Where most people’s houses are landscaped by trees, shrubs, or flowering plants, Michael Cinque’s, set back from Montauk Highway opposite an Amagansett gas station, is surrounded on three sides by grape vines, 100 or more, neatly trained against wire trellises but growing so closely up against the windows that you can reach right through and touch them.
Leslie Schaeffer, a 30-year resident of East Hampton, died on Friday at Stony Brook University Medical Center of a stroke, six weeks after emergency spinal cord surgery for a massive infection. She was 66.
Her death came as a shock to members of the South Fork Country Club, where she had been playing her usual determined game of golf not long before the operation. A daughter, Casey Schaeffer, said her mother had been complaining of back pain for a while but thought she had strained her neck.