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LETTER TO OUR READERS From Ronald Perelman

am a firm believer in tradition and history, and preserving the qualities that make our community so strong. I believe a community is best served by having several local newspapers and a vibrant press, offering an array of viewpoints and perspectives. The Independent, part of the oldest family of newspapers on the East End along with the Traveler Watchman, has long stood for comprehensive coverage of local news, arts, and community activities. I have been friends with Jerry Della Femina for decades and I am thrilled that we came together to ensure The Independent can continue to operate and flourish. As the paper’s new owner, I am absolutely committed to supporting The Independent’s mission with a continued focus on covering local news and events while enhancing and expanding the paper’s focus and coverage of the vibrant local arts, culture, dining, social scene and real estate. I also believe a newspaper can serve its community in addition to

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covering it. The Independent will be launching a new section that will prominently feature local community service, charity and not-for-profit work to help promote ways local residents can support our community. Our readers can look forward to a beautifully redesigned paper and website launching Memorial Day, as well as many exciting new contributors. Jim Mackin and his extraordinary team will be staying on with the paper. For my family and me, there are few places we love and cherish as much as East Hampton and the entire East End of Long Island. We have been a part of this community for more than 30 years, spending year after year, season after season, enjoying our community’s beauty, arts and culture, and most of all, all of our great friends here. We are going to preserve, invest in and grow The Independent to deliver the East End’s go-to paper, one that showcases all that we love about our community. Sincerely, Ronald Perelman


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Katy’s Smile Continues To Shine By Nicole Teitler

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The community will be out in full force when the annual Katy’s Courage 5K returns to Sag Harbor for its seventh year on Saturday. Katy’s Courage was founded in 2012 and honors Katy Stewart. Katy was a 12-year-old girl from Sag Harbor who passed away in 2010 from a rare form of pediatric liver cancer. Katy’s memory lives on through fundraisers, like the 5K, which are a testament to her passion for the outdoors. “[Katy] had a real empathy for so many other people,” Katy’s father, James Stewart, described. “She was bright, funny, and very loving.” The scenic 5K will offer attendees a flat course with some small hills. The run/walk boasts a crowd of over 1000 participants navigating the streets of Sag Harbor with stunning views the harbor. Over the past several years, the not-for-profit organization has dedicated itself to education, research, and grief support for families on the East End. This year, net proceeds will go towards local scholarships and to supporting the partnership with Katy’s Kids @

CMEE, the Children’s Museum of the East End’s Center for Grieving Children and Their Families, located in Bridgehampton. Founded in 2015, the goal of Katy’s Kids is to offer peer support opportunities for East End children, teens, and young adults who are dealing with grief and loss. The program utilizes art, poetry, music, dance, and drama in a supportive environment. Families are never charged for the Katy’s Kids services. All funding is provided through private donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations, including integral fundraisers such as Saturday’s 5K. “Her smile and her kindness have continued to shine, and her infinite courage motivated the founding of the organization,” states the Katy’s Courage website, Community outreach is strong. Katy’s Courage events take place throughout the year and include an annual Skate-A-Thon at Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton. The Love Bites benefit, a multichef event held in January, joins forces with The Scarlet Fund, which provides children’s cancer research

at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in honor of Scarlett James, who battled and survived pediatric cancer. This year’s event featured celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito. The foundation also hosts the Classical Students for Katy’s Courage Benefit Concert. Scholarships are awarded to students each year who show remarkable courage, kindness, and empathy. These are the qualities Katy exhibited during her brief, yet inspirational, life. Katy’s Courage has also raised funds for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the hospital where Katy received treatment. The ultimate goal for Katy’s

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Courage is to foster kindness, happiness, and wellbeing. Those who join the 5K on Saturday can be among the many community members that are making this happen, year after year, carrying on Katy’s legacy. The event starts at 21 Water Street in Sag Harbor, rain or shine. Registration and check-in begins at 7 AM, and the race promptly starts at 8:30 AM. Advance registration costs $25 per person with day-of costs at $30. Additional reporting by Jessica Mackin-Cipro. You can follow more from Nicole Teitler on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram as Nikki On The Daily.




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A Walk Down Memory Lane

Classic sailing boat replicas (left) are part of the library’s collection. (Right) an early photo of one of the first library buildings.

Cultivating Knowledge For 120 Years By Kitty Merrill

This week, The Independent’s Walk Down Memory Lane series reaches way back to the 1890s in celebration of the Westhampton Free Library’s 120th anniversary. We’ll take a look at the history of a place, instead of a person. Do you have stories and pictures to share about the good old days on the East End? Hit us up at news@indyeastend. com or call 631-324-2500 and ask for Kitty or Rick. By the 1870s the East End began to experience a shift in demographics, as wealthy westerners took advantage of newly established rail service to Westhampton. Governor John Adams Dix bought land and built a mansion he named “Seafield” in Westhampton. In her comprehensive history of the Westhampton Beach Library, Helene Gerard described Dix as the first of what were to become many permanent summer residents. Such people represented a sophisticated, educated, and wealthy class. They fished and hunted for sport, not sustenance. They viewed education as a pleasurable, not a forced, and occasional, activity. Gerard wrote, “This combination of outside inspiration and local perseverance formed a union in the presence of a summer visitor and a local girl, when the innocent, and often-heard question, ‘What do you do here in the winter time?’ sparked the organization of the Westhampton Free Library.” In 1891, a visiting cattle dealer, W i l l i a m Wa r d e n , m e t M a r y Christine, the daughter of Edwin C. Halsey, owner of the Oneck House hotel.

Wa r d e n a s k e d t h e f a t e f u l question and planted in Mary Christine the idea of establishing a public library in Westhampton Beach. He suggested she prevail upon wealthy summer visitors for good books they didn’t mind giving away. Within weeks packing cases began to arrive. Next, Mary Christine sought the donation of a central location for the library. “A long sunny room” in what had been Stephen Fanning Griffing’s general store was the library’s first home. By 1892, Mary Christine’s father bought a building and moved it across the street from the Red Schoolhouse. That fall she and Warden married and left the area. Over time, the library fell into disuse. Organized in 1896, the Ladies Village Improvement Society took on the task of resurrecting the library, now just a darkened storefront on a bustling Main Street. T h e We s t h a m p t o n L i b r a r y Association was formed and John E. Raynor elected president. Raynor ran the Apaucuck Point House after his brother’s death in 1904. There, the future Judge Harold R. Medina was introduced to Westhampton. The introduction would prove an unparalleled benefit to the library years later. In 1897 the library opened its doors on Main Street with a charter signed by Melvin Dewey, creator of the famed Dewey Decimal System. The association decided to buy the land where the library stood for $300. By 1901 talk about constructing new edifice circulated and several ideas were floating – including the

notion of a combination library/ bowling alley. A new chapter in the library’s histor y began in 1904, when Miss Augusta Meeker was named librarian. She was determined to publicize the library and find it a substantial home. Two years

later Mrs. Ralph Cutter offered a 75 x 100 foot building lot. There was a proviso to the donation: the building had to be completed within a year and cost no less than $2500 to build. Mrs. Cutter didn’t want a shoddy structure Continued on Page 48.

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Blazing The Tax Reduction Trail By Kitty Merrill

He’s not just the founder of his own company; Paul Henry could be called the father of an entire industry. Henr y bought his home in Greenport in 1985. “I saw the taxes going up year after year, it was killing me,” he explained. Henry went to town hall to complain and was basically shown the door. Town officials, Henry said, “Put me in business because they weren’t doing the right thing.” He was quick to note attitudes have changed and a tax grievance is now “a fundamental thing.” But back in the 1980s, nobody knew there was a grievance process. It was, Henry said, “the best kept

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Lame Joke alert. Ready? There was a guy who was obsessed with wind farms. Yep. He was a huge fan. No? How about . . . Do you know how trees get on the Internet? They log in. (Wince.) Let’s get straight to a wrap up of the staggering array of Earth Day events spanning the East End on Saturday. • The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton hosts an open house from 10 AM to 4 PM. It features a visit from the Shinnecock Indian Nation with crafts, music, dancing, food samples, and field

walks focused on plant conservation, use, and traditions. There will also be animal face painting and a snapping turtle challenge game. At 2 PM, experience Jungle Bob’s all new live animal extravaganza. Visit the SOFO website for a full schedule of events. • Earth Day at the Southampton Arts Center sees the unveiling of the upsculpted Whale Tail sculpture created by artist in residence Cindy Pease Roe. Tesla Motors will be on site with their Models S and X for viewing and test-driving, and will be raffling off a Model S Sedan to take home for the weekend. Matcha Bar will be providing free Matcha. Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program’s Fisheries



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Day Clean Up/Right of Way Trail Hike at 10 AM. Meet at the Montauk Library Parking lot on the east side of town opposite the Community Church. Bags will be provided; work gloves optional. • The hike coincides with the Great Montauk Clean Up, which takes place from 9 AM to 1 PM and is organized by Concerned Citizens of Montauk and 18 partners including the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. Bring the family and set an example for your kids by doing something for the community. Go to Kirk Park Parking Lot (next to the Montauk IGA) to pick up bags and gloves and then head off to clean up Montauk beaches, parks or anywhere that needs tidying. This year’s cleanup promises to be the biggest to date, according to CCOM. • Heading west from Montauk, The Imagination Nature 4th Annual Shoreline Sweep runs from 9 AM to 1 PM. All those who wish to participate in the beach clean up can meet at any of our beautiful beachheads from Montauk to Wainscott. Choose a beach entrance, and work your way to the next. Bring your own bags and gloves and leave all the collected debris at the beachhead trashcan area, where it will be picked up at the end of the event. There will be an attendant from 9 AM to 10 AM at both Indian Wells beach in Amagansett and Main Beach in East Hampton for those who need bags or gloves. The bayside shoreline is also open for volunteers to use as a starting location. Stay updated on Facebook on the “Imagination Nature” page. • In East Hampton Village, from CONTINUED ON PAGE 16.




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Black Box = Prison Orange? By Kitty Merrill

Data from a car’s “black box” revealed important evidence in the case against Jacob Alegria. Last week the 27-year-old Southampton man was indicted by a grand jury in the February 1 crash on Hill Street in Southampton that left one woman dead and another seriously injured. “The black box in the Lexus the defendant was driving shows he hit the SUV in the oncoming lane traveling at a speed of 78.3 miles per hour – in a 25 mile per hour zone on Hill Street; more than three times the posted speed limit,” District Attorney Tom Spota said.   The impact of the collision sent the victim’s SUV into a tree. The passenger in the vehicle, Charlotte M e y e r, 2 0 , w h o d a y s e a r l i e r arrived in the US to work as an au pair, died of her injuries. The driver, Luisa S. Keszler, 26, of Southampton, is recovering from serious injuries. Among other injuries, the sur viving victim suffered a fractured pelvis and a collapsed lung and had to undergo a splenectomy. Alegria allegedly drove into oncoming traffic twice that afternoon, attempting to pass slow moving westbound traffic. Prior to hitting the victims, witnesses say the defendant crossed into oncoming traffic to pass slower traffic an earlier time on Hill Street, narrowly missing a headon collision.


Investigators were able to ascertain the exact speed of Alegria’s Lexus by downloading data from the car’s “black box.” According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a car black box, or event data recorder, collects information from a vehicle just before and during most serious crashes. Built into a car’s airbag control module, the EDR records data about airbag deployment, vehicle speed, engine throttle, and driver safety belt use. An estimated 92 percent of new vehicles had EDRs as of 2006. EDRs in 2013 and later models are

required to record specific data in a standard format to make retrieving the information easier. Crash investigators can download data from the black box to determine factors that contribute to a crash, and also figure out who’s to blame, if necessar y. Owner consent is required, but in cases of criminal investigations, court ordered search warrants may be sought. Alegria will face charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless enda nger m ent, a nd r ec kles s driving. He posted $200,000 bond and returns to court on May 4.

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Black box data from Jacob Alegria’s Lexus provided key evidence for the prosecution. Alegria was indicted last week on charges that include second-degree manslaughter.

