Sag Harbor :5th Annual Katy’s Courage 5K 2015: Saturday, April 18th will be the 5th Annual Katy’s Courage 5K run in Sag Harbor,  Kathryn Collins Stewart a 12 year old who lost her battle to a rare form of liver cancer in December 2010, but not before she captured the hearts of so many in our community.
Katy’s Courage is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to education and support for families and children through scholarships, support for children’s bereavement counseling and pediatric cancer research.11091540_746642062118397_998514253295197514_n-2

The weather was brisk for the 4th Annual Katy’s Courage 5k run in Sag Harbor last year, lets hope for warmer weather this year since the event will be later in April. I am sure the runners will be energetic, motivated and pumped to take part in the run. The East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson Spring Track Team will be participating in the event again this year.DSC_5076


Join Katy’s Parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, Sag Harbor Family and tons of friends for the 5th Annual 5k in Sag Harbor…you can run or walk, bring the kids, the dog, whatever suits your fancy…Hamptons MouthPiece will be out there and we hope to see you.2015-5K-2

  • Officially register for the event here: [button color=”pink” link=”″ target=”_blank” font=”tahoma” align=”left”]CLICK HERE[/button]
  • When: Saturday, April 18th 2015  Starts 8:30 a.m. sharp
  • Where: Sag Harbor, NY
  • Cost: Pre Reg: $25.00; $30.00 Day of Race
  • Check in: 7:00 – 8:15 am. Race starts promptly at 8:30
  • Course: Rather flat with a few small hills around Sag Harbor Village
  • Age Groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89
  • Awards: Top 3 males and 3 females overall and first three in each age group.
    Coming into Sag Harbor, go down Main Street almost to the end (the water), at the round-about, go around as if you were going to make a u-turn, but instead of a complete u-turn,  veer to the right – that’s Water Street.  Go past the Post Office, and just beyond the Beacon Restaurant on the right is an open area.  That’s where registration will take place.
    Kathryn, who was known as “Katy” to family and friends, succumbed to hepatoblastoma with her family by her side. The lifelong Sag Harbor resident had battled the disease since 2009. All proceeds go directly to Katy’ s Courage Fund, set up by Katy’s Family. Katy’s Courage Fund, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education and support for families and children through scholarships, support for counseling, and pediatric cancer research.DSC_4997
    For more information on Katy’s Courage and Katy Stewart’s journey, please visit Facebook page here (

    Things that go bump in the Road…Will the Pot Holes in Hamptons in 2015 be worst than 2014?

    We can only pray that we are finished with snow for this winter season. I estimate that we are close to 40inches of snow so far this winter season. Workers have been working non-stop  plowing and sanding roads since January  27th, since the first snow storm of 2015 with nearly 30 inches of snow on that day. I am sure many of them are ready for a much needed rest, but on the positive many were employed for the winter season and we could be in Boston.

    The question on everyone’s mind is will we be drowning in Potholes for 2015 like we were for 2014? Sag Harbor has some really bad roads, but not as bad as East Hampton. I was out driving this morning on Noyac Road, some areas were challenging but I found Route 114 going towards East Hampton to be really bad. I thought for sure I would damage my car. I am told that there are horrible horrible horrible pot holes on Noyac between Morton Wildlife and Millstone. How are the roads in your towns Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sagaponack, Bridgehampton, Watermill, Southampton, Hampton Bays, Quogue, East Quogue, Remsenburg, Speonk, Westhampton?

    This year’s roads are especially treacherous for drivers because this winter has been a particularly brutal one, with frequent snow since January 27th, ice, and frigid temperatures giving way to brief thaws, before the cycle repeats again. The fluctuation in temperature between the daytime and the evening, paired with all that ice and snow, are “wreaking havoc on the roads in the Hamptons”. Heavy traffic takes a greater toll on the roads, and heavy truck traffic an even greater toll combined with some of these roads at the end of their lifespan, causes the potholes.

    Who is responsible for fixing the roads, and will there be enough funds to fix the roads this Spring? I suggest you contact the D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) in your area to report potholes in your area, put them on alert. You have a greater chance of those potholes getting fixed sooner than later.

    New State toll-free number for state operated roads. — 800-POTHOLE….Until then, slow down when driving over a pothole. We are only at the beginning of March so don’t go celebrating yet, March has a way of continuing to surprise us, so we will pray for no more snow, but lets be prepared just in case “Mother Nature” decides to throw us a curve ball..



