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East End Celebrates the Dead for Día de los Muertos

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By Tessa Raebeck

For most of us, skulls are scary, but for some Sag Harbor residents, they’re candy. Decorating candy skulls is a favored tradition of those who celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican festival honoring those who have passed.

Despite its name, Day of the Dead is far from spooky. Unlike Halloween, it is a holiday of commemoration, not commotion. The dead are not feared; they are celebrated.

“It takes the spooky out of it and shows that it’s a little bit more about honoring those who have passed rather than trying to scare people away,” said Josh Perry, the newly appointed director of the family department at Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

Under Perry’s direction, Hampton Library will host its first Día de los Muertos program this Friday.

“The idea was to do a program for what we consider bridge kids, eight to 12 year olds,” explained Perry. “I wanted to offer something that was culturally diverse, instead of just the traditional Halloween.”

Children are invited to come learn about the holiday, listen to a short story about it and decorate their own candy skulls with paint, glitter and other provided materials. Although it’s aimed at the “bridge kids,” younger children who are capable of decorating their own skulls are also welcome.

“Really just socializing, hanging out and creating” is what kids can expect, according to Perry, who hopes to generate interest from the older kids with more diverse programming.

“We just wanted to create something that was cool and talk about it and expose the kids to maybe something that they’ve never heard before or never knew anything about,” he said.

Sag Harbor’s Ken Dorph was first exposed to the skulls in the 1990s when he spent time working in Mexico City

“This concept of celebrating death in the fall is pretty universal in the northern hemisphere,” explains Dorph.

Halloween began as an ancient Celtic harvest festival, a celestial holiday at the halfway point between the equinox and the solstice. Native Americans — in particular, the Aztecs — independently started their own annual celebration to honor the dead, Día de los Muertos, due to these same celestial roots. When the Spanish conquistadors invaded the Americas in the 16th century, they brought with them the Catholic customs and traditions of All Souls’ Day, a commemoration of the dead celebrated on November 2. Also observed on November 2, Día de los Muertos today has influences from Catholic practices as well as Aztec and Native American traditions.

“It’s not like Halloween,” explained Dorph. “Like, ‘Ahh!’ It’s like, ‘Hey, we’re going to see Grandma.’ People have a great time, there’s nothing spooky.”

Although many Day of the Dead celebrations take place in graveyards, they resemble a picnic more than they do a haunted house. After dark, families and friends gather food and drink, candles, marigolds and their homemade candy skulls and visit the graves of deceased family members. They tell stories about those who have passed and celebrate their lives.

“We go usually with the gringos,” Dorph says of his family’s Día de los Muertos celebrations at Sag Harbor’s Oakland Cemetery. In addition to food and marigolds, they bring hot chocolate and make sure all skulls are bio-degradable.

Although Dorph, his friends and the local Mexican-American population celebrate Día de los Muertos in full force, many local residents are ignorant of the festivities. Perry is excited for the opportunity to teach others about the colorful candy skulls and the philosophy that death is not something to be feared, but is instead a natural transition in life.

“I’m looking forward to exposing kids to something a little different,” he said. “It’s just a day to celebrate the dead and, I guess, a day of remembrance.”

Hampton Library will host its Día de los Muertos celebration on Friday, November 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. at 2478 Main Street in Bridgehampton. Call 631-537-0015 or visit hamptonlibrary.org for more information.

WPPB Celebrates Fall with Harvest Ball & Auction

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The first WPPB Harvest Costume Ball and Art Auction will take place on November 2 from 8 to 11 p.m. at The South Street Gallery in Greenport to benefit the local public radio station, 88.3FM Peconic Public Broadcasting.

Organized by Joyce de Cordova, Alex Ferrone and Amy Worth, guests will join the WPPB family with program hosts Bonnie Grice, Brian Cosgrove and Ed German and enjoy a festive costume ball with music, dancing, light bites from Noah’s in Greenport, wines from Lieb Cellars, and a silent art auction featuring works from over 40 artists juried for auction by art curator Arlene Bujese. Costumes and masks related to historic period dress are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at 883wppb.org.


