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Taylor K. Vecsey
June 13, 2018
Eleven days after a plane carrying four people crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Amagansett, police have called off the search for the remaining missing victim, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said Wednesday afternoon.

Eleven days after a plane carrying four people crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Amagansett, police have called off the search for the remaining missing victim, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said Wednesday afternoon.

As of 3 p.m., the Police Department suspended the search for William Maerov, whom Chief Sarlo identified as the missing victim. "It was a difficult decision," he said.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 8, 2018
The identity of the body most recently found is being withheld until the Suffolk County medical examiner's office makes a positive identification, Police Chief Michael Sarlo said.

East Hampton Town police announced in a statement early Friday evening that the wreckage from Saturday's plane crash was located, along with one of the two missing victims.

Four died when the private plane crashed. The bodies of Ben and Bonnie Krupinski were pulled from the Atlantic shortly afterward among the debris, though police would not publicly confirm it was their bodies that had been found until Friday.

The identity of the body most recently found is being withheld until the Suffolk County medical examiner's office makes a positive identification, East HamptonTown Police Chief Michael Sarlo said.

The Krupinskis' 22-year-old grandson, William Maerov, and the pilot, Jon Dollard, had been missing since the crash.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 7, 2018
Jon Kenneth Dollard Jr.’s family and friends remembered him this week as a cautious pilot who loved working for Ben Krupinski.

Jon Kenneth Dollard Jr.’s family and friends remembered him this week as a cautious pilot who loved working for Ben Krupinski. 

A commercial pilot since 2012, the 47-year-old had worked for Mr. Krupinski for approximately six years, his family said. His body is one of the two missing since a Saturday plane crash in the ocean, they said. 

“I get this very uneasy feeling that they haven’t found him. You don’t like him out there alone,” his father, Ken Dollard of Shoreham, said by phone on Tuesday. 

“If you knew him, he was really full of life. I can tell you this,” his father said. “Everybody I knew he knew; everybody held him in the highest regard.” 

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 5, 2018
Three days after a plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, police are back in the water looking for two missing victims and parts of the aircraft.

Three days after a plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Amagansett, police are back in the water looking for two missing victims and parts of the aircraft. 

"With inclement weather forecast for later today, and winds already picking up, we are still launching at least one vessel this morning and will be working to coordinate mapping of the area off Indian Wells Beach in hopes of narrowing down the search field and placing markers," East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said by email Tuesday morning. 

Judy D’Mello
May 31, 2018
Ted Morency, a senior at the Ross School, returned to his birthplace, Haiti, earlier this year as a board member of Wings Over Haiti. He is helping the organization raise money to build its second school in the country.

Dambite Morency, or Ted, as he is known, was 5 when he left Haiti with his mother and three siblings. In January, 13 years later, the Ross School senior returned for the first time as a member of Wings Over Haiti, the Sag Harbor nonprofit organization founded by Jonathan Glynn after the 2010 earthquake. The group is currently raising money to build its second school in the country, this time in a remote farming village with no access to education for its approximately 300 children.

Judy D’Mello
May 31, 2018
There’s some blue-sky thinking going on at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton, intended to draw students into decision-making.

There’s some blue-sky thinking going on at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton, intended to draw students into decision-making. 

“We wanted our students to have a bigger say in school affairs and take on a more active role in the school community,” said Russell Morgan, the assistant principal, in his office earlier this week.

Seated next to him was Ava Tintle, a self-possessed fifth-grader who is a representative of the school’s inaugural Leadership Council, an 11-member group formed at the start of the school year with the express goal of bolstering student voices. 

Christopher Walsh
May 31, 2018
A May 1 announcement from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that illnesses from tick, mosquito, and flea bites more than tripled from 2004 through 2016 came as no surprise on the South Fork.

A May 1 announcement from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that illnesses from tick, mosquito, and flea bites more than tripled from 2004 through 2016 came as no surprise on the South Fork. During that 13-year period, 642,602 cases were reported nationwide, according to the C.D.C. 

That figure may, however, be vastly lower than the actual number. “It’s hard to get accurate accounting,” said Rebecca Young, a registered nurse and member of the medical advisory panel at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center. “Sometimes, a diagnosis is a judgment call on the part of the physician, and they don’t report to the C.D.C.”

Judy D’Mello
May 24, 2018
The Spur, a recently opened co-working and entrepreneurial space in Southampton, is a sort of a microenvironment that for a monthly fee offers an attractive work-life balance to a cohort of ambitious remote workers suffering from cabin fever.

The Spur, a recently opened co-working and entrepreneurial space in Southampton, is a sort of a microenvironment that for a monthly fee offers an attractive work-life balance to a cohort of ambitious remote workers suffering from cabin fever.

In Brooklyn and Manhattan, the collaborative workspace phenomenon is almost at saturation point. WeWork, the most ubiquitous of them, has been likened to the Starbucks of co-workspaces, with 90 locations worldwide. 

But here on the South Fork, Starbucks is the WeWork of virtual offices for freelancers and entrepreneurs, other than a home desk or sometimes the library.

