It seems like Dina Merrill — the actress and arts benefactor who has lived on West Dune Lane for over 50 years — will still be able to see the sea she loves. Her husband, Ted Hartley, chairman of R.K.O. Pictures, sat in the second row at the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Friday while his attorney, Rick Whalen, laid out plans to rework an existing walkway and platform in the dunes outside the couple’s house to accommodate Ms. Merrill’s wheelchair.
Talk about “observing the stars” on the South Fork and people are likely to think of a Seinfeld or a Baldwin before an Alpha Centauri. But that’s what the Montauk Observatory is for — to help those interested in the night sky above the parties and beaches, a twinkling, expanding, mysterious infinity of galaxies and dark matter beyond our comprehension.