Landscaping Changes Approved for West Water Street Condos

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By Kathryn G. Menu

It has been over a month since Amalgamated Bank, the mortgage lender that first funded the proposed West Water Street condominiums, took over official ownership of the development, recladding the building in cedar and moving it closer to completion after years of stasis.

On Tuesday night, the project was back in front of the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board for alterations to landscaping and proposed patio areas on the property, all of which were tentatively approved by the board at the close of the meeting.

John Reddington, senior landscape architect with Araiys Design Landscape Architecture in Southampton, presented the changes Tuesday night, noting that while many had to do with landscaping on the property, ultimately the changes were being proposed to deal with health and safety issues.

Reddington said plans still include a crosswalk between the West Water Street condominium property and the former Baron’s Cove property, which is being redeveloped into a luxury resort and restaurant by Cape Advisors — the firm behind the luxury condominiums at the former Bulova Watchcase Factory.

While revised plans had also included outdoor patio areas for each ground floor unit, that ultimately increased lot coverage beyond what is allowed on the property under the Sag Harbor Village code. Reddington said the property would now feature a total of three patios.

Also proposed is shared landscaping on the property line separating the West Water Street condominiums and the former Baron’s Cove property, which will include a number of native plants, said Reddington, among them western cedar.

Three London Plane trees planned for the north side of the property will be moved south, said Reddington, because there is no room to plant the trees due to the drainage required for the property. A fourth London Plane tree has been added to that grouping, he said.

The new plan also proposes to add cobblestone aprons at the entry and exit of the property, for aesthetic purposes, and removal of a blue stone walkway in the parking lot.

The revised plan also proposes a new line of evergreen shrubs on Long Island Avenue to help hide the massing of the rear of the building, said Reddington.

Sag Harbor Village environmental planning consultant Rich Warren said one thing the board should consider is there will no longer be large trees on the north side of the property. He added Warrens Nursery had submitted a letter to the board stating with the drainage on the property it was impossible to fit the large London Plane trees.

“Those trees are coming out and the material going in is all relatively low so it will probably look a lot like what is there from a visual perspective, although it will be cleaner, neater,” said Warren. “I guess the question is whether you feel it is significant or not.”

Board member Gregory Ferraris noted there were never trees traditionally on the West Water Street side of that property.

“I think the most significant change is not the movement of the trees away from there but the redesign of the outside of the building which is dramatically better than what was there,” said board member Larry Perrine.

Warren said his only other concern was he believed the patios, currently 30 feet from the property line, need to be a total of 35 feet from the property line to meet code. Village attorney Denise Schoen agreed, and said before any approval becomes official she would need to confirm that with the building department.

Schoen also said she will need a letter from Cape Advisors confirming they are allowing plantings on their property and that the Baron’s Cove property site plan would also need to be amended to show the additional landscaping.

Suffolk County Expands Sunday Bus Service

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On Tuesday, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved legislation providing a minimum of $1.1 million and as much as $2.1 million to expand the county’s Sunday bus service — a move Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman said would provide environmental and economic benefits moving into the summer season.

“We are building upon the successful pilot program for Sunday bus service we launched two years ago on the East End,” said Schneiderman. “Sunday is a busy day for retail and service-oriented businesses. Employees need to get to work and employers need a workforce they can depend on.”

“This resolution is a step forward to expand bus service while cutting our deficit,” County Executive Steve Bellone said. “Expanding bus service helps take cars off the road and provides opportunity and access for thousands of Suffolk County residents. I commend Legislator Schneiderman for his continued leadership to make Sunday bus service a reality in Suffolk County and working alongside me to expand service and provide deficit relief. I also want to thank our state delegation for their hard work to get Suffolk County’s transit aid increased by approximately $2 million.”

“Many businesses on the East End, including in my North Fork legislative district, rely on public transportation to get workers to their jobs, especially during the summer season, and I strongly support Legislator Schneiderman’s initiative to expand Sunday service,” said Legislator Al Krupski. “It’s an important economic boost for my district and will also help workers get to the jobs they need to be self-sufficient. And it’s a win for all Suffolk County taxpayers by helping cut our general fund deficit.”

“Today’s vote is an important first step towards creating the seven-day-a-week bus service that Suffolk County deserves,” said Ryan Lynch, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “This investment in Sunday and evening bus service is a down payment that will help riders and local businesses immediately, while also laying the groundwork for additional service expansions in the future.”

