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Amanda M. Fairbanks
January 29, 2015
Following three consecutive snow days, most schools in East Hampton plan to reopen tomorrow morning, albeit with a two-hour delay for some.

Following three consecutive snow days, most schools in East Hampton plan to reopen tomorrow morning, albeit with a two-hour delay.

However, students at East Hampton High School who are taking Regents exams are expected to report promptly at 8 a.m. High school students not taking exams have been asked to stay home.

Exams will be offered in 10 subject areas: integrated algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry, bilingual integrated algebra, earth science, chemistry, global history, bilingual global history, U.S. history, and bilingual U.S. history.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 29, 2015

The snowstorm that crippled the South Fork this week has left damage in its wake, including the collapse of the roof on the former East Hampton Bowl building in East Hampton Village. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 28, 2015
East Hampton Town remains in a state of emergency, and officials are asking residents to stay at home if they can so highway workers can clear the roads without additional traffic.

The travel ban in the Town of East Hampton will be officially lifted at 10 a.m., but officials said the Town is still in a state of emergency and they are urging people to stay home.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 27, 2015
A travel restriction remains in place in East Hampton Town for Wednesday, while the highway departments work to clear snow of the nearly two feet dumped during the blizzard.

While the snow stopped falling in East Hampton Tuesday evening, town officials are still asking people to stay off the roads Wednesday as highway workers continue to contend with the more than 20 inches of snowfall.

East Hampton Town and Village government offices will be closed on Wednesday, and classes at all local schools have been canceled. Southampton Town, however, is opening government offices at noon. 

T.E. McMorrow
January 27, 2015
The blizzard left its mark on Montauk, causing beach erosion, though it did not reach the oceanside motels.

The blizzard left its mark on Montauk, causing beach erosion, though it did not reach the oceanside motels. There was about a two-and-a-half-foot drop on the beach to the level to the ocean. Montauk may have seen the worst of the wind gusts with a reported 40-to-50-mile-per-hour winds that caused whiteout conditions, but that didn't stop some businesses from opening. Marshall and Sons was open, and Marshall Prado said he was doing a brisk business in pulling cars from deep snow drifts, an estimated 4 to 5 feet in places.

Taylor K. Vecsey
David E. Rattray
January 27, 2015
A blizzard that dumped approximately 15 inches of snow on the South Fork may bring another foot more by late Tuesday.

A blizzard that dumped approximately 15 inches of snow on the South Fork may bring another foot more by late Tuesday. Police have urged residents to heed a countywide travel ban and stay at home until officials can clear the roads. 

Christopher Walsh
Taylor K. Vecsey
January 26, 2015
Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell declared a state of emergency to begin at 4 p.m. on Monday.

A powerful winter storm beginning to affect Long Island on Monday has prompted East Hampton Town and Village officials to take action. 

Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell declared a state of emergency effective at 4 p.m. on Monday. Meanwhile, the town and village will open a joint emergency operations center at 4 p.m. to field storm-related calls. Village residents should call 631-907-9796, and town residents should call 631-907-9743. Emergencies, however, should be reported by phone at 911.

David E. Rattray
January 25, 2015
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for much of the Northeast for a low-pressure system that is moving slowly eastward. It said that the first bands of snow associated with the "potentially historic winter storm” would begin to be felt along the East Coast on Monday afternoon.

A strong winter storm that could bring as much as 20 inches of snow and high winds to eastern Long Island is expected to arrive around mid-day on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for much of the Northeast for a low-pressure system that is moving slowly eastward. It said that the first bands of snow associated with the "potentially historic winter storm” would begin to be felt along the East Coast on Monday afternoon.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
January 22, 2015
East Hampton High School’s auditorium was the place to be Tuesday night, as upwards of 75 parents and residents turned out to air their grievances at a school board meeting and subsequent athletic forum.

East Hampton High School’s auditorium was the place to be Tuesday night, as upwards of 75 parents and residents turned out to air their grievances at a school board meeting and subsequent athletic forum.

Joseph Vasile-Cozzo, the district’s athletic director, began with a presentation detailing current offerings. The district now has 19 varsity sports — with participation rates generally highest in the fall, dropping in the winter, and rising again in the spring.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 20, 2015
While a single vote separated the two candidates in last month's election, a revote Tuesday night resulted with John O'Brien of Sagaponack winning the Bridgehampton fire district commissioner seat over Philip Cammann.

A victor has officially been declared in the Bridgehampton fire commissioner election, with John O'Brien of Sagaponack winning a revote held on Tuesday night.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 8, 2015
A Suffolk County legislator, Al Krupski, whose district includes the North Fork, is voicing his renewed opposition to the Army Corps of Engineers project in Montauk.



A Suffolk County legislator, Al Krupski, whose district includes the North Fork, is voicing his renewed opposition to the Army Corps of Engineers project in Montauk, where a reinforced sand dune is to be built along the downtown beach.

T.E. McMorrow
January 5, 2015
Police said Thomas Gilbert, a 70-year-old part-time East Hampton Town resident, was killed by a single shot to the head in a bedroom in his apartment on Beekman Place on Sunday afternoon.

The son of a New York hedge fund leader with a house in the Georgica Association was charged with murder Monday in the shooting death of his father at the elder man's apartment in Manhattan Sunday afternoon.

T.E. McMorrow
January 5, 2015
A New York hedge fund founder with a house in East Hampton's Georgica Association was shot dead in his apartment Manhattan Sunday afternoon.

Update, noon: According to the New York City Police Department, a 911 call was received at 3:31 p.m. on Sunday. The police said Thomas Gilbert, 70, was shot in a bedroom in his apartment. An EMS team pronounced Mr. Gilbert dead, at the apartment. Detectives of the 17th Precinct are questioning his son, Thomas Gilbert Jr., 30, but the investigation is ongoing, they said.

David E. Rattray
December 31, 2014
Populations of 186 mammals, birds, fish, shellfish, and amphibians were described as likely to drop to critical levels unless urgent conservation action is taken.

Box turtles, black ducks, and bumblebees are a few of the animals expected to suffer catastrophic declines in New York within 10 years unless drastic measures are taken, according to a state report that was just released.

In all, 186 mammals, birds, fish, shellfish, and amphibians were described as likely to drop to critical levels unless urgent conservation action is taken. In addition, an equal number of species was listed as expected to see significant declines by 2025.

T.E. McMorrow
December 29, 2014
David Osiecki, whose mental competency has been in question since his arrest for allegedly setting a fire at a Bridgehampton house in April, is also accused of trying to burn down a bar in Patchogue five months earlier.

A Sagaponack man accused of trying to burn down a $34 million Bridgehampton house in April is facing more charges. A grand jury indicted David Osiecki on Dec. 15 for allegedly committing the same act at a Patchogue bar five months earlier, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota’s office announced Monday.

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.