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course of their mission throughout the week, with maintenance crews supporting some 30 or more flying hours for the aircraft each day.

Top, left: A woman cuddles her child in the cabin of the Pave Hawk over Beaumont. Top, right: Posing for a group photo back in Westhampton, and above, one of hundreds of flood victims rescued by the 106th. ON THE COVER: Surveying the tragic scene.

106th Rescue Wings Home

By Kitty Merrill

Some 546 survivors rescued, many from rooftops and some from the murky floodwaters, scores of victims suffering chemical burns as gasoline and oil mixed with the torrent in Texas. A one-month-old infant and eight additional family members hoisted through the air to safety. Two elderly people – a caregiver

and dementia patient - saved because one pararescueman saw a tissue waving outside a window. Stories of heroism abound.

and evacuation of flood victims.

Almost immediately after Hurricane Harvey struck, Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed some 120 Air Guard personnel on to assist Texas National Guard response forces providing rescue

Based out of the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski airport in Westhampton, the pararescue personnel began operations on August 28 with rescue teams deployed in the Houston and Katy, Texas, areas. Aircrews and pararescue personnel flew dozens of sorties during the

Interviewed by CNN on August 30, members of the 106th “Dad Squad,” Staff Sergeant Ryan Dush and Senior Airman John Kosequat are young fathers themselves. They told the story of rescuing the infant, bringing it up to the chopper in a papoose, and discovering an entire extended family in danger. Lowered down to the scene, said Kosequat, “We expected to pick up one, two people. I’d swim across the road, which is basically a river and all of a sudden I see a family of nine sitting on a stairwell.” Dush spoke of the rewards in “helping people in their greatest moment of need.” Captain Michael O’Hagan noted that after Hurricane Katrina, the 106th conducted 162 saves. “This dwarfs any numbers we contended with in Katrina,” he said. The rescuers used two different platforms for missions: a Pave Hawk helicopter with hoist capabilities and Zodiac boats paired with three additional

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Almost 500 And Rising

improve greatly, and the number of deer strikes would be reduced significantly.”

By Justin Meinken

There were 475 deer-related accidents in the Town of East Hampton last year.

Working in association with the highway department, and Bob Masin and Barnaby Friedman from the town’s IT department, Gaites created a detailed map of all deer collisions in the area. The maps illustrate the most likely spots for an accident. With the hotspots being identified, drivers can be more cautious while traveling in these areas. The town plans to use this data to visually mark high collision areas with signs to further alert drivers to the danger.

The town’s deer management coordinator, Andrew Gaites, maps the number of deer-related accidents in the town. He’s been doing this for years. According to the data he collected, 2016 had the highest recorded number of deer carcasses collected by the highway department.

The study, commissioned by the Town of East Hampton, was initiated to help identify “hotspots” -- areas in which the most collisions take place.

The project was initiated with certain goals in mind -- to help dictate where to place signs to slow drivers down where deer are known to cross, to identify and address visibility issues for drivers, and to place education/warning signs about the number of deer-related accidents in town. The data can also be used to “identify potential public hunting areas,” Gaites said. Gaites gathered information from reported collisions and deer carcass removals by town staff as well as estimated data provided by the New York State Department of Transportation, which oversees state roads like Montauk Highway and Route 114. Each reported collision or carcass removal was mapped by location using either a street, cross road, or telephone pole marker which was then entered into a database created for this project. Gaites indicated, however, that these numbers do not include collisions or carcass removals in


It’s generally considered by experts that there will be more deer-related accidents this year than ever before. East Hampton Village, Sag Harbor, or any state roads. Stephen Lynch, East Hampton Town Highway Superintendent, reported his employees pick up an average of three deer carcasses every day. However, these numbers vary depending upon the time of year. According to Gaites’s research, September through December are when the most collisions take place. Rosemary Cavagnaro of Hampton Auto Collision located on Springs Fireplace Road corroborates these numbers. She said they sometimes repair one to two cars a week but the number of wrecks and collisions are “seasonal.” In the fall, the shop tends to receive more calls for deer-related accidents, she said. The average cost of repair for these types of collisions range from $1500 to $4000, according to

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Over the past two years State Farm has seen an increase in collision claims from their East End insureds, said a representative from the insurance company. The claims are mostly from “someone hitting a deer that was running across the road.” Many of these claims she said averaged over $4000 in repair costs, the rep said. Slowed Down While East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo doesn’t have any formal recommendations as to what the town or village should do with the deer population, he stated, “As for drivers, if everyone slowed down, obeyed the posted speed limits, and cut down on distracted driving, their ability to react to deer running across the road would

Although Gaites has said that he has not yet received the data for 2017, he did say that the average for the past five years is 367 collisions per year. That number was exceeded last year by more than 100 at 475. Having seen the statistics firsthand, Gaites believes, along with other experts such as Thomas J. Rawinski of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, that there will be more deer-related accidents this year due to the increasing deer population and diminishing habitat. Rawinski was a speaker at a community forum on the East End deer population on July 27 at St. Luke’s Church. While many areas have been marked with Federal Highway Administration deer caution signs, there are some hotspots that have not been marked. According to Gaites, there are two major

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the 2011 Super Bowl.

Jerry’s Ink

by Jerry Della Femina

THE MIRACLE I love to gamble on football. The football season starts in a few days and before I bet, I always think back to February 6, 2011, and the miracle.

Yes, that’s was it was: an out-andout genuine miracle. And I swear it actually happened. I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, make this up. Let me start my story of the miracle that touched me by saying I have no formal religion. I like them all ... respect them all … I celebrate many of their holidays. However, I believe you can lead a moral, upstanding

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life without being part of any organized religion.

That said, if there is anything that I worship, it’s music of all kinds. Especially music on my iPod. I have more than 12,000 songs on my iPod, and have them all playing on random, so at any given time, the odds are 12,000to-1 that a song will come up. I’ve put entire Time Life CDs from the Best of the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s, etc., etc., on my iPod, so it’s safe to say I have no idea what songs are on it. Now we come to the morning of

It was Super Bowl Sunday, the best day of any year, and I woke up in the morning smug about the game. I was sure I had nailed it. No way Pittsburgh could lose. I had a sizable bet with my local friendly bookie. Pittsburgh + three points was a lock. Big Ben Roethlisberger was going to bring home the championship for the Steelers and I was completely confident in my bet.

There I was, standing in my bathroom, mouth full of toothpaste, brushing away, when I put down the toothbrush and decided to put on some music. I reached out to the speaker pad in my bathroom wall and pushed “Play” and the music came on. That’s when the miracle occurred. A miracle that only a person like me – who loves to bet every Sunday on pro football – can appreciate. The first song that came on goes back 65 years to 1952 and I swear I haven’t heard it since then. This song by a mediocre singer (even by 1950s standards) named Guy Mitchell was playing loud and clear in my bathroom. The first line is: “There’s a pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.” Followed by:

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(By the pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) But I ain’t got a thing left to hock.”

I dropped the toothbrush and ran through the house wearing just my bright orange boxers screaming, “Judy! Judy! Judy! It’s a miracle! It’s a miracle! God just talked to me. I didn’t even know God liked football!”

My wife, the beautiful Judy Licht, was in the kitchen having a cup of coffee. She looked up at me and tried to understand what I was saying with white toothpaste foam drooling out of the corners of my mouth. “Pittsburgh is going to lose! Pittsburgh is going to lose!” I screamed.

“God just talked to me on my iPod. Pittsburgh is going to lose. Don’t you understand, the lyrics are about the people in Pittsburgh going to hock shops. Why hock shops? Because they lost all their money betting on Pittsburgh.

“It’s a message to me from God. I have to change my bet.” Judy didn’t say anything, she just looked into her coffee cup and slowly shook her head. Perhaps she was communicating with God about me. Hopefully she wasn’t asking God to take me. Naturally I made a much bigger bet on Green Bay to offset the bet I had made earlier in the week on Pittsburgh.

On Sunday night at a Super Bowl party at my house I told all my friends about the miracle and how God had talked to me. And how sure I was that Pittsburgh was going to lose. My friends, like Judy, said nothing. They just shook their heads. At the end of the game, with just 40 seconds left to go, the announcer said, “With the score 31 to 25, Aaron Rodgers takes a knee and the Packers are Super Bowl champions.” I watched and contemplated taking two knees to thank God for my miracle. If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to

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Connecting To Culture, Embracing Empowerment

By Kitty Merrill

Her own journey, her own life path serve as the foundation for Autumn Rose Miskweminanocsqua (Raspberry Star Woman) Williams’s winning platform. A member of the Shinnecock Nation, the Southampton native was crowned Miss Native American USA last month at a pageant held in Mesa, Arizona. She’s the first member of a Northeast tribe to win the acclaim, and on Friday night, led the grand entry at the annual pow wow on the Shinnecock Reservation. “I was super excited to lead grand entry,” she said Saturday morning. “It was amazing.” Having won the competition, it was especially heartening to debut the title in her own hometown. The tribe, Shinnecock businesses, and the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk sponsored Williams’s pageant participation.

Duties include making appearances and meeting members of tribes across the country. Williams will focus on promoting indigenous women’s empowerment, with attention to connection to cultural identity and encouraging others. A graduate of the Ross School, Williams said she never really experienced questions about her identity until she left her community. As a biracial person, confronting racism by outsiders, plus Native Americans and African Americans, she said, “empowered me more and made me proud.” “When I met people from all different cultures, when I talked to them, identity was such a big thing.” She chose to focus on identity and empowerment “because of my own journey, “ Williams said.

Also vital, she said, is becoming connected to one’s culture. “As indigenous people, that’s very important to us,” she said. Williams

was surprised to learn how the Shinnecock were connected to water. She didn’t realize how strong that connection was until she travelled to a place where she wasn’t connected to water. As she tours the country

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And now it was the Lone Star State’s turn and when I saw those wicked winds and those ferocious rains deep in the heart of Texas I didn’t even think of Ted Cruz. We all knew that creep and his family wouldn’t miss one meal or spend one night shivering or thirsty in a shelter. When we saw the faces of the people drowning in the waters and the misery of nature’s wrath most Americans didn’t give a damn who they’d voted for, what music they danced to, whether they believed in God or science or the color of their drenched skin. We saw fellow Americans in need of help. When we anger Mother Nature until she huffs, and puffs, and blows anyone’s house down in any state of the union she also blows a divided nation together in a time of crisis, reminding us that we are supposed to the United States of America.

by Denis Hamill

Blown Together In ColorBlind Unity Less than a month after Charlottesville, which brought out the worst of America, Houston delivered us tragedy, yes, but also the best of these great United States. Still, Houston, we have a problem.

Make that a lot of problems. Starting with people who in the year 2017 still do not believe in science. Or who privately do but think it is politically expedient to lie to a certain segment of the voters to deny climate change, which 98 percent of the world’s scientists insist is real and scary. I experienced it firsthand.

When I first saw the images out of Houston I was blown back to October 2013, Zone A in coastal New York City, in the scariest Halloween ever as I followed Superstorm Sandy rampaging from the Nassau border of Queens in Far Rockaway all across the wind and rain and sea-tossed shores of Far Rockaway to Rockaway and Breezy Point to Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Coney Island. I followed Sandy’s howling wrath across the roiled Narrows into the devastated beachheads of Staten Island’s South Shore.


I met people grieving the loss of loved ones and hundreds whose homes were burnt and smashed and flooded, decades of memories and the womb-like safety of home, sweet home, savaged and drowned in the stinking flood waters alive with sewer waste, bilge rats, and spreading bacteria. I covered a story about two bachelors who lived across the street from each other who risked their lives trying to save their beloved dogs. One bachelor perished. His dog survived, wailing plaintively when the sun reappeared in a neighborhood where the last sad strains of the funeral bagpipes of 9/11 still echoed every time the night winds blew in off the sea.   Those Sandy winds were different.

Those Sandy winds hurtled with the kind of violence usually reserved for the imaginations of Earth’s wildest animal – the human being. I remembered, too, that some of the worst of our elected leaders in red states like Texas sneered after the treacherous carnage of Sandy battered the blue states of New Jersey and New York, trying to make political hay by voting to deny desperately-needed federal aid. The same way hypocritical Congressman Mike Pence wanted to stiff New Orleans after Katrina, the ever-odious Senator Ted Cruz

Like in post-9/11 New York and the town of Sandy Hook after the awful 2012 Christmastime shootings of children and their teachers, volunteers, aid and prayers came from every street, hamlet, village, town and city and state in our union. When Texas was under siege by the furies of nature, that same aid came from all across the nation including from the New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing, which flew from Gabreski Airport in Westhampton into Texas on a search and rescue mission. No one was checked for party affiliation before they were rescued.

We all watched the misery and heroics of Hurricane Harvey because gutsy journalists and their camera crews braved those unforgiving winds and tireless rains

It doesn’t help when our President shows up to the shelters a week later with his wife wearing stilettos to tear into journalists for not having the courage to cover the hurricane. This from a man whose family in four generations in America has not had one Trump serve in the military, a man who during Vietnam took five deferments for college and bone spurs in his feet that never seem to deter him from 18 holes of golf. The President, whose job it is to unite the nation in a time of crisis, was the loudest divisive voice. Using the tragedy of Harvey as a staging ground to wage his own personal war on the media and another failed rescue mission of his drowning political life.   But Trump’s embarrassing selfpromotion fell on ears deafened by the eulogies for the Harvey dead and displaced and homeless of Texas and Louisiana. And by the stories of selfless personal courage demonstrated by ordinary people in an extraordinary time. I saw that same bravery from other unsung heroes during Sandy, men who used little motor boats to rescue hundreds in Staten Island, a cop who rescued an elderly woman from a house ready to topple into the waves of Seagate in Brooklyn, a firefighter who ferried dozens on a surfboard through the rising waters of Rockaway as his house burned to embers, fanned by the winds of Sandy.

I’d seen this American resolve, this colorblind humanity that still makes us the land of the free, this gritty fortitude that makes us the home of the brave. Sadly, the best of us only seems to come out when the worst of times happen in America.

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9/11 Memorial Moving Forward

By Kitty Merrill

It’s taken years of effort and meetings and frustration and bureaucracy, and ultimately, gratitude. This week the brothers Ganga – Tony and Bob – are breathing sighs of relief before plunging into the next phase of completing a 9/11 memorial on the grounds of American Legion Post 419. Not long after 9/11 rocked the nation, Bob, a former New York State vice commander of the Sons of the American Legion, met a woman who planted the seed. “About a year or so after, a woman came into the legion interviewing people about September 11. She was writing a book,” he recalled.

The author noticed there wasn’t a memorial at the legion’s Amagansett property. Southampton had one. Sag Harbor had one. But there was no visible memorial to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in 2001. Local emergency service and fire departments that responded to the disaster had small pieces of the Twin Towers on a placard, Bob explained. But there was nothing significant in East Hampton Town. Post commander at the time, Bob Ganga decided to pursue obtaining a piece of the towers to craft a local memorial. “It was back and forth with bureaucracy with the Port Authority,” he recalled. After two years, he got fed up. By chance, a new employee took over the requests for memorial metal. “She came across our case


file and called the American Legion,” Bob recounted. The woman got hold of Bob’s brother Tony, who by then was the legion commander. And a new push was on.

Three years ago this month, the giant section of steel, 14 foot long, weighing 1100 pounds arrived. Jim Grimes of Fort Pond Native Plants and Tom Milne, a retired New York firefighter, drove a huge flatbed truck to the Port Authority to retrieve it. They were met by an escort comprised of bikers from the Red Knights and the Hampton Bays Legion Riders.

The late Ross Perchik helped with the initial design. The local architect and philanthropist lost his battle with cancer before the design was complete. Last February Bob happened upon Gustavo Bonevardi. “He was in my cab and we were driving and I made mention of the memorial. He mentioned he’d been part of the Tribute in Light and it went from there.”

It started with a cab ride home in one night last winter, Bonevardi explained. “Right from the start and without any reservations I loved the idea of this project, and was thrilled later that week when Bob and Tony agreed to consider a proposal from me,” he said. “I grew up in downtown Manhattan and watched the Twin Towers being built as a child, and then 28 years later watched from the street as they fell,” the artist continued. “Like a lot of people, I

Independent / Gustavo Bonevardi A rendering of the planned 9/11 memorial.

took the attacks very personally, and that connection fueled my previous memorial project, Tribute in Light.” Working with a piece of the building itself -- the steel beam salvaged from the WTC -- and the challenge of transforming it into something more than just a relic, and the chance to memorialize the events on much more intimate scale than that of Tribute in Light, fueled the artist’s enthusiasm.

The composition has the relic beam cut in two, with one half partly embedded in a concrete block and reaching out to suspend the other half, seemingly catching it mid-fall: a gesture of help or support, he explained. “It’s an image that I hope both recalls the devastation of that day and invokes the hope and spirit that also defined the moments,

days, and months following the attacks, the human instinct to reach out and help one another,” Bonevardi said.

“I’ve seen that spirit again in this project, in the ways everyone connected to it -- from Bob and Tony to Adam Umbach, a local artist who has assisted me, the structural engineer Edward Armus, and many others—has been eager to do all they can to make it happen,” he continued. “The project had a long history before I ever got involved, and Tony’s passion for it clearly goes well beyond his role as commander of the Sons of the American Legion. He has been involved in every detail and decision, and has patiently persevered seeing

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Considering A Freeze By Kitty Merrill

of 2016’s $51.6 million salary surge.