Judy D’Mello
May 17, 2018
In 1971, together with the doctor she worked for, Merle Hoffman started Choices, the first legal clinic in the United States to provide abortions.

An enormous oil painting of Queen Elizabeth I hangs, rather fittingly, over a fireplace of Tudor-era proportions in the Northwest Woods house of Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in women’s reproductive health care who established one of the first ambulatory abortion centers in the nation in 1971 in Manhattan.

“That’s me,” Ms. Hoffman said, laughing and pointing to the portrait of Britain’s Virgin Queen wearing a magnificent gown and a faint, enigmatic smile. “Painted by my friend Linda Stein.” 

Jamie Bufalino
May 10, 2018
A proposal to make Herrick Park the new site for the East Hampton Farmers Market and to reschedule it from Fridays to Saturdays was discussed at the East Hampton Village Board meeting on Friday, but the market’s vendors are reportedly not keen on the idea.

A proposal to make Herrick Park the new site for the East Hampton Farmers Market and to reschedule it from Fridays to Saturdays was discussed at the East Hampton Village Board meeting on Friday, but the market’s vendors are reportedly not keen on the idea. 

Steven Ringel, the executive director of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, told the board that he had been exploring relocating the market from the parking lot of Nick and Toni’s restaurant on North Main Street as part of his efforts to bring more activity to the village’s commercial district. For the past 12 years, the market has been held in the Nick and Toni’s lot on Fridays from mid-May to early September.

Jamie Bufalino
May 8, 2018
A lawsuit filed by former East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen against the village, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., and Richard Lawler, a village board member, was dealt a setback by the New York State Supreme Court late last month.

A lawsuit filed by former East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen against the village, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., and Richard Lawler, a village board member, was dealt a setback by the New York State Supreme Court late last month.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 7, 2018
The snack food giant that produces Oreo cookies, among other household names, said it will purchase Tate's Bake Shop, a company started in Southampton by Kathleen King, for approximately $500 million, in a deal that will close later this summer.

The snack food giant that produces Oreo cookies, among other household names, announced plans to purchase Tate's Bake Shop, a company started in Southampton by Kathleen King, for approximately $500 million.

On Monday, Mondelēz International said it had reached an agreement with the Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, and other shareholders, including Ms. King to acquire the company, best known for its thin-and-crispy cookies. Tate's baked goods are distributed across the country and sold online.

The deal is expected to close this summer.

Judy D’Mello
May 2, 2018
The crammed pews of Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor one evening last week served as a reminder of the community's deep concern over current immigration policies.

The crammed pews of Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor one evening last week served as a reminder of the community's deep concern over current immigration policies, which has only heightened following the April 9 arrest of Luis Marin-Castro, a 31-year-old employee of Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits and a sommelier at Nick and Toni's restaurant who has lived in East Hampton for 20 years.

The particular issue that the public has come to focus on is the seemingly greater discretion now allocated to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, raising questions about the extent of that agency's powers and the rights of its detainees.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 29, 2018
Judith Leiber, an internationally known handbag designer, and her husband of 72 years, Gerson Leiber, a noted abstract painter, died on Saturday at home in Springs.

Judith Leiber, known around the world for her bejeweled and whimsical handbags, and her husband, Gerson Leiber, a noted abstract painter, died at home in Springs on Saturday.

Their deaths came only hours apart, according to Ken Yardley of Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. They were 97.

Mr. Leiber, who died first, was found early Saturday. His wife passed away just a few hours later.

The couple were married for 72 years. They had owned a house in Springs since the mid-1950s. On their Old Stone Highway property, they created the Leiber Museum, where they showcased Ms. Leiber's evening bags and Mr. Leiber's art and gardens that were open to the public.

T.E. McMorrow
April 27, 2018
A man East Hampton Town police say set fire to a truck parked in Springs in February was arrested on Wednesday after a two-and-a-half-month investigation by town detectives and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad.

A man East Hampton Town police say set fire to a truck parked in Springs in February was arrested on Wednesday after a two-and-a-half-month investigation by town detectives and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad.

Robert B. Slowey, 61, of Sag Harbor was taken into custody without incident at a house in Southampton where he had been staying recently, according to Detective Sgt. Dan Toia. He said Mr. Slowey had been a suspect from the beginning, given the proximity in time and distance between the fire at Jefferson Davis Eames's property on Neck Path and a crash on Town Lane in Amagansett that same day in which Mr. Slowey's Nissan truck had veered off on a sharp curve, gone down an embankment, and struck a tree.

T.E. McMorrow
April 25, 2018
Kyle Lynch pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on Friday to eight charges, including six felonies.

The East Hampton attorney who stole money from the estate of a deceased North Fork resident, as well as from a lawyer who worked at his firm in East Hampton, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on Friday to eight charges, including six felonies. New York Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen is expected to confirm Kyle Thomas Lynch's plea-bargained sentence for two to six years on June 19, with most of the time expected to be served outside of prison, on parole. He was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 8.

Christopher Walsh
April 19, 2018
For a time, Suffolk County was ground zero for immigrant issues, Vivian Viloria-Fisher told the audience at a Democratic congressional candidates forum in January.

