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Christopher Walsh
November 9, 2017
High hopes for the Republicans’ slate of candidates for town trustee were also dashed as Democratic incumbents and first-time candidates alike posted surprisingly strong vote totals.

The “cautiously optimistic” stance voiced by Manny Vilar early Tuesday night yielded to disappointment as the Republican candidate for East Hampton Town Supervisor and his running mates, Paul Giardina and Gerard Larsen, watched their vote totals fall far behind those of their opponents, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, who was elected supervisor, and Councilwoman Kathee-Burke Gonzalez and Jeff Bragman, who will join him on the town board. 

David E. Rattray
November 8, 2017
Legislator Bridget Fleming, who represents the South Fork, was re-elected by a wide margin and will keep her seat in a 11-to-7 Democratic majority. Democrats made gains on the East End, perhaps an ominous early sign for Representative Lee Zeldin, a Republican closely tied to President Trump.

The Suffolk County Legislature will remain dominated by Democrats following Tuesday's vote.

Legislator Bridget Fleming, who represents the South Fork, was re-elected by a wide margin and will keep her seat in the 11-to-7 Democratic majority.
"Generally speaking, people wanted a positive message. It feels really good because that's how I've always tried to approach the job," Ms. Fleming said yesterday.

Suffolk Republicans picked up one Legislature post. Rudolph Sunderman took the Third District, beating Joshua Slaughter, a Democrat. In that district, Legislator Kate Browning, a Democrat, could not run again because of term limits.

Star Staff
November 6, 2017
Tuesday is Election Day, and voters on the South Fork have several important decisions to make.

Tuesday is Election Day, and voters on the South Fork have several important decisions to make. In East Hampton and Southampton Towns, there are races for town supervisor, town board, and trustee positions. Countywide, voters will elect a new district attorney, who is in charge of prosecutions throughout Suffolk, and a new sheriff, who is in charge of the county jails, amid county political corruption scandals. And, not to be forgotten, there's the all-important constitutional convention question, so don't forget to flip your ballot!

T.E. McMorrow
November 2, 2017
The Farrell Building Company’s plan to build an eight-bedroom, 4,627-square-foot house in the middle of Ditch Plain, a Montauk neighborhood known for its small lots and modest homes, has two neighbors seeing red.

The Farrell Building Company’s plan to build an eight-bedroom, 4,627-square-foot house in the middle of Ditch Plain, a Montauk neighborhood known for its small lots and modest homes, has two neighbors seeing red.

The one-acre-plus property, at the dogleg corner of Caswell Road and Agnew Avenue, is one of the last undeveloped tracts in the Ditch neighborhood. In addition to the house, Farrell proposes to construct a 647-square-foot swimming pool and a small detached garage. Because the lot contains substantial wetlands — some 4,785 square feet — Farrell needs a special permit from the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, which held a public hearing on the plan on Oct. 24. 

Joanne Pilgrim
October 26, 2017
Now sagging in disrepair and covered with tarps, a house in East Hampton is thought to be the sole surviving 19th-century structure owned by a member of the Montaukett Tribe.

The Fowler house in East Hampton, believed to be the Montaukett Tribe’s sole surviving 19th-century house and listed this year on the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities’  “Endangered His­toric Places” list, has the potential to become a significant historical site, the society and members of an East Hampton Friends of the Fowler House group believe.

Judy D’Mello
October 26, 2017
The first deadline some students will encounter is Wednesday’s early decision date, when thousands of students across the country will click the “submit” button for only their single most desired college or university.

“I call it the alphabet soup of college applications,” said Andi O’Hearn, the chief of student advancement at the Ross School in East Hampton, whose office is the last stop for seniors before they apply. Her reference was to the staggering number of options available to 12th graders today when it comes time to send in their applications.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 24, 2017
Mr. Scott, whose granddaughter Hallie Rae Ulrich died of an overdose in East Hampton on Sept. 7, is joining an effort to ensure such a tragedy strikes no other family.

