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Sag Harbor’s Ideal Stationery to Close Up Shop

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Terry and Gary Sanders are retiring next month after over two decades in business on Main Street. Photo by Michael Heller.

By Mara Certic

Gary and Terry Sanders, the husband and wife team who have owned and operated the Ideal Stationery on Main Street in Sag Harbor for more than two decades, have decided to close up shop and retire just two weeks shy of the 24th anniversary of the day they opened.

Sag Harborites woke up Saturday morning to a large sign advertising a retirement sale (our retirement – your sale) on the front of the store, which has served the village since 1863.

Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, who are the sixth owners of the 150-year-old business, say that they made the decision to retire about six months ago.

“Well, I convinced her six months ago,” Mr. Sanders said from behind the counter on Wednesday morning. The couple said they have enjoyed their time working in Sag Harbor but that they “have to move on,” and are getting ready to spend time with their three grandchildren Sophia, Cooper and Ava and perhaps going on a cross-country trip.

“It was almost like a party everyday,” Ms. Sanders said of the past two decades on Main Street.

“He loved being in his own business,” she said of her husband, who worked for a bank before buying the Ideal.

“I want to thank the community for the wonderful response they’ve had to our sign,” Ms. Sanders said Wednesday. There is a large sale going on at the store until the doors close on Saturday, March 7, and Ms. Sanders said when she arrived to work last Saturday there was a line of customers down the street.

The Sanders, who live in Southampton, met George Finckenor who sold them the building at 102 Main Street when he had the restaurant “The Beef Peddler” in Southampton.

“They were my best customers,” Mr. Finckenor said in a phone interview on Wednesday. Mr. Finckenor has lived in Boca Raton, Florida, since the early 1990s, after selling the Sanders the business, he said.

The Ideal Stationery, which first opened its doors in 1863 as more of a general store, has been in several different locations, according to Mr. Finckenor whose family owned the store from 1945 until he sold it to Mr. and Ms. Sanders.

The store has been at 102 Main Street since the early 1960s, Mr. Finckenor said, and was damaged by a fire on Memorial Day Weekend 1965.

Mr. and Mrs. Sanders this week negotiated a deal to lease out the storefront space, but the retailer who will be going in to that spot has requested of them to not name it yet. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders own the building, which has two apartments recently renovated by their three sons, Gary, Nick and Brett Sanders.

“If we hadn’t owned our own building, we wouldn’t have survived,” Ms. Sanders said.

“We strongly urge people to support local merchants,” her husband added. “It’s been a wonderful experience.” So wonderful, that the couple is even considering selling their house in Southampton, in order to find themselves somewhere to live in Sag Harbor.

After the store closes on March 7, the Sanders’ three sons (an architect and two builders) will get to work renovating the downstairs space before the new tenant comes in.

“It’s a family deal,” Mr. Sanders said.


Goats Perish In Barn Blaze

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Just after midnight on Friday morning, a barn in upstate Red Hook caught fire, killing all 100 of Larry and Ann Cihanek’s green goats, including Big Mama, Chocolate, Mocha and the other animals which spent their summer helping to control invasive weeds at Vineyard Field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.

Mr. and Mrs. Cihanek lost not only their livelihood and future on Friday morning when the barn their goats spend the winter in burned down, but they also were forced to say goodbye to 100 animals they had bottle fed, named and to whom they had taught tricks and basic commands.

“This is the most devastating thing in our lives,” Mr. Cihanek said over the phone on Monday afternoon.

The Cihaneks run the company “Green Goats,” which during summer months loans out goats to various properties to help maintain the landscape in an environmentally friendly way. Last May, six of their animals made their way out to Bridgehampton to help rid Vineyard Field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum of troublesome weeds.

In the winter, the Cihaneks housed their goats in a barn on their property. Because of the exceptionally cold winter, the Cihaneks had to put heat lamps into the small milk room in order to keep the 15 new kids warm.

Although they are still not sure what caused the fire, Mr. Cihanek guessed that one of the kids managed to jump up high enough to knock over one of the heaters, which started the devastating fire.

“Everything was gone, everything. And for us, they’re not livestock, they’re pets,” Mr. Cihanek said.

Mr. Cihanek said he and his wife have been awe-struck and amazed by the outpouring of support since the fire—not only have friends offered to help clean up the site of the fire, but acquaintances and strangers have reached out to donate goats to the family, and the Cihaneks are determined to start over.

