Two Montaukers take a challenging journey, but with great rewards
Louise Meybert of Montauk greeted Pope Francis and received his blessing during a visit to Vatican City on Dec. 4. She was accompanied on the trip by Bruce Howard, right, a friend who works at the Montauk Post Office.

As rescuers are commended, another vessel is towed 86 miles to home
The crew of the Endorphin packed out the catch Sunday morning at Inlet Seafood. The vessel lost power and was towed by the Coast Guard to Montauk from 86 miles offshore near Atlantis Canyon. Russell Drumm

Arlene Notel, a prekindergarten teacher at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, encouraged her students during a holiday sing-along at the center yesterday. Carissa Katz

Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer were the grand finale in the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce's annual Santa parade on Saturday. Morgan McGivern
The parade had a Disney holiday theme.Morgan McGivern
East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr.Morgan McGivern
The East Hampton High School Jazz BandMorgan McGivern
Morgan McGivern
Mrs. Claus at the L.V.I.S. with Stephanie, Alina, and baby Emiliano GarciaDurell Godfrey
Mrs. Claus talked with Bryn Cunningham.

Market-rate senior citizen housing plan in Amagansett is off the table

Opponents say town board rushed the process

Retired city fire chief spotted what appeared to be a person, called 911
A birdwatcher on shore spotted a figure in distress off Montauk Point on Saturday. Clinton A. Seyler, a commercial lobsterman, was rescued by the Coast Guard after Larry and Carol Blieka alerted the authorities. Carol Blieka
Clinton A. Seyler appeared to be paddling a life ring toward shore when he was spotted by Larry Blieka off Montauk Point.Carol Blieka
A United States Coast Guard crew was conducting a training run when word came of a person in the water. They were able to reach Clinton A. Seyler quickly, taking him aboard and likely saving his life.Carol Blieka

Oceanfront area is now in the most hazardous flood zone

The current must-have for many Hamptons real estate customers is a new house.
Newly built houses like this one on Old Orchard Lane in East Hampton are what many buyers seem to want these days. Morgan McGivern