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GRATEFUL…Don’t Sweat the small stuff! On this anniversary of 9/11,  We often get wrapped up in small stuff that just does not matter. We stay angry with loved ones and close friends for things that are so unimportant. Tomorrow is not promised to us and God has a plan for each one of us. Tuesday, September 11th 2001 is a day that I will never forget. It was a horrific day in American History, and I can remember that day as if it just happened yesterday. I take comfort in knowing that those innocent people who lost their lives on that day will never be forgotten. I have not visited the 911 museum but it is on my list of things to do next time I am in NYC. All we can do is LIVE, and not get so wrapped up in sweating the small stuff...Life is a gift that should be treasured and never taken for granted.

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9/11 Memorial photo credit: inhabitat.com
Kurt had a touching poem in his possession called Just for Today  by Sally Meyer a poem to a child from a mother and it touched me so much I wanted to share with all of you. (Click here to read the poem)
 I can remember when I first moved to Sag Harbor 17 years ago…with a then 8-year-old and a 2-year-old. Kurt was working in NYC and I was alone in a new area with no friends or family, feeling somewhat overwhelmed. I was still working in Brooklyn for the 1st month and I remember the morning of 9/11 I had just dropped Dani off at school and I was going to drive into Brooklyn with Allura to my job. Kurt had called me because he had just received a phone call telling him his father was diagnosed with cancer and he was so distraught, I talked to him and he was able to pull himself together and continue his drive into NYC to work. An hour later he called to say Ness turn on the news…do not drive into the city today. That is when I remember turning on the TV and I felt frozen…many of my friends worked in many of the world trade buildings and a feeling of intense grief came over me. I am grateful all of my friends are doing well, but many parents did not make it home to their children. On this very special day and the anniversary of 9/11, I share this poem with many parents feelings overwhelmed and not taking a minute to just enjoy your child. Although my children are much older 25 and 18, I realize that I often get wrapped up with work and I do not stop to enjoy a conversation with them. Take the time turn off the cell phone, television, computer. When everyone is together we play a game of Sorry...a board game. The cell phones are put away and we just enjoy each other’s company.

I am so grateful and blessed for my wonderful daughters in my life and there is not a day that I do not say thank you for loaning them to me to raise, nurture, guide, love, teach and get to a place where they will hopefully one day become a parent doing what I have done for them.  In life, we often sweat the small stuff and this poem “Just for Today” by Sally Meyer just put things into perspective for me as a parent and I took the time to enjoy every minute of my girls growing up because tomorrow is not promised to us. My girls are now women and I still make time every day to talk to them and when I can spend time with them doing things they enjoy doing. bigstock-Mother-And-Child-1213809

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Hamptons Summer Camps List 2018

Hamptons Summer Camps list 2018 , only 2 more months for school, have you made plans for what your kids are doing for the summer? Here is a list of summer programs throughout the Hamptons for kids. Just click on the name to link to the website.

Montauk

Barefoot Kids

  • Ages 2-10 (9 am-1:30pm) Let them Play is the theme. Curriculum integrates a vast array of subjects, weaving hands on lessons for the children in local history, wildlife, science, marine biology, music, and arts throughout the day. 

Pathfinder Country Day Camp

  • A multi-sport and multi-faceted experience, variety of activities, swim instruction every morning, Parents must provide lunch M-Thursday, every Friday is  cookout day with Hotdogs and hamburgers. Transportation is included. July 2nd – August 24th

East Hampton

Summer Camp at Ross

  • CAMP @ROSS * Day programs for ages 14 and under, Day program offers a variety of choices in sports, science, performance, media, nature, and the arts for campers ages 0–14!  Our Early Childhood programming for campers ages 6 and under includes Music and Movement, Creative Explorations, and Sports Explorations
  • SUMMER TERM @ROSS *Boarding and day programs for ages 12–18, rigorous academic courses with relaxation and time at the beach, cultural events, shopping, and day trips to vibrant New York City. 

Hampton Country Day Camp 

  • Foster values of sharing, integrity, responsibility and respect in a friendly, safe environment of fun. The best camp experience gives children greater self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience. Tuition: Includes round trip door-to-door bus transportation, lunch and healthy snacks daily. (June 25-August 17th)

YMCA East Hampton RECenter

  • Summer Day Camp offers children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, building confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age. Specialty camps * Sports, Arts, Dancing, singing , Swimming , June 25th – August 31st , NEW! For the 2018 Camp Season, Transportation is provided. 

