Harold Maurice Wit, a lawyer, poet, and longtime resident of East Hampton, died on Dec. 14 at his house in Santa Fe, N.M., after having had several strokes. He was 86.
Mr. Wit was an attorney with the Manhattan firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and was formerly managing director of the investment banking firm Allen & Company. He was also on the board of directors of Toys “R” Us, and M.C.I, a telecommunications company. He had established a lecture series, “Living a Spiritual Life in a Secular World,” at the Harvard Divinity School.
Robert W. (Buzzy) Mott, a member of East Hampton High School’s class of 1967, and the survivor of a traumatic brain injury in 1985, died just before midnight on Dec. 8, succumbing to complications of pneumonia at the Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island. He had never fully recovered from the 1985 accident and had been institutionalized since then. He was 66 years old.
A hacker broke into the Fingerhut account of an Oakview Highway woman last month and changed the mailing address. Fingerhut was notified and is monitoring the account. Eileen Schaefer told police no purchases had been made on the account.
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An anonymous caller told police that occupied cars were parked on Mill Hill Lane for extended periods of time Friday evening. Police found that there was a party going on and the cars were parked legally.
The Suffolk County Legislature approved a measure last week that could bolster the county’s drinking water protection program by paying reimbursements for the salaries of employees doing water quality work back to the program, rather than into the county’s general fund.
Emily Christine Ward, the daughter of Christine and Mark Ward of East Hampton, and Michael Albert Bunce, a son of Joanne Bunce of Water Mill and Michael Bunce Sr. of Lady Lake, Fla., were married on Oct. 25 under a beautiful blue sky at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow.
Arthur Ronald Fisher, who worked in maintenance for 10 years at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk and as a chef in that hamlet and in East Hampton for 28 years before that, died at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., on Monday. He was 72 and had been ill with leukemia for several months.
Mr. Fisher lived in Montauk for 31 years prior to moving to Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton seven years ago. According to his son Art Fisher of Reston, Va., he loved to go fishing with his family and “was a phenomenal wrestler as he was growing up.”
Lammott Walter Cottman, known to most as Cott, died of a stroke in New York City on Nov. 19, a day before his 72nd birthday.
Mr. Cottman was a longtime summer resident of Azurest in Sag Harbor, where he stayed with his wife and family at her parents’ house. His wife of 50 years, the former Andrea Howard, was the president of the Azurest Association off and on for many years.
The New York State Assembly majority has introduced legislation to reform the state school tax relief program, known as STAR, to provide timely tax relief, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced on Thursday.
As the South Fork braces for a snowstorm Thursday, the event cancellations and business closures have begun. The Star will keep a running list below, but we'll need your help. Please email announcements and information to TKV@ehstar.com for meetings and other events that have been canceled or postponed.