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Taylor K. Vecsey
September 16, 2014
Judi Bistrian, her 11-year-old daughter, and her 4-year-old son escaped a fire that destroyed their Accabonac Road house and everything in it on Saturday morning.

The Springs community is planning a fund-raiser for a family that narrowly escaped a fire at its house on Saturday morning and lost everything to the flames. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 13, 2014
Fire chiefs say mother and her two children "lucky" to be alive after an early morning blaze tore through their Springs house. The mother is being treated at Southampton Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

A mother and her two children barely escaped a fire that destroyed their house in Springs early Saturday morning. The family and a firefighter were taken to Southampton Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Springs Fire Department First Assistant Chief David King said the family, whose name was not released, was "very, very lucky" to make it out of their house at 787 Accabonac Road, next to Green River Cemetery. A call for help went out at about 4:20 a.m.

T.E. McMorrow
September 12, 2014
The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property.

The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk, who have proposed a private club there, asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property, according to a press release from the corporation’s public relations firm.

Star staff
September 12, 2014
A tractor trailer carrying sand flipped over onto its side on Brick Kiln Road in Bridgehampton Friday morning. The driver was airlifted to Stony Brook.

A tractor trailer carrying sand flipped over onto its side in Bridgehampton Friday morning, spilling its contents all over the road and injuring the driver. 

The accident reportedly occurred as the driver was making a left from Scuttlehole Road onto Brick Kiln Road just before 9 a.m. The Bridgehampton Fire Department's rescue squad was called to respond, but Chief Charles Broadmeadow called them off after the driver got out of the truck with help from bystanders.

T.E. McMorrow
September 4, 2014
A five-finger discount happening lately at farm stands across Long Island Sound has found its way to East Hampton.

A five-finger discount happening lately at farm stands across Long Island Sound has found its way to East Hampton: the theft of corn.

When John Domanic, the hands-on half of the partnership that owns the Little Dog farm stand on Pantigo Road, came to work on Aug. 25, he knew immediately that hooligans had hit the stand — not only stealing but vandalizing as well.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 4, 2014
Sitting in front of four screens with highly specialized applications like customized GPS mapping and tracking systems, Scott Elley ended his 33-year career by signing off over the townwide paging system during a regularly scheduled radio test on Friday. Watch as he signs off for the last time.

When Robert Scott Elley started working as a part-time emergency dispatcher in East Hampton in 1981, things were certainly different. If there was a fire or people needed an ambulance, they called a seven-digit phone number for the fire department and a single dispatcher manning the phone line would push a button alerting emergency workers, then make up a report on a typewriter.

Taylor K. Vecsey
T.E. McMorrow
September 1, 2014
Detectives are investigating after a body was found floating in Montauk waters on Monday morning.

A body was found floating in Montauk Harbor near Uihlein's Marina on Monday morning. 

East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo confirmed that the body was off West Lake Drive Extension. An investigation is under way, he said, adding that no other information was available at this time. 

Joanne Pilgrim
August 28, 2014
A standing-room-only crowd of 385 showed up at meeting held by the East Hampton Town Board on Wednesday night to listen to residents of the East End who are affected by noise from aircraft using the East Hampton Airport.

A standing-room-only crowd of 385 showed up at meeting held by the East Hampton Town Board on Wednesday night to listen to residents of the East End who are affected by noise from aircraft using the East Hampton Airport.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 28, 2014
Chris Scott, a 27-year-old whose family has a house in Springs, was flown on Tuesday to an Atlanta hospital specializing in spinal cord injuries, nearly a month after a skydiving accident in Calverton left him a quadriplegic.

Chris Scott, a 27-year-old whose family has a house in Springs, was flown on Tuesday to an Atlanta hospital specializing in spinal cord injuries, nearly a month after a skydiving accident in Calverton. Gary Messina, a 25-year-old New York City correction officer, died when their tandem jump went horribly wrong, and Mr. Scott, a top Skydive Long Island instructor, was left a quadriplegic.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 27, 2014
Julia Bovey, the director of the New York State Department of Public Service's Long Island office, got some thanks on Tuesday night for responding to calls for an East Hampton hearing on PSEG-Long Island's long-range plan — and then she got an earful.

Julia Bovey, the director of the New York State Department of Public Service’s Long Island office, got some thanks on Tuesday night for responding to calls for an East Hampton hearing on PSEG-Long Island’s long-range plan — and then she got an earful.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 27, 2014
Labor Day weekend brings not only the end of the summer rental season but also the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s annual powwow, which will take place on the reservation from Friday through Monday.

Labor Day weekend brings not only the end of the summer rental season but also the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s annual powwow, which will take place on the reservation from Friday through Monday.

The event, said to be the 68th in the tradition, features drum and dance contests, authentic native dress, and over $50,000 in prize money. The Shinnecocks will welcome members of many other tribes as well as the general public, and native arts, crafts, and foods will be for sale. There will also be raffles and a sunset fire-lighting.

Janis Hewitt
August 21, 2014
The Ditch Plains Association’s online petition asking the New York State D.E.C. and East Hampton Town planners to rebuff an application that would drastically change the footprint of Montauk’s former East Deck Motel gathered 860 signatures in two days.

An online petition posted by Montauk’s Ditch Plains Association on Monday afternoon, asking East Hampton Town planners and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to rebuff an application that would drastically change the footprint of the hamlet’s East Deck Motel, had gathered 860 signatures as of Wednesday.

T.E. McMorrow
August 19, 2014
The man East Hampton Village Police charged with drunken driving following a crash Sunday afternoon that left his three passengers in critical condition was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Tuesday and later released after his wife posted $10,000 bail.