A successful pilot program for Sunday and holiday bus service was in effect for two summer seasons, Memorial Day to Columbus Day, on two eastern Suffolk routes — the S92 and 10C lines — subsidized in part by a 25 cent higher main fare on those riders. New York State recently increased its State Transit Operating Assistance (“STOA”) for Suffolk Transit by approximately $2,100,000 above the level anticipated in the Suffolk County 2013 budget, giving the county the opportunity to establish Sunday bus service year-round on limited routes.

“Recognizing the depth of the county’s fiscal problems, I agreed to allow half of this additional state funding to be used to close our county general fund deficit,” said Schneiderman. “I am hopeful that a federal grant for $1,000,000 will make up the difference and we should learn about our grant success in June.”

Schneiderman’s legislation would use $1.1 million of the increased funding provided by New York State to expand bus services in Suffolk County in the evenings and on Sundays. It would also direct the county Department of Public Works to apply for federal matching grant funding through the Job Access Reverse Commute (“JARC”) program, with the goal of achieving a total of $2 million in new funding for expanded Sunday and evening bus service.

Under the legislation, the Department of Public Works would develop a plan, within 30 days of the resolution, to expand the county’s bus service in the evening hours and on Sundays to the fullest extent possible within the limits of the additional state funding. The plan for expanded bus service would be continued as a pilot program for one year. DPW would report on the success of the pilot program to the County Legislature’s Public Works Committee no later than 270 days after the pilot program begins and make recommendations as to the feasibility of continuing the program beyond the one-year pilot period.

Siegler Quartet Brings All That Jazz to the Parrish Art Museum

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By Emily J. Weitz

This Friday night, people strolling through the Parrish Art Museum will get more than a feast for their eyes. As the Richie Siegler Quartet plays jazz in the lobby of the museum, the music will float down the spine of the space and into all the galleries. While hearing the gentle croon of a saxophone, patrons will also take in the winding ribbons of a deKooning painting, and the bold sheen of a John Chamberlain sculpture.

“I believe music in general and jazz in particular is an art form and it belongs there [at the Parrish],” says Richie Siegler, who plays the drums in the quartet and is the founder of Escola de Samba Boom. “DeKooning and Pollock? Who do you think they were listening to? They were listening to Coltrane. It’s like a big circle.”

When Siegler came to the executive director of the Parrish, Terrie Sultan, he says she lit up at the idea.

“The new building offers endless possibilities for programming, including heightened potential for live performance,” says Andrea Grover, curator of special projects at the Parrish. “Richie is a talented and popular East End musician who knows how to inspire and mobilize a crowd.”

While there is a special performance space, the Lichtenstein Theater, the staff decided to set up the Richie Siegler Quartet right in the lobby.

“We wanted the music to travel through the spine and into the galleries,” says Grover, “reaching the ears of those experiencing the works on view. The building’s central corridor is a great delivery system for sound and more – it connects all activities in the building.”

Siegler has been playing the drums since he was four, and he grew up in Greenwich Village listening to jazz masters. Both at home and on vacations with his family in the Catskills, Siegler was introduced to Latin jazz, including legends like Tito Puente.

While Siegler can play the drums for any genre, it’s jazz, and in particular Latin Jazz, where he has found a following.

He founded the Escola de Samba Boom, a free, year round music school with Monday night workshops. During the summer, when the workshop is held at Sagg Main Beach, it turns into an all out party with hundreds of people crowding around a tight circle of 60 or so drummers. Siegler is often found in the middle, directing with a whistle and riding the sound.

“It’s like cooking a stew,” says Siegler. “We have all the ingredients – 12 people in one section, six in another. My job is to make it all gel. Maybe we need a fresh herb, or some pepper and salt. I make a little adjustment, and when it kicks in, it’s a high. Often we’ll go out afterwards, and we’re all buzzed from the performance.”

At the Parrish this weekend, Siegler brings together a quartet of local talents that includes Siegler on the drums, John Ludlow on alto saxophone, Jeff Koch on bass, and Max Feldschuh on the vibraphones.

