Recent Stories: Montauk

April 21, 2014
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Wearing these will keep you safe from thorns and prune with impunity. Leather and faux suede, they stand up to what your garden sends at you. (Matching apron has pockets.) $36, Fort Pond Native Plants, 26 South Embassy Street, Montauk.

Janis Hewitt
April 17, 2014

The Montauk Library has released its operating budget proposal for 2014-15. At $774,198, the total is slightly higher than last year. If approved, taxpayers will pay $24.27 (up from $22.93) per $1,000 of assessed property value, roughly $121 for an average house.

The bulk of the library’s revenue comes from property taxes and such fees as fines, copy and computer charges, and grants, estimated at $19,603.

T.E. McMorrow
April 10, 2014

The Montauk Fire Department began its celebration of its 75th anniversary on Sunday with an ecumenical memorial service at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church honoring all those who have served the department who have since died. A roll call of the deceased firemen and ladies auxiliary members was read, with the church bell rung after each name.

T.E. McMorrow
April 3, 2014

Work briefly came to a halt at the East Deck motel in Ditch Plain, Montauk, last week after Tom Preiato, East Hampton Town’s chief building inspector, issued a verbal stop-work order after receiving a report that concrete drainage rings were being installed on the beach there.

The property’s new owner, a limited liability company headed by Scott Bradley, had received a go-ahead from the zoning board of appeals to add up to 6,000 cubic yards of sand to buttress the five-acre oceanfront property’s dune and bluff crest.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 3, 2014
Some of East Hampton Town’s efforts to preserve land have taken a new tack lately, honing in on environmentally sensitive or threatened areas and seeking to prevent development or even remove houses

Some of East Hampton Town’s efforts to preserve land have taken a new tack lately, homing in on environmentally sensitive or threatened areas and seeking to prevent development or even remove houses.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 29, 2014

    A fund-raiser for Robbie Badkin, a well-known Lazy Point resident and Montauk welder, will be held Sunday at Inlet Seafood restaurant in Montauk.

Janis Hewitt
March 20, 2014

It’s here, folks, the weekend some of us have been anticipating will pop the hard, cold bubble of winter. The Montauk Friends of Erin will be your hosts for the St. Patrick’s Day parade weekend, which starts tomorrow with a lunch to honor its grand marshal, Paul Monte of Gurney’s Inn.

Reservations for the lunch, which will take place at Gurney’s from noon to 3 p.m., have been requested and can be made by calling John Behan of the grand marshal committee. The cost is $50 per person, payable at the door.

David E. Rattray
March 17, 2014
In the beginning there were four men and it was on St. Patrick’s Day 1947 that they decided to march from one end of Montauk’s main drag to the other. They ended up at what is today the Shagwong Tavern, and an institution came to be.

       In the beginning there were four men — Mike Egan, Jocko Hayden, Joe Pugh, and Elisa Ammon — and it was on St. Patrick’s Day 1947 that they decided to march from one end of Montauk’s main drag to the other. They ended up at what is today the Shagwong Tavern, and an institution came to be.

Janis Hewitt
March 13, 2014

       East Hampton Town officials have come up with proposed new legislation designed to tighten restrictions on taxis and prevent out-of-town companies from making a quick buck during the 8 to 12 weeks of summer. Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, the East Hampton Town board liaison to the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee, went over a draft of the legislation at a meeting of the committee on Monday. He warned, however, that it wasn’t simple to limit business in New York State. “We have very few tools to limit commerce,” he said.

Janis Hewitt
March 13, 2014

       The Montauk School Board had its first peek at next year’s proposed budget, but it is far from being stamped with final approval, especially since one item’s fee was deemed “insane” by the school board president, Diane Hausman.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 10, 2014
Quincy Davis won the top prize at the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit in Rincon, Puerto Rico, over the weekend.

    For the second time in three years, Quincy Davis, a Montauk native, was the women’s winner at the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit contest in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 6, 2014

       In their first house fire of 2014, Montauk firefighters put a quick stop Tuesday evening to a blaze that was rapidly spreading.

