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Taylor K. Vecsey
June 27, 2017
The East Hampton Town Senior Center celebrated its oldest participants with a group birthday party on Friday for the 34 people who are over 90.

The East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center celebrated its oldest regulars with a group birthday party on Friday for 34 people who are 90 and over.

Those celebrated ranged in age from 90 to 101, according to Michelle Posillico,the  senior nutrition program supervisor. Lucy West of East Hampton Village has the distinction of being the oldest, at 101, but she was unable to attend the party.

Jackie Pape
June 27, 2017
Suffolk County's Division of Vector Control will conduct aerial spraying for mosquito larvae sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Suffolk County's Division of Vector Control will conduct aerial spraying for mosquito larvae sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The pesticides set to be dropped via helicopter are VectoBac and Methoprene. Ten areas in Southampton Town and three in East Hampton Town are on the list for spraying on Tuesday and Wednesday. The county says that because the helicopter flies at a very low level, human exposure is unlikely. The pesticides are not known to have any significant human toxicity, although activists are concerned about possible negative impacts on both humans and aquatic life.

Carissa Katz
June 27, 2017
Reservations may be required for many things "Hamptons," but even without reservations, you can get a great seat for one of the many local fireworks displays happening over the next week.

Reservations may be required for many things "Hamptons," but even without reservations, you can get a great seat for one of the many local fireworks displays happening over the next week. Although crowds are likely, fireworks on the East End will yet again enthrall spectators for a good part of the summer.

June 30 

The Southampton Fresh Air Home will kick off this summer's pyrotechnics season with its 30th annual American Picnic, featuring Fireworks by Grucci. Though tickets are required for the fund-raiser, which takes place at 1030 Meadow Lane in Southampton, can be seen from various spots around Shinnecock Bay. They are set to begin at 9:15 p.m. 

July 1

Joanne Pilgrim
June 26, 2017
The Town of East Hampton learned on Monday that the United States Supreme Court will not review a lower court decision that struck down three 2015 laws restricting access to the East Hampton Airport in order to reduce aircraft noise.

The Town of East Hampton learned on Monday that the United States Supreme Court will not review a lower court decision that struck down three 2015 laws restricting access to the East Hampton Airport in order to reduce aircraft noise.

East Hampton had submitted a petition to the Supreme Court early this year in the hopes that it would review and uphold the laws: a once-a-week limit on takeoffs and landings at the municipal airport by planes that fall into a "noisy" category, and two overnight curfews, one with extended hours encompassing the noisy planes.

Judy D’Mello
June 26, 2017
Graduation day was an intimate affair at the Bridgehampton School, where the superintendent was able to share a personal anecdote about each of the 14 seniors in the class of 2017.

Under a large tent on the back lawn of the Bridgehampton School, 14 seniors dressed in black and yellow robes and caps -- the school's colors -- graduated in a ceremony that was as uplifting as Sunday afternoon's blue skies. As the graduates were announced one by one, several danced their way down the aisle to take their place on stage.

Lois Favre, the school's superintendent, referred to the graduating seniors as her "worker bees in our beehive," a nod to the school's Killer Bees mascot and their legendary boys basketball team. As a testament to the tightly knit school community, Dr. Favre relayed a personal anecdote about each graduate, some of whom she first met when they were in fifth grade, when she first came to the school.

Jackie Pape
June 25, 2017
In acknowledging the current state of the world and the political arena in which we are living, the CNN news anchor and journalist Don Lemon addressed Sag Harbor’s Pierson High School class of 2017 on Saturday about the freedom of expression.

In acknowledging the current state of the world and the political arena in which we are living, the CNN news anchor and journalist Don Lemon addressed Sag Harbor’s Pierson High School class of 2017 on Saturday about the freedom of expression.

“Right now, as a journalist, I feel even more compelled to talk to you about the freedom of expression, in part because of what is going on in the world, and because of some people who are trying to limit us,” Mr. Lemon said. “But mainly I feel compelled to talk to you about it because you are about to embark on the most fantastic and wonderful journey of self-discovery, whether you realize it or not.”

Carissa Katz
June 25, 2017
With the support of the Alec and Hilaria Baldwin Foundation, the Hamptons International Film Festival is funding scholarships for five graduating seniors from East Hampton, Pierson, Bridgehampton, and Southampton High Schools and the Ross School, the festival announced Wednesday.

With the support of the Alec and Hilaria Baldwin Foundation, the Hamptons International Film Festival is funding scholarships for five graduating seniors from East Hampton, Pierson, Bridgehampton, and Southampton High Schools and the Ross School, the festival announced Wednesday.

