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Joanne Pilgrim
June 27, 2015
A federal judge has agreed to an injunction sought by aviation interests blocking East Hampton Town from imposing strict limits on helicopters and other loud aircraft using the municipal airport in Wainscott.

An overnight curfew on aircraft using East Hampton Airport will go into effect next week, despite a legal challenge, however tougher flight limits remained on hold following a court decision released on Friday.

Britta Lokting
June 25, 2015
Child’s burn points to buried-fire problem.

On June 13 as dusk dimmed to night, Kate Overton’s 4-year-old daughter frolicked barefoot along the Three Mile Harbor inlet at Maidstone Park. Mrs. Overton and a group of friends were packing up to leave when they heard a child’s scream.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 24, 2015
The driver of a car that crashed on Main Street in East Hampton swatted at a spider she spotted in her car, causing her to lose control of it and crash into a pole and a tree.

Update, 11:40 a.m.: East Hampton Village police said it was a spider that caused a single-car crash on Main Street Wednesday morning. 

Christine Sampson
June 18, 2015
Ana Nunez is leaving the East Hampton School District to pursue a new career, one that has been inspired by the East Hampton school community itself.

She isn’t a teacher by training, but for many Latino families in the East Hampton School District who primarily speak Spanish at home, Ana Nunez has offered a different kind of education.

June 15, 2015
A revival of “All My Sons,” starring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf, is now running through June 28 at East Hampton’s Guild Hall. The Star's reviewer said, "Fans of serious drama should not hesitate to try and secure a ticket before the show’s run is finished."

In 1947, after a string of commercially unsuccessful plays, Arthur Miller vowed to “find another line of work” if his next one did not find an audience.  That next play was “All My Sons,” which proceeded to run for 328 performances.  It won that year’s New York Drama Critics Circle Award (chosen above Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh&

Joanne Pilgrim
June 10, 2015
East Hampton Town’s efforts to enact restrictions on the use of East Hampton Airport in order to reduce aircraft noise have a backer in Representative Lee Zeldin.

East Hampton Town’s efforts to enact restrictions on the use of East Hampton Airport in order to reduce aircraft noise have a backer in Representative Lee Zeldin, who this week successfully added an amendment to a Congressional transportation appropriations bill that would block the Federal Aviation Administration from using its money to “institute an administrative or civil action

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 21, 2015
In the seven New York State parks in Montauk, there simply will not be enough officers to answer calls, shifting the burden to local police.

With the warmer weather on the South Fork comes a swell of visitors and increased traffic, as well as the expected uptick in calls for emergency services. In the seven New York State parks in Montauk, there simply will not be enough officers to answer calls, shifting the burden to local police.

T.E. McMorrow
May 19, 2015
After sustaining life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle crash Friday night, Sgt. Danny Roman was listed in fair on condition Monday evening at Stony Brook University Hospital.

East Hampton Town Police Sgt. Daniel Roman, who was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital Friday evening after a motorcycle accident in Montauk, was in fair condition Monday night, the hospital reported.

Christine Sampson
May 19, 2015
While the budgets and propositions on the ballots for the 2015-16 school year easily passed in the school districts where polls closed at 8 p.m., there were some upsets in school board races.

While the budgets and propositions on the ballots for the 2015-16 school year easily passed in the school districts where polls closed at 8 p.m., there were some upsets in school board races. 

Joanne Pilgrim
May 18, 2015
Federal judge wants more time to consider the raminifcations of East Hampton’s new restrictions on helicopters and other noisy aircraft.

It will be another three weeks before a federal judge decides whether new access restrictions at East Hampton Airport can take effect. In the meantime, it will be business as usual at the airport.

T.E. McMorrow
May 16, 2015
Riding west on a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle, Sgt. Daniel Roman collided head-on with an eastbound 2012 Honda Accord driven by Stephen Lawton Weber Jr. of Baltimore.

An East Hampton Town police sergeant, Daniel Roman, was severely injured Friday evening in an accident on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk. 

Christine Sampson
May 14, 2015
A fifth-grade social studies class from John M. Marshall Elementary School were invited to take a trip to Plum Island after their message in a bottle happened to wash up there in March.

Stories that start with finding a message in a bottle can get pretty interesting.

In the case of Lee Mohlere’s fifth-grade social studies class at John M. Marshall Elementary School, what began with a lesson on climate and geography ended with a trip last week to Plum Island, the federal government-owned facility where the students’ message happened to wash up in March.

