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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.

  • The Choral Society of the Hamptons will hold auditions by appointment for its spring concert on Friday, Jan. 23. The society has invited those interested to attend the first rehearsal, tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. Auditions may be scheduled by emailing or by calling 204-9402.

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  • 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.

  • The inclement weather and icy roads forecasted for Tuesday morning has caused some rescheduling at Town Hall.