The recipients are Gaby Arevalo from East Hampton High School, Eve Bishop at Pierson, Sarahi Negrete from Bridgehampton, Amanda Mintz at the Ross School, and Sophie Rhind at Southampton High. In addition to a $1,000 scholarship, each student will receive a Filmmaker Discovery Package to attend the festival, which will run from Oct. 5 through 9 this year.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 24, 2017
The driver of an Acura lost control of her vehicle, hopped a curb, and slammed into the side of the Montauk Playhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The driver of an Acura lost control of her vehicle, which hopped a curb and slammed into the side of the Montauk Playhouse on Saturday afternoon, according to Montauk Fire Chief Vinnie Franzone. It was unclear what caused the accident. No one was seriously hurt and there was no structural damage to the building, he said.

The Montauk Fire Department was called at about 12:20 p.m. to the Playhouse, which is right next door to the firehouse on Flamingo Avenue. They found the car had gone over the sidewalk in the parking lot and hit the eastern corner of the building. Both the side and passenger front airbags deployed.

Jackie Pape
June 23, 2017
On Saturday, the Yoga Shanti studio in Sag Harbor will host a "hemp hour" that will include a meditation session and a tasting of CBD hemp oil.

On Saturday, the Yoga Shanti studio in Sag Harbor will host a "hemp hour" that will include a meditation session and a tasting of CBD hemp oil.

CBD, or cannabidiol, hemp oil is an all-natural, plant-based supplement. Unlike medical marijuana products that typically have high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol , or THC, CBD hemp oil contains only trace amounts of THC, meaning it does not cause a high, according to Medical Marijuana Inc.

Star Staff
June 23, 2017

The annual Stony Hill Stables Foundation benefit is on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. on the stables’ grounds on Town Lane in Amagansett. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes equine sports through riding education and competitive opportunities for children and young adults. Tickets are $125, or $200 for a couple, and are available in advance at stonyhillstables.com/shsfoundation and at the gate on Saturday. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Virginia Breen
June 22, 2017
After three bats tested positive for rabies in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County health officials are recommending that people throughout Suffolk County take precautions.

After three bats tested positive for rabies in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County health officials are recommending that people throughout Suffolk County take precautions.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services was notified by the New York State Department of Health that the bats -- collected in Sayville, Islip Terrace, and Islip -- had tested positive for the rabies virus last week.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is predominantly seen in wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes, however, any mammal can be infected with rabies, including personal pets and livestock, if they are not vaccinated.

Christopher Walsh
June 22, 2017
By a vote of 103 to 41, the New York State Assembly passed the Climate and Community Protection Act on Monday.

By a vote of 103 to 41, the New York State Assembly passed the Climate and Community Protection Act on Monday. If passed by the State Senate, it would set New York on a path to 100-percent renewable energy by 2050, invest in frontline communities that will bear the burden of climate change, and build a green economy.

The bill is with the State Senate’s rules committee. An official in Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s district office said yesterday that it was unclear as to when, or if, it would be approved for a vote of the full Senate.

Jackie Pape
June 22, 2017
“It just goes to show you that in a small village, every vote counts,” Ken O’Donnell said yesterday.

Three candidates were vying for two seats on the Sag Harbor Village Board in Tuesday’s election, and just five votes separated the winner of the second seat from the third-place finisher.

Ken O’Donnell, the only incumbent running, was also the highest vote getter, with 238 cast for him. His running mate, Thomas Gardella, the former Sag Harbor Fire Department chief, received 197 votes, falling behind H. Aidan Corish, a political newcomer, who received 202 votes and the second seat on the board.

Judy D’Mello
June 22, 2017
As of Monday, the Hampton Jitney will introduce a new route: a round-trip service from local schools to Noyac’s Long Beach.

As of Monday, the Hampton Jitney will introduce a new route: a round-trip service from local schools to Noyac’s Long Beach. The additional route will not be found on the company’s online schedule, and the driver of the bus might occasionally be Geoff Lynch, the president of the Hampton Jitney.

“It’s a busy time of year for us,” said Mr. Lynch, in his Southampton office overlooking the rear parking lot where the black and green coaches were lined up, ready to be dispatched. “So, yes, if the girls need me, I’ll get behind the wheel.”

Star Staff
June 22, 2017
A self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klan grand wizard from Hampton Bays was found distributing leaflets in East Hampton Village last week, according to police.

A self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klan grand wizard from Hampton Bays was found distributing leaflets in East Hampton Village last week, according to police.

At a little after 9 p.m. on June 13, a customer at Citarella came out of the store to find a paper flier attributed to “the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” on his vehicle’s windshield.

According to a police report, the leaflet contained advice about drug and alcohol abuse.

East Hampton Village Police Chief Michael Tracey said that Douglas G. Munker, 35, who does not have a driver’s license, had been dropped off in the village and that he placed the leaflets on windshields on Main Street and Fithian Lane. Leafleting is prohibited by the village code.

Larry Penny
June 22, 2017
The blue-green organisms that cause the slicks on the local coastal ponds like Lake Agawam, Mill Pond, and Georgica Pond, to name a few of the worst blighted, are among the oldest organisms known to man.

