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The Great American Solar Eclipse

By Kitty Merrill

lecture. After the talk, weather permitting, the observatory will offer guided tours of the night sky above Sag Harbor.

In 1925 astronomers and aficionados made the trip to East Hampton to view the solar eclipse. It took place during January and skies to the west were very cloudy, according to local NASA ambassador, William Taylor. But East Hampton and Montauk were blessed with clear skies that day, he learned, and viewers were even able to see the spectacular astronomical event from zeppelins, a first at that time.

On August 21, the first total eclipse of the sun over the continental United States since 1979 and the first one that stays completely within the United States since 1776, will bring midday darkness to a swath of states to the south of New York.

On Saturday, kids aged five and up are invited to get ready for the eclipse at the Amagansett Library at 3 PM.

During a lunar eclipse, the earth passes between the moon and the sun, its shadow temporarily obscuring the moon or a portion of it. During a solar eclipse the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking all or a portion of the sun.

In the Northeast and on Long Island, earthlings will experience a partial solar eclipse, with the sun 70 percent blocked out by the moon. It’s been almost 20 years since the last partial eclipse took place in

(partial) blackout.

skies above the East End.

“We’re overdue,” said Taylor.

The “path of totality” spans about 70 miles in width and will stretch from South Carolina to Oregon. “What makes a solar eclipse rare,” Taylor explained, “is that it happens on a really small area of the earth’s surface while a lunar eclipse happens everywhere.” The path of most total eclipses fall over the water or unpopulated areas, so the Great American Total Solar Eclipse will be historic in its accessibility.

According to the website www., the fact that total solar eclipses occur at all is a quirk of cosmic geometry – the moon orbits at just the right distance from the earth to seem the same size as the much-larger sun.

When the disc of the moon blots out the sun, only the sun’s corona is visible. The effect, said Taylor, is “pretty spectacular,” as ribbons of light appear to curl through the sky. Observers in the path of totality can watch, as a cloak of darkness appears to move across the land before enveloping them in a chilled blackness, then moving on. The same dramatic effects don’t occur during partial solar eclipses. Still, said Taylor, “it’s pretty cool.”

Across the East End, astronomy fans will don their special solar eclipse glasses and gather to watch the phenomenon. But, even before then, they’ll have the chance to learn all they need to know at events leading up to the big

From 1 to 4 on August 21, the Montauk Observatory hosts eclipse viewing events at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton and the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. The library in Westhampton will hold special viewing for children with free solar eclipse glasses and refreshments, including cotton candy. Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold, Long Island’s oldest public observatory, begins luring star fans this weekend, with a Perseid meteor shower viewing party. On August 19 at 7 PM,

Tomorrow at John Jermain Library in Sag Harbor, the Montauk Observatory welcomes Taylor at 7 PM. An avid student of the skies as well as a NASA ambassador, he’ll explore the science and history of solar eclipses in an illustrated

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View The Eclipse Safely

By Kitty Merrill

Local NASA ambassador William Taylor references a little experiment to demonstrate the effect of viewing a total solar eclipse without special precautions. Scientists put a grape at the viewing piece of a telescope and pointed it at the sun. The heat and the magnification of light explode the grape.

He tells the cautionary tale of an astronomer friend who traveled to South America to view a total solar eclipse. For mere minutes, when the sun is completely blocked by the moon, it’s safe to look at the sun with the naked eye.

The danger is, he said, when the sun re-emerges. Taylor’s friend was so transfixed by the site of the sun’s corona -- “It was so beautiful, he couldn’t take his eyes off it” – that he continued to look after the moon moved. Ever since, his vision has been impaired.

Exposing eyes to the sun without proper protection can cause “eclipse blindness” or retinal burns, also know as solar retinopathy. It can damage the retina (in the back of the eye) and can occur without pain. It can take hours or days before the damage is noticeable.

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and Water Conservation District dates back to the 1970s when a terrace sump pump was installed to control runoff. During the 1980s the county assisted the farm in crafting 1400 feet of open channel to bypass surface runoff to Meetinghouse Creek. The ‘90s saw pipe installed underground alongside the creek to bypass the farm completely, plus a six-acre constructed wetland system to further treat effluent water and reduce nitrates. During the early 2000s a wastewater treatment system that combined the use of anaerobic and aerobic technology was designed and constructed. And finally (or so far) the two-year storage facility project came to fruition.

Independent / Kitty Merrill Doug Corwin, inside the giant newly-completed building designed to protect the waters surrounding Crescent Farm. In operation since 1908, it’s the last remaining duck farm on Long Island.

Crescent Farm: Taking Care of Business

By Kitty Merrill

When would somebody be inspired by excrement? When that somebody is Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and he’s celebrating another arrow in the quiver in the fight to keep Long Island waters pure.

Last Thursday Bellone joined with county officials including North Fork Legislator Al Krupski to herald the opening of a giant, state-of-theart waste storage facility at Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue. The Corwin family has owned the Edgar Avenue property since the 1640s. They’ve farmed it with ducks since 1908. It’s the last remaining duck farm on Long Island and provides four percent of the nation’s



Family patriarch Doug Corwin is the fourth generation of his family to work the farm; the fifth generation -- his nephew and his son -- join additional family members, including Doug’s sister, brother, and aunt in keeping the business thriving.

Doug Corwin credits a lengthy history of environmental protection for the farm’s unique longevity. As years passed with more and more water protection regulations adopted, Crescent, he said, has stayed ahead of the curve. “When I was a kid, there were ducks all over here,” he said last Thursday, gesturing to land dotted with dozens

of low buildings – some duck dormitories, others dedicated to handling their waste. “But there was no way to handle the waste, so we grow them inside now.”

For decades the family has followed a tradition of “being ahead of what’s going on” when it comes to handling waste and protecting the environment, Corwin explained. “We’ve always been one of the first to do environmental work, and we’ve done a lot of things like this from the 1930s up till today and I’m proud of that.”

An overview of measures geared toward nitrogen reduction implemented at Crescent Farm provided by the Suffolk County Soil

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The latest measure will reduce some 16 million pounds of solid waste and prevent thousands of pounds of nitrogen generated by as many as 150,000 ducks from reaching groundwater and the surface waters of Meetinghouse Creek and Peconic Bay. Portions of Crescent’s 145 acres straddle the creek. The bennies don’t end with water protection. The Corwins share the byproducts of solid waste treatment with other farmers – at no cost – to use as fertilizer. “We compost it out and spread it to other users here and there,” Corwin said. “We don’t charge for it.” When Doug Corwin graduated Cornell University in the 1980s, there were 30 duck farms operating on Long Island. “Now, there’s just us,” he said.

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millennials in The Hamptons this year.

Jerry’s Ink

by Jerry Della Femina

WANT TO GET DEPRESSED? READ THIS. I don’t know about you, but this has been the fastest summer of my life. Count to 20 and poof! August will be over. That’s roughly how many days we have left. The days are dwindling down to a precious few.

What a weird summer. It never seemed to get off the ground. It feels like yesterday it was June and tomorrow it will be September. In the end the only creatures that seemed to get everything they wanted this summer were the bees, and the ticks (some of whom were the size of tarantulas) who feasted on us.

I’m trying to be as positive as I can be about this, so let me point out the good news is that, in 20 days or so, we’ll be rid of the rude, crude August people and we won’t be

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seeing them around these parts for the next 11 months.

And let’s talk about millennials and their frigging cell phones.

This was the year of the millennials.

Did you ever try to get a cup of coffee at a Golden Pear restaurant this summer? The place was packed with millennials – hundreds of them – the young men boasting, “Look at this beautiful, artistic photo of a sesame bagel I just took with my phone.” And then there were the millennial women showing off their new tattoos. I guess it’s only people my age who don’t find a giant blood-red and deep purple floral arrangement tattoo stretching from shoulder to shoulder on the bare back of a twenty-five-year-old woman, sexy. There must have been a million

One morning, sitting at the Golden Pear with my coffee and blueberry scone, I took a picture of the hundreds of them – all pushing each other at the counter, all trying to get their hands on the same single carton of almond milk (God forbid they should drink milk from a cow, yuck). I sent the picture to my wife, the beautiful Judy Licht, with a note that said, “My God, didn’t anyone practice birth control 25 years ago?” And yes, September out here is a great month; warm enough for the beach with cool, comfortable nights.

But who am I kidding? Summer is over and on the night of Labor Day I will, as I have every Labor Day since I was a kid, go to sleep with that sinking feeling that the summer is over and tomorrow I will have to go back to school again and once again fail geometry. THE WORST NEWS

If you drive a Mercedes and you bought it in Southampton, you will be shocked to learn that Jeff Smith (Smitty) will be leaving MercedesBenz of Southampton after 17 years. What a disaster. No one knows the inside of a Mercedes better than Smitty. No one ran a service department anywhere in the country better than Smitty.

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Smitty was the reason people went back to Mercedes of Southampton again and again.

If you were a friend you became his customer. If you were his customer you became a friend. Smitty was the hero of one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, and he was kind enough to keep my stupidity a secret until I wrote and outed myself. It happened in 2003. I was driving a new Mercedes convertible that I bought from Country Import Motors.

For a few days I heard this chirping sound as I drove my car with the top down. At first I thought it was on the left side of the car, then the next day I thought it was on the right side. I made an appointment to see Smitty, because I always felt he was sort of a saint/mechanic. He listened. He had patience. He’s been the best service person I’ve ever dealt with. “Smitty, I have a terrible annoying sound coming from under the car.”






“What’s it sound like?” he asked.

“It sounds squeaky, like a chirping bird or a cricket or some insect sound. It’s annoying as hell.”

“Open your hood,” he ordered, much the way my dentist tells me to open my mouth. “Step on the gas.” I did.

“I don’t hear anything,” he reported.

“Smitty, I’m telling you I only hear it when I’m on the road,” I replied. Smitty got down and crawled under the car and told me to step on the gas. Then, knowing me, he quickly added, “Don’t put it in gear.” He crawled out from under the car and said, “I don’t hear a thing.”

“I only hear it when I’m driving. It’s the most annoying squeaking sound,” I moaned. So, reluctantly, because he had more cars to watch over than he had minutes in the day, Smitty jumped into my convertible and we drove. He went on Route 27 and said, “I don’t hear a thing.” “I don’t hear it when I’m on a main road,” I answered. “It sounds like air rushing through a hole.”

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of my own kid whom I’d almost lost 30 years ago because I wanted a damned backyard pool.

Sand In My Shoes by Denis Hamill

DROWNING IN SUMMER TRAGEDIES of her dark-haired twins floating in a murky green pool. Her five-yearold son watched as his mom ran outside, pulling one twin named Nicholas Aurilia from the water, performing CPR.

Someone left the gate unlocked.

My daughter Nell was two, so our newly-dug backyard swimming pool had a hurricane fence built around it in a house I rented year-round on Maple Street in Westhampton Beach. Nell pushed open the unlocked gate and waddled into the pool and sank to the bottom.

Nicholas did not respond.

I wasn’t home. My ex-wife was inside getting some towels when she came out she saw her teenage brother who had just come up the driveway run and dive into the pool to pull my daughter Nell from the crystal blue waters reflecting the glorious sun of July. If my little girl had been in the water another 10 seconds she would have been gone, instead of a mother herself today of the beautiful eight-yearold Delilah, who swims daily in summer camp. It still gives me the willies, a sinking, breathless little seizure every time I am reminded of it by someone else’s tragedy.

I was seized by that suffocating feeling on July 26 when news broadcast from my car radio that three-year-old twin boys had drowned in Melville in a backyard pool, surrounded by a fence. Their mother awakened about 8:30 AM, gazed out her window, and saw one


The mother could not see her second twin son, Anthony. She dialed 911. When authorities arrived, Nicholas was pronounced dead. Firefighters found little Anthony at the bottom of the algaestrangled pool.

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These summer drownings are never isolated incidents. That same week at the Centerport Yacht Club in Northport a 12-year-old boy was taking sailing lessons, learning how to survive capsizing from an 18-year-old instructor. The boy splashed into the water, wearing a life preserver. The instructor pulled the boy into the safety of his orange rubber Zodiac. When the instructor accelerated, the recoil caused the kid to fall overboard again. This time he was struck by the Zodiac’s propeller, causing fatal injuries. That boy’s parents are certainly still drowning in anguish.

They did everything right. They made their son take boating safety lessons and in the process they lost him. Forever. Another gasping moment. Then I read about a teenage couple swimming off Smith Point Beach on Sunday, July 31, after lifeguards went off duty. Jevoney White, 19, and his girlfriend both got caught in a rip current.

Thoughts flooded back of my own kid whom I’d almost lost 30 years ago because I wanted a damned backyard pool.

That mother, and her husband, and the five-year-old boy who no longer has two little brothers, will never, ever be the same. After hearing the story, I veered my car to a curb, a sickening whirlpool in my gut. Thoughts flooded back

Alert and heroic park rangers were able to pull his girlfriend to safety but White disappeared under the water before they could reach him. After an extensive sea, air, and land search Suffolk cops discovered

White’s body on Monday morning off Old Inlet Breach on Fire Island. It can happen to anyone, even the most seasoned seaman.

Harold “Tony” Calkins, 63, was born at the Groton Submarine Base, served four years in the US Navy aboard the USS Tripp, and was a noted shipbuilder for Electric Boat in Connecticut for 41 years. On July 4, Calkins went for a dip from his boat Sea Y Knot moored off Plum Island. He could not make it back to his beloved wife Kathy after getting caught in a rip current that pulled him under the unforgiving sea that was his second love after his family. Calkins was pronounced dead at Eastern Long Island Hospital.

I don’t want to be Mr. Negative. Especially with my kids. I want them to enjoy life in the cool blue waters of youth on hot summer days. But a few days after the twins drowned I received a text from my 17-year-old son Liam saying he was boating with pals off Sag Harbor. My heart plunged. That abysmal spasm of breathlessness again overpowered me.

I texted him back, imploring him to be extra, extra careful. He texted one of those life-without-end dismissals of the indestructible teenager: “Relax, Dad, lol.” I had the jimjams the rest of the afternoon until Liam texted me from dry land. Then I texted my daughter Nell who toddled through an unlocked gate 30 years ago into a backyard pool and came within seconds of being another summer drowning. I told her I loved her and drove on, counting my many summer blessings.

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Ina Garten and Rob Marshall at Hamptons Library

JCOH Meditation Walk on Main Beach

Music and Film Festival at Parrish Art Museum

8:30 PM The Artist at Southampton Arts Center

10:00 PM Rubix Cube at Talkhouse

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It’s Now ‘Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’

intersection – where Tuckahoe Road intercepts County Road 39.

By Rick Murphy

Southampton Hospital is no more. It is now officially Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and in the coming years officials will undertake the most ambitious construction project in the history of The Hamptons – a new hospital complex on the Stony Brook Southampton college campus. The current 125-bed facility on Meeting House Lane in Southampton Village, set in the midst of a tony neighborhood near ocean beaches, has been out of place for decades. It was originally built 100 years ago, when farmland and meadows dotted what was a sparsely populated neighborhood. Nowadays it’s occupied by millionaires driving Land Rovers on their way to the county club who have to compete for road space with ambulances, hospital employees, and visitors.

Stony Brook University officially welcomed Southampton Hospital as a member of the Stony Brook Medicine health system on August 1, announced Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, president, and Ken Kaushansky, MD, senior vice president for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. As such, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will now provide care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s New York State operating license. “Today we celebrate a unique


Marsha Kenny, director of marketing and public affairs, said there has been no talk among hospital officials about where to site the new complex. “All our efforts have gone into getting the merger completed.” Once construction does start, Kenny said, “It really shouldn’t affect traffic. I don’t think people should worry about it.” There is a movement underway to close a portion of Tuckahoe Road and redirect traffic, spearheaded by former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg on behalf of his golf club.

The Stony Brook Southampton campus. There is speculation that the new hospital will be built on the northeast corner.

opportunity in which academic medicine and community medicine can come together to benefit our entire region,” said Dr. Stanley. “As a result of the State’s comprehensive review process, we can now move confidently forward, taking what started as an alliance between two successful institutions, to the next level, as we welcome Stony Brook Southampton Hospital officially into the Stony Brook University family.” In the coming years, the officials say the current facility will be replaced by a striking new complex somewhere on the Southampton Stony Brook University campus just a mile or two west. “Together with a growing arts program, the new $10 million marine sciences facility, and the establishment of the Peconic Institute, a new hospital would be a major step towards having the Southampton campus reach its educational potential,”

Assemblyman Fred Thiele said. Thiele and State Senator Ken LaValle helped broker the deal that culminated when Stony Brook SUNY purchased Southampton College from Long Island University.

Drew Pickett, the president of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, told an overflow crowd at a Southampton Town Board meeting last year that the club would reimburse the town if a portion of Tuckahoe Road that runs through the golf course were to be closed. He also revealed an alternate plan to reroute traffic.

STATE OF THE ART Officials were all smiles when the deal, discussed a decade ago, officially became a reality. The talks intensified in 2012 and the two institutions have been moving forward since then in earnest.

“I look forward to the future that will lead to a state-of-the-art medical facility at the Southampton campus and an emergency care facility in East Hampton, as well as many other advancements in health care,” Thiele said. The new construction might exacerbate a traffic nightmare that has worsened considerably in recent years and bring additional scrutiny to at least one controversial

Officials have not revealed where on the college campus the hospital will be sited but Tuckahoe Road is the only thoroughfare the runs through the college campus.

“I don’t know, and I don’t think a spot has been identified yet,” Kenny said. Alex Gregor, the Southampton Town Highway Superintendent, said he has not been apprised of plans the hospital or the town may

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August 12, 2017 Waning Crescent

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9:00 AM Montauk Bluff Hike with the EHTPS

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Live Music at Clovis Point Vineyard

ZZ Ward at Surf Lodge

7:00 PM Wine and Gourmet Dinner at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

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Trump Targets Congressional Health Plans

By Rick Murphy

There is a some sentiment that members of Congress have little personal incentive to improve the health insurance system: they, along with their families and some of their staffers, have blue chip health insurance mostly paid for by taxpayers.

