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Code enforcement shuts down soup kitchen at Southampton Tire

It's amazing to me that people are complaining about taxes and money when the Whitby's and sisters were doing this on their own. I commend the Whitby's for opening their hearts and their business despite possible backlash. They will be my first choice for tires from now on :)" Apr 1, 09 2:56 PM

We're all in tough times folks. I am sure if you wanted to look for work on the corner, you could. Not to change the subject, but if there was a worklink center and anyone fell on hard times, this service would be available for you, but there was so much drama over it that it never happened. Yet many of the same people who were against the worklink center are now exactly the people who could use it most.

If you were literally starving, heard of a soup kitchen and went in, they would feed you with a smile and with wishes that your life would soon improve. Enough with the BS that you would be treated in any different way.

In times like these, I'm glad we have people like the Whitby's, Sister Breige, and the many other anonymous people who do things simply because people are in need. It is now that we need to know our neighbors and all work together.

I for one, will look after all, no matter their color or whether they have papers." Apr 2, 09 12:16 AM

The misinformation on here is alarming and makes the locals look ignorant....so let me help you out:

1) Many undocumented immigrants DO pay taxes and DO NOT receive services in return. Through the efforts of McCain/Kennedy who tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform, the discussion focused on how to determine who has been here and for how long. The government setup a tax identification number for undocumented immigrants to pay taxes to prove how long they have been here and that they have been contributing. Even though cir didn't pass, many immigrants still pay because they know in the future the chances of this being their doorway to citizenship is pretty good.

2) For people who have mentioned that there are already food pantries around....Have you been to a pantry lately? Have you donated? They were all desperately in need of donations over the winter. My guess is most of you wouldn't have even be able to tell me where the local soup kitchen is before this article....and you should be thankful for that.

3) To the immigrant who was able to obtain your green card at JFK....guess what? You can't do that today. To the people whose family came through Ellis Island (like my family), guess what? Ellis Island is closed. And for the record, my family didn't know any English and never learned....they were from Italy. To the person who wrote that he has lots of "Spanish" friends that have their papers....really? How exactly do you go about proving that? Do you ask them as soon as you meet them or bring it up slowly over a period of time? This is truly an absurd thought.

4) Yeah you're all right, those illegal immigrants really have all of us hoodwinked! They are such good actors, pretending to need work by standing in the freezing cold and acting hungry so we give them some soup. Meanwhile they get to live like kings. They have it so much better than us lowly poor people in the Hamptons. LOL! There is no help for you if you actually believe this. Try talking to some of the guys on the street, you know without shouting "go back to Mexico" (to the Columbian or Guatamalan), and you might actually learn something....but it's easier to sit in your comfy chair and criticize everything that is different than you.

5) I'm an immigrants rights advocate married to someone who is Shinnecock....go figure. I would gladly have any of you over to our house for coffee (Thunder Island Coffee roasted on the Shinnecock Reservation) and some conversation about immigration. For all those who are trying to teach everyone about Shinnecock history, could I ask for your credentials? If you're that interested, you can pay a visit to the Shinnecock Museum and learn a thing or two that you didn't learn at the local pub or pull from your rear.

6) As far as signing my name....anyone who knows me can figure it out, but for those who don't, it's Lisa Votino-Tarrant. You can send all hate mail to lmvotino@optonline.net so I have something to get a good chuckle at tonight. Now it's your turn. If you're so correct, why not sign with your real name?" Apr 3, 09 6:07 PM

Hampton Bays woman founds new pro-immigration organization

Sylvia is a wonderful woman who has managed to bring people together for a shared concern....kudos to her. This group of people working together to educate people about immigration is wonderful....as you can see from above, the misinformation out there is terrible.

No one has the right to judge someone else for who they choose to help - it's her own time. Those of you calling her a traitor and such, how American is that?
" Jun 3, 09 5:55 PM

Tymann defeat mocked at cemetery that clashed with Southampton Town Trustees

DISGUSTING! As someone who works to preserve unmarked burial grounds in the town, I find this to be completely classless. I had really felt for the Westhampton cemetery and hoped they could find a resolution in the new year. But the fact that someone would setup a display like this over a political loss has my stomach turning. There is no mention in the article of the cemetery committee trying to look into who the culprit is. If anyone involved was truly appalled, they would find out who did this and denounce them and their actions.

