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  • East Hampton and Southampton Towns acted in concert last Thursday to ban the distribution by retail stores of the thin plastic bags typically used to package purchased items.
  • Village and town call for more samples and removal of contaminated soil.
  • New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week signed into law a bill designed to protect licensed physicians from sanction by the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct for prescribing long-term antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease.

    The law, which was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., was among recommendations by the Senate Majority Coalition’s task force on Lyme and tickborne diseases in order to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of such diseases in the state.

  • For New Year’s Eve

    Those looking toward the last night of December to have an evening meal out and ring in the new year have numerous choices as to where they might go.

  • A draft rule to limit overnight parking of commercial vehicles and work trucks on residential lots was laid on the table at East Hampton Town Hall on Tuesday, after a previous attempt at legislation had been sent back to the drawing board.
  • Key to the East Hampton's ability to enact local airport rules is maintaining a degree of autonomy by eschewing new federal grants. With the grants come obligations to operate the airport according to F.A.A. rules.
  • An Army Corps of Engineers plan to place thousands of sand bags on the threatened downtown oceanfront will be delayed. Officials say the scale and anticipated price tag for the work has sharply increased.
  • It was a good year for piping plovers on East Hampton beaches, Juliana Duryea of the town’s Natural Resources Department reported to the town board on Dec. 2. The birds are considered an endangered species in New York State. Their East Coast population is on a federal list of threatened species, and they are protected.

    A program to protect them and increase the chances of successful breeding begins in late March each year, Ms. Duryea said, and the results are reported to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the state.

  • The board, in response to a tide of complaints and pleas from local residents and town officials from both the North and South Forks, has vowed to put new rules in place by next summer.

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  • An electric-vehicle charging station, newly installed at East Hampton Town Hall, will be unveiled at 9 a.m. Friday at an event sponsored by the town board and the Natural Resources Department. The public has been invited.

    The station is in front of the police annex at the town hall campus on Pantigo Road. It use will be demonstrated, using electric vehicles provided by Buzz Chew Chevrolet and Tesla Motors, whose representatives will be on hand to answer technical questions.

  • East Hampton Town will provide trash bags and gloves to volunteers pitching in on Saturday for the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day.

    Individuals and groups have been invited to collect trash on any beach. Participants will be asked to fill out an Ocean Conservancy data collection form, which the town will provide, to record the type of debris found. The information will be used by the organization to identify debris “hotspots” and issues, raise awareness, and help communities adopt policies that will contribute to cleaner oceans.

  •      A dynamic trio of East End songstresses, Nancy Atlas, Caroline Doctorow, and Inda Eaton, rocked a sold-out Bay Street Theatre on Saturday night for "Way Out East," the East Coast precursor to an upcoming mini-tour out west.

  •    A fishing fly is a kind of mystical thing, Eric Steel said. "It's one bit of fantasy, and bits and pieces and a hook, all tied together."   

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