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Christopher Walsh
September 22, 2014
The People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday drew more than 300,000 demonstrators, including some from East Hampton.

The People's Climate March, a mass gathering in New York City aimed at compelling governments and the United Nations to take dramatic action to address climate change, drew more than 300,000 demonstrators, including some from East Hampton, to midtown Manhattan on Sunday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 22, 2014

East Hampton Library's 2015 operating budget easily passed muster with voters — those who showed up on Saturday.

By a vote of 124 to 25,  next year's spending plan of just over $2.2 million was approved by an 83-percent margin. The budget contains an $85,500 increase in expenses from 2014. Voters from the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts were eligible to cast ballots.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 22, 2014
The driver of a minvan was taken to Southampton Hospital after she hit a tree on Route 114 in East Hampton on Monday morning.

The driver of a minivan was taken to Southampton Hospital after she hit a tree on Route 114 in East Hampton on Monday morning. 

A passerby called 911 after the accident occurred near Hardscrabble Court at about 11:10 a.m., but the caller wasn't sure if anyone was injured. When an East Hampton Town police officer arrived, he asked the East Hampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Association to respond for a woman with a possibly broken wrist. The ambulance was dispatched at 11:15 a.m. 

The minivan had some front-end damage. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 21, 2014
An electrical fire broke out at a house in Culloden Shores in Montauk on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, Sag Harbor calls medevac for a person who fell down stairs.

A small electrical fire broke out in a house on Culloden Point in Montauk on Sunday evening. The Montauk Fire Department called for back up, but quickly extinguished the fire.

The fire was reported at 14 Beach Plum Road in Culldoen Shores at 5:33 p.m. The Amagansett Rapid Intervention Team, a specially-trained group of firefighters who can rescue firefighters if necessary, were called to Montauk, but were not needed. 

It was not immediately clear how bad the damage was to the house. The East Hampton Town Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 20, 2014
Passers-by saw an orange flow in the sky around Long Beach in the Sag Harbor area on Saturday night, after a mulch fire was reported on Shelter Island.

A reported mulch fire burning at the Shelter Island Town dump Saturday night could be seen from Long Beach in Noyac and other areas around North Haven and Sag Harbor on the South Fork.

The Sag Harbor Fire Department responded with one engine and manpower, taking the South Ferry to stand by at Shelter Island's headquarters in case the Shelter Island Fire Department needed assistance. Sag Harbor firefighters were called at 7:55 p.m.

The fire on Shelter Island began around 7:20 p.m.

Jack Graves
Taylor K. Vecsey
September 19, 2014

East Hampton High School will celebrate this weekend, and it will mark the first homecoming where soccer, not football, will be the headliner.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 19, 2014

A grand opening celebration is planned this weekend for Petco, a national pet supplies store that has opened its first store on the South Fork in Bridgehampton.

The store is in the Bridgehampton Commons, next to King Kullen. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday at 8:55 a.m. A free $10 gift card will be given to the first 100 Pals Rewards customers, which is the store's loyalty points program. On Sunday, the first 50 Pals Rewards customers will receive a free Petco tote bag. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 18, 2014

Representatives from Stony Brook University Hospital traveled east on Sept. 10 to present Nick Calace, a paid paramedic with the Amagansett Fire Department, with a plaque for his quick recognition of a major heart attack experienced by a 66-year-old patient on July 9.

T.E. McMorrow
September 18, 2014
The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk, who had proposed a private club there, asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board last night to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property.

The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk, who had proposed a private club there, asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board last night to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property.

“We agree Ditch Plains is a special place and have requested an adjournment,” Lars Svanberg and Scott Bradley, members of the ownership group, known as ED40, said in a press release Friday from Rubenstein Public Relations.

T.E. McMorrow
September 18, 2014
Southampton Town detectives suspect arson as the cause of a fire that destroyed most of a historic Sagaponack house early Monday morning.

Southampton Town detectives suspect arson as the cause of a fire that destroyed most of a historic Sagaponack house early Monday morning.

An automatic fire alarm went off at the house, at 850 Sagg Main Street near Cemetery Lane, at about 5:35 a.m. Bridgehampton Fire Chief Gary Horsburgh, the second to arrive on the scene after Jeff White, an assistant chief, said the house was “fully engulfed” when he got there.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
September 18, 2014
Patricia Hope wants to prove we have chiggers.

Since resigning from the East Hampton School Board in early July, Patricia Hope has not exactly had trouble filling her days.

In recent weeks, the former science teacher, who chaired the East Hampton High School science department for eight years before retiring in 2007, has turned her attention toward the cataloging of local ticks and mites.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 18, 2014
Ms. Bistrian had rescued her children, two pets, and a bantam chicken moments earlier, “with seconds to spare before the windows started exploding.”