It is our duty to protect our ancestors final burial place. I thought myself and Westhampton cemetery were on the same wave length...seems they have a bad egg in their mist...

PS - I'm a democrat and I voted for Brian. I like him. He's approachable and cared. I can;t imagine him doing anything at all to warrant something like this....ESPECIALLY IN A CEMETERY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE SACRED GROUND! Absolutely shameful...." Nov 12, 09 9:03 AM

Shinnecock Indian Nation wins preliminary federal recognition

I should be used to the ignorant comments left on this site, BUT....

"been there lately?" Why yes I have, I live here. When is the last time you were here? You should take a visit to the Shinnecock Museum....an education might do you some good.

"Ask a member of the Apache Nation" Sure, there are few people here who are also Apache. We could also ask our Apache friends who attend the Shinnecock Pow Wow each year. Or I could call up one of my best girl friends who is Apache who happened to write yesterday and say how happy she was for my husband. So who are you woodhound? Surely you won't mind telling because you apparently speak for all Apaches.

"gold teeth, rap music, and drug dealing thugs" LOL. Did you see the cover of Newsday today? That would be my husband's grandmother. But you're so intuitive! What Newsday didn't show you was a picture of her smiling with her full set of gold teeth, the fact that she's dancing to ODB and that she sells killer hash. (But then again, anyone who knows grandma, and many in Southampton do, know she is a beautiful and regal woman, proud of her culture and very giving to our communities, who has waited a long time for this)

The fact you actually wasted your time writing this is hysterical to me." Dec 16, 09 3:37 PM

Shinnecocks are looking at benefits that come with federal recognition

The main reservation is over 800 acres. Highhatsize, you live in East Quogue and don't know how large the reservation is? Look at a map and you can clearly see it've over 80 acres.

I'm looking forward to the article Michael! " Dec 22, 09 6:34 PM

Special election date set by Southampton Town Board

Go Bridget Go! :)" Jan 10, 10 8:34 PM

Broderick to star in Hamptons-based sitcom

I think the inspiration came from Jerry Della Femina. " Feb 2, 10 3:01 PM

Questions are raised over Town Board candidate's fund-raising restrictions

Wow reg rep....I actually didn't think the above discussion was partisan until you chimed in with this. This article doesn't say who raised the question of whether Hughes could run or not. It could have been the candidate himself if he thought it would be an issue further into the campaign. See Connecticut's Attorney General race if you doubt people do this.

What's truly sad is that you believe a law degree from an outstanding school and important work with the DA's office isn't important. I'm certainly not going to vote for Mr. Hughes, but I would never say his work with the police department is insignificant. Maybe you could enlighten us with what your occupation and achievements are so we can all belittle them? Seems childish doesn't it?

For the record, if Board of Elections has cleared Mr. Hughes to run, then I wish him luck. However, you state that he is a retired police officer already. He's not. I personally don't feel comfortable with cops running for elected office while still active. If it was me, I would either retire now or take a leave of absence. I don't know his circumstances or the department's rules, so I don't know how feasible this is.

One more thing that continually irks me....why do so many people out here bash people who choose to make our community their home. Ms. Fleming didn't retire out here to enjoy her later years in life, she moved out here and started a family. Maybe it's a little personal for me. My husband is Shinnecock....so he's about as native as you can get....but I moved out here 5 years ago before we got married. I'm very active in many organizations out here and love our town. Just because someone was born here, it somehow makes them better than someone else or love our community more? That just seems stupid." Feb 3, 10 7:35 PM

I apologize if I seemed disingenuous, but really didn't mean to. What I should have written was that none of the posts struck me as specific campaigns writing up until reg rep. It seemed like people were divided over party lines, not campaign lines.

DJ I hate to tell you this.....but I think it's more then your usually crew of dems criticizing Mr. Hughes. There are quite a few names on the threads that I don't recognize. He's part of a police force that hasn't lacked controversy. That attracts a lot more than dems who want to get their candidate elected.

