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  • East Hampton Town’s protection of open space, farmland, or historic properties through use of the community preservation fund is off to a speedy start in 2014.
  • Reopening Celebration
        A wine dinner tomorrow night will mark the reopening, after a month of renovations, of the Living Room, which is the restaurant at c/o the Maidstone inn in East Hampton. A wine-tasting in the cellar will be followed by a sit-down dinner, with seatings at 6:30 and 7:30. A maximum of 14 diners can be accommodated at each, so reservations have been recommended.

  • A review of procedures in the East Hampton Town tax receiver’s office after a chaotic property tax bill season revealed that not only had nearly a quarter of the town’s tax bills never been printed and mailed, but that many tax payments sent to the office sat for two weeks in bins of unopened mail, neither logged nor deposited
  • A building permit for renovations to the former Villa Prince restaurant in Amagansett, where a new 7-Eleven is planned, was rescinded by East Hampton Town’s chief building inspector
  •        East Hampton Town’s 30-year-old scavenger waste plant, offline since 2012, is of little value to the town, according to a report by Lombardo Associates, consulting engineers who have completed an in-depth evaluation of the facility and its operations.

  • A plan by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation to eradicate the population of mute swans statewide by 2025 is being questioned by some state lawmakers who have challenged the agency
  •        A three-year capital project plan being considered by the East Hampton Town Board includes close to 100 projects for which the town would issue $12 million in bonds.

           It would allow the town to take care of overdue repairs and improvements while keeping annual debt service payments level, at the $15 million range, Len Bernard, the town budget officer, said at a town board meeting on Tuesday.

  • Coffee Farmer Visits
        The Hampton Coffee Company in Southampton will have a visit tomorrow from Ric Hariyanto of Sriwijaya Coffee, who grows coffee beans in northern Sumatra that are imported for Hampton Coffee brews.

        From 3 to 5 p.m., Mr. Hariyanto will be at Hampton Coffee’s Coffee Experience store to discuss his life, his coffee farm, and the beans during a slideshow and talk. He will answer questions and provide tastes of his Dolok Sanggul coffee.
     

  • East Hampton Town officials are meeting this week to review the status of an Amagansett property where a new 7-Eleven store is planned
  •        After almost a year’s buildup, the East Hampton Town Board has rejected a developer’s request to rezone 24 acres on Montauk Highway in Amagansett, known as 555, for 79 units of luxury housing for older residents.

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  • 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.

  • 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."