4th Annual Katy’s Courage 5K 2014: Saturday, April 5th will be the 4th 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.
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East Hampton track team

Last year during the 3rd Annual Katy’s Courage 5k run in Sag Harbor, the weather was slightly warmer than the year before, I have no idea what this temperamental weather is going to be this year. The event is 1 week earlier in April this year.  The crowd was energetic and motivated to take part in the run. Cheeks were rosy, gloves were on but the runners were ready. The East Hampton Spring Track Team were their to support the event, members of the team were among the first to finish the race, will they be able to do it again this year?

Once again, Sag Harbor was at it’s best as the support for a worthy cause was presented and represented by EVERYONE! Thanks Katy, for inspiring us to try to match your courage, grit and indomitable spirit in fulfilling your mission to help others. We love you Katy!

Join Katy’s Parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, Sag Harbor Family and tons of friends for the 4th 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.katyrunwalk
  • Saturday, April 5th, 2014 @ 830am-1130am
  • Fourth annual Katy’s Courage 5K!
  • Officially register for the event here: [button color=”pink” link=”″ target=”_blank” font=”tahoma” align=”left”]CLICK HERE[/button]
  • When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014  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.
  •  If you are interested in sponsoring Katy’s Courage 5K of 2014  Please Click Here

Take a look at last year’s video…

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.nhb_5262

For more information on Katy’s Courage and Katy Stewart’s journey, please visit Facebook page here (

Hamptons Happenings: Spend a weekend in the Hamptons this Winterescape to the country. The Hamptons is only a 1 hour drive from many areas in Suffolk, and about a 2 hour drive from NYC, New Jersey and some areas in Connecticut. When I lived in NYC I loved getting away from the loud noise and hustle of the everyday life for a weekend. Spending time in the Hamptons, if for only 2 days felt like a week vacation and I returned back to Brooklyn feeling rested.
343There are many places that are open year-round in the Hamptons but The Southampton Inn in Southampton, NY is one of my favorite places in the Hamptons…They are open year-round with monthly specials for visitors who would like to escape and spend a winter weekend in the country. Many think that the Hamptons does not exist after Labor Day, but it does. Just last week Drew Barrymore celebrated her 29th Birthday in the Hamptons and Alec and Hilaria Baldwin escaped the NYC paparazzi for a Hamptons getaway.
Enjoy the Hamptons for a romantic weekend in February or March and check out these specials being offered by the Southampton Inn.

February Special – $214 for 2 Room Nights  33521

Take advantage of an extraordinary special for the entire month of February by reserving two room nights for $214 in honor of the 2nd month of 2014. Let us arrange your dinners, massage treatments, theatre or concert tickets, and ice-skating lessons.  What a wonderful way to relax, rejuvenate, and experience the joys of Southampton in the winter season.

$214.00* for two nights in February.

Click here for online reservations. 
*Double occupancy. Does not include tax. 
The Presidential for Families  33620

Looking to escape with the family?  Book two connecting rooms and enjoy the list of family fun activities Southampton Village has to offer including sledding, ice skating, movies and museums. The connecting rooms will be 1 King room connected to 1 Double Queen room; subject to availability.    $210.00* for two rooms in February; $230.00* for two rooms in March. No charge for children under 12 years of age. *Double occupancy. Does not include tax. Excludes potential pet fees. 

34224March is Pet Appreciation Month
Book an overnight stay during the month of March and your furry family member gets to stay for 50% off! It is a great time for you and your pet to get out of the house after a long winter. Take a walk through the beautiful Village of Southampton or play fetch at the world renowned Cooper’s Beach.
Complimentary pet treats are available all month long at the front desk.Maximum of two pets in a given room. Pet rooms must be reserved in advance and are limited to our 16 pet friendly rooms. Pet fee reduced to $24.50 during the month of March.
32821The Ides of March Package on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Begin the evening for two on March 15th at 5:00pm with your complimentary glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres, sitting fireside in the library and listening to the recognized readers in honor of Dan’s Literary Prize. Afterwards, enjoy the stroll to the Zagat 24-point rated Plaza Café where a savory three course meal awaits and conclude the night in your graciously appointed guest room. Begin Sunday morning with a complimentary award-winning breakfast for two in Café Oso, and continue your getaway in the beautiful Village of Southampton.
$219.00* for overnight guest room, two glasses of wine, 3-course dinner for two, and breakfast the following morning._DSC0002

*Double occupancy. Does not include tax, gratuity, or additional beverages. Reservations for dinner must be scheduled through our front desk.

