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Taylor K. Vecsey
September 30, 2014

The 2015 budget for the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor was passed overwhelmingly on Monday.

In a 198-to-32 vote, residents of the Sag Harbor School District said yes to the approximately $2.4 million budget, which includes a 5.8-percent increase from the current budget, or a $128,723 increase over all. Taxpayers can expect about a $12 rise in their tax bills.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 29, 2014
One man fell out of a window on the second floor and onto another man at a work site on North Haven.

Two men were injured after one of them fell on the other at a construction site on North Haven Monday afternoon. 

One man fell out of a window on the structure's second floor and onto another man at a work site at 6 Sunset Road. The Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps was called just before 12:10 p.m.

The man who fell was taken in a private car to the hospital, while the man who broke his fall was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. The medevac helicopter landed at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor Village. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 28, 2014
An old barn on the Hedges Farm in Sagaponack went up in flames in the early morning hours on Sunday, making it the second major fire in the village in two weeks. The barn fire is not believed to be suspicious, a fire official said.

Little is left of an old Sagaponack barn that went up in flames overnight, just days before a wedding was to take place on the property.

Bridgehampton Fire Department volunteers were dispatched to the fire on the west side of Townline Road, at 602 Townline Road at the corner of Parsonage Lane, at 1:15 a.m. A glow in the sky could be seen from Montauk Highway. The fire was on a property known as Hedges Farm, and was close to at least one house. The barn was not occupied, and no one was injured.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 26, 2014
The driver of a Volkswagen Beetle that slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer on Friday evening was not injured.

A car rammed into the back of a tractor-trailer on Route 114 in East Hampton Friday evening. The driver, an elderly woman, was not injured, according to police on the scene, but shaken after her car was destroyed. 

The woman's Volkswagen Beetle struck the tractor-trailer, which appeared to be stopped on the shoulder when it was hit, just north of Stephen Hand's Path, at about 5:50 p.m. Significant sun glare was reported at the scene.

Christopher Walsh
September 26, 2014
Improved water-quality test results at Northwest Creek prompt state to open long-closed waterway at the end of the year.

Thanks to improved water quality observed in recent surveys, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Wednesday that it will open approximately 88 acres of Northwest Creek in East Hampton to shellfish harvesters  during the cold-weather months.

The area has been reclassified from "uncertified," or closed, to "seasonally uncertified." With the improved classification, it will be legal to take shellfish there between Dec. 15 and April 30.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 26, 2014
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man who police said broke into Nichol's restaurant in East Hampton Village and LaFondita in Amagansett over Labor Day weekend and stole about $20,000.

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who burglarized two restaurants on Labor Day weekend and made off with about $20,000.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 25, 2014
Utility poles coated with pentachlorophenol would be banned in New York State under new legislation.

The use of utility poles coated with pentachlorophenol, such as those recently installed by PSEG Long Island in East Hampton and Amagansett for a controversial six-mile high-voltage transmission line, would be banned in New York State under legislation proposed this week by State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. The industrial wood preservative has been banned in countries worldwide.

Christopher Walsh
September 25, 2014
Town trustees concerned that poaching may be on the rise, seek help.

With the bay scallop season approaching and predictions of healthy harvests in Napeague and Three Mile Harbors, Nat Miller, an East Hampton Town Trustee and 13th-generation bayman, warned his fellow trustees at a meeting on Tuesday that “half of it’s going to walk away through illegal practices.” Poaching was “spiraling out of control,” he said, because enforcement of regulations was insufficient.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 25, 2014
Three East Hampton men were rescued from Gardiner’s Bay Monday night after a search that began with a 911 call for help when their rowboat began taking on water.

Three East Hampton men were rescued from Gardiner’s Bay Monday night after a search that began with a 911 call for help when their rowboat began taking on water.

The men had rowed out into the bay to fish for porgies, according to Ed Michels, the East Hampton Town’s chief harbormaster. They had no engine and lost an oar.

As the weather deteriorated, the boat was in a precarious position. When they were unable to make it back to shore, one of the men phoned his wife.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 25, 2014
Upgrades to septic systems or neighborhood wastewater systems are warranted to address problems on a number of properties in East Hampton Town where improper treatment of sewage is contributing to water pollution.

Upgrades to septic systems or neighborhood wastewater systems are warranted to address problems on a number of properties in East Hampton Town where improper treatment of sewage is contributing to ground or surface water pollution, a town wastewater consultant said Tuesday.

T.E. McMorrow
September 25, 2014
A Springs man was arrested at about 8:40 a.m. on Monday after running his 2000 Dodge pickup down Church Street and through a stop sign at Gingerbread Lane, where it jumped a curb outside the East Hampton branch of Bridgehampton National Bank, mowed down some shrubs, and drove off.

A Springs man was arrested at about 8:40 a.m. on Monday after running his 2000 Dodge pickup down Church Street and through a stop sign at Gingerbread Lane, where it jumped a curb outside the East Hampton branch of Bridgehampton National Bank, mowed down some shrubs, and drove off. East Hampton Village police said black tire tracks extended 20 yards away down Church Street. Children had been arriving for the start of classes at the John M. Marshall Elementary School on Gingerbread Lane nearby as the incident happened, police said.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 23, 2014

Before the winter arrives, the New York State Department of Transportation plans to repave a 3.5-mile section of Route 27 in East Hampton and Amagansett, part of a larger $13.8 million project to redo the highway between Montauk and East Hampton. However, state officials are looking for approval from business owners to do work during the day.

