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Beauty, And Bulldozers Photos by Morgan McGivern

Snow blanketed Bonac, upscuttling daily life for residents and spurring squadrons of snowplows.


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Snow Bombs East End

Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said an estimated 85 abandoned cars were removed from roadways by the town and Suffolk County. One person, from another location, drove out to Riverhead, became stuck, and was rescued by police then taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, but ended up “fine,” she said. “It was a very long storm, and because of the wind, it made it very difficult to stay on top of,” she said.

Independent/James J. Mackin and Stacy Quarty Plows piled snow on Main Street in East Hampton as the post-blizzard dig out began Friday. An attenuated aftermath saw the Porsche above stuck on David White’s Lane in Southampton on Saturday afternoon, a victim of drifting snow and high winds.

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

Friday was supposed to be a snow day, but it ended up turning into Groundhog Day, as “Bomb Cyclone” Grayson proved to be the perfect snow storm -- a combination of fine, granular flakes falling fast, dumping up to a foot and a half of snow on areas with open fields, followed by 35mph winds which swept the snow into adjacent roadways over and over again as East End town officials worked

furiously to keep passages clear.

In some cases, highway crews were still at it Monday morning.

Byways like Scuttle Hole Road around the farm fields in Bridgehampton and the roads near Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, where giant snowdrifts formed, proved a task for Southampton Town highway crews to tackle once the storm was over. Adding to the mess was the “unneccessary traffic” of motorists who did not

really have to be out and became stuck on the roadway, Southampton Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said. Crews had to dig around 20 cars that became stuck, and in some cases also assisted with about four emergency medical calls where the ambulance needed to get up a resident’s driveway, he said. “We worked with the police department and fire department and just got through it.”

In Southold, the drifting snow also presented a problem along routes 25 and 48, with severe erosion along the North Shore and flooding along Route 48 in Southold, Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said. “The waves were splashing up over the roadway,” he said. Portions of 48 had to be closed down due to flooding and drifting, a small building was lost to the water, and a pipe burst in town hall shutting it down on Monday. East Hampton also had its share of issues along roadways such as Town Lane, Further Lane, Long Lane, Townline Road, and Main Street in Wainscott, as well as East Lake Drive in Montauk, Highway Superintendent Steve Lynch said.

Lynch said he would only be home 20 minutes when the police would call him to go back out. “It was like the same thing, over and over again,” he said. “It was always the same roads.” But the town did not have any fires or ambulance calls during the storm. “We had nothing like that, which was good,” he said. 3

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Winter Storm Grayson dumped over a foot of snow on the East End. Main Street, East Hampton, was deserted during the blizzard, but a local fuel truck trundled on.


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Stop & Shovel Photos by Gordon M. Grant

Last minute shoppers rushed to get supplies as Winter Storm Grayson struck on Thursday. Erosion and power outages were among officials’ concerns. 5

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Jerry’s Ink

by Jerry Della Femina

MY NASTY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Have you noticed that people don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore? I guess we’re entering a new era where people have had it up to here with trying to improve themselves. You may ask, “Why should I try to improve my life when Donald Trump and the little fat kid in North Korea are taunting each other with nuclear bombs? We may all be dead before 2019 – why waste time on improvements?” I say that even while facing imminent death, I’m still willing to lie to others (and myself ) about fixing my shortcomings and improving my life. The fact is, I don’t take resolutions lightly, and I’m not like those people who, on January 1 at 12:01 AM, make their resolutions while they’re drunk and bloated. What

amateurs! They’re a disgrace to the grand old pastime of self-denial.

Since I plan to be drunk and bloated every minute of 2018, I have plenty of time. What’s more, I believe the longer you take and the more thought you put into your New Year’s resolutions, the better the chance that you’re going to forget them the minute temptation comes your way. No one loves temptation more than I do. So here goes, this year’s Della Femina resolutions, some of which sound suspiciously like last year’s resolutions. 1. I resolve not to laugh, chuckle, chortle, giggle, snigger, titter, snort, or make funny faces when I speak to my Democrat friends and they tell me that Obama’s record with Iran and North Korea;

his letting tens of thousands of innocent people die when he punted on Syria; his being out to lunch on Benghazi; his anti-Israel stance; his getting rid of our troops in Iraq so that ISIS was formed, then blaming George W. Bush for ISIS being formed, and a million other disasters makes him a great president compared to Trump.

Trump is a horrible president. Let’s not give him any reason to say he’s being treated unfairly and have it turn out to be true. 2. I resolve not to watch another Hollywood circle-jerk award show like the Golden Globes. Those idiots paraded out a 99-percent dead, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas without checking out the story that he allegedly beat up and raped 16-year-old Natalie Wood in 1954 when he was more than twice her age. If those Hollywood twinkies had any courage, they would have asked Douglas on air whether he ever touched Natalie. His answer would have been, “AAARUGGGG.”

3. I resolve not to laugh at the fact that Hollywood’s idea of solidarity against horrible alleged rapists like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey is for all the woman to wear black dresses. I haven’t seen so many black dresses since the last time I attended an Italian funeral. Years ago, when an Italian man died, all of his female relatives would put on black dresses and wear them for the rest of their lives.


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4. I resolve not to run with the crowd on the sexual harassment issue. Sexual harassment is disgusting and the people who force themselves on a man or woman should go to jail for rape. That said, I can’t take the words of a “Today Show” staffer seriously when she says she entered into a consensual sexual affair with Matt Lauer for months but now has jumped on the bandwagon and says, “Even though my situation with Matt was consensual, I ultimately felt like a victim because of the power dynamic.” Power dynamic my ass.

AND ON A MORE PERSONAL DESTRUCTIVE NOTE: 5. I resolve to go on the Chris Christie Diet. I will eat more fat and consume more delicious empty calories. I also plan to devour more sugar and rid my diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whose tastes are greatly overrated. 6. I resolve to pour salt on everything until my blood pressure pops out of the top of my cute bald head. I will salt capers, anchovies, and even Campbell’s soup, which is 95 percent salt and five percent water. 7. I resolve to start smoking again. I’m going back to two packs of unfiltered Camels and eight cigars a day.

8. I resolve to stop being Mr. Nice Guy and to lose my temper and throw tantrums every chance I get.

9. I resolve not to let the New York Giants break my heart in 2018 the way they did in 2017.

10. I resolve not to pay attention to my resolution #9 about the Giants. They can break my heart any time they want.

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Beware Of Price Gougers

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned of the lurking danger of price gouging as the region faced the tremendous snowfall last week.

“Dishonest fraudsters will use severe winter weather as an excuse to legally line their pockets,” Schneiderman stated.

General business law prohibits excessive increases in prices of essential goods and services like food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlights, hotel lodging, and transportation, during natural disasters or other events that disrupt the market. During and after severe winter weather events, these goods and services might also include snow plowing, snow removal from roofs, shovels, and other snow removal equipment, salt, and contract services for storm-related damage.

Additionally, New York State’s price gouging law prohibits merchants from taking unfair advantage of consumers by selling goods or services for an “unconscionably excessive price” during an “abnormal disruption of the market.” The price gouging law covers New York State vendors, retailers, and suppliers, including but not limited to supermarkets, gas stations, hardware stores, bodegas, delis, and taxi and livery cab drivers. New York’s price gouging law does not specifically define what constitutes an “unconscionably excessive price.” However, the statute provides that a price may be unconscionably excessive if the amount charged represents a gross disparity between the price of the goods or services and their value measured by the price at which such consumer goods or services were sold or offered for sale immediately prior to the onset of the abnormal disruption of the market.

771-7755 or visit price-gouging-complaint-form to file a complaint.

On Saturday, Schneiderman alert issued a consumer alert, encouraging New Yorkers to contact his office if they experience excessive delivery delays or potential price gouging related to propane delivery. New Yorkers can contact the Attorney General’s hotline at 518-776-2000 or file a complaint online. 

“No New Yorkers should have to freeze in this weather, and my office is looking into cases of unacceptable delivery delays and potential price gouging,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Any New Yorker being overcharged or left in the cold without propane should contact my office immediately.” The Attorney General is also urging consumers to investigate the options they have for heating

their homes during the cold winter months. Fuel oil and propane prices can vary significantly from supplier to supplier. Prices can also fluctuate dramatically throughout the heating season. Consumers considering entering into fuel oil and propane contracts for the season should make sure they understand all of the terms and conditions in the agreement, including any fees or charges for deliveries, minimum purchase requirements or other conditions.


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“We will not tolerate those who seek to exploit weather emergencies at the expense of New Yorkers,” the AG said. Any New Yorkers who believe they have been the victim of price gouging should call the Attorney General’s office at 8007

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Sand In My Shoes

was forged in the frozen heart of the Depression which with FDR in the White House was still a hopeful immigrant’s step up from the indelible sectarian bigotry she’d suffered as a Roman Catholic in predominantly Protestant Belfast, Northern Ireland.

by Denis Hamill

WARMING A COLD, COLD HEART So cold it warmed the heart.

I remember as a kid complaining about the cold in our drafty Brooklyn tenement flat and my mother telling us to “offer it up to the holy souls in Purgatory.”

“At least Purgatory’s warm,” I said.

We all laughed. And in those moments when we laughed together as a family the shivers melted and disappeared. It helped that my mother would heat the kettle, filling hot water bottles and tucking them under the coarse pea-green army surplus blankets in our bunk beds before we climbed in wearing long johns under our


“Och, it could be worse,” my Irish immigrant mother would say. “We could be homeless like the poor men of the Bowery. Count your blessings and curse the devil.”

She had arrived in New York on Oct. 29, 1929 -- Black Tuesday, the day the stock market crashed kicking off the Great Depression that left millions jobless, homeless, hopeless. Many built shanty towns in Central Park, dubbed Hooverville after ice-blooded President Herbert Hoover who cared little about the poor. My mother’s American experience



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My mother’s idea of success was a movie cashier’s job, a factory job for my father, meat and potatoes on the Formica family table, clothes for her seven American kids bought from St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, worshiping without mockery or violence at St. Stanislaus Church, and after 31 optimistic American years getting on line to vote for John Fitzgerald Kennedy for president. And so when the winter winds howled, rattling the chains in the old casement windows in our railroad apartment, we counted our blessings on numb fingers that there was always a hot meal and a warm bed. At least we weren’t homeless, my mother would say, and in America some day we could all be whatever we dreamed to be.

I was thinking about those lean, chilly years the other night as the roads blackened with ice and temperatures plunged to a real-feel of below zero. On the way home I stopped to pump gas wearing driver’s gloves and in the six-odd minutes in the brutal wind my face ached, my teeth clattered like castanets, and my fingertips burned as I punched in the debit card code. I thought of my mother whose echoing words of hope steered me home and made me phone Maureen’s Haven to find out how the homeless of the Hamptons were faring in the wicked cold. “We have 30 beds,” said a volunteer named Joe. “Every single one is filled.” When most people think of the Hamptons they envision balmy summer white parties, beautiful people sailing pleasure craft past Montauk Point and crowding the restaurants and boutiques on Main Streets. But less fortunate East End people struggling with real issues like unemployment, poverty, undocumented status, addiction, racism, xenophobia, and homelessness live in a netherworld

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you won’t find chronicled amid the bold face names of the tabloid gossip columns.

What warmed the recent cold snap were the volunteers at places like Maureen’s Haven who gave their time and human heart to provide shelter to the forgotten homeless. And the 200 selfless screwballs who gathered at Main Beach on New Year’s Day and braved the wintry waves for the 17th annual East Hampton Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for the East Hampton Food Pantry. That baptism by ice alone should half any sinner’s Purgatory sentence.

I thought too of all the poor animals out in this deep freeze triggered by a clunky new weather phrase called a “bomb cyclone.”

Many of us talk a warm and fuzzy game about animal rights, donate guilt-gelt to organizations that air those agonizing abusedcritter commercials, and make the ultimate sacrifice by foregoing mink stoles and alligator shoes. And then reward ourselves with a big juicy steak.

Then there are real animal rights activists like Bill Crain, 74, a vegetarian CUNY professor and president of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife who, while we were in our warm beds, surrendered to Sussex County Jail in New Jersey last week to serve 15 days in a cold cell for his civil disobedient protest against the Stink State’s yearly bear hunt. Crain also protests against sending sharpshooters with high tech rifles into local areas to pick off an “abundance” of deer. Call me a snowflake, but Crain is more of real man than any macho slug who kills for sport. Here’s a senior citizen who does time in a cage to try to save defenseless animals. Crain warms the heart in a cold-blooded time. Crain passes Go, and wins a Get out of Purgatory Free card.

So as the mean winds blew these last few weeks I counted my blessings and offered up my shivers to the holy souls in Purgatory and the good souls out here in the frozen East End where it was so cold that it warmed the heart. To comment on Sand In My Shoes, email

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Sag Harbor’s Snow Angels

The family shoveled out the nonagenarian Thursday night and spent Friday helping another 13 elderly Harborites. On Saturday, they fulfilled one last request for help.

How did you spend the snow day last Friday? While families across the East End were hunkered down, snuggled up, and enjoying a blizzard-prompted day off, the Ovalles family was out in the polar blast with their shovels, helping neighbors in Sag Harbor. In all, they dug snow at the homes of 15 seniors in the community.

“We have too many elderly people living here with no help and have too many scammers trying to charge them an insane amount for a little walkway and that’s when they try to do it themselves,” said Anny, who is a medical professional and volunteer for the local ambulance corps. Initially reluctant to be interviewed, she said, “I just do it to help not to get fame.”


On Thursday night the family – Anny and Elido Enriquez, and their children Gizel, nine, and Giovanni, 16 – ventured out to 7-Eleven for some hot chocolate. On their way, they came upon a 91-year-old man trying to shovel his walkway. “He has no family here and lives with the little money he gets. He stated that people think everyone in the Hamptons is rich but that’s not the case, and I thought how many more seniors are having the same problem?” Anny explained. “That’s when we decided

Independent / Courtesy Ovalles Family Anny, Elido Enriquez, Gizel, and Giovanni Ovalles stepped up after the snowstorm, digging out the homes of 15 Sag Harbor seniors.

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The post garnered over 130 likes, plus requests and praise. “You are awesome for helping others. Really awesome,” read one comment. “My faith in humanity has been restored! Bless you for your extreme kindness,” read another.

She agreed, however, that her family’s effort might inspire others to take up their shovels and help neighbors the next time the snow falls.

Winter storm Grayson dumped over a foot of snow across the East End on Thursday. Heavy snowfall was problematic, but even worse were record-breaking cold temperatures with below zero wind chills that followed on Friday and Saturday. Last winter, the BBC reported on a study conducted by researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Data in the study from 1990 to 2006 revealed about 100 people die shoveling snow every year. During that timeframe there were an average of 11,500 shoveling-related injuries reported.

