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Star staff
November 28, 2014

Forget all that shopping and do something for yourself today. Air out those lungs, stretch those legs, and, maybe, get a couple of hours' break from those relatives: Two trails groups in East Hampton and Southampton are leading post-Thanksgiving outings, and newcomers will be welcomed.

Star staff
November 28, 2014

With Thanksgiving behind us, the Christmas lights are going up and holiday markets abound. Take a look at what's coming up this weekend from Southampton to Montauk:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28

ADOPT-A-FAMILY: Collection, presents and gift cards for clients of the Retreat, victims of domestic abuse. Call help line, 329-4398, for details.  

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 27, 2014
A woman escaped injured when her sport utility vehicle rolled over in Amagansett on Thanksgiving morning.

A woman escaped injured when her sport utility vehicle rolled over in Amagansett on Thanksgiving morning. 

The Amagansett Fire Department responded to the crash on Old Stone Highway, just west of Albert's Landing Road, on Thursday at about 8:30 a.m. Chief Dwayne Denton said the driver explained that her tires had slid on leaves, then as she over-corrected through a turn in the road, her Toyota 4Runner rolled onto its side. She was able to get of the vehicle on her own. 

"We did not transport. She denied any care," Chief Denton said. 

Helen S. Rattray
November 26, 2014
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton was filled to capacity for the funeral on Saturday afternoon of Thomas A. Twomey, an East Hampton resident who in some 40 years as an attorney and civic leader had a broad salutary effect on the East End community.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton was filled to capacity for the funeral on Saturday afternoon of Thomas A. Twomey, an East Hampton resident who in some 40 years as an attorney and civic leader had a broad salutary effect on the East End community. Mr. Twomey died at his house on Two Holes of Water Road on Nov. 16, of an apparent heart attack. He was 68 years old, and his death was unexpected.

T.E. McMorrow
November 26, 2014
Dr. Anthony Knott of the Montauk office of the Meeting House Lane Medical Practice is saying goodbye to the hamlet after 10 years in practice there.

Dr. Anthony Knott of the Montauk office of the Meeting House Lane Medical Practice is saying goodbye to the hamlet after 10 years in practice there. Friday was his last day at the Montauk office.

“The people of Montauk have been really good to me,” said Dr. Knott, 55. He has enjoyed the intimate doctor-patient relationship that a small town affords. “I am going to miss everybody profoundly.” He is leaving not just Montauk, but the country, at least for the time being — he is scheduled to fly to England tomorrow.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 26, 2014
When Thomas A. Twomey, a well-known East End lawyer, died of an apparent heart attack at home in East Hampton on Nov. 16, it was during 1 of 10 times since May that East Hampton Village’s paid first responder program had gone unmanned.

When Thomas A. Twomey, a well-known East End lawyer, died of an apparent heart attack at home in East Hampton on Nov. 16, it was during 1 of 10 times since May that East Hampton Village’s paid first responder program had gone unmanned, prompting questions about whether the outcome for him might have been different if someone had been on duty.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 26, 2014
Members of East Hampton Town’s litter and energy sustainability committees supported the town board’s proposed ban on plastic shopping bags at a hearing last week, citing the resources used in their manufacture and the bags’ persistence in the environment.

Members of East Hampton Town’s litter and energy sustainability committees supported the town board’s proposed ban on plastic shopping bags at a hearing last week, citing the resources used in their manufacture and the bags’ persistence in the environment.

Janis Hewitt
November 26, 2014
After several attempts to continue operating, Montauk’s only movie theater will close its doors for good on Monday.

After several attempts to continue operating the Montauk Movie Theater and subsequent Cinema Cycle classes, Montauk’s only movie theater will close its doors for good on Monday. The building will be available for lease.

Christopher Walsh
November 26, 2014
Three years after it was destroyed by fire, demolition of the remains of Scoville Hall, owned by the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, has begun.

Three years after it was destroyed by fire and 18 months after a high-profile attorney intervened in a protracted dispute with an insurer, demolition of the remains of Scoville Hall, a parish hall and community center owned by the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, has begun. A building permit for the work was issued on Nov. 19, and reconstruction, by Ben Krupinski, an East Hampton builder, is imminent.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 26, 2014
The state issued an initial finding this week that no further review would be required, but is accepting public comment.

As December arrives and construction by the Army Corps of Engineers of a reinforced sand dune to stabilize the downtown Montauk beach comes closer, the East Hampton Town Board has granted the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation “lead agency” status for environmental review of the project even though questions are still being raised about potential damage to the beach. The state issued an initial finding this week that no further review would be required, but is accepting public comment.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
November 26, 2014
Antonia Alvarez proudly boasts of a daughter with big dreams for her future. Madison has her sights set on becoming a doctor — specifically, a pediatrician.

Earlier this fall, The East Hampton Star embarked on a project to spend time in a kindergarten classroom at the John M. Marshall Elementary School, chronicling how the year takes shape with personalities and interests just beginning to form. Though the idea was initially approved, the district withdrew its cooperation shortly after the publication of the first installment, citing concerns about privacy, security, and the potential for distraction.

Star staff
November 26, 2014
Two partners at the law firm Bainton Lynch, which has offices in East Hampton, Manhattan, Queens, and Garden City, have received professional accolades this month.

Two partners at the law firm Bainton Lynch, which has offices in East Hampton, Manhattan, Queens, and Garden City, have received professional accolades this month.

