Sag Chamber’s Makeover

Local business news

    Kelly Connaughton has been elected as the new president of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce for 2013. She is the president of the Sag Harbor American Music Festival, which has been a boon to the village’s residents, businesses, and musicians.
    Ms. Connaughton will replace Robert Evjen of the Douglas Elliman real estate company, who has served as president for the past eight years. Mr. Evjen will continue in an advisory capacity and serve as chairman of this year’s HarborFrost festival.
    David MacMillan of the Press News Group will now serve as vice president, replacing Alan Fruitstone of Harbor Pets, who has also served for eight years. Mr. Fruitstone, while stepping down as an officer, will continue as a director. Additional directors will be Mary Ann Cicio of Cook Travel, Debbie Rudoy of Life’Style boutique, Juan Castro of the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, and Lisa Field of the Sag Harbor Variety Store.
    The new treasurer will be Barbara Manning of Sen restaurant, the corresponding secretary will be Ana Nieto of the Sag Harbor Farmers Market, and the recording secretary will be Gavin Menu of The Sag Harbor Express.
    The newly elected will join the continuing board members David Lee, the chamber’s co-founder and director emeritus, Dede O’Connell, co-owner of the Wharf Shop, Dr. Andrew Pepper of Village Mobile Veterinary, and Barbara Schmitz of the Sag Harbor Liquor Store.
    The chamber welcomes new members. More information can be found at

Networking Night
    The Southampton Chamber of Commerce has organized its next networking night for Jan. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cafe Crust, which is at 850 County Road 39 in Southampton. The sponsor is Michael Illari of Charles Schwab and Company.
    The $15 admission includes complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. There will be door prizes and a 50-50 raffle. Large stacks of business cards have been recommended for exchange with colleagues. Reservations have been requested by e-mailing the chamber at

Writing to Wellness
    The therapeutic benefits of journal writing is the focus of a workshop starting Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in East Hampton and running for seven Tuesday evening sessions through Feb. 26. Structured writing and group support have been promised.
    Sarabelle Prince, a certified instructor in these matters, leads. The cost is $175. The meeting place is 257 Three Mile Harbor Road, and the number to call for more information is 324-6143.