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WHB: Where The Brews Are

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

Soon, every day will be a beach day -- especially the day of the St. Patrick’s parade in Westhampton.

Staying true to their slogan, the owners of the Westhampton Beach Brewing Company will be the newest tenants to set up shop at the 55-acre Suffolk Countyowned property developed as the Hampton Business District park at Francis S. Gabreski Airport. Eastern Long Island’s weekly newspapers have joined together to form the East End News Project for the purpose of reporting and writing stories about one of the most important issues of the day: opioid abuse and overdose deaths in our communities.

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The brewers announced January 3 that they inked a lease with real estate moguls Rechler Equity Partners of Plainview to move into 4800 square feet of warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing space at 220 Roger’s Way. Partners Brian Sckipp, John Salvaggio, Kathleen Tedesco, and Dave DeTurris are now planning a grand opening for the village’s St. Patrick’s Parade on March 10.

The space occupied by the brewing company will house every aspect of its operations, from offices to brewing, bottling, and distribution space. It will also feature an inhouse tasting room where visitors will be able to stop in and sample various beers straight from the tap, steps away from where it was brewed.

The brewers had their eyes on the business park from very early on, Sckipp stated in a release. “Successful start-up breweries tend to move around a lot as they are always on the hunt for space that matches their level of growth,” said Sckipp, co-founder of the brewery.

“The [Hampton Business District] is a perfect fit for our company, not only because of its ideal location for island-wide distribution and access to sewers, but it allows us to start small while offering the flexibility

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Man Found Dead

A duck hunter who went hunting Monday afternoon on the Sammy’s Beach access road in East Hampton was found dead an hour later. East Hampton Town Police said Vincent D’Angelo, 73, went on a solo hunt in his Ford Explorer at about 3:15. Two men walking their dog said

the Ford was stuck in the snow and D’Angelo, who was apparently trying to free the vehicle by shoveling, was “unresponsive.” The East Hampton Village Ambulance responded, but D’Angelo was pronounced dead at the scene. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner is investigating. 11

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Flag Flies For Frank Arcuri

also earned the expert rifleman’s medal with the M1 rifle and the marksman’s medal with the Colt .45 pistol.

In its mission to take history out of the textbooks by honoring a local veteran each month of the school year, the Hampton Bays School District paid tribute to Frank Arcuri by flying an American flag in his honor throughout the month of December.

After being discharged, Arcuri moved to Brooklyn and became a steamfitter and joined the steamfitter’s union. He remained as a steamfitter for 30 years and then retired.

“The district is proud to honor Mr. Arcuri for his bravery and service to the United States,” said assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Denise Sullivan. Arcuri, a Marine Corps veteran, was honored at a ceremony held on December 8 at Hampton Bays Elementary School. During the ceremony, high school senior Oscar Mora, who has enlisted in the Army, read Arcuri’s biography while fellow student Marin Smith read her winning Voice of Democracy essay. The high school select choir and the marching band also performed during the ceremony. The event culminated with the raising of the flag on the district’s flagpole.

Arcuri was born in 1943 in a hospital in Port Jefferson although his family lived in Patchogue. There were no hospitals in the Patchogue area and the hospital in Port Jefferson was the closest one. He graduated from Patchogue High School in 1960. Immediately after graduation, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sent to Parris Island, SC, for boot camp.

Independent / Courtesy Hampton Bays School District The Hampton Bays School district honored veteran Frank Arcuri last month. Pictured, from left, are assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Denise Sullivan, assistant high school principal Eric Ferraro, high school senior Oscar Mora, Frank Arcuri, and principal Christopher Richardt.

After a grueling 13 weeks, Arcuri graduated Marine boot camp and was sent to Camp Geiger for 59 days for advanced infantry training. Camp Geiger is a satellite camp of Camp Lejeune and is located in North Carolina. Upon finishing his training, he was assigned to the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune and given an office job. It lasted about six months before he put in a request to be transferred overseas.

he was assigned to a training/ demonstration school. This school trained officer candidates in tactical warfare by having them go through mock battle scenarios. In these mock battles, Arcuri was one of the enlisted men who posed as the enemy. He was honorably discharged in 1963 and was awarded the Marine Good Conduct Medal. He

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Arcuri first met his future wife, Teresa, when she was just a kid, but it wasn’t until many years later when he saw her again while attending his cousin’s wedding that he really noticed her. They dated and were married in 1963, only a few months after his discharge. The pair have two daughters, Dianne and Teresa.

The entire family lived in Brooklyn until his daughter Teresa married and moved to Hampton Bays where her husband’s family had a home. When Teresa’s first child was born, Arcuri and his wife moved to Hampton Bays. Arcuri is a life member of the Marine Corps League, a member of the American Legion Hand Aldrich Post for 14 years, and also a member of the Legion Riders Motorcycle Group. He also enjoys spending some of his free time fishing.

Home Grants

By Justin Meinken

Last week Assemblyman Fred Thiele announce the availability of $26 million for the Affordable Home Ownership Development Program.

Grants can be used to make improvements to existing owner-occupied single or multifamily homes, condominiums, or cooperatives; acquire and rehabilitate owner-occupied homes for sale, including single and multifamily homes, condominiums, or cooperatives; and construct new owner-occupied homes for sale, including single and multifamily homes, condominiums, or cooperatives including dilapidated and manufactured homes.

The Affordable Home Ownership Development Program provides up to $40,000 per home to eligible municipalities, municipal housing authorities, and other not-for-profit and charitable organizations that develop affordable housing or assist income-eligible homeowners in funding necessary repairs. Funds are administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s Affordable Housing Corporation, which since 2011, has awarded nearly $198 million to create or improve more than 10,400 homes. Applications are due February 16, 2018. More information and the Notice of Funding Availability can be found at www.nyshcr. org/Topics/Municipalities/ AHCGrants/.

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Happy, Happy, Happy New Year

By George C. Stankevich, Esq.

The surgeon immediately commenced CPR. On my back, I Last October 9, 2017, I died before looked up at the ceiling and saw paying my bill at Indian Wells after a shower of sharing a sparks, the hamburger defibrillator, and coffee and my with Peggy. friends Everything shouting went black “He’s … zero lined. breathing I fell over again!” backwards and hit the Shauna, a floor like Formula 1 a sack of George Stankevich, a one-time shareholder, Amagansett cement. authored the Lex column for The Fire All the rest Independent from 1995 through 2003. Department is hearsay, ambulance admissable under the dead man driver, heavy on the pedal, got me rule. to the hospital on time, without Britton Bistrian jumped up and yelled, “I need help,” and directed the triage. Happy New Year! A young lady leapt from an adjoining table exclaiming, “I am a cardiac surgeon,” and cut off my jacket and shirt. Happy, happy New Year! Raul, the manager, raced out of the office with a portable defibrillator. When it hit my chest I leapt like a landed flounder. Happy, happy, happy New Year! Amazingly, Raul was annoyed the prior week by a beeping in his closet and discovered the defibrillator battery to be dead and replaced it. The portable defibrillator and training were donated by Indian Wells owners Kevin Boyles and Chris Eggart.

missing a beat. No fault, no foul!

The Stony Brook Southampton Hospital catheterization laboratory is like Star Wars, donated by one percenters like mathematicians and bakers who rose to billionaires in one generation. Dr. Anil John Mani shot me full of stents and Dr. Eric Rashba cut a pectoral portable defibrillator into my chest. What a family, what a community, what support and success! The rumor of my death is entirely premature. Peggy’s prayers work. Lex is back.

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Independent / Courtesy WFL Officials gather to honor Westhampton Library’s Hometown Hero. (L-R): Westhampton Free Library trustee Mitchell Schecter, WFL director of operations Laura Spillane, WFL director Danielle Waskiewicz, December Hometown Hero James Dougherty, VFW Post 5350 Commander William Hughes, and chief legislative aide for Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, Liz Sutton.

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Technical Sergeant James Dougherty of the 106th Rescue Wing just turned 30 this year, yet he has been a pararescueman (PJ) for eight years and served overseas five times in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. His father, Chief Master Sergeant Dougherty, was a pararescueman for the 106th and served alongside his son for a little more than a year. “He was a part-time guardsman for his entire career. He had civilian jobs as well,” said the younger Dougherty. “I always heard stories about what they were doing through my father and the extended family of the 106th.” James began his training after high school, and enlisted one year later, becoming a fulltime pararescueman. “The pararescue pipeline is about two-and-a-half years long,” he explained, one of the longest special operations training courses in the world, according to United States Air Force pararescue website.

“We start at boot camp – basic training – at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. From there, we go to the pararescue indoctrination course, a 10-week selection course. It’s 10 weeks of calisthenics, swimming, running and water confidence.”

“Water confidence is really drowning practice,” he said with a laugh. When the pararescue trainees take on snorkel training, it’s more 007

than Caribbean holiday. “You have to share a snorkel with someone else underwater and an instructor tries to prevent you from breathing with the snorkel. It’s two minutes underwater; sometimes you breathe and sometimes you don’t.” Next was open and closed circuit scuba diving. After mastering the principles of diving, James was sent to Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA for basic paratrooper training. Military free fall parachutist school in San Diego was next.

Of the 120 pararescue hopefuls who started the selection, only 22 made it to the end. Of those 22, James graduated with only six of them. The Air Force Pararescue EMT course at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico provided James with a working knowledge of emergency medical technical procedures. After completing the two-phase training, he was sent to Tucson, AZ for hands-on medical training for six months. Upon completion, he was awarded an EMT paramedics certification.

The final phase of training, Air Force Pararescue Recovery Specialist Course, took place back at Kirtland AFB. “They take all the training done at that point and put it all together – jump out of plane at a jump zone, navigate to the patient, stabilize and package for transport, move to a jump site and a helicopter, boat, or car for pick up,” he said.

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School Board Freezing Out Public?

“Public comment took place at the November 7 Board of Education meeting and the community participated in this portion of the meeting. This is documented via the board minutes posted to the district’s website.”

By Rick Murphy Six minutes.

That’s all it would have taken to allow two members of the public, who had waited for almost two hours, to ask the Southampton School Board of Education one question each. Instead, the board ignored them at its November 7 work session and adjourned into executive session.

The two members of the audience -- the only two still there at the end of the meeting -- were disappointed but not surprised. Both men said the board has a history of being unresponsive to the public. The Independent has been trying to get a response from board president Roberta Hunter and Superintendent Nicholas Dyno ever since. Both have ignored repeated requests for a phone comment.

Hunter has responded with vague emails through the district’s PR firm, Syntax, that avoid directly answering the questions asked.

James Boyd represents the Southampton Full Gospel Church and its constituency at board meetings. The church is a large property owner within the school district boundaries. Yet Boyd said he has been frozen out by

Several other official requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Law, made by The Independent, received similar replies. Several times Syntax emailed the actual agenda.

Independent / Peggy Spellman Hoey The Southampton School Board is being criticized because it ignored two members of the public who sat through an entire meeting to speak for three minutes each.

school board members and the administration.

“I received a bias letter from the school board restricting my ability to contact elected school board members individually. These are separate rules as compared to others in the community, similar to the rules for riding in the back of buses and sitting at separate counters, in the Deep South back in the day,” Boyd said. He often has items to discuss with the board, making it difficult for him to do his job as the church’s representative, he said. In the latest encounter the district

announced it was ridding itself on a number of computers that didn’t work. Boyd asked if they could be donated to the church’s mission in Haiti. “They were going to throw them away but what may be garbage to them isn’t to third-world countries.” Boyd has yet to receive a response. After posing the question to Hunter through Syntax, Marissa Gallo of the PR firm emailed the following response as to why Boyd and Charlie Styler, who was also waiting to speak at the meeting, were ignored.

There are two periods set aside for public comment, one early in the meeting is marked “6.01 Public Comments will be heard at this time on agenda items only.”

Boyd did speak during this portion, but was stymied because he was told his topic “was not an agenda item.” Boyd then sat down with Styler as the board went through the rest of the agenda. Late in the meeting “15.01 Public Comments” was the next item on the agenda. It was at that time the board abruptly adjourned into executive session.

Styler confirmed Boyd’s version of the events. “I was there the entire meeting. I had questions. Personally I think there should be a law that the public must be heard.” Styler, like Boyd, is sometimes critical of the school board, a possible reason Continued On Page 17.

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By Rick Murphy

Jail Used To Hold Immigrants

Suffolk County has a new agreement in place with the federal government to use part of the county jail in Riverhead to house immigrants facing deportation, according an investigation by Newsday. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, concerned Latino advocacy groups begged public officials to assure them that governments would not succumb to federal efforts to round up and deport illegal immigrants.

Most public officials, some to great fanfare, assured those concerned they would not cooperate -- in fact, they have always cooperated with INS agents, and have continued to do so.

But Suffolk County officials have increased cooperative efforts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the US Department of State.  Suffolk County at one time took a softer stance as well -- until bodies started being unearthed, victims of MS-13 gangs. In December of 2016, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco announced correctional facilities under his watch returned to detaining immigrants jailed on other offenses for up to 48 hours when they are wanted by ICE, a branch of Homeland Security. The sheriff, citing concerns of potential legal claims over constitutional rights, in September 2014 had stopped holding immigrants for the federal agency unless its agents presented a warrant from an

Independent/ Courtesy Office of the Suffolk County Executive Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (left) has been mum amount a new deal to allow immigrants to be held in Riverhead jail on behalf of ICE agents. County Legislator Bridget Fleming (right) said the agreement to hold immigrants at the Riverhead County Jail was made without input from the county legislature.

immigration judge.

Now Suffolk County has a new agreement in place as of last month with the federal government that could yield “a considerable amount of money” for county coffers, according to Newsday, and Latino advocates are seething about it. “This new arrangement between Suffolk County Riverhead Jail is a wrongheaded overreach by an outgoing sheriff hoping to further ingratiate himself to an anti-immigrant administration,” said Minerva Perez, director of Organización Latino-Americano of Eastern Long Island. She said those who will be detained under the agreement will not be Latino gang members or even individuals accused of felony crimes.

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not want in their midst,” she stated. “Due process is needed as well as judicial warrants to insure that police departments are not inadvertently holding and transferring to Riverhead those individuals who have not committed crimes and are simply wanted by immigration for civil violations of immigration status,” Perez said. The outrage is compounded by evidence that Suffolk County apparently tried to keep the arrangement under wraps. County Executive Steve Bellone declined to comment about the matter to Newsday and did not return an email request from The Independent.

