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T.E. McMorrow
April 25, 2018
Kyle Lynch pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on Friday to eight charges, including six felonies.

The East Hampton attorney who stole money from the estate of a deceased North Fork resident, as well as from a lawyer who worked at his firm in East Hampton, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on Friday to eight charges, including six felonies. New York Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen is expected to confirm Kyle Thomas Lynch's plea-bargained sentence for two to six years on June 19, with most of the time expected to be served outside of prison, on parole. He was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 8.

Christopher Walsh
April 19, 2018
For a time, Suffolk County was ground zero for immigrant issues, Vivian Viloria-Fisher told the audience at a Democratic congressional candidates forum in January.

For a time, Suffolk County was ground zero for immigrant issues, Vivian Viloria-Fisher told the audience at a Democratic congressional candidates forum in January. 

“We need to fulfill the promise that we made to young people” with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, she said that day. “The rug has been pulled out from under them by Donald Trump, and Lee Zeldin has not done anything to make their lives whole again,” she said. “We must have a comprehensive immigration policy because we can’t continue to have 12 million people, maybe more, living in the shadows.” 

Jamie Bufalino
April 4, 2018
In the end, love — and some shrewd legal maneuvering — conquered all, as the wedding for Kevin O’Brien and Tara McCauley took place at the Hedges Inn on Saturday, overcoming a bitter permitting dispute.

In the end, love — and some shrewd legal maneuvering — conquered all, as the wedding for Kevin O’Brien and Tara McCauley took place at the Hedges Inn on Saturday, overcoming a bitter permitting dispute between East Hampton Village and the inn.

Just 16 days earlier, the village, citing code and zoning restrictions, had denied a permit for the wedding, which was to be held in a tent on the Hedges property. That denial brought the groom’s mother, Joanne Lester O’Brien, who is an East Hampton resident and a member of the Fire Department, to the March 16 village board meeting, where she tearfully pleaded to keep the nuptials on track. 

Jamie Bufalino
April 3, 2018
EMP Summer House, the East Hampton outpost of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant, will return to its Pantigo Road location for another season starting on May 25. Reservations for American Express cardholders will open on May 1.

EMP Summer House, the East Hampton outpost of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant, will return to its 341 Pantigo Road location for another season starting on May 25. The restaurant will once again offer both indoor and outdoor dining, feature a seafood-centric menu, and accept reservations from American Express cardholders only. 

Last year, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, the owners of Eleven Madison Park, which has earned three Michelin stars, launched the EMP pop-up to provide a place for their staffers to work during the renovation of the flagship space. The success of the venture convinced the duo to return. They also have plans to open an EMP Winter House in Aspen, Colo., in December.

Jamie Bufalino
March 29, 2018
The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center was one step closer to reality this week after the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board approved its building plans on Tuesday evening. The Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review will render its decision, the center’s final hurdle, after a public hearing on April 12.

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center was one step closer to reality this week after the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board approved its building plans on Tuesday evening. The Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review will render its decision, the center’s final hurdle, after a public hearing on April 12. 

The design calls for a three-story structure with two theaters, a screening room, and a rooftop deck. The facade will be rebuilt to match exactly the original movie house, which was destroyed by fire in December of 2016. 

Jamie Bufalino
March 27, 2018
East Hampton Point, the resort complex known for its expansive views of Three Mile Harbor, will lease out its restaurant for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons to Moby's, a restaurant that found success with two previous local pop-ups.

East Hampton Point, the resort complex known for its expansive views of Three Mile Harbor, will lease out its restaurant for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons. Last week, Michael Capoferri, the resort's general manager, wrote a letter to vendors and clients announcing that Moby's, a restaurant that found success with two previous local pop-ups, would be taking over the space.

Lincoln Pilcher, one of the restaurateurs behind Moby's, said that he and his business partner, Nick Hatsatouris, had heard through real estate contacts that the East Hampton Point space was available and decided the site's waterfront locale, which includes a marina, would be perfectly suited to the next iteration of Moby's.

Carissa Katz
March 15, 2018
Plant fanciers interested in unusual flora will want to stop by Wittendale's Florist in East Hampton, where the rare large bloom of a corpse flower is currently filling the greenhouse with its distinctively pungent odor.

Plant fanciers interested in unusual flora will want to stop by Wittendale's Florist in East Hampton, where the rare large bloom of a corpse flower is currently filling the greenhouse with its distinctively pungent odor.

Although this is the second of two Amorphophallus konjacs to bloom at the shop in three weeks, the phenomenon is hardly common, explained Donald Horowitz, an owner of Wittendale's. In fact, this is the first time the plants have bloomed since he began growing them about five years ago, and they are not likely to flower again for another two or more years. The massive flowers are at their stinkiest for just a day or two.

Jamie Bufalino
March 8, 2018
Grey Gardens is in a state of upheaval. The house’s front porch has been removed, the chimneys have been taken down, and the entire structure is set to be lifted off its foundation to allow for the existing crawl space to be transformed into a full basement.

