Christine Sampson began contributing to The East Hampton Star in March of 2015. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and digital publications, including Patch.com, The Huffington Post and Newsday. Originally from Levittown, Ms. Sampson recalls with fondness spending summer vacations in Montauk with her family, and she now lives in Amagansett.
Taylor K. Vecsey returned to The East Hampton Star in 2014. She was the founding editor of East Hampton Patch news site and also ran Southampton Patch. A Water Mill resident, Ms. Vecsey is a member of the Bridgehampton Fire Department, where she volunteers as an emergency medical technician.
Mark Naison, a professor of African-American studies at Fordham University in the Bronx who lives part-time in Springs, recently finished writing his seventh book, “Before the Fires: An Oral History of African-American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s.”
Amanda M. Fairbanks previously worked in the editorial department of The New York Times and covered higher education for The Huffington Post. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Hechinger Report, and Education Week. A graduate of Smith College, she spent two years at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.
Jackie Bitonti, the Montauk children’s librarian, Denise DiPaolo, the director, and Joan Lycke, the president of the library’s board, are excited about the library’s new status as a Family Place library.