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Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 27, 2015
On Wednesday night, the Springs School Board's budget review landed with a thud, as administrators balanced the need for cuts while a packed house of parents and teachers voiced concerns over potentially growing class sizes.

On Wednesday night, the Springs School Board's budget review landed with a thud, as administrators balanced the need for cuts while a packed house of parents and teachers voiced concerns over potentially growing class sizes.

During the second budget session of the 2015-16 school year, administrators again combed through the $28.1 million budget, an increase of nearly $1.5 million, or 5.5 percent, from this year's $26.6 million spending plan.

T.E. McMorrow
February 26, 2015
Allison J. Rydberg, a 26-year-old Hampton Bays woman who pleaded guilty in November to vehicular manslaughter for the death in a one-car accident last April of 24-year-old Jason H. Pollak of Water Mill, was sentenced on Tuesday.

Allison J. Rydberg, a 26-year-old Hampton Bays woman who pleaded guilty in November to vehicular manslaughter for the death in a one-car accident last April of 24-year-old Jason H. Pollak of Water Mill, was sentenced on Tuesday by Acting State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho to 2 to 7 years in prison following an emotional proceeding in his Central Islip courtroom.

Christopher Walsh
February 26, 2015
Citizens Climate Lobby, an organization working to address climate change by advocating a shift from polluting energy to clean, renewable sources, is coming to the South Fork.

Citizens Climate Lobby, an organization working to address climate change by advocating a shift from polluting energy to clean, renewable sources, is coming to the South Fork.

T.E. McMorrow
February 26, 2015
The weather in recent weeks has been unkind to motorists, with sliding, skidding, spinning cars and trucks causing mayhem on the roads.

 

The weather in recent weeks has been unkind to motorists, with sliding, skidding, spinning cars and trucks causing mayhem on the roads. The worst of the accidents have been reported in these pages, but there were many, many more. In most of these less serious incidents medical attention was not required, although the vehicles did not always fare as well.

Mark Segal
February 26, 2015
The fifth annual HarborFrost winter festival, presented by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce and The Sag Harbor Express, will provide myriad indoor and outdoor activities throughout the village this weekend.

The fifth annual HarborFrost winter festival, presented by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce and The Sag Harbor Express, will provide myriad indoor and outdoor activities throughout the village this weekend, starting tomorrow at 5:15 p.m. with the Yankee Doodle Circus at Pierson High School and, at 6, the Frost Ball at Muse in the Harbor restaurant.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 26, 2015
A fund-raising effort is now under way to build a junior sports field and remake a court in front of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton.

A fund-raising effort is now under way to build a junior sports field and remake a court in front of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton so that 3, 4, and 5-year-olds can participate in tennis, basketball, soccer, and other outdoor activities.

T.E. McMorrow
February 26, 2015
On Tuesday the East Hampton Town Police Department awarded 13 officers for outstanding and dedicated acts of police work during 2014. Each officer was given an award bar to be displayed over his or her shield.

On Tuesday the East Hampton Town Police Department awarded 13 officers for outstanding and dedicated acts of police work during 2014. Each officer was given an award bar to be displayed over his or her shield.

Chief Michael D. Sarlo praised the officers in a press release, giving a few examples of their fine service.

Christopher Walsh
February 26, 2015
The thermometer still reads sub-freezing at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett, but a battle between the East Hampton Town Board and the town trustees is heating up. The issue is a ban on alcohol during lifeguard-protected hours at the beach.

The thermometer still reads sub-freezing at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett, but a battle between the East Hampton Town Board and the town trustees, who own and manage most of the town’s shorelines and waterways on behalf of the public, is heating up. The issue is a ban on alcohol during lifeguard-protected hours at the beach, which in recent years has seen huge and sometimes rowdy gatherings of young adults.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 26, 2015
Four laws designed to cut down the din from aircraft using the East Hampton Airport will be the subject of a hearing next Thursday and could take effect before the start of the busy season.

Four laws designed to cut down the din from aircraft using the East Hampton Airport will be the subject of a hearing next Thursday and could take effect before the start of the busy season.

The proposed legislation would impose a year-round curfew, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., on all flights to and from the airport. Takeoffs and landings by aircraft deemed “noisy” — primarily helicopters and jets that fall into a noise-rating category used by the Federal Aviation Administration and internationally — would be prohibited between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. all year long.

Russell Drumm
February 25, 2015

Consider ice: It can be a bulldozer that lifts a few thousand pounds of buoy off the bottom and carries it to new location a half mile away. It can be millions of tiny crystalline blades that scalp the terra firma from the face of a bluff. Ice can suck a piling from deep in a harbor’s clay as easily as pulling a toothpick from an olive in an ice-cold martini.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 24, 2015
The swan hit the power lines on Montauk Highway in Wainscott on Monday while attempting a takeoff.

A swan and a gaggle of geese picked up around East Hampton were among the rescues taken in at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays this past week. 

The swan hit the power lines on Montauk Highway in Wainscott on Monday while attempting a takeoff. "They usually get badly injured when they do that. He lucked out," said Amanda Daley, an administrative assistant at the center. The swan was treated for cuts and released back into the wild on Tuesday.