       Montauk Fire Department Chief Joe Lenahan and the department’s first and second assistant chiefs, Dutch Riege and Vinny Franzone, were hosting an East Hampton Town Chiefs Association meeting at their firehouse when the alarm sounded at 7:13 p.m. for a fire in a basement at 8 Adams Drive, in the Mirror Development.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 27, 2014
A consent order signed earlier this month has closed a case brought by the state Department of Environmental Conservation against Montauk Shores Condominium and Keith Grimes Inc., which reconstructed a rock revetment on the oceanfront there last year

       A consent order signed earlier this month has closed a case brought by the state Department of Environmental Conservation against Montauk Shores Condominium, which owns the mobile-home complex at Ditch Plain in Montauk, and Keith Grimes Inc., which reconstructed a rock revetment on the oceanfront there last year.

Janis Hewitt
January 23, 2014

      A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation representative reported this week that the agency is negotiating with Montauk Shores Condominiums, which runs an oceanfront trailer park at Ditch Plain, in an effort to settle alleged violations in connection with a massive rock revetment built there last spring. The negotiations would determine if any monetary penalties would be applied, Aphrodite Montalvo of the D.E.C. said.

Janis Hewitt
January 23, 2014

       When a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? You bet it does, when it happens in environmentally friendly Montauk.

       PSEG Long Island, the company that took over from the Long Island Power Authority on Jan. 1, has started what it calls an “aggressive” project to remove trees and branches that could obstruct power lines across 2,600 miles of Long Island.

Janis Hewitt
January 9, 2014
East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc received a warm welcome, and an earful, from the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday

       East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc received a warm welcome, and an earful, from the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday.

       Mr. Van Scoyoc replaces former Councilman Dominick Stanzione as the town board’s new liaison to the committee.

Janis Hewitt
December 26, 2013

       The results of a survey conducted by the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation says that the majority of the 800 Montauk households that answered want a pool — and soon!

       The survey was sent out to more than 1,600 households in early fall. It was put together by several board members, including Tom and Helene Griffin and Wendy and Jeff Samuelson, all of whom have worked in marketing and for other not-for-profit projects.

November 21, 2013

Representative Tim Bishop has joined a bipartisan group of 38 House and Senate lawmakers urging Congressional leadership to include fishing disaster relief in the final budget to fund government operations in 2014.

In a release dated Nov. 14, Mr. Bishop said that the group, which includes Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, represents fishing communities in 10 states and is asking that $150 million in funding for collapsed fisheries be made available quickly.

Janis Hewitt
November 14, 2013

       Fishermen who pack out their catch from a commercial fishing dock on West Lake Drive in Montauk learned last week that a $120,000 Empire State Development agency grant was approved for the restoration of a packing and distribution building that a fire gutted in May 2012.

Janis Hewitt
November 7, 2013

       On election eve an unusually small group of 18 members attended the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee’s monthly meeting. They learned from East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione, the committee’s town board liaison, that a taxi task force has been formed to come up with ideas for limiting the number of out-of-town cabs that infiltrate the hamlet each summer to cash in on the influx of seasonal visitors.

Janis Hewitt
October 31, 2013

    A cocktail party for the Darlene Lycke scholarship fund will be held at Sammy’s restaurant on West Lake Drive in Montauk on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The party is a new fund-raiser that replaces Joan Lycke’s yard sale, which was held on her lawn annually for many years to benefit the fund, established in her late daughter’s name. The scholarship goes to Montauk students who graduate from East Hampton High School.

Janis Hewitt
October 31, 2013

    Helene Tallo of Montauk knits about 120 baby blankets a year, at least 12 per month. They are given to every newborn infant patient at her son’s pediatric medical practice at the Children’s Health Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. Most of the tiny patients leave their first visit already swaddled in the blue, mint green, purple, or pink coverings.

Janis Hewitt
October 24, 2013

    It was mostly quality-of-life issues in Montauk that were discussed at a candidates forum hosted by the Concerned Citizens of Montauk on Sunday at the Montauk Firehouse. The current East Hampton Town Board administration was harshly criticized for everything from approving the Shark Attack Sounds party permit for almost 4,000 people at the Montauk Yacht Club over July Fourth weekend to not hiring a coastal engineer to analyze the erosion issue in downtown Montauk.

Janis Hewitt
October 10, 2013

    Visitors to the Montauk Recycling Center will notice some changes for the better this week. After months of hard work, the winners of a Montauk School student art contest posted their environmentally-minded murals on nine recycling bins there on Tuesday.