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Taylor K. Vecsey
December 2, 2016

There are many holiday events around the South Fork, but not that many Santa Crawls, the madhouse event also known as Santacon held in many cities across the U.S. every Christmas.

Now one will be held in Montauk on Saturday, and it's not just about drinking, but about raising money for two community organizations.

Star Staff
December 1, 2016
As bays and estuaries rapidly cool at this time of year, sea turtles are often left stunned and can die if not helped.

A leatherback turtle was found floating dead at Gardiner’s Marina in Three Mile Harbor yesterday. As bays and estuaries rapidly cool at this time of year, sea turtles are often left stunned and can die if not helped. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research runs a stranding hotline: 631-369-9829. 

Star Staff
December 1, 2016
A benefit for Dave Giacone, a musician who has been unable to work since being injured in a car accident in August, happens on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen Talkhouse.

A benefit for Dave Giacone, a musician who has been unable to work since being injured in a car accident in August, happens on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephen Talkhouse. The Nancy Atlas Project, the HooDoo Loungers, and others will perform. Admission is $25.
 

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 1, 2016
With a $24.7 million bond referendum for a renovation and expansion project at the Bridgehampton School looming, the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee invited school district officials to its meeting Monday night seeking more information.

With a $24.7 million bond referendum for a renovation and expansion project at the Bridgehampton School looming, the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee invited school district officials to its meeting Monday night seeking more information.

T.E. McMorrow
December 1, 2016
Coast Guard suggests New London crew may all have been asleep.

A 55-foot dragger that ran aground at sunrise Sunday on Navy Beach in Montauk was still stranded on the sands off Fort Pond Bay yesterday afternoon, tilted toward its portside with a hole in the hull. The 1,200 gallons of fuel oil that were in its tanks when it grounded were pumped out into a tanker truck on Tuesday.

T.E. McMorrow
December 1, 2016
An 18th-century East Hampton building that the historic preservationist Robert Hefner classifies as a typical timber-frame saltbox of the period was the focus of a hearing Tuesday night before the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

An 18th-century East Hampton building that the historic preservationist Robert Hefner classifies as a typical timber-frame saltbox of the period was the focus of a hearing Tuesday night before the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Christopher Walsh
December 1, 2016
The Maidstone Club’s plan to build a 352-foot-long wooden bridge across the inland section of Hook Pond known as the Hook Pond Dreen has drawn increasing opposition since the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals first reviewed the proposal in October.

The Maidstone Club’s plan to build a 352-foot-long wooden bridge across the inland section of Hook Pond known as the Hook Pond Dreen has drawn increasing opposition since the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals first reviewed the proposal in October.

Larry Penny
December 1, 2016
In the last 10 years, bald eagles have become regulars on Long Island. At least four different pairs have built and tended four different nests and raised four sets of eaglets annually.

A few days ago two photos of a large brown raptor taken in Montauk by Debbie Kuntz popped up on my smartphone. The bird had a fierce look, and its wingtip feathers were spread in flight the way an eagle’s primaries can be. Debbie thought bald eagle, and she was right. In fact, it was an immature bald eagle, and one missing a toe.

Christine Sampson
December 1, 2016
Residents in the Sag Harbor School District will head to the polls on Dec. 14 to vote on a proposition to allow the district to use an additional $365,000 from its capital reserve fund to install an artificial turf field on school property.

The Sag Harbor School District’s PTA and Parent Teacher Student Association will hold a community forum today on the artificial turf field issue, but the school district has also planned a forum of its own, set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the elementary school gym.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 29, 2016
David Lee, the longtime owner of Cove Jewelers in Sag Harbor who was an active member of the East Hampton and Sag Harbor communities, died Monday night.

David Lee, the owner of Cove Jewelers in Sag Harbor for may years who was an active member of the East Hampton and Sag Harbor communities and the longtime president of the Sag Harbor Community Band, died early Tuesday. He was 88.

Carissa Katz
November 28, 2016

A gasoline price survey, released by State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. on Monday, showed 15 of 28 stations surveyed just before Thanksgiving in East Hampton and Southampton Towns are above the Long Island average. 

T.E. McMorrow
November 27, 2016
A 55-foot commercial a commercial fishing dragger, the Miss Scarlett, based in New London, Conn., ran aground on the beach along Navy Road in Montauk at about 6 a.m. Sunday near high tide.

Update, Nov. 28, 4:20 p.m.: The New London, Conn., dragger that ran aground on Navy Beach in Montauk on Sunday morning and has been taking on water since then has at least one hole in its hull, a man on the boat told the Coast Guard on Monday.

Christine Sampson
November 24, 2016
Sightings of one or more humpback whales in New York and New Jersey waters have led the Coast Guard to warn boaters to reduce their speed and steer clear if they do spot one.