Although I highly doubt that Mr. Hughes would use his position in a bad way, I did chuckle at the fact that he can't have anything to do with his finances, yet his campaign's address is his home and someone with the same last name is his treasurer. This guy seems to want to be legit, so someone who's in circle might want to recommend he change this asap.....And that wasn't meant to be mean, I'm serious. Change it and then people have less to question.

I don't have access to the pay site, so could someone let me in on why he is retiring March 8th?" Feb 3, 10 10:43 PM

I actually think she has a good platform, has lots of energy, is very intelligent and an all around great person. Did you get to have a conversation with her? Or are you basing it off articles you read and maybe a debate you attended?You are entitled to your opinions and your vote. I don't really know Mr. Hughes, so I can't comment on how impressed I would be with him politically. I am sure he is a completely competent police officer. I don't know his positions on anything yet.

But I still don't get why being a life-long resident here is a reason to vote for someone? I actually get really turned off when a campaign focuses in how long someone has been out here for instead of what they have DONE for out here, whether they've been here 75 years or 2 years...." Feb 3, 10 10:50 PM

True, but there are no democrats currently on the Town Board. I don't know Mr. Malone's registered party, but he was a leader in the conservative party. Nuzzi and Graboski are registered republicans. ATH is a registered independent. " Feb 5, 10 3:36 PM

Listen DJ....Honestly this situation could be reversed, a democrat who is a police officer running for town board and I would still be uncomfortable with the idea. As far as I know, this isn't any kind of secret strategy. I think there are partisan people on here, but I think no matter what side of the court the ball falls on, there are many people who feel uneasy about a current cop running for office.

I'd like to share a convo I had with the hubby. I told him about this story and all the comments and asked his opinion. At first he didn't see anything wrong with it. He looked at it as a cop is a public servant just as an elected official is a public servant. In his opinion they were both serving the public, so what was the difference. He asked why I didn't agree. My answer is that even though both are public servants, police officers are held to a higher standard...and for good reason. They are trusted with a lot of power in our community. Police officers deserve our upmost respect for the duty they do serving our communities. That is why the charges are treated different if someone murders an elected official versus a police officer.

In return, I would hope police officers would treat the trust we instill in them as something sacred. In my opinion this means going the extra mile more than the average person to ensure the public feels that there is no impropriety on their behalf.

This isn't saying that Mr Hughes would improperly use his position in any way. But I believe he has a duty to go above and beyond the status quo to ensure the public that his campaign is completely legit and answer the questions they have.
" Feb 5, 10 3:50 PM

That's exactly how I feel, with the exception that we don't know who asked the question. It certainly would give Mr. Hughes more credibility if he did it himself just to remove this topic from the debate so we could focus on the issues at hand. But by the comments above it doesn't sound like it's the case.

See this article that discusses Ms. Bysiewicz asking the current Attorney General in Connecticut whether she is eligible to run...http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-bysiewicz-opinion-qualified.artfeb05,0,4488854.story" Feb 5, 10 4:00 PM

You should know that I don't speak for Bridget, her campaign or democrats in general. Trust me, any hole I dig, is wholly my own :)

I'm not debating whether or not the BOE's decision was correct or not. There are legal decisions made everyday that all of us agree and disagree with. I am simply stating that I understand the concern people have. I am sure Mr Hughes is a completely upstanding guy, both on the force and in his personal life. But say I wasn't interested in local politics at all...to the average person (I know because I've asked quite a few today and with the exception of my hubby) it didn't sit well with them.

I've run campaigns before. If Mr. Hughes was my candidate in this situation, my advice would have been to get the decision himself so this wouldn't spark a debate on 27east.com, with over 100 comments, where people who have never met him could get the wrong impression.

But then again, since when do candidates listen to their committees?" Feb 6, 10 12:00 AM

Terry - You keep saying pick-up the phone and call. My opinion is a hind sight thing....I think he should have raised the question himself so this would have been a blurb in the paper instead of all this.

Although, I disagree with your train of thought. Yes, active, interested voters MAY call, but it is up to the candidate and their volunteers to find the voters and engage them. At least in my opinion. Wouldn't it be a candidate's dream to have all voters come to them?" Feb 6, 10 12:04 AM

DJ - So was the inquiry into this to get an opinion from BOE done at Mr. Hughes request? That is the part left out of the article. It doesn't say who made the inquiry. But if it was Mr. Hughes, it might do him some good to come out publicly and say he asked for the opinion just to ensure the public that there was no conflict of interest. Again, at least that's what my recommendation would be to the candidate.

