Hamptons, News Around Town…The Million Dollar Question

Hamptons, News Around Town…The Million Dollar Question
April 11th 2015

So many people have asked me what is the deal with Doppio in Sag Harbor, are they reopening….That is the MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION! WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH DOPPIO…Nothing, zip..has been taking place in that location……I say BRING BACK MADISON & MAIN! I had the most fun in 2013…Last year 2014 Back Page & Back Harlow were fun, but not as much fun as Madison & Main…The Watermelon Martini’s were the absolute BEST…the bartenders were fun! Sasha my favorite(bartender) worked at Doppio but not even he could save it. I do think Back Harlow will be a place I might choose to hang out at, but only if the drinks are affordable. I like the management team and I am told they will be doing some really fun things this summer.

It is confirmed Plaza Sports is opening in Sag Harbor on Main Street, I spoke with the owner and he stated that he plans on being open year-round. He plans on focusing on the summer then re-assessing for the fall and winter. He stated he would be selling Sag Harbor t-shirts, hmmmm is he not aware that there are 2 other businesses in Sag Harbor selling the same thing. Plaza Sports has locations in Rocky Point and Montauk, hopefully if the item is not carried in the Sag Harbor location, they can have it sent from another location. They should be open before May.

Harbor Market update….things are moving along well and progressively and they should be open in a couple of weeks….I do hope before May, looking forward to that brick oven pizza.

11070790_866278796762042_4811013822328142179_nPOTHOLES: Looks like Many of the towns are just putting a band-aid on the situation and filling in the holes…but East Hampton is still the worst, so be careful driving at night because there are some serious potholes that could just do damage to your car.

Rumor has it that WHITES APOTHECARY is opening a second location in Southampton, hmmm will it just be the cosmetic part of the business or will this be competition for Southrifty Drug Southampton?

buffet Lunch
buffet Lunch
Saaz Indian Cuisine in Southampton delivers…for $10 you can have Indian Food delivered to you…$20 for East Hampton Residents and unfortunately East Hampton they are only making 2 delivery runs per day. M-Sun 7pm and 930pm…If business starts to generate and they are getting more deliveries, then the cost of the delivery might decrease. Sorry Montauk no plans to deliver, too far. I love this place M-Sun “All you can Eat” buffet is fantastic and different items everyday.
Happy Hour 1/2 price drinks Sun-Thursday 4-6pm…. Did someone say GIRLS NIGHT OUT! OH YEAH…..GNO

EAST HAMPTON: East Hampton Town officials are abandoning plans to impose a summer weekend ban on all helicopters this summer in the Hamptons, a very busy tourism season, citing concerns about aircraft being diverted to neighboring towns. Hmmm…Is that the real reason……Well at least they have enforced some curfews during the week. I am sure the organizers for the numerous celebrity-filled events this summer in the Hamptons are grateful…I wonder were they scratching their heads trying to figure out how they were getting their A-listers to their events this summer……I guess the thought of being stuck in traffic for hours was not a draw.

A new restaurant opening in Montauk …Harbor in Montauk….owners James “Jamo” Willis and business partner Robert Hirsh. 3,200 square-foot revamped eatery on West Lake Drive will have that familiar Hamptons feel — a laid-back beach-bar vibe during the day that gives way to dancing at night. I am sure the residents in Montauk are very excited about this opening…. maybe…some skinny dipping…LOL…just kidding

DSC_9339Rumor has it that Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Spa is making some changes and going very high end….Targeting a high-end demographic….they have dropped their timeshare model. Will the middle-class be able to afford a Day at Gurney’s? Is Gurney’s seeking to make the list Earth’s Most Exclusive Retreats…among these favorites: http://robbreport.com/luxury-travel/the-robb-report-100-resorts