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To welcome in the season of spring, teenagers participated in a painting session at the Westhampton Free Library. During the art workshop, participants each learned to paint a cherry blossom scape on a piece of framed glass.

Crab Talk The East Hampton Library hosts Matthew Sciafani, PhD of the Cornell University Extension Center, for a lecture about horseshoe crabs on Saturday at 12 PM. Sciafani will present practical facts regarding horseshoe crabs, challenges in restoring them in local waters, conservation management, shifts in the ecosystem and its implications, and tracking their movements. After the lecture there will be a walk on a Northwest Harbor Beach. The presentation will be held in Baldwin Family Lecture Room. To register call 631-324-0222, ext.3. C.T.



Night Burglary The owner of a Wading River farm apprehended a would-be burglar at 4 AM in the morning on April 5 and held him at bay until police arrived. Riverhead Town Police said David W. Liss, 43, was allegedly in the process of robbing Fink’s County Farm Stand on Middle Country Road when he tripped an alarm. Liss gave police an Aquebogue address but according to public records has also lived in Wading River. The farm’s owner was notified by an alarm company and responded to the farm while his wife summoned police. Liss faces a Class D Felony charge of Third Degree Burglary. He was transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment proceedings. Trooper Injured A New York State Trooper tried to break up a fistfight between two relatives and ended up getting injured. Westhampton Beach Village Police said the incident occurred at


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LongHouse of East Hampton hosted a tour on Saturday showcasing new artwork and landscapes. Alex Feleppa, the head horticulturist, guided the tour and provided insight about the elaborate and fascinating LongHouse Reserve.

Tour Of Historic East Hampton East Hampton Town has a rich cultural history, more so than even most locals know. On April 30 a historic bus tour is taking shape that will be fun, informative and satisfying on many levels—there will be a wine tasting, beer tasting, and food tasting! The tour leader knows a thing or two about the area. Gerard Larsen is a lifelong resident and served as the East Hampton Village Police Chief for over three decades. A bus will leave the Lumber Lane parking lot (across from the railroad station) at 1 PM. The tour will last three hours. The cost is $75 per person. To reserve a seat email




Women’s Hall of Fame Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the Suffolk County Office of Women’s Services are calling on community members to nominate candidates for the Suffolk County Women’s Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted through June 1. The candidate must be a Suffolk County resident and a women who has overcome great personal barriers, sacrificed economic or personal security, is committed to family, career, and volunteer work, and shows passion, leadership, and vision. “These trailblazers have inspired others to shatter that invisible glass ceiling and I encourage everyone to participate in this celebration of women’s history,” said County Executive Bellone. Visit to fill out the nomination form. And remember. Merrill is spelled with two Rs and two Ls. C.T.


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Obituary Arnold T. Rosenberg, 85 A r n o l d T. R o s e n b e r g , a n American-born photographer and East Hampton resident, died at Southampton Hospital on March 21. He was 85 and had suffered a long period of deteriorating health following a stroke. Born in Philadelphia on November 29, 1931, Mr. Rosenberg went on to graduate from Penn State University. In the late 1950’s Rosenberg began his career as an assistant to photographer Irving Penn. In 1961, he opened his studio in New York City. His photographs were published widely in national and international magazines and he was a contributing photographer for the New York Times, Opera News, and New York Magazine. During this period, he did extensive work for Push Pin Studios with graphic designers Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard. His photographs appeared in numerous cookbooks for Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey. Rosenberg’s photographs of architect Marcel Breuer were on

exhibit at the Vitra Museum in Germany. In 1979, Rosenberg was among the first American photographers invited to travel to The Peoples Republic of China as a part of a cultural exchange between the two countries. While there, he was asked by Philippe de Montebello at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to photograph a Ming Dynasty courtyard in Suzhou that became the prototype for a replica that is on permanent exhibit at the museum. As part of the cultural exchange, he did a series of photographs of the gardens of the renowned architect I.M.Pei. Photographs of the artist Marcel Duchamp have been published in The Documents of 20th Century Art Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp. Rosenberg’s photographs of Marcel Duchamp were on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Arnold T. Rosenberg photographs are in permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Arnold T. Rosenberg lived in East Hampton with his wife Rochelle, who survives him.



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noon to 6 PM on Saturday, at Eileen Fisher on Newtown Lane, cast your ballot for the most creative reusable tote design. The reusable totes have been redesigned by the third grade students at John Marshall Elementary School. The totes will be raffled off and the winning class will receive a prize. • Plant a seed at the Amagansett Library at 3 PM. Come to the library to learn about planting and plant a Sunflower seed. Learn how to make biodegradable planters and take your seeds home to watch them grow. This event is in partnership with Amber Waves Farm, and a farmer will be on hand to help and teach. Register online to reserve you space. • The Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation invites planet lovers to a beach cleanup at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays. Meet in the Tiana Beach bayside parking lot to sign in and receive your celebration bracelet at 1 PM. Return to Tiana parking lot with

all of the trash you picked up and weigh in by 3:30 PM. Then, at 7 PM enjoy a celebration at 78 Foster Restaurant & Bar with live music, buffet, raffles, and beer and wine specials. Visit and look for the link to the surfrider event to sign up. • The Great East End Clean-Up, an effort to remove litter and debris from public areas throughout Southampton Town takes place Saturday and Sunday. Each spring hundreds of residents of all ages participate in the program to cleanup locations such as roadsides, trails, parks, and beaches. Last year over 750 volunteers removed over 60 tons of litter and debris, including 3.5 tons of metal that was sorted for recycling, from beaches, parks, trails, and roadsides. For more information, or to register, visit the Southampton To w n w e b s i t e a t w w w. and follow the link for the Great East End Clean-Up on the homepage, or contact Rick Hodgson at 631-2835210. Individuals as well as groups are welcome to sign up.

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Cathy Cahill Loses Appeal, Pays $1.1 Million Independent / Rick Murphy

The town passed legislation enabling Cathy Cahill’s husband to carve out a road and four buildable lots by easing clearing restrictions on his property. By Rick Murphy

Former East Hampton Town Justice Catherine Cahill denied any knowledge of a questionable business deal brokered by her husband, and then threatened to sue this newspaper for reporting

the facts. What she didn’t know was The Independent had proof that the roughly $950,000 her husband fraudulently obtained was sitting in her personal checking account. She ended up fighting charges


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that she illegally obtained the funds about 13 years ago. The bottom dropped out last Wednesday when she lost her appeal in a New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division. She paid $1.1 million to her husband’s former business

partner to settle his claim. Along the way Cahill retired from the bench, was harshly criticized by an Appellate Court Justice, suffered a considerable loss of credibility, and according to fellow attorneys, Continued on Page 19.


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New Yorkers Will Suffer, Experts Say

By Rick Murphy

A panel of experts warned this week that the proposed American Health Care Act would have a “catastrophic” effect on New Yorkers if it becomes law. Health care advocacy leaders and labor groups organized a call-in discussion last Wednesday, “to discuss how the Republican repeal plan would hurt millions of New Yorkers and their families.” The timing of the event coincided

with the Congressional recess – constituents were urged to contact their representatives and urge them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act in favor of the GOP proposal currently on the table. Elisabeth Benjamin, the Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, was one of the panelists. She said the AHCA will, “slash Medicaid to give tax breaks to the wealthy.” Benjamin received a Master of Science degree in Health

Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health in 1988 and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1992. Benjamin and the other panelists stressed that the AHCA will prove particularly harmful to New York more so than almost any other state. “It’s worse for New Yorkers. Up to 2.7 million people will lose coverage,” Benjamin said. “Cuts [mandated] in the Republican plan would destabilize rural hospitals


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and restrict access to the most vulnerable [patients],” warned Helen Schaub, the New York State Director of Policy and Legislation at 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. The discussion was clearly partisan. Ethan Rome, the host, set the tone in his introduction. He accused Republicans of “slashing Medicaid” though spending has ballooned under Obamacare and GOP leaders say they are seeking to restore it to pre-ACA levels. The organizers of the roundtable said in a press release that, “Some GOP members of Congress claim that the state’s protections mean that repealing the ACA won’t affect New Yorkers.”


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Billions of Dollars The Collins-Faso Amendment specifically would cost New York State billions of dollars in Medicaid funding that supports quality health care for New York’s most vulnerable residents, said Richard Kirsch, one of the panelists. Kirsch, an Institute Fellow at the Nelson Rockefeller Institute of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, said the proposed Collins-Faso amendment, “will cost New York $2.3 billion.” The Amendment would trigger a $2.3 billion Medicaid cut, while also cutting funding for nursing homes, Continued on Page 42.




put her license to practice law in jeopardy. Cahill’s husband, Marvin Hyman, is now deceased. The case garnered its share of media attention – Cahill had deep ties to the town’s Democratic Party and at one point the matter became a campaign issue. Critics claimed Hyman obtained a number of significant rulings from the East Hampton Town Board and the town planning Board, which were both controlled by Democrats. The genesis of the original deal dates back to 2003. Hyman approached Nelson Gerard with an enticing proposition – put up $2 million for the purchase of a 9.6acre parcel on Green Holllow Road dubbed Buckskill Farm and make a huge return on his investment. According to court records Hyman, who kicked in $300,000 of the purchase price, bragged that he would use “his connections” to get subdivision approval. The lots created would then be sold, and Hyman and Gerard would divvy up the profits.

Used His Clout Hyman used his clout several ways. He pushed the subdivision application through the planning process – the planning board was chaired by a Democrat, Brad Loewen in 2003 (he served on the town board the following year) and the co-chair was Sylvia Overby, another Democrat who is currently on the town board. Hyman also finagled to keep the parcel out of a proposed upzoning,


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and even got the town board to ease clearing restrictions on the wooded lots within the subdivision he ultimately acquired – an unheard of accommodation. Hyman carved four buildable lots out of the parcel – worth as much as $1 million each, according to a real estate agent marketing the properties – on the south boundary of the lot. But Hyman wasn’t done dealing. Much of the remaining 6.8 acre parcel had been a working farm at some point in its past, which meant strict restrictions were in place to keep it from being developed. Nevertheless, the town agreed to buy the land from Hyman for only about $300,000 less than the entire 9.6 acre parcel cost. Critics say the town’s purchase of the farm was a carefully orchestrated charade.

Ridiculous Deal “It was a ridiculous deal,” recalled John Lycke, a planning board member at the time. “It was obvious we didn’t need to buy it.” Lycke said the town could have simply upzoned the parcel, as it was scheduled to do, and limit development to three lots. Or, the town, which has a history of buying up property that was once the old Dune Alpine farm, could have simply brought the whole parcel a year earlier instead of allowing Gerard and Hyman to purchase it. Instead the town paid $1.9

million on October 17, 2004, but for only 6.8 acres. However, rather than split the money with Gerard, Hyman cut a check for the full amount to Buckskill Farm LLC, a company he controlled. He then wrote another check for that amount and deposited it in a joint account he shared with Cahill. Hyman subsequently died – court papers reveal he knew he was dying of prostate cancer at the time of the deal. Gerard sued to recover an equitable share of the profits from the deal and entered into a protracted eight-year legal battle with Cahill. In 2007 Cahill asserted her “spousal privilege” and declined to answer questions about the deal. L a t e r, s h e r e v e r s e d f i e l d . Gerard’s attorney, Jeffrey Stark of the Uniondale firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn, and Terrana, argued ‘adverse influence’ should be taken against Cahill - that in essence allows the court to assume her answers would have been prejudicial to her if she declined to testify.

Less Than Forthright According to the Code of Judicial Conduct a sitting judge has the “duty to be informed. A judge shall use reasonable efforts to keep informed about the judge’s personal and fiduciary economic interests, and make reasonable effort to keep informed about the

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personal economic interests of the judge’s spouse . . .” Yet Cahill, when she was finally deposed, was less than forthright, according to court records. Justice Paul J. Baisley Jr. said as much in his 2014 ruling. Given her standing as a lawyer and a sitting judge, “Cahill’s professed ignorance as to matters fully within the comprehension of any lawyer or judge is not credible.” Baisley ruled Hyman executed the deal with the town to sell the farm for Community Preservation Fund money without Gerard’s knowledge or approval. H y m a n , “d e l i b e r a t e l y a n d stealthily carried out his plan to spirit away the proceeds of the sale out from under the nose of his partner,” the court ruled. Baisley also opined “Hyman [also an attorney] committed acts which raise serious ethical questions.” Cahill could face disbarment proceedings based on Baisley’s onthe-record criticism. Baisley ruled in 2014 Cahill had to repay the money plus interest to Gerard. Another appeal and other legal maneuvers were undertaken. The clock struck m i d n i g h t T h u r s d a y, w h e n Aprilanne Agostino, the Clerk of the Court, released the judgment from two appeals heard on February 16. Once again, the court reiterated, the court specifically found that Cahill’s testimony “was not credible.”

