Recent Stories: Villages

Christopher Walsh
July 20, 2017
Wind farm officials hear fishermen's pleas and are exploring an alternative to an initial plan to route the installation's transmission cable through Gardiner's Bay.

In response to strong opposition from commercial fishermen who fear a disruption of their work and destruction of fish habitat, officials of Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island company that plans to construct a 15-turbine wind farm approximately 30 miles off Montauk, are exploring an alternative to an initial plan to route the installation’s transmission cable through Gardiner’s Bay.

At an April meeting of the East Hampton Town Trustees, several fishermen voiced those concerns to Clint Plummer, Deepwater Wind’s vice president of development, should the transmission cable be laid to make landfall in Gardiner’s Bay.

Christopher Walsh
July 20, 2017
Because East Hampton Village restricts the height of a garage to 20 feet, Jim and Gretchen Johnson, owners of a century-old house at 31 Old Beach Lane called Nid de Papillon, need a seven-foot variance for a garage.

Because East Hampton Village restricts the height of a garage to 20 feet, Jim and Gretchen Johnson, owners of a century-old house at 31 Old Beach Lane called Nid de Papillon, need a seven-foot variance for a garage which, their attorney told the Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday, will have the style and characteristics of the Elizabethan-style manor house itself.

Star Staff
July 20, 2017
Cycling routes of 25 and 60 miles, as well as a 5K walk in Sag Harbor, will raise money for the Wounded Warrior organization. Day-of registration will be welcomed.

Solider Ride of the Hamptons, a day of cycling, food, and music to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, will take place on Saturday, starting and finishing in Amagansett.

It will include a 5K walk in Sag Harbor from Marine Park on Bay Street that will start at 11 a.m.

The Wounded Warrior Project offers assistance to veterans recovering from injuries sustained while in the military and helps them to acclimate back to civilian life. It offers rehabilitative retreats, peer support, and employment assistance.

Bryley Williams
July 19, 2017
The annual East Hampton Lions Club chicken barbecue is a week earlier this year and has been relocated to the American Legion from the Ladies Village Improvement Society fairground.

In 1968, according to an account that appeared in The East Hampton Star, the East Hampton Lions Club once again held its annual chicken barbecue. That year, the members cooked 800 chickens on 32-foot-long barbecue pits, serving 1,500 guests.

Forty-nine years later, the Lions Club is still using the same equipment as it did in 1968, but has scaled back somewhat. Organizers expect to grill 400 chickens to feed 1,000 people at what will be its 64th annual barbecue, at the Amagansett American Legion this Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Not everyone who attends eats chicken, organizers said.

Jackie Pape
July 18, 2017
Suffolk County's Division of Vector Control will conduct aerial spraying for mosquito larvae sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Suffolk County's Division of Vector Control will conduct aerial spraying for mosquito larvae sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The pesticides set to be dropped via helicopter are VectoBac and methoprene, which are registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The county says the products have no significant human toxicity.

Four areas in Southampton Town and two in East Hampton Town are on the list for spraying. The county does not recommend any precautions, because, it says, the helicopter flies at a very low level over marsh areas and human exposure is unlikely.

Christopher Walsh
July 17, 2017
Four weeks after they ordered Georgica Pond closed to the harvesting of crabs and other marine life due to a report a toxic blue-green algae from Suffolk officials, the East Hampton Town Trustees reopened the pond as the algal bloom had significantly diminished.

Four weeks after they ordered Georgica Pond closed to the harvesting of crabs and other marine life due to a report a toxic blue-green algae from Suffolk officials, the East Hampton Town Trustees reopened the pond as the algal bloom had significantly diminished.

"The bacteria levels have been down for about two weeks now," Bill Taylor, a deputy clerk of the trustees, said last week of the bloom of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. Mr. Taylor removed the signs that had been posted to notify the public that crabbing was prohibited around July 7, he said.

Christopher Walsh
July 14, 2017
The State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the temporary closure of Three Mile Harbor to shellfishing from Saturday through Wednesday due to the Clamshell Foundation's Great Bonac Fireworks display on Saturday night.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the temporary closure of Three Mile Harbor to shellfishing from Saturday through Wednesday due to the Clamshell Foundation's Great Bonac Fireworks display on Saturday night.

All normally certified shellfish lands in Three Mile Harbor, including tributaries, located south of a line extending due east from the northern end of the western jetty at the inlet of Three Mile Harbor, to the northern end of the eastern jetty, on the eastern side of the inlet, will be closed as of sunrise on Saturday. The area, approximately 1,045 acres, includes the entrance channel to the harbor. No shellfish may be taken from Three Mile Harbor during that time.

July 14, 2017
Another weekend has arrived, and as ever in the summer, there's a lot going on. Here's our list of noteworthy happenings to help guide you through the weekend.

