Recent Stories: Villages

Andrea Meyer
June 14, 2018
Founded in 1891, Shinnecock was designed as a 12-hole course by Willie Davis. In 1892, play began on the course for the first 44 members.

This week, the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in nearby Southampton is hosting its fifth U.S. Open tournament. Founded in 1891, Shinnecock  was designed as a 12-hole course by Willie Davis. In 1892, play began on the course for the first 44 members. Two years later, the club became one of five charter members of the United States Golf Association, which established the U.S. Open tournament in 1895. That same year, the golf pro Willie Dunn expanded the course to 18 holes. In 1896, the U.S. Open came to Shinnecock Hills for the first time.

Jamie Bufalino
June 14, 2018
After 16 months of planning and fund-raising, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center will begin its construction phase on Saturday at 2 p.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony to be held on the site of the village’s historic movie theater, which was destroyed by fire in December 2016.

After 16 months of planning and fund-raising, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center will begin its construction phase on Saturday at 2 p.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony to be held on the site of the village’s historic movie theater, which was destroyed by fire in December 2016. Mayor Sandra Schroeder, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., and other elected officials are expected to attend.

In a statement announcing the event, April Gornik, the vice president of the Sag Harbor Partnership, the organization that has spearheaded the campaign to restore the cinema, said, “It’s so thrilling to actually start the building process.” 

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
A long-discussed plan to construct a fire department substation in Northwest Woods is moving forward.

A long-discussed plan to construct a fire department substation in Northwest Woods is moving forward. 

East Hampton Village contracts with the town to serve the Northwest fire and water supply protection districts. It has received approvals from permitting agencies including the Suffolk County Health Department and the town’s planning and architectural review boards, the village administrator, Becky Hansen, reported at a village board work session last Thursday. 

When completed, the substation, to be situated on Old Northwest Road, will house a fire truck and an ambulance, she said. 

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
Concerned Citizens of Montauk has announced a series of talks in its ongoing effort to engage with and educate the community about the environmental challenges facing the hamlet.

Concerned Citizens of Montauk has announced a series of talks in its ongoing effort to engage with and educate the community about the environmental challenges facing the hamlet. 

The series will feature scientists, policy experts, and practitioners who are at the forefront of notable efforts. “Toxin Free Landscapes,” with Edwina Von Gal, founder of the Perfect Earth Project, is the first event in the series. It happens on June 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library. On July 17, Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island will discuss energy conservation at 5:30 p.m. at Fort Pond House. 

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
East Hampton Village Hall, the historic Beecher-Hand House, needs renovation and repair, a consultant told the village board at a work session last Thursday.

East Hampton Village Hall, the historic Beecher-Hand House, needs renovation and repair, a consultant told the village board at a work session last Thursday. 

The Rev. Lyman Beecher bought the structure at 86 Main Street, which was built in the mid-18th century, in 1800. The village acquired it in 1994. Beecher, who co-founded the American Temperance Society and is credited with ending the practice of dueling in America, fathered 13 children, including the abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” 

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
A bloom of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, has been detected in Mill Pond in Water Mill. The toxic algae also persist in Lake Agawam in Southampton, Roth Pond in Stony Brook, and Lake Ronkonkoma.

A bloom of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, has been detected in Mill Pond in Water Mill. The toxic algae also persist in Lake Agawam in Southampton, Roth Pond in Stony Brook, and Lake Ronkonkoma. 

Sampling conducted by officials at the State University at Stony Brook confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria in Mill Pond, according to a statement issued Friday by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Officials have advised residents not to use, swim, or wade in the affected waters and to keep pets and children away from the area. 

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
As the South Fork enters the peak period for tick activity, a corresponding peak in the incidence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses is likely. To help combat the scourge, which has spiked in recent years, according to a May 1 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one South Fork resident is spearheading a fund-raiser.

As the South Fork enters the peak period for tick activity, a corresponding peak in the incidence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses is likely. To help combat the scourge, which has spiked in recent years, according to a May 1 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one South Fork resident is spearheading a fund-raiser. 