Christopher Walsh
September 22, 2014
The People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday drew more than 300,000 demonstrators, including some from East Hampton.

The People's Climate March, a mass gathering in New York City aimed at compelling governments and the United Nations to take dramatic action to address climate change, drew more than 300,000 demonstrators, including some from East Hampton, to midtown Manhattan on Sunday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 22, 2014

East Hampton Library's 2015 operating budget easily passed muster with voters — those who showed up on Saturday.

By a vote of 124 to 25,  next year's spending plan of just over $2.2 million was approved by an 83-percent margin. The budget contains an $85,500 increase in expenses from 2014. Voters from the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts were eligible to cast ballots.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 22, 2014
The driver of a minvan was taken to Southampton Hospital after she hit a tree on Route 114 in East Hampton on Monday morning.

The driver of a minivan was taken to Southampton Hospital after she hit a tree on Route 114 in East Hampton on Monday morning. 

A passerby called 911 after the accident occurred near Hardscrabble Court at about 11:10 a.m., but the caller wasn't sure if anyone was injured. When an East Hampton Town police officer arrived, he asked the East Hampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Association to respond for a woman with a possibly broken wrist. The ambulance was dispatched at 11:15 a.m. 

The minivan had some front-end damage. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 21, 2014
An electrical fire broke out at a house in Culloden Shores in Montauk on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, Sag Harbor calls medevac for a person who fell down stairs.

A small electrical fire broke out in a house on Culloden Point in Montauk on Sunday evening. The Montauk Fire Department called for back up, but quickly extinguished the fire.

The fire was reported at 14 Beach Plum Road in Culloden Shores at 5:33 p.m. The Amagansett Rapid Intervention Team, a specially-trained group of firefighters who can rescue firefighters if necessary, were called to Montauk, but were not needed. 

It was not immediately clear how bad the damage was to the house. The East Hampton Town Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 20, 2014
Passers-by saw an orange flow in the sky around Long Beach in the Sag Harbor area on Saturday night, after a mulch fire was reported on Shelter Island.

A reported mulch fire burning at the Shelter Island Town dump Saturday night could be seen from Long Beach in Noyac and other areas around North Haven and Sag Harbor on the South Fork.

The Sag Harbor Fire Department responded with one engine and manpower, taking the South Ferry to stand by at Shelter Island's headquarters in case the Shelter Island Fire Department needed assistance. Sag Harbor firefighters were called at 7:55 p.m.

The fire on Shelter Island began around 7:20 p.m.

Jack Graves
Taylor K. Vecsey
September 19, 2014

East Hampton High School will celebrate this weekend, and it will mark the first homecoming where soccer, not football, will be the headliner.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 19, 2014

A grand opening celebration is planned this weekend for Petco, a national pet supplies store that has opened its first store on the South Fork in Bridgehampton.

The store is in the Bridgehampton Commons, next to King Kullen. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday at 8:55 a.m. A free $10 gift card will be given to the first 100 Pals Rewards customers, which is the store's loyalty points program. On Sunday, the first 50 Pals Rewards customers will receive a free Petco tote bag. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 18, 2014

Representatives from Stony Brook University Hospital traveled east on Sept. 10 to present Nick Calace, a paid paramedic with the Amagansett Fire Department, with a plaque for his quick recognition of a major heart attack experienced by a 66-year-old patient on July 9.

T.E. McMorrow
September 18, 2014
The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk, who had proposed a private club there, asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board last night to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property.

The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk, who had proposed a private club there, asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board last night to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property.

“We agree Ditch Plains is a special place and have requested an adjournment,” Lars Svanberg and Scott Bradley, members of the ownership group, known as ED40, said in a press release Friday from Rubenstein Public Relations.

T.E. McMorrow
September 18, 2014
Southampton Town detectives suspect arson as the cause of a fire that destroyed most of a historic Sagaponack house early Monday morning.

Southampton Town detectives suspect arson as the cause of a fire that destroyed most of a historic Sagaponack house early Monday morning.

An automatic fire alarm went off at the house, at 850 Sagg Main Street near Cemetery Lane, at about 5:35 a.m. Bridgehampton Fire Chief Gary Horsburgh, the second to arrive on the scene after Jeff White, an assistant chief, said the house was “fully engulfed” when he got there.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
September 18, 2014
Patricia Hope wants to prove we have chiggers.

Since resigning from the East Hampton School Board in early July, Patricia Hope has not exactly had trouble filling her days.

In recent weeks, the former science teacher, who chaired the East Hampton High School science department for eight years before retiring in 2007, has turned her attention toward the cataloging of local ticks and mites.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 18, 2014
Ms. Bistrian had rescued her children, two pets, and a bantam chicken moments earlier, “with seconds to spare before the windows started exploding.”

When Jerry Sheehan, a former chief of the Springs Fire Department, ran to his neighbor’s house at 787 Accabonac Road in the dark early Saturday morning, flames were shooting 30 feet into the air through its roof. The fire seemed to be in one part of the house, but he knew all too well that the smoke inside would be deadly.