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Joanne Pilgrim
December 18, 2014
An Army Corps of Engineers plan to place thousands of sand bags on the threatened downtown oceanfront will be delayed. Officials say the scale and anticipated price tag for the work has sharply increased.

After finding considerable erosion on the downtown Montauk beach from a northeaster last week whose high tides and heavy surf pummeled the shore, the Army Corps of Engineers is revamping its beach reconstruction project there and will add more sand than was planned to a berm to be placed in front of a sandbag-reinforced dune.

Janis Hewitt
December 10, 2014
Amid the heaviest turnout in 10 years, Dick Monahan's win is being seen as a strong endorsement of 24-hour paid paramedic service.

The turnout for the Montauk Fire Department's fire commissioner election on Tuesday was the largest in 10 years, with Dick Monahan winning the election with 215 votes and the incumbent, Edward Sullivan, receiving 147. Mike Mirras, running unopposed to fill the remaining year of Vinnie Carillo's five-year term received 346 votes.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 7, 2014
The Amagansett Fire Department fought a smoky basement fire in a Barnes Landing House early Sunday. Damage was limited, and there were no reports of injuries.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a basement fire in a Barnes Landing house that was reported early Sunday morning.

Amagansett Fire Department Chief Dwayne Denton said the outcome could have been much worse, because the sole occupant of the house did not know the name of the street it was on when he woke up to smoke and popping sounds. He got out of the house and called 911 at about 3:50 a.m., Chief Denton said.

T.E. McMorrow
December 6, 2014
A fire that started in the basement of a house at 124 Old West Lake Drive in Montauk on Saturday morning did extensive damage to the two-story building, then reignited three hours later.

A fire that started in the basement of a house on Old West Lake Drive in Montauk on Saturday morning did extensive damage to the two-story building, then reignited three hours later, requiring a second visit from the Montauk Fire Department.

In addition to two engines, a ladder truck and a pumper from the Montauk Fire Department were on the scene both times. Rapid intervention teams from Amagansett and East Hampton were called in for the first go round in morning, with the Amagansett unit being deployed to help fight the fire.

T.E. McMorrow
December 2, 2014
John D. Re admitted to wire fraud in federal court on Monday in a case that centered on almost $2.5 million in sales of paintings that he attributed to Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, and in which he had falsely implicated an East Hampton family as their source.

John D. Re, 54, an East Hampton man accused by the F.B.I. earlier this year of selling forged Jackson Pollock paintings, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court in Manhattan to one count of wire fraud. He could face up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced by Judge P. Kevin Castel on April 10.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 26, 2014
When Thomas A. Twomey, a well-known East End lawyer, died of an apparent heart attack at home in East Hampton on Nov. 16, it was during 1 of 10 times since May that East Hampton Village’s paid first responder program had gone unmanned.

When Thomas A. Twomey, a well-known East End lawyer, died of an apparent heart attack at home in East Hampton on Nov. 16, it was during 1 of 10 times since May that East Hampton Village’s paid first responder program had gone unmanned, prompting questions about whether the outcome for him might have been different if someone had been on duty.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 26, 2014
Well-known model and restaurateur B. Smith revealed earlier this year she has Alzheimer's disease.

Update, 3:15 p.m.: Sag Harbor Village police confirmed that B. Smith has been located in New York City after she was recognized at a diner. The case is closed.

Originally: Sag Harbor Village police are investigating the reported disappearance of B. Smith, a model, restaurateur, and Sag Harbor resident.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
November 20, 2014
Since March, a group of very young students and their parents have participated in free workshops, making art and expanding the cultural center’s reach far beyond its annual summer gala.

Last week at the Watermill Center, just as dusk approached, a dozen dancers clad in black pants, black turtlenecks, and black socks were warming up, effortlessly moving through various ballet positions, from demi-plié to grand plié and back again.

As they moved, 10 families entered the room with young children in tow, all stunned into silence as classical music by Jordi Saval, a Spanish conductor and composer, played in the background.

