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Taylor K. Vecsey
October 24, 2014

The Montauk Rugby Football Club will dedicate its match on Saturday to Ron Jensen, a former player who died unexpectedly on Tuesday at the age of 44. 

Rich Brierley, the assistant coach, said the club will remember Mr. Jensen during its game with the New York Rugby Club, with whom it is tied, in East Hampton's Herrick Park at 1 p.m. "I know a lot of alumni are making a special trip," Mr. Brierley said. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 23, 2014
Update, Noon: A teenager who stayed home sick from school may have saved his family's East Hampton house when a fire broke out in the basement on Thursday morning.

Update, Noon: A teenager who stayed home sick from school may have saved his family's East Hampton house when a fire broke out in the basement on Thursday morning. East Hampton Fire Chief Richard Osterberg Jr. said the fire, which is believed to have been electrical in nature, would have caused a lot more damage had no one been at the Morris Park house.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 23, 2014
While the first cases of Ebola in the United States have sparked nationwide concern, the overwhelming message here on the South Fork is that health care providers are prepared to handle patients with Ebola-like symptoms.

While the first cases of Ebola in the United States have sparked nationwide concern, the overwhelming message here on the South Fork is that health care providers are prepared to handle patients with Ebola-like symptoms, just as they handle other infectious diseases.

“We’re taking it seriously, as it should be,” said Dr. Maury Greenberg, a doctor at East Hampton Urgent Care, of the largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2014
A long-awaited public restroom in Amagansett’s business district is moving closer to reality.

A long-awaited public restroom in Amagansett’s business district is moving closer to reality.

T.E. McMorrow
October 23, 2014
A Montauk couple playing the New York Lottery’s Break the Bank scratch-off game last week did just that when they purchased a $1 million winning ticket from a vending machine at Montauk Wine and Liquors.

A Montauk couple playing the New York Lottery’s Break the Bank scratch-off game last week did just that when they purchased a $1 million winning ticket from a vending machine at Montauk Wine and Liquors.

The couple bought the ticket about mid-week, said Shaz Finnegan, who is honoring their request not to be identified.

Guillermo Vernaza, who works the register at the store, said the man came in late last week and told Mr. Vernaza that he had gone to work that day. “He didn’t know what else to do,” Mr. Vernaza said.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 23, 2014

The Montauk Fire Department's 75th anniversary parade may have been rained out earlier this month, but that hasn't dampened the celebration. Montauk Fire Chief Joe Lenahan announced this week that the parade has been rescheduled for next month.

The parade will be held on Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. Craig Tuthill, a 60-year member of the fire department, will serve as the grand marshal of the parade, leading it from Kirk Park to the Hank Zebrowski Memorial Ball Park. "Bring your family and support our hometown heroes on this monumental occassion," the chief wrote. 

Joanne Pilgrim
October 23, 2014
A road map for tackling issues of water quality in East Hampton Town, and the inadequate wastewater treatment and disposal that underpins them, was sketched out last week.

A road map for tackling issues of water quality in East Hampton Town, and the inadequate wastewater treatment and disposal that underpins them, was sketched out last week by Pio Lombardo of Lombardo Associates, a consultant who has drafted a comprehensive wastewater management plan for the town.

Begin, he said, with the “obvious improvements” that can be made in areas that clearly need work, such as three parts of Montauk where he has proposed swapping the use of individual, malfunctioning septic systems for state-of-the-art neighborhood sewering systems.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 23, 2014
The East Hampton Town Board, which is pondering a law that would require homeowners to register with the town before renting their houses, got an earful at an initial discussion of the idea.

The East Hampton Town Board, which is pondering a law that would require homeowners to register with the town before renting their houses, got an earful Tuesday at an initial discussion of the idea. More than a dozen speakers said don’t do it.

A handful at most supported the idea, which would require landlords to pay a fee and obtain a registration number after providing the town with information including the number of tenants, length of rental period, and number of bedrooms at a property.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
October 23, 2014
A dispute over two proposed affordable housing developments in the Wainscott School District has escalated in recent weeks, with the Wainscott School Board, the East Hampton Town housing director, and the president of a nonprofit organization that has developed low-income housing here at odds.

A dispute over two proposed affordable housing developments in the Wainscott School District has escalated in recent weeks, with the Wainscott School Board, the East Hampton Town housing director, and the president of a nonprofit organization that has developed low-income housing here at odds.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 22, 2014

November has been declared Automated External Defibrillator Awareness Month in the Town of East Hampton.

As part of a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of A.E.D.s, which are used in cases of cardiac arrest, the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation has plans to spread the word about where the devices are located. Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell issued a proclamation during a town board work session on Tuesday.

Christopher Walsh
October 21, 2014

Representative Tim Bishop joined representatives from the Committee to Restore and Preserve the Amagansett U.S. Life Saving and Coast Guard Station in thanking the United States Merchant Marine Academy for its donation of a wooden lifeboat.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 21, 2014
Tom Preiato is leaving his post as East Hampton Town's chief building inspector for a position in the Village of Sag Harbor.

