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Judy D’Mello
July 20, 2017
Community chips in to give foster children memorable week with their siblings.

What happens when six children from New York City’s foster care system arrive in the Hamptons in mid-July for 10 days? A community shows such generosity, it combats the usual stereotypes associated with the summer landscape of mega money, moguls, and mansions.

The children came, as they do each year, to attend Camp Erutan (nature backward), founded by Lisa Tanzman, a California native, as a way for inner city foster children to spend time in the outdoors participating in activities to help heal and mend. Ms. Tanzman’s mantra is that one positive action can make a difference in a life, and her goal, whenever possible, is to reunite siblings often separated by the foster care system.

Christopher Walsh
July 17, 2017
Four weeks after they ordered Georgica Pond closed to the harvesting of crabs and other marine life due to a report a toxic blue-green algae from Suffolk officials, the East Hampton Town Trustees reopened the pond as the algal bloom had significantly diminished.

Four weeks after they ordered Georgica Pond closed to the harvesting of crabs and other marine life due to a report a toxic blue-green algae from Suffolk officials, the East Hampton Town Trustees reopened the pond as the algal bloom had significantly diminished.

"The bacteria levels have been down for about two weeks now," Bill Taylor, a deputy clerk of the trustees, said last week of the bloom of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. Mr. Taylor removed the signs that had been posted to notify the public that crabbing was prohibited around July 7, he said.

T.E. McMorrow
July 15, 2017
Police are seeking information about early-morning shotgun blasts that damaged a house on Oakview Highway in East Hampton Saturday.

Update, July 20: The early-morning quiet on Oakview Highway in East Hampton was shattered Saturday by several blasts from a shotgun. According to East Hampton Town police, the blasts damaged a house at 142 Oakview Highway. The owner of record is Sharon A. Bacon.

Police found spent shotgun shells in the street. There were no injuries.

The gunshots were heard at about 3:45 a.m. and a 911 call was placed.

Police interviewed the occupants of the house, including one individual who they believe may have been the focus of the shooter, but he has not been cooperative, according to police. An investigation is continuing, and police have asked that anyone with information call 631-537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Mark Segal
July 13, 2017
"Native American Life on the East End," an exhibition at the Eastville Community Historical Society, offers a glimpse of the African-Americans, Native Americans, and European immigrants who lived together in Sag Harbor.

"Native American Life on the East End," an exhibition of than 60 artifacts, including tintypes, cabinet cards, vintage and contemporary photographs, and original artwork, which opened on Saturday at the Eastville Community Historical Society, 139 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor, is a testament to Native Americans on the eastern part of Paumanok, the Native American name for Long Island, from the Paleo-Indian period, which lasted from approximately 15,000 to 7,000 B.C., to the present time. It will remain on view through Oct. 7.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 6, 2017
Keep a watch on your oak trees this summer. By season’s end, it will likely be obvious if any have been struck by oak wilt disease, a fungus that is readily spread and easily kills the trees.

Keep a watch on your oak trees this summer. By season’s end, it will likely be obvious if any have been struck by oak wilt disease, a fungus that is readily spread and easily kills the trees.

Infected oaks must be taken out and the wood properly disposed of. Pruning can spread the disease by exposing oak-wilt spore, which attracts beetles that carry it to other trees, so it should be left until the fall.

Jack Graves
July 4, 2017
As of earlier this week, all three East Hampton Little League boys teams were contending for District 36 Final Fours.

As of earlier this week, all three East Hampton Little League boys teams were contending for District 36 Final Fours. 

The 11-12 Maroon team coached by Chris Anderson finished pool play at 4-1 at the Pantigo fields Saturday by trouncing Southampton 10-0, thanks in great measure to Jack Dickinson’s no-hit pitching. That wasn’t the only no-hitter for the Maroons last week: Hunter Eberhart and and Aryan Chugh combined for one versus Eastport-South Manor on June 27. The young Bonackers won that game 12-0.

The 11-12 Grey team coached by Andrew Daige likewise did very well last week, rebounding from a lopsided playoff-opener loss to East End with three straight wins, over North Fork, Patchogue, and Mattituck, which had previously been undefeated.

Judy D’Mello
June 29, 2017
Three students who graduated from high school in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Bridgehampton this month are a study in getting ahead despite the odds.

Three students who graduated from high school in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Bridgehampton this month are a study in getting ahead despite the odds.

