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Debra Scott
April 15, 2014
The heat was on Saturday as hundreds of hotheads descended on a field at the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead for the debut year of the North Fork Horseradish Festival.

    The heat was on Saturday as hundreds of hotheads descended on a field at the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead for the debut year of the North Fork Horseradish Festival.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 10, 2014
East Hampton officials drew the line last week at some of the work being done here by PSEG Long Island and issued a stop-work order. PSEG Long Island fights back by seeking restraining order

East Hampton officials drew the line last week at some of the work being done here by PSEG Long Island as part of its electrical transmission line upgrade and issued a stop-work order to halt land clearing and construction at a power substation on Old Stone Highway in Amagansett, claiming that a building permit and site plan approval from the planning board are required and had not been obtained.

Debra Scott
April 1, 2014
Richard Gere’s six-acre Strongheart estate on North Haven, originally priced at $65 million, has been reduced to $56 million after nine months on the market. The selling agent talks about the art of pricing a property when comps are few and far between.

When Linda Haugevik, an agent at Sotheby’s International Realty, put North Haven’s six-acre Strongheart estate on the market in July for $65 million, there were those who accused her of being on “hallucinogens,” she said.

In other words, even though the property belonged to the actor Richard Gere and his wife, Carey Lowell (who have since filed for divorce, according to the tabloids), it was perceived by some as overpriced. Nine months later, the price has been reduced to $56 million.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 21, 2014
The 52nd annual Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day parade will bring tens of thousands to Montauk on Sunday. Here are some tips about getting to and from the parade.

     The 52nd annual Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day parade will bring tens of thousands to Montauk on Sunday. Here are some tips about getting to and from the parade.

     The parade starts near the Montauk Firehouse at 11:30 a.m., and heads down Edgemere Road toward Main Street and finally to the Montauk I.G.A., where it will end about two hours later.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 13, 2014
Work in January at Cyril’s Fish House on Napeague resulted in a stop-work order issued by the East Hampton Town chief building inspector and two summonses for removing fuel tanks without a building permit

       The East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously last Thursday to authorize new legal action against Cyril’s Fish House, a popular Napeague bar and restaurant that is the subject of a complaint by the town in State Supreme Court.

       The resolution paved the way for the town’s attorney to seek a court injunction to stop ongoing alleged violations of the town’s building and zoning codes.

Christopher Walsh
January 31, 2014
Recent developments have made the prospect of a planned mass killing of deer in East Hampton Town and Village extremely unlikely after a Judge ordered a delay and supervisor cited need for impact study.

Recent developments have made the prospect of a planned mass killing of deer in East Hampton Town and Village appear extremely unlikely during 2014.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said that a hunt that had been proposed by the Long Island Farm Bureau in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture would not take place this winter because a state-required environmental impact study could not be completed in time, among other issues.

Christopher Walsh
January 23, 2014
Waving placards and chanting, some 250 people marched from Hook Mill to Herrick Park in East Hampton Village on Saturday afternoon, proclaiming their opposition to the deer culling planned by the village and East Hampton Town

      Waving placards and chanting, some 250 people marched from Hook Mill to Herrick Park in East Hampton Village on Saturday afternoon, proclaiming their opposition to the deer culling planned by the village and East Hampton Town.

T.E. McMorrow
January 16, 2014
A vacant one-story building on the Montauk Highway in East Hampton that once housed antiques shops and a plumbing contractor could become the eastern headquarters of Saunders and Associates if an apparently unprecedented zoning proposal is approved by the town planning board

       A vacant one-story building on the Montauk Highway in East Hampton that once housed antiques shops and a plumbing contractor could become the eastern headquarters of Saunders and Associates if an apparently unprecedented zoning proposal is approved by the town planning board. The makeover would depend on the transfer of building rights from one adjoining parcel to another.