North Fork Legislator Al Krupski has sponsored legislation that would freeze the pay raises Suffolk County legislators have automatically received since 1986.

Krupski’s proposed legislation is co-sponsored by Legislator William J. Lindsay III who represents the 8th Legislative District and who has sponsored similar legislation in the past. If enacted, the freeze would be in effect for four years and would also include pay freezes for the county executive, district attorney, county sheriff, county clerk, county comptroller, presiding officer, and deputy presiding officer.

Currently, the automatic increase is four percent or the amount equal to the increase of the consumer price index, whichever is lower. Legislators can decline the automatic raise and several have, including Legislator Krupski, who has opted out for three of the last four years.

According to the Empire Center website, Suffolk County legislators were due to make $97,786 in 2016. A fourpercent raise would take them into six figures for what’s described as a part-time job. The presiding officer’s salary is listed at $122,133 and the county executive salary last year was $186,366.

“Considering the financial situation Suffolk County is facing, it is important the legislature lead by example in this case,” said Legislator Krupski. “If we consider asking the workers of the county to forgo pay increases, we should be willing to do the same. If we are asking our constituents to accept cuts to services, we need to make sacrifices as well.” Suffolk County is currently facing a deficit topping $163plus million. Its bond rating was downgraded a notch earlier this year, with Standard & Poor’s


“The current financial climate within the county is one that everyone must make sacrifices,” said Legislator Lindsay.

“We must lead by example. Freezing our automatic pay increases will not solve the county’s financial problems but it is a place to start and show how serious we are about solving these problems. I believe this is something we should have done three years ago when I first proposed it and appreciate Legislator Krupski’s efforts in reintroducing my bill.”

Independent / Courtesy Legislator Krupski Legislator Al Krupski has proposed a pay freeze for legislators.

noting the budget gap creates “credit weakness.” According to an article in Newsday last spring, the payroll in Suffolk exceeded

$1 billion in 2016 for the first time. Salary increases for police, sheriff ’s deputies, and corrections officers accounted for 90 percent

The legislation was considered by the Government Operations, Personnel, Information Technology, and Housing Committee meeting on August 30 and approved by a 6-0 vote. The proposed local law is on the agenda for the full Suffolk County Legislature during the general meeting in Riverhead today.

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By Kitty Merrill

Helping After Harvey

Before dawn last Friday morning a team of volunteers from the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons left Wainscott in three custombuilt transport vehicles to rescue homeless cats and dogs from areas devastated by flooding in Texas. ARF has been in communication with rescue organizations large and small who were on the ground in Texas in order to find where it could help immediately. One shelter in particular, Austin Pets Alive, had begun to pull animals from the municipal shelter in Corpus Christi to create extra capacity for animals rescued from the towns hit directly by Hurricane Harvey when it made landfall.

depending on their sizes and needs. Once the animals are medically cleared, they will be available for adoption at the ARF Adoption Center, as well as partner shelters, including the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and the Kent Animal Shelter. For more information on ARF and its rescue efforts, visit arfhamptons. org or follow ARF on Facebook and Instagram @arfhamptons.

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September 6


Community News

Library Honors Hometown Hero

By Kitty Merrill

as escorts, were subject to prejudice once they landed in Walterboro, a town Berry described as “behaving like it was in a Confederate state.” Prisoners of war held at the base received better treatment.

A junior at Pratt Institute in 1943, Creighton Berry was drafted into the US Army Air Corps. It was a different world, wrote Bob Allard, a librarian at Westhampton Beach Library who compiles profiles for the institution’s Hometown Heroes initiative. There was a black army and there was a white army. Berry was assigned to a combat engineer company at Fort Dix before a base commander had him transferred based on the color of his skin. He was subsequently sent to Mitchel Field on Long Island to work in a camouflage unit. Just three weeks into his service, the commander spied him on an exercise field and insisted on a transfer.

Independent / Michael Azzato The Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to World War II veteran Creighton Berry (third from right). He is pictured with (from left) Jeanette W. Smith, Congressman Lee Zeldin’s congressional aide Cleveland Johnson III, Westhampton Free Library trustees Mitchell Schecter and Mary Anne Yutes, Claire Berry, library director Danielle Waskiewicz, and VFW Post 5350 Commander William Hughes.

“The base commander had me taken out of the unit at Mitchel at three in the morning,” Berry wrote in his memoir. “He was a prejudiced Southern colonel and had the MPs pick me up in the middle of the night.”

A 19-year-old kid from the Bronx, he was sent to an AfricanAmerican Army Air Corps Signal Corps battalion at Langley Field in Virginia. There, the base commander learned of Berry’s artistic talent and commissioned him to paint a mural illustrating the Signal Corps company’s activities on the battlefield. He painted the whole mural in sections, filling the entire wall in the officers’ club, showing the unit constructing telephone poles and stringing wire for communications while under fire, the colonel in charge in the center of the painting. His mural earned him a title of Special Services specialist. As part


During that time, on a trip with MPs to collect a soldier on furlough, Berry was accosted by members of the KKK.

Berry was transferred briefly to a base at Selfridge Field, outside of the title, Berry worked with of Detroit, and then sent to an his fellow enlistees on morale and army air base in Walterboro, SC. the well-being and entertainment While there, he was of the troops. An reassigned to First unforgettable Air Force, where he moment for the worked with one of unit took place in the most successful late 1943, when flying squadrons in they were able to American military get heavyweight history. Over 500 of champion Joe the famed Tuskegee Louis to box in airmen blew through an exhibition the airfield while fight with Sugar Berry was there. Ray Robinson. – Danielle Waskiewicz Berry met Louis, As part of his job as namesake of his a Special Services hometown baseball noncom, he was to follow up on team. soldiers when they went home on furlough and assist them in their During this time, he performed future plans. He also witnessed intelligence work such as training firsthand the racial tensions of the GI ground personnel to recognize south in 1945. The elite airmen, enemy aircraft and differentiate often requested by white bombers them from allied planes.


He is a nationally-recognized artist and his work includes mixed media collages, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings. He continues to create artwork in his studio in Quiogue. He is also a longtime volunteer in the Presbyterian church.

In gratitude of his service and sacrifice, the Westhampton Free Library paid tribute to the 93-yearold World War II veteran at a ceremony on August 24 as part of its Hometown Heroes initiative. During the ceremony, held at the Westhampton VFW Hall and attended by fellow veterans, library representatives, and public officials, Berry was presented with a proclamation and an American flag that was flown over the library in his honor.

“The library is honored to have paid tribute to Mr. Berry as part our veteran recognition program. Mr. Berry is more than deserving of this recognition and we are grateful for the sacrifices that he has made,” said library director Danielle Waskiewicz.

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“The library is honored to have paid tribute to Mr. Berry.”

Following the war, Berry pursued his dreams of becoming an artist. He worked his way into Manhattan’s advertising industry, serving in many roles, including as an executive art director for the former Gimbel’s department store.

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September 6


Community News

By Nicole Teitler

HarborFest Is In The Air

Tumbleweed Tuesday has passed, along with those dog days of touristy summer. But the warm fall weather brings an East End favorite, HarborFest, taking place this Friday through Sunday in Sag Harbor. Lobster roll eating contests, flyboarding demonstrations, the Whalers Cup race, and more activities always bring out the locals and scant tourists that are left. With all day Saturday and Sunday events consisting of an arts and crafts fair, a sidewalk sale, children’s amusements, the classic boat display, and A Taste of Sag Harbor, here are some other highlights for the festivities.


Feeling hungry? Test your limits at the clam chowder contest at noon. From shucking clams to corn, the children’s corn shucking contest takes place at 1 PM. Have a conversation with Ed German, host of WPPB 88.3 FM’s “Urban Jazz Experience” and “Friday Night

Soul,” at 2 PM as he reads from his memoir at the Eastville Community Historical Society’s Heritage House. At 2:30 and 3 are the junior and adult whaleboat championship races, always a HarborFest fave. Conclude your fun-filled weekend with a turnpike block party, presented by Estia’s Little Kitchen, from 6 through 8:30 PM.

The events are plentiful and perfect for the whole family. Get your nautical spirit on at this long-loved tradition in the heart of Sag Harbor. For a complete list of events and details visit www.sagharborchamber. com.

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Friday night kicks off at 8 PM with the Bay Street Theater All Star Comedy Show hosted by Joseph Vecsey.

On Saturday enjoy live music beginning at 10 AM with John Corr at Windmill Beach, then the Sag Harbor Community Band on Long Wharf. At 11 AM is the battle of the strongest at the children’s tugof-war, 11:30 AM watch elementary students boogie down in the boogie board races, and at noon is the first elimination round for the Whalers Cup.

The American Beauty tour, a onehour cruise departing from Long Wharf, will be setting sail every hour-and-a-half starting at noon and at ending at 3 PM, with a special sunset tour at 5:30 PM. At 1:30, catch local heroes in the Firefighter’s Cup whaleboat races for the Sag Harbor Fire Department championship. Test your shucking skills at 3:30 PM with a clam shucking contest presented by Harbor Pets, and wind down at 7:30 PM with a film screening of Sag Harbor and the World: Embracing Diversity, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers themselves at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum.

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September 6


In Depth News Independent / Photos Furnished by Candidates East Hampton Town Council hopefuls Jeff Bragman, Zachary Cohen, and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez will vie for two spots on November’s Democratic Party line ballot

East Hampton Dems Face Off Tuesday

By Rick Murphy

Cohen made a remarkable run for town supervisor in 2011, at a time when the Democrats were in disarray.

Rebellions in the East Hampton Town Democratic Party are few and far between. Members of the ruling party, which boasts 60 percent of the town’s registered voters, usually walk in lockstep.

This time around, though, Zachary Cohen, unhappy with the party’s choice of town board candidates, is trying to force his way on to the ballot. The primary will take place on Tuesday.

The incumbent Kathee BurkeGonzalez, seeking a second fouryear term, was nominated along with Jeffrey Bragman, a longtime local planning and zoning attorney but a political neophyte.


Facing a popular GOP incumbent, Bill Wilkinson, in the wake of a financial scandal that decimated his political party, Cohen lost by a scant 15 votes, just two years after a financial meltdown under Democratic leadership cost East Hampton taxpayers $30 million. Cohen has been a successful restaurateur and real estate investor. He’s an accomplished pianist and a world-class cyclist. He holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence, a Master’s in business administration with honors from

the University of Chicago, and has passed Ph.D. exams in logic, philosophy(s) of science, language, and mathematics. Clearly, Cohen has a vision.

Bragman has lived here 32 years fulltime. “I’m trying to make something better for all of us. I have the time, the ability and the interest. I’m willing to do the work to make this a better town,” he said. Bragman has never indicated a desire to seek public office, but his law practice has kept him close to the fray, he said.

”I’ve been involved in town issues for 30 years,” he said. “It’s not a TV show or a brand name. It’s a real town.”

Burke-Gonzalez, the former president of the Springs School Board, has drawn praise as the town board’s liaison to the airport for her evenhandedness in dealing with a thorny issue. Two of the three will be chosen. They will join two Republicans -- former East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen and Paul Giardini, a former longtime executive with the US Department of Environmental Protection, on November’s ballot. The two top vote-getters will win seats on the board regardless of party affiliation. Polls will open at 6 AM and close at 9 PM.

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September 6


In Depth News

Manny Makes His Move

By Rick Murphy

East Hampton is one of the most expensive places in the state to live, yet there are very few well-paying jobs. Vilar said he would work to change that. “What costs $50 in Albany costs $150 here. People have amassed a great deal of wealth. We have to bring in businesses that pay wages that will allow people to work and live here. Affordable housing is an opportunity – you use it, then you move on and the next guy comes in.”

Why now?

The question was an easy one for Manny Vilar, who has lived in East Hampton for more than 50 years without ever publicly expressing a desire to run for office. “The time is right,” he said.

Vilar is the East Hampton Town Republican nominee for Town Supervisor. He is a New York State Park Police Sergeant and the founder of the fifth largest police union in the state. As such he has represented 1200 union members and negotiated multi-million dollar contracts in Albany. He knows how to get things done, he said in an interview this week. “I bring to the table what a lot of people don’t. It’s not that they are incompetent - they are all good people. But I bring an understanding on intergovernmental skills to the table,” he said.

Vilar’s parents moved to Clearwater Beach in 1965 and he has lived in Springs ever since, raising a family with six children along the way. Yet he is careful to tout some simplistic solution to the high school taxes in the district. “Of course any school consolidation will bring our taxes own, but it needs to be addressed in Albany,” Vilar said, pointing out he has spent considerable time with state lawmakers. “I understand the mechanical part of it. I have those

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Manny Vilar


Vilar criticized the current town board on several fronts, specifically the erosion problem in downtown Montauk. “There has been broad failure. They [town board members] don’t understand the State Coastal Management programs. They violated the town’s own LWRP. They acted counter to policy.” Vilar also thinks the town board was too quick to back a plan to build a wind farm in the Atlantic off Montauk Point.

“There is no control group or scientific study that states windmills will not create a disruption to the ecosystem,” Vilar said. “What is the long-term loss to fisherman? We shouldn’t consider it unless the answer is zero.”


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Vilar said the affordable housing shortage in East Hampton goes hand in hand with cost of living inequities. “I negotiate on a state level. I know not all areas of the state are the same. We have a cost of living problem here.”

The airport is a pet peeve to the candidate. “They’ve [the current town board members] accomplished nothing. They are still in litigation. There is an economic component for everyone that flies in and out of the airport.” Vilar fears if the airport closes down the local economy will take a huge hit. “It’s not like this place is so unique that there is no other place like it. People will find somewhere else to go,” he said.

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September 6


In Depth News

Van Scoyoc: Ready For The Top Job

By Rick Murphy

The question is not if Peter Van Scoyoc can get the job done – his credentials are impeccable.

As an East Hampton Town Councilman for six years and a longtime planning board member before that, he has a proven record. And he is, of course, the deputy town supervisor.

But he’s a carpenter/builder. And a fisherman. And he sings and strums a mean guitar. No problem – he’ll make time, he said in an interview this week.

“I’m ready to go. I’ve pulled back on my building business, and I only took out three charter boats all summer,” thus devoting his time to town government. “People are very happy with what I’ve done. They expect it to continue,” Van Scoyoc said.

One sore point in the current administration is its failure to fully regulate air traffic at the East Hampton Airport, but it wasn’t for lack of trying – the courts didn’t see things the town’s way. “It’s kind of a bummer,” Van

Scoyoc admitted. “We’ve used up the judicial avenues, but we still have legislative and administrative avenues.”

But the idea that the airport might shut down, always an anathema, is becoming more and more of an option, he said.

“Shutting down used to be an extreme position, but that is changing due to all the helicopter noise. It’s now a regional issue, and shutting down, which was extreme, is now more of a mainstream possibility. It may come to that.”

Independent /Courtesy EHTDC Peter Van Scoyoc

Though some have criticized the fact that so many planning board members move on to the town board, Van Scoyoc called it a logical progression. “It’s a natural lead-in. You start serving your community on an appointed board and the community gets to see you, to see whether you are hard-working, whether you can accomplish things. It’s training.” As for the newest hot button issue, the proposal to build a wind farm in the ocean waters off Montauk, Van Scoyoc said the town board is on top of it, contrary to criticism from some critics. Of primary concern is how the windmills will affect the fish population.

“The fishing community is huge to us. There are many places to harvest wind without interfering with fishing. Trump lifted an offshore ban on oil drilling in April. Do we want oil drills or wind power? The windmills are our best chance for a brighter future.”

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Van Scoyoc said he is against sitting the windmills on Cox’s Ledge, a hotspot for cod fishing, and that the cable from the offshore facility wouldn’t come in on the bay side of the town. Van Scoyoc said the present town regime prides itself on an open government. Toward that end there will be a discussion about the airport on September 19. “We want to go through the process. It’s a hot button issue. We’ve done our best to strip away the misconceptions.” The goal is unwavering, though: local control of the airport facility. Van Scoyoc has family roots in East Hampton that date back to the 1700s and lives in Northwest Woods on land that was once part of the family’s farm.

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of it. But some governmental officials, environmentalists, and local residents objected to the scope of the project as originally proposed.


The problem is The Hills is located 1500 feet from Weesuck Creek and western Shinneock Bay, which was

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One down and four to go – well three, anyway.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman indicated that he will most likely vote to approve an ambitious East Quogue development dubbed “The Hills.”

Now the developer, Discovery Land Corporation, needs at least three more votes from the four town board members. Discovery Land wants to build an 18-hole golf course and 117 luxury homes on a 600-acre parcel it owns while preserving almost 80 percent

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September 6


Community News

By Kitty Merrill

And Then There Were … FIVE?

Assemblyman Fred Thiele had yet to publicly announce a formal decision as of press time. But he’s been thinking about it and “lining up a few things,” he said last weekend.