In order to take advantage of these special offers, please call
or email our reservations team to book with us directly.
Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street
Southampton NY, 11968
800-832-6500 / 631-283-6500

Rates are subject to change at any time based on availability

Hamptons Wellness: Injury Prevention in Young Athletes..The core is the key

Young athletes are at great risk for injury. All parents, coaches and the young athletes themselves must become aware of these facts. Our children are very competitive. Some of them will become involved in team sports and excel. Kids that take part in one sport are more at risk for repetitive motion injuries as well as kids who engage in many sports who do not rest sufficiently between sporting events and training routines. Appropriate nutrition is a key to injury prevention too. Unfortunately, some will get injured early and never be able to participate in sports again. This is a missed opportunity that does not have to happen.

This discussion is not only about the best young athletes. The risk of injury is present in everyone who participates in sports no matter his or her age. However, it is important to recommend sports participation early in our lives because it sets us up to remain healthy throughout our lives. Improved cardiovascular and muscular-skeletal development and maintenance, leads to sustained cognitive function, as we get older. So participation in sports when we are young is a leading indicator of a healthy life.IET-indoor

This begs the question; how do we prevent injury? We are all familiar with the terms Rehab or rehabilitation. This is usually the course of action after an injury has occurred. I suggest that for our young athletes, we become familiar with PREHAB. Why not prepare the body for the rigors of exercise and sports by specifically targeting the training and exercise routines necessary to prevent injury?

Many of our young athletes train improperly. This is not an indictment of our team coaches or trainers but recognition of the limited time and resources they have to address the needs of all the athletes they have to manage, especially at the Middle and High School levels. It is well known in the area of sports medicine that the development of the core and core training, exercise and strengthening is very important to the prevention of injury in young athletes.

I have a daughter who is an athlete and has aspirations of becoming an elite athlete in track. She has been injured before with a strained Achilles tendon. This injury impaired her ability to run and she lost time on the field as a result. This year, we sought to help reduce her risk of injury by investigating where we could get her trained and strengthened and we discovered IET, Integrated Exercise Therapy in Bridgehampton. We learned that some of her field hockey teammates had been participating at this facility and were excelling in their sport and we figured, what the heck, lets give it a try.

When we got there, Andrew and Molly greeted us and then very quickly started an evaluation of Allura’s flexibility, strength and core weaknesses. The video that we are presenting shows one segment of that evaluation. We were amazed at how quickly IET identified risks for injury and developed a structured, progressive PREHAB routine for Allura to follow.

We can only suggest that any parent of a young athlete pay close attention to the risks of injury in their kids. It is amazing how frequently injury occurs with young athletes and the costs associated with health care and rehabilitation after the fact; not to mention problems that may arise as a result of growth plate abnormalities and subsequent life long impacts.IET_NHB_7592

Our kids are participating in organized sports teams; football, basketball, baseball, field hockey, track, soccer and volleyball as well as skateboarding. Injuries are going to happen. We have chosen to seek additional sports therapy outside of her normal work-out routine with her team to help Allura reduce her injury risks by improving her physical strength and flexibility. Whether you choose IET or another method for reducing the risk of injury in your young athlete, do not hesitate in getting started as soon as possible. Lost time in the athlete’s sporting life as a result of injury can be prevented. The Core is the Key!

For more on this topic:

photos and video by Kurt Leggard…

Hamptons Hipster:Radiant Orchid Pantone 2014 Color….Radiant Orchid the 2014 Color of the year, I LOVE IT…A mixing of my 2 favorite colors pink/purple what a perfect combination. So flirty and feminine but grown up and sexy. A splash of this Radiant Orchid will look lovely in the Home and in Fashion.