Called East End Shop and Dine to End Lyme Disease, it is scheduled for June 30. Stores and restaurants interested in participating have been asked to pledge 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Global Lyme Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses through research, education, and awareness. 

Judy D’Mello
June 14, 2018
Ms. Jackson has taught yoga in and around East Hampton for over 50 years, and, despite pushing 90, she still leads about 10 classes a week in her own style of yoga at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter and the senior citizens center on Springs-Fireplace Road. She also has multiple private clients.

“I teach people,” Jaki Jackson said at her house in Springs on Monday. Although seated in an armchair designed to encourage slouching, she held remarkably good posture. It’s the kind that reflexively causes a straightening of one’s own carriage.

“You teach people yoga?” this writer pressed on. “Any particular style?”

Her only answer was an intense stare, piercing, unflinching, and unsmiling. How absurd the world has become, her 87-year-old eyes seemed to say. Yoga, the most ancient of meditative practices designed to restore equilibrium to body, mind, and spirit and achieve a sense of wholeness, has ironically been fractured by a multibillion dollar industry into a cornucopia of varieties, like flavors of ice cream.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 13, 2018
With the U.S. Open tournament officially starting on Thursday at the Shinnecock Golf Club, the Southampton Town Police Department said they are trying to make improvements to the traffic flow after days of heavy traffic during the practice rounds.

With the U.S. Open tournament officially starting on Thursday at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton Town police said they are trying to make improvements to the traffic flow after days of heavy traffic during the practice rounds. 

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, police said they are working with the Southampton Village Police Department "to modify traffic signal sequence timing in a continued effort to optimize traffic flow through the area during the U.S. Open." 

According to social media posts, Southampton Village was practically gridlocked during the evening commute on Monday and Tuesday. Some said it took them over two hours to go from Southampton Village to Hampton Bays. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 13, 2018
Eleven days after a plane carrying four people crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Amagansett, police have called off the search for the remaining missing victim, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said Wednesday afternoon.

Eleven days after a plane carrying four people crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Amagansett, police have called off the search for the remaining missing victim, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said Wednesday afternoon.

As of 3 p.m., the Police Department suspended the search for William Maerov, whom Chief Sarlo identified as the missing victim. "It was a difficult decision," he said.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 12, 2018
Recovery efforts will resume Tuesday morning for the remaining missing wreckage from the June 2 plane crash off the Amagansett shoreline, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said.

Recovery efforts will resume Tuesday morning for the remaining missing wreckage from the June 2 plane crash off the Amagansett shoreline, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said. 

Meanwhile, the families of the four victims asked that people keep a lookout and call police if they find anything. 

"If you are boating or beach walking and find anything you believe may assist the investigation into the plane crash on the ocean at Indian Wells Beach, please contact your local police department," the families said in a statement issued Monday and posted on the social media pages belonging to Krupinski family businesses. 

Star Staff
June 11, 2018
The Montauk Observatory has organized a night of stargazing for the whole family in Bridgehampton.

The Montauk Observatory has organized a night of stargazing for the whole family in Bridgehampton.

Astronomers will explain the night sky at the South Fork Natural History Museum on Friday from 9 to 11 p.m., setting up telescopes to "give guided tours of the heavens," the observatory said.

The first half-hour will consist of a brief lecture about stargazing, star-hopping, and general tips for observing, and then astronomers will lead participants out into the field for a look at the night sky.

Participants can bring binoculars or set up their own telescopes. Astrophotography will be welcomed, as well.

Jamie Bufalino
June 7, 2018
The three candidates vying for two East Hampton Village Board seats on June 19 — Arthur Graham and Bruce Siska, who are seeking re-election, and Rose Brown, a newcomer to the race who is Mr. Graham’s running mate — agree that wastewater treatment is one of the most pressing village issues.

The three candidates vying for two East Hampton Village Board seats on June 19 — Arthur Graham and Bruce Siska, who are seeking re-election, and Rose Brown, a newcomer to the race who is Mr. Graham’s running mate — agree that wastewater treatment is one of the most pressing village issues. 

