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Halsey Ludlow Dickinson, Jr., World War II Vet Rommel. Then they were in Algeria and Morocco. Then Sicily, and Omaha

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It was the stuff legends are made of, except nobody but those who lived it would believe it. Fresh-faced boys, shipped over the Atlantic Ocean (on the Queen Mary no less), going to stand up against the vicious attack machine devouring Europe – The Nazis. Halsey Ludlow Dickinson Jr., fresh out of Bridgehampton High School, was one. To say he fought on the front lines would be an understatement – as a member of the U.S. Army First Division, he went where the enemy was. For four years over two continents. He and the men beside him came to be known as The Big Red One, the most elite fighting unit of World War II, led by

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THE SWEET REVENGE OF “LADY ****** EYES” Want some good news? Last week a Papa John’s employee in New York City was fired after a customer tweeted a picture of her receipt, which included a racial slur. Why is it good news? Because in the future, Papa John’s will be a lot more careful before they allow some bigoted idiot to hide behind their name and work behind their counter. This only happened after Papa John’s received tens of thousands of calls by people outraged that Minhee Cho, the Asian woman who was buying a Papa John’s pizza, was identified on her receipt by a nasty reference to the shape of her eyes. This is a great moment in the consumer protest movement. It’s a message a lot of our older readers might heed.

Forget the phone. Learn to tweet. Get on Facebook. YouTube is your friend. And, most important, don’t let the bastards “voice mail” you into the ground. If you have tried to register a complaint on the phone with anyone in the last 30 years, you know what I mean. Try getting through to “consumer relations” at any major corporation in the United States. I maintain there isn’t a single real person working in consumer relations. There is only a voice in voice mail. When you call to register a complaint, you get led through the voice mail maze, which goes something like this:



“You have just been connected with the consumer relations voice mail system of Stonewall Unlimited. If you are slightly unhappy with our product, press 1. If you are quite unhappy, press 2. If you are fuming mad at us, press 3. If you are looking to rip someone’s head off, press 4.” So you press 4, and a new line of questions starts. “If you are planning to sue us for less than a million dollars, press 1 . . .” In time you give up. A few years ago I called my local power authority to report an outage in East Hampton, where we have more blackouts than London during the Blitz. After 20 minutes of punching 1, 2, 3 and 4 like a trained chimp and finding myself unable to connect with a human voice, I elected to sit in the darkness and sulk. How did it come to this? Whatever happened to “The customer is always right?” The men who believed in that old adage have long since died and gone to corporate heaven. Back in the early 1900s, corporations were very often owned by men whose names were on the front of their factories or stores. Names like Edison, Macy, Chrysler, Gimbel, Firestone. Many of them were scoundrels, but they took great pride in the products they made, they didn’t hide and they all shared the belief that the customer was king. Back in those days, it was not unusual for the head of a corporation to pick up the phone and personally field a complaint. If one called the Firestone Tire Company, they might have actually gotten Harvey S. himself, or at least his faithful secretary. With no “hold” button on the phone, the secretary would put her palm over the mouthpiece


and whisper something like, “It’s a customer and he sounds mad. He wants to speak to you, Mr. Firestone.” Can’t you just see Harvey Firestone picking up the phone in his office in Akron and soothing the caller? I can just imagine what he’d say: “You’re on the Ohio Turnpike and one of my tires blew on your car? Tell you the truth, we’ve been having that problem with our tires lately. Why don’t you come on by here and we’ll replace it free. Hell, I’ll replace all your tires. When you get here tell the guard at the desk to call up to me. I’ll come help you put the tires on, too.” B y t h e 19 5 0 s , t h e H a r v e y Firestones of the world were by and large replaced by men who wouldn’t know one of their customers if they ran over him. These new men were faceless and nameless to the average customer, and that’s the way they wanted it to be. They hid behind improved phone technology that insulated them from the public. Now, with voice mail, an executive can hide from a dissatisfied customer forever. They changed the name of the complaint department to the consumer relations department. No complaint department? Voila! No complaints. Well if you have a complaint today just remember this: There is no Papa John. He’s not in the kitchen making pizza. The name Papa John’s was probably picked by a computer. So if you have a complaint about his pizza, my advice is to learn to tweet, get on Facebook, and the guys who are hiding behind the Papa John’s name or any other company name will get the message. If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to or visit and scroll to the bottom of the column.

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Plum TV Closer To Demise By Rick Murphy

estimated assets of between $1 milPlum TV Inc., which operates in lion and $10 million, with estimated eight resort markets including East liabilities of between $10 million and Hampton, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy $50 million. Bloomberg reported that the Bronx-based company had assets last week. Though founder Tom Scott put his of $8.6 million, with liabilities totalbest spin on the news, industry insid- ing $19 million; revenue for 2011 was ers predicted the station, broadcast on estimated at $6.4 million, resulting in Channel 18 hereabouts, would soon an $8.4 million net loss. However Jerry Powers, former go dark for good. CEO of Plum, said “We want to reasthe company’s probsure our audiences “While a filing is a lems are far more and advertisers that serious than Scott Plum TV remains in difficult choice, after lets on. He said business and will Plum lost between continue to provide a tough time for the $64 and 70 million our daily programsince its inception, ming throughout this process,” Scott company, it is the right has “never had a profitable quarter” said in a prepared choice.” - Tom Scott. and is in “very seristatement. “Plum ous trouble” with and its respective the New York State channels continue to enjoy strong brand identification Labor Department. In fact, creditors, including New in desirable markets.” “They are done and it serves them York State, have been looking for Plum right,” said Steven Gaines, the first officials locally, but, as The Indepenhost of Plum’s Morning Show. “They dent reported several months ago, the company has completely closed lied to a lot of people.” According to the filing with the down its Hamptons-based operation, U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Southern abandoning its Bridgehampton office District of New York, Plum TV Inc. has space.