When Jerry Sheehan, a former chief of the Springs Fire Department, ran to his neighbor’s house at 787 Accabonac Road in the dark early Saturday morning, flames were shooting 30 feet into the air through its roof. The fire seemed to be in one part of the house, but he knew all too well that the smoke inside would be deadly.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 18, 2014
Consultant will provide details and offer solutions in series of town meetings.

Public discussions will begin next week of a draft East Hampton Town comprehensive wastewater management plan. The document, prepared by Pio Lombardo of the Massachusetts consulting firm Lombardo Associates and posted online at ehwaterrestore.com, contains an analysis of the problems of wastewater disposal and their potential solutions.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 17, 2014
A fire broke out in the basement of a house on 11th Street in Springs Wednesday morning, causing smoke damage throughout the structure.

A fire broke out in the basement of a house on 11th Street in Springs Wednesday morning, causing smoke damage throughout the structure.

The Springs Fire Department was called to 22 11th Street at 7:40 a.m. David King, the first assistant chief, said three or four adults vacationing there were alerted by smoke detectors and got out of the house before firefighters arrived. No one was hurt.

David E. Rattray
September 17, 2014
A judge has cleared the way for a trial in Suffolk Supreme Court on intertwined lawsuits from Napeague property owners seeking to ban all but emergency vehicles from the ocean beach in front of their residences and claiming private ownership of the beach.

A judge has cleared the way for a trial in Suffolk Supreme Court on intertwined lawsuits from Napeague property owners seeking to ban all but emergency vehicles from the ocean beach in front of their residences and claiming private ownership of the beach.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 17, 2014
A helicopter transported the injured man to Stony Brook University Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

A man was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after he fell at the Montauk Marine Basin on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Montauk Fire Department's ambulance company was called to 426 West Lake Drive for a man who had injuries from a fall just before 2 p.m. A medevac helicopter landed at the Montauk Firehouse. 

East Hampton Town police were not immediately available for comment. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 17, 2014

Members with the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps were given certificates at a meeting of the Suffolk Regional E.M.S. Council in Yaphank on Sept. 9.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 16, 2014

East Hampton Town will provide trash bags and gloves to volunteers pitching in on Saturday for the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Individuals and groups have been invited to collect trash on any beach. Participants will be asked to fill out an Ocean Conservancy data collection form, which the town will provide, to record the type of debris found. The information will be used by the organization to identify debris “hotspots” and issues, raise awareness, and help communities adopt policies that will contribute to cleaner oceans.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 16, 2014

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell's office announced Monday that upcoming meetings would focus on specific issues facing the town to allow for more time to answer questions from the public.

September 15, 2014
A box truck slammed into the Long Island Rail Road overpass on Monday morning.

Yet another truck hit the Long Island Rail Road overpass on North Main Street in East Hampton Village Monday morning.

A Sid Wainer & Son box truck delivering specialty produce and foods from Brooklyn got stuck as it tried to go underneath the train trestle at about 10:25 a.m.

East Hampton Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen said the road was shut down for a couple of hours, while the truck, which had significant damage, was towed.

Star staff
September 15, 2014

The East Hampton High School boys soccer team defeated Jericho, the three-time defending state Class A champion, 2-1 on Saturday. It was the first time in five meetings that an East Hampton boys team had beaten Jericho.

T.E. McMorrow
September 12, 2014
The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property.

The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk, who have proposed a private club there, asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property, according to a press release from the corporation’s public relations firm.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 12, 2014
A large commerical lawn mower erupted in flames while it was being used on an expansive Bridgehampton estate Friday afternoon.

A lawn mower erupted in flames while it was being used on a Bridgehampton estate on Friday afternoon.

The Bridgehampton Fire Department responded to a reported tractor fire on a Mitchell Lane property known as Long Pond Farm at about 3 p.m. An engine and tanker truck responded, along with an ambulance crew who stood by.

Star staff
September 12, 2014
A tractor trailer carrying sand flipped over onto its side on Brick Kiln Road in Bridgehampton Friday morning. The driver was airlifted to Stony Brook.

A tractor trailer carrying sand flipped over onto its side in Bridgehampton Friday morning, spilling its contents all over the road and injuring the driver. 

The accident reportedly occurred as the driver was making a left from Scuttlehole Road onto Brick Kiln Road just before 9 a.m. The Bridgehampton Fire Department's rescue squad was called to respond, but Chief Charles Broadmeadow called them off after the driver got out of the truck with help fr