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T.E. McMorrow
February 20, 2017

The Stephen Talkhouse, a popular nightspot on Main Street in Amagansett, will be the site of a three-hour fund-raiser on March 19 for Jordan Johnson, a former East Hampton High School student who is in a rehabilitation facility in Manhattan as the result of an apparent drug overdose on Jan. 29.

Star Staff
February 20, 2017
East Hampton Lions Club members and friends will get together Thursday at 7 p.m. for a Paint ’n’ Sip scholarship fund-raiser at Harbor Grill in East Hampton.

It may be school vacation, but that doesn't mean adults don't deserve a little break too. East Hampton Lions Club members and friends will get together on Thursday at 7 p.m. for a Paint ’n’ Sip scholarship fund-raiser at Harbor Grill on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton.

We hear the group will be painting a historic East Hampton windmill.

T.E. McMorrow
February 18, 2017
Police, tipped off by an anonymous call about a party at which teens allegedly were drinking alcohol, have charged Susan E. Guinchard Kinsella with violating the Suffolk County Social Host Law, which holds adults accountable if they knowingly allow underage drinking.

Update, Feb. 21, 9:19 a.m.: The former president of the Sag Harbor School Board, who has been accused of allowing teens to drink alcohol at her North Haven house, should never have been charged, her attorney, Daniel G. Rodgers of Southampton, said Sunday.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 17, 2017
East Hampton will not take an enhanced role in enforcing immigration laws, Supervisor Larry Cantwell told a packed meeting room at Town Hall on Thursday night.

East Hampton will not take an enhanced role in enforcing immigration laws, Supervisor Larry Cantwell told a packed meeting room at Town Hall on Thursday night.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 17, 2017
Saturday will be a day for celebrating native plants in Bridgehampton.

Saturday will be a day for celebrating native plants in Bridgehampton. First, a “tree ID trail” trek will start at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike at 10 a.m. The moderately paced 3.5-mile hike through an oak and hickory forest will allow participants to learn more about native trees and shrubs and take in views of Crooked Pond.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 16, 2017
The existing radio system, with four channels for talking and one for control, was designed to accommodate a total of 250 users; at last count, 10 years ago, the number of users had risen to 700.

The emergency communications system in East Hampton Town — used by police along with all of the fire departments and ambulance companies, as well as by town bus drivers, Highway Department workers, parks and recreation staff, and so on — “has reached what’s called end of life,” East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo told the town boa

Christopher Walsh
February 16, 2017
A recently planted row of trees that is obscuring a view of Hook Pond has caused a dispute between neighbors that played out before the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday

A recently planted row of trees that is obscuring a view of Hook Pond has caused a dispute between neighbors that played out before the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday. The trees also figure in an application before the zoning board from Paul Stallings, who had them planted after buying the property, at 10 Lockwood Lane, from his neighbors.

T.E. McMorrow
February 16, 2017
The East Hampton Town Police Department handled a record number of calls last year, just missing the 20,000 mark, according to the annual report released by Chief Michael D. Sarlo on Monday.

The East Hampton Town Police Department handled a record number of calls last year, just missing the 20,000 mark, according to the annual report released by Chief Michael D. Sarlo on Monday. The 19,889 calls logged by the department continued a trend going back three years. Police reported a record number of calls in 2014, only to see that record broken in 2015, and again last year.

Judy D’Mello
February 16, 2017
Kevin Chabla, a 13-year-old eighth grader at the Springs School, was a runner-up at a Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Sunday.

Kevin Chabla, a 13-year-old eighth grader at the Springs School, was a runner-up at a Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Sunday. It was the first time he competed in the tournament.

Judy D’Mello
February 16, 2017
Kids will follow research voyage among belugas, seals.

At 8:45 on Monday morning, Springs School students from kindergarten through fifth grade gathered in the gym in front of a large screen, which was connected to Skype. On the screen was Lisa Seff, their science teacher, reporting from Fairbanks, Alaska, where it was 4:45 a.m. and a bone-chilling minus 18 degrees.

Christopher Walsh
February 16, 2017
While pledging to await East Hampton Town Trustee opinion before taking action, the members of the East Hampton Town Board, at a work session on Feb. 7, were generally in favor of amending the town code regulations on beach driving, as outlined by Michael Sendlenski, the town attorney

While pledging to await East Hampton Town Trustee opinion before taking action, the members of the East Hampton Town Board, at a work session on Feb. 7, were generally in favor of amending the town code regulations on beach driving, as outlined by Michael Sendlenski, the town attorney.