The man East Hampton Village Police charged with drunken driving following a crash Sunday afternoon that left his three passengers in critical condition was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Tuesday and later released from police headquarters after his wife posted $10,000 bail.

T.E. McMorrow
August 14, 2014
Cyril’s Fish House lost its license to sell alcohol after a vote by the New York State Liquor Authority on Tuesday.

Cyril’s Fish House has lost its license to sell alcohol, according to Joseph Prokop, the attorney handling East Hampton Town’s ongoing legal confrontation with the popular Napeague roadside bar and restaurant.

The New York State Liquor Authority prosecuted Cyril’s on 83 charges and found it guilty on Tuesday of 73 of them, Mr. Prokop said. Yesterday, its members voted 2-1 to cancel the license.

Clan-Fitz, the ownership entity of the business, will not find comfort in that one dissenting vote, which reportedly was to revoke the license permanently.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 12, 2014
East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo confirmed that the Secret Service detained "a subject who appears to be a freelance photographer" on the property line of the Clintons' rental home Sunday night.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have been in their Amagansett rental only a few days, and already a paparazzo has stirred up trouble.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo confirmed that the Secret Service detained "a subject who appears to be a freelance photographer" on the property line of the Clintons' rental home Sunday night. 

Town police were called to assist at 44 Broadview Road in Amagansett at 7:58 p.m. 

Joanne Pilgrim
August 7, 2014
The future of a 19-acre Amagansett parcel could include crop production, a center for local small farms and food producers, a horse rescue and breeding operation, or even a golf driving range.

The future of the 19-acre parcel now called Amagansett Farm, purchased by East Hampton Town for $10.1 million in the spring, could include crop production, a center for local small farms and food producers, a horse rescue and breeding operation, or even a golf driving range, according to proposals that have been submitted to the town.

Irene Silverman
August 6, 2014
It is over a year since The Star last reported on progress on the national historic landmark in East Hampton that is being restored to its former somewhat unorthodox glory.

It is over a year since The Star last reported on progress at the Thomas Moran house, the national historic landmark opposite Town Pond in East Hampton that is being restored, pillar by post, month by unhurried month, to its former somewhat unorthodox glory.

A great deal of progress has been made inside the 1885 building, which visitors to Main Street aren’t able to see, though so much work still remains, both inside and out, that to say the undertaking is even one-third finished would probably be stretching it.

T.E. McMorrow
August 4, 2014
A Northport man who refused to surrender to police despite being Tasered twice was finally brought down by an officer using a flashlight and a baton, East Hampton Village police reported.

After a dramatic chase through the woods in Wainscott early Monday, a Northport man who refused to surrender to East Hampton Village police despite being Tasered twice was finally brought down by an officer using a flashlight and a baton. Daniel Cavan Rathgaber, 30, was charged with felony driving with a suspended license and two misdemeanors —drunken driving and resisting arrest.

Lucia Akard
August 1, 2014
The shark found dead at an Amagansett ocean beach on Tuesday evening has been officially identified as a 2-year-old male great white. Scientists will use its carcass to learn more about the species.

The shark that was found at an Amagansett ocean beach on Tuesday evening has been officially identified as a great white. It was dissected on Thursday afternoon by the National Marine Fisheries Service with assistance from Stony Brook University faculty, students, and staff at the Southampton Marine Station.

Carissa Katz
July 23, 2014
Richard G. Hendrickson, a volunteer United States Cooperative weather observer since 1930, will be honored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for his longstanding service on Sunday.

Richard G. Hendrickson, a volunteer United States Cooperative weather observer since 1930, will be honored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for his longstanding service on Sunday at the National Weather Service's weather forecast office in Upton.

"Since Hendrickson is the first in the history of the program to serve for more than eight decades, the new 80-year service award will be named in his honor," according to an announcement on the NOAA website.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 11, 2014
Two people were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens on Thursday night on charges in connection with making terrorist threats against the Jewish Center of the Hamptons over the past several months, East Hampton Village police said Friday.

A man and a woman  were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens on Thursday night on charges in connection with making terrorist threats against the Jewish Center of the Hamptons over the past several months, East Hampton Village police said on Friday. 

Village detectives apprehended Asli Dincer, 44, and her former husband, Melih Dincer, 31, who live in Riverhead and are from Turkey, after they arrived on overseas flight.

T.E. McMorrow
July 11, 2014
A Turkish couple living in Riverhead appeared to have made up the threats in an attempt to ensnare a third person with whom they had a dispute. Emails indicated the attack would be during the month of Ramadan, which began on June 28.

A Turkish couple living in Riverhead who were arrested in connection with email messages describing an imaginary plot to blow up the Jewish Center of the Hamptons entered not guilty pleas in East Hampton Justice Town Court on Friday.

The alleged threats, which they appeared to have made up in an attempt to ensnare a third person with whom they had a dispute, indicated the attack would be during the month of Ramadan, which began on June 28.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 9, 2014
Jerome Walker Jr. was born at home three months premature. His parents believe that if an ambulance volunteer had not arrived when he did, their only son would never have survived, growing into a healthy, college-bound young man.

Eighteen years ago Friday, Jerome Walker Jr. was born at home three months premature. At 1 pound 9 ounces, he didn’t initially breathe on his own, and his parents believe that if the first responder had not arrived when he did, their only son would never have survived, growing into a healthy, college-bound young man who graduated from high school last month.

In the audience to see him receive his diploma at the Bridgehampton School was the paramedic who saved his life. It was a reunion 18 years in the making, and it almost never happened.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
July 9, 2014

Shock waves went through the East Hampton School Board meeting Tuesday night when it was learned that Patricia Hope, one of the board's most outspoken members, had resigned.