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CVS Challenges Southampton Planning Board Decision

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By Mara Certic and Stephen J. Kotz

CVS Caremark and BNB Ventures IV have filed suit against the Southampton Planning Board last week over its October 9 decision to require an environmental impact study for a proposed pharmacy in Bridgehampton.

The property in question is owned by BNB Ventures IV and had previously been the subject of a site-plan approval for a 9,030-square-foot building. The two-story building was approved for several different retail uses as well as potential residential uses.

When rumors circulated earlier this year that the pharmacy giant was eyeing the busy corner of Montauk Highway and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike for a new store, Bridgehampton residents reacted angrily, first through the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, which called on the town to step in and prevent the application.

Later, an organization called Save Bridgehampton Main Street was spun off from the CAC to raise money to fight the project by conducting its own traffic study and hiring an attorney.

When CVS made its plans official in July by applying for a special exception permit to occupy the building, which is now under construction at the site, Bridgehampton residents staged protests at the site.

On October 9, the planning board voted unanimously to require an environmental impact statement for the CVS proposal, reversing an earlier decision to not require one for the original site plan.

Southampton Town Planner Claire Vail, who made the recommendation that the board adopt what is called a “positive declaration” under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, told the board a CVS at the busy corner would have adverse effects on both traffic and community character.

John Bennett, who represents CVS Caremark and BNB Ventures IV, expressed frustration at the board’s decision. He warned the board at the time he thought the decision was “textbook arbitrary action.”

He said on Monday he hoped to have a judge direct the planning board to process the application through its regular site-plan and special exception procedures and not require “a full-blown environmental impact statement.”

“The building that’s there now had a traffic study and they gave it a building permit,” Mr. Bennett said.

Mr. Bennett said the first thing he insisted on when he began representing CVS Caremark was that it conduct a traffic impact study. That study, he said, showed the pharmacy would not create a traffic disaster at the intersection, as many had worried. In fact, he said, the study showed there would be 50 fewer trips into the site per hour, than if the lot were to house multiple tenants.

“When they talk about actions that are likely to have a significant impact on the environment, they’re talking about 50 homes that are not connected to a public sewer or a public water system,” Mr. Bennett said in a phone interview on Monday.

“Moving a new tenant into a building under construction is not likely to have a significant impact,” he said.

The suit contends that CVS “is politically unpopular with some as not ‘high end’ enough for the Bridgehampton hamlet and has resulted in the town agencies bending to political pressure.”

The only difference, it continues, between the first site-plan and the new one is that “one tenant, as opposed to two, will occupy this already approved, under construction building.”

The suit says it is a simple “quirk” in the town code that requires retail uses of between 5,000 to 15,000 square feet to obtain a special exception permit in the Village Business district.

Furthermore, the suit contends that the town referred the application to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in a bid to stall it from proceeding.

Although the town board is not named, the suit charges that its decision to hold a public hearing on proposal that would tighten the requirements for a special exception permit “demonstrates the clear illegal and purely political agenda of the respondent board and of the town officials.”

The code amendment, which among other things, would have required that an applicant demonstrate a need for the proposed development before a special exception permit could be issued, has been tabled by the town board.

The appearance of Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst at a recent Bridgehampton CAC meeting also caught the attention of the suit. At that meeting, Ms. Throne-Holst discussed the rebirth of the Bridgehampton Gateway project, the long stalled development of commercial properties on the south side of Montauk Highway across from the Bridgehampton Commons. She asked members what type of community benefit they would like to see if the town were to designate it a Planned Development District.  Several in the group immediately responded that it would make a better location for a proposed CVS.

“Further, and remarkably, the Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst appeared at a public meeting and discussed an alternative site for the CVS proposal, thus, creating a significant potential injury to petitioner established real property right,” the suit said.

On Wednesday, Dennis Finnerty, chairman of the planning board, said he was unable to comment on pending litigation. Carl Benincasa, attorney for the planning board, also declined to comment on the suit.

Celebration Planned to Honor Mary Anne Jules’s Long Career at Bridgehampton School

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By Tessa Raebeck

Mary Anne Jules enjoying her retirement. Courtesy Mary Anne Jules.

Mary Anne Jules enjoying her retirement. Courtesy Mary Anne Jules.

To honor her 32 years of service to the Bridgehampton School, its students and athletics programs, the Bridgehampton Teacher Association will host a celebration of Mary Anne Jules’s retirement at Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton on Monday, November 10.

Just a year out of college, Ms. Jules started at the Bridgehampton School as a physical education teacher in 1983. She earned her master’s degree and administration degree while teaching and became athletic director for the district in 1991, while still teaching physical education. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Jules served as president of Section XI, the governing body of high school sports in Suffolk County.

The evening will include cocktails, presentations and stories about Ms. Jules’s long career, with dinner to follow.

“It is to celebrate her over 30 years of service to us as a staff, Section XI and the Bridgehampton community as a whole,” said Jeff Hand, a Bridgehampton teacher who has helped organize the evening.

“A true testament to Mary Anne the person is the number of friends, former students, Section XI colleagues and family members who be attending,” Mr. Hand said, adding that as many as 40 people who are not part of the BTA are coming to show Ms. Jules their support and gratitude.

Although she is enjoying the rest since hanging up her whistle last summer, Ms. Jules has stayed connected to the district—and busy—by mentoring its new athletic director Eric Bramoff.

“He was a good choice for the job,” she said on Tuesday, adding she had yet to return to Bridgehampton’s sidelines as a fan in order to “Let Eric do his thing; he’s doing a great job.”