Surveyed this week, they said protecting water quality as well as creating workforce housing and revitalizing the business district were top initiatives. While Mr. Graham and Ms. Brown share the opinion that, after 16 years, the time has come for a new comprehensive plan for the village, Mr. Siska thinks the plan has for the most part maintained its saliency, with the exception of the zoning code, which, he said, could use strengthening.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 7, 2018
Jon Kenneth Dollard Jr.’s family and friends remembered him this week as a cautious pilot who loved working for Ben Krupinski.

Jon Kenneth Dollard Jr.’s family and friends remembered him this week as a cautious pilot who loved working for Ben Krupinski. 

A commercial pilot since 2012, the 47-year-old had worked for Mr. Krupinski for approximately six years, his family said. His body is one of the two missing since a Saturday plane crash in the ocean, they said. 

“I get this very uneasy feeling that they haven’t found him. You don’t like him out there alone,” his father, Ken Dollard of Shoreham, said by phone on Tuesday. 

“If you knew him, he was really full of life. I can tell you this,” his father said. “Everybody I knew he knew; everybody held him in the highest regard.” 

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 7, 2018
Four lives were lost on Saturday afternoon when a private plane crashed into the ocean off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett. The plane was on the way back to East Hampton after what was supposed to have been a quick trip to Newport, R.I.

Four lives were lost on Saturday afternoon when a private plane crashed into the ocean off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett. The plane was on the way back to East Hampton after what was supposed to have been a quick trip to Newport, R.I.

A well-known East Hampton couple, Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, were on board with their 22-year-old grandson, William Maerov. Jon Dollard of Hampton Bays, 47, was the pilot. 

David E. Rattray
June 7, 2018
The deaths in Saturday’s small-plane accident of Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, their grandson, William Maerov, and Jon Dollard, a pilot who worked for Mr. Krupinski, claimed headlines as a harrowing tragedy. Yet beyond the raw shock for a relatively small town, the Krupinskis’ sudden absence resonated among a broad swath of intersecting communities.

The deaths in Saturday’s small-plane accident of Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, their grandson, William Maerov, and Jon Dollard, a pilot who worked for Mr. Krupinski, claimed headlines as a harrowing tragedy. Yet beyond the raw shock for a relatively small town, the Krupinskis’ sudden absence resonated among a broad swath of intersecting communities.

The four were aboard a twin-engine Piper aircraft, headed to East Hampton Airport from Newport, R.I., when it crashed into the Atlantic off Amagansett’s Indian Wells Beach. Bodies of two of the victims were recovered quickly; those of the two others had not been found as of yesterday.

Christopher Walsh
June 5, 2018

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works' division of vector control plans to apply larvicide to multiple salt marshes in the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton on Wednesday and Thursday. The action is to control mosquitoes through the application of methoprene and Bti by helicopter flying at low altitude.

Marshes in Napeague and Beach Hampton in Amagansett, and Accabonac Harbor in East Hampton, are to be treated between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. In the Town of Southampton, the county is to treat Stokes Poges, Jagger Lane, Moneybogue Bay, Westhampton Dunes, Dune Road, Meadow Lane, North Haven, Iron Point, and North Sea. Marshlands in Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, and Smithtown were also to be treated.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 3, 2018
A statement posted on the social media pages of businesses belonging to Ben Krupinski and his wife, Bonnie Bistrian Krupinski, who were killed in a plane crash, along with their grandson and pilot, said the family is grateful for the community's support.

While investigators still look for two missing people from a plane that crashed off the Amagansett shoreline Saturday, the victims' families are planning a memorial service.

"We are heartbroken to announce the tragic loss of Ben and Bonnie, their grandson Will, and our colleague Jon, on June 2, 2018," said an announcement posted on the social media accounts belonging to Ben Krupinski's restaurants and construction company. "The Krupinski, Bistrian, Maerov, and Dollard families are grateful for the sincere outpouring of support from so many who knew and loved them."

