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T.E. McMorrow
August 19, 2014
The man East Hampton Village Police charged with drunken driving following a crash Sunday afternoon that left his three passengers in critical condition was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Tuesday and later released after his wife posted $10,000 bail.

The man East Hampton Village Police charged with drunken driving following a crash Sunday afternoon that left his three passengers in critical condition was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Tuesday and later released from police headquarters after his wife posted $10,000 bail.

T.E. McMorrow
August 14, 2014
Cyril’s Fish House lost its license to sell alcohol after a vote by the New York State Liquor Authority on Tuesday.

Cyril’s Fish House has lost its license to sell alcohol, according to Joseph Prokop, the attorney handling East Hampton Town’s ongoing legal confrontation with the popular Napeague roadside bar and restaurant.

The New York State Liquor Authority prosecuted Cyril’s on 83 charges and found it guilty on Tuesday of 73 of them, Mr. Prokop said. Yesterday, its members voted 2-1 to cancel the license.

Clan-Fitz, the ownership entity of the business, will not find comfort in that one dissenting vote, which reportedly was to revoke the license permanently.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 12, 2014
East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo confirmed that the Secret Service detained "a subject who appears to be a freelance photographer" on the property line of the Clintons' rental home Sunday night.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have been in their Amagansett rental only a few days, and already a paparazzo has stirred up trouble.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo confirmed that the Secret Service detained "a subject who appears to be a freelance photographer" on the property line of the Clintons' rental home Sunday night. 

Town police were called to assist at 44 Broadview Road in Amagansett at 7:58 p.m. 

Joanne Pilgrim
August 7, 2014
The future of a 19-acre Amagansett parcel could include crop production, a center for local small farms and food producers, a horse rescue and breeding operation, or even a golf driving range.

The future of the 19-acre parcel now called Amagansett Farm, purchased by East Hampton Town for $10.1 million in the spring, could include crop production, a center for local small farms and food producers, a horse rescue and breeding operation, or even a golf driving range, according to proposals that have been submitted to the town.

Irene Silverman
August 6, 2014
It is over a year since The Star last reported on progress on the national historic landmark in East Hampton that is being restored to its former somewhat unorthodox glory.

It is over a year since The Star last reported on progress at the Thomas Moran house, the national historic landmark opposite Town Pond in East Hampton that is being restored, pillar by post, month by unhurried month, to its former somewhat unorthodox glory.

A great deal of progress has been made inside the 1885 building, which visitors to Main Street aren’t able to see, though so much work still remains, both inside and out, that to say the undertaking is even one-third finished would probably be stretching it.

T.E. McMorrow
August 4, 2014
A Northport man who refused to surrender to police despite being Tasered twice was finally brought down by an officer using a flashlight and a baton, East Hampton Village police reported.

After a dramatic chase through the woods in Wainscott early Monday, a Northport man who refused to surrender to East Hampton Village police despite being Tasered twice was finally brought down by an officer using a flashlight and a baton. Daniel Cavan Rathgaber, 30, was charged with felony driving with a suspended license and two misdemeanors —drunken driving and resisting arrest.

Lucia Akard
August 1, 2014
The shark found dead at an Amagansett ocean beach on Tuesday evening has been officially identified as a 2-year-old male great white. Scientists will use its carcass to learn more about the species.

The shark that was found at an Amagansett ocean beach on Tuesday evening has been officially identified as a great white. It was dissected on Thursday afternoon by the National Marine Fisheries Service with assistance from Stony Brook University faculty, students, and staff at the Southampton Marine Station.

Carissa Katz
July 23, 2014
Richard G. Hendrickson, a volunteer United States Cooperative weather observer since 1930, will be honored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for his longstanding service on Sunday.

Richard G. Hendrickson, a volunteer United States Cooperative weather observer since 1930, will be honored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for his longstanding service on Sunday at the National Weather Service's weather forecast office in Upton.

"Since Hendrickson is the first in the history of the program to serve for more than eight decades, the new 80-year service award will be named in his honor," according to an announcement on the NOAA website.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 11, 2014
Two people were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens on Thursday night on charges in connection with making terrorist threats against the Jewish Center of the Hamptons over the past several months, East Hampton Village police said Friday.

A man and a woman  were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens on Thursday night on charges in connection with making terrorist threats against the Jewish Center of the Hamptons over the past several months, East Hampton Village police said on Friday. 

Village detectives apprehended Asli Dincer, 44, and her former husband, Melih Dincer, 31, who live in Riverhead and are from Turkey, after they arrived on overseas flight.

T.E. McMorrow
July 11, 2014
A Turkish couple living in Riverhead appeared to have made up the threats in an attempt to ensnare a third person with whom they had a dispute. Emails indicated the attack would be during the month of Ramadan, which began on June 28.

A Turkish couple living in Riverhead who were arrested in connection with email messages describing an imaginary plot to blow up the Jewish Center of the Hamptons entered not guilty pleas in East Hampton Justice Town Court on Friday.

The alleged threats, which they appeared to have made up in an attempt to ensnare a third person with whom they had a dispute, indicated the attack would be during the month of Ramadan, which began on June 28.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 9, 2014
Jerome Walker Jr. was born at home three months premature. His parents believe that if an ambulance volunteer had not arrived when he did, their only son would never have survived, growing into a healthy, college-bound young man.

Eighteen years ago Friday, Jerome Walker Jr. was born at home three months premature. At 1 pound 9 ounces, he didn’t initially breathe on his own, and his parents believe that if the first responder had not arrived when he did, their only son would never have survived, growing into a healthy, college-bound young man who graduated from high school last month.