Ms. Jules said she won’t be able to stay away much longer, however. “I’ll definitely be at some basketball games, ’cause they should do very well this year,” she said, adding she had been following the papers intently for reports from the fall season.

Lillian Tyree-Johnson, a member of the school board and lifelong Bridgehampton resident, has known Ms. Jules as the face of Bridgehampton athletics for over 20 years. Her husband, Carl, was Bridgehampton’s junior high coach when they first started dating and later became head coach.

“Mary Anne has been a mentor to my husband and a wonderful friend to both of us for many years,” Ms. Tyree-Johnson said in an email Monday. “Her love for Bridgehampton is unquestioned and I will miss her very much, but wish her all the best in retirement.”

“She was a great example to her students as well,” she added. “Her work in bringing shared sports to Bridgehampton is, I think, her most important contribution. She opened doors for so many student athletes and created and sustained an amazing program.”

In her newfound free time, Ms. Jules has done exactly what she intended to do: watch her nieces and nephews play sports. She has been up to Sienna College to watch her nephew play lacrosse almost every weekend this fall and often travels to Westchester to watch another nephew play high school football. “And that’s only a few out of the 16,” she said of her total count of nieces, nephews and requisite games.

Ms. Jules is also taking yoga classes once a week and doing “the things that I never had time to do before,” she said. “I’m not rushing around, but I do miss the kids.”

Her fellow teachers organized the evening at Almond Restaurant to celebrate Ms. Jules’s long career in Bridgehampton.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all of them,” she said of her former co-workers. “It’s great people I work with and I miss them, so I am looking forward to a few laughs and seeing all them—some of my families—coming out.”

The cost to attend the evening is $50 per person with checks payable to “Bridgehampton BTA.” The party is from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Steve Meyers at smeyers@bridgehampton.k12.ny.us.

Bridgehampton Teachers Urge School Board to Move Forward with Contract

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By Tessa Raebeck 

Twenty Bridgehampton School teachers showed up at the district’s Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, October 22, to prompt administrators to move forward with their contract negotiations.

“We are all here tonight because we as a union are not happy with the negotiation process; it seems to have stalled,” Bridgehampton Teacher’s Association (BTA) President Helen Wolfe told the board. “We have come to tell you that we’re not happy with the process.”

The district is in its second year of negotiations with the teachers’ union. Superintendent Dr. Lois Favre said Tuesday she could not comment on the negotiations because they are ongoing.

Ronnie White, president of the school board, said the board is following the standard procedures under the Taylor Law, the 1967 New York State law that established a government agency to mediate contract disputes, and allows public employees to organize and elect union representatives, while prohibiting them from going on strike.

“We are negotiating, we believe that we will eventually come up with something that makes sense,” Mr. White said Tuesday. “At this point in time, it’s a process, and we believe that that process will see the light at the end of the tunnel at some point, but both sides have been working diligently to come up with something that makes sense.”

“There are definitely some things that are up for negotiation and we’re seeing if we can come to a compromise,” he added.

Although Mr. White said he cannot guarantee that compromise will have been reached by the time next year’s budget is adopted, he said he is “confident and hopeful that we will be if not there, then extremely close.”

For the 2012-13 school year, the first year Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2-percent tax levy limit on school districts and municipalities affected Bridgehampton’s budget, the school’s teachers agreed to a hard freeze on their salaries. The teachers forfeited all raises, including step increases, saving the district about $93,000 and making it possible for the school to meet the state-mandated tax cap.

The board adopted a budget that pierced the tax cap for the 2014-15 school year. It did not get the required 60-percent supermajority on the district’s first try in May, but residents approved the budget in a second vote in June. Several positions were cut, and from 2013-14 to 2014-15, the total increase in salaries for teachers in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 increased by $26,997.

Over the past two years, the district has not replaced a principal, a part-time technology teacher, a business teacher, a guidance director, a head custodian and a main office secretary in order to cut costs and preserve other programs.

Bridgehampton To Revisit Gateway Project

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Five-year-old plans for the Bridgehampton Gateway Study will be revived and fine-tuned by the developer in time for him to present them to the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee at their next meeting on Monday, November 24. 

By Mara Certic

For five years plans for a new development across the street from the Bridgehampton Commons shopping center have been collecting dust, but Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is hoping to polish up the Bridgehampton Gateway project.

Ms. Throne-Holst attended the Monday night meeting of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee for the second month in a row to float the idea of reviving conversations about a rezoning of the Konner property on Montauk Highway into a Planned Development District (PDD).

The 13-acre site is currently zoned for a mix of highway business and residential uses. The highway business zoning restricts the type of businesses allowed in the development to shops one might see alongside County Road 39, Southampton Town Planner Kyle Collins explained on Monday night.

PDDs, he and Ms. Throne-Holst said, allow the town to rezone lots it believes could better serve their communities and also allow town boards and the community to have a say in the development process.

Several years ago, the town suggested making this property a PDD, dubbing it the Bridgehampton Gateway project. After substantial public comment and input, the plans “fell apart because of some land management issues,” Ms. Throne-Holst said.

All 13 acres are now under common ownership, litigation related to the land is done and Ms. Throne-Holst is ready to reopen the conversation about the PDD, citing a concern that the current zoning is not adequate.

“Perhaps there’s a zoning component to this that doesn’t serve the community as best it could,” she said on Monday.

