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For The Love of Music

September 23, 2016 | By Emily J. Weitz | Along with Joan Osborne’s big name, there’s some other big news in the festival. What started out as one day of free music in the village has blossomed into a four-day festival, kicking off Thursday night at Bay Street Theater with a special performance by the Thursday Night Live Jazz Band (of Bay Burger fame) and the unique opportunity to view some of Joe Lauro’s historic music footage. Friday night, Osborne takes the stage at the Old Whalers Church.

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Swimwear Goes Fashion Forward

August 8, 2016 | By Michelle Farmer | Miami’s 2017 Swim Week rocks with style on the cutting edge The annual swimsuit event is a Mecca for the swim savvy, and I found myself awash in all the latest designs from around the world. Although it can be easy to get distracted by the sea of flawless bikini-clad models, I sought out the cutting edge of swim fashion — and was far from disappointed.

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Culture Warriors at Bat

July 11, 2016 | By Eric Ernst | The annual Artists and Writers softball game: A written portrait by an artist | Among the spectators, who had come to see celebrities like Paul Simon, Christie Brinkley or Regis Philbin, the initial response was a kind of shocked silence. Midst the startled hush while the television executive was carted off the field and taken to Southampton Hospital, I heard someone nearby ask, “What the hell was that? I thought this was a friendly game.”

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The Big Art & Design Fairs

May 26, 2016 | By Magda Grigorian | A growing East End Art Scene hosts four big fairs, each with a different flavor | The fairs have become big business and have grown in influence and sophistication, increasingly catering to A-List Collectors who are more relaxed and approachable. Between June and July, art and design lovers in the Hamptons can see a staggering array of collectibles from hundreds of dealers, right in their own backyard.

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Green Homes Part III: The Evolution of "Green" Products

April 25, 2016 | By John Barrows | To start with, as the home gets tighter for energy efficiency, the concerns for the products within the home and the proper (and controlled) ventilation become greater. Green homes utilize products that do not introduce unhealthy amounts of off-gassing from products.

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Green Homes Part II: What's Behind Green Performance

March 15, 2016 | By John Barrows | Building a successful green home requires real science behind the scenes…and inside the walls | We take many aspects of our homes for granted. At its root function, our homes should keep us comfortable, dry, and not jeopardize our health. They are meant to be structurally sound, withstand temperature changes, keep the weather out, and be visually and aesthetically pleasing. Understanding the science of how our homes function will provide a foundation to explaining the benefits of a green designed and constructed home.

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Green Homes Part I: Why Build Green?

October 4, 2015 | By John Barrows | Building a green home may or may not be for you. Here are a few things you should know. | What exactly is it? The truth is, “Green” has various interpretations ranging from a basic concern for the environment to the quest for energy efficiency; from a concern for our carbon footprint to seeking out the best alternative forms of energy; and from sustainability to a healthier indoor environment that also offers great comfort throughout the year.