in the waiting room and the others

could see him, but she was told, “not you,” Duffy said.

“I was like, ‘Why me? I don’t cause any problems,’” she said noting that she has been respectful of Zeldin’s position in previous meetings. Overall, Duffy’s group now has about 50 to 100 core members, many of them artists and writers who donate their time and take on various roles in the organization. She said LVLZ “organically took form” with some members gravitating towards what suited their skills, such as researching, organizing rallies, arranging speakers, or graphic design. “People just wanted to do something and they wanted to help,” she said.

Duffy offered insight into how to handle infighting in a group so large, something she ran into early on when some members decided they didn’t like the name of the group.

“I found that I don’t get involved in disputes because I found that they all just kind of petered out themselves,” she said, adding “and there was one time when people were talking about going to [Zeldin’s] house to visit his house, and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to do that,’ but there were some people who were like, ‘Let’s do it, let’s do it.’” Other members asked for her intervention, but the notion did peter out eventually. She lets people use the space as a place to air their opinions without rules of engagement. She lets them have that “noise.” If two members are really going at it, she will step in and ask them to ignore each other.

“I can’t teach people how to act on Facebook, I can only ask them for a favor,” she said. Aside some of the obvious problems of operating a group online, the internet has proven to be a useful tool for Duffy, who has tapped into other social media venues to spread her message. “One of the first things I did was I got a Twitter account,” she

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Independent/Peggy Spellman Hoey Eileen Duffy of Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin spoke before the Southampton Town Democratic Club on Saturday at Page 63 Main in Sag Harbor.


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Celebrating Hometown Heroes

Compiled by Kitty Merrill

The Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 during a special Hometown Heroes celebration at the VFW Hall in Westhampton Beach on January 25. The celebration culminated the library’s yearlong initiative that recognized local veterans, both living and deceased, for their service to the country and their contributions to the community. Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz presented VFW Commander Bill Hughes with a certificate of appreciation and a flag flown at the library in the veterans’ honor. In addition, each of the 260-plus members of the VFW Post received special recognition pins featuring a soaring eagle. The library capped the celebration by presenting a book it had published containing biographies of the veterans honored over the past year. “We are truly honored to pay

Independent /Courtesy Michael Azzato/The Westhampton Free Library The Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to members of VFW Post 5350 during a celebration at the VFW Hall in Westhampton Beach on January 25.

tribute to the men and women who made sacrifices to serve our country and preserve our freedom,” said Waskiewicz. “This program is just a small gesture of thanks.” Hughes thanked the library for its recognition and for honoring the service of the VFW veterans. VFW Commander Michael Burke also shared his gratitude at the podium. “The best thing you can say to



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a veteran is ‘thank you for your service,’” said Burke, who spoke of the veterans’ service within the community as well as to their country. Several local officials were in attendance for the recognitions,

including Sen. Kenneth LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, both of whom expressed their appreciation to the veterans. Thiele presented the VFW Post with a proclamation in their honor, as did representatives from the offices of Congressman Lee Zeldin and Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming. Also addressing the veterans was Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, whose grandfather, Arma “Ham” Andon, was one of the honorees.

Among honorees in 2017 were Dominic Lodato, James Fogarty, Creighton Berry, Charles Ramirez, Tom Quinn, Jeffrey C. McArthur, James Dougherty, Peter W. Cuthbert, Edwin J. Cartoski, Sherri L. Huppert-Grassie, and Paul Haines. Honored posthumously were William “Bud” Kavan, Ben Larsen, and Frank Matthews.

Task Force Forum

By Kitty Merrill

As the opioid epidemic continues to dominate national conversation, Southampton Town is attempting to take action STAT. Tomorrow night at 5 PM in the Parrish Hall at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital its opioid addiction task force will host a third community forum. Two earlier forums, in November and last month, were designed as listening sessions. At the first, task force members heard from the public at large. Last month was dedicated to hearing what local youth had to say. Tomorrow night’s gathering focuses on the medical community, with medical

professionals on the front lines of the crisis slated to discuss problems and brainstorm solutions.

“So far, everyone we’ve invited said they’re coming,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said this week. He convened the task force last fall in the wake of a shocking uptick in overdose deaths in Southampton. Altogether, he said, 19 people died from overdose in Southampton in 2017. January, 2018, was the first month in a year that saw no overdoserelated deaths in Southampton Town. “I don’t want to read anything into that,” Schneiderman said. “But I hope our efforts are helping.”

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Early Spring Predicted Photos by Peggy Spellman Hoey

Fuzzy groundhog Brian predicted an early spring for a gathering of folks outside The Quogue Library last Friday morning. Brian, a rescue from the STAR Foundation in Middle Island, and his handler, Katherine Schelp, made an appearance at the request of library program director Selina Pasca, for the library’s first celebration of Groundhog Day. Brian “whispered” his forecast into Pasca’s ear, who then passed it along to Quogue Fire Chief Chris Osborne, the event’s master of ceremonies.

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AG Launches Fetanyl Suit

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics, Inc., a company that sells a highly addictive fentanyl drug called Subsys, he reported this week. Although Subsys was approved by the Food and Drug Administration

(FDA) to treat excruciating cancer-related breakthrough pain, the complaint alleges that Insys recklessly marketed the drug for much wider use, covering a much broader set of patients. 

Additionally, the company allegedly engaged in a pattern of deceptive and illegal conduct by downplaying

the drug’s risks of addiction, bribing doctors to prescribe the drug, and lying to healthcare providers to skirt their authorization process, the AG informed. As a result, his office is seeking penalties and disgorgement of all revenues accumulated during the period of misconduct -- up to $75 million.

“At a time when the opioid epidemic was ravaging New York, Insys Therapeutics allegedly marketed a drug illegally by blatantly disregarding the grave risks of addiction and death that opioids pose,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As we allege, Insys showed a wanton disregard for the law and the lives of New Yorkers and we will hold them accountable. My office will continue to fight the opioid crisis at every level and hold corporations that prioritize profits above New Yorkers’ health and wellbeing to account.” In late 2012, the FDA approved Subsys for the specific, limited treatment of breakthrough cancer pain in opioid-tolerant patients. Its purpose was to provide relief to cancer patients who were suffering from excruciating pain. Beginning in 2012, Insys allegedly ignored this limited approval and instead broadly targeted many types of providers and patients, and represented that the drug was appropriate for flares of mild pain. Insys also downplayed Subsys’ risk of addictiveness. The company further directed its sales representatives to urge providers to prescribe Subsys in high doses, which were more expensive than lower doses. A 30-unit prescription of the lowest strength medicine costs approximately $700, while a prescription for the highest strength costs over $3500. Additionally, the complaint alleges that Insys sales representatives called on medical offices that employed providers who had been arrested for illegal opioid distribution.

In furtherance of their deceptive and illegal scheme, Schneiderman says Insys allegedly formed a business unit devoted solely to securing prior authorization from health plans for as many patients as possible. Insys trained its prior authorization staff to imply that patients had cancer pain, even when they did not. Additionally, Insys allegedly bribed prescribers to write prescriptions for Subsys. The company paid certain providers Continued On Page 36.


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By Justin Meinken

Saturday night was a typical February evening – bitter cold. Most people stayed in and East End streets were predominantly barren – except for the area around the Water Mill Community House. Dancers of all ages gathered there, as they do once monthly, for a fun filled night of traditional English Country folk dancing known as contra dancing. Hosted by the Long Island Traditional Music Association (LITMA), the Huntingtones Band played to the crowd as Chart Guthrie called out dance moves to the sashaying dancers. The contra dancing style Guthrie taught that evening has its roots in New England and is a family style dance with some similarity to square dancing. Contra dancing is unique in that it allows you to transition between partners until you have danced with everyone in

Do-Si-Do Till Dawn the room. No fancy footwork is required other than knowing how to do-si-do. For anyone burdened with two left feet, this might be the dance for you.

Contra dancing is extremely popular and draws crowds of more than 300 people in areas such as Albany and Greenfield, Massachusetts. It has also gained popularity in New York City and Brooklyn, where dances are held regularly. LITMA has been sponsoring contra dances over the past several years on Long Island and in Water Mill, and has acquired a core group of dancers who regularly attend their events. While a group of more than 30 dancers stepped to the upbeat notes of the Huntingtones Band, Hilary Woodward, Dance Manager and organizer with LITMA said, “Contra dancing is part of our colonial heritage. It’s also a great way to promote togetherness,

and a feeling of community and family. Everyone gets to dance with everyone else and there’s no complicated footwork so anyone can do it. It’s doable at any level and everyone is welcome. There are always newcomers at each event and the dancers range in age from young children to seniors.” Although it was a frigid evening,

Saturday’s dancers twirled to the music with obvious delight. Each dance concluded with the dancers bowing to each other in honor and then bowing to the band in honor. According to Guthrie, “The concept of ‘honoring’ your partner and the musicians is an important part of the contra dance. Showing respect


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A First For 106th And SCC

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Suffolk County Community College will offer courses at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard base, home of the 106th Rescue Wing, located in Westhampton Beach this spring. The move is a first for the 106th Rescue Wing and the college. Suffolk County Community College is offering two courses this spring that will enable Air National Guard members to gain credits towards an associate degree

from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). The CCAF degree is mandatory for higher-level promotions. Psychology 101 and English 101 classes began this week.

The 106th Rescue Wing Command Chief, Michael T. Hewson said, “In the Air Force, we expect our members to strive for excellence. One of the ways we can do this is through continuing our education.”   Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay announced the innovative

program with wing leadership last fall at a dedication ceremony for a Veterans Plaza at the college’s Eastern Campus. The plaza honors Suffolk County Community College student and Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, 31, killed in action in December of 2015 while serving in Afghanistan as a security forces defender. “Suffolk County Community College is committed to assisting our military by helping them achieve their educational and personal goals. In the process,

Independent / Courtesy SCCC At right, Air Force Master Sgt. Gerald Kurz, a loadmaster with the 102nd Rescue Squadron assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing and current student at Suffolk County Community College, describes the details of the HC-130 P/N King to Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, left. 

we know we are fulfilling our community mission as well as helping to produce a new generation of lifelong learners equipped with the skills they can utilize both during their careers and long after,” said College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. Dr. McKay added that the program will continue for the foreseeable future. The 106th Rescue Wing deploys worldwide to provide combat search and rescue coverage for the United States and allied forces. Its mission is to provide trained and equipped personnel capable of augmenting active duty forces in times of war and national emergencies. The wing also is tasked with assisting the state of New York with disaster relief and other state emergencies.

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Hampton Bays School District To Sue?

By Rick Murphy

They’ve been mad as hell for years. And they are not going to take it anymore.

Hampton Bays taxpayers have been complaining about illegal residents swelling the attendance roll in the local school district, specifically those living in commercial dwellings that were formerly motels.

While Southampton Town has acknowledged the problem, school district officials charge that it has not dealt with the problem nearly enough. The school filed a Notice of Claim on January 18 signaling its intention to sue Southampton Town. The district seeks $10.68 million, which is the amount of “unrecovered pupil costs” that

taxpayers have been forced to bear, the notice claims. It is signed by Kevin Springer, the president of the Hampton Bays School Board. The students that officials claim are in the district illegally have variable living situations, but they most commonly dwell in one-time motels that were used primarily during the summer by transient guests.

Sometimes, as was the case at the 33-room Hidden Cove Motel in 2011, Suffolk County authorized the Department of Social Services (DSS) to take over the buildings and use them for homeless clients, some of whom had school age children. The situation at Hidden Cove galvanized the community. Rent

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paying residents were evicted or forced to leave and replaced with homeless residents, and the landlord was paid a premium by DSS.

The owner of Hidden Cove, LAML Realty, was reportedly grossing about $35,000 per month when all of the units were occupied. As reported exclusively in The Independent, two women, a disabled mother and her daughter, who asked not to be identified, lived there for about four years, and were paying $700 a month rent – until Community Housing Innovations Inc. raised their rent to $1140 after they refused to move voluntarily.

The county hired Community Housing Innovations Inc., to “manage” the facility, and paid the not-for-profit, which grosses almost $17 million a year, a healthy stipend above and beyond what each resident receives in public aid. In other words, taxpayers footed the bill. Then, school age children who lived at Hidden Cove started transferring into the school district, and taxpayers paid that cost. Area residents complained of vagrancy and burglaries. Police were called in to break up latenight fights. Then Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst feared that the overuse of the septic system – Hidden Cove bordered a creek – would cause damage to the neighboring bay. Finally, in a letter dated January 3, 2013, then Southampton Town Attorney

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Tiffany Scarlato warned DSS that Hidden Cove was in violation of the town’s zoning ordinances. A Fair Shake

Gregory Blass, the DSS commissioner, maintained, “We are not required to comply with local zoning. The homeless deserve to be given a fair shake.” Throne-Holst prevailed in the end, forcing the DSS to remove its clients and eventually using Community Preservation Funds to purchase the property and raze the building. Blass resigned, but not before taking a few parting shots at Throne-Holst for her “dismal” record of providing suitable dwellings for DSS recipients.

The supervisor also faced opposition from those who felt she did not do enough to shut down illegal dwellings. This problem of illegal dwellings continues today. There are at least 500 motel rooms in Hampton Bays, most of which contain undocumented immigrants, according to data gathered by the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays. The school population – and school taxes – has skyrocketed.

Hampton Bays has the highest tax rate in the Hamptons, and it has risen 50 percent since 2008.

“We have the highest tax rate and the lowest per pupil spending,” said Lars Clemensen, Superintendent of Hampton Bays Union Free District. “We just don’t have the big estates that pay lots of taxes. We have a much smaller tax base to draw from.” There have been several high-

profile housing busts over the years, but not nearly enough, critics complain. They also question the motives behind the occasional crackdowns.

Last October, just weeks before the town election, Southampton Town raided 42 homes and three motels in Hampton Bays and issued 215 code violations. The effort took place shortly after the new Town Code Compliance and Emergency Management Administrator Steven Troyd was hired. “These violations could endanger the lives of the residents living in unsafe conditions,” said Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “This will not be tolerated in the Town of Southampton.” Roaches And Rats Last July, the NY Post painted a grisly picture of life in the Hampton Bays motel dwellings. “Inside the illegal death traps where poor Hamptons workers are living in squalor, hundreds live in roach and/or rat-infested dwellings, sometimes whole families in a single room, and they pay exorbitant rents,” the article stated.