“We do some straight jazz,” he says, “and Latin-influenced. We do our own arrangements. I like the group because it has a light sound. There’s no keyboard or guitar. There’s a lot of air in what we do, and I try to stay off the ground.”

Of these four instruments playing together, Siegler doubts it’s the first time a quartet has been comprised of drums, alto sax, vibes, and bass, although he can’t recall another group that had this combination.

“But jazz has been around a long time,” he says. “Everything’s been done.”

Because of the stark design of the Parrish, marble and glass, Siegler feels particularly strongly that there needs to be a good crowd.

“People are acoustical tiles,” he says. “They absorb a lot of sound.”

Siegler has ideas for the Parrish, and he hopes to ride on the success of this weekend’s performance to create a more lasting relationship. Siegler remembers growing up in Manhattan, spending Thursday evenings at MoMA, enjoying live jazz.

“I’d like to see it become a monthly thing at the Parrish,” he says. “People will be encouraged to walk through the galleries and the music will follow them.”

The Richie Siegler Quartet will kick off the evening at 6 p.m. at the Parrish. Tickets are $10 for non-members and free for members.

“Membership is an exceptional deal,” says Grover, “paying for itself manifold if you plan to attend just four or more of our events in a year. I feel lucky, and hope others do, too, to have a major museum in a small community – it makes the bonds of art and life even tighter and more meaningful.”

Pierson Win Sets Up Showdown for Class C Title

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Ian Barrett goes up for two of his 16 points against Greenport on Tuesday.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

By Gavin Menu

Here we go again, Whalers fans.

The Pierson boys basketball team will play rival Stony Brook for the second consecutive year with the Suffolk County Class C Championship on the line after the Whalers knocked off visiting Greenport, 63-41, in an outbracket game on Tuesday night.

Although Stony Brook is the top-seeded Class C team in the county, it will be the Whalers defending their crown tonight, February 14, at Westhampton Beach High School at 6:30 p.m. The Whalers won the title last year on a last second three-pointer by then-sophomore Forrest Loesch, who gave Pierson a 34-32 victory and its first county title in 18 years.

Stony Brook this season has steamrolled the League VIII competition and took an undefeated record into Pierson’s home gym for the regular season finale on February 7. Stony Brook rested three of its regular starters and the Whalers won, 57-45, to spoil the Bears’ perfect season. In the teams’ other meeting this year, Stony Brook won a nail biter, 51-50, back on January 15.

“Hopefully this time we will be up four with a minute left,” Pierson head coach Dan White said on Tuesday when asked whether he could handle another miraculous finish with so much on the line. “I can’t do that again.”

The Bears boast a powerful front line that could pose rebounding problems for the Whalers, who lack any significant height and struggled at times Tuesday night to secure defensive rebounds against Greenport.

Stony Brook got out to a fast start against Pierson in the teams’ first meeting this year and barely held on after a frantic charge by Pierson led by Forrest Loesch and his 23 points fell just short.  Pierson outscored the Bears, 36,27, in the fourth quarter but could not overcome a slow start in which they fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter.

Pierson on Tuesday was looking to avenge a loss to the Porters late last month and came out determined with 19 first-quarter points, 12 of which came from the hot hand of senior Jake Bennett, who finished the game with 18 points while also holding Greenport star Gavin Dibble to just five points in the second half and 11 overall. Bennett also had six rebounds, five assists and two steals in one of his best overall games of the season.

“Jake Bennett with another tremendous job tonight,” White said. “He not only held Dibble back from scoring, but he didn’t even allow him to get the ball a lot of the time, so they could not set up their offense.”

Ian Barrett had 16 points for the Whalers in his best game of the season since coming back from injury and senior forward Patrick Sloane chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds as he, Bennett, Joey Butts, Aiden Kirrane and Liam Doyle played the last home game of their Pierson careers.

Senior Jackson Marienfeld had to sit out the game after receiving two technical fouls in the regular-season finale against Stony Brook, but he will be back in the line-up for tonight’s rematch with the Bears.

Loesch, who led the team in scoring this season, scored just seven points against Greenport. Butts had six assists in the game but also struggled shooting and finished with just three points, although he received nothing but praise from his head coach after the game had ended.

