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  •       A site plan that would legalize expansions at two of Morgan Neff’s seven cottages on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk is among the applications scheduled for hearings at the East Hampton Town Planning Board’s first meeting of the year on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

  •     Midnight was the first. He was a big, tough tom, jet-black with just a couple of white hairs on his throat, a “witches cat.”

        We did not adopt him; he adopted us. I was 3 or 4. We were living in West Hempstead. My mother went into my parents’ bedroom. There was a black sweater on the bed that began moving. My mother screamed. Knowing Midnight, he probably didn’t even blink.

        My parents put him outside; he came back in. He quickly became a McMorrow.

  • As Bill Wilkinson looked back at his four frequently contentious years as town supervisor, it was with a mixture of satisfaction for what had been accomplished, sharp words for some of those who criticized him, and concern for the town’s future.
  •        On Saturday, after being sworn in at Town Hall, Capt. Michael D. Sarlo of the East Hampton Town Police Department will officially become Chief Sarlo, succeeding Edward Ecker, the current chief, who has held that position since 2010.

           The captain, who joined the force in 1995, was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2002, lieutenant in 2006, and captain in 2010, at the same time Chief Ecker assumed command.

  •        East Hampton Town Court was quieter than usual last Thursday as Justice Catherine A. Cahill completed her final day on the bench. A thin court calendar was made even thinner by the non-appearance of Shanika Dunmore, who was to have been sentenced to two months in county jail as part of a plea bargain between her Legal Aid Society lawyer and the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

  •        An application to split a 15-acre property on the west side of Town Lane in Amagansett into two lots will be the focus of a Jan. 8 public hearing before the East Hampton Town Planning Board. The owner, Randy Lerner, has agreed, in accordance with town code,that over half the land be held in reserve, never to be developed.

  • Opponents to the proposed 555 development plan in Amagansett received an early Christmas present on Dec. 11 when East Hampton Town Planning Board’s chairman, Reed Jones, announced that the application had been withdrawn
  •        An unauthorized purchase of $40 worth of gasoline, which had led to a plea-bargain for an East Hampton woman to do community service, was aborted in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday and her sentence changed to eight months in jail.

  •        With Christmas just around the corner, the naughty list was very short last week, with only one drunken-driving arrest in all of East Hampton and Sag Harbor.

           East Hampton Town police received a call from a Cedar Ridge Drive resident last Thursday night, reporting “unknown persons in the driveway.” The problem was, according to the police, that Victor H. Basantez-Macas, 30, of Springs, had driven into the wrong driveway and was having trouble getting out.

  • Even after receiving the news at the town planning board meeting, opponents of the plan stayed until the proposed zoning change needed to make it possible was discussed. The town planning board voted to recommend against the change, as had the Suffolk County Planning Commission.

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