T.E. McMorrow
May 14, 2015
John Darren Re of East Hampton, accused of passing off over 60 worthless paintings to wealthy buyers as made by Jackson Pollock, was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

John Darren Re of East Hampton, accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of passing off over 60 worthless paintings to wealthy buyers as made by Jackson Pollock, was sentenced on Tuesday, his 55th birthday, to five years in federal prison. Mr.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 12, 2015
The driver of a tractor-trailer found out the hard way that his trailer was too tall for the Long Island Rail Road overpass on Route 114. The impact caused it to flip onto its side Tuesday morning.

A tractor-trailer struck a Long Island Rail Road overpass on Route 114 in East Hampton and turned over onto its side on Tuesday morning, shutting a portion of the road between Toilsome Lane and Cove Hollow Road. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 8, 2015
A customer was said to be injured at the Riverhead Building Supply yard in East Hampton when pallets of wallboard fell on him Friday morning.

A customer was said to be seriously injured at a Riverhead Building Supply yard in East Hampton when pallets of wallboard fell on him Friday morning. 

Joanne Pilgrim
May 7, 2015
A court hearing will be held next Thursday on a bid by helicopter and aviation companies and a group called Friends of the East Hampton Airport to block the East Hampton Town Board from implementing an overnight curfew.

A hearing will be held next Thursday at United States District Court in Central Islip on a bid by helicopter and aviation companies and a group called Friends of the East Hampton Airport to block the East Hampton Town Board from implementing an overnight curfew and restrictions on helicopters and other noisy aircraft.

Christine Sampson
May 7, 2015
An April 22 meeting for parents of Latino students about New York State math tests has aroused controversy, with some saying they were misled by the East Hampton School District administration.

An April 22 meeting for parents of Latino students about New York State math tests has aroused controversy, with some saying they were misled by the East Hampton School District administration--and the East Hampton Teachers Association calling the meeting “racial profiling.” The district denies allegations that it called Latino parents to the meeting to persuade them to have their c

T.E. McMorrow
April 29, 2015
Jason Lee, the former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish woman at an East Hampton summer house in 2013, was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon after a non-jury trial that spanned two weeks.

Jason Lee, the former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish woman at an East Hampton summer house in 2013, was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon after a non-jury trial that spanned three weeks.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 24, 2015
East Hampton Village Fire Marshal Ken Collum determined the fire that badly damaged the J. Crew building in East Hampton started in a refrigeration unit outside Rowdy Hall.

Friday's early morning fire that destroyed the back of the J. Crew building and damaged Rowdy Hall started in the outside refrigeration unit behind the restaurant, according to Ken Collum, the East Hampton Village fire marshal. 

T.E. McMorrow
April 23, 2015
According to police, the arrest of Nicholas C. Gray, 27, of Springs ended a crime spree that began on March 25 with the theft of a Jeep parked behind T & B Auto repair in Amagansett, and finished on April 6 with a burglary of a house in Amagansett.

A Springs man was arraigned Tuesday in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on nine felony charges, including burglary, grand larceny-auto theft, illegal weapons possession, and a grand larceny charge involving stolen credit cards.

Christine Sampson
April 13, 2015
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new state budget includes more funding for public education, with the impact of that money expected to vary by district.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new state budget includes more funding for public education, with the impact of that money expected to vary by district.

According to numbers released on April 1 by the state, the Sag Harbor School District will receive $140,835 more in the 2015-16 year than this year. Jennifer Buscemi, the school's business administrator, said it is slightly more than the district initially guessed it would receive.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 6, 2015
A Supreme Court judge ruled last Thursday that PSEG Long Island, an electrical energy provider, and the Long Island Power Authority, for which PSEG is a contractor, are not subject to local zoning and other laws.

A Supreme Court judge ruled Thursday that PSEG Long Island, an electrical energy provider, and the Long Island Power Authority, for which PSEG is a contractor, are not subject to local zoning and other laws.

The ruling clears the way for PSEG to finish work at an Amagansett electrical transmission substation, the only thing left before new, high-voltage transmission lines that have caused consternation among residents of neighborhoods along their route can go online.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 2, 2015
The matter of airport regulation is complicated, with federal rules and limited local authority. Just what East Hampton Town is facing, and its chances of success, came to light this week in an interview with Peter Kirsch, an attorney who has guided the effort to deal with aircraft noise.

Four regulations that would limit access to East Hampton Airport, primarily by helicopters, which have prompted waves of complaint from residents across the East End, will be discussed at an East Hampton Town Board work session on Tuesday, as the members review comments made at a March 12 public hearing.

Star Staff
March 31, 2015
Jason Lee, who is accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish woman in East Hampton in 2013, waived his right to a trial by jury on Tuesday and will instead be tried by New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn in her Riverside courtroom beginning next week.

Jason Lee, who is accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish woman in East Hampton in 2013, waived his right to a trial by jury on Tuesday and will instead be tried by New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn in her Riverside courtroom beginning next week.