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    Larry Johnstons cover thisweek, Light of Day, combinesall of the artists recurringimages: a structure, the waterand boats. This particular piece,however, also suggests a mean-ing thats not common toJohnstons work. Theres a con-tradictory quality, a sense ofsomething ending (the peelingpaint) along with the waterspermanence seen in the back-ground. Its Johnstons idea oftimelessness that we see here.

    Another opposition may alsobe noticed in Johnstons frequentuse of background/foreground composition wherea boat or building is juxtaposed with the sea/pond.Whether theres any philosophical meaning inthese arrangements is difficult to determine. Nomatter. The images are arresting on their own.

    Q: Where is the location of the cover? I know youare a plein air artist and also paint in your studio.The point is, you dont make up your images.

    A: This work was done in Bellport Village, fromthe porch of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Ihave painted there many times.

    Q: You had an interesting way of getting to thisplace.

    A: Yes, I biked into town with lightweight artsupplies on the back of my bike.

    Q: You live only two miles from Bellport, so Iguess it was easy. I know you also bike withfriends and paint on location with them. In fact,you have friends all over the North Fork and EastEnd. Its apparent you are connected to this area.

    A: I grew up in North Babylon, but I love theNorth Fork, especially its rural quality. Theresone way in and one way out.

    Q: What is it about the coastal area that meanssomething to you?

    A: The timeless quality. My subject matter wasnot a deliberate choice; it evolved. Its a happycompromise from the still lifes I used to do. Its for-tunate that coastal scenes are what I do.

    Q: Where are some of your favorite spots?

    A: Orient Point, Greenport,Shelter Island. The lighthouseat Cedar Point is one of my veryfavorite places on Long Island.

    Q: What has changed in yourprofessional life since we lastspoke?

    A: I am a new member of theSalmagundi Club in New York.Its a real honor because artistslike Childe Hassam belonged.(It was started in 1871.) Thispast holiday season, I was intheir exhibit. I also joined theLong Island Plein Air PaintersSociety a few years ago. I aspire

    to a higher level as an artist, surrounding myselfwith people more accomplished than myself.

    Q: Why do you like painting with groups out-doors?

    A: Working in the studio, you need to be isolat-ed. Working outdoors you need to be intenselyfocused, too, but its part of my social life to bewith other artists.

    Q: You teach at the Art & Soul Gallery inEastport which brings you into contact with peo-ple as well.

    A: I like to teach because I can challenge myself.I can ask myself why I paint a certain way.

    Q: Regarding changes, have you altered yourmedium or do you plan to?

    A: Im still with oil painting. Its a very satisfy-ing and forgiving medium. I used to do charcoaland watercolor, but Im a tonalist.

    Q: One thing that hasnt changed, I know, isyour concern for whats happening in America.Are you still optimistic about our financialfuture?

    A: I have to accept things about the market.But I feel things will get better. In the face of real-ity, I remain optimistic.

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    By Dan RattinerI live in the Hamptons and I write most of

    my articles on a laptop on the beach here. Buttwo days a week, Wednesday and Thursday, Iam in Manhattan where we have an apart-ment on the Upper East Side just two blocksfrom the Metropolitan Museum ofArt.

    On rainy days, when I cannotwrite in Central Park, I write inthe Met. Ive been doing it foryears. The Met does not encouragethis behavior and I have foundjust three locations in this vastmuseum where I can do this with-out causing a commotion.

    All three are on the groundfloor. In the morning, I can writein the Courtyard Caf. They servecoffee and snacks cafeteria styleuntil 11:30 a.m. and the opportunity exists

    during the two hours of the morning to sit at atable in this quiet setting with a morning cap-puccino (and a laptop) and look out the windowat a 30-foot tall ancient Egyptian Obelisk inthe park outside which, I believe, theEgyptians are angling to get back.

    At 11:30 a.m., uniformed waiters arrive andpolitely indicateby putting out napkins andsalt and pepper shakersthat the people stillthere need to leave so they can set up the placeto become an elegant lunch restaurant. Imfine. Ive just typed for two hours. Usually afterthat, my writing done, I go home.

    If I arrive later in the morning, there is notenough time for the caf. And so, instead, Ipark myself on one of the interior benches in

    the hallway with the giant statues just outsidethe caf. There are half a dozen benches here,mostly in use by students with sketch pads.But there are always a few free benches. I typethere while the artists sketch the sculptures.

    By the way, the most dramatic sculpture inthat hallway, perhaps the mostdramatic in the whole museum, isthe sculpture of a huge 10-foot tallnaked, anatomically correct malewarrior god holding the severedhead of his defeated enemy atarms length. He looks at itthoughtfully. People draw. Itscalled Perseus with the Head ofMedusa and was sculpted byCanova around 1800. I type.

    To get to either of these twospots to write, I make a donationand get a button in the great entry

    hall of the museum, walk down the hallwaysalongside the main flight of stairs displayingmostly gold and silver sculptured jewelry andhousehold utensils from the Byzantine period,turn left at the three-story tall wooden churchscreen, then go down past a woman sitting atan information desk to the giant sculpturehallway with the naked warrior.

    If I get to the museum around 2 p.m., how-

    Where I WriteOn the Beach, on the Bus, in the Met and at Starbucks

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    There are no doubt manyamazing things at the Met.

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    Dan Rattiners second memoir, IN THEHAMPTONS TOO: Further Encounters withFarmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires andCelebrities, will be published in hardcoverbeginning May 16. The first memoir, IN THEHAMPTONS, published by Random House, isnow available in paperback.

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    Hamptons resident Barbara Walters isrecovering as expected following surgery toreplace a faulty heart valve last week.

    * * *Water Mills Matt Lauer and wife Annette

    are denying tabloid reports that claim theyveseparated. The National Enquirer stands by itsstory, citing follow-up interviews with Annettesmother.

