Recent Stories: News

Jennifer Landes
December 18, 2014

One of the second wave of 20th-century artists who found their way to the South Fork and used the landscape as a chief source of inspiration, Jane Freilicher died on Dec. 9 at home in New York City of complications of pneumonia. She was 90.

Christopher Walsh
December 18, 2014
A proposed offshore wind farm to be situated 30 miles east of Montauk is in doubt in the wake of the Long Island Power Authority's decision on Wednesday to reject the proposed installation.

A proposed offshore wind farm to be situated 30 miles east of Montauk is in doubt in the wake of the Long Island Power Authority's decision on Wednesday to reject the proposed installation. LIPA will, however, pursue 11 land-based solar farms in Suffolk County. The wind farm, to be constructed and operated by the Rhode Island company Deepwater Wind, was prohibitively expensive, according to LIPA officials.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
December 18, 2014
An anonymous would-be donor recently approached East Hampton High School’s principal about paying to install permanent field lights. Several community members expressed their dismay at the prospect.

On Tuesday night, the East Hampton School Board heard residents’ concerns about the possible installation of lights on the high school athletic field and had a brief discussion about affordable housing.

An anonymous donor recently approached Adam Fine, East Hampton High School’s principal, about installing permanent lighting on the field, with total costs estimated at around $500,000. Several community members expressed their dismay at the prospect, with Ed Collum, who lives near the athletic field, also complaining of noise and loud music.

T.E. McMorrow
December 18, 2014
The subdivision, on Wainscott Hollow Road, will divide the property into seven house lots, with about 70 percent of the acreage set aside as an agricultural reserve area.

Although the East Hampton Town Planning Board at a meeting Wednesday night may have scheduled a second public hearing on the controversial subdivision of roughly 40 acres of former farmland in Wainscott, the East Hampton Town Board may play a definitive role in the final outcome.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
December 18, 2014
Christopher Sarlo, a longtime East Hampton High School principal, will serve as the Springs School’s interim principal for the month of January as the district’s principal, Eric Casale, recovers from spinal surgery.

The Springs School Board convened a special session Thursday morning to unanimously appointed Christopher Sarlo as interim principal.

Eric Casale, the current principal, will undergo spinal surgery on Jan. 6. He is expected to return to his post in February.

Mr. Sarlo was a principal of East Hampton High School and in 2005 served as the interim principal of the Springs School. As interim principal this time around, he will serve from Jan. 5 until Jan. 31.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 18, 2014
Key to the East Hampton's ability to enact local airport rules is maintaining a degree of autonomy by eschewing new federal grants. With the grants come obligations to operate the airport according to F.A.A. rules.

At its meeting Thursday in Town Hall, the East Hampton Town Board is expected to approve the forthcoming phase of an airport noise study designed to convince the Federal Aviation Administration that the problem warrants restrictions on airport use in order to gain F.A.A. approval for the town to exercise its own authority over the airport.

That could include limits on takeoffs and landings within certain hours or by certain types of aircraft; a curfew, or perhaps even an outright ban on helicopters.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 18, 2014
As of Wednesday morning, Henry Sjoman was listed in critical condition and John Veitch in serious condition, according to a Stony Brook University Hospital spokeswoman. They were flown there for treatment on Sunday.

Two men were seriously injured when their all-terrain vehicles collided head-on behind the Montauk recycling center on Sunday afternoon.

East Hampton Town police said Henry O. Sjoman, 24, and John R. Veitch, 31, both of whom are from Montauk, were riding four-wheelers when they hit each other on a dirt road between North Shore Road and the recycling center at about 3:25 p.m. The collision took place on town property, according to Lt. A.J. McGuire.

Christopher Walsh
December 18, 2014
The battle over accessory structures and how they can be used continued at an East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals, as a couple sought to legalize renovations to a pool house on their property that left it with an extra bedroom and sitting room in what had been a storage room.

The battle over accessory structures and how they can be used continued at an East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Friday, as Alfred and Stephanie Shuman sought to legalize renovations to a pool house on their Windmill Lane property that left it with an extra bedroom and sitting room in what had been a storage room.

Star staff
December 17, 2014

There's one more chance before the holiday season to give the gift of a blood donation.

Christopher Walsh
December 17, 2014

Lou Reed, the influential musician who died last year in Springs, is among the next inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known for his work in the 1960s with the Velvet Underground and later as a solo artist, will be inducted in an April 18 ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame issued the announcement on Tuesday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 16, 2014

The Mitten Line at the Sag Harbor Elementary School helped fulfill 500 wishes for local schoolchildren this holiday season.

The mitten project was created several years ago as a way for elementary students and their families to give to the community. Children in need write down what they need or want — everything from winter coats to school-related items, art supplies to toys — on the back of mittens, which are then hung in the elementary school lobby. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 15, 2014
Henry O. Sjoman, 24, and John R. Veitch, 31, are listed in critical, but stable, conditions at Stony Brook University Hospital after they suffered serious injuries, East Hampton Town police said Monday.

