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Jamie Bufalino
May 22, 2018
The East Hampton Housing Authority has received a $7 million grant from New York State for the affordable housing complex it is planning to build at 531 Montauk Highway in Amagansett.

The East Hampton Housing Authority has received a $7 million grant from New York State for the affordable housing complex it is planning to build at 531 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Catherine Casey, the executive director of the housing authority, said that the money awarded Monday means that the project now has the funding it needs to go forward. 

In a statement released on Monday, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced that the grant would be provided by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency, which is spending more than $200 million in a statewide effort to build or preserve more than 2,800 affordable apartments. 

Christopher Walsh
May 22, 2018
The county has scheduled aerial application on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., at Napeague and Beach Hampton in Amagansett and Accabonac Harbor in East Hampton.

For the first time in 2018, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works' Division of Vector Control is applying larvicide to multiple salt marshes in the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton to control mosquitoes. The vector control division applies methoprene and Bti, both larvicides, via helicopter flying at low altitude.

The county has scheduled aerial application on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., at Napeague and Beach Hampton in Amagansett and Accabonac Harbor in Springs. In the Town of Southampton, Apacuck Point, Moneybogue Bay, Westhampton Dunes, Dune Road, Meadow Lane, North Haven, and North Sea are to be treated.

Christopher Walsh
May 21, 2018
Councilman David Lys, who was appointed to the town board in January, on Sunday announced his intention to stand for election in November on the Democratic ticket, acknowledging that he could face a primary fight.

East Hampton Town Councilman David Lys, who was appointed to the town board in January, on Sunday announced his intention to stand for election in November.

The announcement came against a backdrop of clearing skies at the Montauket restaurant and bar on Fort Pond Bay, with East Hampton Town Democratic officials, including former Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, and some prominent members of the town's Democratic Committee, there to support him. Mr. Lys's fellow board members were also on hand.

Helen S. Rattray
May 18, 2018
The Garden Club of East Hampton’s annual plant sale preview, party, and silent auction will be Friday, May 25, on the Mulford Farm grounds.

The Garden Club of East Hampton’s annual plant sale preview, party, and silent auction will be Friday, May 25, on the Mulford Farm grounds from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 at the gate. The sale, with free admission, will begin in earnest the following morning at 9. Unique to the garden party will be Hawaiian orchids, hanging baskets, and specially selected potted plants. The silent auction will include books, paintings, jewelry, and travel opportunities.

The sale also will feature annuals and perennials especially selected for East Hampton’s Zone 7a climate. In addition, annuals designated by New York Botanical Garden professionals for the garden club’s new Thomas Moran house garden will be on display.

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
Lori Miller-Carr, who marked her 30th year working for the East Hampton Town Trustees yesterday, will retire as the trustees’ secretary on May 30.

Lori Miller-Carr, who marked her 30th year working for the East Hampton Town Trustees yesterday, will retire as the trustees’ secretary on May 30. 

But, it turns out, 30 years wasn’t quite enough.

At their meeting on Monday the trustees unanimously voted to rehire Ms. Miller-Carr, effective May 31, as a part-time secretary, working  two days a week. The trustees rely on a part-time secretary as well as one who is full time. They therefore followed the resolution hiring Ms. Miller-Carr with another naming Arlene Tesar, who is already in the trustees’ employ, as the full-time secretary. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 17, 2018
Mark Poitras received awards from the Southampton Town EMS Advisory Committee’s dinner at the Coast Grill Friday night.

Mark Poitras did not get into emergency medical services for the awards, but he has certainly been racking them up recently. 

A volunteer critical-care technician with the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a Suffolk County E.M.S. instructor, Mr. Poitras received not one but two awards on Friday night alone. The Southampton Town E.M.S. Advisory Committee surprised him with the Nancy Makson Award of Excellence and the Ralph Oswald Distinction for Inspirational Leadership at its annual dinner. All the agencies that serve throughout the town nominate members for the awards. 

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
The possibility of electing a new chairperson of the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee was scuttled last night after a State Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on Monday forbidding the committee from conducting a vote before its June 20 meeting.

The possibility of electing a new chairperson of the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee was scuttled last night after a State Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on Monday forbidding the committee from conducting a vote before its June 20 meeting. 

The order was a victory for Rona Klopman, an Amagansett resident seeking to be the committee chairwoman. She filed an Article 78 action against the committee last month, demanding that the committee determine its true membership and that the election be held on the basis of the results. 

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
The East Hampton Town Board and the town trustees will hold a joint hearing on the proposed South Fork Wind Farm tonight at 6:30 at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

The East Hampton Town Board and the town trustees will hold a joint hearing on the proposed South Fork Wind Farm tonight at 6:30 at LTV Studios in Wainscott. 

Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company that built and operates the Block Island Wind Farm, a five-turbine installation that is the nation’s first offshore wind farm, seeks to construct the 15-turbine South Fork Wind Farm approximately 36 miles southeast of Montauk. The company is seeking easements from the town board and trustees that would allow it to land the wind farm’s transmission cable at the ocean beach at the end of Beach Lane in Wainscott and bury it in the public road right of way, on a path to a Long Island Power Authority substation in East Hampton. 

