Recent Stories: Montauk

Janis Hewitt
December 4, 2014

This article has been corrected from the version that originally appeared online and in print.

Pio Lombardo, an environmental engineer with the consulting firm of Lombardo Associates, visited the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday to discuss upgrades within the hamlet to address water-quality problems.

November 24, 2014
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 This calendar keeps you organized and also helps critters. This year it has Eric Fischl paintings on its covers. $25. Look for it in local shops or at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons Thrift Shop, 17 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack, and ARF Adoption Center, 90 Daniel’s Hole Rd, East Hampton.

 

November 24, 2014
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They bring good luck when hung in a door or window. Fair Trade product, made in Nepal. Change the world, one artisan at a time. $22. Vintage Pink, 787 Montauk Highway at South Edison Street, Montauk.

Janis Hewitt
November 6, 2014
Former foghorn site would be a museum about the ocean and its wave riders.

With the blessing of the Montauk Lighthouse Committee, Jimmy Buffett, Bettina Stelle, and Russell Drumm, a senior writer at The Star, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 and create the Oceans Institute in a building on the Lighthouse grounds that was previously used to house a fog siren.

Janis Hewitt
November 6, 2014
The Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation appeared before the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee, hoping to persuade members to take a closer look at the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed beach restoration project.

Mike Bottini and Tom Muse of the Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation appeared before the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday, hoping to persuade members to take a closer look at the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed beach restoration project. The men, both of whom work in environmental fields, Mr. Bottini as a naturalist and nature writer and Mr. Muse as a landscape designer with his own firm, claim the plan will ruin the hamlet’s downtown public beaches.

Janis Hewitt
October 23, 2014

Those arriving at the Montauk Firehouse on Sunday for the political debate sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Montauk had no doubt that State Senator Lee Zeldin was going to be there. Dozens of Zeldin for Congress signs were being waved at the entrance and a big bus in the parking lot carried the message. Once inside, the audience was peppered by those wearing Zeldin for Congress T-shirts. The event was well attended, with more than 100 prospective voters on hand.

T.E. McMorrow
October 23, 2014
A Montauk couple playing the New York Lottery’s Break the Bank scratch-off game last week did just that when they purchased a $1 million winning ticket from a vending machine at Montauk Wine and Liquors.

A Montauk couple playing the New York Lottery’s Break the Bank scratch-off game last week did just that when they purchased a $1 million winning ticket from a vending machine at Montauk Wine and Liquors.

The couple bought the ticket about mid-week, said Shaz Finnegan, who is honoring their request not to be identified.

Guillermo Vernaza, who works the register at the store, said the man came in late last week and told Mr. Vernaza that he had gone to work that day. “He didn’t know what else to do,” Mr. Vernaza said.

Janis Hewitt
October 16, 2014

The rain on Saturday postponed the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s fall festival and turned what was supposed to be a fun day into a nightmare for chamber officials, said Laraine Creegan, the chamber’s executive director.

The chamber had to reschedule its volunteers and all involved with the festival, which was moved to Sunday and Monday. But when the sun came out on Sunday, so did the people, making it the busiest, most well-attended fall festival in the event’s history, she said.

Star staff
October 9, 2014

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is still short $4,000 for a fireworks display scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. as part of the fall festival. The expected cost of the display is $16,000. The chamber issued a challenge two weeks ago to business owners, who, according to Laraine Creegan, the chamber’s director, were not too excited by it. The Montauk Fire Department and the Atlantic Terrace Motel have both donated $5,000, she said.

Janis Hewitt
October 9, 2014

The Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee discussed the quality of the sand to be used in the Army Corps of Engineers’ repair of the downtown beaches with County Legislator Jay Schneiderman and East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc for over an hour on Monday, during a two-hour meeting.

October 6, 2014
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’Tis the season to walk off the family dinners. Bug stick for a walk in the woods is organic and lasts four hours. Makes a surprising stocking stuffer. $30 stick, $20 bar.  Marder’s, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, Groundworks@hrens, 530 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, and Fort Pond Native Plants, 26 South Embassy Street, Montauk.
Photo by Durell Godfrey

T.E. McMorrow
September 12, 2014
The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property.

The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk, who have proposed a private club there, asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property, according to a press release from the corporation’s public relations firm.

Janis Hewitt
September 11, 2014

For over two hours on Monday, the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee and a slew of other residents went over the problems that have dominated conversation here this summer, mentioning the “horror” of taxicabs and the need for code enforcement. They praised the new online complaint form on East Hampton Town’s website, which Betsy Bambrick, the director of the Ordinance Enforcement Department, who attended the meeting, said was unbelievably effective. Members also heard promising reports about new taxi legislation and town efforts to solve some parking problems.

T.E. McMorrow
September 11, 2014
The first step in what is expected to be a long process of site plan review of a controversial plan to convert the old East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain, Montauk, into a private club is scheduled to begin.

The first step in what is expected to be a long process of site plan review of a controversial plan to convert the old East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain, Montauk, into a private club is scheduled to begin before the town planning board at East Hampton Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Janis Hewitt
September 11, 2014

The Montauk Library’s annual book fair, traditionally held on the downtown green on the Saturday of the Fourth of July weekend, will no longer be held. Instead, smaller, more community-minded events will be held at the library four times a year. Also, starting in the spring, the library will host two to four yard-sale fund-raisers per year.

Janis Hewitt
September 4, 2014

There were hugs and tears at a Tumbleweed Tuesday celebration sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce on the downtown green. But the show of emotion was not a happy one celebrating the end of the season and the departure of the tourists — it was pure grief over the death on Monday of Carl Darenberg, a member of the Montauk chamber and all-around chronicler of Montauk life.

Janis Hewitt
August 14, 2014

When Olivia Walsh visited the Montauk Historical Society’s arts and crafts fair at the Second House Museum in July, she wondered why there were no crafts available for children. So the 7-year-old took matters into her own hands. She asked her mom, Lauren Walsh, to find out if she could set up a stand and teach others how to make bird feeders, a craft she learned from a book. The answer was yes.

Janis Hewitt
August 14, 2014

It was a brief but contentious meeting of the Montauk School Board on Tuesday afternoon. Carmine Marino and Dan Stavola, both of whom have children who are certified teachers, took issue with the board’s hiring process and executive sessions, which they said weren’t properly publicized.

The men spoke during the public comment section of the meeting, after the board had approved the hiring of two new teachers, Melissa Palumbo, who will teach elementary reading and math, and Shannon McLoughlin, a speech teacher.

Janis Hewitt
August 14, 2014

Concerned Citizens of Montauk has asked the East Hampton Town Planning Board to call for a full environmental impact statement before making any decisions about a proposed large-scale project at the East Deck Motel site at Ditch Plain, claiming that the application raises serious questions about environmental and community impacts.

Janis Hewitt
August 7, 2014

The Montauk Village Association, the group that keeps flowers abloom throughout the hamlet, will host its annual Greenery Scenery party on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Montauk Lake Club from 6 to 9 p.m.

This year the group will honor James Grimes of Fort Pond Native Plants for “his many years of service and commitment to Montauk,” said Nancy Keeshan, the president of the M.V.A.

T.E. McMorrow
July 30, 2014
The application for the former East Deck Motel property calls for a restaurant, spa, game and exercise rooms, lounge areas, and below-grade parking for members and their invited guests.

The East Hampton Town attorney’s office has given the green light to a legal proposal that will  allow  the owners of the old East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain, Montauk, to apply to the planning board for its conversion into an elaborate beach club.

Janis Hewitt
June 26, 2014

Interns studying water