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After Audit, LTV Faces Uncertain Future By Rick Murphy

The East Hampton Town Board is weighing its options, and with its lease expiring LTV, the town’s local television operator, faces an uncertain future at best. LTV is funded almost entirely by public money, yet it runs as an autonomous entity with no control by the town, at least until this year. A recent town ordered in-house audit revealed a number

of spending practices town officials are questioning. But the in-house audit provides a cursory glance at best. “It’s still open,” said town budget officer Len Bernard, regarding the town’s investigation into the internal doings at LTV. “There are still things we need to do. One is to get in there and identify for certain the equipment owned by the town.” The Independent previously revealed a number of transactions

Supe Calls For Unity By Kitty Merrill

Despite a meager audience in East Hampton Town Hall last Thursday night, Supervisor Bill Wilkinson offered his state of the town address for 2012. At the top of the list? Making sure politics stays out of the governing process. The supervisor noted a dais comprised of two Democrats and three Republicans, just like during his first term in office. “I highlight this,” he said, “because party differences did not in any way interfere

with the incredible work the 2010 administration did in two short years.” Town residents should hold the new board to the same level of performance, he declared. Focusing first on the past, Wilkinson reminded that his administration encountered a historic deficit thought to top $30 million when he took office in 2010. Alongside the staggering fiscal disaster, Wilky inherited “a bloated budget, inefficient management and a total lack of accountability.”

that might raise the eyebrow of the district attorney: furniture was purchased directly from Director Seth Redlus’s family, a new kitchen from his former employer, and his brother holds the snow removal contract for the facility. The auditors concluded, “The office manager is responsible for processing accounts payable.” However, one insider with direct knowledge of the LTV operation said “Seth controls the checkbook. Everything

goes through him. He handles checks outside her purview.” The town audit found LTV paid KGA Property Management over $12,000 for electrical contractor services. Bernard said the town recently learned KGA doesn’t have a license to do electrical work. The Independent has learned the electrical contractor, identified in a court document as Girard Crawson, is the

“We were lacking a moral financial compass,” he asserted. According to the supervisor, town officials addressed the fiscal crisis through deficit borrowing, “right sizing” government, and crafting a 2012 budget that falls well within the state mandated two percent budget cap. East Hampton has a tradition of leading the way, Wilkinson observed. His administration introduced business practices to town government and it’s time for other levels of public service to catch up, he said. It’s also time for residents to understand their tax bills and

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Resume Push For Housing Action By Kitty Merrill

During last fall’s campaign Springs residents who had been lobbying town officials ardently, looking for solutions to the problem of illegal, overcrowded homes in their neighborhoods, backed off. According to Carol Buda, one of the more vocal participants in the Springs Concerned Citizens, members of the bipartisan group decided against approaching the town board publicly during the politically fraught timeframe. They were back last week. On Thursday night, Buda was first at the podium expressing disappointment at an apparent change in enforcement efforts. “The job is just not getting done,” she declared. Springs residents Fred Weinberg, Lawrence Mayer and Walter Noller echoed Buda’s complaint. Weinberg asserted that enforcement activity “has fizzled somewhat.” Mayer pressed Supervisor Bill Wilkinson for a plan to address the issue. He countered with an explanation of fact-finding initiatives undertaken by town officials. An effort was made to collect accurate data articulating the population, types IndependentNovNORTHAd_18.pdf 1 of housing, numbers of students

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RICK’S SPACE Ladies, You Can’t Touch This So I lost 10 pounds last week. Not a big deal. I’ll probably lose another 10 this week. Though I’m taking the new svelte me in stride, women are amazed – and envious. It amazes them I can wiggle into the jeans I wore 10 years ago. “How do you do it,” they ask in that loopy, surprised voice incredulous women often use. So here goes. Breakfast before: I was raised on buttered rolls. That’s what we ate in Brooklyn. Sure, lots of times I’d have a bagel with a schmear, but I reluctantly gave it up because deli clerks in the Hamptons don’t know what a schmear is and they spread the cream cheese like they do butter, which ruins the whole effect. On weekends I eat my favorite meal: poached eggs on buttered rye toast with home fries. I used to have ham, bacon, or sausage but over the years, in the spirit of enough is never enough I now have two or possibly all three. On Mondays we used to get Italian food delivered at work and that was

an insane barrage of pizza, lasagna, hero sandwiches, calzones, etc. The funny thing is we’d get salads with the order and no one would eat them. On Tuesdays we get bagels and all the fixings, and on Thursday deli sandwiches, potato chips, and soda. My favorite, “The Rickey Murphy,” if the Stage Deli is reading this, is ham, Swiss, Genoa salami, thinly sliced tomato, Iceberg lettuce, and mayo on a hero. Dinner would be shrimp, fish, steak, or chicken, sometimes veal, pork and even an occasional duck or lobster. Everything is served with potatoes, of course. And veggies and salad and copious amounts of bread. Oh, and I like a good home made hot fudge sundae, too, which I make exactly like George used to make at the Paradise in Sag Harbor in 1960. Once my present allotment of pants became too tight to button I had no choice but to diet – I’ve already gone up two sizes over the years, and pants I wore 20 years ago get stuck at



