Business Briefs, January 23

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Sag Harbor Chamber NewsThe Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce has announced that new members Cristina Tagliasacchi, Hayley Thorpe, David Brogna and Susan Borgita have been elected to its 2014 board of directors. Longstanding board members Lisa Field and Dr. Andrew Pepper have stepped down from their positions. Debbie Rudoy was elected the corresponding secretary.

The chamber will hold its weekend-long, village-wide HarborFrost festival on Friday, February 7, through Sunday, February 9, with a kick-off party at Muse in the Harbor, ice sculpting, fireworks, a family fun day on Saturday, treasure hunt, fire dancers, retail sales and restaurant specials throughout the weekend.

The fourth annual event will also feature several fundraising events, including the second annual Frost Ball on Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m., a Polar Bear Plunge at Windmill Beach to benefit the Sag Harbor Ambulance Corps and Pierson High School theater and arts programs, and a pancake breakfast on Sunday to benefit the Sag Harbor Junior Volunteer Fire Department and Stony Brook Burn Center.

Visit www.sagharborchamber.com for a full schedule of events.

MARVILfit Opens In Hampton BaysHigh-end indoor cycling and fitness company MARVILfit cycling and fitness will open on February 1 at 101-3 West Montauk Highway in the Hamlet Green shopping center in Hampton Bays. The company’s founder and president, Marisella Villano BS, MPS, CFT, will bring over 15 years of experience in personal training, spinning and group fitness to the new location, which boasts a club-like atmosphere and personalized services.

MARVILfit will be the first studio on Long Island to use Spinner Blade Ion bikes. The specialty bike has a generator built into its flywheel to power the computer console on the bike. The rider’s pedaling powers the bike and computer system built in to the bikes are ANT+ compatible which allow the rider to download performance data to a smart phone.

The studio will also feature biodegradable equipment wipes, recycled rubber flooring (both made in the USA), LED lighting and energy star flat screens.

Visit www.marvilfit.com or call (631) 697-3823 to book classes and bike times.

Promotions At KFPPremier certified public accounting and consulting firm Kandell, Farnworth & Pubins, CPA’s, P.C., with offices in East Hampton and Aquebogue, have announced that Peter B. McFarland of Stony Brook and Robert J. Skozlas of Mastic have been promoted to partners at the firm’s Aquebogue branch.

Mr. McFarland is a member of the firm’s small business practice, assisting his clients with accounting systems and controls, budgeting and planning, and guiding them through the compliance requirements of federal, state and other regulatory agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Long Island University at Southampton.

Mr. Skozlas specializes in the preparation of estate and trust returns and trust administration in addition to profitability consulting with small-business owners. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Long Island University at C.W. Post College.

Both are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

“We are pleased to welcome Peter and Robert as members of the firm. Their dedication to their clients’ needs has contributed to successful growth of the firm,” said KFP’s managing partner David A. Kandell.

”We congratulate them on their new roles in our company and look forward to many more successful years together assisting our clients,” he said.

Travel Agency To MergeLocal travel agency Cook Travel has recently merged its Southampton office with its East Hampton location.

The Southampton office, formerly located at 71 Hill Street, closed earlier this month after serving clients for more than two decades. The office has merged with the firm’s East Hampton location at 20 Main Street, where it will combine resources and personnel with the East Hampton staff already in place there.

“Customers rarely walk in the office for travel help these days,” said Cook Travel leisure specialist Audrey Lyons. “Because of Google, our customers come from all over the country and all over the world. Most of them contact us by phone or email.”

Cook Travel functions as one of the only remaining walk-in travel agencies on the South Fork.

“We know everyone loves to have a conversation with a machine,” joked Cook Travel agent Gisela Gale. “But it’s still nice to have a live agent, somebody they can get their hands on, somebody they trust. Life is changing, and we have changed with it.”

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