Grey Gardens is in a state of upheaval. The house’s front porch has been removed, the chimneys have been taken down, and the entire structure is set to be lifted off its foundation to allow for the existing crawl space to be transformed into a full basement.

David E. Rattray
March 1, 2018
The sole East Hampton resident seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in November, Perry Gershon, will be among a field of seven hopefuls at a forum in Amagansett.

The sole East Hampton resident seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in November, Perry Gershon, will be among a field of seven hopefuls at a forum in Amagansett on Friday.

The 7 p.m. gathering at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway will be at least the 12th time the candidates have made their pitches as a group. It is organized by the East Hampton Democratic Town Committee and will be moderated by Arthur Schiff and Phyllis Italiano.

Hilary Thayer Hamann
March 1, 2018
Due to a more than 20-percent decline in student enrollment at the John M. Marshall Elementary School over the past four years, the East Hampton School Board is considering moving the district’s prekindergarten program to the elementary school building for the first time.

Due to a more than 20-percent decline in student enrollment at the John M. Marshall Elementary School over the past four years, the East Hampton School Board is considering moving the district’s prekindergarten program to the elementary school building for the first time.

The district has been paying the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, formerly the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, to run its prekindergarten program since 1997. In 2015 it approved funding to expand it to a full day.

At a school budget work session on Tuesday, Beth Doyle, the John Marshall principal, informed board members that the overall student population at the elementary school had dropped from a peak enrollment of 643 students in 2014 to 507 students this year. 

Judy D’Mello
February 22, 2018
On March 6, taxpayers in the Springs School District will head to the polls to approve or reject the funds needed for a major expansion of the school, which was built for 350 students but currently serves 734.

“I want you all to take a look at that sign,” said Eric Casale, the principal of the Springs School, during Monday’s school board meeting. Approximately 70 or 80 adults and children in the packed library craned their necks to look where Mr. Casale was pointing: a sign at one end that read, “Maximum Occupancy: 54.”

“We break that every single day,” Mr. Casale continued. “We’re breaking it right now. Because we do not have the space.”

Christopher Walsh
February 13, 2018
In “All the Things I Lost in the Flood: Essays on Pictures, Language and Code,” Laurie Anderson, the musician and visual and performance artist, offers a career retrospective showcasing her expansive and varied oeuvre.

Laurie Anderson, the musician and visual and performance artist who has defied convention across a more than four-decade career, has made language and storytelling a centerpiece of her varied explorations. In a world in which the president of the United States lies more than 2,000 times per year while denouncing the news media as fake, and a foreign adversary simultaneously seeds social media with misinformation, she and other artists have ample material to consider.

T.E. McMorrow
February 7, 2018
East Hampton High School took a major step Monday toward fielding a varsity football team for the 2018 season when the schools East Hampton would be competing with agreed, tentatively, to allow them to be placed in Conference IV.

East Hampton High School took a major step Monday toward fielding a varsity football team for the 2018 season when the athletic directors and superintendents of the schools East Hampton would be competing with agreed, tentatively, to allow them to be placed in Conference IV, which is nominally designed for smaller schools. 

The issue, Joe Vas, East Hampton’s athletic director, said Tuesday, is participation, as opposed to enrollment here. Schools with higher levels of participation in football might show up for a Saturday game with 60 players, whereas at East Hampton about 30 students eligible to play this fall have expressed interest. In exchange for being allowed to play in Conference IV, East Hampton would eschew participating in the playoffs this year. 

Christopher Walsh
February 1, 2018
Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who bought a house in East Hampton last year, object to a house and swimming pool planned on an adjacent property that their attorney says will block their view of the preserved field that both properties abut.

Add this to Jay-Z’s 99 problems. 

The rapper and businessman, whose 2004 song by the same name was ranked number two in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 100 songs of the 2000s, was recently targeted by President Trump on Twitter; he left Sunday’s Grammy Awards ceremony empty-handed despite eight nominations, and he and his wife, the singer Beyoncé Knowles, publicly acknowledged marital discord on their respective albums “4:44” and “Lemonade.” 

Judy D’Mello
January 25, 2018
For three South Fork high school graduates featured in this paper in June, the path to college was not the gilded walkway it is for so many young Americans. Life for this trio was defined by setbacks, and after a semester at college it seems that success can be determined by the ability to rebound.

For three South Fork high school graduates featured in this paper in June, the path to college was not the gilded walkway it is for so many young Americans. Life for this trio was defined by setbacks, and after a semester at college it seems that success can be determined by the ability to rebound. 

During the winter break, The Star caught up with Francesca Denaro, Santiago Saldivar, and Cristina Guadalupe Espinoza Paucar.

T.E. McMorrow
January 18, 2018
The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals gave the green light to plans by the Montauk Historical Society to adorn with cellphone antennas the concrete fire control tower that sits next to the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

At its meeting on Jan. 9, the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals gave the green light to plans by the Montauk Historical Society to adorn with cellphone antennas the concrete fire control tower that sits next to the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

The society now needs to get final site plan approval from the town’s planning board to move ahead with the project, which calls for AT&T to install three sets of three flat cellphone antenna panels on three of the four sides of the tower, which was built by the Army in 1942, next to the iconic lighthouse. A global positioning system will be set up at the top of the tower, and all electrical components of the project will be installed inside it.