If Thiele decides to make the run, the veteran assemblyman would be a formidable opponent against Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin in 2018. It would be a race to watch, as Thiele, a popular statesman for decades, has never faced a viable candidate in his own re-election bids. And if Thiele doesn’t run? The field

of opponents to the beleaguered incumbent appears to grow by the week. So, too, does the legion of ardent progressives and Democrats dogging the congressman’s actions. They parse his every statement, rally outside events where he’s scheduled to appear, and protest outside his Patchogue office. Just one of the social media pages set up in opposition has 3342 members. For his part, Zeldin continues to attract passionate opposition, refusing to host town hall meetings and appearing frequently on the news making excuses for President Trump’s

faux pas du jour.

The most recent hopeful to toss his hat into the ring is Center Moriches bartender Brendon Henry, who officially announced his candidacy on August 28. A lifelong resident of Eastern Long Island, he grew up in a working-class family and earned a degree in political science from Long Island University. He’s 36.

On his campaign website, the Democrat states, “We need a Congress that accurately and actually represents our people and district, not just the will of the parties.” As of last weekend, his Facebook page boasted

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On August 25, Elaine DiMasi, a former physicist from Brookhaven National Laboratory, announced her candidacy. She will rely on her experience and background to bring a platform of bold, evidencebased policy to Eastern Suffolk County voters, according to a release announcing her bid.
 “At the heart of every scientist is a commitment to facts, integrity, and truth,” said DiMasi. “I come to politics and policy from a 21-year career as a National Laboratory scientist on Long Island. I know what’s possible -- Congress can collaborate, embrace science, and improve lives.”

Perry Gershon of East Hampton reportedly filed paperwork July 15 to run against Zeldin. He’s been quoted stating that he raised more than $100,000 in the first week after the filing. All of the money came from individual donors, not from political action committees, according to a press release.

Gershon has run a sports bar and worked in real estate. Health care and the restoration of the middle class are at the top of his agenda.

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act vote in May, Sag Harbor writer Hannah Selinger joined the race, according to a May 14 article on the website forward. com. A social media page exists, but hasn’t seen any action since May. She said on her page, “I may not be the perfect candidate, but I won’t make pregnancy a pre-existing condition.” Rounding out the pool of hopefuls is the only other experienced politician besides Thiele, Vivian Viloria-Fisher of East Setauket. She served on the Suffolk County Legislature for 13 years, six of them as deputy presiding officer. She was term-limited out and subsequently ran unsuccessfully for Brookhaven Town Supervisor.

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In that vein, last year Merat offered a show at Bay Street, Brel by Alfredo, and now has dropped a CD, recorded in Havana, Cuba, that offers rearranged versions of Brel’s most famous and not-sowell-known numbers. “To the end of his life he wrote sad songs,” Merat said, “but he also wrote other tunes that are so much fun – ‘La Chanson de Jacky,’ ‘Le Moribond,’ and ‘Bruxelles,’ just to name a few. I’ve added a different Latin sound -- bolero, bachata, and even salsa. I hope he would be proud to be presented in this new and vibrant way,” Merat said.

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As far as his own history, Merat laughed. “It has gone fast. It began in 1997 at the Wild Rose Café in Bridgehampton. It was a good time for my band Europa,” he said. Since 2014, Merat has kept busy with alfredomusika and the Brel project.

Alfredo Merat reimagines the music of Jacques Brel with Latin rhythms.

Alfredo Merat: Spicing Up Brel

By Bridget LeRoy

Picture a French singer circa 1950 – cigarette in hand, emoting into the microphone, eliciting tears of joy and standing ovations from the smoky nightclub throng. If you’re thinking of a female, it’s Edith Piaf. And if you’re thinking of a guy, it’s Jacques Brel.



Of course, Brel is actually Belgian, but he was embraced by Europe, and eventually the world, as the quintessential Gallic singersongwriter, his music covered by everyone from Ray Charles to Celine Dion. He is even the subject of a cult off-Broadway hit, Jacques

Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which was made into an even greater cult film in 1975.

It would seem that every interpretation of Brel and his music has been done to death. Not so fast, says Alfredo Merat.

Merat, who was born in Spain and raised in Bordeaux, has called the East End home for the past 30-plus years. His songs and voice are wellknown in all the best Hamptons night spots. Merat recalled being deeply touched by Brel when he was a teenager growing up in France. “Songs like ‘Amsterdam’ and ‘Ne

me quitte pas’ -- his lyrics and the way he composed, the architecture of his songs, and his delivery as a performer -- just got to me,” Merat said. “I was mesmerized. I picked up the guitar because of him when he had just died, in 1978. I was 17,” he remembered. Brel was only 49 when he was taken by lung cancer.

But Merat has added a Latin feel to songs which are typically thought of as, well, morose. “Due to the nature of his wellknown and heavier body of work, I feel he has been forgotten,” Merat said. “I wanted to bring forward the lesser-known Brel -- the happy Brel; fun and exciting,” he

“It has its own set of challenges, but I love what I do,” said Merat, whose “day job” is being the founder and proprietor of Villas of the World in Sag Harbor and on the web. As far as his music career, “so many local people, restaurants, and hotels have been supportive, and continue to support me and my musical adventures by coming to the shows or booking me,” he said. “I am grateful and forever indebted to this wonderful place we call home.” Speaking of bookings, Merat can be heard this Saturday at the East Hampton Airport party from 12 to 3, and plays every Sunday at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor through October 8. “Stay tuned for a new Brel show in the works for 2018 at Bay Street,” he promised. “It will be a story-telling musical theater piece to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Brel’s death.” Brel would be so proud.

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Death Lives At North Fork TV Festival Aurilio suggested the idea to Hellwig that Death have his own TV show.

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The pilot episode of “Death Lives,” a new comedic series that follows the Grim Reaper’s transition into modern society once he’s retired his scythe, will make its New York premiere at the 2017 North Fork TV Festival on Saturday at 11:30 AM. The pilot was co-written by New York comedians Chris Aurilio and Erick Hellwig, with Aurilio directing the episode, and Hellwig starring as Death.

Although the friends and former roommates have collaborated on many comedy projects over the years including numerous scripted sketches, they had never endeavored to create a full pilot; but once they landed on the concept for “Death Lives,” the duo was hell-bent. Hellwig’s characterization of Death originated through a live show that Aurilio was producing at the People’s Improv Theatre, where they both worked and studied. It was a weekly mock talk-show

“As soon as he said that,” Hellwig said, “I had 30 ideas for what he could do in the pilot, what the first season would be about … and we just started writing.”

Independent/Courtesy of Shark Party Media The poster for “Death Lives,” premiering this weekend at the North Fork TV Festival.

called “Welcome to Hell,” where the concept was that the audience was dead, and this was their only entertainment option for all eternity. Someone had volunteered to man the door as the Grim

Reaper, but bailed at the last minute. Luckily, Hellwig was in the audience that night. “Hey, can you throw on this Grim Reaper costume and hand out ‘death certificates’ to the audience?” Hellwig recalls Aurilio asking him, to which he answered, “Sure, that sounds fun.”

“He ran with this idea!” Aurilio said with a laugh. “Erick is a great, very funny actor. Watching him play the Grim Reaper, he would refuse to break at any point. He made that a challenge for himself as an actor, to just be stone-faced.”

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“I was just watching the way people were feeling with Death being that close to them. It was an interesting kind of persona to take on,” Hellwig mused. So after his usher stint in character, Hellwig had a fun idea, and said to Aurilio, “Hey, next time you guys do the show, I want Death to do a bit onstage.” Death’s first act, per Hellwig’s suggestion, was the Grim Reaper trying standup for the first time. “He had this wonderful line,” Aurilio reminisced. “He said, the worst part about being Death – in this great voice that he does – is the travel.” PIT audiences loved watching Death try new things each week, like reading poetry, acting Shakespeare, and singing Disney karaoke; so, in January 2016,

“We stumbled on the story of Death deciding he wants to be human, so he can do more of this stuff,” Aurilio said. “And we get to watch this guy who still looks and sounds like Death – he has a skull face, he has this voice, and he’s been ‘reaping people’ for hundreds of millions of years – but now he gets to be a person, and see what it’s like to take a class! Go online dating! Run for political office!” AMONG THE LIVING Naturally, Death lives at the center of “Death Lives,” but the supporting characters are no less engaging. There’s Death’s narcissistic father, God; his doting mother, Mother Nature; his flamboyant brother, Cupid; his fluffy sister, the Easter Bunny, an actual rabbit who appears to dispense jellybeans from beneath her cotton tail (would that all rabbits had such skills); Laura, a cute girl who might have a thing for Death (played by Hellwig’s reallife girlfriend, producer and Nassau County native Elizabeth Galalis); and Garrett, the bumbling new Reaper-in-training. Hellwig and Aurilio split the writing evenly, working from a shared script on a laptop they’d pass back and forth, often refusing to move forward until they were in full agreement, and using their improv skills to craft organic dialogue.

Their willingness to play and discover proved useful on set as well when, while shooting a scene in Times Square, a street artist volunteered to sketch Hellwig in his Death makeup – a spontaneous moment they were pleased to capture for the pilot. Times Square tourists, however, seemed confused by the Grim Reaper get-up. “People would approach him

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Chris Noth Honored At North Fork TV Festival

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Actor Chris Noth has been named the recipient of the inaugural Canopy Award for this year’s North Fork TV Festival. Noth will accept the award on Friday at the Greenport Theatre. The award honors a member of the New York creative community whose work embodies the independent spirit of persistence, integrity, and collaboration. “I’m so honored to be presented with the Canopy Award at this year’s North Fork TV Festival,” expressed Noth. “I’ve lived and

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thinking he was one of the characters that people take pictures with,” said Aurilio. “Obviously if I wanted people to take photos with me, I wouldn’t dress up as most people’s worst fear,” said Hellwig. “But I loved watching people react in real time to seeing Death. I had people on that day of the shoot who I would connect eyes with who would just turn around and start walking the other direction.”

Despite their close friendship, the writers felt they managed to wear their actor-director-BFF hats appropriately. “And that was due to having a great crew with us, which allowed us to just focus on our jobs and be as good as we could be at the one thing we had to do,” said Aurilio. The team is planning more collaborations, and has already begun shooting a new project based around sports culture and fan memorabilia. Aurilio and Hellwig are greatly looking forward to sharing the “Death Lives” pilot with East Enders at the North Fork TV Festival on Saturday, and hope it may lead to the opportunity to share more of Death’s zany adventures among the living.

For tickets to the New York premiere, visit www.northfork. tv. Follow @DeathLivesTV on Facebook for project updates and future festival info. 

worked in New York for years, and I’ve shot all over New York State and Long Island, so being a part of this particular festival really means a lot to me.” The two-time Golden Globe nominee and SAG Award nominated actor rose to prominence as Detective Mike Logan on the original “Law and Order.” He later starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker as the unforgettable Mr. Big on HBO’s iconic series “Sex and the City.”

“He is absolutely the perfect person to support and celebrate the explosion of fresh voices in television and content production,” said artistic director Jerry Foley. “Beyond his artistic achievements, Chris has also claimed his spot as an iconic New Yorker. His creations of Detective Mike Logan and Mr. Big reflect the dash, grit, humor, and ambitions of all of us in this crazy love affair with the world’s most confounding metropolis.”

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1. Jean Shafiroff at the 21st annual Hamptons Heart Ball at Southampton Arts Center on June 10. 2. Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2017, hosted by Ronald O. Perelman at The Creeks on August 12 in East Hampton. 3. Jamee Gregory and Calvin Klein at the 17th annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefit for God’s Love We Deliver at a private residence in Southampton on June 10. 4. Molly Sims, Scarlett May Stuber, and Scott Stuber attended the third annual Green Beetz Day at The Creeks in East Hampton on July 22. 24


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1. Martha Stewart and Charlotte Beers at the ARF party in the Garden of Peter Marino at a private residence on July 15 in Southampton. 2. Christie Brinkley at a cocktail event for the Sag Harbor Cinema Project at Le Bilboquet in Sag Harbor on June 16. 3. Brooke Shields at the Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Rita Hayworth Gala Hamptons kickoff event at a private residence on July 28 in Water Mill. 4. Rich Wilke, Steven Stolman, and Kelly Killoren Bensimon attended the 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse Gala preview cocktail party in Southampton on July 22. 25

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1. Eric Fischl and April Gornik attended the Guild Hall 2017 Summer Gala celebrating “Avedon’s America” in East Hampton on August 11. 2. Jason Binn, Ryan Seacrest, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn, and Gary Cohn attended the sixth annual Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at Fairview on Mecox Bay on August 5 in Bridgehampton. 3. Terrie Sultan, Susan Solomon, and Toni Ross attended the Midsummer Party 2017 at the Parrish Art Museum on July 15 in Water Mill. 4. Fern Mallis, Nicole Miller, and Mickey Ateyeh attended Boom! The Cosmic LongHouse Benefit at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on July 22. 5. Summer Farkas and Jonathan Farkas at the Southampton Hospital 59th annual Summer Party on August 5 in Southampton. 26

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1. Alec Baldwin at the Guild Hall 2017 Summer Gala celebrating “Avedon’s America” on August 11 in East Hampton. 2. Lynn Yaeger attended the 24th annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction at The Watermill Center on July 29 in Water Mill. 3. Sandra Ripert and Eric Ripert attended the sixth annual Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at Fairview on Mecox Bay on August 5 in Bridgehampton. 4. Chuck Scarborough attended the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s eighth annual Unconditional Love Gala honoring Jean Shafiroff and Sony Schotland at a private residence on July 8 in Southampton. 5. Jack Larsen at Boom! The Cosmic LongHouse benefit at LongHouse Reserve on July 22 in East Hampton. 27

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Art, History, And Amagansett

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2 Documentary Film Festival. East End filmmaker Roger Sherman will screen his Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary Alexander Calder on Saturday, September 16. On Sunday, September 17, art lawyer Carol Steinberg will decode new laws that protect artists consigning their work in a seminar for artists and gallerists alike.

The Amagansett Free Library will begin its annual Art/History/ Amagansett conversation series with two programs this weekend. Held on Saturdays and Sundays in September, the conversations explore art, artists, and the cultural institutions that make up the East End.

The series starts with “Encryption/ Description: Dan Rizzie on His Art” on Saturday at 6 PM. Famed artist Dan Rizzie will discuss his vast range of influences with scholar, philanthropist, and collector Randy Lerner. As a painter, printmaker, and collage artist, Rizzie’s exhibits in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, along with many other

To conclude the series, Andrea Grover will describe her time at the Parrish Art Museum and her first year as executive director of Guild Hall in a conversation with friend Ned Rifkin, a museum director and former undersecretary of the Smithsonian on Saturday, September 23.

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In the second program, “The Art of Collecting on the East End,” gallerists Sara De Luca of Ille


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Next up in the series is a copresentation with Hamptons Take

In a second co-presentation with HT2DFF, director Neil Leifer and producer Walter Bernard will screen and discuss their documentary Portraits of a Lady, on Sunday, September 24. The film follows a historic painting session of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with 25 artists held on a single day. The programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Call 631-267-3810 or visit



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A still from Itzhak, premiering at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Coming Up At HIFF

By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

The Hamptons International Film Festival, held over Columbus Day weekend, is set to attract stars like Jennifer Garner, Deon Cole, Michael Finley, Spencer Haywood, Oscar Robertson, and PJ Tucker.

HIFF will open with the world premiere of Alison Chernick’s documentary Itzhak, which portrays the extraordinary life of Israeli violin virtuoso and conductor -- and East End resident -- Itzhak Perlman. Perlman will be attending the premiere.

“We are thrilled to announce Allison Chernick’s Itzhak as our opening night feature, and to have the talented Itzhak Perlman himself join us for our anniversary year. This diverse array of films … many with local ties, are sure to be some of the most talked about films

at this year’s festival,” said HIFF artistic director David Nugent.

Another film of local interest that will premiere is Ben and Orson Cummings’s Killer Bees, a story that follows the Bridgehampton High School basketball team and their community as they try to defend their state championship title. The doc is produced by Shaquille O’Neal and executive produced by Larry Gagosian. Josh Klausner’s Wanderland, which was filmed on the East End, tells the story of a character escaping his isolated life only to find himself lost on a surreal, all-night musical odyssey of misadventures. The film stars Tate Ellington, Dree Hemingway, Ronald Guttman, Harris Yulin, and Tara Summers.

Additional world premieres include 11/8/16, curated and produced by

Jeff Deutchman, which is directed by over 40 filmmakers and captures footage from across the country documenting Election Day; and Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah’s The First To Do It, recounting the life of Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA. The film features interviews with NBA players Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard, and is executive produced by Anthony, Leonard, Tony Parker, Michael Finley, and PJ Tucker. Tiffany Bartok’s Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story, also premiering, profiles the professional and personal life of iconic makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. The film features interviews with models like Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss. Brendan and Emmett Malloy’s The

Tribes of Palos is a coming-of-age drama centering around the lives of a family that move to affluent LA suburb Palos Verdes. The movie stars Jennifer Garner, Justin Kirk, Elisabeth Rohm, Goran Višnjić, and Joely Fisher. Onur Tukel’s The Misogynists follows the tales of characters coming and going from a hotel room on the night of the 2016 general election and stars Dylan Baker.

