Author Information

Articles by this author:

  •     The future of Hren’s Nursery, a landmark on the Montauk Highway between East Hampton and Amagansett, was on the agenda of the East Hampton Town Planning Board  last week. The business was closed last year. Now, however, the Hren family has proposed subdividing the property, with one lot for the nursery, four house lots, and an agricultural reserve. The landscaping part of the business would be discontinued.

  •     An East Hampton Town police officer patrolling Three Mile Harbor Road in Springs in the early hours of Jan. 5 made a sharp swerve onto the shoulder to avoid being hit by an oncoming Dodge Durango, which then continued on. The officer turned around fast and stopped the Durango after a short pursuit.

  •     A mechanic reporting to work last Thursday morning at T&B Auto Service in Amagansett found the padlock on the office door gone, its hidden key missing, and the door jimmied open.
        Billy Vorpahl, an owner of the business, told police the petty cash box, containing about $500, was missing. David Rawleigh, the manager, said on Tuesday that T&B was going to install surveillance cameras. “It’s a shame,” he said, “but it is a deterrence.”

  •     Sag Harbor police received an anonymous call on Tuesday night reporting that a pedestrian had been hit by a car on Main Street.
        The car’s driver, David Corigliano of East Hampton, 60, who remained at the scene with the victim, told police he was westbound on Jermain Avenue at about 9:15 p.m. when his 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee struck Jhenny Arias of Sag Harbor. Ms. Arias, 36, was crossing the multi-laned intersection where Jermain crosses Main Street and becomes Brick Kiln Road.

  •     Neither driver involved in a dramatic two-car collision in Wainscott Friday evening can remember what actually caused it.
        Donald Kalfin of Wainscott, 87, driving a 2011 Lexus SUV, was eastbound on Montauk Highway by the Highway Diner near Daniel’s Hole Road. Jose Tovarlam, 32, of East Hampton was headed west in a 2005 Toyota pickup. Suddenly, for no known reason, both cars veered across the dividing line, crashing together so hard that the Lexus went flying through the air and flipped over.

  •     The nighttime thieves who have been preying upon unlocked cars in Springs and Montauk may have moved their operations to a new locale last weekend.
        Cars parked between Accabonac Road and Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton  were hit overnight on Saturday. The thieves went as far west as Three Mile Harbor Road, but the bulk of the incidents happened around Queens Lane.
        At least 20 residents awoke to find their vehicles rifled through. Anything portable was taken.

  •    “The Scottish Play” is the title many people substitute for “Macbeth” when inside the theater, not because they are interested in geography, but because, according to an ancient theatrical superstition, speaking the title aloud in a theater will bring calamity upon the speaker and the theater itself.
        But only good luck was in the air at the Friday night debut of William Shakespeare’s bloody masterpiece, produced by the Round Table Theatre Company and Academy at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

  • Detective Tina Giles will be honored by the East Hampton Town police as officer of the year after leading an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a man alleged to be a repeat sexual abuser of children.
  • The East Hampton Town Planning Board returned for business last night with the same members as in 2012.
  •     The familiar sight of Ford Crown Victoria police cars patrolling both the town and the village will soon be a memory. The venerable “Crown Vic” is being retired, to be replaced by the Ford Interceptor. East Hampton Town police may roll out the first one within the week.

Blogs by this author:

  • 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. 

  • On Tuesday the East Hampton Town Police Department awarded 13 officers for outstanding and dedicated acts of police work during 2014. Each officer was given an award bar to be displayed over his or her shield.
  • The blizzard left its mark on Montauk, causing beach erosion, though it did not reach the oceanside motels.
  • Summer may be over, but the Montauk Farmers Market lives on, at least for this Saturday.