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Joanne Pilgrim
October 17, 2017
Private well testing by state and county health officials will be expanded to 269 wells in an area surrounding East Hampton Airport, where perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, that have been tied to a variety of health issues were found in drinking water at one residence as of last week.

Private well testing by state and county health officials will be expanded in an area surrounding East Hampton Airport, where perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, that have been tied to a variety of health issues were found in drinking water at one residence as of last week. The free water testing will be offered to three times more properties than had been targeted at first.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 16, 2017
The next children’s bereavement group, which will meet for seven weeks at East End Hospice’s Good Grief Family Bereavement Center in Westhampton Beach, starts on Tuesday.

The next children’s bereavement group, which will meet for seven weeks at East End Hospice’s Good Grief Family Bereavement Center in Westhampton Beach, starts on Tuesday. The group meets from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. A parent and guardian bereavement group will meet at the same time.

Registration, which is required, can be done by calling Angela Byrns, a licensed social worker, at 631-288-8400. 

Other bereavement services available include individual counseling for children, teens, and adults, and adult bereavement groups. More information is available on the hospice website

Star Staff
October 16, 2017
Looking ahead, Mandala Yoga Center for the Healing Arts and Sports Therapy and Sandra Geehring Foster of SGF Acupuncture will host Ou Wen Wei, a qigong grandmaster, on Oct. 28 and 29.

Looking ahead, Mandala Yoga Center for the Healing Arts and Sports Therapy and Sandra Geehring Foster of SGF Acupuncture in Amagansettt will host Ou Wen Wei, a qigong grandmaster, on Oct. 28 and 29.

Master Ou is the founder of Pangu Shengong, which he says is a simple and powerful self-healing method that improves health and well-being by strengthening life force and immunity, bringing calmness, positive thinking, and happiness.

A general group healing will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the yoga center. The cost is $50. Three classes will follow: on the moving form from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for $120; healing technique from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. for $150, and nonmoving form from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. for $120.

Jackie Pape
October 13, 2017
Sydney Ireland, a part-time resident of Bridgehampton, has spent the past four years publicly advocating that girls be admitted as full members of the Boy Scouts. Still, the news came as a surprise.

When Gary Ireland first got word on Wednesday that the Boy Scouts of America's board of directors unanimously voted to allow girls, he immediately called his 16-year-old daughter, who was heading to lunch at the Maine Coast Semester, an environmentally focused school for high school juniors.

Sydney Ireland, a part-time resident of Bridgehampton who has spent the past four years publicly advocating that girls be admitted as full members of the Boy Scouts, was ecstatic.

Christopher Walsh
October 12, 2017
The East Hampton Village Board took a long look into the future at its work session last Thursday, with agenda items that included affordable housing, accessory structures, and a dramatic re-imagining of the village as presented by two architects.

The East Hampton Village Board took a long look into the future at its work session last Thursday, with agenda items that included affordable housing, accessory structures, and a dramatic re-imagining of the village as presented by two architects.

David E. Rattray
October 12, 2017
The main committee supporting East Hampton Town Republicans missed a Friday deadline to provide a required campaign finance report to New York State regulators.

The main committee supporting East Hampton Town Republicans missed a Friday deadline to provide a required campaign finance report to New York State regulators.

According to the New York State Board of Elections, the East Hampton Town Republican Committee filed its last report in July. It was supposed to have provided an updated accounting of its income and spending at the end of last week.

Richard Gheradi, the Republican town committee treasurer, said that a computer problem had prevented him from uploading the report to the board of elections by the deadline and that he would do it by the end of the day on Tuesday. It finally popped up on the board of elections website yesterday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 12, 2017
It has been a bad 10 days for dolphins on the South Fork. Two that washed ashore within two days on the ocean beaches in Napeague and Amagansett last week appear to have died after becoming entangled in fishing nets, according to officials.

It has been a bad 10 days for dolphins on the South Fork. Two that washed ashore within two days on the ocean beaches in Napeague and Amagansett last week appear to have died after becoming entangled in fishing nets, according to officials, and another found struggling but alive in Three Mile Harbor early last week was later euthanized. A fourth washed up dead in East Hampton Village.

Workers at the East Hampton Marina spotted the dolphin in Three Mile Harbor at around 10 a.m. on Oct. 3. “One of our employees saw him swimming in the back making circles. He didn’t look good,” said William Plitt. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation responded in an attempt to rescue it.

Judy D’Mello
October 12, 2017
After sending volunteers to Texas, East End Cares to hold benefit in Montauk Saturday.

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Lee, Maria, Nate: Six meteorological assaults since August have brought death and destruction through parts of the United States, the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean, and, more recently, Central America.

The East End was largely unscathed when much of the Island was battered by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but residents here, aware of the devastation in the western part of the Island, mobilized to help those in need. They are coming together now under East End Cares, which is helping Hurricane Harvey victims. Also engaged in helping those in need, four-legged friends and all, are the Animal Rescue fund of the Hamptons and State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.