“Elected officials here have done little over the years to enforce their own zoning rules and penalize wealthy motel owners . . .” wrote Isabel Vincent in the Post. “Hampton Bays has become a hub for the hundreds of undocumented [workers]. They are close enough so that they can easily access the mansions and high-end restaurants, but far enough away that they are out of the sightlines of the wealthy.” The landlords are getting rich from the practice; tenants say rents are

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outrageous. The landlords usually plead down to a few violations in zoning court, pay the meager fines, and return to business as usual. The Notice Of Claim lists the addresses of 18 dwellings, alleging that since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, “students illegally living” at the locales have caused monetary damage that is “growing daily.” The town’s Enigma But the town faces an enigma. If the dwellings called out in the notice are currently housing people illegally, the stark alternative to allowing it to occur is to bring the building into compliance – and that means forcing the residents to leave. Given the dearth of affordable units on the East End, that would leave many homeless. One of these properties in the crosshairs is the Bel-Aire Cove Motel on 20 Shinnecock Road. Unlike Hidden Cove had been, it is under private ownership and management. The town identified the Bel-Aire as a main source of pollution for nearby Penny Pond Canal. Last year, results of the CCHB study showed “traces of feces, excrement, ammonia which indicates decomposing urine, congealed fat indicating waste from cooking (which is not permitted in a motel), and possible other toxins.” There are numerous sections in the town code that seem to address concerns that these units are being rented illegally, given the CCHB’s study. There are length-of-stay limits, rules that prohibit cooking in some motel rooms, occupancy limits, and parking limits.

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Changing Face Of East End Schools

By Rick Murphy

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association sets statewide guidelines: senior high schools with enrollments of 910 students or more compete in Class A; the cutoff for Class B is 479, for Class C, 170, and for Class D, 469. Hampton Bays, for many years, was ensconced in Class C, as were most of the East End schools, but in recent years a new phenomenon has occurred: enrollment is on the rise in schools like Hampton Bays, Southampton and East Hampton, although new housing starts

and overall population has been stagnant.

Hampton Bays went from a C to a B and two years ago, into Class A. School officials attribute the change in class to an estimated 80 students who have moved into illegal residences within the hamlet. According to DATA USA, the population in Suffolk County in 2015 was 1.5 million people, a slight decline from the previous year. The percentage of Hispanic people was 18.6 percent. According to statistics provided by New York State Department

of Education (NYSED), the percentage of Hispanic students in Suffolk County high schools was 18 percent for the 2016-17 school year. While the overall county percentage shows a slight decline, for school districts like East Hampton and Southampton, the percentage of Hispanic students has risen steadily each year over the past decade. In Hampton Bays, in particular, there are 1186 Hispanic, 866 White, and about 160 “other” students in pre-K through grade 12. Ten years ago, according to the NYSED, there were 676 Hispanic

and 1076 White in the Hampton Bays school district.

In grades 10 through 12, there were about 212 white students and 224 Hispanic at the beginning of the 2017 school year.

Ten years ago, there were 665 Hispanic and 1065 White students in the East Hampton school district. There are 1008 Hispanic enrolled this year and 730 White students. In Southampton, there were 348 Hispanic and 1076 White students enrolled in 2008. This year, the numbers are 652 Hispanic and 774 White.

Schneiderman Blasts School District

By Rick Murphy

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman was less than thrilled that the Hampton Bays School District has notified the town it intends to sue the municipality. The school district is contending the town’s lack of code enforcement has led scores of students to enroll in the school district even though they live in illegal dwellings. “I’ll be surprised if it ever turns into a lawsuit,” Schneiderman said Friday of the Notice of Claim. “It’s counterproductive.”

Schneiderman, beginning his second term as supervisor, countered that under his leadership there has been a sharp uptick in code enforcement efforts to eliminate the illegal dwellings. “I’m upset. Instead of a pat on the back I get a slap in the face,” the supervisor said. The problem, he said, are former motels that have become yearround habitats in violation of existing zoning laws. The town has already cited many of the dwellings identified in the Notice of Claim. There are hundreds of notices of violations outstanding.

Schneiderman, whose family was in the motel business in Montauk, noted that Hampton Bays was once a summer destination, and the area’s motels serviced seasonal tourists. “We need to return Hampton Bays to being a summer destination,”

he opined. “Hampton Bays had a tourist economy. There were nightclubs and share houses, and the motel rooms were going for $300 and $400 a night.” Good fishing spots in Hampton Bays have brought in visitors as well, he added. But the nightclubs churned deep into the wee hours, and people started complaining about the noise and the share houses. “So what happened in Hampton Bays is the same thing that happened in Montauk. The town shut down the nightclubs and eventually bought a number of them,” Schneiderman related. The motels stopped drawing customers and converted to yearround housing. “It’s all about the economy,” he said.

Montauk enjoyed a renaissance several years ago, and the summer crowds returned in droves, he noted. “The motel owners realized they could make more renting by the week during the season.” Most

Montauk motels no longer accept year-round renters.

Schneiderman said his administration has worked diligently to clean up the shoddy living conditions and return Hampton Bays to its perch as a tourist attraction. “We’ve invested $10 million in capital projects to revitalize the hamlet and bring tourism back. We’ve coordinated [code enforcement] sweeps and we are creating affordable housing. We are enforcing the town code.”

His initiatives are working, Schneiderman noted. “Property values are up five percent each of the last two years. The kindergarten class [at Hampton Bays Elementary School] is the smallest in 20 years. We have several multi-milliondollar houses being built which will be added to the tax rolls.” He said the school district is hurting his efforts by depicting the hamlet in a


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negative light.

Some of the media has misrepresented the problem, he said, painting the Hampton Bays situation with the Donald Trump anti-illegal immigrant brush. “There’s been a lot of confusion. This is not about illegal immigrants. It’s about illegal dwellings – and the other issue is homelessness.” (See the In Depth News lead story for more about the Hampton Bays School District action.)

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East Hampton Town Police arrested a local man and charged him with rape and sexual assault Monday. Bryan Siranaula, who once worked for the East Hampton Village Police as a Traffic Control Officer, allegedly approached a woman on Sunday who was sitting in a car on Springs School property. The woman’s seven year-old child was also in the car, they said. Police said Siranaula parked his own car, walked to the woman’s car, and proceeded to drag her out against her will back to his vehicle. He then beat her, tore off her pants and underwear and raped her, she said. According to published reports, the child witnessed the horrific scene.

After his arrest, the accused was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court where Justice Tekulsky set bail at $205,000 cash or $410,000 bond, and issued orders of protection for the woman, her family, the child, and the child’s family. Garbage In, Garbage Out Someone did a number on a Southold Beach on January 31. Someone used the 67 Steps Beach

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as a personal dumping ground, and the garbage blew all over the place. Southold Town police said they found correspondence with the name and address of a suspect. When confronted, the Greenport man allegedly admitted to doing the dirty deed. He was issued a summons, officials said. Assault In east Hampton An East Hampton man was arrested February 1 after a woman complained to East Hampton Town Police that he had slammed her to the ground and bit her face. But ruining her smart phone got Christopher Verity, 24, in the most hot water. He was charged with third degree criminal mischief, a felony, for the damage done to the phone in addition to misdemeanor third degree assault with intent to cause physical injury after he slammed the victim to the ground “causing substantial pain, dizziness and trouble breathing,” police said.

He also bit her left cheek and right arm, “causing substantial pain, swelling and lacerations to her left cheek and right arm” and requiring medical attention, police said. Verity also allegedly poured beer on his victim. Verity was turned over to the Suffolk County Sheriff ’s Department, police said.

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Farmland Protection Initiatives Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced that $5.5 million is now available through two new grant opportunities to advance farmland protection efforts throughout the state. Building on the state’s historic investment in farmland protection across New York, both programs will help preserve viable farmland in agricultural production, protecting it from development and conversion to non-farm uses. The funding will also help farmers identify available land and expedite the process of permanently protecting agricultural properties through perpetual conservation easements. For the first time, the state’s farmland protection program has been expanded to allow eligible applicants to implement an option to purchase a perpetual conservation easement, also called an Option Agreement Project. This Option Agreement Project will lay the groundwork for landowners interested in permanently protecting their farms by pre-determining the value of development rights. This expedites the process when a formal application is submitted for the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement.

This new initiative provides grants of up to $500,000 to cover costs associated with obtaining and administering an Option Agreement Project. All applicants must submit their proposals

through Grants Gateway.

Applications will be accepted until the available funding is fully committed. More information about the application process is available on the Department of Agriculture and Markets’ website: html.

Under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership, the state has revitalized this program and committed historic funding to safeguard one of its most vital resources. Since 2011, the state has invested more than $62 million in 82 conservation projects. The 2017-18 state budget includes another $20 million for the program, which will become available later this year. The new $500,000 Land Trust Grants program was created to advance farmland protection strategies identified by counties and municipalities throughout the state. The program provides competitive grants of up to $50,000 to land trusts. The funding will help develop local inventories of viable farmland and inform landowners of programs and opportunities to protect their properties from conversion to nonfarm uses. It will also help expand outreach efforts to better connect willing landowners with farmers interested in leasing or buying their properties for agricultural production. Applicants must apply through Grants Gateway and can apply through March 5, 2018. More details on eligibility and the application process are available at the abovementioned website.

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Kudos to Southampton and East Hampton Towns, to Riverhead CAP, local schools, and an array of dedicated community organizations for their efforts aimed at protecting our children from the scourge of addiction. Government and school officials can play a key role in helping kids learn the dangers of drugs and the skills needed to resist them. But all the task forces and educational campaigns in the world are for naught without sincere and courageous parental participation. As the brave addict in last week’s Independent cover story opined, addiction begins at home. She believes “the only way to prevent addiction is for parents not to raise an addict.” Some experts disagree, and raise the “nature v. nurture” debate that can apply to myriad personality and physiological characteristics a person may exhibit. They argue a person is born with a tendency toward addiction and their upbringing has no influence. That’s hard to swallow. Surely a father directing his son to “just say no” to drugs while he’s downing a tumbler full of Jameson sends a message. A mom exhorting abstinence while heading to book club with more bottles of wine than books isn’t modeling substance abstinence. We can’t rely on government and schools to protect our children from addiction. They can provide services and education and support, but in the end, it’s on the parents. They are responsible for modeling responsible behavior. They are the very first line of defense against tragedy. They need to be brave enough and self-aware enough to look at their own relationships with substances, handle them, and offer healthy role modeling for the next generation.

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Would you prefer a beach or a ski vacation this winter?

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Tom Quigley Definitely skiing. We have a little cabin in Vermont. But Park City, Utah is my favorite place to ski. I’ve been skiing for a very long time. Decades. Once, in the French Alps, I took a tram to the top of the mountain, with a map, and I skied into five towns in one day and had a beer in each town.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 necessitated budget cuts for the Defense Department, which had a huge negative effect on the readiness of our military. I quote from Alan Dowd’s article in the February 2018 issue of The American Legion Magazine:

Riley Segelkin Definitely the beach. First of all, it’s so cold! Of course, I’d pick the beach. And second, I can’t ski or snowboard.

“In 2011, the Air Force had 333,370 active duty airmen. By 2017, it had fallen to 310,000. In 2013, 31 squadrons stood down. In 2014, 500 planes were to be eliminated. Just 12 percent of America’s aging bomber fleet will be able to penetrate and survive enemy air defenses.”

Johanni Rodriguez The beach. Definitely. I’d go to the Dominican Republic. It’s so beautiful and I love swimming there.

“In 2011, the Army’s active-duty end strength was 566,000; by 2016, it had fallen to 476,000. Only 25 percent of the Army’s combat aviation brigades are ready to deploy. Of the Army’s 58 brigade combat teams, only three could be called upon to fight tonight.” “Before sequestration, the Marine Corps fielded 202,100 active-duty personnel; by the end of 2016 there were only 184,000 Marines. By the end of 2016; only 41 percent of Marine aircraft were able to fly.” “Today’s Navy has only 277 active deployable ships. According to former CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert, we need a Navy of 450 ships. Fifty-three percent of Navy aircraft cannot fly.”

We need to fund the Defense Department with adequate budgets, probably on the order of $700 billion to $750 billion per year to rebuild our military and meet our

Bruce Fava Beach. California. Surfing. I’d like to be there right now, if I could.

national security requirements. President Trump is on board with the funding needs.

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Bill Crain should be ashamed of himself. Wasting the tax dollars of the good people of New Jersey due to being incarcerated for folly amongst fools. For paying out over $10,000 in jail fines -- some


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All of that money and manpower could have gone to actually helping the bears of New Jersey. Protesting what he calls the “slaughter” of the bears is childish, selfish, and destructive towards the true awareness of the plight of wildlife.

Controlling the bear population through hunting is not “slaughter,” it is mercy. It’s the overdevelopment of the bears’ habitat that ultimately makes the bears suffer horribly. Bill, put your efforts and money towards educating the public about how to preserve black bear habitat in New Jersey. 

Stop pretending that Winnie the Pooh needs your help by acting the fool and join the efforts of land conservationists, environmentalists, and responsible outdoors men-women in effective land management practices to preserve wildlife habitat.

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The All Female ‘A Radical Voice’

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Southampton Arts Center is gearing up for its first exhibition of 2018, and the line-up is allfemale. “A RADICAL VOICE: 23 Women,” curated by Janet Goleas, will open on Saturday, February 17. The show features artwork by women artists whose practices help transform the language of contemporary art.

“Sustaining a life as an artist is, at its core, a radical act. The assembled artists are resilient, brilliant, and ferocious in their practices and in their commitment to a life that is unordinary and endlessly inventive,” said Goleas. Linked by their unique vision, convictions, and constancy, these 23 women defy the status quo. “The artists on view offer a creative spectrum that ranges from the sublime to the utilitarian, from expressionism to precision, and from humor to drama,” stated a press release from SAC.

“The diverse range of work in a variety of mediums will be both thought-provoking and inspiring,” said SAC director of programs, Amy Kirwin. “This exhibition, created solely for SAC, will wake up the senses in the dead of winter.” The 23 exhibitors included in the show are 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,



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Vann To Drive Direction Of EHHS

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The East Hampton Historical Society has announced that Maria Vann will take over as its next executive director. Vann will assume the new position on Monday. Originally from Long Island, Vann gained experience as the former Director of the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove in Massachusetts and Iroquois Indian Museum in New York. She also served as an adjunct history professor at SUNY Oneonta. 

“I’m excited to use my professional training and experience to lead the East Hampton Historical Society into its next phase of growth,” said Vann. “The society’s excellent reputation and solid foundation is poised for greater visitor engagement.” Hollis Forbes, president of the board of trustees, stated, “We couldn’t be happier to have Maria accept the position of executive director. Her unique skillset and positive track record of implementing innovative museum programs will greatly serve our community.” 


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“The East Hampton Historical Society is proud to welcome the Thomas Moran Studio into our growing collection of iconic and historically significant landmarks,” said Forbes. “Exciting times are ahead of us.” “I am eager to get to know the community, work with the board, and explore partnerships and collaborations. The East Hampton Historical Society is an energetic and diverse organization and I am thrilled to implement new ideas to help bring personal meaning to

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Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love. It’s a day for the sappiest of hopeless romantics, the most hopeful romantics, and everyone in between. You can get creative, go lavish, or do the antiValentine’s Day thing . . . whatever floats your [love] boat. It’s not just a holiday for candy and flowers anymore – not that there’s anything wrong with candy and flowers! It’s time to think outside the chocolate box. Here are just a few fun ideas to give you inspiration this Valentine’s Day, however you choose to celebrate.