    * * *Michael Hunn, owner of Southamptons

    Future Surroundings, appeared on ExtremeMakeover: Home Edition last week. Hunnhelped the shows crew build a 3,000-square-foothouse for a deserving family in Georgia.

    * * *Hamptons resident Madonna has contributed

    handwritten notes to Thats What SHE Said:Women Reveal What Men Really Need to Know,an advice book compiled by former Punkd pro-ducer T.J. Jefferson. Not surprisingly, theMaterial Girl declared her desire for femaledomination.

    * * *East Hamptons Jerry Seinfeld donated the

    proceeds from one of his shows in Nashville lastweek to the citys flood relief efforts.

    * * *Amagansetts Alec Baldwin gave the com-

    mencement address at New York UniversitysTisch School of the Arts last weekend. The N.Y.U.alum advised new grads to Share the best ofwho you are with the next generation.

    * * *Congratulations to Hamptons residents Kelly

    Ripa and Joy Behar on their recent Emmynominations! Along with Hamptonite RegisPhilbin and cast of The View, all were nomi-nated for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

    * * *Amagansetts Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly

    received relationship advice from Iron Man 2 co-star Robert Downey Jr., who suggested sheput her family first in order to get her marriageback on track.

    * * *Southampton designer Vera Wang has part-

    nered with Davids Bridal to create an affordableline of gowns. The line debuts in Spring 2011and will be followed by bridesmaid dresses andshoes.

    * * *Southamptons Beth Ostrosky Stern signed

    copies of her new book, Oh My Dog: How toChoose, Train, Groom, Nurture, Feed and Carefor Your New Best Friend, at Barnes & Noble inN.Y.C. last week. The 500-page reference bookwill eventually be followed by another gearedtoward the feline set.

    * * *Author Danielle Ganeks new Hamptons-

    based novel, The Summer We Read Gatsby,releases May 27. The beach read tells the storyof two sisters who inherit a run-down cottage

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  • First published in Dans MontaukPioneer, Early August, 1965

    By Dan RattinerThere are many ways that a man can

    decide to make a movie. John Cassaveteswalked into an acting studio one dayabout a dozen years ago, exclaimedtheres a movie going on here, and ranout to get a movie camera. The result:the improvisation film Shadows whichran successfully around the country ayear later.

    On the other hand, a writer ofSuperman and Monster comics might sitdown at his typewriter one morningwhen there isnt much to do and say tohimself, The time has come for me towrite a monster movie. And then do so.

    It was, in fact, exactly in this last man-ner that the monster movie The FleshEaters was born (or hatched) and that thevillage of Montauk became destined tohost one of the most ferocious papier-mchmonsters ever constructed in the State of NewYork.

    Montauk became involved with the movie in avery straightforward way. After our writer of

    Superman and Monster comics (Arnold Drake)had finished his script, and had shown it to direc-tor Jack Curtiss (By God thats a scorchingscript,) of Vulcan Enterprises, the next movewas to find a suitable location to make the film.

    Arnold Drakes script called for a deserted

    island near the ocean where a madscientist could set up his evil appa-ratus in peace, and where a monstercould chase the good guys aroundwithout outside interference frompolice, the army, etc.

    What more suitable spot thanMontauk?

    Curtiss and Drake spent threeweeks looking before they found it.They went to upstate New York,along the Connecticut coast andthrough New Jersey and then final-ly, one day, they came to Montaukand the issue was settled. Montauk

    was more than they expected. Not onlywere the basic script requirementshere, but in addition, the film wouldbenefit by the tremendous variety ofthe landscape: cliffs, dunes, lakes, hills,forests. Curtiss and Drake returned toNew York elated and with the issue

    settled.Next came the making of the monster. In the

    film, the monster was to be 200 feet high, hissingand shrieking in the surf off the Montauk beach.

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    R i pped fromthearchivesBest Stories from the First 50 Years!

    Motion Pictures Filmed in Montauk: The Flesh Eaters

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    Left: Martin Kosleck, villian.Right: The movie draws to its grim conclusion. Mad scientist Koslek,

    having stabbed Rita Morley in a struggle for the German Luger, isgrabbed from behind by Byron Sanders. Shapely Barbara Wilkin

    stands terrified in the background, unable to look.She knows what fate awaits her if the mad scientist wins.

    (Filmed at the Walking Dunes)

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    By Dan RattinerI was in the new East Hampton Town Justice

    Courthouse for the first time the other day. Itsthe strangest thing. They seem to have built itbackwards. On the south side it faces a broadlawn that extends down to the MontaukHighway 100 yards away. On that south side,there are two pillars supporting a front porchwith the words E H JUSTICE COURT on thefaade, and sheltered under the porch are twoglass doors that, presumably, welcome you intoan interior lobby and then into a courtroom atthe other end of which a judge sits high up on apedestal in front of an American flag.

    Thats not the way it is at all. On this frontdoor there is a sign with an arrow. EMPLOY-EES ONLY it says. So you walk around the backand there, tucked between this building and the

    side of the small brick emergency servicesbuilding adjacent is the REAL front door lead-ing into the lobby, with the courtroom doorsbeyond.

    This building is two years old. Im glad I did-nt have to go in there during those two years.And indeed I didnt have to go this time either.I was visiting a friend who worked there.

    Upon leaving the way I came in, I wentaround to the front and peered through theglass doors. As near as I could see, this waswhere the judges chambers were. They werethe back rooms, behind the door to the court-room through which, when he or she is finallyfully robed and ready to go, or from which he orshe walks through as a Sergeant of Arms shoutsAll rise.

    People in this building are asked all the time

    about why it is built the other way around fromwhat one might think. I asked. The people whowork there say they really dont know. Theywere moved over there two years ago from themain town hall courtroom/meeting room whenthe new building opened and they dont knowwhy it is the way it is.