For a time, Suffolk County was ground zero for immigrant issues, Vivian Viloria-Fisher told the audience at a Democratic congressional candidates forum in January. 

“We need to fulfill the promise that we made to young people” with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, she said that day. “The rug has been pulled out from under them by Donald Trump, and Lee Zeldin has not done anything to make their lives whole again,” she said. “We must have a comprehensive immigration policy because we can’t continue to have 12 million people, maybe more, living in the shadows.” 

Jamie Bufalino
April 4, 2018
In the end, love — and some shrewd legal maneuvering — conquered all, as the wedding for Kevin O’Brien and Tara McCauley took place at the Hedges Inn on Saturday, overcoming a bitter permitting dispute.

In the end, love — and some shrewd legal maneuvering — conquered all, as the wedding for Kevin O’Brien and Tara McCauley took place at the Hedges Inn on Saturday, overcoming a bitter permitting dispute between East Hampton Village and the inn.

Just 16 days earlier, the village, citing code and zoning restrictions, had denied a permit for the wedding, which was to be held in a tent on the Hedges property. That denial brought the groom’s mother, Joanne Lester O’Brien, who is an East Hampton resident and a member of the Fire Department, to the March 16 village board meeting, where she tearfully pleaded to keep the nuptials on track. 

Jamie Bufalino
April 3, 2018
EMP Summer House, the East Hampton outpost of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant, will return to its Pantigo Road location for another season starting on May 25. Reservations for American Express cardholders will open on May 1.

EMP Summer House, the East Hampton outpost of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park restaurant, will return to its 341 Pantigo Road location for another season starting on May 25. The restaurant will once again offer both indoor and outdoor dining, feature a seafood-centric menu, and accept reservations from American Express cardholders only. 

Last year, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, the owners of Eleven Madison Park, which has earned three Michelin stars, launched the EMP pop-up to provide a place for their staffers to work during the renovation of the flagship space. The success of the venture convinced the duo to return. They also have plans to open an EMP Winter House in Aspen, Colo., in December.

Jamie Bufalino
March 29, 2018
The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center was one step closer to reality this week after the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board approved its building plans on Tuesday evening. The Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review will render its decision, the center’s final hurdle, after a public hearing on April 12.

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center was one step closer to reality this week after the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board approved its building plans on Tuesday evening. The Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review will render its decision, the center’s final hurdle, after a public hearing on April 12. 

The design calls for a three-story structure with two theaters, a screening room, and a rooftop deck. The facade will be rebuilt to match exactly the original movie house, which was destroyed by fire in December of 2016. 

Jamie Bufalino
March 27, 2018
East Hampton Point, the resort complex known for its expansive views of Three Mile Harbor, will lease out its restaurant for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons to Moby's, a restaurant that found success with two previous local pop-ups.

East Hampton Point, the resort complex known for its expansive views of Three Mile Harbor, will lease out its restaurant for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons. Last week, Michael Capoferri, the resort's general manager, wrote a letter to vendors and clients announcing that Moby's, a restaurant that found success with two previous local pop-ups, would be taking over the space.

Lincoln Pilcher, one of the restaurateurs behind Moby's, said that he and his business partner, Nick Hatsatouris, had heard through real estate contacts that the East Hampton Point space was available and decided the site's waterfront locale, which includes a marina, would be perfectly suited to the next iteration of Moby's.

Carissa Katz
March 15, 2018
Plant fanciers interested in unusual flora will want to stop by Wittendale's Florist in East Hampton, where the rare large bloom of a corpse flower is currently filling the greenhouse with its distinctively pungent odor.

Plant fanciers interested in unusual flora will want to stop by Wittendale's Florist in East Hampton, where the rare large bloom of a corpse flower is currently filling the greenhouse with its distinctively pungent odor.

Although this is the second of two Amorphophallus konjacs to bloom at the shop in three weeks, the phenomenon is hardly common, explained Donald Horowitz, an owner of Wittendale's. In fact, this is the first time the plants have bloomed since he began growing them about five years ago, and they are not likely to flower again for another two or more years. The massive flowers are at their stinkiest for just a day or two.

Jamie Bufalino
March 8, 2018
Grey Gardens is in a state of upheaval. The house’s front porch has been removed, the chimneys have been taken down, and the entire structure is set to be lifted off its foundation to allow for the existing crawl space to be transformed into a full basement.

Grey Gardens is in a state of upheaval. The house’s front porch has been removed, the chimneys have been taken down, and the entire structure is set to be lifted off its foundation to allow for the existing crawl space to be transformed into a full basement.

David E. Rattray
March 1, 2018
The sole East Hampton resident seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in November, Perry Gershon, will be among a field of seven hopefuls at a forum in Amagansett.

The sole East Hampton resident seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in November, Perry Gershon, will be among a field of seven hopefuls at a forum in Amagansett on Friday.

The 7 p.m. gathering at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway will be at least the 12th time the candidates have made their pitches as a group. It is organized by the East Hampton Democratic Town Committee and will be moderated by Arthur Schiff and Phyllis Italiano.