T.E. McMorrow
October 12, 2017

A New York State Supreme Court justice has rejected a lawsuit that sought to halt construction by the East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club of a sports center on Daniel’s Hole Road near the town airport. In a ruling dated Sept. 29, Justice Denise F. Molia said the five East Hampton residents who brought suit lacked standing. The center will have a 10-lane bowling alley, large restaurant and bar, and a miniature golf course.

Larry Penny
October 12, 2017
Every year, it seems, the traffic becomes progressively worse. More and more people come to enjoy the East End and more of us native East Enders breathe a sigh of relief and go about our business when the season comes to a close. We have six months to recover, if we ever do.

The last big holiday before Election Day has come and gone. Everyone, well, almost everyone, has left the outback and gone back to the suburbs and urbs. We and nature are left to our own devices. 

Every year, it seems, the traffic becomes progressively worse. More and more people come to enjoy the East End and more of us native East Enders breathe a sigh of relief and go about our business when the season comes to a close. We have six months to recover, if we ever do. 

Christopher Walsh
October 12, 2017
Drew Bennett, an environmental consultant to the village, told the East Hampton Village Board at its work session last Thursday that the 7,700-foot-long concrete drainage pipe that runs from Route 114 to Georgica Pond, constructed in 1935, is still functional.

Drew Bennett, an environmental consultant to the village, told the East Hampton Village Board at its work session last Thursday that the 7,700-foot-long concrete drainage pipe that runs from Route 114 to Georgica Pond, constructed in 1935, is still functional, but an assessment is underway to develop options and a plan to further mitigate stormwater runoff that flows into and through it to the pond. 

Georgica Pond has experienced toxic algal blooms in each of the last several summers, and public and private groups have taken several actions to improve its water quality. 

Joanne Pilgrim
October 12, 2017
The southern pine beetle, which decimated pine forests in the southern United States and New Jersey before spreading to Long Island’s pine barrens, has reached East Hampton and devastated a six-acre portion of woodland in Northwest owned by the county and town.

The southern pine beetle, which decimated pine forests in the southern United States and New Jersey before spreading to Long Island’s pine barrens, has reached East Hampton and devastated a six-acre portion of woodland in Northwest owned by the county and town. 

“Basically every pitch pine tree within the area” is infested with beetles, said Andy Drake, an environmental analyst for the town, who delivered the unwelcome news to the town board at a meeting on Tuesday. Some 800 trees are affected, he said. “These trees are going to die.”

The property is on the north side of Swamp Road between its intersections with Route 114 and Two Holes of Water Road. 

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
SouthamptonFest, a series of family-friendly activities, will mark fall in Southampton Village this weekend.

SouthamptonFest, a series of family-friendly activities, will mark fall in Southampton Village this weekend.

It begins Friday with a concert by the Nancy Atlas Project in Agawam Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the gate. Complimentary beer and wine will be served from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a cash bar from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Other refreshments will be available from food trucks. All proceeds will benefit the Southampton Rotary Scholarship and Endowment Fund.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 12, 2017
An East Hampton Town Board vote last week to purchase the Wainscott property was a step in the right direction, according to a number of Wainscott residents who spoke in favor of the buy, but it was not the final hurdle in obtaining the 1.1-acre lot.

An East Hampton Town Board vote last week to purchase the Montauk Highway, Wainscott, site of the long-closed Star Room nightclub, which also was known as the Swamp, was a step in the right direction, according to a number of Wainscott residents who spoke in favor of the buy at a hearing last Thursday night, but it was not the final hurdle in obtaining the 1.1-acre lot.

The property is owned by the estate of Isha Kausik, but a bank holds a $2.5 million mortgage on it. The town board has approved a contract with the estate for a $2.1 million purchase using the community preservation fund, but the bank must clear the deal.

Judy D’Mello
October 11, 2017
One of the highlights of this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival was a discussion on Sunday evening at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor called “Anatomy of a Scene: Get Out.”

It is amazing how many people (especially women) chose not to see the extraordinary hit “Get Out” because it was billed as a horror movie. It was so much more. Still, skittish viewers notwithstanding, Jordan Peele’s film grossed more than $200 million worldwide from a $4.5 million budget, making it 2017’s most profitable movie. 

It was remarkable for lots of reasons: A debut film from a cult comedian, with no big-name stars and a premise that wove suspense, humor, and horror while making a hard-hitting political statement about liberal America. 

Joanne Pilgrim
October 11, 2017
Suffolk County Health Department officials testing water from private wells near East Hampton Airport have found levels of chemicals at one residence above the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable level for lifetime exposure.

Suffolk County Health Department officials testing water from private wells in the area of the East Hampton Airport have found levels of two perfluorinated chemicals at one residence in excess of the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable levels for lifetime exposure to avoid adverse effects.

The State and County Health Departments want to sample all private wells in an area bounded on the north by the airport, on the west by Town Line Road, on the east by Daniel’s Hole Road, and on the south by Montauk Highway and Merriwood Drive. 