For Francesca Denaro, who graduated from East Hampton High School on Friday, the difficulty was that she was on her own, with only her older brother for support. Santiago Salvidar is the first member of his family to go to college, and perhaps high school. He explained that his father, hobbled by alcoholism, was dependent on his wages. The third student, Cristina Guadalupe Espinoza Paucar, arrived from Ecuador to join her father in Bridgehampton, enrolling in the 10th grade there although she spoke no English.

Jackie Pape
June 28, 2017
From fishing to ferries, and now cruises, one longtime Montauk business seems to have a boat for all reasons.

From fishing to ferries, and now cruises, one longtime Montauk business seems to have a boat for all reasons. 

For the first time, this summer the Viking Fleet, which has been in Montauk since 1936, will offer four cruises for all ages every day, and unlike the other outings the fleet is known for, these will not be about fishing. 

“We wanted to try something altogether different,” Capt. Paul Forsberg, the fleet’s owner, said this week. “This is something that isn’t available in the town, and there’s a market for this.” 

Judy D’Mello
June 22, 2017
Negotiations between the district and the East Hampton Town Board have been going on for several months, and the school’s failure to strike a deal and move away from Cedar Street has elicited mounting frustration.

“There is a tenor in this country at the moment where it has become acceptable to speak in a disrespectful way to anyone,” said Jacqueline Lowey, a member of the East Hampton School Board, at its meeting Tuesday evening, following an angry outburst by Paul D’Andrea, who took to the podium to lob some bombshells at J.P. Foster, the board’s president.

The issue once again was the proposed Cedar Street school bus depot. Concerned neighbors have formed the Cedar Street Committee, to which Mr. D’Andrea belongs, to oppose it, urging that the school district instead purchase a town-owned plot of land along the largely industrial stretch of Springs-Fireplace Road for its transportation hub.

Jackie Pape
June 20, 2017
Three were vying for two seats in Tuesday night's election, and just five votes separated the winner of the second seat from the third place finisher.

Three were vying for two Sag Harbor Village Board seats in Tuesday night's election, and just five votes separated the winner of the second seat from the third place finisher. 

Ken O’Donnell, the only incumbent running, was also the highest vote-getter, with 238 cast for him. His running mate, Thomas Gardella, the former Sag Harbor Fire Department chief, received 197 votes. That was not enough to win a seat on the board. That went to H. Aidan Corish, a political newcomer, who received 202 votes.

There were three write-in votes, one each for Jeff Peters, Thomas Schiavoni, and Chris Hubbard. 

T.E. McMorrow
June 16, 2017
Valon Shoshi, who was arrested in 2014 after firing a shotgun in his family's house, was back in jail on Thursday after being brought up on a felony sexual abuse charge.

A Springs man who was arrested by an East Hampton SWAT team in October 2014 after firing a shotgun in his family's house was back in jail on Thursday after being brought up on a felony sexual abuse charge. He was unable to make the $75,000 bail set by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana,

Valon Shoshi, 31, who turned himself in to East Hampton Village police on Wednesday afternoon, was charged with sexual abuse in the first degree and with a second felony for violating an order of protection for the alleged victim, who described him to police as her boyfriend. Police are withholding the name of the woman because of the nature of the charges. In addition, he is charged with assault and forcible sexual touching, both as misdemeanors. Mr. Shoshi is on probation.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 15, 2017
East Hampton Fire Department's first black chief had a role model close to home.

In volunteer fire departments in small towns everywhere, generations of families are not difficult to find on the rolls, past and present. Sons follow fathers into the same fire company, learning the ropes and working on hose lines together. More unusual is a son becoming a chief while his old man is still an active member, and rarer still, particularly here on the South Fork, is finding such a duo of African-American descent.

In April of last year, Jamalia Hayes became the first black chief in the East Hampton Fire Department when he was elected to the position of second assistant chief. His father, Dudley Hayes, who joined the department in 2002, three years before his son, could not be prouder to serve under him.

Christopher Walsh
June 8, 2017
Fifty years after its opening, John’s Drive-In continues to serve the burgers, fries, milkshakes, and ice cream for which it is known and loved by residents and visitors alike.

As Montauk has witnessed profound change in recent years, characterized by the sale of family-owned businesses to individuals and corporations from out of town, a notable sign of consistency stands firm at the corner of Main Street and South Emery Street.