Another advantage of the town creating a PDD is that it requires the developer to include something in the plans to benefit the community. Mr. Collins and Ms. Throne-Holst said the specifics of just what that public benefit could be could be suggested by the community and could be one of many, many things. Open space, affordable housing and a walk-in clinic were all discussed as possibilities during Monday night’s meeting.

“Some of the public benefit is the design,” explained Mr. Collins, who showed old plans for the project, which included using farm-like buildings in order to build on the agricultural history of Bridgehampton.

During talks of public benefits, one woman stopped the conversation to bring up CVS, what she referred to as “the big elephant in the room.” Greg Konner, one of the developers, explained the property being discussed was currently not zoned for pharmacy uses, but that if it were to become a PDD, it could theoretically house, say a 9,050 square-foot chain drug store.

Mr. Konner joked that having a CVS in the proposed Bridgehampton Gateway project, as opposed to on the busy corner it’s planned for, could be the public benefit Bridgehamptonites are looking for.

Peter Wilson, a member of the CAC, was keen to remind Mr. Konner not to suggest that a big-box store such as a King Kullen or a CVS should be considered a public benefit. Mr. Wilson also expressed some concern that the developer would still make the final decisions and the CAC would be left in a situation of having to react after the fact, like with CVS.

The planners and supervisor assured Mr. Wilson that making the parcel a PDD would be one of the few ways to ensure the community does have some say in what ends up there.

“I say, for the love of God, let’s try it and not shoot it down by 9 o’clock at night,” CAC-member Fred Camman said at about 8:45 p.m. on Monday.

After ample discussion on the topic, the members of the CAC decided to throw their support behind the PDD project and passed a resolution to that effect.

Mr. Konner told the CAC he and his family, who own the property, were looking forward to “moving hand in hand with you guys to come up with a comprehensive plan we’re all happy with.” He said they will work on new plans and present them to the CAC at their next meeting on Monday, November 24.

Earlier in the meeting, former Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister, who is now heading up an organization Defend H20, gave a presentation on the need to further protect and restore East End groundwater.

Seasonal Food Shines at Long Island Restaurant Week

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The Living Room Chef Mathias Brogie. Eric Striffler photo.

The Living Room Chef Mathias Brogie. Eric Striffler photo.

By Gianna Volpe

November is upon us, meaning time again to taste three courses of some of the South Fork’s finest for less than $30.

Long Island Restaurant Week now comes but twice a year—the pre-fixe promotion designed as a culinary stimulus for those who stay in the edible business off-season—saw it’s dates double in 2011 due to popular demand. The week is now featured in April, in addition to November. It was founded, and continues to be run by executives at the East Hampton-based Wordhampton Public Relations.

Nine South Fork restaurants are listed as participating in Long Island Restaurant Week between November 2 through November 9, including The Cuddy and Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor, Almond and The Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, Cowfish and Rhumba in Hampton Bays, The Living Room at c/o Maidstone The 1770 House in East Hampton, and The Patio in Westhampton Beach.

Reservations are encouraged for restaurants that allow such as the dates tend to fill up quickly.

“Just last night I had a little anxiety dream of like, ‘Oh my god, Restaurant Week’s tomorrow, we have 150 on the books and I don’t have staff,” joked Jason Weiner, the executive chef/owner of the participating Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton, “It’s all good though—we get to see a lot of new faces, make some new friends and see some old friends, so it’s great.”

Regular menu items are often available as part of the price-fixe plated dinners and though many participating restaurants create dedicated menus for all of Long Island Restaurant Week, Chef Weiner said he likes to change things up at Almond.

“We’ll basically do a different miniaturized version of the regular menu every night,” he said. “A lot of places do low cost items that they can produce en masse, which is a fine way to do things as long as it tastes good, but the thing about Restaurant Week is you often get folks who don’t often come to your restaurant for the rest of the year…so I figure the best way to get them to understand who we are is to give them a taste of what our regular menu is about; that’s our approach to the week.”

Chef Weiner said he focuses on using local ingredients for his menu – “slightly whimsical” spins on classic dishes—counting Pike’s Farm and Marilee Foster in Sagaponack; Tom Falkowski’s Bridgehampton potato farm and Amber Waves in Amagansett among those local purveyors to provide him with produce.

“It’s all about ingredients,” said Mr. Weiner. “I’m lucky enough to be on the East End of Long Island, where even now my cauliflower, my celery, my cabbage, my Brussels sprouts; the greens and potatoes, are all coming locally.”

Almond’s restaurant week menus will feature such dishes as its Lamb braciole with bitter greens and polenta raviolini and a variety of steaks, including marinated hangar steak, a grass-fed flat iron steak and a 13-ounce New York strip, which may be chosen for a slight upcharge.

“We’ll also do one of our two soups, one of which is a smoked oyster and cauliflower soup,” he said. “We get our oysters from our friends over at Montauk Shellfish Company and our cauliflower comes from Pike’s Farm.”

Almond isn’t the only restaurant that will rely heavily on its regular menu to outline its restaurant week offerings. East Hampton’s The Living Room, restaurant of luxury hotel c/o The Maidstone, will derive its menu entirely from its regular fare.

“We want to give a representation of what we do year-round, not just something done specifically for that week,” said The Living Room’s restaurant manager Adam Lancashire. “We want people to have a three-course meal that will be available to them both the week after and the week before…We will be telling everyone that comes, ‘These dishes haven’t been watered down and we haven’t gotten a cheaper product to put it together; we stuck with our philosophy.”

