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  • 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on Dec. 11 when East Hampton Town Planning Board’s chairman, Reed Jones, announced that the application had been withdrawn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.
  • Quick thinking, a pair of sharp eyes, a lot of team work, and a boatload of good luck saved the life of a Montauk fisherman whose boat sank off Montauk Point
  •     A Springs man who was charged early Saturday with driving while intoxicated appears likely to be indicted by a grand jury for felony D.W.I.

        Geraldo M. Lligui, 63, was arraigned that morning before East Hampton Justice Lisa Rana, who was also on the bench in April 2011 when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving. She fined him $1,000 at the time.

  •     A dispute between the parents of a 6-month-old baby in a trailer park in Montauk ended early last Thursday morning with both under arrest, the mother for allegedly stabbing the father, who, in turn, was charged with choking the mother. The woman told East Hampton Town police, however, that she was acting in self-defense, according to court records.

  •     Scott Schwartz’s choice for the first production of his first main stage season as Bay Street Theatre’s artistic director augurs well for the goal of returning Bay Street to the cutting edge of America’s regional theater scene.

        “Conviction” by Carey Crim will make its world premiere at Bay Street in 2014 with Mr. Schwartz directing. It is the story of a trusted and honored teacher accused of sexual misconduct with a student.

  •        A pool patio on Cove Hollow Road was given an okay by the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 19, but an adjoining pool house got an emphatic no. James and Christine Weinberg bought their half-acre property, which contained a 3,800-square-foot house, a 648-square-foot pool, and a 592-square-foot pool house, in 2002. The latter structure pre-existed zoning and was allowed to remain in place. The Weinbergs’ application, which was heard on Oct.

  •        Good fences make good neighbors, wrote the poet Robert Frost — but when the fence is built on a neighbor’s property, not so good, according to the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

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