Drew Scott, the former "News 12 Long Island" anchor, is turning his family's loss amid the deadly opioid crisis into an effort to try to "save another life." 

Mr. Scott's granddaughter Hallie Rae Ulrich died of an overdose in East Hampton on Sept. 7. The 22-year-old, a budding artist who graduated from Pierson High School in Sag Harbor in 2013, was found on the side of the road near Cedar Point Park. Her boyfriend, Michael Goericke, 28, overdosed at his mother's house in Flanders the next day and died at the hospital. 

Jack Graves
October 19, 2017
The “Killer Bees” documentary film that premiered recently, a film by Orson and Ben Cummings that followed Bridgehampton High School’s 2015-16 boys basketball team for the better part of a year, was, by and large, well received, but some maintained there was more to the story.

The “Killer Bees” documentary film that premiered recently at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, a film by Orson and Ben Cummings that followed Bridgehampton High School’s 2015-16 boys basketball team for the better part of a year, was, by and large, well received, though there were some demurrals from former members of that storied team, Nick Thomas and the Bees’ present head coach, Ron White, among them, who maintained there was more to the story.

T.E. McMorrow
October 18, 2017
Sean P. Ludwick, 45, was sentenced Wednesday to three to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty in August to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Paul Hansen of Noyac in August 2015.

Sean P. Ludwick, 45, was sentenced Wednesday to three to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty in August to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Paul Hansen of Noyac in August 2015.

Before New York Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho pronounced sentence on Wednesday, he heard from Mr. Hansen's brother, Robert Hansen, wife, Catherine Hansen, and twin sister, Susan Hansen Morrisey.

"How many lives have you affected with your cowardly, selfish behavior?" Robert Hansen asked Mr. Ludwick from the jury box, where many family members were seated in the overflowing courtroom.

Jon M. Diat
October 12, 2017
Blackfish, or tautog or tog as they are also commonly referred to, will not win many underwater beauty contests. Compared to other fish like the exalted and highly prized striped bass, they’re just not the prettiest to admire from up close or from afar.

Blackfish, or tautog or tog as they are also commonly referred to, will not win many underwater beauty contests. Compared to other fish like the exalted and highly prized striped bass, they’re just not the prettiest to admire from up close or from afar. But despite their outwardly dull appearance, don’t underestimate their popularity. 

Jennifer Landes
October 9, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced its award winners on Monday morning, including a narrative film from Iceland and a documentary from Spain.

A neighbors' quarrel set in Iceland and a documentary about an eccentric family with big dreams limited by the harsh realities of contemporary Spain led the award winners at the Hamptons International Film Festival. 

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson's "Under the Tree," centered on the passive-aggressive tension that builds up regarding an overgrown tree, was chosen as the winner of the Narrative Competition by a jury of three panelists: Eric Kohn, an editor and film critic; Daniela Taplin Lundberg, a veteran film producer, and Harris Yulin, an actor. 

Christopher Walsh
October 6, 2017
State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination to run for election to New York's First Congressional District, a move he had considered for several months.

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination to run for election to New York's First Congressional District, a move he had considered for several months.

In an email to The Star on Wednesday, Mr. Thiele said Democratic Party leaders and community activists had approached him about the seat held by Lee Zeldin, a Republican serving a second term.

"I gave careful consideration to leaving my seat in the State Assembly to run for Congress. It is humbling that so many would think I would be a good congressman," Mr. Thiele said.

Mark Segal
October 5, 2017
“The Five Wives of Captain Hand: A Maritime Melodrama,” an exhibition focused on David Hand VI, his wives, and his family, will open Saturday at the Whaling Museum and remain on view through Oct. 31.

During the summers of 2014 and 2015, the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum presented “Captains, Mates, and Widows,” paintings by Sabina Streeter of figures from Sag Harbor’s whaling history. One of those characters was Capt. David Hand VI, a Revolutionary War hero nicknamed Slippery Dave for his numerous escapes from British prison ships.

