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  • Amagansett

    A vandal or vandals targeted two skate ramps at the park on Abraham’s Path during the overnight hours of Jan. 2. Spray paint was used to write nonsensical references to heroin. There have been a couple of similar attacks across the town recently in which slogans referencing heroin were spray-painted on Recreation Department property.

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  • Jesse F. James, a master carpenter who lived on Hog Creek Road in Springs, died at Southampton Hospital on Jan. 5 at the age of 81. The cause of death was pulmonary arrest.

    Mr. James worked for many local builders, among them Wesley Miller, Ed Pospisil, Dell Cullum, and Gene Futterman. Later in life he was a caretaker for the late Susan Tepper, an artist and philanthropist who founded the East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art. Most recently he worked for Sandpebble Builders until retiring just last year.

  • John James Stavola Sr., a longtime resident of Montauk, died at home last Thursday. He was 93.

    Mr. Stavola, who worked as a construction supervisor for the New York Telephone Company, had a summer house in Montauk since the 1960s, and retired there full time 35 years ago. He loved clamming and fishing, his family said.

    Born in Manhattan on Nov. 4, 1921, to Fillipo Stavola and the former Maria Lombardi, he grew up in the Bronx, and served in the Navy during World War II.

  • Alice Cole Lazarus, a longtime summer resident of Barnes Landing in Springs, died on Dec. 27 at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Plantsville, Conn. She was 90.

    Mrs. Lazarus, who was known as Allie, first came to the South Fork with her husband, Budd Lytton, in the summer of 1947 to visit her parents, Leon (Tut) and Dorothy Cole, who were renting on Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett. Two years later, the Coles bought a summer cottage in Barnes Landing and the Lyttons bought a bungalow nearby.

  • A memorial service will be held on Saturday for Charlotte Rogers Smith of Water Mill, the choir director of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years and the founder of the Choral Society of the Hamptons. Ms. Smith died of pneumonia on Dec. 14 at Southampton Hospital. She was 95.

    The service will take place at the Southampton Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. In last week’s paper, the service was reported to be on Jan. 10.



  • The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

    Authors can either email their pieces (in text or Word format) to, with “Fiction” or “Guestwords” in the subject line, or mail them, preferably on disk and saved in a text format, to The Star, Box 5002, East Hampton 11937. A very short biographical note should also be included.

    R. and L. Tepe to Bernstein and Safirstein, 61 Red Dirt Road, 2.6 acres, Nov. 14, $1,650,000.
    G. Balasses (by executor) to Devon’s Fancy Amagansett, 238 Fresh Pond Road, 5.39 acres, Nov. 14, $2,100,000.
    Farrell Holding Co. to E. Annunziato, 4 Old Station Place, .76 acre, Nov. 7, $5,700,000.

    R. and M. Simpson to 311 Surfside L.L.C., 311 Surfside Drive, 2.79 acres, Nov. 13, $37,125,000.


  • Thursday, January 15
    BOYS BASKETBALL, Bayport-Blue Point at East Hampton, 6 p.m.; Southold at Bridgehampton, 6 p.m., and Shelter Island at Pierson, 6:15.
    BOYS SWIMMING, East Hampton at Central Islip, 5 p.m.
    GIRLS BASKETBALL, East Hampton at Bayport-Blue Point, 4:30 p.m., and Pierson-Bridgehampton at Shelter Island, 5:45.

    Friday, January 16
    WRESTLING, East Hampton at Bayport-Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.

  • Richie Daunt, who is to fight at 141 pounds in the Golden Gloves at the end of this month, is offering boxing lessons Saturday mornings at the Body Tech fitness center in the Montauk Playhouse Community Center.

    He’ll teach 17-and-under students there from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., and older ones from 10:45 to 11:45, beginning this week.

  • The John Drew Theater Lab will present a free staged reading of “What About Miami,” a new play by Rebecca Schull, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Schull, a stage, screen, and television actress, was the founder and artistic director of Open World Theatre Company, which presented readings of plays banned in their countries of origin.

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