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Taylor K. Vecsey
January 26, 2015

Driving in the Town of Southampton is illegal after 7 p.m. on Monday, according to a state of emergency order issued by Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst ahead of the blizzard the South Fork is expecting.

Star staff
January 26, 2015

During the blizzard, East Hampton Town and Village officials are standing by to help, and here's a list of important phone numbers to keep handy. As you prepare for the storm, why not print this out?

Emergency Numbers:

The joint town and village Emergency Operations Center, which will field calls about storm-related issues, has two numbers, one for village residents and one for town residents. Village residents should call 631-907-9796, and town residents should call 631-907-9743. Emergency line remains 911. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 26, 2015
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a travel ban on all state and local roads throughout New York, including in Suffolk County, after 11 p.m. on Monday.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a travel ban on all state and local roads throughout New York, including in Suffolk County, after 11 p.m. on Monday. 

The greater New York City metropolitan area is under a blizzard warning through Tuesday night. The National Weather Service forecasts snow accumulation of at least one and a half to two feet with combined wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour on parts of eastern Long Island. 

Amanda M. Fairbanks
January 26, 2015
Classes in most schools throughout East Hampton have already been canceled for Tuesday.

The following is a list of early dismissals and school closures. The list will be updated throughout the day as they are announced:

• The Amagansett School will close early on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Classes are canceled for Tuesday.

Bridgehampton School students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. on Monday. The school will be closed on Tuesday, as well.

David E. Rattray
January 26, 2015

The National Weather Service forecast for East Hampton has moderated ever so slightly overnight, at least as far as snow is concerned. As of 3:40 a.m., it predicted snowfall totals from a minimum of 17 inches to a maximum of 28 inches. Still, if you figure that the actual amount will end up right in the middle of that spread, that’s a lot of snow.

David E. Rattray
January 25, 2015

For those readers who really like to geek out as a storm approaches, I thought I would put together a couple of images and links that might help give a sense of how bad this particular storm might actually be. 

Christopher Walsh
January 23, 2015

Motorists and shoppers may have been confused this month by the ticket-dispensing machines at the entrance to the Reutershan and Barns Schenck parking lots in the East Hampton Village business district. On some days this month, the machines, from which motorists are to take a ticket allowing two hours' parking, were covered and out of service. On other days, they were not.

January 22, 2015
An airport planning subcommittee recommends banning the noisiest helicopters from the airport and limiting other aircraft classified as among the noisiest to one trip per week all year round.

In a report to the East Hampton Town Board this week, an airport planning subcommittee recommends banning the noisiest helicopters from the airport and limiting other aircraft classified as among the noisiest to one trip per week all year round.

The report, presented to the town board on Tuesday by David Gruber, the subcommittee chairman, also suggests that those “noisiest” aircraft allowed to make one trip per week be subjected to a 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. curfew and a “noise pollution surcharge” on summer weekends and holidays.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 22, 2015
Licensed contractors whose trucks exceed a 12,000-pound gross vehicle weight limit could be exempt for 18 months from a new law designed to curb the parking of large commercial vehicles on residential lots, under a revised draft of the law.

Licensed contractors whose trucks exceed a 12,000-pound gross vehicle weight limit could be exempt for 18 months from a new law designed to curb the parking of large commercial vehicles on residential lots, under a revised draft of the law.

A previous proposal would have allowed those contractors to continue parking their large work trucks at their houses for as long as they lived there, provided the parking spots were screened. Renters would not have been granted the exemption.

T.E. McMorrow
January 22, 2015
The East Hampton Village and Town and Sag Harbor Police Departments named their “top cops” this week, in preparation for an annual Southampton Kiwanis Club event in Riverhead on Friday honoring the finest of the finest across the East End.

The East Hampton Village and Town and Sag Harbor Police Departments named their “top cops” this week, in preparation for an annual Southampton Kiwanis Club event in Riverhead Friday honoring the finest of the finest across the East End.

David E. Rattray
January 22, 2015
New York officials have issued a 10-year plan calling for greater efforts to preserve the state’s marine environment in the face of human impact, habitat degradation, and climate change.

New York officials have issued a 10-year plan calling for greater efforts to preserve the state’s marine environment in the face of human impact, habitat degradation, and climate change.

The Ocean Action Plan, released last Thursday, did not identify any new sources of funding for its more than 200 recommendations or offer estimates of their cost.

Christopher Walsh
January 22, 2015
Residents whose houses are on land leased from the East Hampton Town Trustees have criticizing a proposed increase in the annual fee of $1,500 per lot per year.

Residents of Lazy Point in Amagansett, whose houses are on land leased from the East Hampton Town Trustees, attended the panel’s meeting on Tuesday, criticizing a proposed substantial increase in their lease fees, which are now $1,500 per lot per year.