The managing partner, Kyle Lynch of East Hampton, was named a rising star in the area of business litigation in the 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers is a rating service; rising stars candidates are 40 or younger. This is the second time Mr. Lynch has made the list.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 25, 2014

Julianne Moore, an Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author who owns a house in Montauk, will read from her new children's book, "My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me," and sign copies for kids and their parents at BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday.

Charline Spektor, the owner of the independent bookshop on Main Street, said Ms. Moore's appearance was scheduled at the last minute. Ms. Moore has done readings at the store before, for books in her "Freckleface Strawberry" series. 

T.E. McMorrow
November 24, 2014
Southampton Town police are investigating the cause of an accident on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton Monday morning that involved two cars and a truck, leaving one of the cars engulfed in flames and four people in Southampton Hospital.

Southampton Town police are investigating the cause of an accident on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton Monday morning that involved two cars and a truck, leaving one of the cars engulfed in flames and four people in Southampton Hospital, where they were treated for what Bridgehampton Fire Chief Gary Horsburgh described as minor injuries.

Christopher Walsh
November 24, 2014

The East Hampton Lions Club will host its fall blood drive for the Long Island Blood Bank on Monday from noon to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 419, at the corner of Montauk Highway and Abraham's Path. 

The Lions Club, said Bob Schaefer, its president, has been helping with the blood drive for more than 40 years. The goal is to exceed 150 pints, each of which can help up to three people. 

Star staff
November 22, 2014
A funeral today in East Hampton for Thomas A. Twomey, a lawyer and community leader who died on Sunday, was attended by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.

A funeral today in East Hampton for Thomas A. Twomey, a lawyer and community leader who died on Sunday, was attended by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton, who was among those who gave tributes to Mr. Twomey, described what she said was his "political genius" and said that his deep concern for others and involvement in a range of causes was "uniquely American."

Joanne Pilgrim
November 20, 2014
Two East Hampton residents who gathered more than 500 signatures of support for restrictions at the East Hampton Airport to reduce aircraft noise have drafted a list of recommended airport rules for presentation to the public and the town board, and have hired their own prominent law firm to bolster their case.

Two East Hampton residents who gathered more than 500 signatures of support for restrictions at the East Hampton Airport to reduce aircraft noise have drafted a list of recommended airport rules for presentation to the public and the town board, and have hired their own prominent law firm to bolster their case.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 20, 2014

As part of a national effort, a Cranksgiving food drive on two wheels will be held in East Hampton on Saturday. Bicyclists will stop at four different grocery stores to purchase non-perishable foods to be donated to the East Hampton Food Pantry, which expects to feed more than 31,000 people in Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Springs, and Wainscott this year.

Matt Lauer from NBC’s ‘Today Show" and WNBC's Darlene Rodriguez will lead the six-mile ride, accompanied by cameras. 

Joanne Pilgrim
November 20, 2014
East Hampton Town’s community housing opportunity fund committee has assessed affordable housing needs here and recommended housing initiatives to the town board on Tuesday after presenting its report.

East Hampton Town’s community housing opportunity fund committee has assessed affordable housing needs here and recommended housing initiatives to the town board on Tuesday after presenting its report.

The committee analyzed and updated East Hampton Town demographic data, reviewed the affordable housing initiatives outlined in the most recently adopted version of the town housing plan, from 2004, and looked at their outcomes.

Christopher Walsh
November 20, 2014
Deepwater One, a proposed offshore wind farm to be located on 256 square miles of federal waters approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, would result in some 300 direct jobs on Long Island throughout its multiyear construction process, according to its developer’s chief executive.

Deepwater One, a proposed offshore wind farm to be located on 256 square miles of federal waters approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, would result in some 300 direct jobs on Long Island throughout its multiyear construction process, according to its developer’s chief executive.

T.E. McMorrow
November 20, 2014
The case of the People of the State of New York v. Jason Lee, the former Goldman-Sachs managing director charged with raping an Irish student in in his summer rental house in East Hampton last year, will go to trial in January.

The case of the People of the State of New York v. Jason Lee, the former Goldman-Sachs managing director charged with raping an Irish student in in his summer rental house in East Hampton last year, will go to trial in January, with pretrial motions to be heard on Jan. 27. According to comments by the prosecutor, Kim Shalvey, and Andrew Leckler, an attorney for the defense, jury selection will begin soon after. The two sides met on Monday for a final conference, during which State Supreme Court Justice Barbara R.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 20, 2014

More cold-stunned turtles were found dead this week, this time in the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge in Noyac, and another turtle, found alive, is being treated for hypothermia.

A dead Atlantic green sea turtle was found  along the western shore of Jessup’s Neck in Little Peconic Bay on Tuesday morning, according to Kimberly Durham, the rescue cordinator at the Riverhead Foundaiton for Marine Research and Preservation, which responded. The small turtle weighed only about 5 pounds.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 20, 2014
Despite some support, town board heeds widespread criticism of proposed law.

A widely decried proposal to require landlords to register with East Hampton Town before renting will be registered in the “no-go” column after the town board heard loud and clear from numerous residents who disagreed with the draft law.

Helen S. Rattray
November 20, 2014
Thomas A. Twomey, a lawyer, civic leader, and chairman of the East Hampton Library’s board of trustees, died of a heart attack early Sunday morning after collapsing at his house in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods.

Thomas A. Twomey, a lawyer, civic leader, and chairman of the East Hampton Library’s board of trustees, died of a heart attack early Sunday morning after collapsing at his house in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods. He was 68 and had no history of heart disease.