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  •     An East Hampton man was taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center early Saturday morning after his car rolled over and smashed into a utility pole. Juan Velasquez, 28, had been heading east on Montauk Highway in a 1997 Ford. The accident occurred as he tried to make a sharp turn onto Skimhampton Road at about 5 a.m., according to an East Hampton Town Police report.

  •    I couldn’t sing, but that didn’t stop me from being a lead singer.  

  • The Surf Lodge, Montauk’s hot summer spot, will be mellowing down a bit this summer with a new ownership group, Montauk Properties L.L.C.
  • The number of arrests rose significantly in 2011 in East Hampton Town, according to an annual report released by the East Hampton Town Police Department.
  • A basement foundation is triggering a public hearing before the East Hampton Town Planning Board for the Montauk Beach House.
  •     In the second of two challenges the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals heard Tuesday to recent rulings by the town’s senior building inspector, Tom Preiato, a group of Amagansett neighbors took on his decision to reinstate a building permit that he himself had rescinded for construction of a woodworking shop on Abraham’s Path.

  •     With the season looming for places like the Surf Lodge on Montauk’s Fort Pond, the company that owns the controversial and popular night spot, which has been in and out of court on almost 700 alleged zoning code violations, is seeking a ruling from the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals that would allow it to get up and running. On Tuesday night, the Surf Lodge deliberations were on one of two appeals before the panel challenging decisions by the town’s senior building inspector, Tom Preiato.

  •     An East Hampton father feared the worst about a relationship his pre-teenage daughter was having with an adult man, and his suspicions have proved correct. Fidel A. Castro-Brito, 22, also of East Hampton, has been arrested and charged with rape in the first degree.

  •     An East Hampton Town police officer on patrol at 2 a.m. on Sunday saw a gray Volkswagen Jetta cross over the yellow lines into oncoming traffic before making a right-hand turn onto Woodbine Drive in Springs, police said.
        When the officer asked the driver, Edison E. Guzman, who is 27 and lives in East Hampton, for his license, he handed over an Ecuadorean passport.

  • An East Hampton Town justice issued a restraining order Thursday against a Jamaica, Queens, man who had spent the night of March 31 in the music mogul Sean Combs’s bluff-top vacation house.

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  • The Stephen Talkhouse, a popular nightspot on Main Street in Amagansett, will be the site of a three-hour fund-raiser on March 19 for Jordan Johnson, a former East Hampton High School student who is in a rehabilitation facility in Manhattan as the result of an apparent drug overdose on Jan. 29.

  • The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled. The four public hearings concerning applications for variances that were to take place will be held, instead, in March. The new date will be published Monday.

  • St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Cisne, the Patroness of Ecuador, with its Spanish-speaking parishioners this weekend.
  • The four-acre-plus beachfront site at Ditch Plain in Montauk will be the subject of public hearings before the East Hampton Town Planning and Zoning Boards on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
  • The New York State Department of Labor's web site, through which the unemployed claim weekly benefits, crashed over the weekend, leaving people unable to file for weekly benefits since then.
  • A vigil calling for a full police investigation into the death of Lilia Aucapina will be held Tuesday at Southampton Town Hall.
  • While many drivers in East Hampton Town have been angered by the recent blight of large potholes along Montauk Highway from Napeague to the Lighthouse, that have been destroying tires and tire rims, they have nothing on the sinkhole that opened up on Montauk Main Street Monday morning.

  • If you've been trying to open a page on East Hampton Town's website this week, and have been unsuccessful, it is not because you have lost your Internet connection, nor is the town's website down.

    Previously, HamptonsOnline hosted the town's domain name, but several months ago the company announced that it would stop hosting domains at the beginning of this month, according to Bob Pease, the town's information technology administrator.

  • Southampton Town police have asked the public to assist them in an investigation of a "hide-a-key" thief possibly responsible for a series of burglaries.

    According to a release from Detective Sgt. Lisa A. Costa, a man drove up to a Water Mill house on Friday and lifted the doormat at the front door, searching for a key. The statement does not indicate whether the man entered the house.

  • A Long Island Rail Road train headed for Montauk is being held up in Amityville after it struck and killed a man on the tracks on Saturday afternoon.

    As police investigated, between 110 and 150 passengers were stuck on the eastbound train, which left Jamaica at 12:10 p.m. The accident occurred at about 12:45 p.m. The train was due in Montauk at 3 p.m.

    Trains were delayed in both directions. Though service was expected to be restored soon, trains will be bypassing the Amityville station during the investigation.