    One woman said that some people think thebuilder just built it the wrong way. He had theplans. Unfortunately, he started working onthem upside down. He got through the entirebuilding of the poured concrete foundationsbefore he realized it was facing the wrong way.And so, with all the plumbing and wiring nowgoing in, the Town looked at it in horror andsaid No, no, and then on second thought saidOh well then, just build the rest of it the way

    BackwardsBill McGintee & Town Courthouse Face the Wrong Way



    Two weeks ago, a Southampton residentnamed Evelyn Konrad filed a lawsuit in StateSupreme Court against the Village ofSouthampton demanding that zoning law revi-sions passed in 2005 in that village be declarednull and void. If she wins this suit, a whole lot ofreal estate built in that village might have to betorn down. The revisions passed that year great-ly reduced restrictions on what you are and arenot allowed to build. They were passed by onevote, and two of the Trustees who voted for thechange had a vested interest in the outcomethey were involved in real estate development

    and should have recused themselves from thevote. They did not.

    The essence of the claim by Konrad, who is alsoa lawyer, is based on the fact that in the villagecode there is an ethics law that reads no personwho is in the business of developing land in theVillage of Southampton shall be a member of anyadministrative board appointed by the Board ofTrustees.

    At the time of the vote, the five members of theBoard of Trustees consisted of a retired airlinepilot, a tax attorney, the director of a medicalfacility, a real estate agent and a real estatedeveloper. Konrad believes that these last two,

    Nancy McGann, the real estate agent and PaulRobinson, who owned 11 properties in that townthen and more now, should not have voted. As amatter of fact, Robinson has a property beforethe village today, that he hopes to subdivide. Hevoted to loosen the real estate laws then. He is tobenefit now.

    It is interesting to note that this lawsuit, filedtwo weeks ago, would not be on the docket todayif there had not been a big political battle involv-ing a surveyors monument in 2004. This battle isone of the most extraordinary I ever encounteredwhile running this newspaper for over 50 years.

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  • youve got it started.That this was done is

    a very big disappoint-ment to me becauseEast Hampton Townseemed finally and atlong last about to bedoing something aboutthe hodgepodge thatthey call Town Hall.

    The original townhall, 100 feet away, wasbuilt half a century agowhen there were only

    half as many people living in this community asthere are now. By 25 years ago, it was burstingat the seams. Some departments began spilling

    out at that time to various portable trailers thetown bought to place on cinderblocks elsewhereon the property. Phone and electric lines wentout to them. Then the town built a woodenstructure here and a small building over thereand then still more trailers and finally theybegan to put various departments of town hallinto a commercial office building behind sometrees on another piece of land directly off to theeast. How they get anything done in this mess,or even know what is going on is, well, a prob-lem.

    In any case, out of curiosity, last week I madeinquiries about whether the story of the build-ing of the Courthouse had any truth to it. Well,it does. And it doesnt. Heres the story.

    You can blame a lot of things wrong in East

    Hampton on the former McGinteeAdministration, but this wrong facing court-house building is not one of them.

    Plans for it started eight years ago during theadministration of Jay Schneiderman, who isnow our popular sitting county representative.At that time, on this site, there sat a brick policestation building. This had been built about 25years earlier when, as I said, the size of the gov-ernment first began overflowing out of the oldtown hall. The police moved into their own newbuilding separate from town hall at that time.At the front, facing south, there was a littlevestibule area with some bathrooms where theprisoners, or visitors, came in. Then there wasthe glass slider behind which sat the policereceptionist on a platform. The rest of the build-ing was for the serious business of the policedepartment, including evidence rooms,Teletype, labs, computers, filing rooms, confer-ence rooms and even the town lockup.

    By 10 years ago even THAT was too small forthe growing needs of the town. And so it wasdecided to build a new and larger EastHampton Police Station in Wainscott, at the farwestern end of town, in a building that hadbeen built by a local boy who made good creat-ing special effects for movies and Broadwayshows. The monster for Little Shop of Horrorswas made by this local high school boy, BranFerren, who never grew up. He built many othermonsters in that building. Eventually, that bigbuilding got bought by Walt Disney with Ferrenheading up the unit, and then later closed downso Ferren and his unit could move down toOrlando. The Tower of Terror ride atDisneyworld is one of Ferrens creations. OnBroadway, he did the special effects for Dracula.

    In any case, with that big warehouse-sizedabandoned building just sitting there, the policelooked it over and thought it was good and theymoved there, after many, many modifications,leaving the old police station building by townhall abandoned.

    Theres not much you can do with a buildingthat is specifically built for a police department.And so it was decided to tear it down. Then, asthey were still thinking about it, it seemed tothem it would be a good place for the court-house. They priced that out. It was expensive.So then they got this idea that they could savemoney by tearing down the police station, yes,but not tearing out the police departments con-crete foundations. Instead these foundationscould be used as the foundations for the newcourthouse. So that is what they did. The archi-tect for this project was handed the police sta-tion basement foundation drawings from 25years earlier and toldput a courthouse on it.

    You had the plumbing at the entrance to thepolice station on the south, where the prisonersand visitors come in, somebody who shallremain nameless told me. It was really quite aproblem.

    The architect reported back that the court-house would only work if it faced the wrongway. Put the entrance on the north.

    After some thought, and after a long look farinto the future, the word came back that maybethat would not be so bad after all. The different

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    By Dan RattinerOn May 27, my second book about interesting

    characters I have known in the Hamptons will befor sale in Bookhampton, at other bookstoresaround the country, on Amazon, Barnes andNoble and with Kindle.