“I applaud the president for raising this issue and I think if he moves swiftly on it, I think you’d see a lot of these members and senators would want to work to repeal Obamacare very quickly,” DeSantis added.

President Donald Trump, thwarted last week by the Senate when a series of measures he championed to do away with Obamacare were defeated, has threatened to hit dissident senators where it hurts most.

“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly,” Trump tweeted, “BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” What many describe as a sweetheart deal for congressmen was actually forged by President Obama. An exception to the Affordable Care Act was crafted to allow federal elected officials and their staffers to receive an employer contribution even though the ACA prohibited employer contribution for those enrolled through the Obamacare exchanges.

This required a special decision by the Office for Personnel Management to categorize Congress as a small business, allowing lawmakers and their aides to get government payments as an employer contribution through the exchange. Absent that, they would have been directed onto the individual exchange, which prohibits an employer contribution. “Most members of Congress are a good deal wealthier than ordinary


Americans and thus shouldn’t qualify for government assistance, which was made available when Congress members were shifted from the Federal Employees Health Benefits program,” David Lazarus opined in the Los Angeles Times on Friday.


According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, the OPM determines the government contribution according to a calculation commonly called the “Big Six” formula.

There is a some sentiment that members of Congress have little personal incentive to improve the health insurance system.

The decision has drawn criticism ever since it was enacted. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have introduced bills challenging the federal subsidies received for their coverage, but too many of their colleagues are apparently satisfied with the status quo.

Nearly 13,000 members of Congress and staffers are currently enrolled in gold-level Small Business Health Option Program plans on the Washington D.C.

The formula has one other crucial adjustment: in no case can the federal government contribute any more than 75 percent of the cost of any plan’s premium.

“I think the president would be absolutely within his rights to cancel the Obama rule that conferred this subsidy on Congress,” said Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida, appearing on “Fox & Friends” last week.

On the surface the exemption doesn’t seem to pass muster. The exemption, when originally crafted, was geared for small businesses with 50 employees or less. Congress, by contrast, employs over 20,000. “Other Americans who are in these exchanges are not getting employer subsidies -- it’s illegal and yet somehow Congress gets a workaround,” DeSantis said. Congressman Lee Zeldin has not exempted his staff from DC Health Link, which means they have an alternate plan that does not receive a subsidy. “Congressman Zeldin believes that members or staff should not have any preferential treatment when it comes to healthcare,” a spokesman said. Before the Obama administration changed the playing field, all federal employees were eligible to participate in the FEHBP plan.

According to the Congressional Research Service in a paper dated July 13, 2017, the ACA made that impossible. That’s when the OPM created the reach-around, allowing federal employees to keep their federal subsidy by enrolling in a health plan known as DC SHOP.

DeSantis said killing the exemption would give lawmakers an incentive to get a health care plan approved.

Whatever it is called, the government benefit package is a good one, providing dental and vision care, long-term care insurance, and coverage after retirement.

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10:30 AM Pond Workshop for Kids at SoFo

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Puppy Kindergarten at ARF

Live Music at Lieb Cellars

French Masters at Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church

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CDR Paul Gerecke USCG retired, will present a brief overview of the First World War this week as the Sag Harbor Historical Society’s Friday on the Porch lecture series continues. He’ll give special attention to Sag Harbor’s connection and contributions, the effects the war had on the village and surrounding area, the war industry in the village, and details about Sag Harbor’s soldiers and sailors who served. A small assortment of artifacts will also be on display. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the American military entering World War I.

Commander Gerecke, a native of Sag Harbor, New York, is the son of the late CDR Thomas F. Gerecke, USN (Ret.) and Lorraine H. (Edwards) Gerecke. He served over 30 years in the US Coast Guard from 1983-2013, in both seagoing and shore assignments. These included service as a lifeboat crewman and lighthouse keeper, counter-narcotics duty, military readiness, port safety/security duty,

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Independent / Courtesy Sag Harbor Historical Local doughboys march along Main Street, Sag Harbor, in a WWI victory parade in this 1918 photo from the Jack Youngs collection.

marine inspections, intelligence, and a year as a White House military social aide.

As supervisor of the Coast Guard’s Battery Park facility at the southern tip of Manhattan from 2001-2005, he was one of a handful of Coast Guard personnel present on September 11, 2001. He helped coordinate the waterborne evacuation of approximately 600,000 persons from lower Manhattan in the first 24 hours after the attack, and established two waterside delivery points for delivery and distribution of relief supplies to

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He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Thomas Edison State University, where he received the Dr. Arnold Fletcher Award for Academic Excellence. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device (2), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Department of Transportation 9/11 Service Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement

Medal, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with Operational Distinguishing Device (3), and over 30 unit and campaign/service awards. He was also awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross for his actions on and after September 11, 2001.

Commander Gerecke is an active supporter of the Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, VA, and the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth, England. He is a life member of the American Legion, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a life member of the Friends of the Royal Marines Museum. He holds what is believed to be the largest collection of orders, decorations, and medals to the Royal Marines outside the United Kingdom. He assumed the post as commander of the Sag Harbor American Legion Post in June of this year. Friday on the Porch is from 5 until 6:30 PM at the Annie Cooper Boyd House, 174 Main Street in Sag Harbor. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

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Monitoring Bacteria In Local Waters Independent / Elizabeth Vespe, Kitty Merrill Left: Little Reed Pond Creek runs alongside the nature preserve on East Lake Drive in Montauk and into Lake Montauk. High levels of bacteria were found in water samples taken from the creek, adjacent to a popular bathing beach, last week. Right: Water samples at the Davids Lane duck pond in East Hampton Village tested positive for the bacteria enterococcus.

By Kitty Merrill

For the last four years the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, in collaboration with Surfrider Foundation’s nationwide Blue Water Task Force, has been sampling water bodies in the Town of East Hampton for the presence of the bacteria enterococcus.

Enterococci are bacteria that live in the intestinal tracts of warm-blooded animals, including humans. Presence of the bacteria in water can be an indicator of fecal waste contamination. According to CCOM’s environmental advocate Kate Rossi-Snook, high concentrations can be attributed to pet and animal waste, runoff, and groundwater saturation related to septic systems that are not well maintained.

Trained volunteers scoop water samples from 28 different sites in East Hampton Town, storing them in sealed 100 ml pouches. They’re tested in a lab at the CCOM offices in Montauk within two hours of collection. National health


standards consider over 100 colony forming units per 100 ml indicative of high bacteria presence, RossiSnook explained. Locally, the numbers fluctuate and can be dependent on the temperature of the water, the population, and the level of precipitation. Over the years, entero levels have measured in the thousands in some spots, the environmental advocate reported.

She deemed testing results for the week of July 31 “interesting.” For the most part “just the creeks were higher.”

Little Reed Pond Creek, which runs from Little Reed Pond under East Lake Drive and into Lake Montauk, showed the highest levels of entero, at 697. (Remember, a level of 100 is considered high.) The Cove Hollow access to Georgica Pond tested at 441 and the Davids Lane duck pond in East Hampton Village tested at 188. Fresh Pond Creek, which empties into Napeague Bay, tested 63, indicating a medium level of entero


meteorological conditions.

According to the US EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys, because enterococci are indicators of the presence of fecal matter in water, it’s important to evaluate entero levels. They could mean the presence of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. “These pathogens could sicken swimmers and others who use rivers and streams for recreation or eat raw shellfish or fish,” according to the NARS website. While stormwater runoff, leaking septic systems, and domestic animal and wildlife waste can be contributors, there are also nonfecal sources of fecal indicator bacteria, including plants, sand, soil, and sediments. They can contribute to a certain background level in ambient waters and vary based on local environmental and

While high concentrations can sicken swimmers or those who consume seafood caught in waters marked by high concentrations, enterococci are not typically considered harmful to humans, the EPA website points out. However, they can indicate the presence of other disease-causing agents. On the East End, closures of bathing beaches or fishing areas due to high concentrations of the bacteria are rare. Upisland, they do occur, particularly after significant rainfall. CCOM reports weekly findings to health department officials when warranted. But, Rossi-Snook emphasized, “We’re not a certified lab; we can’t influence policy. We just want to get the information out there, so people can know where it’s safe. We’re more about education and awareness than policy action.” Surfrider works with the Peconic Baykeeper to test water bodies in Southampton. Check next week’s edition of The Independent to see how those are faring.

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bacteria. The East and West creeks at Lake Montauk also tested in the 60s. The Route 27 kayak launch to Georgica Pond tested at a level of 96, nearly hitting the standard indicating high bacteria levels.

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pay, and one-third what New York City residents pay. What happens when something is so cheap, or nearly free? It’s taken for granted and exploited, rather than properly stewarded. On the East End, where nearly 40,000 residences use private wells, this issue is even more complicated.

Water Views

By Kevin McDonald

Is Long Island’s Most Precious Commodity Tapped Out? Losing something we rely on, but perhaps take for granted, quickly brings us to appreciate its value. In Suffolk County, many residents now realize that our clean water — both the water we drink and the water surrounding us in bays and ponds — is in jeopardy. The lack of crabs in our ponds, the dearth of eelgrass and shellfish in our bays, and the increasing concerns about the purity of the source of our drinking water all stem from the same problem: nitrogen pollution from sewage, fertilizer, and other sources.  

Long Island’s way of managing water - with water supply and delivery being the responsibility of one set of entities, and treatment after use being the responsibility of other entities—goes back nearly 100 years, when there were far fewer people on Long Island using less water. 

The disconnect between water delivery and water treatment does not reflect the natural state of affairs – water’s path is cyclical.  In fact, the water we flush down our toilets is the same water that comes back through our taps and into our ponds. Human beings’ use and pollution of water represents a massive point of impact within water’s natural cycle.


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In contrast to the natural cycle of water, the way it is distributed and treated is disjointed. The water company’s only objective is to sell water, a condition that it comes out the other end is not their concern. Currently, they are still able to directly tap the Long Island aquifers without the cost of importing water from long distances. As a result, water in Suffolk County remains cheap (and we use more of it!) even as our water systems are becoming increasingly polluted due to excess nitrogen loading from inadequate wastewater management systems.

In addition to the low cost of tap water is the nearly non-existent cost of wastewater management in Suffolk County. Almost 75 percent of Suffolk County residents don’t pay sewer fees, while NYC and Nassau residents do.

There is a current effort to respond to this crisis caused by nutrient overloading into our water. New York State, Suffolk County and various East End towns are responding and promoting the use of nitrogenreducing septic systems, with rebate programs and phaseouts of old cesspools that leach directly into our waters.  But we also know that solving the problem goes beyond new technology: how will we pay for and use water to better reflect its value to people and nature? 

The water we flush down our toilets is the same water that comes back through our taps and into our ponds.

In Suffolk County, an average household pays about $200 per year for the tap water they use in their homes. That’s less than half what Nassau County residents

We would have a very different system — and better outcomes — if the water that each of us uses had to be returned to its original source in the environment clean enough so that it could be used again without worry. Currently, there is no single regulatory body that is responsible for managing this across the board. If this sounds far-fetched, it’s not. There are many jurisdictions across the United States that function this way.

Recently, a team of analysts from IBM’s Smart Cities challenge studied Suffolk County’s water pollution issues and water management system, and recommended a new business model in which the full cost of returning clean water to the environment after use by consumers would be reflected in its price. They suggested that the revenue created by the price increase be put into a “locked box dedicated fund” to help implement strategies to reduce pollution and ensure safe waters. In this manner, users of water would be paying to return clean water to our natural aquifer and groundwater systems, rather than robbing future generations of their heritage through ever-increasing water use and pollution.

No one on Long Island wants to wake up with the drinking water problems like New York’s Hoosick Falls or Flint, Michigan. It’s time for the way we value water to be fully reflective of water’s importance to society, indeed, to life itself, and like in other parts of the country that have done just this, residents will adjust how they use and value water. So let’s support restoring our waters and quality of life. Kevin McDonald is the conservation policy and finance advisor for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island.

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The East End Drug Task Force arrested a Hampton Bays taxicab driver who did a brisk business over the phone.

His customers didn’t need a taxi ride, though: police said the driver would deliver cocaine to those who wanted his services.

Skender Selimaj, 59, of 2 Hyler Drive was arrested at his residence last Wednesday. Police said during the course of their investigation of the accused, they would call Kevin’s taxi and ask for Kevin, who in reality was Selimaj. Undercover agents allegedly would order cocaine and Selimaj would deliver it to their door. He allegedly was in possession of cocaine packaged for delivery when he was taken into custody.


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Independent/Courtesy East End Drug Task Force Skender Selimaj, Sebatian Demartini, Xavier Gee.

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A subsequent search of Selimaj’s residence allegedly turned up over 900 individually packaged bags of cocaine, cash, a large quantity of packaging material, as well as two loaded handguns.

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Gee was charged with two counts of felony third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. He was arraigned and released on $2000 cash bail. Demartini, police said, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and fourth degree criminal possession, both felonies. Police said Demartini had 134 bags of heroin packaged for sale. Bail was set at

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By Kitty Merrill

Cheap Hotel’s Cheap Shot

They’re calling it fake news. The folks at Montauk Chamber of Commerce chafed last week when a survey conducted by the hotel booking agency www.cheaphotels. org named Montauk the most expensive beach destination in the nation. It’s misleading and inaccurate, they say.

The survey compared prices at beach destinations listed by the online hotel price comparison website Kayak to determine the top 10 most spendy. The goal was finding the minimum price vacationers might spend during August for a night in a double room close to the beach. Hotels with less than a two-star rating were excluded, as were those with negative client ratings or those less than walking distance to a beach. The survey considered all beach destinations boasting a minimum of 10 hotels or inns. It cites Montauk’s

$155 weekends. With dozens of hotels and resorts to choose from, Montauk offers everything from no-frills accommodations to luxury waterfront resorts.” Thanks to its location at the tip of Long Island, with water on three sides, all of Montauk’s hotels and motels are near or close to a beach.

Independent / Kitty Merrill “Fake news” deeming Montauk the most expensive beach destination in the US didn’t deter visitors over the weekend, where parking lots were filled to capacity along hotel row downtown.

cheapest daily room rate in August as $312 and the highest among those 10 beach destinations. “The truth is the vast majority of Montauk hotels are affordable,

family friendly, and at or close to a beach,” Laraine Creegan, executive director of the Chamber, refuted. “For example, in August room rates start as low as $125 mid-week and


“Regarding surveys, we go along with the British critic, Craig Brown, who wrote, ‘I spend a good 10 minutes a day deciding whether or not to read the results of new surveys, and, once I have read them, a further five minutes deciding whether or not to take them seriously,’” Chamber president Paul Monte said, adding, “When they’re inaccurate and used as the basis of a news story we call it fake news!” Come September, hotel rates fall as low as $110 for the autumn season, according to the Chamber.

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By Laura Field

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outside, and make sure that all windows have screens that are in good repair.

It’s August on the East End. That means warm temperatures, roads crowded with visitors and workers scurrying to get in their fun, and their funds, before summer’s end. It also means the annual appearance of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus.

Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken announced this week that 22 new mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus on Long Island, including in Ridge and East Hampton.

The West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquitos in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. “The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area,” said Dr. Tomarken. “While there is no cause for alarm, we advise residents to


Lastly prevent mosquitos from laying eggs inside and outside of your house. The most effective way to do this is by emptying and cleaning containers that hold water, such as pet water bowls, flowerpot saucers, buckets, and bird baths, every week. cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce the exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”

According to Dr. Tomarken, most people infected will see little to no side affects, but there is a dangerous side to this virus. More severe symptoms can include high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, vision loss, and paralysis. Although the symptoms may last a few weeks, the neurological effects can be permanent.

People over 50 and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk, and should take all precautions to avoid being bitten by a mosquito. Here are some tips to avoid being bitten, and incubating mosquitos in your yard. Try to minimize your time outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active. If you are outdoors, wear protective clothing such as long pants, socks, and long-sleeved shirts. Use mosquito repellent when you are

Dead birds may also indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. To report dead birds, call the Public Health Information Line in Suffolk County at 631-787-2200 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631852-4270.

For further information on West Nile virus, visit the Department of Health Services’ website.

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East Hampton Library’s Authors Night

By Nicole Teitler

The literati will come together this Saturday for the 13th annual Authors Night, hosted by the East Hampton Library. Every year 100 writers across various genres lure in a crowd of over 2500 people to what is deemed by many as the premier literary event of The Hamptons. A true page-turning affair, Authors Night has come to be one of the biggest library-author events in the nation. Held at 4 Maidstone Lane, East Hampton Village, the evening begins at 5 PM with a reception under a large tent, rain or shine. Guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres while sipping wine as they come face to face with some of their favorite writers. From words on a page to an in-person meeting, this night brings an opportunity to transform a story into reality. Dinner follows the reception at 8 PM. Guests will dine in private homes to enjoy more in-depth discussions and to honor one or more of the authors.



Alec Baldwin is the founding honorary chair, and will be signing his book Nevertheless: A Memoir with his wife and honorary cochair, Hilaria Baldwin, who will be signing her book The Living Clearly Method. Other honorary co-chairs this year are famed author Robert A. Caro, signing The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV, legendary talk show host Dick Cavett signing Brief Encounters, notable architect Peter Marino signing The Garden of Peter Marino, media commentator Malcolm Nance signing Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Cyber Jihad, Jessica Seinfeld, author and philanthropist, signing Food Swings,

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Stephen Kennedy Smith signing JFK: A Vision for America, and TV journalist Elizabeth Vargas signing Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction.

