T.E. McMorrow began freelancing for The Star in 2009, before coming on staff, full time, at the end of 2011. He is a member of the Drama Desk in New York. His book, “Harlem Nutcracker,” illustrated by James Ransome, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2016 by HarperCollins children’s division.
Work briefly came to a halt at the East Deck motel in Ditch Plain, Montauk, last week after Tom Preiato, East Hampton Town’s chief building inspector, issued a verbal stop-work order after receiving a report that concrete drainage rings were being installed on the beach there.
The property’s new owner, a limited liability company headed by Scott Bradley, had received a go-ahead from the zoning board of appeals to add up to 6,000 cubic yards of sand to buttress the five-acre oceanfront property’s dune and bluff crest.
An East Hampton man arrested on March 13 by East Hampton Town police on two charges of selling cocaine a year earlier was arraigned in County Court in Riverside on March 26 on an additional charge of selling cocaine and three charges of possession with intent to sell. All six charges against Moshé Stephens, 32, are class B felonies, which mandate prison time if convicted.
Arthur A. Schneider, the former owner of Montauk’s Memory Motel, pleaded guilty on March 20 in Suffolk County Criminal Court to a misdemeanor charge of petty larceny, reduced from grand larceny, according to his lawyer, in order to allow him time to raise the agreed-upon restitution due New York State.
An East Hampton Town police patrol car parked overnight at 52 South Embassy Road in Montauk, the hamlet’s police substation, was reportedly one of many vehicles — 27 at last count — whose tires were slashed by vandals on the night of March 22, hours before the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Several cars parked within 50 yards of the station were also among those targeted.
Hampton Racquet at Green Hollow, a tennis club on Buckskill Road, is expected to fight 30 East Hampton Town citations in Justice Court on Monday for work allegedly done without permits and ignoring a stop-work order. According to Michael Sendlenski, an attorney for the town, the club and the town are nearing a resolution. The slightly larger than six-acre property is zoned for residential use, but the club is a legal use because it existed before the zoning was put in place.
In downtown Montauk early Sunday morning, hours before the St. Patrick’s Day parade began, vandals were out slashing tires on at least 10 vehicles, some of which had two or three tires destroyed.
Jerry Uribe, a driver with Surf Taxi who was on duty that morning, thinks the total number of cars targeted was much higher than the 10 reported. Mr. Uribe said a friend of his who lives on South Emerson Avenue had five vehicles, including his work truck, attacked. One had gravel poured into the gas tank.
The annual morning-after-St. Patrick’s-Day parade took place on Monday in East Hampton Justice Court, with five handcuffed, not-so-happy participants and about 20 friends and family members watching. Justice Steven Tekulsky arraigned three men who were arrested in Montauk during or just after the parade and a fourth who was charged in East Hampton Village after leaving it.