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  • Two men suffered serious injuries when the all-terrain vehicles they were riding crashed into each other in the woods behind the Montauk recycling center on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Amagansett Fire Department fought a smoky basement fire in a Barnes Landing House early Sunday. Damage was limited, and there were no reports of injuries.
  • Fire commissioner elections will be held across Long Island on Tuesday, and here on the South Fork there are contested races in Bridgehampton and Montauk.
  • On Tuesday, the Sag Harbor Village Board will hear from residents and business owners on a proposal to prohibit single-use plastic bags at retail stores. The proposal is part of a movement on the East End to ban such bags in time for Earth Day 2015.

  • A woman escaped injured when her sport utility vehicle rolled over in Amagansett on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Well-known model and restaurateur B. Smith revealed earlier this year she has Alzheimer's disease.
  • When Thomas A. Twomey, a well-known East End lawyer, died of an apparent heart attack at home in East Hampton on Nov. 16, it was during 1 of 10 times since May that East Hampton Village’s paid first responder program had gone unmanned.
  • Emergency workers got some practice Sunday in dealing with a large-scale incident during a drill at the Amagansett Farm, at 555 Montauk Highway. The scenario organizers threw at them was a tornado that touched down while a concert was going on.

    Firefighters and emergency medical providers had to extricate “victims” from in and around cars and from inside a bus that flipped over, within 40 minutes. There were three separate scenarios to respond to, including a vehicle fire.

  • On my very first Christmas out of my parents' house, I decided to have my own, live, Christmas tree. I had been collecting ornaments over the years, mainly on trips, so I actually had a small box of them set aside for the small spruce I eventually lugged home.

    My grandmother, who lived on Shelter Island, believed in tradition. She didn't like Christmas trees with nothing but new ornaments, like the ones I had bought in Las Vegas and Toronto.

  • Several residents and local businesses have been the targets of an ongoing phone scam, according to police, who are warning people to be on the alert.

    On Nov. 11, Special Effects, a beauty salon on Osborne Lane in East Hampton Village, received a call from a man claiming to represent PSEG Long Island and threatening to shut off  its power unless he was given a credit card to settle an unpaid balance. The salon, which does not have an unpaid balance, called PSEG directly to discuss the matter.

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  • In case you haven't had enough snow this season, Old Man Winter is sending some more to the South Fork over the next 24 hours. 

    The National Weather Service in New York issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow on Long Island from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday. Accumulations of between 4 and 8 inches are forecasted. 

  • More snow is on the way for the South Fork, with up to 3 inches possible Tuesday night and another 6 inches or more forecasted for Wednesday night into Thrusday.

    The National Weather Service reported that a winter weather advisory is in effect for southeastern and northeastern Suffolk County from 3 p.m. on Tuesday to 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Snow will develop on Tuesday afternoon, though it will mainly fall after 5 p.m. The snow will then mix with sleet and freezing rain by midnight before turning to rain. 

  • The swan hit the power lines on Montauk Highway in Wainscott on Monday while attempting a takeoff.
  • A water main break on Jermain Avenue in Sag Harbor Village on Friday morning was one of the many leaks the Suffolk County Water Authority has been grappling with during an ongoing cold spell.

  • With the bitter cold temperatures, pipes are freezing and bursting in houses and businesses across the South Fork. 

    The East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center initially said it would be closed on Tuesday because of frozen pipes in the kitchen, but at about 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday the center announced that repairs had been completed. The daily nutrition program will operate as usual.

    Fire departments responding to automatic alarms at residences and businesses are finding burst pipes.

  • More than a month after a cat went missing from his family's East Hampton house, it has defied the odds, turning up nearly 15 miles away in Southampton's North Sea.

    Prince Charming, whose owner, Jackson Milius, 9, calls him Princey, was last seen on Jan. 16 when he went outside with his sister, Thumbelina.

    The cats' usual routine was to come back in before the family turns out the lights for the night, but Princey occasionally stayed out all night and would be found sleeping on the deck in the morning.

  • The weather is going to be brutal this weekend, and as the prolonged dangerous temperatures and high winds roll in, officials are asking the community to take shelter and be mindful of one another. 

    With the lows estimated for Saturday at 7 degrees with a windchill of zero, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said, "Please check on elderly or disabled neighbors, don't leave your pets outdoors too long, and be sure to dress in warm layers if you must be outside for work, etc."

  • With the recent snowstorms, blood donations are once again down. But with four upcoming blood drives on the South Fork, there are opportunities to change that. 

    The New York Blood Center, which has scheduled an emergency blood drive at Southampton Hospital later this month, said even when storms aren't as severe as expected, the blood supply is affected. "The effect on the blood supply was like a full blizzard with over 3,000 units lost due to cancellations," according to the center's website. 

  • Students at the Sag Harbor Elementary School celebrated the Super Bowl in their own way with the Soup-er Bowl.

  • Sheldon Silver ended his 21-year reign as New York State Assembly speaker just before midnight Monday. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who represents the South Fork, said that "this crisis presents a rare opportunity to change an institution that has been in desperate need of transparency for decades."