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Hamptons Mouthpiece; Spill the Tea – Allura Leggard speaks with New York State Senate candidate, Skyler Johnson to discuss the upcoming election.

Johnson ‘Spills the Tea’ on his plans for healthcare; the environment; education; Police Reform and that was only a fraction of the Bold Plans he has for the future.

Unlike many of the other candidates who have other full-time jobs, Johnson tells us that his full-time job is being a student, continuing to learn more about how he can bring about change and focus on the many issues that concern Americans in the 1st district.

19-year-old Johnson is this year’s youngest candidate running for State Senate.

Johnson expressed that his use of social media and his command for the facts is important to discuss issues that many people in Suffolk County are concerned about.

Johnson is one of five Democratic candidates running this year for Senator Kenneth LaValle’s NY State Senate seat in the First District in Suffolk County. Senator LaValle has held this position for 43 years and decided he will not be running for reelection this year.

Johnson says, one of his most important issues for his campaign is providing everyone in the state with free and quality healthcare. Johnson says this can be achieved by “rebuilding our healthcare system by passing the NYHA, New York Health Act-Including: free testing, treatment, and telemedicine for everyone.”

You can read more about Johnson’s Bold Plans for a Bright Future on his website. https://skylerforsenate.com

Election day is June 23; (Voting polls).
After June 16th, voters may apply in person (over-the-counter) through June 22nd or by Early Voting from June 13-21. Primary Elections POLLS OPEN AT 6 AM – CLOSE AT 9 PM

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Hamptons Mouthpiece: Has the Awakening Begun? A peaceful protest in Bridgehampton, NY for racial equality.

On Tuesday, June 2nd organizers Lisa Votino, Lisa Calabrese and Willie Jenkins held a peaceful protest on Main street in Bridgehampton for Justice for George Floyd a black man who was allegedly murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who kneeled on Mr. Floyd’s neck and ignored his cries for help “I can’t Breathe”.

Lisa Votino, Lisa Calabrese and Willie Jenkins

We stood in solidarity with our brothers and sisters all over the country who are demanding an end to racist policing.

We also remembered two other recent victims of deadly racism Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the sadly, all too long list of other victims.

Young protesters, Bridgehampton, NY

I was heartened to see so many young people who not only came to lend their support in this fight against racism towards Black and Brown people but they took the time to make posters.

There comes a time when silence is Betrayal

I am feeling hopeful that with this new army of Allies to the Black Lives Matter movement we can begin to open up the conversation and move forward toward real change in this country regarding systemic racism.

Protesters in Bridgehampton

For many that were protesting and marching, they saw the sheer brutality in the action perpetrated against George Floyd and they finally understood the significance behind Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest of taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Many finally understood that the goal of the Black Lives Matter movement was never to say that only black lives matter or that black lives matter more than everyone else’s, the goal is to shine light on an issue in this country that you only get to experience if you are black. If you have taken the time to try to acknowledge your privilege and understand the black perspective, these injustices come quickly to light.

William Pickens III & John Pickens

In interviewing William Pickens III, a resident of Sag Harbor Hills Community (SANS) Mr. Pickens who ancestry is that of liberated slaves, who were among the first people to come to the New World. They sailed from England and arrived in Oyster Bay in 1670. We spoke with Mr. Pickens and asked him what was different about the murder of George Floyd and what made this protest different than other activities and other protest in the past? Mr. Pickens responded with the “sheer brutality that the officer snuffed out the life of George Floyd”; he went on to say that this protest in Bridgehampton was different because there were more white people than black people protesting, and “If white people don’t speak up nothing is going to change because they dominate the economy, politics and the history. If they are with us we’ve got a a shot and if they are not we don’t”

Young Protester, Bridgehampton, NY

I end with a quote from Willam Pickens III “Illuminate Love, Eliminate Hate”

Hamptons Wellness:Healthy Foods essential to your well-being…Take a look at these 3 food items that are healthy Foods to Eat…

bigstock-Fresh-salmon-fillet-29411951Salmon: Eating two or three servings of fish a week is a simple way to improve your health wellness and stave off certain illnesses and diseases. Salmon is one of the most nutritious types of fish to add to your diet. It supplies iron, zinc, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, as well as a whole host of other nutrients you need for good health. It has Selenium which is a mineral that keeps your thyroid working properly and boosts the health of your immune system. It also works as an antioxidant, which means that it destroys free radicals. Salmon has a specific type of unsaturated fat called omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids lower your risk of dying from heart disease, according to Mayo Clinic.

