Business: Polar Express in Southampton, Saunders Food Drive, T&C Coat Drive

The Polar Express. Robert Seifert photo
The Polar Express. Robert Seifert photo

Get lost in Chris Van Allsburg’s classic Christmas tale aboard “The Polar Express” — and still arrive at your intended destination — on select North Fork Trolley rides this holiday season.

Now departing from both Riverhead and Southampton, the trolley encourages families to hop on in their pajamas and listen to Liam Neeson’s reading of the famous book while interacting with characters from the movie. Disembark at the “North Pole,” where Santa and his elves will be waiting with hot cocoa and cookies.

“In 2013, we began the Polar Express operating with just two trolleys,” Jay Mooney, North Fork Trolley manager, said in a statement. “This year, we will be running five trolleys, offering more trips and a second departure location in Southampton. There will be more interactive characters, improved decorations and lighting, and a few new surprises that will make the 2017 Polar Express performance the best yet.”

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Town & Country Kicks Off Annual Coat Drive

Drop off gently used or new winter coats, hats and gloves to any Town & Country Real Estate office, to be donated to those in need at Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach, John’s Place Shelter and the United Veteran’s House.

“We invite our community to be generous during the season of giving,” said Judi Desiderio, Town & Country Real Estate CEO. “We are all so blessed to live and work here, and to raise our families here in the Hamptons and the North Fork. Not many people know that we have a population in need here on the East End. Our annual coat drive is the least we can do to raise awareness and help.”

Donations can be made through December 15th between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Office locations include: 132 Main Street in Westhampton Beach; 16 Hampton Road in Southampton; 2415 Main Street in Bridgehampton; 46 Main Street in East Hampton; 1 Carl Fisher Plaza in Montauk; 6920 Main Road in Mattituck; and 57125 Main Road in Southold.

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Danielle Lohr and Terry Cohen donate to the Saunders & Associates Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Saunders & Associates Hosts Successful Thanksgiving Food Drive

Caption: Danielle Lohr and Terry Cohen donate to the Saunders & Associates Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Saunders & Associates announced this week that its third annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit local food pantries was a resounding success, with thousands of cans of food donated to pantries in the local community. The company hosted the Can-Do Thanksgiving Food Drive in each of its three offices, with the Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton offices serving as drop-off locations for donations of canned food. Saunders agents and staff, along with members of the local community, collected over 10,000 cans of food during the campaign. Staff members also were on hand outside K-Mart in Bridgehampton and Stop and Shop in Southampton on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12, where they collected 1,500 cans of food from generous shoppers.

Donations were received by the Westhampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton food pantries in time for distribution for Thanksgiving.

New Chase Bank Branch Fits Right In

The opening of the Chase bank in Sag Harbor last month may have seemed effortless, but branch manager Jennifer Marinacci may tell a different story.

The 12-year JPMorgan Chase employee was made for what turned out to be quite the challenge, she said in a statement, from sketching out a list of pre-opening to-dos to finding the right team for the branch, which was a top priority.

Teaming with Candace Cartiglia, market director for banking, Marinacci looked internally to help staff up and generate interest in the new branch, interviewing and placing each teller, manager and banker.

A leader who says she has a passion for employee development, Marinacci set clear expectations with her team from the start, encouraging transparency and sharing feedback on a regular basis. She worked with Chase bankers in the area to identify prospective clients and educated her colleagues at neighboring Chase branches in Southampton, East Hampton and Shelter Island on the technology benefits of the Sag Harbor outpost.

“Our Sag Harbor location is a technology-driven branch. Most customer transactions can be done through our enhanced ATMs, or eATMs. If a customer needs support on a complex transaction, a part-time teller is on hand to assist,” Marinacci said. “We wanted to ensure that our partner branches felt comfortable educating our mutual customers on the new bank’s modern offerings.”

One of the newest members of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Marinacci has learned from her peers at competing banks, she said, and now has her finger on the pulse of village business.

“My team and I met every business owner located in Sag Harbor,” she said. “Our primary goal was to get to know our business owners, make them aware that we are coming into town and build a relationship with them during the process.

“What I have learned from this entire experience is to always be prepared, actively involved in the community and own it,” she added.

Celebrate Thanksgiving On East End

Coast Kitchen at The Montauk Yacht Club will give some East Enders zero reason to cook this Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, November 23, the restaurant — located at 32 Star Island Road in Montauk — will open a special holiday buffet, from 12 to 6 p.m., featuring festive favorites that showcase seasonal ingredients.

The selection, which is subject to change, includes soup, salad and seafood market stations — iced jumbo shrimp, oysters on the half shell, little neck clams and crawfish tails — as well as a selection of pastas, Cajun fried turkey breast, carved rosemary encrusted top round, seared local flounder, thyme roast quail, and an assortment of sides: corn on the cob, baby carrots, roasted Brussels sprouts, cinnamon marshmallow sweet potato mash, and roasted herb fingerling potatoes.

Dessert includes a variety of pies, cookies, s’mores and ice cream.

Cost is $39.95, $15.95 for children and free for age 6 and under. For more information, please call (631) 668-3100.

Lulu Kitchen and Bar, located at 126 Main Street in Sag Harbor, will be serving an a la carte dinner menu, as well as a Thanksgiving plate — featuring turkey breast and leg, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and gravy for $38.95 — on Thursday, November 23, from 12 to 9 p.m.

For more information, please call (631) 725-0900 or visit

Lynn Blumenfeld, left, and Jill Fleming. Photo by Eric Striffler

B+F Wins Awards

Montauk-based blumenfeld + fleming has big reason to celebrate.

The advertising, marketing and design firm recently won eight platinum and 10 gold Marcom awards, adding to its 133 previous awards in web design, graphic design and advertising — but marking the first time founders Jill Fleming and Lynn Blumenfeld have won awards for public relations.

Platinum awards were received for radio spots for Audi Southampton and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Catheterization Lab, and advertising campaigns for Amaden Gay and Adam Miller Group, as well as blumenfeld + fleming’s new website and media relations for the firm.

Gold honors were awarded for Montauk Library’s new logo and a series of promotional items; media relations for Amaden Gay; print advertising for LaGuardia Design Group, Stony Brook Southampton, Landscape Details and Audi Southampton; radio spots for Porsche Southampton; a new print advertising campaign for Southampton Inn; and the website for the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

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Alfredo Merat Goes Live At Lulu Kitchen

Known for his Latin-flavored compositions, singer/songwriter Alfredo Merat will perform every Thursday night, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Lulu Kitchen and Bar, located at 126 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

“His performances, in solo settings or in duos/trios, or with his group Radio Europa, transport the listener to exotic places,” according to a press release. “As of late, Alfredo has been transporting listeners to Paris, as he channels the music of Jacques Brel.”

There is no cover. For more information, please call (631) 725-0900.