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Christopher Walsh
March 26, 2015
Rescue, restore, repurpose, and recycle is the mantra for this brick-and-mortar version of the Bonac Yard Sale group on Facebook.

It was unseasonably cold at 8 a.m. on Friday when Bonac Buy and Sell opened for business, but the chill did not stop those in search of almost anything imaginable from seeking out the Springs marketplace.

Indoors and out at 8 Washington Avenue, Morgan Roman and George Miller had arranged a huge array of merchandise, much of it culled from the real estate cleanouts they provide, among other services. Statues, dishes and utensils, art, exercise equipment, bicycles, tools, books, appliances, furniture, and much more were on display, all of it priced to sell, the proprietors said.

Christine Sampson
March 26, 2015

Niche.com, a website that ranks schools and colleges, released its high school rankings on Thursday and gave A-plus grades to both Pierson High School and East Hampton High School. Both are listed in the top 100 public high schools in New York State.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 26, 2015
Opponents say Army Corps plan violates law.

The Army Corps of Engineers plan to build a sandbag-reinforced artificial dune along the downtown Montauk ocean beach hit conflicting milestones last week when Defend H2O, an environmental advocacy organization, and four individual petitioners filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court challenging it and, the next day, the construction contract for the dune was formally awarded to H&L Contracting of Bay Shore. Federal money is to pay for the $8.4 million project.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 26, 2015
Before Officer Roland Walker hung up his Stetson yesterday after 31 years on the job, his colleagues looked back at his long career in patrol, describing him as a good cop who was unflappable and possessed the skill to diffuse difficult situations with his calming voice and compassion.

Roland Walker, one of Montauk’s most well-known patrolmen, is one of the few parks police officers to have worked at every single post on Long Island during his career.

“He’s probably the best-known New York State parks police officer on Long Island,” said Lt. Tom Grenci of the East Hampton Town police, who went to the police academy with Officer Walker and worked closely with him over the years.

Christine Sampson
March 26, 2015
School boards in Springs and Amagansett on Tuesday approved a new five-year tuition contract with the East Hampton School District.

School boards in Springs and Amagansett on Tuesday approved a new five-year tuition contract with the East Hampton School District, while the Montauk School District chose not to publicly discuss the matter during its own meeting.

As it did previously, East Hampton is offering a 5-percent discount to school districts that agree to exclusively send their students there after they graduate from their home districts. The base tuition rate will see an increase of about $1,003, to $25,945.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 25, 2015

The new South Fork Behavioral Initiative, which would provide immediate mental and behavioral health care to those in need, particularly students here, will be a focus of the upcoming 12th annual East End Mental Health Awareness Day, which is slated for April 11. While the workshops and panel discussions are free, advance registration is required.  

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 24, 2015

In a continued effort to build understanding among people of all faiths, the East End Clericus sponsored a trip to a mosque in Selden on Sunday for people from various houses of worship.  

The trip grew out of a gathering on Feb. 8 that was held in response to the radical Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the satirical tabloid in Paris, in January, the Rev. Denis Brunelle of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Hampton said on Tuesday morning. "Our own take on it was that violence in the name of religion is not acceptable for any branch." 

Star staff
March 24, 2015

Friday is the final day of the WPPB spring pledge drive, and the sole National Public Radio-affiliated station based on Long Island has taken to YouTube to extend its pitch. Geir Magnusson, a videomaker and commercial photographer, prepared the short spot, which features a number of the WPPB hosts.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 23, 2015
The former East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain in Montauk is back on the market for $25 million, after plans to build a private beach club on the five-acre property there were met with widespread protest.

The former East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain in Montauk is back on the market, after plans to build a private beach club on the five-acre property there were met with widespread protest. 

Christine Sampson
March 23, 2015

School boards in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Springs, and Montauk will meet this week to talk budgets and business.

Sag Harbor officials will review the district's entire budget and discuss its projected revenue, fund balances, and tax rate Monday at 6:45 p.m. in the Pierson High School library. An executive session will precede the workshop at 6, and a business meeting will follow at 7:30.

Christine Sampson
March 20, 2015

Those attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday in Montauk should probably think about adding a winter coat to their holiday outfits.

Although the National Weather Service is forecasting a sunny day, it’s expected to reach high of just 34 degrees with northwest winds of 11 to 14 miles per hour.

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce will help warm the crowd with a soup sale starting at 10 a.m. Each commemorative cup will cost $8. A variety of soups donated by local restaurants will be available, with proceeds helping to defray the cost of the parade.

