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Taylor K. Vecsey
March 23, 2015
The former East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain in Montauk is back on the market for $25 million, after plans to build a private beach club on the five-acre property there were met with widespread protest.

The former East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain in Montauk is back on the market, after plans to build a private beach club on the five-acre property there were met with widespread protest. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 10, 2015
The New York State D.E.C. released a revised mute swan management plan on Monday, toning down its controversial call to eradicate the non-native species from the state by 2025.

State wildlife officials still have mute swans in their sights, but they’ve toned down their attack since their first proposal last year, which elicited protest from thousands.

Star staff
March 7, 2015
The Montauk Manor's website was one of many sites around the country that were hacked this weekend.

The Montauk Manor condominium's website was hacked on Saturday, along with many other businesses' websites around the country, with a claim posted on it saying the Islamic State was responsible.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said that his department was aware of the incident. "However, as of now there is no way to determine if it was ISIS or who may have been responsible," he said. "Also, we have no intel indicating specific threats of cyber crime by ISIS at this time." The F.B.I. would be forwarded information, he said. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 5, 2015
A woman whose infant was in the back seat had to be extricated from a sport utility vehicle after a two-car accident on Montauk Highway at Georgica Road in East Hampton Village during the snowstorm Thursday morning.

A woman whose infant was in the back seat of her sport utility vehicle had to be extricated by firefighters after a two-car accident on Montauk Highway at Georgica Road in East Hampton Village during a snowstorm on Thursday morning. Police said one of the drivers had no license.

Janis Hewitt
March 5, 2015
The lights on the brightest shamrock in Montauk went out on Saturday when Jan and Chester Kordasz closed the doors to O’Murphy’s for the last time.

The lights on the brightest shamrock in Montauk went out on Saturday when Jan and Chester Kordasz closed the doors to O’Murphy’s for the last time. Their lease has expired, and though the building’s owner, Jerry Passaretti, offered to renew it, it was at a cost of thousands of dollars more than they have been paying for the last 10 years.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 26, 2015
A delay in reviewing bids on the Army Corps of Engineers’ multimillion-dollar project in downtown Montauk — a 3,100-foot-long reinforced dune made of 14,560 geotextile bags filled with sand — is likely to scuttle its spring start.

A delay in reviewing bids on the Army Corps of Engineers’ multimillion-dollar project in downtown Montauk — a 3,100-foot-long reinforced dune made of 14,560 geotextile bags filled with sand — is likely to scuttle its spring start.

Christopher Walsh
February 23, 2015
The second phase of the East Hampton Village government's effort to reduce the deer population through sterilization of does has been postponed due to continued cold weather.

The second phase of the East Hampton Village government's effort to reduce the deer population through sterilization of does has been postponed. Village officials will reevaluate the program, in which it claimed that 114 does were sterilized over 12 nights last month, after the summer.

Jack Graves
February 18, 2015
The East Hampton High School boys basketball team prevailed 52-47 over sixth-seeded Islip in a tumultuous first-round Class A playoff game at the high school Tuesday night, setting up a game Friday at second-seeded Harborfields, which on Tuesday handily defeated Amityville.

The East Hampton High School boys basketball team prevailed 52-47 over sixth-seeded Islip in a tumultuous first-round Class A playoff game at the high school Tuesday night, setting up a game Friday at second-seeded Harborfields, which on Tuesday handily defeated Amityville.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 18, 2015
As snow piled up, a couple about to have their first child relied on the volunteers from the Springs Fire Department and ambulance company to get them to the hospital in time.

As the record-setting blizzard got under way late last month, Kristin Marchese of Springs was a day into labor with her first child.

The baby was five days past his due date, and as she and her husband, Aaron Marchese, planned for a natural home birth, they did their best to block out news of the blizzard heading for the South Fork.

Jack Graves
February 17, 2015
The Bridgehampton boys basketball team were named the Suffolk County Class D champion with a 77-34 win over Smithtown Christian at William Floyd High School on Monday afternoon.

In the end, Dan White, who coaches Pierson High School's boys basketball team, thought it was Stony Brook's senior guards who made the difference in the final minutes of the county Class C championship game Monday, a hotly contested game that Stony Brook won by a score of 44-39.

"I thought we were there — we were up by 6 early in the fourth," White said with a sigh, "but their press took some of our momentum away . . . and [as for the guards] you've got to make the plays late, not look for others to make them."

T.E. McMorrow
February 13, 2015
District attorney's bureau chief says that Jason Lee's accuser will return from Ireland for a trial stemming from an alleged 2013 incident in East Hampton.

Jury selection in the trial of Jason Lee, a former Goldman-Sachs managing director who police said raped a 20-year-old Irish woman in East Hampton during the early morning hours of Aug. 20, 2013, is expected to begin April 6 in the Riverside courtroom of New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn.

"We are going to trial. And we are looking forward to it," Andrew Lankler, one of Mr. Lee's attorneys, said outside of the courtroom on Friday, after a final pre-trial conference with prosecutors and Justice Kahn.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 11, 2015
An armed robber remains at large Wednesday after he reportedly held a gun to the head of a Hillside Drive West resident and fired shots at a television and window Tuesday night.

Police are looking for a man they said fired shots in a house in Sag Harbor Hills after holding a gun to an occupant's head Tuesday evening.

Officers responded to a call of gunshots fired in the vicinity of Hillside Drive West at 7:40 p.m.

The incident brought the East Hampton Emergency Services Unit out to search for the man, whom Sag Harbor Village police identified as Ali Wisdom, a 37-year-old who lives in the neighborhood.