Fresh Hamptons
Fresh Hamptons
FRESH HAMPTONS: I had the pleasure of attending a cooking class at FRESH HAMPTONS last week and it was amazing…coming soon my article on my amazing experience… HURRY, HURRY these classes will be ending soon.
Last class April 16th
Re-Fresh with Detox Classes
Fresh Hamptons is debuting detox classes. These classes will teach attendees how to detox while still indulging in dark chocolate, cheese, and wine. The classes will be taught by Chef Todd’s Life and Restaurant Partner, yoga & Pilates instructor, and certified detox specialist, Lillian Grajeda.
The Re-Fresh program meets 1x per week at Fresh for three consecutive weeks. Choice of:
Program 1: Tuesdays April 14, 21st, and 28th from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Program 2: Thursdays April 16th, 23rd, 30th from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
By popular demand: Saturdays April 25th, May 2nd, and 9th from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Each $299 package includes a cleansing lunch for all three classes, a personalized detox program designed for you and your palate, and support along the way. For more information or to register, call Lillian at (631) 903-7097.

BEAUTY COMES TO NOYAC ROAD IN SAG HARBOR…There’s a new Salon in Sag Harbor and it is Called RAVE SALON & SPA….All Hair Services, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Massages, Facials, Spa Days, Energy Healing with Energy Healing – Erin Sirona, and Reflexology with Jo Gramarosso,
They are located on Noyac Road in Sag Harbor, and the place is beautiful. Owner Cindy Ward Capalbo is a beautiful person and you immediately feel the positive energy when you walk in. I definitely need that Energy Healing……Join my Facebook Group to stay updated with the events that Cindy will be hosting at the Spa these next few months…

unnamed-11-111x320If you Love Sweet’tauk Lemonade, then you will love the they announced that they have finalized a partnership with Gourmet Guru, a well-respected natural and organic products distributor, to distribute their lemonades and to grow their brand throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

designingjoe-amagansett-beach-bicycleAMAGANSETT BEACH & BIKE ARE OPEN FOR THE SEASON….Store Hours 10AM- 5PM
They deliver…new line of fishing kayaks from Feelfree

Which Celebrities can we expect to see around town this summer in the Hamptons….Well it has been trending the Jason Alexander rented a home in East Hampton..next week I should have more information on who will be in the Hamptons, Where to go to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in the Hamptons, more openings, Hamptons Summer events list and updates to rumors I have heard. As always follow me on Twitter,Instagram @hamptonsmpiece and Facebook for daily updates on Happenings in the Hamptons.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

In the Know: Cold Weather Safety TipsGreetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers…here are some tips for staying warm this winter.


Tips for Staying Warm

Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia, by keeping warm.

•             Wear a hat, hood, or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head.
•             Wear layers, as they provide better insulation and warmth.
•             Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside.
•             Keep clothing dry; if a layer becomes wet, remove it.IMG_1455

Seniors, infants, the homeless, and those with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk.  If you know of friends, neighbors, or family members who may be at risk check on them to make sure their heat is working and that they are okay.

Helping Others

Recognize the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite:

Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition where body temperature is abnormally low. Symptoms may include shivering, slurred speech, sluggishness, drowsiness, unusual behavior, confusion, dizziness, and shallow breathing.

Frostbite is a serious injury to a body part frozen from exposure to the cold. It most often affects extremities like fingers and toes or exposed areas such as ears or parts of the face.  Redness and pain may be the first warning of frostbite. Other symptoms include numbness or skin that appears pale, firm, or waxy.

Provide first aid:

•   If you suspect a person is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, bring him or her someplace warm and call 911.
•   If medical help is not immediately available, re-warm the person, by removing any damp clothing and covering them with warm blankets.


Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely.