The Living Room’s entrees will include its popular new poached cod and a beef Bourguignon Mr. Lancashire suggested enjoying with a glass of pinot noir.

“We’re very excited to be part of restaurant week,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity to show people what you offer year-round.”

If you’re searching for short ribs, try the participating Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor as director of operations Eric Peele counted the dish among its planned restaurant week menu.

“We may rotate in and out a hangar steak, but we’ll always have fish on the menu,” Mr. Peele added. “Our standard far is what popular, like our rigatoni Bolognese and salmon.”

Long Island Restaurant Week begins November 2 and runs through November 9. For more information, visit longislandrestaurantweek.com. 

Calendar, October 25 Through October 31

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Halloween Happenings

FRI OCT 24

CMEE Halloween Bash, 4 to 6 p.m., Children’s Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, $10 for non-members; free for members. (631) 537-8250 or cmee.org.

Teen Pumpkin Carving, 4 to 5 p.m., Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton, for grades six through 12. (631) 283-0774 or myrml.org.

Haunted Path/Sports & Rec Night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Southampton Youth Services (SYS), 1370A Majors Path, Southampton, fifth grade and up, $5, $2 round-trip transportation available. (631) 702-2425 or sysinc.org.

Groundworks Trail of Terror, 7 to 10 p.m., also on Saturday October 25, Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31, Groundworks Landscaping, 530 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, not recommended for children under 13, free. (631) 324-7373 or groundworkslandscaping.com.

Stages: Frankenstein Follies, 7:30 p.m., also Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, $15. (631) 725-9500 or stagesworkshop.org.

SAT OCT 25

Halloween Parade, 10 a.m., Hampton Library, 2478 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, all ages, free. (631) 537-0015 or hamptonlibrary.org.

Halloween Party, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, all ages, free, no registration required. (631) 725-0049 or johnjermain.org.

Pumpkin Decorating Workshop, 11 a.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, ages four to 11. (631) 324-0806 or guildhall.org.

Halloween Happenings Trunk or Treat, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Southampton Youth Services (SYS), 1370A Majors Path, Southampton, free. (631) 283-1511 or sysinc.org.

Little Lucy’s Halloween Pet Parade, 1 p.m., Little Lucy’s, 91 Jobs Lane, Southampton, $10 registration to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. (631) 287-2352.

Halloween Ghost Walking Tour with Annette Hinkle and Tony Garro, 5 to 7 p.m., Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Mueseum, 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor. (631) 725-0770, sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.

Family Fun: Nature’s Halloween Trail, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Mashomack Preserve, 79 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, allow 30 minutes to complete the trail. (631) 749-1001.

Sag Harbor Wailing Museum Halloween Costume Party, 7 to 9 p.m., Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, 200 Main Street Sag Harbor, children must be accompanied by an adult. (631) 725-0770 or sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.

Southampton Arts Center Halloween Party & Spooktacular Haunted House, 7 p.m., Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, $70. (631) 283-0967 or southamptonartscenter.org.

SUN OCT 26

Sag Harbor Rag a Muffin Parade, 1 p.m., beginning at Nassau Street next to the Sag Harbor Laundromat on Main Street and ending at The Custom House. For more information, visit sagharborchamber.org.

23 Annual Southampton Rag a Muffin Parade & Pumpkin Trail, 1 p.m., beginning at Agawam Park in Southampton Village. (631) 283-0402 or southamptonchamber.com.

Great Pumpkin Blaze Family Pumpkin Carving Event, 4 to 7:30 p.m., Mulford Farm, 10 James Lane, East Hampton, free, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. (631) 324-6850.

AJB Grunge Pop Zombie Party, 5 to 7 p.m., Hampton Ballet Theatre School, 213 Butter Lane, Unit J, Bridgehampton, all ages, $5. (631) 921-6406.

MON OCT 27

Bridgehampton Lions Club Carving Contest, 5 p.m., cash awards between $20 and $250, Bridgehampton Community House, 843 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. Bridgehamptonlions.org.

THURS OCT 30

Shadows of the Paranormal, with paranormal investigators from Long Island, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hampton Library, 2478 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton. (631) 537-0015 or hamptonlibrary.org.

FRI OCT 31

Halloween at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, all day, anyone dressed in costume receives 50-percent off regular admission prices, Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. (631) 208-9200 or longislandaquarium.com.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening & Halloween After-Party, 8 p.m. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main Street, Riverhead, $20 bar/restaurant minimum. (631) 727-4343 or SuffolkTheater.com.

SAT NOV 1

Family Pumpkin Carving Workshop, sponsored by East End Arts, The Town of Riverhead and the Riverhead Business Improvement District, 1 to 3 p.m., East End Arts, 133 East Main Street, Riverhead, $5 per family. (631) 369-2171 or eastendarts.org.

                                                                                                     Outdoors

FRI OCT 24

After School Nature: Fall Flurry, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Mashomack Preserve, 79 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, free, requires registration. (631) 749-1001.

SAT OCT 25

The History & Ecology of The Walking Dunes of Napeague, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., two day course continues Sunday with instructor Mike Bottini, $190, meet at Hither Hills State Park, Montauk. (631) 267- 5228 or mikebottini.com.

Foster & Paumanock Paths, 10 a.m. East Hampton Trails Preservation Society as a part of South Fork Trails Day, featuring East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, former planning chair Debra Foster and former planning board attorney Rick Whalen who will speak about the creation and preservation of more than 200 miles of trails in East Hampton, includes two mile hike and five mile loop, meet at Two Holes of Water Road at Chatfield’s Hole, East Hampton. Leader: Lee Dion, (631) 375-2339 and Jim Zajac, (212) 769-4311.