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Levy Blames Gang Violence On Obama Former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy called upon federal, state, and county authorities to employ the most aggressive measures available to tackle the recent outbreak of murder and violence perpetrated in Islip Town by members of the MS-13 gang. His statement was issued in response to the grisly unearthing of four bodies in Central Islip Thursday. The deceased, all teenagers, are believed to be victims of the MS-13 gang. Levy blasted follow up stories and editorials in the media that, while decrying the violence, ignored “the elephant in the room:” the fact that the violence in Suffolk coincided

with the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America. One article cited individuals blaming President Donald Trump for the violence, though it was the Obama Administration that opened the floodgates for unvetted illegal immigrant MS-13 members to enter the US and remain here, Levy said. “While one editorial casually mentioned the immigration connection, it made no mention of the need to remove these violent individuals here illegally,” Levy wrote in a release distributed Friday. “A d v o c a t e s s u p p o r t i n g enforcement of our immigration laws warned that President Obama’s initiative encouraging

unaccompanied youth to flood our borders would have drastic consequences, and they have.” The problems in Brentwood and Central Islip were exacerbated by county policy that broke off cooperation with the FBI and signaled it would be less cooperative with the feds in enforcing detainers to deport violent illegal aliens. “Thankfully, that policy has been reversed, but the damage was done,” Levy said. The former county executive suggested a number of steps be taken to curtail the gang-related violence. “It is time to stop the political correctness and rid our streets of

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those here illegally and killing our youth,” he said. It is long past time to undertake three steps, Levy said. They are: 1. Share with federal authorities the names of all MS-13 members either presently or previously incarcerated with the intent of having them deported if they are here illegally. 2. Encourage Congress to support Kate’s Law, which would impose mandatory jail sentences for deported violent illegal aliens who sneak back into the country. 3. Create a state authorized Gang Registry, which would ban individuals convicted of gang activity from associating with other known gang members (similar to such acts related to members of organized crime). Levy said failure to identify the source of the problem has resulted in inertia. “Before you can solve a problem, you first must correctly identify the cause of the problem. Continuing to ignore the link between these recent murders and our lax immigration laws is suicidal,” he wrote. Steve Bellone, the current Suffolk County Executive, said, in reaction to the murders, “I am outraged to learn of the homicides in Central Islip. These heinous acts will not go unpunished and our communities will not be intimidated by such cowardly violence. “I have full confidence that the outstanding men and women of the Suffolk County Police Department under the leadership of Commissioner Tim Sini and Chief Stuart Cameron will do what is necessary to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice. “On behalf of all Suffolk County residents, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, friends, and loved ones during this difficult period.” Submitted by Steve Levy, President of Common Sense Strategies, a political consulting firm. He served as Suffolk County Executive, as a NYS Assemblyman, and host of “The Steve Levy Radio Show.”

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

No Kid Hungry Taste Of The Nation

No child should go hungr y in America, but one in six children face hunger each year. New York City’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is making a difference. The signature tasting event featuring NYC’s best chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, takes place Monday on the East River Waterfront at 180 Maiden Lane. The event is led by Honorar y Chair Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group along with Culinary Co-Chairs Anita Lo of Annisa and Bryce Schuman of Betony, and Host Committee members Eli Sussman of Samesa, Chris Jaeckle of Uma Temakeria, William Elliot of Maison Premiere and Sauvage, Jack Logue of Betony, Flynn McGarry of Eureka, and Oskar Kostecki of Union Square Wines. United for a cause, these and other culinary tastemakers lend their talent and time to ensure a future where every child in this country gets the healthy food they need, every day. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. This year’s Taste of the Nation will feature over 40 of the city’s most popular eateries, offering guests bitesize fare, craft cocktails, and delectable desserts. Participating restaurants and bars include Lalito, Union Square Cafe, Atoboy, Massoni, Pig Bleecker, Dead Rabbit, Black Tail, Pig & Khao, and Daily Provisions, among others. Twenty-two percent of children in

New York struggle with hunger. No Kid Hungry aims to end this problem by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast in the classroom, have access to the food they need during the summer, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have provided kids facing hunger with more than 500 million meals. Last year’s Taste of the Nation raised enough to provide more than one million healthy meals to children in need. Local beneficiaries include City Harvest, Hunger Solutions NY, Food Bank for New York City, and Hunger Free America. At the event, Taste of the Nation is introducing new special culinary programming such as The Candy Carnival featuring a colorful selection of local, handmade candies. The event is also bringing back favorites from previous years such as The Donut Derby with creations from the city’s best donut shops and the always-popular Rosé Garden. Live music from rock band The Strumbellas, fresh off a performance on TBS’ “Conan,” will provide entertainment. The band was recently named Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist by iHeartRadio. Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry tickets start at $250. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://ce.nokidhungry. org/events/nyc-taste-nation.

Cocktail For A Cause

Following the news that Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy will premiere his Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, the music mogul announced an exclusive one-night-only performance at the screening event alongside Bad Boy Entertainment’s finest. That’s right, “First Lady of Bad Boy” Faith Evans, “Queen Bee” Lil’ Kim, and Mase. Combs, who owns a house in Northwest Woods in East Hampton, and the Bad Boy crew will return to the home of Bad Boy Entertainment, taking the stage at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre on Thursday, April 27, as part of the documentary’s premiere at the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. F o l l o w i n g 2 0 1 6 ’s m a s s i v e l y successful Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, the performance will once again reunite members of the Bad Boy family for a night celebrating the storied heritage of the iconic label.  “New York is home. This is where Bad Boy began, where the movement started. There was never a question in my mind that this film would premiere right here where it all started,” said

Combs. “This is the stor y of our family - the biggest names in hip-hop history – and what happens when we came together for the first time in two decades. There were ups and downs, a lot of hard work and sacrifice – and more than anything, you see that love that only exists in a family.” The film is directed by Daniel Kaufman and produced by Live Nation Productions. It is a raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Combs, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three week rehearsal period. Celebrating the label’s 20th anniversary, the film traces the label’s emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn, follows its meteoric rise, explores the tragic killing of Biggie Smalls, and celebrates Bad Boy’s influence in reshaping music, fashion, marketing and culture -- all while revealing the love and commitment that form the bonds between the Bad Boy family.  Tickets can be purchased at Tr i b e c a F i l m . c o m / F e s t i v a l a n d Ticketmaster. 

Keith E. Davis, creator of Hamptons café favorite, The Golden Pear, launched Keith’s Nervous Breakdown Ultra-Premium Cocktail Mixers in 2016. This year he will roll out two new mixers. In addition to Keith’s Nervous Breakdown Margarita Mix, there is now a Rum Punch Mix and Bloody Mary Mix. All mixers are made in small batches and made with only the finest ingredients including agave nectar for sweetening. The mix is 90 percent juice content and nonGMO.      The Rum Punch mix contains all-natural citrus concentrates and organic flavorings of vanilla, coconut, and tangerine that when combined with your favorite rum creates an authentic and delicious rum punch cocktail.   The Bloody Mary Mix features a unique combination of the highest quality tomato juice, hints of jalapeno peppers, olives, pickles, celery and other proprietary ingredients.  Keith’s Nervous Breakdown Cocktail Mixers are available online and throughout the Hamptons. The retail cost is $16.95 per bottle. A special Margarita Mix Gift Box, which includes a 750ml bottle of Nervous Breakdown Margarita Mix, two branded glasses, and tin of Atlantic Sea Salt, is also available for $29.95. Committed to giving back, Davis is donating 10 percent of his net profits from the sale of the cocktail mixers to The Carol Baldwin Fund, The Lustgarten Foundation, and Have a Heart Children’s Cancer Society.  Visit




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Honorees Christine Goerke, Robert Carsen, Frederica von Stade, and Matthew Polenzani at the 12th Annual Opera News Awards at the Plaza Hotel on April 9.

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The Monika Olko Gallery in Sag Harbor held an opening reception with works by artists Paton Miller and Brett Loving on Friday evening. The exhibit will run through May 9.

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival presents a screening of The Pulitzer at 100 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Sunday at 2 PM. The film is a new documentary by Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning director/producer Kirk Simon and co-producer Ron Simon, who is curator at The Paley Centre for Media in Manhattan. The 90-minute documentary pays homage to the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, established by journalist and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and first awarded by Columbia University in 1917. The film examines the history and impact of the awards. The doc explores the lives of some of the Prize’s most accomplished recipients, such as Carl Bernstein, Robert Caro, Junot Diaz, Wynton Marsalis, and Toni Morrison. It brings their work to life with readings by Helen Mirren, Liev Schreiber, John Lithgow, and others. Following the screening, Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer Dava Sobel will lead a conversation with the director and producer. Tickets are $15 and are for sale on On Sunday, April 30, HT2FF presents a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill at 2 PM. The film is directed by Matt Tyrnauer. The film is being shown in conjunction with the museum’s “Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation” exhibit. It spotlights Jane Jacobs, a writer and urban activist who battled to save historic New York City neighborhoods during the 1960’s when urban planner

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On Sunday at 2 PM the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival presents a Spring Docs Day at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, featuring The Pulitzer at 100, a doc celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize in 2017.

Robert Moses was poised to wipe them off the map. A conversation will be held afterwards with Roberta Brandes Gratz, author of The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, and other special guests. Tickets are $5 for members and $20 for non-members. Visit www.parrishart. org for tickets.


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Fight The Famine By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Children across the South Fork have banded together to raise funds for emergency famine relief in Africa. “Fight The Famine” is a family event being held at the Bridgehampton Community Center on Saturday, April 29, from 4 to 7 PM. The event will raise money in support of UNICEF, an organization that works in 190 countries and territories

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to put children first. Guests will enjoy finger foods imagined and created by high school students from the Bridgehampton School’s Nutrition and Culinar y program. There will be table decorations by nursery children at the Green School in Bridgehampton. Fabric art featuring indigenous trees, birds, flowers, and flags of the afflicted African countries by Hayground School students will be on display. When the children were asked why they wanted to help people so far away, their answers were heartfelt. “Kids just like us are star ving,” said Atlas Geirsson, a student at the Hayground School. “I care because even if we live in different countries, we’re all human, and if we have food, they have every right to food as well,” added Madeline Grabb, a Bridgehampton School student. The event will also feature a crafts table manned by the kids from Montauk’s Camp SoulGrow. “It’s a gift to learn to give back to others at such a young age, and it’s what will make our children more compassionate people as they grow up,” said London Rosiere, Camp SoulGrow’s director.  Attendees can bid on auction items and prizes procured and organized




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by Ross School students and kids from Shelter Island. The group effort continues with drinks and table coverings by East Hampton’s John Marshall Elementary School students and PTA, and publicity and social media is being handled by students from Liz Bertsch and Mbachi Kumwenda’s Hayground School class. The event will also feature a DJ and dancing.  The looming famine in four African nations could have a devastating impact on some of the world’s most vulnerable children. An estimated 1.4 million children from South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, and

Somalia are at risk of imminent death from severe malnutrition. “We commend the East End kids for their commitment to helping their peers around the world,” said Michele Walsh, Managing Director of the New York Region at UNICEF USA. Jalisa Hopson from Bridgehampton School believes the event “could raise lots of money for medicine and food for [those in need]. Maybe even clean water.” The cost of the event is $12 for adults and $10 for kids. To purchase tickets in advance visit







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the food and drinks at the event, as well as the Chinese and silent auctions.  