David E. Rattray
November 17, 2014
Tom Twomey, a lawyer, community leader, and chairman of the East Hampton Library, died on Sunday of an apparent heart attack.

Tom Twomey, a lawyer, community leader, and chairman of the East Hampton Library, died on Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He was 68.

Mr. Twomey was the founding partner in 1973 of a firm that grew into the Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin, and Quartararo firm, which is based in Riverhead. He lived on Two Holes of Water Road in East Hampton's Northwest Woods with his wife, Judith Hope.

Carissa Katz
November 15, 2014
The East Hampton High School boys soccer team won its New York State Final Four match Saturday, sailing to a 3-0 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt, and will play for the state Class A championship Sunday.

The East Hampton High School boys soccer team won its New York State Final Four match Saturday, sailing to a 3-0 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt, and will play for the state Class A championship Sunday.

Nick West scored two of Bonac's goals and Esteban Valverde scored the third.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 7, 2014
East Hampton will play in the Long Island championship game at Dowling Sports Complex on Sunday.

East Hampton High School's boys soccer team took home the Suffolk County Class A championship at Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley on Friday evening, advancing to the Long Island championship. 

The Bonackers overcame Comsewogue 1-0, thanks to Camillo Godoy scoring in the 55th minute after an assist from Max Lerner.

The Long Island championship game will be played at the Dowling Sports Complex on Sunday at noon. East Hampton will face South Side. The state Final Four is to be contested on fields at Middletown High School over the Nov. 15-16 weekend.

Christopher Walsh
November 6, 2014
State Senator Lee Zeldin won a decisive victory over Representative Tim Bishop on Tuesday, unseating the six-term Democratic congressman with 55 percent of the vote.

State Senator Lee Zeldin won a decisive victory over Representative Tim Bishop on Tuesday, unseating the six-term Democratic congressman with 55 percent of the vote. Mr. Zeldin had unsuccessfully challenged Mr. Bishop in 2008.

With 87 percent of the districts reporting, Mr. Bishop of Southampton conceded the race shortly before 11 p.m. Addressing supporters, he said he had telephoned Mr. Zeldin and pledged his cooperation in the transition.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
October 30, 2014
Parents of East Hampton High School students received an automated phone call yesterday morning informing them that the school had been evacuated after administrators discovered a threatening message scrawled on a bathroom mirror.

Parents of East Hampton High School students received an automated phone call yesterday morning informing them that the school had been evacuated after administrators discovered a threatening message scrawled on a bathroom mirror.

Although the school said the threat did not appear to be credible, police conducted a thorough search of the building. Around 10:45 a.m., conditions were deemed safe and students returned to class.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 29, 2014
Update: School deems building safe and students have returned to classes at about 10:45 a.m. after East Hampton High School was evacuated.

Update, 11 a.m.: After police searched East Hampton School following the discovery of a threat on a bathroom mirror, students were allowed to return to classes Wednesday morning at about 10:45. 

"Police and staff at the school have deemed it to be safe," said Town Police Capt. Chris Anderson. He declined to provide the details of the threatening message, but called it "a very non-specific threat." The building was immediately evacuated, and police and school personnel did a "full sweep" of the school.  

Christopher Walsh
October 28, 2014
The long-held plan to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Buell Lane, Route 114, and Toilsome Lane in East Hampton Village took a large step closer to fruition on Monday.

The long-held plan to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Buell Lane, Route 114, and Toilsome Lane in East Hampton Village took a large step closer to fruition on Monday when State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle joined village and town officials to formally announce a $700,000 New York State Community Capital Assistance Program grant for construction of a roundabout there. The village will match the state legislators' contribution to the project, which will likely begin next year.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
October 23, 2014
Though passionate and close-knit, the number of South Fork families who home-school their children is tiny, particularly when compared to the number of children enrolled in local public schools.