“I cannot find a better defender on the ball and he’s smart out there,” White said when asked about Butts, who was an All-League selection as a junior last year. “I love that kid and I’ll stick with him no matter what.”

Timmy Stevens led Greenport with 17 points and helped spark a second-half comeback when he and Dibble connected on back-to-back three-pointers to cut the Pierson lead to 34-29 early in the third quarter.

At that point, Sloane and sophomore Robbie Evjen began pounding the defensive glass, grabbing rebounds and forcing turnovers that led to easy baskets on the offensive end. Pierson quickly grew a four-point lead to 15 with an 11-0 run in the third quarter that essentially put the game out of reach.

“I thought we did a much better job in the half court offense, and allowing 41 points is always solid,” White said. “We’re back on track.”

Greenport AD Gulluscio Named Sag Harbor Athletic Director

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By Amanda Wyatt

Todd Gulluscio is a man used to wearing many hats. During his tenure in the Greenport School District, the Shelter Island native learned how to juggle responsibilities as its director of athletics, physical education department chair and dean of discipline.

This experience may serve Gulluscio well in January, when assumes his post as Sag Harbor’s new director of athletics, physical education, health, wellness and personnel.

Gulluscio was appointed to the position for the Sag Harbor School District at the board of education’s Monday, December 3 meeting, where he was warmly welcomed.

“This gentleman duly impressed me,” said Dr. Carl Bonuso, interim school superintendent. “He just has an enthusiasm that is infectious.”

“The lines that we received when we called for his references said, ‘You don’t have a good man. You have a great man,’” he added.

Chris Tice, vice president of the school board, said in January, the board would look for opportunities for parents and community members to meet with Gulluscio, such as at PTA and PTSA meetings. More information on times to meet with the new athletic director will appear on the school website at a later date, she said.

Gulluscio will serve a two year probationary term beginning January 2, 2013 and ending on January 2, 2015. He will earn a $90,000 salary annually.

For over seven years, Gulluscio has worked in the Greenport School District, and he has spent the past two and a half as its director of athletics. However, he said in an interview this week, teaching and playing sports have been his lifelong passions.

“Ever since I was a kid … [I knew] that’s what I wanted to do,” he said.

While attending Shelter Island High School, Gulluscio was an avid basketball and baseball fan. After graduation, Gulluscio headed to Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, and while still an undergraduate, began coaching basketball, and eventually moved into coaching field hockey, soccer and other sports as well.

Gulluscio returned to the East End where he received a master’s degree in elementary education from Long Island University’s Southampton College, now Stony Brook Southampton. He also has an administration degree from Dowling College, as well as a permanent certificate in physical education.

A self-proclaimed “lifelong East Ender,” Gulluscio still lives on Shelter Island with his family. His wife, Jennifer, is a teacher in the Shelter Island school district, where his two children, Tyler and Caitlyn, attend elementary school.

Over the years, Gulluscio said he has noticed an increase in the variety of sports played at local schools.

“There are more travel leagues and more opportunities, actually, for kids than when I was growing up,” he said. “I think it’s fantastic, the amount of the opportunities there are for kids. I hope we can strengthen them.”

Gulluscio plans to do just that when assumes his new job next month. Still, he said he is aware that working in Sag Harbor will be a different ballgame than working in Greenport or even Shelter Island.

“When I get here in January, I’m really going to have to grasp hold of the Sag Harbor culture,” he said. “While they’re all small East End towns and villages, each one of them does things a little differently.”

“It may not necessarily be the biggest challenge, but it’s the first challenge,” Gulluscio said. “For me, it’s most important to assess where we are now when I come on board, and to listen to folks and see what the interests are.”

In addition to overseeing athletics, Gulluscio’s job will also involve a number of administrative duties. In this capacity, he will have to contend with new state mandates, such as Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR) and concussion management plans.

When asked whether he was concerned about how these new initiatives would affect his new job, Gulluscio said he wasn’t too worried.

“We’re all going through the process together, it’s not one thing on me,” he said. “For me, we’re all in this together — one big team.”

“I’m really looking forward to being here,” he added. “In January, I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

Schneiderman Praises County Budget as “Good for the East End”

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At the November 20 meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman said lawmakers were surprised to learn that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone had not vetoed a single budget amendment proposed by the legislature for the $2.8 billion 2013 budget.

