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ZBA Says It Will Approve Sotheby’s Office

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The space on Main Street formerly occupied by the Sag Harbor Express. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz.

The space on Main Street formerly occupied by the Sag Harbor Express. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz.

By Stephen J. Kotz

The Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals, in a straw vote on Tuesday, August 19, said it would approve the application of Sotheby’s International Realty to lease the former offices of The Sag Harbor Express at 35 Main Street.

In contrast to a hearing last month, at which several opponents spoke out against the plan, including two other local real estate brokers, and where the board left some doubt as to where it stood on the matter, Tuesday’s discussion was brief and to the point. Board members Tim McGuire, Scott Baker, and Jennifer Ponzini said they were in favor of approving the change of use request, with chairman Anton Hagen ultimately saying he would vote against it.

Board member Brendan Skislock, who was the most supportive of the request at a July 21 hearing, was absent, prompting Dennis Downes, the attorney representing Sotheby’s, to first request a month adjournment before changing his mind after hearing a majority of the board express support for the application.

“I’m conflicted on this,” admitted Mr. Hagen, who said there has been a concern about “the proliferation of real estate offices on Main Street.” He said he does not want to see “another wall of photographs of properties on Main Street. I don’t think that’s desirable.”

But he also expressed concern about the alternative. ”We don’t want a store that closes for six months a year, that could be worse,” he said.

But when polled by assistant village attorney Denise Schoen, Mr. Hagen said he would vote against the application.

“I don’t think it’s for this board to decide what kind of business” the space can be occupied by, said Mr. McGuire.

The application drew controversy when it was heard last month, with opponents saying they did not want to see another real estate office open on Main Street and arguing that in a 2009 code change that froze the number of office spaces on Main Street, the village board had agreed with their position.

But Mr. Downes, Ms. Schoen, and Richard Warren, the village’s planning consultant, told the ZBA the village board had expressly protected the rights of property owners with office uses by guaranteeing their right to switch from one type of an office to another when it adopted the code change. Former Mayor Greg Ferraris, who was in office at the time of the code change, submitted a letter to the file that said that was, in fact, the board’s intent.

But their opinions did not sit well with a number of speakers at last month’s hearing, including Scott Strough and Simon Harrison, real estate brokers who already have offices on Main Street or nearby. They argued that the village board had expressly sought to limit the number of real estate offices in the shopping district, with Mr. Strough going so far as to say he had a pay a premium to rent his own space.

“Obviously they don’t want any more real estate offices in town because it is more competition,” said Mr. Downes.

The board will issue a formal determination on the application at its September 23 meeting.

The Express moved to second floor offices in the rear of its building, which have an entrance at 22 Division Street, in the spring.

Douglas Elliman Expands to Greenport

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Douglas Elliman Real Estate has announced that it will open its second North Fork office, in downtown Greenport. The new office is located at 124 Front Street, which is across from Mitchell Park, a popular attraction for both residents and tourists with its antique carousel and Greenport Marina.

Karla Dennehy, the current manager of Elliman’s other North Fork office, in Mattituck, will manage the Greenport office.

The new Greenport location is housed in the former office of Lloyd’s Real Estate. Kathy Lloyd Rosenbaum, who headed operations at Lloyd, and her team have joined Elliman and will be among the first agents in the new Greenport location.

“The North Fork is in the midst of a big resurgence, and we needed to grow along with the success of the region,” Elliman President & CEO Dottie Herman said in a release. “Greenport is a beautiful community that attracts both year-round and seasonal buyers and renters. We go where our clients are, and Greenport simply makes sense for strategic growth in the North Fork.”

Douglas Elliman Real Estate has over 70 offices in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Putnam counties, Los Angeles and South Florida. For more information, visit its website at elliman.com.

Tick Control Services

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It would be nice if all the ticks would disappear at the end of the month of May, which also happens to be Lyme Disease Awareness Month, but that is not going to happen.

But Brian Kelly, the owner of East End Tick & Mosquito Control at 214 North Sea Road in Southampton, said steps can be taken to decrease the number of tick-related illness on the East End.

“It seems that the polar vortex and freezing temperatures did not kill off the ticks as many had hoped,” Mr. Kelly said in a press release. “I have flagged for ticks a few times over the past weeks and the population has not decreased.”

He advises clients to set up a schedule as early as possible to treat their property to reduce the incidence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

East End Tick & Mosquito can be reached at (631) 287-9700, 324-9700 or 765-9700.

