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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.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 18, 2014
"They love garbage, and that's what gets them close to people," Dell Cullum, a photographer and wildlife trapper, said.

A coyote was spotted in the Hamptons early Friday enjoying a morning romp.

Dell Cullum, a nature photographer who trapped and photographed coyotes during a decade spent out west, was driving near the Sagaponack-Wainscott border behind the Poxabogue Golf Course at around 6 a.m. when he saw an animal running through a field.

"Immediately I said, 'That's no fox.' "

He followed it, at first in his car, yelling at it in the hope that it would turn so he could get a good front-face shot.

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.

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.