I'm not against anyone on here posting. I think the conversation has stayed civil. But I will follow your advice "When you let a lie stand unchallenged, it has the potential to become perceived truth" and let you know that none of this is coming from Bridget's campaign. What I write are my words, I don't speak for anyone else. And I also believe I haven't spoken out negatively about Mr. Hughes. I have some concerns, but not all concerns are based on getting a candidate elected. I've had issues with democratic candidates in the past. And that's why we take our time to write on here isn't it? To share concerns about things in our community? To show support for the things we care about?

For full disclosure, since this seems to be an issue for you, I am volunteering on Bridget's campaign. But I don't speak for her or the campaign. As a matter of fact I haven't even had a conversation with another active democrat on this topic. That's how much it's NOT coming from a particular campaign. What I say are my words. If you think what I say is negative against Mr. Hughes, you can call me individually out on it....you know who I am. See, I want to make sure there's no presumed impropriety on my behalf :)

" Feb 6, 10 4:21 PM

DJ - You know it wasn't his opponent that raised the issue. I don't know who did and have been trying to figure it out this whole discussion.

By the way, (and this is partisan....actually more personal)...."uneducated opponent?" There may be some things you don't agree with Bridget on...but you can't call her uneducated without laughing right? In my opinion she is a beautiful, intelligent, high-spirited person who loves people and our community and doesn't shy away from tough situations. But uneducated?

It is inflammatory language like that DJ, that forces intelligent discussion like these to go right into the toilet. You don't want that to happen right?" Feb 7, 10 12:11 AM

Bridget Fleming wins vacant Southampton Town Board seat

Congrats to Bridget! I had a great time helping a wonderful woman win a seat on town council to help make our community a better place :)" Mar 10, 10 6:10 PM

Stony Brook University will announce drastic cuts to Stony Brook Southampton

...meanwhile they're building new buildings in Stony Brook and just finished a major renovation to the gym? I have friends that go to both campuses and the ones in Stony Brook only wish their classes were here in Southampton. Stony Brook is more a commuter school while they look at Southampton more as a community school. Dr. Stanley you should be ashamed for making hasty decisions without the input from the community who has supported all the work the college has done through whatever name it had...." Apr 7, 10 10:26 AM

Shinnecocks expect final word on recognition Tuesday

As I expected....mostly ignorant comments. I bet most of you criticizing Shinnecock have never stepped foot on the reservation. Ever been to pow wow? Ever stopped in at Thunder Island Coffee Shoppe for a great cup of coffee and a snack? Ever buy a plant from Stepping Stones? These are two businesses that do not sell cigarettes that you could patronize if you are so against the smoke shops.

I live on the reservation....I've never been sold drugs or heck, even asked to buy. I've never had any problems with guns. This is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Read Agawam Notes....also in the Southampton Press...and you can find out all the weekly things that happen here and what people are doing. Oh right, you can only read headlines that seem scandalous to you. You let the few negative stories about Shinnecock that get press time affect your opinion, instead of finding the truth for yourself....sheep.

I'll repost here, my message on my Facebook:

SHINNECOCK IS FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED! Congratulations to my wonderful husband, who was born and raised on the reservation while the 30+-year struggle for fed. recognition occurred. My heart is with our many family members, friends, and all those who are proud to call themselves Shinnecock. You fought long and hard and I hope this is a small victory to you in some way. Thank you for letting me a part of the journey :)" Jun 15, 10 12:48 PM

Anyone who starts a sentence "THESE PEOPLE DONT BRING NOTHING" in all caps, isn't even worthy of an intelligent response." Jun 15, 10 12:51 PM

I'm white and lived here for 5 years.....I have never had a problem. No bats, security is friendly and looks after me....If anything, it is more of a community watch, we protect each other.

That's not saying everyone is perfect. Is everyone in your neighborhood perfect? But to make such a generalized statement that all young tribal members do not respect what it means to be a human being or Shinnecock is horrendous. Many of our youth are awesome and have made quite distinguished futures for themselves.

