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Carissa Katz
August 18, 2017
Following Friday's heavy rains, Suffolk County health officials have issued an advisory against swimming at certain beaches across the county, including Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.

Following Friday's heavy rains, Suffolk County health officials have issued an advisory against swimming at certain beaches across the county, including Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.

After heavy rainfall there is "the potential that bacteria in excess of New York State standards" can impact swimming areas in enclosed bays or with limited tidal flushing, the Health Department said, because they are "heavily influenced by stormwater runoff from the surrounding watersheds and/or adjacent tributaries."

Jackie Pape
August 17, 2017
The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will celebrate the 100th anniversary of suffrage in New York State — three years before the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution — next Thursday with the recreation of a rally that took place in East Hampton 104 years ago.

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will celebrate the 100th anniversary of suffrage in New York State — three years before the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution — next Thursday with the recreation of a rally that took place in East Hampton 104 years ago.

While New York celebrations have taken place throughout 2017, Arlene Hinkemeyer, the vice president of the League chapter, has focused on a 1913 event when East Hampton women gathered in the front yard of a house belonging to May Groot Manson, chairwoman of the executive committee of the Woman Suffrage League of East Hampton, to meet Harriot Stanton Blatch, the president of the Women’s Political Union.

Jackie Pape
August 17, 2017
Despite the rain on Saturday, which forced the Rell Sunn Surf Contest in Montauk to be moved to Sunday, the event was a success.

Despite the rain on Saturday, which forced the Rell Sunn Surf Contest in Montauk to be moved to Sunday, the event was a success.

“Because of the rain, it was postponed, but it was the best decision,” said Alice Houseknecht, an assistant to Roger Feit, a co-founder of the East End Foundation, which holds the Rell Sunn contest annually. “On Sunday we had weather on our side and we had waves, and therefore the turnout was greater than ever.”

The number of contestants was relatively typical, about 100 over all.

David E. Rattray
August 17, 2017
More than 20 local, state, and federal agencies and East End police departments began a "dirty bomb" interdiction exercise in Gardiner's Bay on Thursday, which will continue through Saturday with safety checks of recreational and commercial boaters.

More than 20 local, state, and federal agencies and East End police departments began a "dirty bomb" interdiction exercise in Gardiner's Bay on Thursday, which will continue through Saturday with safety checks of recreational and commercial boaters.

In a statement from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office, Operation Blue Trident was described as a way to help make sure Long Island's bays and harbors do not provide a "natural sanctuary for potential smuggling of terrorists and/or radiological devices to the New York City metropolitan area."

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 17, 2017
Expect delays in Bridgehampton during a PSEG-Long Island circuit trimming project, which will start Friday and run through Aug 25, weather permitting.

Delays are expected in Bridgehampton during a PSEG-Long Island tree-trimming project that will start Friday and run through Aug. 25, weather permitting.

Line crews will start work on Snake Hollow Road, beginning at Montauk Highway and heading north to Mitchell Lane, finishing on Scuttlehole Road. 

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor asked that drivers use caution. He said there would be workers with flags to alternate single-lane traffic flow on the two-way street and recommended that drivers use a different route if they can. 

There are two entrances and exits to the Bridgehampton Commons shopping complex on Snake Hollow Road. The Hampton Classic Horse Show, also located on that road, is set to begin on Aug. 27. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 17, 2017
Ocean beaches on the eastern end of Southampton Town were briefly closed Monday afternoon after lifeguards in Sagaponack spotted what appeared to be a shark close to the beach. The decision came after days of apparent shark sightings in East Hampton Village and elsewhere.

Ocean beaches on the eastern end of Southampton Town were briefly closed Monday afternoon after lifeguards in Sagaponack spotted what appeared to be a shark close to the beach. The decision came after days of apparent shark sightings in East Hampton Village and elsewhere.

Beachgoers have also been marveling at humpback whales feeding off the South Fork shoreline for several weeks.

