Recent Stories: East Hampton

Amanda M. Fairbanks
December 18, 2014
An anonymous would-be donor recently approached East Hampton High School’s principal about paying to install permanent field lights. Several community members expressed their dismay at the prospect.

On Tuesday night, the East Hampton School Board heard residents’ concerns about the possible installation of lights on the high school athletic field and had a brief discussion about affordable housing.

An anonymous donor recently approached Adam Fine, East Hampton High School’s principal, about installing permanent lighting on the field, with total costs estimated at around $500,000. Several community members expressed their dismay at the prospect, with Ed Collum, who lives near the athletic field, also complaining of noise and loud music.

Christopher Walsh
December 11, 2014

An environmental engineering firm tasked with developing a water-quality management plan for the Hook Pond watershed area should be selected by next month. 

Becky Molinaro, the East Hampton Village administrator, delivered an update on the Hook Pond Water Quality Improvement Project to the village board at a brief work session last Thursday. The initiative is a collaboration with the town, the East Hampton Town Trustees, and community organizations.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
November 20, 2014

The East Hampton School Board convened a nearly two-hour education forum on Tuesday night, during which it explored the possibility of expanding its technology programs while facing lean financial times.

Richard Burns, the superintendent, explained that the district has cut $5 million in recent years since the imposition of the statewide 2-percent tax cap, while also adding classes in robotics, computer programming, and coding. But he foresees another challenging year ahead, with “probably a $600,000 increase budget to budget.

Star staff
October 23, 2014

On Saturday, hiking enthusiasts will mark South Fork Trails Day with a presentation about the more than 200 miles of trails in East Hampton Town.

Star staff
October 16, 2014

October in East Hampton is officially Recycling Awareness Month. During this inaugural observation, the East Hampton recycling and litter committee has a bevy of activities to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling.

Christopher Walsh
October 16, 2014

Citing concerns about privacy, security, and potential distraction, the East Hampton School District has withdrawn cooperation in a planned series of articles in The East Hampton Star that would have profiled kindergarten students at the John M. Marshall Elementary School over the course of the school year.

Star staff
October 16, 2014

Skeet, trap, rifle, and pistol shooters have been invited to the Maidstone Gun Club’s annual turkey shoot on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be an air-rifle division for children.

The club is off Daniels Hole Road, a short distance north of the East Hampton Airport. The public has been invited. No animals will be harmed in the event; gift certificates for turkeys and chickens will be awarded to the category winners. Refreshments, including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and soda, will be available.

David E. Rattray
September 18, 2014

Voters from the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts will be eligible to vote Saturday on the 2015 East Hampton Library budget. The polling will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the library.

Next year’s spending plan of just over $2.2 million contains an $85,500 increase in expenses over 2014, a total increase in taxes of $104,000. The largest growth, about $76,486, is for salaries, benefits, insurance, and related staff costs. Facilities costs, including building and grounds keeping, rise by about $19,000.

Bella Lewis
August 21, 2014

An honor guard of motorcycles and police cruisers escorted a truck carrying a twisted 1,000-pound, 14-foot-long steel beam from the World Trade Center to the American Legion Hall in Amagansett on Aug. 13, in the culmination of a long effort to erect a 9/11 memorial there. For Tony Ganga, commander of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 419, and for others involved in the planning, the artifact’s arrival was a cause for celebration.

Christopher Walsh
August 21, 2014
East Hampton Village should create and adopt a resolution pledging to meet its energy needs through renewable sources and reducing its energy consumption.

East Hampton Village should create and adopt a resolution pledging to meet its energy needs through renewable sources and reducing its energy consumption, Frank Dalene, chairman of East Hampton Town’s energy sustainability advisory committee, told the village board at its meeting on Friday.

August 14, 2014

Suppose Dylan Lauren of Dylan’s Candy Bar and Steven Spielberg of “Jaws” were in a local news story. What would it be about? The proceedings of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals. At its meeting Friday, the board agreed that Dylan’s Candy Bar can sell hand-scooped ice cream and that accessory structures on the film director’s property here could remain where they are. 

Christopher Walsh
July 23, 2014

The East Hampton Village board will hold hearings next Thursday on laws that would prohibit feeding wildfowl in certain areas and would restrict parking on a section of Newtown Lane.

The village is proposing a ban on feeding geese, ducks, swans, or other wildfowl within 200 feet of the shorelines of Georgica and Hook Ponds. Violations would be subject to a fine up to $250 or imprisonment for up to 15 days, or both.

