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Joanne Pilgrim
January 12, 2017
A 3,100-foot-long sandbag sea wall installed last year by the Army Corps of Engineers on the downtown Montauk beach is included in the latest edition of “Wastebook,” an annual survey of “government pork and boondoggles” produced by Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.

A 3,100-foot-long sandbag sea wall installed last year by the Army Corps of Engineers on the downtown Montauk beach is included in the latest edition of “Wastebook,” an annual survey of “government pork and boondoggles” by Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 5, 2017
The cause of the fire on Sag Harbor’s Main Street, which led to the demolition of two buildings, including the iconic front of the Sag Harbor Cinema, may never be known.

The cause of the fire on Sag Harbor’s Main Street, which led to the demolition of two buildings, including the iconic front of the Sag Harbor Cinema, may never be known.

T.E. McMorrow
January 3, 2017
The two men who police said robbed the Speedway gas station in Wainscott on New Year's Day, with one threatening the clerk with what appeared to be a gun before making off with several hundred dollars, were taken into custody Monday by the Riverhead Town police.

The two men who police said robbed the Speedway gas station in Wainscott on New Year's Day, with one threatening the clerk with what appeared to be a gun before making off with several hundred dollars, were taken into custody Monday by the Riverhead Town police.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 29, 2016
In the two weeks since a fire ripped through Sag Harbor’s Main Street, destroying buildings and businesses at the height of the Christmas shopping season, officials have been working hard to find ways to recoup the financial losses caused by the fire and understand its lingering economic impacts.

In the two weeks since a fire ripped through Sag Harbor’s Main Street, destroying buildings and businesses at the height of the Christmas shopping season, officials have been working hard to find ways to recoup the financial losses caused by the fire and understand its lingering economic impact

Christine Sampson
December 22, 2016
Their inventions ranged widely, but they shared a common theme: They were the original creations of Hayground School students working together to crack a challenging problem.

Their inventions ranged widely, but they shared a common theme: They were the original creations of Hayground School students working together to crack a challenging problem.

Taylor K. Vecsey
Christopher Walsh
December 20, 2016
East Hampton Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen is taking a private security position, he said on Wednesday.

Update, Dec. 22: The village board met Wednesday morning to ratify two contracts, the first being his 2016-17 one, which had not yet been decided on, and a separation agreement. Chief Larsen will leave office at the end of the month, use up his remaining vacation time, and not officially retire until the end of the village’s fiscal year on July 31.

Taylor K. Vecsey
Christine Sampson
December 16, 2016
Several businesses and apartments have been badly damaged by a fire that swept through a portion of the Main Street business district Friday morning.

Update, 10 p.m.: Officials made the decision, after consulting with a structural engineer and historic preservationist, to demolish the facade of the Sag Harbor Cinema, as it was in danger of collapse. It was demolished around 8 p.m. The neon "Sag Harbor" sign was salvaged. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 15, 2016
Save Sag Harbor, the civic group that railed against the redesign of the old Harbor Heights gas station, which recently reopened as a modern, upgraded facility, is concerned that the new premises may not be in line with agreements made during the planning process.

Save Sag Harbor, the civic group that railed against the redesign of the old Harbor Heights gas station, which recently reopened as a modern, upgraded facility, is concerned that the new premises may not be in line with agreements made during the planning process. 

Christine Sampson
December 13, 2016

With 55 percent voter approval, Bridgehampton residents turned out Tuesday to support the Bridgehampton School District's efforts to expand and renovate the 86-year-old building.

Christine Sampson
December 5, 2016
Members of the Sag Harbor Elementary School PTA and Pierson Middle and High School Parent Teacher Student Association voted last Thursday to take a formal stance against the school district's artificial turf field project.

Members of the Sag Harbor Elementary School PTA and Pierson Middle and High School Parent Teacher Student Association voted last Thursday to take a formal stance against the school district's artificial turf field project.

Christopher Walsh
December 1, 2016

The holiday season can be stressful for a multitude of reasons, from a hectic social calendar and overindulgence in food or alcohol to loneliness, ennui, even despair. On the South Fork, however, those feeling blue amidst the Western world’s revelry can look to a tradition from the East.

Christopher Walsh
November 23, 2016
Five years after it was destroyed by fire, Scoville Hall, the parish house of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, will reopen on Dec. 3, when it hosts a holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Five years after it was destroyed by fire, Scoville Hall, the parish house of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, will reopen on Dec. 3, when it hosts a holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Christopher Walsh
November 17, 2016
Early predictions have proven accurate. “Pretty bleak,” was the assessment yesterday from Barley Dunne, director of the town’s shellfish hatchery in Montauk.

