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Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!!! DO NOT place your hands to your mouth, nose, eyes and in your ear. These are all PORTALS OF ENTRY for the Covid-19 virus to gain entry to your body and cause infection. Any discussion about the danger of the Covid-19 virus must be first started by indicating that the best way to help arrest the spread of this pathogen is to insist that you wash your hands, use a lot of friction, wash up to your wrists, remove all your jewelry, wash your hands for no less than 20 seconds, force your fingertips into the palm of your hand to clean under your fingernails, use friction when washing between your fingers and then repeat this ritual multiple times a day. Do not get bored practicing this exercise in survival. It is important to note that the use of an alcohol based hand sanitizer is no substitute for hand washing; it is only a stopgap measure when you don’t have the ability to wash your hands thoroughly. Insist that visitors to your home or business first wash their hands when they enter your home. It’s OK to ask. You are not being rude, quite the contrary. You are showing the utmost respect as a host showing your concern for you company’s or customer’s wellbeing. 

Normal practices are going to vanish for a while. DON’T shake hands when greeting someone. Respectfully decline and instead touch elbows or nod your head. These are challenging times and we must collectively meet the challenge of this danger among us. This is not the time to panic. It is never a time to panic. It is a time for effective, collective action. Take the time to show your kids how to wash their hands and make it a ritual. Kids respond to rituals and they like to follow the leader. Make it a game of who can wash their hands more. Tell them to keep count on the amounts of times they have washed their hands during the day and see who can ‘win’ the count. Let your young kids see you rush to the bathroom to be ‘first’ to wash your hands when you get home from school pick-up, a visit to Grandma and Pop-Pop (please wash your hands when entering any elder’s home. This virus is disproportionately impacting the elderly, especially with those who have underlying chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension). Your kids will run to beat you every day. Start this at the earliest time that your youngster can understand the need to wash their hands (3 years old).

When putting gas in your car, wear a glove. Wear a glove when placing your credit card in the slot, there are germs there. Wear a glove when handling the spigot putting gas in your car. Carefully take off the glove when entering the car without touching anything then before you touch your steering wheel, sanitize your hand. Yeah, I know…that’s a lot of steps, but once you get used to it, this becomes second nature. Just remember that viruses can live on surfaces for a long time and the amount of time this virus can exist on a surface is undetermined. Remember, THINGS HAVE CHANGED!!! 

Businesses on Main Street, restaurants, grocery stores should make their bathrooms available for hand washing and stock the bathroom with soap and paper towels. Write this expense into your budgets and manage the bathrooms well. Businesses should schedule times during the day that they will clean the doorknobs leading to their store. Door knobs and handles harbor a vast among of germs and keeping this clean will go a long way to protecting your customers and staff. A simple solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water will suffice. Wash your hands after cleaning these surfaces.

If you have counters in your business, similarly clean these surfaces on a routine schedule. No less than once every ½ hour if it is a busy day. If, available provide a ‘Purell/ hand sanitizer station at the store entrance. You can gently ask customers to use the sanitizer upon entering your shop. If every store does this, it will become customary and not seen as an imposition. Normal Operating Procedure. We can do this.

Now for the virus. High fever, Shortness of Breath (SOB), difficulty breathing, coughing and cold symptoms, feeling like crap are hallmarks of this disease. See you doctor. If you cough or sneeze, please do so in the crook of your elbow or in a tissue that should be disposed of in the trash. Wash or sanitize your hands. Covid-19 is called a droplet infection and is carried primarily by germs in the droplets you sneeze or cough out. If you are symptomatic, it does not mean definitively that you have the infection but out of caution you could wear a surgical mask. For the uninitiated, regular surgical masks will NOT protect you FROM the illness but should be used by those who are symptomatic to reduce the amount of infection spread. Over -The Counter (OTC) N-95 designated masks will provide some protection against infection but these are not ‘Fit-Tested’ which means these masks are not specifically molded to your face so there still remains some risk for illness while wearing these OTC N-95 designated masks. Save your money! Self quarantine/isolation is not always practical but may be necessary in your own home to prevent the spread of this illness before seeing a doctor.

This is a PANDEMIC. Pandemics unfortunately have histories of coming in waves. During the Spanish Flu of 1917-1918, there was a first wave of illness, then it subsided, making everyone think that things were improving, but the virus mutated and came back more dangerous and deadly on the second wave. We must be cautious and vigilant. Be consistent in your approach to addressing this disease. Good consistent hand washing will go a long way to keeping you and your family and community healthy. This is by no means a complete list of things to do to protect you and your family and community but it will give you a start on how to think about this illness and our response to it.

Stay safe!!!

For more information and updates click on the following links:

World Health Organization https://www.who.int

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Hamptons 2019 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 2019 once again “Top 15 Beaches on the East Coast”

Hamptons 2019 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 2019 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   (2019 info to be posted soon )
EAST HAMPTON TOWN BEACHES INFORMATION
EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE BEACHES

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photo credit: www.dogonews.com
photo credit: www.dogonews.com

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.

photo credit inhabitat.com
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 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. Things like the juicy fruit strain are a lot different to what was being smoked back in the day. 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. I’ve also recently heard that there are different ways that you can smoke weed these days, like through a helix pipe for example. Apparently it’s a cool thing to do. 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. If you want to know more on marijuana from a dispensary with the opportunity to see their deals as well, you can Get info here from Rocky Mountain Blaze, who list all their pricing for you to get an idea of. I’m not saying weed is a completely bad thing. As I said, a lot of us used to smoke weed as teens and obviously there are many reported health benefits of smoking weed if it’s done responsibly. It is also doing good things for the economy; there are many new cannabis jobs saturating the employment market and it is raising millions of dollars in tax.
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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