Radiant Orchid Pantone 2014 Color
Hamptons Hipster:Radiant Orchid Pantone 2014 Color

“Montauk, NY, Hamptons Happening”…Shark’s Eye, Montauk’s Revolutionary fishing Tournament. Montauk is known for its surfing, fishing and fishing tournaments. People from all over the world  vacation in Montauk just to fishing. On Saturday July 27th and Sunday, July 28th some of the foremost research scientists in the country will come to Montauk for “The Shark’s Eye, Montauk’s first Satellite tag and all-release fishing tournament hosted by Montauk Marine Basin”, this will be a two-day festival for sport, science, conservation and education. All sharks caught in this tournament will be released – circle hooks only. This amazing event is being led by “Montauk Marine Basin owner, Carl Darenberg.


This painting by renound artist April Gornic goes to the tournament winner.
July 26th-28th  Friday 3pm-6pm, Saturday 6am-5pm, Sunday 6am-5pm
Montauk Marine Basin
426 West Lake, Montauk, NY
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This event  will be joined by country music sensation Colton James, and folk music star Caroline Doctorow & MariGrace Dineen. They will be performing at the outdoor stage at Gosman’s famous seafood dock on Saturday night, July 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.  The outdoor concert is free. On both days, Brooks and Sean Paxton, A.K.A. “the Shark Brothers,” will provide exciting informational and educational forums under the tent at Montauk Marine Basin. Brooks and Sean directed the Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge in Florida, another shark conservation fishing tournament.  [button color=”blue” link=”” size=”medium” target=”_blank” font=”tahoma” align=”center”]Click here for Film &Music Festival tent activities[/button]

The public will hear a plea for shark preservation from Scott Curatolo Wagemann, a Cornell Cooperative Extension scientist and shark attack survivor! Booths under the tent will host the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation,  OCEARCH, and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. It’s all for the public to better understand the vital work that these organizations are doing to bring back the large sharks and other species that once flourished in our waters. Four sharks will receive satellite-tracking tags during the two-day all release tournament. Three anglers will name three sharks. The 6th Grade class at the Montauk school will name a fourth. The public will then be able to follow these fish online via OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker, the most-followed shark tracking site and app in the world — provided free of charge! Dave Bofill Marine and White Water Marine will provide chase boats with the scientists to tag the sharks. And Mustad — the best-selling hook on the planet — will provide circle hooks. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is providing $10,000 in cash prizes and renowned artist April Gornik has donated an original work of art for the winner. In addition to the boat team competition, the public can be in the action as an official Tournament Observer.

Shark’s Eye Background

Today the great apex predators of the ocean face extinction, and so do the charter boat captains who catch them.That’s why Carl Darenberg, owner of Montauk Marine Basin, artist April Gornik, and the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, working with the Montauk Boatmen, Inc., the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, OCEARCH, the Shark Brothers, and Mote Marine Laboratory are proud to present Shark’s Eye.All sharks caught in this tournament are released and only circle hooks are used. Eligible mako, thresher and blue sharks are fitted with satellite tracking tags, which monitor their movements after release. The anglers who catch them get to name three tagged sharks, and a fourth is named by Montauk school children. The public is able to follow these fish online via the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker.

In 1951 a young Frank Mundus settled in Montauk and got the idea to offer charter fishing for sharks. Nobody paid much attention to him. But by the time Mundus and team harpooned a 4500 pound great white, in 1964, anglers were paying serious attention, as well as a writer named Peter Benchley. The movie “Jaws” was released in 1975 and everybody wanted to come to Montauk to go Monster Fishing for sharks. Big money tournaments started to take hold.

Cut to the late 1990’s, when disturbing videos started to appear. Sharks were shown being finned alive by foreign commercial fishermen. They were being killed not by the thousands, but by the millions, to provide fins for shark fin soup for the growing Asian market. Shark populations started to decline, and by the mid 2000s were no longer sustainable.

To ensure a highly competitive, exciting and informative event for both anglers and the general public, in addition to satellite tagging of certain fish, a system of best practices and modern catch and release protocols have been engineered into this tournament format to maximize the post-release welfare and survivability of all sharks caught during this competition. These methods include the mandatory use of inline circle hooks to help prevent internal hooking, heavy tackle and line strengths to reduce a shark’s time on the line, and other specific handling procedures designed to ensure angler safety and healthy shark releases. Anglers and Observers will receive personal training on these methods, prior to competition.

All profits from the two-day event will go to the Montauk Boatmen (MBI), the Montauk school, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and the Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM).