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Noyac Hosts Last Tick Talk of the Season

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Jerry Simons discussed tick-borne disease diagnosis and prevention during a symposium at the November meeting of the Noyac Civic Council. 

By Mara Certic

As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, East Enders sometimes fall into a false sense of security, believing tick season is over for another cold winter. But with the ever-increasing number of tick-borne diseases and infections, medical professionals emphasize the importance of remaining vigilant against the virulent arachnids all year long.

In response to the growing number of infections, State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle convened a tick-borne disease task force last year to search for solutions to the problem, which is particularly prevalent on the East End. An advisory panel for Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center has come up with a multi-pronged mission to help reduce the number of tick-borne diseases and infections on Long Island and around the world.

In addition to facilitating treatment and educating medical professions about the various diseases carried by ticks, the panel has been charged with educating the public at several informative medical symposiums.

Jerry Simons, a physician’s assistant at East Hampton Urgent Care, gave the last such presentation of the year, on November 12 at the monthly meeting of the Noyac Civic Council.

Mr. Simons has been treating Lyme disease for almost 20 years.

“I saw my first Lyme disease patient in 1995,” he said at the meeting. Although the disease is named after a town in Connecticut, a lot of progress and discoveries made on Lyme disease happened out here on the East End, he said. “So it makes sense for the tick center to re-blossom here,” he added.

One of the difficulties of treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, Mr. Simons said, is figuring out what the exact strain of the disease is. Whereas people in the past have been told to look out for bull’s eye rashes, Mr. Simons noted that 30 to 50 percent of people with Lyme disease do not develop one.

“In 2014, like there are different types of flu germs or Epstein Barr, there are also different kinds of Lyme disease,” Mr. Simons said. Some of the literature says there are four different strains, whereas some claim there are as many as 12. According to Mr. Simons, those strains can then have up to four different subtypes of their own.

In addition to the many strains of Lyme, there are also diseases such as babesiosis, IA, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and, most recently, the Alpha-gal allergy to meat.

“Sometimes it’s a matter of checking for the right germ,” Mr. Simons said, suggesting that anyone with a worrisome tick bite should ask for the Tick-Borne Disease Panel 3 work up, which tests for many different strains and diseases.

“But what I need you to remember is it’s not just Lyme disease,” he added.

Several medical publications have recently suggested that the ticks with the highest rate of infection in the world are those within a 50-mile-radius of Shelter Island.

“If you were in North Dakota and got a tick bite it would be a different story,” he said. Mr. Simons advocates getting treated with antibiotics right away, adding that they can prevent further, more serious problems four, eight or 12 weeks down the line. Also, spending $20 or $30 on early antibiotics could save thousands of dollars on blood work.

One of his pet peeves, he said, is when patients find a tick on themselves and wait to have it removed by a professional.  “You need to remove it immediately,” Mr. Simons said. Once removed, the ticks themselves should be taken to a doctor’s office, where they can determine the type of tick, its sex and whether or not it’s swollen, he added.

Inspecting the offending tick is one of the ways doctors can quickly and more efficiently diagnose patients, he said.

The bite of the Lone Star tick larvae, for example, can cause the Alpha-gal meat allergy and also other diseases in some cases. When bitten by an infected Lone Star tick, the alpha gal polysugar gets into the body. Once the enzyme is in your body, eating fatty red meats can cause a delayed inflammatory reaction, similar to a bee sting, Mr. Simons explained.

Whereas for some, the Alpha-gal allergy affects them only when they consume red meat, others can have reactions to dryer sheets, cosmetics, even lanoline strips on razors.

Recent research has shown people with Alpha-gal have very low glutamine levels, Mr. Simons said. Glutamine is one of the most abundant naturally occurring nonessential amino acids.

“You’re hearing it here first,” Mr. Simons said, “the advice is to run—not walk—to the store and get a big thing of glutamine.”

