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  • Edith Wright, known to people in Montauk as Deet, died on Monday afternoon when she was apparently swept into the ocean by Hurricane Sandy’s violent surge.
  • Homeowners had brought a multimillion-dollar suit against the Army Corps and the three levels of government over a year ago, alleging that the jetties that mark the Montauk Harbor inlet are the basic cause of Soundview’s eroded beaches.
  • Hours before Hurricane Sandy came ashore in New Jersey, the storm’s surge, compounded by a full-moon tide, had raised the sea level considerably.
  •    Memories are embers that fade to ash if not tended. Last weekend I brought my father’s ashes to a cemetery south of Syracuse to reside beside my mother. It was his wish. The Ondondaga Valley Cemetery was cloaked in a gossamer fog pierced by the yellow tops of turning trees. Tall pines spread their bows evergreen above the stones.

  • Montauk became a virtual island for several hours on Monday night going into Tuesday when the sea joined marsh water to overtop Montauk Highway at the east end of Napeague.
  • Prospects for the scallop season were unsettled this week, as baymen get ready for state and Southampton waters to open for dredging on Nov. 5 and East Hampton waters on Nov. 12.
  •     A state plan to rid approximately five acres of invasive phragmites within a section of the Walking Dunes on the eastern end of Napeague using an herbicide has been delayed until spring so as not to threaten the annual cranberry harvest.

  •    “It’s Montauk,” was how Sue Jappell at Paulie’s Tackle shop in Montauk explained what happened to Robert Van Velsor on Friday.
        Van Velsor was heaving a bucktail toward the horizon while standing in knee-deep water at Ditch Plain beach. He was at the end of a retrieve and was in the process of lifting the lure out of the water when a 42.46-pound striped bass snatched it. That’s the way to do it.

  • Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone last week signed into a law a requirement that all recreational boaters living in Suffolk obtain a state safe-boating certificate
  • East Hampton Village plans to install or retrofit drains to stem the introduction of contaminated stormwater runoff into Georgica Pond

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