Jamie Bufalino
May 17, 2018
Sag Harbor Village’s plan to use part of a 24-acre site off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike as an impound yard for vehicles seized by its police department is receiving pushback from environmental and preservation groups.

Sag Harbor Village’s plan to use part of a 24-acre site off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike as an impound yard for vehicles seized by its police department is receiving pushback from environmental and preservation groups, who say the proposal would endanger the nearby Long Pond Greenbelt, a unique ecosystem made up of coastal plain ponds. A public hearing will be held on the matter during a meeting of the Southampton Town Planning Board next Thursday. 

David E. Rattray
May 17, 2018
A Friday driving-while-intoxicated arrest could lead to the deportation of a Mexican citizen who worked at Cittanuova restaurant in East Hampton.

A Friday driving-while-intoxicated arrest could lead to the deportation of a Mexican citizen who worked at Cittanuova restaurant in East Hampton.

East Hampton Village police said Francisco L. Mones-Tonacatl of East Hampton was drunk when he was seen speeding on Pantigo Road in a 2015 Nissan Altima at 2:20 a.m. on Friday. After his vehicle was brought to a stop, police said, Mr. Mones-Tonacatl, 44, appeared intoxicated and failed roadside sobriety checks. He also was unable to provide a driver’s license or another form of identification.

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
The Concerned Citizens of Montauk announced a partnership with Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University on Monday to monitor harmful algal blooms.

Against a backdrop of Fort Pond’s tranquil blue water, officials of Concerned Citizens of Montauk announced a partnership with Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University on Monday, under which Dr. Gobler’s lab will analyze water samples taken from the pond by C.C.O.M. in order to monitor harmful algal blooms, which appeared in 2015 and last year. 

The announcement comes as the East Hampton Town Board moves toward creation of a wastewater treatment system, and a tax district to fund it, for Montauk’s densely developed downtown, acting on the belief that excessive nitrogen loading is behind the pond’s ecological woes. 

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
A proposal for a tennis court on West End Road in East Hampton Village — and the inevitable noise that would emanate from it — has rankled the would-be developer of an adjacent parcel on Georgica Cove.

A proposal for a tennis court on West End Road in East Hampton Village — and the inevitable noise that would emanate from it — has rankled the would-be developer of an adjacent parcel on Georgica Cove. 

“The best word I can come up with is it would be devastating,” Bruce Lifton said Friday of Edward Conard’s plan for the court at 30 West End Road. 

Mr. Lifton owns a neighboring 1.6-acre parcel at 26 West End Road. 

Star Staff
May 17, 2018
Paul Davis, an artist whose paintings and posters have been the subject of gallery exhibitions and museum retrospectives in the United States and abroad, has designed a poster featuring David Pechefsky.

Paul Davis, an artist whose paintings and posters have been the subject of gallery exhibitions and museum retrospectives in the United States and abroad, has designed a poster featuring David Pechefsky, a candidate in the Democratic primary on June 26 for the nomination to run for Congress in New York’s First Congressional District.

Mr. Davis, a longtime Sag Harbor resident, was art director for Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival from 1984 to 1991, and his clients have included Time magazine, Rolling Stone, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the 92nd Street Y, and The New York Times. His posters are renowned.

Mark Segal
May 17, 2018
Sag Harbor’s third annual Cultural Heritage Weekend will focus on the evolution of a diverse community over three centuries through a variety of events and programs presented from tomorrow through Sunday by the member organizations of the Sag Harbor Cultural District.

Sag Harbor’s third annual Cultural Heritage Weekend will focus on the evolution of a diverse community over three centuries through a variety of events and programs presented from Friday through Sunday by the member organizations of the Sag Harbor Cultural District.

Judy D’Mello
May 17, 2018
Spending plans totaling almost $193 million for the 2018-19 academic year were approved on Tuesday by voters in school districts from Montauk to Bridgehampton. Budgets in all of those school districts came in below the state-mandated tax cap.

Spending plans totaling almost $193 million for the 2018-19 academic year were approved on Tuesday by voters in school districts from Montauk to Bridgehampton. Budgets in all of those school districts came in below the state-mandated tax cap. 

Star Staff
May 17, 2018
On Saturday East Hampton residents can safely dispose of a a range of household chemicals, stale fuel, and other potentially harmful materials at the town recycling center on Springs-Fireplace Road.

STOP Day comes but twice a year, at least in East Hampton Town, during which residents can safely dispose of a range of household chemicals, stale fuel, and other potentially harmful materials. It will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the town recycling center on Springs-Fireplace Road.

Easy to remember, STOP stands for Stop Throwing Out Pollutants. Oil paint, pesticides, chemical aerosols, thinners, urethanes, engine coolant, and flammable materials will be accepted. Questions can be directed to the Sanitation Department at 631-324-7191.

A second yearly STOP day is generally held at the Montauk waste transfer station in the fall. 

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
The East Hampton Town Board has voted to authorize a state of emergency for Wainscott in order to direct money to residents whose wells were found to be contaminated by toxic perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs.

