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, “Nutcracker in Harlem,” illustrated by James Ransome, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017 by HarperCollins children’s division.
The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals gave a Wainscott property owner unanimous approval Tuesday night for a second house on a single property, an apparent first since two houses on one site are prohibited by the town code. Members not only approved the proposal but praised it, although one, Don Cirillo, questioned the sincerity of one of the applicant’s stated goals, the preservation of a historic farmhouse.
The Montauk Fire Department began its celebration of its 75th anniversary on Sunday with an ecumenical memorial service at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church honoring all those who have served the department who have since died. A roll call of the deceased firemen and ladies auxiliary members was read, with the church bell rung after each name.
Christian A. Maldonado, 23, of Montauk was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with selling cocaine last September. East Hampton Town police, acting in conjunction with Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s East End Drug Task Force, made the arrest, their second this year on selling cocaine-related charges.
There were eight or nine family members and friends in the courtroom Saturday morning when Mr. Maldonado was arraigned. His attorney, Neil Rogers, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
The case of the People of the State of New York v. Jason Lee, the Goldman Sachs managing director accused of raping a 20-year-old Irishwoman in East Hampton last summer, is inching, slowly but, according to both sides, surely, toward a trial this summer.
There were two arrests last week on drunken-driving charges, both made by the East Hampton Town police.
Lee A. Grimes, 28, was pulled over early Saturday morning for failing to signal as she turned off Flamingo Avenue onto West Lake Drive in Montauk, police said. Ms. Grimes, a lifetime Montauk resident, reportedly failed roadside sobriety tests and refused to take the breath test back at police headquarters.
The owners of Naturally Good Foods and Cafe in Montauk are planning to open a restaurant on the hamlet’s Main Street, opposite Herb’s Market in the space formerly known as Mtk Cafe.
Like their shop and cafe on South Etna Avenue, the restaurant will serve healthful food, but this eatery will stay open for dinner service. There will be beer and wine, which will be “all organic and biodynamic,” Lauren Katz, one of the owners, said Sunday.
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.
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.