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East Hampton Town Police selected Officer Luke McNamara as the officer of the year for 2015. Morgan McGivern
East Hampton Village Police Officer Steven Niggles was congratulated on his award by Chief Gerard Larsen.

Village board hopeful that new regs can be adopted before moratorium ends
Rich Warren of Inter-Science Research Associates spoke on Jan. 27 about proposed Sag Harbor zoning code revisions and the data that was considered before new floor area ratios were developed. Taylor K. Vecsey
All 100 information packets made up for last week’s meeting had been picked up, indicating the size and interest of the crowd.Morgan McGivern

The Child Development Center of the Hamptons charter school is looking to a new management situation as it works to overcome the challenges that come with lower enrollment. Durell Godfrey

Episcopal priest heads up Long Island diocese's new East End Latino ministry
The Rev. Gerardo Roma Garcia

Star writer brought ‘deep local knowledge,’ humor, and poetry to his work
David Nelson
Russell Drumm, on the motorcycle at center, posed with fellow surfers in a late ’60s promotional shot for the Bunger Surf Shop. Also pictured, from left, are Beth Campbell, Charlie Bunger, Jim Hanley, a model whose name is not known, Roland Eisenberg, and Eric Eastman.

Russell Drumm

Glimpse of hidden history in 1817 gravesite restoration
A marble gravestone marking the 1817 burial of Ned, described as a free black man in a contemporary deed, has been returned to its rightful place on a tiny, hidden plot in East Hampton. David E. Rattray
Russ Calemmo, with his dog, Mickey, at the grave of Ned, an African-American who had likely been buried in 1817 on what had been his own property, in East Hampton. David E. Rattray
Signed and witnessed, an 1804 deed found by Steve Russell Boerner of the East Hampton Library provided a key piece of information about 19th century East Hampton resident known only as Ned.East Hampton Library Long Island Collection

The driver of an S.U.V. was killed in a collision with a Suffolk County bus on Montauk Highway near Hayground Road in Bridgehampton.

A new majority replaces Republican clerk and longtime attorney
East Hampton Town Trustees who were sworn in on Tuesday included, from left, Jim Grimes, Francis Bock, Bill Taylor, Tyler Armstrong, Pat Mansir, and Rick Drew. Trustee meetings will now be held in Town Hall twice monthly. Morgan McGivern

Morgan McGivern photos
Swimmers headed into the water at Main Beach.
Polar Bear Plunge and a wish for peace in East Hampton.
Even Santa Claus made an appearance at the Polar Bear Plunge in Main Beach.
Plungers at Main Beach had plenty of people to cheer them on.
Charlotte Johnson, left, and Paige Schaefer
The crowd at Main Beach
Water temps weren't too bad, but that doesn't mean plungers spent too much time in the water at Main Beach.
Alec Baldwin was among those who took the plunge at the Wainscott dip.
A smaller group, but the same thrill of taking the first dip of 2016 at the Wainscott Polar Bear Plunge.