Recent Stories: Villages

Star Staff
September 21, 2017

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons has a busy Sunday planned. A self-guided shade-garden tour will kick off the day from 9 a.m. to noon. Check-in is at the Bridgehampton Community House’s main auditorium at 9:30 a.m.

Then at 2 p.m., Ken Druse, the so-called “guru of natural gardening,” according to the The New York Times, and an award-winning author and photographer, will give a lecture for the Paul Karish Seminar on “Shade Gardening in the Age of Climate Change.”

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 21, 2017
The Sagaponack Village Board does not have adequate assurance that goods and services are purchased at the best price, according to the findings of an audit released by the New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office on Tuesday.

The Sagaponack Village Board does not have adequate assurance that goods and services are purchased at the best price, according to the findings of an audit released by the New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office on Tuesday.

The board does not review each claim to determine if they are properly itemized and include appropriate supporting documentation, the audit found. Also, competitive quotes were not sought for some purchases.

“The board did not perform an effective claims audit or establish an adequate process to ensure that transactions were properly authorized and approved, complied with statutory or village requirements or that claims were proper village purposes,” a statement from Mr. DiNapoli’s office said.

Christopher Walsh
September 21, 2017
James P. Foster, an East Hampton Village public safety dispatcher, has been promoted from the position of PSD II to PSD III, a supervisory title.

James P. Foster, an East Hampton Village public safety dispatcher, has been promoted from the position of PSD II to PSD III, a supervisory title. In his new role, he will oversee the daily operation of the village’s dispatch center, which has 16 full-time dispatchers.

At the village board’s meeting on Friday, Mr. Foster, who is known as J.P., was recognized for his long and distinguished service. He joined the village as a public safety dispatcher in 1990, said Village Police Chief Michael Tracey.

Christopher Walsh
September 21, 2017
Months after East Hampton Village held its first-ever street fair, the village’s first fall festival has been scheduled.

Months after East Hampton Village held its first-ever street fair, the village’s first fall festival has been scheduled.

At the village board’s meeting on Friday, Steven Ringel, executive director of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, detailed plans for a fall festival to be held on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the section of Herrick Park nearest to Newtown Lane that includes the playground and gazebo.

Later in the meeting, the board voted to approve the chamber’s request to use the park for the festival.

Christopher Walsh
September 21, 2017
The East Hampton Town Trustees will hold their 27th annual Largest Clam Contest on Sunday at noon at the Donald Lamb Building on Bluff Road in Amagansett.

The East Hampton Town Trustees will hold their 27th annual Largest Clam Contest on Sunday at noon at the Donald Lamb Building on Bluff Road in Amagansett.

The contest, which serves to educate the public as to the trustees’ role in town government and celebrate the bounty of the waterways under their jurisdiction, is a perennially popular post-summer event.

T.E. McMorrow
September 21, 2017
In May, Cynthia Darrell replaced Sabato Caponi, who became the chief operating officer of the society’s Suffolk County Criminal Division.

She grew up in Montauk, where her father, William Carew, practiced law. Now, she is the supervisor of the Legal Aid Society’s East End bureau, overseeing attorneys in 11 village and town justice courts. Her name is Cynthia Darrell, and, after 18 years of service with the Legal Aid Society, she says love of the job, and the search for justice, keeps her going.

In May, Ms. Darrell replaced Sabato Caponi, who became the chief operating officer of the society’s Suffolk County Criminal Division. Speaking on Tuesday of the organization’s role in the justice system, she said, “It is not just to deal with the criminal charges. It is the well-being of our clients in general.”

Irene Silverman
September 21, 2017
It has been a whirlwind of a year for Joshua Franklin, who was officially installed as the new rabbi of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Sept. 2, less than three weeks before today’s beginning of the High Holidays.

It has been a whirlwind of a year for Joshua Franklin, who was officially installed as the new rabbi of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Sept. 2, less than three weeks before today’s beginning of the High Holidays.

Star Staff
September 21, 2017
Voters from the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts approved a budget increase for the East Hampton Library in balloting conducted Saturday.

Voters from the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts approved a budget increase for the East Hampton Library in balloting conducted Saturday. Dennis Fabiszak, the library director, said that he was happy to report the results, which showed 78 percent in favor of the budget. In all, 145 ballots were cast.

East Hampton voters went 79 yes to 30 no for the proposal, which will add roughly $104,000 to the library’s spending plan for the coming year. Votes from Springs were 32 in favor and 2 against. There were just two votes from Wainscott residents, both yeses.

Christopher Walsh
September 21, 2017
What is expected to be a yearlong project to raise the Long Island Rail Road trestles that cross North Main Street and Accabonac Road in East Hampton Village will begin next month, the village board was told on Friday.

What is expected to be a yearlong project to raise the Long Island Rail Road trestles that cross North Main Street and Accabonac Road in East Hampton Village will begin next month, the village board was told on Friday.

