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Crackin’ The Rock: Running the Shelter Island 10K

Posted on 13 May 2010

By John Bayles This year an expected 2,000 runners will descend on Shelter Island for the 31st annual Shelter Island 10K. And according to race director Mary Ellen Adipietro, the experience for many of them begins as soon as they board the South Ferry in North Haven. “What sets [the race] apart is getting on [...]

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An Old Staple In a New Theater

Posted on 03 July 2009

Perhaps only Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” can rival it in terms of sheer popularity and accessibility. Since it opened in Chicago in 1945, “The Glass Menagerie” has been performed countless times on stages everywhere, from high school drama departments to community playhouses to Broadway. Now, Williams’ autobiographical tale about the Wingfield family is [...]

Rusty Leaver

Posted on 20 November 2008

The Montauk local who brought collegiate baseball to Sag Harbor last summer, talks about the new teams in the newly formed Hamptons Division of the ACBL and how the community of Sag Harbor has taken the lead in fostering his dream of bringing high quality baseball to the area.   So you had a dream, [...]

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Congressional Candidates Spar Over Economy, Immigration and War

Posted on 23 October 2008

At the League of Women Voters debate in Hampton Bays last Thursday Republican newcomer Lee Zeldin characterized his candidacy as being “all about the issues.” He said there was “nothing personal” in his race against Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop, who has represented the first U.S. Congressional district for the last six years. The 28-year-old Army [...]

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Above Answers/Running From Past

Posted on 03 October 2008

There’s nothing I abhor more than not answering a question when one is asked of you. I’ve seen a lot of debates, on television and in person, and it pisses me off to high heaven (as my mom would say) when a candidate, any candidate, doesn’t answer the question. Now I understand talking points and [...]

Victory is Young and Sweet

Posted on 05 September 2008

By John Bayles Hillary Dobbs, of Sussex, New Jersey, became the youngest grand prix winner in Hampton Classic history last Sunday when she bested four other riders in a jump off to take home $60,000 in prize money and one giant bottle of champagne. During the awards ceremony the 20-year old was handed the huge [...]

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An apology, an excuse and the future

Posted on 04 September 2008

Apology – I must apologize for not upholding the blogging commitment I made to the Word of John. Excuse #1 – Some of you might know that I now call Brooklyn home. The month leading up to my departure from Sag Harbor was so emotionally fraught, this blog fell by the wayside. Excuse #2 – [...]

A Thoughtful Space For Art

Posted on 29 August 2008

Sometimes it’s simply easier to think in an uncluttered space, and Silas Marder knows as much. He knows that by not filling the old Christys Auction House space on Main Street to capacity, by letting the space breathe and with the assistance of some old sea chanteys and whaling songs, visitors to his temporary gallery [...]

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Tweak Energy Code

Posted on 28 August 2008

In late July the town of Southampton adopted some of the strictest energy standards in both New York State and the country concerning construction of new buildings and swimming pools. However the adoption of the code carried a caveat that certain aspects still needed some “tweaking.” At the heart of the law is the requirement [...]

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Eye Spy a Swell Horse

Posted on 28 August 2008

Sophie Thoerner has only been riding Eye Spy for a year, but anyone watching the two compete this week at the 33rd annual Hampton Classic Horse Show would’ve had a hard time believing that. The 15-year-old Pierson student looked poised and professional atop her mount, like she’d been riding the horse forever. Thoerner and Eye [...]

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