For more information on the benefits of eating Salmon, click here:

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Yogurt: protein (about 9 grams per 6-ounce serving), plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. Yogurt consists Probiotics which are “friendly bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system. Live strains of these “good bacteria” are also found in many yogurt products. While more research needs to be done, there’s some evidence that some strains of probiotics can help boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive wellness tract. If you can get greek organic.

for more information on Yogurt as a healthy food, click here:

Oranges:

bigstock-Big-fresh-orange-28947719Helps Prevent Cancer: Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids, proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. Prevents Kidney Diseases, Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer, Lowers Cholesterol, Boosts Heart Health, Oranges are full of potassium, an electrolyte mineral is responsible for helping the heart function well. When potassium levels get too low, you may develop an abnormal heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. Oranges are full of vitamin C which protects cells by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals cause chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease. Oranges are full of dietary fiber which stimulates digestive juices and relieves constipation. Oranges Helps Create Good Vision, Oranges are rich in carotenoid compounds which are converted to vitamin A and help prevent macular degeneration. The flavonoid hesperidin found in oranges helps regulate high blood pressure and the magnesium in oranges helps maintain blood pressure. Oranges are full of beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells from being damage which also protects the skin from free radicals and prevents the signs of aging.

for more information on oranges as a healthy food to eat: click here: 

Spend New Year’s Eve in the Hamptons…Don’t feel like spending New Year’s Eve in NYC take a drive to the Hamptons and Swing in 2020 in the Hamptons. This years Theme is of course the Roaring Twenties..

FOR KIDS

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, family-friendly New Year’s Eve party. Daytime celebrations. Children’s Museum of the East End – CMEE

New Years Party 2020
Safari Adventure| Tuesday, December 31, 5:30pm-8pm
“Midnight” balloon drop at 7:15pm |Safari Adventure, 1074 Pulaski St, Riverhead, New York 11901

The Original Swing….

SAG HARBOR:

New Year’s Eve at Page at 63 in Sag Harbor. They are ringing in the New Year with their annual two seating dinner 630pm and 930pm. 2nd seating includes Champagne & Live 9 piece band. Music provided by Joe Lauro & the HooDoo Loungers 📞Call to reserve a table: (631) 725-1810

Baron’s Cove: Special dinner specially created by their culinary team. If you can’t join for dinner stop by for the party in the lounge, the Cal James All-Stars will play dance band arrangements of R&B, Motown, Disco, 70’s, contemporary jazz & rock classics all the way through 1:00am. 📞Call to reserve a table: (631) 725-2101

Murf’s Backstreet: New Year’s Eve Party, 8pm-2am FREE ENTRY ; Free Champagne Toast at Midnight

Wainscott: Black Party: Black Attire New Year’s Eve @ The Clubhouse: 930-1130pm

BRIDGEHAMPTON | New Year’s Eve at Topping Rose House |DJ Twilo spinning and fine dining with Jean-George

WATER MILL: New Year’s Eve at Calissa in Water Mill 9-11p $40 DJ Tony Kerr spinning 90’s classics

SOUTHAMPTON, NY

The 9th Annual New Year’s Bash at Southampton…Southampton Social Club, 256 Elm St Southampton, NY 7pm-4am

New Year’s Eve 2020 In The Hamptons | 90’s Themed |Tue Dec 31 2019 at 10:00 pm |Hedge Club, 125 Tuckahoe Lane, Southampton

22nd New Year’s Eve Gala at the Southampton Inn |Dec 31, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 |Southampton Inn, 91 Hill St |Southampton, NY

New Year’s Eve at 75 Main $60 per person 4 course meal | open bar option $20 per person per hour |Music by Eren AB, Dancing, Food and more…. 8pm-3am | 631-283- 7575

HAMPTON BAYS | Champagne & Confetti at Cowfish : Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Cowfish | Annual Champagne & Confetti event. 3 seatings (8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm — all ending at 12:30am), ceLebration includes a four-course chef’s menu, DJ with dancing, festive decor and party favors, balloon drop, and a champagne toast at midnight.