Katy’s Courage 5K

Hampton Lifeguard Association presents its “Summer Kick-off Party” in support of the Junior Lifeguard and Lifeguard Training Programs on Saturday, April 29, at Westlake Fish House in Montauk. There will be music by Montauk Manny, a cash bar, delicious food, a silent and Chinese auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $35 per person or $50 per couple. For tickets contact Stephanie Brabant at 631-329-3990 or smbrabant1@ Ticket will also be available at the door.

Katy’s Courage presents the seventh annual Katy’s Courage 5K on Saturday. Registration and check-ins will take place from 7 to 8:15 AM and the race will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Pre-registration costs $25 per person, and day-of costs $30 per person. Runners will start at 21 Water Street in Sag Harbor. Participants may register online at http://bit. ly/2mjBOJC. Katy’s is a not-for-profit organization honoring Katy Stewart, an inspirational 12-year-old girl who died from a rare form of pediatric liver cancer. The organization is dedicated to education, research, and grief support for children, teens, and their families on the East End.

Spring Fling

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill presents its annual “Spring Fling” on Saturday. The evening of food, music, and fun provides guests the opportunity to meet up with friends and make new connections, dance all night to electrifying live music by NOIZ, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, and bid on unique Hamptons experiences and items. Visit for more information.

Montauk Bands

Three of Montauk’s top bands come together to help raise funds for Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concert Series at the 9th Montauk Concert for the Concerts 2017 on Sunday from 3 to 7 PM at Zum Schneider restaurant. Join the Lynn Blue Band, Joe Delia and the Thieves, and the 3B’s for a jamming afternoon. Admission is a $10 donation at the door and kids are admitted free with an adult. Take a chance in a 50/50 raffle and a free kids raffle, indulge in German food and beer, lively music and dancing. All proceeds help fund the concerts.

Taste Of Tuckahoe

The seventh annual “Taste of Tuckahoe” fundraiser, benefiting the Tuckahoe School, will be held on Friday, April 28, from 7 to 10 PM at 230 Elm, with a VIP hour running from 6 to 7 PM. Once again, restaurants and wineries from the East End will come together under one roof to highlight their culinary talents for the community to enjoy. Regular admission ticket cost is $35 in advance, and $45 at the door, and VIP tickets are $60. Tickets can be purchased at Southrifty Drug, from committee members, or via the website at www. The VIP hour will include open bar and early access to

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ARF’s Spring Fling

Join the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) for a cat and dog adoption event at the Tanger 2 Outlet Center in Riverhead (near Office Max/Pottery Barn) on Saturday, April 29, from 11 AM to 4 PM. All ARF animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated to age limit. If you are looking to adopt a dog, and have another one at home, bring them for a meet and greet. For more visit or call 631.537.0400 ext. 203.

Giddy-Up 5K

The CTREE Giddy-Up 5K Race will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 8:30 PM. The race starts at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack to benefit the Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End. The race features a beautiful seaside course, awards, refreshments, and a Chinese auction. To register visit

ARF Celebration Day

ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott presents ARF’s Pet Celebration Day and Alumni Reunion on Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM to noon. For more info visit

honor Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Reverend Maryanne McElroy, and Peconic Landing. Festivities include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing with Trevor Davison Orchestra, and a live and silent auction. Tickets start at $225 per person. Proceeds from this fundraising event help support the mission to build and enrich the community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration. For tickets visit

Seeds Of Hope

This year Seeds of Hope Tanzania will hold its 11th Annual Chinese Auction on Thursday, May 11, at St. Mark’s Church on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Doors open at 7 PM and auction begins at 8 PM. Many great prizes have been donated. Dessert and coffee will be served. Help support the orphanage project and a pre-k/kindergarten school the charity helped complete this year and help provide for the educational and medical needs of countless children in Arusha, Tanzania. Seeds of Hope is a local charity started by Debi Mazura eight years ago. She and her friends have raised over $30,000 and brought clothing and school supplies on their trips to Arusha. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the orphanage, the school, and

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to improve water resources for the region around Arusha Tanzania. Contact Debi Mazura at 631-8012269 to donate an item or basket for the auction.

Evening Of Comedy

An Evening of Comedy to benefit Kent Animal Shelter will be held on Friday, May 12, from 7 to 10 PM at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. Guests will enjoy comedians Joe DeVito and Tommy Gooch of Omnipop Talent Group. There will be hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, Chinese auction, raffle, and more. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For tickets visit www.

HUGS Spring Fling

HUGS, Inc. presents its 15th Annual “Spring Fling” Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday, May 13, at 7 PM at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. Tickets to attend the event are $40 each and there are additional sponsorship oppor tunities available. Human Understanding & Growth Services, Inc. is a non-profit youth development agency that has been serving teens throughout Suffolk County since 1981. Providing innovative and effective drug and alcohol prevention education programs, HUGS, Inc. signature program The Long Island Teen Institute is a 48-hour long conference held at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island.



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Girls Rock It!

I-tri presents “Girls Rock It!” at Guild Hall on May 6 from noon to 4 PM. Celebrate the potential of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with a special screening of the acclaimed film Hidden Figures and a panel discussion with five inspirational women, moderated by Dr. Max Gomez, Emmy Awardwinning medical reporter for WCBSTV. A marine biologist, psychologist, biochemist, planetary geologist, and exercise physiologist will share their career choices, challenges and more. Tickets are $10 in advance at www. and $15 at the door. Proceeds to benefit i-tri.

ARTworks Spring Gala

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Gallery Walk

By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Suzanne Anan’s “Labor Day” at the Retreat Juried Art Show.

Deadline for submissions is Thursday at noon. Email to jessica@indyeastend. com.


Inga Maren Otto Fellow Carrie Mae Weems, costume designer Lexy Ho-Tai and visual artist Lotte Nielsen have arrived at The Watermill Center. Join on Saturday at 2 PM for In Process @ The Watermill Center, and engage with the Artists-in-Residence through open rehearsals, workshops, studio visits, lectures, or artist talks. Visit www. for more info.

Eric Dever

Exhibiting Artist Eric Dever leads an intimate and informative gallery talk Friday at 6 PM, on “Parrish Perspectives: New Works in Context,” showcasing 70 works from the more than 300 acquisitions added to the Parrish Art Museum’s collection in the last four years. The exhibition, on view through Sunday is organized into four themes: Representing Abstraction, Humor and Irony, Horizon Lines, and Face to Face. Visit

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Southampton Ar ts Center has partnered with artist Cindy Pease Roe on “The Whale Tail Sculpture Project”

to be unveiled at a special Earth Day event on Saturday from 2 to 5 PM. The whale tail armature is made from steel and upcycled derelict lobster traps retrieved from Long Island Sound courtesy of Cornell Extension’s Marine Removal and Prevention Project. The tail will be filled and surrounded with marine debris that Roe has collected along the shores of eastern Long Island.


The eARThHAMPTONS Earth Day Celebration will be held at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend. An art opening reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 8 PM, exhibiting works by William Ris Gallery artists. There will be a special exhibit honoring the work of Athos Zacharias, curated by Pamela Willoughby. Participating artists include Phyllis Chillingworth, Anahi DeCanio, Peter Gumpel, Lori Horowitz, Alyssa Peek, and Lisa Petker Mintz.

Retreat Juried Art Show

The Retreat presents the finalists in the 8th Annual Hamptons Juried Art Show competition. Their work will be shown in an exhibition opening Saturday from 6 to 8 PM at the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton. The nine


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finalists were chosen from more than 70 artists who submitted over 200 works to the competition. The nine finalists are Suzanne Anan of New Jersey, Donna Bates of California, Lani Emanuel of California, Miles Jaffe of New York, Jean Sbarra Jones of Massachusetts, Shana Levenson of New Mexico, Rachel Linnemeier of Arizona, Alexis Martino of New York, and Erin Milan of Washington.

Neva Setlow

East Quogue artist Neva Setlow presents a new series of wood constructions and paper collages at the Southampton Town Hall. The exhibition is on view through May 30. As in much of Setlow’s work, color is a dominant feature. Her work is celebratory, positive and joyful. Her collages are alive with color and freefloating images. For more info visit

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Southampton Arts Center presents “East End Collected3,” curated by Paton Miller. The show is on view through May 29. An artists talk will take place on Sunday, April 30, at 2 PM. Artists include Stephanie Brody-Lederman, David Bunn Martine, Arthur Carter, Jennifer Cross, Janet Culbertson, Franco Cuttica, Josh Dayton, Eric Dever, Adriana Echavarria, Christopher Engel, William Falkenberg, Brian Farrell, Terri Gold, Lautaro Keudell, Mary Lambert, Laurie Lambrecht, Gerson Leiber, Judith Leiber, Brett L o v i n g , Ly n n M a t s u o k a , D i n a h Maxwell Smith, Jonathan Morse, J. Alan Ornstein, Pamela O. Ornstein, Simon Parkes, Gabrielle Raacke, Olivier Robert, Maria Schön, Eileen Dawn Skretch, Neill Slaughter, Susan Tepper, Diane Tuft, Sarah Jaffe Turnbull, and Frank Wimberley.


The Monika Olko Gallery in Sag Harbor presents artwork by Artists Paton Miller and Brett Loving. The show runs through May 9.

White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton presents “Bent” with artwork by Charles Waller, David Geiser, and Mark S. Fisher. The show will run through Sunday.

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Wednesday Night Live

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

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Sybille van Kempen of Loaves and Fishes Food Store and Jennifer Pike of Pike Farms will be at the East Hampton Library for the Tom Twomey Series.

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Rising Stars Piano

Southampton Cultural Center’s Rising Star Piano Series presents 13-year-old Leonid Nediak on Saturday at 7 PM. Leonid will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Nediak, and Rachmaninoff. Leonid recently made his debut with the Toronto Orchestra. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and students under 21 are admitted free. Visit scc-arts. org for more information or to purchase tickets.

Italian Pianist

The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library present Jacopo Giacopuzzi on Sunday at 3 PM. Giacopuzzi is an international prize-winning pianist, chamber musician, and teacher. The concert is a free event and a reception will follow. Register at

Violin Concert

The Shelter Island Friends of Music celebrate 40 years with violinist Eric Silberger on Saturday at 8 PM at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Silberger will perform music by Grieg, Beethoven, and Sinding. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Wine

and cheese will be offered after the concert. For more info call 631-7492251.

Whale Songs

The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead presents Songs from the Journals of the East End Whalemen with Dr. Stephen Sanfilippo on Saturday at 1 PM. Sanfilippo will perform the whalemen’s songs with his banjo, concertina, and guitar. Members are free and non members are $5. Register by calling 631-727-2881 ext. 100.

Jazz Night

The Southampton Arts Center, The Jam Session, and Bonhams Auction House present Latin jazz pianist Hector Martignon and jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker as a part of the Live from SAC concert series on Saturday at 7 PM. Admission is $15 and $5 for children. Visit southamptonartscenter. org for more info.

Suffolk Theater

Dave Davies of the Kinks performs at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead on Saturday at 8 PM. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Davies has inspired many musicians with his legendary hits. Tickets range from $49, $60,and $65. Visit for more info or for tickets.

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Outrageous Open Mic Night is set for Thursday at 8 PM at the Talkhouse in Amagansett. On Friday night at 10 it’s FUZZ. The Nancy Atlas Project is set for 8 PM on Saturday. Hello Brooklyn takes the stage at 10 PM. Visit stephentalkhouse. com or call 631-267-3117 to purchase tickets early or for more info.

Townline BBQ

Located in Sagaponack, Townline continues Karaoke Nights every Saturday from 8 PM to 12 AM with a special food and drink menu as guests sing their favorites. Come for free pool and pub quiz night at 7 PM every Thursday evening and come hear some “smokin’ hot tunes” live alongside a happy hour menu every Friday from 5 to 8 PM. For more info call 631-537-2271 or visit the Townline BBQ Facebook page.

Words Farm To Table

The Tom Twomey lecture series at East Hampton Library continues with an exploration of the symbiotic relationship between a premier prepared food market and a neighboring farmstand. Sybille van Kempen of Loaves and Fishes Food Store and Jennifer Pike of Pike Farms in Sagaponack are the guest speakers. Thursday at 6 PM.