Russell Drumm
January 8, 2014
Johnny Rade is Montauk’s undisputed king of rod-and-reel commercial fishing. He’s “high-hook” in dockside parlance, a man who has been fishing the area for a half century, knows the bottom features like the palm of his hand, and the tides. He can smell weather coming, and he can tell you what kind of fish is mouthing his bait before he sets the hook.

    Johnny Rade is Montauk’s undisputed king of rod-and-reel commercial fishing. He’s “high-hook” in dockside parlance, a man who has been fishing the area for a half century, knows the bottom features like the palm of his hand, and the tides. He can smell weather coming, and he can tell you what kind of fish is mouthing his bait before he sets the hook. In short, he’s a fishing seaman, a “salt.”

David E. Rattray
December 26, 2013
Angus Wilson knew this was an unusual year when surfers at Shinnecock Inlet asked him recently if he was there to see the owls.

       Angus Wilson knew this was an unusual year when surfers at Shinnecock Inlet asked him recently if he was there to see the owls.

       Mr. Wilson, a research scientist at New York University Medical School and avid birder with a house in Springs, said that public interest in the owls had been sparked as dozens appeared along the Eastern Seaboard this fall in a massive migration that has left experts puzzled and casual observers pleased.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 5, 2013
A Suffolk Planning Commission 11-to-2 vote against requests by the would-be developers of a 79-unit housing complex proposed for Amagansett has set the odds that the project could gain the approvals it needs at essentially zero.

A Suffolk Planning Commission decision on Wednesday against a zone change that would have allowed a 79-unit luxury housing complex on 24 acres of farmland in Amagansett has set the odds that the project will be approved at essentially zero.

The developers of the so-called 555 Amagansett project had asked East Hampton Town to create a new senior citizen housing zoning district and to rezone the Montauk Highway property to that designation. The proposed development is not allowed under current zoning.

Mark Segal
December 3, 2013
The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival returns to the Bay Street Theatre this weekend with 11 features, 11 shorts, and programs devoted to the cinema verité pioneers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus and this year’s Filmmaker’s Choice Award winner, Lana Jokel. Faith Middleton will moderate a panel discussion.

The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival returns to Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre this weekend with 11 features, 11 shorts, and programs devoted to the cinema verité pioneers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus and this year’s Filmmaker’s Choice Award winner, Lana Jokel. A panel will discuss the creative impulse prior to a screening of Alexandra Branyon’s film “Treasures From the Rubble.”

Stephen J. Kotz
November 27, 2013
Five years ago East Hampton Town was barreling toward financial disaster. Against that backdrop, a small group began holding informal meetings with the goal of improving the way the town was run

       Five years ago East Hampton Town was barreling toward financial disaster. Against that backdrop, a small group began holding informal meetings with the goal of improving the way the town was run, while reintroducing what they saw as sorely lacking civility to the political process.

David E. Rattray
November 5, 2013
Unofficial results showed a tight race for town board. Councilman Dominick Stanzione does not win re-election.

In what would appear to be a stunning defeat for an incumbent, East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione failed to win re-election today, coming in last among four candidates.

According to unofficial results from the Suffolk Board of Elections, which did not include absentee ballots, Fred Overton and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez are the winners for the two open seats for town board.

Mark Segal
October 29, 2013
The cartoons of Gahan Wilson are instantly recognizable for their black humor and bizarre and often grisly images.

    Anybody who has flipped through The New Yorker or Playboy during the past 50 years has encountered the cartoons of Gahan Wilson, instantly recognizable for their black humor and bizarre and often grisly images. Mr. Wilson is frequently referred to as “a master of the macabre,” and rightfully so. It is, therefore, something of a surprise that his Sag Harbor house turns out to be not a crumbling, overgrown castle with grotesque monsters glaring from the windows, but rather a bright, charming place with neither a dungeon nor a ghoul in sight.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 24, 2013
The East Hampton Town Board’s two Democratic members balked last Thursday at approving the payment of consultants’ bills for work related to the East Hampton Airport

    The East Hampton Town Board’s two Democratic members balked last Thursday at approving the payment of consultants’ bills for work related to the East Hampton Airport, saying that the bills had not been authorized by the entire town board, nor had they seen the work.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
October 17, 2013
During Tuesday night’s East Hampton School Board meeting, members heard a plea from a parent to do something about drugs offered for sale at East Hampton High School and weighed whether to deploy drug-sniffing dogs through the school’s halls.

