Hurricane Jose: Better Safe than Sorry

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From the East Hampton Supervisor’s Office:

As of 8:00 am, Tuesday September 19, the Town of East Hampton is under a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Jose passes about 200 miles east of Long Island, which is likely to continue through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service indicates we are expecting winds between 30mph and 40mph, heavy surf conditions, a possible 2-3 foot tidal surge and 2-3 inches of rainfall over the next two days. The storm surge can be expected to peak around the 9:00 am high tide Wednesday morning.

Low lying coastal areas throughout the town may experience street flooding. Strong winds and wet ground conditions may result in tree damage and power outages. Significant erosion is expected along the shoreline, especially the ocean front.

Residents should continue to monitor the track of the storm, secure loose outdoor items that may become airborne in high winds, and be sure to have adequate water and food supplies should there be a loss of electric service. Residents should regard all downed power lines as energized and potentially dangerous. Residents should maintain a safe distance at all times.

Residents should contact PSEGLI regarding any outages at: 1-800-490-0075. Outages may also be reported via text message by texting “OUT” to 773454. For storm related non-emergency incidents, residents should contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at 631-537-7575.

As always, in an emergency dial 9-1-1

Michael Bolton’s Hamptons ‘Evening Under the Stars’

The Michael Bolton Charities  grand “An Evening Under the Stars” fundraising dinner, private concert and auction in Sagaponack this past Saturday night still has tongues wagging. 

Held a few hours after the Artists & Writers game,  the glam affair, produced by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events was a home run. More than 300 guests attended the event, held in a gorgeous, chandelier-strung tent of draped grey silk at a private estate in Sagaponack, including hosts Chris Wragge, honoree Susan Shin and Kimberly Guilfoyle. Actor Richard Kind also joined the fun by acting as impromptu auctioneer for the “Michael Bolton Package” auction prize, which included 2 VIP tickets to a Michael Bolton concert, joining Bolton for sound check, and a meet and greet with photo and a personally signed guitar by Bolton.

Now in its 24th year, The Michael Bolton Charities has been a consistent advocate and supporter of initiatives and organizations committed to responding to the needs of children and women at risk from domestic violence, physical and mental abuse, poverty, homelessness and human trafficking. The Michael Bolton Charities has supported more than 100 organizations across the country. The evening was sponsored by Lawrence Scott Events and Sammi & Scott Seltzer, Iris Smith, Sabrina & Jahn Levin, Marjorie & Bobby Emden, Gale & Ken Sitomer, Hamptons Magazine and Wolffer Estate Vineyard.

Photos by Rob Rich of

CTREE Has Perfect Timing

Georgina Bloomberg for CTREE invite

Just in time for the equestrian set’s biggest gathering of the year here in the Hamptons (remember, the Hampton Classic kicks off on Sunday!)  today is the big day for the annual CTREE Horses Changing Lives Benefit.   The fundraiser–supporting the  Center for Theraputic Riding of the East End, which is a life changing riding program for children, adults and veterans with special needs–will be held tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton.

Georgina Bloomberg is the Honorary Chair of this year’s event with Tami Maines and Michelle Farmer serving as co-chairs.  The cocktail party in the stunning waterfront setting of the private Sebonack Club features live music from Hopefully Forgiven and a silent and live auction items which will bring out your competitive bidding skills.

The power of the CTREE program and horses’ ability to change lives is expressed by a parent whose daughter has been transformed by the program which operates out of the Wolffer Estate Stables in Sagaponack, NY. Her daughter was born two months premature and very underweight and at nine years old has faced balance, vision and auditory challenges.

“At three and a half years old, we started her at CTREE.  Her first ride on Mosely was quite memorable.  She sat straighter than her physical therapist could have dreamed, looked like a 35 lb. Grace Kelly and was so obviously confident on a large horse. We have seen her posture, core strength, leg strength and motor planning improve. To our family, CTREE has provided our daughter the opportunity to find her confidence, her passion and most importantly her voice. Every Saturday morning our beautiful daughter (lacking practically all pre-academic skills) walks into our bedroom at the crack of dawn clutching her riding boots and demands ‘Horsey!’”


Photos: Bella NY Hamptons White Party

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Earlier this month the cast of Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” hosted the fifth annual BELLA New York Hamptons White Party at the Southampton Social Club.

