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  • Since founding Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue three years ago, Michelle Montak has helped rescue over 500 dogs from "high-kill" facilities around the country.
  • No one has taken responsibility for a facsimile of a submarine conning tower that has floated in a manmade sump off Route 114 in East Hampton since April.
  • Bridgehampton’s Main Street was the site last Thursday of an impassioned protest that drew some 40 people who are hoping to keep a CVS pharmacy and convenience store from going up at the intersection of Main Street and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Calling themselves Save Bridgehampton Main Street, the group expressed contempt in no uncertain terms for the planned two-story building, which is to have 9,000 square feet of retail space and a 4,400-square-foot basement.

  • The New York State Public Service Commission has set in motion a process to address the depletion of phone numbers with the 631 area code, which is projected to occur by the first quarter of 2016, and has scheduled public hearings on alternate strategies for doing so. A public hearing before an administrative law judge will be held in Riverhead on Tuesday at the Riverhead County Center, 300 Center Drive, at 2 p.m., preceded by an informational forum at 1 p.m. Those wishing to speak need only appear.

  • Bridgehampton's Main Street held an impassioned crowd Thursday morning who came out to protest the possibility of a CVS pharmacy/convenience store at the intersection of Main Street and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.
  • Safety first, and more than ever, during this hurricane and tropical storm season, which began in the Atlantic on June 1 and will last until Nov. 30.
  • Independence Day will go off with a bang, but one day later in Montauk and Southampton.
  • The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation freed an 800-pound leatherback sea turtle on Sunday that had gotten entangled in a lobster trap line in the ocean about a mile offshore.    

  • The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation saved a leatherback sea turtle that was entangled in a lobster trap a mile offshore on Sunday afternoon around 5.
  • Fireworks on the South Fork do not just begin and end with the Fourth of July. Instead, appreciative crowds are treated to a series of spectacles that last until Labor Day weekend.

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  • Montauk's very own pro surfer, Quincy Davis, 19 years old and ranked 33rd in the World Qualifying Series, is featured in a Vogue video on AOL in which she discusses her favorite beach beauty products.

  • The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will celebrate mixed-breed dogs with a best looking mutt contest on National Mutt Day next Thursday.

    Owners of mutts may submit photos of their pooch through ARF's Facebook page, email to, or by dropping off a picture at the ARF Adoption Center on 90 Daniels Hole Road in East Hampton.

  • On Tuesday morning, Jorge Rios was teaching junior lifeguarding, a program affiliated with the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, when he noticed a dead dolphin in the water. "We were down on the beach talking about the water," Mr. Rios said. "I saw one of its fins sticking out" from a sandbar near shore.

  • The gluten-free sesame, pink salt, lentil rice crisp bread of East Hampton Gourmet Food, at 66 Newtown Lane has won what the food world considers the equivalent of an Oscar.

    The crisp bread was the winner of a 2014 Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation (SOFI) Award in the new product categorty at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City on June 30. The awards have been given to specialty foods and beverages since 1972.

  • The new $6.5 million children's wing at the East Hampton Library added a total of 6,800 square-feet of space for new books and all of the library's children's programs.

  • The Suffolk County Department of Public Works' Division of Vector Control is spraying salt marshes in East Hampton and Southampton Town with an aerial larvicide Tuesday until 8 p.m. The helicopter spraying, an effort to control mosquito larvae, began Tuesday morning at 5 a.m.

    On the list to be treated in East Hampton Town are marshes on Napeague, and around Beach Hampton, and Accabonac Harbor. In Southampton Town, the county is to spray by Meadow Lane, North Sea, and Jagger Lane, among other locations.

  • Beach-goers can go local with this all-in-one method of hitting the dunes and supporting South Fork entrepreneurs. Here are some pointers.

    Skip the alcoholic beverages and replace them with some Miss Lady Root Beer, which uses certified organic ingredients and is brewed and bottled locally. Bottles are available from various spots, including Eli Zabar's Amagansett Farmers Market, the Springs and Montauk Farmers Markets, and Sag Town Coffee.

  • Perhaps you have stopped at the threshold of a shop somewhere on the South Fork (a k a the Hamptons) to scoop up a glossy magazine. Famous faces, or at least handsome ones, huge houses, and private parties pepper the ad-filled pages of the free magazines vying for your attention. The Star sorted through 13 of them for you in no particular order.

    Networking Magazine makes good on its promise: "Open Networking Magazine and meet Long Island leaders on every page." Events and galas are to be found, as are the publisher's trips to France.

  • First time renting? Here for a short stay? Read on and stay tuned for a few ideas that offer an introduction to the South Fork for some and a welcome back for old friends.

  • Navy Beach in Montauk will celebrate the hamlet’s long naval history and the Navy SEAL Foundation on Saturday with its second annual “Honoring Our Warriors, Supporting Their Families” cocktail party fund-raiser. The restaurant is continuing its partnership with the SEAL foundation in aid of the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.