One resident after another charged that the trustees were seeking to turn Lazy Point into a “cash cow” or use it to finance legal expenses. They asserted that the fourfold increase, which had been proposed at the trustees’ Jan. 13 meeting, would force them out and ruin the neighborhood’s character.

Christopher Walsh
January 22, 2015
Business owners and their representatives spoke out against proposed amendments to East Hampton Village’s lighting code, enacted in 2004, at a hearing on Friday.

Business owners and their representatives spoke out against proposed amendments to East Hampton Village’s lighting code, enacted in 2004, at a hearing on Friday.

Under the amendments, lighting deemed nonessential would have to be turned off between dusk and dawn, and lighting in violation of light-trespass limits could be ordered removed or altered. Foliage illumination and “wall-washing” by upturned spotlights on nonresidential properties would be prohibited. The regulations would also apply to automatic teller and vending machines.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 22, 2015

A seal that was found in Montauk two months ago is headed back to the ocean.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
January 22, 2015
East Hampton High School’s auditorium was the place to be Tuesday night, as upwards of 75 parents and residents turned out to air their grievances at a school board meeting and subsequent athletic forum.

East Hampton High School’s auditorium was the place to be Tuesday night, as upwards of 75 parents and residents turned out to air their grievances at a school board meeting and subsequent athletic forum.

Joseph Vasile-Cozzo, the district’s athletic director, began with a presentation detailing current offerings. The district now has 19 varsity sports — with participation rates generally highest in the fall, dropping in the winter, and rising again in the spring.

Christopher Walsh
January 21, 2015

The Clamshell Foundation will hold its Great Bonac Chili Cook-Off on Sunday at American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett as a kickoff to its membership and fund-raising drive.

The entry fee for individual home cooks is $25; for professionals, it is $100. The contestants will be limited to 32, and advance registration is required. Those interested can do so online at clamshellfoundation.org, under the “events” page, or by filling out a registration form at the Legion post.

Christopher Walsh
January 20, 2015

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will present the next installment of its Architectural Sessions program on Friday at 6 p.m. PRO BONO: Architects Who Serve Humanity will feature a discussion focusing on two architects who volunteer their time to charitable causes.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
January 19, 2015
Under watch of the state attorney general, East Hampton and five other Suffolk school districts have agreed to implement new policies and procedures aimed at increasing communication between parents of English language learners and school officials.

Late last week, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced an agreement with East Hampton and six other school districts in Suffolk and Westchester Counties intended to expand access to educational opportunities for English language learners.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 19, 2015

Representative Lee Zeldin took office earlier this month, and last week he opened the doors to his district and Washington, D.C., offices. 

Mr. Zeldin, a Republican and major in the Army Reserves from Shirley who ousted six-term Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop in November, set up a primary district office in Patchogue. It is at 31 Oak Street, Suite 20. Constituents in New York's First Congressional District can reach him at 289-1097.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 18, 2015
A Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle struck two poles after the driver reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel on Sunday morning.

Two people were injured when the driver of a Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle fell asleep and it struck two poles on Route 114 on Sunday morning, Sag Harbor Fire Chief James Frazier said.

The Fire Department and Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps were called to the area of 765 Route 114, near the Forever Bungalows, at 6:21 a.m. Chief Frazier said the S.U.V. did not roll over, but there was "quite a bit of damage to the right front" of the vehicle. The airbags had deployed.

Star staff
January 16, 2015

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which has raised money for breast cancer research and education for two decades now, recently donated $295,000 to fund technology and patient support services for Southampton Hospital's Ellen Hermanson Breast Center.

Star staff
January 16, 2015

On Monday Martin Luther King's Birthday will be celebrated, and there are several observations planned on the South Fork this weekend and on Monday.

Jack Hill, the dean of world languages and literature at the Ross School, will discuss the work of  Dr. King at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 5 p.m. "The Legacy of Dr. King and Why King Still Matters" will cover his historical significance, his 1963 "Letter From Birmingham Jail," and the continuing importance of a nonviolent fight against injustice. 

Christopher Walsh
January 16, 2015
Business owners and their representatives spoke out against proposed amendments to the East Hampton Village lighting code during a hearing on Friday. Discussions will continue until early next month.

Business owners and their representatives spoke out against proposed amendments to the East Hampton Village lighting code during a hearing on Friday.

Among the changes would be limits on commercial interior lighting and outside "wall washing" by upturned spotlights.

Christopher Walsh
January 15, 2015
At their first meeting of 2015, East Hampton Town Trustees pondered whether to transfer the lease of a tenant at Lazy Point, Amagansett, whose house is threatened by erosion, as well as larger questions about Lazy Point leases.

At their first meeting of 2015, East Hampton Town Trustees pondered whether to transfer the lease of a tenant at Lazy Point, Amagansett, whose house is threatened by erosion, as well as larger questions about Lazy Point leases. The trustees, who own and manage common lands in much of the town on behalf of the public, picked up where they left off last year as the issue of Susan Knobel’s Shore Road house was revisited.