Recent Stories: Archive

Helen S. Rattray
April 7, 2014

     Bad news accumulates in my wire basket. It will make me feel better if I share it.

     There's a clipping about two sisters charged in Nassau County in January with endangering the welfare of their three children because they had lived without electricity in a shared apartment for about a year. The case was to come up tomorrow.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 1, 2014

     A rally protesting PSEG Long Island's installation of new, taller utility poles and higher-voltage electrical transmission lines along a six-mile route from East Hampton Village to Amagansett will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Hook Mill in East Hampton. 
     Save East Hampton, a group heading up the opposition to the poles, rescheduled the rally from March 30 because of poor weather. The gathering, which the group is calling an informational festival, will include music and refreshments.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 29, 2014

    A fund-raiser for Robbie Badkin, a well-known Lazy Point resident and Montauk welder, will be held Sunday at Inlet Seafood restaurant in Montauk.

Russell Drumm
March 19, 2014

    Early Monday I built a fire as I’ve done each morning of this cold winter. The fire first raced through crumpled, balled-up stories. “Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science” and “The Postwar Paralympics” and “Kiev Says Russia Seized Gas Plant Close to Crimea” — up in flames. Maureen Dowd moaning about Obama, too. And Bernard Malamud’s quote, “stories are stories” in The Book Review. So true.

March 18, 2014

    It is winter now, the uninvited guest. No more sunny autumnal days of leaf-raking. Ferocious wind and deep snow blankets the Midwest and upstate New York, where, as I write, Buffalo is a seamless, motionless city in white. And the ever-luckless Watertown can once again resume bragging rights to the coldest temperatures south of the Canadian border.

     Eastern Long Island hangs precariously out into the Gulf Stream that we've depended on for centuries to keep the whole island from sliding back under a glacier.

Jennifer Landes
March 5, 2014

About 100 people showed up at the Avram Theater at Southampton College on Sunday night to discuss the college's closing and what might be done to save its undergraduate programs.
Scott Carlin, a professor of environmental studies, moderated a panel that included Representative Tim Bishop, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, and Elizabeth Haile and Lance Gumbs of the Shinnecock Tribe.

Mr. Gumbs noted that it was the first time that representatives of the Shinnecocks had been invited to enter discussions of the college's future.

Larry Penny
February 12, 2014

    East Hampton is rich in early American lore and artifacts and it has done a good job preserving them. Before East Hampton Town replaced its red brick Town Hall on Pantigo Road with historic houses and outbuildings, the East Hampton Village administration was well ensconced in a period-piece house on Main Street. The Hook Mill, the old cemetery, Clinton Academy, Mulford Farm, and Town Pond all speak to a village that preserves its past and whose past functions as its presence.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 5, 2014

    Hearings on two proposed changes to East Hampton Town Code set in motion by the wish of a developer, Putnam Bridge, to build a 79-unit complex of market-rate older-resident housing on 24 acres of farmland in Amagansett, will continue tonight at East Hampton Town Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    The hearings, on establishing a new zoning district in the town code for senior citizen housing, and then applying it to the Amagansett property, were convened on Dec. 19 and held open, at the developers’ request, until tonight.

Larry Penny
January 29, 2014

The fall is under way; the great migration is heating up. During the next four weeks, the skies and seas will be teeming with all matter of winged and finned things heading south. The push is on.

Thus far, it's been mostly shorebirds, though a few warblers have been moving and there have been waves of swallows, flickers, robins, and catbirds passing through.

December 10, 2013

The M60 army tank stays, but the wartime mementos inside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Montauk Highway just east of Wainscott are gone.

In their place are cream-colored walls suggestive of Mediterranean stucco and graceful archways reminiscent of Tuscany. Cypress trees are said to be on order to enhance the indoor decor.

David E. Rattray
November 22, 2013
After a tense search by helicopter and police dogs on Thursday night, police arrested a man who they said was foiled while trying to steal a truck from a house that he had taken another vehicle from a month earlier.

After a tense search by helicopter and police dogs on Thursday night, police arrested a man who they said was foiled while trying to steal a truck from a house that he had taken another vehicle from a month earlier.

Village Police Detective Lt. Tony Long said Friday that Tom Piacentine, an owner of the property at 10 Buell Lane Extension, had noticed someone in the driveway around 8 p.m. and ran outside. He reportedly saw James G. Sbardella, 33, inside his truck, rifling through its contents by the light of a cellphone.

Editorial
November 19, 2013

We've heard the phrase "What a summer!" repeated in alarm several times already this season, and summer is still more than a week away officially. The cry has gone up: too much traffic, too many ambulance calls, too little courtesy, too much happening at once. The litany is familiar, but it comes earlier than usual.