Hampton Racquet

  • A multi-sport and multi-faceted experience for children 4-14. Organized by age and specific focus, supportive atmosphere where healthy competition is encouraged. The camp is designed to address all the various components a young athlete needs to be a success both on and off the court. June 25th -August 24th * ages 4-14

Camp Blue Bay Sleepaway Camp

  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County offers a variety of sleep away summer camp program choices. Girls can enjoy a diverse camping experience in which they can choose between Troop House Camping and Outdoor Tent Camping. Camp programs are available for one or two week sessions.Camp activities including swimming, boating, archery, crafts, nature, campfires and more. Both Girl Scouts and Non-Girl Scouts alike can sign up as individual campers or go with a friend. Girls entering grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-11 in September of 2018. Girls entering 1-6 grades can participate in our 4 or 5 day mini sessions.

Stages Summer Musical Theatre Camp

Amagansett – Hamptons Summer Camps list 2018 

SPORTIME Amagansett / EHSC @ SPORTIME

  • Kids of all ages , Junior program options include great kids’ tennis clinics, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Summer Tennis Training Camp, or East Hampton Sports Camp @ SPORTIME, offering tennis, swimming and a variety of sports and camp activities.

Camp Shakespeare

  • Acting • Theater Games • Arts & Crafts –  Camp Shakespeare is a fun and creative summer program for kids and teens, ages 8-15. Activities involve acting, improvisation, movement, voice, and theatrical arts and crafts, and are led by trained theater educators in an atmosphere of discovery and cooperation. Each weeklong session culminates in a performance for family and friends. August 6 – 10/ August 13 – 17

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater Summer Camp

  • Students will work together to create and perform their very own musical! In addition to developing ideas for an original script, students will learn standard songs and choreography that will culminate in a presentation on the Bay Street Theater Mainstage on Friday for family and friends.
  • All Theater Camps run 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Monday – Friday , July -August

Breakwater Yacht Club Jr. Sailing Camp

  • summer sailing program begins in late June and runs through early September. Each session lasts one week.  Students in the program start out by learning the basics of sailing, including how to rig a boat and what to do when it capsizes. They are also learn how a boat responds to wind before they experience this concept firsthand on the water. Ages 7 and up. 

Shelter Island

Camp Quinipet

  • Established by the Methodist Church in 1947, Quinipet is built upon the rocks of Faith, Courage, Love, Humility and Honesty, creating a foundation that welcomes campers from all walks of life, faith, and church affiliation.  Day Camp is Monday-Friday Overnight Camp is Sunday-Saturday​*July-August  
  • Traditional Overnight Camp, Ages 7-17 * Sailing Overnight Camp, Ages 9-17
  • Day Camp: Day Camp has all the spirit and tradition of  overnight camp, complete with waterfront, sports, and arts activities. Ages 5-14  M-F  9a-4pm

Sagaponack

Poxabogue Golf Course

  • To teach and enhance fundamentals essential to the development of junior golfers…and to have FUN!!!Golf Summer camp and clinic  for boys & girls ages 7-16 * Dates June 25th -August 31st

Bridgehampton

Hayground Camp

  • Campers engage with the natural world, get their hands in the dirt and sand and water, make things grow, and build things of which they can be proud–gardens, cities of sand and wood, tables, go-carts, and lasting friendships.  Ages 3-13, Art, Chess, Cooking, Music, Sports, Sailing are just a few of the activities offered. 

ROCK CAMP & DANCE INTENSIVE

  • The whole Rock Camp and Dance Intensive family is brainstorming for an amazing July 2018 – ensembles, lessons, concerts, recitals, masterclasses, guest artists, and a whole lot of fun for beginners to accomplished musicians and dancers. JULY 16 – 20, 2018

Bridgehampton Childcare & Recreational Center

  • Summer camp serves 80 kids for 2 months July & August, 

Watermill

Hamptons Baseball & Soccer Camp

  • Saturday camps: Ages: 4-13 – The age groups are ‘Rookie’ (4/5), ‘Beginner’ (5-7 ), ‘Intermediate’ (middle 7-10), and ‘Advanced’ (Oldest 10-13). Depending on group size, games may be played in a ‘one room schoolhouse’ fashion with calibrated coach pitching and defense.
  • Summer Baseball Camp: Weekly sessions June-AugustMonday-Friday, 9 am to 1 pm. Gates open at 8:30 for extra batting practice.
    Ages: 4-13 – The age groups are ‘Rookie’ (4/5), ‘Beginner’ (5-7 ), ‘Intermediate’ (middle 7-10), and ‘Advanced’ (Oldest 10-13)
  • *New Soccer Camp: Weekly sessions July-August : Activities include fundamentals in dribbling, passing, shooting, goalkeeping, game strategy and structured game action.