Bess Rattray
February 15, 2017
Reports this morning that a “Russian spy ship” was patrolling near Long Island set off a firestorm on social media, but a representative for the United States Coast Guard, who spoke with The Star around noon, said citizens had no reason to be alarmed.

Reports this morning that a “Russian spy ship” was patrolling near Long Island set off a firestorm on social media, but a representative for the United States Coast Guard, who spoke with The Star around noon, said citizens had no reason to be alarmed.

February 15, 2017
If you aren't headed off to somewhere warmer or snowier when school is out next week, there are quite a few things to keep the kids busy, engaged, and active during the break.

If you aren't headed off to somewhere warmer or snowier when school is out next week, there are quite a few things to keep the kids busy, engaged, and active during the break.

Judy D’Mello
February 15, 2017
Sag Harbor School District voters officially ended the village's long-running “turf wars” Wednesday night by approving a revised proposal for an all-natural grass field at Pierson Middle-High School. The final tally was 458 to 73.

Sag Harbor School District voters officially ended the village's long-running “turf wars” Wednesday night by approving a revised proposal for an all-natural grass field at Pierson Middle-High School. The final tally was 458 to 73.

Christopher Walsh
February 13, 2017
Tyler Armstrong, an East Hampton Town Trustee and graduate of East Hampton High School, was crowned Mr. Amagansett at the Stephen Talkhouse on Saturday night.

Tyler Armstrong, an East Hampton Town Trustee and graduate of East Hampton High School, was crowned Mr. Amagansett at the Stephen Talkhouse on Saturday night.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 13, 2017
Extensive damage from smoke and heat to a house on Sawmill Lane in East Hampton.

Just after noon on Monday, a gusty day on the East End, the East Hampton Fire Department was called out to a structure fire at 2 Sawmill Lane, off Roberts Lane in East Hampton. Firefighters made haste and quickly put a stop to a blaze fueled by a leak in a gas line inside the house.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 12, 2017
Services have been finalized for David M. King, an ex-chief and longtime member of the Springs Fire Department and an owner of C.E. King and Sons in Springs.

Services have been finalized for David M. King, a former chief and longtime member of the Springs Fire Department and an owner of C.E. King and Sons, an awning and marine canvas company in Springs. Mr. King died on Saturday morning at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan.

Star Staff
February 9, 2017
South Fork residents will be digging out from the snowstorm on Friday, causing some delays and cancellations on Friday.

South Fork residents will be digging out from the snowstorm on Friday. Coupled with icy roads from low temperatures and windy conditions overnight, schools canceled classes. Some businesses and organizations will be closed on Friday, as well.

David E. Rattray
February 9, 2017
Property owners in East Hampton Town could receive rebates of up to $15,000 toward replacing failed or inadequate septic waste systems.

Property owners in East Hampton Town could receive rebates of up to $15,000 toward replacing failed or inadequate septic waste systems if a proposal now being considered by officials goes ahead.

Money for the program would come from the 20-year extension of the community preservation fund 2-percent tax on most real estate sales, which was approved by voters in November.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 9, 2017
One of the buildings devastated by the fire that ripped through a portion of Sag Harbor’s Main Street two months ago still has not been properly shored up, village officials said yesterday.

One of the buildings devastated by the fire that ripped through a portion of Sag Harbor’s Main Street two months ago still has not been properly shored up, village officials said yesterday.

T.E. McMorrow
February 9, 2017
Since President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, Suffolk County has returned to the practice of honoring such requests, even though ICE rarely acts on them.

Edras Mendez-Ventura of Northwest Woods in East Hampton, who turned 23 on New Year’s Day, has been in county jail in Riverside since his arrest on Jan. 31, unable to meet bail of $15,000 on charges of drunken driving. He was scheduled to be released on Monday, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked that he be detained.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 9, 2017
Thursday's snowstorm makes the blood drive already scheduled in Sag Harbor on Friday that more important.

Thursday's snowstorm makes the blood drive scheduled for Friday in Sag Harbor that much more important. The storm caused cancellations of all scheduled blood drives in the tristate area, severely impacting the blood supply, according to the New York Blood Center.

Judy D’Mello
February 9, 2017
In Sag Harbor, grass roots grow from turf battle.

If the early days of 2017 are defined by social activism, then Sag Harbor is positively visionary. Back in September 2016, a group of residents and parents created a groundswell movement that, in December, resulted in the overwhelming defeat of a proposed synthetic turf field at the Pierson Middle and High School.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 9, 2017
With the snow falling steadily, officials are telling residents to stay off the roads and let highway crews do their work without vehicular traffic.

Update, 1:30 p.m.:  In the hours since East Hampton Town and Village declared a state of emergency, other municipalities have followed suit.