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  • Repeated snowstorms this winter almost certainly have exacerbated the problem, but residents of East Hampton in the so-called urban renewal areas, many of which are in Springs, have been complaining for years about the state of their streets and the lack of town highway services for them, such as snow removal.

    The roads in the urban renewal subdivisions are not part of the town’s public road system, and so tax money cannot be spent to repair, pave, or plow them, except in an emergency.

  • A lawsuit that challenged the adoption of a master plan for East Hampton Airport in 2010 has been dismissed by a federal appeals court. Brought by the Committee to Stop Airport Expansion, the suit centered on aircraft noise, which was the impetus for the four proposed airport use restrictions that drew a crowd to a town board hearing at LTV Studios in Wainscott last Thursday. The hearing is reported on separately.

  • With the snow mounds melting and the days now longer, the restaurant roulette wheel is spinning as new ventures rev for the coming summer season and others who already have a foothold in the local eating scene try something new.

    Matthew Guiffrida, the chef and owner of Muse in Sag Harbor, will reportedly expand this year to Montauk and open a second restaurant in the space most recently occupied by Coast.

  • A change to town laws that is under discussion would allow personal watercraft such as Jet Skis, which have been banned from East Hampton Town harbors, to be launched from designated ramps throughout the town and traverse the harbors in order to get to open waters, where they are unrestricted.
  • Senator Charles Schumer spoke out this week about the utility poles installed by PSEG Long Island throughout East Hampton and across Long Island, calling a chemical used to treat the wooden poles “highly toxic” and “known to cause serious health issues,” and urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to investigate its use immediately. He demanded that PSEG suspend the use of the chemical, penta, on utility poles, and halt further pole installation until the E.P.A. investigation is complete.

  • East Hampton Town this week got the go-ahead to designate as historic and preserve a house believed to be the sole surviving dwelling of the Montaukett Tribe, moved long ago from tribal land at Montauk’s Indian Field to a parcel on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton.
  • State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has been unremittingly critical of PSEG Long Island and LIPA, both for the utility company’s reluctance to discuss burying the high-voltage lines with East Hampton Village and Town, and because of the state-sanctioned handoff of Long Island’s electricity supply responsibilities from LIPA, which still owns the delivery infrastructure, to PSEG. Last month, he introduced legislation designed, he said, “to restore some degree of transparency and oversight to the activities of LIPA and PSEG-LI.”

  • East Hampton Town

    Contractor License Crackdown

    A crackdown on unlicensed contractors working in East Hampton Town resulted in the arraignment on Monday of a dozen workers who had failed to obtain or carry with them the required town license.

  • Wine Bar at Michael’s

    Michael’s restaurant at Maidstone Park in Springs has reopened after a short hiatus during which some interior renovations took place. Michael’s now features an expanded wine bar, with over 40 wines by the glass. An interior wall has been removed, affording more space for the bar area. Michael’s is now open seven days a week.

    Monthly Pig Roast

  • A man who has been living throughout the frigid winter in an unheated shed in East Hampton without plumbing or other facilities called town authorities last week to report his living conditions.

    According to East Hampton officials, the man’s landlord has been accepting $400 a month from the Suffolk County Department of Social Services to provide housing for him.

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  • The Long Island Green Homes Initiative will give a presentation Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Y.M.C.A.
  • A holiday concert featuring original music will be presented at Ashawagh Hall on Thursday by Job Potter and Friends, along with special guest Fred Raimondo, beginning at 7:30.

    The annual concert now in its sixth year has become a community tradition. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

  • A hearing on the purchase of two parcels in Amagansett will be held at East Hampton Town Hall on Thursday night.
  • A ceremony to dedicate a dogwood tree and plaque commemorating Anna Mirabai Lytton, a 14-year old Springs girl who died three years ago after being struck by a car, took place on Wednesday in East Hampton Village.
  • A New York State training program in “citizens’ preparedness,” designed to provide information and tools to help residents prepare for and respond to emergencies and to recover from them as quickly as possible, will be presented on March 22 at the East Hampton Village Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street, from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Consultants who will help East Hampton Town develop plans for the nonresidential areas of each of the town's hamlets will hold meetings next week to hear the public's thoughts and concerns.
  • Plans for future energy generation on the East End to meet growing power needs are on the Long Island Power Authority's agenda, with key decisions to be made this spring, and renewable energy advocates are urging residents to speak out at a LIPA board of trustees meeting on Wednesday.
  • A group called Montauk Locals is urging concerned residents to gather at the Montauk Firehouse at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to greet the East Hampton Town Board, which will be having a 10 a.m. meeting there.
  • The East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to enact an overnight curfew at East Hampton Airport, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and to extend that curfew from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. for planes that fall into a "noisy aircraft" category.
  • 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.