Category | Our Town

Moving? Maybe….

Posted on 16 August 2013

My friends are all thinking of moving. One friend has visited and fallen in love with Savannah. “You can get a 4/3 house on an acre, walking distance to the center of town, for $300,000” she says. “Here it would cost three times as much!” She’s seriously considering it; selling her house in the center [...]

James Fenimore Cooper Author, Whaler, Hell Raiser

Posted on 02 August 2013

by Jim Marquardt If you paid attention in school, you know that James Fenimore Cooper, born in 1789, was the world-famous author of early American novels. If you’re up on local lore, you probably know that he financed whaling expeditions out of Sag Harbor. But, did you know that Cooper was thrown out of Yale [...]

You’ve Got to be Kidding!

Posted on 12 July 2013

Brokers receive odd e-mails constantly, but this from Connecticut is one of the oddest. It reads: “Apprehension abounds when people move…even more so when they are divorcing. The relationship between broker and client is very personal; brokers actually know what goes on ‘behind closed doors.’ So, in an intensely competitive real estate climate, how do [...]

Natural Human Dignity

Posted on 05 July 2013

In 2007, the remains of a man who died suddenly in 1494 of unknown causes were removed from his tomb in Florence, Italy. Examination by forensic pathologists concluded that he died from arsenic poisoning. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, dead at age 31, had fled from a very aggressive persecution of eight years on the charge of heresy, a crime punished by being burned alive at the stake.

A Day of Fishing Ending in Disaster

Posted on 28 June 2013

by Jim Marquardt It wasn’t a perfect fall day. It was cloudy, the wind was kicking up and there were small craft warnings. But that wasn’t going to stop the day-trippers who were intent on fishing, maybe catching the big one. They came out on the LIRR from the city and could walk from the [...]

How’s About All This Weather

Posted on 22 June 2013

As a lightweight granite scribe for “The Thonis Express”— a multi award-winning  paper  — although one would have thought submitting several dozen additional “Our Town” entries would have provided The Great and Worthy Pharaoh (who happens to be a reeeeally NICE guy —  in a Matt Lauer should you catch him on a good day [...]

These Are Fascinating Times For The Hamptons It Crowd

Posted on 17 June 2013

By Christine Bellini They crop up every year like wild strawberries – filling the idles spaces, shop entries, box office lobbies, coffee shop windowsills and pizza parlor alcoves. With their shinny slick covers they tempt even the most reluctant passerby to succumb to their inky world of desire and wanton ownership. These street-walkers of the [...]

Shucking Awe

Posted on 31 May 2013

By Richard Gambino Last October 20th, I was on a 20-ft slow moving open boat with ten other adults, under the guidance of Peter Topping from the East Hampton Township Shellfish Hatchery. We tossed many handfuls of one year-old scallops, clams and oysters into areas of Napeague Bay. We enjoyed the sight of the bay’s [...]

When WWII Washed Ashore

Posted on 24 May 2013

by Jim Marquardt During World War II, we lived near the ocean on the south shore of Long Island, closer to New York Harbor. The beach was my playground and I often browsed the shoreline to see what the waves had washed onto the sand. Within weeks of the attack on Pearl Harbor, after Germany [...]

The Writing on Murf’s Wall (And Your Tablet)

Posted on 10 May 2013

It was a small, innocuous happenstance that but for Twitter following types would have come and gone without record and yet, there it was, like a small bit of gravel in the shoe that gnaws at your comfort zone. ‘Jimmy Fallon Plays Ring Toss at Murf’s’ – the posting on May 3rd in the South ‘o The Highway… and north, too column read.