my knee when I try to put them on. Fruit is the secret to my weight loss. The funny thing is, I love fruit but I never buy it anymore. That’s because in our house we’re both too lazy to actually open it and cut it. We’ll buy a pineapple and it’ll sit on the counter for weeks. “Honey, why don’t you cut up the pineapple?” “It’s not ripe yet.” “How do you know?” “It turns opaque when you hold it at a 45 degree angle to the sun.” We do the same thing with cantaloupe. “It’s ready.” “How do you know?” “It’s gooey and oozy.” Anyhow, I now realize why I didn’t eat more fruit – I’m incredibly lazy. So nowadays I buy it already cut up – Waldbaum’s makes the best, a luscious combo of melons, grapes, and berries and several fruits I’ve never seen before for about six bucks. That’s breakfast and lunch. I have oatmeal for a snack, and drink lots of water and a green tea. Dinner is a sensible protein like fish or chicken but no potato, just veggies and salad. By the way, if you eat salad with bottled dressing, you’re kidding yourself – that stuff is worse for you than bacon. I use Olive Oil and vinegar or lemon. NO SALT, ever! NO SODA, ever! I’m a huge football fan, and manly men eat manly food during crunch


time. I had to give all that stuff up – chips, dips, pretzels, beer etc. – prompting one guy in my Fantasy Football League to question my manhood and several others to suggest I resign. That brings us to the candy. In my Man Cave I have a crystal jar with Tootsie Rolls, peppermint patties, Juicy Fruits, Almond Joy – all my favorites. It is part of my effort to replicate my childhood. I have an electric guitar and an amp, marbles, baseball cards, a stereo with giant speakers, comic books, and so on. Recently I bought a new baseball mitt, even though I haven’t played in years. I’m Little Rick again, except I weigh 200 pounds. Clearly, the candy had to go. This was a difficult thing to do, because I absent-mindedly reach for the candy when I’m watching TV, reading, or breathing. I’ve dutifully let my supply run down in order to lose weight. I feel like a recovering heroin addict. There is just so far a real man can be kicked before he fights back. Especially for those of us who live the NFL experience, there is an inbred toughness, a resolve to succeed against all odds. That spark, ladies and gentlemen, will never be doused. So I’m keeping my Big League Chew Bubble Gum, where-in a guy can fill up his left cheek with the pink stuff and pretend its tobacky. And when it loses its flavor, I spit the juice into my brand new baseball glove. That’s what real men do.

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EDITORIAL New Year, Same Problem Once again, reporters, town officials, organization leaders and civilians alike spend hours waiting outside of the ironicallynamed “People’s Room” at Southampton Town Hall for the board members to end their executive session and move into the regularly scheduled work session. Executive sessions in these parts are notorious for dragging on and on, sometimes for two hours beyond the time allotted. As the frustration mounts, the hope for a new year and a new way of doing things quickly diminishes. Starting on time is obviously not a priority for these who advocate for fiscal responsibility and good, sound government. Making those scheduled for discussion, with some traveling from dozens (sometimes hundreds) of miles away, to only sit and wait goes beyond unacceptable and moves into just plain rude. The press is put in an awkward position. On one hand, it is our job to cover the board meetings. On the other, times are tight, and a reporter has little idle time during the busy work week. Time spent waiting on the town board could be spent researching another story. Some advice for the town board: either start when you say you’re going to start or provide some coffee and bagels for the suckers who are waiting outside. Deer Hunting We get, and we appreciate, that hunting is part of our

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Who Pays What Dear Rick, I have a question for Democrats and Liberals: “How much do the rich have to pay in federal income taxes in order to satisfy you that the rich are “paying their fair share?” I would like to hear a specific number. Is it 30 percent, 40 percent, 50 percent?

heritage and some kind of thinning of the herd is a necessity. Tracking down and killing a warm-blooded animal is enjoyable to some people. We know, we know, it puts food on your table. We can’t help but wonder, though, how many of the taken deer really end up in the mouths of our little ones, and how many fall prey to hunters who long ago abandoned the practice of killing, dressing, and distributing the meat. Maybe there are statistics – we don’t know any. The day is coming, for good or bad, that discharging a rifle, or even shooting an arrow for that matter, will be disallowed. As the population rises, hunting safely becomes an increasingly difficult task, though we acknowledge our hunters do so safely. We need to come up with another way of thinning the herd. Better still, find a way to co-habitate. Big Blue TV ratings don’t lie – the New York Giants (yes, they are based in New Jersey) have a huge following and a lot of diehard fans in this neck of the woods. No matter how jaded one becomes with the beer-drinking jock mentality that the league caters to, there is something magical when a team comes out of nowhere and makes a run at the Super Bowl. This team has Cinderella written all over it, and part time Montauk resident Eli Manning is driving the wagon.