Another weekend has arrived, and as ever in the summer, there's a lot going on. Here's our list of noteworthy happenings to help guide you through the weekend.

First, the events that run all weekend long:

The Bridgehampton Carnival is in town until Sunday, and then again from Wednesday through July 22. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m.

Jon M. Diat
July 13, 2017
Capt. Frank Tuma Sr. will be honored as the Fishing Legend of the Year at the conclusion of the 17th annual Montauk Mercury Grand Slam Fishing Tournament on Sunday.

“I was born in Brooklyn, but Montauk is where I was really born,” Capt. Frank Tuma Sr. said from his house near the Montauk Downs State Park golf course recently.

His parents were living in Montauk back in 1924, but his mother, Hilda, wanted him to be born in Brooklyn because relatives lived nearby. Three days later, he and his family left the hospital and returned to their small house in the old Montauk fishing village, which stood not far from the current Long Island Rail Road station. Ever since, Captain Tuma has been a fixture in the hamlet, where the family name still resonates loudly.

Mark Segal
July 13, 2017
"Native American Life on the East End," an exhibition at the Eastville Community Historical Society, offers a glimpse of the African-Americans, Native Americans, and European immigrants who lived together in Sag Harbor.

"Native American Life on the East End," an exhibition of than 60 artifacts, including tintypes, cabinet cards, vintage and contemporary photographs, and original artwork, which opened on Saturday at the Eastville Community Historical Society, 139 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor, is a testament to Native Americans on the eastern part of Paumanok, the Native American name for Long Island, from the Paleo-Indian period, which lasted from approximately 15,000 to 7,000 B.C., to the present time. It will remain on view through Oct. 7.

Star Staff
July 13, 2017
The Sag Harbor Partnership’s Party for the Cinema, to help raise money for the group’s effort to buy the Sag Harbor Cinema property and establish a cinema arts center there, will be held under a tent on Long Wharf on Sunday.

The Sag Harbor Partnership’s Party for the Cinema, to help raise money for the group’s effort to buy the Sag Harbor Cinema property and establish a cinema arts center there, will be held under a tent on Long Wharf on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The party will feature food from village restaurants, beer and wine from East End producers, music by the HooDoo Loungers, portrait sketches, raptors on view, and face painting for kids. Tickets cost $50 for adults and $15 for children. They can be bought online at sagharborpartnership.org.

Christopher Walsh
July 13, 2017
A free ukulele class for beginners is being offered at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.

The unexpected delight that comes from strumming a ukulele has to be experienced to be understood. Equally surprising, perhaps, is the existence, as of Tuesday, of a free ukulele class for beginners at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Barbara Raeder, who lives in Wainscott, led an enthusiastic inaugural class, who learned their first chords on the four-stringed, portable, and inexpensive instrument, and even played and sang a song. Lessons will continue through August.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 13, 2017
The barn at the historic Duck Creek Farm on the corner of Three Mile Harbor and Squaw Roads in Springs has been restored after an 18-month process and will open to the public on Saturday with an exhibit of artwork by Sydney Albertini.

The barn at the historic Duck Creek Farm on the corner of Three Mile Harbor and Squaw Roads in Springs has been restored after an 18-month process and will open to the public on Saturday with an exhibit of artwork by Sydney Albertini. In 2013, as part of the Parrish Art Museum’s Road Show, Ms. Albertini created a sculptural installation at the barn, prior to its restoration.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 13, 2017
This year’s Hamptons Greek Festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons on St. Andrew’s Road hosts the festival to celebrate Greek culture and food.

This year’s Hamptons Greek Festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons on St. Andrew’s Road hosts the festival to celebrate Greek culture and food. The hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

The Hamptons Hellenic Dancers will perform traditional folk dances, there will be live Greek music and an open dance floor, and a market will offer imported Greek delicacies like extra-virgin olive oil, feta and other Greek cheeses, and Greek yogurt. Activities for children will include face painting and games.

Bryley Williams
July 13, 2017
It was about four years ago that Judy Smith noticed a seagull walking around on her deck and gave it something to eat. The seagull stuck around and visited Ms. Smith and her husband every weekend, loudly knocking its beak on their back window to say hello.

Martin the seagull is missing.

It was about four years ago that Judy Smith, who has a house in Barnes Landing, noticed a seagull walking around on her deck and gave it something to eat. The seagull stuck around and visited Ms. Smith and her husband every weekend, loudly knocking its beak on their back window to say hello.

Then, about a month and a half ago, Martin disappeared.

From the start, Ms. Smith fed her seagull friend mostly Martin’s Potato Bread, for which she named the webbed-footed visitor. Martin continued to stop by regularly, visiting multiple times a day during the summer.