The county legislature apparently didn’t even know about the arrangement, said Legislator Bridget Fleming. That’s because

the new detention services deal is technically a reworking of an existing agreement between the Suffolk County Correctional Facility and the United States Marshals Service that was put in place in 1994, according to Newsday.

“No, the legislature did not consider the arrangement,” Fleming said. “I’ve talked to our counsel about it and he is researching whether the original contract was authorized by the legislature. The recent changes referenced in the Newsday article were not considered nor authorized by the legislature.” Errol Toulon Jr. replaced DeMarco on January 1. “The real question is: what will our incoming sheriff do and how will he be supported or thwarted by Suffolk county lawmakers?” Perez asked.

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why, like Boyd, he is avoided.

He is interested in filling the empty school board seat and said so publicly, but the board decided not to hold a special election, in essence freezing him out. “I told them I was interested in running. The next thing I knew they said they were happy with what they had.”

He also questions whether residents of the Shinnecock Reservation are a legal part of the school district. Roberta Hunter is a member of the Native American tribe. What was particularly galling, the would-be speakers said, was the meeting seemed to move at a leisurely pace with board members expressing no urgency about the executive session scheduled afterwards.

“They rambled on for one hour and 40 minutes when they used the excuse they had to meet their lawyer for executive session,” Boyd commented. “Would it have done so much damage to have the only two people in the audience speak for three minutes each on any topic they wished to raise to the board?

“At the start and throughout the November 7 Board of Education meeting President Roberta Hunter announced publicly that the board anticipated to vote to move into executive session at a set time to discuss collective bargaining negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law,” Gallo said via email. “In order to meet with district’s counsel. Later in that meeting the board discussed the motion to enter into executive session to handle the aforementioned business.” “If the executive session was so important why didn’t the board get to it sooner?” Boyd countered. He said there is a pattern of the board avoiding comment about controversial issues. “The next meeting, November 21, had no public portion and two board members were absent. Just two days before a major holiday, they take up the topic of transgender lockers and showers. Were they hoping no one was watching? Is that why no public portion for such a controversial topic?” Boyd wondered.

School District Response

(After the accompanying article was written the school district finally issued a response just before deadline to questions submitted to assorted officials numerous times over the past three weeks.)

Statement from Nicholas J. Dyno, Ed.D.Superintendent of Southampton Schools: The Board of Education adheres to unified communication policies, which are consistent for all residents and those nonresidents who are part of the district’s educational community. Although he is not a district resident, this policy extends to Mr. James Boyd who has been encouraged to contact board members through the proper channels.

Drill Bits Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is asking the public for help. Two Dewalt drill impact guns were taken from Ace Hardware on Route 25A in Wading River on November 28 at about 1:30 AM.

These modes include the ability to email individual board members and contact the district clerk on behalf of the board via phone or email, all of the aforementioned contact information is outlined on the district website and has been shared with Mr. Boyd on a number of occasions. Mr. Boyd has been repeatedly asked to refrain from contacting Board members at their homes, places of employment, and through family members as this is a violation of privacy and process. In addition, Mr. Boyd of Sag Harbor participated in the November 7 Board of Education meeting during the public comments portion of the meeting. As per the board minutes, which documents this interaction, Mr.

Boyd addressed his question to the board and received a response. These actions are documented via the district’s Facebook live streamed video that is archived on the district’s Facebook page.

Additionally, this video shows that at the start and throughout the November 7 Board of Education meeting president Roberta Hunter announced publically that the board anticipated to vote to move into executive session at a set time to discuss collective bargaining negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law in order to meet with district’s counsel. Later in that meeting the board discussed the motion to enter into executive session to handle the aforementioned business.

On The Beat

Riverhead Town Police described the man as white, tall, with a thin build, between 20 and 30 years old who wore his hair in a bun. He had tattoos on his left hand and left side of his neck, police said. The suspect fled the scene in a waiting gray or silver vehicle, possible a

Buick Enclave, according to a police press release.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5000 for information that leads to an arrest. Police ask anyone with information about this crime to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. Nothing’s Gonna Bring Him Back He was “drunk,” he was “erratic,” he was “reckless.” But when East

Hampton Village Police responded to Woods Lane on January 2 the driver of the black Audi was “gone.” That’s Not A Knife A Wainscott man was taken into custody on the morning of January 3 and charged with menacing second degree – placing a person “in fear of death or physical injury with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.” As it turned out, the man had a fork in his hand. The event occurred at 7:23 PM – did anyone say dinnertime? 17

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Compiled by Rick Murphy Schumer Goes To Bat For Teamsters Over 4500 Long Island-based teamster union members have been forced to take up to a 30-percent deduction in pension payouts and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is proposing legislation to help them. The Teamsters Local 707 multiemployer pension plan became insolvent earlier last year

Government Briefs robust pension fund gradually fell into debt over a 20-year period “until the 2008 stock market crash sent it into a death spiral.”

and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has begun to provide financial assistance. The plan’s retirees and beneficiaries have received drastic benefit cuts as a result.

Schumer along with Rep. Peter King have cosponsored legislation dubbed “The Butch Lewis Act” which would stabilize the pension fund in peril “without hurting retirees or taxpayers,” Schumer said. According to a report in the New York Daily News, Local 707’s once-

The New York State Teamsters pension fund and the Central States Pension Fund are also teetering on the brink of insolvency, the News reported. The legislation is named for Butch Lewis, the former president of Teamster Local 100 and a leader in the fight to save teamster pensions. Schumer said since the GOP tax

bill “delivered for the very rich, we should be able to solve this pension problem for hard-working Long Islanders.” However, the Democratic Party initiative has reportedly gathered little support among Republicans in Congress. Minimum Wage Increased Again At Year’s End According to Assemblyman Fred Thiele, hardworking New Yorkers should not have to worry about whether they’ll have enough money to put food on the table or if they’ll be able to pay the rent or mortgage at the end of the month. “Everyone who puts in an honest day’s work should be able to provide for themselves and their family. That’s why the Assembly passed sweeping changes to the state’s minimum wage laws to help lift working families up - because far too many people are struggling just to get by,” he said in a recent release. As the minimum wage increases continued at the end of last year, many New Yorkers can expect to see a bump in their pay. On December 31, the minimum wage in New York City increased to $13, and for workers employed by small businesses with 10 or fewer employees, it increased to $12. The minimum wage in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties increased to $11, while upstate New York saw the minimum wage increase to $10.40.

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And that isn’t the last of it -- workers will continue to see increases for the next few years.

The minimum wage has not kept up with the rising cost of living, Thiele believes. As expenses like food, utilities, and housing costs increase, the average salary has remained stagnant. From 2007 to 2014, wages fell for all but the highest wage brackets when adjusted for inflation.

There is also a misconception that those working minimum wage jobs are mostly young people, but that’s simply not true, Thiele said. The majority of minimum-wage workers are adults, not teenagers -- half of people making $15 or less

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GE Smith: Musician Extraordinaire

By Bridget LeRoy

Amagansett resident GE Smith shot to fame during his decadelong stint as musical director of “Saturday Night Live” in the ‘80s and ‘90s, where millions of people got to enjoy his tasty riffs backing up musical guests, and before commercial breaks, but that’s only a few chapters out of a pretty substantial life filled with rock-androll tales. For example, did you know there’s a GE Smith Telecaster guitar? Not everyone has a guitar named after them; in fact, practically no one does. So there you have it. And recently he’s had a flurry of local activity, including a New Year’s Eve gig at the Stephen Talkhouse, a “Portraits” concert and discussion with rock legend Billy Squier at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead last weekend, and an upcoming “Cracked Actor” show this weekend at the Talkhouse, featuring the music of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. Plus there’s a show at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts toward the end of this month.

Smith lives with his wife, Taylor Barton – a writer/author, filmmaker, and musician in her own right – and their daughter, Josie. We sat down with Smith last week to talk. I know that you’re never NOT busy, but you seem to have a lot going on lately. Are you feeling a burst of musical energy?



Yeah, I suppose so. Since I started playing with Billy Squier, we’ve gotten together at the house a lot, to play and talk. We did a version of

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GE Smith, rocking and rolling into the New Year.

the “Portraits” show at Guild Hall in November, and we’re planning more live shows.

Your “Portraits” series, produced by Taylor, seems like a fun idea – a chance to talk and play with great musician friends, some of whom are known artists in a different venue. You’ve had Roger Waters, Dan Rizzie, Kevin Bacon – who would you really like to invite? I would love to get Daryl Hall and John Oates. I was their guitarist way back in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s. We toured all over the world; that was really fun. And they’re great friends and musicians.

I know that you recently played on a CD recorded locally, featuring Taylor’s music. Can you tell me a little about that? Taylor has always written really good songs. Because of that, I’ve always encouraged her to record this stuff when she feels like it.

We like going in and recording together. This particular collection we’re going for a particular sound. I think they’re the best songs she’s ever done.

You have “Cracked Actor” coming up at the Talkhouse next weekend. Tell me a Lou Reed story. I got to play with Lou in 1992, one of the many artists who did the Bob Dylan 30th anniversary show at Madison Square Garden, and I was the musical director. Lou did “Foot of Pride,” and he did an amazing arrangement of it. It was really a treat and honor to get to work with him. He knew music; he was smart. I love working with smart people. Would you like to perform more around here? Are there any particular venues you enjoy?

Me and Taylor would love to do more stuff at Guild Hall. It’s a great place for music, I’ve always been really impressed with the acoustics

in there. It’s unexpected and a great pleasure. I also love performing in these older theaters that have been beautifully restored up and down the island, like Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. They’ve done an amazing job there. It’s such a great resource.

You know, I’ll be 66 in a couple of weeks. I’m so lucky to be able to play a lot and live this amazing life I have. You’re a long-time Amagansett resident. What about the area nourishes your soul?

I moved to Amagansett in 1981, Taylor joined me a few years later – we’ve been out here full-time about five years. I really like the people. When we first moved to Oak Lane, there were still fishermen who lived there. And I drive down to Indian Wells every day to just look at the beach. I just feel at home here.

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The Tribe Of Mentors

Scene: a table at a December postconcert silent auction to benefit the Choral Society of the Hamptons. Books by East Hampton born and bred Tim Ferriss, podcast superstar of the eponymous “The Tim Ferriss Show” (over 200 million downloads), “serial entrepreneur,” angel investor (Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Alibaba), self-proclaimed human guinea pig, “professional dilettante,” and phenomenally successful author of The Four-Hour Workweek, The Four-Hour Body, The Four-Hour Chef and Tools of Titans, are attracting attention. “His father sings tenor with the Choral Society,” an observer offers, to which a prospective bidder replies, “He’s just fantastic, unbelievable, I love his stuff,” and adds his name, upping the ante on the auction list. Ferriss, who has been hailed as “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk” by The New

York Times, is back (is he ever not percolating and publishing?) with what looks like a sequel to the more engaging Tools of Titans, an impressive compendium of testimonies from famous folk about what they did to become wellknown and wealthy.

Like Tools, The Tribe of Mentors features guru guides and keeps to a similar structure -- interviews with men and women of various ages (25 to 80), ethnicities, and leadership positions. But it differs from Tools in two ways -- the adoption of an 11-question format and a darker prompt the author himself acknowledges: feeling unease at 40 that resulted in suicide attempt. As Ferriss has also noted on a recent CBS “Author Talk” with Ray Hoffman, Tribe grew out of persistent unhappy memories from childhood when he felt angry and insecure. The past year, he notes, was particularly “intense” and “difficult” as he lost friends and started to feel anxious.

So he sought out books from titans he especially admired, many of whom he had met online, and started asking himself questions -- key questions that would elicit from him important life-saving and life-enhancing answers. And he saw another book based on those


Tribe provides 130 answers, along with interspersed “quotes” he was “pondering” at any given time. Most of the names here, however -- leaders who retooled after failure and wrote best selling books about it -- will be familiar mainly to readers who already know Ferriss’s blogs or are into self-help meditation and might risk, on occasion, extreme remedies (at one low point, feeling tremendous pain learning tennis, Ferriss resorts to bags of ice for a bracing bath).

Good questions, Ferriss writes, generate 60 percent good answers, but great questions guarantee a 95-percent return. He spent a lot of time “journaling,” perfecting his questions and thinking about their sequence. He started with “warm ups” -- What book did the interviewees give as gifts? What $100 purchase most “positively impacted” their lives? -- and went on to ask about overcoming failure, adopting new behaviors and habits, dispensing with bad recommendations, especially those given after college graduation, and finding questions for themselves when they felt overwhelmed or lost. Brief bios precede each interview, and short appendices provide more information and resources, including links to the top 25 podcasts of “The Tim Ferriss Show.”

His personality comes through -- encouraging, obsessive, selfpromoting, generous, cool. He truly seems driven to help others. As his sign-off puts it, “Take it easy, ya azizi,” the Arabic phrase meaning, my dear, or one might infer, dear reader.

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It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter Two

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again.

I can’t believe I am in this same place. But it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out. Chapter Three

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there.

I still fall in . . . it’s a habit. . . but, My eyes are open.

I know where I am. It is my fault.

I get out immediately.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk down the street.

Chapter Five

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

10 Main Street East Hampton

I fall in.

The final entry, though, a poem he came across a few weeks before the book was finished, “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” by Portia Nelson, is too good to ignore. Chapter One



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Chapter Four

I walk down the same street. I walk around it.

I walk down another street.

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Reporting From Broadway by Isa Goldberg The Children It seems so quotidian -- the conversation that is -- at least as it starts out, in Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children. Having been out of touch for decades, Rose (Francesca Annis) arrives unexpectedly at Hazel (Deborah Findlay) and her husband Robin’s (Ron Cook) cottage by the sea. Alone for now, the two women discuss the inevitable -- children, grandchildren, aging, and “women looking like stretched eggs -- trying to hide it when all it’s doing is shouting it out loud ‘I’m old and I’m frightened of it!’” Hazel insists. For the most part, their conversation is banal, a kind of endless drawing-room banter that prevails, even when the conversation turns to the disaster. Rose asks about it -- an apocalypse of sorts.

As Hazel describes it, the kitchen was shaking, the road cracked down the middle, the sea looked like boiling milk, and there is talk of radiation hanging in the air. The cottage, too, as designed by Miriam Buether, is tilted from the eroding earth. And there is talk of the terrible smell!

