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Taylor K. Vecsey
February 16, 2017
It may have been Valentine’s Day, but Sag Harbor Village officials were showing no love for the Bay Street Theater — at least when it came to Bay Street’s request to change the date of its annual benefit, which is held on the village-owned Long Wharf.

It may have been Valentine’s Day, but Sag Harbor Village officials were showing no love for the Bay Street Theater — at least when it came to Bay Street’s request to change the date of its annual benefit, which is held on the village-owned Long Wharf.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 13, 2017
Extensive damage from smoke and heat to a house on Sawmill Lane in East Hampton.

Just after noon on Monday, a gusty day on the East End, the East Hampton Fire Department was called out to a structure fire at 2 Sawmill Lane, off Roberts Lane in East Hampton. Firefighters made haste and quickly put a stop to a blaze fueled by a leak in a gas line inside the house.

T.E. McMorrow
February 9, 2017
More than 60 parents of East Hampton High School students gathered at Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton on Tuesday night to voice their unhappiness over what they see as a runaway explosion of drug use at the school.

More than 60 parents of East Hampton High School students gathered at Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton on Tuesday night to voice their unhappiness over what they see as a runaway explosion of drug use at the school, and to search for answers.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 9, 2017
With the snow falling steadily, officials are telling residents to stay off the roads and let highway crews do their work without vehicular traffic.

Update, 1:30 p.m.:  In the hours since East Hampton Town and Village declared a state of emergency, other municipalities have followed suit.

T.E. McMorrow
February 2, 2017
Two teenagers charged with robbing the Speedway gas station in Wainscott on New Year’s Day were seen laughing last Thursday as they were being led away to jail following their arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court.

Two teenagers charged with robbing the Speedway gas station in Wainscott on New Year’s Day were seen laughing last Thursday as they were being led away to jail following their arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court.

Carissa Katz
February 1, 2017

For Dakota Quackenbush, an East Hampton fifth grader who is beginning a six-month national tour with "The Sound of Music," the past few weeks have been a whirlwind.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 26, 2017
In the wake of yet another coastal storm, repairs will again be needed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project on the downtown Montauk beach.

In the wake of yet another coastal storm, repairs will again be needed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project on the downtown Montauk beach.

T.E. McMorrow
January 19, 2017
East Hampton High School students taking classes in business and criminal law got a taste of the criminal justice system recently, first touring the Suffolk County jail in Riverside and then, on Jan. 5, sitting in at a court session here with Justice Steven Tekulsky on the bench.

East Hampton High School students taking classes in business and criminal law got a taste of the criminal justice system recently, first touring the Suffolk County jail in Riverside and then, on Jan. 5, sitting in at a court session here with Justice Steven Tekulsky on the bench.

T.E. McMorrow
January 13, 2017
Candace Bushnell was treated at Southampton Hospital after wading into icy Sagg Pond to rescue her dog.

Candace Bushnell, the writer behind the HBO hit series "Sex and the City," ran into the frozen waters of Sagg Pond on Wednesday afternoon to rescue one of her two dogs, which had walked out on the ice and fallen through, but had to retreat before she could reach the animal. She was taken about an hour later to Southampton Hospital after a volunteer firefighter saved the dog.

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