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May 4, 2015
Deadlines to register to vote in the upcoming school budget votes and board elections are approaching.

Deadlines to register to vote in the upcoming school budget votes and board elections are approaching. The cutoff dates vary by school district, and all will hold voter registration events over the next two weeks.

If you are already a registered voter in Suffolk County with a current address in your particular school district, you do not need to take any action.

Star staff
May 3, 2015
An early morning fire tore through a barn north of Water Mill on Sunday. There were no reports of injuries.

Volunteers from five fire departments fought a barn fire north of Water Mill on Sunday morning.

The alarm was reported just before 5 a.m. at a property on Little Noyac Path. The Bridgehampton Fire Department, whose district includes Water Mill, called for additional equipment and personnel from the East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, and North Sea fire districts.

Star staff
May 2, 2015
The fourth annual I Love My Park Day is an effort to enhance New York State Parks, and a chance for residents to show how much they love them.

The fourth annual I Love My Park Day, sponsored by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation in an effort to enhance state parks, will swoop through the area near Montauk Point on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Star staff
May 2, 2015
East Hampton firefighters were called to a house on Accabonac Road when it filled with smoke on Saturday morning just after 7:30.

Upate, 11 a.m.: A fire that broke out in a crawl space of a house at 56 Accabonac Road in East Hampton took about an hour for firefighters to extinguish because of its location, East Hampton Fire Chief Richard Osterberg Jr. said. 

T.E. McMorrow
May 1, 2015
The 29-year-old man who police say murdered his wife before taking his own life at their house in Mastic Beach Thursday was a Bridgehampton native, Wayne Street. His wife, Jenni Lee Street, 28, worked at Southampton Hospital.

The 29-year-old man who police say murdered his wife before taking his own life at their house in Mastic Beach Thursday was a Bridgehampton native, Wayne Street. His wife, Jenni Lee Street, 28, worked at Southampton Hospital.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 1, 2015
A wake will be held and a Mass will be said for the 19-year-old college student on Sunday in East Hampton.

Services for Mario Fernando Mayorga, a 19-year-old college student who died after being hit by a truck in North Carolina on April 24, will be held on Sunday, his family said Friday morning.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 1, 2015
Two eastbound and westbound lanes on the Long Island Expressway between Manorville and Riverhead are planned; all three westbound lanes will be closed Friday afternoon and evening.

Drivers may want to avoid the Long Island Expresseway on eastern Long Island this weekend.

T.E. McMorrow
April 30, 2015
A controversial proposal for Duryea’s Dock in Montauk — to remove all the structures on the site and replace them with a restaurant and an open deck with a total capacity of 353 patrons — was tabled on April 22 before the East Hampton Town Planning Board could consider it.

A controversial proposal for Duryea’s Dock in Montauk — to remove all the structures on the site and replace them with a restaurant and an open deck with a total capacity of 353 patrons — was tabled on April 22 before the East Hampton Town Planning Board could consider it.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 30, 2015
The lead investigator from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Mario Mayorga was intoxicated and walking down a dark highway when he was struck and killed early on April 24.

Mario Fernando Mayorga, who grew up in Springs and graduated from East Hampton High School in 2013, died on April 24 after being hit by a truck in North Carolina, where he was attending college. He was 19 years old.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 30, 2015
While firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, the damage was already done in what was the first significant fire in the village business district in 30 years.

When the automatic fire alarm inside the J. Crew clothing store building sounded in the early morning hours Friday, fire chiefs and police were summoned to Main Street like they are to the hundreds of false alarms that go off yearly throughout East Hampton.

Christine Sampson
April 30, 2015
The race for one seat on the Montauk School Board will see a longtime school board member face a newcomer who already holds a different elected role in Montauk.

The race for one seat on the Montauk School Board will see a longtime school board member face a newcomer who already holds a different elected role in Montauk.

T.E. McMorrow
April 29, 2015
Jason Lee, the former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish woman at an East Hampton summer house in 2013, was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon after a non-jury trial that spanned two weeks.

Jason Lee, the former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish woman at an East Hampton summer house in 2013, was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon after a non-jury trial that spanned three weeks.

