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  • With little public discussion of the matter among Sag Harbor Village Board members or residents, two police officer positions were written out of the village budget.
  •    Words of wisdom from Margaret Mead warned to “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
        Save Sag Harbor, founded in 2007, has taken those words to heart, making it its mission “to safeguard the scale and fabric of a historic village,” effecting positive change while preventing what it sees as negative, and backing the village’s commercial code, which the group helped push for.

  •     Sag Harbor Village’s police chief, Tom Fabiano, pleaded yet again with Mayor Brian Gilbride on Tuesday evening to reconsider eliminating one officer from the force. The proposed village budget does away with the job. Should that in fact happen, said the chief, it would affect not only his department but “people that live, visit, go to school here, boat or drive here, have an event here, have a medical issue, fire, or criminal matter.”

  •     The Sag Harbor Village Board waived a $206,575 fee Tuesday night for the renewal of the Bulova Watchcase condominium development’s building permit. The village attorney, Fred Thiele, reasoned that the developer, Sag Development Partners, had paid the fee once at a figure deemed “more than sufficient” and that collection of a second fee would constitute an illegal levy.

  •     Ryan Borowsky, of Sag Harbor and the Montauk Rugby Club, was the big Slimpossible winner, or loser, of 50 pounds in a recent Sag Harbor Gym fitness contest.
        Of the 40 initial participants, 28 finished, what with weather-related accidents and the like, and their successes and awards were celebrated at La Superica restaurant in Sag Harbor last Thursday night. Trainers had a competition of their own, based on their team’s transformation, and Kevin Norman was the elated winner among them, according to Tahlia Miller, another trainer.

  •    With the confidence that comes from years of first-hand food experience around the world — having lived and worked in France, Morocco, Italy, Vietnam, Argentina, Thailand, and India — Livia Hegner is clearly her own boss. However, the name of her Sag Harbor food shop, Pepalajefa, which means Pepa the Boss, refers not to Ms. Hegner, but to another restaurant owner she knew in Spain.

  •     With eyes on the June election in Sag Harbor, candidates are stepping up to run against Mayor Brian Gilbride, who will seek his third term. So far, it’s Pierce Hance, a former village mayor, Bruce Tait, the chairman of the village’s harbor committee, and Sandra Schroeder, a former village clerk and administrator, who want to challenge Mr. Gilbride.
        Mr. Hance, who was mayor from 1993 to 1999, was the first to announce he will run. His reason? “I don’t think that the village is being managed well at the moment.”

  •    One of the warmest days yet this year brought nine sailors to a seven-race regatta on Saturday afternoon at Sag Harbor’s Breakwater Yacht Club. Postponed from HarborFrost weekend in February because of the bay’s transformation to a sea of ice in a blizzard, the weather on this day was just right, according to Marty Knab of Sag Harbor, who served on the race committee.

  •    “One step at a time” is how Brigid Collins and Jim Stewart plan to create a bereavement center for children on the East End. They took a giant leap in that direction in October, when they secured not-for-profit status for Katy’s Courage Fund, named for their daughter, who died of hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer. The third Annual Katy’s Courage 5K race, which celebrates Katy and furthers her family’s progress toward their goal, will take place in Sag Harbor on April 13.

  • Chief argues that further village budget cuts would damage the department

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