Business: King Kullen Raises Funds for AHA, 1st Quarter Numbers, Clam Bar is Open

King Kullen Co-Presidents Brian C. Cullen (left) and J. Donald Kennedy present a check to American Heart Association Regional Director Barbara Poliwoda.

King Kullen Raises $3,500 For American Heart Association 

King Kullen Grocery Company recently presented the American Heart Association with a check for $3,500 in support of their “Go Red for Women” and “Life is Why We Give” campaigns — a portion raised by King Kullen and Wild by Nature customers during an in-store coupon program in February.

“The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke,” according to a press release. “Founded in 1924, the organization funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives.”

Headquartered in Bethpage, King Kullen is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as American’s first supermarket. Founded in 1930 by Michael J. Cullen, King Kullen operates 32 supermarkets and five Wild by Nature stores in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including one in Bridgehampton.

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Get Your Clams Here!

Like bathing suits, suntan lotion and sandals, The Clam Bar at Napeague is strictly for fair-weather fun.

That time has finally come.

The popular seaside snack bar is officially open for the summer season, serving up seafood and more every day, starting at noon, at 2025 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Clams are a staple — on the half shell, in chowder, fried or stuffed — but the restaurant is also known for its Cajun popcorn shrimp, crab cakes, lobster salad rolls, local steamers, fried soft shell crab sandwiches, and grilled Mahi Mahi over greens.

Serving the East End for more than 30 years, the family-owned mainstay “knows seafood, as evidenced by the fleet of local fishermen who they rely on for their ‘catch of the day,’” according to a press release.

Take advantage of The Clam Bar while it lasts. They’ll shut down for the season when the wind starts to ship off the Atlantic come October or November. For more information, please call (631) 267-6348.

First Quarter Numbers Are In

The trend is set, according to Town & Country, and the 2018 real estate market is already looking good.

“The 1st quarter of 2018 was one of the best we’ve seen in years, particularly for the high end, with 300 percent more home sales over $20 million and 20 percent more homes sold, resulting in 32 percent greater total home sales volume,” according to a press release, “a predictable trend, since the stock market closed out 2017 up 25 percent and the benefits of the new tax code’s positive influence on our clientele.”

Sale performance was “solid,” but because the number of trades is so small in niche markets such as Shelter Island, Montauk and Sag Harbor, percentage statistics swung wildly. For instance, last year, there was one home sale in the $5 million to $9.99 million category on Shelter Island, and none this year, which resulted in a 45 percent drop in total home sales volume.

Bridgehampton, which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack, remains a strong driver, with 64 percent more home sales and 96 percent greater total home sales volume — which was the highest on the East End at nearly $167 million. But the golden child is East Hampton Village, shattering records this year. The median home sales price was just shy of $7.7 million — a 154 percent leap over the $3 million median home sales price last first quarter — and total homes sales volume rocketed 375 percent from $16.8 million in 2017 to $79.7 million in 2018.

Similar first quarter trends were spotted on the North Fork, which saw 11 percent more home sales, a 19.5-percent increase in total home sales volume and a 19-percent increase in median home sales price.

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Hospice Open House

Catholic Home Care & Good Shepherd Hospice is expanding! And they could use some help.

Visit their open house on Wednesday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Rosalie Church Community Center — located at 31 East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays — to apply for a position as a home health aid, hospice nurse, field LPN, PT (CHHA), or one of the following RNs: hospice inpatient unit, pediatric, infusion, behavioral, or field.

One year of post-licensure experience is required, and a $250 Amazon gift card will be given to those who are hired. Additional perks include flexible schedules, a collaborative team environment, paid time off and a compensation package.

Bring a resume, as on-site interviews will be conducted. For more information, please call (631) 828-7600 or visit