In previous years, according to Schneiderman, former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy vetoed many changes proposed by the legislature to the budget submitted by the county executive.

“Not this year,” said Schneiderman. “There is a much greater level of cooperation between the two branches of government. We have come together to tackle the fiscal challenges that face the county as a team, and it’s paying off.”

Schneiderman said the county’s financial situation has improved greatly, in part because of what he called “difficult choices” the legislature has made including significant reductions in the county workforce. This year alone, Schneiderman said he and other lawmakers agreed to eliminate 700 positions from the county workforce.

Legislator Schneiderman served as a member of the Legislature’s Budget Working Group.

“The approved budget is good for the East End in many ways,” said Schneiderman who said this is the ninth county budget he has participated in without a general fund property tax increase.

“These are challenging times for everyone,” said Legislator Schneiderman. “It is our responsibility as elected officials to find ways to operate government without asking residents to contribute more.”

The county also increased dredging by $5 million for next year and increased the sales tax revenues distributed to East End police departments by $3.5 million while also decreasing the amount given to western Suffolk County by $17.2 million. Schneiderman said he has also secured an additional $113,500 in hotel tax revenues for East End museums and cultural centers, including Guild Hall, Bay Street Theater, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center and the new Parrish Art Museum.

Schneiderman said money was also allocated for the renovation of the John A. Ward Memorial Windmill in Sag Harbor. A total of $218,500 was given in cultural funding to East End organizations.

The budget also established a $5 million emergency fund for Hurricane Sandy related repairs.


Privateer Lynx Hopes to Connect East Coast Communities

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On October 12 the Clipper Schooner Lynx docked on Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf, offering residents and visitors a peek into maritime life. The visit was part of a five-year mission which is taking the Lynx up and down the eastern seaboard in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

As part of this celebration, the Privateer Lynx spent part of its journey collecting gifts in each port of call, to be delivered to its next destination in an effort to connect the seaside communities that welcome the Lynx into its harbors.

The Lynx is a recreation of an actual privateer of the same name built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point Maryland. According to Jeffrey Woods, the executive director of the Lynx educational foundation, she was one of the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports. Despite being captured early in the war, naval engineers continued to study the Lynx design for later vessels.

During Tuesday night’s Sag Harbor Sag Harbor Village Board meeting, Southampton resident Dr. Alan Rice said the Lynx’s journey to Sag Harbor was successful, despite the rains that pummeled the ship during its first day on Long Wharf.

The Lynx’s primary function is purely educational, said Dr. Rice, and the foundation has expressed interest in making Sag Harbor a home during its northeast tours each summer and fall.

On Tuesday night, Dr. Rice delivered the village board a gift from Mystic, Connecticut chosen specifically for Sag Harbor Village — the book “America and the Sea: A Maritime History.” In turn, Dr. Rice sent with the Lynx a copy of “Keeping Time in Sag Harbor,” signed by various residents at The American Hotel during the ship’s weekend stay in the village, to be passed on to another seaside community on its journey.

“We hope this kind of exchange can continue,” said Dr. Rice.

Havens Beach Funding Possible

As the Village of Sag Harbor continues to move forward with plans for a remediation of Havens Beach —a plan literally a decade in the making — on Tuesday night the village board adopted a resolution naming it the lead agency in a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) of the proposal.

The village, through its planning consultant Inter-Science Research Associates, has proposed to dredge the ditch leading to Havens Beach, refill the area with clean sand and native plants and install a bio-filtration unit to combat stormwater entering the ditch leading to Sag Harbor’s lone bathing beach.

The village will seek a matching grant, upwards of $140,000, from Suffolk County, to help fund the project.

Update: Pierson Boys Soccer Clinch Playoff Berth

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Friday Update: The Pierson-Bridgehampton boys soccer team clinched a playoff berth on Thursday with a 2-1 road win over Stony Brook. Christian Bautista and John Chisholm scored goals for the Whalers and Alex Gurvich added an assist. Bautista also assisted on the goal by Chisholm and Ian Barrett made three saves in goal.

The Whalers (6-3-1) will play at Greenport tomorrow night and a win would assure the team of the third-seed in the Suffolk County Class C playoffs, which would mean an opening-round game against Southold on Wednesday, October 31. Undefeated Port Jefferson has locked up the top seed for the playoffs.