Southampton -Hamptons Summer Camps List 2018 

Future Stars Southampton

  • High school competitive athlete to the young beginner working on gross motor skills, program is personalized to challenge aspiring youth to reach another level in their development. Each camper is carefully grouped by the director into an age and level appropriate small group that allows for swift advancement in skills while providing the perfect social opportunities for the individual. Visit website for programs and fees

Southampton Camp & Club

  • Program provides a unique blend of tennis, athletics, aquatics, creative arts, and performing arts in a safe, warm, nurturing and FUN environment. Daily round-trip transportation (Westhampton-Bridgehampton) and healthy snacks and lunch included in tuition, we offer the perfect program for every camper. (June 25th -August 20th)

Sandy Hollow Day Camp

  • The Sandy Hollow camp environment is welcoming, nurturing, comfortable and safe. Each child experiences an immediate sense of inclusion and belonging. Campers feel at home and secure. Program includes: Games & Activities * Arts & Crafts * Swimming * Tennis and special events. June 25th – August 17th 

Quogue

SPORTIME Quogue

  • Pre-school Camp, ages 3-5 – certified early childhood teachers and experienced assistants, in a 5:1 camper/counselor ratio.  The Preschool camp day includes professional tennis and swimming instruction, a variety of multisport lessons and games, arts & crafts, and more!
  • Multi-sport camp Ages 6-13:  multi-sport curriculum offers campers instruction, recreation and friendly competition in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports and activities, including tennis, basketball, soccer, swimming, baseball, pickleball, wallball, arts & crafts, and more!
  • Tennis Camp: Tennis campers spend their days participating in challenging drills and games and competing in inter/intra-club matches. Tennis campers will also participate in camp special events and activities.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

  • The children’s Summer Field Ecology Program consists of nine one-week explorations of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas.  Based on your child’s grade entry level for the coming fall, he/she may attend one session of the Ecology Program. Programs for children 2-4 * grades 2-6 and grades 6th-10th grade. Summer programs start June 25th -August 17th 

Westhampton

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

  • Musical Theatre Camp * ages 6-14  July & August 

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Hamptons 2018 Beach Information- It’s that time of the year again to start thinking about summer vacations and Hamptons Mouthpiece is all about keeping you in the know. The Hamptons is a quick 1 day getaway from all areas in Connecticut, Westchester, NYC, LI(Nassau & Suffolk) and New Jersey. Renting in the Hamptons is an option that many people tend to do, it can be affordable you just need to do your homework to find those places. Remember when renting to always ask about a beach pass for many of the local beaches, the daily rates can add up and become expensive. If you are visiting for a day, there are some beaches where the fee is affordable but you might want to bring a couple of friends to share the expense.

If you would like to save on Parking Fees here are some suggestions:

  • Park outside of the beach Parking lot…Caution make sure you can park there legally, the tickets will cost you more than the daily beach pass and in the town of Southampton your car might be towed.
  • Biking to the beach is always an option and it is free
  • Go after 5pm when parking is free….NOTE*Lifeguard duty might be over
  • Hamptons Free Ride (Southampton and East Hampton)
  • Walk
  • Have someone drop you off

The Free Ride  is an alternative to driving if  you want to go to a beach in East Hampton, Montauk  or Southampton.  Service begins  Memorial Day to Labor Day.

