#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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Daily Fitness: A Practice For Everyone

(This article first appeared in the April 12, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   My typical response to participating in a yoga class is “Namaste out of it.” However, it’s hard to argue yoga’s multitude of benefits, such as increased flexibility, muscle strength, circulatory health, and injury protection (among many others) that come with

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Daily Fitness: Take a Hike

(This article first appeared in the March 22, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper) With no winter storms in sight, it’s safe to say spring is in the air. As the weather outside slowly transitions from chilly temperatures to brisk breezes, hiking is an ideal way to get outdoors and acclimate to changing conditions. More

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Replacing Something Old With Something New

(This article originally appeared in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Weddings can call to mind such timeless moments and elegant couples as Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III in 1956, or Lady Diana’s nuptials to Prince Charles in 1981. Though we can’t

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Manna Restaurant: An Authentic Sicilian Experience

(This article first appeared in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   When the opportunity arose to experience Manna Restaurant in Water Mill, I knew I’d be in for a flavorful evening. Situated at the reminiscent location of Mirko’s, a restaurant known for catering to a wealthy clientele, that closed its doors

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Sag Harbor: A Hopeful Future

(This article first appeared in the January 11, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   When the massive fire broke out in the historic village of Sag Harbor on the frigid morning of December 16, businesses, homes and memories all fell victim to the roaring flames that ripped through Main Street. One of those businesses,

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The Scarlet Letter Comes Alive at Bay Street

(This article first appeared in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Whether or not you’ve actually read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, chances are you’ve heard of it. Perhaps it was on a reading list back in grade school that you eagerly passed on after noticing it was originally published in

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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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Four Siblings, One Goal: To Change The World

(This article first appeared in the September 7, 2016 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Across the East End, kids headed back to school this week. For most students it’s just another year of academics, social clubs, sporting events, and counting down the days until the next holiday weekend. For the Kehoe family of Westhampton

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Chalk Art: Long Islands Latest Masterpiece

(This article first appeared in the August 24, 2016 issue of The Independent Newspaper- as a prequel to the post write up seen here)   Picture the word “love” drawn out in front of your eyes on a black chalk board. Waves, underwater creatures, and flowers all morphed to form the letters L, O, V,

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