Flanders Meander to Camp Tekawitha, Southampton Trails Preservation Society as a part of South Fork Trails Day, 10 a.m., meet at the parking lot of Red Creek Path on Old Riverhead Road, Hampton Bays, 4.5 miles. Leader: Jim Crawford, (631) 369-2341.

TUE OCT 28

Walk Your Talk! 10 a.m., met at the John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, 1 or 2-mile route, free, no advanced registration required. (631) 725-0049.

WED OCT 29

Big Reed Harvest Hike, East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, meet at the Nature Trails site off East Lake Drive, Montauk. Leader: Eva Moore, (631) 238-5134.

SAT NOV 1

Downs Farm Preserve, Southampton Trails Preservation Society, 10 a.m. to noon, meet at 23800 Main Road in Cutchogue on the south side of the road after Elijah’s Lane, 4-mile hike. Leader: Liz Karpin, (631) 728-6492.

 

For the Kids

 

THU OCT 23

Tot Art, Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, 4 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor. (631) 725-4193.

Stories, Songs & Playtime, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, free. (631) 725-0049.

SAT OCT 25

Backpack Adventures: Exploring Vineyard Field, 10 a.m., South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, for children ages 8 to 12. (631) 537-9735 or sofo.org.

Mixed Media with Artist Lori Colavito, 2 to 4 p.m., The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, $120 for members for the four-week class; $150 for non-members. (631) 283-2118.

SUN OCT 26

Finger Knitting, 1:30 p.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, ages 7 to 12, free, please register in advance. (631) 725-0049.

WED OCT 29

Mommy & Me Yoga (or Daddy or Nanny), 9:15 to 10 a.m., Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, 4 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor, ages 1 to 3. (631) 725-4193.

ADHD Parent Support Group, 9:30 a.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, free, no registration required. (631) 725-0049.

THU OCT 30

Tot Art, Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre, 4 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor. (631) 725-4193.

Stories, Songs & Playtime, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, free. (631) 725-0049.

SAT NOV 1

Mixed Media with Artist Lori Colavito, 2 to 4 p.m., The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, $120 for members for the four-week class; $150 for non-members. (631) 283-2118.

 

Stage and Screen

THURS OCT 23

The Hampton Theatre Company Presents: Harvey, 7 p.m., also Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, $25, $23 for seniors, $10 students under 21. hamptontheatre.org or (631) 653-8955.

The World Goes ‘Round’, a musical revue, 7:30 p.m., also Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, $25, $12 students under 12. scc-arts.org. (631) 287-4377.

FRI OCT 24

National Theatre Live presents “Skylight”, 8 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, $18, $16 members. (631) 324-4050.

SAT OCT 25

The Met: Live in HD – Verdi’s  Encore, 1 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, $22, $20 members, $15 students. (631) 324-4050.

Stages 20th Anniversary Alumni Performance and Benefit Reception, 7:30 p.m., Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, $35; $25 for students. (631) 725-9500 or stagesworkshop.org.

TUE OCT 28

John Drew Theater Lab: Orphans by Lyle Kessler, 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, free. (631) 324-4050.

THURS OCT 30

The Hampton Theatre Company Presents: Harvey, 7 p.m., also Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, $25, $23 for seniors, $10 students under 21. hamptontheatre.org or (631) 653-8955.

The World Goes ‘Round’, a musical revue, 7:30 p.m., also Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, $25, $12 students under 12. scc-arts.org. (631) 287-4377.

SAT NOV 1

The Met: Live in HD – Bizet’s Carmen, 1 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, $22, $20 members, $15 students. (631) 324-4050.

WHBPAC Finest in World Cinema: Tracks, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., also on Sunday, 4 p.m., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. (631) 288-1500 or whbpac.org.

Comedy Show Featuring Mark Lundhom, to benefit “Dr. Bob’s House,” 7 to 9 p.m., Southampton High School Auditorium, 141 Narrow Lane, Southampton, $25. (631) 566-6397.

 

Art & Museums

FRI OCT 24

Front & Back: Glass Paintings by Gabriele Raacke, opening reception 5 to 8 p.m., on view through Sunday, Ashawagh Hall, 780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton. (631) 605-1190 or raacke.us.

SAT OCT 25

Mary Ellen Bartley, Guild Hall Museum Permanent Collection New Works: 2010-2014 Opening Reception, 4 to 6 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, $7. (631) 324-4050.

SUN OCT 26

Steven and William Ladd: Mary Queen of the Universe Exhibit Opening, 11 a.m., on view through January 19, 2015, Parrish Art Musem, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. (631) 283-2118.

Temple Adas Israel Fall/Holiday Exhibit: Common Themes, opening wine and cheese reception 4 to 6 p.m., Temple Adas Israel, 30 Atlantic Avenue, Sag Harbor. (631) 725-0904 or templeadasisrael.org.

Alan Shields: In Motion Exhibit Opening, on view through January 19, 2015, Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. (631) 283-2118 or parrishart.org.

SAT NOV 1

Poetics of Space: Michael Chiarello and Jonathan Beer, opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tripoli Gallery, 30A Jobs Lane, Southampton. (631) 377-3715 or tripoligallery.com.

Life in the Abstract, opening reception 5 to 8 p.m., on view through November 10, Ille Arts, 216e Main Street, Amagansett. (631) 905-9894.