The festival will also screen Andy Serkis’s Breathe, Rob Reiner’s LBJ, Vincent Gagliostro’s After Louie, Alexandre Moors’s The Yellow Birds, Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow, and Ruben Östlund’s The Square and Oh Lucy! For more information and tickets visit


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Rosé Rehab

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Rosé Season hosted its second annual Rosé Rehab in Bridgehampton. The rosé-themed event, which offered wine from Whispering Angel and handcrafted cocktails from Gin Lane 1781, was held at the Topping Rose House on August 26. The event took place to benefit Pay it ForWorld.

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Aruna Seth made an appearance at her pop-up shop last week in Southampton. She met with clients to create bespoke personalized shoes.

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Hampton Classic Animal Adoption Photos by Nicole Teitler

This year’s Hampton Classic Horse Show hosted its seventh annual Animal Adoption Day on August 28 on its grounds in Bridgehampton. This event helps hundreds of at-risk dogs, cats, and horses find forever homes. Providing support was international show jumping star Georgina Bloomberg, a long-time animal rights advocate. The EQUUS Foundation was the presenting sponsor of the adoptable horses portion of the day. The dog and cat rescues included ARF, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Last Chance Animal Rescue, Happy Tails Dog Rescue, Gimme Shelter, and Tails of Courage. 32

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Guests celebrated the Hampton Classic’s annual Grand Prix Sunday under the VIP tent.

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SummerFest Photos by Morgan McGivern

Southampton Arts Center hosted its annual SummerFest Food and Wine Festival on Thursday to celebrate its fifth season. This year SAC honored its co-chair Simone Levinson with the Champion of the Arts Award. The event featured a wide selection of dishes from a host of celebrated restaurants and chefs across the East End.

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Town Guide: Tom Wardle

Hampton Chutney, Amagansett - I’ll be honest, I only checked this place out because someone told me that it’s McCartney’s favorite place to eat (I’m a mega fan) and I can see why! Set in pretty Amagansett Square it’s the ideal spot to get a sandwich or a wrap and have lunch outside in one of the reclining wooden chairs. I always order the chicken and avocado on one of those big pancake things, which I’m since informed is called a dosa. Big portions and really tasty, this place is jammed on a weekend, usually with people in yoga pants.

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WHO: Tom Wardle ABOUT TOM: Tom Wardle is a singer-songwriter hailing from Nottingham, England who has just moved over to Sag Harbor this summer to perform his one-man acoustic show at venues around The Hamptons. His brand of acoustic pop and soul has proved popular in London, and he’s now giving it a go stateside, holding weekly residencies in Bridgehampton, Montauk, and Sag Harbor, to name a few.

Hampton Music, Hampton Bays - One of the best music shops I’ve ever been to, and that’s mainly because Mark the owner is a right character, and stocks loads of interesting bits of gear. I spent a couple of hours in there with him just chatting, playing pianos, and eventually buying a guitar from him. I like the fact that it’s an independent store, and in the back there’s a whole trove of old instruments, PA systems, and other delights for musicians like myself. Mark will open on his days off to help you out if you call in advance, and always makes sure you’re looked after. 

Back in the UK, Tom’s singles have received national radio play and gained fans in such luminaries as Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, who praised Tom’s “Be Another Night” single, as well as Chris Difford of Squeeze, who worked with Tom on new material. Tom’s latest EP of melancholic pop, “One Last Kiss,” is out now on iTunes and Spotify.  INSTAGRAM: @ TomWardleMusic  TOM’S FAVORITE SPOTS

Montauk Lighthouse, Montauk  A trip to the end of the world is well worth it early evening time. Park up and take your seat on the swinging benches overlooking the ocean and you’ve got a front row seat to one of the most glorious sunsets you’ll ever see. Watch the boats way across the sound as the sky transforms from a crisp blue to glorious pinks and purples for as far as the eye can see. It’s something special, and makes you wish you had a better camera than the one on your phone.  Bridgehampton Inn, Bridgehampton - I’m biased, because I have a Thursday night residency there, but the food has got to be some of the best in The Hamptons -- fresh, beautifully presented, and always cooked to perfection. The family has owned the famous Loaves & Fishes food shop for years, so they know what they’re doing when it comes good

food. The setting is really low-key and tastefully done, and perfect for a meal catching up with friends or celebrating a special occasion. Book a table in the courtyard out back and you won’t be disappointed. Kyle on the bar is renowned for his cocktails too, and you’d be hardpressed to find a man better and more informed at his craft than him. Worth a visit. Murph’s Tavern, Sag Harbor - Apparently this place is renowned in Sag Harbor, but I’d never heard of it until I stumbled across it last week and had one of the best nights I’ve had since I’ve been here. We went in, got drinks, dodged the flying darts, took over the jukebox, and danced to Squeeze all evening -- brilliant! It’s a really small old whalers’ pub that dates way back and is made from the wood of old

whaleboats. I was most impressed by the signed picture of Sinatra on the wall -- apparently Frank once drank there and paid for the whole bar all evening, though under one condition -- no one left to tip off the press that he was drinking there! Coopers Beach, Southampton

- Not the bit with the big car park where you have to pay, but about a mile down the road there’s a spot with free parking. The beach is near empty. One of the best tip-offs I’ve had yet and I can see why it’s voted one of the best in the US. I love walking up the path and then being greeted by beautiful white sands and the deep blue of the Atlantic and its crashing waves. Definitely a place I’d go for a beach day -- that and anywhere in Montauk. 

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Gallery Walk

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

Lens to Eye to Hand: Photorealism 1969 to Today,” on view through January 21.

Perceptive Dimension

Restorative Nature

Alex Ferrone Gallery on the North Fork presents the “Perceptive Dimension” exhibit featuring two new photographic series by regional artists Carolyn Conrad and Scott Farrell. On exhibit are works that depict the artists’ sensitivity and awareness of the integral spatial and dimensional aspects of varied scenes. Walk the exhibit with the artists at a public opening reception and artist talk on Saturday from 6 to 8 PM.  “Perceptive Dimension” runs through October 8.

“Restorative Nature,” paintings and sculpture by Gina Gilmour, will be on display at Suffolk County Community College through October 24. The show is an exhibit of paintings and sculpture by Gilmour ranging from small ceramic sculptures to paintings up to six feet high. View her works in the Lyceum Gallery, in the Montaukett Learning Resource Center on the Eastern Campus of SCCC in Riverhead. A public reception will be held on Wednesday, September 13, from 4 to 6 PM.

Reading Grey Gardens The Drawing Room in East Hampton presents the exhibition Mary Ellen Bartley’s “Reading Grey Gardens.” A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 PM. The show runs through October 15. Audrey Flack Parrish Art Museum collection artist Audrey Flack, a trailblazer in the Photorealism movement, will give an intimate gallery talk at the museum on Friday at 6 PM. Flack will discuss her work specifically as well as Photorealism and the museum’s current exhibition “From

Labor Day Art Show Southampton Artists Association Labor Day Art Show will feature fine arts photography, paintings, drawings, and sculptures at Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center. A closing reception will be held on Friday from 4 to 6 PM. For more info visit www.southamptonartists. org.

Independent/Jenny Gorman Audrey Flack in front of her work Wheel of Fortune at the opening of “From Lens to Eye to Hand” at the Parrish Art Museum in August.

exhibit will run through October 15. Rental Gallery Rental Gallery in East Hampton presents Geoff McFetridge and Elsa Hansen Oldham. The show will run through October 31.  Between the Lines Roman Fine Art in East Hampton presents a solo exhibition by Tim Conlon. This exhibition of new paintings and train sculptures titled “Between the Lines” marks Conlon’s first solo exhibit at Roman Fine Art. The exhibit showcases the artist’s latest work in his ongoing Blank Canvas series, a collection of freight train paintings that combine typography, abstraction, and trompe-l’oeil. The show will run through September 24. Visit www.


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Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “Water: The Element That Surrounds Us.” The show features artists Stephen Wilkes, Daniel Jones, Dawn Watson, Blair Seagram, and Herb Friedman. The

“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

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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. Also on view is “Caught in a Flash: Press Photographs of East Hamptoners 1930-1950,” on view on the second floor. The show runs through October 8. Summer Trip Tripoli Gallery presents “Summer Trip,” a group exhibition curated by Katherine Bernhardt and Tripoli Patterson, featuring works by Yevgeniya Baras, Katherine Bernhardt, Todd Bienvenu, Katherine Bradford, Quentin Curry, Mira Dancy, Dan McCarthy, Jonathan Rajewski, and Claude Viallat. The show runs through September 18. 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 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 runs through October 9. Visit

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Billy Squier and GE Smith warm up backstage before their performance at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday.

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts presented the Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls, The Color Purple, Chicago) in concert on August 21. The audience poured out the love for Holliday and in return she thrilled audiences with her amazing voice and talent. The concert was part of the sold out Music Mondays series this summer at Bay Street Theater.

Dwight Yoakam Photo by Mike Coppola

Dwight Yoakam performed a private concert for SiriusXM at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Thursday. The special performance, which aired live on SiriusXM›s Prime Country and Outlaw Country channels, featured Yoakam performing songs from throughout his career, as well as dipping into his vast repertoire of covers. 

Art, Architecture, Installations Photos by Nanette Shaw

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Hey, Hey, It’s the Micky We know he was secretly your favorite. Now Micky Dolenz, the voice and drummer of the legendary TV band The Monkees will be performing hits like “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “I’m A Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” and more at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Friday. Tickets are available as row seating or cabaret seating, which allows attendees to order dinner and drinks without missing a minute. Doors open at 6:30, with the show at 8 PM. For more info, visit

Concert in the Dome Who would think that the acoustics an observatory provides a great venue for a concert? The folks at Custer Institute, that’s who. This Southold institution will host 2010 national guitar competition winner John Joe Michael Roarty on Saturday at 6 PM.

Roarty will demonstrate his mastery of the instrument and talent for composition in an intimate performance held inside the 22-foot observation dome. Seats can be reserved through or by calling 631-765-2626. Stargazing will follow beginning at nightfall. Tickets for nonmembers and members are $15/$12, children are $10 at the door. Lyra in East Hampton

Lyra, an a cappella St. Petersburg-

based vocal ensemble, will perform a program of sacred and ancient music of the Russian Orthodox church, works by Russian masters, and Russian folk songs at the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton on Friday evening at 7 PM. This music is rarely heard stateside, and, according to a press release, Lyra’s “traditional dress and singing of jaunty folk tunes will leave everyone wanting more.” There is a $20 suggested donation. Stephen Talkhouse

Tonight at 10 PM there’s karaoke with Helen “the Diva” McGuire. Friday features the Sturdy Souls at 8, followed by the Hot Date Band. The fabulous folk singer Inda Eaton performs on Saturday at 8, with LHT afterward at 10 PM. Sunday at 10, Peter Mayer, Scott Kirby, Brendan Mayer, and Gary Green take the stage. Visit www. or call 631-2673117 to purchase tickets or for more info. The Complete Unknowns

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce The Complete Unknowns performing the work of Bob Dylan in their concert “Songs Worthy of a Nobel Prize” with special guests, just in time for HarborFest weekend on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 and are on sale now at www.baystreet. org or by calling the box office at 631725-9500. Piano & More

The Southampton Cultural Center and Rogers Memorial Library present piano playing and poetry with pianist Eugenie Russo on Sunday at 3 PM. Fusing music and poetry, Russo will offer up an hour of works by Franz Schubert and Aaron Copland with poems by Johann von Goethe, Emily Dickinson, and others.

Russo will perform at the Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts at 25 Pond Lane. There is no charge for this performance, but donations are appreciated. Register by calling 631-287-4377 or emailing scc@ Tanya Gabrielian in Concert

Famed classical pianist Tanya Gabrielian will kick-off a nine-date tour at the Southampton Arts Center to accompany her album release. The tour includes performances for people in affiliate houses for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Gabrielian’s approximately 70-minute performance will include offerings from Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin. The Sunday concert begins at 8 PM. Tickets and further information are available at www.


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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. Words

Talk on Avedon Mia Fineman, associate curator of photographs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will give a gallery talk at Guild Hall on Saturday at noon.

Admission is free but reservations are required. Contact or call 631-324-0806. Poetry Pairs

Guild Hall serves up the poetry pairing of Stephen Dunn and Jill Bialosky on Sunday at 3 PM. Admission is free, but reservations are required. To find out more, call the box office at 631-324-0806 or visit www.

Dan Rizzie, and the Art of Art Collecting Renowned artist Dan Rizzie discusses the vast range of influences on his celebrated work with scholar, philanthropist, and collector Randy Lerner, at the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 6 PM.

On Sunday at 6, gallerists Sara de Luca (Ille Arts) and Kathryn Markel of the eponymous gallery will explore strategies for building a personal art collection with collector and dealer Norman Brosterman at the Amagansett Library. The panel is moderated by curator and artist Janet Goleas. For information and reservations, call 631-267-3810 or register online at Descent of The Dolls

On Tuesday at 7:30 PM, East Hampton’s Guild Hall will host poets Jeffery Conway, Gillian McCain, and David Trinidad for a reading like no other from Descent of the Dolls, their new epic retelling of the 1967 film starring Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, Barbara Parkins, and with Susan Hayward and Lee Grant, based on Jacqueline Susann’s best-selling novel Valley of the Dolls. This reading will be punctuated by film clips from Continued On Page 58.

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Celebrity Autobiography was held at Guild Hall in East Hampton on August 25. The show featured Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”), Christie Brinkley, Mario Cantone, Susan Lucci, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Brooke Shields, Ali Wentworth, and Alan Zweibel. 39

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By Nicole Teitler

A Snail’s Tale

chefs already working with his product along with those who could create something unique, and offers complimentary snails in exchange for recipes to go on the website. The goal is to inspire other chefs for the season and also, hopefully, create a practical recipe for daring home chefs as well.

Taylor Knapp calls himself “head snail wrangler” -- an amusing image, since snails are not known for their speed. But when you live on a farm with 15,000 mollusks and are pioneering the way as the East Coast’s only snail producer, life tends to move pretty fast.

Peconic Escargot, Knapp’s company, began its journey four years ago. As a chef at First and South, located in Greenport, Knapp took an interest in cooking something a little off the beaten path. “I had already gone to such lengths to source all the other ingredients on the menu,” Knapp said. “[I had] local sources, or at least sources where I had some sort of relationship with the farmer and the producer, and the only thing available to my knowledge at the time were the canned snails.” As the farm-to-table movement becomes increasingly popular, restaurants across Long Island are feeding into the “buy local” mentality. Without fresh produce, the consumer demand for a given product decreases. Realizing the very niche market at hand, with nothing fresh on the East Coast, Knapp took a leap of faith in attempting the undone, and rather unusual. Snails are only a native species to California, a good ways away from our homeland of Long Island. It took years of regulation

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through the USDA, a lot of trial and error, inspections, months of convincing board members, and constant back-and-forth emailing before getting the go-ahead.

Eventually, Peconic Land Trust leased a piece of land through its Farms for the Future program; a farm incubator program funded through $1 million grant from Long Island Regional Economic Development, that takes on new farmers who are doing something interesting. “Through our Farms for the Future initiative, we hope to ensure that farmland, once conserved, remains in production and available to farmers,” said Trust president John v.H. Halsey on the organization’s website. “We must assure that both farmers and the business of farming can continue.”

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Now with a small greenhouse in Cutchogue, right next door to McCall Wines, Knapp has a thriving business; bins upon bins upon bins of the little critters. Spring is the main egg-laying season, also great for snail caviar, but through heat and lights in the greenhouse the season is elongated to a year-round operation.

The day-to-day runs at a snail’s pace -- moving them around, cleaning bins, and waiting the six to eight months for them to fully grow. It’s labor intensive to pick each individual snail from the shell before shipping them to buyers.

Knapp chuckled, “I’m sure the chef appreciates that labor is on our end and not their end.” With distributors in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City, two days a week he’s on the road delivering snails directly to restaurant wholesalers. He also gets mail orders from all over the country as well (he ships overnight every Wednesday). “It’s good for me to see who’s cooking them so I can talk to them a little more about the product. They appreciate getting to meet the farmer.” Every day is a new tasting adventure. Knapp reaches out to

“Just hearing that people like them and enjoy them, hearing from the chefs that they like them, and having random people come up to me saying, ‘We had them at such-and-such restaurant and they were amazing’ -- just completing that whole loop after such a long, difficult journey is the best part so far,” Knapp said.

His own favorite recipe? “So far I really like it in the shell -- whether it’s grilled or steamed in a pan with a little bit of beer. I think that’s really good. And I think it’s great when there’s a little broth of any kind that you can dip them in after you’ve pulled them out of the shell. It’s simple and it’s comfortable.”

Business is always on the rise. Now Peconic Escargot is doing farm pickups for anyone who wants their snails farm fresh. Ditch the can and have your produce waiting in the barn! Not confident in your own cooking skills? For $25 attend Peconic Escargot’s upcoming event, “Rosé & Escargot,” a demo and wine pairing with Knapp, on October 6 from 6 to 8 PM at Peconic Cellar Door, 2885 Peconic Lane in Peconic. For tickets, visit www. Craving snails? Visit www. or email Live life on the escar-got!