In addition to an old-fashioned barn raising, Mr. and Mrs. Cihanek will hold a fundraising dinner, and the couple’s daughter Tayler set up a fundraising page in order to help get her parents business back on track.

For more information about the Cihaneks, visit green-goats.com, or to donate money to their rebuilding efforts visit gofundme.com/rebuildourbarn.

Sag Harbor Students Invited to Speak Out

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Pierson students from 8th through 12th grades have been invited to tell local officials and community members exactly what it is they want at Bay Street Theater on Sunday, March 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

By Mara Certic

In an effort to zero in on what kids really want, Sag Harbor will give students in eighth through 12th grades the opportunity to speak their minds, make requests and ask questions to a panel of local figures and officials.

This Sunday, March 1, Sag Harbor’s third Student Speak Out will take place at Bay Street Theater. Students will have the chance at this parent-free event to freely ask questions of any of the 15 panelists, who will include Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Tom Fabiano, John Jermain Memorial Library director Cathy Creedon, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman and Kathryn Menu, co-publisher of the Sag Harbor Express.

“It’s really about giving the kids the opportunity to create the future of Sag Harbor,” said Benito Vilá, director of the Sag Harbor Coalition and an organizer of Sunday’s event.

Mr. Vilá said that the village really needs an event like this “to try to figure out what kids want,” and also in order to pinpoint meaningful and fun group activities teens would enjoy and that would benefit their lives. Mr. Vilá approached Debbie Skinner, director of the Youth Resource Center (formerly YARD) about his idea to get kids to speak out, and was told it had been done twice before in the village.

What was once the Sag Harbor Youth Committee was responsible for the first Speak Out in 1997, according to Linley Pennebaker Whelan.

“At the time the first Speak Out came about, we were trying to make things available for the kids in the Sag Harbor community,” she said in a phone interview on Tuesday.

“We realized they all wanted different things. It was really quite interesting—we realized not to have parents there and that we should have people in authority who could listen to the kids and maybe make differences,” she said.

Another of these multi-generational conversations was organized for 2001. Out of those two dialogues came Rec night at the high school, beach night in the summer and “a bunch of other things,” according to Ms. Pennebaker Whelan.

“It’s important kids feel they have a community they have a say in,” she said. “It’s important because we want to be kid-friendly. And if it’s kid friendly, and you’re engaged, that’s how you have a good community.”

At past events, recreation has dominated conversations. This year, however, organizers think that discussions may be based more on affordability, and the dwindling places around town high school students can afford to eat or shop.

Bridgehampton Athletic Director and Pierson graduate Eric Bramoff will be moderating Sunday’s event.

“Sag Harbor is one of the most special places in the world,” he said on Tuesday, but as a child, he remembers feeling the need to fill a gap in the village.

“My philosophy is school should always be open and we need that programming,” he said.

Mr. Bramoff, and all of the panelists and organizers, are expecting 100 to attend on Sunday and continue to urge students to stop by for a chance to speak their minds, and have some free food.

“It’s very much like voting,” Mr. Bramoff said. “If you don’t vote then you don’t have a voice to complain about the problem. So in a way we’re giving them a voice and they should utilize it. I want the kids to come down and feel like they can speak openly, and tell us what they really want.”

Cold Winter Takes its Toll on East End Wildlife

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Swans, Canada Geese and baby deer have been particularly affected by the cold weather this year, as snow cover has limited their food source. Photo by Michael Heller. 

By Mara Certic

Watching swans can be a serene, almost ethereal, experience. Tuesday morning, however, a group of wildlife rescue volunteers spent several hours wracking their brains to figure out how to save an immobile swan in Sag Harbor Cove, before eventually allowing nature to take its course.

Volunteer Jane Gill said she got to the causeway on Redwood Road next to WLNG just after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning when she spotted two sluggish-looking swans huddling on the ice, about 100 feet away from the shore.

The cove was frozen in spots but the ice wasn’t particularly thick, and Ms. Gill said she knew it was too dangerous to walk out onto the ice and that she couldn’t retrieve the bird.  She called Sag Harbor Village Police, who would not help her get to the birds, she said, and told her not to try herself.

One of the two swans was not moving, the other seemed more alert, but wasn’t leaving its mate’s side. Swans, like black vultures, and some other animals, mate for life and are known to go into deep depressions when their partners die.

Eventually the more mobile swan made its way off the ice and swam under the causeway, where it looked for food under water.

