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T.E. McMorrow
June 24, 2016
Brad Bender, who resigned amid a felony drug charge in November, said he has suffered from addiction most of his life, and sold oxycodone pills to further feed his drug habit.

Brad Bender, who resigned as a Southampton Town councilman amid a felony charge of conspiring to distribute oxycodone last November, was sentenced in First District Court in Central Islip Friday to two years in federal prison. 

Star Staff
June 24, 2016
Summer hasn't officially begun until the free concerts on the Montauk Village Green and at Gosman's dockside stage get underway.

Summer hasn't officially begun until the free concerts on the Montauk village green and at Gosman's dockside stage get under way.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 24, 2016
Fireworks on the South Fork are aplenty, and spread out throughout the summer and even into late August. Mark your calendar for one show or all of them, just be sure to enjoy the dazzling spectacle in the sky.

Fireworks on the South Fork are aplenty -- spread out throughout the summer and even into late August. Mark your calendar for one show or all of them, just be sure to enjoy the dazzling spectacle in the sky. 

July 1

Star Staff
June 24, 2016
If you have some time between the graduation ceremonies and parties that abound during this last weekend of June, there are several events worth your attention, particularly if you're a fan of music.

If you have some time between the graduation ceremonies and parties that abound during this last weekend of June, there are several events worth your attention, particularly if you're a fan of music.

Christine Sampson
June 23, 2016
Some people give to charities that support environmental conservation or the welfare of animals.

Some people give to charities that support environmental conservation or the welfare of animals. Educational causes are the choice of Pat McKibbin, who owns the Mary’s Marvelous stores in East Hampton and Amagansett with his wife, Mary Schoenlein.

“To me, that’s kind of where it all starts,” he said.

Christine Sampson
June 23, 2016
Last week’s Amagansett School Board meeting took a contentious turn when it came time for public comment, after a resident alleged that the school district had improperly denied a Freedom of Information Law request.

Last week’s Amagansett School Board meeting took a contentious turn when it came time for public comment, after a resident alleged that the school district had improperly denied a Freedom of Information Law request.

Christopher Walsh
June 23, 2016
Democratic voters are getting primed for Tuesday's primary, in which they will choose a candidate to face Lee Zeldin, the first-term Republican incumbent in the House of Representatives from the First Congressional District.

As Democratic voters get primed for Tuesday’s primary, in which they will choose a candidate to face Lee Zeldin, the first-term Republican incumbent in the House of Representatives from the First Congressional District, the contest between Anna Throne-Holst, the former Southampton Town supervisor, and Dave Calone, a businessman, former prosecutor, and chairman of the Suffolk Planning Comm

Amanda M. Fairbanks
June 23, 2016
This ongoing series examines the changing face of East Hampton through a diverse group of students, getting to know their families and their interests — and documenting how they grow and change over time

It’s been about a year since The East Hampton Star last caught up with five students, originally all enrolled in the Kristen Tulp’s kindergarten class at the John M. Marshall Elementary School. 

Joanne Pilgrim
June 23, 2016

Nancy Atlas, a Montauk musician who has performed here for 20 years, strode in front of the East Hampton Town Board at a meeting at the Montauk Firehouse on June 14 and sang an a cappella stanza from “The Star-Spangled Banner” while holding a phone that contained a decibel meter.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 23, 2016

Two locations in East Hampton Town are being considered as sites for a satellite emergency care center Southampton Hospital plans to build here.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 23, 2016
A State Supreme Court justice may take until fall to determine the ownership of and access to parts of the Napeague ocean beach, but East Hampton Town is moving ahead in the meantime, come what may, with the process of condemnation, or eminent domain.

A State Supreme Court justice may take until fall to determine the ownership of and access to parts of the Napeague ocean beach, but East Hampton Town is moving ahead in the meantime, come what may, with the process of condemnation, or eminent domain.

T.E. McMorrow
June 23, 2016
Sean P. Ludwick, the driver charged with killing his passenger, Paul Hansen, in a drunken driving crash in Noyac last August, then fleeing the scene and leaving Mr. Hansen's body on the side of the road, will be put on trial within the next few months.

