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Christopher Walsh
December 14, 2017
Landscaping companies involved in the design of what is known as a rain garden on the East Hampton Village green and the Eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation would like to see it expand.

Landscaping companies involved in the design of what is known as a rain garden on the East Hampton Village green and the Eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation would like to expand the garden, they told the East Hampton Village Board at a busy work session last Thursday. Also on the agenda was a proposal to change the village code to allow onsite food preparation and takeout and possible code changes regarding mass gatherings, fees for applications to the zoning board of appeals, and commercial-vehicle parking. 

Judy D’Mello
December 14, 2017
East Hampton has denied reassigning the lease of the now defunct Child Development Center of the Hamptons building on Stephen Hand’s Path to Gersh Academy, based on the fact that the company is not nonprofit, as the previous school there had been.

Although the East Hampton Town Board rejected Kevin Gersh’s proposal to open a school here for children on the autism spectrum last Thursday, with four members of the board voting unanimously and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez absent, the proposal is far from dead.

The board denied reassigning the lease of the now defunct Child Development Center of the Hamptons building on Stephen Hand’s Path to Gersh Academy, based on the fact that the company is not nonprofit, as C.D.C.H. had been.

Christopher Walsh
December 14, 2017
East Hampton Village asked to retroactively approve improperly built structures at Ronald Perelman’s 58-acre Creeks on Georgica Pond.

The first of what promises to be many meetings at which the Creeks, Ronald Perelman’s 58-acre estate at 291 Montauk Highway, will be considered occupied much of Friday’s meeting of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals. 

In March of 2012, it was discovered that Mr. Perelman, the billionaire investor and philanthropist, had constructed and altered multiple structures at the Creeks without obtaining building permits. That discovery was made only when a fire took Ken Collum, a volunteer firefighter who is now the village’s building inspector, to the property. 

Star Staff
December 14, 2017

Representative Lee Zeldin will be available to meet with constituents on a one-on-one basis on Monday at the Riverhead Fire Department station at 540 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead.

Staff from Mr. Zeldin's office will also be available to meet with members of the public.

Mr. Zeldin is expect to be at the fire station from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. According to a press release from his office, he will depart immediately to return to Washington for House votes.

Appointments are not necessary, but members of the media were asked to obtain credentials from Mr. Zeldin's Washington office in advance.

Carissa Katz
December 14, 2017
The Suffolk County Board of Elections certified results for the Nov. 7 election on Dec. 6, further confirming the Democrats’ dominance in East Hampton Town, where the party’s candidates won the races for town supervisor and town board and came away with a 7-to-2 majority on the East Hampton Town Trustees.

“I learned that we are heavily outnumbered,” Reg Cornelia, the outgoing chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee, said this week when asked to reflect on the Democrats’ strong performance in this year’s town races. “It’s going to be very difficult with these numbers to win elections.”

The Suffolk County Board of Elections certified results for the Nov. 7 election on Dec. 6, further confirming the Democrats’ dominance in East Hampton Town, where the party’s candidates won the races for town supervisor and town board and came away with a 7-to-2 majority on the East Hampton Town Trustees. 

T.E. McMorrow
December 14, 2017
One of the drivers involved in a collision between two commercial vehicles on Route 114 in East Hampton last Thursday remains at Stony Brook University Hospital, his condition upgraded yesterday from critical to stable.

One of the drivers involved in a collision between two commercial vehicles on Route 114 in East Hampton last Thursday remains at Stony Brook University Hospital, his condition upgraded yesterday from critical to stable. The other driver, who was less seriously injured, was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital after his dump truck was rear-ended around 7:30 in the morning, according to the East Hampton Town Police Department.

According to police, Joseph Lambiase, a 59-year-old East Hampton man, had come to a stop in his 1996 dump truck in order to make a left turn into his driveway when the truck was struck from behind by a 2013 Ford Transit Connect cargo van driven by Michael J. Oblein of East Hampton, 34.

