Recent Stories: Villages

Isabel Carmichael
November 20, 2017
A life-size giraffe sculpture that has been moldering in an East Hampton Village holding pen since it was discovered "grazing" at the edge of the Nature Trail a year and a half ago, will be sold to the highest bidder.

He or she could be yours, if you get your bid in soon! A life-size giraffe sculpture that has been moldering in an East Hampton Village holding pen since it was discovered "grazing" at the edge of the Nature Trail a year and a half ago, will be sold to the highest bidder, the village board agreed Friday.

Star Staff
November 19, 2017

With the holiday rush comes an increased need for blood, and several blood drives have been scheduled over the coming weeks. 

The first is at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett, on the corner of Montauk Highway and Abraham’s Path, on Monday from noon to 7:15 p.m. It is sponsored by the New York Blood Center.

On Dec. 13, the Bridgehampton Fire Department will host one at its firehouse from 2 to 8 p.m. 

Then, just before Christmas, on Dec. 20, Pierson High School in Sag Harbor will host a drive in its gym. Donors can give blood between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Southampton High School has one scheduled for Dec. 22 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 

Star Staff
November 17, 2017
On a day trip spearheaded by East Hampton Girl Scout Troop 1768, high school students traveled to Bay Shore to help build a Habitat for Humanity house on Nov. 4.

On a day trip spearheaded by East Hampton Girl Scout Troop 1768, high school students traveled to Bay Shore to help build a Habitat for Humanity house on Nov. 4.

The effort began in June, when the troop, all high school juniors, and their friends held a Cardboard Campout on the East Hampton High School lawn to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. On Nov. 4, they wielded saws and hammers as they helped a construction crew complete supports for the flooring system in the Bay Shore house.

Judy D’Mello
November 16, 2017
Susan Gandolfo MacNeill recently self-published a book titled “Grover and Elizabeth: An Amagansett Tragedy," about a family's history with Huntington's disease.

“Driving with my father through a wooded road leading from East Hampton to Amagansett,” wrote Dr. George Huntington, who was then 8 years old, “we suddenly came upon two women, mother and daughter, both tall, thin, almost cadaverous, both bowing, twisting, grimacing. I stared in wonderment, almost in fear. What could it mean? My father paused to speak with them, and we passed on.”

T.E. McMorrow
November 16, 2017
Santa has come early for both Guild Hall and Ashawagh Hall, in the form of gifts bequeathed by a Springs woman.

Santa has come early for both Guild Hall and Ashawagh Hall, in the form of gifts bequeathed by a Springs woman. A ceremony in honor of the late Anita Ober was held at Ashawagh Hall on Sunday, during which a pair of faux boix outdoor chairs and a table were unveiled. Cast in rebar and concrete, they are comfortable to sit in and, with their weight, certainly would be hard to steal — both qualities that made the set attractive to Mickey Crowley, who was like a stepson to Ms. Ober and is the executor of her will. “She was very specific,” Mr. Crowley said about Ms. Ober’s wishes as expressed both to him in person, and in her will.

Star Staff
November 16, 2017
Allison Lisa Lien of East Hampton and Robert Anthony Biscardi of Springs were married on Oct. 28 in an outside ceremony overlooking the water at Cowfish Restaurant in Hampton Bays.

Allison Lisa Lien of East Hampton and Robert Anthony Biscardi of Springs were married on Oct. 28 in an outside ceremony overlooking the water at Cowfish Restaurant in Hampton Bays. East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky officiated.

Ms. Lien, who will keep her name, is the daughter of Darleen Lien of East Hampton and the late William Lien. Mr. Biscardi’s parents are Cheryl and Anthony Biscardi of Springs. 

Both the bride and groom are graduates of East Hampton High School. They are living in Springs.

Carissa Katz
November 16, 2017
Eight months after hiring a new executive director, the East Hampton Historical Society is beginning the search for her replacement.

Eight months after hiring a new executive director, the East Hampton Historical Society is beginning the search for her replacement. 

The society announced late last month that Jill Malusky, who had been in the position since March, had “resigned due to family reasons that have caused her to relocate out of state.” 

Ms. Malusky, who is originally from Ohio, had previously lived in Kentucky, where she was director of visitor engagement at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. “I adored her,” said Hollis Forbes, president of the society’s board of trustees. “I just think she’s fabulous.” 

Christopher Walsh
November 16, 2017
The bay scallop population in town waterways has experienced a modest rebound after two consecutive years that were assessed as “not great,” “bleak,” “very bad,” and “horrible.”

“We opened scallop season yesterday in town waters,” Francis Bock, clerk of the East Hampton Town Trustees, told his colleagues on Monday. “All the reports I've gotten are that it was very good.”

According to those in the know, the bay scallop population in town waterways, many of which are under trustee management on behalf of residents, has experienced a modest rebound after two consecutive years that were assessed as “not great,” “bleak,” “very bad,” and “horrible.” 

David E. Rattray
November 16, 2017
Holly M. Kinyon stunned a crowd of about 125 people at an auction house in Potsdam, N.Y., on Saturday, winning both a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence and a related cache of printed documents, wills, and family papers linked to East Hampton.