Alan Shields: In Motion, reception 5:30 p.m., on view through January 19, 2015, Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. (631) 283-2118 or parrishart.org.

 

 

Music & Night Life

 

THURS OCT 23

Glenn Tilbrook, 8 p.m. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main Street, Riverhead, $40. (631) 727-4343 or SuffolkTheater.com.

FRI OCT 24

Candlelight Fridays at Wölffer Estate Vineyards: Lily-Anne Merat, 5 to 8 p.m., Wölffer Estate Vineyards, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack. (631) 537-5106.

Salon Series: Andrew Staupe, 6 p.m. The Parrish Art Museum Lichtenstein Theater, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, $20, $10 for Parrish members. (631) 283-2118.

Jettykoon, a benefit for the Surfrider Foundation, 7:30 to 10 p.m., The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main Street, Amagansett. (631) 921-1842 or jettykoon.com.

Hamptons Music Festival: Duncan Sheik, 8 p.m., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, $55 to $65. (631) 288-2350.

Bad Girls … A Disco Tribute to Donna Summer, 8 p.m., The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main Street, Riverhead, $35. (631) 727-4343 or SuffolkTheater.com.

SAT OCT 25

Salon Series: Andrew Staupe 2 p.m. The Parrish Art Museum Lichtenstein Theater, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, $20, $10 for Parrish members. (631) 283-2118.

Hamptons Music Festival: Natalie Merchant, 8 p.m., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, $95 to $150. (631) 288-2350.

SUN OCT 26

East Meets West – The Best Music from Montauk to Patchogue, 12:30 to 8 p.m., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, $39 all-access pass. (631) 288-2350.

FRI OCT 31

Candlelight Fridays at Wölffer Estate Vineyards: Iris Ornig, 5 to 8 p.m., Wölffer Estate Vineyards, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack. (631) 537-5106.

Salon Series: Sandro Russo, 6 p.m. The Parrish Art Museum Lichtenstein Theater, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, $20, $10 for Parrish members. (631) 283-2118.

SAT NOV 1

Salon Series: Sandro Russo, 2:30 p.m. The Parrish Art Museum Lichtenstein Theater, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, $20, $10 for Parrish members. (631) 283-2118.

Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital: Michelle Ross, violin, 5 p.m. Clarks Art Center, 73 Shore Road, Shelter Island, $25. (212) 721-8769 or perlmanmusicprogram.org.

Suzanne Vega, 8 p.m., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, $30 to $50. (631) 288-2350.

 

Readings, Lectures & Classes

FRI OCT 24

Materials & Methods with Abstract Artist Eric Dever, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, $120 for members for month long class, $150 for non-members. (631) 283-2118.

Making the Most of Your iPhone, 10:30 a.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, free, advanced registration required, limit 16. (631) 725-0049.

SAT OCT 25

Camellia Group, moderated by Bridget DeCandido, Horticultural Library in the ground floor of the Bridgehampton Community House, 843 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, free. (631) 537-2223.

The Year-Round Garden, 10:30 a.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, free, advanced registration required, limit 12. (631) 725-0049.

Readings from “Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943, with Robert Viscusi and others, 4 p.m. Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor. (631) 725-4926.

MON OCT 27

Come Knit with Us, 1 p.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, no registration necessary. (631) 725-0049.

TUE OCT 28

Long Island On-Farm Compost Workshop and Compost Facility Tour, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, First Floor Meeting Room, 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, $30 for the workshop. (631) 852-3289.

English Conversation Classes/Clases de Conversación en Inglés, 5 p.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, free, no advanced registration required. (631) 725-0049.

American Heart Association Community Heartsaver CPR-AED Course, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Pierson High School, 200 Jermain Avenue, Sag Harbor, $35 includes manual and certification card. sdenis@sagharborschools.org.

WED OCT 29

East Hampton Cemetery Tour, 6:30 p.m., East Hampton Historical Society, meet at 14 James Lane, East Hampton, $15, reservations required. (631) 324-6850.

Writers Speak Wednesdays: Julia Fierro, 7 p.m., Radio Lounge, Chancellors Hall, Stony Brook-Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton. (631) 632-5030.

FRI OCT 31

Materials & Methods with Abstract Artist Eric Dever, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, $120 for members for month long class, $150 for non-members. (631) 283-2118.

Apps for Your iPad, 10:30 a.m., John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, free, advanced registration required, limit 12. (631) 725-0049.

SAT NOV 1

Radical Descent: The Cultivation of American Revolutionary, a reading by author Linda Coleman, 5 p.m., Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor. (631) 725-4926.

 

Events, Workshops & Meetings

 

FRI OCT 24

The Night Sky – Celestial Viewing with the Custer Institute, 7 p.m., co-sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) and the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, SoFo, 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. (631) 537-9735 or sofo.org.

SAT OCT 25

Sag Harbor Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays through October 25, corner of Bay and Burke Streets, Sag Harbor.

Groundworks Fall Festival Weekend, 9 a.m. featuring Sue Wee Flying Pig Races at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., also on Sunday, Groundworks Landscaping, 530 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, free. (631) 324-7373.

Farming’s Future on the East End, with Scott Chaskey, of Quail Hill Farm, David Falkowski of Open Minded Organics, Mary Woltz of Bees Needs & others, 2 p.m., Bridgehampton Museum Archives, 2539A Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. (631) 537-1088 or bhmuseum.org.

WED OCT 29

College Fair at Pierson High School, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Pierson High School Gymnasium, 200 Jermain Avenue, Sag Harbor. Over 100 colleges will be in attendance. For students grades 8 through 12. For more information, visit sagharborschools.org.

