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  • Maria Beaulieu described the January drowning of her husband, John McWhinnie. She said she wanted the story told as a warning to swimmers, especially those unfamiliar with dangerous currents.
  •     Harvey Bennett of the Tackle Shop in Amagansett can always be counted on for a fish tale or two. On Monday he related the adventures of one blowfish, a k a bottlefish or blowtoad.
        Bennett said he was checking the waters just outside Fresh Pond in Amagansett for signs of fish when he observed a seagull pick a blowfish from the surface. Blowfish are swarming local waters this season, always good for a laugh and a very tasty dinner.

  • A fire that broke out at the Montauk Fish Dock next to Gosman’s in the early morning hours on Friday gutted a dockside structure
  • Troop buys all-terrain chair for teen with spina bifida
  •     The bartering has begun. A plumber installing sinks and toilets at a Montauk motel in the throes of gentrification showed up late, sunburned, and begging his employer’s indulgence. 

  • Dowling College in Oakdale is helping to guarantee their future through a Long Island-wide survey.
  •     East Hampton Town Trustee Debbie Klughers has secured a federal grant that will not only make it possible for fishermen to dispose of used fishing gear but also allow them to turn the gear, including line, lobster pots, nets, dredges, and buoys, into energy.

  •     On Saturday, the Montauk party boat Marlin VI Princess was fluke fishing about four miles south of Montauk Point when it came upon the body of Brendan O’Leary, captain of a Massachusetts-based tugboat.
        “Been there before,” Capt. Ed Beneduci of the Marlin said of finding bodies offshore. “First I saw it and said, ‘I hope that’s not what I think it is.’ And then a woman up in the bow started to scream.”

  •     The Montauk SurfMasters spring shoot-out tournament will begin at one minute after midnight tonight, or tomorrow morning, however you want to think of it. And, according to the few surfcasters who have already ventured to their favorite haunts, striped bass are schooling and ready to be caught.
        Bill Gardiner took his surf rod to a secret spot somewhere in Montauk in the dark over the weekend where he found lively action with a few nice fish in the teens.

  • The East Hampton Town Trustees believe that the commercial use of town beaches should be prohibited.

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