Archive | January, 2013

Mike Reilly

Posted on 30 January 2013

The member of The Corner Bar’s management team talks about The Corner’s 35th anniversary celebration this Friday through Sunday (February 1 through 3, 2013), the vision of owner Jim Smyth, and his favorite meal on the menu.

The Art of Friendship

Posted on 30 January 2013

Though artists are often competitive by nature, they also tend to develop a sense of camaraderie with others of their ilk. After all, making art can be a very lonely occupation. Hours in the studio can skew anyone’s judgment, so it’s good to have a compatriot who understands your frustrations, shares in your triumphs and pushes you to explore new territory. Oliver Peterson and Ray Colleran have just such a friendship.

The Divas and Drama of High School Musical

Posted on 30 January 2013

It’s not quite their reality yet – but this weekend in presenting the middle school musical, Pierson 6th through 8th graders will explore something that is still uncharted territory for them — high school.

West Water Street Condos Earn Funding; Bank: Public Sale Likely

Posted on 30 January 2013

In 2008, Roy “Buddy” Wines, IV and his Southampton-based construction company RLW4 broke ground on the 19-unit, luxury condominium project in Sag Harbor known as 21 West Water Street.
In 2009, the firm joined a number of other sub-contractors in walking off the job after they failed to be paid by development firm, East End Development, LLC.
Despite developers filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, three-and-a-half years after the building was left to sit, vacant and unfinished, the project may be getting back on track.

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Sag Harbor Community Turns Out to Hear Substance Abuse Stats

Posted on 30 January 2013

Six months after newly-released statistics on alcohol and drug use among Sag Harbor students sparked major controversy, over 50 concerned community members gathered at Pierson Middle/High School last Thursday for the first formal presentation of the data.
During the event, representatives from the Sag Harbor Coalition — a drug and alcohol prevention group — revealed the results of the 2010 Suffolk County Youth Development Survey. The 200-plus-question survey asked 339 seventh through 12th graders about a variety of topics, particularly their use of drugs and alcohol.
While Pamela Mizzi, director of prevention for the Suffolk County Prevention Resource Center, said the survey was “validated” and “reliable,” she cautioned that it was simply one measure of substance use.
“Just keep in mind this is one picture in one day, it’s sort of a snap shot, slice of life,” she said.

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Sag Harbor to Join South Fork School Districts in Grant to Explore Shared Services, Consolidation

Posted on 30 January 2013

South Fork school districts are banding together for a second time in the hopes of earning a state grant to explore the possibility of school district consolidation and ways in which districts can work together to share services (and save some money).
After a consortium of East End schools failed to obtain a Local Government Efficiency Grant last fall, a number of districts — including Sag Harbor — are joining forces again to reapply for the same grant this year.

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Sag Harbor Traffic & Transportation Forum Slated for Saturday

Posted on 30 January 2013

As a child living in a house on Main Street, Jonas Hagen remembers practically growing up on the streets of Sag Harbor with his friends.
“We would literally just walk around all day,” said Hagen, an urban planner living in Manhattan who still visits his family in Sag Harbor on a regular basis.
Now, says Hagen, the idea of his sister’s children – who live in the village — making their way from Main Street or the local schools to Mashashimuet Park by themselves does raise red flags.
“Sag Harbor grew as a pedestrian village, so it is inherently pretty easy to get around, but I think in recent years with the increase in automobile traffic it has become more difficult to get around,” he said, “particularly for the more vulnerable populations – children and the elderly.”

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Sag Harbor Eyes Long Wharf Improvements, Dock Repairs

Posted on 30 January 2013

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman will host a ceremony on February 8, where he will offically hand over the deed to Long Wharf to Sag Harbor Village officials.
The county gave Long Wharf to the village just last month, however, the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees is already charting a financial course in how they maintain and improve the wharf as the village prepares to begin budget negotiations for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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Sag Harbor School District’s State Aid Cut

Posted on 30 January 2013

In the midst of preparing its budget for next year, the Sag Harbor School District may potentially hit a roadblock with the recent announcement of a sizeable reduction in the aid it receives from New York State.
During a budget workshop on Monday evening, John O’Keefe, the district’s business administrator, presented the board of education with a preliminary estimate of anticipated state aid based on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently released executive budget for 2013-2014.
Next year, it looks as though Sag Harbor may receive $1,308,882 in aid, compared to 2012-2013’s base year aid of $1,440,778. This represents a cut of 9.15 percent or $131,896, said O’Keefe.

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Historic Family Compound Seeks Generator, Renovations

Posted on 30 January 2013

For Cee Scott Brown, an application for a generator at a family compound that includes homes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries was certainly uncharted territory.
However, noted Brown, chair of the Sag Harbor Village Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB), in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy which left many on the East End without power for a week or longer, it’s an application he expects his board will see more of leading into the 2013 hurricane season.

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