Balancing Screen Time with Green Time, a special program for parents and educators, 7 p.m., South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. (631) 537-9735 or sofo.org.

Ladies Night Out, a benefit for The Retreat hosted by White’s Apothecary, 5 to 7 p.m., White’s Apothecary, 81 Main Street, East Hampton. $50 (includes a $25 giftcard to White’s Pharmacy). (631) 329-4398.

SAT NOV 1

Marine Meadows Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, (631) 537-9735.

 

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Bridgehampton Lions Club Carving Contest Next Monday, October 27

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The Bridgehampton Lions Club will host its annual pumpkin carving contest on Monday, October 27 at 5 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House, 843 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. Cash awards between $20 and $250 will be awarded in a variety of categories including Area 51, Mythic Monstrosity, Poultrygeist, Sea Screecher and Classic Jack. For more information, visit bridgehamptonlions.org.

Southampton School Closed as Precaution After Enterovirus Case Confirmed

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By Tessa Raebeck

Southampton Elementary School closed its doors Wednesday to be disinfected after a student was found to have an enterovirus infection, Superintendent Scott Farina said in an alert issued Tuesday.

The district said the strain found in the student, who is out of school and seeking treatment, is not the EV-D68 strain of the virus that has had a nationwide outbreak, resulting in cases of severe respiratory illness in both children and adults throughout the country.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-polio enteroviruses are “very common viruses,” which cause about 10 million to 15 million infections in the United States each year, with tens of thousands of hospitalizations for illnesses caused by enteroviruses. EV-D68 is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. Although small numbers of D68 have been reported regularly to the CDC since 1987, the number of people with confirmed EV-D68 infection has been “much greater” in 2014, the CDC said on its website.

It is unclear which strand of enterovirus the Southampton student is infected with, although the district confirmed it is not EV-D68. A mix of enteroviruses generally circulates throughout the United States each year, with different strands causing more illnesses in different years.

“Most people who get infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick. Or, they may have mild illness, like the common cold. But some people can get very sick and have infection of their heart or brain or even become paralyzed,” the CDC website states.

Infections can spread through close contact with an infected person or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them before touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Mr. Farina said the Southampton Elementary School, as well as the entire bus fleet, would undergo a “thorough cleaning” by an outside company on Wednesday and reopen today, Thursday, October 16.

“The company will disinfect the entire building and apply an antibacterial product to further prevent the spread of germs,” he said.

Although local schools always step up their health-minded measures going into flu season, which is also the most common time for enterovirus infections, on Wednesday the Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton school districts said they are taking extra precautions in response to the infection in Southampton.

“We disinfected classrooms last night and will do so regularly as a precautionary measure, and have reminded students and staff to wash hands, avoid close contact, cover coughs and sneezes and to stay home when sick,” said Bridgehampton Superintendent/Principal Dr. Lois Favre.

Sag Harbor Superintendent Katy Graves said the district applies a virucide to surfaces every night year-round during after-school cleaning, “but we’ve expanded that more to virtually every surface to make sure that it kills all viruses. So we’re vigilant, but we’ve become even more vigilant,” she said.

The virucide, which the state has approved for use around children, is now being used on more surfaces and throughout the day, rather than just at night. The district is also continuing its regular instruction on healthy habits.

“It’s a good wake-up call for us to always be heightened and aware,” said Ms. Graves. “We have a pretty fragile population—our little ones—so we take care of them and make sure it’s safe.”

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

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Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sunday. Pictured are, seated from left to right, the Reverend Nancy Arnold, interim minister, Martha Potter, and Mark Potter; standing, Mark Ewald and John Andrews. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz.

By Stephen J. Kotz

This weekend, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a “Homecoming” service on Sunday at its meetinghouse on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.

Longtime member, Mildred Granitz, 94, of East Hampton, remembers well the congregation’s humble beginnings on the East End.

“A second homeowner ran an ad in The East Hampton Star, in the late ’60s or early ’70s, stating an interest in Unitarian Universalism and asking if there were others who shared it,” she said this week.

The result was the formation of the East End Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, an effort that disbanded after a decade because of a lack of full-time residents who were members, she said.

But within a few short years, the fellowship was replaced by the South Fork Unitarian Universalist Society, whose members started to meet in the Water Mill home of Paul and Kathy Rogers, two founding members, in 1984.

“That’s about when I got involved,” said another long-time member, Jeanne Wisner, who moved east from Freeport, where she and her husband had been involved with the local congregation.

“I remember sitting in the grass—it was summer—and were always sitting outside with a topic to talk about. We always had conversations about concerns about ethics, social concerns, civil rights,” she said.

A commitment to progressive ideals remains today, Ms. Wisner said, pointing out that a number of congregants had attended a recent march to raise awareness about climate change.

The Reverend Nancy Arnold, the congregation’s interim minister, who has served since the Reverend Alison Cornish moved to Philadelphia, said the congregation has “sent personal invitations to some of those who were here in the past with the hope that they will come and celebrate with us.”

The regular Sunday service, which takes place at 10:30 a.m., will include a photo-video presentation set to music of the congregation’s history. It will be followed by lunch and a hospitality hour.  The night before, the congregation will present a concert by Valerie DiLorenzo at the meetinghouse at 7 p.m.

Within a year of its formation, the society had obtained its charter from the national Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and moved into rental space at the Hampton Day School. From there, it moved to the Water Mill Community House, before building its own meetinghouse on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, which was dedicated in 2006, and making yet another name change—to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork.