    During Tuesday night’s East Hampton School Board meeting, members heard a plea from a parent to do something about drugs offered for sale at East Hampton High School and weighed whether to deploy drug-sniffing dogs through the school’s halls.

    A Latino parent addressed the board at the end of the evening, during the second opportunity for public comment. She said a student at the high school had recently offered her child cocaine. Five other Latino parents sat nearby, later echoing much the same.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 10, 2013
With beach erosion in Montauk now designated an emergency and the Army Corps of Engineers ready and willing to begin beach reconstruction here — and foot the bill for it — the project, which could have a long-lasting and wide-ranging impact on the nature of Montauk and its ocean shore, is at the fore for both town officials and the community

    With beach erosion in Montauk now designated an emergency and the Army Corps of Engineers ready and willing to begin beach reconstruction here — and foot the bill for it — the project, which could have a long-lasting and wide-ranging impact on the nature of Montauk and its ocean shore, is at the fore for both town officials and the community.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
October 3, 2013
Three suicides have forced school officials and community members to confront the difficulty of ethnic assimilation. Particularly at many South Fork public schools, where the Latino population has risen considerably over the past decade, administrators are hoping to quickly bridge the divide.

    For Carmita Barros, the past year has been filled with unspeakable grief.

    A year ago Sunday, her son David Hernandez Barros took his own life.

    David, then a 16-year-old junior at East Hampton High School, hanged himself in the bathroom of the family’s former basement apartment in East Hampton. They immediately moved to a rental house in Springs. Ms. Barros never stepped foot back in the apartment again.

T.E. McMorrow
August 22, 2013
In recent weeks, the East Hampton Town Police log has been peppered with “quality-of-life” weekend entries, minor and not so minor incidents occurring in and around downtown Montauk and, to a lesser extent, Amagansett’s popular night-time hotspots

    In recent weeks, the East Hampton Town Police log has been peppered with “quality-of-life” weekend entries, minor and not so minor incidents occurring in and around downtown Montauk and, to a lesser extent, Amagansett’s popular night-time hotspots.

Russell Drumm
March 7, 2013
Two former East Hampton Town fire marshals have come forward to question the authenticity of documents attributed to them that were used to justify the town’s seizure of cars and equipment from a Montauk mechanic in 2009.

    Two former East Hampton Town fire marshals have come forward to question the authenticity of documents attributed to them that were used to justify the town’s seizure of cars and equipment from a Montauk mechanic in 2009.

Russell Drumm
February 28, 2013
Officials to ask Army Corps for $20 million

    A coastal erosion committee established by the East Hampton Town Board after mega-storm Sandy took a heavy toll in Montauk agreed on Tuesday that nothing — including revetments and other hard structures — should be discounted as an interim means of defending the hamlet’s business district against storm surge until the beach and dunes, which were severely eroded, could be rebuilt.

Russell Drumm
February 21, 2013
Pressure to rebuild Montauk’s downtown beaches is so great that East Hampton Town’s coastal erosion committee floated the idea of exporting sand from other parts of town.

    Pressure to rebuild Montauk’s downtown beaches is so great that East Hampton Town’s coastal erosion committee floated the idea last week of exporting sand to the hamlet from other parts of town.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 14, 2013
The hope of several school administrators and parents is that the recent suicides will precipitate real change.

    Three South Fork students — who were Latino — have committed suicide since 2009, prompting school and mental health professionals to call the need for increased outreach to that community especially acute.