Guests at the beautiful people party included series star Lisa Edelstein and a whole lotta other Bravo talent: Stephanie Hollman (Bravo’s RHOD), Dolores Catania (Bravo’s RHONJ), Siggy Flicker (Bravo’s RHONJ), Kim Depaola (Bravo’s RHONJ), Stephen McGee (Bravo’s Summer House), Ashley Wirkus(Bravo’s Summer House), Lauren Wirkus (Bravo’s Summer House), Kyle Cooke (Bravo’s Summer House), Daniela Olivera (Bravo’s Summer House), Lindsay Hubbard (Bravo’s Summer House), Everett Weston (Bravo’s Summer House), Emilia Bechrakis (Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing), Tabasum Mir (Bravo’s The Singles Project), plus models Andy Peeke, Ingrid Levin and Amit Neuman, Gabriel Sloyer from Netflix’s “Narcos,” and Beau Garrett.  Courtenay Hall and Dan Hall from BELLA were also present.

Hamptons Hot Picks

Wouldn’t it be great if summer were a season that we could take off and solely do all the fun things that we associate with it. Beach time, cookouts, gatherings with friends, hikes and bike rides and getting and keeping in shape. And of course, all the benefits, concerts, events and parties. But alas, there’s even more work to be done and I am not ready for summer to be winding down quite yet. Noooooo!

Here’s are two of the many, many items on the agenda for today:


The 69th annual Artists & Writers Softball Game will be played today at Herrick Park in East Hampton. Aside from being lots of fun, silly antics and sport, this terrific event benefits East End Hospice, the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House and The Retreat.

And of course, there’s the annual Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons  Bow Wow Meow Ball. Held this year in honor of Nan Bush and Bruce Weber–both long-time ARF supporters who have incorporated their love for animals into their celebrated projects in film and photography over the course of their 45-year collaboration–to be held at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott tonight starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Guests will enjoy cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Cloud Catering & Events featuring sustainable fish and vegan specialties within an elegant setting created by David Monn and Alex Papachristidis. Afterwards, the party will continue with dancing to music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra. Over 400 high-profile guests from New York and the Hamptons are expected to attend the magical night. All proceeds will benefit ARF, a regional leader in New York for the rescue and adoption of cats and dogs. I heart ARF!


A Hamptons Happening Photo Gallery


Good news from the 13th annual A Hamptons Happening celebration, which benefits the research programs of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The event marked the announcement of two new SWCRF research grants and closed with exciting performances by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and recording artist Sophie Beem, a protégé of Beyoncé

Held at the Bridgehampton estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, the fundraiser included the announcements of two separate grants created by the SWCRF in collaboration with the Kate McGarrigle Foundation and the Ann Liguori Foundation for research in sarcoma and ovarian cancer.

 A Hamptons Happening was hosted by CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge and honored the achievements and charitable contributions of high-profile professionals from a wide range of industries: Glenn Myles, Chairman and CEO of First Wall Street Capital; Bobbie Lloyd, Chief Baking Officer of Magnolia Bakery; Shep Gordon, Talent Manager, Hollywood Film Agent, Producer and Author; Gabriel Kreuther, Owner and Executive Chef of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant, a Michelin Star recipient, and Relais & Chateaux restaurant; and Margaret Hayes, President and CEO of Fashion Group International.

This year’s benefit was chaired by event Co-Founder Marion Waxman and co-chairs Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Jake Croman, Erica Linden-Fineberg, Jacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Jennifer Saraf Myles and Jake Taub. Notable attendees included: Lori Stokes, Sharon Wilkes Kinberg and Robert Kinberg, Sybil and David Yurman, Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Sandy and Marc Taub, Pamela Morgan, Norena Barbella, Laurie Schaffran, James Frankel, Lewis A. Rubin, Gary Jacob, Bettina and Spencer Waxman, Julie and Scott Waxman, Ann Liguori, Scott Vallery, Bobbie Lloyd, Mark Petracca, Shep Gordon, Margaret Hayes, Gabriel Kreuther, Marion Waxman, Samuel Waxman, M.D., William T. Sullivan, Cesar Ricci, Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Jake Croman, Erica Linden-Fineberg, Jacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Jennifer Saraf Myles, Glenn Myles, Sarah and Chris Wragge, Elle Winter and Jake Taub.

*Photos by D.Gonzalez for Rob Rich/

Photos: Personal Vision Opening

Jamie Forbes, her son and daughter in law

Celebrating three talented East End artists, the Jamie Forbes Gallery in Center Moriches held an opening reception for “Personal Vision,” featuring the work of Kimberly Goff, Carol Hunt and Ty Stroudsburg on Saturday.  In case you missed it, there’s still time as the show will remain on view for the next month. Goody!

Thanks for the photos Kimberly!