Business Briefs, January 3


Sag Harbor Chamber Announcements

The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, along with The Sag Harbor Express, The Sag Harbor American Music Festival and Cape Advisors recently announced the lineup for its HarborFrost weekend of events. This year, the annual celebration of the season and all-things Sag Harbor will be held Friday, February 8, through Sunday, February 10, in downtown Sag Harbor village.

Highlights of the weekend-long event include the “First Frost Ball,” at Muse in the Harbor, the HarborFrost Farmers Market, a Polar Bear Plunge at Windmill Beach to benefit the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corp., a pancake breakfast to benefit the Volunteer Fire Department, ice carving, fire dancers, fireworks, a treasure hunt, live music, art walks, events at John Jermain Library, retail sales and restaurant specials, fun for the family and more. For more information, visit

The Chamber of Commerce also released the results of its recent Board of Directors election.

Robert Evjen of Douglas Elliman has served as the chamber president for the past eight years, and will remain on the board in an advisory capacity, and as the 2013 HarborFrost chairman. Alan Fruitstone of Harbor Pets will step down as vice president after eight years of service, and will continue on as a board member and chairman of the annual HarborFest.

Sag Harbor American Music Festival President Kelly Connaughton will serve as board president. The Press News Group’s Marketing and Advertising Associate David MacMillan will serve as board vice president. Sen Restaurant Business Manager Barbara Manning will serve as treasurer. Sag Harbor Farmers Market Manager Ana Nieto will serve as corresponding secretary. Sag Harbor Express Sales Manager Gavin Menu will serve as recording secretary. Cook Travel’s Mary Ann Cicio, Harbor Pets owner Alan Fruitstone, Life’Style owner Debbie Rudoy, East Hampton REC Center YMCA Executive Director Juan Castro, and Sag Harbor Variety Store owner Lisa Field will serve as directors for 2013.

The newly elected members will join existing board members Chamber co-founder and Director Emeritus David Lee, The Wharf Shop co-owner Dede O’Connell, Dr. Andrew Pepper of Village Mobile Veterinary and Barbara Schmitz of the Sag Harbor Liquor Store.

State Funding for Economic Growth

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a series of state-funded grants through the Regional Economic Development Council that would benefit the East End. Long Island was the recipient of $59.7 million out of the estimated $738 million in grants in state aid to go toward 86 proposed projects.

Out of that designation, East End projects include $150,000 for “Accabonac Harbor Storm Water Remediation,” by the Town of East Hampton; $90,000 for “Building Bridges: Long Island,” by East End Arts; $146,982 for “Construction of Havens Beach Storm Water Improvements,” by the Village of Sag Harbor; $227,583 for “Improving Montauk Commercial Waterfront Infrastructure,” by Inlet Seafood Inc.; $23,500 for “Lean Manufacturing Training,” by Shinnecock Pools, Inc.; $335,000 for a “Thematic Tourism Project,” by the East End Tourism Alliance; and $120,000 toward a “Transformative Commercial Fisheries Infrastructure Project,” by Montauk East LP.

School Receives Reaccreditation

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools has reaccredited the Raynor Country Day School in Speonk. The accreditation signifies that the school has met the 125-year old organization’s standards for a quality school, recognized worldwide as an indicator of educational quality, trustworthiness, and commitment to ongoing school improvement.

The award was announced by the association’s president, Dr. Henry G. Cram Jr.

“Raynor Country Day School has earned and deserves recognition for successfully completing the rigorous and rewarding Middle States reaccreditation process which signifies a level of educational quality that goes beyond the accountability requirements of state and federal inspection, reporting and monitoring,” he said. “Middle States accreditation goes beyond recognition for prior achievements, but ensures a commitment to future accomplishments and continuous improvement designed to ensure every child receives a quality education.”

Raynor Country Day School achieved accreditation by completing a comprehensive self-evaluation and hosted a volunteer evaluation team of independently-appointed educators.

The school went on to create a strategic plan to ensure ongoing school improvement over the course of several months and was governed by a steering committee and involved the entire Raynor Country Day School community, including faculty, parents and students. As part of the terms of the accreditation, the Raynor Country Day School community will engage in a commission-directed series of reports and/or site visits to maintain the rigor of the accreditation process.

Credit Union Opens New Branch

Suffolk Federal Credit Union will open its newest branch in the King Kullen Shopping Center, located at 5 Eastport Manor Road in Eastport, at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 17, at 11 a.m.

Suffolk Federal Credit Union currently operates branches across Long Island and provides financial products, member services and mortgage products to its clientele.

Soundsense Wins Stevie Award

East Hampton-based acoustical engineering and consulting company SoundSense, LLC was recently awarded a Bronze Stevie® Award for Company of the Year, Consumer Services division at the ninth annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The company, owned by Bonnie Schnitta, Ph.D., who has more than 30 years of experience, aims to improve acoustics in homes, offices, classrooms, restaurants, businesses and industry, and is a full-service engineering firm that includes both material sales and installation. SoundSense was chosen out of more than 1,200 nominees by more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in this year’s judging process.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Stevie Awards committee,” said Dr. Schnitta said. “I take great pride in being a woman entrepreneur and to be part of such an exciting evening surrounded by so many successful women, was truly inspirational.”

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