Vanessa Leggard


Hamptons Happenings: Nadia Kazmi performs at Stephen Talkhouse, October 9th
Dark blues-rock songwriter, Nadia Kazmi, will be performing at Stephen Talkhouse on October 8. She just dropped her new EP, Lamb,
“With considered, well-crafted lines of imagery and metaphors, Kazmi evokes a rare sense of emotional purpose that makes her music all the more compelling.” (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

OCTOBER 1, 2015 Albany, NY: New Fellowship and Scholarship Programs for Mid-Year Attorneys

Governor Cuomo announced the creation of the “Carey Gabay Fellowship” and the “Carey Gabay Scholarship” to honor his life and work. Gabay, a former assistant counsel in the Governor’s Office and First Deputy Counsel to Empire State Development, passed on September 15, 2015, nine days after he was struck by a stray bullet.

“Carey Gabay was an exceptional individual who could have done anything, but chose to enter into public service and give back,” Governor Cuomo said. “His kindness, loyalty and grit made him beloved by family, friends and co-workers and his dedication to making New York a better, fairer and safer place made him an inspiration to all. The Fellowship and Scholarship programs bearing his name will serve as a constant reminder of Carey’s professional accomplishments and exceptional character, and will ensure his legacy is honored for years to come.”

The Carey Gabay Fellowship will be awarded every two years to a mid-career attorney who, like Gabay, is committed to public service, hails from an economically disadvantaged background, and most importantly, embodies the integrity and kind-heartedness that distinguished Gabay personally. The Fellow will serve for two years in the Governor’s Counsel’s office, where Gabay began his career in this administration, and will work on furthering the Governor’s violence prevention initiatives as well as issues of economic equality and development that Gabay championed throughout his career. The fellow will be assigned a mentor in Counsel’s office and the first fellow will lead a major research project on violence prevention in memory of Gabay. Opportunities for the fellow to earn an MPA concurrently with state service will be explored.

Fellowship attorney applications to be accepted starting January 4, 2016 and will require a personal statement, three references, a writing sample and impressive academic and professional credentials. The Gabay Fellow will update the Gabay family periodically as to his or her work and experience.

The Carey Gabay Scholarship Program will award, annually, full-ride scholarships to five deserving students to attend the State University of New York. These scholarships will cover all costs of attendance, including tuition, room and board, college fees, books and supplies, and transportation and personal expenses. Many grants and scholarships only cover the cost of tuition, requiring students and families to dip into savings or take out student loans to cover these other necessary college expenses. The Carey Gabay full-ride scholarships will truly cover all college costs, allowing the recipients to focus fully on their coursework, and – like Gabay – to go on to make a difference in their chosen field.

The Carey Gabay Scholarship will be available to students at all four-year SUNY colleges, and will be awarded annually beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. These scholarships will be targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and mentoring skills, and a commitment to social justice, along with other application criteria to be developed in coordination with Carey’s family. Applications will be accepted beginning January 11, 2016, and awards will be selected based on an application package including an essay and letters of recommendation from teachers and community members.

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Hamptons Teen: The 2016 Best Colleges rankings from NICHE
Don’t take this at face value. One would need to know exactly the criteria that was used to determine thee results, and a college that is ranked very low, may actually EXCEL in the program you are looking for, while a higher ranked college may have a terrible business or exercise science reputation. FIT is not ranked in the top 100, yet they are ranked #5 Globally for BEST Fashion Design Schools in the World. What I love about this list are the updated reviews from Students and Parents.

The 2016 Best Colleges ranking calculates millions of statistics and student reviews into one overall college ranking. The top ranked colleges are elite academic institutions that provide a good value, attract a diverse student body, and offer an exceptional college experience.
See more information on these schools rankings from….
BEST COLLEGE RANKINGS 2016 to see the top 250 schools, click on school for more detailed information on the ranking.