While the disaster closely resembles the meltdown of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, it feels remote. It’s the words that hang in the air here -- not the sense of urgency of a nuclear power plant exploding down the road. In fact, it takes a while before we can understand why these people are connecting at all, after all these years. Finally, Hazel’s husband Robin gets home from feeding the cows. In his retirement, he’s taken on the very demanding job of running a farm, he tells Rose. The triangulation that occurs sparks a sense of absurdity, reminiscent of Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? or Pinter’s Old Times. Indeed, their behavior becomes as childish as it is childlike. Rivalry

between the two women over Robin leads to lots of acting out -- a recurrence from the past. In the midst of it, Robin rides a tricycle around the kitchen, and the three of them dance to the rock ‘n roll of their youth. Clearly now we see that it is the disaster that has brought Rose back to the place where they had all worked and lived, building the nuclear power plant that is now pushing the world to the edge of extinction. Amidst the focused realism of this production, imported from London’s West End, the surreal emerges. Video projections (by Peter Mumford) of tsunami-like waves batter the world outside the cottage. To Kirkwood’s credit, the ending leaves us with nothing much more than our own uncertainty. Will Rose succeed in her mission to shut down the nuclear power plant, at the expense of her own life and theirs, or will they sit back and get killed from the radiation pouring into the environment? It is a quintessential question of our age and as presented here, it’s simply up in the air. Maybe we’ll pull through, but the possibilities appear slim, and the commitment to saving the world hard to muster. Masterfully directed by James Macdonald -- known for his productions of Caryl Churchill’s plays in New York -- Macdonald helms a cast of seasoned British actors. Once On This Island Whether you’ve travelled to a tropical island, or watched the weather reports about Maria, Irma, and the other nasty girls rattling these small and unprotected isles, you may find the opening of this musical a little too familiar. Fortunately, it is far from that. As in Romeo and Juliet, or the more modern version, West Side Story, Ti Moune (Hailey Kilgore) and

Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children sparks a sense of absurdity.

Daniel (Isaac Powell) come from two different worlds that were never meant to meet. “The peasants labor. The grand hommes eat!” But the outcome here transcends the fatalism of those romances. Spirituality of a nearly pagan sort, with the trees and the wind creating the music of the gods, intervenes to save them -- each in their own way, that is.

shatter. Workers sweep the sand off the Oriental rug, as the littered beach turns into Daniel’s family’s elegant palace. Similarly, Jules Fisher’s and Peggy Eisenhauer’s lighting brings to life the natural beauty of the tropics, along with the radiance of the cultivated social halls graced by the rich.

At the core, however, the story is about the meeting of the two young lovers. As described, Ti Moune was set on her journey by the gods. A journey that will “test the strength of love. . . Against the power of death.”

Stephen Flaherty’s melodies capture the enchantment. Making their Broadway debuts, Isaac Powell and Hailey Kilgore create wonderful stage chemistry.

A catastrophic flood, sand, detritus, a live goat, chicken, people in torn beachwear, and the remnants of homes and sailing vessels, designed by Dane Laffrey, set the stage. A little girl, Ti Moune, (meaning little orphan) “torn from her mother,” survives the onslaught by hiding atop a tree. And she is saved by a loving older couple, who take her in despite their poverty.

The musical speaks to the necessity for social action and change -- the need to break down the barriers between class and race. As is her wont, librettist/lyricist Lynn Ahrens tells the story through song, songs that are as functional in telling the story as they are rife with beautiful imagery. “Who knows how high those mountains climb? Who knows how deep those rivers flow? Who knows how wrong a dream can go, Ti Moune?”

Directed by Michael Arden, the production speaks to our senses with sound effects of birds and sea, as well as speeding cars and cocktail

The musical, a revival from 1990, is especially timely in its evocation of youthful heroism. Note the current popularity of the film Ladybird, and the success of the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” In children we trust.




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Rob Europe will bring music to the reception, which is free and open to the public.

Art + Awareness


Seaweed aquaculture is an emerging “green industry” that may offer considerable environmental and economic benefits to the region. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Program (CCE) has been working to test the feasibility of growing kelp in the Peconic Estuary, and exploring the variety of different industries (such as culinary, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and agricultural) in which this product can be utilized.

Stop by Malia Mills on Main Street in East Hampton, where Folioeast will present the art of Peter Dayton, Janet Jennings, and William Pagano. An opening reception will be held Saturday beginning at 5:30 PM. The exhibit will be up through February 4.

To showcase the findings of the project and create awareness of the benefits that kelp may be able to provide to our environment and economy, CCE has partnered with Greenport Harbor Brewing Company to hold “Art + Awareness” at its Peconic location, 42155 Main Road, on Friday from 5 to 8 PM.

Some of the event’s components include a Kelp Beer release, an art installation of repurposed grain sacks that have been transformed into kelp-inspired artwork, a kelp product showcase with local vendors, and lots of information about CCE’s aquaculture programs, and more.

FIve ANd Forward Alicia G. Longwell, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman chief curator, of art and education at the Parrish Art Museum, will discuss “Five and Forward,” a new exhibition that celebrates the museum’s fifth anniversary in its Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in Water Mill, NY. On view through October 31, the exhibition takes a closer look at artists whose work represents major trends, themes, and concepts in American art history, and underscores the ongoing artistic legacy of Long Island’s East End. The 11-gallery installation of nearly 100 works includes thematic exhibitions along with galleries dedicated to James Brooks (1906-1992), William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), and Alan Shields (1944-2005).

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Independent / Courtesy folioeast Peter Dayton’s artwork will be on view at Malia Mills in East Hampton.

The curator’s view will be offered Friday at 6 PM. The lecture is free for Parrish members, children, and students; others pay $15. ONGOING Harvey Herman The Quogue Library Art Gallery presents its January exhibit “Harvey Herman: The World Around Us.” The exhibit will feature Herman’s favorite subjects, including images of his koi pond, indigenous wildlife, local waterfront landscapes, and winter scenes.  Herman has traveled the world to find beauty. From the long bay reeds in the wind, to bamboo forests bent over by heavy snow, the fruit farms in the spring, and the natural wildlife that surrounds us, he has decided that the East End may be one of the most beautiful

places of them all. A resident of Hampton Bays, Herman teaches painting classes at local libraries, where he encourages children and adults to appreciate the beauty of the East End. The exhibit will be on view through January 29.

Holiday Favorites Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “Holiday Favorites,” a photography exhibit with works by Stephen Wilkes, Daniel Jones, Roberto Dutesco, and Blair Seagram. The show runs through January 30. Helmut Greenport Harbor Brewing Company hosts “Helmut,” an exhibit of paintings by artist Shannon Guyer. The show will be on display through February 28.

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Place of the Dawning Sun

Independent/John Laudando The view as we sipped margaritas and munched on exotic morsels at El Pez -- thank you Edwin!

Ka’an biosphere at the south.

Independent/John Laudando The Grand Palace was the largest residential building in Tulum and was inhabited by the upper ranks -- nobles and spiritual leaders of Maya society. (INSET) Temple of the God of Winds, splendidly perched above the Caribbean.

Christmastime to us means “find someplace warm.” Because John’s office closes before Christmas to nearly New Year’s Day, we’ve gone somewhere at least marginally warmer than East Hampton for our holiday time for several years. This year it was Mexico’s Tulum by the sea -- which seemed like the Mexican Hamptons to us. Fabulous beaches, excellent restaurants -often with amazingly inventive and yummy dishes at very reasonable prices. Located at the southern end of the Riviera Maya on the Yucatan peninsula, Tulum’s famous and impressive Mayan ruins directly overlook the Caribbean Sea. A 1984 discovery suggests that the tower of El Castillo was a lighthouse that guided ships toward this major port into the Maya kingdom.

The Mayans called their city Zama, the Place of the Dawning Sun. The present-day name of Tulum means “trench” or “wall” in Mayan, and it’s one of the Mayas’ few walled

cities. Because it is exposed on a cliff above the sea, the inhabitants of Zama built the walls to keep out not only seafaring invaders, but also potential invasion by fellow Maya. We also visited Coba, with two of the infamous ball courts where, perhaps, the leader of the team who lost the game was sometimes killed. Some historians believe it was the winning team’s leader who made the “most perfect” sacrifice. The Maya believed human sacrifice was necessary for the success of their agriculture, trade, and overall health.

But enough of ruins. The beach -- ah, the beach! Perfect water, beautiful white sand, free parking. I’m talking about the beach called Playa Maya, with dive shops, massages, snorkeling trips, lively music, tropical cocktails, and even healthy smoothies, all in one warm and glorious place. It’s north on Route 15 -- which leads to the beach from the Yucatan’s major through road, Route 307, and then runs along the beach from the ruins at the northern end to the Sian

Some of the best spots we found were on Route 15 -- the beach, the restaurant at Hotel El Pez (we went back a second time), the restaurant at Hotel Diamante (very appealing hotel with small cabanas) that caught our attention with a sandwich board announcing pizza on the beach.

At Piedra Escondida, where the food was delectable, we had the added pleasure of being serenaded by Sariela Camargo, a young lady with a very distinctive, intriguing voice. She has a Facebook page and an album, Mar Adentro. Where did we stay? In the main town of Tulum, in an adorable Airbnb; there were many firstrate restaurants right nearby. But you may prefer the beach and the pleasure of jumping out of bed, slipping on a swimsuit, and strolling out for a dip in the ocean.

Especially when the temperature was 84° every day and the water was so inviting. And Tulum is full of options, from rustic to mucho elegante. Town? Beach? Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Tulum town itself is in a tremendous state of building up, building out, building more. So is the beach. It is no longer the town where tales of staying in simple palapas on the beach are the norm, though some spots still offer palapas or rooms that offer the same ambiance, if that’s your preference. But no question -- the beach at Tulum is a bit of Paradise. Warm wishes for a Happy New Year! Find more stories and photos at, comment on our Facebook page -- Old Dogs, New Trips, or contact us at

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Entertainment Guide Compiled by Bridget LeRoy All singing, all dancing? Readings, stagings, and slams? We can’t print it if we don’t know about it. Send your entertainment events to bridget@ by Thursday at noon. Music Stephen Talkhouse Cracked Actor, featuring famed musician GE Smith, pays homage to one of the most influential bands of all time, The Velvet Underground, and the band’s primary songwriter Lou Reed

Take a walk on the wild side as the Talkhouse turns into the Exploding Plastic Inevitable -- full of Warhol superstars, Chelsea girls, and factory rejects on Saturday at 8 PM. Ticket price, $10. See interview with Smith elsewhere in this week’s Independent. Following Cracked Actor, enjoy Little Head Thinks at 10 PM.

For tickets, visit www., or call 631267-3117. Karaoke at Springs Tavern The Springs Tavern at 15 Fort Pond Boulevard hosts karaoke night every Saturday night beginning at 10 PM. No cover, just bring your best singing voice!

The Springs Tavern currently serves dinner seven days from 4 to 10 PM. The bar is open seven days a week from 3 PM to 2 AM. For further information call the Springs Tavern at 631-527-7800. Townline BBQ Music Townline BBQ in Sagaponack continues live music every Friday from 6 to 9 PM. This week, it’s Lisa Bonner. Happy hour specials will be available on Fridays from 4 to 7 PM, including $8 fresh lime margaritas, $6 cocktails on tap, $4 12-oz cans of beer, $6 wings, $3 warm pretzels with mustard (2 pcs), 26

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Townline BBQ is open Thursday through Monday beginning at 11:30 AM. For more information call Townline BBQ at 631-5372271 or go to www.townlinebbq. com. wolf and eagles

Get your blues on Friday night at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, when John Hammond, Roomful of Blues, Guy Davis, and Toby Walker take the stage, performing the music of one of the most influential blues artists of all time, Howlin’ Wolf.

Chester Arthur Burnett, known as Howlin’ Wolf, was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi. With a booming voice and imposing physical presence, he is one of the best-known Chicago blues artists. Enjoy tunes like “Back Door Man” and “Red Rooster” when the musicians take the stage. Looking for something a little more ‘70s? The Fast Lane will be there on Saturday with all the Eagles’ hits, and will perform a tribute to Tom Petty.

The Fast Lane has been heralded by the International Press Association. “If you didn’t know better, you’d swear you were really at an Eagles concert!” Thanks to flawless reproductions of songs by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh, the experience of hearing the band in concert is matched only by seeing it. Doors open at 6:30 PM, the shows begin at 8. Dinner is available and ticket prices range from $39-$60. For more info and tickets, visit theater venus in fur Venus In Fur, an adult drama by David Ives, will be the second

play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2017-2018 season, opening tomorrow at the Quogue Community Hall (125 Jessup Avenue, Quogue).

Desperate to find an actress to play the female lead in his adaptation of the classic tale of sadomasochism Venus in Furs, a beleaguered playwright/director auditions a vulgar and equally desperate actress. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda piques the playwright’s interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. The cast features Tristan Vaughan and Tina Jones. HTC board member Diana Marbury directs.

Venus in Fur runs at the Quogue Community Hall through January 28 with performances on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2:30 PM. To purchase tickets, visit www., or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Crimes of the heart at scc Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will present the Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart opening on Friday at SCC’s Levitas Center for the Arts.

Crimes of the Heart was the winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany, and brilliantly imaginative, the play centers on the three Magrath sisters, who have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future -- but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended. Joan M. Lyons directs. Crimes of the Heart features Bonnie Grice, Tina Realmuto, Mark Strecker, Deyo Trowbridge, Josephine Wallace, and Kristin Whiting.

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Performances will run through January 28, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2:30 PM. General admission is $25 and student and group rates available. Brunch/ theater and dinner theater packages available at or by calling 631-287-4377. Young Marx, National Theater Live On Saturday at 7 PM, Guild Hall presents the National Theatre Live screening of Young Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

Broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind the Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

It is 1850 and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless, and horny, the 32-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions, and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one who can show you a better night “on the piss” than Karl Heinrich Marx.

General admission is $18 ($16 for members). Tickets can be purchased at, the box office opens two hours prior to screening. Life is a Cabaret Enjoy dinner and a show when the First Presbyterian Church in East Hampton presents Cabaret Night on Saturday at 6 PM.