Another question. Is it “fair” or more importantly, good, for our country that 47 percent of us pay no federal income taxes at all? In other words, almost half of us have no “skin in the game” and therefore, could care less that Washington spends too much money. Further, is it good for our country that half of us could care less about entitlement reform because it is not our money that Washington is giving away? While who gets taxed and how much he pays is an important national policy question, a far more momentous national issue is the reality that Washington has

been overspending for decades. That overspending has put our nation in great peril by mortgaging our future and making the present, well, uncertain. The overspending must stop, fair reader, it must stop. BILL JONES

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any outside interference. For example, to avoid any opposition from newly elected board members, the East Hampton Town Board rushed a vote to take FAA funding. This wasn’t in the interests of the greater population – any reasonable and just approach would dictate that the Town delay such action for a couple of years and move toward greater control of the airport. This approach was advocated by many, including Kathy Cunningham, former chair of the East Hampton Noise Abatement Committee. Ms. Cunningham pointed out that “there are so many conflicting opinions and the price tag for taking more FAA money and continuing to develop this airport is so much greater than the hundreds or thousands of dollars needed to repair a deer fence.” She called for a cost benefit analysis before the town moves forward. The airport is self-sufficient and is not in financial trouble. So losing control of the airport to the FAA wasn’t necessary. The proponents of this loss of control must have been afraid that there would be no excuses for not bringing noise relief to the vast majority of East End residents once the FAA agreement expired in 2004. The pressure to restrict the open skies policies now in place that benefit a tiny few at the expense of the vast majority would be too great. But the FAA agreement provides a shield against this pressure. The Town claims it has noise and pollution fixes such as a control tower and increased altitude. But in reality a control tower will not stop noise or air pollution. The aircraft will still come, but they’ll be assigned to holding patterns that will spread them out over us. The holding patterns will keep the aircraft in the air longer, increasing the misery. Altitude? The FAA did a study of nonmilitary helicopter urban noise in Continued on page 12.

In 2003 the FDA considered lifting a ban on silicone breast implants, and did so in 2006. Fast Forward: December 2011. Over 300,000 defective silicone implants, ditributed worldwide, burst at alarming rates, and may be tied to breast cancer. Several European governments are urging women to have them removed. Taxpayers will foot the bill. In the noble spirit of “I told you so” . . . here is this week’s cartoon.

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What are your Super Bowl predictions? Taylor Plimpton The Lions. They’re my team. It’s highly unlikely they’ll make it to the Super Bowl. But I’m still cheering for them.

Continued from page 11. December 20041. They show how the noise generated by helicopters decreases as the helicopter distance from the observer increases. At the proposed 2500 foot height, the noise is between 74 and 78 decibels, depending on ground conditions and atmosphere. For comparison, another government web site gives these numbers: 65-70 - traffic on a busy street 65-90 - train 75-80 - factory noise( light/medium work) So the proposed height is worse than “traffic on a busy street,” similar to “factory noise,” and about in the middle of having a train go by. One of the reasons the East End is such a wonderful place is the lack of factory and traffic noise. It’s one thing to bring people from New York City here, but bringing the city’s noise to many people who came here to escape it destroys the East End’s character. If you look at the FAA’s own study, it’s clear that increased altitude doesn’t make a big difference until over 5000 feet. And helicopters aren’t going to fly that high (that layer is reserved for planes), so altitude is not the answer. Changing the routes or eliminating the traffic is the only answer. But the FAA has a very clear and consistent record with regard to aircraft noise: short of burst eardrums and other massive health problems, it doesn’t care about noise. The FAA’s role is to regulate aircraft safety and to keep the sky lanes open for a free flow of commerce. Mere “traffic on a busy street” or “factory noise” levels are not their concern. Just consider the agreement by the East End Towns coalition on how to control airport noise that was forwarded to the FAA. The FAA had a comment period ending June 2010; East End Towns recommended helicopter routes miles offshore, either over the Atlantic or over Long Island Sound, with transit routes far away from people. The FAA never responded to key issues such as transit points over populated areas. It’s also important to note that this airport is not critical to the economy of the East End. It is simply absurd to think that the

Lenny Linar I’m a Giants fan, so they’ve got my vote.

Chris Vosteen I have no idea. I’m not following the games. But I will be going to all the Super Bowl parties, that’s for sure.

Craig Meeker The Green Bay Packers. Absolutely. I hadn’t been watching football for a while. This year I got back into it. I can’t see how any other team can win. I love them because they are so good.

tiny number of rich people who use East Hampton Airport would stop coming to the East End and spending their money if they had to take slightly longer routes to avoid bothering people. In fact it is absurd to think that they wouldn’t come if they had to fly to Gabreski or Islip and take a limo the rest of the way. Most of our wealthy neighbors want to be good citizens and would not object to a small inconvenience for the benefit of the East End environment. And of course no one is proposing that emergency helicopters (police, fire, ambulance) be prevented from carrying out their missions at any time – but they don’t need East Hampton Airport for that. So rather than being a public benefit, East Hampton Airport is really more like a private club for the wealthy. There’s nothing wrong with private clubs for the wealthy as long as they don’t inconvenience others –



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and East Hampton Airport could be run in a way that avoided spreading noise and air pollution to tens of thousands of people on every flight. But it isn’t being run that way and there doesn’t seem to be any intention – after years and years of complaints by political leaders, journalists, and the greater population – to control the airport’s noise and air pollution in any meaningful way. It’s ironic that if a homeowner bothered his neighbors by making the kind of noise an airport-bound aircraft makes, the police would come and make him stop. But if a helicopter flies overhead and makes the same noise, the “police” (the FAA) go to great lengths to ensure the noisemaker’s ability to continue to spread noise pollution. What’s wrong with this picture? GENE POLITO