After much time was spent trying to find a kayak or canoe, the zoom lens on a camera showed that the stationary swan’s head appeared to be frozen under the water. The would-be rescuers decided it was too late to save the animal and any effort would only put one of their lives in danger.

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays keeps a flat-bottomed boat at its facility in Hampton Bays for this sort of situation, according to the president of the center, James Hunter.

According to Mr. Hunter, this winter has taken a heavy toll on the animals of the East End, in particular waterfowl. The center has had 11 animals brought in this week so far, and 124 since January 1.

“It hasn’t been good,” he said on Wednesday morning. “Long snow coverage here has denied them food, and the first muscle that deteriorates in a Canada Goose, say, is the wing muscle.” He said the center currently has dozens of the birds at its facility. They give the birds some “r&r” he said, and fatten them up before releasing them back over the water.

Healthy swans can go a month without eating, Mr. Hunter said, which suggests that the swan  that perished in Sag Harbor Cove this week was likely already ill.

“It could have been old age,” Mr. Hunter said, “Swans do die.”

By Tuesday evening, the dead swan’s mate had swam back toward the dead bird and appeared to be settling in there for the night.

“Clyborne Park” Opens March 12 At Hampton Theatre Company

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“Clybourne Park”—the wickedly funny and provocative play by Bruce Norris about how the different faces and shades of racism can make a straightforward real estate transaction anything but—will be the third production of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 30th anniversary season. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play opens on March 12 at the Quogue Community Hall and will run through March 29.

The two acts of “Clybourne Park” are in fact two separate plays set 50 years apart and spinning off Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama, “A Raisin in the Sun.” With a cast of seven taking on different roles in the play’s two halves, act one is set in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to stand fast against the onslaught of gentrification.

Calling the play, which won the Olivier and Evening Standard awards for its London production, a “sharp-witted, sharp-toothed comedy of American uneasiness,” Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times that “the very structure of ‘Clybourne Park’ posits the idea of a nation (and even a world) trapped in a societal purgatory of ineptitude and anxiety.”

The cast of “Clybourne Park” features four Hampton Theatre Company veterans and three newcomers. Matt Conlon was most recently on the Quogue stage in the fall in the role of Ellwood P. Dowd in “Harvey,” following his turn in the title role in “The Foreigner” last March. Joe Pallister, who also appeared in “The Foreigner,” was last on the Quogue stage in last spring’s production of “God of Carnage.”  Ben Schnickel is familiar to Hampton Theatre Company audiences from “The Foreigner,” as well as “The Drawer Boy,” “Becky’s New Car,” and “Rabbit Hole.” Returning to the Quogue stage for the first time since her appearance in “Desperate Affection,” Rebecca Edana first appeared with the HTC in the company’s revival of “Bedroom Farce.” Rounding out the cast and trailing extensive lists of New York and regional credits are Juanita Frederick, Shonn McCloud, and Anette Michelle Sanders. HTC Executive Director Sarah Hunnewell will direct.

“Clybourne Park” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from March 12 through 29, with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Information is available at hamptontheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1 (866) 811-4111.


Sag Harbor School District Seeks Appraisal for Stella Maris Property

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The building that formerly housed the Stella Maris Regional School on Division Street in Sag Harbor. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz.

The building that formerly housed the Stella Maris Regional School on Division Street in Sag Harbor. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz.

By Tessa Raebeck

Four months after it was disclosed that the former Stella Maris Regional School on Division Street in Sag Harbor was on the market, the Sag Harbor School District has announced that it is seeking an appraisal of the site.

The board of education and district administrators have discussed the property at a number of executive sessions that are closed to the public since the property’s availability was announced, and are now taking the first step toward a public discussion of a possible purchase.

“At this point, we aren’t making any decisions of how we would utilize the property,” said Superintendent Katy Graves. “This is just a first, very initial step to take a look at the property and gather information about the property.”

The .74-acre property is listed for $3.5 million. It is zoned for offices or classrooms and owned by St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, a parish of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The one-story building is 32,234 square feet. The site is less than a mile from both Pierson Middle/High School and the Sag Harbor Elementary School.

“The Board of Education is in the process of engaging the services of appraisal firms for the purpose of gathering data. Once the firms have been hired and all of the facts, figures and use viability of the building have been gathered, the board will share the information with the Sag Harbor community for their full participation. Any decision regarding the property will involve strategic engagement with all stakeholders in the community,” the district said in a press release Tuesday.