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Guest Worthy Recipe: Chef Andy Kitko By Zachary Weiss WHO: Chef Andy Kitko, executive chef at STK Midtown INSTAGRAM: @EatSTK WHY: “This is a great recipe for guests, because it’s secretly simple to put together but will be sure to impress. For the perfect start to an end of summer barbecue or dinner party, this tuna tartare makes for the perfect appetizer. The combination of the melt-in-yourmouth tuna with creamy avocado, salty and sweet soy-mustard sauce and crispy taro chips is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.” CHEF ANDY’S GUEST WORTHY RECIPE:

STK Tuna Tartare FOR THE TUNA 2 ½ oz tuna – diced and seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper and placed in piping bags 1 ½ oz avocado mix

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4 taro chips cut 3-4” in diameter and paper thin Chili oil

FOR THE AVOCADO MIX 3 c avocado, diced small

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Drizzle the soy-mustard sauce around the tartare. Drop 4 to 5 drops of chili oil around and on top of the sauce. Place 4 taro chips on top of the tartare.

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Where To Wine by Kitty Merrill Martha Clara Vineyards Get your feet wet and grape skin between your toes at the sixth annual Stomp Party with winemaker Juan E. MicieliMartinez on Sunday in the Northville Barn. Enjoy live music and light food options, 1 to 4 PM, with grape stomping beginning at 2 PM. Two complimentary glasses of wine included with all tickets. Raphael Wine Join Raphael Wine for music by

the Dinny Keg Band 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 On Saturday the Taco Loco food truck rolls in at noon. Sunday, The Earthtones play at 1:30 PM. www.

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Join host Cat Greenleaf and the oyster farms of the East End to celebrate the kick off of Oyster Season while supporting the Billion Oyster Project and the East End Seaport Museum. Enjoy oysters, small plates, drinks, and music on Friday outside of the oldest winery on the North Fork, Castello di Borghese. The event, from 9 to 11 PM, is the after party for VIP ticket holders of the North Fork TV Festival. www.

Thursday in the Tasting Room, Iris Ornig performs from 5 to 8 PM. Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at the Wine Stand continue this weekend with music from 5 PM till sunset. Friday, Inda Eaton plays, with World Music on deck for Saturday.

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard presents music on Thursday at 5 PM. On Saturday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, it’s Craig Rose again and Three The Band from 2 to 6 PM. On Sunday, from 2 to 6 PM, it’s Been There, Done That. www.

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard Experience the North Fork this fall by trolley. On weekends starting on Friday from noon to 8 PM until November 12, guests can hop on and off all day for $10 per day, or $100 per season pass. www. Pugliese Vineyards Stop by on Saturday for live music by Nina Et Cetera from 2 to 6 PM. Steve Archdeacon will take the stage on Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

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Recipe of the Week by Joe Cipro

Grilled Squid Salad with Snowpeas, Scallions, & Pickled Chili Peppers Ingredients (serves 4)

2 lbs squid (tubes and tentacles washed and cleaned)

1 jalapeno (deseeded and cut into rings)

3 sweet chili peppers (deseeded and cut into rings) 1/2 bunch cilantro (chopped)

1 1/2 c snow peas (sliced thin) 1 lemon (juice and zest) 1/2 shallot (minced) 1 c olive oil

2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chili sauce 1 Tbsp sesame oil

2 scallions (sliced thin) 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar

20 oz tatsoi (salad green) 1/2 cup sugar

sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for one minute on each side.

Remove them from the grill and allow them to cool for 10 minutes while you make your marinade/ dressing. Mix together the rest of the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, sesame oil, chili sauce, shallot, ginger, rice vinegar, and cilantro. 

Use half of that to marinate the squid and reserve half to dress the salad. While the squid marinates you can bring to a boil the half cup of sugar and half cup of water. When it boils, pour it over the thinly sliced chilies. Allow them to steep in that liquid for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid back in the pot and reduce it over medium heat to a syrup-like consistency. When that consistency is achieved, cool the syrup then mix it back into the chilies along with the sherry vinegar.

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Charity News

A Life Dedicated To Equine Therapy

Peanut, and a few others. They’re all eager to play. In the back barn are the countless horses ready to meet guests and be loved by those entering. Sticking their heads out of each stall, they greet visitors with tremendous “pet me” eyes.

By Nicole Teitler

The relationship between two species is unlike any other. Bonds are created through nonverbal communication and strengthened by the spirit. At Spirit’s Promise horse rescue program in Riverhead, it’s a sanctuary for healing the souls of horses and humans together.

In the main barn, a place used for events such as barn dancing, are pictures of the entire “family,” with a boutique of postcards, t-shirts, and more for purchase.

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon as the sun began to set over the ranch. I arrived for a tour and met some of the inspiring women who run this life-changing operation. It was clear how such a place could transform energies.

“Horses have no agenda. They’re very intention driven,” Striano explained. A horse is commonly used in emotional and behavioral therapy due to its mirroring capabilities. Horses have the remarkable ability of social and responsive behavior, like humans, which is why interacting with them has a magical healing affect. The connection to these gentle giants can be healing and liberating.

Founder and president Marisa Striano greeted me in her tasseled cowboy boots -- it was line-dancing night, although I wouldn’t’ve questioned it either way -- and a warm smile. She motioned toward the stalls. I already felt like a part of a family. Striano grew up in Manhasset and spent years riding in Port Washington. Despite a near death experience after an equine accident, Striano couldn’t give up being near the animals she loved so much. “I was very fortunate my whole life and I wanted to share that fortune with other people. But I had to do something with animals. I decided I wanted to give back to the world. I wanted to do something that would make a difference, to leave my mark.” In 2011, a non-profit program and rehabilitation center surrounding rescue horses took hold. With the help of her partner and daughter, Jessie Siegel, who is also an event coordinator, success was on its way. Rescuing horses from abuse or auction, it all started with a horse named Spirit who is still there today. Upon finding Blossom Hollow Ranch, a bed and breakfast at the time, the idea of housing 26 of these majestic creatures was completely far-fetched. Now nearing capacity, the dream has 44

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become a reality touching the lives of others.

It’s through a lot of hard work and sacrifice that this program is continuously helping those who visit. It’s been shown through posttraumatic stress disorder victims that their stress levels lower and their minds ease upon interacting with these animals. Striano stated, “Standing next to a horse, you don’t think about anything else than where you are.”

Spirit’s Promise is 100-percent run by volunteers, 75 of them, all women, as a means to empower the female community. However, their efforts go beyond to become a resource for the Northport VA, East End Hospice, Rolling Thunder Long Island Chapter, Semper4Veterans, 9-1-1 Veterans, Suffolk Police Veterans Association, the American Cancer Society, Aid for the Developmentally Disabled, the Independent Group Home

Living program, and Autism Speaks.

“I help people through the empathic nature of the horse. My whole mantra is ‘help us, help horses, help people,’” Striano said.

Similar to humans, these equine rescues have gone through a lot in life and are there to start over through the assistance of those running it and guests. Their trust can sometimes be hard-won, since humans are the ones who’ve done the abuse.

“I make a promise to them, that’s why we’re called Spirit’s Promise. I will never put them in harm’s way ever again,” Striano explained.

Upon entering the gates at Spirit’s Promise you’ll meet Izzy and Roxy, the twin Nubian burro donkeys, alongside their goat friends and Babs, their donkey companion. Toward the back, in a field of peonies, you’ll find the miniature ponies Christmas, Sweetie, Mr.

Striano recalled a woman showing up at the gate after burying her 27-year-old son. This woman, in tears, expressed her son’s love for horses and requested to hug one. Big Mommie, great-granddaughter to famed horse Seattle Slew and still at the barn today, saw the woman pass by and lowered herself to comfort her. For 45 minutes the two remained in an embrace; a bond was formed and a life was changed. “Horses need contact. And they need love,” Striano said. More than saving lives these ladies, and ponies, sure know how to have a good time. On Friday, September 22, there is Paint Night; Saturday, September 30, is a huge “In the Spirit of Woodstock” event, and on October 20 is the East End Walk with Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center event. Be a part of a miracle, find your own, or just meet those two- and four-legged friends in person. Visit or call 631-875-0433. You can follow more stories from Nicole Teitler on Facebook and Instagram @Nikki on the Daily.

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Sweet Charities

by Jessica Mackin-Cipro Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. Benefit at Boardy The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation presents its eighth annual benefit at the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays on Saturday from 6 to 10 PM. There will be a Chinese auction, 50-50 raffle, silent auction, door prizes, buffet dinner, and cash bar. Tickets are $35 pre-paid and $40 at the door. For tickets visit www. ARF’s Endless Summer ARF’s Endless Summer adoption event for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday at the Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead from 11 AM to 4 PM by Office Max and Pottery Barn. Mixed breeds, purebreds, kittens, and puppies will be available for adoption. If you’re thinking of adopting and already have a dog, bring them with you for a meet and greet. All ARF animals are spayed and neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated to their age limit. For more information visit www. or call 631-5370400 ext. 203. 5K Family Walk-Run Eastern Long Island Hospital will host its first annual 5K Family Walk-Run on Sunday at Breeze Hill Farm & Preserve in Peconic to benefit ELIH’s behavioral health services, Quannacut addiction, and psychiatry. Check-in starts at 8 AM. For information or to inquire about sponsorship, call 631-4775164.

Maidstone Golf Outing East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will host a Maidstone golf outing at the Maidstone Club on Wednesday, September 13. The outing will benefit East Hampton Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA RECenter. For tickets visit ELIH Charities On September 16 and 17 Eastern Long Island Hospital presents its North Fork Tennis Open, hosted by the TWIGS branch of the ELIH auxiliary at the tennis courts at Peconic Landing in Greenport. On Sunday, September 17, the Eat for Change fundraiser will be held at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Riverhead from 4 to 8 PM. Fifty percent of proceeds will be donated to ELIH.

On September 23 and 24 it’s the Dream Green Extravaganza with 65 cash prizes. Top prize is $50,000 and the cost is $100 per raffle ticket. The drawing will be held on Sunday, September 24, at 4 PM at the Dream Green booth at the East End Seaport Museum Maritime Festival in Greenport. For more info on all events call 631-4775463.

of Southampton. This year’s focus is raising money for the purchase of water filtration straws to be distributed by Rotary member Jennifer Sheipe Halsey. Halsey travels to Ghana for her personal charity mission “Giving HOPE to Ghana,” and her team will distribute the straws on their next visit.

Admission is $45 per person and includes open bar and ample appetizers. Those unable to attend may purchase raffle tickets offering a $2000 grand prize and dinner for two at 12 local restaurants as a second prize. For tickets visit the Hampton Bays Library, Carolyn’s Good Ground Cleaners, or download a reservation form at

Diabetes Research Institute Hit the pedals and enjoy a beautiful scenic tour by joining Empire Ride for the Diabetes Research Institute, which is participating in the Massapequa Park Bicycle Club Tour of the Hamptons on Sunday, September 24. Funds raised by participants will support the Diabetes Research Institute and its mission to find a biological cure for diabetes. This scenic ride, from 7:30 AM to 5 PM, will begin at Southampton High School. The tour has routes of 25, 50, 70, 100 miles, and two 25-miles guided rides. Register online for $45 and create a personal fundraising page at to generate support from family, friends, and colleagues.

Evening by the Sea Hampton Bays Rotary will host its 11th annual “Autumn Evening by the Sea” fundraiser on Thursday, September 21, from 6 to 8 PM at Oakland’s Restaurant. The event benefits a water-related charity each year, with last year’s proceeds creating life-ring stations along the Shinnecock Canal in a joint project with the Rotary Club


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Arts & Entertainment

• To celebrate grandparents’ day, the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton hosts a free open house. The folks at SoFo would love to meet your grandparents and have them meet the animals and people at SoFo. There will be a special children’s story time at 10:45 AM with Melanie.


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

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• East Hampton Library welcomes Emmy Award-winning forensic gerontologist Dr. Nancy R. Peppard, Ph.D for a six-week program as she teaches how the memoir is important for The Lasting Legacy Project. The Lasting Legacy Project is designed to guide adults of any age in examining their spiritual, social, work, family and philanthropic legacy.  Over the course of the program, participants will explore the legacy that they would like to build and create a personal record of their legacy for succeeding generations through written, digitally recorded, and/or visual representations that both educate and enlighten beneficiaries. The group will meet Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 PM beginning today. Register at the adult reference desk or call 631-324-0222 ext.3. SATURDAY 9•9•17

• The Lost Settlement at Northwest is a fascinating story. Did you know that East Hampton had a sixth school district? Northwest had a school beginning in 1792. Come and join the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society for this easily paced walk through history. Meet at the Old School House site, one quarter mile west of the intersection of Northwest Rd. and Alewive Brook Rd. at 10 AM Leader: Lee Dion 631-375-2339.

• Who doesn’t love the beach, especially in the summertime? Families and kids ages three to five are invited to

join Eleni Nikolopoulos, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) nature educator at one of SoFo’s favorite beaches to look for seashells. Scour the beach for the most beautiful shells; discuss where they came from and what animal made them, and learn about the importance of these animals and why we need to keep our beaches clean and safe to protect and appreciate them forever. It all starts at 10:30 AM in Montauk; material fee $3. For meeting place, admission and registration info, visit or call 631-537-9735.




• The Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton will offer a jam session for local musicians and fans from 7 to 8:30 PM. Participants may bring their instruments. A Steinway piano and microphones are available. For details, call Evan Gottschalk at 631-283-0774 ext. 509.

• The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork will hold weekly service at 10:30 AM in its meetinghouse located on 977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike at Scuttlehole Road. Speakers Pat Gorman and Steve “Tuna” Flores present “Celebrating Water Communion.” Bring samples of water from places special to you or virtual water to place in a communal bowl.

• The Westhampton Free Library will host a delicious discussion regarding baseball history at 7 PM. During the discussion, participants will hear from Don Reiss, who will provide an interactive walk through the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field, and Dem Bums. The library will provide a special dessert. To register, call 631-288-3335. FRIDAY 9•8•17

• Children, ages five to eight, are invited to the Westhampton Free Library at 6 PM to learn all about spies. During the program, attendees will participate in fun spy activities, including writing with invisible ink. To register for Spy Academy, call 631-288-3335 or sign-up online at

• All are welcome to a free Qigong Class at noon. These ancient Chinese exercises and self-massages are particularly apt for us today, tuning us in to our planetary cycles and our own healing energy, and infusing our daily life. At the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 977 Bridge-Sag Turnpike. For more information, call Tina at 631 723-1923.



MONDAY 9•11•17

• Cosponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum, enjoy a full harvest moon hike at 8 PM in Bridgehampton at the SoFo museum. This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was to be harvested. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon. Join FLPG and SoFo on this one-hour, leisurely-paced hike through open field trails. Afterward, stay for light refreshments and convivial conversation. For more information, visit

• New parents are invited to the Westhampton Free Library, today and on October 7, at 10 AM to gain support in caring for their newborns. During the program, participants can ask Kate Turza questions about feedings, nap and tummy times, as well as emotions. To register for the program, call 631-288-3335.

• The Rogers Memorial Library and DanceFusion will offer “Sabor Latino” at 5:30 PM, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Costa Rican professional dancer Ernesto Palma will teach a free hour-long Latin dance lesson. Register at or call 631-283-0774 ext. 523.

• Registration is open for a foursession workshop about happiness at the Rogers Memorial Library. Eva Centeno, a practitioner of Applied Positive Psychology, will offer exercises, small projects, and activities designed to help participants live a happier and more fulfilled life. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, from September 13 through October 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Cooper Hall. The fee is $30 per person. Register at or call 631-283-0774 ext. 523.

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• Teens (grades six to 12) are invited to participate in a pastry war at the Westhampton Free Library at 3:30 PM with chef Rob Scott. Participants will make three different pastry creations and then compete against each other. One creative pastry war winner will be declared. To register for the program, call 631-288-3335. SUNDAY 9•10•17

• Marders in Bridgehampton hosts weekly workshops designed to help you improve your garden at 10 AM. This week, the topic is “Vole, vole, go away.”

• Country line dancing for seniors is held Mondays and Fridays at the Flanders Senior Center at 10:30 AM. Be sure to wear your soft soled shoes. TUESDAY 9•12•17

• The “Cover Me With Love” knitting and crochet circle meets this week at the Hampton Bays and Bridgehampton community centers at 10 AM. Next week, they’re at the Flanders center, alternating back to Hampton Bays and Bridgehampton the week after. The group knits caps and blankets for local hospitals and is looking for participants to share their skills. Call 631-728-1235 to register or for more information.



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it through. Personally I’m very grateful to him and Bob, and to the Sons of the American Legion, East Hampton Squadron 419, for this opportunity. It’s an extraordinary privilege,” Bonevardi concluded. The monument will be placed in the center of a brick patio with a planting bed, four stone benches nearby, and a memorial tree. It will be located to the east of the main legion building, facing Montauk Highway.

Design in hand, volunteers next had to find a structural engineer to draw up the plans. Edward Armus of Liberty Iron Works in Water Mill donated his services and did, said Tony, “a beautiful job.”

“Now we’re in full fundraising mode,” Bob said. Once the building commences in earnest, Tony reported, “We have a lot of local people who want to help out, a lot of volunteers who want to work on it or give services and discount prices for materials, like the concrete.” To fund the construction, bricks to be used to construct the walkways and path around the memorial will be sold for $100 each. They could have three lines of 18 characters, including spacing, that is laser etched into the paver. All of the proceeds will be used for the

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construction and maintenance of the memorial.