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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4. blood shed in the name of war? “Too many,” Dickinson once wrote. Dickinson died at age 90 when his car plunged into the waters off Gann Road in Springs last Wednesday. “He had been of ill health,” his son Carl related. But that was just one moment in a life where Halsey Dickinson stood tall, sometimes in the face of nearly insurmountable odds. “He took a lot of pride in The Big Red One, but he didn’t talk about it much,” Carl related. He had a quiet dignity about him. He did what he had to do, and so did a lot of other men. That’s how he looked at it.” He fought from the beginning of the war until it ended. “Lots of times he thought he was going home but they shipped him somewhere else. He went wherever Patton went,” his son said. His unit was immortalized in the 1980 film The Big Red One starring Lee Marvin. One scene depicts a harrowing experience in Africa where the men almost choked from all the sand while dodging an attacking tank division. “He had a great deal of respect for Rommel. The troops knew how good Rommel was in that desert,” his son said. Dickinson was born in Southampton on August 11, 1921 to Halsey Ludlow Dickinson Sr. and the former Christena Hettiger. He came home after the war, married Ruby Ann Johns, and raised three children who survive him – his sons John and Carl and a daughter, Nancy Grascher. His wife died in 1994. He is also survived by six grandchildren and five great grandchildren as well as his longtime companion, Linda Malloy. He settled in East Hampton and worked as a stonemason for the next 45 years. “He was as blue collar as blue collar can get,” his son recalled. His company, Cannon, received a citation for action taken in Sicily in July 1943. The soldiers were “committed to break the powerful thrust of 30 or more enemy tanks advancing rapidly toward a newly established beachhead.” The citation noted the entire invasion effort was in jeopardy, but Private Dickinson and company, “fearlessly advanced against the attacking forces.” “He never spoke about the invasion,” Carl noted. “He was there to do what needed to be done, nothing more. That was his job, and that’s how he looked at it.” At his funeral a friend said, “Guys like Lud – they just don’t make them like that anymore.” “He was a member of `The Greatest Generation.’ He was one of those men,” his son eulogized.

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office and the basement of the successor. In the joint statement, Pantigo Road suites. According to Penny says, “I hope the next man the charges, Wilkinson directed or woman is a scientist/naturalPenny to remove the specimens ist interested in doing justice for nature and the environment. All and he didn’t. According to the statement, through the years people wondered By Kitty Merrill ment following the town board’s preferring the charges was be- why I never caved to the pressure and criticism -Somebody’s eating some crow, regularly scheduled meeting. It l i e v e d a t t h e my only secret time to be “in but based on the joint statement notes that last month Penny was . . . the Town never doubted was rememberthe best intersuspended after Town Attorney issued by East Hampton Town ing all the peoofficials and Tom Horn, attorney John Jilnicki, acting on behalf of est of the Town.” Larry’s commitment to ple making deThe statement for beleaguered Natural Resources the town board, preferred a slew mands is really Director Larry Penny, it’s hard to of charges relating to insubordi- continues, “Now, preservation efforts. a measurement say exactly who’s supping on the nation, misconduct, and incom- after frank disof my departcussion between petence against Penny. At issue black bird. ment’s success. both MAR_Indep_ThirdAd_Jan12:MAR_Indep_Ad3_Jan12 1/10/12 for 10:28 AM Page 1 sides, the storing Last Thursday night, Supervisor was Penny’s penchant Bill Wilkinson distributed the state- bird and animal carcasses in his town board believes it is in the Everyone believes adding their best interest of everyone to close voice to the controversy of the day not only makes a difference, but this matter.” “The charges have been with- might make the difference.” The joint statement relates, drawn -- everyone is moving on,” “input from leading members of Horn said Friday via email. It was noted that before the dust the community,” urged resolution up, Penny had been investigating of Penny’s charges. The statement the procedure for retirement from also includes acknowledgement municipal service, using Horn from Wilkinson that despite diffor legal advice. The town is not ferences and disagreements over interested in interfering with his certain issues, “the Town never timetable for making the move, the doubted Larry’s commitment to preservation efforts.” joint statement reports. Said Horn, “Everyone involved According to sources in town is satisfied with the “behind the hall, as of Friday staff was beginFor a World Too Full of Sameness ning to dismantle Penny’s library. scenes” communications, expla631.537.3700 He has not been seen at Town Hall, nations and rationales. It might despite the settlement. Insiders be time to accept this news story *Warm up with our complimentary Cappuccino, coffee and hot chocolate. noted that conditions of the settle- was a big splash, but one with few ment allow Penny, who served the ripples.” town for three decades, to select his






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Public Speaks Up For Bay Street By Emily Toy

Tomorrow night there will be a free forum for the public at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre to discuss the theatre’s plans for next year. Theatre management and some of the board members will be available at the forum from 7 to 9 PM to discuss the move from their Long Wharf location with community members. The theatre’s executive and artistic directors, Tracy Mitchell and Murphy David respectively, announced at a village board meeting last October that they would close the theatre’s current location on the corner of Bay and Main Streets at the end of 2013, but would still strive to remain in Sag Harbor. “We’re going to see our lease through to May 2013, and we’re in the process of trying to evaluate where we are going to go,” David said. “We’re committed to staying here in Sag Harbor.” However that may prove to be difficult, due to diminishing ticket sales and the raised rent, something some businesses and organizations in Sag Harbor either dealt with already or are experiencing currently.