Fire safety tips:

•Use only portable heating equipment that is approved for indoor use.
•Keep combustible materials, including furniture, drapes, and carpeting at least three feet away from the heat source. NEVER drape clothes over a space heater to dry.
•Always keep an eye on heating equipment. Never leave children alone in the room where a space heater is running. Turn it off when you are unable to closely monitor it.
•Be careful not to overload electrical circuits.
•Make sure you have a working smoke detector in every room. Check and change batteries often.
Carbon monoxide safety tips: 
• Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and check it regularly to make sure the battery is working. NYC law requires owners to provide and install at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet of the primary entrance to each sleeping room.
•Make sure your heating system is kept clean and properly vented; have worn or defective parts replaced.
•Kerosene heaters are dangerous and illegal in New York City.
• Don’t heat your home with a gas stove or oven.
•Do not use any gas-powered appliance, charcoal grill, or hibachi indoors.
•Open your garage door before starting your car and do not leave the motor running in an enclosed area. Clear exhaust pipes before starting a car or truck after it snows.
•The most common symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning is headache. However, symptoms may also include dizziness, chest pain, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, people can become increasingly irritable, agitated and confused, eventually becoming lethargic and lapsing into unconsciousness.
•If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911, and get the victim to fresh air immediately, and open windows.


For more information about cold weather safety and how you can prepare for emergencies call 311 or visit

Suffolk County: www.suffolkcountyny.gov 
NYC: www.nyc.gov/oem
Nassau County: www.nassaucountyny.gov

News Around Town

Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece Readers….so what’s the NEWS AROUND TOWN this week in the Hamptons…

lWhat do Whites’s Pharmacy in East Hampton and City Chemist  in Brooklyn Heights, NY, have in common? They are now both owned by the same person. Seems like City Chemist and White’s Pharmacy have merged, I am happy they will not be changing the name at the East Hampton location or the Pharmacist Vincent Alibrandi. White’s Pharmacy will be redesigned and I am told they would like to bring the Brooklyn vibe to the East Hampton location.  I liked the set-up at the Montague Street location and I am excited to see what new changes will be made in East Hampton. I am told these changes should be completed by May 2014, just in time for the very busy summer crowd. The question is which products will they now carry, I do hope they continue to carry Bare Escentuals:

Michael Wudyka of Enclave Inn and East Hampton Studio has apparently had his fill with the Hamptons…All but content_Michael-Wudyka-head-shoot1 of the Enclave Inn locations in the Hamptons were sold last year and this year the last remaining location in Bridgehampton was sold to Donna Karan’s daughter Gabby Karan De Felice’s who owns Sag Harbor and Southampton restaurant Tutto Il Giorno..Hmm Will she be turning the inn into another Tutto Il Giorno location? Mr Wudyka in addition has sold the East Hampton Studio in Wainscott and his home…So what’s next for Mr. Wudyka, when I spoke to him last week he was enjoying some funtime at the Emmy’s in Los Angeles. Good Luck Michael, hope to see you in the Hamptons soon.

oldstove-adNF-1 copyDANCING? Where is there a place to go dancing on a Saturday night in the Hamptons in the Fall and Winter months…Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack is opening up its restaurant space after 1030pm for dancing…and get this ladies pay $10 at the door and drinks are on the house until midnight…Fellows this is where the ladies will be, but make sure you bring those dancing shoes because women love a man that can dance. In addition on the weekends Old Stove offers a 2 for 1 at the bar…call them for more information.

The Sag Harbor Music Festival is this weekend in the Hamptons 9/28….Looking forward to hearing some really great music from some amazing musicians…As Always Sag Harbor is always happening…Along with the Music Festival, come out on Saturday Morning to support Pierson HS for their annual Home-coming, always so much fun, I am looking forward to seeing the floats parade down Main Street to Mashashimuet Park – Sag Harbor…then immediately following are a series of varsity games by the Field Hockey Team, JV Girls Tennis and the Girls and Boys varsity soccer teams all being played at the Park.