Ed McDonald, the beach manager for East Hampton Village, said swimmers and surfers should not be alarmed. There has never been a shark attack off East Hampton beaches.

Sharks, like the whales and dolphins, are coming closer to the shore because of an increase in menhaden, a kind of densely schooling, oily fish known locally as bunker.

T.E. McMorrow
August 17, 2017
A Bloomfield, N.J., man was taken to Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on Aug. 8 from Rikers Island, to be arraigned on charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars by way of a skimming device placed on an automated teller machine outside the Bridgehampton National Bank on Bay Street.

A Bloomfield, N.J., man was taken to Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on Aug. 8 from Rikers Island, to be arraigned on charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars by way of a skimming device placed on an automated teller machine outside the Bridgehampton National Bank on Bay Street. The man, Teck We Gim, 29, has already been charged in New York City and New Jersey with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars via skimming devices.

Christopher Walsh
August 17, 2017
Representative Lee Zeldin of New York’s First Congressional District has echoed President Donald Trump’s assertion that several groups were responsible for the violence on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., in which one woman was killed and 19 others seriously injured when a car was intentionally rammed into a crowd.

Representative Lee Zeldin of New York’s First Congressional District has echoed President Donald Trump’s assertion that several groups were responsible for the violence on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., in which one woman was killed and 19 others seriously injured when a car was intentionally rammed into a crowd.

Unite the Right, a rally by some 500 people categorized as “alt-right” activists, many bearing Confederate and Nazi banners, was organized to protest the planned removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.

T.E. McMorrow
August 15, 2017
Sean P. Ludwick pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony, in the death of his passenger, Paul Hansen, in a car crash in Noyac in August 2015.

Sean P. Ludwick pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony, in the death of his passenger, Paul Hansen, in a car crash in Noyac in August 2015.

Appearing in the Central Islip courtroom of New York State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho, Mr. Ludwick, 44, also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident, also a felony, and aggravated drunken driving, a misdemeanor. He has been in custody since late 2015 after allegedly trying to flee the country.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 15, 2017
No one was injured when a sport utility vehicle knocked down a utility pole, starting a fire on Daniel's Hole Road, near Hedges Lane, in Wainscott on Tuesday afternoon.

No one was injured when a sport utility vehicle knocked down a utility pole, starting a fire on Daniel's Hole Road, near Hedges Lane, in Wainscott on Tuesday afternoon. 

Members of the East Hampton Fire Department responded to the accident at 3:25 p.m. Chief Ken Wessberg said the S.U.V. "slid across the road" just as it started raining heavily and hit the pole, cracking it at its base and bringing down electric wires. The pole fell away from the vehicle, across Daniel's Hole Road. 

"He didn't have a scratch on him," Chief Wessberg said of the driver. 

Christopher Walsh
August 14, 2017
A second mosquito collected in East Hampton has tested positive for West Nile virus, county health officials announced Friday.

A second mosquito collected in East Hampton has tested positive for West Nile virus, county health officials announced Friday. It was one of 19 collected across the county between July 31 and Aug. 6 to test positive for the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed samples with the virus to 63 so far this summer.

This comes two weeks after 22 mosquitoes collected in Suffolk County, including one in East Hampton, were found to carry the virus. Six birds have also tested positive for West Nile virus this year. No humans or horses have tested positive.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 14, 2017
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, was found in Fort Pond in Montauk, according to Suffolk County health officials.

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, was found in Fort Pond in Montauk, according to Suffolk County health officials. The testing was performed by researchers at Stony Brook University. 

Health officials advise residents not to use or swim or wade in Fort Pond and to keep their pets and children away from the area.  There is no bathing beach at Fort Pond, but the body of water is often used for kayaking and paddleboarding. Cyanobacteria has been detected in the pond a number of times over the past few years.

Blue-green algae are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers, the Health department said. But, in high numbers, the toxic algae blooms in shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red.

Bryley Williams
August 11, 2017
The Montauk Community Garden is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the summer.