This feel-good, madcap evening will feature an array of sprightly singers, accompanied by house trio Jane Hastay, Peter Martin Weiss, and John Cataletto. Tickets include a sumptious winter buffet by former Nick & Toni’s chef John Baron, with desserts by pastry wizard Sigrid Benedetti. Tickets are available by calling 631-324-9737 or emailing

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

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• The monthly community soup dinner sponsored by East Hampton clericus takes place from 5 to 7 PM at the Most Holy Trinity Parish Hall. It’s free. • See the comedy Brad’s Status at the Montauk Library at 7 PM. THURSDAY 1•11•18 • Bilingual story time is offered at Montauk Library at 11:45 AM. It’s a combination of books, multicultural songs, and fingerplays in both Spanish and English. FRIDAY 1•12•18 • The YMCA hosts Friday night preteen and teen programs from 6 to 9 PM. Round-trip transportation for Sag Harbor, Southampton, and Bridgehampton kids is avails, too. Visit www. and look for Friday night preteen and teen program transportation to sign up online and learn more about the offerings. • Listen to stories about owls, and make your own pinecone owl to take home. Program takes place at 3 PM, for children ages five to eight years, at Amagansett Free Library. Call 631-267-3810 or go to to register online for this free event.  SATURDAY 1•13•18 • Basic drawing classes will be held at the Amagansett Library Saturdays from 11 AM to 1 PM. The class is free, but students must provide their own materials. Call instructor Linda Capello at 631725-5851 to sign up.

• East Hampton Trails Preservation Society says this hike has it all: lighthouse views, ocean vistas, tranquil woods, windswept bluffs, and possibly seals. Loop through Camp Hero, Paumanok Path to the bluffs, to Turtle Cove and the Lighthouse, returning past Seal Haul-Out. Bring water and snacks; wear wind-proof clothing. (Expect a 10-minute break at the Lighthouse refreshment area.) Meet at Camp Hero Road off Route 27, about a mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk at 10 AM. Leader: Carol Andrews 631725-3367. • It’s Tween Origami Bookmarks for ages nine to 12 at Amagansett Free Library, at 3 PM. Learn how to create something unique for all of your cozy winter reading. Register by calling 631-267-3810 or go to www. to register online for this free event. • Montauk Community Church will hold a rummage sale from 9 AM till noon. Rain or shine, but snow and ice may cancel. SUNDAY 1•14•18 • Take a hike and see if you can spot a seal at Montauk Point State Park. A state park naturalist will lead a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals have been seen. Hike begins at the concession building, 1:30 PM. Expect to be outside two to three hours, so dress appropriately. Bring binoculars, if you’d like. Registration required, call 631-6685000. $4. • Join on a fast-paced hike along the Paumanok Path in Northwest Woods. At 10 AM meet at the kiosk parking area on Route 114 at the intersection of Edward’s Hole Road in East Hampton (2 miles north of Stephen Hands Path). Leader: Irwin Levy 516-456-1337 or


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• The Westhampton Free Library invites teens in grades six through 12 to help knit octopuses for premature babies as part of its community service programming. Teens can learn how to knit the cuddly creatures every Wednesday in January and February between 2:30 and 5 PM. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 631-288-3335 or visit www.

• Andrea Cote, a multi-disciplinary visual artist and art educator leads a workshop about drawing botanicals at 10 AM. Students will learn the basic skills and techniques for drawing from life. No prior art experience needed. Participants can bring a favorite plant, flower, or even a clipping. Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons sponsors the event, which takes place in the HAH Library in the Bridgehampton Community House at 10 AM. Call 631-537-2223 to register.

• Southampton Town Human Services hosts a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren the second Wednesday of every month at 6 PM at the senior center in Hampton Bays. Call 631-7281235 for the details. THURSDAY 1•11•18 • The Rogers Memorial Library and the Southampton Historical Museum will offer a discussion of the history and culture of the Shinnecock people at 1 PM, led by Shinnecock authors Beverly Jensen and David Martine. Register at or call 631-2830774 ext. 523. FRIDAY 1•12•18 • Today’s the last day to register for Chef Rob Scott’s hands-on cooking class to be held Saturday at 11:30 AM at the Hampton Bays Library. In the class, students will learn how to make pierogies from scratch. There’s a $7 materials fee. Call the library to register and find out what tools you need to bring. 631-7286241 ext. 122. • At 6 PM, the South Fork Natural History Museum hosts “Harbor Seals at Cupsogue Beach -- Population Trends and Site Fidelity” featuring guest lecturer Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph. D. SUNY distinguished service professor; president, Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI). This lecture provides key information about the seals that you can see on SoFo’s winter seal walks. SoFo scheduled the talk to help prepare you for upcoming monthly seal walks. The first one is Sunday at 10:30 AM.

Call 631-537-9735 for registration,

• Out with the old! The Westhampton Free Library is making the library’s shredder available to patrons on the second Saturday of every month, starting this week. Patrons can utilize the shredder between the hours of 1 and 4 PM. No appointment is necessary -- service is on a firstcome, first-served basis. For more information, call 631-288-3335 or visit SUNDAY 1•14•18

• “Four ways to change the world” is the topic of this week’s 10:30 AM service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork. The UU Meetinghouse is located on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike at Scuttlehole Road. • At 2 PM the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons presents “Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style,” a talk by Joseph Tychonievich. He will share beautiful images of rock gardens, the basic principles of creating rock gardens, and some of the most beautiful and easy-to-grow rock garden plants to get you started. Admission: $10 for non-members of the Horticultural Alliance, free for members. Location: Bridgehampton Community House main hall. • The Westhampton Free Library will host a discussion on the rise of American aviation and air power as part of its “Dessert and Discuss” series at 1:30 PM. During the program, Ed Furey from the Cradle of Aviation Museum will reveal the fascinating history of flight on Long Island. To register

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Charity News

Love Bites: The Scarlett Fund

supporting education, children’s bereavement counseling, and pediatric cancer research through multiple fundraising events.

James got the idea of starting the Scarlett Fund after a Memorial Sloan Kettering event called Kids Walk, which encourages children to walk through Central Park to raise money for kids with cancer. “Scarlett was allowed to go outside for this,” James said. “And it inspired me. Not just the moneyraising aspect, but kids helping other kids. I wanted to raise funds, but also raise awareness. I did my research, the government only spends four cents of every dollar raised for cancer research on pediatrics; 98 percent of the funds come from philanthropy,” she said.

Independent/Courtesy The Scarlett Fund Jennifer and Scarlett James at a Memorial Sloan Kettering event. The Scarlett Fund is a beneficiary of the Love Bites tasting event on January 20.

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“In a million years, I never thought my daughter would be diagnosed with cancer,” said Jennifer James. “It’s a diagnosis that changes everything about your life.” The Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was created by Jennifer and Robert James to support and raise awareness for pediatric cancer research in honor of their daughter Scarlett James, who was diagnosed in 2013 with T Cell lymphoma.

And the Scarlett Fund, along with Katy’s Courage, are the beneficiaries of Love Bites – a tasting event being held at The Muses in Southampton on Saturday, January 20. The event is honoring Brigid and Jim Stewart of Katy’s Courage, The Independent, and chef Rocco Dispirito. This is the third year that the Scarlett Fund has been among 28

the beneficiaries of Love Bites. “It’s so wonderful,” James lauded. “Everyone involved with putting on this event has been so supportive and enthusiastic. It really is a labor of love.” For the Jameses, it all started in 2013, when Scarlett was only six. “I was putting her to bed, on a normal Wednesday night,” James said. “I tucked her hair behind her ear, and I felt a bump, like a marble. There was more than one. I didn’t realize at the time that we have lymph nodes all over our skulls. Her lymph nodes were inflamed.”

From there, it was only a matter of days before Scarlett was undergoing chemotherapy. The Jameses’ story has a happy ending. Scarlett is now two years in remission, “back doing the things she loves – riding her pony, taking gymnastics.” But, James said, the road to this

point “was brutal. It was a very fastmoving cancer. From the moment of diagnosis, she never left the hospital. They literally hooked her up to chemo that night. And it was two years of treatments – no school, no birthday parties. It’s very hard to be a kid going through that,” James said. “We were some of the lucky ones,” she added. “I met so many people at Memorial Sloan Kettering, so many families that we became close to. It’s like a revolving door. And there are so many whose outcomes were not as positive as ours.” Tragically, local Katy Stewart was one of those outcomes.

But out of that heartbreak, Katy’s Courage was formed -- a notfor-profit organization honoring Katy, the inspirational 12-year-old East End girl who died from a rare form of pediatric liver cancer. The organization is dedicated to

“During her treatment, Scarlett had over 35 spinal taps. The treatment is brutal for anyone, but even more so for children. I made it my mission to find a cure – shorter and less toxic treatments.” So far, The Scarlett Fund has raised $1.9 million for pediatric cancer research, but they’ve done so much more. “We worked with schools – including East Hampton and Ross – having the kids make cards this season for children with cancer. Last year, we made and distributed 1000 cards, this past year, it was over 10,000,” she enthused. “It’s teaching a generation of children, that yeah, kids get cancer too. Getting the kids involved is so empowering.” Scarlett herself, even at only 11, is an advocate by her mother’s side. “She’s been right there with me – she speaks at hospitals to sick children, to show them that remission is possible, she speaks at schools to raise awareness.”

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Sweet Charities by Kitty Merrill Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@ Cabaret Night Head over to the First Presbyterian Church Session House in East Hampton Saturday night for a cabaret dinner. This feel-good, madcap evening will feature an array of sprightly singers including Barbara Borsack, Pember Edwards, Lee Michel, Maryann Squires, and Susan Ann Conklin, accompanied by house trio Jane Hastay, Peter Martin Weiss, and John Cataletto. Tickets ($35) include a sumptuous winter buffet by former Nick & Toni’s chef John Baron, desserts by pastry wizard Sigrid Benedetti. 6 PM. To reserve a ticket, call 631324-9737. Historical Dinner Support the Hampton Bays Historical Society and get a yummy feed on at the same time. On Sunday, January 21, from 4:30 to 9 PM the Villa Paul is the place for a benefit dinner. Tickets are $45 for adults, and $12 for kids. Takeout is available. Call 631-728-3261 or 631-728-0887 for tickets. Love Bites The annual Love Bites event will be held to benefit the Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering

and Katy’s Courage on January 20 at The Muses in Southampton from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. The preValentine multi-chef event will feature some of the best restaurants and caterers in the Hamptons with music by DJ Michael of East End Entertainment. The event will honor Brigid and Jim Stewart, The Independent newspaper, and lead chef Rocco DiSpirito. Chef chairperson is Peter Ambrose. Tickets start at $125. Visit www. or contact event coordinator Linda B. Shapiro at 631-725-2023. (See the article elsewhere in this week’s paper.) Psychic Night New Hope Rising presents an exciting evening with worldrenowned psychic medium Josephine Ghiringhelli. This fundraiser will be held Friday, February 9, at 230 Elm in Southampton. Doors open at 6 PM.

Admission is $50 and tickets can be purchased online at www.NHRPsychicNight. or $60 at the door. The evening includes buffet dinner, light dessert, and coffee/tea. Group reading with Josephine starts at 7:30 PM. Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle, too. New Hope Rising’s recovery

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housing, free community outreach program, and recovery and wellness center have helped hundreds of individuals and families on Long Island transform their lives in recovery.

New Hope Rising, Inc., founded in 2014, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All proceeds from this event will help support their mission to provide quality and care and services to individuals impacted by addiction. For additional event information or sponsorship opportunities, contact 631-3369990.


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January 10



Where To Catch The Playoff Game

By Nicole Teitler

The NFL Divisional Playoffs kickoff this weekend, as football fans grab their jerseys and clamor around the big screens. Saturday’s NFC Division is Philadelphia hosting Atlanta at 4:35 PM and AFC Division will be New England hosting Tennessee starting at 8:15 PM. Then there’s the Sunday games beginning at 1:05 PM with Pittsburgh hosting Jacksonville in the AFC division and 4:40 PM is the NFC Division Minnesota v. New Orleans.

Whoever your team may be, dig into some grub and drinks at these game day hosting establishments. Andy’s is the newcomer in town located on 34 Front Street in Greenport. Watch the game while diving into a homemade pickle jar, teacup corn dogs, or potato skin shooters. Better yet, build your own burger while correcting the refs on one of several flat-screen TVs. To learn more visit www. or call 631333-2525.

Smitty’s All-American Grill at 96 Main Road in Riverhead has gameday specials worth the playback. $6 for 10 boneless wings, $7 for eight jalapeño poppers, $.75 traditional wings, and a Sunday brisket burger for $10.95. Thirsty for more? Enjoy $4 drafts, $16 bottle buckets of any five beers, $4 shots, and $5 Bloody Marys or mimosas. For more information visit www. or call 631-998-4232.

Phil’s Restaurant, 1856 Wading River Manor Road in Wading River, has every touchdown on their 58 TVs. Drop in for NFL specials of half-priced apps and $3 drafts of Bud Light, Budweiser, Heineken, Miller Lite, and Sierra Sidecar. Visit or call 631-929-0508. Buckley’s Inn Between located on 139 West Montauk Highway

in Hampton Bays has two-forone appetizers at the bar all day. Choose from a list including beer-battered onion rings, their famous Buffalo wings, potato skins, marinated steak tidbits, and more, Visit their website at www. or call 631-728-7197.

Don’t forget about some local favorites. Southampton Publick House at 62 Jobs Lane in Southampton will be showing the game and providing bar favorites with their signature beers. Visit for the menu or call 631-283-2800. Things might

get rowdy between fans at Rowdy Hall at 10 Main Street in East Hampton; visit www.rowdyhall. com or call 631-324-8555.

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Indian Wells Tavern on 177 Main Street in Amagansett has something for every fan during the game. Dollar oysters, steak tacos, corn fritters, and chicken teriyaki potstickers, just to name a few. Sip on a Tennessee hot toddy, any version of a good ol’ “mule” (Irish, Moscow, Kentucky, name your city!), Meyer lemon cosmo or a blood orange margarita. More of a hops type? $6 pints on tap. Or, take your shot for $6 of Jameson Black Barrel, Baron Silver Tequila, or Diplomatico Rum Exclusive Reserva. Visit www. or call them at 631-267-0400 for more info. 31

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Guest Worthy Recipe: Elisa Costantini

By Zachary Weiss WHO: Elisa Costantini, author of Italian Moms Cooking INSTAGRAM: @ ItalianMomsCooking

CHEF CONSTANTINI’S GUEST WORTHY RECIPE: Caggionetti or Deep-Fried Chestnut Ravioli WHY?: “These little confections are certainly indulgent, but worth the splurge. Your guests will be wowed by these rarely seen treats, and while they take a while to make, they’re a treat that’s well worth the work.”