“We are looking forward to a wonderful 2012 season,” David said. “That being said, change is inevitable and challenges always bring out the best and the most creativity in people.” The folks at Bay Street learned they would have to relocate their beloved theatre after the property’s owner, Pat Malloy, said the rent

“. . . Change is inevitable and challenges always bring out the best and the most creativity in people.” -Murphy David would increase after this year. According to Mitchell, the theatre pays Malloy an annual fee of about $190,000. In addition to that, there are costs for employing union actors and staff as well as providing them with housing within the village during the summer months. Mitchell added that money gar-


nered via grants or donations is often slim because it usually goes toward rent and maintenance fees, rather than cultural programming and entertainment. Bay Street Theatre has been a sanctuary for the arts and entertainment for the past two decades. The not-for-profit regional theatre has housed many community activities

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Ballers Bowl Brawlers? By Kitty Merrill

East Hampton High School hoops legends Mikey and Kyle Russell were in the news this week, but it was brawling, not balling that brought the cousins into the limelight. The two were charged last Thursday in the December 31 melee that occurred in the parking lot outside East Hampton Bowl on Montauk Highway. Kyle Russell, 29, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct, a violation. Mikey, 21, was charged with discon.

Cops were called to a riotous ruckus outside the alley just before three on the morning of December 31. According to the police report, the first officer on the scene found about 20 people fighting. He was unable to gain control as the brawl burgeoned, topping 40 combatants, with another 35 people looking on. Another village officer arrived as did, village police say, “numerous” town cops. One of the village officers used CONTINUED ON PAGE 22.

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Top Appointments In Southampton Delayed By Emily Toy

It’s a new year with a new face on Southampton Town Board. And already, there’s some nit picking amongst board members. As The Independent went to press yesterday afternoon, the reappointments of Town Comptroller Tamara Wright and Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlato were under scrutiny and were scheduled to be resolved at last night’s town board meeting. Councilman Jim Malone tabled the issue last week so all members of the town board would have an equal opportunity to meet with Wright and Scarlato during an executive session on Friday. Along with Councilman Chris Nuzzi, Malone stressed the importance of not resolving any re-appointees until all members of the town board had an opportunity to speak with both town officials. “I wanted an opportunity for all five members of the town board to

have some time with the two top town appointees,” Malone said. “I thought it was both productive and beneficial and I’m personally satisfied with the conversations I had with both Tamara and Tiffany.” Malone said he deemed the conversation all seven persons were engaged in on Friday as “valuable.” Newly sworn in Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera is the addition to the town board, and the Conservative-Republican parties now hold the majority, with one Independence party member in Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and one Democrat, Councilwoman Bridget Fleming. The re-appointing has been tabled since last Tuesday’s organizational meeting, after Councilman Jim Malone requested the board hold off on a vote until Scalera had a chance to talk with the two town officials, much to the chagrin of Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Councilwoman Bridget Fleming.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday and several celebrations will be held on the South Fork. Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton hosts an MLK Memorial breakfast at 9:45 AM; Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton hosts its annual celebration at 1 PM and the First Baptist Church in Bridgehampton hosts its celebration at 2 PM. Above, the MLK monument in Washington, D.C.

“I just think that it’s fair that every member of the board be present for the discussion,” Malone said. “There’s no reason for Christine’s confidence to not be at a level of 100 or 110 percent.” At Friday’s work session, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst sponsored two resolutions to reappoint Tamara Wright and Tiffany Scarlato to comptroller and town attorney, respectively. Throne-Holst said the tabling motion was a political tactic. “These are two individuals upon whom I am dependent,” the supervisor said last week. “I express much

concern and disappointment that they do not know now what will happen next week.” Fleming pointed out that the decision to table re-appointing the two town officials was uncustomary in town government and that meeting with the individuals before voting them into office was atypical. Malone stressed that his tabling the reappointment of both Wright and Scarlato had “no ill intent, no questioning of qualifications. It was about having an opportunity for all five of us to have a level of confidence in going forward.”

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9. On Monday, Town Public Safety Division Administrator Pat Gunn responded to the complaints, stating via email, “I hear the frustration of the three speakers who made public comments, and the Ordinance Enforcement Department will continue to aggressively investigate all reported or observed incidents of overcrowding. “However,” he continued, “I firmly reject the assertions that the Ordinance Enforcement Department is “unresponsive,” or that there is a “sudden change of attitude.” The resources of the Department are fully deployed throughout the Town and for the first time in Town history,

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Another Burke Joseph M. Burke, of Noyac, is joining the family law firm, the Southampton-based Burke and Sullivan. Joey is the youngest child of Edward D. Burke Sr. the founder of the firm and a senior partner. Burke Sr. is also a Southampton Town Justice. Joey, Mr. Burke’s youngest son, is a former Assistant Southampton Town Attorney. He graduated from New York Law School in 2005 and was admitted to practice in New York in January 2006. Prior to law school, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Emerson College in Boston. the department has filed accurate statistical reports of its activity, which show a significant increase in activity in all enforcement areas in 2011. “The members of the Ordinance Enforcement Department are highly motivated professionals who are anxious to make a difference in the community in 2012 and beyond,” Gunn maintained. He concluded, “I commend the citizens of Springs and the other hamlets for embracing the new complaint filing system and encourage everyone to continue using that system. Information and forms regarding the complaint process, departmental operation, and legal issues are available on the Town website.”




