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Taylor K. Vecsey
April 15, 2014
The residents of 75 Glenmore Avenue were awakened by a smoke detector and called 911.

The Montauk Fire Department stopped a chimney fire from spreading through a house early Tuesday morning.

The residents of 75 Glenmore Avenue were awakened by a smoke detector and called 911 at about 3:15 a.m., according to Ed Ecker, the fire department's public information officer.

More than 40 firefighters responded with six fire trucks, and they vented the single-story house of smoke. The blaze was contained to the fireplace, Mr. Ecker said, and the house is habitable.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 13, 2014
The driver of a Lincoln sedan, an elderly man, was taken to Southampton Hospital, but did not appear seriously injured.

A car heading east veered across Montauk Highway just after 2 p.m. on Sunday, jumped a curb, and slammed into a tree and a telephone pole at the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton Village. 

The driver of the Lincoln sedan, an elderly man, was taken to Southampton Hospital but did not appear seriously injured. The car had severe front-end damage, according to witnesses.

T.E. McMorrow
April 12, 2014
An East Hampton man accused of stealing more than $125,000 worth of jewelry and cash from over two dozen East End houses pleaded guilty on Friday in criminal court, Riverside, to 13 counts of second-degree burglary.

An East Hampton man accused of stealing more than $125,000 worth of jewelry and cash from over two dozen East End houses pleaded guilty on Friday in criminal court, Riverside, to 13 counts of second-degree burglary.

Guards brought Justin Bennett, 35, into the courtroom from the nearby county jail, where he has been held since his arrest in October. He stood handcuffed before Justice Richard Ambro with his head bowed, admitting his guilt over and over, 13 times, as Rose Romeo, the prosecutor, questioned him.

Christopher Walsh
April 10, 2014
A toll-free telephone number at which residents could register complaints about construction and landscaping noise was one outcome of the East Hampton Village Board's ongoing discussions on restricting the offending activities.

     A toll-free telephone number at which residents could register complaints about construction and landscaping noise was one outcome of the East Hampton Village Board's ongoing discussions on restricting the offending activities.

T.E. McMorrow
April 10, 2014
The Army Corps of Engineers will present its proposed downtown Montauk beach stabilization project at a public meeting on April 23 at Town Hall.

The Army Corps of Engineers will present its proposed downtown Montauk beach stabilization project on April 23 at Town Hall, the East Hampton Town supervisor's office announced Thursday.

The 1 p.m. meeting will be led by Steve Couch, the chief of the Army Corps of Engineers' coastal section of the New York District, and Susan McCormick, the chief of New York State's Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Erosion Management Section and Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 10, 2014
A round-table discussion on agriculture on the East End drew a circle of more than two dozen farmers, legislators, and others to East Hampton Town Hall on Monday

A round-table discussion on agriculture on the East End drew a circle of more than two dozen farmers, legislators, and others to East Hampton Town Hall on Monday, where growers described their biggest obstacles and floated ideas about what can be done by public entities to ease their way.

When open space and farmland preservation efforts began decades ago, there was little belief that farming itself could also be preserved here, Supervisor Larry Cantwell said in introductory remarks on Monday.

T.E. McMorrow
April 10, 2014
A conflict between Jewish burial laws and the town’s regulations regarding cemeteries in water-sensitive areas may be an even bigger problem for the temple

With almost all of the plots spoken for at its Chevra Kodetia Cemetery just outside of Sag Harbor, Temple Adas Israel is looking to expand the cemetery to neighboring property it purchased three years ago, but it has encountered a number of stumbling blocks including the fact that the East Hampton Town code governing the property may trump Jewish burial laws.

Debra Scott
April 10, 2014
Now that spring has sprung, the sound of birdsong is sometimes eclipsed by the noise of hammers, leaf blowers, and backhoes. Everyone in the trades seems to be rushing to get ready for summer.

Now that spring has sprung, the sound of birdsong is sometimes eclipsed by the noise of hammers, leaf blowers, and backhoes. Everyone in the trades seems to be rushing to get ready for summer.

Besides the summer countdown, two other reasons seem to have contributed to its getting so busy now: Homeowners just don’t think about maintenance work during winter, a time of hibernation, and this was a winter from hell that created a backlog of items on tradespeople’s to-do lists.

Christopher Walsh
April 10, 2014
The East Hampton Town Trustees indicated on Tuesday, with some reluctance and on a trial basis, a willingness to accept some prohibition of alcoholic beverages at Indian Wells and Atlantic Avenue Beaches in Amagansett

With four of their nine members absent due to illness or other commitments, the East Hampton Town Trustees indicated on Tuesday, with some reluctance and on a trial basis, a willingness to accept some prohibition of alcoholic beverages at Indian Wells and Atlantic Avenue Beaches in Amagansett.

There was an unexpected visit during the evening from East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, who gently urged the trustees, who manage the town’s public lands and waterways on behalf of the public, to reach a consensus as soon as possible.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 9, 2014
A regular customer told police her foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas pedal in the parking lot of the East Hampton market.

A car slammed into the Red Horse Market in East Hampton Village on Wednesday afternoon, shattering a window by the food market's pizza oven and damaging brickwork on the building's exterior.  

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 8, 2014

     There is still time to sign up for workshops at the East End Mental Health Awareness Day on Saturday.