High doses of glutamine combined with six months to a year without any sort of meat contact could perhaps reverse the effect of the allergy, he said.

“It’s like in the ’80s when we were trying to figure out AIDS and HIV—you’re living in history,” Mr. Simons said.

For more information about tick-borne diseases call 726-TICK, or visit tickencounter.org.

Home Prevention

While ticks are most active from May through July, they will remain active until the temperature drops below 32 degrees. While the pests can be hard to avoid, here are some ways to keep ticks away:

  • Mice carry the most infectious ticks, so removing leaf piles and brush and other rodent retreats will help keep dangerous ticks away from the house.
  • Damminix tick tubes can be used to kill ticks on rodents. The product is available online, but DIY-ers can create the products themselves by putting cotton balls soaked in permethrin into cardboard tubes in mouse-infested areas. The mice, in turn, collect the cotton balls for their nests and the permethrin kills the ticks on contact.
  • Ticks are very unlikely to cross a 3-foot-wide wood chip boundary, so putting one around a house can help keep them away.
  • Ticks of all species apparently hate the smell of lavender; so dryer sheets and sprays imbued with the scent can also repel them.
  • Diluted DEET should be sprayed on shoes once a month, to keep ticks away.
  • Natural repellents, such as Buzz-Away can be applied directly to the skin.
  • Experts suggest spraying yards or lawns once a month from April to November, as well. Organic sprays are available from East End Tick and Mosquito Control.
  • Applying permethrin to clothes will kill all ticks on contact. Clothes pre-treated with permethrin are also available.

Thomas Twomey, Law Firm Founder, Dies at 68

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By Mara Certic

Thomas A. Twomey Jr., an attorney and civic leader, died of an apparent heart attack at his home on Two Holes of Water Road in East Hampton on Sunday morning. He was 68 years old.

Mr. Twomey was the senior partner and founder of the largest law firm on the East End of Long Island, Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, which he founded in 1973. He was also the longtime chairman of the East Hampton Library board—leading two major expansion projects—as well as a leader in numerous other community projects.

Mr. Twomey was born in Manhattan on December 8, 1945, to Thomas Twomey., a New York City police detective and Mary Twomey. His love for the East End began when he spent summers with his family in Mattituck.

A graduate of Manhattan College, Mr. Twomey put himself through both the University of Virginia and Columbia Law Schools by selling kitchen knives.

After a year of adventures around the world—one of which involved an elephant chasing his rented Volkswagen Beetle—Mr. Twomey returned to Long Island, where he founded his law firm. Mr. Twomey decided to establish his law firm in Riverhead, to be able to serve the entire East End. The firm now also has offices East Hampton, Southampton, Southold and Hauppauge.

During the early days of his career, Mr. Twomey split his time between his private practice and acting as counsel to local municipal boards in both East Hampton and Southampton towns at various times.

“I’ve known Tom for 40 years. He’s been a close friend. I’ve worked with him on a number of the most important issues over that time,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said this week.

“Tom had a profound impact on some of the major issues of our time including stopping the construction of Jamesport nuclear power stations and chairing the economic and environmental taskforce that resulted in millions of dollars coming to the East End to promote farming, fishing, tourism and the environment,” Mr. Cantwell continued.

Mr. Twomey was instrumental in the creation of both Suffolk County and New York State’s Farmland Preservation Programs. He formed the group “Halt the Highway,” and led the fight to prevent the extension of Sunrise Highway from Shinnecock Hills to Amagansett.

As chairman of the board at the East Hampton Public Library, Mr. Twomey led the capital campaign to raise an estimated $4 million to construct a 6,800-square-foot children’s wing for the library. Mr. Twomey cut the official ribbon opening the new addition in June of this year.  He also chaired the capital campaign that raised $3.5 million for a major addition to the library that was completed in 1997.

Mr. Twomey served on the executive committee of the Guild Hall Cultural Center and was an active fund-raiser for the center’s annual budget.