    As with the first book, each chapter is about anencounter or series of encounters I had withthese characters over the last 50 years whilerunning this newspaper. The book has chaptersin it about Norman Mailer, Steven Spielberg,Richard Gilmartin, Barry Trupin, Lance Gumbs,Norman Jaffe, Alan Lomax, Alger Hiss, MarthaStewart, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Whitaker, EvanFrankel, Ralph George and about two dozen oth-ers. The preface to the book was written by Alec

    Baldwin. Look for In The Hamptons Too. Thefirst book, In the Hamptons coincidentally cameout in paperback on May 6. That is alreadyeverywhere as you read this. So if you want toread about almost 80 people I have known in thelast 50 years, get them both.

    The vignettes about most of these people, bythe way, are largely loving and gentle. On theother hand, some of the things we all gotinvolved in were not.

    These books came about because of my will-ingness to engage in voluminous storytelling. Ihave the memory of an elephant when it comesto things that happened years ago. Sometime,with a few drinks in me, I sit with friends and westart talking and the next thing you know Im

    saying Do you remember that time, my gosh, Ihavent thought about this in years, whenafter which the telling of some incredibly weirdor totally unexpected tale would emerge from mymouth.

    After Id tell one of these stories, somebodywould say, You really ought to write that storydown. So I did.

    The chapters in both books are arrangedchronologically from 1959 to the present. In thebooks, this place grows older and changes as thechapters are presented. The newspaper growsolder and changes. And this writer grows olderand changes. It is, as some of the reviewers notedabout the first bookincluding The New York

    TOO is HereBlizzard of Book Readings for Memoir In the Hamptons Too

    TOO is Here

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    By Dan RattinerLast week in this newspaper, I wrote a story

    about the need for everybody to declare whetheror not they want to have a gambling casino ontheir property. Within the next 90 days, theShinnecock Indian Nation will receive federalrecognition. Five years after that, they will verylikely have a gambling casino somewhere hereon Long Island. But it will take five years. Rightnow, the tribe is considering where that will be.Make your wishes known.

    I pointed out that already the Mayor of NewYork has expressed an interest in having aShinnecock-run gambling casino at the JavitsCenter. Riverhead has said they would welcomea casino at their Enterprise Park in Calverton.The Aqueduct Race Track has asked theShinnecocks to consider a casino there. AndNassau County is interested in meeting with theShinnecocks about running a casino adjacent tothe Nassau County Center. On the other hand,

    the Town of Southampton voted NOT to have acasino at the Gabreski Airport in Westhampton.Get in line.

    (F.Y.I., my wife and I voted NO for our house,with the dog abstaining.)

    Our first response has now come in. The pow-ers that be in Shoreham last Wednesday said NOto a gambling casino at the site of the abandonedShoreham Nuclear Power Plant.

    People say everybody reads Dans Papers andits the most powerful media on the East End. Itis.

    I do know what youre saying, though. If youare under 40 you are wondering WHATShoreham Nuclear Power Plant? If you are over40, you are wondering is there STILL aShoreham Nuclear Plant?

    Nearly 50 years ago, the Long Island LightingCompany, (Now LIPA), began building what theysaid would be a huge nuclear plant in the woodsat Shoreham. It would be among the largest in

    the country. It would cost $600 billion. They gotit approved. But when they built it, the cost camein at a staggering $6 billion and it was a disaster.In a world where experts build nuclear plants,the C.E.O. of the Lighting Company decidedtheyd save money by doing it themselves.During its construction they ended up buildingit, jackhammering it back down and building itagain because they were doing it wrong. And atthe same time, the federal regulatory agencyoverseeing the project kept changing how it wassupposed to look, which made it even worse.

    It took 11 YEARS to build this patched-upnuclear plant, over the protestssome vocal,some violentof just about every taxpayer onLong Island. In the end, Governor Mario Cuomogot elected in 1983 on a platform of buying it andtearing it down. But the plant got completed amonth before he took office. During that month,the lighting company got permission to run it full


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  • For at least a dozen years prior to the passingof these zoning amendments, SouthamptonVillage had been polarized politically about theidea of allowing big subdivisions to come intothat community. About half the village, who hadjoined together as The Good Sense Partyfavored going slowly. Those who saw big dollarsigns and favored development for the villagecame together as the Citizens for IntegrityParty. Over the years, the control of the villageswayed back and forth between the two.

    In 1990, a very popular young local buildernamed Harold Steudte lived with his wife andchildren on Tuckahoe Road in what he believedwas a two-acre parcel of land located in the adja-cent Town of Southampton.

    People from the Good Sense Party approached

    him. He was an environmentalist deep down andwanted the community to go slowly. The GoodSense Party felt he would be a good candidate forvillage office and urged him to run for the VillageBoard. His response was that he was not in thevillage and there was a law that said if you werenot in the village you could not run for officethere.

    But the Good Sense Party people persisted.They said he was right on the border and theyhad come to him because a recent re-jiggering ofthe Tuckahoe School District along with a newsurvey had convinced them that the line sepa-rating town and village actually crossed rightover a corner of his land. About 20 feet of hisproperty was in the village. He was therefore eli-gible to run in both communities.

    Steudte said if he could get a letter from thevillage attorney saying that this was true, hewould run. He got the letter. A local surveyor,Squires and Holden, came by and confirmed it.And so Steudte ran, and won a seat on theVillage Board in 1991.

    For 14 years, Steudte served as a VillageTrustee, always as one of the two or threetrustees in favor of going slowly rather than fast.Sometimes the Good Sense Party was in power,at other times the Citizens for Integrity Partywas in power.

    Going into the 2004 election, the Good SenseParty was in office by a margin of 3 to 2, andSteudte was one of the three.

    Passions ran particularly high that year. And itwas during the run up to this election that theCitizens for Integrity Party discovered that thisclaim about his being in the village might nothave been true. Certainly, he was not hiding thatfact. Indeed, with the survey assurances and theletter from the Village Attorney in hand, he hadactually posted a sign on that corner of his prop-erty. It read Welcome to Southampton Village.

