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By Anne Halpin The billowy blue hydrangea is the iconic summer flower of the East End of Long Island. Bushes covered with blue balls of blossoms echoing the summer sky are everywhere in summer gardens on both the North and South Forks. Much as we love it, the classic hydrangea is not without its downside. Deer love to eat them, especially in winter when they will nibble the tips of the stems. That, in turn, eliminates next summer’s flowers, as does pruning the plants at the wrong time of year. This type of hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) produces next year’s flowers on stems that grow this year. Deer nibbling or pruning in winter or spring can prevent the plant from blooming next summer. But this is a problem with solutions.

Unless you’re a boater or an old timer or a birder, chances are you’ve never clapped eyes on Conkling Point. Shaped like a a curved arm, this natural treasure consists of a protected bay, tidal wetlands, and a narrow sand island. A place of ecological richness, It’s one of the few nesting grounds for piping plovers and least terns on the North Fork as well as an important habitat for wild life. Clams and fish thrive in its waters.

NFRES: How would you describe your selling style? Amy Kirincic: My previous experience as an RN has helped develop my selling style. I am a good listener, professional, and meticulous with details. I strive to understand the needs of each of my clients and am dedicated to helping them realize their dreams. My love for the North Fork is contagious! I take the time to educate my clients on the local area and all it has to offer. I am proud of my ability to match buyers with sellers to find their perfect home. I go above and beyond from the beginning of the transaction to the end to help close each deal.

NFRES: As one of the newer real estate agents on the North Fork, what is it that sets you apart from the others? Kristy: Real estate is not a part time job for me…it’s my life and I absolutely love it! It definitely takes a certain type of personality to be successful in this business. I could never work a 9-5. I thrive on the entrepreneurship of being my own boss. With that said, Douglas Elliman provides exceptional training, and the most innovative technology. Using Elliman’s apps and custom reports, along with my own personal social media campaign, has allowed me to really connect with buyers and sellers and deliver results.

slide6Founded in 1983, the Peconic Land Trust conserves Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage for our communities now and in the future. As such, farmland protection is an important part of the Trust’s mission. Since its inception, over half of the 11,000 acres that the Trust has protected with its many partners has been farmland.

87 acre North Fork farm and vineyard with 859 waterfront feet on the Long Island Sound. Half of acreage planted in mature vines producing top quality pinot noir, merlot and chardonnay grapes. Development rights completely intact allowing for family compound, estate farm lots or...

NFRES: As one of the more seasoned real estate Associate Brokers on the North Fork, what is it that sets you apart from the others? NP: My choice of affiliation with Town & Country! We are the largest independent brokerage firm on the East End – as such – my “boss”, Judi Desiderio, encourages T&C agents to be the star in their own market and to work together with colleagues – referring buyers/sellers between all of our offices serving the hamlets and villages of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork – it’s a competitive advantage that other agencies just don’t have or utilize, the friendships and professional relationship established truly aide me in all aspects of my career. Also, unlike many agents who are ‘part timers’ or retirees with 2nd/3rd careers, I am a full-time professional – available, basically 24/7 for my clients and customers – that truly makes a difference.