A pilot himself, Mr. Twomey was an advocate for the East Hampton Airport and recently served on the aviation subcommittee of the Airport Planning group.

Mr. Twomey was passionate about the history of East Hampton, and took a leading role in the town’s 350th Anniversary Celebration in 1998. Afterward, Mr. Twomey was named town historian and edited five volumes on the history of East Hampton while in that capacity. A sixth volume will be published soon.

“When he took on an issue, he gave everything he had to it. He had an incredible passion and a commitment to see things through, regardless of how difficult it must have been to be successful,” Supervisor Cantwell said, “His loss will be felt for many years to come.”

Mr. Twomey is survived by his wife, Judith Hope, who served three terms as East Hampton Town Supervisor from 1973-75 and again from 1983-87.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two stepchildren, Nisse and Erling Hope; three grandchildren, Soren Hope, Asaiah Aqui and Henry Luka Hope; and by his sisters, Mary Claire Vrtodusic of Oakdale and Florence Cope of East Marion.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, November 21, at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home at 94 Pantigo Road in East Hampton from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 22, at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 18 James Lane in East Hampton. A reception will follow at East Hampton Point, 295 Three Mile Harbor Road.

Memorial donations can be made to the East Hampton Public Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton.

Get a Charge of This

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The East Hampton Town Board has invited the public to join in a celebration of the town’s new electric vehicle charging station, the latest addition to the Town Hall complex, on Friday, November 14, at 9 a.m. The event will take place in front of the police department annex behind the main buildings at 159 Pantigo Road in East Hampton.

Members of the town board and representatives of the Natural Resources Department will showcase the station with electric vehicles provided by Buzz Chew Chevrolet and Tesla Motors. Company representatives will be available to answer any technical questions.

The town was recently awarded funds by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install the station to encourage its workforce and members of the public to embrace electric vehicles, which provide the opportunity to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NYSERDA is providing approximately $10,500, or roughly 85 percent, of the full cost of equipment and installation, while NYPA is providing an additional $2,000, or the remaining 15 percent.

“I am proud that East Hampton has joined many other communities in supporting electric vehicles by providing a charging station at Town Hall,” said Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, the board’s liaison to the Energy Sustainability Committee. “This is part of our commitment to environmental sustainability.”

“I thank the Natural Resources Department for applying for the funds for this electric vehicle charging station, which moves the Town one step closer to energy efficiency,” said Supervisor Larry Cantwell.

East Hampton Town Budget Stays Below Tax Cap

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By Mara Certic

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell’s $71.5 million budget has seen some changes to both its revenue and expenditure sides since it was first presented in September, but will remain well below the state-mandated 2-percent tax cap.

East Hampton Town Budget Officer Len Bernard presented some of those changes at a board meeting on Thursday, November 6.

Mr. Bernard explained certain adjustments had been made since the tentative budget was released in September. In the budget, the town had anticipated $50,000 in  revenue from a proposed rental registry law, Mr. Bernard said, which was removed after residents came out in opposition to the law at a public hearing last month.

In its place, Mr. Bernard added $80,900 for lease options the town is entering into with a solar company, he said. “This revenue source may become a recurring revenue source depending on what is discovered during that lease option period, in terms of whether or not the solar energy production is feasible on the sites they’re going to be testing,” Mr. Bernard said.

Mr. Bernard added he had $104,900 for additional public safety into the revenue side of the budget. Mr. Bernard said Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman told him he was “99 percent sure” the town would end up receiving a greater share of sales tax revenue to be used for public safety. This agreement, Mr. Bernard explained, was established as a way to reimburse East End communities that have their own police forces and do not use the Suffolk County Police.

On the expense side, approximately $70,000 was added for police funding, $10,000 for the fisheries committee, $2,500 for the cemeteries fund and $20,000 for a part-time youth coordinator, he  said.

