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Retired high school teacher studies them all
Pat Hope, who taught science at East Hampton High School, has spent the better part of the three years studying ticks, cataloging their relative numbers, and determining their annual cycles. Challenging a local belief, she has found not a single chigger among the more than 7,000 arthropods she has collected. Durell Godfrey
A Lone Star tick larvae, one of thousands Pat Hope has collected and cataloged in a three-year, ongoing project. Durell Godfrey
Durell Godfrey

Goodman pushes fiscal overhaul; Fleming seeks collaborative effort
Bridget Fleming, left, and Amos Goodman, right, are vying for the Suffolk County Legislature’s 2nd District seat, which is being vacated by Jay Schneiderman due to term limits. Carissa Katz

Ditch Plain worker housing site sparks a neighborhood controversy
A photo taken in August, shows the building permit for work at 11 Ditch Plains Road posted at the driveway to the property. T.E. McMorrow

Top row, from left: Tyler Armstrong, Joe Bloecker, Francis Bock, Zachary Cohen, Joshua Davidson. Bottom row: Rick Drew, Jim Grimes, Steven Lynch Jr., Rona Klopman, Pat Mansir Star Staff

Maria Duchi holds a poster with her aunt, Lilia (Esperanza) Aucapina's photograph on it. Ms. Duchi spoke at a press conference about Ms. Aucapina's disappearance, along with Ms. Aucapina's brother, Victor Parra, left. Taylor K. Vecsey
Maria Duchi said police are "working very hard to help us find my aunt." Taylor K. Vecsey

Southampton Town has temporarily closed the Poxabogue Golf Center in Sagaponack following the arrest of the manager. The restaurant, which is under a different contract, remains open. Christine Sampson


A vote at the firehouse Tuesday night will allow the Bridgehampton Fire District to buy a $1 million fire truck. Christine Sampson

On Tuesday afternoon, Eric Olsen pleaded for the return of the monster’s carcass in the name of art. Russell Drumm
Those who discovered the Montauk Monster, from left, Courtney Fruin, Jenna Hewitt, and Rachel Goldberg, were interviewed by Andrew Ehinger of News 12 Long Island, as well as by a host of others.Janis Hewitt
Ugly dead creature fuels wild Internet speculation
Montauk Monster by Jenna Hewitt
What’s being called the Montauk Monster is probably a more common critter. Jenna Hewitt