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  • A dump truck fire on Sunrise Highway in the Westhampton area has closed the highway to all eastbound traffic.
  • Emily Costello, a 14-year-old Ross School student, and her mother, Iona Costello, were reported missing on Tuesday. Their family hasn't heard from them since March 30.
  • The Suffolk County Water Authority hit an abandoned gas line, causing a gas leak while working on Toilsome Lane in East Hampton Village on Thursday morning.
  • Supporters of the Breakwater Yacht Club packed the meeting room at Sag Harbor Village Hall and spilled out onto the stairs Tuesday night to press the board on why the community sailing center’s lease was not being renewed.
  • A brush fire that broke out in Water Mill on Monday burned over three and a half acres and came close to a house before firefighters were able to extinguish it.

    Bridgehampton Fire Chief Gary Horsburgh said Tuesday that a man was out in an open field behind 153 Little Noyac Path with a lawn mower when the fire began at about 11:35 a.m. “He must have hit a rock and sparked the fire,” Chief Horsburgh said. “It really went up fast.”

  • An East Hampton woman is facing charges after she was injured in Sag Harbor early Sunday morning in a serious car accident.

    Sag Harbor Village police said they responded at about 2:20 a.m. to  crash on Hampton Street and found a severely damaged 2007 Cadillac. Laura E. MacPherson, 28, was behind the wheel and conscious, police said, but had to be extricated from the car by the Sag Harbor Fire Department’s heavy rescue squad.

    A helicopter flew her to Stony Brook University Hospital with unspecified injuries. She was released on Tuesday.

  • Firefighters are battling a large brush fire that broke out in an open field off of Little Noyac Path in Water Mill on Monday morning.
  • The house, built in 1824 and transformed in 1840 into one of the state’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture, is in the early stages of a $6 million restoration project being undertaken by the Bridgehampton Museum with help from Southampton Town and New York State.
  • After a winter hiatus, a $13.8 million project to repave and repair 15 miles of Montauk Highway between East Hampton and Montauk is under way again.

    The New York State Department of Transportation’s project, stretching between Buell Lane in East Hampton and South Etna Avenue in Montauk, started up again this week. In the fall, state contractors had repaved some of the worst sections between East Hampton and Amagansett, with the exception of both downtown areas. They are now working west to east on the remaining sections ane expect the project to be complete by May.

  • Montaukers will soon have a new doctor to call their own. Southampton Hospital has announced that Michael Genereux, a doctor of osteopathy, will work out of the Meeting House Lane Medical Practice’s offices on Montauk Main Street this summer, filling the vacancy left by the departure of Dr. Anthony Knott late last year.

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  • You better not be reading this while you're behind the wheel — that's the message from the East Hampton Town Police Department, which is among the law enforcement agencies ramping up enforcement against distracted driving caused by using smartphones and texting.

    April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun its second high-visibility enforcement campaign, "U Drive. U Text. U Pay."  

  • The East Hampton Town Board's work session for Tuesday will start at 1 p.m., rather than the regularly scheduled time of 10 a.m.

    Supervisor Larry Cantwell announced on Monday afternoon that the meeting was delayed so that the town board and members of the public could attend the funeral service for Patrick Keller, the town's former director of sanitation, who died on Friday. A Mass will be said at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

  • After a hiatus due to the winter weather, a $13.8 million project to repave and repair 15 miles of Montauk Highway between East Hampton and Montauk is under way again. 

  • Montaukers will soon have a new doctor to call their own. Michael Genereux, a doctor of osteopathy, will work out of Meeting House Lane Medical Practice's offices on Montauk Highway this summer, filling a vacancy left when Dr. Anthony Knott retired late last year, Southampton Hospital announced on Thursday.

  • Rebecca Morgan Taylor, who has long been involved with Project Most, a nonprofit after-school program for elementary students in Springs and East Hampton, will now serve as the program's executive director. 

  • The East Hampton Town Police Department gave Lt. Christopher M. Hatch a grand send-off as he retired on Friday.

  • The new South Fork Behavioral Initiative, which would provide immediate mental and behavioral health care to those in need, particularly students here, will be a focus of the upcoming 12th annual East End Mental Health Awareness Day, which is slated for April 11. While the workshops and panel discussions are free, advance registration is required.  

  • In a continued effort to build understanding among people of all faiths, the East End Clericus sponsored a trip to a mosque in Selden on Sunday for people from various houses of worship.  

    The trip grew out of a gathering on Feb. 8 that was held in response to the radical Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the satirical tabloid in Paris, in January, the Rev. Denis Brunelle of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Hampton said on Tuesday morning. "Our own take on it was that violence in the name of religion is not acceptable for any branch." 

  • Temperatures in the 30s and 40s practically feel like a heat wave after a miserably cold winter. Spring fever is a given, but before you get to brazen and venture out into the water, heed some advice from the Coast Guard. 

  • The East Hampton Town Republican Committee will continue interviewing possible candidates for political offices on Wednesday evening at 7. 

    The committee will screen for highway superintendent, justice, assessor, and trustee at the American Legion in Amagansett. Town Justice Lisa R. Rana, Town Highway Superintendent Stephen K. Lynch, and Jill Massa, a town assessor, are expected to run for re-election, Tom Knobel, the committee chairman, said Monday by email.