In a memo announcing the effort, the brothers explained, “The purpose of this memorial is so the residents and visitors of East Hampton will have a place within our town to reflect and remember. We owe it to those who worked at the World Trade Center, the surrounding area, and all the responders who came to help. The sacrifice and devotion of those who died that terrible day, September 11, 2001, should never be forgotten.”

“9/11 affected everybody one way or another,” Tony summarized. “The 9/11 memorial at the American Legion Post honoring those who were lost on this tragic day is a welcomed contribution to this community,” Supervisor Larry Cantwell observed. Job Potter, chair of the East Hampton Town Planning Board, agreed. “We all share a sense of great loss around 9/11 . . . and the conflicts that have not ended since that day. This memorial will remind us of the great sacrifice made by those who lost their lives that day.” The planning board approved the project last month.

On Saturday, October 5, beginning at 5 PM, the legion will host a fish dinner fundraiser. The tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10 years old. Take out will be available.

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On Wednesday evening, the Ladies of the Chabad of the Hamptons in East Hampton held their fourth annual Garden Party for Women. Guest speaker Myrna Zisman shared her life experience with the theme of the event, “Light Your Candle and Shine Your Light,” through her involvement in politics and her support for Israel. Rabbi Leibel Baumgarten signaled the start of the evening by blowing the traditional Shofar, or ram’s horn. Generations of Baumgarten women spoke to the guests about how they might actively promote light and goodness in their own lives. Goldie Baumgarten’s kitchen produced a delicious array of gourmet dishes. A selection of religious objects were for sale for those who chose to support the Chabad with their purchases.

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A Rockstar Proposal

Chris Clemence is usually known for wowing fans with his wild stage antics, but last week he wowed his girlfriend, now fiancée, Tessa Knox with a true rockstar proposal. The hit songwriter popped the question at the Montauk hotspot, Crow’s Nest, by tricking her into thinking they were doing a photo shoot for their anniversary. That’s when Clemence had a surprise band pop out and play their favorite song “Sideways” by Citizen Cope as he dropped to one knee, while cameras captured

the moment.

Clemence slipped an extremely rare and beautiful Type IIA, colorless D, two-carat cushion-cut diamond on Tessa’s finger, hand-crafted in a custom one-of-a-kind setting by Pure Grown Diamonds. Type IIA diamonds make up less than one percent of diamonds on earth and are considered the most valuable, notable others including the famous Cullinan, Koh-i-Noor, and Lesedi La Rona diamonds. “I worked very closely with Pure

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harvested,” said Clemence when describing the ring.

Clemence recently released a new single “Revolution” featuring Dead Kennedys’ DH Peligro. Proceeds from the single benefit equal rights, education, and healthcare through his charity The Clemence Foundation.

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declared an “impaired waterway” by the NYDEC in 2010, meaning high nitrogen loading has put the bay in distress. That means brown tides, dissolved oxygen levels that affect shellfish, and other threats to the marine ecosystem could be present. Discovery Land, which has been planning the development for three years, proposed several actions to lower the nitrogen the development would produce.

Most significant is that Discovery has agreed to purchase 33 additional acres of land at the headwaters of Weesuck Creek and preserve them. The company has also offered to upgrade the septic system at the East Quogue School and install a system at the proposed golf course at twice the county standard for nitrogen removal. The developer has also pledged to fund septic upgrades for private homes in the area. Schneiderman asked Dr. Chris Gobler, a marine science professor at Stony Brook Southampton, to review the latest proposal and

calculate the nitrogen yields under different scenarios.

Dr. Gobler, who lives in East Quogue, released his findings earlier in the week. The resulting calculations concluded that The Hills development, with a fertilizer cap for the golf course and all the septic upgrades in place, would yield an average of 2322 pounds of nitrogen per year. Gobler pointed out there are numerous variables in play: “All of these calculations are, of course, theoretical.” However he noted that down the road more precise data would be available to analyze.

“If the Hills PDD is developed, stringent enforcement along with careful monitoring will be required,” Dr. Gobler noted.

His calculations include the fact that Discovery has purchased 33 acres of land at the headwaters of Weesuck Creek. That property could be developed, but Discovery has agreed to preserve it if its Hills application is approved. Otherwise, 30 private homes could be built there. Discovery has also agreed to purchase and abandon 30 Pine

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Barrens credits, which could be used to build 30 homes. Dr. Gobler compared the nitrogen yields under a number of scenarios. Most telling, though, is the “As of Right” numbers – Discovery, as a private landowner, has the right to develop the property. The quibbling is over exactly what is built. Schneiderman said if Discovery wished to, it could probably build almost 150 estate-sized homes on the land plus as many as 44 more houses on the 33 additional acres.

Dr. Gobler said even with 30 homes on the Weesuck Creek property and 30 homes using the Pine Barrens credits, the As of Right nitrogen yield could be as high as 5130 pounds per year and as low as 2484. The Hills, as originally proposed, would have yielded 4128 pounds per year. However, each mitigating factor offered by Discovery lowers the estimated yield: with a fertilizer cap for the golf course and septic upgrades for the school and community, the yield drops to 2322.


about 1200 pounds of nitrogen per year, most of it a byproduct of the farms in place.

Environmental groups opposed to the project question the preservation effort. According to Save The Hills, one of the groups, “The area impacted by the course is far in excess of the 86 out of 436 acres the developer submitted in his application.”

Dr. Gobler noted there are a number of “uncertainties and inexact variables” that could skew the numbers.

Note: A Discovery Land golf course is on Bakers Bay in North Guana Cay, Abacos, Bahamas. A picture in our August 23 issue stated it was in Florida. There have been complaints by environmental groups there that fertilizer leaching from the golf course caused “reef-smothering algae blooms and coral disease on one of the Bahamas’ most pristine coral reefs,” according to the Global Coral Reef Alliance. According to Forbes the company brags the golf course was built, “without disturbing the environment.”


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Elliott, T &Brody,J Goodale, E Hernandez,Ortiz,etal

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187 Maple Rd 90 Oakwood Dr 11 15th St

Wells, L Kliukaite,B &Evers,N Saul,J & Fernqvist,M LAEEQ EnterprisesLLC

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Del Greco, J & M Schneider, F & J Konior, A Open Air Associates East MainPrimeRealty Barget, R & M

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Yoshopov,R &Joseph,V Trex Builders LLC 176 Meadowlark LLC

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Real Estate News staff quarters, a butler’s pantry, and a chef ’s kitchen.

MULLIGAN FOR SALE Ray Floyd captivated the throngs of fans who attended the US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in 1986, becoming the oldest golfer ever to win a major championship.

Floyd won four major championships in his career. He captured three legs of the career slam, missing only the Open Championship. He won 22 times on the PGA Tour and 14 times on the PGA Tour Champions. Floyd was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.

Apparently, the golfer liked what he saw and had a house custom built for himself and his family in Southampton just outside the village. He dubbed the estate “Mulligan.”

This week numerous sources, including Golf Digest, are reporting the estate is on the market – with a hefty asking price of $25 million. The 3.25-acre estate provides 14,000 square feet of living space and features 12 bedrooms, 12 full baths, and three half baths throughout the main house and guest house.


“A stately main house is appointed with covered porches and striped awnings, and surrounded by brick patios, fruit trees, flowering bushes, and rolling green lawns, giving the feel of an elegant clubhouse at a country club (yet there is no


Pristine half plus acre on a corner lot in South Ferry Hills. Lot is fully cleared with specimen trees, beach rights to two beaches and boat basin. Won’t last! Two minutes to South Ferry. $375,000 Call or Text Jan Mackin, LSA at 631.871.1899-RE: L03

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golf practice area or putting green on the property). The recreational amenities include a heated swimming pool, a tennis court, and a workout room,” according to Golf Digest.

Other features include a wine room,

The listing comes at an opportune time – the Open is returning to Shinnecock next year, and one of the tour’s “Brat Pack” like Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler, Jason Day, or Justin Thomas may decide it pays to be a homey – to beat traffic, of course. Or maybe the boys will chip in – they are known to charter jets and travel to Tour events together, and then hole up in the penthouses of the finest hotels.


“A Shelter Island Home Worth Seeing” (Built by a 4th generation family builders). Beautiful wood frame RANCH with attached garage on 1/2 Acre, low taxes, circular driveway, Belgian block curbs, front entry, portico, interlocking paving stones. Hand built swings, full basement with overhead garage door for additional car or boat storage room. This 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, full masonry fireplace, Anderson Windows, all new kitchen appliances, A/C units, oak floors, dining room with French doors leading into large rear porch with own heating system & A/C, large deck, hot tub, gazebo, fenced rear yard, washer dryer, and much more. $875,000 call or text Jan Mackin, LSA at 631-871-1899 or Reference #S1014.

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“These Airmen showcased the value of our National Guard as always ready, and always there.”

The 106th Rescue Wing supports the Air Force’s personnel recovery mission. The wing is manned by more than 1000 military and civilian personnel and also performs civil search and rescue missions as well as assisting state disaster relief Independent / U.S. Air National Guard photo by Daniel H. Farrell Inside the chopper headed to safety.


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“The amount of devastation was just unbelievable,” O’Hagan reported. For some victims, the rescue over the weekend was the first time they left their tenuous shelter and the first time they could actually see the scope of the destruction of their neighborhood. “It was very shocking, very traumatic to them,” he said. “These guys are living a renegade life as they’re down here literally working sunup to sundown and beyond and then finding an abandoned house to just crash and sleep on the floor to get some shut-eye and then right back at it the next day,” O’Hagan told FiOS news last week. Team members in the boats passed over completely submerged cars, and saw alligators in the water.

Most of all, O’Hagan told CNN, “We’re just floored by the response of every day citizens. Neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger.” “We are grateful for the heroism and hard work of the New York

Air National Guard, as their efforts have already saved 546 people from the rising waters in Texas,” Governor Cuomo said upon the rescuers’ return Saturday. “I join all New Yorkers in congratulating these tremendous Citizen Airmen who served professionally and bravely to put their unit slogan into reality, ‘that others may live,’ and welcome them back home to their families.” The New York Air National Guard rescue team included three HH60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, two HC-130s and several boats and watercraft. On Saturday the HC-130 aircraft was set to fly back from Texas, while the HH-60 helicopters were loaded and flown back to New York by C-17 aircraft from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing, based in Newburgh, Orange County.

“I am proud to join the governor and all New Yorkers in welcoming home our Airmen who spent this week showing Texas and the nation that the value of our hard training and dedicated personnel pays off at home just as much as the warfight overseas,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the Adjutant General for the New York National Guard.

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and other state emergencies as directed by the governor.

The wing’s most recent rescue mission prior to Hurricane Harvey was the launch of pararescue personnel in the Atlantic Ocean to save two badly burned commercial sailors on board the 625-foot long bulk cargo carrier Tamar near the Azores on April 28, 2017.

The Drive To Assist

By Kitty Merrill

The horror of Hurricane Henry’s wrath in Texas had one silver lining: it offered an opportunity for Americans to come together in aid to residents of the ravaged region. News reports of volunteers joining together to help flood victims abound, and on the East End, that drive to assist is in evidence.

More initiatives designed to assist will be forthcoming for days. As of press time, here are a few underway so far. • Over the weekend, Elements Fitness in East Hampton hosted “Sweat for a Cause,” donating a portion of proceeds from classes to relief efforts. Additionally, Same Sky held a trunk show, with plans to donate 20 percent of sales. • The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is working to help Texas area shelters relocate their animals to make room for those displaced by the floods. Last Thursday night, volunteers cleared the shelter pantry to send supplies to Texas, so they’re asking for donations of dog and cat items, or money, to replenish their stores. Visit their website to learn more.

• On the North Fork, Jernick Moving and Storage and the North Fork Chamber of Commerce launched a collaborative effort to bring supplies to Texas. Donations will be collected at the Southold IGA on Saturday between 10 AM and 4 PM and trucked south. Supplies most needed include diapers, baby food, canned food with pull tops, batteries, toiletries like deodorant, feminine and dental products, cleaning supplies such as mops, buckets, and garbage bags, and bug spray.

• Today in Riverhead at the County Center in the Griffing Building, the

county legislature and the county Lions Club will kick off a food drive, with items earmarked for transport to Texas. Drop off nonperishables between 10 AM and 6 PM. The drive will continue at legislative offices through Tuesday. Locally, food can be brought to Legislator Al Krupski’s office at 423 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead or Legislator Bridget Fleming’s office on Washington Street in Sag Harbor. • The YMCA of Long Island is collecting monetary donations and will match every dollar up to $5000. The money will assist the 14 YMCAs in greater Houston that are providing free emergency services to residents. Visit www. to donate.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone teamed up with the American Red Cross of Long Island to create an online donation platform to provide relief for Hurricane Harvey victims. All donations will go directly to support emergency response efforts as well as for those still grappling with the devastation and flooding. “Long Islanders know all too well how Superstorm Sandy affected us all, and we will do whatever it takes to help our friends in Texas and Louisiana during this difficult time,” said Bellone. 

The donation page is operated through the American Red Cross and accepts donations in all denominations. All funds will go to provide emergency assistance such as food, water, diapers, clothing, and more. Visit It’s likely more community organizations and local agencies will step up to help out in the days to come. Visit The Independent’s Facebook page for updates about additional donation opportunities.

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walking to the Flatbush Avenue By Rick Murphy Extension and putting your thumb

before on hotdogs, chips, and soda from the concession stand.

out, knowing before the day was over you’d be in Sag Harbor.


by Rick Murphy

The Hitchhiker After a winter in Flatbush it was a surreal experience to wake up in Sag Harbor knowing you would spend the summer there. In Brooklyn busses raced down Clarkson Avenue just steps from our front stoop. Hitchhiking, of course, was forbidden - pervs and psychopaths loomed in every automobile.

Hitchhiking was a perfectly legitimate form of transportation in Sag Harbor. We’d wait at the foot of the bridge and hitch to Long Beach, a rolled-up towel tucked under our arm. Someone we knew would pick us up within minutes. “Is that a pack of cigarettes in your pocket, Rickey?”

“Yes, Ma’am.”

“Your father wouldn’t be very happy to know you smoke, would he?” “No, Ma’am.”

“Then throw them away.”

Of course, my father would be doubly mad, since I probably stole the pack from him to begin with.

When I was 14 I began caddying at Maidstone Golf Club. There was a stark difference between the city kids and the country boys.

Once we hitched a ride to the club, me and my city friends, forced to seek gainful “employment” by our moms, would retire to the caddy shack, pitch coins, and pretty much spend whatever we made the day


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I hung around with my friend Craig, who was “from the city” like me. Normally first-year caddies had to undergo a hazing – sending a newbie to the 18th hole with no clothes on to steal the flag was a frequent event. Craig informed the older caddies that if they tried to haze either one of us we would stab them with our push-button switchblades, so no one ever bothered us. All the country kids thought all city kids carried knives, and we did. We all smoked as well, and wore pointy shoes from Thom McCann’s instead of sneakers. Big Eddie Lane, the caddy master, would eventually bellow for one of us to take a “loop,” which entailed carrying two huge bags for four hours to earn 10 bucks. Craig was a big kid. When Eddie summoned him he’d yell, “Let’s go mule train!” Then he’d load him up him with the heaviest bags you’ve ever seen. Craig, who was extraordinarily lazy (as was I), would bristle.

The golfers would ask their caddies for advice, like the pros do. They’d say stuff like, “You think I can get there with a six?” That meant a six-iron. You were supposed to play along and give an intelligent answer. Once one of the hoity-toity members asked Craig if he should hit a three wood or a four wood. “How the f**k do I know?” Craig replied. “They’re your freakin’ clubs.” That was it for Craig, and I was gone a few days later after mouthing off to Eddie.

The two worlds blurred. In the late ‘60s I used to hitchhike from Brooklyn all the way to Sag Harbor and then back home. There was something invigorating about

One Sunday night, though, I got stuck at the entrance to the Southern State on the way home and couldn’t get a ride until midnight. It finally occurred to me I might be getting too old for that sort of thing and anyway, I was about to get my driver’s license.

From then on I used to drive out to Sag Harbor. I always picked up hitchhikers, just like someone always picked up me. Once I saw a woman hitchhiking (an attractive one, too), and I pulled onto the median to turn around – she was going the opposite way I was, but like I said, she was pretty goodlooking. Before I could maneuver around to the other side of the highway a cop came up along side of me. “You’re going to pick up that hitchhiker?” “Yeah,” I said.

“Do yourself a favor – don’t,” he said. And then he wheeled away.

A couple weeks later I read in Newsday that a female hitchhiker who had been robbing “johns” at knifepoint was finally apprehended. It was the same woman. But like I said, she was pretty good-looking. That was kind of the last vestige of my youth. Hitchhiking was not a carefree undertaking, switchblades weren’t cool, those pointy shoes were really ugly, and good-looking women could be extremely dangerous.

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Editorial The Pride Of Westhampton The nation watched in horror as Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas. Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina are not so distant in the rearview that we don’t recall the devastation and years of work ahead of those who lost everything. On Long Island, there are home and business owners up west still attempting to recover.