T.E. McMorrow
January 11, 2018
A bitter-cold blast last week, combined with a snowstorm, created havoc in East Hampton. The arctic weather resulted in burst water pipes, slips and spills, and cars stranded in snowdrifts across the East End.

A bitter-cold blast last week, combined with a snowstorm, created havoc in East Hampton. The arctic weather resulted in burst water pipes, slips and spills, and cars stranded in snowdrifts across the East End. 

On Friday, a New York man who owns a residence in the Hither Hills section of Montauk drove his 1998 Range Rover into the snow at the South Edison beach access near the Sloppy Tuna. His rear tires sank, spinning into the frozen sand. Unable to get the vehicle out, he eventually gave up and left it, returning the next day with shovels and a female companion. While he declined to give his name, he said that his companion had asked the day before, “Can’t we get closer to the water?” which, unfortunately, he did. 

David E. Rattray
January 9, 2018
A man was found dead in the snow at Sammy's Beach at Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton on Monday afternoon after he apparently collasped while trying to free his vehicle from a snowdrift.

A man was found dead in the snow at Sammy's Beach at Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton on Monday afternoon.

According to East Hampton Town police, two men walking their dog noticed Vincent D'Angelo, 73, alongside his Ford Explorer, which had become stuck in a snowdrift. They phoned police at about 4:20 p.m.

Jamie Bufalino
January 5, 2018
A part-time Montauk resident and animal rights activist is serving a 15-day jail sentence in New Jersey after his arrest protesting that state's bear hunt in October.

On Tuesday morning, Bill Crain, an animal rights activist and the president of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife, turned himself in at Sussex County Jail in New Jersey to begin a 15-day jail sentence for charges stemming from his protest against the state’s annual bear hunt.

Mr. Crain was arrested in October in Fredon, N.J., a township about 45 miles west of Manhattan.

Bruce Buschel
January 3, 2018
If “battling cancer” has long been a misguided metaphor, it seems spectacularly inapposite in connection with the redoubtable John McCain.

Whatever transpires in 2018, cancer will not defeat John McCain. 

Cancer is neither an opponent nor a binary condition, and the sooner we stop pitting humans against a disease, stop using war metaphors in the field of medicine, the better off we all shall be, especially cancer patients and their loved ones. Many a mislabeled loser has been quietly valiant and privately heroic.

David E. Rattray
December 21, 2017
East Hampton Town moved forward this week on two projects that critics said would be an expansion of East Hampton Airport, erecting a new, taller control tower and extending a taxiway alongside the main runway.

East Hampton Town moved forward this week on two projects that critics said would be an expansion of East Hampton Airport.

Following a Tuesday morning town board work session, officials were ready to authorize $2.1 million in borrowing to pay for an improved taxiway alongside the airport’s main runway. The town board is expected to vote on the authorization at a meeting in Town Hall tonight.

The board also began considering whether to relocate and increase the height of the airport’s control tower.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 14, 2017
A $32.8 million centralized wastewater treatment system being designed for downtown Montauk would eliminate septic system headaches faced by many businesses and prevent contaminants from reaching ground and surface waters, but could cost some of the larger businesses more than six figures a year.

A $32.8 million centralized wastewater treatment system being designed for downtown Montauk would eliminate septic system headaches faced by many businesses and prevent contaminants from reaching ground and surface waters, but could cost some of the larger businesses more than six figures a year.

Costs to individual downtown properties that would initially be hooked up would be apportioned through a tax district to be created by the town, based on the gallons per day of sewage that each property would be putting into the system. The businesses that generate the largest amount of septic waste would pay the largest share of the system’s capital and operating costs.

Larry Penny
November 22, 2017
The foliage doesn’t seem as brilliant this year as last year, but it might be that I went out too early.

On Friday and Saturday I went out to examine the fall foliage. It doesn’t seem as brilliant this year as last year, but it might be that I went out too early. On Friday, I covered about 100 miles of East Hampton Town roads, from Town Line Road in Wainscott to the west to Montauk Point to the east. The leaf colors were not as brilliant as last year’s, and Montauk’s Hither Woods were already drab.

David E. Rattray
November 16, 2017
Holly M. Kinyon stunned a crowd of about 125 people at an auction house in Potsdam, N.Y., on Saturday, winning both a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence and a related cache of printed documents, wills, and family papers linked to East Hampton.

A single buyer stunned a crowd of about 125 people at an auction house in Potsdam, N.Y., on Saturday, winning both a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence and a related cache of printed documents, wills, and family papers linked to East Hampton.

Holly M. Kinyon, who had flown east from her home in California to attend the sale, bid $1.5 million for the Declaration of Independence and $290,000 for the other materials. With tax and a buyer’s premium, her total came to about $2.2 million.

Initial estimates for the Declaration were $500,000 to $1 million and between $25,000 and $50,000 for the papers. Kip Blanchard of Blanchard’s Auction Service in Potsdam handled the sale.