Business: T&C Expands to Greenport, Berry To Host Artists & Writes Night

The new home of Town & Country Real Estate in Greenport.

Town & Country Stretches Its Legs

Renovations have begun on the North Fork as Town & Country Real Estate prepares to open its eighth office at 120 Front Street in Greenport. With more than 160 agents and seven offices across the Hamptons, it was only a matter of time for the largest independently owned and operated real estate firm on the East End.

“The North Fork real estate markets are uniquely different from the Hamptons real estate markets,” explained chief executive officer Judi Desiderio. “There’s a different vibe, a different clientele, a different heartbeat. Each of our individual offices reflect these subtle differences, staffed by true locals who know their market as no other.”

Opened in 2005 and helmed by Desiderio — with managing partners Nancy McGann and Janet Hummel — there was always a master plan to open an office in Greenport, she said.

“Greenport is such an ideal place for an office because of the foot traffic,” she said. “And who knows more about great locations than real estate agents.”

“All of our offices are in the center of town. This space is in the center of the core business district of Greenport – it’s prime!” Desiderio added. “With this new office we’re expanding our footprint and will be hiring agents to accommodate our expansion. We’re renovating the space and plan to move into the office this spring in preparation for the summer season.”

For more information, please call (631) 324-8080 or visit

Taylor Rose Berry at Harbor Books in Sag Harbor.

Taylor Rose Berry To Host “Artists & Writers Night”

Taylor Rose Berry will be the star of Almond’s next “Artists & Writers Night” on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton restaurant, located at 1 Ocean Road.

The owner of Harbor Books in Sag Harbor was born farther up the island in Babylon, where her love affair with books began as the only child of two avid readers. But for practical reasons, she got into the restaurant industry and worked her way up from busser to general manager.

“For less practical reasons, Taylor studied everything from child psychology to fashion design at various institutions including UVM, NYU, and FIT,” according to a press release. “She decided to move back to the thing she loved most, books, when she moved to Sag Harbor and began working in a local bookstore.”

The evening will feature a family-style, three-course menu created by executive chef Jason Weiner. Dinner is $45, which includes a glass of local wine or craft beer and tax. Reservations are required. For more information, please call (631) 537-5665 or visit

Have A Night Out With Darlene Charneco

The series of art workshops at The Golden Eagle Studio 144 — located at 144 North Main Street in East Hampton — will continue with contemporary mixed-media artist Darlene Charneco on Wednesday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton.

The series, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., will feature the artist presenting an art related topic, giving an art demonstration or teaching a mini art class at the Golden Eagle Studio 144.  Afterwards the artist and the guests will dine on a two-course dinner at Nick & Toni’s over conversation.

Darlene Charneco, whose three-dimensional works explore the meeting points of real life and virtual life, investigating social networks and the gradual reorganization of information on the web into shareable and intuitively navigable spaces, will present an art-related topic, give an art demonstration or teach a mini art class.

“Inspired by the blurring boundaries between dream and waking activities and the implications of our rapidly increasing interconnectivity, she uses semi-abstract and tactile art to express visions and questions about an evolving accessible collective memory,” according to a press release.

The cost is $75, which includes the art workshop and any supplies needed, as well as dinner. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please visit

Local Wealth Advisor Lands On Forbes List

Merrill Lynch recently announced that private wealth advisor Roger Matloff has been recognized on the Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” inaugural list — and he just so happens to be a Southampton local.

In all, 639 Merrill Lynch advisors are included on this year’s list, the most of any firm.

“We are incredibly proud of Roger and his recognition on this list, and believe he consistently demonstrates what it means to be a leader in the wealth management space through strong dedication to a high standard of service for our clients,” Dwight Mathis, managing director and Long Island East Market executive, said in a press release. “We look forward to celebrating and supporting his future success.”