    The Citizens for Integrity Party was runningon a platform that would involve loosening thezoning laws. They wondered if the popularSteudte could be brought down.

    It was determined that Steudte had purchasedhis two acres in 1982, and at the time of the pur-chase, it was considered Township property, notVillage property. He only got tax bills from theTown. But in 1990, when this discovery wasmade, he began to get, in addition to his largeTown tax bill, a small tax bill, which he paid,from the Village of Southampton. It was $12.42that year. It had risen to $23.42 by 2004. Whatdid Steudte know and when did he know it?

    Prior to the election, Steudte said that hewould not have run if his land had not, at leastin part, been in the village. He had been assuredthat it was. He said he would resign before elec-tion time if it turned out he was not in the vil-lage. He really had thought there had been anerror corrected.

    Nobody ever blamed Steudte for anything. Butwhen a Riverhead surveyor, Young and Young,was brought in to make a final determination, itwas found that his property was five feet awayfrom the village line. He had never been in thevillage at all.

    The Integrity Party suggested there had beenpeople sneaking around. There apparently was amonument on the property. Perhaps it had beensecretly moved. Others said they believed that asnowplow had moved it. The matter was neverresolved.

    In any case, when the election was held, thosefavoring the new zoning amendments won threeseats on the board and took control. The propos-al to relax the laws got put on the table, and thedeveloper, the real estate lady and the director ofthe medical facility, Mayor Epley, voted for it. Itpassed 3 to 2.

    The law changes what needs to be included inmeasuring the square footage of a house. Underthe old law, an attached garage was included,under the revised law, it was not. Under the oldlaw, second floor balconies were included, underthe new, they were not. You could build a bigger

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    4,430 Bags of Heroin Netted in Drug BustBy T.J. Clemente

    The Hamptons is both a place and a state ofmind for many visitors and summer residents.But in the bigger picture, Suffolk County is nowthe home of some 1.5 million residents andtherefore must deal with all the problems facingthe rest of the nation. School funding, makingservices environmentally friendly and keepingresidential taxes in check are just a few of thechallenges town and county governments mustaddress. Yet another is the scourge of drug traf-ficking and its effect on the youth of our area.

    Just recently, officers with the East End DrugTask Force netted 4,430 bags of heroin pack-aged for street sale, as well as $173,000 in cashin raids with search warrants and using a coali-tion of police forces throughout the East End.Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spotacalled it the largest heroin bust ever on the EastEnd.

    The police forces should be lauded for theiractions in this problem that is, sadly, growingnationally. Southampton Town Supervisor AnnaThrone-Holst said, The recent and very signifi-cantin fact the largest in East End historyheroin bust is a testimony to the important andunparalleled enforcement work happeningunder the auspices of DA Tom Spota. This is avery poignant example of why it is crucial forthe Town of Southampton to contribute to, aswell as reap the benefits of, joining this effort.

    What the Supe didnt say was that this situa-tion needs full attention, otherwise it has thepotential to damage the very fabric of whatmakes the Hamptons a paradise away from thecity and the pressures of everyday life.

    Up Island, deaths and arrests have beencaused by this new wave of heroin usage. Thatis a sobering statement by all concerned butwhat is more alarming is the growth of thisdrug that once was defined as the needle drug,which kept so many from its usage. In a depar-ture from the form of heroin defined as the nee-dle drug, the new heroin is snortable, not tomention purer and thus more addicting. It issold at just $5 a baglunch money. And accord-ing to one source, it is being aimed not atminorities, but at children of the more affluent,who are becoming turned off by the pressurestheir successful parents put on them to achieve.

    In announcing the bust, D.A. Spota reported-ly said, For those drug dealers who think theycan come to the East End of Long Island thissummer and peddle their poison, I have a mes-sage for them: law enforcement will be waiting.

    Most alarming was Spotas announcementthat this drug ring brought an estimated125,000 bags of heroin, worth almost $3 million,into eastern Suffolk County over the last year.Its shocking to think that a minimum of125,000 Suffolk County residents, including

    school children, used heroin at least 125,000times.

    At the press conference in Riverhead, stand-ing next to Spota, Throne-Holst had thesechoice words, It was, to me, imperative thatwe did everything we could to stem this flow.She acknowledged that heroin has become asignificant problem in Southampton Town.Weve seen a big increase in itthat much weknow, she said at the press conference inRiverhead.

    The truth is, even at this time of cutbacks tolocal police forces, due to budget restraints,this issue cannot be overlooked and mustbe put at a top priority. The drug is aimed at

    the kids. Up-island the busts are at middle andhigh schools. Part of the problem is that par-ents are not well informed about how to recog-nize the signs of heroin usage. There are notracks on the arms. Instead of being ill-behaved, users are docile and actually calm, atfirst. Up-island, too many parents said: not ourkids, no way. Upscale sections of Smithtownnow know better, learning via untimely deathsof school-aged children. So, in addition to lawenforcement making the East End a hostileplace to do heroin business, the eye is on pre-vention and recognition. The problem is at thedoor trying to come in. The entire communitymust be involved to stave it off.


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    power for one day. They did that and it worked.Then Cuomo came in and that was that.

    For many years after that, youd see this slow-ly peeling sign on Route 25a where the chainlink fence surrounded the 200-acre site. Then,about 10 years ago, I discovered to my horrorthat the nuclear plant, though closed, was nevertorn down. It would have cost nearly $3 billion todo that. And so, today, it is still there, rusty andabandoned, but still standing. Oh dear.

    Well, in answer to our request there will be nogambling casino in Shoreham, no glowing greenblackjack tables, no Geiger counters ticking offthe radiation at the one arm bandits. And that isthat.