You can never go wrong with a nice romantic dinner. Top picks for a romantic evening on the East End are: 1770 House, Nick & Tonis, Il Capuccino, Stone Creek Inn, North Fork Table & Inn, and Cappelletti. A staycation at one of the East End’s many inns is another great way to celebrate. Try The Maidstone, Topping Rose House, White Fences Inn, or Baker House 1650. Looking to skip town for something a bit more adventurous? Head to Manhattan for Sugar Tooth Tours’ dessert filled excursion, the Sweeter Than Sugar Valentines Dessert Tour. Guests can walk arm and arm through Chelsea while enjoying half-pound

cookies. Throughout the tour, guests will learn about Chelsea’s culinary past as well as Valentine’s history and trivia as they mosey down the High Line sipping hot chocolate before heading to the Meatpacking District. The tour winds down in the West Village, where tour-goers will create their own cupcakes. Looking to go a more traditional route? You can never go wrong with a glass of champagne at The Plaza or a carriage ride (horse or humandrawn, whatever’s your preference) though Central Park. Staying local? Create your own East End sweet tooth tour. Stops along the way could include Tate’s in Southampton, Grindstone in Sag Harbor, Sant Ambroeus in Southampton, Dylan’s Candy in East Hampton, Dreesen’s Donuts in East Hampton, the East End’s Blue Duck Bakery, Montauk Bake Shoppe, The Candy Man in Orient, or Hampton Chocolate Factory in Westhampton. Maybe a fine wine experience is more your speed. For a Valentine’s filled with vino, create a wine tour of the North Fork. Fun fact: Raphael’s 2014 First Label Riesling is listed as one of the top 10 romantic wines for Valentine’s Day by The Daily Meal. Why not stop

by Raphael Vineyard in Peconic to give it a try? The vineyard provides a very romantic setting.

You could also go for a trifecta of desserts, dinner, and wine. Stop by Kontokosta Winery followed by chocolate from Sweet Indulgences in Greenport. Finish the night with dinner at Noah’s. Who says you can’t have dessert before dinner? Feeling anti-Valentine’s this Valentine’s Day? Invite your friends over for a romantic slasher film. Grab yourself an anti-Valentine’s day piñata and fill it with antiValentine’s Day heart candy. If you’re looking to do something special but you’re on a budget, try creating a heart-shaped meal. A


quick Google search will present recipe ideas for heart-shaped eggs, heart-shaped bacon, heart-shaped pancakes, heart-shaped cupcakes ... you get the picture. Making your Valentine’s gift from scratch can get you some serious [heart-shaped] brownie points.

A nice way to make all of your friends and family know you’re thinking of them on Valentine’s Day is to send Valentine’s Day cards. Remember the Valentine’s Day cards you used to get in elementary school? For a cute spin, buy a pack and send them to adults. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@ A Night Out WitH . . . Nick & Toni’s and The Golden Eagle Studio in East Hampton have introduced an artist series called “A Night Out With . . .” an artist of the evening. The series of art workshops is followed by dinner with the artist at Nick & Toni’s. Tonight, it’s Traute Worschech. 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.

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. An opening reception will be held on Saturday from 1 to 3:30 PM. The show runs through May 19.


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Embracing Joy

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 – will be featured at Suffolk County Community College’s Flecker Gallery in Selden, on the Ammerman Campus, tomorrow through March 15. The exhibition’s opening reception will be held tomorrow from 1 to 3 PM. Refreshments will be served. Dennis’s large-scale photographs offer a fictional narrative that flips the historical script. Dennis’s work is said to be borne of his experiences of the myriad challenges of contemporary indigenous life. 

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.

Valentine Extravaganza The Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild of Cutchogue is hosting a Valentine Extravaganza event on Saturday at the Peconic Recreation Center from 9 AM to 4 PM. There will be antiques, fine art, photography, pottery, jewelry, hand crafted items, and gifts. Visit www.

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. FLOW The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton presents “FLOW,” a group exhibit with a focus on movement by mixed media artists, photographers, and sculptors. Artists include William Quigley, Erling Hope, Sarah Jaffe Turnbull, Neva Setlow, Mary Antzak, Kat O’Neill, Karen Kirschner, Tommy

This photograph by Jeremy Dennis is on display at Suffolk County Community College.

Lagrassa, Sally Breen, Nicholas Down, and Mac Titmus. The show runs through Sunday. Color and Light “Color and Light,” art by Janet Jennings, Anne Raymond, and Phyllis Hammond will be on display at Suffolk County Community College’s Lyceum Gallery in the Montaukett Learning Resource Center on the Eastern Campus in Riverhead through March 3. The exhibit is a celebration of the progression of daylight on the East End landscape, featuring the work of three artists who express the beauty of light. An artists’ reception will be held on Wednesday, February 21, from 4 to 6 PM. Refreshments will be served. Student Art Festival Guild Hall in East Hampton presents its 26th annual “Student Art Festival: K–12.” Showcasing student art from Montauk to Bridgehampton, these inspiring exhibitions feature the works of students in kindergarten through high school. The show runs through Sunday. East End Arts East End Arts in Riverhead presents the Elizabeth Richard Memorial Annual Members’ Show. The show runs through March 2.

Visit Take a Closer Look “Take a Closer Look,” a photography show by Bob Weinstein, is on display at the Suffolk County Historical Society’s Gish Gallery. Sag Harbor artist Bob Weinstein focuses his lens on architectural details of historic homes and places in Sag Harbor, which make up the richly textured story of the village. His work aims to create an understanding and appreciation of the unique village, its culture and heritage, and its place in American history. The show runs through March 17. Five And Forward “Five and Forward” is an exhibition that celebrates the Parrish Art Museum’s fifth anniversary in its Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in Water Mill. On view through October 31, the exhibition takes a closer look at artists whose work represents major trends, themes, and concepts in American art history, and underscores the ongoing artistic legacy of Long Island’s East End. Helmut Greenport Harbor Brewing Company hosts “Helmut,” an exhibit of paintings by artist Shannon Guyer. The show will be on display through February 28. B-5

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Points East will perform at Townline BBQ.

PM. This week, it’s Wiggleboy. 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

Sam Sax will be the guest writer at Writers Speak Wednesdays on February 14.

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 jessica@ by Thursday at noon.

Music Cabin Fever The Cabin Fever Music Festival continues on Thursday with an acoustic artist showcase at the Southampton Publick House at 8 PM. There will be performances by Liam Meany and Steve Meadors. On Friday at 9:30 PM

Souliztik and Flak Jacket perform at Buckley’s Irish Pub in Center Moriches. The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett presents The Realm and Project Vibe on Saturday night at 9 PM. On Sunday, the North Sea Tavern presents a 2 PM matinee show with An Old Friend, Necter, Adams Atoms, Bad Mary, and NLM!. LIVE music and Karaoke at Springs Tavern The Springs Tavern will host live music every Friday from 9 to 11

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Townline BBQ in Sagaponack continues live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM. This week, a performance by Points East. For more information, call Townline BBQ at 631-537-2271 or visit Suffolk Theater

The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead present Sinatra Love Songs on Friday featuring a 19-piece new millennium big band. On Saturday, it’s A Barry White Valentine Tribute. Ticket options for both shows include row seating and cabaret seating, and the shows start at 8 PM. For more info and tickets, visit

Film Novitiate The Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall in East Hampton present the Now Showing Series, with a screening of Novitiate, directed by Maggie Betts, on Saturday at 6 PM. In her feature debut, Betts offers a coming-of-age story about Cathleen (Margaret Qualley), a teenage girl who falls “in love” with God. Visit www. Glory The 2018 East Hampton Library

winter film festival continues on Sunday with a screening of Glory, directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. Films will be screened at the East Hampton Library at 2 PM. All screenings are free. Reservations can be made at, by calling 631-324-0222 ext. 3, or at the adult reference desk. The Met: Live in HD Guild Hall in East Hampton presents The Met: Live in HD with Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore on Saturday at noon. Pretty Yende debuts a new role at The Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani. The cost is $22 ($20 for members) and $15 for students. Visit

Words Writers Speak Author and Brooklyn Rail fiction editor Donald Breckenridge will be the first guest in the spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Breckenridge 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 14, it’s poet Sam Sax. For more info, visit www.stonybrook. edu/mfa. The Restaurant Diet BookHampton in East Hampton presents a signing with author Fred Bollaci, for his book The Restaurant Diet on Saturday at 4 PM. Visit

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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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THursday 2•8•18 • The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons’ dog training classes are said to help strengthen the bond between dog and companion, and they start today. All indoor classes are held at Wainscott Farm in a heated greenhouse on Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott with instructor Matthew Posnick. Classes include puppy kindergarten, dog obedience, dog agility, and therapy prep class. For more information, a full list of class offerings, or to register, visit FRIDAY 2•9•18 • The YMCA hosts Friday night preteen and teen programs from 6 to 9 PM. Round-trip transportation for Sag Harbor, Southampton, and Bridgehampton kids is avails, too. Visit and look for Friday night preteen and teen program transportation to sign up online and learn more about the offerings. SATURDAY 2•10•18 • Napeague, once covered by water, has a low, flat profile studded with pitch pines, American holly, and shadbush. After walking the nature trail past relic dunes to the north with Laurie DeVito of the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, you’ll take a spur to taller oceanfront dunes to the south, and explore the ocean beach. Wear warm, windproof clothing and meet her at 10 AM in the parking area at Napeague State Park. Directions: Heading east out of Amagansett, go about 1.6 miles from the bottom of the hill leading down onto the

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Napeague flats. Watch carefully on the right for a sign. Call 631-8136988 with questions. SUNDAY 2•11•18 • Take a hike and see if you can spot a seal at Montauk Point State Park. A state park naturalist will lead a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals have been seen. Hike begins at the concession building at 1:30 PM. Expect to be outside two to three hours, so dress appropriately. Bring binoculars, if you’d like. Registration required, call 631668-5000. $4.

• Enjoy a round trip on the Paumanok Path with a mid-hike exploration of the “Ghost Town,” the Northwest farming community in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries now reverted back to forest. Meet Irwin Levy (516-4561337) of the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society on the west side of Hands Creek Road, just south of Van Scoy’s Path West at 10 AM.



• The Rogers Memorial Library and the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will offer a talk titled “Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)” at 5:30 PM. Psychiatrist Dr. Paul Garson, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s director of the Division of Mental Health Services, will describe what many in the northern climes experience during the winter season and the steps we can take to help keep the blues at bay. Register at or call 631-2830774 ext. 523.

• Dr. Peter Sultan of Peconic Bay Medical Center will speak on the topic “Advances in Treatment of Hip & Knee Pain” at 7 PM at Hampton Bays Library. Registration is required for the program. Call

631-738-6241 ext. 122. FRIDAY 2•9•18 • The Westhampton Library is holding a Chinese New Year celebration as part of its Dine and Discuss series, at 6 PM. During the event, participants will watch a cooking demo by Penn Hongthong, author of Simple Laotian Cooking and Healthy Lao Cuisine. The event will also feature a tasting of vegetable fried rice, shrimp with vegetables, and beef chow fun. For more information, call 631-288-3335 or visit www.

• The Rogers Memorial Library will offer a “Carnival Masks” workshop with Rachel Foster at 5 PM. The fee for the materials is $10. Advance registration and payment are required. Register at www.myrml. org or call 631-283-0774 ext. 523.

• South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton hosts a new moon star party in cooperation with the Montauk Observatory from 6 to 9 PM. The event is free, but donations are always accepted. Call 631-537-9735 to register. SATURDAY 2•10•18

• South Fork Natural History Museum continues its “Clean the Beach” program. The plan is to clean a different beach each month beginning at 8 AM. Call SoFo at 631-537-9735 to register and for admission and location information. • The Westhampton Free Library is hosting a special Valentine’s event just for you and your pet from 10 a.m. to 4:30 PM. During the event, photographer Jocelyn Kaleita will take a portrait of you and your pet. Registration is required. To register, call 631-288-3335 or sign up online at SUNDAY 2•11•18 • Be your own Valentine. Take a free facial qigong class. Strengthen yourself for winter, and give your face (and whole being) a treat. Noon at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse. For more info, call Tina 631-723-1923.


• The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will present Ellen Johansen and Marlene Markard in a four-hand piano concert at 3 PM. The duo will perform Camille SaintSaëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and Francis Poulenc’s “Sonate.” A reception will follow. Register at or call 631-2830774 ext. 523. • At 2 PM, learn all about “Herb Blends & Spice Mixes: How to Make Them & How to Use Them.” Rick Bogusch presents this February Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons lecture. He will explore the history and horticulture of herbs and spices and examine spice mixes from around the world and their ingredients. There will be handouts with recipes, as well as spice mix samples. A reception featuring recipes utilizing herbs and spices will follow and take place in the main auditorium upstairs. Admission: $10 for non-members of the Horticultural Alliance, free for members. Location: Bridgehampton Community House Main Auditorium. Monday 2•12•18 • The Westhampton Library invites children in grades K-3 to learn how to make penguin popper toys at 4:15 PM. Participants will also hear a penguin story. For more information and to register, call 631-288-3335 or visit the library’s website at www. • Join lecturer Marilyn Carminio as she takes you on a centuries-long trip down the aisle of matrimony. You will travel from the earliest hunter-gatherer societies to the civilization of the Greeks and Romans, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, on to the Age of Enlightenment, the romance of the Victorians and the rise of modern marriage. Along the journey, learn about laws and traditions which continue to influence our current rituals and discover why love and marriage did not always go together “like a horse and carriage.” Time and place: 1 p.m.; Hampton Bays Library. Register at the circulation desk.


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Songwriters Share Photos by Morgan McGivern

The Songwriters Share Concert Series presented music by Inda Eaton last Friday evening at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Bridgehampton. The concert was a benefit for Project MOST.


Keeping Live Jazz Alive Photos by Morgan McGivern

Southampton Arts Center and the Jam Session kicked off their 2018 season with Keeping Live Jazz Alive, an all-star concert to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s KEYED UP! program.

elegance and edge: savannah miller • BRIDAL TRENDS • Grand Halls: Saying Yes To Impress Floral Stylist Christy Doramus Creates Crowning Beauty For BrideS • FEATURED COUPLE: Cambria & Gregory Gould / MARRIED IN MONTAUK + MUCH MORE!