I'm not debating the casino, because today is a day to celebrate FEDERAL RECOGNITION which comes with many many more benefits than a casino....even thought that seems to be the only one people are focusing on.

You should try your hand again at the pow wow....last year was excellent weather and a great time. But then again if you think every Shinnecock person you cross paths with is out to get you, I could understand it being a really bad time." Jun 15, 10 2:26 PM

It was and is wonderful to live on the reservation....before and after federal recognition. I, unlike you, know the difference between the importance of federal recognition versus the possibility of a casino. I don't care about the casino. My husband's tribe and the recognition they deserve has always been a top priority for me.

It is everyone else who keeps bringing up a casino, not me. Federal recognition brings a lot more possibilities for the tribe, so who says the ideas you mentioned couldn't be done? What I'm happy about Wrong, is that people like YOU don't get to decide for them anymore." Jun 15, 10 7:58 PM

For everyone on here professing to know so many drug and gun dealers on the rez, I'm going to say you must have first -hand knowledge. I live here and wouldn't know who to talk to if I so desired one or the other. So either you're patronizing someone or you are believing and perpetuating a stereo-type. But hey, if it's keeping ignorant people like you away, I couldn't be happier :)" Jun 15, 10 8:07 PM

You can debate a casino all you want....but there really is no debating whether a tribe that has been here for thousands of years deserves federal recognition.

BTW - It seems to be you who is preoccupied with money. Everyone here I've spoken to is just happy and full of pride right now. " Jun 15, 10 8:10 PM

Kabot's DWI trial delayed once again

Oh god! I didn't realize Jeff Conroy's (the young man that stabbed Marcelo Lucero) lawyer Keahon was the same Keahon defending Kabot!! I went to the murder trial and this guy just gives me the creeps....not a great asset in a defense attroney!

I like Linda and I wish her the best...but seriously....Keahon????" Jun 23, 10 9:16 PM

I just read Rocky's comment....you should be ashamed of yourself. I bet if this was a forum in-person you wouldn't publicly speak such trash....but it's pretty easy to be tough from your couch huh guy?" Jun 23, 10 9:18 PM

IPG - I'm not saying anything about the defense he provided. I'm just saying face-to-face this guy is creepy. If I was accused of a crime, I'm not sure this is the guy I would want representing me that's all. I'm not sure what his record is or how good of an attorney he is, but his mannerisms would turn me off if I was sitting on a jury with him as the defense attorney. I know I'm not the only one who has seen him in action that believes this...so I sort of wonder why other people don't?" Jun 27, 10 12:07 PM

Connecticut casino employees file 11th-hour challenge to Shinnecock recognition

Wow, the comments here so far actually have been positive! I'm amazed and happy! :) I personally want to say thank you...it's nice to know there are people out there who may disagree with the casino, but realize the importance of federal recognition to the tribe. I'm sure there are others on the rez reading these comments who find this helpful." Jul 15, 10 6:28 PM

Rechlers pick up demolition permit applications for Canoe Place Inn

I'm getting pretty sick and tired of outside developers coming into our community and telling us what's important and what's not. While CPI right now may not be gem that it used to be, it by far could be again. The Rechler's had a good idea in making it a catering hall....it maybe wouldn't make them as much money, but it would still be profitable and it WOULD be a benefit to the community. Imagine it all spruced-up again. It could be the largest catering hall out here which would enable organizations and people to have events locally instead of heading up to the north fork or further west.

Our answer to everything can't be "look it needs work, screw it, let's just demolish it and start over." If you're going to do that, then you can't use how historic and serene the hamptons are in your marketing brochures." Oct 1, 10 5:07 PM

Altschuler balks; debate with Bishop canceled

Apparently not if the Republican candidate can't show-up for a debate. Altschular chickened out of a debate during the primary season also. I'm starting to see a pattern emerging." Oct 11, 10 9:22 PM

Not necessarily rescheduled. I believe it's the Retired NYS Firefighters group, of which some of their members live in the district. Versus hundreds of people who live in the district. Makes me wonder where the priorities are." Oct 11, 10 9:26 PM

Read my note above....it's retired NYC firefighters. I found it odd as well." Oct 11, 10 9:29 PM

"Hunkered down in his house" - You mean, like living? He LIVES in Southampton....I don't think that's being hunkered down in your house.