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So hearts here went out to Houston and relief efforts commenced. Most notably, brave pararescuemen from our own 106th Rescue Wing based at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach responded and spent days pulling victims from the flood waters – 546 by mission’s end Saturday. We’re proud of those who volunteered selflessly, and hold a little bit of pride ourselves for the efforts we made not too long ago to ensure the 106th stayed at Gabreski. In 2004, the Defense Department considered closing the base as part of a Base Realignment And Closure initiative. Indy was among the first to send out the call against its closure. Elected officials took up the battle, a bipartisan lobbying effort was successful, and the Wing remained opened. More than 20 military installations across the nation did not survive the BRAC closures in 2005. The 106th Rescue Wing’s motto is “That Others May Live.” Its official mission is to provide worldwide personnel recovery, combat search and rescue, and civil search and rescue support. National Guardsmen attached to the 106th deploy worldwide to rescue US forces and allies. The ANG’s New York State mission relates to providing disaster relief and responding to state emergencies as directed by the governor. Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25. By the next morning, rescuers from Westhampton were on their way south. A second group followed two days later. In a release announcing the deployment, Governor Andrew Cuomo noted that New Yorkers know well the toll Mother Nature can take, the devastation she can bring about. New Yorkers also know how to step up and help out when those disasters happen. LTV Policies Dear Editor,

With election season upon us, now is the perfect time to reiterate the policies of LTV Channel 20 regarding airtime for candidates


and political opinion.

Although the FCC imposes several requirements for commercial and other licensees related to political broadcasting, including equal time for each political party, none of

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those requirements are applicable directly to Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Access channels such as LTV Channel 20. The courts have determined that the opportunity for accessibility by any citizen supersedes the FCC requirements on Access channels.

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Efforts to single out, or limit, political programming, no matter how well intentioned, are fraught with the risk of content-based regulation applying only to political programming rather than to all programming.

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LTV provides airtime on Channel 20 to all in the community on a first-come, first-served basis with no bias as to content or preferential scheduling. Political discussion is welcomed and encouraged; political programming is treated precisely the same as all other programing. LTV is a platform for free communication, and all parties and candidates, along with all citizens, have an equal opportunity to make use of it. Producers from all political parties may have anyone they choose on their shows as guest with no obligation to other points of view. In other words, Republicans can have shows with only Republicans on them, and Democrats have shows with only Democrats. Again, scheduling is on a first-come, first served basis, and as long as a producer has fulfilled all of the requirements established in our policies, LTV will never schedule with a bias to any political party or viewpoint. Shows scheduled on EG/ Ch22 are solely for the use of local and regional governments, elected officials, and educational organizations. This channel is not available for use as a public forum. Our next producers’ orientation is Monday, September 11th at 7 PM at LTV in Wainscott. If you as a citizen or a political entity would like to create your own show for broadcast on LTV/Ch20, call our development director to register for the orientation and learn how you can use our equipment and/or studio to make your own show. Shows filmed elsewhere may be submitted directly to our

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The Avocado: Let’s take a dip in the pool? Avocado dip? Here I come! Ain’t nothin’ better than an Avocado dip! Ba-dump-dump! Take my wife, please.

The Swan: Hello . . . it’s called “Swan Lake,” not “Swan Pool!” I don’t do pools. I’m not getting my toe shoes all wet! Tchaikovsky is rolling over in his grave right now.

programming director provided that they meet LTV’s technical and submission standards. Contact information is available at or by calling 631.537.2777.

Please also visit our website for LTV’s policies and procedures, our producer’s manual, and other information about PEG Access Stations and LTV, as well as information regarding NY State’s standards for public access.

There is no political censorship by LTV administrators, staff, board of directors, the Town, Village, or Cablevision (Altice). Editorial comment and responses are permitted and encouraged.

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I am running for East Hampton Town Trustee and I need your help. It has been widely reported that there is no Independence Party Primary. And that is true

for some candidates. But not for one candidate running for East Hampton Town Trustee - for me, Julie Evans.

As an Independence Party member I did not receive the endorsement of my own party. So now I find myself in a primary race against other trustee candidates who did receive the Independence party endorsement. If elected, it would be an honor to serve as trustee in the town that is my home for the past 32 years and put my degree in environmental science to good use. The trustees are very important when it comes to keeping our ponds, harbors, and waterways functioning in an environmentally sound manner. If you look at the trustee web page this is their description. “The Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the town of East Hampton represent the original government of East Hampton. The Trustee positions were created and granted sole

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authority over the Town of East Hampton, by King James II through the Dongan Patent dated December 9, 1686. Although the Nichols Patent had defined the boundaries for the Town of East Hampton in 1666, the Dongan Patent is one of the earliest of the New World documents to provide for a representative government by elected officials in North America. As the original governing body of East Hampton, the Trustees managed and made allotments of the Town’s ‘common lands.’ Since their creation in 1686, the Town Trustees have continuously functioned as an autonomous governing body and represent an important historic link to the earliest roots of our democratic Nation.”

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For many years I have used my formal college education in journalism and environmental science to speak up for water quality issues. I organized a flotilla to protest the dumping of contaminated sediments near productive fishing grounds called “The Race” in Long Island Sound.

I wrote about the Lake Montauk Watershed. The watershed is expansive, it runs from the Montauk Post Office into Ditch Plain. For four years my committee members met. And the most important results were and still are the concerns for the quality of our water. As an 18-year member of the

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board of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk I lobbied hard for the water quality testing program. The results provided the basis for the programs we see today.

These are the same or similar issues that should concern the East Hampton Trustees. Concern for water quality, concern for fishermen and our fish are on my radar. The maintenance of our waterways and the access to our beaches are also issues I hope to focus on if I am elected a trustee. I want to see our pristine waters, beaches, and coastline preserved. If you would please get the word out! There really is an Independence Party Primary


on September 12th and I am part of it. I ask you for your vote.

Julie Evans


Sunday, September 10th will be National Grandparents’ Day in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has been celebrated on the Sunday after Labor Day since 1978, during President Carter’s administration. The purpose of the holiday was “to honor grandparents, to give grandparents Continued On Page 75.

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The trustees should be protected as a governing body. And I encourage everyone to think about which trustee they would see elected.

My background begins as a commercial striped bass fisherman. I worked alongside my late husband Captain Mike Brumm. We had a charterboat, the Daybreaker, in Montauk for 25 years. When the commercial striped bass fishery became highly regulated because of chemical contamination in the 1980s, it became apparent that all bodies of water, and all marine life, must be closely watched if the relatively clean environment we have here is to remain that way.

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A series of “Art in Focus” lectures on the Stony Brook Southampton campus kicks off on Tuesday at 7 PM. Featuring renowned experts sharing their insights, and co-sponsored by the Pollock Krasner House and Study Center and the Stony Brook Southampton Library, the first event is “Focus: Conserving Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy,” with Susan Davidson and Carol Stringari. The talks are followed by a reception with the speakers. Admission is free but registration is recommended by emailing or calling 631-632-5171.

Tickets are available through www.

Movie at Pollock Krasner House In conjunction with its exhibit “Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain,” this year’s Pollock Krasner House film series centers on Eastern European filmmakers during the 1950s and 1960s. Under Communism, cinema was among the most important instruments for social criticism and ideological debate. This week offers Kanal, 1957, directed by Andrzej Wajda. The film will be shown on Friday at 7 PM at the Pollock Krasner House in Springs. For more information call 631-324-4929. Theater

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Angels in America Guild Hall will offer a live screening of the National Theatre’s production of Angels in America, Part 1, Millennium Approaches on Friday at 7PM

This ground-breaking work by Tony Kushner chronicles life at the beginning of the AIDS crisis during the conservative Reagan administration, as New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. This production features Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, and Russell Tovey and is directed by Olivier and Tony Awardwinning director Marianne Elliott.

Presented by the Southampton Arts Center, JD Lawrence’s Harriet, Rosa, and Me is a thought-provoking, inspiring, and witty theatrical presentation written and directed by Lawrence, who is this year’s 2017 NAACP Legacy Award-recipient and has been dubbed “the man of many faces” by Ebony magazine.

The curtain goes up on Friday at 7 PM. Jazz by Charles Certain and Certain Moves will follow the play.

weekend in Sag Harbor on Friday night at 8 with the hottest up and coming New York comics, hosted by Joseph Vecsey. Featuring Dave Siegel (Caroline’s on Broadway, Comedy Central, “America’s Got Talent”), Dave Temple (MTV, Comedy Central), Ken Krantz (Gotham Comedy Live, The Stand, The Stress Factory, Stand Up NY, and The Comedy Shoppe), the event is sponsored in part by The Friar’s Club. The Bay Street box office is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM. To purchase tickets, call 631-725-9500 or log on to www. James Earl Jones at Guild Hall

On Saturday at 8 PM, Harris Yulin directs a concert reading of Eric Bentley’s Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? with a cast of familiar names, headed by James Earl Jones and Matthew Broderick. A riveting drama about the infamous 1950s House Unamerican Activities Committee where those in entertainment were subpoenaed to testify as to their loyalty as Americans and asked to name anyone who was, or suspected of being, a communist. Assembled directly from the transcripts of the hearings, the play uses actual words spoken by Lionel Stander, Abe Burrows, Lillian Hellman, Larry Parks, Elia Kazan, Jerome Robbins, and Jose Ferrer.


Other cast members include Paul Hecht, Peter Riegert, Mercedes Ruehl, Barry Scheck, Harris Yulin, and more. Tickets are range from $30 to $50, less for GH members. To get tickets, call the Guild Hall box office at 631-3240806 or visit Fantastick Promises

Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary season with a benefit performance -- Center Stage Sings: Fantastick Promises, a review of 14 Center Stage musicals presented from 2007 to date.

The revue features songs from Cabaret, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Promises, Promises, Company, The Fantasticks, and more, and many well-respected and well-loved community performers will be singing their hearts out to benefit the theater.

There are three opportunities to enjoy Center Stage Sings: Fantastick Promises – Friday and Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 5:30. Tickets are $35 general admission, $45 for ringside table seating. Tickets may be purchased online at and at Gayle’s Beauty Salon in Hampton Bays. Reservations may be made by calling 631-287-4377. 

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workshop is $475.

It’s back:

Stages’ Frankenstein Follies returns for the 23rd year. Actors eight to 18 join in this popular Halloween tradition. The performance workshop for Frankenstein Follies rehearses Mon-Wed-Fri 4:30-6:30, this Monday to October 29 in the Southampton Town Recreation Center at 1370A Majors Path in Southampton. Rehearsals culminate in the performance of Frankenstein Follies at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on October 27, 28, and 29. (Actors might not be required to attend every rehearsal.) The cost of the

For actors six to nine years old, Stages offers its Creative Drama Workshop as a nine-week introduction to acting. Meetings are every Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 PM starting on September 12 through November 14. A short play will be presented on the final day of the workshop. The Creative Drama Workshop will be held at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor and costs $285. For further information, visit, call Stages at 631-329-1420, or write

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Although Rabbi Joshua Franklin began his duties months ago, when Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman retired, it was Saturday morning at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton when it became official. The sanctuary was standing room only, as the congregation heard speakers, including Rabbi Josh’s father, also a rabbi, wish all the best for the temple’s new era. After morning service, everyone shared the traditional celebratory meal, or kiddush. 63

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Got news of your new business or new happenings at your old business? Let us know. Email Montauk Market

Montauk Market has opened in Springs at the site of former Barnes Country Store. It’s open from 5 AM to 8 PM and offers juices, smoothies, lunch specials – both hot and cold – and great coffee, plus lots more. Lali Lazo and her family come to Springs from Montauk, where they ran a market for four years. The new location is airy and clean and manned by a friendly staff. September Mixer The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will host its September networking mixer at People’s United Bank on Newtown Lane on Thursday, September 14 from 5 to 7 PM. Robert Mangels - People’s United Bank’s vice president and branch manager - will welcome all chamber members and the rest of the community. Lite bites and refreshments will be served and the chamber’s executive director, Steve Ringel, will update all on several projects in the planning stages for fall and winter. Admission is

free to members and $10 for nonmembers. For updates and news, follow on Facebook at @East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, email steven@easthamptonchamber. com, or call 631-324-0362.

But, The Picnic Chicken! Round Swamp Farm will be closed this week for a much-needed vacation. Both the East Hampton and Bridgehampton locations will re-open on Friday, September 15. Said Carolyn and the Round Swamp family, “We’ve enjoyed spending our summer season with you all and we look forward to the crispness of fall and the many delicious foods that come with it.” So if you didn’t get your dose of delicious picnic chicken last weekend, try to hold out till September 15. Legal Updates Join Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP on Tuesday from 8 to 10 AM at Hotel Indigo, 1830 West Main Street, Rt. 25, Riverhead, to hear a panel of experts discuss new laws and regulations affecting the workplace, and learn specific steps your business should take to prepare

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for compliance. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear directly from the Department of Labor as well as representatives from the legal, accounting, and human resources fields about the critical labor and employment updates that affect your business. Moderated by Joe Campolo. Register here by email Meet & Greet & Dance Joy Dance Academy’s “Meet and Greet” open house will take place from 9 to 11 AM on Friday at SYS in Southampton.  There will be crafts, games, registration information, and more. Joy Dance Academy is a new dance program that offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop for ages three to 18.  For more information visit www. or call 631594-5007 . On The Move • 631-848-0171

Weight Watchers announces the East Hampton location has moved to a new address and beginning tomorrow will be located at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 18 James Lane. Weight Watchers welcomes members and visitors to stop by the new location to learn more about the Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale program, which inspires and guides members to eat better, move more, and shift their mindset. Visitors are also welcome to attend a meeting for free, where they can experience a Weight Watchers meeting firsthand and learn more


about the program, including the SmartPoints food plan, and get support from others looking to live well while losing weight.

And in Southampton, Weight Watchers is opening a new location at the United Methodist Church at 160 Main Street, with meetings on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM. To learn more about Weight Watchers, visit www. To find the nearest Weight Watchers meeting, call 1-800-651-6000 or click on the “Find a Meeting” link at the top of the Weight Watchers homepage. Art & The Law The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) and the East Hampton Arts Council will be hosting a discussion on legal issues for visual artists - what every artist should know about copyright and contracts -- on Thursday from 6 to 8 PM at the Amagansett Library. This is a free event. VLA is the leading legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and its arts and cultural organizations.

The East Hampton Arts Council was established to foster the economic value derived from promoting arts related activities and businesses, including all visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and writing; and to advise the town on issues concerning the arts. For more information, contact Councilwoman Sylvia Overby at 631-324-2620.

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PBMC Expanding

unused space is utilized for greater economic prosperity and wellness in Riverhead’s East End.”

Peconic Bay Medical Center, a member of Northwell Health and the largest health system on Long Island’s East End, plans to expand its medical facilities pending the acquisition of the former Suffolk County National Bank campus on West Second Street. The new East End location will provide nearly 60,000 square feet of space in downtown Riverhead for the growing regional medical center.

“We are delighted that People’s United Bank has selected PBMC for this major acquisition,” said Sherry Patterson, PBMC board chair. “It is incredibly fitting given the 70-year synergy between Suffolk County National Bank and the medical center.” Andrew J. Mitchell, PBMC president and CEO added, “This former bank campus will allow the medical center to bring much-needed new programs and jobs to the East End and continue to position Riverhead as the regional medical hub for Eastern Suffolk County.” “This has been an exciting and eventful year for us,” said Emilie Roy Corey, chair of the PBMC Foundation, which has

Independent / Courtesy PBMC Peconic Bay Medical Center is planning a major expansion

been instrumental in providing community-based support for the medical center’s expansion. “First, we opened our new trauma center. We also just broke ground on the Kanas Regional Heart Center and new Critical Care Tower. This new acquisition will help us continue the momentum and give us more room to grow.” PBMC is purchasing the space from People’s United Bank, NA, which acquired Suffolk County National Bank in 2017. “We take great pride in supporting our local communities,” said Howard

Bluver, New York market president, People’s United Bank. “We saw this as an opportunity to ensure the

“We are thrilled to see Peconic Bay Medical Center expand their operations. The eventual presence of many medical center staff, including anticipated new hires, will mean more business for our downtown merchants and tax revenue for the town,” said Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter. “The growth of our community hospital into a worldclass regional medical center is a boost for the entire region, and we are thrilled to see People’s United and PBMC strengthen their commitment to our community.”


The transaction is expected to close prior to year-end.


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There are always a ton of fun and interactive events happening on the North Fork, here is a list of our favorites. Got news? Email us at Quit Smoking Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken encourages residents who use tobacco to seek help in breaking their addiction by signing up for Suffolk County’s “Learn to Be

…Tobacco Free” program. The program offers assistance with planning, support, counseling, and medication, if warranted.

“We know now more than ever about what works and what doesn’t,” said Dr. Tomarken. “Studies have shown that smokers who try to quit smoking using a combination of behavioral support and medicine are three times more likely to be successful than those who try to stop smoking without support.”