    In another example of the power of articles inDans Papers, I would like to point out the leadstory in Fridays USA Today. Three weeks ago, inDans Papers, I wrote about how the residents ofthis country are now paying the lowest percent-age of their earnings for taxes since the days ofHarry Truman.

    What we pay in percentages to the govern-ment when the Democrats come to power andadd bureaucracy rises. What we pay when theRepublicans come to power and dismantle gov-ernment agencies (regulatory and otherwise)declines. Its invariably been at the same highlevel before the end of each DemocraticAdministration since Truman. Its invariablybeen at the same low level at the end of eachRepublican administration since Eisenhower.

    Well, three weeks later, the headline on thelead story in USA Today, a conservative news-paper, read TAXPAYER BURDEN LOWEST IN60 YEARS. The percentage had gone down so farduring the George W. Bush administrations thatit was now nearly 20% lower than even the low-est percentage during all other Republicanadministrations. And this in spite of the claimsof the Tea Party. The article even mentionsHarry Truman.

    Advertise in Dans Papers. Its read by every-body. Its the most powerful media you canadvertise in. And an advertiser dream.

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    house and still get in under the square footrestrictions than before with the new law. Therewere other changes involving setbacks and sideyard requirements. It was far easier to build aMcMansion than before.

    Whether Konrads lawsuit will prevail I do notknow. But it is interesting to note, that inManhattan some years ago, the top 12 stories ofa 31-story skyscraper already constructed hadto be removed because of a requirement thathad not been enforced. It was at 108 East 96Street.

    The law is the law, the judge said.Weve got a lot of pre-bubble burst

    McMansions in these parts. Dust off the wreck-ing ball.

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  • NH Man Snares Rare, Cobalt-BlueLobster

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. At first, NewHampshire lobsterman Bill Marconi thought hehad caught a shiny blue beer can in his trap. Itturns out it was a rare, cobalt-blue lobster. The52-year-old lobsterman ... snared the 1 1/2-poundlobster between his dock and the Isle of Shoals,about six miles off the coast. New EnglandAquarium Research Director Mike Tlusty toldFosters Daily Democrat only one in five millionlobsters are blue. Tlusty said blue lobsters aredifferent in that they are better at processingastaxanthin, an antioxidant with a red pigmentderived from algae. The substance bonds withproteins in the lobsters shell, resulting in theblue pigment. Marconi donated his lobster to the

    Seacoast Science Center.Do you ever wonder what lobsters think about

    when they see us looking at them in tanks? How you doin today, Joe?Im okay, a little depressed. They got Sue and

    Larry yesterday.Yeah, I saw. But at least they went together

    and thats something. You know they met in thistank last Tuesday.

    Yeah Bill? They acted like they knew eachother for weeks.

    Well, thats how it is Joe, a few good days,stroking antenna, can seem like a whole week.

    Did you hear about that blue son of a gun theyfound in Maine? Little S.O.B. got donated to amuseum just because he was blue. One in fivemillion they said. Just because he has the right

    DNA, he gets to live. It dont seem right, Bill.It aint right, Joe. We need a gimmick to keep

    us alive. If we cant be blue, maybe we can learnto tap our antenna on the glass in time to themusic. Not many lobsters can keep time, and iftheyd unband our claws maybe we could click intimethatd be a reason to keep us alive.

    Damn if you aint right, Bill. We gotta getorganized and get a gimmick. The LobsterLiberation Leagueshowing humans every-where what a friend we can be. We could be petslike dogs. They dont eat them you know.

    Yeah, and were as good as any crummydog. We can live in a sink or a pan. They couldtalk to us, we wouldnt tell any secrets.

    And home security, Bill. What burglar wouldexpect to be hit in the face with a live lobster?

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    ever, I go to my third place to type. I take thesame route down to the 30-foot tall woodenchurch screen, but then instead of turning left,I go right. This takes me past the big glassshowcases filled with medieval armor to theAmerican Wing, where the American WingCaf serves lunch to the general public allafternoon. I get a sandwich and a beverage onthe cafeteria line, then find a vacant table, sitand eat, then write. Again, a two-hour sessionis possible. The place is rarely full after 2 p.m.

    Last Thursday I was in the Met in the morn-ing, and, finishing up my work in theMetropolitan Caf at 11:30, it occurred to methat, though I have been in the Met this wayhundreds of times now, I have never taken thetime to vary my route enough to actually get tosee anything other than what was along theway to my work areas.

    I thoughtthis is a pretty sad state ofaffairs. The Met covers four city blocks. Thereare no doubt many amazing things here. Ireally ought to have a look.

    And so, I walked to the information boothlady just down the hall past the naked warriorwith the head of his vanquished opponent andleaned on her desk. She was a young orientalwoman.

    I have a question to ask you, I said. Shelooked up. What is your very favorite thing inthe museum? The thing that, if you had onlyone thing to see, you would say I need to seethis?

    She blinked. Finally she spoke. I have afavorite thing, she said. It is an amazing,amazing painting, done by the impressionistartist named Arnold Bocklin. He only madefive of these paintings and this is the only onein the United States. It is so good it inspiredRachmaninoff to write one of his greatest sym-phonies.

    Where is it? I asked.Its on the second floor, in the 19th Century

    Impressionist Gallery.And where is that? I asked.She took out a map. There are four floors.

    And hundreds of galleries.Its HERE, she said, making a mark with a

    pen on the plan of the second floor.How do I get there? I asked.You walk down this hallway (she made a

    line on the map and then pointed to the hall-way) then at the end go up a flight of stairs onyour right. The 19th Century Impressionistswill be right in front of you.

    So thats what I did. When I got up to thesecond floorthere was a mezzanine before itso it was actually the third floorI lookedagain at my map and saw that indeed, I wasthere.