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elegance and edge: savannah miller By Jessica Mackin-Cipro British designer Savannah Miller aims to evoke the feeling of falling in love with her latest bridal collection, Isolde’s Dream. As a designer Miller is known for her bohemian aesthetic, pretty vintage detailing, and classic silhouettes. She began her career in the fashion industry working under the tutelage of designer Alexander McQueen and later launched the contemporary label Twenty8Twelve with her sister, actress Sienna Miller. Today, her namesake brand, which includes Isolde’s Dream, is both beautifully feminine and timeless. The series of mythical-inspired dresses and separates blends traditional styles with a contemporary twist. Think floor-sweeping gowns, dramatic sequin skirts, and ostrich feather capelets. “I was totally hypnotized by the tale of Tristan and Isolde and really wanted this collection to capture the ethereal intoxication that is falling in love,” said Miller. The influential romantic tragedy, inspired by Celtic legend, was made popular during the 12th century. It is the tale of the adulterous love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde. “The otherworldly essence of that truly magical feeling that transports you to another more magical world where the sun shines brighter and the fruit tastes sweeter,” is what Miller strives for with the collection. The line is made for the alternative, fashion conscious bride. Miller’s love of 1930’s style is evident in the collection. “I really played with texture this season to bring that magical quality to the gowns whilst evolving the 1930s inspired elegance that is synonymous with the brand,” said Miller. The look book (photos from it are shown on the following pages) features dresses modeled by one of the original ’90s super models, Kirsty Hume. Hilary Walsh was the photographer at the LA photo shoot, and Elle Strauss was the director. Miller refers to Hume as a “human fairy” when discussing their experience working together. “If you ever have the pleasure of meeting her, soak it up. It is a rare thing to find someone so authentically themselves in this digital age of ours,” she stated. With elegance and edge, the Isolde’s Dream collection, brought to life by Hume in the pages of the look book, echoes the whimsical fantasy and fairytale charm of Tristan and Isolde. For more info on the collection visit

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Grand Scale reception halls, breathtaking ocean views and old world charm awaits at East End venues. Independent/Courtesy Gurney’s Montauk Seawater Spa and Resort

By Peggy Spellman Hoey Looking to make an impression when taking the big plunge? The North and South Forks have a variety of options, from grand-scale reception halls with grand scenic ocean views, to venues with old world charm. Here’s a peek of some of what’s available on the East End.

Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa prides itself on its worldclass hospitality and pampering. In an addition to breathtaking views of Montauk’s windswept beaches and the Atlantic Ocean, the resort offers an array of options for couples to choose from, whether it’s a quiet beachfront ceremony with an intimate dinner afterward, a small cocktail hour, a formal sit-down party, or a large banquet. The resort contains a banquet room dubbed “The Great Hall” and The Regent Cocktail Club, both of which have outdoor patios. There are also two decks, one of which can be fitted with an outdoor tent that can be heated in cooler weather.


A view from the beach at Gurney’s Montauk Seawater Spa and Resort.

The resort also features three restaurants. Scarpetta Beach has floor-to-ceiling windows with an ocean view and French doors that open onto an outdoor patio. Tillie’s serves American fare for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. The resort’s third restaurant, The Beach Club, which Gurney’s notes is popular for wedding rehearsal dinners, boasts 12 king-size daybeds for lounging purposes and provides a rare onthe-beach, oceanside dining experience in the Hamptons. The venue has the capacity to seat up to 300 people, depending on which location is chosen.


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Weddings are not only about the space and the view, but also the food. Gurney’s has just that, with an award-winning culinary team that has been honored by The Knot and WeddingWire. For accommodations, couples can select from luxury oceanfront guest rooms to suites and cottages. The resort also offers the Seawater Spa and Hairspace Salon, which offers bridal packages.


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The Long Island Aquarium Sticking with an ocean theme . . . couples might want to consider The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. The all-inclusive venue has a variety of features including a hotel, ballroom, the aquarium, and Peconic Riverfront access, and has the capacity for up to 600 guests, depending on the package. The venue features a variety of options for couples to celebrate their nuptials, including if they wish to hold just the ceremony itself, such as in the case of its Sea Lion Stadium. Wedding receptions are held in either the Sea Star Ballroom, which overlooks the Peconic River, or the aquarium, where there are plenty of picturesque options. For example, The Coliseum Room’s walls feature large, brightly lit fish tanks and myriad sea creatures and there’s also the Shark Room, known for the giant shark that hangs from above and its waterfall backdrop.

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There are numerous photo opportunities outside of the aquarium as well, such as the penguin enclosure, or the koi pond. The adjoining Hyatt Place Hotel also has packages for couples and guests to relax and sleep it off overnight. Couples can also choose to treat their relatives and wedding party to a river cruise on the Atlantis Explorer Private Charter before the wedding ceremony, or the morning after. The charter can accommodate up to 50 people. For more information, visit www.

East Wind Long Island East Wind in Wading River can accommodate seating for indoor or outdoor marriage ceremonies and has several properties including The Estate, The Inn, and The Cottage. The Estate is a single-wedding venue for private, elegant affairs. The Inn, however, has several sections that feature rooms to choose from depending on the size of your guest list. The Veranda features an open-air garden with a wrought iron gazebo; the Southampton Ballroom boasts a Schonbek chandelier and dramatic skylights; and the Northampton Ballroom features an


Independent/Courtesy Dear Stacey Photography Inside one of historic Brecknock’s parlors.

oversize dance floor, mahogany bars, and fine china reminiscent of Long Island’s Gold Coast mansions. For smaller wedding parties, there’s The Cottage, which features a Victorian-style gazebo and an arbor surrounded by gardens. East Wind also features guest rooms, a restaurant, spa, and shopping pavilion with a carousel called The Shoppes at East Wind. The venue is holding a bridal expo on February 25 from 11 AM to 3 PM. The venue is currently offering a special package for 100 guests at $9995. For more information on the expo or special package, visit

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on the North Fork with more classical flare may consider the historic Brecknock Hall in Greenport. The 181-year-old former manse of shipping magnate David Floyd has been restored and rebooted as a wedding venue, serving more recently as the location of a Veterans Day Wedding Giveback. In 2011, Brecknock Hall, in partnership with Peconic Landing, created the Veterans Day Wedding Giveback as “an opportunity to thank our military personnel and recognize them for their service.” The event has become an annual staple at Brecknock Hall. The venue, which offers four parlor rooms and a large center hallway, can seat up to 80 people. A private bridal suite and lounge, and grooms’ quarters are also features of the property. The Hall boasts old world charm amid sprawling lawn,

with nearby access to Long Island Sound. An outdoor patio can accommodate tent seating to allow for 200 guests. Rental rates run from $8500 to $11,000 depending on the season. On April 14, the venue is hosting its first Bridal Boutique wedding showcase featuring industry vendors who contribute to the Giveback. The event will run from 1 to 5 PM. The showcase will feature wine and food samplings, raffles, a North Fork Bridal Shoppe fashion show, locally-inspired wedding favors, a photo booth, and floral and dessert inspirations. For more information or to register for the bridal boutique, visit www.

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By Jessica Mackin-Cipro Flower crown designer and floral stylist Christy Doramus creates experiences for a host of different events, weddings among them. Based in New York and the Hamptons, the former beauty publicist creates beautiful floral projects. In the @CrownsByChristy studio in NoHo, you can find crown-making workshops for any bridal celebration, such as a bachelorette or shower. The Independent caught up with Doramus to discuss all things bridal and flower crowns.

Tell us how @CrownsbyChristy was started: @CrownsbyChristy was a passion project I started while working full time as a beauty publicist about four years ago. I would often help with the floral displays for our client events and made flower crowns for a couple of client events when we couldn’t find them in Manhattan at a reasonable price point. At the time, the accessory wasn’t as popular or available via traditional florists. After my first event, I realized that there was truly a niche for custom flower crowns . . . not only for weddings and bridal showers, but for photo shoots, bachelorette parties, baby showers, and even newborn photo shoots. I started working out of my apartment and shopping the flower market before work in the mornings to customize and fulfill orders from friends, colleagues, and even strangers who have now become close friends and supporters.

Tell us about the process of working with a bride and/or bridal party to design the perfect flower crown: We have been a custom business from the beginning, mostly because I don’t like to let people down. Every single one of our clients comes to us for a special occasion or major life event and with that added pressure in mind, I always want to deliver something truly special and unique to the recipient. When brides come to us, we ask questions about their dresses, overall styles, color schemes, favorite flowers, etc. We want them to send us their Pinterest boards in hopes

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of landing on something that is exactly what they have in mind for their big day.

“We want them to send us their Pinterest boards in hopes of landing on something that is exactly what they have in mind for their big day.”


What is your first choice of flowers for an East End wedding? Although we create fresh flower crowns regularly, our faux flower crowns have become equally as popular. Destination brides love these because they can keep them forever and wear them over and over. One of my favorite bridal crowns of all time was for a Montauk wedding at the Surf Lodge – it was made of blushing bride, light pink spray roses, and lightweight greenery. The bride was stunning and I still swoon over her beachy wedding photos. I also



love using local blooms for East End weddings . . . the farm stand flowers are incredible in the summer and I dream about them all winter long.

What are some tips you would offer a bride or groom when discussing flowers for the big day? Seasonality is a huge factor when selecting flowers for your wedding. All flowers are not available year-round so it is important to understand this when deciding what will go into your bouquet, in centerpieces, etc. Price can also range drastically and it is important to know which blooms are more expensive, to avoid going overboard. Brides love lily of the valley – hello

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Bridal Trends: Ask The Experts By Nicole Teitler Are you heading down the aisle with your true love this year? The Independent asked bridal experts what the trends are for 2018, from dresses to décor. In dresses, bridal designers are trading old traditions for something new, according to bridal industry experts Brides and The Knot, which reported from the Fall 2018 Bridal Fashion Week. Some highlights: capes or “capelets” are in, as are pale blue, big bows, higher necklines, and shorter hemlines. In a bridal wardrobe twist, black is the new white, with designers such as Reem Acra, Kelly Faetanini and Vera Wang showcasing black detail to all black in their dresses. For bridesmaids, the one-color-fits all is passé say experts, and parties are steering more towards mix and match. For the groom, midnight blue is the new black for tuxedos.


Blue is also showing up in bridal floral arrangements as well, said Laura Petrocelli, CEO of Couture Concepts Inc., a luxury event planning and design company. “I love the Dusty Blue trend; [it gives] the perfect touch of color to a classic all white or blush palette. Couples are not afraid to use and mix multiple bold colors anymore,” she said. Greenery has become the base for many floral arrangements, and organic-style low and lush centerpieces are popular for the reception table, Petrocelli added. As far as venues are concerned, her clients are moving away from the traditional banquet hall style and craving the flexibility of an indoor/outdoor space. “A tented wedding on an estate on the water gives you the best of both worlds,” she said. “Lucky for us, these types of venues exist right here on the North Fork and in the Hamptons.” Many couples are also saying their vows outside of a church, and writ-

ing their own vows, she said. Jason Bencivenga, owner of Decco and Party Up Productions Inc. a full-service production and DJ company said for wedding receptions, “Rustic is going strong but our brides seem to be adding glam

into that.” While he said barns remain on trend, industrial spaces are growing in popularity: “It’s shabby chic.” Wedding couples today are largely of the Millennial generation, and the bride of 2018 is Instagram and

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Pinterest oriented when it comes to describing her vision for her wedding, say experts. This love for social media can also be incorporated in other ways. For example, Party Up’s Vogue Booth allows clients to set up an Instagram booth. For some couples, the best part comes when the heels are off and the tuxedos are on the hanger: the honeymoon. The average budget for the great escape is $8000 to $10,000 said Laura Hanaford, president and CEO of The Trip Trotter, a travel agency part of Tzell Travel Group. However, many couples aren’t setting out on the honeymoon directly after the wedding. “I’m working with more and more couples who are prolonging their honeymoon for work or financial reasons, or to take advantage of better weather in the destination that they’d like to travel to. Couples feel like they are able to take more time off for their honeymoon than a usual trip and want to take advantage of that,” she said. The top destination for 2018 for couples booking with The Trip Trotter? Asia. She is already booking clients primarily to Thailand and Bali, Hanaford revealed. Info and links: Couture Concepts: 631-239-5142 or visit www.coutureconceptsny. com. Party Up Productions: 631-9889579 or visit The Trip Trotter: thetriptrotter@tzell. com or visit Follow more stories from Nicole Teitler on Instagram and Facebook @ NikkiOnTheDaily or email your comments to


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SAY ‘I DO’Amid Lush Wine Country Vistas

By Nicole Teitler The scenic beauty of Long Island wine country spans 209 square miles over the North and South Forks. Whether it’s prestigious views or antique charm, each vineyard venue promises a wedding experience tailored to each couple.

Bedell Cellars, 36225 Main

Road, Cutchogue, features a modern aesthetic, with a cathedral roofed pavilion tangent to the 4000-square-foot mahogany deck overlooking the vines. The 200-guest location allows for apple orchard and lawn ceremonies. Call 631-734-7537, visit or email

Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery, 1935 Main Road, Jamesport, provides an intimate setting on 10 acres of farmland. Picture walking through vibrant, picturesque florals before entering the

doors of a renovated potato barn. Receptions are held in the tasting room, after VIP room, or covered patio overlooking the grapes, for 25 to 250 people. Call 631-722-4222, visit or email

Kontokosta Winery, 825

North Road, Greenport, is a 62acre, wind-powered vineyard and farm situated on a quarter-mile overlooking the Long Island Sound waterfront. It promises breathtaking aquatic views. Its outdoor space can accommodate tented functions with up to 300 guests from May through October, while an intimate indoor setting allows up to 80 guests, and is available year-round. Call 631-477-6977, visit or email info@

Martha Clara Vineyards,

6025 Sound Avenue, Jamesport, sits on 200 acres. The rustic barn

has a capacity for 200 guests, and is available for events year-round. Call 631-298-0075, visit www. or email

Old Field Vineyards, 59600

Main Road, Southold, is the only vineyard on Peconic Bay, and couples can envision a wedding with up to 250 guests, situated on a private beach. Call 631-765-0004, visit or email them at

Raphael Vineyard & Winery,

39390 Main Road, Peconic, is a 70acre boutique vineyard. Its Renaissance Room features a backdrop of cherry mahogany in an antique finish. Call 631-765-1100, visit www. or email them at

Sparkling Pointe Winery,

38750 County Road 48, Southold, is a 40-acre vineyard and the only North Fork winery focused on spar-

kling wines. The French Country Manor features Venetian crystal chandeliers and a double-height tasting room. The year-round venue holds 120 guests inside and 250 on the terrace, with a VIP bubble room bridal suite and fireplace. Call 631-765-0200, visit www. or email info@

Wolffer Estate Vineyard & Stables, 139 Sagg Road,

Sagaponack, includes 55 acres of vineyards and 100-acres dedicated to horse stables. Invite up to 175 guests for breathtaking views both indoors and on the deck. Call 631537-5106 ext. 20, visit www.wolffer. com or email Follow more from Nicole Teitler on Instagram and Facebook @NikkiOnTheDaily or email your comments to


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The Sweet Choice: Chocolate Or Conversation?