I asked my network for their opinions on the their favorite Beaches in the Hamptons…and I thought I would share the top 10 Favorites…These are all public beaches….For more information on these beaches SEE INFO LISTED BELOW***  Coopers Beach in Southampton and Main Beach in East Hampton made Town & Country Magazine 2018 “Top 15 Beaches on the East Coast”

 Hamptons 2018 Beach Information

  1. Main Beach **East Hampton
  2. Coopers Beach**Southampton “Village Beach”
  3. Sagg Main**Sagaponack
  4. Ditch Plains**Amagansett/Montauk
  5. Wainscott Main**Wainscott
  6. Scott Cameron**Bridgehampton
  7. Indian Wells**Amagansett “Village Beach”
  8. Peters Pond Beach, Sagaponack
  9. Flying Point Beach, Watermill
  10. Mecox Beach, Bridgehampton


Click on Links below: For 2018 Updated information on beaches in the Hamptons and beach passes.

Hamptons Mouthpiece, Hamptons Happenings
Photo credit: Photography by Kurt
SOUTHAMPTON TOWN BEACHES INFORMATION
SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE BEACHES
WESTHAMPTON VILLAGE BEACHES
EAST HAMPTON TOWN BEACHES INFORMATION 
EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE BEACHES

 

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Hamptons Teen: CALL ME OLD-FASHIONED, but I’m Just a DAD
I have become increasingly aware and worried about the relaxed attitude of illicit drug use among teens in the Hamptons and beyond. But what are our teenagers to think? They see a more relaxed and accepting attitude regarding the use of marijuana due to the reduction of legal penalties and the sale of marijuana for recreational use in multiple states. This is in the news and has become a part of their realities.Happy Group Of People
What our teenagers do not realize is the increased documentation about the effects of marijuana on the teenage brain. We know that the development of the brain is very fluid until or between the ages of 21-25 years old. The way in which the brain is wired is open to impact by this and other drugs. I am not a prude nor am I unaware of the opportunities, interest, curiosity and pressure to smoke weed. A lot of us did it when we were young. But this isn’t our father’s (and mother’s) weed no more. The THC (active ingredient that produces the high) content is many times more concentrated in today’s marijuana than in the weed our generation smoked. Many ‘brands’ of weed are genetically improved to the form of designer status. Consenting adults should have the option of doing whatever they want to do but it is imperative to fully inform our teenagers of the risks inherent in smoking pot.
I have the same concerns about smoking cigarettes and underage drinking that I have towards smoking weed and I feel to some extent, these are a more insidious and risky behavior that is impacting our teenagers. I cannot tell you what is the percentage of teenagers smoking and drinking but I feel it is over 50% of the population. Maybe I’m old-fashioned but if you were to ask both of my daughters (18 and 25), I still harp on the need to show restraint and to use some forward thinking concerning their future plans and how use and abuse can derail their goals. Believe me, they get tired of ‘the talk’ but I continue just the same. Am I being successful… I don’t know but I hope so. They lead their own lives, much of the time out of my view but I do what I do anyways because I must! I have no illusions, I can’t protect them all the time, nor should I or will I try. I will tell them the real deal, give them the tools to make good decisions and pray for the best.
EVERYONE has my permission to warn me if they think my child’s behavior is a risk to them and I do not care if they don’t like it. If your kids have come to my house, they may have heard some rendition of ‘the talk’ as a natural inclination of mine to be protective and proactive towards the friends of my children. My kids have probably warned them to expect it sometimes. AGAIN, I don’t care. I will not preach or teach but this is a part of the way we conduct business in our home. I will not stop!
Now don’t get me wrong, I remember being a teenager and doing LOTS OF STUFF. I will not be a hypocrite and tell them to ‘do as I say and not as I do’. But the risks of life long impacts secondary to social media and ‘selfies’ of illicit behavior that can follow them FOREVER…there are no do-overs anymore. Society can be very unforgiving. We did not have to face these risks. Remember, the definition of a teenager is filled with doing DUMB THINGS. But it is this risk taking and feelings of invincibility that makes them so powerful and dynamic. It will be hard to convince them of the dangers because they LIKE danger!
One more trend that I am seeing; the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs (PED’s). The use of Human Growth Hormone and steroids among teenage athletes has increased exponentially. Kids want to look better and perform better and they are getting access to and using these drugs more and more. The lifelong effects of these PED’s and the health impacts are so pronounced and damaging that it is imperative that parents and adults of teenage athletes inform them of the risks. Encourage your school teams to educate their athletes of the dangers and make it part of their athletic curriculum.
From me to you….JUST BEING A DAD

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Happenings in the Hamptons Memorial Day Weekend

New restaurants and Happenings for Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons.