    But honestly, I had imagined, as I had pro-ceeded on this long walk to get up there, thatwhat I would be coming into would be a biggallery room with this one painting on the farwall with five spotlights on it and tons of peo-ple standing around admiring it.

    But that was not what it was at all. Therewere at least 20 gallery rooms, each one fea-turing one or two particular painters. I readthe names of the painters. None rang a bell.

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    Bridge Trust Gardens Open for the Season

    By April GonzalesBouncing Betyou cant contain it. Rick

    Barusch told me as we looked over the knot gar-den at Bridge Trust Gardens on Mitchell Lanein Bridgehampton. Since taking over from theoriginal owners who built this little slice of par-adise, as they saw it, Barusch has made quite afew changes. Now open on more days to the pub-lic and anticipating a variety of public events,the garden is being managed by the PeconicLand Trust.

    In conversation, we found the Land Trustopen to new ideas about presenting the gardento a wider array of people, possibly even havingsculpture exhibits in the future. A bold spiralingblue sculpture caught our eye by the wisteriaarbor, underneath the fragrant purple blossoms.

    But Barusch, who nowcares for the garden, hasbeen busy, very busy, so ifyou have been to BridgeTrust Gardens dont think

    that you have seen it. Go back in a differentseason or for a Friday night picnic to see justhow much the garden has to offer.

    The knot garden has always been one of myfavorites. All the darling petite animal topiarieshave been moved from their grouping to high-light them individually. Barusch feels one moremay be necessary and mused that a mortar andpestle-shaped topiary may be just the thing forthe medicinal plants garden. A new boxwoodhedge replaced the germander hedge for main-tenance reasons, but it actually works better.

    He will be featuring salvias in the herb gardenand throughout the landscape this year, buthere are the old favorites of dyers and weaversstill present, some of which, like the BouncingBet, are veritable weeds, albeit useful ones. All

    can be ornamentallike the Angelica,which was about toburst upward, orthe Polygonatumfrom Siberia thathe got fromRichters nursery.

    Barusch con-structed new fenc-ing to keep outdeer over the win-ter with his assis-tant Jeff Negron. Built from the bamboo thatthey harvested and graded on the property, it ismost notable on the driveway where it makes fora dramatic entrance gate.

    The privet on the south side was also renovat-ed, cutting it way back lead to a new wavy topthat gives a better sense of space than the oldschematic. The back part of the double hedge

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    Visiting Steinbeck and Chasing Charlie By Mike Lauterborn

    Funny how inspiration strikes. For me,it occurred at a Westport, CT book sale inSpring 2003. I was browsing titles andtripped across Travels with Charley, byJohn Steinbeck. The 1960 road tripsagaSteinbecks last look at America,with his dog Charley in towdrove me topurchase a van, stock it with suppliesand set off in September 2003 to follow inSteinbecks footsteps, using the tatteredpaperback as my atlas. The journey,through 35 states during 66 days over17,000 miles of American road, wouldresult in my own book titled ChasingCharley, which is on track to be publishedin 2011.

    It seemed appropriate to begin my adventureat Steinbecks property in Sag Harbor. So on afine Saturday in July 2003, at the invitation ofSteinbecks sister-in-law, Jean Boone, I set offfrom my Fairfield, CT home for the easternLong Island cove-side residence. Boone hadinherited the estate when Steinbecks widow(Boones sister) Elaine passed at age 88 thatspring after a long illness. Boone now sharedthe propertys upkeep with her companion ofthree decades, Ray Downey.

    I motored to New London and, a little beforetwo, drove up into the mouth of the Mary Ellenfor the 16-mile ferry crossing to Orient Point. Asign welcomed me to Long Islands WineCountry as I rolled from the ship, headed westtoward Greenport to connect with the North

    Ferry to Shelter Island. The route was linedwith vineyards and market stands displayingjuicy cherries and fresh-picked flowers. I wassure these sights reminded Steinbeck of hisbirthplaceSalinas, California.

    The North Ferry, much smaller than the MaryEllen, accommodated only 25 cars. I rolled mytruck aboard and set the brake. When wedocked, I followed 114 south across ShelterIsland to the South Ferry for the voyage to SagHarbor. What I briefly saw was hedgerowsobscuring shingled homes and tennis courts,and tanned young couples jetting about.

    The South Ferry crossing was equally briefand soon I was in Sag Harbor. The houses andwell-manicured properties in this area werealso hedge hidden, mostly by privets thatSteinbeck would have admired for the privacy

    they afforded.A lantern-bedecked bridge was the gateway

    to Sag Harbor Village, which, this day, wasmobbed with sightseers. A clerk at a bookstoreon the main guided me with directions to theSteinbeck home and, rising from hammocksstrung between massive oaks shading the largebackyard, Boone and Downey greeted me.

    Situated on a horseshoe-shaped cove, the par-cels main structures included a modest mainhouse, smaller bunkhouse where Steinbeckstwo sons had lived, tool-filled workshop, smallin-ground pool that Steinbeck had built for hiswife, and pier. Just prior to Steinbeck taking hiscross-country journey, Hurricane Donna laidsiege to Long Island and the little cove, sub-

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  • What was the name of that painter again?I know, I thought. Ill ask one of the guards.They were easy enough to find. They are in

    uniforms. I told my story to the nearest one Icould find, including Rachmaninoff and the fivein total. And he seemed puzzled.

    Who was the painter? he asked. I told him Idid not write that down. I had committed it tomemory. But now it was gone.

    I could help you if I knew the painter.There was another guard in the next gallery

    who looked much more scholarly than thisguard did. But I didnt want to hurt this firstguards feelings so what I did, after thankinghim very much, was to walk in a roundaboutway through other galleries in order to get tothe second guard without his seeing me do this.