Jackie Pape
October 10, 2017
A talk at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center on Sunday will examine the species, which is native to Long Island and is experiencing population declines in many areas.

On Sunday, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will continue their Sundays at Two series with a discussion about eastern box turtles. The species, which is native to Long Island, is experiencing population declines in many areas — a trend that is predicted to continue as climate change persists.

Lisa Prowant, a Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University's department of ecology and evolution, will lead the discussion. In June and July of 2016 and 2017, she used two sites along the Long Pond Greenbelt for her research to better understand the predator-prey relationship between box turtles and other species.

She will link her findings about their population fluctuations into a broader theme of how to improve conservation planning under climate change.

Christopher Walsh
October 10, 2017
“LBJ,” the Rob Reiner biopic that had its New York premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, is particularly meaningful and poignant in the context of the nation’s present political turmoil and spasms of gun violence.

“LBJ,” the Rob Reiner biopic that had its New York premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, is particularly meaningful and poignant in the context of the nation’s present political turmoil and spasms of gun violence. A powerful biography of Lyndon Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, who was thrust into the role by John F. Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, it drew a long ovation at the Southampton Cinema on Saturday.

T.E. McMorrow
October 9, 2017
David A. Weinzweig was arraigned on three felony charges, including possession of the drug with the intent to sell on Friday in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court in front of Justice Lisa R. Rana.

A Sagaponack man stands accused by Sag Harbor Village police of being a cocaine trafficker. David A. Weinzweig, who turns 40 in December, was arraigned on three felony charges, including possession of the drug with the intent to sell on Friday in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court in front of Justice Lisa R. Rana.

Mr. Weinzweig was on the court's calendar that day to begin to deal with three misdemeanor charges, including possession of a small amount of cocaine and aggravated drunken driving, which were originally made by police after his early morning arrest on Sept. 23.

Jackie Pape
October 6, 2017
Columbus Day weekend will be a busy one, with the Hamptons International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, running through Monday, not to mention the big Fall Festival in Montauk on Saturday and Sunday, a car show in Amagansett and a road rally in Bridgehampton, and smaller festivals and events across the South Fork.

Columbus Day weekend will be a busy one, with the Hamptons International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, running through Monday, not to mention the big Fall Festival in Montauk on Saturday and Sunday, a car show in Amagansett and a road rally in Bridgehampton, and smaller festivals and events across the South Fork. 

Friday 

Judy D’Mello
October 5, 2017
October is National Bullying Prevention and Awareness month, instituted in 2006 to help curb an insidious practice that can be traced back hundreds of years.

An 18-year-old in the Bronx was accused last week of stabbing one of his classmates to death and seriously injuring another. According to fellow students, the attacker snapped after being relentlessly bullied for his “flamboyant” personality.

Jackie Pape
October 5, 2017
Instead of going home after a long workday, over 100 Latino students attend a two-hour English as a second language program in Wainscott on Thursdays. However, unlike typical students, they range from 20 to 40 years old, and are thrilled to be there.

Instead of going home after a long workday, over 100 Latino students attend a two-hour English as a second language program in Wainscott on Thursdays. However, unlike typical students, they range from 20 to 40 years old, and are thrilled to be there. 

Cheerful as they wait in line to be checked in to Aprendiendo Inglés Ahora E.S.L. classes, men and women with pencils and notebooks in hand, kiss hello before being directed to their level-appropriate classrooms. Five levels of English are taught by 14 teachers. 

Christopher Walsh
October 5, 2017
Seventy residents of the South Fork, some of them elected officials and others hoping to be, sailed from Montauk to the Block Island Wind Farm Monday for an up-close look at the nation’s first offshore wind-energy installation.

Seventy residents of the South Fork, some of them elected officials and others hoping to be, sailed from Montauk to the Block Island Wind Farm Monday for an up-close look at the nation’s first offshore wind-energy installation. On Block Island, officials of Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company that built the five-turbine wind farm and plans to construct the larger South Fork Wind Farm in federal waters approximately 36 miles from Montauk, described and answered questions about both of the projects. 

Renewable Energy Long Island, a nonprofit advocacy organization, hosted the excursion in collaboration with Deepwater Wind. 

Judy D’Mello
October 5, 2017
A bottle was found along a beach in the Normandy region in northwestern France containing a message that had been sent from Montauk in 2008.

The French newspaper La Presse de La Manche in Normandy recently ran this headline: “Une bouteille a la mer retrouvée a Glatigny: le message envoyé des Etats-Unis date de 2008!”

Even if one does not speak French, the exclamation point at the end expresses the wonder of the story: A bottle was found along a beach in the Normandy region in northwestern France containing a message that had been sent from the United States in 2008. 

A 13-year-old girl, enjoying a seafront stroll with her father at the end of August, spotted the bottle. According to the newspaper report, the neck of the bottle was covered in barnacles but the girl could see that there was a scroll of paper inside.