The East Hampton Town Board has voted to authorize a state of emergency for Wainscott in order to direct money to residents whose wells were found to be contaminated by toxic perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs. 

Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc announced at the board’s meeting on Tuesday that he and Councilman Jeff Bragman were co-sponsoring the state-of-emergency declaration. The move came weeks after Mr. Bragman first called on his colleagues to act swiftly to encourage the installation of in-home filtration where wells are contaminated. “We feel this is the most expedient way we can address those concerns,” Mr. Van Scoyoc said on Tuesday. 

Jane Bimson
May 16, 2018
The owners of Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa have purchased the Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina and plan to spend approximately $13 million to upgrade the property, which they will rename Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club and Resort.

The owners of Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa have purchased the Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina and plan to spend approximately $13 million to upgrade the property, which they will rename Gurney’s Montauk Yacht Club and Resort. The amount of the sale was not disclosed.

In a press release issued on May 7, George Filopolous, the founder of Metrovest Equities and the president and co-owner of Gurney’s, said that he was looking forward to elevating the accommodations at the yacht club.

Jon M. Diat
May 16, 2018
Bob Bubka, radio’s “Voice of Golf,” who lives now in Houston, traced his eventful career to two fortuitous breaks that occurred about 50 years ago.

“As a little kid from Sag Harbor my life has been a real fairy tale,” Bob Bubka, the internationally known pro golf radio broadcaster, said during a conversation this week.

Radio’s “Voice of Golf,” who lives now in Houston, traced his eventful career to two fortuitous breaks that occurred about a half-century ago. “In 1963, I volunteered to go to the Air Force’s base in Thule, Greenland — the inducement being that if you went there you’d get out three months early.”

While at Thule, Bubka joined the Armed Forces Radio staff, and, just before he was to be released from the service, learned from his mother that a new radio station, WLNG, was about to open in Sag Harbor. 

Judy D’Mello
May 15, 2018
Voters from Montauk to Bridgehampton approved their respective school district budgets for the 2018-19 year on Tuesday.

Voters from Montauk to Bridgehampton approved their respective school district budgets for the 2018-19 year on Tuesday. Polls closed at 8 p.m. in East Hampton, Amagansett, Montauk, Bridgehampton, and Wainscott, 8:30 in Sagaponack, and at 9 p.m. in Springs and Sag Harbor. Budgets in all eight school districts came in below the state-mandated tax cap. Voters also selected new school board members in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Sagaponack, and returned incumbents for additional terms in seven districts. 

East Hampton

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 14, 2018
Commuter alert: A portion of County Road 39 in Southampton will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Thursday as preparations continue for the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in June.

A portion of County Road 39 will be closed overnight on Wednesday as preparations continue for the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, scheduled for June 11 through 17.

The Long Island Rail Road is adding a temporary stop at the Stony Brook Southampton Campus to accommodate the large crowds expected.

A footbridge across County Road 39 will be built next week. County Road 39 will be closed between Shrubland Road and Tuckahoe Lane from Wednesday at 9 p.m. until Thursday at 5 a.m.

Detour signs will be posted in both directions. For step-by-step directions for the detours, click here.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 11, 2018
Springs firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out in a bedroom where work was being done Friday afternoon.

Springs firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out in a bedroom where work was being done Friday afternoon.

The Springs Fire Department was called to 36 Cedar Ridge Drive at about 2:20 p.m. A worker was alone in the house and a drop cloth, or something similar, somehow caught fire, according to Darrin Downs, the first assistant fire chief. 

The East Hampton Town fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause. 

Chief Downs said that the fire was put out quickly and that the damage was limited to the bedroom. There was smoke damage in other areas of the house, he said. 

Jon M. Diat
May 10, 2018
In a month, the sports world will be fixated on the 118th U.S. Golf Open, set to be played at the iconic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club during the week of June 11 through 17.

In a month, the sports world will be fixated on the 118th U.S. Golf Open, set to be played at the iconic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club during the week of June 11 through 17. One of the five founding member clubs of the United States Golf Association, Shinnecock Hills is playing host to its fifth U.S. Open.

As more than 9,000 hopefuls began vying this week in qualifying events for 90 berths in the Open’s 156-player field — one such was held at the Southampton Golf Club on Monday — the U.S.G.A. has also begun training the 4,500-plus volunteers who will staff the main event, including yours truly. 

Christopher Walsh
May 10, 2018
A community benefits package hangs in the balance as the East Hampton Town Board and town trustees prepare to host a joint hearing next Thursday on Deepwater Wind's plan to construct a 15-turbine wind farm approximately 36 miles east of Montauk.

A community benefits package hangs in the balance as the East Hampton Town Board and town trustees prepare to host a joint hearing next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Deepwater Wind's plan to construct a 15-turbine wind farm approximately 36 miles east of Montauk.

Deepwater Wind plans to submit an application to construct the 90-megawatt South Fork Wind Farm to the State Public Service Commission next month, according to its vice president of development. It is seeking easements from the trustees to land the wind farm's transmission cable beneath the ocean beach at the end of Beach Lane in Wainscott, and from the town board to bury the cable in the public road right of way on a path to a Long Island Power Authority substation in East Hampton.