Brenden Snow, center, received his Eagle Scout Award during a ceremony on Sunday attended by many well-wishers including Vincent Franzone, left, who pinned the badge on him, and his father, Scott Snow. Richard Lewin

Carissa Katz

Matthew Posnick and his dog Tara recently became a certified handler-and-therapy-animal team through the organization Pet Partners. Christine Sampson

Free monthly dinners at Most Holy Trinity
At the East Hampton Clericus’s community soup dinner last January, Charlie Goldsmith, Cassius Lubin, Jonah Ball, Rabbi Hanniel Levenson, Sally Morse, and Siena Link Morse were among the many volunteers. Morgan McGivern

Vow greater scrutiny on demolitions in village

Workers on Newtown Lane, East Hampton, yesterday, part of a water authority project that will continue into the spring. David E. Rattray

Tom Bogdan talked to the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee about Montauk United, a group he formed this summer in response to the chaos that had come to reign in the hamlet. Janis Hewitt

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.

Some of our top 15 stories of 2015 may surprise you. Clockwise from left, flames destroyed a building at Hartman's Briney Breezes Motel in Montauk on Oct. 30; Betsey Johnson held a yard sale of personal clothing at her house this summer; A mess from a big party the night before on a Montauk beach outraged locals; and a ride along the beach didn't end well for a Chevy Tahoe in July. Dalton Portella, Durell Godfrey, T.E. McMorrow, and Phyllis Morgano photos
Surfers in the water and supporters on the sand formed a symbolic “line of defense” in protest of the Montauk beach project.Joanne Pilgrim
Sean P. Ludwick, a major real estate developer in Manhattan, was led out of the Southampton Town Police Department for his arraignment back in August. He has since been indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide charges in the death of his passenger, Paul Hansen.Taylor K. Vecsey
The roof was already on fire when firefighters arrived at Harman's Briney Breezes Motel in Montauk on Oct. 30.Dalton Portella
Thomas Miller, far left, before he retired, with fellow Officers Rich Balnis, Nelson Vargas, and Peter Schmitt around 2000. Mr. Miller died in October.Courtesy of Nelson Vargas