    Jane Babcook joins Brown Harris Stevens in Bridgehampton. 

    imagereader.aspxJane Babcook a highly respected Real Estate Professional in the Hamptons real estate industry has joined the Bridgehampton brokerage office of Brown Harris Stevens.  Jane joined BHS early this year 2015 after a real estate career spanning almost two decades. Jane was previously with The Corcoran Group in Sag Harbor.

    Throughout her career, Jane has consistently been a top producing agent and a leader in her community with an elite roster of national and international clients. Specializing in luxury properties, Jane has been nationally recognized as a top agent with an enviable history of successfully closing both high-end sales and rentals throughout the Hamptons.

    Fluent in the complexities of land acquisitions, waterfront properties, new construction, both historic and modern homes, equestrian properties, and more, including the resolution of building, zoning, environmental, financing and title issues that arise within each of these property types, Jane has a proven command of the local market that allows her to render unparalleled service to her clients.
    An avid equestrian, sailor and skier, and a full time resident of Sag Harbor for over 26 years, Jane is currently on the board of the Breakwater Yacht Club where she has served as Vice Commodore, is a long standing member of the Sag Harbor Yacht Club, and is a member of the Architectural Review Board for the neighboring Village of North Haven.

    On a Personal Note, Jane is one of the most professional Real Estate Brokers that I have ever worked with in the Hamptons. Jane is honest, ethical, reliable, hard-working and patient and I wish her well at BHS.

    Jane’s new contact information:

    Jane Babcook
    Licensed Associate Broker
    Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, LLC
    c. 631.680.1001
    f. 631.903.6391
    email:        website:

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    Hamptons Home:Prepare for a Frozen Pipe Disaster? 

    I have been hearing about several homes in the Hamptons whose pipes have froze from this brutally cold winter we are experiencing. I have lived in Sag Harbor for the last 14 years and this is by far my coldest winter.

    Every winter season, the pipes in your home are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Low temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze, and in some cases burst. The following tips can help you safeguard your home before, during and after a pipe freezes.

    Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

    • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
    • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you’re leaving the house for an extended period of time.
    • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
    • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
    • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
    • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
    • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
    • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
    • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

    Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

    • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
    • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
    • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
    • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
    • These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.
    • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes.

    If a Pipe Freezes

    • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
    • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
    • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out.

    If a Pipe Bursts

    • Shut off water at the main valve.
    • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
    • Call a plumber. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.

    information provided by Allstate

    Hamptons Teen: Westhampton and Southampton Varsity Sprinters headed to compete in State championship
    Hamptons Teens: Congratulations to the following students who will be going to the Winter Track State championship in Ithaca, NY on March 7TH… The girls 4×400 Girls relay track team is #1 in Section XI and will be heading to Ithaca to compete for the Gold Medal in the New York State Track and Field 2015 Championship. These girls qualified at the Millrose Trials and will be competing at the Armory on Saturday, February 14th. They will be competing with some of the BEST sprinters from all around the country. Hamptons Mouthpiece will be there covering that race!

    Lauren Lorefice a 12th grader @ Westhampton and part of the 4×400 relay team took 2nd in the Girls 300 Meter Dash 40.97. When I spoke with Lauren’s mom after the race they were very excited but not sure if she would compete in the 300 at the State Finals. The 300 is a hard race and she might choose to just focus on the 400 relay. Whatever decision Lauren decides, we congratulate her, a great way to end her High School Winter track season.

    Keira Kelly an 11th grader @ Westhampton will be competing in the Girls High Jump..she jumped an impressive 5-04.00 Good luck Keira!

    NYS-Qualifier-Championships-921aJoseph Strassfield a 12th grader @ Southampton High School is the only boy from the Hamptons competing at the State Finals…He finished 2nd in the Boys 55 Dash @ 6.60sec

    1) 3667 Lauren Lorefice 12 2) 3578 Nora Murphy 11
    3) 3570 Jennifer Jordan 10 4) 3564 Grace Gilbakian 11

    Congratulations to all of the student athletes that competed in the Section XI State Qualifier, an amazing accomplishment…
    Shout out to my daughter Allura Leggard and East Hamptons Boys Varsity Winter Track Team: Erik Engstrom, Thomas Paradiso and Will Ellis

    photo credit:  Ricci  Paradiso
    photo credit:
    Ricci Paradiso

    You can see more images from the Suffolk County State Qualifier HERE…