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T.E. McMorrow
January 11, 2018
A bitter-cold blast last week, combined with a snowstorm, created havoc in East Hampton. The arctic weather resulted in burst water pipes, slips and spills, and cars stranded in snowdrifts across the East End.

A bitter-cold blast last week, combined with a snowstorm, created havoc in East Hampton. The arctic weather resulted in burst water pipes, slips and spills, and cars stranded in snowdrifts across the East End. 

On Friday, a New York man who owns a residence in the Hither Hills section of Montauk drove his 1998 Range Rover into the snow at the South Edison beach access near the Sloppy Tuna. His rear tires sank, spinning into the frozen sand. Unable to get the vehicle out, he eventually gave up and left it, returning the next day with shovels and a female companion. While he declined to give his name, he said that his companion had asked the day before, “Can’t we get closer to the water?” which, unfortunately, he did. 

David E. Rattray
January 9, 2018
A man was found dead in the snow at Sammy's Beach at Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton on Monday afternoon after he apparently collasped while trying to free his vehicle from a snowdrift.

A man was found dead in the snow at Sammy's Beach at Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton on Monday afternoon.

According to East Hampton Town police, two men walking their dog noticed Vincent D'Angelo, 73, alongside his Ford Explorer, which had become stuck in a snowdrift. They phoned police at about 4:20 p.m.

Jamie Bufalino
January 5, 2018
A part-time Montauk resident and animal rights activist is serving a 15-day jail sentence in New Jersey after his arrest protesting that state's bear hunt in October.

On Tuesday morning, Bill Crain, an animal rights activist and the president of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife, turned himself in at Sussex County Jail in New Jersey to begin a 15-day jail sentence for charges stemming from his protest against the state’s annual bear hunt.

Mr. Crain was arrested in October in Fredon, N.J., a township about 45 miles west of Manhattan.

Bruce Buschel
January 3, 2018
If “battling cancer” has long been a misguided metaphor, it seems spectacularly inapposite in connection with the redoubtable John McCain.

Whatever transpires in 2018, cancer will not defeat John McCain. 

Cancer is neither an opponent nor a binary condition, and the sooner we stop pitting humans against a disease, stop using war metaphors in the field of medicine, the better off we all shall be, especially cancer patients and their loved ones. Many a mislabeled loser has been quietly valiant and privately heroic.

David E. Rattray
December 21, 2017
East Hampton Town moved forward this week on two projects that critics said would be an expansion of East Hampton Airport, erecting a new, taller control tower and extending a taxiway alongside the main runway.

East Hampton Town moved forward this week on two projects that critics said would be an expansion of East Hampton Airport.

Following a Tuesday morning town board work session, officials were ready to authorize $2.1 million in borrowing to pay for an improved taxiway alongside the airport’s main runway. The town board is expected to vote on the authorization at a meeting in Town Hall tonight.

The board also began considering whether to relocate and increase the height of the airport’s control tower.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 14, 2017
A $32.8 million centralized wastewater treatment system being designed for downtown Montauk would eliminate septic system headaches faced by many businesses and prevent contaminants from reaching ground and surface waters, but could cost some of the larger businesses more than six figures a year.

A $32.8 million centralized wastewater treatment system being designed for downtown Montauk would eliminate septic system headaches faced by many businesses and prevent contaminants from reaching ground and surface waters, but could cost some of the larger businesses more than six figures a year.

Costs to individual downtown properties that would initially be hooked up would be apportioned through a tax district to be created by the town, based on the gallons per day of sewage that each property would be putting into the system. The businesses that generate the largest amount of septic waste would pay the largest share of the system’s capital and operating costs.

Larry Penny
November 22, 2017
The foliage doesn’t seem as brilliant this year as last year, but it might be that I went out too early.

On Friday and Saturday I went out to examine the fall foliage. It doesn’t seem as brilliant this year as last year, but it might be that I went out too early. On Friday, I covered about 100 miles of East Hampton Town roads, from Town Line Road in Wainscott to the west to Montauk Point to the east. The leaf colors were not as brilliant as last year’s, and Montauk’s Hither Woods were already drab.

David E. Rattray
November 16, 2017
Holly M. Kinyon stunned a crowd of about 125 people at an auction house in Potsdam, N.Y., on Saturday, winning both a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence and a related cache of printed documents, wills, and family papers linked to East Hampton.

A single buyer stunned a crowd of about 125 people at an auction house in Potsdam, N.Y., on Saturday, winning both a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence and a related cache of printed documents, wills, and family papers linked to East Hampton.

Holly M. Kinyon, who had flown east from her home in California to attend the sale, bid $1.5 million for the Declaration of Independence and $290,000 for the other materials. With tax and a buyer’s premium, her total came to about $2.2 million.

Initial estimates for the Declaration were $500,000 to $1 million and between $25,000 and $50,000 for the papers. Kip Blanchard of Blanchard’s Auction Service in Potsdam handled the sale.

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.”