“Owning property for our own meetinghouse is a quote miracle,” said Ms. Wisner. The congregation bought its 2.25-acre Bridgehampton property, which is next to the Long Pond Greenbelt, for only $100,000 in 1999, just before real estate prices skyrocketed.  The meetinghouse, which cost about $900,000 to build and furnish, was dedicated in 2006.

Since that time, the congregation has provided space for the non-profit prekindergarten and nursery school, The Rainbow School, as well as the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons, a Jewish congregation. In November, it will also be home to the zendo, which used to meet at the Sagaponack home of the writer Peter Matthiessen.

Being inclusive and tolerant are two of the traits about Unitarian Universalism that has drawn Ms. Wisner to the faith.

“One of the things that makes it really important for me is that everybody is expected to have different religious backgrounds and beliefs,” she said. “Everybody in our congregation—I’m absolutely certain of this—has different beliefs about God, spirituality, about no God. Those are personal thought and beliefs, and people’s personal beliefs are held sacred to each of them. Everyone is welcome here, with whatever their religious beliefs are.”

Environmental Impact Study Ordered for Potential CVS in Bridgehampton

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The Southampton Town Planning Board ruled last Thurday it will require an environmental impact study for CVS at the corner of Montauk Highway and the Bridgehampton Turnpike. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz.

By Mara Certic

At the end of a three-hour meeting on Thursday afternoon, the Southampton Town Planning Board ruled that it would require an environmental impact study for CVS pharmacy that has been proposed for a busy intersection in Bridgehampton.

Southampton Town Planner Claire Vail presented her recommendation to the board on Thursday after she discussed the standards of the State Environmental Quality Review Act. The application is considered “unlisted,” which means the planning board has the final say in whether or not an EIS is required.

CVS Caremark filed for a special exception permit in July to allow the pharmacy giant to occupy a 9,030-square-foot-building at the intersection of Montauk Highway, the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike and Lumber Lane.

Ms. Vail said on Thursday the proposed pharmacy could have significant potential adverse effects on both traffic and the community character, which lead the board to adopt what is called a “positive declaration,” requiring the environmental study.

In 2011, the planning board approved plans by BNB Ventures IV—the company that owns the land—to demolish the Bridgehampton Beverage store in order to put in its place a two-story Greek revival building. When approved in 2011, the planning board had determined the building would not have any adverse impact on its surroundings.

It was initially proposed the building would have a couple of retail spaces with offices or apartments upstairs, but the entire building was zoned for retail uses, which allows CVS to seek to merge the different retail spaces together to make one large store. But the town code requires developers seeking to build retail spaces larger than 5,000 square feet in the village business district to apply for a special exception permit, although the use is not prohibited outright.

News of CVS potentially taking over the busy corner caused outcry from members of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, who in turn created the offshoot organization Save Bridgehampton Main Street in an effort to raise money to fund a potential legal battle.

A few dozen people showed up to Thursday afternoon’s planning board meeting, many of them sporting anti-CVS pins in their lapels, to listen to Ms. Vail discuss the board’s determination. Although members of the CAC had tried to make arguments that there might be impacts on the historic district or nature of the lot, which is the site of a historic tavern, Ms. Vail determined it unlikely the CVS would affect the historical character of the area.

“That triangle has some historic importance, but you already approved a building there,” said John Bennett, who is representing CVS Caremark.

Ms. Vail did, however, say that an almost 10,000-square-foot pharmacy on the busy corner would have a significant negative effect on the community character of Bridgehampton’s Main Street. Ms. Vail used copies of the Bridgehampton Hamlet Study and plans for the hamlet center as criteria, all of which named maintaining the community character as the village’s primary goal.

Ms. Vail also found there to be a significant potential negative impact on traffic in the area, thus requiring a traffic study.

Questions remain about how many parking spots there should be, as well as the scope of any traffic study. Mr. Bennett appeared to be frustrated following Ms. Vail’s presentation to the planning board.

He told the board the developers had already hired BHB Engineering to do a traffic study. “The first thing I insisted upon was a traffic impact statement,” he said. “You cannot under any guise use the traffic concerns here because that ship has sailed.”

Members of Save Bridgehampton Main Street also hired an engineer for their own traffic study, which will be read into the record at one of the upcoming public hearings on the application. Following the adoption of the positive declaration, a third traffic study will likely be conducted on the busy corner.

Mr. Bennett told the board this move was “textbook arbitrary action,” and warned the planning board to use only substantiated facts and expert testimony when making its decisions.  Mr. Bennett several times made reference to appealing the board’s decision. At one point, he said, “I guess a court will have to decide that.”

Wayne Bruyn, who is representing BNB Ventures IV, accused the board of standing alone with its staff on “a twisted interpretation of the code.”

The two attorneys spent approximately 45 minutes responding to Ms. Vail’s presentation and accused the board of acting illegally.

“I know you’re under a lot of political pressure, I ask you to consider what you said, I don’t see how you have the authority to do anything you’re doing today,” Mr. Bennett said.

When the board asked the lawyers for an adjournment in order to consider its reply, Mr. Bennett flatly refused and said “You’re going to do what you’re going to do.”

“You’ve had more than enough time” to prepare, Mr. Bennett added.  “You should have anticipated what I was going to say, you should have known it all along.”

The six members of the board present voted unanimously to accept the positive declaration. Public hearings and further environmental review will take place in the coming weeks.