Eight years ago, Martha Reichert decided that she wanted to reopen the garden where she had helped out as a preschooler on the grounds of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk. She and other residents, including Greg Donohue, a landscaper who is now the garden manager, planted the Montauk Community Garden, then just 30 feet by 30 feet, and began to use the money raised to help local charities.

Now the garden has tripled in size and become a true community endeavor. Eight people volunteer frequently, weeding, planting, picking, and pruning, and both locals and visitors are more than welcome to stop by and help out.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 11, 2017
The fire stared in a Dumpster and spread to a stack of wooden pallets on Friday night.

Update, Aug. 12, 12:40 a.m.: An outdoor fire in an East Hampton retail complex Friday night started in a Dumpster and extended to a large stack of wooden pallets, according to East Hampton Fire Department's First Assistant Chief Gerry Turza.

The fire was 25 feet from Hampton Beverage, and though the chief said it was unlikely it would have spread to the building, propane tanks stored in the vicinity were exposed to the radiant heat. "That could have been a problem," he said.

However, firefighters quickly put out the fire. One engine and a tanker truck responded.

Bryley Williams
August 11, 2017
Weekly test results from the Concerned Citizens of Montauk showed fecal enterococcus levels more than seven times a federal standard for recreational waters.

Fresh Pond in Amagansett isn’t so fresh after all.

According to the Concerned Citizens of Montauk’s weekly water-quality test report, a tidal creek at the East Hampton Town waterfront park had an enterococcus level of 714 colony forming units, or viable cells, per 100 milliliters of water in a sample taken last week. This was significantly above the health standard of 104 cells, and indicates a high presence of potentially disease-causing feces in the water.

Jackie Pape
August 11, 2017

Due to rain and scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday, two Saturday events have already been postponed until the Sunday.

The Rell Sunn Surf Contest, which is taking place at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk, will now be held on Sunday. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m., and the surfing will begin between 9 and 10. The registration fee is $55 and each individual contest entry is an additional $30.

Another event, Bridgehampton Day, which will be held at the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, was also moved to Sunday. The hours have changed, as well, and it will now be held from 1 to 6 p.m. The organizers promise a day of games, food, and music.

Check back for additional postponements.
 

Jackie Pape
August 11, 2017
Fall may be right around the corner, but summer is still in full-swing, with no end of things to do. Here's our list of weekend hightlights to keep you thinking all-things summer.

Fall may be right around the corner, but summer is still in full-swing, with no end of things to do. Here's our list of weekend hightlights to keep you thinking all-things summer.

Friday

The Fridays at Five at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will welcome Ina Garten of East Hampton, at 4:30 p.m. Ms. Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, is a New York Times best-selling author and Food Network star. She will talk about and sign copies of her latest book, "Cooking for Jeffrey." Rob Marshall, a filmmaker and Broadway director, will join her. Tickets are $25 at the door, and wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

T.E. McMorrow
August 10, 2017
The fate of Seamore’s, the seafood restaurant that opened this year at the Breakers Motel in Montauk, could hang on a decision by a State Supreme Court Justice as to whether it is subject to site plan approval.

A lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court against the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, the town’s Building Department, and the owners of the Breakers Motel in Montauk, which has been in limbo since it was filed in May of 2016, is expected to be decided upon in the coming months in the Riverside courtroom of Martha L. Luft, an acting New York State justice, who has agreed to preside in the case.

Action on the 2016 lawsuit bogged down because a number of judges recused themselves, explaining that they knew one of the owners of the Breakers, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. Before Justice Luft agreed to take the case, the last justice to recuse himself was Peter H. Mayer, and he had stepped away from the matter last August.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 10, 2017
"I just love Bridgehampton." This is a phrase no one who knows Willie Jenkins would be surprised to hear him say.

Update: Due to rain, Bridgehampton Day has been postponed until Sunday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 6 p.m.

"I just love Bridgehampton." This is a phrase no one who knows Willie Jenkins would be surprised to hear him say.

The 34-year-old decided to put his pride on full display and organized Bridgehampton Day, which is set for Saturday at the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.