Sean P. Ludwick, the driver charged with killing his passenger, Paul Hansen, in a drunken driving crash in Noyac last August, then fleeing the scene and leaving Mr. Hansen's body on the side of the road, will be put on trial within the next few months, New York State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho said Thursday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 22, 2016
East, a magazine designed to reflect the best of the South Fork and published by The East Hampton Star, will appear four times in 2016, with additional issues in July, August, and November.

East, a magazine designed to reflect the best of the South Fork and published by The East Hampton Star, will debut June 23 with Biddle Duke as its editor. It will appear four times in 2016, with additional issues in July, August, and November.

T.E. McMorrow
June 21, 2016
A Montauk man who boasted in a recent Vanity Fair article about being above the law in East Hampton Town found himself face to face with it on Monday, when he was arrested and charged with driving while high on drugs, unlicensed driving, and multiple moving violations.

A Montauk man who boasted in a recent Vanity Fair article about being above the law in East Hampton Town found himself face to face with it on Monday, when he was arrested and charged with driving while high on drugs, unlicensed driving, and multiple moving violations.

Christine Sampson
June 21, 2016
Local organizations needing student volunteers this summer have been asked to reach out to East Hampton High School, which is compiling a list to be posted online for students who are looking to complete community service hours.

Local organizations needing student volunteers this summer have been asked to reach out to East Hampton High School, which is compiling a list to be posted online for students who are looking to complete community service hours.

Star Staff
June 20, 2016

Suffolk County’s new additional area code, 934, went into effect on Saturday. As a reminder, residents will need to dial 10 digits when they are making a call, whether within their area code or not.

Existing 631 phone numbers did not change, but seven-digit dialing will no longer work. Calls to area codes outside 631 and 934 will require a 1 plus the necessary 10 digits.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 20, 2016
A fire broke out in a building near the Downs Family Recreational Park on Flying Point Road in Water Mill on Monday evening, calling out firefighters from several surrounding districts.

Update, 9 p.m.: Southampton firefighters meeting up at the department's antique truck barn on Flying Point Road were the first to report flames coming from a house next door, according to Chris Brenner, the first assistant fire chief. They found a fire in the back of the house, he said. 

Christine Sampson
June 20, 2016
A NASA astronaut and a former International Space Station flight controller are among the instructors on tap for a July program for ages 13 to 17.

South Fork kids with a passion for science — and outer space, in particular — will have the chance this summer to take that love to a higher level.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
June 18, 2016
An East Hampton Town fire marshal’s office investigation into a complaint of overcrowding at the Inn at East Hampton uncovered 61 violations related to New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, but concluded that “the original complaint of overcrowding at the 20-unit motel was unfounded.”

An East Hampton Town fire marshal’s office investigation into a complaint last summer of overcrowding at the Inn at East Hampton uncovered 61 violations related to New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, but concluded that “the original complaint of overcrowding at the 20-unit motel was unfounded,” according to a release sent out by the office Friday afternoon.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 18, 2016
After a successful fund-raising campaign, the July 16 fireworks display will go on for at least one more summer over Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton.

The Great Bonac Fireworks Show will go on this summer, continuing a 35-year tradition, after a successful community fund-raising campaign.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 18, 2016
A woman was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hosptial Saturday with serious injuries after the car she was a passenger in drove off the road and into the woods on North Haven.

A woman was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital Saturday with serious injuries after the vehicle in which she was a passenger drove off the road and into the woods on North Haven. 

Star Staff
June 17, 2016
Father's Day is Sunday, and in case you haven't made plans with your dad yet, we've got some suggestions.

Father's Day is Sunday, and in case you haven't made plans with your dad yet, we've got some suggestions. 

Joanne Pilgrim
June 16, 2016
The Anna Mirabai Lytton Foundation for Arts and Wellness was started just a week after Anna was struck by a car in East Hampton Village while riding her bicycle to a summer job.

Since the death of their teenage daughter, Anna Mirabai Lytton, three years ago, Kate Rabinowitz and Rameshwar Das, a Springs couple, have been working to bring special arts and wellness programs to other youngsters in her name.

Christopher Walsh
June 16, 2016
At Driftwood Shores in Springs, it is neighbor versus neighbor over access.

Accusations and recriminations went flying from the moment Monday’s meeting of the East Hampton Town Trustees began at Town Hall, with a half-dozen residents of Driftwood Shores, a development in Springs, accusing a couple who recently built a house on the last undeveloped lot there of prohibiting the use of the beach in front of it.