Author Talk

The Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton will host author Alan Schwarz on Monday at 5:30 PM. He will discuss his new book ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic. To register, visit or call 631-2830774 ext. 523.


Canio’s Books

On Saturday at 5 PM Dava Sobel will read from her newest book The Glass Universe: How the Women of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars. Canio’s is located in Sag Harbor.

Local & Independent Authors

BookHampton in East Hampton hosts Local and Independent Author Night on Saturday at 5 PM. Helen A. Harrison, author of An Exquisite Corpse: Death in Surrealist New York, and G.B. Gurland, author of The Secret Files of Phineas Foster, will speak. This event is free. Visit for more info.

Theater Musical

Suffolk Theater in Riverhead presents IN THE MOOD: The Big Band Swing Musical on Friday at 8 PM. Dances from the 30s and 40s are brought to life in this high energy musical event. Tickets range from $45, $49, and $55.


Rebel Rossa

The East Hampton Library presents a free screening of Rebel Rossa, directed by William Cole on Saturday from 2:30 to 5 PM. A Q & A with the director will follow after the film. Call 631-324-0222, ext. 3 to register.


The Hamptons International Film Festival presents a screening of Kinsey on Thursday at 6 PM at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. For more info visit


A screening of Sonita, directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, will take place on Friday at 7 PM at the Southampton Arts Center. The film will include English subtitles. Admission fee is $10. Call 631-283-0967 to register.

Guild Hall

A live screening from the MET of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin will take place on Saturday at 1 PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton. For more info or to buy tickets visit

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Save The Date For CALIENTE! By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

“CALIENTE,” a benefit for Long Island Cares - The Harry Chapin Food Bank, and OLA of Eastern Long Island, is set for Saturday, July 8, from 7 to 10 PM, hosted by Maria and Kenneth Fishel and family on the grounds of their beautiful home in Bridgehampton. The event will honor April Gornik, renowned artist and activist, Minerva Perez, the Executive Director of OLA of Eastern Long Island, and Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares. Academy and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl will serve as the Honorary Chairperson. Long Island Cares’ vision is “A Hunger Free Long Island.” Founded by the late musician Harry Chapin in 1980, its mission is to bring together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to provide for the humanitarian needs of the community. OLA, founded in 2002, is a nonprofit agency committed to promoting social, economic, cultural, and educational development within Long Island’s East End Latino and Hispanic communities while building bridges within the larger East End community that help to foster understanding and harmony. The evening will feature Tito Puente, Jr. and his eight piece band. Co-Chairs of the event are Shari Frank, Toni

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War Paint

That the women who portray Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden in Doug Wright’s new musical, War Paint on Broadway, are titans in their own right, is the obvious understatement. Patti LuPone, as the vampire-like Jewish immigrant (Rubenstein), and Christine Ebersole, as the Episcopalian socialite (Arden), each reveal the vulnerability of these two overachievers who created an industry. Had their names been Henry Ford, they would be remembered in just that way. In their case, however, it takes Wright to rediscover them. Writing about women as “outliers” is a recurring theme for him. His awardwinning Grey Gardens, which he wrote with his collaborators here (music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie), follows the lives of Jacqueline Kennedy’s cousins, Little Edie and Big Edie Bouvier Beale. (Ebersole won the Tony Award for her role.) It follows the two women from their heyday as socialites to their pitiful estrangement. And in his one-man play, I Am My Own Wife, Wright explores the life of an eccentric German transvestite, who hid from the Nazis, in plain sight, as a woman. In War Paint, LuPone’s and Ebersole’s first act duet says it all quite simply, and sadly. “I sleep alone/If I’d been a man, I’d make the rules,” LuPone’s Rubenstein sings. Rejected from purchasing an apartment in a prestigious Manhattan apartment building, she eventually buys the building. And when someone tells her “War is a mind game,” she throws it off with a swift comeback. “Tell that to Joan of Arc.” Even the title turns the world of specifically feminine products – cosmetics -- into a masculine image. In Ebersole’s most outstanding number “Pink,” about the Arden brand signature, the entrepreneur reflects on both her success and her nemesis. “Pink – the only shred of me they want,” Ebersole’s Arden decries. While filled with bathos, it’s a comic gem. The stereotypical color gets what it deserves. LuPone’s Rubenstein, however, is more blatantly emasculating. When Arden divorces her husband and business partner, Tommy Lewis (John Dossett), he runs to Rubenstein to share Arden’s business secrets and secure his own future. Confiding to her designer dog, she laments, “You know how I took you to the veterinarian and he took out your testicles? She did the same to him.” Indeed, both women left their significant others and business partners, in the wings. Following the upward rise of their businesses in the ‘30s is the focus of Act I. The second act fastforwards through

history, starting with World War II, and their support of the war effort, leading into the decline of their businesses in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Unable to keep up with the times -- the advent of television, Madison Avenue, and mass production -- Rubenstein and Arden became the dinosaurs, “Epidermis Rex,” of an ever-expanding market. While the book unearths their lives, what stands out here is the extraordinary singing. LuPone, balancing classical gusto with characteristic bravura, and Ebersole, sweetly and openly alive in

show stopping musical numbers, are legendary. And while the men in their lives were their lesser halves, John Dossett and Doug Sills (Harry Fleming) are in fine form here, as well. Catherine Zuber’s costumes, with LuPone weighted down by enormous necklaces, and Ebersole in Arden’s signature color, add to the parade. David Korin’s scenic design serves as a mirror to their large egos. Fortunately, director Michael Greif recognizes what we’ve come to see, and delivers it joyfully.


“Number 1, I’m representing for women, and No. 2, I’m representing for playwrights of color,” Lynn Nottage said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, following the announcement of her second Pulitzer win for drama. Nottage is the first woman in history to receive two Pulitzers. As with her first Pulitzer for Ruined, Nottage developed Sweat through interviews with the people whose plight

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she represents on stage. Regarded as the first post Trump-era drama, the play takes place in Reading, PA, a steel-manufacturing town, where the factory is closing. Set in 2000 to 2008, the human drama reflects the issues that explain Trump’s presidential victory unemployment and economic despair, racism, immigration, and hatred of the other, and drug addiction. Transforming characters from hopeful to deadened, is the playwright’s coup de theatre. Khris Davis plays a young man about to start college, and a man condemned to prison for an act of violence. That they are both the same character is difficult to see at first. One wonders how the haggard criminal and the idealistic youth could be the same person. His partner in crime, played by Will Pullen, is even more disguised. More potently, the victim of that violence, Stan, sensitively played by James Colby, turns from the pillar of

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East End Calendar Highlights Compiled 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 news@

East Hampton WEDNESDAY 4•19•17 • The East Hampton Town Marine Museum at 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett is until Columbus Day weekend, October 8, on Saturdays and Sundays and some holidays, too. • Guild Hall in East Hampton and Our Fabulous Variety Show present FROM PAGE TO STAGE STUDENT ACTING Final Performance at 7 PM, a showcase of student created plays and performances. Free! Registration required. Visit the GH website or call 631-324-0806. THURSDAY 4•20•17 • The Tom Twomey lecture series at the East Hampton Library continues with a “Farm to Table” discussion with Jennifer Pike and Sybille van Kempen. 6 PM. • At 7 PM Guild Hall in East Hampton and Montauk School present WORD UP!, a showcase of student-read poems from the Montauk School 8th graders. Free. SATURDAY 4•22•17 • Long-time hike leader Rick Whalen of the East

Hampton Trails Preservation Society will lead the Janice Whalen Memorial hike in the scenic Bell Estate and Stony Hill areas of Amagansett, through woods and farmland, in memory of his late wife Janice at 10 AM. This will be the last hike Rick leads for an undetermined time. Meet at the Balsam Farms farm stand on Town Lane, Amagansett, opposite Windmill Lane, for carpool to the hike start point. RAIN DATE (in case of significant rain) Sunday, April 23 at 1 PM. Moderate pace with some hills. Participants are invited to bring flowers. Info only, call Rick: 631-267-6608 or 631-275-8539. SUNDAY 4•23•17 • Join Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner at 1:30 PM at the Amagansett Free Library for “A Woman Presidential Candidate in 1884” which explores the ongoing creation of democracy in our country. This presentation is co-sponsored by the local League of Women Voters and made possible with a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

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Independent Dining Signs & Seasons: An Astrology Cookbook

By Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Every wonder what to feed a hard-toplease dinner guest? Well, the answer might be as simple as discovering their astrological sign. East Hampton’s star astrology team Amy Zerner and Monte Farber, along with Chef John Okas of Highway Restaurant, have created the book Signs & Seasons: An Astrology Cookbook, published by HarperElixir, out on shelves in May. The book reveals how the zodiac is intimately connected to the changing of the seasons and people’s relationship with food. It teaches readers how to eat for their sign and nourish their soul. It also can come in handy when feeding friends and loved ones based on their signs and the season. The book comes complete with over 85 seasonal recipes, replete with astrological lore, tradition, and ingredients that emphasize nourishment for body and spirit. You can even learn

how to balance the preferences and desires of a table of mixed signs. Z e r n e r , Farber, and Okas demonstrate how food connects us not only to our families, history, and culture, but to the natural world itself. The zodiac emerged from our agrarian ancestors’ need to chart the growing seasons. It came from the very necessity of growing food and sustaining life. Drawing on that rich history, the book brings cooks on a journey through the four seasons, beginning with the spring equinox, and each of their astrological signs. A first of its kind, the cookbook describes, based on astrological sign, our appetites and our aversions, as well as our styles in the kitchen and when

entertaining. It tells the reader how each sign eats, how they cook, and how they like to entertain. The recipe for couscous and cracked wheat tabbouleh is perfect for an Aries sign during the spring. A Virgo will enjoy a lemony grilled shrimp with white beans during the summer. Linguine fine with broccoli and anchovies is a recipe for a sagittarius during fall. As the recipes

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Slow Fish Dinner At Noah’s

Celebrate the arrival of spring with Chef Noah Schwartz and Slow Food East End at Noah’s Restaurant in Greenport for the first Spotlight Dinner of 2017 on April 30. Chef Noah will be serving a four-course wine pairing dinner spotlighting local and sustainably sourced seafood or “Slow Fish,” as they say in Slow Food lingo. The menu currently being crafted and will be available soon. Slow Fish is a Slow Food International Campaign which has launched initiatives that promote sustainable fishing, understanding the state and health of our oceans and waterways, and recovering the traditional wisdom of fishing communities which deepen our connection to people who catch our seafood. The cost of the dinner is $95 per person for Slow Food members and $110 for non members. Price includes food, wine pairings, taxes, gratuities, and a $10 per person general donation to Slow Food East End. Space is limited, so make your reservations at www. Chef Noah and his wife, Sunita, opened Noah’s in 2010. The restaurant has received numerous accolades and Chef Noah has been lauded by Best Chefs America in both 2012 and 2013. Noah’s was among the first three restaurants awarded the Slow Food East End Snail of Approval. Noah plans his menus according to the season and what is available. His menus focus largely on seafood.


Duryea’s is open for the season. The Lobster Deck, Fish Market, and Farmer’s Market are open Thursday to Monday pre-season and going to seven days after Memorial Day weekend. The Lobster Deck returns for the 2017 season under the direction of Executive Chef Pierre Sudre and new Chef de Cuisine James Casey Darenberg.  The fresh local seafood menu features several dishes served family style as well as some small plates. Shareable items include: lobster cobb salad, grilled

or steamed lobster, classic clam bake, shrimp basket and seafood towers featuring raw bar items and sushi. Small plates include: crab cake, tuna tartare, breaded calamari, steamers and baked cherry stone clams. A kid’s menu offers simple kid friendly options such as lobster roll, chicken fingers, cheeseburger, and grilled cheese. A wine and beer selection features red, white, rosé, and champagne options. For further information contact Duryea’s at 631-668-2410 or visit 

Chef’s Dinner on Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 9 PM. Guests will enjoy Tako ceviche, red crab, ikura, daikon, and cucumber paired with Born Gold to start during the seven course meal. Other courses include Tokyo Yaki soba paired with Tedorigawa Junmai and venison with fresh wasabi paired with The Huntsman cabernet sauvignon. The cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations.

