Category: Misc.

Lulu Kitchen & Bar Review

(This article first appeared in the November 15, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   It’s a Thursday night in Sag Harbor and the scent of crisp air and cozy fireplace smoke blankets me — an emblematic combination for fall. Neighborhood fireplaces aren’t the source of the delicious fragrance; it’s the wood-fired oven at Lulu

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Daily Fitness: Choose Happiness

(This article first appeared in the November 15, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   What is happiness and why does it seem like the human race is on an eternal quest to find it, define it, and conquer it? Long Island artist and friend Asia Lee once challenged me to a verbal game of

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Yektai: An Ascension Through the Generations

(This article first appeared in the November 1, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Growing up in an artistic household creates unique circumstances. Trips to the ballpark are replaced with excursions to European museums. Patriarch of the Yektai family, Manoucher Yektai’s cultural exploration through Iran, France, and the United States has made him a

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Daily Fitness: Walk a Shelter Pet

(This article first appeared in the November 1, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Want a workout that makes you feel as good as you look? Walking a shelter dog at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation has all the endorphin-releasing qualities you need to get your heart pumping. Located right inside Red Creek Park

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A Passion for Portraiture

(This article first appeared in the September 13, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   When she was only three, Denise Franzino began copying Disney characters with a crayon in hand. Like most children, her first artworks were debuted throughout the walls of her home as curated by her mother, the household favorite being Mickey

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Daily Fitness: Tennis with Dennis

(This article first appeared in the September 13, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   The US Open may be over but after watching a few matches I became inspired. Sure, I played tennis growing up and made the varsity team in high school (oh so many years ago), but when trying to think of

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Where to Get Your Caffeine Fix in Sag Harbor

(This article first appeared in the August 16, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   After eight months of rebuilding from a fire that devastated Sag Harbor in December 2016, SagTown reopened its doors on August 5 with a new wave of business. “I finished the construction that Friday night at midnight and we opened

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A Crazy Jewish Family

(This article first appeared in the July 12, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Things are getting “crazy Jewish” at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton this Friday. Kate Siegel and her mother, Kim Friedman, are the social media sensational mother-daughter team, with over 814,000 followers on Instagram, behind @CrazyJewishMom. They will be discussing Siegel’s

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#GivingTuesday: The Worldwide Movement For Giving Back

(This article first appeared in the November 23, 2016 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Remember when Thanksgiving holiday weekend was about actually giving thanks? Neither do I. Today, eager American shoppers seem to be rushing through their family dinners in order to get to the nearest store for the best discounts. The joy and

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Will Ryan: An Artistic Awakening

(This article first appeared in the September 21, 2016 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   The East End is a breeding ground for creative minds, but much more it breeds compassion. Artist Will Ryan is the result of these two concepts. Living in Amagansett, near Lazy Point, Ryan walks to the beach or bay side

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