Mr. Jenkins, who grew up on Narrow Lane and lives in Riverhead now, said he has been saddened to see his once close-knit community start to fade. People have been priced out of the real estate market in Bridgehampton and have moved either farther west on Long Island or down south, he said.

Christopher Walsh
August 10, 2017
The East Hampton Town Trustees’ harbor management committee will host officials from Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company planning to construct a 15-turbine wind farm approximately 30 miles from Montauk, when it meets on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The East Hampton Town Trustees’ harbor management committee will host officials from Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company planning to construct a 15-turbine wind farm approximately 30 miles from Montauk, when it meets on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the trustees’ offices at the Donald Lamb Building in Amagansett.

The public, particularly members of the town’s commercial fishing industry, has been invited to attend, according to Rick Drew, who heads the committee and is a deputy clerk of the trustees.

Judy D’Mello
August 10, 2017
The Cedar Point Lighthouse, a beacon that stood sentinel for the busy port of Sag Harbor for some 100 years, will be restored after falling into a perilous state.

The Cedar Point Lighthouse, a beacon that stood sentinel for the busy port of Sag Harbor  for some 100 years, will be restored after falling into a perilous state.

On Monday at 11 a.m., Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming will join State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and County Legislator Kara Hahn at the end of Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf to announce the appointment of the Lee H. Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership to renovate the roof and exterior of the building, which stands facing Shelter Island between Gardiner’s Bay and Northwest Harbor. The County Legislature has approved $500,000 for work.

Jon M. Diat
August 10, 2017
Blowfish go by several names — bottlefish, blow toads, northern puffer, sea squab, puffers, chicken of the sea, and a few other local monikers. No matter what you decide to call them, they are one of our oddest-looking fish, as well as one of our tastiest and most affordable.

The first fish I ever caught was a snapper. Fishing off our rickety community pier on the east side of North Haven, the baby bluefish took a piece of spearing that was fished from the end of a saltwater-aged bamboo pole. The pole itself was a remnant salvaged from a broken-off Greenport Oyster Company oyster bed marker that had washed up on our beach a few months earlier. The fishing line was not much more complicated — old kite string. We’re talking old-school fishing here, a setup not far from the pages of Huck Finn. From a fishing point of view, it does not get any simpler than that.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 10, 2017
Two Montauk restaurants that are allegedly transformed into nightclubs after dinner hours are feeling the heat this week, with East Hampton Town officials going to the State Supreme Court for injunctions to force them to operate according to the zoning code, which allows them to be restaurants only, and to limit the size of their crowds.

Two Montauk restaurants that are allegedly transformed into nightclubs after dinner hours are feeling the heat this week, with East Hampton Town officials going to the State Supreme Court for injunctions to force them to operate according to the zoning code, which allows them to be restaurants only, and to limit the size of their crowds.

Both Ruschmeyer’s and Grey Lady have allegedly been removing dining tables and chairs to morph into nightclubs.

The town board on Tuesday authorized Michael Sendlenski, the town attorney, to seek a restraining order against Ruschmeyer’s. Over the weekend, close to 200 people were found partying in a cleared-out dining room with a legal occupancy limit of 48, Mr. Sendlenski said Tuesday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 10, 2017
SagTown Coffee reopened on Main Street this week, bigger and better than before the fire that destroyed it and several other businesses, including the Sag Harbor Cinema, nearly eight months ago.

SagTown Coffee reopened on Main Street this week, bigger and better than before the fire that destroyed it and several other businesses, including the Sag Harbor Cinema, nearly eight months ago.

 “We did it,” said Shane Dyckman, who started the business in 2012. He quietly opened its doors over the weekend. “We finished construction at midnight on Friday and opened Saturday at 6.”

Mr. Dyckman, a volunteer with the Sag Harbor Fire Department, was among those who responded on the morning of Dec. 16, when a fire broke out in the building next door to his coffee shop. While the building was not destroyed, his shop was so damaged that it had to be gutted.