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  • The Winner Is . . .

    East Hampton Gourmet Food got the top “outstanding new product” award for its gluten-free lentil rice crispbread at the 2014 sofi (specialty outstanding food innovation) Awards at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City on June 30.

  • East Hampton Town’s community preservation fund, which receives the 2-percent tax on most real estate transfers, is flush and being well managed, according to a report given to the town board on Tuesday.
  • Public Service Department asks how $24 million project might be amortized
  • A plan to build 12 affordable townhouse condominium units on land owned by East Hampton Town is being re-energized after languishing for five years.

    A former tennis court at 181 Accabonac Road in East Hampton next to the Windmill Village senior citizens housing complex would house the one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units contained in three “manor houses” on the two-acre property. They have been “designed to look like a farmhouse,” Tom Ruhle, the town housing director, told the town board on Tuesday.

  • A hearing on a new plan to curb drinking at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett by banning alcohol during lifeguarded hours only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays through the rest of the summer is expected to be scheduled for July 17. But, by the time a new hearing is held and the law put into effect, there will be only a few weekends left of the summer season.

  • Madeline McLean, a Sag Harbor resident, has launched the Madeline Picnic Co., which features meals made with ingredients from local farms and artisanal food producers.

  • Trustees continue to object to provisions in prohibition, and ask for a ‘compromise.’
  • A per-gallon fee added to the cost of aviation fuel at East Hampton Airport will be doubled, to 30 cents per gallon, beginning Tuesday. An East Hampton Town Board majority agreed to increase what is known as the “flowage” fee at its meeting last Thursday despite repeated pleas from Cindy Herbst of Sound Aviation Services, one of two businesses that sell fuel at the airport. The fee had remained static for 22 years. 

  • East Hampton Town will seek proposals for the use of its new tract of public land in Amagansett, 19 acres of open space and farmland along Montauk Highway where a luxury senior citizens housing development had been planned.

  • The East Hampton Town Board will hold hearings next Thursday on several property purchases with the community preservation fund. Land in Northwest, East Hampton, at 32 and 36 Mile Hill Road, owned jointly by family members through the estate of Mary Whelan, is proposed for purchase at $4.8 million. The 18 acres would be preserved for open space.

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