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Christopher Walsh
July 22, 2016
It's a watershed moment for the South Fork environment: A group of powerful residents on Georgica Pond has decided to battle back against pollution. But saving our water bodies won't happen without a might effort by us all.

Jack Russell terriers are not water dogs. “She just happened to go down to the pond,” says Annie Gilchrist Hall, “because we had two of our kids here sailing.” Annie and John Hall’s pet was familiar with Georgica Pond, East Hampton’s serene, 290-acre body of water — a stunning backdrop to some of the most desirable real estate on the planet.

David Kuperschmid
July 21, 2016
The name menhaden is derived from a blend of Native American words that mean “he fertilizes,” which refers to the fish’s early use as fertilizer, including by the pilgrims in the early-17th century.

The 40-pound striped bass that lately have been blanketing East End fishing docks were drawn to local waters by the arrival of Atlantic menhaden, or bunker as they are known locally.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 21, 2016
Police chiefs The Star spoke with this week say they are not ignoring the deaths that have occurred elsewhere and are taking steps to try to ensure such violence never erupts here.

A longtime resident of Sag Harbor Village, an older black man, stopped in to police headquarters this week to have a word with the police chief. Austin McGuire, a former East Hampton Town police lieutenant who took the top spot in the small village force less than a year ago, was happy to see him.

Christopher Walsh
July 19, 2016
Previously housed in a 1970s Shasta trailer parked at Bhumi Farms in East Hampton, Caravan, a purveyor of prepared foods of genuinely local provenance, opened down the road at 137 Main Street in Amagansett just in time for the July 4 weekend.

Previously housed in a 1970s Shasta trailer parked at Bhumi Farms in East Hampton, Caravan, a purveyor of prepared foods of genuinely local provenance, opened down the road at 137 Main Street in Amagansett just in time for the July 4 weekend.

Jennifer Landes
July 14, 2016
Andrea Grover, the curator of special projects at the Parrish Art Museum, will become Guild Hall's new director, replacing Ruth Appelhof, on Sept. 1.

After months of silence and speculation, Guild Hall announced today that Andrea Grover has been named executive director to replace Ruth Appelhof, who is retiring.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 12, 2016
A portion of proceeds from this weekend's carnival in Bridgehampton will benefit the Southampton Community Housing and Development Corporation, a not-for-profit dedicated to identifying and developing affordable housing in Southampton Town.

This weekend's carnival in Bridgehampton isn't just an opportunity to ride the Ferris wheel and win a stuffed animal for your date. The carnival will also help to raise money for affordable housing in the Town of Southampton.

T.E. McMorrow
July 8, 2016
Kyle L. Rosco, 33, of Sag Harbor was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Friday morning on felony charges of drunken driving stemming from crash on Saturday evening in which his car rolled over and came to rest on the Maidstone Club's golf course.

Kyle L. Rosco, 33, of Sag Harbor was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Friday morning on felony charges of drunken driving stemming from crash on Saturday evening in which his car rolled over and came to rest on the Maidstone Club's golf course.

Christine Sampson
July 7, 2016
Ping Edmunds and Aveen Hallissey spent much of their freshman year at East Hampton High School researching something they say many people take for granted: soap.

Ping Edmunds and Aveen Hallissey spent much of their freshman year at East Hampton High School researching something they say many people take for granted: soap.

As part of a project in Joshua Odom’s English class, the two students said they learned that a lack of proper hygiene is the third leading cause of neonatal deaths in the developing world.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 2, 2016
Kyle Rosko's Mercedes rolled over at least twice after crashing onto the Maidstone Club golf course Saturday night, according to police who have charged him with felony drunken driving.

Update, 5:40 p.m.: Kyle Rosko, the driver whose car rolled over onto the Maidstone Club golf course on Saturday night and was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, is expected to make a full recovery, according to his attorney, who said police have filed charges prematurely. 

Christine Sampson
July 2, 2016
Huge blue billboards promoting New York State's I Love New York campaign popped up Thursday on West Lake Drive in Montauk, prompting backlash from residents and elected officials alike.

Huge blue billboards promoting New York State's I Love New York campaign popped up Thursday on West Lake Drive in Montauk, prompting backlash from residents and elected officials alike.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 30, 2016
This year, while acknowledging continued challenges in dealing with a swollen summer population, town officials expect a number of new laws, policies, and procedures to tone down and maybe even avert mayhem.

It’s been almost a year since Montauk residents stormed a meeting of the East Hampton Town Board clamoring for action after a Fourth of July weekend when crowds overwhelmed the hamlet, prompting complaints about noise, public drunkenness, share houses, and overcrowded clubs.