Ms. Graves said the ultimate decision of whether or not to purchase the property “would really have to go to a vote” for district residents.

Although the purchase is far from a sure thing, the superintendent floated some ideas of how the property could be used.

“We do send children out for services elsewhere—some of our student population goes elsewhere at a very high cost to be serviced in other areas, so we’re always interested in keeping our children as close as possible,” she said, adding, “Those are all things we want to kind of analyze and share, but we don’t want to get our hopes up—this would only be if it really worked best for the community and it worked best for the school district.”

Specifically, some of Sag Harbor’s special needs students must travel to schools up-island to get the services they need, and students enrolled in career and technical education courses must go to BOCES facilities up-island. Ms. Graves said that in addition to the financial burden of transporting students to other schools and enrolling them elsewhere, not having those services in the district comes with the added cost of not having all of Sag Harbor’s schoolchildren close to home.

While technical education would likely remain at BOCES, special needs services could potentially be provided in-house if the district acquires more land. Other schools in the area are also sending special education students to far away schools, and Ms. Graves suggested that the acquisition of the Stella Maris property could be a way to explore sharing services with other districts—and thus saving costs.

“This is the initial, initial stage, but New York State is demanding of us now that we secure every opportunity for sharing services, that we find every opportunity under the tax cap to explore sharing personnel, explore every opportunity for cost saving,” said Ms. Graves. “In our community, we’re going to garner the services of appraisal firms to look at that property and get feedback that we can share with our community.”

“We aren’t making any moves as far as education without—we’re doing it hand in hand with the community and our stakeholders,” she added.

With an influx of students who pay tuition to attend Sag Harbor schools and a student population that has grown steadily over the past six years, the school district now has over 1,000 students, as well as over half a million dollars in revenue from tuition paying students.

In operation as a school for 134 years, Stella Maris was Long Island’s oldest Catholic school when it closed its doors in 2011 due to a $480,000 deficit. Parents at the school tried to fundraise to keep the school open, but were unsuccessful. Since the school closed, its building has been used occasionally for fundraisers and village police training, and has seen two unsuccessful attempts to open preschools on the property.

Sag Harbor School District Proposes Technology, Transportation, Benefits Budget

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By Tessa Raebeck

A month before the entire 2015-16 budget is to be reviewed, Sag Harbor School District administrators presented technology, debt service, employee benefits and transportation components to the board of education on Monday.

With “no additional items that we haven’t had in previous budgets,” according to Technology Director Scott Fisher, the technology budget is proposed at slightly over $1 million, up by nearly 12 percent from the 2014-15 budget, which was just above $932,000.

“As you all know,” Mr. Fisher told the board, “the role of technology has expanded here exponentially in the past years…essentially everybody in the district is somehow impacted by the technology support.”

The technology department is looking to bring in additional support staff and to continue its upgrading, replenishment and purchasing of computer and wireless systems and supplies. Proposed increases of $18,650 at the Sag Harbor Elementary School and $15,200 at Pierson Middle/High School will account for the purchase of additional laptops and Chromebooks, low-cost computers that are popular in classrooms.

The transportation budget, computed by School Business Administrator Jennifer Buscemi and Head Bus Driver Maude Stephens, who was not at Monday’s meeting, would increase by just about $51,000, or 6.83 percent, to about $802,000, due in large part to a proposed bus purchase.

“Right now, all of our buses are being utilized and we don’t even have a spare bus,” said Ms. Buscemi, adding that the state Education Department recommends school districts have at least one spare.

Buying a new large bus would cost the district $102,000 up front. Another option, Ms. Buscemi said, would be to finance the bus over a 10-year period, a decision that would require the district to budget $13,000 a year for the next decade. School buses have an expected life of about 15 years, she added.

Chris Tice, vice president of the school board, said it would be practical to finance the bus purchase due to low interest rates and because “we have such a phenomenal bond rating,” as Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the district’s bond rating from A1 to Aa3 last May.

The employee benefits component of the budget, an area that usually shows large, unavoidable increases, is actually expected to decrease for the 2015-16 school year, due to a reduction in the percentage school districts must contribute to retirement costs.

The Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) is recommending an employer contribution rate of about 13 percent for the 2015-16 school year, while that rate was much higher, at over 17 percent, for this school year, 2014-15. The employees are not receiving less in benefits, due to the change, rather, school districts are being required to contribute a smaller amount needed for the system to be able to pay out the required amount in benefits.

