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  • The Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust is making plans for a project that will provide what officials say is desperately needed work force housing the Sag Harbor School District.
  • Bridgehampton’s Main Street was the site last Thursday of an impassioned protest that drew some 40 people who are hoping to keep a CVS pharmacy and convenience store from going up at the intersection of Main Street and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Calling themselves Save Bridgehampton Main Street, the group expressed contempt in no uncertain terms for the planned two-story building, which is to have 9,000 square feet of retail space and a 4,400-square-foot basement.

  • Jerome Walker Jr. was born at home three months premature. His parents believe that if an ambulance volunteer had not arrived when he did, their only son would never have survived, growing into a healthy, college-bound young man.
  • Frederick Friedfeld, 87, who founded ClearVision Optical of Hauppauge in 1949, died at his son's East Hampton house on the Fourth of July.
  • Coast Guard Station Montauk rescued a 39-foot boat with two people aboard when they ran into trouble in building seas at the end of its voyage from Bermuda to Connecticut on the Fourth of July.
  • Emergency workers responded to a possible drowning on Green Hollow Road in East Hampton on the morning of the Fourth of July.
  • Nearly 600 listings but few Montauk vacancies
  • The Springs Fire Department quickly extinguished a fire that was believed to have started on the exterior of a house in Springs on Tuesday evening, but the house was badly damaged, according to Chief Ben Miller.

    A neighbor reported flames at 52 Cedar Drive, between Locust and Dogwood Drives, at 5:46 p.m., according to the chief. The fire, which he said started to the left of the front door, had already traveled up the side of the house and into the eaves, burning through the attic.

    No one was home at the time.

  • Firefighters from six departments braved hot, humid weather last Thursday to battle a fire at 285 Hayground Road in Water Mill, north of Montauk Highway. The fire was caused by “a major electrical event,” John Rankin, a Southampton Town fire marshal, said this week. It started in the attic and badly damaged the older part of the house, leaving it temporarily uninhabitable. “The fire departments did an excellent job keeping the fire from spreading,” he said. 

  • A fire that may have started on the outside of a house traveled into the attic before firefighters arrived on Tuesday evening.

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  • A summer highlight for bargain shoppers, the Shoe-Inn designer shoe sale kicks off (pun intended) on Tuesday at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. 

    The 18th annual sale will run daily from Tuesday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The sale features women's shoes from $15 to $149, slashed from original retail prices as high as $450. According to an ad in The Star, 1,000 new pairs hit the shelves each day of the sale. 

  • Among the correspondence in The Star's letters to the editor this week is a message from a man in Ohio who hopes to make an annual visit to East Hampton later this month particularly special for his ailing wife, and he is hoping for suggestions from those who know the area best.

    Jim Gibson wrote that their next visit may be their last chance to travel here. His wife, Debbie, suffers from scleroderma and is facing complications.

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton are set to arrive Wednesday for what's becoming their annual summer holiday in the Hamptons, but their address this year may surprise you.

    The political power couple are renting north of the highway in Amagansett this time around, according to a Huffington Post blog post from Blake Fleetwood, who has a house nearby.

  • Another demonstration to protest a proposed Bridgehampton CVS pharmacy at the intersection of Main Street and the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike will be held at that corner on Saturday at 10 a.m.

  • A march will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. to protest plans for a CVS pharmacy on a busy corner in downtown Bridgehampton.

    Carey Millard, a former co-chair of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, organized the demonstration to show "how very unhappy we are," she said of the proposal, which calls for a two-story CVS at the foot of Main Street, totaling about 9,000 square feet of retail space, plus a 4,400-square-foot basement for storage.

  • A rotted utility pole cracked and fell across Montauk Highway in East Hampton, near Town Hall, on Monday evening.

    The pole brought down wires across the highway, closing both lanes to traffic. East Hampton Town police were rerouting traffic down Amy's Lane and Cross Highway.

    There was no accident involved in the incident. No injuries were reported.

    PSEG Long Island was responding to replace the pole, but it was not clear how long the road would remain closed.

  • Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army's victory during the Franco-Mexican War way back in 1867, is not such a big deal in Mexico, but here in the United States, we like to do it up big. While the fifth of May falls on a Monday this year, there are plenty of South Fork restaurants celebrating with margaritas and Mexican-inspired eats.

    In Montauk, the Hideaway is celebrating Cinco de Mayo, starting at 5 p.m. They said they will party until about 9 or 10 p.m.

  • On Saturday evening, alumni of the Pianofest music program will gather at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Hampton for a free concert in memory of the late Rev. James B. Jeffrey.

    "Most of the musicians have in some way, shape or form been touched by Jim," St. Luke's current rector, the Rev. Denis C. Brunelle said.

  • A roadway construction project from Southampton Village to East Hampton has already hit some roadblocks, just one week into the project.

    Crews began grinding up Montauk Highway, starting at the Country Road 39 intersection in Southampton and working their way east, on March 31. A stretch of asphalt was taken up, but little else appears to have been done along the 8.2-mile stretch that is scheduled for work.

  •      There is still time to sign up for workshops at the East End Mental Health Awareness Day on Saturday.

         The free conference, open to anyone who might need help with mental health or who knows someone who does, will be held at Southampton High School on Narrow Lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.