By Kitty Merrill Richard Cadbury, the founder of the company famous for its iconic Easter bunny ad and luxurious candy eggs, is credited with crafting the tradition of giving chocolate for Valentine’s Day. In 1861, he began putting Cupids and rosebuds on heart-shaped boxes filled with his “eating chocolates.” By 1894, Milton Hershey began covering caramels with sweet chocolate and invented his tear-shaped kisses in 1907. During the 1920s, Clara Stover and her husband opened chocolate factories and started selling their chocolates in heart-shaped boxes at department stores. The Smithsonian offers a history of chocolate and romance. It points to Jean Harlow – who lounged on a satin pillow and sensuously nibbled chocolate in the movie Dinner at Eight – as a modern-day symbol linking sex, romance, and chocolate. But the history traces back centuries, with the passion for chocolate rooted in Mesoamerican history. During the 1600s, chocolate houses in London rivaled coffee houses. People sipped their indulgence then . . . which hardly made it suitable for Valentine’s Day gifting.

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Thanks to Cadbury, Hershey, and Stover, chocolate candies have become the traditional gift for the holiday celebrating love. Everybody loves chocolate hearts, right? Maybe not everybody. Comedian Jim Gaffigan is no fan of V-Day. He says the classic Whitman sampler box is filled with “gamble chocolate” and that hidden within the box is a piece “filled with toothpaste.” While Gaffigan may be down on the samplers, New Yorkers love them., an online bulk candy store, surveyed sales data covering a 10-year period to determine the most popular Valentine’s Day gift. New Yorkers are expected to buy 72,000 pounds of chocolate for their lovers . . . or mothers . . . for V-Day.

The heart shaped boxes are most popular in New York, but they’re not the most popular across the nation. Last year, conversation hearts usurped chocolate as the holiday go-to. Also known as “sweethearts,” the tiny nuggets imprinted with sayings like “Be Mine” were invented in 1866 by the New England Confectionary Company. NECCO manufactures some eight billion of the little lozenges. They’re made with a batter of sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, gums, coloring, and flavoring. According to the NECCO website, once they’re rolled out, imprinted with sayings, then stamped into the heart shape, the pieces go through a 45-minute drying cycle to reach the proper consistency. It’s a consistency Gaffigan disses. He compares it to a chalky antacid, as in, “I love you. You give me indigestion; have a sweetheart.” Back to chocolate, the preferred gift of sophisticated New Yorkers. Some 70 percent of people prefer chocolate to flowers as a Valentine’s Day gift. And on the East End, savvy gifters can find handmade artisanal chocolates at a variety of locales. North Fork Chocolate Company on Main Road in Aquebogue presents handcrafted chocolates using local, organic, and natural ingredients. It is also hosting a Valentine’s Day chocolate fondue event with seatings starting at 6 PM. Call for a reservation: 631-779-2963. The Hampton Chocolate Factory offers a mouth-watering cadre of treats for chocolate lovers, and boasts an exotic bon bon collection. Visit them at two locations – 77 Main Street in Westhampton Beach or 117 Main Street in Greenport. We hear the Lindt Chocolate Shop in Tanger mall in Riverhead offers samples. That makes it a “don’t miss” stop for Valentine’s shoppers. As for this writer? Flowers are lovely, chocolate is nice. But diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

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Valentine’s Day is a week away. Whether you’re in a relationship, opting for a Galentine’s celebration, a la “Parks and Recreation,” or spending the day with family, it is the perfect time to acknowledge the love in your life. If you’re looking for a special place to dine, here are some options that got our hearts racing.

1770 House Restaurant & Inn, 143 Main Street, East Hamp-

ton, is featuring Chef Michael Rozzi’s signature tasting menu in a four-course prix fixe dinner for $85. First course options include: Balsam Farm beets, crisp North Fork oyster with caviar, or Scottish salmon crudo. For second course: seared Hudson foie gras, lobster in green curry, or white bean and roasted garlic ravioli. For third course, diners can choose from Montauk fluke, sea scallops with mushroom and truffle broth, roasted rack of lamb, or prime beef filet. An assortment of desserts follows. Looking to stay overnight? The Inn is offering reduced winter rates. Call 631-324-1770 or visit

Almond, 1 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton, promises a special $75 per person four-course menu with a pomegranate theme. The menu is available this Saturday and on Valentine’s Day itself. The menu

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starts with an amuse bouche of pomegranate and Jen’s apple granite. For appetizers, diners can choose between Hudson Valley foie gras torchon with pomegranate gelee, granola and molasses or bay scallop ceviche with pomegranate, Leche de Tigre, kumquat and finger limes. A middle course features Alex’s beet soup, with creme fraiche and smoked steelhead roe. Entree choices are Ras el Hanout lamp chops with Layton’s Wheatberry and pomegranate tabbouleh; barely beet cured bass with celery two ways and pomegranate vinaigrette; or charred pomegranate glazed poussin with tandoori carrots and pomegranate salsa verde. For dessert, indulge in a salted dark chocolate pomegranate tart. An a la carte menu is also available. For reservations, call 631-537-5665 or visit

Cowfish, 258 East Montauk

Highway, Hampton Bays, is offering a special $85 per couple three-course dinner, with half-price

wine bottles. First course choices include New England clam chowder, roasted red pepper bisque, jumbo buffalo shrimp, crispy Brussel sprouts, charbroiled oysters, or lobster mac and cheese. For the main course, diners can choose from jumbo diver scallops, NOLA shrimp, cocoa-crusted pork tenderloin, or Faroe Island salmon, NY strip (additional $6) or petit filet and lobster (additional $10). Dessert choices include: a chocolate tower, hot fudge sundae or banana cream pie. Call 631-594-3868 or visit

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Main Street, Sag Harbor, offers two dining options. Choose between a three-course prix fixe menu for $65 or a four-course prix fixe for $85. Some of the dishes included on the menu include tuna tartare, grilled marinated quail, crab aracini, braised mustard rabbit, olive oil poached codfish loin, or grilled duck breast. Desserts include molten chocolate cake or crème

Street, East Hampton, is offering a special a la carte menu, in addition to its regular menu. Offered as a starter is a local fluke ceviche with American caviar. The appetizer is beet cured wild salmon ($22) with creme fraiche, crispy capers and house made chili bread. The special entrée is a wood roasted 1.5-lb. lobster ($60) with butternutsunchoke gratin and creamed kale. Finish with chocolate-hazelnut cake ($15) with bruleed bananas, hazelnut sauce, and stracciatella espresso cream. Call 631-324-3550 to book your special evening.

Rowdy Hall, 10 Main Street, East Hampton, also invites guests to enjoy an a la carte menu special for the day, in addition to its regular menu. Included is an appetizer of crispy local oysters in the half shell ($16) with melted leek-horseradish cream; entree of Bronzino filet ($28) with butternut and local clam chowder and crispy leeks; and dessert of a flourless chocolate cake featuring layers of chocolate and raspberry mousse ($12). Call 631324-8555 to find out more. Follow more from Nicole Teitler on Instagram and Facebook @NikkiOnTheDaily or email your comments to


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Valentine’s Day, Unplugged

By Kitty Merrill March 9 has been declared a National Day of Unplugging by the nonprofit organization Reboot. The project is an outgrowth of the organization’s effort to adapt the Jewish ritual of carving out one day a week to unwind, unplug, relax, and connect with loved ones. The national painting studio chain, Pinot’s Palette, is partnering with Reboot to create a “disconnect to reconnect” week, running through February 16. Organizers are suggesting couples break up . . . with their cellphones. Pinot’s Palette is encouraging couples to pick up a paintbrush and put down the phone. To participate, the couple must surrender their


cellphones, which will be placed in cell phone “sleeping bags.” They’ll paint a pledge, filling in the blank to complete the sentence “We unplug to (blank).” Participants commit to spending at least one night a week in 2018 sans technology. Why? It’s no secret our cultural dependency on devices has an impact on relationships. Memes and comics and research and warnings abound outlining the danger in preferring to interact with others via device rather than face-to-face. The trend away from in-person interaction can lead to difficulty in social situations and be an obstacle to intimate relationships. Sure, you swiped him right into

your life. To keep him there, it will probably take more in-person effort -- the first step being putting the phone away when intimacy is on the agenda. A Brigham Young University study examined how technology interferes with relationships, coining the term “technoference,” in a Psychology Today article published in 2015. Couples used to argue about sex, money, and kids, author Guy Winch pointed out. Smartphone dependency is rising up the list of conflict topics. Most women in the study reported phones, computers, and other devices were “significantly disruptive” in their relationships. The study was among the first

to note that not only is cellphone dependency an annoyance, it can lead to depression in the user’s partner. “When your partner attends to a phone instead of you, it feels like rejection – it hurts,” Winch wrote. When conversation, a meal, or a romantic moment is derailed with “Hang on, I have to take this,” the user’s partner gets the message that the call, text, post, or tweet is more important than he or she is. Hence Pinot Palette’s crusade. The chain doesn’t have any East End outlets, but that doesn’t mean individual couples can’t decide to disconnect to reconnect, gaze into each other’s eyes instead of a screen, and enjoy a digital detox date night.

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Mardi Gras Montauk Camp SoulGrow, a creative camp for kids in Montauk and Hampton Bays, is having its fourth annual Mardi Gras Montauk fundraiser party at Shagwong Tavern in Montauk on Saturday from 7 to 10 PM. A $25 wristband donation includes unlimited Cajun food by head chef Andrew Doran and beer from Montauk Brewing Company. There will be live music by Revel in Dimes, auction prizes, and more. Have a Heart Dinner The annual CAST (Community Action Southold Town) Have a Heart Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 15, with seatings at 5 or 7 PM. The event is hosted by Peconic Landing at its community center in Greenport. Seating is limited. Reserve your seat on the website or by calling 631577-1717. Go Red East Hampton resident and SterlingRisk Insurance chief operating officer 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.

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Blood Truth & Dark Fissures For sure, if you’re reading a thriller series and the same protagonist shows up in book after book, you know that even if he gets his head and other body parts bashed in, almost to the point of death, he’s going to make it. After all, he’s got to carry on, seek the truth, battle the bad guys, bed the women who come on to him, and continue to fight his inner demons. The pleasure is seeing how Matt Coyle manages to keep his bad-boy ex-cop and loner P.I. Rick Cahill engaged in complicated plots with timely new twists, while serving up exposition that shows motivation. Rick is always trying to redeem himself – “I’d killed four men and broken plenty of laws in my thirty-seven years” – and deal with the memory of his father who died years earlier, a disgraced cop who descended into alcoholism.

The series, which began with Yesterday’s Echo (2013), is informed by similar events, so titles seem interchangeable. Each novel turns on bloody violence, wild night terrors, haunting memories, and pervasive corruption. Each also features La Jolla, California, where Coyle grew up, and San Diego, where he lives with his yellow lab (Rick has a black one), and where his hardscrabble

protagonist typically finds himself going up against the rich, the slick, and the powerful. Coyle knows his Southern California turf, the seedy areas and the wealthy sections that “squeeze out most of the ugly that fills the voids between LA’s beauty spots.”

Coyle thanks a wide variety of people for vetting his subject matter. These include lawyers, bankers, car salesmen, life insurance and real estate agents, police, and medical personnel.

In Dark Fissures, for example, readers learn that suicides by hanging die fast and not from loss of oxygen to the lungs, but lack of blood to the brain. Readers also learn in Blood Truth that white Honda Accords are the number one car in San Diego. All the novels are (too) heavy on guns. Rick’s got a license to carry a concealed weapon, but he avails himself of a large arsenal of fire power, big and small. Why not?

What threats! In Blood Truth, the fourth in the Cahill series, he finds himself confronting a gun almost immediately – an old one found in a safe, hidden decades earlier in the family’s old house. The discovery, along with $15,000, starts Rick on a quest that will

Blood Truth (2017) by Matt Coyle, 374 pp. and Dark Fissures (2016) by Matt Coyle, 343 pp., Oceanview Publishing, both $26.95.

soon tie into a present-day murder. Past meets present is a signature touch – coincidence massaged into inevitability. Coyle knows how to move slow beginnings with seemingly unrelated subject matter into fast-paced action scenes that bring villains together, while delaying revelation of the evil mastermind until the suspenseful end.

For those who set their crime bar intellectually high, Coyle’s scenarios may seem thin, even predictable. Coyle cares that readers not get lost as plots grow more intricate, but summary scoop ups along the way can become mannerism. From Blood Truth: “By the time I parked in front of Moira’s house [she’s Rick’s feisty P.I. assistant], I’d told her everything. The ledger, the safe, the gun, the envelope full of cash, the safe deposit box, the shell casings, the Phelps murder case, newspaper reporter Jack Anton,

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Bollaci Pens ‘A Love Letter To Food’

Diets are typically seen as a shortterm, unpleasant means to an end that leave millions of people, like the old me, feeling fed up, desperate, and like failures when we hate every minute of the diet, and ultimately gain back the weight. My four-phase plan worked because it was a realistic, permanent solution that taught me how to embrace food as a life-sustaining substance that should be enjoyed and respected, rather than feared.

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BookHampton in East Hampton will host a book signing with Fred Bollaci, the author of The Restaurant Diet, How to Eat Out Every Night and Still Lose Weight, on Saturday at 4 PM. In the book, Bollaci, a South Florida-based food writer, sommelier, and estates attorney, details his four-step diet plan to help readers eat well and drop in waist size. Bollaci lost 150 pounds by eating out at his favorite gourmet restaurants while drinking fine wine. During his experience, Bollaci dined at local restaurants such as 75 Main, The Plaza Café, and Red Bar/Brasserie in Southampton, 1770 House in East Hampton, and Starr Boggs in Westhampton Beach. We caught up with Bollaci to find out more. Tell us a little about your book The Restaurant Diet: The Restaurant Diet is my love letter to food and it empowers struggling dieters to learn to embrace the foods they love, eat better at their favorite restaurants, and cook healthier at home, without sacrificing flavor. My book can be called “the food lover’s diet” and it features my proven four-phase weight loss program I developed working with my cardiologist, nutritionist, and therapist. I lost 150 pounds in 2009-10 and have kept it off.

The book features 125 delicious recipes from 100 critically acclaimed restaurants from coast to coast designed for healthy gourmet dining, complete with nutritional information and suggestions – many from the chefs themselves – for how to prepare a dish to be even lighter.

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as well as several famous restaurants in New York City. Renowned Michelin Star Chef Gabriel Kreuther, who endorsed the book, said: “The Restaurant Diet, with its smart, educated choices, will revolutionize the world of dieting. As a chef and restaurant owner, I am excited to be a part of this game-changing book and way of life – where fine dining restaurants are a conscious dieter’s friend.” This book is not only an indispensable guide to losing weight in a fun, flavorful way, it is also a directory of where to eat where chefs and owners are willing to work with diners looking to eat better. It is also a gourmet cookbook, the likes of which has never been assembled before.