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 3, 2018
The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the plane and its two missing occupants because of "rapidly deteriorating sea conditions," East Hampton Town police said Sunday afternoon.

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a plane that crashed into the Atlantic off Amagansett and its two missing occupants because of "rapidly deteriorating sea conditions," East Hampton Town police said Sunday afternoon. 

A search by land is still being conducted along East Hampton Town and Southampton Town beaches, as the current was moving west from where the plane crashed. The search in the water will continue as sea conditions improve and it becomes safe to deploy East Hampton Town Marine Patrol vessels, police said. 

Four people were aboard the twin-engine Piper Navajo when it crashed off the Amagansett shoreline on Saturday around 3 p.m.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 2, 2018
Ben Krupinski and his wife, Bonnie Bistrian Krupinski, were among those aboard a small private plane that crashed into the ocean Saturday afternoon, East Hampton Town police said.

Update, 11:50 p.m.: Late Saturday evening, East Hampton Town police released the names of the people aboard the small plane that crashed off Amagansett Saturday afternoon. 

Bernard (Ben) Krupinski, an East Hampton custom home builder, his wife, Bonnie Bistrian Krupinski, and their grandson, William Maerov, 22, were passengers aboard the twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo, police said. Jon Dollard, 47, of Hampton Bays was identified as the pilot.

Mr. and Ms. Krupinski, both 70, were the owners of three East Hampton restaurants — the 1770 House, Cittanuova, and East Hampton Point — and, along with her family, of the East Hampton Golf Club. They were also well-known community supporters and philanthropists. 

June 1, 2018

Nitrogen water pollution is at the top of the East End environmental agenda lately and will be addressed at 10 a.m. Saturday in a presentation sponsored by the Village Preservation Society of East Hampton. Two Suffolk County Department of Health Services approved contractors will describe how new low-nitrogen septic systems work and show models of the equipment required. The public has been invited to attend to learn about the hardware and the engineering and permitting process for installation.

East Hampton Town now requires low-nitrogen wastewater systems for all new construction or substantial renovations and additions. East Hampton Village has held off for now on passing a similar measure. 

Christopher Walsh
May 31, 2018
The Long Island Community Foundation has given Concerned Citizens of Montauk $20,000 to help fund its work to improve the hamlet’s water quality.

The Long Island Community Foundation has given Concerned Citizens of Montauk $20,000 to help fund its work to improve the hamlet’s water quality. 

The grant is the second the foundation has awarded C.C.O.M. in two years. Last year, the $20,000 grant helped advance C.C.O.M.’s Save the Lake-Save the Pond initiative, which engages property owners in a coordinated effort to reduce the human causes of water pollution. 

Jamie Bufalino
May 31, 2018
Seeking support for its plan to use part of a 24-acre site off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Southampton Town as an impound yard for vehicles seized by its Police Department, Sag Harbor Village dispatched Police Chief Austin J. McGuire and Charles Voorhis, an environmental consultant, to a public hearing before the town’s planning board last Thursday.

Seeking support for its plan to use part of a 24-acre site off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Southampton Town as an impound yard for vehicles seized by its Police Department, Sag Harbor Village dispatched Police Chief Austin J. McGuire and Charles Voorhis, an environmental consultant, to a public hearing before the town’s planning board last Thursday. At the same time, concerned citizens and representatives of conservation groups spoke out against the proposal, which they believe would endanger the neighboring Long Pond Greenbelt. 

Star Staff
May 31, 2018
The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s summer camp scholarship fund will be the beneficiary of a “change drive” at Sam’s Beverage Place on Race Lane through June 30.

The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s summer camp scholarship fund will be the beneficiary of a “change drive” at Sam’s Beverage Place on Race Lane through June 30. In-store and delivery customers will have the option to have their purchases rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the change going to the Y’s programs for kids age 4 through 16 whose parents may need a little help paying for camp. Customers can donate more if they wish, of course.

Glenn Vickers, the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton director, thanked Sam Iden, for whom the shop is named, and noted that Mr. Iden had been a past volunteer of the year at the Y.

Sam’s Beverage is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday until 5.