A single buyer stunned a crowd of about 125 people at an auction house in Potsdam, N.Y., on Saturday, winning both a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence and a related cache of printed documents, wills, and family papers linked to East Hampton.

Holly M. Kinyon, who had flown east from her home in California to attend the sale, bid $1.5 million for the Declaration of Independence and $290,000 for the other materials. With tax and a buyer’s premium, her total came to about $2.2 million.

Initial estimates for the Declaration were $500,000 to $1 million and between $25,000 and $50,000 for the papers. Kip Blanchard of Blanchard’s Auction Service in Potsdam handled the sale.

Christopher Walsh
November 16, 2017
A celebrated, if unusual, component of East Hampton’s history will be dispersed, one piece at a time, starting Friday at 10 a.m. when an estate sale is held at Grey Gardens.

A celebrated, if unusual, component of East Hampton’s history will be dispersed, one piece at a time, starting Friday at 10 a.m. when an estate sale is held at Grey Gardens, the 28-room house at 3 West End Road made famous by a 1975 documentary about its eccentric inhabitants, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale.

Big Edie and Little Edie, who lived at Grey Gardens for more than 50 years, were an aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, who spent childhood summers at nearby Lasata, her family’s estate at 121 Further Lane. 

Star Staff
November 15, 2017

The Montauk Lighthouse Committee is gearing up for the return of the big holiday lighting of the Light on Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., after a one-year hiatus.

The lighting this year will be dedicated to the late Betsy White, a Montauk Historical Society president for 20 years who was a charter member of the Montauk Lighthouse Committee when it took over stewardship of the Light. Ms. White was the society's vice president at the time of her death in October of last year.

Carissa Katz
November 14, 2017
The application deadline for the Talley scholarship is Friday. Applicants must be residents of East Hampton Town.

The Ladies Village Improvement Society of East Hampton, well known for its good works as steward of the village’s street trees, among other things, has also helped many a local student through college by way of a number of scholarships given annually to graduating high school seniors. And it is not just high school students who can qualify for an L.V.I.S. scholarship. The society also offers the Madelon DeVoe Talley Scholarship, a $3,000 award to a woman 25 or older who is enrolled in or plans to enroll in a college undergraduate program.

Jackie Pape
November 13, 2017
The newly organized Southampton Town Opioid Addiction Task Force will host a forum, "It Hits Home," on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Hampton Bays High School.

The newly organized Southampton Town Opioid Addiction Task Force will host a forum called "It Hits Home" on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Hampton Bays High School.

In light of the growing opioid epidemic that has affected the East End and the entire country, the forum will bring together medical, mental health, education, and law enforcement authorities to discuss solutions.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 9, 2017
Southampton Town officials are once again exploring the idea of putting the Bridgehampton business district on the National Register of Historic Places.

Southampton Town officials are once again exploring the idea of putting the Bridgehampton business district on the National Register of Historic Places. The move would be a first for the unincorporated part of the town, which has shied away from federal and state recognition in the past. 

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman reached out to Zach Studenroth, a historic preservation consultant and the former town historian, about putting together a proposal to create a Bridgehampton Historic District along the main corridor and nominate it for the national register. Mr. Studenroth informally presented the idea to the Southampton Town Board during a work session last Thursday and has since been asked to rework it with an eye toward more local control.

Christopher Walsh
November 9, 2017
Nearly four out of five respondents to a questionnaire mailed to East Hampton Village residents in June would favor a lethal approach to deer management, according to the results of the survey announced at the village board’s work session last Thursday.

Nearly four out of five respondents to a questionnaire mailed to East Hampton Village residents in June would favor a lethal approach to deer management, according to the results of the survey announced at the village board’s work session last Thursday. 

Upon hearing the results of the 10-question survey, the board quickly reached a consensus that action to reduce the population is needed. 

The questionnaire was intended to gauge the level of interest in moving forward with some kind of deer-management program, said Becky Hansen, the village administrator. 

Two thousand and thirty-eight questionnaires were mailed in June, Ms. Hansen said, and 742 were returned. That 36.4-percent response rate, she said, made for a valid data set. 

Christopher Walsh
November 9, 2017
Preparations are well underway to return the historical Dominy clock and woodworking shops, which date to the late 18th century, to their original location on North Main Street in East Hampton Village.

Preparations are well underway to return the historical Dominy clock and woodworking shops, which date to the late 18th century, to their original location on North Main Street in East Hampton Village, where they are to be connected by a reconstruction of the timber frame Dominy house that also had been on the site and begin a new life as a museum and educational center. 

At the East Hampton Village Board’s work session last Thursday, Robert Hefner, the village director of historic services, and Richard Barons, the former executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society, briefed members on the project. Rebecca Hansen, the village administrator, said on Monday that it is hoped that the shops will be moved next summer or fall. 