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under Redlus, who took over as Executive Director in December 2006, the station has become less responsive – a large space reserved for community producers have been leased out, rental fees have risen, and Redlus has run the operation without oversight. Meanwhile, his salary has risen from about $60,000 to $75,000 and received a $5000 bonus two year’s ago. Payroll and related costs have skyrocketed to almost $400,000. “They made it difficult,” said Martin Drew, an independent producer who had a show on LTV. “It says they `will assist and facilitate.’ They are supposed to help.” LTV’s contract expires in November, but it has 15 years left on its lease with the town: LTV built its

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20. community . . . we hoped the town would hold their larger meetings there,” Dougherty said. Instead, Redlus and LTV leased the space to Wainscott Studios and Mitchell Kriegman, an award winning television producer. “That happened without the town’s approval,” Dougherty said. “No one has ever seen the contract.” Strada promised to make a copy of the agreement available but reneged. It could not be gleaned from IRS filings if the income was reported. Critics, particularly independent film producers, complain that Redlus runs LTV like his personal fiefdom, even though the station was formed to provide an outlet for local producers and the process was supposed to be a simple one. “He bought ultra modern equipment, very technologically advanced,” Drew said. Producers were forced to take a class to become producers before getting on the air. “The classes were very difficult to get through, and offered on a limited basis. They charge for everything; they rent everything. They don’t give back to the community,” Drew added. Redlus is a member of the local Democratic Party: he screened for the committee, did voiceovers for Democratic candidates, and flooded the channel with repeats of Bill McGintee’s show when the disgraced former supervisor was running for reelection. “I had three Republican candidates ready to go on my show, but Seth told me I had to take the class first,” Drew related. “I asked when is the next class and he said, `after the election.’” Drew was a member of the town’s Telecommunication Advisory Committee. “We never had a single meeting in three years.” There is also the matter of the state of the art equipment. The auditors noted, “12 of 14 equipment loans were for employee use.” The employees merely scan out the equipment and scan it back when they return it: there is no accounting of what it is used for. Redlus, for one, runs a related business that takes him out of town and out of state, in at least one instance for two weeks. Strada maintained Redlus does his other jobs on his “personal time.” One thing the town wants is a complete audit of all the equipment, most if not all of which legally belongs to the town. If another entity gets the contract to provide local TV, the equipment will presumably go to it. Bernard, asked if the Suffolk


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District Attorney has been asked to look into LTV dealings, answered, “I can’t comment about that.”


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8. Listing other accomplishments of his first term, the supervisor pointed to the creation of a business advisory group, the crafting of a capital improvement plan, unanimous support on the part of the prior town board for procuring FAA grants for the town’s airport, authorizing wind turbines, removing obstacles for farmers, pushing for dredging to aid in navigation in town harbors and working to provide equal footing for local contractors. Town officials are confronting the deer problem

and everyone is now witnessing the construction of the St. Michael’s senior housing development in Amagansett, he listed. “This board is learning,” Wilkinson continued. “We have to be more effective in our communication.” He acknowledged his push for an increased “pace of play” could seem “hostile.” Still, he said board members should not discourage new ideas from surfacing at work sessions, “no matter how the press reports them.” (The supervisor took several shots at the East Hampton Star last Thursday night.) Turning the focus to town employees, Wilkinson offered “a ton of respect and praise” for a workforce that’s doing more with less, working outside their normal bounds and making sacrifices in their union contracts. As the new administration moves

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forward, Wilkinson directed focus to other levels of government. Why must East Hampton fight for federal erosion assistance? Why can’t fishermen get their fair share of catches, rather than be treated like second class citizens compared to northern counterparts? Why must town officials beg the state to fix its roads? Why can’t East Hampton find out how much sales tax revenue its businesses generate? Getting answers to all those questions, and ensuring East Hampton receives what taxpayers deserve are values that “require unanimity at the board level and discourage any political partisanship,” Wilkinson opined, bringing his address to a close. “They require the five of us to work together to see East Hampton gets its fair share.”

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15. pepper spray and a Taser stun gun on certain individuals in the crowd. Chief Jerry Larsen said both Russells were hit with the stun gun; Mikey was also maced. “They wouldn’t stop fighting,” he said. After the pepper spray was employed, everybody scattered, fleeing the scene. Once the scene was safe, the incident report continues, police interviewed bowling alley staff. They learned a private group rented out the place for a mix tape release party for a rap act known as Mayhamn. Employees believed the “primar y aggressors” fled the scene after the pepper spraying. No one came forward to pursue charges, so there were no arrests

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the night of the fracas. On one online media outlet, general manager Ian Grossman reported that management at the alley was “extremely saddened” by the events and was taking steps to bar the pugilists and ensure the safety of customers. This isn’t Mikey’s first brush with the law. He made the police blotter for the first time at the age of 17, accused of attempting to rob a bicyclist in East Hampton. The following year, he was arrested twice more for burglary and while those crimes were being adjudicated; additional charges of assault came to the fore. Chief Larsen believes the fight began inside the bowling alley and spilled out into the parking lot. He said the Russells would have been arrested on the scene if there had been enough cops to restore order and conduct the arrest. Larsen said the two suspects were fighting because “apparently someone there punched their [female] cousin.” The investigation is continuing and more arrests may be on the horizon. Larsen noted the party was held for a local kid whose rap song had been recorded, and “maybe some people showed up who weren’t supposed to be there.”




