Recent Stories: Archive

Helen S. Rattray
August 26, 2014

The year was 1971. Nelson A. Rockefeller was Governor. Having three young children and living in a place that felt remote, I had not been particularly involved in the civil rights movement of the '60s. Now, an uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York State and its aftermath gave me a chance to be counted.

August 26, 2014

East Hampton's elm trees, one of its natural treasures, are being attacked in force once again by Dutch elm disease, an enemy that had been kept in check for years.

A major rescue effort on their behalf is under way, however. The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society, which has been tending trees in public spaces here for more than 100 years, will launch an unprecedented three-year, $600,000 rescue and revitalization of the village's elms if its members approve the plan on Saturday.

David E. Rattray
August 14, 2014
Admission is by donation, with a suggested amount of $10 per person. The first pitch is at 2 p.m. Proceeds go to the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House, the Retreat, and East End Hospice.

The weekend is a big one in East Hampton Village, with a visit by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to BookHampton on Saturday at 5 p.m., but before that, some of the notable artists and writers of the area will take to the Herrick Park diamond for the storied annual benefit softball game.

July 16, 2014

That one-party rule should have gone out with the Soviet Union has been illustrated by the Republicans' lock on Southampton Town government. Despite the absence of a strong opposition party in the last few years, the board has splintered into back-stabbing factions.

Against that backdrop, Steven T. Kenny, a Suffolk County College economics professor and former Town Planning Board chairman under the Southampton Party, is a welcome breath of fresh air on the Democratic ticket. He will bring a reasoned, intelligent approach to the job and should be supported.

July 8, 2014

Maybe it's the millennium. Then again, maybe not. Time seems to be on everybody's mind. Moguls scarffing down a 30-minute, $75 lunch of a baked potato and bottle of Evian at, say, the Four Seasons and being utterly thrilled at all the time saved. For every level of society, from eaters (can't call them diners) at Burger King or Kentucky Fried Everything to the rarefied expense account restaurants, the United States reigns supreme as the inventor and purveyor of fast food.

David E. Rattray
July 4, 2014

Here is what we know about Hurricane Arthur and the outlook for Independence Day and beyond. There is a 100-percent probability of heavy rain from an unrelated system until about sunset Friday. Hurricane Arthur is expected to pass to the east of Montauk Point, close enough that near-tropical storm-force wind gusts are expected for the region late Friday.

Rain and a chance of lightning will end after dark Friday, but not before as much as three inches could fall. The National Weather Service has issued warnings of flooding in low-lying areas and roadways.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 4, 2014
Emergency workers responded to a possible drowning on Green Hollow Road in East Hampton on the morning of the Fourth of July.

An elderly man was found dead in a pool on Friday morning, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said. 

The East Hampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Association was called to a house on Green Hollow Road in East Hampton for a possible drowning at 6 a.m. The man was reportedly dead when they arrived. His name was not immediately released by officials.

Detectives are investigating what led to his death, Chief Sarlo said. The Suffolk County medical examiner's office is responding. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 2, 2014

A march will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. to protest plans for a CVS pharmacy on a busy corner in downtown Bridgehampton.

Carey Millard, a former co-chair of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, organized the demonstration to show "how very unhappy we are," she said of the proposal, which calls for a two-story CVS at the foot of Main Street, totaling about 9,000 square feet of retail space, plus a 4,400-square-foot basement for storage.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 17, 2014

The outlook was bright early Tuesday evening at Republican Party headquarters at 29 Bar and Grill in East Hampton, but it dimmed as races grew tight and the hopes of the party's top three candidates, Len Bernard, Diana Weir, and Bill Gardiner were eclipsed.
Only Lisa Rana, the G.O.P. candidate for town justice, who took an early lead and kept it, became more rather than less assured as the night wore on.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 27, 2014

Kosher Menu
Kim Kushner, a cookbook author, will sign copies of her book, “The Modern Menu,” and demonstrate how to prepare a recipe from it at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor on Sunday. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served, and the book, which was voted the best new kosher cookbook of 2013 by, will be available for purchase. Reservations have been suggested.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 23, 2014
Former C.I.A. director Gen. Michael Hayden and Chris Cuomo, a CNN news anchor and brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are taking part in Memorial Day observances around the South Fork on Monday.

Former C.I.A. director Gen. Michael Hayden will speak at East Hampton's Memorial Day observance on Monday.

Mr. Hayden, a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former director of the National Security Agency, will serve as this year's guest speaker after a short parade down Main Street, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial Day observances will also be held in Montauk, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, and Southampton.

April 30, 2014

The East Hampton Town Board has enacted a temporary ban on developing properties smaller than 10 acres. Board members voted unanimously for the moratorium on Tuesday, although at a public hearing on Friday morning more town residents opposed the moratorium than favored it.
The proposal did bring out supporters, however, who told the board on Friday that the ban will provide needed time to preserve the town's last few undeveloped "jewels," which they said were critical to the quality of life here.

Larry Penny
April 28, 2014

    The Cretaceous period began during the decline of the dinosaurs, 160 million years ago. It was the time when flowering plants and insects, their chief pollinators, evolved and radiated. Those two groups have been together ever since. When the flowers first appear each spring, so do the nectaring insects, among them the butterflies.

April 22, 2014

    Cindy Adams, the veteran New York Post gossip columnist, has built herself a two-story headache.

     An anonymous phone call to the Southampton Town Building Department early last fall tipped off building inspectors that Ms. Adams had constructed several structures on her Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton, property, without the requisite permits.

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.