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roles in “M*A*S*H” and “The West Wing;” Ann Brashares, known for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; New York Times best-selling authors Tom Clavin and Holly Peterson; famous photographer Elliott Erwitt; Stacey Griffith,

Tickets are $100 for the authors reception only. Dinners begin at $300 (includes entry to booksigning reception). Tickets are available online at the Authors Night website (www.authorsnight. org), at the Library (159 Main St., East Hampton), and by calling 631-324-0222 ext. 7.

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“And basketball,” he continued. “There’s the 2-3 zone, there’s the box-and-one, the half-court trap. It’s yet another language. There’s coaches dealing with angles, and some of the players are geniuses; they are always in the right place at the right time. So it’s sort of like painting. It’s a composition.”

Musings With Joe Zucker

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By Bridget LeRoy

If one were to construct a work of art to describe Joe Zucker – who is as well-known for the materials he uses as for the art he creates – it would no doubt encompass not only paint and canvas, but also basketball hoops and a walleye pike or two. Zucker, who shares his home in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods with his wife, the noted photographer Britta Le Va, and a beagle named Wally, leads three separate but intertwined lives: as a world-renowned artist, as a recently-retired assistant coach of the Bridgehampton Killer Bees, and as a skillful finder and catcher of one of Minnesota’s largest and most elusive lake denizens.

But first things first. Zucker’s art, often described as quirky and irreverent, is currently on view at The Drawing Room gallery in, surprisingly, his first solo exhibition ever in East Hampton. The show, “Neo, Neo, Neo Classicism,” features a series of small works constructed of paint and gypsum – better known to us common folk as sheetrock. Resembling mosaics through Zucker’s use of gridwork, the pieces are embedded within the walls of the gallery. With images like volcanos, atria, and galleons, the small works of art conjure up cogitations of ancient frescoes. 26

“And if someone doesn’t like them, they can just put compound over it,” Zucker said with a smile.

He has worked before with gypsum but this is the first time he has been able to realize his vision of embedding it within the wall of the space. Other work, like his famed Cotton series, which depicted uncompromising images of the Old South, was painted with and on cotton balls. A recent installation in Los Angeles featured 1000 painted mops, assembled on the walls of the gallery like a child’s Tinker Toy set. Still other works have incorporated rope, cardboard rolls, aluminum foil, you name it, and most of it is very, very large. “I match my work to the space,” he said. The work resonates, as it has since he burst onto the New York scene as a 25-year-old wunderkind. Zucker’s art is part of the permanent collections of some of the world’s most prestigious art institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and he has been featured in the Whitney Biennial a record five times.

Zucker is the modern art world’s iconoclastic reconstructionist – he has spent almost a half-century exploring different ways of creating art that are so outside the accepted paradigms that it often leaves critics and even other artists scratching their heads in both wonder and


“He has made paintings in which the paint is not applied to canvas or any other ground, but literally floats in space—the medium purely being itself,” wrote fellow artist and friend Chuck Close in 2007 for an article in BOMB magazine. “Pouring, squeezing and manipulating paint, he fashions paintings so personal it would be impossible to imagine anyone else having made them. This is the definition of personal invention,” Close wrote. Zucker is and always has been farther than beyond the pale, way ahead of the avant garde. Although he has referred to himself as a bluecollar artist, using construction materials and paint to showcase issues that matter more to the proletariat than to the hoi polloi, his work is in public collections from Honolulu to the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, his awards and recognitions multitudinous. So, there’s that. But art is only one of Zucker’s passions. “One of the reasons I enjoy being involved in the worlds of art, and fishing, and basketball is the language that you speak is different in every one of these pursuits,” he said. “Art has a very definitive, limited number of words. And when there are more words than brushstrokes, art can get really boring. Then you’ve got

His love of basketball comes from his own early success with the sport – he grew up on Chicago’s rough South Side and escaped the violent neighborhood with a basketball scholarship to Miami University in Ohio, but ended up back in the Windy City at the Art Institute of Chicago, where years later an entire room was devoted to his works, part of the permanent collection there. However, he never stopped loving basketball, and became the Bridgehampton team’s numberone fan after attending a few games. The coach Carl Johnson, who retired from the Bees last year, finally asked Zucker to assist, and the rest was history. “They should erect a bronze statue to Carl Johnson in Bridgehampton,” Zucker said.

His coaching, Zucker said, is all about interaction. “You’re working with kids, day in, day out. There’s no time for thinking about politics or nuance. You’re in it, you’re living it,” he said. His fishing trips to Minnesota are more solitary, although still interactive.

“The weather is the most important single thing in fishing. I can get up in the morning, if I’m taking some people walleye fishing, and I can tell just from the way the wind is blowing, which lake I want to fish from, and which shoreline on that lake I should go to,” he said. “Because where the wind is blowing, that’s where the fish are.” All three of his passions work, he said, hand-in-hand. “I’m interested not just in the creation but in the process. Of art, also of basketball and fishing. I’ve always been interested in how things work, why they work the way they do, and what my part is in that process.” The show at The Drawing Room runs through September 4.

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Thuyen Nguyen: Not Only Skin Deep

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If you’re Uma Thurman, Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, or Jimmy Fallon, and you want to keep your famed good looks and clear skin, who you gonna call? The answer is Thuyen Nguyen -- but first you have to say it right. It’s pronounced TU-yen NWIN.

Thuyen himself radiates health and serenity. His innovative facials -- which include natural products and a massage, or “workout,” for the face -- are in high demand on red carpets around the world. With FaceXcerise Skin Fitness Studios in both Wainscott and Manhattan, he still is frequently flown to where he is needed, stat. “The key to healthy, young-looking skin is to exercise the muscles, to get the blood flowing,” he said. “I mean, you go to the gym to keep your body looking young – why wouldn’t you do the same thing for your face?”

Thuyen does the work for you, massaging the face with a series of light and heavier motions, coupled with ancient Asian art of cupping, which he says provides an instant face lift, draining the lymphs and reducing puffiness while giving the skin a natural, healthy glow. “People are starting to turn away from injections,” he said. “They realize

that chemicals being shot into the face are not good for you, plus they can give you that frozen look.” This is, he said, a healthy alternative to Botox and other chemical fillers. Growing up as an immigrant from Vietnam in Jacksonville, FL, “I felt out of place. I was so shy. Here I was, just about the only Asian kid around. I was little, I was gay, and I was picked on. If you met me then, I could barely even speak, I was so introverted.” It wasn’t until he moved to New York City and starting gaining confidence as an in-demand massage therapist, that his life began to change for the better.

Then acting as founding creative director and a featured practitioner at Robert DeNiro’s Greenwich Hotel led to a sterling reputation and a roster of celebrity clients, and it’s been nonstop ever since, opening his own boutique loft location in Tribeca and his flagship sanctuary in The Hamptons which earned him “Best in New York” by Vogue in 2013 and “Best Facialist” in Manhattan Modern Luxury in 2015. Thuyen opened La Don Spa, but has rebranded as FaceXcerise. His Wainscott location causes the shoulders to drop by simply walking in the door. With a






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Independent/Courtesy FaceXcercise Studios Thuyen Nguyen at his FaceXercise Skin Fitness Studio in Wainscott.

tranquil Asian theme – there’s a little glitter and glam thrown in for good measure -- the rooms are each individually decorated by Nguyen himself. It is a place to relax and simply be. And that’s the psychological component of the process, he said. “It’s not only about outer beauty,” he expressed. “There’s a sense of relaxation and happiness that my clients feel when they are here. Plus, they love the results, which makes them feel better about themselves. Believe me,” he continued, “I know what it’s like to feel bad about how I look or who I am. Or to focus on the one bad physical thing we have – wrinkles or cellulite or whatever. How many times have you said, ‘Oh, I hate this huge pimple on my face!’ and your friend said, ‘I didn’t even notice it until you said something.’ We are our own harshest critics. But when we feel really good about the way we look, then we feel better about who we are. We are more confident

and joyful. And then, hopefully, we can spread that good feeling around.”

Thuyen also has a hair stylist and colorist who comes in by appointment. “Fabiola Sevilla runs my two private salon rooms,” he said. “She’s a New York City stylist turned local, and has been taking care of high-end clients and business owners out here for 13 years.”

When not working, Thuyen spends time with Wally, his rescue French bulldog (he’s big supporter of the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons), and visiting with friends. Coming up are his own skin line and a book in the works. But for now, he continues to work with clients at his Wainscott location. “I love what I do,” he said. “Every client is like a close friend.”

For more information and to book appointments, the website is www.

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Ina Garten And Rob Marshall In Conversation

By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

It’s a rare evening, not to be missed. Best-selling cookbook author and TV host Ina Garten and Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Rob Marshall will be in conversation at the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five author series this week.

Garten, who started with the Barefoot Contessa gourmet food store in East Hampton, has brought delight to kitchens ever since, as a Food Network star and with multiple, must-have cookbooks. Her latest read, Cooking For Jeffrey, is the most personal of the bunch, sharing not only great recipes but offering pieces of her life with her partner of 50 years. Marshall’s credits span film, television, and stage. Nominated for 26 Academy Awards, six Tonys, multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, and more, he has directed, produced, and choreographed some of the most popular works of the time. Works include Chicago, Pirates

of the Caribbean, and Memoirs of a Geisha, to name a few. These two stars, who have been friends for years, will share their time and insights with visitors on

life, work, and the worlds they have created. Fridays at Five takes place in the rear garden of the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

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Beverages and hors d’oeuvres are provided.

Admission is $25 at the door. Gates open at 4:30 PM.



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The Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s Walk of Hope + 5K Run was held at Southampton Cultural Center on Saturday. 1. Paola Bacchini, Janna Bullock, and Lucia Hwong Gordon, 2. Guests, 3. Audrey Gruss and Arthur Dunnam.



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Southampton Hospital’s 59th annual summer party was held on Saturday in Southampton. 1. Kathy Ruland and Llyod Ruland, 2. Senator Ken LaValle and Penny LaValle, 3. Kenneth Wright, Tom Kirdahy, Terrence McNally, and Bob Chaloner, 4. Jean Shafiroff, 5. Mark Epley and Marianne Epley.

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“Montauk Highway: Postwar Abstraction in the Hamptons” opened at Eric Firestone Gallery last Friday in East Hampton. 1. Gary Adamek, Ruth Appelhof, Jeryl Goldberg, and Michael Goldberg, 2. Angie Firestone and Eric Firestone, 3. Scott Bluedorn and Marylin Church, 4. Tripoli Patterson, 5. Owain Hughes and Kimberly Goff, 6. Sam Keller, Dan Meeks, and Royal Jarmon.

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UNCF held a VIP brunch hosted by Jean Shafiroff at the home of Lyn and ET Williams on Sunday in Sag Harbor. 1. Guest, Bruce Lincoln, Elsie McCabe Thompson, Guest, Jean Shafiroff, and Flo Anthony, 2. Earl Graves, 3. Jean Shafiroff and Don Lemon, 4. William Pickens III and Steve Williams, 5. Rebecca A. Seawright and Nancy Silberkleit.


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The sixth Annual Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation took place at Fairview on Mecox Bay last Saturday in Bridgehampton. 1. Sarah Cooper, Dakota Duffy, Lisa Klein, Meki Saldana, and Kerry Morgan, 2. Nicole Miller and Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn, 3. Sandra Ripert and Eric Ripert, 4. Atmosphere.




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Women’s Health and FEED hosted the sixth annual Party Under the Stars at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club on Saturday in Bridgehampton. 1. Lauren Bush Lauren, Sharon Bush, Laura Frerer-Schmidt, Amy Keller Laird, and Ashley Bush, 2. DJ Hannah Bronfman, 3. Bethenny Frankel, 4. Jennifer Morrison and Freida Pinto, 5. Olivia Palermo.

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Janna Bullock celebrated with an endless summer party at a private residence on July 23 in Southampton. 1. Peter Thomas Roth, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Janna Bullock, 2. Robin Cofer, Elise Slane, and Cassandra Seidenfeld, 3. Luann D’Agostino, 4. Sharon Bush, Joe Alexander, and Anne Hearst McInerney.

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Momentum Pictures with The Cinema Society and SVEDKA hosted the after party for Fun Mom Dinner at Jimmy At The James Hotel on August 1 in New York City. 1. Guests, 2. June Ambrose, 3. Julie Rudd and Naomi Scott, 4. Grace Gummer, 5. Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, and Bridget Everett.


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Young Jackie Photos by Richard Lewin

“Young Jackie on the South Fork” explores the early life of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and her pastimes in The Hamptons as captured through the lens of society photographer Bert Morgan. Curated and presented by the East Hampton Historical Society, this collection of timeless images of young Jackie Bouvier are reminiscent of a bygone era, synonymous with the romantically rich history of The Hamptons. An opening reception was held on Friday evening. On view on the second floor is “Caught in a Flash: Press Photographs of East Hamptoners 1930-1950.” The show runs through October 8. 34

Nights Of Freedom Photos by Rob Rich/

The Nights of Freedom concert featured a special musical performance by the legendary pop icon Taylor Dayne at the Sag Harbor home of Ian and Crystal Behar to benefit Unlikely Heroes on August 1. The evening began with dinner and a heartfelt introduction of founder and CEO, Erica Greve by Crystal Behar. Taking the stage with a warm welcome, Greve thanked the guests for their incredible support for the charity. In a single evening Unlikely Heroes raised over $50,000 to rescue and restore child victims of sex slavery worldwide.

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While ball gowns are not always the norm in The Hamptons, some events warrent a dress code that’s a little more formal. Here are some of our favorite looks from benefits for the Parrish Art Museum, LongHouse Reserve, Southampton Animal Shelter, Southampton Hospital, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 36

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Avedon’s America At Guild Hall

Malcolm X, New York, March 27, 1963.

By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

On Friday Guild Hall in East Hampton will hold its annual

summer gala, hosted by April Gornik. The event will celebrate Richard Avedon’s America and honor photographer Bonnie Lautenberg. Partygoers will experience a special preview of the “Avedon’s America” exhibit that opens to the public the following day. Guests of the gala will be treated to music by Yung Jake, dancing, dining, and a lively art auction.

Displaying over 50 years of Richard Avedon’s photographic career, the exhibition is a comprehensive presentation of black and white images. Visually striking and psychologically intriguing, Avedon’s work stands as a testament to his dedicated desire to understand beauty in diversity. It’s a timely exhibit, focused on America. The portraits on view inspire a deeper understanding of the many characters, ideas, and relationships that shaped the cultural discourse of 20th-century America.

Donyale Luna, dress by Paco Rabanne, New York, December 6, 1966.

Subjects include William F. Buckley, John Cage, Janis Joplin, Florence Kennedy, China Machado, Malcolm X, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. From the civil and women’s rights movements to the

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Vietnam War, to prominent figures in visual, performing, and literary arts, Avedon provides the images.

At 4 PM on Saturday there will be a panel discussion that includes Hilton Als, Pulitzer Prize-winning essayist, author, and theater critic for The New Yorker; James Martin, executive director of the Richard Avedon Foundation; and Robert M. Rubin, an independent scholar and curator of “Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look.” A private Guild Hall members’ reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 PM.

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The show will be on display in the Moran & Woodhouse Gallery and run through October 9.

The gala takes place on Friday from 5 to 11 PM. A live auction with Gabriela Palmieri will also be held. For more info visit www.guildhall. org.

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Art On The Montauk Green

Independent /Courtesy of the Montauk Artist Association Unique artwork, photography, and jewelry will be showcased at the Show on the Green in Montauk.

By Laura Field

The Montauk Artists Association will have its 23rd annual show on the Montauk Green Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20.

Beginning Friday at noon the Montauk Village Green transforms into an outdoor gallery of art. Walk the green discovering art creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, mixed-media, woodworking, and more. The fine art collection by local, regional, and national artisans will showcase the unique and everchanging dimensions of art. The fair will open at noon Friday and will go to 6 PM. On Saturday and Sunday it will run from 10 AM to 6 PM. All artists will be present at the fair, and will be taking requests for personalized pieces, so there will be something for everyone. For more information visit www. 38

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ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOPS Wednesdays 4:00–4:45pm $10 ($8 GH Members) Ages 5–11 Limited to 25 children August 9

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Dufflebag Theatre’s Interactive Fairy Tales: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Wednesday, August 9 at 5pm Exciting, interactive, and unique experience! 3-9 years

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By Nicole Teitler

Q&A With Arsen Gurgov

Arsen Gurgov is the celebrity hairstylist that you didn’t even know you know. Aside from creating the perfect look for A-Listers and Manhattanites, such as Emmy Rossum, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Sandra Lee (to name a few), he’s also one of the stylists from Ambush Makeover on the “Today Show.” With a new salon comes new buzz. Between the luxury and the low-key vibes

associated with our East End, we had a few questions for this rising star.

to women who want help to maintain their organic locks?

What celebrity hair is the envy of them all?

It’s simple: The less you do to your hair, the healthier—and more beautiful—it will be.

A few of my well-known clients have more challenging hair than others, but they’re all beautiful. You’ve been known to revitalize natural hair. What’s your tip

Do you come out to the East End? Where do you enjoy spending your time when you come?

I visit the East End often -- many of my friends and clients have homes there. It’s a magical place, and each village is so special. Let’s talk Hamptons beauty tips. What’s your favorite look for the summer on the East End? I love The Hamptons! The best look is the easiest -- embrace your natural hair, and spray it with saltwater from the ocean to add texture. Wavy “beach hair” looks sexy. How do you recommend both men and women protect their hair from sun and ocean damage? The more conditioner the better; slather it on and leave it in. And the greasier the product, the better it is for your hair. Some products even contain SPF -- look for it on the label. What’s a perfect dayinto-night look? For those on-the-go with charity events in the evening? My favorite look has always been a low ponytail or a chignon, styles that work for all types of hair, whether straight or frizzy. How did you become a hair stylist? Why NYC? I have always loved doing hair since I was very young. I love the artistic part of it, but also the business part of it. And I love New York. My family is here, and for what I do, it’s a dream place to work. What’s a glamour horror story you’ve experienced? A mistake you’ve learned from, a disaster client in desperate need...