From Thursday’s edition:

By Gavin P. Menu

Potential has never been a problem for the Pierson-Bridgehampton boys soccer team. Consistently living up to that potential seems to be where the Whalers fall short.

“We’re capable of playing a beautiful kind of soccer,” head coach Peter Solow said late on Tuesday after the Whalers had defeated rival Ross, 3-1, in a chilly road game up Route 114. “These guys are capable of playing better than any team I’ve ever coached, but they’re not doing it on a consistent basis.”

Pierson (5-3-1, League VIII) dominated the action during an extremely physical game against Ross and moved one win away from clinching a berth in the Suffolk County Class C playoffs, which begin Wednesday, October 31.

Jack Fitzpatrick, Forrest Loesch and John Chisholm scored goals for Pierson, while Ross’s Ben Stein scored the lone goal for the Cosmos late in the second half, long after the game’s outcome had been determined.

Solow was not pleased with his team’s performance, however, and after the game pointed instead to the team’s 3-2 loss to Southold on October 10, saying it was “one of our most complete performances of the year.”  Solow said that kind of effort is required to propel the Whalers to the postseason, and even allow them some success once they arrive.

“That game could have gone either way,” Solow said of the game against Southold, which defeated Pierson twice this year and sits in second place behind undefeated Port Jefferson. “I always said right from the beginning of the season that we could match up well against them.”

The Southold game was tied, 2-2, late in the second half on Pierson goals by Christian Bautista and Alex Liro. The Settlers were awarded a free kick just outside the goal box with less than two minutes to play and Southold’s Cole Hiney scored on the ensuing play to take a lead that held up over the frantic final minute.

What Solow would like best is to win at least two of its remaining games against Greenport, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson, which in all likelihood would give the Whalers the third-seed in the Class C playoffs and a likely third meeting with Southold. Greenport, if it gets in with the fourth seed, would play top-ranked Port Jeff, which is also the defending New York State champion.

“I don’t want to go on the road and lose to Greenport and I don’t want to go on the road to lose to Stony Brook,” Solow told his players during an impassioned postgame speech. “And when Port Jefferson comes to our place on Tuesday, I want to beat them.”

In order to do that, however, Solow said the Whalers would have to play at their best, with all their different components working together. Bautista, the team’s senior captain, has been masterful at times running the team’s offense from the midfield, and has helped set up an abundance of scoring chances that far too often the team has been unable to capitalize on.

“Christian is the catalyst for almost everything we do,” Solow said when asked about the role Bautista plays. “The irony is that for everything he and Alex [Liro] and Giordan (Zeas) are able to do with setting us up, we’ve had 20 opportunities to score where we were one-on-one with the goalie and we didn’t put the ball on goal. That has to change against these better teams.”

The Whalers will play at Stony Brook today, October 18, at 4:30 p.m. and then at Greenport on Saturday night at 6 p.m. under lights. The regular-season finale against Port Jeff will be on Tuesday at Mashashimuet Park at 4:30 p.m.

Lady Whalers Also Have Chance at Playoffs

Clad in pink uniforms to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Pierson-Bridgehampton girls soccer team scored a 4-2 win over Ross at home on Monday to improve to 4-4-1 with three games remaining this week.

The Lady Whalers were 2-1 over the last week with a 1-0 loss to Southold-Greenport on Friday as the lone blemish. A 3-1 win over Mercy on October 11 coupled with the win over Ross on Monday will give the team a chance this week to claim a berth in the Suffolk County Class C playoffs.

Against Mercy, freshman Courtney Kinsella scored two goals and Zoe Diskin scored once. In the win over Ross, Sabrina Baum scored two goals while Vanessa Cruz and Sophie Gianis scored one goal apiece.

With a .500 record required in order to advance into the playoffs, Pierson will have to win two of its last three games against Stony Brook, Port Jefferson and Smithtown Christian. The first two games will be on the road, today at Stony Brook at 4:30 p.m. and at Port Jefferson on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Whalers, who are 0-2-1 against those teams so far this season, will close out the regular season at home on Monday against Smithtown Christian at 4:30 p.m.