Christopher Walsh
November 9, 2017

Ambiguous language in the East Hampton Village code and the potential for thousands more square feet of habitable space in residences were described by Ken Collum, the village building inspector, at a village board work session last Thursday, prompting the board to consider changes to the law governing accessory buildings. The board also heard a heartfelt plea from Leonard Ackerman, an East Hampton resident and attorney, that health-care personnel or family members be allowed to live in accessory buildings. 

Star Staff
November 9, 2017
To commemorate Veterans Day and honor the many local veterans for their service, communities across the South Fork have organized parades and ceremonies for Saturday morning.

To commemorate Veterans Day and honor the many local veterans for their service, communities across the South Fork have organized parades and ceremonies for Saturday morning.

Southampton 

A Veterans Day parade and service will be held in Agawam Park on Saturday morning. The parade will start at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. and head down Job's Lane to the park. The service will follow around 11 a.m.

Veterans have been asked to convene at the church by 10 a.m., and cars will be provided for veterans who cannot march.

Sag Harbor 

Star Staff
November 9, 2017
Donations for the East Hampton and Springs food pantries will be accepted Saturday at the East Hampton Middle School on Newtown Lane between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Donations for the East Hampton and Springs food pantries will be accepted Saturday at the East Hampton Middle School on Newtown Lane between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Canned and boxed food items will be accepted.

Any donors unable to make it to the Saturday drop-off can phone the East Hampton Food Pantry at (631) 324-2300 to arrange for goods to be picked up. This is the seventh year that the food pantries have organized the collection day at the middle school. Vicki Littman is the East Hampton Food Pantry chairwoman. The Rev. Dr. Connie Jones of Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton is coordinating Saturday’s event.

Star Staff
November 9, 2017
An evening of live music, food, and a 50-50 raffle on Thursday from 6 to 9 at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett will raise money for two South Fork natives who lost their homes, cars, and jobs when Hurricane Irma devastated St. John in the United States Virgin Islands.

An evening of live music, food, and a 50-50 raffle on Thursday from 6 to 9 at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett will raise money for two South Fork natives who lost their homes, cars, and jobs when Hurricane Irma devastated St. John in the United States Virgin Islands.

Kim Nalepinski and Serena Gagliotti both grew up on the South Fork but had been living on St. John for many years, Ms. Nalepinski in Coral Bay and Ms. Gagliotti in Cruz Bay. Ms. Nalepinski evacuated days before Irma barreled over the island and has been staying since then with her parents in East Hampton. Ms. Gagliotti left a few weeks later.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 9, 2017
A man walking along the edge of a cliff on the west side of Shadmoor State Park in Montauk fell approximately 40 feet to the bottom on Thursday afternoon, according to Montauk Fire Chief Vinnie Franzone.

Update, 4:40 p.m.: East Hampton Town police said that a man who fell from a bluff at Shadomoor State Park in Montauk on Thursday afternoon dropped 40 to 50 feet, at what police said is the highest part of the bluffs. 

The man, identified only as a 31-year-old from Port Jefferson, had traveled to Montauk with two friends, according to Sergeant Chelsea Tierney. They parked in the parking area at the state park and walked the trails. His friends told police they were looking at the ocean waves and did not see him fall, but by the time they turned back in his direction, he was tumbling down the bluff. 

Judy D’Mello
Taylor K. Vecsey
November 7, 2017
The Springs School was evacuated as a precaution after people smelled of smoke in the building Tuesday morning, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said.

Update, 11:18 a.m.:  “There was never any fire,” said Debra Winter, the Springs School superintendent, when she was reached about why the school was evacuated Tuesday morning.

“We pulled the fire alarm because it did not go off since the smoke was isolated to one classroom," Ms. Winter explained. Some children were still on school buses, about to be dropped off when the smoke was noticed at about 8:30 a.m. Students still on buses remained on them while those already inside the building were taken to the school’s evacuation sites: Ashawagh Hall, the Springs Library, and the Springs Community Presbyterian Church.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 6, 2017
The Montauk line east of Speonk will be out of service this weekend, Nov. 10 to 13, as work is completed on the main track. Bus service will be offered between Patchogue and Montauk.

The Montauk line east of Speonk will be out of service this weekend, Nov. 10 to 13, as work is completed on the main track. Bus service will be offered between Patchogue and Montauk. 

Eastbound riders will board buses at Patchogue for service to their stations and should expect up to 29 minutes additional travel time, according to Long Island Rail Road officials. Westbound riders, from Montauk to Bellport, will board buses at their stations and head to Patchogue, where train service will resume. Westbound buses will depart up to 34 minutes earlier than normal.

Jackie Pape
November 3, 2017
The second annual ArtXchange celebration of cultural diversity takes place at the East Hampton museum on Sunday afternoon.

Guild Hall will host its second annual ArtXchange celebration of cultural diversity on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The family event, which is free, will include creative activities focused on the exchange of tradition, ideas, and stories about inclusion and how to foster respect and stimulate interactions amongst community members.

A poetry reading and presentation will kick off the event at 1 p.m. in the theater. Dance performances by the East Hampton High School Dance Team and the Shinnecock Youth Council will follow at 2 p.m.