Tom Preiato is leaving his post as East Hampton Town's chief building inspector for a position in the Village of Sag Harbor. 

The village board held a special meeting Tuesday morning to approve several resolutions, including one to hire Mr. Preiato, a village resident, as the senior building inspector. He will receive an annual salary of $75,000, the same as his salary in East Hampton. He will start Nov. 7. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
Carissa Katz
October 20, 2014
Ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and Spider-Men, have plenty of places to go in the coming week. With All Hallows’ Eve falling on a Friday this year.

Ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and Spider-Men, have plenty of places to go in the coming week. With All Hallows’ Eve falling on a Friday this year, there are two entire weekends chock full of frightful gatherings and trick-or-treating.

 

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Star staff
October 18, 2014
Lee Zeldin, who is seeking for a second time to defeat Representative Tim Bishop for a seat in Congress, was selected by House Speaker John Boehner to deliver a weekly Republican address.

Lee Zeldin, who is seeking for a second time to defeat Representative Tim Bishop for a seat in Congress, was selected by House Speaker John Boehner to deliver a weekly Republican address.

Mr. Zeldin's online statement was released Saturday morning. It was taped on Long Island earlier in the week, according to Mr. Boehner's office.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 17, 2014

The Amagansett Fire Department held its annual inspection dinner earlier this month at Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett to recognize outstanding and longtime members. 

Three members were honored for having a combined 150 years of service between them. Carmine DiSunno, Joe Hren Jr., and David DiSunno each have 50 years in the fire department. 

Amagansett Fire Chief Dwayne Denton and Judy Bennett, who each have served the department for 25 years, were also given an award. 

Christopher Walsh
October 16, 2014
An Amagansett schoolhouse, built in 1802 by Samuel Schellinger and thought to be the oldest on eastern Long Island, is to be donated to the hamlet’s school district and relocated to the present-day school grounds.

An Amagansett schoolhouse, built in 1802 by Samuel Schellinger and thought to be the oldest on eastern Long Island, is to be donated to the hamlet’s school district and relocated to the present-day school grounds. Eleanor Tritt, the district superintendent, made the announcement at a school board meeting on Tuesday.

Christopher Walsh
October 16, 2014
Owing to a recent elevation of the cyanobacteria, the East Hampton Town Trustees have closed Georgica Pond for another 21 days, through Nov. 4.

Owing to a recent elevation of the cyanobacteria first detected in July, the East Hampton Town Trustees have closed Georgica Pond for another 21 days, through Nov. 4. Harvesting of crabs or other marine life will not be permitted during that time.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 16, 2014
A hearing tonight before the East Hampton Town Board could pit Napeague residents advocating a parking ban along Dolphin Drive against those who see a no-parking zone there as a barrier to the public’s access to town-owned lands.

A hearing tonight before the East Hampton Town Board could pit Napeague residents advocating a parking ban along Dolphin Drive against those who see a no-parking zone there as a barrier to the public’s access to town-owned lands.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 16, 2014
Sag Harbor Village is considering a ban on plastic bags, just as the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton are mulling proposals to prohibit the single-use bags.

Sag Harbor Village is considering a ban on plastic bags, just as the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton are mulling proposals to prohibit the single-use bags.

Christopher Walsh
October 16, 2014
Neighbors of the Maidstone Club have a lawsuit pending in State Supreme Court seeking to have the board require the club to take additional steps to mitigate noise from a pump house that is part of the project.

Neighbors of the Maidstone Club, which received permits and variances from the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals in July to expand and upgrade its golf course’s irrigation system, have a lawsuit pending in State Supreme Court seeking to have the board require the club to take additional steps to mitigate noise from a pump house that is part of the project.

Joanne Pilgrim
October 16, 2014
Members of the Surfrider Foundation opposed to the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to build a sand dune reinforced with sand-filled geotextile bags on the Montauk beach gathered there last Thursday in protest.

Members of the Surfrider Foundation opposed to the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to build a sand dune reinforced with sand-filled geotextile bags on the Montauk beach gathered there last Thursday in protest, holding signs saying “Don’t Bag Our Beach.”

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 15, 2014
An East Hampton fire chief found "dangerous levels" of carbon monoxide in a house where three men were working Wednesday morning.

An East Hampton fire chief found "dangerous levels" of carbon monoxide in a house where three men were working Wednesday morning. 

Tom Bock, the East Hampton Fire Department's second assistant chief, said an automatic carbon monoxide alarm sounded in the basement at 166 Buckskill Road. While he was responding, a caretaker called the security company and said that even though he wasn't at the house, there were workers on scene and everything was fine. "I thought 'We better check this out anyway.' " Mr. Bock said.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 15, 2014

Thanks to the rain on Saturday, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons moved its annual dog walk to Sunday, but that didn't make it any less successful. 

ARF Hamptons raised more than $60,000 at the 21st annual Stroll to the Sea dog walk, according to Jamie Berger, the group's director of marketing and communications. "It was one of our best," she said, adding that they are still tallying the number of entries in the two-mile walk from Mulford Farm on James Lane in East Hampton Village to Main Beach and back.