“Prices are sky high,” said Stuart Heath, who was on the water in Sag Harbor yesterday, “so it’s still worth it if you get a bushel or two.” 

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 14, 2016
Tens of thousands of menhaden, known as bunker, died in the Shinnecock Canal on Monday, and a cleanup effort is underway.

Tens of thousands of menhaden, also known as bunker, died in the Shinnecock Canal on Monday, and a cleanup effort is underway.

Christopher Walsh
November 14, 2016
A state court has ruled that private property owners do not own two disputed portions of ocean beach on Napeague and rejected a claim that people who used four-wheel-drive vehicles to get there to swim, picnic, or sunbathe were a public nuisance.

In a decision that East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell called "an enormous win for public access to our beaches," State Supreme Court Justice Ralph Gazzillo has ruled that a group of property owners do not own the 4,000-foot-long strip of ocean beach popularly known as Truck Beach, nor a nearby 1,500-foot stretch in front of the White Sands Motel, as they contended in lawsuits

Taylor K. Vecsey
T.E. McMorrow
David E. Rattray
Christopher Walsh
November 9, 2016
In his victory speech on election night, Donald Trump called on America to “bind the wounds of division” and “come together as one united people,” but with his anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail still resonating, his election has struck a note of fear and uncertainty for many.

In his victory speech on election night, Donald Trump called on America to “bind the wounds of division” and “come together as one united people,” but with his anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail still resonating, his election has struck a note of fear and uncertainty for many Latin American immigrants on the South Fork, particularly those who are undocumented.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 9, 2016
A man walking on the shoulder in front of Cafe Max on Montauk Highway in East Hampton Village was killed Wednesday evening after he was struck by a car.

Update, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.: East Hampton Village police have identified Harry Greenfield, 72, of Lighthouse, Fla., as the man killed in an accident Wednesday night. 

Carissa Katz
November 8, 2016
East End voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to extend the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund through 2050 and to allow up to 20 percent of its future proceeds to be used for water quality projects.

East End voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to extend the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund through 2050 and to allow up to 20 percent of its future proceeds to be used for water quality initiatives.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 3, 2016
East End voters will be asked on Tuesday to vote on Proposition 1. Proponents say that the money would enable municipalities to jump-start long-needed programs and address a water pollution problem that has been well documented and studied. Opponents say more time is needed to analyze the problems.

East End voters will be asked on Tuesday to vote not only on national and state-level races, but also on Proposition 1, a referendum that would extend the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund program through 2050 and allow up to 20 percent of its proceeds to be used for water quality protection.  Proponents say that the money would enable municipalities to jump-start long-ne

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 27, 2016
Discourse over who should be the 45th president of the United States has reached such a fevered pitch that political debates in Southampton Hospital’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation gym have been banned because of the stress they can cause patients.

With less than two weeks until Election Day, tensions are running high. Discourse over who should be the 45th president of the United States has reached such a fevered pitch that political debates in Southampton Hospital’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation gym have been banned because of the stress they can cause patients.

David Kuperschmid
October 27, 2016
It’s important for fishermen to know what temperatures their target fish can tolerate, their local water temperature, and what factors determine water temperature.

Some like it hot. Some like it cold. When the thermometer rises or falls, we humans simply adjust a thermostat or add or subtract layers of clothing to achieve our personal comfort level. Fish don’t have that luxury and must skedaddle when the surrounding water temperature exceeds the range their cold-blooded bodies can tolerate. 

Joanne Pilgrim
October 20, 2016
Southampton Hospital officials will submit a final application for an East Hampton satellite emergency room and treatment center to the state by the end of the year, and would like to see it on Pantigo Place, adjacent to the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation medical facility.

Southampton Hospital officials will submit a final application for an East Hampton satellite emergency room and treatment center to the state by the end of the year, and would like to see it on Pantigo Place, adjacent to the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation medical facility.

A 4.5-acre town-owned property there houses Little League fields, which would be relocated.

Christine Sampson
October 18, 2016
The Bridgehampton School has removed a drinking fountain in the boys locker room and replaced faucets in four science laboratory sinks after water tests over the summer came back with lead content results higher than state-allowed limits, according to a report released last week.

Update, Oct. 19: Late Tuesday evening, the Bridgehampton School District removed from its website its initial statement saying its water test results were within normal limits.

T.E. McMorrow
October 13, 2016
Marc Rowan, the private equities investor who over the past few years bought Duryea’s Dock and a number of other Montauk properties near Fort Pond Bay, has plans in the works for a major overhaul of the complex of cottages next to the Montauket.

Marc Rowan, the private equities investor who over the past few years bought Duryea’s Dock and a number of other Montauk properties near Fort Pond Bay, has plans in the works for a major overhaul of the complex of cottages next to the Montauket.