Christopher Walsh
December 14, 2017
An effort by Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company that plans to construct the South Fork Wind Farm approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, to alleviate the concerns of skeptical fishermen took an incremental step forward when the company’s president and vice president of development addressed a standing-room-only crowd at East Hampton Town Hall on Monday.

An effort by Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company that plans to construct the South Fork Wind Farm approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, to alleviate the concerns of skeptical fishermen over disruption or destruction of their livelihood took an incremental step forward when the company’s president and vice president of development addressed a standing-room-only crowd at East Hampton Town Hall on Monday. 

Concerns remain, however, with commercial fishermen demanding to see data that Deepwater Wind has promised but has yet to produce, along with assurances that they will be compensated for losses resulting from construction or operation of the wind farm. 

Joanne Pilgrim
December 14, 2017
A $32.8 million centralized wastewater treatment system being designed for downtown Montauk would eliminate septic system headaches faced by many businesses and prevent contaminants from reaching ground and surface waters, but could cost some of the larger businesses more than six figures a year.

A $32.8 million centralized wastewater treatment system being designed for downtown Montauk would eliminate septic system headaches faced by many businesses and prevent contaminants from reaching ground and surface waters, but could cost some of the larger businesses more than six figures a year.

Costs to individual downtown properties that would initially be hooked up would be apportioned through a tax district to be created by the town, based on the gallons per day of sewage that each property would be putting into the system. The businesses that generate the largest amount of septic waste would pay the largest share of the system’s capital and operating costs.

Star Staff
December 14, 2017
Gifts and treats for yourself made by local craftspeople and artists will be on sale this weekened in several locations.

By Hand, a holiday gift sale, will take place at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On sale will be hand-woven clothing and accessories, jewelry, ornaments, pottery, soaps and lotions, children’s wooden puzzles and toys, wood cutting boards, mirrors, and bowls, mirrors, pottery, and more.

A holiday bazaar with home décor and gifts will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church session house in East Hampton. There will be hot chocolate, apple cider, and photos with Santa. Part of the money will benefit the church music program.

T.E. McMorrow
December 14, 2017
The proposed merger of two lots on Isle of Wight Road in the Lion Head Beach area of Springs and the expansion an existing residence on one of the lots drew a crowd of 15 or 20 neighbors who argued against it at an East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing on Dec. 5.

The proposed merger of two lots on Isle of Wight Road in the Lion Head Beach area of Springs and the expansion an existing residence on one of the lots drew a crowd of 15 or 20 neighbors who argued against it at an East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing on Dec. 5. 

John and Patricia Dankowitz have an existing 2,600-square-foot house on the southern of the lots they want to merge, while the northern lot is undeveloped. They would like to expand the existing residence by 1,600 square feet after the lots are merged and to construct a 375-square-foot swimming pool, a 200-square-foot pool house, a slate patio, and a walkway to the beach at Hog Creek. They also plan to install a new septic system.

Judy D’Mello
December 14, 2017
Security measures are a topic at the forefront of debate at many South Fork schools today. The issue was also raised during Monday’s work session of the Springs School Board.

With issues that dominated conversation at East Hampton School Board meetings during 2017 — the site of a new school bus depot, for instance, and the lack of a football team — now largely off the table, the board and administration were asked to turn their attention to three other areas of concern: drugs in the schools, the security of the buildings, and a seemingly lax dress code.

T.E. McMorrow
December 14, 2017
The New York Civil Liberties Union argued unsuccessfully in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday for the release of a man being held by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department on a detainment request from Immigration and Enforcement.

The New York Civil Liberties Union argued unsuccessfully in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday for the release of a man being held by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department on a detainment request from Immigration and Enforcement. 

The man, Susai Manickam Francis, 55, originally from India, had been living in Northport. He has been arrested numerous times this year, most recently on Nov. 28 by Suffolk County police on a charge of disorderly conduct, a violation. Unable to make bail, he was taken to Nassau County, where he pleaded guilty on Dec. 4 to an outstanding misdemeanor charge of aggravated drunken driving, and then returned to Suffolk County.