You lost 150 pounds by dining out at gourmet restaurants and drinking fine wine. How? I started by realizing that I wasn’t going to lose weight the traditional way – by depriving myself, eating foods I couldn’t stand, avoiding my favorite restaurants, and eliminating wine. To figure out what ultimately worked, I had to try many diets that didn’t work. I managed to lose weight a number of times in the past (though never as much as 150 pounds), and always gained it back, and more, because even if the diet “worked,” I eventually went back to eating the way I did before the “diet.”

Instead of avoiding restaurants and foods I loved, I learned to make better choices and look for the reasons why I overate in the first place, many of which were emotional. Instead of avoiding wine, I learned to appreciate it, and even took a sommelier course with the Court of Master Sommeliers based in Napa, and passed the examination. No other diet I’ve ever tried enabled me to do anything remotely similar. I ate and drank less, but learned to eat and drink better – quality over quantity. The Restaurant Diet is a weight loss and healthy lifestyle plan based upon self-love and respect, rather than self-loathing, which many diets feed into. As we learn to eat better and deal with our emotions, we will be well on the way to a lasting recipe for success. What are some of your favorite places to dine out in the Hamptons? The Hamptons is one of the top markets in my book. There are many favorites. The dining scene has never been better. I love the Hamptons because the way of life, with the abundant farms and incredible fresh local seafood, has supported a seasonal, local, and ingredient-driven high-quality dining scene for years.

Also, the East End is home to many great wineries on both the North and South Forks, and the quality has never been better! The

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Sweet Treats:

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Pita Toast With Duck Confit Ingredients (serves 4) 1 package of pita rounds 4 duck thighs

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1/4 cup granulated sugar Zest of 1 orange

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1/2 gallon canola oil 1 large white onion 3 heads of garlic

1/4 cup chives, chopped 3 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp truffle oil

Salt and pepper to taste Method This recipe requires you to quick cure the duck. This will need to be done a day in advance. Begin by mixing the salt, sugar, thyme, and orange zest. Rub the duck with the mixture and set it in the refrigerator overnight. When you are ready to confit the duck, set your oven to 275 degrees and heat the canola oil over low heat on the stove in a three to fourinch deep oven friendly frying pan. Rinse the excess rub off of the duck thighs. Pat them dry and place them in the warm oil with a few sprigs of thyme and an orange peel.

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Slice the white onion thin and caramelize the slices over medium high heat in a large sauté pan. When the garlic is done, remove it from the oven and squeeze the roasted garlic from the skin. Place the caramelized onions and roasted garlic together in a food processor and pulse a few times until incorporated.

When it has cooled in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, mix the chives into the resulting jam. When the duck is ready and falling off the bone, carefully remove the thighs from the oil and set them aside to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, assemble the dish. Start by spreading a generous portion of onion jam over each pita round. Pick the duck meat with your fingers and place around the center of each pita. Bake the pitas at 400 degrees for seven minutes. Mix together the honey and truffle oil with a spoon and drizzle over each pita as it comes out of the oven.

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This new, tasty endeavor began in December of 2017 where a stunning 70 jars were sold in three weeks during a relatively quiet period on the North Fork. Blossom Meadow Farm also sells beeswax candles, honey, seeds, lip balm, and beeswax crayons on Etsy. Klahre said, “The fruit is a byproduct of feeding my bees. I proudly tell customers that my Mason bees and bumble bees made the jam.” The jam is sold at the storefront of Coffeepot Cellars, located at 31855 Main Road, Cutchogue, at which her husband, Adam Suprenant is the CEO. For more information on Blossom Meadow Farm, email Laura@ or visit www. Follow more stories from Nicole Teitler on Instagram and Facebook @NikkiOnTheDaily or email your comments to


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@ SAC will also be offered. A children’s vacation art workshop with Laurie Lambrecht will be held on Thursday, February 22, at 3 PM. On Thursday, March 8, Almond Zigmund leads a National Women’s Day teen art workshop at 5 PM. On Thursday, March 22, at 6 PM, an adult art workshop will be held with Alice Hope. Each workshop is $15. Coinciding with the exhibit will be the Radical Women In Film series. The series kicks off with a screening of the film Dina on Friday, February 23, at 6 PM. A different film, related to the subject of radical women, will screen each

week through March 16. Visit the website for a full schedule. The Southampton Arts Center will also present Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues on Saturday, February 24. The exhibit runs through March 25. For more info visit www.

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is The Golden Pear by Keith Davis, who has become a friend and supporter of my healthy gourmet lifestyle concept. In fact, his new “Keith’s Nervous Breakdown” allnatural, organic drink mixes are exactly the kind of product I am looking for as I work to maintain and sustain my lifestyle. Instead of avoiding cocktails, now that I am in phase four (maintenance), I look for products that support a healthier lifestyle. If I enjoy a cocktail, I look for a product that is natural, and not sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and colors. Other favorite restaurants in the Hamptons in The Restaurant Diet with recipes are: Almond (Bridgehampton), The American Hotel (Sag Harbor), Estia’s Little Kitchen (Sag Harbor), The Plaza Cafe (Southampton), Red Bar/ Brasserie (Southampton), 1770 House (East Hampton), 75 Main (Southampton), Starr Boggs (Westhampton Beach), and Stone Creek Inn (East Quogue), in addition to The Frisky Oyster and Noah’s, two favorites in Greenport. How many nights each week do you eat out at restaurants? Typically four to five nights a week, plus several times a week for breakfast or lunch. What’s next for Fred Bollaci?

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By Rick Murphy Use an LLC to Purchase Property There are reasons so many real estate transactions involve a limited liability company (LLC), and with the new tax cuts in place, using an LLC makes even more sense – in some situations. Over the last decade, LLCs have become one of the most preferred forms of business entities through which to hold title to investment real estate properties, according to Legal Zoom.

Although there are many advantages, using an LLC is not an end-all cure-all, wrote Jeff Weaver, a real estate attorney. “Although there are many benefits to holding real estate property assets through an LLC, a limited liability company may not be the best for every property owner. For many real estate investors, the trouble of forming and maintaining a company isn’t worth the protection from the theoretical threat of a lawsuit, particularly when affordable liability insurance is available,” Weaver opined. One advantage is that the LLC gives anonymity from the public. Forming an LLC can limit your liability in the case of a lawsuit, according to Realtor. com. If you own your residence in your own name (as most people do), someone who is injured on your property can sue you directly. While homeowner’s insurance (and

Independent/Courtesy of Corcoran This four-bedroom, 3400 square foot residence at 29 Ericas Lane in Sagaponack recently sold to Jotwani, T. and Makepeace. The seller was listed as H&C Freund. The selling price and asking price were the same: $6 million.

umbrella insurance if you have it) will cover the payments on a successful lawsuit up to a certain point, your other assets – including your savings, investments and home equity – could be garnished to pay the rest of the damages. “If you own your home in an LLC, then the lawsuit can only name the LLC, and the only assets that can be used to pay off the suit are those assets held in the LLC,” wrote Michelle Lerner, writing for “In addition, investors commonly use an LLC



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homeownership through the LLC.” Another benefit is that under the new tax law, it is favorable to corporations in that there is now a deduction of 20 percent for qualified business income for passthrough businesses.

“Generally speaking, this special deduction is allowed against business profits, and does not apply to wages earned by the business owner,” according to a January report by Jay Messing and Chris Pegg of Wells Fargo Private Bank, which advises customers in wealth planning.

The recently enacted tax cuts benefit corporations and small businesses. Depending on the situation or the nature of the transaction, property owners who rent or lease to a third party will be able to pay less tax on the net profit or in some cases, avoid it altogether. Tax attorneys should be consulted before making any major decision, experts stress.

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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As The Independent went to press yesterday, county lawmakers were poised to consider a measure that, if adopted, would put the brakes on such ride sharing companies as Uber and Lyft.

A public hearing on I.R. No. 1006-2018, a local law to establish a temporary moratorium on ridesharing service in Suffolk County, was on the legislature’s agenda for its regular meeting in Smithtown. South Fork Legislator Bridget Fleming sponsored the legislation.

“My bill was originally introduced last year after the New York State Legislature had approved legislation that allowed mobile ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in communities across the state, without allowing those communities to either regulate the services or share in surcharge revenues in any way,” she said in a release announcing the hearing. “While there are undeniable

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The resolution places a temporary moratorium on ride sharing in Suffolk County until, Fleming said, “our critical need for public transportation funding is met.” Currently, the State Legislature imposes a four percent tax on mobile ride-sharing service revenue but none of that revenue is shared with the county or any other local government. “This at a time when public transportation services in the

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Transportation Working Group to study the costs and benefits of ridesharing services,” the lawmaker continued. “It is my hope that the Public Transportation Community will stand together and demand that Suffolk County receive a portion of these critical funds. By standing together in unity we can send a message that Public Transportation funding is more important than ever before and while ride-sharing may provide benefits for our communities proper funding of our public transportation systems is also absolutely necessary.” In 2016, the East Hampton Town Board enacted legislation that effectively banned Uber. Its taxi legislation required operators to have home offices in the town, resulting in a de facto ban of ride sharing services. State law allowing the services superseded the local measure in 2017.

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for one another was important and expected in colonial society.”

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

The Tuckahoe Common School District is seeking input from residents to help officials construct a five-year action plan for the district.

As several dancers paused to catch their breath, they enthusiastically called out reasons for being there -“It’s great exercise!” “It’s a great way to meet people!” “It’s fun!” “It’s easy to learn!” “It’s a great way to spend time with the entire family!” “It’s a great way to learn more about our history and customs.”

A dance instructor, Woodward indicated that many of the LITMA volunteers have been helping the organization for years. Guthrie has been a caller for the organization since 1984. He also calls dances for Country Dance New York in New York City, The Princeton Country Dances in New Jersey, The Round Hill Dance in Greenwich, Connecticut and is the Dance Master for Old Bethpage Restoration Village.

Contra dancing was brought to Water Mill by folk and contra dance instructors Richard and Elizabeth Haile, LITMA and their volunteers. Haile, known as ‘Chee Chee Thunderbird,’ was the daughter of Chief Thunderbird and an elder of the Shinnecock Nation. She was a ceremonial dancer and teacher who participated in the annual Pow Wow until she passed into the Spirit World at the age of 85 in August, 2015. She, like the LITMA volunteers, saw traditional folk dancing as a means to bring people together and strengthen feelings of community and inclusiveness in society. Herb Lape and Blake Hanson of The Huntingtones Band


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“LITMA is a volunteer, not-forprofit organization and has been hosting dances such as these for more than 30 years. They also promote programs to provide new musicians an opportunity to learn to play or sing traditional forms of music,” said Woodward. A volunteer herself, Woodward said, “We hope to be able to keep our heritage alive through music and dance passing it down through generations in fun and friendly ways.” She believes, “There seems to be a trend that has been developing with traditional forms of dance becoming more popular.”

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This survey is not intended to rate the district’s current programming, but rather seeks residents’ input on “what is most important to our students’ academic future,” according to district officials. are regulars to the folk dance community. They were accompanied by Caroline Doctorow on guitar on Saturday night. LITMA sponsors a dance the first Saturday of each month from 7:45 to 10:30 PM at the Water Mill Community House located at 743 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. There is a $15 admission for adults and children under 16 years of age accompanied by an adult are admitted free. For additional information visit LITMA’s

The information collected will be used to design an action plan that incorporates and accentuates the priorities of the community, while being mindful of monetary

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The survey can be displayed in any language, just choose the desired language on the bottom left side of the page. It is also accessible through the district’s website, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts. Paper copies of the survey can be obtained in the district’s main office. The survey will close February 16.

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Strictly Business Compiled by Kitty Merrill More Space For Tate’s Rechler Equity Partners, the largest owner of commercial real estate on Long Island, announced last week that the East End’s homegrown cookie giant, Tate’s Bake Shop, will be expanding its operations at the Hampton Business District (HBD). Tate’s domestic and international success has required the company to increase the size of its warehouse and distribution center, which will be expanded into the HBD’s newest building at 200 Roger’s Way in Westhampton.

“Before 200 Roger’s Way was completed, we were approached by Tate’s about its need for additional space at the Hampton Business District,” said Mitchell Rechler, Managing Partner of Rechler Equity Partners. “Tate’s success encapsulates exactly what the HBD has set out to accomplish -create the space that Long Island’s East End companies need to remain on the East End, generate a larger tax base, and provide new job opportunities for people in this area.”

In the spring of 2015, Tate’s moved its warehouse and distribution facility to the Hampton Business District and occupies 37,141 square feet at 220 Roger’s. Now, two years later, Tate’s is expanding once again and has signed a lease for an additional 16,256 square feet at 200 Roger’s Way -- increasing the company’s distribution operations by nearly 50 percent. “Business has been booming; people across the country are discovering the delicious taste of Tate’s cookies,” said Maura Mottolese, CEO of Tate’s Bake Shop. “Our relationship with Rechler Equity and the Hampton Business District has been instrumental to our company’s growth and ability to fulfill 28

the increasing demand for our products. This brand was built with Long Island roots, and we don’t have any plans to change that. The HBD is at the perfect location for us -- it’s in close proximity to our other facilities and provides the flexibility to continue operating at this location should this growth trend continue.”

Playing a major role in energizing the East End’s economy, 200 Roger’s Way is a 68,000-squarefoot building that incorporates the latest in sustainable design and green technology. The transformative building was specifically designed to accommodate a variety of business needs, such as office, showroom, warehouse and distribution, manufacturing and assembly, and film production. Convenience for tenants is at the heart and soul of this innovative structure -- which is located near Sunrise Highway and the Long Island Expressway -- equipped with 22-foot ceilings, loading docks and drive-ins, EFSR sprinkler system, and connections to sewers. BNB’s Fourth Quarter Bridge Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of BNB Bank, announced fourth quarter and year-end results for 2017.

The Company’s fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial results included:

• Net loss for the 2017 fourth quarter of $6.9 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. Inclusive of: Charge of $7.6 million, or $0.39 per share, from the reduction to net deferred tax assets related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Act”), and Charge of $5.2 million, after tax, or $0.26 per share, from restructuring costs. • Excluding the impact related to the Tax Act and restructuring

Independent / Courtesy Rechler Equity Partners The Hampton Business District is home to Tate’s Bake Shop.

costs, net income for the 2017 fourth quarter, was $5.9 million, or $0.30 per diluted share.

• Net income for the full year 2017 was $20.5 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, compared to $35.5 million, or $2.00 per diluted share, for the full year 2016. • Net income for the full year 2017, excluding the impact related to the Tax Act and restructuring costs, was $33.3 million, or $1.68 per diluted share. • Net interest income for the 2017 fourth quarter increased $3.4 million over 2016 to $33.6 million, with a net interest margin of 3.36 percent. • Total assets of $4.4 billion at December 31, 2017, three percent higher than September 30, 2017 and 9 percent higher than December 31, 2016.