The classes are free to Suffolk County residents, though there is a fee for medication for medically eligible participants. Registration is open until the second week of each session. Classes will take place at the Riverhead Library beginning Monday at 6 PM and will run for six weeks. Contact Janis at 631853-3187 with questions. Safe Boating Learn about fuel and boating at West Marine in Riverhead on Saturday. The class will be held at 1 PM and the fee is $15. Call 631725-3679 to learn more.

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Fasten Your Seatbelts It’s going to be a bumpy night. Mattituck-Laurel Library screens All About Eve, featuring Bette Davis and her famed line, as part of its Classic Movie Monday series this week. See it for free at 1:30 PM. Also Monday, sign up begins for fall youth and parenting programs. On Friday, see the film Born in China at 1:30 PM and tomorrow learn all about the lighthouses of Long Island at noon with Jonathan Olly, assistant curator of the Long Island Museum. Road To Recovery Eastern Long Island Hospital hosts its first annual 5K Walk/Run on Sunday. Join them on the road to recovery to benefit the Quannacut inpatient and outpatient addiction and inpatient adult psychiatry programs. The fun-filled family event will be held at Breeze Hill Farm in Peconic. It includes the 5K Walk/Run starting at 8:45 AM for adults and children over 13. There will be a half-mile kids’ fun run for children ages six to 12 beginning at 9:15 AM. Check in begins at 8 AM. A post race party is planned with an awards ceremony, children’s activities, and animals from North Shore Animal Welfare League. And, as a special treat, “Walkie Bear” will be on site, courtesy of WALK Radio 97.5 FM.

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Chipotle is teaming up with Eastern Long Island Hospital on Sunday, September 17, between 4 and 8 PM at the Riverhead location. Simply tell the cashier you are supporting the ELIH 5K Walk/Run and 50 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated back for behavioral health services programs. Help ELIH bring hope and awareness to the growing need during National Recovery Month this September. Register online at, or call the ELIH Foundation community relations office, 631-477-5164. Back to School, Way Back The Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society hosts a presentation titled, “First Schoolhouses of Mattituck” focused on two schoolhouses dating Continued On Page 70.

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NoFo TV Fest This Week

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The second annual North Fork TV Festival opens tomorrow and runs through Saturday in Greenport. This year’s festival is expanding its partnership with the North Fork community by presenting events in venues including Noah’s Restaurant, Castello di Borghese Winery in Cutchogue, Sound View Greenport, East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, and American Beech in Greenport, in addition to the host venue, the historic Greenport Theatre. “The opportunity to once again host the North Fork TV Festival is an honor for the Village,” said Greenport Mayor George W. Hubbard, Jr. “This year’s festival is shaping up to be an incredible few days with an impressive schedule. We look forward to welcoming both residents and visitors this September to showcase all that Greenport has to offer.”

The three-day festival will feature an awards night with artistic director Jerry Foley presenting the inaugural NoFo Loud Whisper and Canopy awards, an opening night kick-off party at the Castello di Borghese Winery, industry panels, screenings of independent television pilots, and a closing night

United Front (Street)

By Kitty Merrill

Organizers of the impromptu unity gathering in Greenport last month are hosting another tomorrow at Mitchell Park. Dubbed “United Front (St.)” the event is described as a gathering for “everyone with a compassionate heart and open mind.” It’s a chance to celebrate love and community, and runs from 5 to 6:30 PM.

party at the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation.

“The North Fork TV Festival has rightfully earned its reputation not only for world-class vineyards, but as an entertainment and cultural attraction as well,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “I applaud the North Fork TV Festival for putting together another stellar lineup and encourage everyone to come visit this event and stay in Suffolk.”  “We are thrilled that the festival has found a true home in the North Fork and for the amazing partnerships we have built in and around town,” said founder Noah Doyle. “This year’s lineup will feature incredible independent TV pilots, conversations with industry executives, and an awards evening recognizing pioneers and up-andcomers in television. We eagerly await sharing all of this with the great North Fork community.” The North Fork TV Festival is an affirmation of “the art of content.”

Celebrating the evolution of TV, the festival aims to elevate and draw attention to independent TV, while bringing together the innovative minds of TV executives, directors, writers, and actors alike.

Tomorrow night at 7 PM, the festival opens at the Theatre with the world premiere of “Greenport.” A VIP after party will be held at Noah’s. Written and shot on the North Fork, “Greenport” is described as a heartfelt comedy about an autistic kid (Dimitri Spiridakis) determined to succeed as a filmmaker.

On Friday night, festival attendees begin their night at the Theatre where the independent pilot “Shoot Me Nicely” will be screened, followed by a panel discussion with the creators. Following the discussion, legendary actor Chris Noth will receive the inaugural Canopy award for his long-time career in New York. County Executive Steve Bellone will make opening remarks and actor

Christopher McDonald will present the award. Afterward, VIP ticket holders can head to Castillo di Borghese Vineyard for an oyster season kick-off party hosted by Cat Greenleaf (‘Talk Stoop”) in support of the Billion Oyster Project and the East End Seaport Museum.

Saturday sees a full day of screenings and panel discussions, beginning at 11:30 AM with “Death Lives.” A closing party at The Halyard in the Sound View Hotel sets the sun on the 2017 fest.

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hotspots that have been noted as having a greater number of deerrelated accidents. The first is the general area of the intersection of Sag Harbor Turnpike (Route 114) and Stephen Hands Path to Cedar Street. The hotspot continues down Cedar Street toward North Main Street. The areas of Montauk that seem to be the most dangerous include most of Flamingo Avenue, especially between Wills Point Road and Fenwick Place. Though it is not expressly listed, Montauk Highway along the Napeague Stretch seems to be another major hotspot with very high numbers of deer collisions.

Gaites said, “We need to work to reduce the deer population to a sustainable level.”

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This Labor Day weekend, the Southampton Shinnecock Nation celebrated its 71st annual Pow Wow. The Shinnecock reservation attracted hundreds of visitors who bustled through beautifully decorated shops and were amazed by the many dances that the tribes performed. Generations from all around the world were more than happy to represent and honor their heritage. 69

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throughout the coming year, Williams said, “I’m eager to learn about what makes you connected to your culture and how is that your strength.” She wants to empower women, and especially young girls, to make the connection. “Learning about the multitudes of indigenous communities is an important part of empowerment, unity and education. I felt that tonight and it was powerful,” she said upon attaining the title. “I learned from each contestant and we all encouraged each other to do and be our best!”

Williams also wants to consider how indigenous people balance the two worlds – the culture of their Native American tribe and the culture of the USA. “The Ross School was a stark difference to the Shinnecock Reservation,” she pointed out. “Maybe I didn’t fit in, but I wasn’t going to change to fit in.”

Summarizing, Williams said, “All of these journeys I had in my own life, they pushed me and encouraged

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me. I want to teach other young women how to do that.”

The 24 year-old pageant winner earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Mass Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently works as the marketing and communications assistant at Peconic Land Trust, a non-profit organization that conserves Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage for our communities now and in the future.

The Miss Native American USA organization’s mission is to encourage Native American women to achieve their personal goals, build character, enhance self-esteem and develop leadership skills. The 6th anniversary of the Miss Native American USA Pageant had a total of seven contestants. Each contestant brought a new message and a diverse background. The contestants represented Native American women from across the country, including the Seminole Tribe, Navajo Nation, Hualapi Tribe, Inupiaq Tribe, and San Carlos Apache Tribe.

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to the 1790s and 1840s. Learn where District Schoolhouse #9 and the New Egypt Schoolhouse were first located and how they were used during a program Sunday held at the New Egypt Schoolhouse on the MLHS campus on the Main Road in Mattituck at 2 PM. North Fork Foodies It’s the 11th annual North Fork Foodie Tour at the Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm on Youngs Avenue in Southold this Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Visit the Peconic Land Trust’s farm, part of this annual self-guided tour organized by the North Fork Reform Synagogue. Meet the extraordinary people who have dedicated their lives to producing the local food that makes the North Fork so special. Choose from 20 different locations, including local farms, vineyards, and food producers and enjoy tours, cooking demonstrations, talks, and

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$25/person, children under 12 are free. Tickets also available that day at any of the Foodie Tour locations. Teeny Judges Wanted East End Arts’ Teeny Awards Judging Committee is seeking qualified volunteers for evaluating high school theatrical performances on the East End for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Teeny Awards is a high school theater recognition program, founded and run by East End Arts since 2002. The program, now entering its 16th year, recognizes and celebrates talented theater students across the East End of Long Island. The judges are a very important component of the Teeny Awards as they adjudicate all performances and determine the most outstanding performances to receive the highest honor: a Teeny Award.

For more information on becoming a judge, contact Teeny Awards coordinator Kristen Lee Curcie at, and attend the pre-season Judges Meeting at East End Arts’ Carriage House on Monday, October 2, at 6:30 PM. At this meeting, program coordinators will discuss the responsibilities and perks of being an East End Arts Teeny Awards judge. The East End Arts Carriage House is located behind their Gallery at 133 E. Main Street in Riverhead.

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One Love, One Beach It’s a Tuesday afternoon as I arrive at a small beach along the Peconic River. Chris Dowling, owner of One Love Beach, an outdoor and lifestyle boutique located at 211 Main Street in Greenport, stands ready to greet me as I mentally geared up for a group paddle session. Stepping out of my car, the wind almost knocks me over and, almost in tandem, Dowling and I shake our heads. Today was not a day for me (after all, the first and last time I paddled was with the Paddle Diva crew -- I needed experience before taking on these gusts). The wind couldn’t stop a good conversation though. Chris and wife are local business owners and, like most businesses on the North Fork, are tightly woven into their community. When did you open up your shop with your wife, Blake? We opened up the shop in June of 2013. Our jobs had us traveling a lot and we had a young child that we were constantly leaving behind. We were searching for a business idea and suddenly a fantastic space opened up and we decided to bring our lifestyle to Greenport. What are your upcoming competitions? We want to cheer you on! The team has two big races coming up. The first is the Great Peconic Race on Saturday.  It is a 19-mile race around Shelter Island. Next is the Chattajack in Chattanooga, TN. It is a 32-mile race through the Tennessee Gorge that proved to be epic last year with 25+ knots of wind on the nose for three-quarters of it.   Paddleboarding is considered a seasonal

sport. When do you stop and when are your busiest months? We don’t stop unless we get locked in due to ice. We paddle yearround; we change from board shorts and bikinis to wetsuits and drysuits. July and August are when we have the biggest crowds exceeding 20 paddlers on our weekly meetups. What does your shop sell? What makes it unique? We are kind of a boutique with a paddle boarding problem!  We offer over 40 varieties of paddle boards including prone, yoga, fishing, and racing boards. That is all upstairs in the boardroom. Downstairs we have men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, sunglasses, unique jewelry, ukuleles, Yeti coolers and drink ware, and longboards. We try to mix it up a bit with unique gifts, recycled, and ethically-sourced products. There is always something new and different showing up! Tell me about Tuesday paddles. For those who don’t almost get the wind knocked out of them. I grew up sailing and competing in local and distance races. I always like how most yacht clubs will have a midweek sailing night to encourage people to get on their boats one evening a week. I took that model and started promoting a weekly meetup where people could show up with their boards, meet other like-minded individuals, and paddle in places they never thought to paddle before. It started with two or three of us and grew to getting over 20 people in the summer months. We switch over to Saturday morning in the winter

when we lose daylight in the evenings. We try to keep it up all winter!

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Why do you love to paddle, what makes it your passion?

By this time Alexa Suess, local Greenport artisan and silversmith, arrived with her One Love board ready to paddle and break in the new gloves she’s using for upcoming competitions. Suess has been coming most Tuesdays for three years and was ready to take on the weather ahead. As the group geared to take off I returned to my car, dry, but looking forward to a fall foliage paddle.

[Tuesday paddles are considered a community event, free to those joining with their own board. Those needing a board can buy or rent from One Love Beach. Paddles are typically followed by socializing with drinks and food at First and South]

There are so many reasons why I love paddling. On the recreational side, I love the accessibility of it -- the feeling of being free, away from life issues, away from the phone. Once you paddle away from the beach all of those stresses are behind you. On the racing side there are the challenges both physically and emotionally, the camaraderie, the inclusiveness. There is nothing better than driving 14 hours and showing up at a starting line with the friendliest competitors that cheer you on while you are racing against them.

Get outside! That can be read many ways. Some read it as get off the couch and do something, others as get outside of your comfort zone. Either way, if we can motivate you to do something great, we are psyched!

You can learn more about One Love Beach and the One Love paddle crew at www.onelovebeach. com or call them at 631-333-2064. You can follow more stories from Nicole Teitler on Facebook and Instagram @Nikki on the Daily.

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Sometimes the simplest thing can from the water to your anchor’s take on monumental proportions cleat) to the hip of this column is available. All fees raised will be amount of line, or – if you get it wrong. And setting anchor rode, you’ve laid out. If you nated bya Th e Independent to Division ofin seven feet of water and there proper anchor, and retrieving (or 18are it” so canin“make is three feet from the water to the e USCG“weighing Auxilliary foryouuse boating safety. way”), can make all the difference cleat, this is a distance of 10 feet. in the world when the wind Lay out 70 feet of “ground tackle” starts to stiffen and all the other – anchor, anchor chain, and line fishermen around you start to look (rode) – and you have a scope of askance at you as you drag your 7:1 (70/10). This happens to be the anchor toward them. US Coast Guard’s recommended scope for proper anchoring under Setting the Anchor normal conditions. In light air, you The art and science of anchoring can reduce to 5:1. In heavy seas, you are closely akin. It is all about should lay out 10:1 or even more. leverage and “scope.” Scope is the The leverage aspect has to do with ratio of the depth of the water (plus how the “flukes” create the holding your freeboard, i.e., the distance

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power. The flukes are those long blades that actually stick into the sand (I am describing the Danforth-style anchor, which is ideal for our sandy and muddy bottoms on the South Shore). Imagine your hand is the anchor for a second. Make a claw with your hand and your down-turned fingers are the flukes. They would bite in deeper and more firmly if your arm (what would be the shank if it were part of the ground tackle) was laying flat along the surface (try it down at the beach with some sand). If you start to lift your arm, you can see how your claw/fingers/ flukes start to pry themselves out of the imaginary sand/mud/ground. This is why a longer scope is better than a shorter one. It “de-levers” the flukes and keeps them pointing deeply into the holding surface. And the reason that chain (typically six feet but it can obviously be more) is encouraged as the connecting medium between the anchor itself and the line is to add more weight to the shank – keeping the flukes digging in deeply. What Goes On Around You Matters One of the toughest parts of anchoring is judging how much scope to put out when you are anchoring around other boats. All boats will swing downwind on their anchors. If you anchor 50 feet behind another boat, and you put out 70 feet of rode, pray that the wind doesn’t clock around to the opposite heading. If so, prepare to be boarded by an angry crew!

Also, don’t anchor from the stern alone. If you anchor from the stern alone, you are likely to sink “on the hook.” Why? Well, your bow is now downwind and your stern -- i.e., the flat transom -- is into the wind. Water splashes against the transom and some splashes into the boat. The boat sits a little lower. The same

size wave now splashes more water into the boat. The boat sits a little lower. You can see where this is headed. Down. Weighing Anchor If 7:1 scope is recommended for good holding power, and 10:1 scope is even better than that, what would be best for providing the least holding power? If you said 1:1, you get an “A” in anchoring. Here’s how you do it. Hopefully, you have a crewman who can go to the bow and take up the slack, flaking it on the deck as it comes in, while you slowly power up over the anchor. When the anchor line is lying straight up and down, your crew yells “stop” and then tries to “weigh” or retrieve the anchor. But maybe it is stuck! Well, re-cleat the anchor rode so that it is pointing straight down to the anchor (this is called “snubbing” the anchor.) If the line is going straight down to the bottom from your cleat, the scope must be 1:1. Now, back away – don’t power forward. If the anchor suddenly breaks free, it could impale itself in your hull as it sweeps upwards under the force the boat surging ahead. Add power gradually astern and you will very likely break free. If you still haven’t, while power is still being applied in reverse, turn the helm hard over. This will cause the boat to rotate around the anchor. You are unscrewing from the bottom, like a cork screw. Ninety-nine times out of 100, this will finish the job. If the anchor is fouled though on rocks or cables, your last resort is to cut yourself free. Anchors away! BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at or go directly to the D1SR Human Resources Department, which is in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you “get in this thing.”

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an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.” I believe that the Southampton School District should add this holiday to their new school calendar, along with the others they chose to have listed. Who better to be honored? Happy National Grandparents’ Day, from one grandparent to all the others who enrich their grandchildren’s lives.

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Larsen Anyway The goal of the US electoral system is to provide American citizens every opportunity to exercise their right to vote. The NY State Appellate Court has just denied that opportunity to the members of

They overturned a judge’s original decision which had allowed Jerry Larsen to primary for the Independence Party nomination for Town Board. They did so because of a minor flaw in the wording of Mr. Larsen’s petitions. Mr. Larsen is the only one of the three names on the ballot who is actually an Independence Party member and therefore had a very good chance to win the Primary.

So, even though his name will still be on the ballot, voters will be told that this election has been voided and the votes will not count. East Hampton Independence Party members should send the Appellate Court judges a message by filling in the circle next to Mr. Larsen’s name anyway. The message they will send is that elections should be decided by voters, not by a court on a minor technicality.

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