Business: Zahler Joins T&C, Chamber Warms Up at the Palm, Frezzo Leads Board of Realtors

Kenneth Zahler

Kenneth Zahler Joins Town & Country

The newest addition to Town & Country Real Estate is Kenneth Zahler, a licensed real estate salesperson with 45 years of experience, now based in the Greenport office.

After a decade in the title insurance business, he opened his own company, Aquebogue Abstract Corp., and over the years, attended approximately 25,000 closings, prepared reports, rendered opinions and, as an expert witness, gave testimony in real estate litigation cases both locally and in New York. He also co-presented a class for the Suffolk Bar Association.

“He invests in real estate, both commercial and residential, has been involved in 1031 Tax deferred Exchanges and has acted as general contractor on construction projects, which include several residential and commercial projects,” according to a press release. “Ken spent most of his energies advising practicing attorneys on the ‘real world’ application of a real estate practice. His clientele has included many highly respected attorneys, including four presidents of the Suffolk County Bar Association and two State senators.”

A vital face in the North Fork community — sitting on the boards of various non-profit organizations — Zahler assumed leadership of Okeanos, which rescued and rehabilitated aquatic mammals, and turned it into The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation at Atlantis Long Island Aquarium.

“All this experience adds to a diverse education and understanding of issues both directly and indirectly related to real estate: Ken helped many practicing attorneys solve the most difficult real estate issues,” the release said.

The past president of the Riverhead Board of Education, and the local Rotary chapter, has always had a passion for architecture and, together with his wife, built and lived in four homes, two of which were published in magazines.

“As I enter into the field of real estate sales, I anticipate being able to apply these same skills as an advocate for buyers and sellers,” Zahler said in a statement.

For more information, call (631) 477-5990 or email

East Hampton Chamber Mixer Warms Up at The Palm

Meet incoming president Glenn O. Vickers — and mingle with fellow business leaders — at the next East Hampton Chamber of Commerce mixer on Wednesday, February 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Palm at The Huntting Inn, located at 94 Main Street in East Hampton.

Executive Director Steven Ringel will update attendees on the New York Times Travel Show that he and other members attended, as well as the Spring Street Fair and other pending projects.

Admission is $10 and free for members. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call (631) 324-0362 or visit

Vincent Frezzo

Vincent Frezzo Leads Long Island Board of Realtors Hamptons Chapter

Vincent Frezzo — an agent at the Douglas Elliman Bridgehampton office — is a member of the Brendan Skislock Team, and is now the president-elect of the Long Island Board of REALTORS® Hamptons Chapter.

Prior to joining Elliman in 2016, Frezzo held executive-level positions in marketing, sales and digital media for global Fortune 100 companies, including L’Oreal, Coty and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service, and also volunteers his mentoring skills and branding expertise with a number of local and national charities. He enjoys surfing, sailing and snowboarding, and lives in the Mecox Bay area of Bridgehampton, with his partner and dog.

For more information, visit

Book Lovers, Unite: Baker House 1650 to Host ‘Bedside Reading Weekend’

The Baker House 1650 is about to make book lovers’ dreams come true.

The boutique hotel, located at 181 Main Street in East Hampton, will lead a Hamptons Bedside Reading Weekend from March 1 to 3, featuring authors from The Tall Poppies, a unique literary force founded in 2013 by Ann Garvin. It is the sole author-driven marketing cooperative in the United States that is exclusive to female writers, who publish a variety of genres.

“Together, the group and its members have raised over $100,000 for literary and other causes, and have attracted the attention of national partnership brands, including Francis Ford Coppola Winery,” according to a press release. “The Family Coppola launched their Books & Bottles product in 2017, which features select wines paired exclusively with Tall Poppy Writer titles.”

The weekend will kick off on March 1 with a “Meet and Mingle” cocktail welcome at Topping Rose from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring a book signing by Amy Impellizzeri, author of “Why We Lie.”

The event continues on March 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a “Time for Tea” Plain T tasting and book signing with Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of “The Secret of Southern Charm,” at White Fences Inn in Southampton, followed by a signing with Amy Reichert, author of “The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go,” from 2 to 4 p.m. at The 1770 House in East Hampton. From 5 to 7 p.m., swing by The Baker House 1650 for a “Pop the Cork” champagne cocktail party and book signing by Kelly Simmons, author of “The Fifth of July.”

A farewell book signing with Sandra Block, author of “What Happened That Night,” will close the series on March 3 from 12 to 2 p.m. at The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton.

For more information, call (631) 324-4081 or visit