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Montauk Playhouse Gala Photos by Nate Best

Montauk Playhouse celebrated the art of surfing at Saturday’s gala. This year’s event honored local artists and activists Tony Caramanico, James Katsipis, Evelyn O’Doherty, and Peter Spacek who have captured the vibrant, authentic surf culture of Montauk. The gala featured a festive cocktail hour, seated dinner, and musical performance by Donavon Frankenreiter. Honorary co-chairs were Travis Beckmann, Candace Ceslow, Mikey DeTemple, and Leif Engstrom. There was also a special tribute to Rusty Drumm.

The Bacon Brothers Photo by Rob Rich/

The Bacon Brothers are anything but a typical rock band. Brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon play gritty rock that is unapologetically unique and authentic. Their style can best be described by their first album title, Forosoco, a word describing the blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences. The duo, pictured here with GE Smith (center), took the stage at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday night. 42

Lunch With JCOH Photos by Richard Lewin

On Friday afternoon, the Jewish Center of The Hamptons of East Hampton held its annual summer luncheon at East Hampton Point restaurant. This year, the JCOH honored philanthropist Nanette Rosenberg of the UJA and Brown Harris Stevens, and lawyer/cybersecurity expert Lisa Sotto, who taught guests how to set their iPhone security settings for optimum privacy. Seven-time Emmy Award-winner Alan Alda was the special guest. He gave an inspiring speech about empathy, and signed his latest book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

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A Hamptons Happening

The 13th annual A Hamptons Happening, benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, was held on Saturday evening. Guests enjoyed an intimate performance by Grammynominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright as well as a performance by Sophie Beem, along with tastings from some of the top chefs and restaurants in

New York City and The Hamptons. Taking place on the estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, the event was hosted by CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge and honored Glenn Myles, chairman and CEO of First Wall Street Capital; Bobbie Lloyd, chief baking officer of Magnolia Bakery; Shep Gordon, talent manager, Hollywood film agent, producer, and author; Gabriel

Kreuther, owner and executive chef of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant, a Michelin Star recipient, and Relais & Chateaux restaurant; and Margaret Hayes, president and CEO of Fashion Group International. 43

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By Zachary Weiss

Town Guide : Grant Hewit

WHO: Grant Hewit

ABOUT GRANT: Grant is the co-founder of Hudson Sutler, a travel accessories lifestyle brand HQed in New York City and best known for its duffle and tote bags spotted regularly on beaches all across the North and South Fork.   INSTAGRAM: @HudsonSutler GRANT’S FAVORITE SPOTS: Montauk Brewery Co-founded by three buddies who early on (true story) delivered kegs via bicycles to early supporters and local bars, Montauk Brewery is just. Plain. Great. Not only is it putting out some amazing summer time suds, the “red brew-barn” is a quick hop to the beach and surf, which is by design. A mellow bar compared to some recent additions to the

Montauk social scene of late, but a standout for sure. It’s Montauk Brewery where everyone heads to grab a growler of the local stuff that makes The End such a great spot. Oh, and it’s a pretty solid Instagram follow while you’re at it! Montauk Point Lighthouse When talking about anything remotely outdoorsy, people use the word “picturesque” too frequently in my humble opinion. The Lighthouse is one of a few exceptions, as I’m pretty confident there’s a photo of a sunset with this lighthouse in the foreground on every “summer” mood board for designers all over the globe. Google image search it for proof, and better yet, just make sure you’ve got a Montauk beer in hand and take your own photo -- you need a new background for your iPhone

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CityRow Montauk CityRow has built a cult following in NYC, so when the transplant from Manhattan moved out east, all it did was add a much better view. Even though CityRow NYC has (rightfully) earned the moniker “ain’t your daddy’s row class!” the setup it has in Montauk is pretty amazing. Located at Gurneys, in a permanent private studio overlooking the ocean, CR classes aren’t exactly a walk on the beach. The row machine uses almost 80 percent of the body’s muscles, utilizing arms, legs, and core. Although the classes are not for the faint of heart, the staff does a superb job of ensuring that all participants are well acquainted with their machines regardless of experience or skill set.

Classes run through Labor Day with top NYC trainers. Space is limited and with everyone looking to get in that morning sweat, you are encouraged to book in advance. The Hero Beach Club

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New to MTK, the Hero Beach Club is the perfect getaway for the anyone who really needs to get away. It’s a classic Montauk haven, offering laid-back surroundings, but has an updated contemporary feel, a combo that’s tough to beat. Hero, although tucked away, is not

far away. With views of the Atlantic as a backdrop to the Club, and a skip from most popular beaches, landmarks, surfing, and hiking trails. The rest of Montauk is only about 15 minutes away if you’re looking to turn it up a bit. The newly reno-ed rooms are the ultimate in comfort. They are minimalistic in design, yet they are clean and perfect for their location. Hero’s rooms gives visitors all that they need to relax and unwind. Rooms are available in standard, deluxe, and suites, so pick your fancy. The Dock Come to eat, come to drink, but don’t come to mess around. With over 40 years of history in its wake, the Dock boasts some the best seafood in the country, and its patrons are some of the bawdiest and bad-assed fishermen you could find. They make the rules (among them, no cell phones and no screaming kids allowed) and the food, so watch your step. The establishment is old-school Montauk at its finest, which means the seafood will be among the best that you’ve ever had. There is a general consensus that everyone should eat here if they visit Montauk. But there is also a consensus that the Dock hits your pocket pretty hard. Because of the supreme quality of the food everyone goes there to eat, so naturally, there is always a line.

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Jackson Pollock, Honorary Bonacker


Independent / Photograph by Martha Holmes, Courtesy Pollock-Krasner House Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner with their neighbor, Nathaniel Edgar Talmage (age 84), and his horse, Rowdy Kate, in front of the PollockKrasner House, 1949.

By Laura Field

On Friday, the 61st anniversary of Jackson Pollock’s death, an official proclamation by the Town of East Hampton will declare him to be a Bonacker, an honorary member of the community that became his adopted home in 1945. 

The festivities will begin at 6 PM at Ashawagh Hall during the annual Springs Artists Invitational Exhibition, with the ceremony at 6:30 PM. All are welcome, and Bonac-style refreshments will be served.

Genuine Bonackers are the folks born in Springs, many with roots stretching back to the earliest European settlement of the area. A few of them decided it was high time that Pollock, a permanent resident of Green River Cemetery in Springs, was taken into the fold. Coming from a workingclass background, he admired and respected his hard-working, downto-earth Bonac neighbors. They are now of a mind to repay the compliment.

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Hampton Daze by Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Persist & Stand out

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It was a whirlwind week. On Thursday I joined the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at Nasdaq in Times Square to ring the opening bell (see photos on page 58). The morning celebrated the A Hamptons Happening event, which was held on Saturday night in Bridgehampton (event photos are on page 43). The event was a huge success with delicious chef tastings. Rufus Wainwright and Sophie Beem treated guests to memorable performances.

Speaking of girl power, on Saturday I headed to a summer brunch in Sagaponack, hosted by Christy Doramus of @ 46

Saturday night was also the UNCF A Mind Is… benefit. Over 300 supporters, including Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, gathered at this year’s event, co-chaired by Jane Carter, Errol Taylor, and Desiree Watson. The event raised funds to make sure low-income students get the resources they need for a college education.

We sipped on Simple Vodka cocktails. The newly-launched vodka brand donates 20 meals for each bottle produced. Every Simple drink served feeds at least one hungry American.

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When I got word that Chelsea Clinton was going to be at BookHampton on Friday, I knew I had to stop by. Her new offering, She Persisted, is a children’s book, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, that highlights 13 American women who changed the world. Women like Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, and Helen Keller are featured.

CrownsbyChristy along with Nine West. Supporting Nine West’s new #StandOut campaign, the event focused on highlighting the brand’s new shoe collection inspired by strength, power, and beauty of women across the world. During the event, guests were invited to try on shoes and complete their looks with a flower crown and an onsite GlamSquad, all while tasting the delicious brunch menu, curated by Jennifer Poto. 

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Arts & Entertainment

Laird Hamilton & Lincoln Motor Company’s Cheat Day Meal At The Surf Lodge

Vintage Shopping Alongside Rachel Zoe At What Goes Around Comes Around By Zachary Weiss

Designer and fashion-world legend Rachel Zoe teamed up with What Goes Around Comes Around in East Hampton to celebrate her Pop-In Shop this past Friday night where she showcased her new curated collection of goods for the vintage destination favored by her fellow celeb pals. Rachel, a WGACA client and fan for over 20 years, shone in her own gold metallic jacquard gown

where she held court at the store advising guests on their vintage finds, all while her three-yearold son Kaius played peekaboo with party guests behind his mother’s dress train. Like any true shopaholic, Rachel herself couldn’t resist snapping up a few wares, frequently pulling luxury vintage items from the racks and gasping in admiration. You can also find Rachel’s luxe fashion picks on www.whatgoesaroundnyc. com through Sunday.  

By Zachary Weiss

World class surfer and fitness junkie Laird Hamilton closed out the weekend on Sunday night with a dinner held at the Surf Lodge. While the party was billed a celebration of Lincoln Motor Company’s partnership with the hotel hotspot, it served as a cheat day for Hamilton and his wife and pro volleyball player, Gabby Reece, who had spent the last two days hosting XPT workouts at Gurney’s Montauk. The workout regime combines CrossFit with specific breathing techniques, and is practiced daily by the fit couple and their two children. Joining in on the fun was Cynthia Rowley,

Serena Atschul, Andreja Pejic, and cult-favorite crooner, Donavon Frankenreiter, who resides next door to the Hamiltons’ home in Hawaii and finished up the evening with his signature hits. 47

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Bridgehampton Chamber Music Photos by Annemarie Davin and William Cronin

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Thomas Moran Trust Photos by Richard Lewin

The Thomas Moran Trust hosted its garden party on Saturday on the historical grounds of the Thomas Moran and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, located on Main Street in East Hampton Village. The benefit party celebrated the final phase of this meticulous restoration project as well as an unveiling of the 19th-century inspired garden of Mary Nimmo Moran, recreated by the Garden Club of East Hampton.

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Take Every Wave Photos by William Cronin

This past Friday night the Hamptons International Film Festival continued its Summer Docs series with Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton directed by Rory Kennedy. The screening took place at Gurney’s Montauk and present were HIFF director Anne Chaisson, HIFF artistic director David Nugent, and HIFF co-chairman Alec Baldwin. Rory Kennedy and Laird Hamilton, with his lovely wife Gabrielle Reece, were also there. The film will be opening in theaters soon. 

The Next Wave Photos by Michael Priest Photography

On July 30, The Next Wave event drew more than 70 guests to Amagansett to celebrate the new generation of European Jewish leaders. Hosted by Michele, Stan, and Leslie Rosen, the event also showcased over 100 years of work of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish relief group, at their home. 49

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by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. Velvet Elvis “Velvet Elvis,” an exhibition curated by Pamela Willoughby will be held at Christy’s Art Center in Sag Harbor. An opening reception will be held on Friday from 6 to 9 PM. Artists include Jean Michel Basquiat, Hush, Nathan Slate Joseph, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, Nicole Nadeau, Rene Ricard, and Mason Saltarelli. The Artist Study The Artist Study Gallery and Studio in Southampton will host an opening reception for “Pitture della Vita” on Saturday from 6 to 8 PM. It is artist

Megan Euell’s first solo exhibit and will feature compositions of Southampton, Savannah, Florence, and Tuscany - which visually narrate the painter’s path and chosen life as an artist. The exhibition will be on view through September 4. Jackson Pollock: The Graphic Works Guild Hall in East Hampton presents “Jackson Pollock: The Graphic Works.” Jackson Pollock is best known for his stunning abstract poured paintings from the 1950s -- work which marked the high point of his artistic career. But many people may not realize that from 1943, Pollock also explored the art of printmaking




Hush’s Inception at “Velvet Elvis,” opening at Christy’s Art Center.

quite different from his lithographs. Pollock’s intaglios from 1944 and 1945 are critical in his development and forecast his signature style in painting. The show opens on Saturday and runs through October 9. Visit Wednesday Wonders Plein Air Painters of the East End is hosting the exhibit “Wednesday Wonders” at the Nature Conservancy in East Hampton through August 24. The reception is Saturday from 4 to 6 PM. Participating artists include Bobbie Braun, Pat DeTullio, Anna Franklin, Barbara Jones, Teresa Lawler, Deb Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Gene Samuelson, Christine Chew Smith, Cynthia Sobel, Frank Sofo, Bob Sullivan, Aurelio Torres, and Dan Weidmann. Larry Rivers Tomorrow at 7:30 PM, David Joel, director of the Larry Rivers

Foundation, will speak about “An Insider’s View: Perspectives on the Art and Artist of Larry Rivers, From Inside the Studio,” at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor. Joel will offer insights into the art and the artist’s process, his motivations, work methods, and the many ways the artist was closely tied to Jewish culture, based on the years Joel spent working with Rivers in the studio. For more info visit www. Tobi Kahn World-renowned artist Tobi Kahn will visit Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor as artist-in-residence this Friday through Sunday. All sessions during his visit are free and open to the community. There will be something for all ages, interests, and artistic abilities with a focus on ceremonial objects. For more info and a schedule of events visit www.


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It’s another warm, summer night as the sun begins to set over Lake Montauk. Coast Kitchen at Montauk Yacht Club is surprisingly quiet at 6 PM on a Friday, but with the crowded streets in town it’s a welcome change of atmosphere. As I sit in the white wicker chair overlooking the pool and deck area, I inhale the salty air flowing from the outside -- indicative of The End.

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A consistent piece throughout the dishes were florals, edible of course. Whether you decide to eat them or simply admire their colorful beauty (I admit, I tried a few), it’s a unique touch to the restaurant. As the restaurant began to fill up a bit more it still retained an undisturbed essence, which can likely be attributed to its off-themain-road location.

Before beginning a long-awaited evening of fresh catches I order a Rosie from the cocktail menu -- cucumber vodka, watermelon, Aperol, crisp white wine, and fresh mint, each sip lingering on my palate like dew on fresh morning grass.

First course, the seafood platter. A salty spread of Blue Point oysters, Little Neck clams, peel and eat shrimp, one pound of king crab claws, with horseradish mignonette, onions pickled in red wine vinegar, cocktail sauce, and lemon on the side. As I learned the proper way to eat a crab claw (break it apart like a wish bone, dip and eat), my mouth filled with freshness. The shrimp was thick and meaty, likely one of the thickest shrimps I had eaten on Long Island, as I dipped it in the delectably spicy horseradish sauce.

Up next was the Montauk cioppino -- clams, shrimp, squid, market fish, and mussels all swimming in a light tomato broth, drizzled with garlic aioli. Minus the market fish, which was underwhelming, the tastes and textures of this dish was exquisitely executed. Unlike the seafood platter, the shrimp in this dish were smaller to better scoop up. The broth opened up the flavors individually while seamlessly blending them together. A touch of the aioli sauce completed each spoonful with a hint of garlic. Save the bread for last, as dipping does wonders after it’s had the chance to soak in each ingredient.

on the side is a wonderful choice. The sorbet is a welcome tie-in to the lime richness of the pie and the overall plate, an ideal end to a satisfying meal.

With a menu featuring a variety of items, not just the seafood I eagerly devoured, Montauk Yacht Club’s Coast Kitchen will be serving their summer menu through the end of September.

a cauliflower-creamed spinach, roasted cremini mushrooms, and parmesan mashed potatoes, all three served in cast iron pots, ideal for sharing. Guests would be remiss to leave out the parmesan potatoes as part of their order. With crunchy fries on top, each mouthwatering forkful is in anticipation of the next.

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No meal would be complete without dessert. A chocolate croissant bread pudding is served in a cast iron pot with dark chocolate pearls on top, whipped cream, and salted caramel ice cream. In addition, a key lime pie with a

Finally, the four-pound lobster with drawn butter and lemon. Cut, dip, drizzle, repeat. On the sides,


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by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. Duryea’s Lobster Deck Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk announces the launch of two new areas - the private dining area and the oyster bar. The new private dining area is located just above the main lobster deck accommodating 30 people for a sit-down event or more for a cocktail event. With sweeping views of Fort Pond Bay and incredible sunsets, Duryea’s private dining area is the perfect spot for a summer dinner party.   The new oyster bar at Duryea’s offers a menu of delicious oysters, champagne, and wine. The

oyster bar, located just adjacent to the fish market, offers Montauk Pearl, Orient Point, Blue Point, and Kumamoto oysters by the dozen. Pair your oysters with a selection of rosés, whites, and reds as well as a few select champagnes. Duryea’s Oyster Bar is the perfect place to grab a snack and cocktail while waiting for your table at Duryea’s. Guild Hall in East Hampton presents Stirring the Pot: Conversations with Culinary Celebrities. This Sunday at 11 AM Andrew Zimmern will be interviewed by Florence Fabricant, food and wine writer for The New York Times. The cost is $20 or $18 for members. For tickets visit www.