Durell Godfrey
February 23, 2015
You’ve already chosen the groom. Now it’s time to choose the gown — but, bride beware, returns are just as difficult for those!

The easy part of any wedding, as far as I’m concerned, is picking out the cake. When I was getting married, in the 1980s, a friend recommended I visit a now-long-vanished Manhattan institution called the New York Exchange for Women’s Work. It was founded some 135 years ago by a pair of socialites as a way for Civil War widows to earn a modest living by selling handicrafts and baked goods.

Christopher Walsh
February 23, 2015
The second phase of the East Hampton Village government's effort to reduce the deer population through sterilization of does has been postponed due to continued cold weather.

The second phase of the East Hampton Village government's effort to reduce the deer population through sterilization of does has been postponed. Village officials will reevaluate the program, in which it claimed that 114 does were sterilized over 12 nights last month, after the summer.

Star staff
February 21, 2015

Bridgehampton beat Stony Brook 54-36 in the county Class C-D championship game at William Floyd High School on Saturday afternoon.

The Bees may have gone into the game a little overconfident, according to their coach, Carl Johnson, because two of Stony Brook's best players were benched, including the point guard, who sat out with an injury. Nevertheless, Stony Brook kept up with Bridgehampton in the first half, waiting until the last few seconds on the clock during each possession to get off a shot. The Bees led 19-14 at the half.

Christopher Walsh
February 20, 2015

In a sure sign that spring isn't too far off, the Amagansett Chamber of Commerce has named the grand marshal of its seventh annual Am O'Gansett Parade, which will begin at 12:01 p.m. on March 14 and conclude a few minutes later.

With a theme of "Music is the Message," Michael Clark, who owns Crossroads Music at Amagansett Square, has been named this year's grand marshal. The announcement came at noon on Thursday.

Star staff
February 20, 2015

Harborfields High School defeated the East Hampton High School boys basketball team in the county Class A semifinal game on Friday.

The second-seeded Tornadoes prevailed 73-58 at home against the third-seeded Bonackers to qualify for the championship game on Tuesday at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station. 

T.E. McMorrow
February 20, 2015
Georges Briguet, who owns a well-known French restaurant, Le Perigord, in New York, deliberately concealed two Swiss bank accounts, failing to pay more than $169,000 in taxes over 10 years, the I.R.S. said.

A Montauk resident and well-known restaurateur pleaded guilty in Federal Court in Brooklyn Wednesday to charges stemming from an Internal Revenue Service investigation into two Swiss bank accounts he had concealed from the agency.

Jennifer Landes
February 20, 2015

The Town of Southampton has asked residents to keep pets safe and warm indoors during these extreme weather conditions. Cold temperatures can be dangerous and even fatal to animals, which share a similar vulnerability to frostbite and hypothermia as humans. 

Other dangers include salt and ice melting pellets, which can be toxic to animals, and automotive anti-freeze, which can cause renal failure and death. Most area stores carry products that melt ice, but are not toxic to pets.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 20, 2015

A water main break on Jermain Avenue in Sag Harbor Village on Friday morning was one of the many leaks the Suffolk County Water Authority has been grappling with during an ongoing cold spell.

Christopher Walsh
February 19, 2015
The Town of East Hampton will participate in NY Prize, the state’s $40 million competition to design small-scale “green” power-generating stations known as microgrids.

The Town of East Hampton will participate in NY Prize, the state’s $40 million competition to design small-scale “green” power-generating stations known as microgrids. Microgrid systems, which can meet a community’s energy demand through solar, wind, or hydroelectricity generation, are able to separate from the larger electric grid during extreme weather and provide power to the grid when needed.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 18, 2015
As state, local, and school officials look to next year’s budgets, Adam Fine, the principal of East Hampton High School, is hopeful that South Fork students will have continued access to an array of mental health services.

As state, local, and school officials look to next year’s budgets, Adam Fine, the principal of East Hampton High School, is hopeful that South Fork students will have continued access to an array of mental health services first unveiled in September.

Christopher Walsh
February 18, 2015
Audrey Flack needs a shed at her Cottage Avenue property to store her work, she told the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday. But the 432-square-foot building, which would be just over 18 feet high, would require multiple variances that the board seems unwilling to grant.

The artist Audrey Flack needs a shed at her Cottage Avenue property to store her work, she told the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 18, 2015
Town supervisors and village mayors from across the East End are proposing a regional initiative to address the increased pollution of surface and groundwater by the nitrogen released from cesspools and septic systems in a $100 million state fund that could provide rebates to homeowners.

Town supervisors and village mayors from across the East End are proposing a regional initiative to address the increased pollution of surface and groundwater by the nitrogen released from cesspools and septic systems in the form of a $100 million state fund that could provide rebates to homeowners for the installation of advanced-technology wastewater systems.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 18, 2015
A report last week that PSEG Long Island is to seek proposals for new electric power-generation facilities in Montauk unleashed more criticism this week of the utility company.

A newspaper report last week that PSEG Long Island is to seek proposals for new electric power-generation facilities in Montauk unleashed more criticism this week of the utility company, which angered East Hampton residents last year when it installed high-voltage electric lines through residential areas from East Hampton Village to Amagansett. Diesel-powered generating substations in Montauk were decommissioned several years ago.