BTW - I'm not a huge Bishop fan, but I do see him a real lot out here. I don't think you can accuse him of being an absent Congressman. Alschular on the other hand....I've never seen. And apparently won't be seeing because he's skipping the debate." Oct 11, 10 9:34 PM

Former Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Chief Melissa 'Missy' Croke Dies At 57

I as well as many others are devastated by this. Missy is so loved and I hate that this bright star has been taken away from her friends and family so soon. Every time I saw Missy, she was so happy no matter what her troubles were. It was her that I turned to when I needed a shoulder to lean on.

I'll miss you Missy more than you may ever know....." Dec 29, 10 10:32 PM

Nuzzi Not Sure If He Will Accept GOP Nomination For Supervisor

"Bender does not fit the bill of fresh blood - the guy did nothing for the real people of FRNCA (only what the members who showed up foolishly wanted) and I would think the number of voters coming out of the FRNCA area is pretty small."

Nature, this is the most absurd quote on here right now. So Brad Bender did what the members of FRNCA, who care enough about their community to show-up to meetings, wanted him to do....and this is a bad thing? If people in a community have a specific issue, they should become more active in their community to work on fixing it! Guess what? People who don't show-up and don't participate and don't let their voices be known get left behind and their concerns won't be addressed. " May 19, 11 6:42 PM

Most East End Houses Of Worship Won't Wed Same-Sex Couples

I disagree Bill. Why not do both stories? A follow-up to your story two weeks ago saying how the day went, our town clerk's reactions, the grooms' reactions, how the room was filled, etc., would have been a really nice celebratory story. Then you could have also had the places of worship climate.

To ignore this historical, monumental day in our history is the Press' loss. Patch.com did do an excellent job." Jul 27, 11 10:49 AM

I love when parents say this. You know how many of my gay friends' parents I've watched stick their foot in their mouths because 10-15 years ago they said the same thing? It's fine to be gay. You choose being gay as much as you choose your ethnicity or your sex. The sooner our laws change, the sooner that society as a whole can change....good riddance!

Enjoy your happy, wonderful bubble while you can lovinlife.....you may not be for much longer, lol" Jul 28, 11 9:45 PM

Escape To New York Canceled Sunday Due To Rain

I was out of town this weekend, but I can vouch that there was severe flooding and we lost power at my house. I wonder if the Newport Jazz Festival in its first year would have had the same problem if it would be an issue? Anytime you do an experimental event like this, there will be kinks that need to be worked out. I'm sure there was concern for the grounds, but it has rained PLENTY of times during pow wow and the grounds clean-up fine. And to say it was just "Shinnecock sacrificing ticketholders for self-interest," that's just dumb. There were many Shinnecock vendors and many tribal members employed during the festival. My guess is that the loss of power in such heat was the main culprit and they will be better prepared next year." Aug 8, 11 5:00 PM

I live 300 feet from the pow wow grounds and even though I was out of town, I asked my husband about this. He said he loved it and the festival was great. He said it was louder than the pow wow, but not anything out of hand.

As for traffic.....really? We have traffic all the time out here for all sorts of events. You expect me to believe that the traffic for this concert which has maybe 10,000 people throughout the weekend caused more traffic that 30,000 + pow wow Labor Day weekend or the Hampton Classic the week before, or the US Open at Shinnecock Hills?

Or are those weekends you just stay in the city? Well next year you might have to add one more to that list." Aug 8, 11 5:05 PM

Springs Resident Calls For East Hampton Councilwoman Theresa Quigley To Resign In Wake Of "Nazis" Comment

Wait....did you really just use the term "Unoccupy Springs Movement?" I wasn't going to chime in being I'm in Southampton, but I'm curious as to who is unoccupying? Is everyone leaving? Springs is going back to what it was like before Europeans came? Or do you just want "some people" to unoccupy Springs? How does that work? Because I don't think you or anyone else has the right to say who stays and who goes. " Mar 17, 12 9:07 PM

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