Editorial
November 19, 2013

What's worse than biting into an apple and finding a worm? Finding half a worm. What could be worse than finding half a worm? Not knowing what sort of invisible and possibly toxic substances are coating your fresh fruit and vegetables.

One-third of the fruit and about an eighth of the vegetables consumed in the United States are grown in foreign countries, where pesticides are more freely used on food crops. Pesticides are used in the U.S. too, and a waxy coating is often used to seal in the fungicide meant to increase shelf life.

Star staff
November 13, 2013

Two 350th anniversary lectures on Saturday at Guild Hall will explore 17th-century East Hampton. At 10 a.m., Christopher Collier will give the first, "East Hampton: A Strategic Outpost of Connecticut in the 1660s," which focuses on Connecticut's Long Island settlements.

A professor of history at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and the Connecticut State historian, Dr. Collier has written extensively about the history of that state, including "Roger Sherman's Connecticut: Yankee Politics and the American Revolution."

November 11, 2013
Police have asked for the public's help in identifying a man they say robbed Springs Wines and Liquors on Saturday evening of an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police have asked for the public's help in identifying a man they say robbed Springs Wines and Liquors on Saturday evening of an undisclosed amount of cash.

East Hampton Town Police have released a surveillance-camera image of the suspect. It shows a white male wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark vest and sunglasses entering the store at about 4:50 p.m.

Star staff
November 5, 2013

Evan Frankel's 11-acre estate off Hither Lane in East Hampton was his home for the last 45 of his 89 years. He named it Brigadoon, after investing in the Broadway play. The estate was sold in the spring of 1995 for $4.76 million, with the assets going to the Evan M. Frankel Foundation.

November 4, 2013

Why do people go to the Blue Parrot, a little place off East Hampton Main Street that advertises "killer Mexican" food?

Well, it may be for a quick meal before the movie, because one of the generous entrees is quite enough to fill you up, or for margaritas at the bar, or for the great value all-you-can-eat-for-$9.95 buffet on Sundays, or just because you're in the mood for the Blue Parrot's loud, cheerful, funky, no frills atmosphere.

Janis Hewitt
November 4, 2013

The Parish Council of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk has agreed that the congregation's much-loved church building should be replaced with a new church of similar design. The Tudor-style building, on South Essex Avenue, is a downtown Montauk landmark.

The decision, which has been accepted by the church's pastor, the Rev. John C. Nosser, was made at a meeting of the council on April 19. The cost has been estimated at over $1 million.

Stephen J. Kotz
October 31, 2013
The candidates for the East Hampton Town Board include one who is new to town politics but not elected office, an incumbent seeking a second term, a candidate who has served the town in various elected posts for 26 years, and a former councilman who wants to return to Town Hall

    The candidates for the East Hampton Town Board include one who is new to town politics but not elected office, an incumbent seeking a second term, a candidate who has served the town in various elected posts for 26 years, and a former councilman who wants to return to Town Hall. On Tuesday, voters will choose two of them to serve for the next four years.


Kathee Burke-Gonzalez

Stephen J. Kotz
October 31, 2013
In the race for Suffolk County legislator, Jay Schneiderman of Montauk, who is seeking his sixth — and what would be his final — two-year term, is facing Chris Nuzzi, a two-term Southampton councilman

    In the race for Suffolk County legislator, Jay Schneiderman of Montauk, who is seeking his sixth — and what would be his final — two-year term, is facing Chris Nuzzi, a two-term Southampton councilman who has been campaigning on the theme that Mr. Schneiderman is part of an entrenched problem with a county government that can’t balance its budget.

Carissa Katz
October 31, 2013
In the race for East Hampton Town assessor, Joe Bloecker of Montauk, now a town trustee, is hoping to unseat the three-term incumbent, Eugene DePasquale, also of Montauk

    In the race for East Hampton Town assessor, Joe Bloecker of Montauk, now a town trustee, is hoping to unseat the three-term incumbent, Eugene DePasquale, also of Montauk.

    “I see a need for fresh blood there,” Mr. Bloecker said of the assessors office during a meeting at The Star last Thursday. “There hasn’t been a change there in 12 years.”

October 29, 2013

"Lost Man's River"
Peter Matthiessen
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T.E. McMorrow
October 25, 2013
East Hampton Town police announced the arrest of a man they said is responsible for stealing almost a $126,000 worth of jewelry in a series of burglaries on the South Fork this year.

East Hampton Town police have announced the arrest of a man they said is responsible for stealing almost a $126,000 worth of jewelry in a series of burglaries on the South Fork this year.