Recent Stories: News

Irene Silverman
July 23, 2014
Apparently undeterred by recent efforts to discourage them from spending their summer weekends at the residents-only Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett, young share-house renters have been parking their cars all around the hamlet and leaving them behind for the day.

Apparently undeterred by recent East Hampton Town efforts to discourage them from spending their summer weekends at the residents-only Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett, young share-house renters have been parking their cars all around the hamlet — even if it means trudging a mile lugging beer kegs and beach chairs — and leaving them behind for the day.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 23, 2014
A hearing last Thursday night before the East Hampton Town Board on a proposed law that would subject chain stores seeking to open to additional planning board review drew speakers both for and against the idea.

A hearing last Thursday night before the East Hampton Town Board on a proposed law that would subject chain stores seeking to open to additional planning board review drew speakers both for and against the idea.

Several speakers repeated calls for the town to complete a study of the local economy and business needs before making decisions on amendments to the zoning code such as the one under discussion.

T.E. McMorrow
July 23, 2014
The battle over Cyril’s Fish House, a popular summer bar and restaurant on Napeague, is over as far as its 2014 season goes, but the larger question of whether businesses can be operated in areas zoned for residential use if they have expanded their use, as East Hampton Town alleges Cyril’s has, remains up in the air.

The battle over Cyril’s Fish House, a popular summer bar and restaurant on Napeague, is over as far as its 2014 season goes, but the larger question of whether businesses can be operated in areas zoned for residential use if they have expanded their use, as East Hampton Town alleges Cyril’s has, remains up in the air.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 23, 2014
A paid paramedic working for the Amagansett Fire Department has been recognized for the care he gave a heart attack patient earlier this month.

A paid paramedic working for the Amagansett Fire Department has been recognized for the care he gave a heart attack patient earlier this month.

A 66-year-old man, whose name was not released, called 911 on the morning of July 9 complaining of chest pain, nausea, and profuse perspiration — classic signs of a heart attack in men — after going on a 12-mile bicycle ride.

Lucia Akard
July 23, 2014

Lovers of history will be pleased to know about two Sag Harbor events planned for the coming days.

First, the Sag Harbor Historical Society's Fridays on the Porch gatherings resume this week at the Annie Cooper Boyd House. The theme for this week's event is "Show, Tell, and Discover," and the historical society has invited participants to bring their old Sag Harbor memorabilia out for examination.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 23, 2014
Richard Hand, a 52-year-old Sag Harbor resident, had been hitting 3-pointers all morning and was at the end of the fourth game, going in for a rebound under the basket, when he suddenly collapsed.

Pierson Middle-High School in Sag Harbor has an impressive record of students and staff trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation who have gone on to save others, but when a man went into cardiac arrest while playing basketball on a Sunday morning nearly two weeks ago and was resuscitated, it marked the first save on school grounds.

Richard Hand, a 52-year-old Sag Harbor resident, had been hitting 3-pointers all morning and was at the end of the fourth game, going in for a rebound under the basket, when he suddenly collapsed.

T.E. McMorrow
July 23, 2014
A Montauk property owner is challenging a town ban on some erosion-control measures in the hope of saving his blufftop house.

A Montauk property owner is challenging a town ban on some erosion-control measures in the hope of saving his blufftop house.

A proposed revetment to protect John Ryan’s house overlooking the ocean received a rocky reception on July 15 at an East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals hearing that lasted until midnight.

Mr. Ryan and his representatives told the board that if it did not approve his request, his house would soon topple into the ocean. Opponents warned that approval would be tantamount to the destruction of the Montauk oceanfront.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 23, 2014
Contractors and tradesmen helped fill Town Hall to standing-room capacity last Thursday night, protesting a new law that would restrict the parking of their commercial vehicles on residential streets.

Self-employed contractors and tradesmen who work during the day at customers’ houses and return home at night with their trucks and equipment helped fill Town Hall to standing-room capacity last Thursday night, protesting a new law that would restrict the parking of their commercial vehicles on residential streets. Most if not all of them were from Springs.

Christopher Walsh
July 23, 2014
Televised meetings would greatly benefit the East Hampton Town Trustees, a resident and frequent visitor to that body’s twice-monthly gatherings urged on Tuesday.

Televised meetings would greatly benefit the East Hampton Town Trustees, a resident and frequent visitor to that body’s twice-monthly gatherings urged on Tuesday.