• Loan growth of $502 million, or 19 percent compared to December 31, 2016, and $181 million, or 25 percent annualized, from September 30, 2017. • Deposit growth of $409 million, or 14 percent, compared to December 31, 2016, and $131 million, or 16 percent annualized, from September 30, 2017. • Non-public, non-brokered deposit growth of $384 million, or 18 percent, compared to December 31, 2016. • Continued solid asset quality metrics and reserve coverage.

• All capital ratios exceed the fully phased in requirements of Basel III rules.

• Declared a dividend of $0.23 during the quarter.

Commenting on the fourth quarter results, Kevin O’Connor, President and CEO said, “The reported financial results for 2017 and the quarter reflect declines from the previous year due primarily to the Tax Act, our previously announced branch network streamlining, and increased credit costs. However, when adjusted for these items, the Company’s underlying trends are favorable.

“Loan and deposit growth continued the positive momentum we have experienced during 2017, and the fourth quarter showed the highest increase in both dollars and rate of growth for the year. Net interest income and margin improved in the quarter and for the year, which coupled with the 13 percent year over year increase in non-interest income, contributed to record revenues of $145 million. Our expense metrics continued to reflect constructive progress on expense control as we continually strive for improvements in operating leverage. “Finally, coincident with the change in our charter from a national bank to a New York chartered commercial bank, we rebranded the Bank officially as BNB Bank. These achievements, dampened somewhat by the factors discussed above, were extremely encouraging, and we look forward to building on the many positive strides taken in 2017.”

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Eventually we moved, and the new By Rick Murphy house had a full bath and a half-

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proved difficult, because let’s face it, if truth be told, I can’t afford a single bathroom – not even a half-bath.

bath. We thought we were in the lap of luxury. The full bath had a bidet – unfortunately I thought it was a urinal. My mom was livid, but I was just a boy trying to make my way in a great big world. Hell, I was only 19.

RICK’S SPACE I walked into the lavish two-story front foyer and there it was, to the left of me: the powder room. I know this because the real estate agent told me. “Why does it have a toilet in it?” I inquired out loud. She just looked at me quizzically.

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Awe de Toilette I spend a lot of time thinking about bathrooms. “That’s what happens when you get old,” my friend Al said. But that’s not it.

The latest discussion came when I was perusing the real estate ads in one of the glossies: a house, offered at a mere $15.95 million, included “eight bedrooms and 10 ½ baths.”

I also learned that each bedroom was “en suite.” I used to think that meant it was like a French brothel with a parlor room, with a woman who wore a lot of perfume and a bidet (more on that later). But in reality, it is more mundane. It means each bedroom has its own bathroom. It does not mean there is a toilet in the actual bedroom – it means it has an attached bath with access only from the inside of the room, as opposed to having a door in the hallway where any old relative or guest could wander into it. My question was, where are the other

two and a half bathrooms? The pool house was a logical guess, as it had not one, but two additional baths, a “His” and a “Hers.” But nooooo, they were in addition to the 10 ½. I have trouble getting my head around the meaning of “half-bath.” I used to assume it was a bathroom with the toilet seat up. Then my mom told me it was a bathroom without a tub. But we only had a shower in our house, so I asked if that was a “threequarter” bathroom? Then mom said it didn’t matter if the bathroom had a shower or a tub, and I pointed out it did matter, because if it has a tub and you stand up in it, you don’t get wet, and if you try to lay on the shower floor, you don’t fit. It was all very confusing to a young boy trying to grasp the realities of this cruel world. Hell, I was only 19.

There was only one thing to do – pose as a buyer and visit the house. This

As we toured the first floor, there was another solitary bathroom, not belonging to any bedroom or anything. “It’s right near the laundry room!” she offered, which I guess is convenient if you want to bathe while doing laundry.

Finally, I located two more bathrooms on the lower level: one off the game room and another near the home theater, which only had about 12 seats. “Isn’t it more like a half-theater?” I wondered aloud. Then I went inside the basement bathrooms and a terrible secret was revealed. “These are not full baths!” I bellowed. “That’s why they only count as one,” she replied. So, the house really had nine full baths, three half-baths, plus two baths in the pool house. “In that case, I don’t want to buy it,” I said matter-of-factly. “That’s a deal breaker.” In the house I grew up in, we had one bathroom and five people – my dad and mom, and three of us kids.

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My mom and her sisters grew up in that little house at the foot of Howard Street in Sag Harbor. They had zero bathrooms. They did have an outhouse, which is kind of like a pool house without the pool. It was a good 40 yards from the house, out in the backyard. I’m sure my relatives didn’t bring a newspaper to read when they made that long walk in February. Nowadays we measure our worth by the number of rooms in our houses and the number of SUVs in the driveway. How soon we forget that there was a time when one indoor bathroom with a light bulb was the measure of success.

If Grandpa was alive today and I told him I had an en suite bedroom, he’d probably smack me in the face and wash my mouth out with soap.

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Who says there’s nothing to do on the East End during the winter? The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead has a full slate of activities for families and kids lined up for February and March.

On February 14, it’s the annual ChocoVine event at 8 PM. You and your beloved can celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate and wine and one amazing tasting experience. We’re talking chocolate plus wine pairing plus a five-course dinner. For couples over 21. That grownup time on V-Day can help gird moms and dads for the February school break. It doesn’t have to be a cabin fever meets kids extravaganza, thanks to the aquarium’s “Fun-cation Camp,” which runs from February 19 through 23 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Kids aged six to 14 can tour the facility, checking out the “Butterflies, Bugs & Birds” exhibit, feed the sting rays, see the sea lions, visit the arcade, watch movies, make crafts, and more. Dive in to a safe, fun and educational week. Getting ready to navigate the nuptial waters? On February 21, Atlantis Banquets and Events hosts a wedding and special event showcase from 9 AM to 5 PM. Tour the aquarium, and see how Atlantis experts transform the

tranquil oasis into a stunning setting. Expect live music and delectable food in the Sea Star Ballroom and check out the luxurious accommodations at the Hyatt Place Long Island/ East End. Vendors including photographers, DJs, jewelry designers, and honeymoon specialists will be on hand. There’s more for the kids on February 23, as the aquarium hosts “Penguins & Pajamas.”

Celebrate the Atlantis penguins with an unforgettable overnight sleepover. There’s a penguin presentation, hands on crafts and when the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag right next to the 120,000-gallon shark tank, the colorful best Buddies tank, or under the watchful eye of a giant Pacific octopus. In the morning enjoy a continental breakfast. March comes in like a superhero with Superhero Day on March

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There are always a ton of fun and interactive events happening on the North Fork, here is a list of our favorites. Got news? Email us at My heart will go on The Peconic Bay Medical Center is hosting a night of fun, education, and food to show the path to a healthy heart. Dr. Jean Cacciabaudo will oversee the event and give advice on the ways to live a hearthealthy life style. The event is this Thursday and registration will begin at 5 PM. Call 631-548-6804 to reserve your seat. Also, the Peconic Bay Medical Center is having an informative heart-healthy lunch today at 12 PM. brave snowbirds The Mashomack Preserve is inviting everyone to join them this Sunday at 9 AM for a winter bird watching event. Not all birds travel south for the winter and the preserve is promised to host a vast menagerie of local bird species as they build their winter homes. The preserve recommends that all participants bring their jackets, cameras, and binoculars to fully

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said, noting that she followed up with accounts on YouTube and Instagram and then set up a separate Gmail account. “That’s just a good way to keep it going.”

But when asked what she hopes to achieve by continuing her campaign -- considering Zeldin’s seemingly fixed views -- Duffy responded in a similar vein to her original goal. “It’s just to let him know we are here,” she said.

Conversation following her talk, much of it centered around rousing Democrats to get out and vote in the congressional election this November. Progressive East End Reformers organizer Laura Leever heads Community Conversations, a division of the group that undertakes voter registration, canvassing, and NY HealthAct education. She said past voter numbers show Zeldin could be easily ousted. In 2010, former

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Congressman Tim Bishop was elected with 98,000 votes, but when Zeldin defeated him in 2014, it was only by 94,000 votes, showing not as many Democrats came out to vote as four years and two cycles earlier. “We have the power, the problem is we don’t know it and we don’t use it,” she said. “The electorate have become passive customers, they need to become active in their own democracy. The electorate has to take responsibility for what is happening here. There’s a lot of Zeldin this, they, that; that might be all true, but what put them in office [is] the fact that we didn’t vote.” Remsenberg resident Joan Diehl, who regularly attends the club’s meetings, also found food for thought in Duffy’s presentation. “I’ve been a Democrat my whole life and I am hoping that we can make a change with the situation that we have,” she said.

Reading Volunteers

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The East Hampton Library is looking for volunteers to read a variety of different written works aloud to older adults. Volunteers should provide a positive reading

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between $3000 and $5000 to act as “speakers,” at sham promotional events and implored its sales staff to obtain a “return on investment” on those payments by increasing prescription numbers.

The lawsuit announced today is the most recent action the Attorney General’s office has taken to combat the opioid crisis. Attorney General Schneiderman’s multilevered strategy to tackle New York’s evolving opioid epidemic includes:

• Obtaining settlements with major national and global health insurers including Cigna and Anthem, which insure over 4 million New Yorkers, to remove barriers to lifesaving treatment for opioid use disorder. The agreements put an end to the insurers’ policy of requiring prior authorization for medicationassisted treatment, which can lead to significant delays for patients seeking relief from addiction. • Creating the Internet System for Tracking OverPrescribing (I-STOP), a series of enhancements to New York’s prescription drug monitoring program that provide doctors with patient’s up-to-date controlled substance prescription history and established a safe disposal program providing a place for New Yorkers to get rid of expired and unneeded drugs, thus reducing the likelihood of stolen and forged prescriptions being used to obtain controlled substances from pharmacies. I-STOP reduced “doctor shopping,” a practice in which an individual attempts to obtain the same or similar prescriptions from multiple physicians, by 90 percent since 2014.

• Launching the Community Overdose Prevention (COP), a lifesaving initiative that enabled state and local law-enforcement officers in the state of New York to carry naloxone, the heroin antidote that can immediately reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Since the program’s implementation in April 2014, more than 100 overdoses

were reversed using kits provided by the COP program, which distributed over 27,000 kits across the state.

• Obtaining an agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to cut and cap the price of naloxone for all agencies in New York State, reducing the price of naloxone by nearly 20 percent.

• Enforcing Mental Health Parity Laws to reach agreements with six health insurance companies, requiring them to implement sweeping reforms in their administration of behavioral health benefits, in particular relating to medical management practices, coverage of residential treatment for substance abuse, and co-pays for outpatient treatment, and to submit regular compliance reports. The agreements ultimately provided millions of dollars in penalties and over $2 million in restitution for members whose claims for were improperly denied. • Successfully prosecuting more than ten licensed prescribers including operators of “pill mills” and other unlawful practices for crimes related to improper opioid prescriptions.

• Cracking down on drug trafficking networks that traffic opioids into communities around the state. The Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force has now taken down 25 large drug trafficking gangs, made more than 580 felony narcotics arrests, and seized more than $1.5 million and more than 2000 pounds of illegal drugs since 2011. In the past several months alone, Attorney General Schneiderman’s Suburban and Upstate Response to the Growing Epidemic Initiative has resulted in 260 alleged traffickers and dealers taken off the streets. • Urging health insurance companies to review their coverage and payment policies that contribute to the opioid epidemic, as well as sending letters to the country’s three largest pharmacy benefit managers requesting documents, data, and other information regarding how they are addressing the opioid crisis.

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Independent/Courtesy Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center Students at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center stayed warm inside and used shaving cream to make indoor “snow” instead.

Independent/Courtesy Riverhead Central School District Members of Riverhead High School’s newly formed Upstanders Club participated in a peer education-training workshop recently.

Putting a stop to BULLIES IN RIVERHEAD A new Riverhead High School club, the Upstanders, is working to thwart bullying within the Riverhead Central School District through a peer education initiative. As part of the undertaking, the 25-member club, advised by Elizabeth Morse and Chuck Kitz, will participate in an eight-week peer education-training program provided by the Suffolk County Department of Health. The club members are being taught to be “upstanders” rather than bystanders in their school community, and are learning antibullying techniques to impart to their peers and younger students.

“This program will inspire our students to become effective communicators using social, emotional, and academic skills related to assertiveness, spontaneity, self-awareness, self-acceptance, and role-modeling,” said Kitz. “It is vital that students develop the ability to manage their own emotions and their reactions to conflict, to value the differences in people, and to stand up for those who are unable to do so.” The club members are expected to be fully trained by the end of March, and will then be tasked

with sharing their new expertise with students in lower grades.

“Their message will change the culture of Riverhead,” added Kitz. Montauk Science Fair Winners Announced On January 26, Montauk School and Concerned Citizens of Montauk partnered to present the 2018 Montauk School Science Fair. More than 100 student projects were evaluated and scored by a panel of 18 judges representing regional science and environmental organizations such as the Peconic Estuary Program, The Nature Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, South Fork Natural History Museum, and the Peconic Bay Keeper. The winners, who will be honored at a ceremony later this month, include eighth graders Noelle Hear, in first place, Grayson Forsberg, in second place, and Julianne Lester, in third place. In the seventh grade, Jessica Prince took first place, Emily Ryan, second place, and Colin Tyrell, third place. In the sixth grade, Gianna D’Agostino and Katie Bruno took first place, Sara Stuckart, second place, and Nina King, third place. In the fifth grade, Paige Herlihy took first place, Richie Rade and

Hudson Beckman, second place, and Isabella Espinosa, third place. In the fourth grade, Zebidiah Ryan took first place, Seamus O’Reilly and Evan Koutsogiannis, second place, and Hailey Welsch and Carly Fromm, third place. In the third grade, Lily Rasi took first place, Johanna Powers, second place, and Fisher Forsberg, third place.

Tuckahoe School news Eighth grader Hallie Beeker ran a personal best of five minutes and 43 seconds – an improvement of six seconds – in the 1500-meter race last Thursday at the Suffolk Girls Small School Track Championships at Suffolk Community College. Congratulations, Hallie! Mrs. Shearer and Mrs. Finocchiaro pre-kindergarten classes are currently learning all about arctic animals. Since it is winter and we have been talking about the arctic habitat, students in prekindergarten sang songs at our January family assembly that were about snow, such as “The Five Little Snowmen” and “I am a Little Snowman.”