Ram’s Head Inn

Harbor Grill in Springs hosts a two-for-one taco dinner night every Tuesday from 5 PM to close. Guests

The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island will open its doors for the season, debuting a new chef, new menu, an updated cocktail list, and a fresh line up of live music and events for the season. Chef Matt Murphy, who has made multiple appearances at the James Beard House and was inducted into the Chef 2000 Group in 1996, brings a wealth of exceptional dining experience. Past experience includes The Ritz Carlton, the Rainbow Room, The Russian Tea Room, Melrose Hotel and La Colombe D’or. Chef Murphy’s new menu celebrates the abundance of local delicacies the East End offers. Local duck and seafood, as well as local produce grown on area farms, and in the Ram’s Head’s own gardens will be mainstays on the spring/summer/fall menus, keeping the farm-to-table/fine dining tradition the Ram’s Head has been known for for the past 30 years alive. New cocktails include the Summer Thyme, made with Belvedere Vodka, muddled local raspberries, fresh squeezed lime juice, fresh local thyme, peach bitters.

Hampton Coffee Company

Spring has sprung at Hampton Coffee Company. Come in on Saturday and get your very own Hampton Coffee Logo Cold Tumbler, which features a double wall of high impact plastic, for just $10. This tumbler is so well insulated it won’t sweat and you won’t have to worry about your drink’s temperature for hours. Plus, when you bring it into any Hampton Coffee, you’ll get 20 cents off your drink.

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may choose from four different taco dinners while sipping $4 coronas, $10 margaritas, and $12 spicy margaritas and mango-ritas.

Service Station

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Prime Time

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Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery Clovis Point Vineyard and Winery will feature Peconic Gold Oysters from Ketchams Seafarm from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday. From 1:30 to 5:30 PM Peter Kanelous performs. Sunday sees Bryan Gallo from 1:30 to 5:30 PM. Shinn Estate Vineyard Shinn Estate Vineyards hosts self– guided vineyard walks on Friday. Reservations are required. On Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM join Barbara Shinn for a Vineyard

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Southampton Publick House Wine Series The last of the Westhampton Free Library’ four-part wine tasting series with Eileen Duffy, the author of Behind the Bottle: The Rise of Wine on Long Island is Thursday at 6 PM at Westhampton Beach VFW Post 5350, 101 Old Riverhead Road. The series will feature white, red,

rosé, and sparkling wine tastings and appetizers, as well as a free voucher for a free tasting at the North Fork Winery. The cost is $15 per class. Payment is due at time of registration. To register, visit www. or call 631288-3335. Lieb Cellars Thursday is locals night. Show your ID for 20 percent off glasses and bottles. Noah’s food truck will be on hand serving up awesome tacos while Mother Nature delivers sweet sunsets. 4 to 7 PM. On Saturday there will be live music featuring The Second Hands from 3 to 6 PM. Raphael Keith Maguire performs from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday. www.raphaelwine. com.

Southampton Publick House presents Monday Night Madness specials. Enjoy $5 pints, $7 burger platters, and $6 wings from 5 to 10 PM. Tuesday is two-for-one entrees with two dinner entrees for the price of one. Wednesday is Ladies Night with draft and drink specials in the taproom starting at 10 PM. Thursday is Open Mic Night showcasing East End musicians hosted by David Kirshy starting at 8 PM, along with an 8 PM Happy Hour. In the dining room Thursday offers a three-course prime rib dinner. Friday is all night Happy Hour from 4 PM on with DJ Dory starting at 10 PM. Saturday night is DJ JetSet starting at 10 PM. Saturday and Sunday brunch takes place from 11 AM to 3 PM for $18 per person. Monday to Friday is happy hour from 4 to 7 PM with beer, wine, and drink specials. For further information visit or call 631283-2800.  

Indian Wells Tavern

Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett offers half-price bottles of wine every Thursday and Sunday night. On Thursdays diners may enjoy half-price bottles of wine alongside their prime rib promotion which includes a soup or salad to start, followed by prime rib served with baked potato and vegetables for $29. On Sunday, diners may enjoy half-price bottles of wine alongside a la carte Chef Specials that will change weekly.

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Phil’s Waterfront

Phil’s Waterfront Bar and Grill in Aquebogue presents Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 PM. They also feature live entertainment on Saturdays. Call for details.

Almond Specials

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton presents daily specials.


Walk. Castello di Borghese Vineyard There will be a winemaker’s walk, vineyard tour, and wine tastings every Saturday at 1 PM. $20 entrance fee. Call to reserve your spot or sign up online. www. Baiting Hollow Farm Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard presents Ricky Roche from 2 to 6 PM on Saturday. The vineyard will also host Acoustic Soul from 2 to 6 PM on Sunday. www.

Meatless Mondays will continue offering a three course meatless menu for $35 all night. Tuesdays are steak frites night with a featured steak frites for $19.95. Thursday nights enjoy ½ dozen Montauk pearl oysters or ½ dozen shrimp cocktail for $10 at the bar or at tables. On Sundays grab a burger and a beer at the bar for $15. A $29 three-course prix fixe will be offered from 5:30 to 7 PM every night. For reservations contact Almond at 631-537-5665.

Monday Night Paint

The Salty Canvas presents Monday Night Paint Parties at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack happening from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Cost for the evening is $45 and includes one complimentary Happy Hour drink. To participate guests must register at www.saltycanvashamptons. com within 24 hours of the event.

Living Room

c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton offers a prix fixe that includes three courses for just $35 at the cozy Living Room restaurant, Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 to 7 PM. Happy Hour is Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 6 PM. Enjoy drinks and appetizers at 50 percent off.

Free Soup Days

Tuesday and Thursday are “Free Soup Days” at Clamman on North Sea Road in Southampton from 11 AM to 3 PM, with the purchase of a sandwich or entree. For more info call 631-2836669.

Nick & Toni’s

Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton has introduced its own variation of “Nonna’s Sunday Sauce.” Every Sunday, diners may enjoy slow-cooked “Sunday sauce,” served over pasta. Cost for the dish is $20 per person. Spaghetti squash will be available as a glutenfree substitution for pasta. Call Nick & Toni’s at 631-324-3550.

Buckley’s Inn Between

Happy Hour weekdays at Buckley’s Inn Between in Hampton Bays runs from 4 to 7 PM. On Thursdays, it’s Buckley’s famous wing night with $15 all you can eat wings and all you can drink Miller Lite from 10 PM to 1 AM and music by DJ Pauly.




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Earth Day is Saturday. The very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 launched what became the modern environmental movement. Within 20 years Earth Day went global mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues to the world stage, according to Across the world, the country, and the East End, celebrations abound. Check out our list of local events and activities elsewhere in this edition. Beyond participating in community events, there’s plenty you can do individually to honor Mother Earth. is looking to log three billion “acts of green.” Check out their website for ideas for action you can take personally to protect the planet. Comments from individuals about their acts are inspiring and, in some cases, pretty funny. Said Emily from Pennsylvania, “My classroom wrote 27 letters to the president about climate change.” Barbara from Des Moines offered, “My family decided to stop eating meat for a month. We will let you know how that goes.” And Joe in Portland? He wrote, “I broke up with my girlfriend because she would not recycle no matter what I said.” Check out the website for ideas, or come up with your own plan. Either way, it’s time to show Mother Earth a little love.

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Dear Editor, Here’s another reason to swap out cow’s milk for soy milk: It can substantially reduce your risk for cancer and other common, chronic illnesses. Scientists at the University of Ghent recently found that women who eat lots of soy foods are 44 percent less likely to suffer from colon cancer, and men who eat soy are 40 percent less likely to develop the disease. Researchers also found that

people who eat soy and other vegan foods rather than dairy products are less likely to suffer from stomach cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Cutting out dairy reduced men’s prostate cancer risk by 30 percent, and ditching dairy may also help prevent lung and breast cancers. The lead study author concluded that plant-based eating is cost-effective and can increase the number of healthy years that people live. Eating vegan also reduces animal suffering and combats climate change and other environmental problems. Visit to learn more and to order or download a free vegan starter kit. HEATHER MOORE THE PETA FOUNDATION

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What was your favorite part of Easter? Publisher James J. Mackin

Claire I like the Easter Bunny a lot. I like to color eggs. Also I get a stuffed bunny in my Easter basket and my grandma gets the same one. But hers is always bigger than mine.

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Aubry I like the chocolate eggs. I saw the Easter Bunny in Sag Harbor!

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Yeraldine I like the eggs. The chocolate ones and the ones we paint.

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One of the small boats on sale at the East End Classic Boat Society’s open house.

Small Boat Sale A small boat sale will be part of the East End Classic Boat Society’s Spring Open House from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday at 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett. “We have everything from wooden crafts to fiberglass sloop and an antique canoe,” said EECBS President Ray Hartjen. In addition to shopping for a boat attendees can view vintage boats undergoing restoration and new boats. Antique rudders, centerboards and wooden boat memorabilia will also be on sale. Visit for more information. C.T.

Isabelle My favorite part is when you paint the eggs and then you go to find them.

Beni I like the Easter Eggs and the chocolate candy.

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HUGS Awarded This week Assemblyman Fred Thiele applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo for including Human Understanding Growth Services, Inc.(HUGS) in the $2.65 million funding awarded to expand and develop treatment support services. HUGS, located in Westhampton Beach, is a non-profit that is dedicated to alcohol and drug prevention. They won $100,000 of the $2.65 million that was awarded throughout New York. “Substance abuse and addiction is a problem in communities across the State and here on Long Island’s East End. This funding will assist HUGS Inc. in their efforts to increase access to vital services for those who need help in beating addiction,” said Assemblyman Thiele. C.T.

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On April 12, Congressman Lee Zeldin attended a community roundtable in East Hampton to address the growing drug crisis on the East End of Long Island. The roundtable was hosted by Vida Abundante New York and was attended by religious and community leaders, including East Hampton Town Councilwoman Sylvia Overby. At the roundtable, Congressman Zeldin discussed his work in Congress to combat heroin and opioid abuse.

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RICK’S SPACE Butta A buttered roll. It’s what’s for breakfast. Even though I’ve seen it in many cities, having a buttered roll for breakfast is a New York thing, like a bagel with cream cheese. The tradition dates back. My mother used to say, “Have some bread and butter” if I complained I was hungry. “Otherwise you’ll ruin your dinner.” I could never figure that out. Would a cookie be any worse? The truth was even the poor families had bread and butter, so it was an affordable way to get some nourishment into a kid. It was amazing what you could do with a buck back in the day. I would get on the IRT at the Parkside station and three trains and 15 cents later be up in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium. I could buy an entire loaf of Italian bread with butter for a dime. It cost 50 cents to get into the bleachers, but you could cross over into the last nine rows of the upper deck for another dime. As the game wore on the ushers would disappear and I would make my way down to the box seats, just a few yards from the dugout. After the game I would wait outside for the players to come out. Mickey Mantle was like a rock star. Fans engulfed his limo, trapping the Mick inside,

until it finally began moving right through the sea of bodies. One day I came home late for dinner. “Put your good clothes on, and hurry - we have company,” my mother said coldly. Just when I got my jeans off, she came into my room. “Where were you today?” she asked softly. “At the schoolyard,” I said. My radar was up. My mind began racing for a more suitable lie. “Funny, I went there looking for you. Then Mrs. Kane told me you went to the ball game.” “Yeah, right mom. We had a stickball game at St. Thomas More’s. Yeah, a stickball game.” “NO, you went to the Bronx, Rickey.” This was a no-no. Then she grabbed the belt from my discarded jeans, the one I made at the Arts and Craft camp she used to make us go to on Saturday mornings. It was made of beads and leather and it was ugly as hell, but in the right hands it packed a real wallop. She began on my pink thighs. Each swat was accompanied by a word: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU NOT TO GO TO THE BRONX? A lie came from my mouth with each painful welt that rose. “I went to the movies with Tommy.” “I was at church praying for your

lost soul.” “I joined the Navy!” Finally I blurted it all out: “I went to see The Mick!!!” There was no dinner for me, only bread and butter, or as we pronounced it, butta. I would stop at Murray’s every morning on the way to school and grab a buttered roll. If I had an extra dime I would upgrade to a bagel and cream cheese. We called Murray’s a candy store, but he also had a soda counter, newspapers, cigarettes, and, if you were 18 or older (or 13 and big for your age) dirty magazines. They don’t know how to do bagels out here. They put the cream cheese on like it was butter, a thin coating. I always have to try and explain what a “schmear” is. In a good Jewish deli in the city they would put the entire package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese on the toasted bagel. Not here. I did learn what a Bonac Burger is: butter and peanut butter on a roll. There came a time when our beloved butta came under siege, much like what would happen to cigarettes, whole milk, salt, sugar, even Brylcreem. These wholesome items were deemed unfit for human consumption because they were

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bad for you. For a while there they would sell margarine right next to butter. It began to find its way onto our beloved morning rolls. Finally, Crazy Frankie Balducci put an end to it. Frankie wasn’t that big, but he was crazy, crazy enough to throw some wise guy in front of a moving bus when he was 11. “Hey Murray!” He yelled one morning. “What’s this crap on my roll?” “Butta!” Murray insisted. Frankie turned and faced Nostrand Avenue. “Murray, you see dat bus over dere?” Murray silently grabbed another roll, lathered it up with the real thing, and handed it to Frankie. The margarine fad was over.