Hector Garcia, a railroad official, told the board that the trestles, which are often struck and damaged by trucks, would be raised from 11 to 14 feet high with the installation of new bridge structures. The track bed will also have to be raised, he said. Retaining walls will be constructed, on L.I.R.R. property, on either side of the tracks.

The work will mostly be confined to the construction areas, he said, but the L.I.R.R. will need access to some residential properties east of the trestles in order to reach its property.

Irene Silverman
September 21, 2017
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has moved to enforce a judgment handed down recently in Suffolk Supreme Court against one of the largest landowners in East Hampton Village, the education entrepreneur Christopher Whittle.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has moved to enforce a judgment handed down recently in Suffolk Supreme Court against one of the largest landowners in East Hampton Village, the education entrepreneur Christopher Whittle.

Legal notice of the proposed sale of three separate properties belonging to Mr. Whittle, two on Briar Patch Road, where he owns an 11-acre estate bordering Georgica Pond, and the third on Irma Court off Gould Street, appeared last week in this newspaper and is scheduled to run again on Sept. 28, Oct. 12, and Oct. 26. According to the notice, all three parcels are to be put up for sale at 11 a.m. on Nov. 14, in the auditorium of the sheriff’s office in Yaphank.

Star Staff
September 21, 2017

David Bunn Martine, the director, and curator of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum in Southampton, will conduct four wigwam workshops on the front lawn of the Eastville Community Historical Society Heritage House beginning Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mr. Martine, using a combination of traditional and nontraditional materials, will discuss the use of wigwams and their importance to Native American history. The sessions, which will also take place on Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and Oct. 14, cost $10, $5 for children.

Mr. Martine will also speak about and sign copies of his new book, “No Reservation: New York Contemporary Native American Art Movement,” on Sept. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the heritage house.
 

Star Staff
September 20, 2017
Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Jewish Center of the Hamptons has extended an invitation to anyone displaced from their homes in the affected areas to attend High Holy Days services here in East Hampton.

Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday night. Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Jewish Center of the Hamptons has extended an invitation to anyone displaced from their homes in the affected areas to attend High Holy Days services here in East Hampton. Rabbi Joshua Franklin and Cantor-Rabbi Debra Stein said that tickets have been reserved for the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur events and can be had through the center’s office at 631-324-9858.

Star Staff
September 18, 2017
With Long Island under a tropical storm watch, several events scheduled over the next few days are being postponed.

With Suffolk County under a tropical storm watch, several events scheduled over the next few days have been postponed. 

• A "listening session" with the East Hampton Town Republican candidates scheduled for the American Legion in Amagansett on Tuesday evening has been canceled. More information will be posted when it has been rescheduled.

Star Staff
September 18, 2017
The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is continuing its search for sponsors for the Fall Festival carousel, which costs $7,000 for two days.

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is continuing its search for sponsors for the Fall Festival carousel, which costs $7,000 for two days. The festival takes place over Columbus Day weekend. The chamber hopes that 14 businesses will each contribute $500 to the effort. It is also looking for volunteers to help during the festival at the chowder contest and to help serve food and oversee children’s activities.

Tickets are still available for the annual Cash Catch raffle, whose winners will be drawn at the festival on Columbus Day weekend. They can be bought at the chamber office or by calling 631-668-2428. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 18, 2017
A tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Long Island with heavy rain and wind expected, especially on the East End, as Hurricane Jose passes southeast of the island late Tuesday night into Wednesday.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Long Island with heavy rain and wind expected, especially on the East End, as Hurricane Jose passes east of Montauk late Tuesday night into Wednesday. 

While Long Island should avoid a direct hit, the storm's large size will bring tropical storm force winds, coastal flooding, and heavy rainfall. Currently a category one hurricane, Jose is expected to weaken as it passes approximately 75 to 125 miles south-southeast of Montauk Point.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 18, 2017
Government officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Jose, which is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds and rain to the East End as early as Monday night while it passes several hundred miles south-southeast of Montauk.

Update, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.: East Hampton Town officials have advised residents to continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Jose, which is expected to pass 200 miles east of Long Island. The town is expected to be under a tropical storm watch through Wednesday. 

The National Weather Service expects winds between 30 and 40 miles per hour, two to three inches of rain, heavy surf, and a two to three-foot tidal surge peaking around high tide at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Jackie Pape
September 15, 2017

September is Falls Prevention Month, and the Suffolk County Department of Health Services is offering various prevention workshops across the county for senior citizens throughout the coming months. On the South Fork, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, and the East Hampton Library are hosting events through November.

According to a release from the county, Dr. James Tomarken, the commissioner of health services, has invited the public to Suffolk's programs intended to teach senior citizens behaviors that will help reduce the risk of falls.