Pre-K and kindergarten registration for residents of the Tuckahoe Common School District is scheduled for February 14 and 15 between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must have a birthdate between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2013. To be eligible for pre-kindergarten, a child must have a birthdate between December 1, 2013 and November 30, 2014. Parents are required to bring birth certificates for their children, along with immunization records,

Independent / Hampton Bays School District As part of a new character education initiative, Hampton Bays Middle School recently honoroed its first group of 24 students who are “rising to the challenge.” In last week’s Indy, we ran the incorrect photo of the students who displayed outstanding character. Here they are! The photo published was of Westhampton Beach children celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday. The caption for that was under a photo of Riley Avenue students. Confused? Apparently so were our schools page editors.

a copy of a report from their latest physical, and three proofs of residency. Accepted proofs of residency include a lease agreement, if you are currently renting, and if you own a home, a current tax bill along with three forms of identification with your name and the address of the residence on it (for example: driver’s license, Cablevision bill, PSEG LI, pay stub, bank statement). Note: It is extremely important that parents with children who are eligible for pre-K and kindergarten make every effort to register them on this date. A blood lead level test is requested for all pre-K students as per New York State guidelines. This is a routine blood test that may have already been done. Please check with your child’s pediatrician. 37

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a share of the league lead, but Mattituck had other ideas. The locals raced out to an early lead and improved to 12-0 (15-2 overall) with a resounding 50-40 win. The home team came out blazing on offense and stuck to the game plan-limit the Santacroce sisters and make the other players shoot. It worked to perfection: Melina Santacroce managed 14 points but her sister, Gianna, was held to three.

Liz Dwyer, the senior all-state candidate, was playing her last regular season home game and she made it count, scoring six points as the locals raced out to a 15-3 lead. She finished with 17 points as the Lady Tuckers, gearing up for the playoffs, won their ninth straight. Dwyer is the 15th highest scorer in the county with 18.9 points per game average; Melina Santacroce is right behind her with 18.8.

Mackenzie Daly added 10 points. Chelsea Marlborough had 11 rebounds and three steals along with seven points for the winners. Mackenzie Hoeg added eight steals and seven rebounds. The Tuckers twice extended their lead to 14 in the second half but Mercy, showing their mettle, cut the lead to single digits both times. The season ends tomorrow at Center Moriches (7 PM) and will await the playoff seedings. Mercy 10-2, 12-6 overall, will compete in the Suffolk Class C tournament, and probably earned the top seed.

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The Lady Tuckers, the defending Long Island Class B champions, have felt the Lady Monarchs breathing down their necks all

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season, despite being undefeated in League VII action.

Last Thursday the Lady Monarchs, 10-1, got their chance to grab

Pierson will settle for third place in League VII after falling at Babylon 46-34; both teams head into the Class C playoffs. Chastin Giles went for 19 for the Lady Whalers. The Riverhead Lady Waves are playoff bound. The locals, needing

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It’s been a long season for the East Hampton Lady Bonackers but they never stopped competing for coach Kelly McKee. Olivia Brauer (previous page) dribbles in traffic. Alden Powers drives for a score (above). The locals were beaten by Sayville on Thursday.

a win to get in, pulled off a 49-47 win over Central Islip Thursday to improve to 6-4 in League II and qualify for a berth in the Suffolk Class AA tournament. Fittingly, it was Faith Johnson-Desilvia, the point guard who has had a

sensational season, who hit the winning layup with two seconds left and the game tied. She scored 15 points and has a 17.6 points per game average, ranking 20th in the county. Kate McCarney added 15 points for coach Ken Coard’s


It has not been a good week for the East Hampton Lady Bonackers. In fact, it hasn’t been a good decade. Bonac lost at home Thursday to Sayville 75-22 to remain winless with a 0-15 mark. A day earlier

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Hauppauge beat the locals 5912. Several underclassmen have improved during the season, though, giving new coach Kelly Mckee hope for the future. Danilee Lackner, a senior, scored 11 against Sayville. 39

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It happened quicker than Nae’Jon Ward’s crossover dribble.

One day the Bridgehampton Killer Bees were in the midst of a hohum rebuilding year. And then the diminutive sophomore guard walked to the Beehive after moving out of the school district before the season began.

Ward was back and the Killer Bees, who have a record nine state Class D championships trophies, allowed themselves to dream of another one. Ward is a lightning quick point guard who, though undersized, has a terrific handle, distributes well, and can hit the open three-pointer. His return allows Elijah White, a sophomore who did a yeomen’s job playing point guard by default, to go to the swingman slot, where he can utilize his deadly baseline jumper. More important, it allows J.P. Harding, a whirling dervish in the paint, to set up shop and wait for Ward’s incoming passes. That

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are demolitions and historic restorations. Next year, he anticipates the budget will be “tiny” without the same expenses. In other town board news, the $275,000 purchase of a .5-acre parcel located at 90 Gerard Drive in Springs was also approved last week.

in turn frees Jonathan DeGroot to roam the paint looking for rebounds and putbacks.

Friday against Ross School at the Beehive the newly aligned offense was on full display during Bridgehampton’s 90-62 victory. Granted, Ross School (0-9) shouldn’t be mistaken for a playoff caliber team, but the Bees were nonetheless impressive.

Harding had a field day, spinning for 41 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to lead Bridgehampton. Degroot added 12 points and 11 assists, and Ward dished out 16 assists as the Bees improved to 7-2 in League VIII play and clinched the inevitable berth in the Suffolk County Class D playoffs. That title, though, is a mere formality. The Bees want more. They play Shelter Island (2-7) tonight at home. A victory would seem to eliminate the Indians from postseason play, but Shelter Island, another Class D school, will likely be allowed to play Bridgehampton in the playoffs and play the part The property, which sits on the west side overlooking Accabonac Harbor, contains extensive tidal wetlands, which are significant for coastal wetland habitat and flood control. Gerard Drive is widely regarded as one of the most environmentally sensitive areas within the town, and the property becomes the third to be preserved since 2016. Nearly all of the vacant parcels on Gerard Drive

of sacrificial lamb -- with Ward in town that one will not end well for the islanders. Southampton has gone from a Class C to a Class B and last year to a Class A as the high school’s enrollment increases. No problem. Coach Herm Lamison has made title runs in all three classifications and a critical 62-48 win at Hampton Bays Thursday gave the Mariners, 7-6 in League VI, some breathing room. Elijah Wingfield, a lock to be selected to the AllCounty team, scored 18 points but it was Marquise Trent (21 points) with the hot hand. Southampton prevailed, dropping the Baymen to 3-10 in league play. Trent also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Southampton plays at Bayport/ Blue Point (10-3) tomorrow at four and at Shoreham Wading River, 1-13, on Monday. A win will put the Mariners into the County Class A tournament, one of the most wide open brackets in the history of the current format: there are a dozen schools with a chance to are strong candidates for public acquisition, according to Wilson.

“Gerard Drive is a critically important area in Accabonac Harbor,” Van Scoyoc said. “It’s immediately adjacent to other preserved lands and it’s been part of an ongoing goal of the town board to increase public access to our waterfront and to protect our waterfront from overdevelopment.”

emerge with the hardware.

East Hampton’s topsy turvy season continued Saturday with Bonac getting edged by Sayville on the winner’s court to drop to 7-7 in League V. Blame it on Joey Mas who dropped home six treys. Jack Reese and Malachi Miller each scored 13 for the losers. East Hampton has another tough game against Westhampton yesterday and a grueling match against Kings Park (11-3) on the road Monday. That makes tomorrow’s game at Rocky Point (1-12) critical. Tip off is set for 6:45 PM.

Kings Park ended Westhampton’s six game winning streak 67-55 on January 31, but the Hurricanes rebounded to beat East Islip (11-2) at home Thursday 64-54. Jake Guadiello scored 24 for the winners and Nolan Quinlan added 17. The win gave the locals an 11-2 League V record (15-2 overall). Westhampton ends its regular season with a home game at Harborfields Monday (4 PM).

An estimated $26 million in revenues is expected to filter down into the town’s coffers for its Community Preservation Fund (CPF) in 2018. The town has preserved 379 properties and there are an additional nine properties that are in contract. To date, the CPF has generated $375,432,990 and the total area preserved encompasses 2194 acres.


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Independent/Courtesy Jennifer Anstey Michael Vaillancourt has been named the new course designer for this summer’s Hampton Classic.

Equestrian Endeavor

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The Hampton Classic Horse Show is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world, but unfortunately, it’s still a long way off. However, Michael Vaillancourt has been recently announced as the new course designer for this summer’s Hampton Classic. Michael Vaillancourt is an FEI

Level 4 course designer and he made history when he was 22 years old as the youngest rider to win an Olympic medal in show jumping. He was awarded the Silver medal for his efforts in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games as a Canadian rider. The Hampton Classic has worldwide popularity and Vaillancourt plans to design the course accordingly.

Ponding and overwash problems that have plagued Dune Road are in the rearview. “At high tide, the water was always on the road,” Schneiderman recalled. Some days, waves rolled across Dune Road, which was beneath sea level in some sections. The town asked the federal government for assistance, but it never arrived. Instead, Schneiderman allocated $1 million in town funds to a road-raising project. Some 15 inches of asphalt were added, he said. “We’re reopening beaches that have been closed,” Schneiderman said, as the car continued along Dune Road. Sand Bar beach has been closed for years. Work on a boardwalk and platform area is planned. The switchback in the


parking lot will be rebuilt. The supervisor and his deputy agreed the beach is “funky, in a good way.” Seeing the locale as ideal for food trucks, Schneiderman said, “This could be a really hip beach.” A crushed shell parking lot would “make it really beachy,” he said. The Tiana Life Saving Station is under construction with “a lot more to do,” Schneiderman acknowledged. The building that used to house Neptune’s bar will host a concession and provide beach access to the public.

Driving over the Ponquogue Bridge as the sun emerged from clouds, Schneiderman marveled at the vistas. “Look at this. It’s so beautiful,” he breathed. “People – all they see is the negative, and there’s so much positive here. All I see is the positive and we’re bringing that out in Hampton Bays.”




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On the surface it appears as just another event on the PGA Tour schedule listed as the Waste Management Phoenix Open, however, it has morphed into so much more.

The number of fans that show up is incredible. So much more like Mardi Gras than a golf tournament. The numbers are staggering -- over a half million fans on just Saturday and Sunday alone. To help you put that number in perspective, at the Masters the attendance for Thursday thru Sunday is right around 100,000.  Where the Phoenix folly goes off the rails completely is that a huge number of the golf fans attending never even watch one golf shot. A great number of fans are completely engrossed in people watching and taking the art of partying to a new level. As for the nicely tanned ladies in the Valley of the Sun … only their number one outfit makes the cut.  One amazing fact about the event: in the end, it concludes with zero waste. Somewhat fitting since the title sponsor is the corporate giant, Waste Management. 

Four rounds were not enough to identify the winner. Six times this season and the last four in a row have gone to extra holes. This year’s winner was thirty-three-year-old Gary Woodland who was good enough basketball player to be on his college team.


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It has been five years since Gary last tasted victory. In fact, last year golf was just not that important. Gary’s wife, Gabby, was pregnant with twins but problems resulted in the loss of one of the twins, a baby girl. Trying to win golf tournaments

just didn’t seem that important. His wife and little boy are doing fine, and right now, so is Gary’s golf game. February 4, 1912, Byron Nelson one of the greatest golfers of all time was born. You all know the cliche, “all records can be broken,” well not the one held by Byron Nelson. He won eleven tournaments in a row. I feel very comfortable in stating that’s one that will never be broken.

Mark it on your calendar. Championship Sunday at US Open at Shinnecock and Father’s Day are just 19 weeks from this past Sunday. 

This past Sunday a huge celebration took place following a stunning Eagles victory in the Super Bowl. In 1939, Byron Nelson had to play 108 holes to win a US Open at the Philadelphia Country Club. Very safe to say the celebration was considerably less subdued. This week the tour rolls into Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. This event for years was celebrated as The Bing Crosby Pro-Am. Several years ago while covering this event I had the honor of meeting Kathryn Crosby, Bing’s wife. She was very pleasant and I really enjoyed talking about her late husband who, by the way, really loved his golf.

In fact, moments after finishing 18 holes of golf in Spain, Bing suffered a heart attack and passed away. While I was talking with Kathryn she was wearing Bing’s trademark green fedora. Boldly I asked if she would mind if I put it on. With a smile, she said yes and I proudly put it on. Boy did it feel good, but when I went to sing, that fedora provided no improvement.

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Fitness Photo shoot What makes you feel empowered? Growing up I idolized the fictional characters of Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie), Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) -- which were reflected several times in my Halloween costumes -- and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League catcher Dottie Hinson, a character who was played by Geena Davis in A League of Their Own.

Their characters broke the mold of what it meant to be a woman. They were equal to a man in strength and power while maintaining the underlying sex appeal of a female. In short, they were badasses who could conquer the world (and sometimes did it in heels). More important, they taught me that being fit meant being fearless.

Being fit is a state of mind for me. When I work out I feel happier, confident and stronger. I sing louder, smile wider, and dance with attitude. I’m unstoppable. To capture this mentality, I reached out to a friend and professional photographer requesting to do a fitness lifestyle photo shoot. A week later, I was in Astoria Park amid 30-degree weather taking pictures in a sports bra (anything for a picture, right?). I never did a photo shoot of this nature before. I was completely unaware of how to pose properly or convey the right facial expression without looking constipated or, worse, unnatural. Rather than worry about expectations, I decided to wear what made me feel unstoppable. One look, baggy sweatpants, fingerless gloves and a beanie; another, tights, weights in hand, and a ball cap. The two looks were different, but showed the range within my own personality. Still frames weren’t poses, they were insights. Despite the frigid cold, I found an inner peace.

Andrea Klerides Pellegrino, my photographer at Andrea Kay Images, braced the weather with each click. She informed me, “Your enthusiasm for getting these shots made me even more excited and pushed me to try different angles and lighting and poses that I haven’t done before. We both felt comfortable enough for me to get close so I could get some of those more emotional and powerful shots. We both knew we wanted to capture this new beginning and you had a powerful presence so once we started shooting that translated very easily through the lens.”

True, I was nervous going into it. After all, it was a completely new experience. Yet, being photographed released a selfassurance I hadn’t noticed before. All the self-doubt and self-criticism faded away once the camera was on me. It was my moment, my time, and it’s captured forever. Pellegrino relayed, “I love to capture all of life’s amazing moments. I’ve always seen the world in frames, so to be able to document anything makes me feel like I am able to give people a chance to freeze their fast paced lives and live in the moment.” I broke the mold of expectations by being true to myself, and I dare my readers to do the same. Book a photo shoot, unleash your inner strength. Rid the body shaming, stereotyping, and judging by embracing every part of who you are. Plus, it makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift -- to yourself or hint it to that special someone. Visit, call Andrea at 631-678-3771 or email her at andreakayimages@gmail. com. Follow more stories from Nicole Teitler on Instagram and Facebook @NikkiOnTheDaily or email your comments to

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