Byrne Joins Town & Country

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Christine M. Byrne has joined Town & Country Hamptons Real Estate (1TownandCountry.com) at its Westhampton Beach Office.

Town & Country represents properties in Westhampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Montauk, Mattituck and Southold. It is the largest real estate firm exclusive to the East End, according to its website.

Ms. Byrne can be contacted at (516) 314-3206 or at cbyrne@1TownandCountry.com.

Fundraiser will Bring Antiques Roadshow to Bridgehampton

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Leonard Davenport of Leonard Davenport Fine Arts, Honorary Chair Pia Lindstrom, Kevin Tierney, Silver Specialist at Sotheby’s, and Terry Wallace of the Wallace Gallery East Hampton. Photo by Dawn Watson.

By Mara Certic

Since its creation 50 years ago, the outreach program at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Bridgehampton has raised over $1 million for local charities. A thrift shop was founded on Main Street in the summer of 1923 and although the location has changed, the store continues to operate three days a week. For 46 years, St Ann’s supplemented its charity fundraising work with a successful house tour, according to Elizabeth George.

“It was our primary fundraiser of the year, and we gave it all to charity,” said Ms. George.

In 2012, however, the parish decided to find a new fundraising benefit.

“There was just such a glut of house tours,” explained Ms. George, who is chairing the event. “So we decided to start our own Antiques Roadshow.”

On Saturday, June 14, six professional and expert appraisers will be on hand to evaluate antiques from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the church on Main Street in Bridgehampton.

For a fee of $30, collectors and amateurs alike can bring as many as three keepsakes, antiques, knick-knacks, pieces of jewelry or paintings to the church to be appraised by one of several experts on hand throughout the day.

Marsha Malinowski, known for her appearances on episodes of “Antiques Roadshow,” is the former senior vice president of Sotheby’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, a position that she held for over 25 years. Ms. Malinowski has been involved with several important manuscript auctions including the sale in 2008 of the Magna Carta for $21 million. She also supervised the multimillion dollar 1998 sale of Barry Halper’s historic baseball memorabilia collection.

Another expert from the show, Kevin L. Tierney, will be available to answer questions about any and all silver items. Mr. Tierney has been considered an expert in the objects made with the precious metal since he joined Sotheby’s Silver Department in London 50 years ago. Mr. Tierney is responsible for Sotheby’s New York holding the auction record for European and American silver; he supervised sales of a Thomas Germain Parisian tureen for $10.3 million and an 18th century, New York-made bowl for $5.8 million.

The other appraisers are Robert Barker, Leonard Davenport, Terry Wallace and Gary Weinshank, whose expertise ranges from general antique collectibles to diamonds to Asian and Pacific Artwork and 19th and 20th Century American Art.

All of the money raised during the day will benefit three local charities. East End Hospice, whose mission is to bring hope and comfort to the dying and their families and friends, will receive a third of the money raised; so will Maureen’s Haven which provides shelter for the homeless, and the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, a home visit nursing service.

Ms. George stressed that visitors should call ahead and book appointments with the appropriate specialist. She explained that, although tickets will be available on the day of the show, scheduling an appointment ahead of time will provide a confirmed consultation with one of the experts. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Antique Appraisal Day hotline at (631) 353-1489.

“This is our inaugural event; the first year we are doing it,” said Ms. George. “We hope it will become as popular as the house tour was.” She is excited for the event both in her role as president of the fundraiser and as an antiques owner. Ms. George herself will be asking the experts about two items: her father’s sled from the turn-of-the-century and an arithmetic book that dates back to 1848.

The Antiques Appraisal Day takes place at St. Ann’s Church on Main Street in Bridgehampton on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit antiquetreasureday.com.

Wine Spectator Recognizes Long Island’s Rising Tide of Great Wines

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Wölffer No. 139 dry rosé hard cider. Photo courtesy Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

Wölffer No. 139 dry rosé hard cider. Photo courtesy Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

By Tessa Raebeck

After years of falling by the wayside in conversations about great American wine, the coastal vineyards of Long Island are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

In the June 15 issue of Wine Spectator, Ben O’Donnell writes of “Long Island’s Rising Tide,” focusing on three local wineries, the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, and McCall Wines and Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue.

“It’s an exciting time for Long Island wine,” writes Mr. O’Donnell.