The town has budgeted to close its scavenger waste facility, which will save the town $450,000 between 2014 and 2015.

“It really doesn’t affect revenues, other than the fact that there will be no revenue other than tax revenue for that district. There are going to be no fees because the place is going to be closed,” Mr. Bernard said.

“We’re not realizing any kind of increase in fees, we’re actually realizing a substantial drop is costs that will be going down over time until eventually the place is fully shut down and all of the old debt is paid off,” he said. Mr. Bernard added that the current budget will be $315,000 below the state tax cap, which can be applied to next year’s budget.

Tom Knobel, chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee, spoke up during Thursday’s public hearing and said he found some flaws on the revenue side of the budget.

“I believe there are a couple of flaws. I believe you are aiming to a more fee-based budgeting for the town and fees can be punitive,” he said.

Mr. Knobel also expressed concern that the town had anticipated a revenue increase of 18.3 percent, when there has been talk in the town of possibly limiting flights in and out of East Hampton Airport. Mr. Knobel said reducing the number of flights would “would limit the profitability of the airport.”

Other than a $10,000 line item for fisheries, Mr. Knobel said there was nothing in the budget to suggest the town was trying to attract new jobs or strive toward economic development.

Amos Goodman, of Springs, also commented about the town relying on future revenues with “where we are year to date in 2014, really being significantly less than what the previous year’s budget indicated,” he said.

“At $71.5 million, the budget’s less than it was six years ago,” Mr. Cantwell said on Thursday.

Mr. Cantwell added that the New York State comptroller announced on November 4 that after significant review, he had found East Hampton Town’s budget to have both reasonable revenue and expenditure projections.

“The state comptroller’s findings reflect the town’s goal of conservatively projecting non-tax revenue and restraining spending in order to produce a balanced budget,” Supervisor Cantwell said in a release.

 

 

 

Round Table Brings the Prince of Danes to Guild Hall

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A rehearsal of Shakespeare's Hamlet at the John Drew Theater on Sunday, 11/2/14

By Annette Hinkle

“Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s most famous play, is a tragedy that has it all…even by today’s standards. There are ghosts, murders, lust, revenge, a probable suicide and, at its core a family feud within the Danish royal family that rivals anything reality TV has to offer — all set against the backdrop of Denmark’s Elsinore Castle.

That’s a lot of angst to digest…. so just imagine the conversations that are taking place these days around the dinner table at Morgan and Tristan Vaughan’s house in East Hampton.

The Vaughans are not only married, they are also classically trained Shakespearean actors. Both studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, but they didn’t meet until later, while they both were pursuing MFA degrees from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.

The Vaughans are also co-founders of the Round Table Theatre Company & Academy, an East End based non-profit dedicated to the education, promotion and presentation of works by classic playwrights (like the Bard). Offering classes to actors and non-actors alike is part of their mission, but so is producing plays, and tonight, the company’s production of “Hamlet” opens at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall for a three-week run with Ms. Vaughan directing.

And who will be playing Hamlet, himself? Mr. Vaughan, of course.

Aye, there’s the rub.

“Some couples argue about money, we argue about Shakespeare,” laughs Mr. Vaughan.

Actually, while Hamlet’s family may be angst ridden and openly hostile to one another, the Vaughans, conversely, have largely figured out how to work well and happily in the theater together.

“This is the first time I’ve directed Tristan in a production,” says Ms. Vaughan. “We met at grad school, but did not start dating until the end of school. For that reason, I think we have a good understanding of each others’ failings and challenges and the good parts of our acting.”

“Hamlet” will be Round Table’s second production on the East End. Back in early 2013, the company performed “Macbeth” at LTV studios in Wainscott. That time, Mr. Vaughan was the director and Ms. Vaughan acted in the title role of Lady Macbeth.

“He directed me in ‘Macbeth’ so he knows my bad actor habits,” admits Ms. Vaughan. “That said, we live together. After rehearsal I want to get home and not think about it, and he’s like, ‘What do you think of this?’”