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Histor y comes alive at the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society and Museums this weekend with “Original Families Weekend At The MATT. Direct descendants of two founding families -- the Tuthills and the Wickhams -- who arrived on the North Fork in the 1640s will each present a program. On Saturday at 2 PM, June TuthillBassemir of Jamesport assisted by cousin Emily Tuthill Best-Cramer, will offer an “Introduction to Rugbraiding.” On Sunday at 2 PM, Thomas Wickham of Cutchogue assisted by sister Parnell Wickham, presents “Farming History of the Wickhams on the North Fork.” In May, Mr. Wickham will lead a guided tour of the Wickham Orchard and Farm. The programs will take place at the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society and Museums on Main Road at Cardinal Drive in Mattituck, New York. The programs are free, for more information, contact Edward Marlatt at 646-248-0640 or marlatt@

Southold Historical On Friday at 4 PM at the Community Center at Peconic Landing (simulcast to Southold Free Library), Bill Bleyer will give a talk based on his book, Long Island and the Civil War.   Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War affected every one of the 101,000 people living in the region. More than 3000 young men - white and black - answered their country’s call to preserve the Union by serving in the army or navy.  There were training camps for regiments on their way to the front, Confederate ships marauding within eight miles of Montauk Point, anti-war protest and a draft riot in Jamaica in 1863.  Local women raised thousands of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island companies manufactured uniforms, drums and medicines for the army.   Long Island and the Civil War explores this story, from the 1860 presidential campaign to the wartime experience of Long Islanders in the field and at home.  Bleyer was a prize-winning Newsday staff writer for 33 years before retiring in the summer of 2014 to work on this book and freelance for magazines and Newsday. Vox At Custer Although Galileo’s scientific achievements are widely known, the legendary “father of modern science” was a member of a distinguished family of virtuoso lutenists and was an accomplished lutenist himself.

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Mobile Office Congressman Lee Zeldin will hold mobile office hours on Friday at Peconic Lane Community Center in Peconic from 10 AM to 1 PM. According to a release from his office, during office hours, constituents can sit down with the congressman or a staff member for a one-on-one to discuss the issues or concerns important to them. Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary. To protect constituent’s privacy, there is no videotaping or recording during



Continued from page 18. home care providers, and hospitals by $401 million, $360 million, and $355 million respectively. It is a key provision of the proposed GOP plan, he said. The removal of the Cost Sharing Reductions (a portion of the Affordable Care Act financial assistance) will eliminate New York’s Essential Plan, which provides coverage to nearly 700,000 for free or $20 monthly premiums with no deductibles. Kirsch accused Congressional Republicans of, “putting party ahead of people.” He urged President Trump and Congressman Paul Ryan, the main architect of the AHCA, “to set their ideologies aside.” All the experts agreed that New York State, always progressive when it came to health care, has easily navigated the intricacies of Obamacare and it has been a boon to many of citizens. Benjamin pointed out the state has taken on more of the increased cost of Medicaid rather than pass it along to some counties that it proves a burden to. Initially, the federal government and the state were to split the cost of Medicaid 50-50. The state then passed along half its share (25 percent) to its counties. As costs grew, though, some counties, particularly in poorer areas, felt the financial strain. Albany lawmakers then pulled back some of the Medicaid charges to mollify the counties. As of now counties contribute about 13 percent of the costs.

Doing It Right “New York is doing it right,” Benjamin said. “There is better service in New York State than most other places.” During a question and answer period with journalists who


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Classic Cars A classic car show will be held at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free. There will be live music by Who Are Those Guys, prizes, food and drink specials. participated in the conference call, the panelists danced around questions critical of Obamacare. Though all agreed the GOP plan that would cut $800 billion from Medicaid would mean millions of Americans would lose their health insurance, the panelists were loathe to criticize Obamacare, which badly underestimated how much it would cost to accomplish its goal. As a result the Medicaid deficit soared. According to Brian Blasé, a senior research fellow at George Mason University, the ACA’s Medicaid expansion enrollees cost an average of $6366 per plan, 50 percent higher than expected. The unexpected spike, wrote Blasé, exposed the government’s inability to estimate Obamacare costs and triggered the desire among Republican leaders to reel in costs. In response to a question about the rising costs of premiums under Obamacare, Benjamin claimed, “average premiums throughout the state have gone from $1200 to $600.” When apprised small business owners invariably see an increase in the cost of premiums she acknowledged, “There is currently not enough assistance for small businesses.” When questioned by this reporter, the panelists stood clearly behind Obamacare in its current form and offered little in the way of advice on how to improve it. Blasé, on the other hand, is not fond of the current law or the proposed AHCA championed by Republicans. “It has become more and more obvious in the years since it was foisted on the American people that Obamacare is a jerry-built piece of legislation and that it is about time that, politics aside, there should be bipartisan endeavor to scrap the law and replace it with one that makes sense and is truly affordable.”  



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During a candlelighting ceremony on March 30, 26 eighth-grade students were inducted into the Hampton Bays Middle School National Junior Honor Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for students.

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School kindergartners recently learned how to shape animals out of clay from local environmental artist Tony Valderrama as part of the school’s visiting artist series.

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Riley Avenue School in Riverhead hosted a first grade poetry fair to celebrate National Poetry Month.

EWECC The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, a nonprofit that provides early childhood education and childcare for toddlers through prekindergarteners, will be the beneficiary of a special shopping event at the J. Crew store on Main Street in East Hampton on Friday, April 28, from 3 to 6 PM. J. Crew will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales during the event to the center, which relies on annual fundraising to continue its programs that serve more than 100 children each year. Shoppers will receive a 20-percent discount on purchases of $125 or more. There will be complimentary wine and snacks, and free tote bags distributed as gifts, while supplies last. Those who cannot make it to the shop on April 28 can still help out: Beginning on Wednesday, April 26, items selected at J. Crew can be set aside and sales rung through during the shopping event, in order to help raise funds for EWECC. Hampton Bays Registration is now open for the Hampton Bays Baymen’s 10th annual community 5K run/walk, scheduled for May 13 at 9 AM at Hampton Bays Middle School, located at 70 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. The run, sponsored by the Hampton Bays Booster Club, will benefit the Hampton Bays Track and Field Program, as well as Booster Continued on Page 48.


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Time Travelers The Shelter Island Historical Society hosts a week-long summer program for children aged six to 12. Participants will journey back in time to explore Shelter Island’s story through music, art, performance, crafts, gardening, and games. Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4. For more information, email info@ Bulldog Ball Club summercamps Based in East Hampton for this summer, the multisport camp is now open for registration. The Bulldogs camp programs are designed to improve children’s knowledge and skills of sports for both beginners and experienced player alike. All children can enjoy sports with the right coaching and approach. Camp offerings include soccer, flag football, and basketball in the mornings and baseball or softball in the afternoon. All coaches are


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SoFo Camp 631-537-9735 South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton hosts a marine science program each summer. Visit their website to learn more. YMCA East Hampton RECenter 631-329-6884 YMCA East Hampton RECenter Summer Day Camp offers a robust and fun-filled camp program, which provides children with positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, enhancing confidence through skill- building activities suited to their age. Children can experience a sense of achievement through opportunities in the outdoors and are welcomed to a physically and emotionally safe and stimulating environment. Summer day campers are also able

to explore creativity, teamwork, and leadership in a wide range of physically active programs that influence lifelong healthy living.

The Art Farm www.theartfarminthehamptons. com 631-537-1634 The Art Farm on Wheels hits the road! Small groups and tailored schedules that meet the desires of each camper create the unique Art Farm experience. Campers spend their morning on the water and the afternoon on Art Farm’s organic, sustainable farm in Sagaponack. Mornings are about being active, challenged, informed, and fulfilled while exploring. Afternoons add a chance for creativity, time spent nurturing the animals, teamwork and fun; always combined with composting, reducing, reusing, and recycling. Camp Shakespeare camp 631-267-0105 Going into its 18th year, Camp

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Shakespeare is a fun, creative, and welcoming place for kids and teens, ages 8-15. Activities involve acting, improvisation, movement, voice, and theatrical arts and crafts, and are led by trained theater educators in an atmosphere of discovery and cooperation. Each weeklong session culminates in a performance for family and friends. Camp Shakespeare is held on the expansive grounds of and within beautiful St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett, and in partnership with the Southampton Cultural Center, both at the Center and in adjacent Agawam Park.

Camp Invention 800-968-4332 Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Local educators lead a week of handson activities created especially for children entering grades first to sixth. Camp Invention gives boys and girls the opportunity to investigate circuits, disassemble household appliances, and much Continued on Page 46.

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Continued from page 45. more! As they dream, build, and make discoveries, they will have a chance to examine science and technology concepts during teambuilding exercises. It runs from July 31 through August 4 at Springs School.

East Hampton Indoor Tennis 631-537-8012 The Davis Cup Tennis Program provides top summer tennis instruction on a daily, weekly, or seasonal basis. Players of all skill levels are welcome to attend and each camper is placed into an appropriate group. East Hampton Sports Camp @ Sportime 631-267-CAMP (2267) East Hampton Sports Camp @ SPORTIME offers children between the ages of three and 13 an exciting program of sports and games that includes tennis, baseball, swimming, basketball, soccer, dodgeball, capture-the-flag, and more! Experienced art and music teachers also provide campers with a variety of creative activities, special events, and fun theme days.

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The Country School Summer Camp 631-537-2255 www.countryschooleasthampton. org The Country School Summer Camp is for kids ages two and a half through seven. There is a full range of activities to choose from, including art, music, gymnastics, jewelry making, team sports, swimming, and much more. Located on Industrial Road in Wainscott – call for dates and rates. Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp 631-727-7850 ext. 328 The Cornell Cooperative Extension sponsors a sleep away and day camp for youngsters eight through 15. Includes training in outdoor survival, marine science, forest, pond, and woodlands study. Call for more information. Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue Pony Tails Compassion Camp 631-537-7335 For the camper who just can’t get enough of the world of horses, have we got a camp for you.



Beginning June 26, camps will run at the Bridgehampton farm Monday through Friday. Sign up for one week or the season for kids ages four to 12 from 9:30 AM to 1 PM.

Raynor Country Day School 631-288-4658 camp The best gift you can give a child. Kids can enjoy an all inclusive summer camp offering both indoor and outdoor options. 12-acre grounds offer manicured fields, gymnasium, two heated pools, aquatics center, and sports courts designed for various uses. Flexible options include two-day, three-day, and five-day experiences from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. A mature and experienced staff is on hand. Located in Westhampton Beach. Future Stars Camp 631-287-6707 Future Stars Camps is offering junior summer camps focusing on multi sport, soccer, tennis, basketball, lacrosse and baseball programs. Future Stars Southampton LLC, which operates the 46,000 square foot, state of the art indoor complex is an


affiliate of Future Stars Tennis, LLC, one of New York’s largest sports management companies.