INGREDIENTS For the filling: ¼ c espresso coffee ½ c whiskey

Zest of one lemon

1.5 c almonds, roasted and crushed 1 c sugar

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 c mini chocolate chips, crushed

16 oz jar of dried chestnuts, crushed 1 tsp ground cinnamon For the dough: 3 c all-purpose flour 1 c white wine

½ c vegetable oil DIRECTIONS

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place almonds on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for four to six minutes until lightly golden. Once cooked, crush the almonds. In medium-size bowl combine all the filling ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands. You

can use a food processor or blender to crush the almonds, chestnuts, and chocolate chips. Refrigerate until ready to use

Preheat 3 cups of vegetable oil in a medium saucepan. Make a mound of flour and hollow out a well in the center. Add the wine and oil to the well and blend the flour with a fork. Once the flour and liquids have blended, begin to knead the dough to an even consistency. Roll the dough into a thin sheet with a pasta machine or lightly floured rolling pin. Put a tablespoon of the filling in the center of the dough leaving one inch between each drop of filling. Fold over the dough and cut with a wheel cutter, just like a ravioli. Press the ends tightly to avoid opening during frying Drop the pastry in the oil and fry each side for 30 seconds. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-covered wire rack for cooling. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar before serving.

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by Chef Joe Cipro

1 lb hanger or skirt steak 2 large carrots 2 zucchini

1 head of cabbage

1 Tbsp minced ginger

1 bunch of chopped cilantro 1 bulb of celery root 1 bunch scallion

Dressing ingredients: 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 oz soy sauce

2 Tbsp chopped ginger 1/4 c orange juice 1 tsp sesame oil 1 shallot

2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 1/2 c of vegetable oil Pinch of salt

Directions This salad is fairly easy to make, however the quality of the salad relies heavily on thin precision knife cuts of the vegetables. This recipe will be a good test of your knife skills in the kitchen, and,



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Sesame Ginger Steak Salad Ingredients (serves 4)

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that being said, you will need a mandolin food slicer to cut proper thin julienne (or long, thin sticklike cuts).

First you want your vegetables clean, so wash them and peel the ones that have skin, like carrots and celery root. Now carefully adjust your mandolin to a very thin setting and begin slicing the vegetables. Line up the pieces and finish the job with a chef knife. The result should be long, thin slices of vegetables. Mix all vegetables and herbs in a bowl and set aside.

Cut the steak into strips (always cut against the grain). Heat the grill and marinate the steak in a bit of soy sauce and some of the dressing you’ve made while the grill heats. You can mix the vegetable salad with the remaining dressing just before you put the steak on the grill because it will not take long to cook.

Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery Robert Bruey will perform live from 1:30 to 5:30 PM on Saturday and on Sunday, same time, it’s Bryan Gallo. Also, the winery will be hosting an art show reception and sale with Barbara Farchione on Saturday from 1 to 5 PM. www. Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

Plate the salad and top with the hot juicy steak and enjoy.

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Put all ingredients except the oil in your blender cup and blend on high slowly adding the oil and maybe just a bit of warm water to set the emulsion.

Joe Scollo will perform rock and pop covers from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday. On Sunday, same time, Nick Kerzner will heat things up with a different style. www. Martha Clara Vineyards The vineyard hosts a wedding open house on Saturday. Check out its Northville Barn, touted as a beautiful wedding venue. The Irish Coffee Pub and Riverhead Flower Shop will also be on hand. $10 admission gets you a light food pairing and a glass of wine. Visit the website for tickets. www. Diliberto Winery Save the date. From February 11 to March 25, Diliberto will be hosting a “Sundays with Grandma” from 1 to 3 PM. Reservations are available now. Pindar Vineyards From now until January 27, enjoy live music performances by Jen Kane from 1 to 5 PM in the Tasting Room.

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Breakfast At Tiffany’s

reservation they – wait for it – “golightly” on the serving sizes.

However, the iconic Blue Box celebration cake (which goes for $36) comfortably serves four people twice over, and promises to be the envy of Instagram. Covered in Tiffany Blue icing and a white chocolate bow, it is as much an indulgence as it is a bragging right.

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The iconic Fifth Avenue store’s cafe is akin to any other soughtafter cinematic ideal; optimistic in concept but just shy of expectation when dipped into reality. As the eatery was approaching its twomonth mark, the liquor license was set to arrive any day. Being able to sip a glass of champagne or wine would round out the alreadypicturesque moment. The prix fixe menu reads $29 for breakfast, $39 for lunch, and $49 for Tiffany tea, all ranging in an assortment of tastes. For an early meal the plated portions are suitable, yet for an evening


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January 10



by Kitty Merrill Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com. 1770’S WINTER DEALS Winter in the Hamptons is a big deal at the 1770 House in East Hampton. Each Thursday through April 19, in the casual downstairs tavern, $17.70 dishes include Chef Michael Rozzi’s signature turkey chili, chicken parmigiana-style, and fish & chips in addition to the 1770 House classic burger and meatloaf (regularly $25); and $9 wine and $5 beer selections. From Sunday to Thursday through April 19, except holidays, complementing nightly menus in the dining room and tavern, a $35 three-course prix fixe includes Rozzi’s popular a la carte dishes as well as $9 wine and $5 beer selections.

Among winter appetizers are spicy Montauk fluke tartare; local cauliflower soup with house-cured bacon and Sigit cheese; seared Hudson Valley foie gras; and salads such as golden beet with endive and charred broccolini with Wagyu beef. Main dish seletions include Scottish salmon with roasted cauliflower; braised veal cheeks with hon-shimeji mushrooms; marinated pork tenderloin with dried exotic fruits and a sage and walnut pesto; and American lamb loin with Taggiasca olives, saffron

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APPRECIATION HOURS Townline BBQ in Sagaponack is now offering happy hour during all hours of operation to police offers and first responders. All police officers and first responders must present their current badge or proper ID to the bartender on duty to receive the discount. A selection of happy hour items include halfpriced full pint cooler specials, $5 shots, beer and wine specials, $6.25 garbage fries, $5.50 TL nachos, $6 wings -- 6 per order -- choose your style, and $3 warm pretzel.

Independent / Courtesy WordHampton Public Relations Local farmer and writer Marilee Foster is the special guest at the next Artists & Writers Night at Almond.

executive chef Jason Weiner. The cost is $45, which includes a glass of local wine or craft beer and tax, gratuity is not included. Reservations

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January 10


my temple, I have people clean that By Rick Murphy for me.

would still be a better person than almost everybody else.


by Rick Murphy

Same Old New Year’s I’m not big on making New Year’s resolutions.

There was a time, when I was about 14, I made a big deal of it. In those days I would make silly vows like “I’m gonna play centerfield for the Yankees” or “I’m going to go steady with Brigitte Bardot.” These weren’t resolutions because they had no chance of coming true. They were wishes, like the kind you make when you blow the candles out on your birthday cake. I couldn’t play baseball for the Yankees, for example, because I didn’t have the necessary skill level. I wasn’t good enough. I was however, good enough for Brigitte Bardot, and she made the biggest

mistake of her life not hooking up with me.

The most common New Year’s resolutions according to a Marist University poll are “be a better person” and “lose weight,” which were tied. Are there any actual students who attend Marist University? If so, do they do anything besides make phone calls and ask people nosy questions?

Becoming a better person is a hard one to gauge. Does it mean make more money? Be nicer to others? Adopt a dog? I believe you could rob and pillage, curse and scream, and treat everyone with disdain every day of the year but if you got a date with Brigitte Bardot you

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Here is, literally, how you can double your points: become a better person and lose weight. USA Today recently did an article entitled “Are You a Good Person?” by Alia E. Dastiger. Without even reading it I ascertained some of the tips, like “Never read a newspaper you find on the floor by your hotel door” and “If someone we never heard of named ‘Alia’ wants to tell us how to be a better person she better have 12 apostles (or at least seven dwarves).” I do think she was a princess in one of the Star Wars movies, though.

Lots of people vow to give up drinking or smoking. I can remember people giving up drinking at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and being drunk by 4 AM. According to Time Magazine both are on the list of most-commonly BROKEN resolutions along with, among other things, “learn something new.”

I don’t make formal resolutions on New Year’s but that doesn’t mean I don’t make little, internal vows to myself that will result in my becoming a better person. For example, I vowed a few years ago not to do my Linda Blair Exorcist impersonation every time someone serves me pea soup, and I can assure you the people dining with me will be thankful I did. Suffice to say, my head really did rotate.

This is an interesting one. You have to wait the entire year to find out if you indeed broke the resolution because it’s possible on the last day of the year you could learn something new. In fact, I volunteer, for a small fee, to send you an email at 11:59 on December 31 stating something like “Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe.” Add bonus points if you listed “travel to new places” and subsequently take a trip there. And if you think Mugabe is a type of stew, by all means order it while you’re there but don’t try the Linda Blair thing in public. Zimbabwillingers get very upset by that (or are they called Hararians?).

Only this generation could take steak, lobster, shrimp, hot fudge sundaes, and pigs in a blanket OUT of their menu and replace them with soy, kale, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and edamame and then brag about it. They say they are “cleansing their temple.” I then offer to eat their filet mignons because I am convinced it makes me a better person -- to hell with

Here is the bottom line for me. I’m going to go the entire year without wasting your time by writing pointless, lame columns simply because I’m hungover the day after New Year’s and too lazy to come up with better material, and by doing so I will become a better person.

The most popular resolution over the last decade was to “eat better food.” This, in a nutshell, will be why history will remember millennials as the most ridiculous faddists in the history of the world.

Realbuzz lists “10 Unusual New Year’s Resolutions” because “most resolutions are always cliché and rather tedious.” Among them are “get your finances in order” and “do something nice for others.” Oh, so “not throwing up pea soup like Linda Blair” is a tedious cliché and these things aren’t?

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Drives Us Crazy

Todd Sarris, the venerable, if monosyllabic, one-time chief of East Hampton Town Police had sage advice for driving in the snow. Just three words: no sudden moves. If pressed, he’d eke out two more words: go slow.

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In the wake of last week’s cyclone snow bomb, it’s time for our annual snow-driving rant. Given that the Farmer’s Almanac, which accurately predicted last week’s storm in August, forecasts five more significant storms between now and the end of March, snow driving tips are warranted.

First off, before you even get behind the wheel, for the love of all that is holy, clean the snow off your car. Not just the windshield, not just the rear window, clean the whole car. You may be able to see well enough through just a tiny slice of windshield, but when chunks of snow fly off your roof into the windshield of the car behind you, that’s a type of snowblind nobody wants to experience. Also, it’s the law. Expect a fine if your roof isn’t cleared.

Once underway, heed the sage saying of the old Toddster: go slow. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go. Avoid tailgating or any maneuvers that could prompt the need to slam on the brakes. All the four-wheel drive in the world doesn’t help if you start to slide on ice. Be hyper-vigilant about other drivers around you.

We’re blessed with very hardworking and expert road crews on the East End. Let them do their jobs, and stay out of their way when the snow is falling. If they say “don’t go out,” don’t. Accidents and abandoned cars aplenty filled the news in the wake of Snow Bomb Grayson. A lot of frigid misery can be avoided if we acknowledge the power of Mother Nature and respect her wrath. Our Manipulated President Dear Editor,

President Trump continues to believe Putin’s comments and questions the US intelligence agencies’ analyses about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Trump does not want the validity of his election as President to be questioned, but his criticism of our intelligence agencies and the FBI poses a risk to national security. The new FBI director, Christopher Wray, is reassigning the top echelon in the FBI to Continued On Page 38.

Ed Gifford But you’re tied with Fantasy Baseball for third place.

Sometimes I think you love your Fantasy Football more than me!

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purge it of agents whom Trump dislikes, and it is quite similar to the operations of past and current foreign despotic rulers. Trump, and the country, have to rely on our intelligence agencies and the FBI to provide information on our adversaries in the world. If the agencies do not trust the President, they might be adversely affected in doing their jobs. I heard that morale takes a hit at the agencies every time Trump criticizes them. Trump is disrupting our intelligence agencies and the FBI.

Unfortunately, Russia, China, and other countries know that Trump likes to be flattered, which they are happy to do in order to receive favorable treatment by our insecure President. Our adversaries in the world are manipulating Trump to obtain concessions, and our national security is in jeopardy.

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The East Hampton Community Council would like to thank Peter Honerkamp, Tammi Kennedy, and the wonderful staff at The Stephen Talkhouse for their generosity in organizing and facilitating our toy drive. They gave the gift of Christmas to children in need in our community. We would also like to thank all that donated or gave a gift – your giving spirit helped each child have a special holiday!

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Manhattan Sales According to Jonathan Miller, author of Elliman’s quarterly market reports, empirical evidence exists that Wall Street is very curious about the implications of the new tax law. The coverage of Elliman’s fourth quarter NYC market had a record amount of readers, Miller said.

The numbers don’t lie. It was the first time in seven quarters the average sales price fell below $2 million, and though the median sales price edged higher for the third consecutive quarter, it was primarily driven by resales. Sales activity for the Manhattan housing market was at the lowest fourth quarter total in six years. Pace of the fall market cooled as market participants awaited the housing-related terms of the new federal tax law.

Buyers continued to hold firm, forcing sellers to meet the asking price. About 90 percent of sales are at or above $5 million. Homeowners Are Remodeling More The expected tenure of homeowners in a home continues to increase, according to the latest profile of home buyers and sellers published by Last year, the

Independent / Courtesy Sales in Manhattan have finally leveled off.

expected tenure was 12 years -- this year, it jumped to 15. And, with tightened inventory in many markets, people are staying put in their homes for longer. As a result, remodeling one’s current home is an increasingly popular option for those who want their dream home, but are unable or unwilling to move.

The 2017 Remodeling Impact report shows that remodeling can bring more enjoyment to a home, and that certain projects have high

returns both in terms of the joy they bring to the homeowner, as well as the amount of expenses that are recouped when the home is sold.

The projects that yield the most joy and recoup the most expenses might come as a surprise. According to a REALTOR poll, the number one project is a complete kitchen renovation. The top reason homeowners renovate the kitchen is for better functionality and livability,

according to 44 percent of respondents. When the project is completed, 91 percent of respondents have both a greater desire to be in the home and have a greater sense of enjoyment when they are at home. Overall, a kitchen renovation receives a 10 out of 10 joy score and REALTOR estimates that approximately 62 percent of the estimated cost can be recovered at resale.

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However, “as bad as it got, we still had so many happy times,” James reminisced. “We only had one option, that was to get better.” For more information about the Scarlett Fund, visit www.

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Love Bites will be held on January 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Ticket prices range from $125 to $1000. A snow date is set for Saturday, January 27.

