Nelson + Pope Add To Its Team; Fitness Collaborative Launches in Bridgehampton

Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito of Core Barre Fit.

Nelson + Pope Welcomes New Team Members

The Melville-based engineering, architecture and surveying firm Nelson + Pope announced recently that it welcomed two new employees to the firm, Karen Taylor and Pilar Owen.

Ms. Taylor has over 30 years of experience and is formally of the New York State Department of Transportation, where she specialized in traffic signal design and highway work permits. Ms. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. As senior engineer in Nelson + Pope’s Transportation Department, she will provide technical design, oversight, and review of traffic signal and roadway improvement infrastructure projects.

Ms. Owen has over 15 years of experience in both field and office surveying, where she has been responsible for the preparation of property surveys, topographic and utility mapping, as-built and ALTA surveys. Ms. Owen earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from City University of New York at Queens College. As project manager in the firm’s Survey Department, she will help organize, manage and review work done by field and office personnel.

Fitness Collaborative Launches

To celebrate its first year of operation, and to provide in-person fitness, CoreBarreFit, founded by barre fitness professionals Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito, announced that they will be partnering with Konner Development to form the Fitness Collaborative, a consortium of top fitness professionals, anchored by weekly CoreBarreFit classes taught by Ms. Halfpapp and Mr. DeVito. Classes will be held at the former home of Exhale on Bridgehampton’s Main Street.

Ms. Halfpapp and Mr. DeVito started CoreBarreFit during the pandemic, attracting clients from around the world to the daily streaming classes, which will continue — with clients stretching and strengthening from as far away as Argentina, Switzerland and Aspen.

“We began CoreBarreFit last April as a way to continue our teaching with livestream workouts,” said Mr. DeVito in a press release. “The classes have been wonderful and have connected us to our students in a way we never thought possible.

“That said,” he added, “as the Hamptons continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that restless residents and summer vacationers are looking into options to augment their livestream at-home workouts and return safely to gyms and studios — hence our decision to bring real world fitness back to the to the East End.”

Ms. Halfpapp and Mr. DeVito said they recognized that other displaced fitness professionals are looking at options to teach in-person classes this summer, yet alternatives for doing so safely indoors are somewhat limited. The solution, conceived by the duo along with Konner Development, the owner of 2415 Main Street, the former home of Exhale, was to create The Fitness Collaborative, which will offer a means for individual teachers to arrange their own independent fitness instruction.

Curated by CoreBarreFit, the Fitness Collaborative has already received interest from teachers including Alexander DeJong, Kyra Christopher and Marissa Ivana, and expects to announce a full summer lineup this month.

Almond Launches Almond At Home

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton has announced monthly subscription boxes, “Almond at Home.”

Three different subscriptions boxes are now available — Wine List, Pantry Share and the Dinner Box. Each month offers fresh, seasonal ingredients, hand-picked wines by Eric Lemonides, and goods from Jason Weiner’s kitchen and pantry. Members of the Almond Wine List subscription will enjoy a monthly selection of hand-picked wines by Eric straight from the Almond wine cellar. Subscribers may choose from one, three or five bottles boxes and either standard or premium selections. Pricing begins at $35 for standard and $55 for premium. All wine list subscribers will also receive a monthly treat from the Almond kitchen or pantry to accompany the selection.

Almond Pantry Share subscribers will receive a curated monthly box ($50) featuring a selection of Chef Jason’s products, such as house-made kimchi, smoked sriracha, bulgogi, sauce house-cured olives or smoked nuts, just to name a few. Almond Pantry Share members may opt to add on bottles of wine to the box for an added fee.

Almond Dinner Box subscribers will receive a dinner from the Almond kitchen, offering Chef Jason’s new dishes based on seasonal, local ingredients. Each dinner box will include two or four entrees to enjoy at home. The meals will be prepared, but the subscriber will need to take care of some finishing touches. Cost for the dinner box is $70 for dinner for two and $140 for dinner for four. Almond Dinner Box members may opt to add on bottles of wine to the box for an added fee.

As a gift, the first 20 members to join get 20 percent off with code ALMOND20 to enjoy the very first experience in May.

All boxes must be picked up at Almond Restaurant.

Details on each subscription can be found at