In the audience to see him receive his diploma at the Bridgehampton School was the paramedic who saved his life. It was a reunion 18 years in the making, and it almost never happened.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
July 9, 2014

Shock waves went through the East Hampton School Board meeting Tuesday night when it was learned that Patricia Hope, one of the board's most outspoken members, had resigned.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 9, 2014
Suse and Peter Lowenstein have withdrawn their offer to give Ms. Lowenstein’s terrorism-memorial sculpture, “Dark Elegy,” to East Hampton Town for placement in Montauk’s Kirk Park.

Suse and Peter Lowenstein have withdrawn their offer to give Ms. Lowenstein’s sculpture “Dark Elegy” to East Hampton Town for placement in Montauk’s Kirk Park, “with much regret.”

Jennifer Landes
June 27, 2014
Donald Robertson, who is also known by his Instagram handle, donalddrawbertson, is a nonstop art-making tour de force.


Donald Robertson making art at his Ping-Pong table work desk at Eric Firestone Gallery              Jennifer Landes photos

Christopher Walsh
June 20, 2014
The $6.5 million expansion and renovation of the East Hampton Library, which adds 6,800 square feet housing a new children's reading room and the Baldwin Family Lecture Room, will be unveiled Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

An $6.5 million expansion and renovation of the East Hampton Library, which added 6,800 square feet housing a new children's reading room and the Baldwin Family Lecture Room, will be unveiled Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Star staff
June 17, 2014
The polls are open from 2 to 8 p.m., as Bridgehampton decides on its school district revote.

Voters in the Bridgehampton School District head to the polls Tuesday to decide, for a second time, whether to allow the district to pierce the tax cap. The polls open at the school gym at 2 p.m. and close at 8.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
June 17, 2014
By a vote of 240 to 145, Bridgehampton voters agreed to pierce the tax cap on a $12.3 million budget for the 2014-15 school year.

On Tuesday night, by a vote of 240 to 145, Bridgehampton voters decided to pierce the tax cap on a $12.3 million budget for the 2014-15 school year. 

Laura Spillane, the district’s treasurer, announced the news in Bridgehampton School’s gymnasium shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. The mood was celebratory, with members of the community loudly cheering and applauding. With 385 voters turning out, the budget passed by a 62 percent margin.  

Debra Scott
June 10, 2014
George Hirsch's "Lifestyle" television series appearing locally on WLIW and numerous outlets nationwide, highlights the food and foodies of his home, the South Fork.

Facing the 20th anniversary of the launch of his first cooking show on public TV, George Hirsch, a classically trained chef with an impressive culinary background, decided to do something different. For his current 13-episode series appearing locally on WLIW and numerous outlets nationwide, he chose to highlight the food and foodies of his home, the South Fork.

Lucia Akard
May 26, 2014
Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, was this year's guest speaker at the Memorial Day parade and services in East Hampton.

Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, was this year's guest speaker at the Memorial Day parade and services in East Hampton. Mr. Hayden, a retired Air Force four-star general, began his speech by mentioning his father, who will be 93 in 10 days, and whom he called "the real veteran in the Hayden family."

Taylor K. Vecsey
Amanda M. Fairbanks
May 19, 2014
Voters in Bridgehampton and East Hampton school districts are considering budgets that pierce the 2-percent tax cap.

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide on school budgets and elect school board members, and in two districts on the South Fork, voters are being asked to consider budgets that pierce the 2-percent tax cap.

Under a state law that went into effect in 2012, the cap on property tax levy increases is either 2 percent or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is lower. This year's increase is capped at 1.46 percent.

Amagansett

T.E. McMorrow
May 9, 2014
A prosecutor in the Jason Lee rape case said that a private investigator met with the alleged victim in Ireland and has asked a judge for an order of protection

A private investigator working for Jason Lee, a Goldman Sachs executive accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish woman in East Hampton last summer, met with the alleged victim on Wednesday, harassing and frightening her, according to Kim Shalvey, the prosecutor handling the case.

Appearing in county court in Riverside on Friday, Ms. Shalvey asked Justice Barbara Kahn to grant an order of protection for the alleged victim that would prevent any future contact. "She feels that everything she does is being watched," Ms. Shalvey said.

T.E. McMorrow
May 1, 2014
A temporary restraining order issued against Cyril’s Fish House in State Supreme Court last month prohibits the Napeague hot spot from using its outdoor bar and patio

A temporary restraining order issued against Cyril’s Fish House in State Supreme Court last month prohibits the Napeague hot spot from using its outdoor bar and patio pending electrical and structural inspections of the site.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 30, 2014
Anthony Drexel Duke, who established a camp for inner-city youths in 1937, died Wednesday in Florida at 95.

The death of Anthony Drexel Duke, a founder and president of Boys and Girls Harbor, a summer camp in East Hampton and year-round organization in Manhattan, was announced on Wednesday on the Boys and Girls Harbor website. He was 95 and had cancer.

"The entire Harbor community, while grieving Tony's death, will observe his passing by celebrating his extraordinary legacy," the website stated, noting that over 50,000 young people had attended the harbor in its 77-year history.

Star staff
April 19, 2014
Firefighters responded to a daybreak blaze in an oceanfront house on Dune Road in Bridgehampton.

Three fire departments responded to a Dune Road, Bridgehampton, house fire early Saturday morning.

The Bridgehampton Fire Department was dispatched at 5:48 a.m. after an alert from the oceanfront house's automatic fire alarm. Heavy smoke was reported coming from the two-story structure.

Fire chiefs called for the Rapid Intervention Team from the Southampton Fire Department. They also asked for an engine from the Sag Harbor Fire Department to stand by at Bridgehampton's headquarters and then asked for that engine to assist at the scene.