Along with honorary chef Rocco Dispirito, who, James said, “was an angel when Scarlett was sick – he made her food she could eat that was healthy,” Peter Ambrose heads an all-star Hamptons lineup for foodies featuring Khayyan Spanish Specialty Imports, Pig Beach, Elegant Affair, Old Stove Pub, Bell & Anchor, Smokin’ Wolf, Golden Pear, Saaz Indian, the Seafood Shoppe, POPUP Conceptual Catering by Design, Insatiable Eats, Buoy One, Erica’s Rugelach, Sag Harbor Bake Shop, Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake, and Dreesen’s Donuts. On the beverage side of things, there’s Hampton Coffee Company,

The 2018 East Hampton Library winter film festival kicks off Sunday with a screening of Bad Lucky Goat, a film from Colombia in Creole with English subtitles. After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father’s truck, two incompatible teenage siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation.

Films will be screened at the East Hampton Library at 2 PM on Sunday. All screenings are free. Reservations can be made at www., or by calling 631324-0222 ext. 3, or at the adult reference desk. The Opera House Guild Hall presents a screening of The Opera House on Saturday at 1 PM.

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The Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton is hosting its annual community breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday from 10 to 11 AM inside the Morris Meeting Room. The program will feature a musical

offering and a short talk by Fr. Patrick Edwards of St. John’s Episcopal Church, who will speak of Dr. King’s ministry, prophecy, and sacrifice. Registration is required. Space is limited with a maximum of three spaces per patron. The doors will open at 9:45 AM.

The East End Voters Coalition is hosting a celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street, on Sunday from 3 to 5 PM. Guest speaker is newly-elected Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 631-369-4642.

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are 35 or older. And those who are married or have children make up over 40 percent of minimum-wage workers.

Additionally, it’s important to note that increased wages lead to a stronger economy. Of the 13 states that raised their minimum wage in 2014, 12 saw employment growth. When employees believe they are being adequately compensated for their hard work, businesses see better productivity and decreased turnover. And consumers have more money in their pockets to buy goods and services, boosting demand and creating jobs.

A higher minimum wage also acknowledges the very real problem of rising inequality in America. In 1965, CEOs made 20 times more than the average worker. In 1989, they made 59 times more. Today, CEOs make 271 times more than the average worker. “Clearly, there is something deeply wrong with our economic system, and the problem is only going to be exacerbated by the federal tax plan that transfers wealth from the poor and middle class to the rich and corporations. It’s imperative that we continue the fight to level the playing field and combat income inequality,” Thiele stated. Economic grants in area State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. today announced that the East End would benefit from the economic development grants

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recently announced by Governor Cuomo through the Regional Economic Development Councils.

Governor Cuomo announced more than $755 million in grants through the State’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils. Long Island was named one of the Council’s five “Top Performers” being awarded $84.3 million for 98 projects throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties. Thiele stated that there are a number of projects in which the 1st Assembly District will benefit.

The Peconic Land Trust will receive a total of $2, 821, 828, with about $2.3 million set aside for Regional Aquifer Protection Land Acquisition and the remaining $500,000 for the State’s Grown and Certified Grant Program. The Sag Harbor Partnership will receive $1.4 million for the Sag Harbor Cinema project. Additional Sag Harbor entities that will receive monies include Sag Harbor Village, which will receive $550,000 for the rehabilitation of Long Wharf, and Sag Harbor Industries, Inc. which will receive $27,123 for solder and ISO skills training. Local tourism and recreation projects will also see a boost from the funding as well. The East End Tourism Alliance will receive $187,000 for craft beverage promotion weekends, the Long Island Wine Council will receive $150,000 for a wine tourism marketing project, and Southampton Town will receive $26,000 for the Riverside Maritime Trail, and the Village of Westhampton Beach will receive $56,250 for its local waterfront revitalization program.

Westhampton Beach will additionally receive $30,000 for a sewer system for Moniebogue Bay and Manna Fish Farms, Inc., $250,000 for the second phase of an aquaculture project.

Thiele explained, “These economic development grants represent a major commitment by the State of New York to take the lead in creating jobs and improving the economy. I am pleased that Long Island was chosen for such substantial funding and that the businesses and communities in my district will benefit.”


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for essentially limitless growth. We knew once we planted our flag at the [Hampton Business District] we would be here to stay.”

The Brewery will join neighbors Tate’s Bakery, AC Lighting and Electric, and Carrier Enterprises, which already have space in the park. County officials signed off on a deal in 2009 with Rechler Equity Partners for a 40-year lease to redevelop a 55-acre swath of the airport -- long seen as an underutilized property that could prove a source of extra revenue for the county -- into a business and technology park to bring jobs to the area. The company was expected to pay $38 million in rent over the course of its lease. Ground was broken on the project and the first tenant, AC Lighting and Electric, signed their lease in 2014. The park contains 440,000 square feet of space for businesses ranging from small to large across nine separate buildings.

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Mitchell Rechler stated he and his cousin-partner, Gregg, are “very pleased” to welcome the brewers to the park. “This long-term lease provides the company with the space needed to begin their journey right here in Westhampton and the opportunity to expand their operations without ever having to leave the [Hampton Business District],” Rechler stated. County Legislator Bridget Fleming, whose district includes the airport, said it was exciting to hear of a local company moving into the park, following in the footsteps of Tate’s Bakery, which started out as a small company in Southampton. It doesn’t hurt that the Westhampton Beach Brewing Company has the capacity to start out small and grow at the same location; both are components of what was originally envisioned for the park.

“It’s that kind of long-term thinking that we want to continue to work on to make sure our economy will thrive in the future,” Fleming said. “I am pleased to see it come to fruition.”

Friends since eighth grade, Sckipp and Salvaggio, who are formerly of Sherwood Vineyards in Jamesport, decided to follow their passion and start a brewery of their own in November 2016. The duo decided to team up with another long-time friend, Tedesco, and DeTurris, a master brewer formerly of John Harvards Brew House in Lake Grove whom brought along some creative ideas and innovative recipes, and their passion became reality. The partners plan to give back to the community and create special brews where a portion of the proceeds go to support police and military related charities.

“The principals of Westhampton Beach Brewing Company have lived in this area for years and really enjoy the East End lifestyle,” Sckipp said. “Our time spent on the beach and taking advantage of everything this beautiful community has to offer inspired our product and fueled our desire to create something special. Now with all the ingredients in place, the only thing left for us to do is start brewing.”

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Independent / Courtesy Tuckahoe School On December 21, Tuckahoe students and families came together at the family assembly to celebrate the holiday season. Students welcomed Santa with a whole school sing along.

grandmother to two Tuckahoe students. They also brought holiday cheer to Debbie Goodale’s mother. Debbie Goodale is a retired teacher from Tuckahoe. On Thursday, Independent / Courtesy Riverhead Schools Fourth graders at Riley Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District recently participated in a yearbook cover design contest.

Riverhead Schools Ten Riverhead Central School District fourth graders have been named finalists in Riley Avenue Elementary School’s annual yearbook cover contest.

As part of the contest, overseen by student council adviser and art teacher Melissa Haupt, all fourth graders were asked to sketch designs for the cover of the 2018 yearbook. Submissions were narrowed down to 10, and now all fourth graders have the opportunity

to vote for their favorite cover. The school’s PTA will select the final design from a pool of three finalists. The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to the student-artists. Tuckahoe School Eighth graders did some holiday caroling on Friday, December 22, 2017. They visited five homes and the Hamptons Center.

December 21st, Tuckahoe students and families came together at the family assembly to celebrate the holiday season. Students welcomed Santa with a whole school singalong.


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from? “Definitely from my dad and my 20 years of playing soccer,” Fulcoly said. “My dad is 65 and trains for triathlons every single day. Knowing how to work hard physically has made it a lot easier for me to buckle down and work hard mentally to achieve the results I want with my business.”

You would think the average 23-year-old male spends about as much time gaming and sleeping as he does doing anything else. But then Jordan Fulcoly of Long Island Social is anything but average.

“I don’t have any hobbies,” said the Baiting Hollow native. “My brother goes kayaking, fishing, dirt biking. I just go to the beach, or sit in my basement, and brainstorm business ideas.” He said that he always, since his early tweens, planned on starting his own company – he just didn’t know what it would be. Fulcoly, a self-styled entrepreneur, started Long Island Social to help local businesses in Eastern Suffolk with their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Starting a social marketing agency was not what Fulcoly intended to do when he graduated from SUNY Geneseo in May of 2016 with a degree in mathematics. He was on the path to financial advisorship, but the job didn’t stick. “I’m the luckiest man in the world because that job didn’t pan out,” he said.

“A very smart man, Ty Lopez, who got famous for reading a book a day, said that if he were a college student today who wanted to start a business, he would do social media marketing, because it’s just something young people know how

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to do, and there are zero start-up costs as well,” Fulcoly said. “But also, it’s great to help businesses in this community. With my first client, I offered to do the work for free, to see if the concept would work. Even though I knew my work had value, I didn’t want to take anybody’s money until there were proven results.”

There were. Ask the dozen businesses, and growing, that Fulcoly promotes, mostly on the North Fork, including Long Island Sports Park, Holy Schmitt’s Horseradish, and Clientology Salon. He also works part time for Holy Schmitt’s, helping to expand the product into different venues and working farmers markets up and down the island


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“I am probably the best horseradish salesman in the world!” said the Riverhead High School graduate with a laugh. “I love the product way too much.” He has recently partnered up with Chaga Island (full disclosure, this reporter is a part owner) and is assisting in marketing the bottled medicinal mushroom beverage to stores in Suffolk, Nassau, and points west.

Fulcoly is committed to this area. “I’m attached to the East End; I can’t live without my beaches,” he said. “There’s also just such a great economy out here. People love their North Fork and Hamptons brands so there’s a lot of opportunity to create a local product or service that competes with big name brands.”

Fulcoly believes that failure is a part of growth – wise for someone so young. “You can’t learn the really important lessons if you’re scared of failure,” he said.

And, he said, you need to dream big. “Anybody can start a business,” he said. “Just find a way to help people. If you are 14 and all you do is play video games, start a YouTube channel and make some friends online, then offer training sessions for $5. You have to just go for it, don’t overthink things, and be prepared to fail along the way.” Where does he see himself in the future? “It’s tough to say where I’ll be in five years,” he responded. “If you asked me that a year ago I would have told you I’d be a financial advisor. I would definitely like to have separate North Fork and South Fork offices and strong teams operating out of each office.”

But, he said, “no matter where my business goes, I’m going to be happy because I’ve learned so much and formed so many amazing business relationships.” To find out more, visit www.


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Historic Bridge

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

Shelter Island’s Ransome Japanese Bridge has been listed to the State’s Register of Historic Places.

This bridge is one of only two known surviving bridges built by Ernest L. Ransome, a pioneer in reinforced concrete construction, and has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. The 60-foot-long red and white bridge was reportedly built in the early 20th century and is located on Clark’s Cove at Presdeleau, the

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former summer estate of Francis Marion Smith. He is remembered as “the Borax King,” for being a leader in mining and the marketing of Borax, a whitening agent used in cleaning detergents and cosmetics. Ransome designed two refineries for Smith so that the miner could expand the processing of raw minerals that formed the Borax product. That business association extended to the private domain when Ransome built the bridge with reinforced concrete.

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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 winterfest With the registration period ending on Monday, it’s time to sign up now for the 11th annual Winterfest on the East End. Representing everything from wineries, restaurants, and hotels, to performing arts, art galleries, and retail businesses, the event will offer live music performances and much more. Apply for online registration at to the new world and beyond The Shelter Island Public Library will be once again hosting its free movie night Tuesday at 7 PM with a screening of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe. At the height of the Napoleonic Wars of the 19th century, one British ship was pushed to its limits in pursuit of a French warship. This is one of many events available at the

Shelter Island Public Library and for a complete calendar, visit www. Ballet at the landing The Peconic Landing Community Center in Greenport will be showing an HD recording of the live performance of the Bolshoi Ballet at 3 PM on Sunday. It is $20 per person and the center requests that all attendees RSVP at http:// from dreams to actions This Saturday, come down to the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering to make a positive environmental change. Volunteers will be helping to clear invasive species as well as maintaining nature trails. Community service hours are available and volunteers will work from 1 to 2:30 PM.



In last week’s coverage of the inauguration of Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith, The Independent listed the venue incorrectly. The ceremony was held in the Howard Hovey auditorium at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead, not the Howard Hovey school.

Additionally, Jens-Smith will preside over a female majority, with three women and two men on the

town board. Like the supervisor, freshman Councilwoman Catherine Kent is a Democrat, but veteran Councilwoman Jodi Giglio is a Republican and joins fellow GOP board members Timothy Hubbard and James Wooten. Indy reported there would be a Democratic majority on the board, but it’s actually a female majority that’s an historic first. The Independent regrets the errors.

Making History

By Peggy Spellman Hoey

The Southold Historical Society is hosting a community roundtable at the Ann Currie-Bell House in Southold on January 17 at 6 PM to select photographs of local wineries for a visual essay telling the history of the wine industry on the East End. The visual essay is funded by a grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, which enabled the historical society to hire David Benthal, a local professional photographer, to visit the wineries and capture their history through his camera lenses.

Participants can share their memories and any artifacts/ documents about the wine industry, which will become a part of the visual essay as well as an exhibition that will be on display at the historical society June to October of this year. Registration is required. A light

dinner will be served. Please call 631-765-5500 to register, or email Karen Lund Rooney, executive director, at

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personnel recovery capabilities for the theater,” he said.

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Completion of the final phase qualifies airmen as Pararescue Recovery Specialists for assignment to any pararescue unit worldwide and they are presented with the maroon beret according to the United States Air Force Pararescue website.

James graduated in June, 2009. After 10 months with the 106th he was sent to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Operation New Dawn) for five months. “I flew with Navy medevac for two months and the second two-and-a-half months I provided

He returned home to continue training – ice climbing, technical rope rescue, search and recovery dive training, back country skiing, and high surf training in Hawaii for a week to practice driving boats and jet skis in giant waves. The watercraft can be dropped out of the back of an aircraft followed by paratroopers who jump into the open ocean.

In the fall of 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. While Red Cross helicopters would have to wait for an armed escort, their helicopters and the pararescuemen were armed.

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“We would fly three to four missions per day. There was a lot of bad stuff, a lot of amputations – very traumatic injuries from pressure plate IEDs,” he said. “We worked together as a team to give the best treatment possible. Everyone around us having the same experiences helped us to cope.”

In the fall 2012, James was deployed to Afghanistan again, where things were even more intense. “The year prior we picked people up for belowthe-knee amputation. The following year I wouldn’t consider that a severe injury. We would put on a tourniquet,” he said. “This year there were more severe injuries like really

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He was going on four years living out of a bag and that didn’t stop until about three years ago. In the midst of his deployments and training, James married fellow 106th Staff Sergeant Lauryn Armusewicz. The Hampton Bays couple has two boys: James, three, and Sean, who is one. Two more deployments followed the marriage, both to the Horn of Africa and both for 60 days, to provide personnel recovery capabilities.