     The free conference, open to anyone who might need help with mental health or who knows someone who does, will be held at Southampton High School on Narrow Lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 8, 2014

A roadway construction project from Southampton Village to East Hampton has already hit some roadblocks, just one week into the project.

Crews began grinding up Montauk Highway, starting at the Country Road 39 intersection in Southampton and working their way east, on March 31. A stretch of asphalt was taken up, but little else appears to have been done along the 8.2-mile stretch that is scheduled for work.

David E. Rattray
April 7, 2014
Under cover of darkness Sunday or early Monday someone installed a mock-up of a submarine conning tower in a controversial drainage sump off Route 114 in East Hampton

    Pranksters working under cover of darkness Sunday or early Monday installed a mock-up of a submarine conning tower in a controversial drainage sump off Route 114 in East Hampton. The sump, a roughly square pit just over an acre's breadth, had been left awash with runoff from the past week's heavy rains.

Star staff
April 6, 2014
Some 200 people gathered at the Hook Mill green in East Hampton Saturday afternoon for a rally to demand that PSEG Long Island bury high-voltage electrical transmission lines between East Hampton Village and Amagansett.

Some 200 people, including State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, and East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., gathered at the Hook Mill green in East Hampton Saturday afternoon for a rally to demand that PSEG Long Island bury high-voltage electrical transmission lines between East Hampton Village and Amagansett.

David E. Rattray
April 6, 2014
Peter Matthiessen, one of the leading figures of American literature and a man whom many on the South Fork thought of as one of their own, died yesterday at his house in Sagaponack at 86 on the eve of publication of what he had said was his final novel, "In Paradise."

Peter Matthiessen, one of the leading figures of American literature and a man whom many on the South Fork thought of as one of their own, died yesterday at his house in Sagaponack. He was 86. The cause was acute leukemia, his son Alex Matthiessen told The New York Times.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
April 3, 2014
Early this week, as lawmakers raced to the finish line before Tuesday’s start of the state’s new fiscal year, a proposal to increase access to mental health services for South Fork students cleared a hurdle, with $150,000 earmarked in the approved budget

Early this week, as lawmakers raced to the finish line before Tuesday’s start of the state’s new fiscal year, a proposal to increase access to mental health services for South Fork students cleared a hurdle, with $150,000 earmarked in the approved budget.

Christopher Walsh
April 3, 2014
Against the backdrop of dire warnings issued this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Rhode Island company has submitted plans to the Long Island Power Authority for an offshore wind farm that would provide a substantial portion of the Island’s energy needs

Against the backdrop of dire warnings issued this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Rhode Island company has submitted plans to the Long Island Power Authority for an offshore wind farm that would provide a substantial portion of the Island’s energy needs.

Christopher Walsh
April 3, 2014
The saga of a caretaker’s apartment on the four-plus-acre property owned by the Starbucks chain’s chief executive officer occupied the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals at its meeting Friday

The saga of a caretaker’s apartment on the four-plus-acre property owned by the Starbucks chain’s chief executive officer occupied the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals at its meeting Friday. An attorney for the owners, Howard D. Schultz and Sheri Kersch-Schultz, argued for legalization of the structure, which has nearly doubled from its original size.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 3, 2014
Some of East Hampton Town’s efforts to preserve land have taken a new tack lately, honing in on environmentally sensitive or threatened areas and seeking to prevent development or even remove houses

Some of East Hampton Town’s efforts to preserve land have taken a new tack lately, homing in on environmentally sensitive or threatened areas and seeking to prevent development or even remove houses.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 2, 2014
East Hampton Town has proposed a $10 million deal to buy nearly all of an Amagansett site where a proposed 79-unit luxury housing development for those 55 and older had been met with a storm of opposition.

A large luxury development designed for people 55 and older on what had been farmland in Amagansett, which prompted organized vocal opposition, will not proceed. Instead, 19 acres of the more-than-23-acre parcel along the Montauk Highway at the eastern edge of the hamlet is to be preserved.

The East Hampton Town Board is expected to schedule an April 17 hearing on the $10.1 million purchase using money from the community preservation fund.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 31, 2014
An East Hampton woman has taken it upon herself to find a permanent home for a pit bull lab mix that is stuck in a Bronx kennel.

     An East Hampton woman has taken it upon herself to find a permanent home for a pit bull lab mix that is stuck in a Bronx kennel.

     After seeing a picture of Angie, a now 11/2-year-old dog, on a social media site last summer, Elizabeth Hren decided to help her before she had met her.

     "When I saw she wasn't eating and was losing weight,” Ms. Hren said, “my heart got the best of me."

T.E. McMorrow
March 28, 2014
Thomas Ravenel, a former South Carolina state treasurer, pleaded guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated stemming from a July arrest in East Hampton Village.

    Thomas Ravenel, a former South Carolina state treasurer and current star of a reality TV show, “Southern Charm,” pleaded guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court Wednesday afternoon to one misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, stemming from an arrest by East Hampton Village police in the early morning hours of July 22, 2013.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 27, 2014
The East Hampton Town Board has put in place a new system for review of mass-gathering permit requests

With the approach of the busy season, not only locals but seasonal visitors and outside organizations look to do some summer fund-raising here, and start planning parties, sales, and sporting events. In anticipation, the East Hampton Town Board has put in place a new system for review of mass-gathering permit requests. It plans to discuss revisions to the rules governing the increasing number of big and potentially disruptive events.