“That reduction of $518,000 is going to eat up a lot of the increases in the other areas,” Ms. Buscemi said, adding, “This is probably the first time in a long time that you’re going to see a decrease in that employee benefit and I’m hoping that that continues.”

The total projected employee benefits budget for next year is around $9.3 million, a decrease of $128,125, or 1.35 percent, from this year’s budget.

The debt services budget is also proposed to decrease, going down by about $29,000, or 2.48 percent, to a projected total of over $1.5 million. That projection is in part based on historically low interest rates.

With many of the rates needed to compute the budget not yet available, Ms. Buscemi had to estimate on some of the budget items, usually anticipating an increase of 3 percent.

“There are definitely areas here—that I’ve gone through in the past budget workshops and today—that we could cut if we had to,” Ms. Buscemi said, using the proposed school bus purchase as an example.

The preliminary numbers, Ms. Buscemi told the board, suggest the school district is in a very good position for the budget season and will “be able to maintain everything this year.”

The state aid numbers, which show New York’s school districts how much money they can expect from the state, have still not been released by Governor Andrew Cuomo and are expected to remain in political limbo for some time. The governor has said he will not release his education budget until the divided State Legislature approves all of his proposed educational reforms, many of which are controversial.

Almond Expands Into Tribeca

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Chef Jason Weiner.

Chef Jason Weiner.

By Gianna Volpe

Chef Jason Weiner now has another Almond to love, which brings the count up to four if one considers his lovely wife – namesake to the now three Almond restaurants owned by Mr. Weiner and partner, Eric Lemonides – as the brand-new Tribeca location had its official opening last Wednesday night.

“We had a press dinner, then four nights of friends and families,” Chef Weiner said of private events that led up to Almond Tribeca’s opening night. “Before that we had a mock service where half of our staff sat down and ate while the other half took orders and then we flipped it around. That’s part of the process, so by opening night it’s almost old hat because we’ve been doing it for more than a week.”

This is a common service tightening ritual among experienced restaurateurs and one that should not be ignored, according to Chef Weiner.

“It’s so important,” he said of practicing mock service trials before opening a new restaurant. “The last thing we want to do is charge people money when we don’t really have it together.”

Lovers of Bridgehampton and Manhattan’s Almond locations will be happy to learn the menu in Tribeca includes the restaurant’s tri-steak standard, as well as its signature Caesar salad and Brussels sprouts two ways, but may be thrilled by its new roast chicken for two and a unique duck dish Chef Weiner said is simply bursting with Long Island flavor.
He said the duck breast dish combines the Amber Waves Farm sweet potato and Long Island Mushroom Company shitake ravioli that can found at Almond Bridgehampton with a Crescent Farms duck breast that is served with house-made Sirracha at its Tribeca location and a l’orange in Manhattan.

“We’re also doing a super fantastic lobster sausage appetizer, which is delicious and getting some great feedback,” Chef Weiner said of the menu at Almond Tribeca. “I’m still keeping as local as possible, but bringing stuff from my friends on Long Island. If you know us from other places, the menu will have familiarity to you, but there are some things on there that are specific to the new space.”

That includes the décor at Almond on Tribeca’s Franklin Street, which East Enders may also be pleased to learn includes the red-back dropped zebra herd found in the signature Scalamandre wallpaper found at Almond’s Bridgehampton location.

“It has a lot of warmth to it, but is airy and Tribeca-ish in its own right; we like our places to stand on their own,” said Chef Weiner.

He added Almond Tribeca is a “pretty, cool place” that can be found “smack dab” between TriBeCa Grill and Nobu, which belongs to Myriad Restaurant Group’s Drew Nieporent.

“Eric [Lemonides] worked for him as the general manager of Della Femina 20 years ago,” Chef Weiner said of Mr. Nieporent. “We’ve been building the place since October, so he’s been popping in to give us some informal advice and wish us well. He’s a good guy…a real trailblazer. They opened TriBeCa grill 25 years ago when there really wasn’t much down there, so the guy’s a visionary, obviously.”
Chef Weiner said today the area’s unique dichotomy – where “families and commerce” set streets a-bustle by day leaving behind “ a lot of dark alleyways” by night – is one in which he and his team are excited to join.

“Tribeca is very specific” he said of the new Almond location. “We’re really psyched to be down there.”