“It was the opposite in Macbeth,” smiles Mr. Vaughan.

Chalk it up to the stress of directing since ultimately, it’s the director’s job to make it all work seamlessly. One of the biggest challenges with Shakespeare is presenting the material in a way that makes it assessable to all, yet keeping it true to the original intent of the words.

At times, that can be a difficult line to walk and since accessibility is a key part of Round Table’s mission, it’s a task Ms. Vaughan takes seriously. There have been plenty of kitschy Hamlets over the years, set in times and places far removed from the original setting. For this production, Ms. Vaughan wanted a modern setting. While her husband felt that modern was fine, he pressed her to narrow it down to a somewhat specific time frame.

“I had to persuade him in certain ways — he’s the artistic director — so we met in the middle,” says Ms. Vaughan.

The result is a “Hamlet” that takes place in the early 20th century, sometime between WWI and WWII.

“I will say, I kept it in Denmark and Hamlet is the prince,” says Ms. Vaughan. “If you change the stakes and Hamlet is just some screwed up kid, it loses the impact. It has to be that he’s going to be the king and all the power that comes with it.”

“We have updated it in terms of dress but it’s timeless in terms of emotions and what we can identify with,” adds Ms. Vaughan who also decided to make quite a few cuts to the script, specifically removing those political references from Shakespeare’s day that are entirely irrelevant or incomprehensible to today’s audiences.

“We also cut out the stuff between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Hamlet about theater of the 1600s,” she adds. “Nobody knows what that means and I don’t want anyone to feel stupid. I don’t want people to leave saying, ‘I don’t get it.’”

“Being a teacher at heart, you have to reach across to bring people up,” adds Mr. Vaughan.

“If people don’t understand it when they leave, it’s our fault,” counters Ms. Vaughan. “As a director, I have to say, ‘Is this comprehensible?’ It’s not contemporary language, but it’s our job to make it understood.”

Teamwork is also vital. For Ms. Vaughan, directing is not about imposing her singular vision, but rather creating it collaboratively by calling on the talents and instincts of the actors around her.

“Actors need to feel comfortable with where they are in a space and how they’re progressing,” says Ms. Vaughan. “I’m not a director who says, ‘This is the way it should be.’ They’re the character. With all the actors, I’d say, ‘How was that?’”

“That’s how I direct,” agrees Mr. Vaughan. “Macbeth was hard — there was so much to do. This time, I’m really happy to have someone I trust so much directing. It takes a huge weight off me.”

And in the end, for the Vaughans it all comes down to Shakespeare’s words.

“Because we had the same training, ultimately it comes back to the text,” adds Ms. Vaughan. “If you can support it by the text, we know that it’s right and agree with that.”

Now that’s the way to make a marriage — and a theater company — work.

Round Table Theatre Company’s production of “Hamlet” is presented in partnership with Guild Hall. The play runs Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 23 in the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. The cast includes Jeff Keogh, Tristan Vaughan, Josh Gladstone, John Tramontana, Dianne Benson, Peter Connolly, Sawyer Avery, Evan Daves, Michael Bartoli and Fabrienne Bottero. Set design is by Brian Leaver with costumes by Yuka Silvera and lighting by Sebastian Paczynski. Tickets are $25/$23 for adults and $15 for students. For tickets, call (631) 324-0806, visit guildhall.org or theatermania.com, or call 1-866-811-4111.

Airport Special Meeting

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Noise consultants for East Hampton Town will present the first phase of their airport noise analysis at a special meeting on Thursday, October 30, at 10 a.m.

Henry Young and Les Blomberg of Young Environmental Sciences will present the interim report to the board. Afterward Peter Kirsch, the town’s aviation attorney, will speak on some of the potential next steps and alternatives.

