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  • A 2012 East Hampton Town budget calls for a slight increase in spending of 2 percent, but would result in a tax decrease for residents.
  •     The East Hampton Town Board will hold a hearing tonight on a proposal to hand the oversight of buildings on active farmland, such as temporary greenhouses or “hoop houses,” and farmstands, to the town architectural review board, eliminating the need to go through town planning board site plan review before a building permit is issued. The hearing begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

  •     Oktoberfest continues at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, with a special featuring weinerschnitzel on the menu today and tomorrow. Starting Saturday, the $24 Oktoberfest prix fixe dinner menu will feature kassler rippchen — smoked pork chops — with braised red cabbage and house-made applesauce, plus a Black Forest trifle for dessert. The special Oktoberfest dessert is available a la carte as well. The restaurant’s German-style celebration, which includes beer specials, will conclude at the end of next week.

  • The East Hampton Airport took center stage in the coming town election as the Democratic candidates for town board pledged not to take Federal Aviation Administration grants.
  •     When I moved to the East End 30 years ago, I never intended to stay. In my post-high school hippie days, I had left Long Island’s suburbs behind, eventually headed west, and embraced a life different from the one my parents lived. Access to wilderness, an alternative culture, and a rural setting were key. But after two years in Washington State, following one in Maine, I got sick and somehow it made sense to return.

  •     This week brings the final opportunity till spring to purchase produce and other edibles directly from farmers, fishermen, and local producers at both the East Hampton and Springs farmers markets.

  • (November 18, 2010) The town board will vote tonight on the adoption of a 2011 East Hampton Town budget that trims spending by $8 million and would provide a tax cut of 17 percent for most town residents, and of 20 percent for residents of East Hampton or Sag Harbor Villages.

    The close to $64 million budget would set property tax rates at $26.55 per $100 of assessed value, or $12.21 per $100 for village residents.

  • (Jan. 1, 2009) Republican faithful and supporters of the three successful candidates who will be a town board majority from that party filled the East Hampton Town Hall courtroom Friday morning as Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Theresa Quigley and Dominick Stanzione, who won seats on the board, were sworn in.

    Each received a standing ovation with shouts and enthusiastic applause after Town Justice Lisa R. Rana administered their oaths of office, concluding each with a hug.

  • (January 13, 2011) A permit for a three-day music festival in Amagansett in August, issued last month by the East Hampton Town Board, remains in place despite calls for the board to rescind it.

    In the face of a rising chorus of opposition from Amagansett community groups and individuals who fear a Woodstock-style bacchanal, or at the very least, traffic tie-ups from the up to 9,500 people who may attend, town board members declined to reconsider their decision at a town board meeting on Tuesday.

  • (June 17, 2010) A coalition of community groups has questioned whether East Hampton Town can legally put Fort Pond House, a property it owns in Montauk, on the market.

    Despite opposition from its Demo­cratic minority, the town board agreed on June 3 to list the property for sale. The resolution was approved in a 3-2 vote by the Republican majority, which insists that selling land must be part of a financial bailout plan in the face of a huge town deficit.

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