Almond Tribeca is located at 186 Franklin Street in New York City. Almond NYC is located at 12 East 22nd Street in New York City. Almond Bridgehampton is located at One Ocean Road in Bridgehampton. For more information, visit almon

Pierson Students Earn Choral Society of the Hamptons Scholarships

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Pierson High School Senior Rebecca Dwoskin.

Pierson High School Senior Rebecca Dwoskin.

Four South Fork high school seniors have won this year’s scholarships for voice training from the Choral Society of the Hamptons, including three students from Pierson High School.

The Society established the scholarship program more than two decades ago and has awarded scholarships to several dozen students, a number of whom have gone on to professional careers in music and active participation in amateur musical organizations.

The 2014 winners were announced this week.

Rebeccsa Dwoskin, a senior at Pierson High School, has performed in a number of school musicals locally, including “A Chorus Line.” Ms. Dwoskin has studied voice with Amanda Jones of East Hampton, while also taking dance and performing as a flutist. Her musical theater roles have also included the title role in Annie. Her chorus teacher, Suzanne Nicoletti, wrote the committee that “she has the work ethic, dedication and passion” for a successful career.

Oree Livni, also a Pierson senior, is a member of the Choral Society and studies piano with Daniel Koontz. Mr. Livni has performed in middle and high school choirs as well as in the Hamptons Music Educators Association (HMEA) festival and in the New York State School Music Association (NYSMA) chorus.

“One of the most musical teenagers I have met,” said Ms. Nicoletti.

Megan Beedenbender, another Pierson senior will also receive scholarship. Since sixth grade, she has sung in choirs at HMEA and NYSMA performances, as well as in the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education chorus. “Music is my biggest passion,” she says, and she was described by Ms. Nicoletti as “my most enthusiastic singer.” In college, she hopes to expand her knowledge of classical works in German and Italian.

Southampton High School’s Jacqueline Minogue also earned an award.

Ms. Minogue and Ms. Dwoskin won Doris and William Leese Scholarships worth $500. Mr. Livni won the Norman Dello Joio Scholarship and Ms. Beedenbender the Charlotte Rogers Smith Scholarship, each worth $250.

Parrish Recognizes 25 Young Artists

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The 2015 Student Exhibition, High School Artists Reception. Photo by Tom Kochie

The 2015 Student Exhibition, High School Artists Reception. Photo by Tom Kochie

On Saturday, February 28, the Parrish Art Museum will honor 25 young artists for their work that is on view in the 2015 Student Exhibition. Selected from more than 150 high school student participants by Neill Slaughter, a professor of Visual Art at Long Island University, C.W. Post campus, these up-and-coming artists will be celebrated at a ceremony at the museum, where Parrish Director Terrie Sultan and Mr. Slaughter will present Awards of Excellence to 19 Seniors, and “Ones to Watch” Awards to six underclassmen.

Mr. Slaughter, a practicing artist and professor for 36 years who has been the judge at several Student Exhibitions, based his selection of winners on a variety of criteria, not limited to ability nor talent.

“While I certainly value skill and technique, ultimately I look for an honesty and truth in the artwork,” he said. “Artists become inspired by something, which is … interpreted as well as communicated visually. The best art is transcendent, whereby the viewer is emotionally moved or taken to another place by the artist’s interpretation.”

The ceremony will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. with Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield announcing the names of the winners, who will come forward with their teacher to accept certificates. Refreshments will be served at the event, which is open to the public.

The Student Exhibition, a 60-year tradition at the Parrish Art Museum, opened this year on January 31 and is on view through March 1, featuring the work of more than 2,000 young artists from public, private, parochial, and home schools on the East End.

On the Southampton and East Hampton towns, East Hampton High School’s Claudia Fino will be honored for her drawing, “Three Spheres.” Southampton High School’s Kim Gonzalez will be awarded for her mixed media piece, “Concentration.” Pierson’s Theo Gray will be honored for his photography project, “Untitled.” East Hampton High School’s Brenden Snow and The Ross School’s Brenna Leaver are also honored for their untitled photography projects. In printmaking, Pierson’s Daniella Nolan has received honors for her piece, “Innocence;” The Ross School’s Evelyn Jiaoxue and Abby Wang will also be honored for “Untitled,” and “The Rape of Nanking,” respectively. In 3-D sculpture, Pierson’s Zoe Diskin will be honored for her “Self Portrait Assemblage.”

Southampton’s Abby Clemente and East Hampton’s Elvis Uchupaille have been named as underclassmen “One’s to Watch.”

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.