Bella Lewis
July 22, 2014

Montauk's very own pro surfer, Quincy Davis, 19 years old and ranked 33rd in the World Qualifying Series, is featured in a Vogue video on AOL in which she discusses her favorite beach beauty products.

Bella Lewis
July 22, 2014
Since founding Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue three years ago, Michelle Montak has helped rescue over 500 dogs from "high-kill" facilities around the country.

After moving from Toronto, Michelle Montak was waiting on her residency papers so she could begin work in New York when she got involved in a friend's dog rescue work. "My life changed completely," she said, and soon, she had founded a not-for-profit of her own, Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue.

T.E. McMorrow
July 21, 2014
An attempt to rescue a man who collapsed in the shallow water on the west side of Three Mile Harbor inlet near Sammy's Beach came to naught Sunday evening when two good Samaritans were unable to resuscitate James A. Weber, 45, of East Hampton.

This story has been updated from the version that appeared online earlier today.

An attempt to rescue a man who collapsed in shallow water on the west side of Three Mile Harbor inlet near Sammy's Beach in East Hampton came to naught Sunday evening when two good Samaritans were unable to resuscitate James A. Weber, 45, of East Hampton.

Bella Lewis
July 21, 2014

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will celebrate mixed-breed dogs with a best looking mutt contest on National Mutt Day next Thursday.

Owners of mutts may submit photos of their pooch through ARF's Facebook page, email to info@arfhamptons.org, or by dropping off a picture at the ARF Adoption Center on 90 Daniels Hole Road in East Hampton.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 20, 2014
Family members found a 39-year-old man's body after he failed to return from a kiteboarding outing on Sunday.

Update, 6:15 p.m.: East Hampton Town police released the name of the man whose body was discovered at a beach at Lazy Point in Amagansett on Sunday afternoon. 

Nicholas Valtz, a 39-year-old from Brooklyn, died in a kitesurfing accident in Napeague Harbor. Police described him as a novice kite boarder.

Mr. Valtz "was found floating in the water secured to his kite and associate kite gear in a grassy area of the harbor," Capt. Chris Anderson said in a press release.

Star staff
July 18, 2014

Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton will be temporarily closed to shellfishing from sunrise on Saturday through Wednesday, in anticipation of the annual fireworks show on Saturday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Thursday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 18, 2014

Another demonstration to protest a proposed Bridgehampton CVS pharmacy at the intersection of Main Street and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike will be held at that corner on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Bella Lewis
July 17, 2014

On Tuesday morning, Jorge Rios was teaching junior lifeguarding, a program affiliated with the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, when he noticed a dead dolphin in the water. "We were down on the beach talking about the water," Mr. Rios said. "I saw one of its fins sticking out" from a sandbar near shore.

Lucia Akard
July 17, 2014

In response to the renewed outbreak of conflict between Israel and Hamas, Ronald Lauder, a Wainscott resident and the billionaire chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder cosmetics company, is leading the World Jewish Congress's solidarity mission to Israel.

The mission is composed of 76 Jewish leaders from 22 different countries, including members of Jewish organizations in France, Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa, and Lithuania. The mission began on Wednesday in Jerusalem and will end late Thursday evening.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 16, 2014
Saturday night’s Great Bonac Fireworks show, which will be set off just after dark around 9:15 over East Hampton’s Three Mile Harbor, will mark the 34th year of the midsummer display, but the first without Anthony Drexel Duke, the man who initiated the event with George Plimpton.

Saturday night’s Great Bonac Fireworks show, which will be set off just after dark around 9:15 over East Hampton’s Three Mile Harbor, will mark the 34th year of the midsummer display, but the first without Anthony Drexel Duke, the man who initiated the event with George Plimpton.

Christopher Walsh
July 16, 2014
Dylan’s Candy Bar is seeking a permit to allow the sale of ice cream in cones and paper cups, which East Hampton Village prohibited in 2008 as part of an amendment banning fast-food establishments.

Questions related to ice cream and coffee dominated last week’s meeting of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals.

Dylan’s Candy Bar is seeking a special permit to allow the sale of ice cream in cones and paper cups, which the village prohibited in 2008 as part of an amendment banning fast-food establishments. The shop, which has been here since 2006, argues that it should be grandfathered under the law. A building inspector determined that Dylan’s is instead a retail food store, and as such ineligible for the required permit.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
July 16, 2014