September Fest in Southampton kicks off  this weekend…9/27-9/29909

San Gennero Festival :October 5th and 6th in the heart of Hampton Bays on Good Ground Road. There will be great food, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides and games, signings, parade, raffle chances to win a Fiat and so much more! Proceeds for this event go to local charities, specifically the San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons Scholarship fund, Maureen’s Haven and Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital.1173758_542336572486499_665777348_n

Artist Dinner every Thursday night at Madison & Main this Fall…Pre-fixed dinner $25 and $5 wine…Music later Sag Harbor, Main Streetmain and artist

Barristers in Southampton will be closing their doors this weekend 9/28-9/29 after 35 years of business. I love their Burgers, the BEST in the Hamptons. They will be missed…The building is for sale with a price tag of $4.1 million, which includes the business and two second-floor apartments.

The Hamptons Film Festival is coming up…stay tuned for my Hamptons Mouthpiece Must See movies to see at the Festival this year. Check back next week for more news around the Hamptons….

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Donna Karan

Lyme Disease, an Accidental Diagnosis

In the Know….Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers, I have wanted to share with you a personal story that affected my family regarding Lyme disease, an accidental diagnosis. I thought it was imperative to share my story with you because if it could happen to me, then it could happen to you.  I wish I had someone to share his or her story with me before going through the turmoil of a child’s sickness.

Back in December 2012 my youngest daughter started complaining about excruciating headaches. I took her to see her doctor and he looked into her nostrils, checked her ears, diagnosed her with a sinus infection and prescribed an antibiotic for her. After one week on the medication her headaches did not improve and I contacted the doctor’s office to tell them that the medication was not working He suggested I get a nasal spray to treat the ‘sinus infection’ and so I did. Another week goes by and the headaches are not subsiding and I requested to bring her in. At this time I asked if she could have a Lyme disease test because I remembered when I had Lyme, I had similar symptoms. Living in a deer infested area it is usually the first thing you think about but not the first thing you get tested for. I was told, based on the medication that had been prescribed for the sinus infection, if she did have Lyme, the medication would have taken care of the disease.  The doctor told me my daughter had a chronic sinus infection and proceeded to keep her on the same medication for another week. He told me that usually most patients need two weeks on this medication before they will start to feel better. I believed him because he was my doctor for nearly 13 years and I trusted that he was giving me his best medical advice.

My daughter was still having these intense headaches and I am picking her up early from school 3x per week. She is missing classes and yet she was still pushing herself because she did not want to fall behind in school. We were at our wits end because she was going to sleep with the headaches and waking up with them and they were lasting for the entire day. We called our doctor once again to say the medication was not working and we needed to do some tests to see what was the problem. I decided to skip going to our family doctor and requested a referral to see a specialist. I then took her to ENT Specialist (Ear*Nose*Throat) and he sprayed something in her nose and she felt relief for a couple of hours. The ENT took some cultures and recommended that I invest in a night guard for her to bite while she slept to help with her headaches which he indicated might be occurring from clenching and grinding of the teeth. I was crazy with worry and willing to try anything but I chose not to buy this product because I did not think all of a sudden she was getting headaches from her teeth clenching at night.

We are now in February with my daughter is still having these headaches. The day before the huge snowstorm in NY, the ENT was supposed to call me with the results of the culture and yet he does not call. I called the office and was told he was busy with another pressing issue and had his receptionist call me to tell me my daughter’s results were negative; yet, he wanted my daughter to take some drug that he had the nurse call into the pharmacy. I blew a gasket. How dare he just call in a prescription without discussing with me about this medication, side-affects, directions for taking the drug but most importantly why was he prescribing this steroid for my 13-year-old.

