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Christine Sampson
May 27, 2016
The Hampton Jitney reported Friday that many of its Memorial Day trips sold out at least two weeks ago and that it has seen increased demand for trips to Sag Harbor and Montauk.

The Hampton Jitney reported Friday that many of its Memorial Day trips sold out at least two weeks ago and that it has seen increased demand for trips to Sag Harbor and Montauk.

Christine Sampson
May 17, 2016
Voters turned out in higher-than-usual numbers on Tuesday in Bridgehampton to approve the school district's $13.78 million budget by 161 to 78, or 67.4 percent, making it one of two schools on the South Fork to pierce the tax levy cap.

Voters turned out in higher-than-usual numbers on Tuesday in Bridgehampton to approve the school district's $13.78 million budget by 161 to 78, or 67.4 percent, making it one of two schools on the South Fork to pierce the tax levy cap.

T.E. McMorrow
May 17, 2016
Cyril Fitzsimons, the operator of Cyril's Fish House on Napeague since at least 1990, has served his last B.B.C. at that location, according to the restaurant's Facebook page, and will close the popular bar and restaurant.

Cyril Fitzsimons, the operator of Cyril's Fish House on Napeague since at least 1990, has served his last B.B.C. (Banana Bailey's Colada) at that location, according to the restaurant's Facebook page. "There will be huge yard sale on May 28th," an announcement posted Sunday evening reads.

Christine Sampson
May 12, 2016
Amagansett School Board meetings are typically quiet and quick affairs, but on Tuesday at the district’s budget hearing a handful of residents grilled the school superintendent and school board on its tax-cap-busting budget proposal.

Amagansett School Board meetings are typically quiet and quick affairs, but on Tuesday at the district’s budget hearing a handful of residents grilled the school superintendent and school board on its tax-cap-busting budget proposal.

Christine Sampson
May 12, 2016
Residents of local school districts will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of eight school budgets, including two that are over the state-imposed limit on tax levy increases.

Residents of local school districts will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of eight school budgets, including two that are over the state-imposed limit on tax levy increases.

T.E. McMorrow
May 6, 2016
A jury in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday found the corporation run by Cyril Fitzsimons, the namesake for Cyril’s Fish House, guilty of 45 misdemeanors related to the illegal expansion of the popular roadside Napeague bar and restaurant.

A jury in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday found the corporation run by Cyril Fitzsimons, the namesake for Cyril’s Fish House, guilty of 45 misdemeanors related to the illegal expansion of the popular roadside Napeague bar and restaurant.

Each charge is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

Christopher Walsh
May 5, 2016
“This storefront is more my style,” Beth Eckhardt said last week, as her business, Amagansett Flowers by Beth, began to blossom in its new home at 255 Main Street. “I’ve had my eye on this building for a long time, and it just so happens. . . .”

“This storefront is more my style,” Beth Eckhardt said last week, as her business, Amagansett Flowers by Beth, began to blossom in its new home at 255 Main Street. “I’ve had my eye on this building for a long time, and it just so happens. . . .”  

Janis Hewitt
April 28, 2016
After last summer’s debauchery in Montauk, when crowds of drunken young adults wreaked havoc on the Fourth of July weekend, Tom Bogdan, a retired businessman who has lived in the hamlet for 46 years, created Montauk United.

After last summer’s debauchery in Montauk, when crowds of drunken young adults wreaked havoc on the Fourth of July weekend, Tom Bogdan, a retired businessman who has lived in the hamlet for 46 years, created Montauk United. His goal was to get 1,000 members to lobby East Hampton Town officials to stop the madness.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 26, 2016
A vehicle crashed into the woods off Accabonac Road, near the East Hampton Golf Club greens, leaving an occupant trapped inside on Tuesday afternoon.

Update, 3:45 p.m.: The patient was extricated from the Kia at about 3:15 p.m. and taken to Southampton Hospital. No further information was available about the patient's condition.

Mark Segal
April 21, 2016
Anne Jackson, the consummate actress whose career in theater, films, and television, like her marriage to Eli Wallach, her frequent co-star, spanned more than six decades, died at her Manhattan home on April 12.

Anne Jackson, the consummate actress whose career in theater, films, and television, like her marriage to Eli Wallach, her frequent co-star, spanned more than six decades, died at her Manhattan home on April 12. She was 90.

Christine Sampson
April 21, 2016
The Montauk School Board adopted its proposed 2016-17 budget on April 12, putting $18,978,163 up for community approval on May 17.

The Montauk School Board adopted its proposed 2016-17 budget on April 12, putting $18,978,163 up for community approval on May 17. Also on the ballot that day will be a contested race for one school board seat, although an incumbent board member is running for re-election unopposed.

David Kuperschmid
April 21, 2016
Anglers are drawn to new technology, particularly when it improves the performance of their gear and increases their catch. So it’s not surprising that software companies are developing mobile phone apps for fisherman. The market is huge. There are nearly 49 million recreational fishermen in the United States alone, according to the website Statista.com.