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Where To Wine by Elizabeth Vespe Rosé for the Bays It’s a Rosé for the Bays wine release party tomorrow from 6 to 9 PM at Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue. Admission is free and there will be a rosé tasting plus Harvest Moon oysters, and live music by the Como Brothers. Rosé for the Bays was crafted to support the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program. CCE’s documentary On The Water & In The Field will be screened at 8 PM. Lieb Cellars Friday is locals’ night. Show your ID for 20 percent off glasses and bottles. Noah’s food truck will be on hand serving up awesome tacos while Mother Nature delivers sweet sunsets from 4 to 7 PM. On Sunday there will be live music from Jeff LeBlanc from 1 to 3 PM. Martha Clara Vineyards Martha Clara Vineyards will hold Wine Down Wednesdays every week this summer from 6 to 9 PM. Enjoy wine, music, and a food truck. Enjoy educational vineyard walks on Wednesdays at 7 PM. Learn about Martha Clara’s history, viticulture, and winemaking process while taking a first-hand

look at the bucolic vineyard. www. Raphael Wine Join Raphael Wine for music by Blue Roots on Sunday at 1 PM. Tours of the vineyard and production facility are available weekends starting at noon by reservation. At the end of each tour a glass of wine and antipasto will be included with guaranteed indoor seating. Tickets are $65 per person. Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery will feature music by Southold Slim from 1:30 to 5:30 PM on Saturday. On Sunday at 1:30 PM, enjoy the tunes of Robert Bruey. www. Shinn Estate Vineyards Shinn Estate Vineyards hosts self– guided vineyard walks all weekend from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. Barrel cellar tours are also available from 1:30 to 2:30 PM on weekends. Reservations are required. www. Castello di Borghese Vineyard Meet canine companions that will

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By Nicole Teitler

An Evening Of Enchantment

An Evening of Enchantment awaits the East End tomorrow. Hosted by the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, from 6:30 through 10 PM guests will enjoy an evening of magical proportions at Topping Rose House through Jean-Georges cuisine, music by DJ Sam Santiago, and entertainment by the Amazing Kreskin, best known for his appearances on the “Johnny Carson Show.” The debut event is expected to be a fresh take to the chaotic super Saturdays of competing charity events. In addition to the

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weeknight timing, the gala is rain or shine without any reliance on the weather. Ladies, feel free to break out those heels! The beautiful location will provide for an airconditioned, intimate setting amid the summer heat. “It’s a small but important program,” Julie Ratner, one of Ellen Hermanson’s sisters and Foundation co-founder, explained. “We’ll talk about what we plan to do this year, what we’re trying to accomplish. The people at Topping Rose have bent over backwards to make sure this will come off and be a beautiful event. They helped us plan an absolutely beautiful menu. Jean-Georges has a storied reputation, Topping Rose has a storied reputation.”

The event will benefit both the Ellen Hermanson Breast Cancer Center and Phillips Family Cancer Center located at Southampton Hospital. The Phillips Family Cancer Center will be the first and only provider of radiation chemotherapy treatment and oncology on the South Fork. Monies raised will go toward purchasing a new stereotactic breast biopsy table that costs over $200,000 because of its unique

architecture. This equipment allows patients to rest on their side with the breast going through a hole in the table, providing additional comfort. Proceeds will also go towards Ellen’s Well, support groups for diagnosed women and their families, along with 10 chemotherapy infusion chairs for the new Cancer Center.

Designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center and the Ellen Hermanson Foundation prides itself on its “no woman is turned away” policy in addition to assuring all monies raised through their events stay in the East End community.

Ratner humbly admitted, “I think what we’ve done at the Ellen Hermanson Foundation is, through the run, through our events, through an evening of magic, that we’ve raised funds that allow us to focus on our mission.” Steve Ringel, executive director of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the event, connected with the Amazing Kreskin as the act of the night. Kreskin has been boggling minds for half a century throughout the world. Aside from famed

appearances, he’s published 20 books, inspired movies such as Dinner for Schmucks and The Great Buck Howard, and had his own TV show. What might be even more mind-blowing is that this will be Kreskin’s first visit to The Hamptons (to his recollection). Chaired by philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Ellen Hermanson Foundation president, Dr. Julie Ratner. Master of ceremonies will be Nicholas Dawes from the PBS series, “Antiques Roadshow.” In addition to delights, dancing, and bites of remarkable proportions, there will be a small live auction.

You can donate your money or even your time to the upcoming Ellen’s Run on August 20. Pick up next week’s paper for more information on the run. Topping Rose House is located at 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.

Tickets are $500, tables and sponsorships are available by visiting, calling 212-840-0916, or emailing

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This Friday, animal lovers and humanitarians alike will attend the third annual Trunks of Love gala benefitting Veterinarians International. Held at Dopo La Spiaggia in East Hampton, the event will raise money toward the foundation’s mission “to enhance the health of humans, animals, and the environment through the use of sound veterinary care and expertise.”

Katie Cleary of World Animal News will host the festivities with Zara Beard, along with Emmynominated actor Dwayne Hill, actress Christine Evangelista, and philanthropist Susan Rockefeller. A cocktail reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 PM with interactive exhibits by Asher Jay, National Geographic Explorer, and a silent auction. Following will be a seated dinner presented by Chef Maurizio Marfoglia.

Founding president Dr. Scarlett Magda is thrilled how everything came together this year. “We’re excited to showcase all three of our programs [Asian Elephant Veterinary Care Program, Todos Santos Rabies Project, and Sauti Moja Livestock Health and Food Security],” Magda expressed. “We’re going to have a vet exhibit where vets are coming in from all over the country to show the audience what it’s like to be in the field.” New to the Veterinarians International program is its Baby

Elephant Milk research project in Myanmar with Dr. Khyne U. Mar, which will be discussed at the benefit. The organization is funding research towards Dr. Mar’s study on how the nutritional value of elephants’ milk changes over the two-year period that a calf will nurse. This research will help to fine-tune and produce a formula to feed baby elephants. “Ninety percent of what we do is from the generous support of donors. That’s key in allowing the organization to grow,” said Magda.

This year the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, based in Hampton Bays, offered two of its owls for one of the exhibits during the night’s presentation. For those with an affinity for live auctions there will be a chance to win items such as a treehouse experience in Costa Rica, artwork from Alexis Rockman and Paul Gerben, a trip to Thailand with Dr. Magda herself to visit Veterinarians International’s Asian Elephant Vet Care Program, and more. Honorees this year include Penni Ludwig, Cornelia Guest, and the incomparable Dr. Jane Goodall. Jane Gill, Bruce Weber, and Nan Bush will also be honored. “Penni funded two trucks in our mobile elephant clinic; she catapulted that program and got it off the ground,” said Magda. “Cornelia has been with us since day one, she’s just an amazing humanitarian -- she’s

rescuing animals from different circumstances and she has her vegan handbag line. Of course Dr. Jane Goodall is not only someone who’s a pioneer in chimpanzee research but also empowering the next generation. It wasn’t a hard decision to get the three of them together, they all sort of have their own contributions. We wanted to have a balanced group of honorees.” Old Westbury native Cornelia Guest left behind her Long Island home in 2016 to establish an equine sanctuary, Artemis Farm Rescue in Dutchess County. Her life is now essentially dedicated to raising awareness for animals in need.

“I love what Scarlett’s doing because it’s all over the world and I think as a vet she can change so many lives,” Guest offered. “I was thrilled [to be honored], and with Jane Goodall what an honor to be on the same page as her! It’s all about awareness and that’s what we need to do, so if I can help Scarlett in any way doing that I’m all for it.”

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The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation rang the Nasdaq opening bell last Thursday in celebration of Saturday’s A Hamptons Happening benefit.

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Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center presents Get Wild! on Saturday from 6 to 8 PM. The cocktail party will be hosted by Leslie Alexander and Liz Brown at their private residence in Southampton. The center helps injured and orphaned

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Reporting From Broadway by Isa Goldberg Pipeline While Dominique Morisseau’s new play, Pipeline, at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater has all the trappings of a realistic drama with an overt pedagogic message, Morisseau beats the drum with surprising depth. Carrying her message with immediacy, director Lileana Blain-Cruz, wrangles her team of six actors into full onstage battle --  all while they stand around talking about violence in the classroom. That violence, which is not acted out on stage, is suggested in video projections (Hannah Vasileski), set to rumbling drums ( Justin Ellington).

Teaching youth is the collective objective here, in the sense of convey -- as a pipeline conveys. Specifically, the play asks how do we convey, when the obstacle is the students – African American students particularly. Karen Pittman (Nya), an actor who has embodied a wide range of theater roles with commanding presence, plays the mother of such a student. She’s a divorcee, as well as a teacher in an inner-city high school. 

Since the play doesn’t dance around the issues, neither should we. Nya and her ex-husband, Xavier (Morocco Omari), are upper middle-class people who have sent their son away to a private school so that he “can get out of the hood,” and the school system that constricts him. The young man’s history – the

fact that there is no father in the picture – is like many other African American kids, regardless of the pretense of privilege.

In fact, their son Omari, sensitively portrayed by Namir Smallwood, has a strapping youthful build with a face that looks 100 years old. His is an old story. His acting out expresses the pain of losing a father, just the way losing a limb continually informs the nervous system that a connection needs to be made. But that pain is really a reminder that there is no connection to make. Similarly, the play requires us to ask where that hidden link is that binds this young man to society, to social norms and expectations. Morisseau, whose works include Detroit ’67 and Skeleton Crew, about the plight of our auto workers, grapples with glaring, fundamental social issues without shrinking. In Pipeline the level of conflict is constant, as Nya also allies herself with a white school teacher, played with frenzied energy, and a gruff, sarcastic edge by Tasha Lawrence. Accused of interfering with two kids in her class, while she was only trying to keep two teenage boys from killing each other, she is equally the victim. Fortunately, the characters as portrayed reach beyond explicit stereotypes, especially Omari’s teenage girlfriend Jasmine (Heather Velazquez), who feels that his breaking up with her has denied her

of a real relationship, because she didn’t get the chance to argue with him. For a girl who would be a likely candidate for teenage pregnancy, she certainly has a mature concept of relationship. Other scenes of comic relief also break up the gravity of the material. 
 But it is very much to the playwright’s intention to teach a lesson, or at least invite us to think about how to teach the lessons that will allow our youth to become members of a social order, no matter how disarming it is. As Nya alludes, if we’re turning out animals, it’s because “we built the jungle.”  1984 Transferred from London to Broadway, this adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 is vividly staged and convincingly well-acted. Here Reed Birney’s O’Brien is a totally banal character. He is no more the creator of the evil he perpetuates than any ordinary man who fails to think for himself would be. Like the other characters in this tale, in which political terror reigns, “He’s just doing his job.” As such, he maintains a front of utmost innocence, even perpetuating violent deeds, as though he were acting out of empathy. As depicted in the society of 1984, thought is crime, and the words that could express thought are being eliminated. Indeed, the ability to question and think for oneself is replaced by falsifications that nullify history, eliminate memory, and reduce reality to that which can be maintained without any conflict. Here the status quo is a pure and unadulterated state. And human experience is defined by the thought police. “They want to abolish orgasm. It’s a threat to the party,” one of the characters informs us early on in the production, which runs 110 minutes without


Later, the facts having been altered, we learn that there never was a party. Society has become pure and happy, and there is no record that it has ever been different. Throughout all of this, there is only one character who expresses opposition. Winston, brilliantly played by Tom Sturridge, is a diarist, who, while rewriting the dictionary for the party, has been recording his daily experience from his own perspective, from his own thoughts. Regardless of his job, he is the last remaining person who knows anything about the meaning of words that existed before the “Newspeak.” As an actor, Sturridge is physically highly reactive, his psychological urges speaking through his thin, skeletal physique. Kinetic and contagious, his Winston is devoted to a selfless pursuit of the truth. As his love object, Julia, Olivia Wilde appears vulnerable, evocative, and compassionate, at first. But in this staged production, the outcome of the romantic duo is ambiguous. Who betrays whom; and whether or not they are equally tortured into happy submission is just not clear. In Orwell’s novel it is. Adapted and directed by Rocker Icke and Duncan MacMillan, this is a high-octane production. Its use of violence, while not visually graphic in the way cinematic violence can be, is emotionally alarming, as it is charged with the immediacy of being performed live. As designed by Tim Reid, the story line is both created and recorded through videos that are shot in real time. Natasha Chivers’s lighting is haunting and well-nuanced, and Cloe Lamford’s scenic design moves fluidly from the world of memories (represented by a room of antiques), to the dark confined spaces of communal life, to the future in which all of reality is brilliantly illuminated.

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East End Calendar by Elizabeth Vespe 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 news@

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WEDNESDAY 8•9•17 • The Baker House 1650 and the Salty Canvas will host a paint and sip on from 5 to 7 PM. Guests may enjoy the Baker House grounds while sipping wine and receiving step-by-step painting instruction. Cost for the evening is $50 and includes all painting materials and one complimentary glass of wine. For more information, call 631-324-4081. THURSDAY 8•10•17

• Enjoy the music of Mamalee Rose and Paul Gene at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton from 6 to 8 PM. For more information, contact 631-3245560. • The Pollock-Krasner House in Springs is open for museum tours Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between the hours of 1 and 5 PM. For more information or to make a reservation, call 631-324-4929. FRIDAY 8•11•17

• Free outdoor movies this summer sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate will take place on Fridays at 8 PM under the stars at the soccer field on South Erie Street on Fort Pond in Montauk. Parking is free.

• The Jewish Center of The Hamptons holds its Friday meditation walks on the beach. Join Rabbi Franklin, Cantor Debra Stein, and director of education Edina Segal for a meditative beach walk prior to Shabbat on the Beach. Attendees will meet on Fridays at Main Beach in East Hampton at 5:30 PM. For more information, call the JCOH office at 631-324-9858 or email • The East Hampton Farmers Market takes place from 9 AM to 1 PM on North Main Street. SATURDAY 8•12•17

• The East Hampton Trails Preservation

Society will hold a three-mile walk capturing close-up views of WWII bunkers, the rolling surf, and views of the dramatic Montauk bluffs. Meet at the Shadmoor parking lot on the south side of Route 27 at 9 AM. Contact leader Aggie Cindrich, 914-227-6193, for more information. • Get ready for the solar eclipse. At 3 PM, stop by the Amagansett Library to learn about the eclipse happening on August 21. For more information, contact 631-267-3810.

• The LongHouse Reserve hosts sound meditation with Jim Owen on the main lawn at 8 AM. The class is $20 per session. Make sure to bring a comfortable chair for meditating. Call the LongHouse at 631-329-3568 for further information. TUESDAY 8•15•17

• The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society hosts weekly maintenance hikes at 9 AM. No experience is necessary, and new volunteers are always welcome. Contact Carol at or 631-7253367 for more information.

Southampton THURSDAY 8•10•17 • Mature residents can learn about behaviors that reduce the risks of falls and improve their quality of life. The event takes place at 10 AM at the John Jermain Library in Sag Harbor. To register, call 631-725-0049. • Bring your children to Town Park in Hampton Bays, located just over the Ponquogue Bridge, and explore life under the sea from 2 to 4 PM. Meet the educators from the NY State DEC for a presentation on marine life, enjoy a craft activity, and then help capture undersea creatures using a seine net. For more information and to reserve, contact the Peconic Land Trust at 631-283-3195 or email to Events@ • Review more than 50 of the most common butterflies in North America during a discussion at the Quogue Library from 6 to 7 PM. For more information and to register, call the library at 631-653-4224 ext. 101.

• Astrophysicist Stephen Rosen, whose specialty is cosmic radiation, will give a talk titled “Albert Einstein: Rock Star”

• Create a colorful sand art terrarium for succulent plants at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton at 4 PM. Add colored gravel and figurines to complete the scene. Visit www. for more information.

from wood, vines, leaf, or fiber, they were a necessity before paper or plastic bags. Adults and teens can learn how to make a simple reed basket during this workshop. A complete materials kit will be provided, and the material fee is $16. The class begins at 2 PM at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. For more information, visit

• The Westhampton Free Library will host a delicious discussion about reflexology at noon. Bring lunch and hear from licensed massage therapist Loretta Dalia, LMT, of the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Southampton Hospital. To register, call 631-288-3335.

• Quogue Library welcomes author Roger Rosenblatt at 5 PM. Roger Rosenblatt is the author of six off-Broadway plays and 18 books, including Lapham Rising, Making Toast, Kayak Morning, and The Boy Detective. For more information, contact 631653-4224.

at 5:30 PM at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. Register at or call 631-283-0774 ext. 523.

FRIDAY 8•11•17

• The Hayground School Farmers Market will be open from 3 to 6:30 PM every Friday until September 1, at the Hayground School on 151 Mitchell Lane, in Bridgehampton.

• The Rogers Memorial Library will hold a henna tattoo class from 4 to 6 PM. Learn how henna is made, why women decorate themselves with it, and then receive a free henna tattoo. Class size is limited so sign up today at www. SATURDAY 8•12•17

• Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Peter Ames will happen at the Hampton Bays Library from 10 to 11:30 AM. For additional information, call 631-7286241.

• Join the South Fork Natural History Museum at 9 AM to learn about the environmental and human impacts on Long Island’s endangered and threatened species, piping plovers and least terns. For more information and to register, visit

• Learn about pollinators and the plants they love at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton from 11 AM to noon. Rich Kelly of the Long Island Botanical Society and garden manager Rick Bogusch lead an educational walk. Space is limited, and reservations required. For more information and to reserve, contact the Peconic Land Trust at 631-283-3195 or email to Events@ • Baskets carry the history of a culture from one time period to another. Made

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• Marders in Bridgehampton will host weekly garden lectures at 10 AM. This week’s lecture is “Organic Gardening.” Lectures are free of charge and all are welcome. For more information, visit • Come and listen to a poem from the book Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems at the South Fork Natural History Museum at 10:30 AM. Attendees will get the chance to write their own poems. For more information, visit

• The Hampton Bays Beautification Association announced their 21st annual “Concert under the Stars”. Enjoy the Fabulous Grease Band at the Ponquogue Beach from 6 to 9 PM. Parking will be free. For information, contact Jack O’Keefe at 631-728-5725.