Fifty years after its opening, John’s Drive-In continues to serve the burgers, fries, milkshakes, and ice cream for which it is known and loved by residents and visitors alike. For the former, stepping inside the restaurant is akin to time travel: The menu is virtually unchanged from those of 10, 20, or 40 years ago, as are the seating and décor.

Irene Silverman
June 1, 2017
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman is leaving East Hampton after 10 years to return to Dallas, where he will lecture in the department of Jewish studies at Southern Methodist University.

Relatives, friends, board members, and congregants of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, at least 200 altogether, overflowed the center’s sun-filled sanctuary on Saturday to bid a fond farewell to Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, who is leaving East Hampton after 10 years to return to Dallas, where he will lecture in the department of Jewish studies at Southern Methodist University.

Rabbi Zimmerman, formerly senior rabbi of a Dallas temple with one of the largest Jewish congregations in North America, comes from a rabbinical family going back many generations. He is an 11th-generation rabbi, and his son, Brian, who is senior rabbi of a synagogue in Fort Worth, Tex., is following in his footsteps.

Jon M. Diat
May 25, 2017
Despite launching my boat for the season back on March 13, an overly aggressive early date, this spring’s copiously rainy and windy weather left very few opportunities to wet a line and finally put some fresh fish on the table.

Despite launching my boat for the season back on March 13, an overly aggressive early date, this spring’s copiously rainy and windy weather left very few opportunities to wet a line and finally put some fresh fish on the table. 

Christopher Walsh
May 19, 2017
After screening Republican and Democratic candidates for town office, the party has endorsed the Democrat Peter Van Scoyoc for town supervisor and his running mates Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Jeffrey Bragman for town board.

The East Hampton Independence Party has endorsed three Democrats in the races for town supervisor and town board, following interviews by its screening committee on Monday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.

Judy D’Mello
May 16, 2017
Both the Springs and Sag Harbor School Districts, where the budgets passed easily, will have new school board members come July.

Both the Springs and Sag Harbor School Districts, where the budgets passed easily, will have new school board members come July.

Judy D’Mello
May 11, 2017
Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots for the 2017-18 school district budgets and to elect school board members in races that are largely uncontested on the South Fork.

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots for the 2017-18 school district budgets and to elect school board members in races that are largely uncontested on the South Fork.

Christopher Walsh
May 10, 2017
Tyler Armstrong, an East Hampton Town trustee who recently received the Democratic Committee's nod to run for a second term, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in November.

Tyler Armstrong, an East Hampton Town trustee who recently received the Democratic Committee's nod to run for a second term, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in November, but will complete his term, which expires at year's end.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 4, 2017
Representatives of East Hampton Town’s Fisheries Advisory Committee have asked for a comprehensive analysis of the socioeconomic importance of fisheries on the East End.

Representatives of East Hampton Town’s Fisheries Advisory Committee this week again asked the town to help fund a comprehensive analysis of the socioeconomic importance of fisheries on the East End and reiterated fishermen’s concerns about the Deepwater Wind offshore turbine installation. 

Christopher Walsh
May 1, 2017
With its endorsement of Jeffrey Bragman for town councilman, the East Hampton Town Democratic Party’s screening committee has signed off on its slate of recommended candidates for town board and other townwide offices, pending formal votes at its May 17 nominating convention.

With its endorsement of Jeffrey Bragman for town councilman, the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee’s screening committee has signed off on a slate of candidates for town board and other townwide offices. Official nominations will be made at a May 17 convention. 

Joanne Pilgrim
April 27, 2017
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has been traveling the county this week promoting a proposal to establish a grant and loan program to help homeowners through out the county replace antiquated septic systems with new ones that remove nitrogen.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has been traveling the county this week promoting a proposal to establish a grant and loan program to help homeowners through out the county replace antiquated septic systems with new ones that remove nitrogen, which has been identified as a major cause of surface and groundwater pollution.

T.E. McMorrow
April 25, 2017
Posing in an email as Courtney Sale Ross, the founder of the Ross School, someone stole about $167,000 from the school earlier this month, according to police.

In an online scam now under investigation, someone stole about $167,000 from the Ross School in East Hampton earlier this month, according to East Hampton Town police.

Judy D’Mello
April 20, 2017
After 32 years of teaching at the Montauk School, Judith Pfister is looking forward to not having to wear a watch every day.

After 32 years of teaching at the Montauk School, Judith Pfister is looking forward to not having to wear a watch every day.