Winemaker Roman Roth created Wölffer’s signature rosé in the 1990s, when neither the wine nor the region were as well known. Today, the vineyard sells 17,000 cases of rosé a year—usually selling out by August—and 37,500 cases overall. It recently delved into the hard cider market with “Wölffer No. 139” dry rosé and dry white ciders.

With sustainable farming, organic cattle raising and credit as the first vineyard to erect an energy-generating windmill, McCall Wines in Cutchogue is at the forefront of modern agriculture. A relatively new winery, the first vintage bottled in 2007, McCall’s Bordeaux blend is a Merlot-dominated cuvee with a measure of Cabernet Franc and splashes of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

A huge force in popularizing Merlot in the region, Bedell Cellars, also in Cutchogue, produces 12,000 to 15,000 cases a year. Bedell bottles are decorated by artists, a creative addition of owner Michael Lynne, who is also president of New Line Cinema.

“These exemplars,” writes Mr. O’Donnell, “are pushing themselves, and each other, to capture the best possible wines from what the land—and the sea—gives them.”

Renewable Energy STEM Center Earns Funding

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A two-story, 33,792- square-foot Renewable Energy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center on the Suffolk County Community College Michael J. Grant, Brentwood campus—the first of its kind in the state community college system—moved closer to reality when the Suffolk County legislature appropriated funding for design and planning of the new facility on May 13. Fifty percent of the $19.5 million center’s funding comes from New York State.

The new facility will house laboratories and classrooms to teach installation, maintenance and repair of solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and other green power technologies, according to Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay who said plans call for the building to be solar-powered with geothermal heating and would contain a prototype solar house on rails that could be used indoors or rolled outside to test various renewable energy materials.

“Importantly, “McKay explained, “the second floor of the facility will serve as an incubator in conjunction with Stony Brook University, as well as space for cybersecurity educational and development opportunities.”

McKay said the new building will be sited next to the College’s Workforce and Development Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus.

Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Honored

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Stony Brook Children’s Hospital was presented with the Medical Visionary Award on May 8, at Make-A-Wish Suffolk County’s 20th Annual “Bouquet of Wishes” spring dinner. The Foundation presented this award to Stony Brook Children’s for the institution’s meritorious leadership in advanced and innovative pediatric specialty care.

“It is an honor to receive the Medical Visionary Award from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County,” said Margaret M. McGovern, M.D., Ph.D., Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. “At Stony Brook Children’s we value our partnerships with organizations like Make-A-Wish that help us to care for all the needs of the sickest children. It is an organization that does an extraordinary job granting wishes to so many of our pediatric patients.”

“Stony Brook Children’s Hospital is Make-A-Wish Suffolk County’s largest referral source for wish children,” said Karine Hollander, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Suffolk County. “We see firsthand the results of the treatment Stony Brook provides; enhancing children’s health both physically and emotionally. Together, we work in partnership to heal a child’s spirit.”

YMCA 5th Annual Maidstone Park Youth Triathalon

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The YMCA East Hampton RECenter (ymcali.org/East-Hampton) has announced it will host its 5th Annual Maidstone Park Youth Triathalon on July 13, beginning at 8 a.m. for children ages 10 to 17. The race will consist of a 300-yard swim, seven-mile bicycling portion and 1.5-mile run with proceeds from the race benefiting both the East Hampton YMCA and the i-Tri program.

The cost is $35 ($45 after June 1), and the YMCA will host Youth Triathalon Training, starting May 28 and running through June 30 every Wednesday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The cost of that course is $150.

Southampton Hospital Expands Women’s Health Program

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Southampton Hospital (southamptonhospital.org) has announced an expansion of its women’s health program with the addition of Lisa Johnson, DPT, OCS, WCS, CSCS, whose practice, Women’s Health Physical Therapy, encompasses services related to the evaluation, treatment, and education of women’s health issues across the life span.

Dr. Johnson’s health program looks at issues like dysfunction in urology, pelvic floor dysfunction and pain, obstetrics, gynecology, gastroenterology, bone health, post-breast cancer surgical rehabilitation, eating disorders, menopausal symptoms, sexual health, sports medicine issues unique to women, and symptoms of abuse. Appointments for Dr. Johnson can be arranged through the hospital’s Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at 631-726-8800.

“Dr. Johnson is one of only 10 specialists in New York certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties—there are only 154 nationwide—as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, as well as in Women’s Health. We are very fortunate to have her experience available to our patients,” said Dr. Fredric I. Weinbaum, the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer.