Taylor K. Vecsey returned to The East Hampton Star in 2014. She was the founding editor of East Hampton Patch news site and also ran Southampton Patch. A Water Mill resident, Ms. Vecsey is a member of the Bridgehampton Fire Department, where she volunteers as an emergency medical technician.
In the two weeks since a fire ripped through Sag Harbor’s Main Street, destroying buildings and businesses at the height of the Christmas shopping season, officials have been working hard to find ways to recoup the financial losses caused by the fire and understand its lingering economic impacts.
Nearly six years after a Springs man was accused of shooting, stabbing, and beating his estranged girlfriend, in front of their children, he is headed to state prison. Suffolk County Criminal Court Judge Timothy Mazzei handed down a maximum sentence of 25 years to Sabas Martinez on Friday.
The fire in Sag Harbor on Friday ravaged buildings and closed businesses, but at least two people, Fred Kumwenda and Michael Lynch, lost everything they owned when the blaze ripped through their second-story apartment above Compass real estate on Main Street.
The fire that ripped through a section of Sag Harbor’s Main Street on Friday morning — the worst on the South Fork in 22 years — destroyed two buildings, including the Sag Harbor Cinema, badly damaged others, devastated businesses, and displaced two people from second-story apartments.
Despite reports that cigarettes were blame for the fire on Friday that destroyed several Main Street buildings in Sag Harbor, including the lobby of the Sag Harbor Cinema, fire investigators have yet to pinpoint a cause.
Sag Harbor first responders received $27,000 in donations after two fund-raisers were held as a way of thanking the agencies after the December fire that destroyed the Sag Harbor Cinema lobby and two other buildings on Main Street.
In the wake of the Main Street fire last month, a benefit concert will be held at Bay Street Theater tonight at 7 to raise money for the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Sag Harbor Fire Department.