Ms. Smith developed affection for the bird, and he seemed to like her, too, sometimes eating directly out of her hand.

Star Staff
July 13, 2017
Jenny Kate Sherman married Ryan Charles Siebenlist at Montauk’s Navy Beach restaurant on Saturday evening, with balmy weather and clear skies as a backdrop.

Jenny Kate Sherman married Ryan Charles Siebenlist at Montauk’s Navy Beach restaurant on Saturday evening, with balmy weather and clear skies as a backdrop. The ceremony, for which the couple wrote their own vows, was officiated by Chris Radicone, a longtime university friend of the bride’s.

Under a full moon, more than 100 family members and close friends celebrated the couple deep into night.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 13, 2017
A daughter recalls the life of a fisherman lost at sea last week 30 miles south of Montauk.

Soon after the Coast Guard began its search for a fisherman believed to have fallen overboard 30 miles south of Montauk last week, the difficult phone call was made to notify his next of kin in New Bedford, Mass. Kaylen Quintin was driving when she received a call from a number she first figured to be solicitors. Something made her pick up.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 12, 2017
A doctor who interned with Southampton Hospital last year, became an online singing sensation, and died in a car accident last month was featured on an episode of "America's Got Talent" Tuesday night.

A doctor who interned with Southampton Hospital last year, became an online singing sensation, and died in a car accident last month was featured on an episode of "America's Got Talent" Tuesday night. 

Christopher Walsh
July 11, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will hold a public information meeting on the state's Offshore Wind Master Plan at the Southampton Inn on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will hold a public information meeting on the state's Offshore Wind Master Plan at the Southampton Inn on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The inn is at 91 Hill Street.

The meeting will follow other public information meetings to be held at the Long Island Association in Melville on Monday and at the Long Beach Public Library on Tuesday. They are meant to provide Long Island residents an opportunity to learn about the components of the Offshore Wind Master Plan. There will be informational exhibits and a chance to ask questions about the plan.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 10, 2017
The carnival is coming to Bridgehampton, but it is not all fun and games.

The carnival is coming to Bridgehampton, but it is not all fun and games. Its proceeds will benefit the Southampton Housing Authority and its development corporation, called Ascend Homes and Community Foundation.

The carnival, from Newton Shows, will be held in the open field at 1995 Montauk Highway, next to Carvel, from Thursday, July 13 through July 16, and then again from July 19 to July 22. The hours are 6 to 11 nightly, and there will be rides, games, and food. Wristbands will be sold ahead of time for $23 until noon next Thursday, good for pay-one-price days next Thursday, July 16, July 19, and July 20. They are available on brownpapertickets.com.

Jackie Pape
July 7, 2017
The Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor will showcase its new summer exhibit, "Native American Life on the East End," with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor will showcase its new summer exhibit, "Native American Life on the East End," with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibit refutes stereotypical imagery of Native Americans by covering the Paleo-Indian period to the present day of Native Americans on the East End of "Paumanok," the Native American name for Long Island.

The exhibition features more than 60 artifacts, including tintypes, cabinet cards, vintage and modern photographs, and contemporary artwork by David Bunn Martine of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 6, 2017
Keep a watch on your oak trees this summer. By season’s end, it will likely be obvious if any have been struck by oak wilt disease, a fungus that is readily spread and easily kills the trees.

Keep a watch on your oak trees this summer. By season’s end, it will likely be obvious if any have been struck by oak wilt disease, a fungus that is readily spread and easily kills the trees.

Infected oaks must be taken out and the wood properly disposed of. Pruning can spread the disease by exposing oak-wilt spore, which attracts beetles that carry it to other trees, so it should be left until the fall.

Star Staff
July 6, 2017
Citizens for Access Rights, which advocates for continued public access to East Hampton Town beaches, has released a video describing its mission.

Citizens for Access Rights, which advocates for continued public access to East Hampton Town beaches, has released a video describing its mission. The video can be seen on youtube.com.

The group, known as CfAR, was formed in response to two lawsuits in which private homeowners claimed ownership of a stretch of ocean beach at Napeague. The town board and the town trustees fought and recently won these lawsuits, which, in addition to asserting private ownership of the beach, claimed that the public’s use of that beach presented both a nuisance and hazard to public safety.

The State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the town and trustees, but the plaintiffs have appealed the decision.

Christopher Walsh
July 6, 2017
Arthur Graham was elected to the East Hampton Village Board last month and took a seat among his colleagues this week.

“This is a brand new day, with a brand new member of the board of trustees, the rookie,” Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said at the East Hampton Village Board’s organizational meeting yesterday. The so-called rookie is Arthur Graham, who was elected to the East Hampton Village Board last month and took a seat among his colleagues yesterday.