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Taylor K. Vecsey
April 26, 2016
A vehicle crashed into the woods off Accabonac Road, near the East Hampton Golf Club greens, leaving an occupant trapped inside on Tuesday afternoon.

Update, 3:45 p.m.: The patient was extricated from the Kia at about 3:15 p.m. and taken to Southampton Hospital. No further information was available about the patient's condition.

Mark Segal
April 21, 2016
Anne Jackson, the consummate actress whose career in theater, films, and television, like her marriage to Eli Wallach, her frequent co-star, spanned more than six decades, died at her Manhattan home on April 12.

Anne Jackson, the consummate actress whose career in theater, films, and television, like her marriage to Eli Wallach, her frequent co-star, spanned more than six decades, died at her Manhattan home on April 12. She was 90.

Christine Sampson
April 21, 2016
The Montauk School Board adopted its proposed 2016-17 budget on April 12, putting $18,978,163 up for community approval on May 17.

The Montauk School Board adopted its proposed 2016-17 budget on April 12, putting $18,978,163 up for community approval on May 17. Also on the ballot that day will be a contested race for one school board seat, although an incumbent board member is running for re-election unopposed.

David Kuperschmid
April 21, 2016
Anglers are drawn to new technology, particularly when it improves the performance of their gear and increases their catch. So it’s not surprising that software companies are developing mobile phone apps for fisherman. The market is huge. There are nearly 49 million recreational fishermen in the United States alone, according to the website Statista.com.

Anglers are drawn to new technology, particularly when it improves the performance of their gear and increases their catch. So it’s not surprising that software companies are developing mobile phone apps for fisherman. The market is huge.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 15, 2016
Gerard Larsen is interested in the top position in the Southampton Town Police Department, where Chief Robert Pearce will leave at the end of September.

Gerard Larsen, the chief of police in East Hampton Village, is interested in the top brass position in Southampton Town, where Chief Robert Pearce will leave at the end of September.

David Kuperschmid
April 14, 2016
While some dread the approach of April 15, others relish its arrival because it’s the opening of the striped bass season in New York State.

While some dread the approach of April 15, others relish its arrival because it’s the opening of the striped bass season in New York State. The date is also the unofficial start of the saltwater fishing season. I say unoffical because traditionalists argue that April 1, the first day one can catch and keep a winter flounder in local waters, marks the true opening.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 11, 2016
Fred W. Thiele Jr. stepped down Monday from his post as the Sag Harbor Village attorney, just days after Rich Warren, a longtime village consultant, gave notice that he will leave at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year in May.

Fred W. Thiele Jr. stepped down Monday from his post as the Sag Harbor Village attorney, just days after Rich Warren, a longtime village consultant, gave notice that he will leave at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year in May.

Christine Sampson
April 8, 2016
In a little more than two weeks, an organic chicken sandwich was covered in fuzzy, bluish mold, while ones from the East Hampton Middle School cafeteria and McDonald's appear almost exactly as they did when Tycho Burwell first brought them home.

There are endless stories on the Internet about experiments on McDonald's food and how it appears not to decompose over time. For a class project, an East Hampton Middle School eighth-grader put his own twist on the experiment by testing not just a breaded chicken sandwich from McDonald's but also a similar sandwich from the school's own cafeteria.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 7, 2016
Greystone has a site plan application before the Sag Harbor Planning Board and a wetlands application before the harbor committee for the condominium project.

Greystone Development, a Manhattan real estate company that owns waterfront parcels that the Village of Sag Harbor would like to see become a park, reported on Monday that it had closed on Friday on an additional waterfront lot, 2 West Water Street, for $4.94 million.

T.E. McMorrow
April 5, 2016
East Hampton Village police raided the Living Room restaurant at c/o the Maidstone at midnight Saturday, ending a burlesque show that they said was illegal.

An Atlantic City woman who goes by the name of Taradise was performing in a Venetian mask "dressed in some type of a feather garment and a black thong," when East Hampton Village police raided the Living Room restaurant at c/o the Maidstone at midnight Saturday, ending a burlesque show that they said was illegal.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 31, 2016
Prolific professor and historian has two secrets to his prodigious productivity: grazing and napping.

Mark Naison has two secrets to his productivity: grazing and napping. “I’m a great believer in napping and eating several times throughout the day,” said Mr. Naison, who turns 70 in May.

Durell Godfrey
March 28, 2016
Men and women, boys and girls, and even a few pets celebrated Easter in style at the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce's annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Saturday.

Men and women, boys and girls, and even a few pets celebrated Easter in style at the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce's annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Saturday. 

Christine Sampson
March 24, 2016
A single-stall, handicapped-accessible restroom at East Hampton High School, outside the cafeteria and near a pair of boys and girls bathrooms, has been designated as “gender neutral” thanks to the efforts of two students.