“I was so fascinated by his whole history that I thought he deserved more exposure,” Ms. Streeter said during a recent telephone conversation. The result is “The Five Wives of Captain Hand: A Maritime Melodrama,” an exhibition focused on Hand, his wives, and his family, that will open Saturday at the Whaling Museum and remain on view through Oct. 31. A reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 28, 2017
Hoping to turn the site of the long-defunct Star Room nightclub in Wainscott into open space or perhaps a park, the East Hampton Town Board has scheduled a hearing for next Thursday on the $2.1 million purchase of the property.

Hoping to turn the site of the long-defunct Star Room nightclub in Wainscott into open space or perhaps a park, the East Hampton Town Board has scheduled a hearing for next Thursday on the $2.1 million purchase of the property, just over an acre on the north side of Montauk Highway.

The Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation has offered to contribute $300,000 to the cost, with the town using the community preservation fund for the rest. 

Star Staff
September 26, 2017
Police in Southampton Village are asking beachgoers to think twice before going into the water due to the recent storm activities.

Police in Southampton Village are asking beachgoers to think twice before going into the water due to the recent storm activities.

Over the past week, Southampton Village police received three 911 calls for swimmers in distress at the beaches, including one that ended in the drowning of a 46-year-old man. Earlier in the week, a police officer saved a swimmer in distress at Cooper's Beach.

Jackie Pape
Christopher Walsh
September 22, 2017
An order of protection has been issued for Jim Grimes of Montauk, an East Hampton Town Trustee, after Martin Drew of Springs allegedly head-butted him on Thursday in the Town Hall parking lot.

An order of protection has been issued for Jim Grimes of Montauk, an East Hampton Town Trustee, after Martin Drew of Springs allegedly head-butted him on Thursday in the Town Hall parking lot.

A meeting of a trustee committee had ended shortly before. "I walked out, was having a conversation with some other people, this guy was kind of lurking, sort of to the periphery,” Mr. Grimes said by phone on Friday. “He clearly was agitated from the get-go, and it escalated to a point where he head-butted me."

"He tried to head-butt me again and ended up diving onto his face on the pavement. He dove, I stepped back, he couldn’t get his hands back in front of him, jumped back up, and said he was going to beat me up.”

Christopher Walsh
September 20, 2017
On Saturday, for the second time in three weeks, State Department of Environmental Conservation officers boarded a Montauk-based party boat and charged anglers with possessing undersize and over-the-limit black sea bass and porgies.

On Saturday, for the second time in three weeks, State Department of Environmental Conservation officers boarded a Montauk-based party boat and charged anglers with possessing undersize and over-the-limit black sea bass and porgies.

Benning DeLaMater, a D.E.C. public information officer, said in an email yesterday that the agency’s officers, along with a fisheries enforcement officer from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, had been on patrol in Montauk Harbor and inspected the Viking Starship when it returned to port. All the anglers were checked as they offloaded their catch, with 23 found to be in violation. 

Jennifer Landes
September 19, 2017
Mary Ellen Bartley, a photographer known for her formalist photographs of books, turns her lens to the library of Big and Little Edie Beale in "Reading Grey Gardens" at the Drawing Room.

The intersection of Mary Ellen Bartley, known for her long engagement with the quiet formal qualities of books, and Grey Gardens, a continual source of curiosity and prurient interest, makes no sense in any obvious way. Yet, it has resulted in an unexpected and knockout exhibition at the Drawing Room gallery in East Hampton.

Although the East Hampton property has been owned for decades by the Washington, D.C., media elites Sally Quinn and her late husband, Ben Bradlee, it is famous primarily as the former residence of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edie Bouvier Beale, the abandoned wife and daughter of Phelan Beale. The pair lived in abject conditions in what had been a well-appointed house in Georgica.