• A free Qigong class will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Sag Harbor at noon. This traditional Chinese work of exercise and selfhealing has a distinctly modern ability to help with the stress of daily life. For more information, call Tina at 631723-1923. MONDAY 8•14•17

• The Westhampton Library hosts movies on the great lawn every Monday at 7 PM until August 28. Check with the library or visit westhamptonlibrary. net to see what movies will be showing. Popcorn included. TUESDAY 8•15•17

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Entertainment Guide by Laura Field Music Lucinda Williams Three-time Grammy Award-winner Lucinda Williams will perform at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Tuesday at 8 PM. Williams is touring in support of her new album The Ghosts of Highway 20. For more information about the performance, and to get tickets visit www.whbpac. org.

Big Brother & The Holding Company This Saturday Big Brother & the Holding Company, Janis Joplin’s original band, will take the stage at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Performing hits such as “Another Piece of My Heart,” “Bobby McGee,” and “Ball & Chain,” this band will bring the tunes that created the Haight-Ashbury scene. Doors, bar, and restaurant will open at 6:30 PM and the show will start at 8 PM. For more information, and to buy tickets visit www. String Quartet

Guild Hall in East Hampton will host Ethel on Sunday at 8 PM. The NYC string quartet will perform works form Bruce Wolosoff, Enio Morricone, Philip Glass, Janis Joplin, and more while adding their own contemporary twist. For more information and tickets visit

Park Concerts

The Southampton Cultural Center launches its 32nd season of Concerts in the Park this Summer. Today Ad Lib will perform on Coopers Beach at 6:30 PM, and on Saturday Center Stage will perform at Agawam Park. Bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy live music with beach views. French Masters

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival continues its 34th season as Long Island’s longest-running classical music festival this week with a classical French concert. On Sunday at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, don’t miss works of French masters as they are brought to the 21st century. The show starts at 6:30 PM, and for tickets and more information visit or call 631-537-6368. Stephen Talkhouse

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with live performances, and this week is no different. Tonight at 8 PM Collie Buddz will perform, followed by karaoke at 10 PM. Thursday at 8 PM Saul Rivers takes the stage, and at 10 PM the Pandemics will be in the house. On Friday at 8 PM Holly Miranda & Band will kick off the weekend followed by Rubix Cube at 10 PM. Saturday see The Smithereens at 7 PM, Nick Weber & Band at 9 PM, and Hello Brooklyn at 11 PM. Sunday brings the Hamptons Trash Party at 10 PM, and Monday is the Talkhouse’s 30th birthday party at 7 PM. Tuesday brings Sarah Conway & The Playful Souls at 8 PM followed by Industry Night with Running Rampant at 10 PM. Visit www.stephentalkhouse. com or call 631-267-3117 to purchase tickets or for more info. Pianofest Of The Hamptons

Under the direction of its founder, Paul Schenly, Pianofest presents an international cast of talented young artists in a unique blend of public performance and music appreciation. Concerts include commentary about the performances and the music’s historical context. The performance will take place Saturday at 6 PM at the Southampton Arts Center. For more information, visit Outdoor Concerts

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Gosman’s presents another summer of free outdoor concerts on the Montauk Village Green and Gosman’s Dockside Stage on the Harbor through August 27. This week don’t miss Mamalee Rose on Sunday at 6 PM at Gosman’s and Mike R. and the Dog Watchers as they perform Monday night from 6:30 till 8:30 PM on the Green. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, and picnics for these familyfriendly concerts. Call 631-668-2428 for more information. Surf Lodge

Every weekend at 6 PM The Surf Lodge in Montauk will have live music. ZZ Ward will kick off the weekend on Saturday, and Sunday Vita and the Woolf will take the stage at 5 PM followed by Whitney at 6 PM. The Nancy Atlas Project performs on Wednesdays. All concerts are free to attend and admission is on a first come, first serve basis. Visit

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Country Night The Springs Tavern on Fort Pond Boulevard will host Country Night every Tuesday at 8 PM. Every week there will be complimentary line dancing classes first, with The Spaghetti Westerners performing at 9 PM. A light bar menu will be available throughout the night. Call 631-5277800 for more information. Smokin’ Hot Tunes

Townline BBQ continues live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM. Happy hour specials will be available on Fridays from 4 to 7 PM including $8 fresh lime margaritas, $6 cocktails on tap, and $4 12-ounce cans of beer. For more information visit www. Wednesday Night Live

Ray Red and Mike Rusinsky host Wednesday Night Live, a weekly open mic at MJ Dowling’s in Sag Harbor from 8 to 11 PM. Performers include musicians, poets, comedians, and singers. Sign up starts at 7 PM. Performers get a free soft drink or tap beverage. Every Friday, it’s karaoke night beginning at 10 PM.


Hamptons Institute On Monday at 7 PM, the Hamptons Institute at Guild Hall will host a discussion entitled “Trump and the Constitution.” Jeffery Rosen, the president of the Constitution Center will have a conversation with Professor Michael J. Klarman from Harvard Law School about how Trump is following, or not following, the Constitution. For more information and tickets visit

Eden BookHampton in East Hampton will host Jeanne Blasberg for a reading and signing of her novel Eden. Eden tells the story of dutiful wife, mother, and community pillar finding out that her deceased husband has squandered her favorite summer home before his death. The reading will take place Thursday at 5 PM, and for more information visit Fridays at 5

For over 30 years, every summer the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton has been hosting Fridays at 5, an author talk and signing with worldrenowned authors. This Friday Ina Garten bestselling cookbook author, and Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Rob Marshall will host a conversation about life and work. Tickets are $25, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served before hand at 4:30 PM. For more information, and tickets call 631-537-0015.


Outdoor Movie And Film Festival The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is hosting a night celebrating the contemporary culture of West Africa with live performance from Guinea and 30-minute documentaries shot in Senegal and Ghana on Friday. At 7:30 PM and again at 9:45 PM, the internationally renowned Guinean singer, choreographer, and dancer Ismael Kouyate will perform a 45-minute set of African music with his eight-piece band outside on the terrace. At 8:30 PM on large outdoor screens, the Museum will show two short films from the documentary

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series Afripedia, which presents a young, urban generation of Africans who challenge preconceptions and stereotypes through their art and activism. For more information, and tickets visit or call 631-283-2118. Big Sonia

The third annual Southampton Jewish Film Festival runs through August 29, and is in collaboration with the Chabad Southampton Jewish Center. This week the screening of Big Sonia will take place at the Southampton Arts Center on Tuesday at 7:30 PM. For years, Sonia Warshawski has been an inspirational public speaker, telling her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager. For more information visit The Artist

The Hamptons International Film Festival will present The Artist Friday at the Southampton Arts Center. In the 1920s, actor George Valentin is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingénue named Peppy Miller, but George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress. The outdoor film will begin at 8:30 PM, and all are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic.


Casting Call Open auditions for the October production of Boeing, Boeing will be held Sunday and Monday from 6 to 9 PM at the Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts. The play takes place in the 1960s in Paris where swinging bachelor Bernard is engaged to three different women, and chaos is sure to follow. For more information visit

As You Like It Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents As You Like It, a comedy by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, with original music by Stephen Schwartz. The show will run through September 3. For tickets call the Box Office at 631-725- 9500 or visit www.baystreet. org.

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the Hampton Bays Library from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. This class will help build strength and increase flexibility. For more information call 631-728-6241. WEDNESDAY 8•16•17

• The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society will meet at 8 AM to explore the Cupsogue mud and sand flats in Westhampton. Eileen Schwinn will be leading the trip and meet participants at the western end of the Cupsogue Beach parking lot. Contact Eileen Schwinn at for more information.

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Independent/Elizabeth Vespe Guild Hall’s annual Clothesline Art Sale took place this Saturday. Hundreds of artists participated as buyers perused collections of artwork.

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Trailblazer Named Senior Of The Year By Elizabeth Vespe

Eleanor Lingo, descendant of the first pioneer African-Americans to settle Southold, role model, active volunteer, and community leader, is Suffolk County’s Senior Citizen of the Year.

Independent/Courtesy Suffolk County Executive (Left to right) Southold Town Supervisor Scott A. Russell, Eleanor Lingo, and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini at the 2017 Suffolk County Senior Citizen of Year Award Ceremony.

Lingo is a Southold native and was the daughter of George and Ann Morris, who were among the first African American families to settle in Southold. After graduating from Southold High School in 1944, Lingo found employment at FW Woolworth in Connecticut, where she became the first woman of color to work on the company’s sales floor. Upon returning to Southold in 1954, she became the first woman of color to join the business office of Eastern Long Island Hospital. “Eleanor Lingo’s kindness,

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compassion, and commitment to helping other demonstrates how ordinary residents can have extraordinary impact in touching the lives of others,” said County Executive Steve Bellone.

“As trail-blazer for African American women on the East End, she unknowingly helped to break down barriers for many Suffolk County residents today.” Lingo is currently an active member of the Southold community as she volunteers for a variety of community groups including the town’s anti-bias task force, Community Action Southold Town, Peconic Senior

Citizens Club, Southold Town Senior Services, and other positive organizations.

In addition, Lingo was honored for her goodwill toward a forgotten slave whose identity still remains unknown. Lingo has anonymously placed flowers on the gravesite of a woman identified as “Negro slave lady” every year in the cemetery near First Presbyterian Church. Lingo paved ways for people of color and her acts of kindness will forever be a staple in the Southold community. Currently, Lingo resides in Southold with her husband of almost 50 years, OD Lingo.

Primp Your Pit

By Laura Field

This August, Kent Animal Shelter will spay/neuter pit bull terrier-type dogs for Long Island residents for a special $20 rate, which includes a free doggie nail trim, during the PetSmart Charities® annual Primp Your Pit campaign.

American Pit Bull Terriers are one of the most popular dogs in the country, yet an estimated 70 percent of all dogs housed and euthanized in animal shelters are pit bull terrier-type dogs. Sadly, myths and misunderstandings contribute to high shelter intake and low adoption rates of pit bull mixes of all ages. To reduce its shelter numbers, PetSmart Charities is providing grant funding to animal welfare organizations across the nation so they can sterilize pit bull mixes during the August campaign. “Spaying/neutering your dog is the most effective way to prevent unwanted litters from being born that may ultimately end up in our local animal shelter,” says Pamela Green, executive director of Kent Animal Shelter.

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Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old. Research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections. Pit bull parents who wish to take advantage of this special offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when they schedule their appointments. The promotion is based on availability and spaces are limited.

Visit www.KentAnimalShelter. com or call 631-727-5731 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

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Animals, Bikes, And Memories

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 Kent Animal Shelter

Kent Animal Shelter has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This coveted distinction reserved for the world’s top-rated charities now includes, for the first time, Kent Animal Shelter. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. Peconic Landing Community Center

Service dogs and their trainers use Peconic Landing’s 144-acre campus for unique training opportunities. Join them in Greenport to commemorate the efforts of the students and their dogs on Saturday at 1 PM. Puppy raisers say goodbye to their graduating dogs, and the graduating class members prepare to return to their homes and families with new partners by their sides.

who befriends a young politician. When the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman’s life dramatically changes for better and worse.

Neal Stuart and the Empire State will perform an outdoor concert on Sunday at 4 PM. The concert takes place at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Mattituck. Estuary Advisory

Be a part of conservation plans for the Peconic Bays on Wednesday, August 16, at 6 PM. The Peconic Estuary Citizens Advisory Committee meets at the Peconic Lane Community Center in Peconic. Guest speaker Lena Desantis will discuss climate change.

Southold Historical Society

Be a part of Southold history by sharing memories and experiences in an oral history. The Southold Historical Society is seeking local residents who would like to tell their stories about any Southold experiences from the past. Those experiences could be from childhood, military service, first jobs, or historic events. RSVP for an appointment or to arrange another convenient time. Call 631-765-5500 for additional information. North Fork Pedal

Join the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society for a bike ride

along the back roads of the North Fork enjoying picturesque views and rolling hills at 9 AM on Saturday. Participants are to meet at the Shelter Island North Ferry terminal on Summerfield Place, Shelter Island Heights. Confirm with Lois at, or with Jerry the day of the ride at 917747-0885. Shelter Island Library

On Saturday at 11 AM, learn how to make an etched-glass water bottle. Crafter Rachel Foster will teach how to create a beach-themed water bottle. Registration is required at the circulation desk.

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Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport announced the selection of Deborah Boesch-O’Toole, RN, CNOR, manager peri-operative services as a “Top Nurse” by the International Nurses Association. With a nursing career that spans over 42 years, she has demonstrated leadership qualities in all areas of nursing care and management, according to a release from ELIH. Her expertise and skill have been invaluable to the surgical team in the peri-operative unit. In her role as a peri-operative nurse, Deborah works with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. She works closely with the surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and surgical technologists to ensure a smooth transition from the ambulatory surgery unit to the operating room. Mattituck-Laurel Library Join the library for “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s” on Thursday at 6 PM. Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Back To College: Guard Your Gear

suggest they consider purchasing renters insurance – which, for an average premium with a $15,000 limit, generally costs about the same as having a pizza delivered each month.”

Everything is packed and piled in the car and college students everywhere are ready to move into their college dorms. But what really happens when expensive goods are stolen on campus and how can students protect themselves from thieves?

A 2016 study conducted by the Insurance Information Institute showed that only 41 percent of renters had renters’ insurance. The poll proved that many renters assumed insurance cost an arm and a leg, and several polled didn’t even know this type of insurance existed.

Allstate Insurance suggests some simple things that a student can do to help keep track of belongings. Always personalize items. Engrave belongings with names, personalize with hard-to-remove stickers, and use permanent marker.  Create an inventory. Take pictures of valuables and their serial numbers so they can be identified later.

Lock dorm room doors whenever you leave. This may be the single most important rule. An open door with a laptop or other items sitting out on a desk is an open invitation.  Get to know other students on the floor and in the dorm.  Recognize and report strangers and encourage other students to do the same.

Don’t let strangers into the building. Don’t prop security or outer doors open. It may seem easier to keep the side doors propped, but it allows strangers to have easy entrance into the dorms.

Don’t leave expensive items out in the open. Don’t leave personal property unattended in study areas, cafeterias, libraries, or visible in your car.

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Monitor who has keys or the access code to your apartment or dorm. Even though you may trust them, avoid loaning neighbors, classmates, or friends keys to your place. “In most cases, whatever your student takes to college that is normally covered by your homeowners’ policy remains covered while they reside in university housing,” said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York spokesperson. “If they choose to be more independent and rent an off-campus apartment or house, we

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were nearly 13,500 thefts in 2014 on college campuses across the nation. It’s better to be safe than sorry in order to protect the $600 smartphones, the $1000 laptops, and $400 wireless speakers. Insuring your gear seems like the most worry- free option.

Also, added Indy editor and mom Kitty Merrill, “Resist the urge to buy top-of-the-line linens and towels for your college freshman. Left drying in a communal bathroom, they get stolen, too. By October, my son was using a bath mat as a towel.”



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Time Out Or Burn Out


Studies have shown that students who have work experience in the field they are studying do significantly better than those who do not.

Many young adults find the pressure of deciding exactly what they want to do right out of high school extremely stressful. Moments ago they had to ask to use the rest room, and now they have to know the profession they want to commit to for the next 40 years.

Students have also been taking up study abroad opportunities during college to become worldlier. Studying in different parts of the world allows young adults to live out their wild traveler dreams while also remaining full time students.

It is precisely this reason that gap years came into the equation. A gap year according to the American Gap Association (yes, it’s a thing) is “an experiential semester or year typically taken between high school and college in order to deepen practical, professional, and personal awareness.” The gap year originated in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, but quickly became a part of American culture.

Gap years allow young adults to explore the world, or work a full-time job to help pay for everincreasing college tuition. Although it seems highly logical, some people fear the negative repercussions of taking time off school. One of the most common concerns is that students will fall into a routine and not want to attend college when


There are many companies that provide travel and employment opportunities for young adults looking into a gap year, and can connect you to people also taking this path in life. For parents, the American Gap Association can answer the many questions you may have, and also help you find the best path for you child’s future. the time comes.

Gap years are traditionally taken in between high school and college, but can also be taken at any point in the college experience. Many young adults have a hard time knowing what they want to do

with no world experience, and use this opportunity to broaden their

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The Inn’s current proprietors, Linda and James Eklund -- who have been in business since 1979 -- are selling in order to spend more time with their grandchildren. “It’s a magnificent property and would make a wonderful home,” says Linda Eklund. “My biggest hope is to visit and enjoy the inn from the other side of the table one day.” Douglas Elliman To Expand Douglas Elliman, the nation’s fourth largest residential real estate brokerage company, announced last week that it has entered into a contract of sale to acquire Los Angeles-based Teles Properties. Upon closing, the operations of Teles will be under the umbrella of Douglas Elliman, making Elliman the second largest non-franchise brokerage firm in the State of California. Teles partners Peter Loewy, Sharran Srivatsaa, Peter Hernandez, and Evan Ageloff will continue to have integral roles within Douglas Elliman, Western Region. Completion of the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to take place shortly. Once closed, Douglas Elliman will span 20 offices with 630 sales associates in California, from Coronado to Carmel; and 58 sales associates and five offices in Colorado. The acquisition will also add


short walk away from Tides Beach. Manicured lawn and hedges provide a serene lifestyle with covered porches, patios, outdoor living and dining with fireplace, gunite heated pool, detached twocar garage, and partial bay views.

Ever dream of owning your own hotel? If so, you’re in luck: Shelter Island’s historic Ram’s Head Inn is listed for $11.995 million with Peter McCracken of Corcoran Group Real Estate.

Built in 1929, the 15,000-squarefoot shingled manse has 17 guest rooms, a 180-seat dining room, a sunroom, and a terrace, all overlooking Gardiners Bay. The 4.3-acre plot, which can be subdivided, touts 800 feet of beach frontage, a dock, and a tennis court. And because it’s located within a residential zone, a new owner could turn it into a private estate.