East Hampton Town police have identified two Montauk men who crashed their all-terrain vehicles into each other behind the Montauk recycling center on Sunday afternoon.

T.E. McMorrow
December 13, 2014
A driver who struck and killed a Scottish golf caddy bicycling home from his first day of work in Southampton in May pleaded guilty on Friday to two felony charges and will be sentenced on Feb. 3.

A driver who struck and killed a Scottish golf caddy bicycling home from his first day of work in Southampton in May pleaded guilty on Friday to two felony charges, including manslaughter, for recklessly causing the death of Neil Fyfe, 28.

Jesse Werner Steudte of Southampton, 22, admitted that he was drunk and drove through a stoplight at about 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Country Road 39 and Sandy Hollow Road while driving a 1990 Jeep when he struck Mr. Fyfe in a crosswalk. He also pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge,

Star staff
December 13, 2014

The East Hampton Historical Society has decked its halls, well, its lovingly maintained old structures, for two events this weekend.

Star staff
December 12, 2014
East Hampton Town announced Thursday that it had won a $250,000 grant from New York State to develop a coastal assessment and resiliency plan.

East Hampton Town announced Thursday that it had won a $250,000 grant from New York State to develop a coastal assessment and resiliency plan.

In a release from the town, Supervisor Larry Cantwell said the plan will examine “erosion risks, storm vulnerability, and natural recovery.” He credited the Natural Resources Department and Concerned Citizens of Montauk with helping to secure the grant.

T.E. McMorrow
December 11, 2014

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is no longer asking local jurisdictions to detain undocumented prisoners for up to 48 hours after their scheduled release, according to an announcement last week from State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

T.E. McMorrow
December 11, 2014
New houses located in flood zones must comply with Federal Emergency Management Administration regulations, which require that they be built higher, depending on the risk of flooding.

Pyramid laws, which govern the height of buildings and are designed to prevent new ones from looming over their neighbors, were the order of the evening when the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals met on Dec. 2. The board approved one set of variances and heard a second request for similar relief.

In the past, pyramid variances were rarely granted. But now, new houses located in flood zones must comply with Federal Emergency Management Administration regulations, which require that they be built higher, depending on the risk of flooding.

T.E. McMorrow
December 11, 2014
The East Hampton Town Board is considering a proposal to rein in new bars and restaurants at hotels and resorts and ensure that the establishments have adequate onsite parking to accommodate the additional business that these extra amenities might bring.

The East Hampton Town Board is considering a proposal to rein in new bars and restaurants at hotels and resorts and ensure that the establishments have adequate onsite parking to accommodate the additional business that these extra amenities might bring.

The proposed changes would not effect establishments like Montauk’s Surf Lodge or Beach House, which already have accessory bars or restaurants. The law would, however, prevent future similar ventures from becoming nightclubs that dwarf their parent hotels.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
December 11, 2014
Residents of the Springs School District got a first look this week at a possible $12 million to $15 million expansion that would include 16 additional classrooms and a gym.

It was a packed house at Springs School on Monday night as more than 50 residents, teachers, and parents grappled with overcrowded conditions and weighed a multimillion-dollar expansion.

Christopher Walsh
December 11, 2014
Right of first refusal at issue as Amagansett preservation fund buy is delayed.

Alexander Peters, who wants to sell two lots in a groundwater protection district in Amagansett to the Town of East Hampton, filed suit in State Supreme Court last Thursday against several members of a family who claim to have the right of first refusal.

Mr. Peters, president of the advocacy group Amagansett Springs Aquifer Protection, has agreed to sell the 3.5 acres of undeveloped land atop the Stony Hill aquifer, part of the former Bell Estate, to the town for $3.6 million. The aquifer is a primary source of drinking water for Amagansett, Springs, and Montauk.

Christopher Walsh
December 11, 2014
During a Tuesday meeting, the East Hampton Town Trustees showed clear irritation at what they called pressure from residents of trustee-owned land at Lazy Point.

During a Tuesday meeting, the East Hampton Town Trustees showed clear irritation at what they called pressure from residents of trustee-owned land at Lazy Point.

Susan Knobel, who wants to move her house from a shorefront lot where the beach is severely eroded to a lot at a significantly higher elevation, again asked that the trustees transfer her lease from the former location to the latter.

Star staff
December 11, 2014

With Hanukkah just days away and Christmas in just two weeks, this weekend offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate, shop, join others in song, or revel in those distinctly December aromas of gingerbread and hot cider. There are gift shows galore, several production of "The Nutcracker" and its variations, and even a "Frozen" show at the Southampton Arts Center for all the Anna and Elsa fans out there. Use this as a guide to make your list (and check it twice) of happenings through Dec. 14. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14