In the immediate hours after her house burned down last month, and once she and her children were safely being treated at Southampton Hospital, Judi Bistrian said her thoughts quickly turned to a Parrish Art Museum field trip that she and her two children had planned to attend.

“We were supposed to be getting ready for the Parrish, and I realized we weren’t going to make it,” Ms. Bistrian said.

Christopher Walsh
October 16, 2014
An Amagansett schoolhouse, built in 1802 by Samuel Schellinger and thought to be the oldest on eastern Long Island, is to be donated to the hamlet’s school district and relocated to the present-day school grounds.

An Amagansett schoolhouse, built in 1802 by Samuel Schellinger and thought to be the oldest on eastern Long Island, is to be donated to the hamlet’s school district and relocated to the present-day school grounds. Eleanor Tritt, the district superintendent, made the announcement at a school board meeting on Tuesday.

T.E. McMorrow
October 9, 2014
Police were on high alert Friday and local schools were briefly put on lockdown as officers from nine departments conducted a townwide search for a despondent man who had fired a shotgun at his house in Springs.

Police were on high alert Friday and local schools were briefly put on lockdown as officers from nine departments conducted a townwide search for a despondent man who had fired a shotgun at his house in Springs and then left in his car with the gun.

“I didn’t want to hurt anyone,” Valon Shoshi, 28, later told police, but his family said they feared that he might hurt himself.

T.E. McMorrow
October 4, 2014
Valon Shoshi, who was arrested after police said he fired a shotgun in his family's house in Springs then fled in a car, was freed Saturday morning and has been ordered to undergo immediate psychological treatment.

Valon Shoshi, who was arrested Friday following a frantic police manhunt after he allegedly fired a shotgun in his family's house in Springs then fled in a car, was released on $25,000 bail after an appearance in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Saturday. Justice Lisa R. Rana also ordered him to undergo immediate psychological treatment.

Mr. Shoshi was charged with felony reckless endangerment and three misdemeanors: assault, illegal discharge of a weapon, and possession of a loaded gun in a motor vehicle.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 2, 2014
Construction by the Army Corps of Engineers of a new sand dune to protect property along the downtown Montauk beach against erosion and coastal flooding could get underway at the start of 2015.

Construction by the Army Corps of Engineers of a new sand dune to protect property along the downtown Montauk beach against erosion and coastal flooding could get underway at the start of 2015, according to a presentation made at the Montauk Firehouse last Thursday by federal, state, and local officials.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 25, 2014
Upgrades to septic systems or neighborhood wastewater systems are warranted to address problems on a number of properties in East Hampton Town where improper treatment of sewage is contributing to water pollution.

Upgrades to septic systems or neighborhood wastewater systems are warranted to address problems on a number of properties in East Hampton Town where improper treatment of sewage is contributing to ground or surface water pollution, a town wastewater consultant said Tuesday.

Christopher Walsh
September 22, 2014
The People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday drew more than 300,000 demonstrators, including some from East Hampton.

The People's Climate March, a mass gathering in New York City aimed at compelling governments and the United Nations to take dramatic action to address climate change, drew more than 300,000 demonstrators, including some from East Hampton, to midtown Manhattan on Sunday.

David E. Rattray
September 17, 2014
A judge has cleared the way for a trial in Suffolk Supreme Court on intertwined lawsuits from Napeague property owners seeking to ban all but emergency vehicles from the ocean beach in front of their residences and claiming private ownership of the beach.

A judge has cleared the way for a trial in Suffolk Supreme Court on intertwined lawsuits from Napeague property owners seeking to ban all but emergency vehicles from the ocean beach in front of their residences and claiming private ownership of the beach.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 16, 2014
Judi Bistrian, her 11-year-old daughter, and her 4-year-old son escaped a fire that destroyed their Accabonac Road house and everything in it on Saturday morning.

The Springs community is planning a fund-raiser for a family that narrowly escaped a fire at its house on Saturday morning and lost everything to the flames.