Recent Stories: Montauk

Janis Hewitt
April 2, 2015

Several hours before its budget workshop was set to begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Montauk School Board called a special meeting to approve a five-year tuition agreement with the East Hampton School District.

This year, the district pays for 113 students to attend the high school, at a cost of $24,942 per student. Next year, 134 students from Montauk will go there, at a decreased cost of $24,693 each.

East Hampton High School offers a 5-percent discount to feeder districts that agree to send all their students there, exclusively, after they graduate.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 26, 2015

Concerned Citizens of Montauk is arguing that the Army Corps of Engineers plan to build a seawall along the ocean beach in downtown Montauk, for which bids have now been awarded, is not “shovel ready.”

“There’s a long list of items that need to be addressed,” Jeremy Samuelson, the executive director of C.C.O.M., said at an East Hampton Town Board meeting last Thursday. Mr. Samuelson is also quoted in a separate story on C.C.O.M.’s stand on a lawsuit challenging the project.

Janis Hewitt
March 26, 2015

After weeks of workshops, the Montauk School Board has come close to approving a final budget of a bit under $18.6 million for the 2015-16 school year. The board learned of a hefty fund balance of $1.2 million that they said Tuesday could be used for a slew of long overdue building improvements.

David E. Rattray
March 19, 2015
One day in about 1885, George Fowler put pen to paper and signed away his remaining rights to his ancestral land at Montauk.

One day in about 1885, George Fowler put pen to paper and signed away his remaining rights to his ancestral land at Montauk.

Mr. Fowler, a member of the Montaukett tribe, was among a shrinking number of native people who remained then, some two and a half centuries after the arrival of European colonists, and their diseases and economic exclusion.

Janis Hewitt
March 19, 2015

Terry Watson will be the grand marshal leading Montauk’s 52nd St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. The festivities will begin tomorrow, when she will be honored at the annual grand marshal lunch from noon to 3 p.m. at Gurney’s Inn. This year’s host is Joan Lycke, the 2011 grand marshal, who is taking over for John Behan, who had hosted the lunch for many years.

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015

Montauk’s Ditch Plain, where the future of what had been the East Deck Motel stirred recent interest in preserving its oceanfront tract, was before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on March 3 when applications to replace two mobile homes on the ocean at Montauk Shores Condominiums with two that would be larger came up for public hearing.

On the eastern side of Ditch Plain, Montauk Shores Condominiums is an unusual trailer park, with some of the 29 oceanfront units there reportedly valued in the neighborhood of $1 million.

Janis Hewitt
February 26, 2015

 

Long-awaited improvement in the water at 27 houses at Montauk’s Camp Hero will be in sight at a public hearing at  East HamptonTown Hall tonight on the reconstruction of the water system there at a cost of $200,000.

February 26, 2015

 

Finally, after years of confusion at the intersection in Montauk’s harbor area where West Lake Drive meets Flamingo Avenue, signs have been posted notifying drivers heading north and south that cross traffic from the east and west does not stop.

Janis Hewitt
January 15, 2015

Denise DiPaolo started working as the director of the Montauk Library on Jan. 2. On Tuesday, amid a flurry of activity — shelves were being rearranged, a computer was acting up — she was already the calm in a storm.

David E. Rattray
January 15, 2015
A long-awaited project to bolster much of the downtown Montauk shoreline could be completed in two phases. The United States Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the East Hampton Town Board’s views on which part of the job to tackle first.

A long-awaited project to bolster much of the downtown Montauk shoreline could be completed in two phases, with the first starting in the spring and the second perhaps delayed until 2016.

Janis Hewitt
December 24, 2014
The most recent test results from several bodies of water in Montauk were released this week.

The most recent test results from several bodies of water in Montauk were released this week. The samples, part of the nationwide Blue Water Task Force, a federally mandated program for all bathing beaches that is conducted monthly, weekly, and sometimes daily after a heavy rainfall, show that the site with the highest levels of the bacteria enterococcus was an area called West Creek, which is just west of the beach known as South Lake on Lake 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.