Buckskill Tennis Club 631-324-2243 Located in East Hampton, the Buckskill Tennis Club offers a program to help develop wellrounded tennis players. Instruction is given in form, technique, fitness, and proper tennis etiquette. Buckskill instructors stress the importance of enjoying tennis, “a game for life.” Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck 631-878-1070 Specifically designed for campers with disabilities. Each session is designed to help the campers (children and young adults up to the age of 21) achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a sleepaway environment. The camp aims to help each child reach beyond the limits of their physical and mental challenges, encouraging them to join fellow campers in activities. It’s on Chet Swezey Road in Center Moriches. Continued on Page 47.

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The Girl Scouts Camp 631-604-2201 Camp Blue Bay Sleepaway Camp, located in East Hampton, provides girls with an outdoor experience in which campers can choose to live in a troop house or go tent camping. A variety of program choices are available for one or two week sessions. Girls will participate in general camp activities including swimming, boating, crafts, nature, campfires and more. Girl Scouts and non-girl scouts can sign up. Hamptons Baseball Camp 631-907-2566 For children of all experience levels, ages four to 14, who want to play baseball in a safe, fun, positive and organized learning environment. Emphasis is placed on effort over talent, team concepts, and core fundamentals. Also include are tips on diet, fitness and “intangibles.” Weeklong summer sessions are available from June through September.


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Pathfinder Country Day Camp 631-668-2080 Treat your kids to a summer they will remember in scenic Montauk. Activities include swimming instruction in a heated pool, basketball, baseball, archery, tennis, cookout and much more. Transportation included! Theater Camps 631-725-0818 Bay Street Theater’s summer camps and classes run the gamut from puppetry to musical theater to Shakespeare. An array of offerings suitable for kids between the ages of four and 14.


East End Hospice Camp Good Grief 631-288-8400 Every year East End Hospice offers a summer camp for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This year Camp Good Grief will be held August 21 to August 25 at Peconic Dunes Camp in Southold. There are fun activities and plenty of surprises, plus the camp gives the children a chance to bond with others who have had similar experiences. Sandy Hollow Day Camp 631-283-2296 The Southampton-based camp, for ages four through 14, offers a wide variety of activities including swimming, tennis, sports, and arts and crafts. It is family owned and operated. Transportation is available. MBX Surf Camp 631-537-2716 The leading surf camp in The Hamptons provides 10 weekly session, Monday through Friday 9 AM to 3:30 PM.



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Continued from page 43. Club efforts. It will feature awards for top finishers in each age group. Fe e s f o r p r e - r e g i s t r a t i o n (available until May 6) are $15 for children 16 and under and $20 for adults. Day of race registration is $20 for children 16 and under and $25 for adults. Registration can be mailed to Hampton Bays Booster Club, 88 Argonne Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 with checks made out to Hampton Bays Booster Club or online. For more information e-mail Some 35 winning posters created by Hampton Bays Elementary School students will soon be displayed on Senator Ken LaValle’s website as part of the New York State Earth Day poster competition. Technology teacher Wendy Alberti selected seven winning posters from each grade after the students worked on them in her

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classroom. Tuckahoe School Tu c k a h o e ’ s E d u c a t i o n a l Foundation will once again host their 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Friday, May 7, from 6 to 8 PM. This event is sponsored by the Tuckahoe Educational Foundation and will be held at the Tuckahoe School. We will have a Mariachi Band, food, games and Mexican Dancers. This event is open to everyone. The cost is $7 per person and $3 per child age 5 and under. Volunteers are welcome! Tuckahoe PTO will be having its annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale on Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, on the front lawn of the school building located at 468 Magee Street, Southampton.

Riverhead Schools April is National Poetry Month; therefore, fittingly, Riley Avenue Schools hosted a First Grade Poetry Fair to celebrate the completion of

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their poetry unit. First graders read a variety of children’s poems and then used their reading experience to try out a similar style of poetry by writing their own poems. The Riley Avenue Student Council helped distribute the pockets and greet the parents. Once inside the cafeteria, the fun began. Each first grader had three or four poems


Continued from page 5. on her donated land. By 1907 a cottage-style shingled building with a fireplace and diamond pane windows was complete. In 1929 the village boasted a population of 994, 608 with library cards (though summer residents may also have had the cards). In September of 1938 the cornerstone for a new Junior/ Senior High School to be built on Mill Road and Depot Road was laid. Twenty days later the famed Hurricane of ’38 wiped out most of the burgeoning village. Main Street was flooded with up to eight feet of water, the death toll reached 27. Library Avenue was clogged with debris from mansions battered and carried landward from the dunes. The library, perched atop a small rise, survived. After World War II Judge Harold Medina decided to establish a trust for the benefit of the library. “I got the idea that the little library they had up here in the village was wholly inadequate . . . At that time I was really at the peak of my success as a lawyer and making a lot of money and doing extremely well and so I said this is the time to start the fund,” Medina said in an interview. The purpose of the trust


on their trifold board, which was decorated to reflect the subjects of the poems they had written, and one poem to give away.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers, and community members came to reinforce this first foray into poetry by the first graders. Topics for their poems often included siblings, parents, and pets. was “to build, furnish and equip a new library building as a gift to the people of Westhampton.” Jay Janoski, head of reference for the library offered an overview of the institution’s history during a celebration of its anniversary last month. The library wouldn’t exist as it does today, were it not for Judge Medina, Janoski pointed out in an interview with The Independent. Judge Medina funded additional wings to the building and added to its collection. The Library Avenue building was constructed thanks to a gift from the Westhampton Chapel Society in 1951. In 1959 a wing dedicated to American History and Literature was named for the Judge. His collection of sailing boat replicas crafted by master builder Ripley Ropes was donated to the library by his widow. “They disappeared for a while,” Janoski said. But staff found them and had them refurbished. About seven years ago, the library annex was torn down, ground down, and recycled, “And,” said, Janoski, “we built this beautiful building.” It’s designed to serve the community’s needs for the next 50 years. The library’s website states the institution’s mission: “to serve the community; cultivate knowledge; promote curiosity; and inspire lifelong learning.”

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Who’s Hot (And Who’s Not) The next month is make it or break it time for high school baseball teams with playoff aspirations. Who’s hot? Try sizzling. That

would be the Southampton Mariners, sitting atop League VII with a sterling 8-1 record. The Mariners are in the midst of a scintillating five game winning streak

Lady Hurricanes Making Playoff Run By Rick Murphy

It’s been a tough season for local softballers thus far, but the Westhampton Lady Hurricanes are a welcome exception. The locals are off to a 6-2 start in rough and tumble League IX, putting them squarely in the Class A playoff picture. Last Wednesday’s 11-3 loss to Miller Place was not indicative of what transpired in the early season, when the locals reeled off a four-game winning streak to start the season A 9-0 whitewash of East Hampton on April 10 was more in line with what the team does best. Jess Ferrick hurled a complete game four-hitter, and the offense peppered the field - and the stands – with hits. Brooke Walter went three for three, two of them dingers, exploding for six ribbies and three runs scored. She also tripled. Lauren Ramos contributed three rocks and also scored three times. Incidentally, Walker and Ramos

lead the county in home runs with five each. Ferrick is among the league leaders in wins with four. The locals play at Glenn (2-6) today and get Islip (5-1) at home tomorrow. The rest of the League IX local teams have struggled. East Hampton is 3-5, Southampton 2-5, and Hampton Bays 1-7. The Lady Bonackers play at Islip (5-1) today and get Sayville (5-2) at home tomorrow. Mattituck, competing in League X, is 3-3 thus far. The Lady Tuckers play at Southold/Greenport tomorrow. Pierson, Bridgehampton (0-3) and Shelter Island (0-5) are winless so far this season. The Lady Whalers try to break the schneid at Babylon (7-0) tomorrow. Shelter Island gets Center Moriches (5-0) at home tomorrow. Southold/Greenport (3-2) comes to the Island Friday. Riverhead is 1-6 in League III; the Lady Waves host Patchogue/Medford (1-5) tomorrow.

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during which the team allowed a grand total of one run. Last Wednesday the Mariners whitewashed Mercy not once but twice: Chad Pike hurled a one-hitter in the nightcap of a doubleheader as the locals prevailed 3-0. Aaron Krzyzewski did the honors in the opener, fanning eight as the locals coasted, 5-0. A three game series continues as Southampton takes on Mattituck today at home and tomorrow on the North Fork, and those games should be dandies. Mattituck is also off to a hot start, sitting one game behind the Mariners in second place with a 7-2 mark. The Tuckers were working on a seven game win streak before getting upended by Center Moriches Saturday in an 11-10 donnybrook. The Tuckers won the first two games of the series. There’s red hot, and then

there’s white hot. That would be Southold, 9-0 in League IX. Talk about pitching? The Settlers have allowed six runs the entire season, and feature two of the best hurlers on Long Island: Pat MacFarland and Dylan Clausen. Oh, and let’s not forget Luke Hansen, the third man in the rotation. He earned the win last Wednesday when the Settlers pummeled Smithtown Christian 16-2. McFarland didn’t sit idly by – he raked four hits good for three ribbies. Next up is Greenport (1-6) at home today and on the road tomorrow. Pierson/Bridgehampton (3-3 in league play) is battling for a playoff berth. In League VI Westhampton, which has a history of finishing fast, is in fifth place as of this writing with a 3-3 league mark. Some local teams got off to slow starts and remain icy cold. Those include Riverhead, 3-5 in League III and 3-6 overall and Hampton Bays, 1-8 in League VII. Greenport is 1-4 in League IX play and 1-6 overall. East Hampton is winless after eight games.

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Coast Guard Auxiliary News By Vincent Pica

Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard

With dozens killed in the southeast of our country, it puts into perspective our complaints about heavy fog, drenching rain and the largely cold and damp spring that we had until of late. But, like hurricanes vs the tails of hurricanes, weather like we’ve been seeing is far more likely to affect us and thus we should understand the forces at play. This column is about that.

The Lake Effect We’ve all heard of the “lake effect,” where the Great Lakes dump so much snow on upstate New York and nearby states. Snow accumulations of 10 to 12 feet over the course of the winter in Buffalo are not unusual. The phenomenon occurs when cold air flows over the relatively warm lakes. The relative heat of the lakes leads to warming of the lowest levels of the atmosphere, which promotes rising air. When air rises in the atmosphere, it is cooled, and if enough upward motion (and thus enough cooling) results, then the air will reach its

dew point and condensation will occur leading to cloud development. Eventually the clouds will produce precipitation. And, if you’ve been following the weather upstate (I was just up there for USCG business), flooding from unrelenting rain is rampant.

The Ocean Effect Why doesn’t that happen here, at the seashore where all the same characteristics -- warmer water, winds and cold air -- are at hand? In fact, it does. The Ocean Effect just doesn’t get as much media attention since nobody lives over the ocean, and there are no roads to get clogged by snow. Also, the temperature gradient isn’t as great, since we don’t get as much of that Canadian cold air as they do upstate. Since most of us aren’t boating during the winter months, it isn’t much of an issue. However, with the extremes of weather we’ve been seeing, we can see the ocean effect both in the fall and in the spring. And


what doesn’t fall as snow falls as rain. And plenty of it as we’ve seen. The accompanying satellite photo shows an excellent example of ocean effect conditions. Clear skies over the mainland and plenty of cloud cover over the ocean – and seashore communities. The basics are very similar to the lake effect scenario. Thus, it will occur when rather cold air flows over the warmer ocean waters. Once the air has been over the water long enough (i.e. a bit offshore), it warms and rises and clouds will form. And, if the temperature difference between the air and the water is large enough, precipitation will develop from these clouds. This situation will frequently occur behind a cold front that has moved off shore. Typically, a cold front will be accompanied by showers, then clearing skies are likely after the front has passed and the colder and drier air mass moves in. Forecasts in coastal locations will indicate this progression of events, but offshore the situation may be different with clearing skies initially followed by the ocean effect conditions described above. And


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