Christine Sampson
June 28, 2016
Fort Pond and Lake Montauk are more vulnerable than ever, according to the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, because of threats coming from above and below ground.

Fort Pond and Lake Montauk are more vulnerable than ever, according to the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, because of threats coming from above and below ground.

T.E. McMorrow
June 23, 2016
Sgt. Dan Roman of the East Hampton Town Police Department had a brush with death last year.

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Joanne Pilgrim
June 18, 2016
After a successful fund-raising campaign, the July 16 fireworks display will go on for at least one more summer over Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton.

The Great Bonac Fireworks Show will go on this summer, continuing a 35-year tradition, after a successful community fund-raising campaign.

Christine Sampson
June 15, 2016
A gunman opened fire Saturday in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., about 1,200 miles from here, but the grief in the aftermath of the mass shooting has resonated around the country, including on the South Fork.

A gunman opened fire Saturday in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., about 1,200 miles from here, but the grief in the aftermath of the mass shooting has resonated around the country, including on the South Fork.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
June 9, 2016
A converted motel serves as a semi-permanent home for local workers, many with young children, who are unable to find an apartment or bedroom that they can afford in a shared house.

Since arriving in East Hampton from Ecuador, Jenny has moved upwards of a dozen times in seven years in search of a safe, affordable place to live with her school-aged child.

Her last room was in a four-bedroom house on Three Mile Harbor Road, for which she paid $800 a month. Since the house lacked heat and with winter approaching, she needed a more stable year-round option.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 2, 2016
Investigators are trying to determine what caused a masonry worker to fall to his death at an oceanfront construction site in East Hampton Village Tuesday morning.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a masonry worker to fall to his death at an oceanfront construction site in East Hampton Village Tuesday morning, and whether anything could have been done to avoid the fatal accident.

Christine Sampson
May 30, 2016
A New York State Supreme Court jury concluded this week that the East Hampton School District should pay Sandpebble Builders about $750,750 related to the construction contract the two signed more than 10 years ago for major renovations to all three school buildings in East Hampton.

A New York State Supreme Court jury concluded this week that the East Hampton School District should pay Sandpebble Builders about $750,750 related to the construction contract the two signed more than 10 years ago for major renovations to all three school buildings in East Hampton.

Christine Sampson
May 27, 2016
The Hampton Jitney reported Friday that many of its Memorial Day trips sold out at least two weeks ago and that it has seen increased demand for trips to Sag Harbor and Montauk.

The Hampton Jitney reported Friday that many of its Memorial Day trips sold out at least two weeks ago and that it has seen increased demand for trips to Sag Harbor and Montauk.

Christine Sampson
May 17, 2016
Voters turned out in higher-than-usual numbers on Tuesday in Bridgehampton to approve the school district's $13.78 million budget by 161 to 78, or 67.4 percent, making it one of two schools on the South Fork to pierce the tax levy cap.

Voters turned out in higher-than-usual numbers on Tuesday in Bridgehampton to approve the school district's $13.78 million budget by 161 to 78, or 67.4 percent, making it one of two schools on the South Fork to pierce the tax levy cap.

T.E. McMorrow
May 17, 2016
Cyril Fitzsimons, the operator of Cyril's Fish House on Napeague since at least 1990, has served his last B.B.C. at that location, according to the restaurant's Facebook page, and will close the popular bar and restaurant.

Cyril Fitzsimons, the operator of Cyril's Fish House on Napeague since at least 1990, has served his last B.B.C. (Banana Bailey's Colada) at that location, according to the restaurant's Facebook page. "There will be huge yard sale on May 28th," an announcement posted Sunday evening reads.

Christine Sampson
May 12, 2016
Amagansett School Board meetings are typically quiet and quick affairs, but on Tuesday at the district’s budget hearing a handful of residents grilled the school superintendent and school board on its tax-cap-busting budget proposal.

Amagansett School Board meetings are typically quiet and quick affairs, but on Tuesday at the district’s budget hearing a handful of residents grilled the school superintendent and school board on its tax-cap-busting budget proposal.

Christine Sampson
May 12, 2016
Residents of local school districts will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of eight school budgets, including two that are over the state-imposed limit on tax levy increases.

Residents of local school districts will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of eight school budgets, including two that are over the state-imposed limit on tax levy increases.

T.E. McMorrow
May 6, 2016
A jury in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday found the corporation run by Cyril Fitzsimons, the namesake for Cyril’s Fish House, guilty of 45 misdemeanors related to the illegal expansion of the popular roadside Napeague bar and restaurant.

A jury in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday found the corporation run by Cyril Fitzsimons, the namesake for Cyril’s Fish House, guilty of 45 misdemeanors related to the illegal expansion of the popular roadside Napeague bar and restaurant.

Each charge is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.