Business: Buzz Chew Discounts for First Responders, Dance Starts at HBTS

A scene from the Hampton Ballet Theatre School's 2017 production of "Peter and the Wolf." Christine Sampson photo

Fall Season Underway at Hampton Ballet Theatre School

Sashay into dance with The Hampton Ballet Theatre School, where its newest semester of children’s dance classes began Monday, September 10, under the artistic direction of Sara Jo Strickland.

Now in its 11th year of classical ballet training — as well as a contemporary dance track taught by A&G Dance Company — HBTS is home to two studios in Bridgehampton, where “classes instill discipline, self esteem and appreciation for the art of dance,” according to a press release.

“Miss Strickland, who has been teaching dance on the East End for more than 25 years, has a teaching style that resonates with the youngest ballerina to the most seasoned professional,” according to a press release. “Miss Strickland instructs all levels of ballet and choreographs the annual productions of ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and the HBTS spring ballet.”

The classical ballet track includes pointe, character and pas de deux classes, while the contemporary track offers hip-hop, tap, contemporary and jazz — both for children age 3 to 18.

To dance in the 10th annual “Nutcracker” production — staging December 7 to 9 at Guild Hall in East Hampton — children must register for the “Nutcracker” workshop, which requires enrollment in the fall and winter 2018 semester, and spring 2019 semester. Rehearsals begin Friday, September 21.

For more information, call (631) 237-4810 or e-mail

Buzz Chew Sees the Light

Like many, Buzz Chew has dodged his share of emergency situations. And he has first responders to thank for that.

At the time, he likely expressed gratitude in person. Now, he’s doing it through his dealership. Through the end of the year, Buzz Chew Chevrolet-Cadillac will now offer a discount on select Chevy cars and trucks through the First Responders Discount Program.

“Whether you are a volunteer or full-time first responder, this discount is offered to volunteer fire fighters, police officers, sheriffs and sheriff deputies, correctional officers, state troopers, EMTs, paramedics, federal law enforcement officers and dispatchers who purchase or lease most 2017 and 2018 Chevrolets,” a press release said.

“Stop by the dealership for full details. You’re there for us, and Buzz wants to be there for you.”

The dealership is located at 656 County Road 39A in Southampton. For more information, call (631) 287-1000 or visit

Flick Joins ELIH Board of Directors

The Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation recently appointed Hans Flick to its board of directors.

A recently retired tax partner at KPMG LLP — a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services — Flick worked as a certified public accountant in Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Detroit and New York.

“Flick’s unique set of skills and expertise will be invaluable to our board,” according to a press release.

Longtime summer residents on the North Fork, Flick and his family now split their time between Manhattan and Southold, where he is a member of the Peconic Land Trust’s Public Policy Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, playing squash, running and reading.

For more information, call (631) 477-5498 or visit