I had to file a formal complaint and later that day he calls me to apologize for his oversight. Two days later, we were at his office and he tells me that he wanted my daughter to have a CT-scan. Given his earlier unprofessionalism, I opted to NOT go with his recommendation and I scheduled an appointment to see a pediatric neurologist at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC. I fought for an early appointment and was scheduled to see him within the week. We drove into the city and saw this specialist.  I was feeling good about the visit until in the middle of the appointment, in our presence, he takes a personal phone call and all professionalism goes out of the window. At this time my patience is running thin.  I get over my frustration and he diagnoses my daughter with chronic migraine headaches and prescribes a drug that required us to have her take a heart screening to make sure she could take this drug that had serious side effects and he also prescribed a MRI (MRI’s use less radiation than CT-scans and are indicated for use in children for diagnostic purposes). My daughter felt relieved that there was a name and hopefully a solution to stop the pain but I did not believe it was chronic migraines.

When we got back home I decided to schedule a full exam for her so that we could have blood-work and urine tests administered because I was not convinced this was a chronic migraine issue. The doctors were telling us she was under stress, it was all in her head, it was the food she was eating, and you name it. The day before her appointment she was so ill, throwing up, fever and stomach pains along with the migraine headaches. I called the doctor to ask to come in a day early. My doctor’s office staff was very rude and seemed not to care about the pain my daughter had suffered with now and everyday for 3 months. I was livid and at that moment called the insurance company and changed her doctor. My Facebook friends gave me a recommendation for a new physician and I called their office and they saw us within an hour. I decided that I wanted her to have a full physical with urine test, blood test and a Lyme test. The doctor questioned why Lyme and I explained to him that my gut was telling me to have this test done. To his credit, he did not disagree with my request. He conducted a through physical and personally scheduled the MRI because we were just thinking the worst (could she possibly have a brain tumor). It was the worst 3 months of my life. We were sleep deprived, uninformed and scared. The next day she had an MRI and she was so brave. It was important to keep her spirits up and keep our promise that we were not going to stop until she felt better. lyme-disease2

It is now the end of February and 4 days after our visit to the new physician, the results were in…my daughter had Lyme Disease The MRI test was negative. I was both relieved and angry. The doctor that I trusted and was his patient for 13 years had misdiagnosed my child and inadvertently caused her unnecessary pain for 3 months because he refused to do a simple Lyme test. It is very important to note that most doctors are unfamiliar with the procedures and indications for testing for Lyme disease. The rule of thumb in the Hamptons is, if all other diagnosis fails and there are symptoms of unknown origin in children and adults, test for Lyme. It is more important in children because many times, they will not express if they are feeling sick and just think that feeling bad is a ‘new’ normal for them.

What if I was not a hands-on parent? What if I did not have health insurance? What if I did not fight for my child, how long could this have prolonged. She was immediately placed on a very high dosage of antibiotics (500mg cefuroxime axetil twice a day which is a recommended treatment for Lyme). This medication started to work and she started feeling better in 2-3 days but diarrhea was a side effect. Some antibiotics will kill the normal bacteria that live in our bowel. Since my daughter does not like yogurt (the natural way to restore normal bacteria) my pharmacist recommended a probiotic, Florastor for Kids; that helped restore the good bacteria in her bowel. I just mixed it applesauce and gave it to her one hour before she was scheduled to take her medication.

I built her body back up with lots of green vegetables like black kale, broccoli, Brussels sprout and healthy choices. Within 2 weeks she was feeling back to her normal self. It did take an entire month on the medication before she had no more headaches. It has been 5 months since her last headache.

My friends, I share my story with you because this really could happen to you or your loved one. When an unexplained illness just appears and you know that you have been in an area with ticks, demand a Lyme test just to rule it out. I am no expert on Lyme but I have learned what an insidious disease this is. I am just a mother who was fighting for my child’s life and demanding excellent healthcare services. It is my hope that I have reached at least one person discussing Lyme disease, an accidental diagnosis. 

For more information on Lyme Disease click here..

*Note..it is important to know that everyone does not get a bulls-eye rash…often times some do not even know they were bitten by a tick. 

Special thanks to Kurt Leggard, for providing health facts in this article.
Kurt Leggard is a Registered Nurse and specializes in Long term and elder care.