Christine Sampson
March 20, 2015

With the National Weather Service winter weather advisory in place until 2 a.m. Saturday, the following school districts have canceled afternoon and evening activities originally set for Friday:

Bridgehampton Schools

Sag Harbor Schools

Montauk School (Sports Night rescheduled to March 26)

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.

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015
A man who calls Amagansett home but has spent much of his adult life either in county jail or state prison is again behind bars in Riverside charged with a felony for burglary.

A man who calls Amagansett home but has spent much of his adult life either in county jail or state prison is again behind bars in Riverside following an arrest by East Hampton Town police last Thursday. This time he was charged with a felony for burglary and a misdemeanor for the possession of burglary tools.

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015
A historic oceanfront house on West End Road in East Hampton Village was destroyed Wednesday by a massive fire despite the efforts of seven fire departments and about 100 firefighters.

A historic oceanfront house at 57 West End Road was destroyed Wednesday by a massive fire despite the efforts of seven fire departments and about 100 firefighters.

East Hampton Fire Department Chief Richard Osterberg Jr. described it Thursday as a total loss. The wind, he said, was a major factor in the disaster, fanning the already out-of-control flames by the time firefighters reached the scene.

The initial effort was hampered by the lack of access to a proper fire hydrant.

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015
Tires are blowing out and wheels are being damaged at an unprecedented rate in potholes along Montauk Highway.

Tires are blowing out and wheels are being damaged at an unprecedented rate in potholes along Montauk Highway, particularly near the Montauk Recycling Center.

Peter Rucano, an automotive technician at Marshall and Sons in Montauk, said yesterday that between 20 and 25 vehicles had been brought in this week after blowouts on the patch of craters on the highway, particularly on the eastbound side.

“Usually, when they hit the first pothole, the second [tire] falls in,” Mr. Rucano said.

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015
A lawyer for Daniel Pelosi, who was convicted in 2004 of murdering the financier Ted Ammon at Mr. Ammon’s summer house in East Hampton Village, argued in a Brooklyn appeals court on Friday that the conviction should be overturned because of misconduct on the part of the prosecuting attorney.

A lawyer for Daniel Pelosi, who was convicted in 2004 of murdering the financier Ted Ammon at Mr. Ammon’s summer house in East Hampton Village, argued in a Brooklyn appeals court on Friday that the conviction should be overturned because of misconduct on the part of the prosecuting attorney.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 19, 2015
Four local laws designed to curtail noise from the ever-increasing number of aircraft landing at and taking off from East Hampton Airport were hashed out during a crowded hearing at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

Four local laws designed to curtail noise from the ever-increasing number of aircraft landing at and taking off from East Hampton Airport were hashed out last Thursday night during a crowded hearing at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015
Police said a problem with the landing gear caused the accident Wednesday. The pilot was not hurt, but the plane was damaged.

A plane landing at East Hampton Airport skidded off the runway Wednesday afternoon.

Police said David Bulgin, 62, of Sag Harbor was alone in the Beechcraft Baron BE58 he was flying when something went wrong with the landing gear, causing the accident. While the pilot was uninjured, the plane sustained damage and was removed from the runway. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Carissa Katz
March 19, 2015
The East Hampton School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to fund a full-day prekindergarten program at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center for the 2015-16 school year.

The East Hampton School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to fund a full-day prekindergarten program at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center for the 2015-16 school year.

“I think this is a historic moment, and an enormous achievement for our community,” Laura Anker, a member of the Eleanor Whitmore board, said at the meeting.

Star staff
March 18, 2015
East Hampton firefighters were called to an oceanfront West End Road house on Wednesday afternoon after a report of a fire. When the first fire officials arrived on the scene at about 2:40, flames were reportedly coming through the roof.

T.E. McMorrow
March 14, 2015
East Hampton Town police are investigating the death of an Amagansett man in an accident on Windmill Lane in that hamlet early Saturday morning. Erik D. Payne, 25, was declared dead on the scene by investigators.



East Hampton Town police are investigating the death of an Amagansett man in an accident on Windmill Lane in that hamlet early Saturday morning.

Erik D. Payne, 25, of Merrills Road in Lazy Point was declared dead on the scene by investigators from the Suffolk County medical examiner's office, according to a statement by East Hampton Town police. 

Star staff
March 13, 2015

For the first time in 16 years, the Bridgehampton boys are heading back to Glens Falls for a chance at a state basketball championship. 

The Bees easily won the New York State southeastern Class D regional game, pouncing on Livingston Manor, from Sullivan County, 60-39 Friday evening at Suffolk Community College in Selden. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 12, 2015

Temperatures in the 30s and 40s practically feel like a heat wave after a miserably cold winter. Spring fever is a given, but before you get to brazen and venture out into the water, heed some advice from the Coast Guard.