Anglers are drawn to new technology, particularly when it improves the performance of their gear and increases their catch. So it’s not surprising that software companies are developing mobile phone apps for fisherman. The market is huge.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 15, 2016
Gerard Larsen is interested in the top position in the Southampton Town Police Department, where Chief Robert Pearce will leave at the end of September.

Gerard Larsen, the chief of police in East Hampton Village, is interested in the top brass position in Southampton Town, where Chief Robert Pearce will leave at the end of September.

David Kuperschmid
April 14, 2016
While some dread the approach of April 15, others relish its arrival because it’s the opening of the striped bass season in New York State.

While some dread the approach of April 15, others relish its arrival because it’s the opening of the striped bass season in New York State. The date is also the unofficial start of the saltwater fishing season. I say unoffical because traditionalists argue that April 1, the first day one can catch and keep a winter flounder in local waters, marks the true opening.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 11, 2016
Fred W. Thiele Jr. stepped down Monday from his post as the Sag Harbor Village attorney, just days after Rich Warren, a longtime village consultant, gave notice that he will leave at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year in May.

Fred W. Thiele Jr. stepped down Monday from his post as the Sag Harbor Village attorney, just days after Rich Warren, a longtime village consultant, gave notice that he will leave at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year in May.

Christine Sampson
April 8, 2016
In a little more than two weeks, an organic chicken sandwich was covered in fuzzy, bluish mold, while ones from the East Hampton Middle School cafeteria and McDonald's appear almost exactly as they did when Tycho Burwell first brought them home.

There are endless stories on the Internet about experiments on McDonald's food and how it appears not to decompose over time. For a class project, an East Hampton Middle School eighth-grader put his own twist on the experiment by testing not just a breaded chicken sandwich from McDonald's but also a similar sandwich from the school's own cafeteria.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 7, 2016
Greystone has a site plan application before the Sag Harbor Planning Board and a wetlands application before the harbor committee for the condominium project.

Greystone Development, a Manhattan real estate company that owns waterfront parcels that the Village of Sag Harbor would like to see become a park, reported on Monday that it had closed on Friday on an additional waterfront lot, 2 West Water Street, for $4.94 million.

T.E. McMorrow
April 5, 2016
East Hampton Village police raided the Living Room restaurant at c/o the Maidstone at midnight Saturday, ending a burlesque show that they said was illegal.

An Atlantic City woman who goes by the name of Taradise was performing in a Venetian mask "dressed in some type of a feather garment and a black thong," when East Hampton Village police raided the Living Room restaurant at c/o the Maidstone at midnight Saturday, ending a burlesque show that they said was illegal.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 31, 2016
Prolific professor and historian has two secrets to his prodigious productivity: grazing and napping.

Mark Naison has two secrets to his productivity: grazing and napping. “I’m a great believer in napping and eating several times throughout the day,” said Mr. Naison, who turns 70 in May.

Durell Godfrey
March 28, 2016
Men and women, boys and girls, and even a few pets celebrated Easter in style at the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce's annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Saturday.

Men and women, boys and girls, and even a few pets celebrated Easter in style at the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce's annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Saturday. 

Christine Sampson
March 24, 2016
A single-stall, handicapped-accessible restroom at East Hampton High School, outside the cafeteria and near a pair of boys and girls bathrooms, has been designated as “gender neutral” thanks to the efforts of two students.

A single-stall, handicapped-accessible restroom at East Hampton High School, outside the cafeteria and near a pair of boys and girls bathrooms, has been designated as “gender neutral” thanks to the efforts of two students.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 17, 2016
The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, which now includes 325 members, oversees 1,100 acres between Sag Harbor and Sagaponack — 800 acres of which are preserved by either the Nature Conservancy, Southampton Town, or Suffolk County.

When Dai Dayton and Sandra Ferguson sit down to lunch, they talk not in years but in decades.

Nearly two decades ago, the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt began with a simple knock on the door.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 10, 2016
Maritza Guichay hopes to serve as a voice for the growing Latino population long removed from local government. She co-chairs the Town of East Hampton’s newly formed Latino advisory committee.

Seventeen years ago, when Maritza Guichay first moved here from Cuenca, Ecuador, she spoke not a word of English.

She recalls a segregated East Hampton Middle and High School, with Spanish-speaking students largely cordoned off from their English-speaking counterparts. 

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 8, 2016
Carolyn Brody purchased BookHampton, and Charline Spektor will hand over the keys this week.

Following weeks of speculation, the mystery buyer of BookHampton has finally been revealed.
"Carolyn Brody is the buyer," confirmed Charline Spektor, the East Hampton bookstore's longtime owner, early Monday. "We're tying up a few loose ends, but the keys are being handed over this week."