Christopher Walsh
September 14, 2017
Like its previous gathering, Friday’s meeting of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals was brief, with a relatively small number of hearings on the agenda.

Like its previous gathering, Friday’s meeting of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals was brief, with a relatively small number of hearings on the agenda. 

An application for the Hedges Inn, at 74 James Lane, was one of just two heard. The business seeks variances to legalize 29,105 square feet of coverage, where 15,345 square feet is the maximum permitted; to legalize air-conditioning condenser units and storage bins that are within required front and side-yard setbacks, and to legalize a wood storage rack and slate pavers that are within the side and rear-yard setbacks. Also needed are a wetlands permit and variances to legalize a sign, a storage bin, and air-conditioning condenser units within the required 150-foot wetlands setback. 

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
A vote on a modest budget increase for the East Hampton Library will be held there on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registered residents of the East Hampton, Wainscott, and Springs School Districts can cast ballots on the proposed $104,000 tax hike for 2018.

A vote on a modest budget increase for the East Hampton Library will be held there on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registered residents of the East Hampton, Wainscott, and Springs School Districts can cast ballots on the proposed $104,000 tax hike for 2018.

East Hampton’s tax increase would be just over $73,500, Wainscott’s would be $19,000, and the increase in Springs would be $11,400. The library has estimated that the annual increase for the average household would be $6.62. The budget’s largest increase is for staff, including salaries and insurance. The total proposed budget for next year is $2.58 million.

Absentee ballots must be returned to the respective school district offices by 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Christopher Walsh
September 14, 2017
Representatives from the Long Island Rail Road will deliver a presentation to the East Hampton Village Board at its meeting on Friday. The L.I.R.R. officials will discuss replacement of the trestles crossing North Main Street and Accabonac Road.

Representatives from the Long Island Rail Road will deliver a presentation to the East Hampton Village Board at its meeting on Friday on a plan to replace the trestles crossing North Main Street and Accabonac Road.

The village board has invited adjacent property owners and other interested parties to the meeting to hear the presentation and learn about the scope of the work. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. at the Emergency Services Building at 1 Cedar Street.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 14, 2017
The summertime shuttle bus in Montauk, organized by East Hampton Town and provided by the Hampton Hopper bus service, carried about 1,600 passengers in its first week early in the season.

The summertime shuttle bus in Montauk, organized by East Hampton Town and provided by the Hampton Hopper bus service, carried about 1,600 passengers in its first week early in the season, running a loop from the Hither Hills area to Montauk’s downtown to the docks between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

By the final week at summer’s end, ridership on the free shuttle, set up as a trial run this year, had risen to approximately 2,800 people, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc reported at a town board meeting on Tuesday.

“I think the shuttle bus concept was clearly proven successful this year,” Supervisor Larry Cantwell said. 

“It was very well supported, and people want to see more of this kind of thing,” Mr. Van Scoyoc said.

Jackie Pape
September 14, 2017
Residents who spoke at Tuesday’s Sag Harbor Village Board meeting were concerned over possible deletions in the village code having to do with the board of historic preservation and architectural review and the posting of notices.

Residents who spoke at Tuesday’s Sag Harbor Village Board meeting were concerned over possible deletions in the village code having to do with the board of historic preservation and architectural review and the posting of notices. 

Anthony Brandt, the chairman of that board, explained before the public comment portion of the meeting that the decision to delete a provision requiring such notices to be posted for every application, and the removal of another requiring that every decision be put in writing, was to take pressure off the Building Department. 

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
The seventh annual ride with the Red Knights’ Chapter 25 to raise money for the Donald T. Sharkey Memorial Community Fund will take place on Sunday.

The seventh annual ride with the Red Knights’ Chapter 25 to raise money for the Donald T. Sharkey Memorial Community Fund will take place on Sunday. Mr. Sharkey was a well-known member of the Amagansett community and an East Hampton Town building inspector. 

The ride starts at the Bridgehampton Firehouse on School Street. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the ride kicking off at 11.  Coffee and bagels, provided by Goldberg’s, will be provided in between. 

Each person on a bike is asked for a $30 donation. After the ride, the group will gather at the Highway Restaurant and Bar on Montauk Highway in Wainscott for food, drinks, and a 50/50 raffle at 12:30 p.m.

Carissa Katz
September 14, 2017
“It looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland,” Kim Nalepinski said of her community of Coral Bay on St. John.

More than a week after Hurricane Irma barreled across St. John in the United States Virgin Islands, where many have close ties to the South Fork, people from here who have houses there, or who live there and were evacuated, are unsure when or if they will be able to return to the storm-ravaged island. And they are hardly alone. The powerful storm, among the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic, left a wide swath of destruction stretching all the way from the eastern Caribbean to mainland Florida.

“It looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland,” Kim Nalepinski said of her community of Coral Bay on St. John.