    It occurred to me as I passed through theseother galleries that perhaps I would recognizethe name of the painter if I saw a really spec-tacular painting. There were several. One wascalled The Organ Rehearsal, by Henry Lerolleand consisted of a woman in a church choirsinging solo on a balcony. Another was a groupof horses being galloped through a field. It wasentitled The Horse Fair and it was by RosaBonheur. But Bonheur wasnt it. Neither wasLerolle.

    Now I was at the second guard. Same expla-nation, same answer.

    I wandered through several more gallerieshoping to find something to jump out at me byan artist whose name rang a bell, but I neverdid find one.

    Then I thoughtthis is ridiculous. Ive comethis far on this quest. I cant quit now. And so Ileft the 19th Century Impressionists and wentback down the stairs the way I came and backto the information booth.

    An old lady with grey hair was at the desknow. Just in those 20 minutes, I had missed theoriental girl. But no. There she was, standingnext to the old lady, apparently briefing herabout something or other before leaving. Shehad her coat on and her bag on her shoulder.But I had got her.

    I waited until this conversation ended, thenspoke to the Chinese girl. She was, I think,about to ask me how I had liked that painting,but I cut her off.

    I forget the name of the painter, I said, con-fessing all. I thought I could remember it. ButI didnt.

    Oh, no problem, she said. And now she wroteit down on my map on the top. Arnold Bocklin.There was an umlaut over the o.

    I went back upstairs, found the second guardand asked him about the work of the painterwhose name was on the map.

    Oh SURE, the guard said. And he walkedme through one gallery room and into the nextwhere he stopped at the entryway. He couldntget too far from his post, was the message. Andso he motioned to a particular painting on thefar wall from where he was. The painting.

    Thanks, I said.I walked over to it. Really, I was very disap-

    pointed. It wasnt all that bigjust two feet by

    three. It was dark and brooding, a picture of asmall island in the center of a sea. In the fore-ground, a man in a small boat was rowingtoward the island. In front of him, standing inthe boat, was a woman in a white shroud. Infront of her, there was an ornate coffin. Theisland, filled with weeds and vines, seemed tohave several crypts available on it. It was calledIsle of the Dead. It reminded me of the sketchof a stage set from a Wagnerian opera, some-thing a set designer might make to show adirector. In my mind, I could hear the boomingof the kettle drums and the honks of the bas-soons and cellos. But thats all I got. I tried tosee Rachmaninoff looking at it and gettinginspired. And I tried a Rachmaninoff piano con-certo in my head. But it kept reverting toWagner.

    This is IT? I said to nobody in particular.Hmmph.

    And so I left. Before I go, I thought, I ought toreturn to the information booth and tell the ori-ental girl that I had not been as impressed asshe. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I wouldsay and I was sure we could agree on that. I didexpect it to be unlikely she was still there butwent anyway, and she was not. Id have to tryher another day.

    So thats the story. As for me, I have to tellyou this enormous painting by Bonheur of adozen horses charging through a field on theirway to a fair, now thats something. Its right upthere. 19th Century Impressionists. You reallycant miss it. You can smell the manure.

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  • Times, USA Today and many other publica-tionsa sort of history of this place as seenthrough the eyes of a newspaper publisher.

    To find as many memorable New York charac-ters gathered between two covers, youd have tolook back to Joseph Mitchells Up in the OldHotel, wrote The New York Times.

    Refreshing as a dip in the ocean, wrote USAToday.

    Newsday excerpted an entire chapteraboutFrank Mundusin one of its issues.

    As the weeks roll by, I intend to read the chap-ters in the second book, one a week, everySaturday morning at 11 a.m., in a location whereone of the incidents in the chapter takes place. Asit happens, the local laws allow an assemblage ofhumans for a book reading in public as long asfewer than 50 people are present. Over 50, youresupposed to get a permit for a public assemblage.

    Most of the readings are outdoors. If more than50 come, we all get arrested.

    I will be reading in the Walking Dunes inNapeague, at the end of Long Wharf in SagHarbor, at the end of Louse Point Road inSprings, along the shore of Georgica Pond, infront of the Sagaponack Post Office and on andon. The chapters take 15 minutes at most toread. Im there, I read and sign, Im gone. I call itmy Commando Book Tour.

    (Never been done before! Not in the history ofbookselling! Impossible!)

    On Saturday morning on May 29 at 11 a.m. infront of London Jewelers on Main Street in EastHampton, come and hear the chapter StevenSpielberg including a bizarre plan to save theHamptons from a man-eating shark by feedinghim raw steak from helicopters. At the movietheatre a few doors down, the film Jaws was pre-miered. It was the summer of 1977.

    On Sunday morning at 11 a.m., the next day(did I mention that on some weekends I willwork both days?) come hear the chapter KurtVonnegut in front of the Sagaponack PostOffice. Then on June 5 at 11 a.m., a chapter ofIn The Hamptons Too will be read at the end ofLong Wharf in Sag Harbor. The chapter isNorman Mailer and in includes the making ofthe X-rated movie Maidstone he filmed here.

    The readings will continue on every week allsummer. So if you miss one, you can come toanother.

    Also, inasmuch as this is the 50thAnniversary of Dans Papers, one reading, onSunday of the Fourth of July, will take place not

    at 11 a.m., but at 4 in the afternoon, on the frontlawn of the Bridgehampton Community House.This will be followed by a full-blown party from5 to 7 inside, with a band, cider and crackersand a silent auction of memorabilia from thelong ago history of Dans Papers. Proceeds willbenefit the Bridgehampton Child Care andRecreation Center.

    In Southampton, a party for the 50thAnniversary of Dans Papers will take place onAugust 21 at the catering hall 230 Elm Streetup by the railroad station. This party will fea-ture a silent auction of paintings created by 50different artists who have had their work fea-tured on the covers of Dans Papers over theyears. Both In The Hamptons and In TheHamptons Too will be for sale there. And again,