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Courtesy The Corcoran Group The Ram’s Head Inn, an iconic Shelter Island landmark, is for sale.

a Boulder location to Douglas Elliman’s Colorado brokerage, which already operates in four locations in Aspen and Snowmass Village. In 2016, the combined organization accounted for more than $27.4 billion in total closed sales volume nationwide. Across the United States, Douglas Elliman will boast 110 offices and more than 7000 agents.

classic set on .55 acres on Bay Street. In the heart of Sag Harbor Village, it is down the block from the docks and marinas, a couple blocks from the village center, and a

The breadth of the center hall on the first floor allows for a continuous flow to the dining room, office, first floor bedroom, and living room with French doors leading to the back outdoor covered porch for additional entertaining. The second floor has three en-suite bedrooms plus the master bedroom and master bath, which has an attached study and balcony perfect for that quiet moment to enjoy the sea air and sip a coffee or a glass of wine. Other amenities include a gym, study, office, and mudroom and laundry room. Email Cynthia at for a peek.


“Our search for an exceptional company that offered unrivaled technology and marketing platforms, whose agents mirrored the entrepreneurial spirit of Douglas Elliman, led us straight to Teles Properties,” said Howard M. Lorber, chairman of Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC.

Since 2007, Teles Properties has been a prominent force in serving sellers and buyers of California and Colorado homes, ranging from oceanfront houses in Orange County to Malibu mansions to cliff side estates in Pebble Beach. With over $15 billion in cumulative sales since 2012 alone, Teles was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America as well one of the best entrepreneurial U.S. companies by Entrepreneur Magazine. New Bay Street Listing Cynthia Barrett of Brown Harris Stevens has a Sag Harbor gem on the market. It’s a five-plus bedroom


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clients and make sure they leave the salon happy. Fashion week is in a few weeks. Upcoming hairstyle predictions?


Do you see a difference in hair trends from city to city? How would you describe New York?

Power ponytails, side ponytails, and neon hair color.

Styles vary across America -- different weather, different tastes. And New York is a multicultural place, that’s why I think it’s a trendsetter for other parts of the country.

Do blondes really have more fun?

How does it feel to open your own salon?

All my clients have fun.

I’ve been fortunate to have been trained by major talents, especially Louis Licari, who was an extraordinary mentor to me for nearly 20 years. It’s so exciting to fulfill my dream of opening a salon, and I’m grateful to my amazing team for helping to make it happen. Visit for more. Book an appointment at Arsen Gurgov Salon, located at 30 East 60th Street, 15th Floor, in NYC, by calling 212-401-2222 or emailing

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have as to the placement of the hospital complex, but Gregor has been critical of the plan in general.

“I don’t think it is the right place for it,” he said of the college campus. The main entrances to the campus in both directions use Tuckahoe Road. The intersection of Tuckahoe and Montauk Highway is in a hurricane zone, he said. “I’ve seen it flooded many, many times. That whole area where the Marine Science building is.”

The northern entrance, on County Road 39 and Tuckahoe, is also in a flood zone, Gregor said. Plus, visitors to the campus must go over the Long Island railroad tracks. The biggest problem is the elephant is the room: “There is traffic galore,” Gregor pointed out, that will undoubtedly be stalled even more by a construction project of this magnitude. The golf club hierarchy has approached the town about closing a portion of Tuckahoe Road north of County 39. Bloomberg is a member of the golf club and is pushing hard for the road closure. So far Shinnecock has gotten Suffolk County officials to endorse the road closure and are wooing Southampton Hospital president and CEO Bob Chaloner to get his support. Chaloner said in an earlier interview it was premature to discuss the future of Tuckahoe Road. TUNNEL VISION Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman mused at the time


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that the money could be used to construct a tunnel that would allow ambulances to go in and out of the emergency room entrance without having to worry about traffic. The hospital intends to mount a huge “philanthropic effort” to raise money for the new facility.

Bloomberg’s largesse cannot be understated. Entities he controls have contributed hugely to institutions in the past, including over $1 billion to John Hopkins. However, there are no links tying a Bloomberg donation to any quidpro-quo involving the hospital.

The prevailing opinion, shared by Gregor, is that the most likely site for a new hospital would be where the gym currently sits on the northeastern corner of the campus property. “I don’t know where that comes from,” Kenny responded. “There is no site identified, and there is no timeline for construction to begin. At the moment the hospital is working diligently to get a new cancer center located at CR 39 and Hamptons Road up and running. There are also plans for a new urgent care center in East Hampton.”

Kenny said the old hospital building would likely be sold when the new construction is complete. She opined it could be converted to condos. Nothing is written in stone, she stressed. The idea of building a new hospital has been bandied about in the past. A parcel near the Elks Lodge on County Road 39 was considered at one point.

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Loyal readers of The Independent this summer may notice more than our fabulous new layout, photographs, and arts and charities content. We’ve amped up our coverage of water quality issues, including the launch of the Water Views column, penned each week by experts. Why?

Water seeps into every aspect of life. It affects our planet, our oceans and water bodies, our economy, our health, our individual day-to-day living. Who can forget, in the aftermath of hurricanes, brushing their teeth or flushing their toilets with a bottle of Poland Springs? As a community and as a culture we need to do all we can to ensure that rare inconvenience remains rare. Over and over East End residents have reached into their wallets to protect our waterways. They’ve said yes to water quality protection programs, even when it meant tax increases. They’ve donated to myriad organizations, like the Surfrider Foundation, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, and a slew of others, founded to protect our rivers, ponds, streams, and sea. They’ve supported marine science research to protect the creatures that inhabit our (so far) pristine waterways and ocean. They’ve conducted beach cleanups and joined educational hikes and arrived in droves on frigid winter mornings to celebrate a rehabilitated seal’s return to the sea. Water is life. We know that. It’s also the lifeblood of our tourist economy, our farms, our homes. So, yes.

We’re committed to reporting as much as we can learn about initiatives designed to make sure our groundwater, our aquifer, our oceans, bays, lakes, and creeks, and the glistening liquid rushing from the tap remains pure. Commander-In-Tweets Dear Editor,

As a veteran I am concerned with the chaos our Commander-InTweets creates with his child-like tweets. How can our military put faith in him when he continually tweets out ridiculous accusations and false information, and

Is it just me?

I wonder if I’d have more luck meeting the right guy if I dyed my hair blond. Men love blondes.

questions advice from his generals? How can we believe what he says?

Many tweets are designed to deflect criticism of him and move people’s thoughts in his direction. These diversionary tactics might work as the CEO of his company where he had absolute control, but it will not work with Congress and the media.

Ed Gifford If Trump is to succeed and implement his policies, he needs Congress and the media on his

side. He will not succeed by proposing half-baked policies, and

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Don’t be ridiculous!

Inner beauty is what really matters!

I better call the the Inner Beauty Salon and make an appointment.

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


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insulting people and institutions that disagree with him. Executive Orders do not stand the test of time. They are easily rescinded. Trump believes all publicity, including negative publicity, is beneficial, but this doesn’t work when you are President.

Our Commander-In-Tweets is sowing chaos, doubt, and confusion in the minds of the American public, our military, and the world, and it is endangering the security of our country and our status in the world. Mr. President, please get normal.


Retirement Dear Editor,

Monday, July 31, 2017 marked my official retirement date from the East Hampton Village Police Department. When I started with the police department in 1983, the police station was located at 17 Newtown Lane. In 1990, we moved to our current location where I served as Chief of Police for the last 14 years. I have enjoyed a great career that has spanned over three decades. I will never forget some of the highprofile investigations I handled nor will I ever forget some of the horrible death investigations I had to handle, especially those cases that involved the loss of a young life. I consider my career as Chief of Police very successful. I owe that success in part to the men and women who worked for me that did and still do a great job at the police department and the emergency communications department. (If you think being a police officer is difficult at times, it is not as difficult as answering some of those 911 calls and giving assistance.)

For as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was be a “cop.” My dream came through when Chief Glen Stonemetz hired me as a police officer. He also promoted me to detective, patrol sergeant, and eventually detective sergeant. He was a great man and a wonderful mentor. Chief Randall Sarris was the next chief I worked



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What’s your first memory of being in the ocean? Caroline Condon I remember going in with my dad as a little girl. A big wave came toward us. It was scary but I trusted my dad and knew everything would be okay. I have a picture on my wall of my dad and I with this big wave curling over us. Someone took it at that moment from the beach. J B Stewart I was about two. My parents had taught me to swim in the pool. But the first time I was in the ocean was the first time I'd seen waves and they were a little scary. But I got used to it and I love it. Now I surf, I bodyboard, and I love being in the ocean. Joanne Prime I was about four years old. We were in Barbados. My dad was way out in the water but it wasn't deep so with my water wings I swam out to him. He was laughing because a crab was walking between his feet on the bottom of the ocean. Alison Leader I remember being at the beach with my parents near Atlantic City. A big wave came and knocked me over. But I don't remember being too scared because my parents were there so I knew everything would be okay.

for. He taught me many things about police work as well. He then promoted me to lieutenant and his executive officer. It was an honor to work for him. When he retired, I was promoted to Chief of Police, something I had wanted from the first day I was hired.

Besides Chief Stonemetz and Chief Sarris, there have been many people in my life who have inspired me to become the person I am today. I am not sure there is enough space in your paper to list them all but I will certainly list the people that stand out in my mind. My dad, who taught me many, many things but what I remember him instilling in me the most was to always work hard and always be loyal. My mom, who was always there for me and would always make time to listen. My two sisters, Carol and Linda, we did not have much money or material things growing up but we had fun. Lieutenant Bruce Cotter, Lieutenant Ken Brown, Sergeant Robert Krempler, and Sergeant Wayne Rost were all great

influences at work too.

Retirement was a decision that was difficult for me. I was not ready to leave the law enforcement world but opportunities don’t always present themselves in a timely fashion.

I made the choice with a lot of support from my family, my wife Lisa and our children, Robert, Chelsea, Chris, Evan, Kathryn, and Tristan. I thank the residents of the village and town for their many years of support. I have made so many friends during my career and now that I am embarking on a new career as a town board member I hope you will support me here as well.


Editor’s note: Larsen is running for East Hampton Town Board on the Republican ticket. Water Quality Dear Editor,

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to see your cover story in your August 2, 2017, edition dealing with the town’s failing water quality. I also noticed that one of your competitors also dedicated a substantial portion of their paper’s front page to similar issues.

Some town organizations such as the Springs School District seem to be trying their best to fix water quality problems to which they contribute. Even Suffolk County and the New York State Education Department (SED) seem to be acknowledging water quality issues and moving toward solutions. This problem is serious and timing is everything. It takes about three to four years for a Suffolk County grant to reach East Hampton. It takes a 40-week review period by SED to get septic construction replacement done.

By my count, with over $100 million in water quality work out there in the Town of East Hampton, we need a better, faster system to expedite water quality upgrades. I have advocated the use of the $2.2 billion EPA New York State Revolving Fund because it may be the fastest and most comprehensive way to deal with issues, but the real answer is to tap all sources and prioritize projects and spending with the time frame for getting project money as a priority. I ask you to keep this issue in the public view so we can get on with this most important work.



with you after the movie about Barack Hussein Obama a few years ago. We seemed to share similar views about this man. Fast forward to your mean-spirited diatribe about President Trump and the only conclusion I come to, you must have had a bad business dealing at some point and you foster it in your column. Well, we all have had some egg thrown in our faces one way or another, but try to get over it and move on. My feeling has always been, there’s someone worse off than me.

I feel President Trump has done more to benefit America in six months than his predecessor did in eight years, coupled with the fact all the hatred thrown at him.

The problem is Americans are so overwhelmed with their toys they hold in their hand and the ear plugs blocking their ears, they don’t have a clue. This Russian nonsense is nothing more than a cover-up for all the wrongdoing perpetrated by the Hussein Obama regime. Drain this cesspool! Watch Fox News, listen to WOR radio, you just might find out what’s really going on. What is so bad about putting America first? God bless President Trump and his beautiful family.



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By Rick Murphy to get a girl on the Ferris wheel.

By the time we were 13 the carnival was about preening for the opposite sex. The boys would arrive together, like a pack of wolves. Our mothers would clean us up for the occasion – the carnival was a night out for folks of all ages.

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The boys would rock the car and scare the girls; when your car stopped on the top, it was time to make your move and steal a kiss from the young lassie.

RICK’S SPACE Our hair would be combed, and we’d have penny loafers on instead of sneakers and creased pants, not jeans.

by Rick Murphy

Life Is A Carnival When we were 12 or so the biggest event of the summer was when the carnival came to town. It was a different place then.

It was a typical small town, like those across America, and the perception was the carnival brought the kind of excitement sorely lacking during the rest of the year.

Of course, the truth is the carnival was a modest affair. It was a caravan of disparate people, each trying to make a living, going from small town to small town, and pulling their “booth” behind an old truck that they often called home. As little ones we would marvel at the silly little rides that went around in a tight circle and toot the horn on the little plastic train as if we were conductors as our parents watched proudly, as if we were accomplishing something. We would pick up the floating ducks and excitedly look for the number at the bottom, which almost always corresponded to some prize made of plastic.

As Little Leaguers we would spend quarter after quarter trying to fell the milk bottles arranged

in a pyramid, taking windups and emulating Koufax or Drysdale and trying to impress everyone with how hard we threw. We seldom hit the bottles, and when we did we couldn’t knock them all off the stand.

We’d shoot the BB gun at the cardboard star, trying to knock out of the center. That never worked, probably because none of the guns shot straight.

We’d return home with straw hats and sticks with plastic dice atop them and our parents would deem the trip a success. The crap we won would lie around in our rooms for a couple weeks then our moms would discreetly throw it all out. “Tuffy” ran the Ferris wheel and he had big arms with tattoos on them of some exotic ports he no doubt visited while in the Navy – presumably before the dishonorable discharge. Half his teeth were missing. Some of the “faster” young ladies in town would hang nearby – one named Joanne left town but like Tuffy, seemed to return each year when he arrived. She was tooth-challenged as well.

The girls would arrive together as well, but rather than mulling around like sheep (as we thought) they were cleverly pacing the perimeter, felines looking standoffish but cleverly playing a cat and mouse game. We would all walk around the carnival grounds, which were always laid out in a circle.

My crew was drawn to the gambling tables – The Big Six, Over Under, etc. The guys from the fire department would let us play, and we would always spend the money we were given for a hot dog and a soda at the gambling booths. The older boys would hang around the booze booth trying to win a bottle - and therefore a shot of courage - giving them the nerve to approach the girls. Sooner or later the boys and girls would find the nerve to interact. The ultimate accomplishment was

The trouble with me is I scared myself when I rocked the damn thing.

When the carnival rolled in I’d watch Tuffy and the boys put the rides together – sometimes with a bottle stashed nearby.

The other day I saw a newsreel of a Ferris wheel collapsing at a fireman’s carnival upstate in Ogden. Miraculously no one was hurt. Maybe Tuffy took a shine to Joanne one year and took her away from the small-time world she despised. Maybe a boy up in Ogden was in the top car kissing a girl at the precise moment the thing toppled. It really rocked their world.

Life is like a carnival. We walk around in circles and every once in a while we come across something worth stopping for.

Rick Murphy is a six-time winner of the New York Press Association Best Column award as well as the winner of first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Suburban Newspaper Association of America.

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birds and crickets. Watch.”

With that, we passed a clump of trees and hedges, and sure enough, that was the sound.

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heard the sound.

“That’s it,” I said. “That’s the sound that’s driving me nuts.” With that, the sound stopped.

“Watch, when we get down the road it will come back again,” he announced.

Sure enough, the sound came back again. “Now watch, it will stop,” he said, and sure enough it stopped. “What a great mechanic,” I thought to myself.

We’re all going to miss Smitty.

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“Jerry,” he said in a kindly voice, “what you’re hearing is the sound of

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“It’s a huge commitment we’ve had to make,” Corwin observed. He said it was gratifying to see agencies and officials on board with pursuing innovations “instead of trying to push us out.”

Said Suffolk County Deputy County Executive and “water czar,” Peter Scully, “The farming industry is always trying to adapt to changing water quality regulations. This family has made an investment in adapting.” Referencing the massive, 26,000-square-foot, 65-by-400-foot concrete and steel structure topped with a fabric “hoop,” and fitted with giant ventilation fans, Scully added, “This is a green operation and we’re

Then I begged him not to tell Judy that she was married to a fool.

“What is it?” I asked.

Looking back to his post-graduate days, Corwin recalled Suffolk’s first county executive, H. Lee Dennison, saying he wanted to see “a duckless Long Island.” Corwin’s grandfather and father took on the challenge of “endlessly learning” ways to treat waste. Methods they used might be considered antiquated now, but back then, “They were cutting edge.”

day farmer. Crescent Farm, he said, “was a big part of our history and also part of our present. We want to make sure it’s part of our future.” The county provided $250,000 in funding for the latest innovation at the North Fork farm, which he said has served as an economic staple in Suffolk County for over a century.

“Watch,” he said and turned off the motor. “Hear that? It’s the same sound, and your car isn’t running.” He gave me that “some people shouldn’t own a convertible” look and I spent the rest of the drive saying, “Oh, I get it. The sound of crickets, insects, and birds that I heard coming from the car was actually the sound of crickets, insects, and birds.”


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Deborah A. Miller, 64

A memorial service will be held for Deborah A. Miller, daughter of Lucia A. and the late Donald A. Miller, on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11 AM at Accabonac Creek off Landing Lane in Springs. A reception will be held afterwards at the family home at 517 Accabonac Highway, Springs. Ms. Miller, 64, passed away from pneumonia in San Francisco on December 20, 2016, and was cremated. Her ashes will be scattered during the memorial service. In accordance with Ms. Miller’s last wishes, the memorial is being held on her birthday and the reception will occur during the solar eclipse. Ms. Miller, an 11th generation Bonacker, was raised in Springs and was a member of the East Hampton High School class of 1970. Always independent, she stunned her family by moving to San Francisco, where she knew no one, at the age of 20. She told her parents that she wanted to be a hippie, but changed her mind once she saw the Haight-Ashbury district. Although deciding she wasn’t hippie material, she fell in love with her adopted city.

