Bragman urges town to declare a health emergency, saying, ‘It’s time to act’

The wind turbines off of Block Island Durell Godfrey

Forest renewal effort aims to propagate seedlings with native genetic material
In an area off Route 114 devastated by the southern pine beetle, Andrew Drake of East Hampton Town’s Department of Land Acquisition and Management looked for viable pitch pine cones that could give rise to future generations of the native pines. Carissa Katz
The southern pine beetle, no bigger than “a chocolate sprinkle,” tunnels under the bark of pitch pines, blocking the flow of nutrients to the trees. Carissa Katz
Volunteers from the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society helped collect cones from native pitch pines in the woods off Swamp Road and Route 114 on Tuesday. The cones will be used to propagate seedlings that will eventually be replanted here. Carissa Katz
Some 10,000 pitch pines were cut down in an effort to suppress the spread of the southern pine beetle. On every one, the bark was scored like this to expose the burrowing pest to the elements.Carissa Katz
Andrew Drake, right, showed volunteers from the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society what kind of pinecones to look out for in the woods on Tuesday.Carissa Katz

Also in study: a new look for Wainscott
In downtown Montauk, the town is considering a program that would allow the downtown to remain where it is, while also adapting to a rising sea level by moving some businesses away from the shoreline. David E. Rattray

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., center, was joined by a delegation in support of Montaukett recognition last week.

Mysterious signs cite no authority but prohibit public access
Rod Richardson cleaned debris from Hicks Island as part of the townwide Shoreline Sweep organized by Dell Cullum on Saturday. Restricted access to the island means more trash, Mr. Richardson told the East Hampton Town Trustees. Rod Richardson
Rod Richardson

East Hampton clergy aim to educate, organize, mobilize in election lead-up
Onida Coward Mayers, Gregorio Mayers, the Rev. Walter Silva Thompson, Louis Myrick, and Diana Walker
Onida Coward Mayers, Gregorio Mayers, the Rev. Walter Silva Thompson, Louis Myrick, and Diana Walker announced VoteHamptonNY, a nonpartisan initiative, at Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton last Thursday. Christopher Walsh

A ‘stubborn’ veteran of Legislature from Shirley
Kate Browning Durell Godfrey

Christopher Gobler
Christopher Gobler delivered an upbeat assessment of the waters in and around the Town of East Hampton to the town trustees on Monday. Christopher Walsh