SOUTHAMPTON | Grand Fiesta New Year’s Eve Party At Union Cantina | December 31 – January 1, 2020 |9:00pm – 3:00am|holiday Fiesta |Live Music, |Signature Specials |Four-Hour Top Shelf Open Bar, Passed Hors D’oeuvres, A Full Dinner Buffet Plus Dessert Table And A Live Musical Performance Featuring Deep C Revival And Dj Disco Pauly| $75.

New Year’s Eve at Gurney’s in Montauk

Ring in 2020 as you take a step back in time to the Roaring 20’s. Wear your best Gatsby-inspired attire as you dance to live 20’s-inspired jazz and a DJ, enjoy a premium open bar, and toast to the New Year with a glass (or two) of bubbly.  Tickets include premium open bar, including champagne and specialty cocktails like the French 75 and Gin Rickey. Raw Bar and passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Dane, a live jazz band and DJ set. 

New Years Eve Party!

Tue Dec 31 2019 at 06:00 pmThe Mill Roadhouse, 142 Mill Rd, Westhampton Beach, New York

Great Gatsby themed New Years Eve celebration. The girls behind the bar will be decked out in flapper costumes, and ready to serve up a good time. There will be a DJ upstairs at 9pm, and there is a $20 cover at the front door. Dress to impress, 21+ event. Kitchen will be open from 6-10pm $55 3 course Prix Fixe Menu. call 631-684-9413 for reservations, no cover charge with dinner.

Ring in the new year with dining, dancing, laughter, and elegant fun… only at The Historic Suffolk Theater! Long Island Comedy presents a hilarious lineup of world-class comedians, along with exquisite cuisine from Chef Noah (for additional fee), and dancing to the sounds of DJ Phil, spinning everything from yesterday to today. After-party |dancing with Long Island’s favorite DJ Phil and complimentary champagne toast at midnight! 21 and over only.

If you must drink tonight, drink responsibly DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Save a Life, Save your own life.

Check out my Facebook group for year-round events HAMPTONS-NY EVENTS

WE ARE APPALLED, HORRIFIED AND SADDENED; by the recent attacks on our Jewish brothers and sisters in the recent New York attacks and acts of anti-Semitism throughout the United States. This cannot stand; this is a symptom of a broader problem in this country and the world. Whether it is anti-Semitism, homophobia, vilification of immigrants, racism or the fear and hatred of “the other” we at Hamptons Mouthpiece condemn these acts of violence against our human community. We should not, cannot tolerate and view with indifference the attack on the Jewish community. First it will be Jews, then Muslims, then Blacks, then Latinos, then Asians, then poor people, when will it end? It is imperative that people of goodwill publicly condemn these acts of violence, everyday people in our communities with our families, with our friends. We need to talk about these issues and demand civilized public discourse between our political leaders. THIS IS AMERICA, a land of immigrants, living together, loving our families, praying separately but walking together in this wonderful country. Let us not make the mistake of thinking that this is a majority of people committing these acts of hatred and violence, IT IS A SICK MINORITY that must face the light of equal justice under the law. 

photo: Hamptons Mouthpiece

The risk that we face is suspicion of each other. We must fight this fear of “the other” or it will lead to a path of hate and destruction of our American way of life. We must judge each other by our actions; we must come together as Americans. We stand with our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community and condemn these acts of violence. Our children are watching; WE MUST STOP THE VIOLENCE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!