Christopher Walsh
February 9, 2015
Amos Goodman, a financial consultant who lives in Springs, has strong local and county support in his bid to become the Republican candidate for Suffolk County legislator in the Second District.

Amos Goodman, a financial consultant who lives in Springs, has announced his intention to run for Suffolk County's Second Legislative District on the Republican ticket, and appears to have strong support from the Suffolk County Republican leadership as well as the East Hampton G.O.P. With the announcement, Mr. Goodman becomes Long Island's first gay Republican candidate for county legislator.

Star staff
February 7, 2015
Firefighters found flames near the roof on one side of the building near a kitchen at Perry B. Duryea & Son Inc., which dates back to the 1930s.

Update, 6:45 p.m.: Montauk Fire Department Chief Joe Lenahan said a fire that broke out at Duryea's Lobster Deck on Saturday afternoon, causing damage to a wall, could have been a lot worse had no one been there when it started. 

Perry B. Duryea III, who sold the the iconic waterfront seafood wholesale and retail market complex last year but is still managing it, called 911 after spotting smoke in the kitchen while doing some maintenance work, Chief Lenahan said Saturday evening. Firefighters were called out at 1:45 p.m. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 6, 2015
One person was flown to Stony Brook University Hospital after a car was struck on the driver's side by a pickup truck at difficult intersection in East Hampton Village.

A driver was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after a sedan was hit by a pickup truck on the driver's side at a controversial intersection of Route 114 in East Hampton Village on Friday afternoon. 

Christopher Walsh
February 6, 2015
Oversized basements that extend beyond the footprint of the house they are beneath are raising questions for East Hampton Village officials about how to regulate the trend toward well-appointed lower levels.

Oversized basements that extend beyond the footprint of the house they are beneath are adding undue density and unanticipated living space to East Hampton Village, according to a discussion at the village board's meeting on Thursday

Joanne Pilgrim
February 4, 2015
The year-round curfew, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., would affect all flights into or out of the airport and extend from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. for aircraft defined as "noisy," based on metrics used by the Federal Aviation Administration and international regulatory agencies.

New regulations limiting the use of East Hampton Airport, including a year-round curfew and a ban on helicopters on weekends from May to September, will come up for public hearing before the East Hampton Town Board in March following years of complaints about aircraft noise and ongoing disputes about what to do about it. The proposed laws address 74 percent of the noise complaints while affecting only about a third of aircraft operations, according to consultants who helped develop them.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 3, 2015
After noticing children wading through snowdrifts and deep puddles, three Springs mothers took it upon themselves to clear the sidewalks near the school on Monday morning.

Never underestimate the power of three women — and three plastic snow shovels.

During pickup at Springs School on Friday afternoon, Jennifer Haagen saw students walking home in the street, forced to wade through foot-high water at the corner of Gardiner Avenue and Springs-Fireplace Road.

And while driving home on Sunday night, she noticed that the sidewalks in front of Springs School still remained densely packed with snow.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 2, 2015
With snow, ice, and freezing temperatures in the forecast, school officials are already predicting a hazardous morning commute and will again institute two-hour delays.

With snow, ice, and freezing temperatures in the forecast, school officials are already predicting a hazardous morning commute and will again institute two-hour delays.

On Monday evening, the Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Springs, Amagansett, Wainscott, Montauk, Bridgehampton, Southampton, and Sagaponack school districts all announced two-hour delays. The Ross School and the Hayground School are also on a two-hour delay.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 2, 2015
The National Weather Service issued a flash freeze warning for all of Long Island, after the mix of snow, rain, freezing rain, and sleet left the roads slushy.

With a dangerous, icy commute expected Monday evening, East Hampton Town police are urging residents and workers to get off the roads as early as possible.

"I think the roads will be terrible," Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said Monday afternoon. "As all this snow melts and sits on the roads, as we head toward 5 p.m., it will freeze and become a sheet of ice. No amount of salt or sand is going to stop it from becoming very dangerous," he said.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 2, 2015
A truck out plowing the snow and sanding the roads early Monday morning was destroyed when it caught fire on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk.

Update, 11:30 a.m.:  A driver for the East Hampton Town Highway Department was plowing and sanding Old Montauk Highway Monday morning around 6 when he saw flames shooting out from the truck. A few minutes later it was engulfed.

The Montauk Fire Department was dispatched to a truck fire near Washington Drive, and did not discover it was a town vehicle until the first firefighters arrived, according to Vinnie Franzone, the first assistant fire chief, who was the first chief on the scene. Jim Nigro, the driver, was already out of the truck, unscathed. 

Christopher Walsh
January 30, 2015
The actor's house, at Stony Hill Farm in Amagansett, dates to the early-18th century.

Much of the Nathaniel Baker House on Town Lane in Amagansett, which is owned by the actor Alec Baldwin, has been torn down as part of a substantial renovation.

The house, at Stony Hill Farm, dates to the early-18th century. It originally stood on the north side of Main Street, just east of what is now Gansett Green Manor, according to Robert Hefner, a historic preservation consultant and neighbor. In the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller spent a summer in an accessory structure on the property.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 29, 2015

The snowstorm that crippled the South Fork this week has left damage in its wake, including the collapse of the roof on the former East Hampton Bowl building in East Hampton Village. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 28, 2015
East Hampton Town remains in a state of emergency, and officials are asking residents to stay at home if they can so highway workers can clear the roads without additional traffic.

The travel ban in the Town of East Hampton will be officially lifted at 10 a.m., but officials said the Town is still in a state of emergency and they are urging people to stay home.