Sightings of one or more humpback whales in New York and New Jersey waters have led the Coast Guard to warn boaters to reduce their speed and steer clear if they do spot one.

Christine Sampson
November 23, 2016
Heading into her first holiday season as the new owner of BookHampton in East Hampton, Carolyn Brody has planned a series of events intended, she said, “to share the spirit, bring people into the store, and build community.”

Heading into her first holiday season as the new owner of BookHampton in East Hampton, Carolyn Brody has planned a series of events intended, she said, “to share the spirit, bring people into the store, and build community.”

“We’re just trying to throw the doors open,” she said Monday.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 23, 2016
A change in East Hampton Town’s zoning code that would reduce the maximum size of houses relative to the size of their lots is not just a matter of square footage, Jeffrey Freireich, the head of the East Hampton Business Alliance, told the town board at a hearing on that and related laws last Thursday.

A change in East Hampton Town’s zoning code that would reduce the maximum size of houses relative to the size of their lots is not just a matter of square footage, Jeffrey Freireich, the head of the East Hampton Business Alliance, told the town board at a hearing on that and related laws last Thursday. 

Christopher Walsh
November 23, 2016
Members of the East Hampton Village Police Department, emergency medical technicians, and an employee of the Maidstone Club were recognized by the village board on Friday for their role in saving a life.

Members of the East Hampton Village Police Department, emergency medical technicians, and an employee of the Maidstone Club were recognized by the village board on Friday for their role in saving a life. 

Joanne Pilgrim
November 23, 2016
Ku Klux Klan fliers were found on a seat on a Long Island Rail Road train as it pulled into Amagansett on Saturday, while other fliers, for the white supremacist group White New York, were tossed onto driveways on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk over the weekend.

Ku Klux Klan fliers, depicting a hooded Klansman and providing a phone number and web address for the “Loyal White Knights of the KKK,” were found on a seat on a Long Island Rail Road train as it pulled into Amagansett on Saturday, while other fliers, for the white supremacist group White New York, were tossed onto driveways on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk over the weekend. <

David Kuperschmid
November 23, 2016
Leaves are falling to the ground, there is a bite to the early morning air, the sky is dark before quitting time, and now there’s snow on the roof of my car. At least for me, the 2016 fishing season is over.

Leaves are falling to the ground, there is a bite to the early morning air, the sky is dark before quitting time, and now there’s snow on the roof of my car. At least for me, the 2016 fishing season is over.

The season began on April 1 with flounder, and the results once again were dismal. Something radical has to be done to save this important local fishery. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 23, 2016
The budget was opposed by the two Republican board members who objected to the creation of new departments and administrative positions.

In a 3-to-2 vote on Friday, the Southampton Town Board passed its 2017 budget, the first drafted by Democratic Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. The $94.7-million spending plan will result in a reduction of 1.6 percent in the property tax rate, the largest decrease in more than a decade, while the increase in total spending over last year is 3.9 percent.

Christine Sampson
November 23, 2016
The Springs School is collecting gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for its annual outerwear exchange, which has been a cold-weather tradition for about 10 years at the school

The Springs School is collecting gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for its annual outerwear exchange, which has been a cold-weather tradition for about 10 years at the school.

Christopher Walsh
November 23, 2016
Five years after it was destroyed by fire, Scoville Hall, the parish house of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, will reopen on Dec. 3, when it hosts a holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Five years after it was destroyed by fire, Scoville Hall, the parish house of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, will reopen on Dec. 3, when it hosts a holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Christine Sampson
November 23, 2016
As it counts down the days to a Dec. 13 referendum on its proposed school expansion, the Bridgehampton School District has upped its projected bond interest rate and extended the length of the potential bond from 15 to 20 years, resulting in a higher projected tax impact on homeowners.

As it counts down the days to a Dec. 13 referendum on its proposed school expansion, the Bridgehampton School District has upped its projected bond interest rate and extended the length of the potential bond from 15 to 20 years, resulting in a higher projected tax impact on homeowners should the referendum pass. 

Christine Sampson
November 21, 2016
Michael Collins is one of two Long Islanders to be honored by the Nassau-Suffolk H.I.V. Health Services Planning Council on Dec. 2.

A Southampton Hospital administrator will be one of two Long Islanders honored by the Nassau-Suffolk H.I.V. Health Services Planning Council on World AIDS Day this year.

Star Staff
November 18, 2016
The East Hampton Lions and MuvStrong, a gym in East Hampton, have come together in an attempt to gather at least 135 pints of blood during a blood drive at the American Legion on Monday.

In the true spirit of the holidays, what could be more giving than giving blood?