T.E. McMorrow
September 18, 2017
Brian R. Callahan, a hedge fund manager who bilked his investors of some $96 million in a Ponzi scheme involving Montauk's Panoramic Resort, was sentenced Friday at the federal courthouse in Central Islip to serve 12 years in prison, with three years' supervised release.

Brian R. Callahan, a hedge fund manager who bilked his investors of some $96 million in a Ponzi scheme involving Montauk's Panoramic Resort, was sentenced Friday at the federal courthouse in Central Islip to serve 12 years in prison, with three years' supervised release. Mr. Callahan, 47, pleaded guilty to securities fraud and wire fraud in 2014.

Judy D’Mello
September 14, 2017
East Hampton High School’s media center becomes a learning commons.

Michael Buquicchio is not called a librarian because East Hampton High School’s library is not called a library anymore. 

It is now known as the media center, and Mr. Buquicchio is the school’s media specialist. This more contemporary title is, in fact, fitting for someone only 10 years older than the current class of seniors, having graduated from East Hampton in 2007. It is even more appropriate given that Mr. Buquicchio recently spearheaded a renovation of the school’s media center, helping to modernize it and bring it up to speed — full-throttle internet speed, that is.

Christopher Walsh
September 12, 2017
Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Jeffrey Bragman are the apparent winners in the Democratic primary for East Hampton Town Board, trailed by Zachary Cohen, who forced the primary after being passed over for the Democratic Committee’s endorsement.

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Jeffrey Bragman are the apparent winners in the Democratic primary for East Hampton Town Board, trailed by Zachary Cohen, who forced the primary after being passed over for the Democratic Committee’s endorsement. They will face the Republican Party’s candidates, Paul Giardina and Jerry Larsen, in the Nov. 7 election. 

In another primary race, Julie Evans, a registered Independence Party member who is running for town trustee on the Republican ticket, appears to have won one of the nine trustee spots on the Independence party ticket. Ms. Evans also successfully petitioned to force a primary after her party failed to endorse her race and will appear on the Independence Party line. 

Christopher Walsh
August 24, 2017
“Somebody has to be the figure to stand up and say this is right, this is wrong,” Howard Dean, the one-time presidential candidate and former Vermont governor, said this week in a discussion of President Donald Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., following a white supremacist rally there.

“Somebody has to be the figure to stand up and say this is right, this is wrong,” Howard Dean, the one-time presidential candidate and former Vermont governor, said this week in a discussion of President Donald Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., following a white supremacist rally there.

Echoing comments by other Democratic leaders, Mr. Dean said that the president lacked the moral compass necessary for a successful presidency and that he had led the way in a spasm of racist activity in recent weeks.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 17, 2017
Historical houses throughout East Hampton could be designated as landmarks, protecting them from demolition or substantial change, through a program being considered by the East Hampton Town Board that would also give their owners the right to build a second residence on their properties.

Historical houses throughout East Hampton could be designated as landmarks, protecting them from demolition or substantial change, through a program being considered by the East Hampton Town Board that would also give their owners the right to build a second residence on their properties.

Thirteen of the most historically significant houses have been selected as candidates for landmarks in the first phase of the program, which was outlined on Tuesday for the board by Robert Hefner, a historic preservation consultant.

The program is modeled after one adopted by East Hampton Village through which 23 houses were tagged for preservation.

Judy D’Mello
August 10, 2017
The Cedar Point Lighthouse, a beacon that stood sentinel for the busy port of Sag Harbor for some 100 years, will be restored after falling into a perilous state.

The Cedar Point Lighthouse, a beacon that stood sentinel for the busy port of Sag Harbor  for some 100 years, will be restored after falling into a perilous state.

On Monday at 11 a.m., Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming will join State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and County Legislator Kara Hahn at the end of Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf to announce the appointment of the Lee H. Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership to renovate the roof and exterior of the building, which stands facing Shelter Island between Gardiner’s Bay and Northwest Harbor. The County Legislature has approved $500,000 for work.