Montauk, Swallow East, Zum Scheideman Montauk , Navy Beach and Scarpette Beach are all reopening this weekend.

The Surf Lodge will be Happening this weekend with Parson James on Saturday, May 26 and Jessie J on Sunday, May 27th.

Gurney’s will be debuting a new look at the Beach club this Memorial Day weekend. Friday, May 25th, Craft cocktails and live music at the Regent Firepit , DJ Stef Nava will be spinning tunes. Saturday, May 26th, workout with Rumble Boxing, and on Sunday, Lobsterbake and Live Music.

 “The Ryan Show / TRS” of the season featuring 90’s rapper Royal Flush, local and NYC hip hop artists performing live as well. The show is taking place on  Friday May 25th at 10:00 PM, $10 entry fee.
Venue: Old Stove Pub 3516 Montauk Hwy, Sagaponack, New York
Creator Ryan Verneuille started The Ryan Show as a podcast while he was working the 9-5 grind back in the Hamptons in 2015. After finding a unique format and successfully monetizing the show through a live broadcast Ryan partnered up with Grammy award winning rapper Mr. Cheeks. He discovered Ryan after a show exposing Valerie Smith  who made a name for herself by voicing some racist remarks in front of the town of Southampton. The Ryan Show  following has grown  in NYC and they have continued their movement to preserve free speech, and “make hip hop great again”.
Ryan is very excited to bring this  brand that they created back out to their hometown. A cool movement that is trending-up in NYC and this journey has just begun. Read more about what others are saying about The Ryan Show

Boxing Class Saturday, May 26thtake a boxing class – with proffessional trainer Steven Frank, former Olympian and Super Middle-Weight World Champion. Learn the boxing fundamentals in this class that teaches proper boxing stance,  defense & footwork, punch combinations, and movement tactics such as creating angles. This high-paced total-body workout is 1hour and will get your heart rate up as you learn the basics of boxing. You will work in pairs moving through different circuits so it’s always encouraged to bring a friend! for more information click here: 

Sunday, May 27th 5-8pm * Evening of Wine & Roses 2018 * Southampton Cultural Center’s 3rd Annual Gala

Memorial Day Parade, Sag Harbor * May 28th 9am

Restaurant & Community News

Montauk: Hooked takes over South Etna in Montauk, specializing in Lobster Rolls and will be open year-round.  High end Eleven Madison Park restaurant returns for season 2 in the Hamptons as a pop-up in Amagansett, special preferential treatment to American Express card holders. Moby’s returns but not in their spot, that spot is being rented to Eleven Madison Park,

East Hampton: Moby’s will open up shop at East Hampton Point this summer and rumor has it that it will be a HOT SPOT this summer.  The Service Station closed earlier this year and the Quiet Clam opened its doors a few weeks ago. Do you remember when it was the quiet clam before it was Nicols.

High End Japanese Restaurant Shuko in Greenwich Village, is returning this season from July 6 – Aug. 31, Highway Restaurant & Bar, 290 Montauk Highway in Wainscott, NY.

Il Mulino the High end Italian Restaurant is opening a Hamptons location in Wainscott, it was previously Osteria Salina.

Sag Harbor has many changes and many new additions. Faherty Brand, Love Shack Fancy and Haven are new additions to Main Street. Calypso and Breezin Up are out.

Satori has a brand new look and new ownership. Sag Pizza bought Conco dora and will be opening soon, Urban Zen and Tutto Il Giorno took over the Muse space on Main Street. Sen went through a major renovation and will be reopening at the end of June. Grindstone Donuts added some fun new donuts to its menu and they will be adding Ice cream to their list of items offered, Back Page and le Bilboquet have reopened. Le Bilboquet tells me that things will be very different this summer and there will not be a repeat of last year with potential customers being turned away at the door.

 Bridgehampton, The farmers market at the Hayground School will not be reopening this year.  L & W Market, a storefront for local produce and products and prepared food, is an offshoot of Almond Restaurant next door, 2493 Montauk Highway.

Southampton: Maison Vivienne, a new country inn and French restaurant opens on Main Street, Jue Lan Club restaurant on Em Street in Southampton reopens this week until September.

Everyone is always asking about the Nitelife in the Hamptons, Hamptons Curbed put together a guide to nightlife in the Hamptons this summer. Read more here.

 

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