Christine Sampson
April 28, 2015
A dozen activists rallied in support of marriage equality outside Incarnation Lutheran Church in Water Mill on Tuesday afternoon, the day the Supreme Court began hearing arguments as it prepares to rule on gay marriage.

What they lacked in numbers, they made up for in volume. A dozen activists rallied in support of marriage equality outside Incarnation Lutheran Church in Water Mill on Tuesday afternoon, the day the Supreme Court began hearing arguments as it prepares to rule on gay marriage.

Christine Sampson
April 27, 2015
Team Supreme was part of an alliance with other schools through the finals, and lost in "a nail-biting third match" in an international robotics competition last weekend.

The Bridgehampton High School robotics team's first-ever competitive season ended in the finals of an international competition in St. Louis this past weekend.

T.E. McMorrow
April 27, 2015
Acting U.S. attorney said Farrukh Baig “exploited his alien employees, stealing their wages and requiring them to live in unregulated boarding houses.”

Just minutes after taking over as acting United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York on Monday, Kelly T. Currie announced the sentencing of a former Sag Harbor 7-Eleven franchise owner, Farrukh Baig, to 87 months in federal prison.

T.E. McMorrow
April 24, 2015
Two men charged in East Hampton burglary had several houses on their list, police say.

On the same day they announced the arrest of a man suspected of burglarizing two Amagansett residences, East Hampton Town police detectives arrested two other men, suspects in an unrelated April 16 burglary in East Hampton.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 24, 2015
East Hampton Village Fire Marshal Ken Collum determined the fire that badly damaged the J. Crew building in East Hampton started in a refrigeration unit outside Rowdy Hall.

Friday's early morning fire that destroyed the back of the J. Crew building and damaged Rowdy Hall started in the outside refrigeration unit behind the restaurant, according to Ken Collum, the East Hampton Village fire marshal. 

Christine Sampson
April 24, 2015

The founders of the Hamptons Marathon on Friday presented a $31,000 donation to Project Most, which Springs School children celebrated with high-fives and smiles.

T.E. McMorrow
April 23, 2015
According to police, the arrest of Nicholas C. Gray, 27, of Springs ended a crime spree that began on March 25 with the theft of a Jeep parked behind T & B Auto repair in Amagansett, and finished on April 6 with a burglary of a house in Amagansett.

A Springs man was arraigned Tuesday in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on nine felony charges, including burglary, grand larceny-auto theft, illegal weapons possession, and a grand larceny charge involving stolen credit cards.

Christopher Walsh
April 23, 2015
The East Hampton Village Board will hold public hearings on May 15 on proposed amendments aimed at reining in outsized houses, accessory structures, and lot coverage, as well as basement living areas.

The East Hampton Village Board will hold public hearings on May 15 on proposed amendments aimed at reining in outsized houses, accessory structures, and lot coverage, as well as basement living areas. All of the zoning code amendments were proposed in response to concerns relayed by the village’s historic preservation consultant and code enforcement officer.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 23, 2015
The Suffolk County district attorney’s office has subpoenaed documents related to East Hampton Town’s $10.1 million community preservation fund purchase last year of 19 acres called Amagansett Farm

The Suffolk County district attorney’s office has subpoenaed documents related to East Hampton Town’s $10.1 million community preservation fund purchase last year of 19 acres called Amagansett Farm, Supervisor Larry Cantwell confirmed yesterday.

T.E. McMorrow
April 23, 2015
The defense in the rape trial of Jason Lee rested its case Wednesday afternoon after calling only three witnesses, and closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday.

The defense in the rape trial of Jason Lee rested its case Wednesday afternoon after calling only three witnesses. Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10:30.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 23, 2015
Aviation coalition seeks injunction to block curfews and trip limits.

The future of East Hampton Airport, as may have been expected, remained up in the air this week. While the East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously last Thursday to adopt an 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and to extend that curfew from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 23, 2015
The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise $23,000 for its annual Fourth of July Grucci fireworks show with a new GoFundMe page.

Every year it seems, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce comes up short for the Fourth of July fireworks show. This year, the chamber is soliciting donations through a GoFundMe page to help drum up support for the display, which brings thousands to Montauk annually.