When Hurricane Harvey’s record rainfall and catastrophic flooding hit, he flew to Texas and had to drive across the state to Fort Hood, where the rest of the 106th was deployed. The day after arriving, they went out at first light to survey the damage around the suburbs of Houston in HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters. “We had three helicopters flying with two pararescuemen on each one, looking for people who were stranded in floodwater. On my helicopter we did 19 rescues the first day, all by hoist. The victims were on their roofs and hanging out of second-story windows,” he said.

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Sometimes they would get a call and sometimes they would find the victims by chance. “We saw a guy waving and pointing across the street. They were fine but they were trying to direct our attention to something else, an elderly woman in the second story of her home. We had to hoist down because there were trees and power lines all over.” James told his partner to swim over and threw him a rope to hold onto. He climbed on top of the roof from the top of an SUV, broke the window, and recovered the woman. “It’s really tough because you don’t always have the answers and know that person’s situation. We reassure them that we are going to do everything in their best interest,” he explained.

The rest of the week he was with a fellow pararescueman in zodiac boats driving around flooded suburban towns looking for people and pets. The 106th Rescue Wing rescued more than 500 people trapped in floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

James is the Junior Vice Commander (third in command) at VFW Post 5350 in Westhampton Beach.

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Strictly Business Compiled by Peggy Spellman Hoey Lindenbaum nominated for BNB board post Bridge Bancorp announced late last month that Matthew Lindenbaum, principal of Basswood Capital Management, LLC, has been nominated by the board of directors to stand for election as a director at the next annual meeting of shareholders in May 2018. Lindenbaum previously served as a director of Community National Bank acquired by BNB in June 2015.

“Matthew has been a significant shareholder of the company for several years and was offered a board position in connection with the CNB acquisition. While he declined at the time, the board is pleased to announce his nomination for directorship today. His knowledge of our company and considerable experience as both a director and investor in community banking make him an excellent director candidate,” said Kevin M. O’Connor, Bridge Bancorp president and chief executive officer. The company also announced that BNB received approval of its application with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to remain a member of the Federal Reserve System. “We are excited to receive all regulatory approvals associated with our conversion to a New York chartered commercial bank and look forward to operating under our new name, BNB Bank, in 2018 and beyond,” O’Connor said. New BRANCH MANAGER For Suffolk Federal Suffolk Federal recently welcomed Vincent Hardalo as branch manager of the credit union’s Southampton branch. In this position, Hardalo is responsible for developing new business relationships in conjunction with

meeting credit union goals of increased membership, and loan and deposit growth. He manages all branch operations, performs regular analysis of production and sales data, and participates in local community affairs. Hardalo additionally provides leadership through coaching and support of all branch personnel in order to accomplish superior sales and service objectives.

“In his five years at Suffolk Federal, Vincent has shown exemplary leadership skills and we are confident that his expertise will help to further advance the overall success of the credit union,” said Ralph D. Spencer, Jr., president and CEO of Suffolk Federal. “He provides a wealth of financial knowledge to all of our membership and we welcome the Southampton community to visit with Vincent for their financial needs.”

Hardalo, who previously served as a banker at Citizens Bank in Holbrook, started off as financial services representative with Suffolk Federal in 2012 and three years later was promoted to assistant branch manager.

Suffolk Federal also announced it joined with the Flanders, Riverside, North Hampton Civic Association, Riverside Rediscovered, Truth Community Church, and the Women of the Moose Riverhead Chapter in contributing pre-school supplies to the Southampton Head Start program in Riverside. The contribution will allow the program to utilize more of its resources for groceries, books, and other classroom supplies. “As a member of FRNCAs networking group, I’m continuously impressed with the effort that this group puts forth to bring the community together,” said Debra Castro, Riverhead branch manager, Suffolk Federal.

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Wedding Workshop Weekend Save the date for a wedding workshop weekend -- highlighting wedding planning resources -- at the Southampton Inn January 27 and 28.

Throughout the weekend attendees can see the best of local vendors at a special showcase, hear about the latest trends at seminars, and enter to win prizes including a $5000 custom designed gown, designed by Stitch-Southampton. Vendor exhibits are $35 couple and $20 per person; additional lodging at Southampton is $100 per couple. Tickets are available for overnight packages at $225 per couple, but there are day-tripper rates at $95 per couple and $50 per person. The event is sponsored by NorthFork/SouthFork Weddings, the Southampton Historical Museum, the Southampton Inn, and Insatiable Eats. For more information, visit www., email, or call 631-606-0198. Winter Deals at Hamptons Gym Hamptons Gym Corp, which has locations in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Southampton, is offering special-priced memberships -- memberships are $299, but $249 if you register online -- through Memorial Day. College students, who are under 21 with valid college ID, can join the gym for $49 through January 31. Four-packs of personal training sessions can be purchased for $199 before Monday. For more

Independent / Suffolk Federal courtesy photo Suffolk Federal welcomed Vincent Hardalo as the new branch manager of the credit union’s Southampton location.

details, visit the new website www. or call 631725-0707. EH Chamber Debuts at Times Travel Show The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce is calling on its members for information to display at its debut booth in The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center January 26 through 28. Chamber members are invited to attend the event at no cost, however, there is a limited amount of free tickets, so interested parties who would like to attend with their business, or just to explore, can contact Steve Ringel by emailing Steven@



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Fireworks in January? Very much so -- Saturday at the Southampton High School gym, as a matter of fact. That was the scene of an epic bombing raid courtesy of Joaliyah Ervin, a heretofore little-used


Wyandanch guard who filled the sky with rainbow-inducing longrange missiles all afternoon.

When the smoke cleared eight three-pointers had dropped through the cords, a school record, and Ervin had herself 33 points as the Lady Warriors knocked off the Lady Mariners 65-44.

Ervin isn’t usually even the focal point of the Wyandanch offense -- that honor goes to Moneasia McCloud, the fifth-highest scorer in Suffolk this season. McCloud settled for scoring 21 and recorded a mind-boggling 27 rebounds. Nonetheless, the overmatched home team hung on for a half,

falling behind by 13. A 22-6 third quarter run by the visitors sealed the Mariners’ fate.

Taylor Pike scored 20 and Ishanti Gumbs had 17 points for the locals, 1-6 in League VI. They play at Shoreham Wading River tomorrow at 4 PM. Wyandanch is 3-3.

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Sports Add Mercy to the list of League VIII contenders. The Lady Monarchs, playing at home, gave defending Class B Long Island Champion Mattituck all the Tuckers could handle before succumbing 40-36 on January 3.

The Lady Tuckers used a secondquarter run to establish control but Giana Santacroce (15 points and four treys) brought the home team back with her three-point shooting as Mattituck uncharacteristically went cold.

In the end it was -- naturally -- the Tuckers’ all-state leading scorer Liz Dwyer who provided the steady hand. She finished with a game high 19 points. Mattituck moved to 6-0 in league play and 8-2 overall. Mercy (6-5 overall) dropped its first League VIII loss after four victories. Pierson is also 4-1 (7-3 overall).

It all sets up a critical week, especially for early January. The Lady Whalers play at Mercy today (4 PM); Mattituck gets Center Moriches at home (5:45 PM). Riverhead would like nothing better than a berth in the Suffolk Class AA tournament; the trouble is the Lady Waves, competing in League II, play a cutthroat schedule.

Consider on January 2, when the locals had to take on Whitman on the road. The Lady Warriors are an unremarkable 6-5 on the season, but look closer at the schedule: the team suffered losses against powerhouses Half Hollow Hills East and St. John the Baptist.

Riverhead played tough through a half that ended deadlocked at 36 and was in it until the last minute before they ran out of chances, 7266. Faith Johnson-DeSilvia, the diminutive Riverhead guard, put on a show en route to 26 points and several highlight-film quality passes. Kim Logon added 15 for the losers. DeSilvia cracked the top 20 list of Suffolk’s leading scorers leading with an 18 points-per-game average. Riverhead, which dropped to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in league play, hosts Bay Shore (0-2, 0-9) Friday at 4:40 PM and Northport (8-2, 3-0) on Saturday.

Southampton fell to Wyandanch at home Saturday. Taylor Pike (2), one of the team’s high scorers; Ayanna Ray (14) drives through the lane; Amira Nation (5) jostles for a rebound. Independent / Gordon M. Grant


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By Rick Murphy

Bees Win, Mariners Crush Bays

Forget the winless no-league portion of their schedule. The Bridgehampton Killer Bees won their league opener on January 3 and did it in Southold, never one of the team’s favorite gyms. Part of the plan going in was to get to the ball to JP Harding, who is just coming around after an appendectomy. The junior, a fourth team small schools all-state

selection last year, led all scorers with 23 points and 15 rebounds in Bridgehampton’s League VIII opener.

Elijah White, a sophomore (The Independent mistakenly identified him as a junior last week), who has been asked to do the brunt of the scoring, added 16 points and more importantly handed out nine assists. William Walker played his best game of the season, nailing three treys en route to 13 points.

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The Bees, 1-0 in League VIII (1-6 overall), play at Ross school Friday evening at 6. The Settlers (0-1, 0-8), also in the throes of a rebuilding year, play at Pierson Friday. Tip off is 6:30 PM. Greenport, the League VIII favorite, won its league opener January 3 by blitzing Smithtown Christian 100-31. Ahkee Anderson of the Porters led all scorers with 24 points and added 13 more assists to his rapidly growing resume. Julian Swann added 20 points and Tyrus Smiley had 18 points. A day earlier Nick Thomas’s Red Devils upset the Porters in the

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Riverhead opened the new year with a bang, knocking off powerful Whitman at home 58-43. Cir’rus Davender scored 15 points to lead the Blue Waves (2-0 in Suffolk II). Quashiem Miller added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Cristian Pace had 11 points and five assists. The locals, 1-0 in League VI, play at Bay Shore tomorrow evening at 5:45.

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by Nicole Teitler

Where to Catch Some Snow The Bomb Cyclone of 2018 showed us Long Islanders just how tough we really are. All that snow had me thinking one thing, getting my butt on a mountain.

As a beginner skier, I couldn’t tell you the last time I pizza-sliced my way down the slopes. But as the saying goes, if you can ski in the Northeast you can pretty much ski anywhere. As I strapped in my boots and essentially iceskated down trails in five-degree weather (out of all weekends to pick), I concluded my trip wanting more. Likely because I took a refresher lesson and didn’t fall once -- success!

If you’re craving a day, or easy weekend, on the mountain, here are places to hit the slopes all within a four-hour drive, using Riverhead as a point of reference. Shawnee Mountain gets a lot of smack talk by more experienced boarders, but for a beginner I can’t imagine an easier place to go. A three-hour-and-15-minute drive away, it’s a great day trip in East Stroudsburg, PA. Twentythree trails, 10 lifts, and all-day lift tickets starting at $50 on weekends. I stayed at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort only three miles down the road with an indoor pool and brewery on the grounds. Visit www.shawneemt. com.

Blue Mountain is roughly four hours away, located in Palmerton in the Pocono Mountains. Boasting the highest vertical in Pennsylvania, they have 39 trails and 16 lifts for various level of ski and snowboarders. For beginners, enjoy the largest beginner terrain in the area. For those seeking a thrill, Challenge and Razor’s Edge runs are 3000 feet of double black diamond. An eight-hour

lift ticket on weekends starts at $57, night tickets 4 to 10 PM on weekends start at $35. Visit www.

Closer to three-and-a-half hours away is the more popular Camelback Mountain in Tannersville, PA. For a true family-friendly experience, it has the biggest snowtubing park in America, in addition to being called the best place for beginners to learn. It has 37 trails, the majority of them being the easier ones, ranging to extremely difficult, with 16 lifts. Weekend lift tickets start at $49 for all day or $39 3 PM to close. Visit www.

Want a full weekend at one price? Head to Jack Frost and Big Boulder, in White Haven, PA. Roughly three hours and 45 minutes away, these two mountains are owned by the same company making it the ultimate two-for-one deal. Jack Frost, the bigger mountain, has 20 trails and nine lifts, open 9 AM to 4 PM in comparison to its more adventurous brother, Big Boulder, with 16 trails and eight lifts, open 3 to 9 PM. Jack Frost is for all levels of snow seekers whereas Big Boulder devotes 50 percent of its grounds to those needing a thrill in its terrain park. Lift tickets on weekends start at $60 for adults for a single day, both mountains. Visit Back in New York, Windham Mountain is three hours and 50 minutes away, in the northern Catskill Mountains, but has an impressive 54 trails, 12 lifts, and six terrain parks, with night skiing across 50 acres. Weekend lift tickets start at $68 for youth. Visit www.windhammountain.


Hunter Mountain in Hunter, New York is three-and-ahalf hours away with 58 trails and 12 lifts. The mountain is strategically divided into 30 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced, and 10 percent expert terrains, making it an allencompassing place to be for the various levels in a group. With the last lift at 4 PM, it’s good to get there early. Lift tickets start at $66 on weekends. Visit www. Lastly, Mohawk Mountain in

Cornwall, CT is a mere three hours away with 25 trails and eight lifts. Weekend lift rates begin at $27 after 4 PM and $56 for all day. Though many people bypass this location as a place to have winter fun, Mohawk Mountain Ski Area was the first place in the world to use artificial snow back in 1952 (thank its founder, Walt Schoenknecht). Visit

Happy snow season. Be safe, wear a helmet. In omnia paratus! Follow me on Instagram & Facebook @NikkiOnTheDaily or email your comments to

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Manning Impressive Charles Manning Jr., who led the Bridgehampton Killer Bees to a New York State Class D title, is having an impressive season for Florida Southwestern State University, a JUCO school. The Buccaneers currently sport a 14-1 mark and Manning has emerged as one of the go-to players as the team has climbed to a #3 regional ranking.

The 6’ 5” guard, who only recently turned 19, is averaging 14 points, six rebounds, two-and-a-half steals, and two assists, and is shooting a sizzling 54.5 percent from the field.

The Bucs have a 10-man rotation and the starters only average 12-13 minutes per game. power squadron courses The United States Power Squadron safe boating courses and seminars will be held all over the East End in the coming months. The next will be at the Southampton Senior Center on Ponguogue Avenue in Hampton Bays on February 6 at 7 PM. Another will be held at the same location March 7. There is one in Riverhead on May 2. The complete list of locations can be accessed at 55

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Not responsible for typographical errors. Subject to Inventory Depletion All Prices expire 1/24/18

Hampton Bays Town Center (Next to King Kullen) • 46 East Montauk Highway


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