Judy D’Mello
December 14, 2017
Shakespeare wanted his work to be performed. And for 20 years, students at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton have kept the Bard’s intentions alive.

Shakespeare wanted his work to be performed. And for 20 years, students at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton have kept the Bard’s intentions alive. 

Shakespeare and Company, a Massachusetts organization committed to performing, training, and educating adults and children on all things Shakespearean, has been at the helm of Hayground’s performances as part of its annual artists-in-residence program, which involves full immersion into one of Shakespeare’s plays and culminates in two public performances. 

This year’s play, “The Tempest,” will be staged at Guild Hall today at 1 and 6 p.m. All 88 students enrolled in the school, ranging in age from 3 to 13, will participate, along with 11 faculty and staffers.

Christopher Walsh
December 14, 2017
A hearing officer appointed to make recommendations to the town board has found William Taylor, the Town of East Hampton’s waterways management supervisor and a town trustee, not guilty on each of 14 charges of misconduct and incompetence levied against him last year after he was injured while securing an aquatic weed harvester in Georgica Pond.

A hearing officer appointed to make recommendations to the town board has found William Taylor, the Town of East Hampton’s waterways management supervisor and a town trustee, not guilty on each of 14 charges of misconduct and incompetence levied against him last year after he was injured while securing an aquatic weed harvester in Georgica Pond. 

The town board is reviewing those findings, Supervisor Larry Cantwell said on Tuesday, and will make a determination as to whether or not to accept them at its meeting next Thursday. “We will take into consideration the findings and recommendations and the board will adopt a resolution,” he said. 

Christopher Walsh
December 13, 2017
Representative Lee Zeldin has taken strong exception to the characterization of Stephen Bannon, the White House's former chief strategist, as anti-Semitic. Mr. Bannon is to headline a fund-raiser for his re-election campaign in Manhattan on Thursday.

Representative Lee Zeldin has taken strong exception to the characterization of Stephen Bannon, the White House's former chief strategist, as anti-Semitic.

Mr. Bannon is to headline a fund-raiser for the congressman's re-election campaign in Manhattan on Thursday.

Mr. Bannon's appearance there is to be the first in a planned series of fundraisers he will attend in support of Republican members of the House and Senate. It remains to be seen if these fund-raisers will be impacted by the defeat of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, for whom Mr. Bannon went to bat.

Christopher Walsh
December 12, 2017
Joe Hagan presents Jann Wenner, co-founder of Rolling Stone and master chronicler of his fellow baby boomers, as a brilliant, hugely ambitious, and deeply insecure man riven by contradictory impulses.
"Sticky Fingers"
Joe Hagan
Knopf, $29.95
 

"Jane got the house on West Seventieth Street and the estate in the Hamptons, plus the Picasso and her beloved Diebenkorn, now worth millions. Wenner was stung by the loss of the Hamptons home . . . but afterward he married Nye and built him a $12 million beach house in Montauk next to Ralph Lauren." 

Christopher Walsh
December 7, 2017
Mr. Zeldin, a second-term Republican, is one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress. In October, he penned an article published on the Breitbart site in which he argued against recertification of the Iran nuclear deal.

Representative Lee Zeldin of New York’s First Congressional District is under fire from Jewish and other activist groups over a participant in a fund-raiser for his re-election scheduled for next Thursday in Manhattan. 

The fund-raiser is to feature Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, an opinion and commentary website that Mr. Bannon described last year as “the platform for the alt-right,” a loosely organized group that is widely seen as promoting white supremacy, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and neo-fascism. 

Christopher Walsh
December 7, 2017
A new traffic circle at the intersection of Buell and Toilsome Lanes in East Hampton Village is now scheduled for completion in the spring, after a series of minor delays.

The construction of a roundabout at what is known as the five corners intersection at Buell and Toilsome Lanes in East Hampton Village is well underway, but an initial forecast of completion by year’s end has been pushed back some months because of longer-than-anticipated, prerequisite utility upgrades. 

