David Lys was sworn in on Jan. 2 as a member of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals by Town Clerk Carole Brennan as Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez looked on. T.E. McMorrow

Bud Pitts, who noticed a young gray seal alongside an Amagansett road, helped keep it from scrambling away while waiting for a marine mammal team to arrive. T.E. McMorrow
Kristina Hansen of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation made the decision to take the seal to the foundation’s headquarters, where it could be monitored before being released back into the wild.T.E. McMorrow

Rescuers scrambled to keep a seal pup from escaping on Bendigo Road in Amagansett on Tuesday afternoon. T.E. McMorrow

One of four tweets Representative Lee Zeldin issued on Thursday in defense of President Trump's vulgar remarks on immigration. Twitter

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Opposition in many coastal communities
Oil drilling off the Long Island coastline dominated headlines in past decades. Following a decision by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke fossil fuel extraction in most federal waters could resume. Matthew Charron graphic

Concern about upkeep of low-nitrogen systems
The Sagaponack Village Board will be keeping track of how upgraded septic systems function in East Hampton and Southampton and whether such systems can help protect water quality at places like Sagg Pond. David E. Rattray

While new East Hampton Town Trustees, including, at right, John Aldred and Susan Vorpahl, sat down for their first meeting, the board’s attorney, Richard Whalen, in the background, announced he would step down. Durell Godfrey