Thursday’s meeting is the first stage of the town’s noise abatement efforts. The board voted last month to impose regulations on the airport in an effort to mitigate the noise pollution in East Hampton and the surrounding communities.

The meeting on Thursday morning will take place at the East Hampton Village Emergency Services Building, 1 Cedar Street in East Hampton.

Ordering Out To Eat In

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South Fork & Spoon food concierge service has partnered with farm-to-fork caterer Ango to deliver complete (and organic) Thanksgiving dinners to your door.

South Fork & Spoon will set the table place flowers, and select the wine before dropping off a dinner in casserole dishes, not flimsy aluminum serving trays, prepared by Ango.

The menu, which features products from a variety of local vendors, includes roasted turkey and stuffing, sweet potato gnocchi, cauliflower gratin, sour cream and scallion scones and much more, including hors d’oeuvre platters.

Ango and South Fork & Spoon can even provide a Feast and Football platter, which has an assortment of classics including pigs-in-a-blanket, mini-shepherd pies, deviled eggs and house-made soft pretzels with a cheese dipping sauce perfect for the young ones and those who are glued to the television watching football

Pricing starts at $130 for the turkey and $55 up for the sides. Deliveries can be made November 25, 26 or 27, from Southampton to East Hampton. There is an additional delivery fee for Montauk.

Visit southforkandspoon.com for more information.

Update: East Hampton High School Students Return to Class

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Students and teachers made their way back into East Hampton High School on Monday morning after a written threat found on a bathroom mirror had caused the district to evacuate the building two hours earlier. Photo by Michael Heller. 

All East Hampton High School students were allowed to return to their classrooms by approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning after a threat found on a bathroom mirror prompted school district officials to order the evacuation of the building around 8:30 a.m.

Students were allowed to return after district officials and police searched the building.

East Hampton Town Police Captain Chris Anderson said police were notified at 8:38 a.m. He would not comment on the nature of the threat other than to say “it was very non-specific” in nature.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. all freshmen and sophomores were allowed back in the building, while juniors and seniors were sent to the cafeteria to be searched.

The East Hampton School District announced the evacuation of the high school Wednesday morning. According to a message posted on the district website and sent out via an automated telephone call, students were ordered out of the high school as a precautionary measure because of a message that was found on a bathroom mirror.

“The threat does not appear to be credible,” the district stated on its website, adding that East Hampton Town Police are on the scene and that the district “will always err on the side of safety.”

 

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. 

“The World Goes ‘Round” Brings Kander & Ebb to Southampton Cultural Center

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The cast of “The World Goes ‘Round, the Songs of Kander and Ebb.” Photo by Tom Kochie.

The cast of “The World Goes ‘Round, the Songs of Kander and Ebb.” Photo by Tom Kochie.

By Annette Hinkle

The legendary songwriting duo of Kander and Ebb have been responsible for some of the biggest hits on Broadway in the past half century. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb first began their collaboration back in 1962, and in the years that followed, the pair wrote a prolific number of songs and scores including “Cabaret,” which is currently enjoying a revival on Broadway in the old Studio 54 space, “Funny Lady,” and, perhaps their most memorable (and biggest) hit, “Chicago.”

And because he has been denied the rights to produce “Chicago” time and time again (it’s been 17 consecutive years, but who’s counting) this fall, Michael Disher, director of Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center, decided to approach the challenge from a totally unique angle by bringing the music of Kander and Ebb to the stage in an entirely different form.

“The World Goes ‘Round, The Songs of Kander & Ebb” kicks off Center Stage’s new season and the production is playing at the Southampton Cultural Center now through November 9. The show takes its title from a tune the songwriting team wrote for Liza Minnelli in the 1977 film “New York, New York.” That film’s title song, also included in the show, was, of course, a standard by Frank Sinatra.

Those expecting a night of musical theater filled with plot structure, intriguing narratives and a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl again kind of experience may be disappointed. In fact, this production is not a structured play, but rather, a musical revue. Which means that audience members who can’t get enough of wall to wall song and dance numbers will get their fill and then some.

