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  • Tyler Robert Buckley, who was 22 years old, died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday evening after being found  without breath in his mother’s, Susan Buckley’s, house on Crystal Drive in East Hampton. He had been sick for several months, and his family believes he was suffering from pneumonia when he went to sleep and did not wake up. The cause of death is being investigated, but police said no foul play is suspected.

  • Eva Ecker, who survived the Nazi period in Hungary during World War II, died on Dec. 29 at home in Springs. She had just finished dinner and was sitting with family.

    During the war, Ms. Ecker helped to protect and hide her younger sister, Juidith Leiber, when Jews were called to assemble in the streets of Budapest for deportation. Their father had been sent to a labor camp, but the family was spared after he obtained a Swiss pass, which provided diplomatic immunity. The pass is now in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • Margaret Keller, the matriarch of an extended family and a charter member of the Montauk Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, died of natural causes on Sunday at Southampton Hospital. She was 87 and had lived in the same house on South Delphi Street for more than 60 years.

  • Sydney Steven Griffin, a longtime resident of Northwest Landing Road in East Hampton and a dedicated merchant seaman, died on Christmas Day at Southampton Hospital. He was 76 and had been in declining health for several years.

  • A service for Patricia Liptrot of Springs will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. A wake is being planned with the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, but details had not been finalized as of press time. Mrs. Liptrot, who was 84, died on Tuesday at Stony Brook University Hospital. A full obituary will appear in a future issue.


  • A funeral Mass for Dorothy Marie McGinnis-Haberstroh, who died on Dec. 26 in Weeki Wachee, Fla., at age 104, will be said tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Mrs. Haberstroh was a former East Hampton resident. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

  • Young softball and baseball players will be taught the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, and base-running in Saturday afternoon clinics at East Hampton High School’s gymnasium beginning this week and ending March 7.

    The proceeds (the clinics, to be taught by the varsity softball coaching staff and players, will cost $100 for six and $20 per at the door) will help underwrite the high school softball team’s spring training trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in April.

  • December 21, 1989

    Enjoying the first pre-Christmas racing ice that local iceboaters can remember, the Mecox Ice Yacht Club swept the 1989 Long Island DN championships held Sunday on Lake Ronkonkoma.

  • Thursday, January 8
    GIRLS BASKETBALL, Wyandanch vs. Pierson-Bridgehampton, nonleague, Bridgehampton High School, 4:30 p.m.

    Friday, January 9
    BOYS BASKETBALL, Mount Sinai at East Hampton, 6 p.m., and Pierson at Ross, 6:15.
    GIRLS BASKETBALL, East Hampton at Mount Sinai, 4:30 p.m.
    WRESTLING, East Hampton at Westhampton Beach invitational tournament, 4:30 p.m., also Saturday.

    Saturday, January 10

  • Margaret (Peggy) Keller, 87, of South Delphi  Street in Montauk died Sunday evening of natural causes at Southampton Hospital surrounded by her family. Family and friends have been invited to gather at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton between 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8. A funeral service will be held at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, with the Rev. Thomas Murray officiating.

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  • The Bargain Box and Bargain Books, the thrift shops at the Ladies Village Improvement Society in East Hampton, will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m. after a monthlong hiatus. 

    The shops, all gussied up for spring, will celebrate the season ahead with a raffle this week. When a customer makes a purchase, he or she will be entered in a raffle for a $50 voucher for a future shopping spree at the L.V.I.S. The drawing will be on Saturday at 4 p.m.

  • Bridgehampton beat Stony Brook 54-36 in the county Class C-D championship game at William Floyd High School on Saturday afternoon.

    The Bees may have gone into the game a little overconfident, according to their coach, Carl Johnson, because two of Stony Brook's best players were benched, including the point guard, who sat out with an injury. Nevertheless, Stony Brook kept up with Bridgehampton in the first half, waiting until the last few seconds on the clock during each possession to get off a shot. The Bees led 19-14 at the half.

  • Harborfields High School defeated the East Hampton High School boys basketball team in the county Class A semifinal game on Friday.

    The second-seeded Tornadoes prevailed 73-58 at home against the third-seeded Bonackers to qualify for the championship game on Tuesday at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station. 

  • A fire chief responding to an automatic fire alarm call at a house in Bridgehampton on Sunday morning smelled smoke, called for engines to respond, and then discovered flames that firefighters were able to quickly extinguish.

    The Bridgehampton Fire Department was called to a house on Job’s Lane, near Pointe Mecox Lane, at about 9:50 a.m. Mark Balserus, the second assistant fire chief, reported a strong smell of smoke at the house and had dispatchers alert the rest of the department about a fire at about 10:10 a.m.

  • Valentine's Day is Saturday, and before you start with the excuse that there's nothing happening in the Hamptons in the dead of winter, take a look at these ideas for spending time with your valentine. Even if you are sans date this year, the weekend's line-up is sure to keep your heart happy.

  • A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until Tuesday morning at 6, according to the National Weather Service. Officials in East Hampton and Southampton Towns are warning residents that travel could be hazardous due to snow and ice accumulations and reduced visibilities. 

  • The Artists Alliance of East Hampton announced Friday that its members exhibit this weekend at Ashawagh Hall in Springs has been canceled due to the weather forecast. The Winter 2015 show has been moved to March 7 and 8. The alliance said on its Facebook page that it would make more announcements as the new date approaches.

  • The start time for the East Hampton High School boys basketball game Thursday afternoon at Bayport-Blue Point, where they need a win for a share of the League VI title, has been switched from 4:3o to 4 p.m.

    The Bonackers will look for their 10th straight win when they take on the Phantoms. East Hampton defeated Elwood-John Glenn at home Wednesday night, 84 to 49. They shot 66 percent from the 3-point line and 70 percent from the floor, according to Jack Graves, The Star's sports editor.

  • Josh Lamison, a Bridgehampton High School junior, scored his 1,000th point as a Killer Bee in a home game against Stony Brook Tuesday night.

    Lamison, a junior who has been a Killer Bee since the eighth grade, is a strong inside player, according to Jack Graves, The Star's sports editor. Lamison needed only 4 points to reach the milestone basket in the second quarter Tuesday night at the Hive. 

    Game action was stopped so he could savor the moment. His parents joined him on the court for pictures. 

  • The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt canceled its full "snow moon" hike Tuesday night, opting instead for a full "worm moon" hike next month. The deep snow and ice made it too dangerous to trek out into the Vineyard Field trail for the moonlit walk. Co-sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, the leisurely paced hike is now slated for March 5 at 7:30 p.m.