Ms. Miller remained single, preferring to live life on her own terms and surrounding herself with a wide circle of friends. She graduated from San Francisco College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and obtained a Master’s degree from U.C. Berkley in library science. She worked for many years for Presbyterian USA and was deeply involved with her church. Ms. Miller derived great satisfaction from helping others and worked actively in many charitable endeavors but never sought recognition. She “adopted” a lowincome school in San Francisco and became the Graham Cracker Fairy, providing the students with daily graham crackers, uniforms, supplies, treats and encouraging notes, all of which she funded from her modest


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The students never met her and she never revealed her identity except to the principal of the school. When her final illness forced her to retire the Graham Cracker Fairy, the students wrote her dozens of notes to wish her well and to tell her how she had touched their lives. A true Miller, she loved animals, especially cats, and volunteered for many years with the San Francisco SPCA as a dog walker and foster mom for feral kittens. She adopted many animals over the years and the ashes of her beloved dog, Marley, will be scattered with hers. She was an avid knitter and knit thousands of hats for cancer patients. If she saw a need, she met it and did it quietly and without fanfare, often anonymously. A voracious reader, Ms. Miller had a quirky sense of humor, a love

of baseball and a wide range of interests. She traveled extensively, often with her mother, and was fluent in Hebrew and Braille.

A shy and introverted woman, social interaction did not come easily to her and she had to force herself to participate in groups and even to travel. She was hampered by serious medical issues for most of her adult life and showed tremendous courage in overcoming daily physical adversity. In her final days, she told her sister that she had never liked the process of traveling because of her physical struggles, but did it because she wanted to see other parts of the world. At her memorial service in San Francisco in January, many people spoke of how she inspired them by example, how she minimized her own discomfort, and how most people did not realize the gravity of her condition. Her legacy of

outreach and compassion for others continues to thrive. She is survived by her mother, her sister Lucia E. Miller and brother-in-law Antonio Federico of Massachusetts, and her brother, Donald D. Miller, of Florida. Her father died in December, 2007.

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BNB Scholars Awards

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Bridgehampton National Bank has announced the winners of this year’s BNB Business Scholars award. Ten local high school graduating seniors each received a $1000 scholarship. From the East End, seniors Ashleigh Rubino and Cole Montefusco from Riverhead High School, Michael Finalborgo from Southampton High School, and Francesca Denaro from East Hampton High School all received the scholarship. “We congratulate our scholarship

recipients on this exciting achievement,” said president and CEO Kevin O’Connor. “The BNB Business Scholars program recognizes the talent and ambition of high school students across Long Island. We are passionate about helping the next generation of leaders pursue their dreams and our support positions them for future success,” he added. The BNB business scholarship is open to seniors in high schools from the communities of BNB’s 43 branches across Long Island.

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The 85th annual Fisherman’s Fair will take place Saturday, August 19, from 10 AM to 6 PM. The event will feature food, music, games, and a craft fair. It will be held at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, and for more information visit www.

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With over 100 participants, the annual Rubber Duckie Race took place behind the Big Duck in the waters adjacent to the Flanders Men’s Club last Saturday. Although the day began with heavy rain, the weather finally cooperated allowing the crowd of enthusiastic racers to choose their ducks and set them free at race time. With little wind or current, waves were created by the Friends of the Big Duck’s boat to coax the duckies to the finish line. Alexis Holman took first prize. The second and third prize winner, Doris Schneider, had two ducks in the race to hold the two places. Molly Podlas’s duckie floated in fourth. 81

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11th Annual Antique Farm Fresh Cooking Auto Show By Laura Field

Courtesy Southampton Historical Society Antique cars and fire trucks that will be on display this Saturday in Southampton.

By Laura Field

On Saturday starting at 10 AM, the 11th Annual Southampton Antique Auto Show will take place on the grounds of the Rogers Mansion in Southampton. A variety of beautifully restored autos from the teens through the 1970s will be on display by some of Long Island’s premier car collectors.

Historical Museum, are transformed when more than 30 antique and classic automobiles go on display, as well as the Southampton Fire Department’s antique fire truck. These perfectly preserved examples represent the pride and determination of auto collectors and are shared with all enthusiasts who share an interest in a rich and varied automobile heritage.

Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett invites you and your child to be a part of their Farm Fresh cooking series starting today, August 9, and running every Wednesday for three weeks. Amber Waves Farm will be working with the Wellness Foundation, and will demonstrate simple techniques for cooking healthy and delicious meals.

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solar eclipses as a sign of god’s wrath, or an impending disaster or miracle, or the end of a dynasty’s rule. The earliest recorded eclipse was described on a clay tablet and researchers believe the documentation occurred in 1223 BC. Mesopotamian historians said the sun was “put to shame.”

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Custer will screen the documentary All About Solar Eclipses.

And on the big day, the observatory will be open from 1 to 4 PM. Every guest will receive a special pair of solar eclipse glasses to view the cosmic wonder. (See accompanying sidebar to learn why special glasses are necessary.) In ancient times, man interpreted

A NASA astronomer interpreted inscriptions on turtle shell fragments to discern chronicling of a 1302 BC eclipse. Historians theorized Jesus was crucified in the year 29 CE, or 33 CE, by tracking Biblical accounts that spoke of the blackening of the sky at the time of the crucifixion. The Koran notes an eclipse at the time of the birth of Mohammed.

And from mystical to more modern day, scientists measured the bending of light during the 1919 eclipse to confirm Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The next time a total solar eclipse will take place over New York State is in 2024, in western New York. On the East End, we will have to wait till the year 2079 till the


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Last week Nell Greenfieldboyce of NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviewed Ralph Chou, a professor emeritus of optometry and vision science at the University of Waterloo, a leading expert on eye damage from eclipse viewing. Typically, he said, people go home after an eclipse thinking everything is fine. “Then they wake up the next day and can’t see.”

He warned that when any part of the sun is uncovered, even if there’s just a tiny crescent left in the sky, viewers need eye protection — special glasses which Taylor said “look a little like aluminum foil.” Even quick glances can accumulate, as little crescent shaped burns form in the back of the eye. As of August 1, American Paper Optics, which manufactures special solar eclipse glasses, had sold 65 million pairs, and plans to manufacture an estimated 100


million glasses.

NASA warns consumers to purchase only glasses that conform to solar eclipse safety standards. Some scammers are already selling regular sunglasses and calling them safe for eclipse watchers. But regular solar viewers are thousands of times darker than regular glasses. And, just as it’s not ok to stare into the sun with a telescope or binoculars on a regular day, it’s dangerous to use those devices to view the eclipse. Special filters are required. Some people try to use makeshift, flimsy filters out of exposed film negatives, smoked glass, or the silvery wrappers of potato chips or Pop-Tarts, NPR reported. Those don’t work, and neither would just wearing some aluminum foil, Taylor affirmed.

Indirect viewing through an oldschool pinhole viewer that projects images onto a flat surface is a safe method. So, too, explained Taylor, is watching the shadow of the eclipse on the ground next to a tall tree. Safest of all? Via live video stream on the NASA website.


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26th Annual Sandcastle Contest Photos by Morgan McGivern

The Clam Shell Foundation hosted its 26th annual sandcastle contest on Saturday. Artists and spectators took over Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett despite a bit of bad weather.

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Sports & Fitness Road Warriors Take HCBL Title

You’re the brand new team in the league and yet you earn a berth in the playoffs and then sweep the defending champs to take the title. Pretty heady stuff.

The Long Island Road Warriors pulled it off, culminating with a 5-3 victory last Wednesday against Westhampton. A day earlier Long Island toppled the Aviators 11-8 in the opener, played on the loser’s field. There were plenty of heroes, and certainly Shane McDonald’s name is on the top of the list.

The gutsy Blue Point native hurled seven strong innings in the finale, giving up a single run while striking out a dozen. The 6’2” lefty is a senior at Southern New Hampshire University. Jordan Folgers (Sienna College) was also on the top of the heroes’ list.

He struck the key hit in the bottom of third of the finale, smashing a three-run tater that gave his team a 4-1 lead they would never relinquish.

nobody out.

Long Island won the opener 118, overcoming an 8-2 deficit by scoring nine unanswered runs in the last three innings. Folger drilled a homer and batted in four of the runs, and Nick Grande deposited two in the seats good for five runs. Sean Rauch of Middle Island had three hits for the winners. He’ll begin his sophomore year at Hofstra in a couple of weeks.

Buckshaw would get a liner from Joe Curcio (LIU-Brooklyn) but an overthrow would allow Hansen to score from third to put Westhampton within two runs. Buckshaw would settle down and get the remaining two outs to keep

Fittingly, Folgers and McDonald shared the Most Valuable Player trophy.

McDonald allowed only six hits through seven innings before giving way to Pate McCabe (LIU Post) to start the eighth. He walked Matt Hansen (Toledo), allowed a single by Nick Bottari (Southeastern) and an error, then loaded the bases with



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A walk with the bases loaded to Montoya cut the Road Warriors lead to 5-2. Long Island would have to once again go to the bullpen and turn to Matthew Buckshaw (SUNY Maritime) to get out of the jam.

Long Island in the lead.

Buckshaw returned to pitch a scoreless ninth to secure the title.

Long Island became the first post2009 expansion team in the HCBL to win the title in their very first season.

It was an outstanding debut for Long Island manager Neal Heaton, who pitched for Sachem High School, pitched in the major leagues for 12 years, and was chosen to the National League AllStar team in 1990.

Manning Settles In Florida

By Rick Murphy

Charles Manning Jr., who led the Bridgehampton Killer Bees to the 2014 New York State Class D title in 2015, will apparently play basketball at Florida Southwestern State College next season. Manning only played a single season for the Killer Bees, his junior year, yet his place in the storied legacy of the legendary team is secure. He was the state tournament Most Valuable Player and the New York State Class D Player of the Year.

The next season, in a controversial decision, he transferred to Lutheran, a private school and a basketball powerhouse. Despite serving a five-year suspension he helped the team win a berth on the State Federation tournament

and earned second team All Long Island honors.

Florida Southwestern, previously known as Edison College, is a junior college and plays in the Florida Suncoast Conference in the NJCAA Division. Manning, a six-foot, five-inch swing man, is a Division One College talent to be sure and drew the attention of several mid-tier programs.

Players typically choose a JUCO school to build up their grades or to gain a year of physical maturity. Charles’s father, Charles Maurice Manning, was also the New York State Class D Player of the Year and perhaps prophetically led Suffolk Community College through an undefeated season and to the NJCAA national title.

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Travis Field Softball Tournament Photos by Morgan McGivern

The 10th annual Travis Field Memorial Softball tournament kicked off last week at the Terry King Ball Field in Amagansett. Players and spectators enjoyed riveting games, with proceeds benefitting the Travis Field Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Pop in Pilates is a new fitness endeavor from Revive Hamptons that allows Pilates instructors to rent studio space by the hour. Located at 325 Meetinghouse Lane in Southampton.

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Indy Fit

by Nicole Teitler

Spar Boxing Juan Carlos Mancilla is an East Hampton native who has been competing in the boxing ring for 11 years. In 2016, the 27-year-old won by TKO at the Paramount in Huntington, officially turning pro and inspiring his latest business venture. As the co-founder of Spar Boxing, which opened its doors this summer, he decided to open his Springs location, found at 514 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, with a “start small, aim big” mentality. “As not just an instructor but a professional boxer I am able to bring something unique to the table that you can’t really get out here in The Hamptons,” Mancilla admitted. “I introduce the public to the hard workouts we boxers have to endure to mold our bodies to be fight-ready as well as fun but effective workouts. So we decided to start out small then in a year or so get a bigger place after we’ve established our clientele.”

Upon arrival to this new location I was given a set of Spar hand wraps to keep (for future use, and to make me look totally badass) and a set of gloves to borrow. My morning class only had four early birds but the studio’s capacity is 14 to a class -sign up early to get a good spot. After a quick stretch there were 10 boxing rounds on the aqua bags, followed by 10 rounds on a terra core, back and forth. The aqua bags (those teardrop-shaped bags hanging from above) are an innovative new technology for boxers that absorb impact much better than a traditional heavy bag, plus it’s better for the joints (for those with joint pain).

Throughout the rounds Mancilla demonstrated to the class how to properly punch, place their feet, and target their overall core and upper body as one. Having grown up with

an affinity for kickboxing, I fell in love with the aqua bag. Not only did it have a trendier look (because that’s apparently a factor in my fitness routine) but it allowed for swifter movement around the bag and cleaner upper cuts.

The terra core was a full body exercise including jumps, lunges, squats, crunches, and push-ups. Aside from using individual body weight, the class incorporated twopound light weights (this is for all, despite strength), medicine balls, elastic bands, and even lifting the terra core itself (also for all, despite strength). For additional cardio at the end of the class, we practiced high intensity interval training with a quick, powerful punches. What made this class particularly enjoyable, besides the bag, the terra core, and the instructor, was the playlist. I didn’t want to stop moving. Men and women alike will mutually agree that the beats fuel the body. This is suiting, since the space at Spar has the look and vibe of an actual nightclub. Replace the stilettos with sneakers! Mancilla noted, “As our building gives off a nightclub vibe with the dark room and different color lights, and top-of-the-line PA sound system, we will be having a few local DJs come in and spin some tracks as the class jams out to the music while burning a high calorie count. We hope to do it a few times this month.” In addition to the boxing BPMs, every Tuesday Spar donates to Project Most by having kids from the camp come take a boxing class free of charge; a perfect combination of fitness and philanthropy. By the end of the class I was revived and ready to take on my day. Fist in the air, sipping iced coffee from the other, I felt like a

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By Vincent Pica Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare

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Subtly but powerfully, the tone is set: “I am polite. I am professional. And I mean business.” Let’s assume (and hope) that the answer to that question is “no,” since an affirmative answer sets up a scenario outside the scope of this article. Of note to boaters in the First Coast Guard District, which is us, the Coast Guard has a new program called the Responsible Boater program, which can make your time on the water much more pleasant – and safer. Read on!

Once your boat is boarded, the officers will be seeking compliance with regulations, starting with those applicable to all boat sizes. Your actual registration needs to be aboard and current. If you just have a copy, that’s a problem, but if you have no registration, you have a much bigger problem.


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The Hull Identification Number needs to be the same on your registration and on your boat (embossed into the transom, low on the starboard side). If they don’t match, you’ve got a lot of explaining to do. The registration numbers must be at least three inches, appear as a contrasting color to your hull, and be the most forward of any numbering or lettering on the boat.

If you have a Marine Sanitation Device (aka head or toilet), it must conform to regulations. As Long Island is a “No Discharge Zone,” an over-board, through-hull holding tank must be in the locked/

closed position and the key must under the control of the captain (no exceptions unless it can be seized closed or the handle can be removed in the closed position).

Other applicable laws and regulations are dictated by the size of your vessel. Is there at least one readily available life jacket in good working order for every person aboard? To be readily available, the jackets must be out of the wrapper and not buried under other gear or in a cupboard (think of your children or grandchildren having to put them on in hurry). The number of fire extinguishers depends on boat size, but all must be in working order.

The amount of required flares varies by boat size, but all must be unexpired. A Lot Now that sounds like a lot and it is – and it should be. And the list gets longer as the boat size increases. However, if you already have a valid Vessel Safety Check sticker (see below) on your windshield, you are eligible for an “abbreviated boarding.”

An abbreviated boarding means that the Coast Guard will check for appropriate life-jackets for all aboard, that you have a soundproducing device, flares, registration and fire extinguisher (if required for the vessel of your size) aboard. That’s it. After the vessel is checked for compliance, there are three outcomes. The first (and best) results in receipt of a Report of Boarding marked “No Violations.” You are likely good to go for the season because, if the USCG comes alongside again and you show them your clean boarding report, they will likely pass on. Your Report of Boarding could be marked “Written Warning” due to some violation that has not risen to an actionable level. However, if the officer returns to the station and finds that you were already given a warning for the same issue, the notice becomes a violation. A “Notice of Violation” may be issued on the boat, resulting in one of two general outcomes. If the boarding officer believes that the nature of the violation is inherently

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unsafe (some aspect of your boat may lead to serious injury or death to you, your crew and passengers, or other boaters), you will be directed to follow the Coast Guard vessel back to the dock. If the violation is benign enough to allow your voyage to continue, it takes on the aspect of a driving violation. Outside the new Responsible Boater program, the notice is mailed to the USCG hearing office where the boarding report will be reviewed by a case officer who issues fines, further letters of violations, or takes other actions. You will be notified by mail and be given an opportunity to appeal. However, under the new Responsible Boater program, the boarding officer will tell you to contact us, get the violation fixed and recorded as such on the Vessel Safety Check form (that the Vessel Examiner will give you), mail them both in (Report of Boarding and VSC form) and, very likely, the Hearing Officer will note that and no fine will be levied. Fines can run high, so this is free insurance! Of course, if a search of the vessel and the persons aboard turns up anything deemed illegal, the USCG will take appropriate and immediate action.

So, how do you get a (free!) Vessel Safety Check? Captains can avail themselves of free Vessel Safety Checks provided by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadrons (http://www.safetyseal. net/GetVSC/).

Remember – a check is not an enforcement event — if your boat fails, you get a report that details the deficiency and the inspector’s phone number. He or she will tell you, “When you have this addressed, call me. I will come down and re-run the inspection.” This results in a Vessel Safety Check sticker of compliance being affixed to your windshield. Once there, you are considered a Responsible Boater, with all attendant benefits to you, your crew, your vessel and the USCG. The author invites those interested in being part of the US Coast Guard forces to email him at or go directly to StaffPages/DSO-HR.php.














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