A single-stall, handicapped-accessible restroom at East Hampton High School, outside the cafeteria and near a pair of boys and girls bathrooms, has been designated as “gender neutral” thanks to the efforts of two students.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 17, 2016
The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, which now includes 325 members, oversees 1,100 acres between Sag Harbor and Sagaponack — 800 acres of which are preserved by either the Nature Conservancy, Southampton Town, or Suffolk County.

When Dai Dayton and Sandra Ferguson sit down to lunch, they talk not in years but in decades.

Nearly two decades ago, the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt began with a simple knock on the door.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 10, 2016
Maritza Guichay hopes to serve as a voice for the growing Latino population long removed from local government. She co-chairs the Town of East Hampton’s newly formed Latino advisory committee.

Seventeen years ago, when Maritza Guichay first moved here from Cuenca, Ecuador, she spoke not a word of English.

She recalls a segregated East Hampton Middle and High School, with Spanish-speaking students largely cordoned off from their English-speaking counterparts. 

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 8, 2016
Carolyn Brody purchased BookHampton, and Charline Spektor will hand over the keys this week.

Following weeks of speculation, the mystery buyer of BookHampton has finally been revealed.
"Carolyn Brody is the buyer," confirmed Charline Spektor, the East Hampton bookstore's longtime owner, early Monday. "We're tying up a few loose ends, but the keys are being handed over this week."

Christine Sampson
March 3, 2016
Island Gift of Life, a non-profit organization launched in 2001 that helps patients on the East End cope with major medical issues by providing financial support, transportation, or expertise to help negotiate medical bills.

The Island Gift of Life Foundation helped Janae Jones find her smile.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 25, 2016
The Southampton Town Board said Tuesday that it had heard the community’s concerns about a proposed project across Montauk Highway from the Bridgehampton Commons and decided to adjourn a hearing on it so that town planners can work to reduce its scale.

The Southampton Town Board said Tuesday that it had heard the community’s concerns about a proposed project across Montauk Highway from the Bridgehampton Commons and decided to adjourn a hearing on it so that town planners can work to reduce its scale.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 19, 2016
Kunkush, which became separated from its owners on a Greek shore, is reunited with its family with the help of a Springs photographer.

The incredible story of a lost cat that was reunited on Thursday with its Iraqi refugee family has made its way around the world through news sites and social media after Doug Kuntz, an East Hampton resident, delivered the white feline, in a Burberry plaid carrier, to its family, a widow with five children, at their new home in Norway four months after it was lost.

T.E. McMorrow
February 11, 2016
Among the police officers named recognized by the South Fork departments, East Hampton Town police selected Officer Luke McNamara. His choice was unusual, in that this past year was his first on the job.

The East Hampton Town and Village and Sag Harbor Village Police Departments recently named their police officers of the year.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 4, 2016
In the face of a growing trend toward bigger houses on smaller lots, the village established a temporary moratorium in July on construction of most new houses and major improvements to existing ones; since then the board has been working on a range of code revisions.

Sag Harbor Village police stood by just in case, and one person angrily addressing the village board over proposed residential zoning code changes came close to being hauled away from the podium, but feedback was largely positive at a meeting last week on proposals that include tying the gross floor area of residential structures to lot sizes.

Christine Sampson
February 1, 2016
The Child Development Center of the Hamptons is in talks with Kevin Gersh, who operates several private schools for autistic children on Long Island and in Puerto Rico, for a potential management role at the school.

The Child Development Center of the Hamptons is in talks with Kevin Gersh, who operates several private schools for autistic children on Long Island and in Puerto Rico, for a potential management role at the school following at least one financially troublesome year that saw the South Fork's only charter school lose about $350,000.

Carissa Katz
January 28, 2016
The Rev. Gerardo Roma Garcia always wanted to work with the poor and underprivileged, but as a young man studying at the Roman Catholic seminary in Guadalajara, Mexico, he could scarcely have imagined that he would one day be an Episcopal priest called to an area not known for pockets of need but for over-the-top affluence.

The Rev. Gerardo Roma Garcia always wanted to work with the poor and underprivileged, but as a young man studying at the Roman Catholic seminary in Guadalajara, Mexico, he could scarcely have imagined that he would one day be an Episcopal priest called to an area not known for pockets of need but for over-the-top affluence.

Carissa Katz
January 16, 2016
Russell Drumm, a senior writer for The East Hampton Star, died on Saturday at Southampton Hospital of cancer. He was 68.

Russell Drumm, a senior writer for The East Hampton Star, who for 33 years wrote about commercial and recreational fishing among a range of other subjects large and small, died on Saturday at Southampton Hospital of cancer. He was 68.