Lucia Akard
July 23, 2014

Though the Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair has many longstanding traditions — it turns 118 on Saturday — there will be quite a few changes to this year’s festivities.

For starters, this year’s L.V.I.S. Fair committee, led by Vickie Lundin, chose a theme that was inspired by Karen Klug?lein’s artwork for the fair poster, titled “Cedar Point Rocks.”

T.E. McMorrow
June 19, 2014
East Hampton Village police arrested five local youths on Wednesday night at the East Hampton Nature Trail, charging all five with possession of open containers of alcohol. One boy was charged with possession of marijuana.

East Hampton Village police arrested five youths on Wednesday night at the East Hampton Nature Trail, charging all five with possession of open containers of alcohol. One teen was charged with possession of marijuana. Because the five are all 17 or younger, police will not release their identities.

Christopher Walsh
June 19, 2014

Elbert Edwards and Bruce Siska were easily re-elected to the East Hampton Village Board on Tuesday. When the polls closed at 9 p.m., Mr. Edwards had received 55 votes; 53 votes were cast for Mr. Siska. Three write-in votes were cast, with two for Michael Elinski and one for John Wessberg.

Christopher Walsh
June 5, 2014

Moody’s Investor Service has upgraded East Hampton Village’s bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1, indicating a very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.

The provider of credit ratings and risk analysis cited the village’s sizable and affluent tax base and modest debt burden as strong indicators of its financial position.

The upgrade, according to a release issued by Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and the village board, followed the village’s decision to refinance a series of bonds, resulting in savings of almost $225,000.

Christopher Walsh
June 5, 2014

Two seats on the East Hampton Village Board will be filled on June 17, when voters go to the polls from noon to 9 p.m. The Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street is the polling place.Elbert Edwards and Bruce Siska, incumbent board members, are up for re-election and are running unopposed.

May 21, 2014
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Christopher Walsh
May 15, 2014

As expected, the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals voted on Friday to grant variances and a special permit for AT&T to install 12 antennas on a 44-foot-tall oil storage tank at the P.C. Schenck and Sons facility on Newtown Lane. The hearing had stretched over several months during which neighbors had voiced concern about noise and potential health impacts of radio frequency emissions. 

Christopher Walsh
May 8, 2014

East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. presented a tentative  budgetof almost $20.3 million for the fiscal year, which begins on Aug. 1, at a village board meeting last Thursday, which would pierce the state-imposed 2-percent increase in property taxes. If the budget is approved by the board after a public hearing on June 20, spending would increase by 2.75 percent, or $542,870.

Christopher Walsh
May 1, 2014
It took five sessions and as many months, but P.C. Schenck and Sons, got the closure they sought on Friday when the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals decided the firm’s application for 12 AT&T antennas and related equipment had been thoroughly vetted.

It took five sessions and as many months, but John Huber, an attorney representing P.C. Schenck and Sons, a fuel company at 60 Newtown Lane, got the closure he sought on Friday when the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals decided the firm’s application for 12 AT&T antennas and related equipment had been thoroughly vetted. The hearing was closed, and a favorable decision is expected at the board’s next meeting, May 9.

Christopher Walsh
April 24, 2014
Board members expressed support for spaying in conjunction with culling at the meeting after the executive director and chairwoman of the Village Preservation Society urged the board to move ahead

The East Hampton Village Board gave spaying as part of a deer management program unanimous support last Thursday. Spaying had not been mentioned publicly, but it was discussed at a closed meeting on April 9 between village officials and Anthony DeNicola, a wildlife biologist and president of White Buffalo, a nonprofit research and management organization. He is reported to be an expert on spaying programs.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
April 24, 2014

Before adjourning into the rain-soaked night, Tuesday night’s East Hampton School Board meeting took on a deeply personal tone, with recently terminated employees vociferously airing their grievances.

All told, the district sliced more than $1 million from the $65 million 2014-15 school budget. Among the cuts, the district eliminated seven paraprofessional positions and reduced an elementary guidance position to part time.

Tuesday’s meeting was heavily attended, with audience members spilling out into the adjoining hallway.

Christopher Walsh
April 24, 2014

Responding to a spate of applications before the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals involving outsized accessory structures that some homeowners have labeled garages, the East Hampton Village Board introduced an amendment to its code last Thursday that would tighten the definition of a garage to a structure designed or used for, and accessible to, motor vehicles.