The New York State Department of Transportation issued a work permit for the project in September. South Fork Asphalt, the Southampton company that was awarded a contract to perform the work, mobilized to the site on Oct. 19 and subcontracted with Keith Grimes Inc. of Bridgehampton for excavation and drainage structure installation. 

Joanne Pilgrim
December 7, 2017
Deepwater Wind, which is planning to construct 15 offshore wind turbines 30 miles east of Montauk, has selected Beach Lane in Wainscott as the best spot for its power cable to come ashore.

Deepwater Wind, which is planning to construct 15 offshore wind turbines 30 miles east of Montauk, has selected Beach Lane in Wainscott as the best spot for its power cable to come ashore, a representative told the East Hampton Town Board Tuesday. It is offering cash grants for environmental projects, among other sweeteners for the town.

The company examined five potential landing sites and cable routes to carry energy from the turbines to a Long Island Power Authority substation off Cove Hollow Road in East Hampton before identifying Beach Lane as the preferred location. 

T.E. McMorrow
December 7, 2017
The drivers of two northbound commercial vehicles were taken to the hospital after one rear-ended the other on Route 114 shortly after 7:30 Thursday morning, according to the East Hampton Town police.

The drivers of two northbound commercial vehicles were taken to the hospital after one rear-ended the other on Route 114 shortly after 7:30 Thursday morning, according to the East Hampton Town police.

A 59-year-old East Hampton man driving a 1996 dump truck had come to a stop in order to make a left turn into a private driveway when his truck was struck from behind by a 2013 Ford Transit Connect cargo van. The second driver, also from East Hampton, was 34.

The small cargo van was a John Hummel and Associates Custom Builders work vehicle. The company is based on Route 114 in East Hampton. It is not immediately known to whom the dump truck was registered, and the drivers' names were not immediately available.

Christopher Walsh
December 7, 2017
For the second time in four years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have led to state official recognition of the Montaukett Indian Nation.

For the second time in four years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have led to state recognition of the Montaukett Indian Nation. The bill, sponsored by State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, passed the Assembly and Senate easily during the summer, and they have said they are not giving up. 

Mr. Cuomo’s veto, on Nov. 29, and his 2013 veto of identical legislation “demonstrate a willingness to twist logic, to twist the facts, just to avoid recognizing the Montauketts,” Mr. Thiele said on Tuesday. 

Star Staff
December 7, 2017
Tchaikovsky's classic comes to Guild Hall and holiday-themed activities abound this weekend.

“The Nutcracker” at Guild Hall

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present its ninth annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton. The show opens tomorrow at 7 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Carissa Katz
December 7, 2017
Three South Fork women are in the running for Miss Latina Tristate, Miss East Hampton, Paula Viviana Lozano, who entered the competition on a whim, is one of them.

Three South Fork women are in the running for Miss Latina Tristate, and online voters could help send one of them to the final competition on Dec. 17.

Miss East Hampton, Paula Viviana Lozano, a 2015 graduate of East Hampton High School, won first place in the fantasy dress competition on Oct. 17 at the Space at the Westbury Theater and now has her sights set on taking the 2017 title. Last year’s title, then known as Miss Latina Long Island, was held by Miss Montauk, Roxannie Rodriguez. 

Judy D’Mello
December 7, 2017
According to Autism Speaks, an advocacy group, 25 private schools east of Medford and west of Hauppauge offer specialized education for autistic children — but there are none on the East End.

According to Autism Speaks, an advocacy group, 25 private schools east of Medford and west of Hauppauge offer specialized education for autistic children — but there are none on the East End. 

Still, superintendents from East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Montauk, Springs, and Sag Harbor have insisted that a proposed school for children on the autism spectrum, which Kevin Gersh seeks to open in the vacant Child Development Center of the Hamptons building in Wainscott, is not needed.

“We do not have a need,” Debra Winter, the Springs School superintendent, said this week. “Our children are being taken care of.”