In this show, there are no sets, precious few props and the costumes consist of a simple selection of basic black wardrobe pieces. The songs of Kander and Ebb are the stars here, and to pull it off, Mr. Disher has assembled a varied cast of 10 singers and dancers, some of whom are admittedly more comfortable in the song and dance role than others. They include Richard Adler, Isabel Alvarez, Holly Marie Dunn, Sharon Mulvaney, Jaclyn Randazzo, Mary Sabo, Jack Seabury, Kyle Sherlock, Josephine Wallace and Edna Winston.

And though you won’t get the whole play, the music of “Chicago” is well-represented in this production with “All That Jazz,” “Class,” “Mr. Cellophane” and “Me and My Baby” all in the line up. Also expect songs from “Funny Lady,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and yes, Sinatra’s signature song, “New York, New York.”

Also expect to hear some long forgotten numbers that only true Kander and Ebb fans are likely to know, including a lovely rendition of “Colored Lights” offered by Ms. Dunn from “The Rink,” one of their less successful Broadway plays, and “My Coloring Book,” a song that comes not from a musical, but rather Barbra Streisand’s second album recorded in 1963. In this production, the number is performed sweetly by Ms. Randazzo.

Despite the fact that Kander and Ebb wrote their material in the last half of the 20th century, some of their numbers feel oddly dated today in an “aw, shucks” kind of way. Younger audience members may not always appreciate the sappy nature of some of the duo’s more sentimental pieces, but in some cases, that dated quality works well here. Particularly impressive in the first act is “There Goes the Ball Game” from “New York, New York.” Performed in this production by a trio consisting of Ms. Randazzo, Ms. Dunn and Ms. Alvarez, the singers’ Andrew’s Sisters-esque treatment of the song, with harmonies that are stellar, is evocative of another era in the best of ways.

But ultimately this revue show is at its best (and most dynamic) with numbers like “All That Jazz” when the whole cast gets into the act with more compelling staging and dance moves (thanks to choreography by Mr. Disher and Bethany Dellapolla).

Act Two begins on a particular high note with the versatile Ms. Sabo offering a very fun rendition of “Ring Them Bells” (from “Liza with a Z”). This narrative song tells the story of a young woman from Riverside Drive who travels the world in search of Mr. Right, only to meet the boy next door, literally, on a beach in Dubrovnik. The whole cast gets in on the act on this one as well, and the addition of ankle and wrist bells, along with the cleverly written lyrics and expressive singing by Ms. Sabo, add great charm to the piece.

There are fine moments too where multiple songs are offered at once to great effect. This technique is particularly effective when Mr. Seabury, Ms. Dunn and Ms. Sabo perform as a trio by offering up “We Can Make It” (from “The Rink”), “Maybe This Time” (from “Cabaret”) and “Isn’t This Better” (from Funny Lady”) simultaneously.

Mr. Seabury continues to shine in the final numbers of the revue, which ends on a high note with music from “Cabaret” in which he assumes the role of the Master of Ceremonies, first with “Money Money,” followed by the show’s title song. Finally there comes, “New York, New York” itself with a Sinatra-inspired imitation that is spot on.

What else could you possibly imagine ending the evening with? And when it comes to revisiting the music of Kander and Ebb, what more could you possibly want?

Center Stage at SCC presents The World Goes ‘Round, the Songs of Kander and Ebb through Sunday November 9, at SCC’s Levitas Center for the Arts. Karen Hochstedler is musical director. Other Kander and Ebb shows represented in the revue include “Woman of the Year,” “The Happy Time,” “Flora, The Red Menace,” “The Act” and “70, Girls, 70.” Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the stage of The Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, across from Agawam Park in Southampton Village. General admission is $25 (students $12). Group rates are available and reservations are encouraged by calling (631) 287-4377 or visiting scc-arts.org.