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MindedSports By Pete Mundo

Posada’s Timing Is Perfect One of the hardest things for successful athletes to do is to call it a career. In today’s sports world that decision has become even harder, as the business of sports has exploded. Enormous contracts, lush endorsements and lavish media attention surround even the average professional athlete. Some players overstay because they need the money, others love the competition and attention, and many just don’t know what else to

do with themselves. This past weekend Yankee catcher Jorge Posada, one of the “core four” Yankees, decided to hang up his spikes. By not overstaying, Posada cemented his legacy as one of the great players in the Yankees’ recent history. From Willie Mays, to Michael Jordan to Brett Favre, some players just hang around too long. Most fans prefer to block out Willie Mays’ final two seasons with

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2000, and 2009). We won’t have to watch Posada on SportsCenter weakly grounding out to second base in a Kansas City Royals uniform. That is worth far more than the 25 home runs that would have put him at the 300 mark. While 275 home runs is not usually a Hall of Fame credential, catchers always receive the benefit of the doubt due to the wear and tear their bodies take over a grueling season. Posada’s home run total will sit behind only seven catchers in the history of the sport; names including Piazza, Fisk, Bench, Berra and Carter. Jorge Posada has retired with his pride intact. His 2011 season was not his best, and there were many times he did not see eye to eye with the front office. But he finished on a high note, batting .429 in the ALDS loss to the Tigers. Posada’s legacy will also benefit from never being linked to steroids, something that can’t be said of some other star catchers of his time (Piazza, Ivan Rodriguez and Javy Lopez). Will Posada be eventually voted into the Hall? Only time will tell, but hopefully more aging stars can take a page from Posada’s book: hang up your cleats while they’re still sharp! Pete is a lifelong Montauk resident and former sports talk host at 88.7FM WEER. He can be reached via email at

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Beware Of Fantasy Sports Online Games We have warned many times in this space not to play Fantasy games online for money. The most glaring lesson to learn is what happened to the Fanball/Poised To Stomp Fantasy Football Open Championship, which was supposed to award $1 million to the winner. Even though Fanball/Poised To Stomp shared phone numbers, emails, and mailing addresses, Fanball started disassociating itself from the FFFOC after the 2010 season. I had won a league title, as many others did. I was to receive a cash prize and a free entry in next year’s million-dollar game. To make a long story short, I got nothing until I used this space to alert the public. I also filed a complaint with the New York Attorney General’s Office. About three months after the season, after numerous phone calls and at least one phone number change, Fanball told me they were voluntarily sending my winnings even though they weren’t liable – Poised To Stomp actually owed me the money, they said, even though the two companies were interchangeable as far as the public knew. Fanball sent me my money, of course, so I would shut up and go away. I never did get my free entry, and conversely I will never stop badmouthing Fanball, which has apparently changed hands and management since then. Now I’m going through the same thing with FantasyHeadquarters. com, an online site that hosts Fantasy teams. They are quick to take your money, but when the season ends they make you jump through hoops to collect your cash prize. I went to my league page – I won

the league’s regular season and finished second in the playoffs, presumably earning money in the process. You would think the winners would be prominently posted right there on the league site, right? Wrong. As of this writing I’ve been trying to get a hold of someone from Fantasy headquarters. There is no physical address listed on the website. There is no phone number. There are some huge big money leagues. Imagine if you invested $2999.99 – in the “Hall-of-Famer league -- at the beginning of the season, and you won over $15,000. -- would you be getting a little concerned right about now? We are not suggesting FHQ has not met its obligations, but what we are saying is if something goes bad, there will be nowhere to seek recourse because we really don’t know who these guys are. After I complained via email – the only means available, I got this email back: “If you displayed the skills and knowledge necessary to end up in a prize-winning finish in your league, please reply to this email with the following information, so that we may mail your hardearned prize to you. If you are unsure as to whether you won a prize in your league, or what it may have been, the prize page can be found by clicking here now.” But the link didn’t work. After complaining that they should make it easy for folks to collect their winnings, I received this snotty reply: “That email we just sent you was sent to you the day after the season ended to the email account you gave us upon registering. Please check YOUR spam folder to

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effort in Springs, calling the responders “brave people risking their lives.”


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7. City-based Media Ventures Group, both of whom are media industry veterans, and have expressed interest. The potential new owners will initially invest $1 million in cash. “While a filing is a difficult choice, after a tough time for the company, it is the right choice,” said Scott. “As longtime, visionary senior media executives, Terry and Bill have excellent track records and we believe the Plum TV brand will be well positioned when it emerges from the proposed asset sale.” Scott came to the Hamptons with an almost legendary reputation as a shrewd entrepreneur, which he did nothing to deflate. He founded Nantucket Nectars, a beverage company that was eventually sold in 2002 to Cadbury Schweppes PLC for an undisclosed price estimated by industry sources to be as high as $100 million – although some industry sources think that number was greatly inflated. His wife Emily Scott is a co-founder of J. Crew, so the couple came into the Hamptons market with a cache of cash. “Tom said he was going to reinvent television because he reinvented the soft drink,” Gaines said. “He didn’t know how to pull it off.” Nevertheless, the company reportedly attracted investors like Jimmy Buffet, the New England based Kraft family, and others. “Plum never got to the level of what TV should be,” Schimizzi commented. “It was over the top, jaded, and not inclusive.” Nevertheless, some regional banks, real estate companies, and wineries, among others, advertised on Channel 18. “The Hamptons love a good con,” one industry source said wryly. Plum “gilded the lily,” Schimizzi said. “The bottom line is you need the support of the people. You need some sort of quality standard. The viewers never understood what Plum was about.” Though Plum is failing, Schimizzi thinks the future is bright for his channel, which has been on the air since 1977. He pointed out CBS just announced that it has purchased the Melville-based WLNY/55 for a reported $55 million. “We will continue to honor the station’s already deep commitment to serving the people of Long Island. We also look forward to having a bigger and better news bureau on Long Island that will be a terrific resource for WCBS,” said CBS executive Peter Dunn. Some insiders speculate Scott may have wanted to build up Plum’s cache and then sell it, perhaps to NBC, where Jeff Zucker, said to be a friend, was entrenched. But Zucker suddenly left the network after Comcast bought the company last year.





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