2016 Rank College State
1 Stanford University CA
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA
3 Yale University CT
4 Harvard University MA
5 Rice University TX
6 University of Pennsylvania PA
7 Duke University NC
8 Brown University RI
9 California Institute of Technology CA
10 University of Southern California CA
11 Princeton University NJ
12 Washington University in St. Louis MO
13 University of Notre Dame IN
14 Columbia University NY
15 Bowdoin College ME
16 University of Texas – Austin TX
17 Vanderbilt University TN
18 Georgetown University DC
19 Williams College MA
20 University of Chicago IL
21 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor MI
22 Dartmouth College NH
23 Cornell University NY
24 Carleton College MN
25 University of Virginia VA
26 University of California – Los Angeles CA
27 Washington & Lee University VA
28 University of California – Berkeley CA
29 Pomona College CA
30 Northwestern University IL
31 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC
32 Emory University GA
33 Colgate University NY
34 Amherst College MA
35 Georgia Institute of Technology GA
36 Carnegie Mellon University PA
37 University of Florida FL
38 University of Wisconsin WI
39 Johns Hopkins University MD
40 Texas A&M University TX
41 University of Georgia GA
42 Middlebury College VT
43 Haverford College PA
44 Tufts University MA
45 University of Richmond VA
46 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IL
47 Bucknell University PA
48 Vassar College NY
49 Penn State PA
50 Wesleyan University CT
51 Virginia Tech VA
52 Hamilton College NY
53 University of Washington WA
54 Wake Forest University NC
55 University of California – Santa Barbara CA
56 Colby College ME
57 New York University NY
58 Lehigh University PA
59 Brigham Young University UT
60 Ohio State University OH
61 Grinnell College IA
62 University of Pittsburgh PA
63 College of William & Mary VA
64 University of Maryland – College Park MD
65 University of Miami FL
66 Michigan State University MI
67 Northeastern University MA
68 Franklin & Marshall College PA
69 Davidson College NC
70 Purdue University IN
71 Macalester College MN
72 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities MN
73 Santa Clara University CA
74 Union College – New York NY
75 Southern Methodist University TX
76 Florida State University FL
77 University of California – Davis CA
78 Boston College MA
79 College of the Holy Cross MA
80 University of Rochester NY
81 Swarthmore College PA
82 Clemson University SC
83 Bates College ME
84 Case Western Reserve University OH
85 Brandeis University MA
86 Whitman College WA
87 Claremont McKenna College CA
88 Boston University MA
89 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology IN
90 Indiana University – Bloomington IN
91 Kenyon College OH
92 University of Alabama AL
93 Oklahoma State University OK
94 Tulane University LA
95 Whitworth University WA
96 Oberlin College OH
97 Lafayette College PA
98 Clark University MA
99 Iowa State University IA
100 Gettysburg College PA

Niche provides reviews and insight from everyday experts, they make choosing a neighborhood, college, or K-12 school a more transparent process. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as, they have grown into one of the largest content startups in the country. They focus on providing students, families, and professionals with best-in-class content and deep insight into big life decisions.

Hamptons Happenings…Learn how to make a Wreath..Attend Marders Fall 2015 Classes
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All classes start at 10:00 AM on Sundays. Please call Marders Garden Shop to register and pay in advance.
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October is “National breast cancer awareness month” This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart because 20 years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent both chemo-therapy and radiation…Praise God, she is cancer free and it has been 20 years…. I thought it was very important to discuss breast cancer, knowing the facts, the risks and the signs.

According to “” In 2015, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in the US. Wow these are staggering numbers and of particular concern to me since I am a high risk woman given that my mother did have breast cancer. When my mother was going through breast cancer and had to have  Chemo and surgery she was so sick and she lost her hair…I was so scared about getting the disease because all I could think about was loosing my hair and my breast, how superficial I was. I defined my beauty to my hair and breast like many other women. Seeing how strong my mother was and how beautiful she looked bald, I realized I could not allow my breast and hair to define who I am as a person. Don’t get me wrong I like my hair and I complain about bad hair days just like 95% of the total female population but I don’t stress about it. No need to stress on things you can purchase…if you loose your hair, you can buy a wig…you loose your breast you can buy new ones…problem solved. Focussing on the disease is all that matters, that is why it is important to know the risk,  recognize the signs and to take action on prevention care.
Everyone is at risk for breast cancer.

  • Being a Woman
  • Overweight
  • Increased Age
  • a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of breast or ovarian cancer

There are some factors that can increase a person’s risk, but some people develop breast cancer when the risk factor are not present. I would like to also add that there are men that develop breast cancer  and younger women as well. Recognizing the signs are very important to early detection and being cured. Performing breast self exam will help you know your body and what is normal and not normal. If you notice a change, you should see your doctor immediately. Here are some possible warning signs:

  • Lumps, a hard knot or thickening in any part of the breast
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening that does not go away
  • pulling in of the nipple or other parts of the breast
  • New Pain in one spot that does not go away

Hamptons MouthPiece Readers, early detection is key in diagnosing breast cancer. Many cases of breast cancer are found by monthly breast self exams…an annual mammogram is one of the single most effective methods of early detection. No one looks forward to having a very uncomfortable mammogram, especially women like myself who are well-endowed and you feel like your breast has just been smashed like a pancake. The sooner a problem is found, the more treatment options are available and the better chance you have of beating the disease and living a full healthy life. I hope this reaches someone and you decide to take action, your life is important so you must take care of yourself. If health insurance is an area of concern, there are many services that offer FREE mammograms, all you have to do is ask. I am grateful that I have not been diagnosed I continue to do monthly BSF and I have yearly mammograms, no one knows why and how many women get breast cancer but if I am meant to get I will have a better chance of survival because I do partake in preventive care. I need to be around to nag my husband ,drive my girls completely crazy and plan all of my friends birthday celebrations…until next time read Hamptons Mouthpiece….always keeping you in the know!!!! October is National Breast Cancer Month

American Cancer Society:
Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 Special Section: Breast Carcinoma In Situ
In 2015, there will be an estimated 60,290 new cases of breast carcinoma in situ diagnosed, 83% of which will be ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and 12% lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). This year’s special section reviews breast carcinoma in situ, including incidence rates and trends, risk factors, prognostic characteristics, and treatment patterns. It is intended to inform anyone interested in learning more about breast carcinoma in situ, including policy makers, researchers, clinicians, cancer control advocates, patients, and caregivers.
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For more detailed data click on link to see the Breast Cancer facts and Figures 2015-