The blue-green organisms that cause the slicks on the local coastal ponds like Lake Agawam, Mill Pond, and Georgica Pond, to name a few of the worst blighted, are among the oldest organisms known to man. They arose more than three billion years ago, and if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be here, as they produced the first oxygen. They did it by photosynthesizing carbon dioxide and water. They were after making sugar, then starch; oxygen was a mere byproduct, but they used it to metabolize the sugar for energy and for building protoplasm.

T.E. McMorrow
June 22, 2017
Neighbors express concern about NextEra Energy Resources' proposed battery facility near the Dune Alpin subdivision in East Hampton.

A group of residents of the Cove Hollow and Dune Alpin area of East Hampton have until Wednesday to file written objections with the East Hampton Town Planning Board to a proposed East Hampton battery-cell facility that is intended to draw electricity at off-peak hours, then release it back into the local grid when needed.

At a planning board meeting on June 7,  at which the board was reviewing the facility’s site plan, it was reported that the energy stored there on racks of lithium-ion batteries would be able to power 4,000 buildings for up to 8 hours. However, several neighbors expressed concern, if not outright alarm, at the proposal.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 22, 2017
Within 24 hours of Southampton Town’s having launched a new online tool that allows residents to report nonemergency complaints and submit service requests, two requests had been logged.

Within 24 hours of Southampton Town’s having launched a new online tool that allows residents to report nonemergency complaints and submit service requests, two requests had been logged.

“I think that’s pretty good,” Ross Baldwin said on Tuesday from Southampton Town Hall. He helped lead the charge in setting up the application, called Southampton Online Solutions, or S.O.S.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 22, 2017
Steven E. Skrynecki was pulling over to help a motorist with engine trouble when he was hit from behind Thursday evening.

The Southampton Town police chief was on the other side of an accident scene Thursday evening when he was involved in a crash in Brookhaven Town, according to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

Steven E. Skrynecki called the supervisor from the hospital and told him he had been hit from behind as he slowed down in his town-owned Chevrolet Impala to assist a disabled motorist. The accident reportedly occurred in Yaphank, near Route 27 and Horseblock Road, around 7 p.m. Suffolk County police had no immediate comment. 

T.E. McMorrow
June 22, 2017
A Springs man arraigned last Thursday in East Hampton Town Justice Court on two felony charges, including sexual abuse in the first degree, was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Riverside.

A Springs man arraigned last Thursday in East Hampton Town Justice Court on two felony charges, including sexual abuse in the first degree, was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Riverside. Valon Shoshi, 31, was unable to make the $75,000 bail set by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana last Thursday and remained in county jail as of yesterday morning. The indictment will be unsealed and the charges made public in county court within the next week.

June 22, 2017
Adam and Gail Baranello, a husband-and-wife artist team, spent five days recently working with Springs School students on an unlikely set of "canvases."

Adam and Gail Baranello, a husband-and-wife artist team, spent five days recently working with Springs School students on an unlikely set of "canvases."

Their goal was to cover the school's 10 Dumpsters with the style of street art Mr. Baranello is known for. It was a project conceived by the owners of Mickey's Carting in Montauk, which owns the Dumpsters, after seeing the art on display at the Springs Mystery Art Sale lasts month.

The sale raises money for the school's Visiting Artists Program, through which local artists are brought to Springs to lead creative workshops with students. The program has brought dozens of artists to the school over the years.

T.E. McMorrow
June 22, 2017
After years of wrangling between the Town of East Hampton and the owners of the Surf Lodge, a popular nightclub and motel, a giant step was taken this week toward finalizing a legal agreement.

After years of wrangling between the Town of East Hampton and the owners of the Surf Lodge, a popular nightclub and motel, a giant step was taken this week toward finalizing a legal agreement.

“This will cover the entire site from now until eternity,” Andy Hammer, the attorney representing the Surf Lodge, told the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals at a public hearing on Tuesday.

Irene Silverman
June 22, 2017
For the time being, “there’s a shortage of buyers and a lot of overpricing. Prices must come down," Peter Turino, the president of Brown Harris Stevens in the Hamptons, told a crowd at East Hampton Library.

Judging by the East Hampton Library’s standing-room-only turnout last Thursday to hear three veteran brokers talk about Hamptons real estate, either a lot of people are preparing to attend a lot of dinner parties, knowing the topic will be second only to politics, or they are thinking of putting their houses on the market.

Jon M. Diat
June 22, 2017
More time on the water does not necessarily equate to more fish caught. And that’s just fine. Whether or not I bring home a fish for dinner is not the point. Just being on the water is what truly matters.

It hasn’t been good. 

For the record, I have not had a successful fishing season so far. I’m still looking for my first keeper striped bass, and while I have caught a fair number of fluke that were 18 inches, none have reached the 19-inch minimum. However, I have had no issue hauling in one sea robin after another. Those ever-present, orange and brown-colored winged wonders have been drawn like a magnet to just about anything I put on my hook. But, as the saying goes, it’s better than nothing.