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As part of a national effort, a Cranksgiving food drive on two wheels will be held in East Hampton on Saturday. Bicyclists will stop at four different grocery stores to purchase non-perishable foods to be donated to the East Hampton Food Pantry, which expects to feed more than 31,000 people in Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Springs, and Wainscott this year.

Matt Lauer from NBC’s ‘Today Show" and WNBC's Darlene Rodriguez will lead the six-mile ride, accompanied by cameras. 

Bicyclists can spend any amount of money they want from a list of food, but there is a minimum suggested amount of $20. While the ride is not considered a race, the first person to the finish line with all the listed items and accompanying receipts will be crowned the "winner."

Inaugurated in New York City since 1999 to collect food for City Harvest, Cranksgiving rides are held throughout the country.

The Hamptons benefit is being sponsored by Saunders and Associates. Eddie Lopez, a real estate agent, spearheaded bringing Cranksgiving to the South Fork.

"When Eddie brought this fantastic idea to us, we embraced it enthusiastically. Thanksgiving has always been a cherished holiday for my family and the Saunders and Associates family. This year, we felt we needed to honor the holiday by helping the Hamptons community give back to those less fortunate on the East End. We couldn’t think of a better way to do that than by joining forces with the East Hampton Food Pantry and sponsoring a Cranksgiving of our own,” said Andrew Saunders, the president of Saunders & Associates.

There is no entry fee for the event. A bicycle, helmet and a small backpack are required, and riders are supposed to carry all their purchases with them as they go. Free gifts will be provided to the first 50 participants who register at 10 a.m. at the East Hampton Middle School on Newtown Lane. The ride kicks off at 11 from the school. More information is available on the Hamptons Cranksgiving website.

The footage will air on the "Today Show" on Monday.

The East End Disabilities Group will host a mental health conference in Amagansett tonight at 7 as a first step toward identifying unmet mental health needs in East Hampton Town.

The discussion will focus on "what are we not doing in East Hampton" to help people facing depression and other mental illnesses, said Glenn Hall, the Disability Group's chairman. "This is a community that does not speak up," he said, so his group is trying to speak up for it.

With the recent suicides of high school students and recent graduates, there has been increased attention on the importance of mental health services. A task force, the South Fork Behavioral Health Initiative, was formed, and it includes state and local legislators, school administrators, and community members. State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. secured $150,000 in state money for increased mental health services here, and Legislator Jay Schneiderman brought an additional $17,500 to the table from Suffolk County.

Mr. Thiele is expected to attend tonight's meeting, as are doctors, community leaders, social workers, and other mental health professionals and consumers. In advance of the conference, the group distributed a questionnaire to help frame the discussion. It includes pointed questions to identify areas of weakness in the local system, asking respondents whether they or someone they know have difficulties finding a therapist, a psychologist to provide testing, a case manager, or a therapist who accepts their insurance or speaks their language, for example.

"It's a discussion that's needed," Mr. Hall said. The conference will be held in the community room of the St. Michael's apartments on Montauk Highway across the street from the Amagansett I.G.A.

A multi-agency drill for fire rescue and emergency medical services professionals and volunteers is scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m. at Amagansett Farm, at 555 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Severe weather will cancel the event.

The drill is designed to coordinate assets in the event of a large-scale emergency and to allow local and regional agencies to work jointly on multiple scenarios. Participating emergency responders will practice the skills needed to execute rescues in difficult environments.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell told the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee on Nov. 10 that the mass-casualty drill will bring "hundreds of firemen, ambulance volunteers, and resources from throughout town and on the East End and Suffolk County" to the 18-acre property. "It's an important drill because it gives all the E.M.S. people the opportunity to have multiple events going on, on one property. It's a really important training opportunity for them," he said. Mr. Cantwell wanted to publicize the drill so that residents would not call 911 in alarm about drill-related activities.

David M. King, the coordinating chief and first assistant chief of the Springs Fire Department, said in a statement that, "The members of the East Hampton Town Chiefs work to provide a challenge to our department members to further our skills providing emergency services to the residents of East Hampton and Southampton Town. This drill greatly enhances our capabilities."

The exercise will include the fire departments and ambulance companies from Amagansett, East Hampton, Springs, Montauk, Sag Harbor, and Bridgehampton, as well as ambulance personnel from Southampton Town. Also participating will be the East Hampton Town police, the fire marshal's office, and the Highway Department; the East Hampton Village Mobile Command and Communications Unit; assets from Suffolk County, including aviation for Medevac, fire marshals, the major emergency response vehicle, and a command van; and evaluators from throughout the County, who will critique all participants.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday in Bridgehampton on a proposed expansion of a mining permit for the Sand Land Corporation, which operates a mine south of the Bridge Golf Club. 

The Sand Land Corporation, also known as Wainscott Sand and Gravel, already operates what the Citizens Campaign for the Environment calls a "massive land mine" at the site on Millstone Road in northern Bridgehampton. It covers 50 acres and goes down to a depth of 80 feet, according to a release from the group, which opposed the expansion. (The company corporation also owns a now defunct sand mine in Wainscott.)

The application calls for mining an additional 4.9 acres and excavating an additional 40 feet in depth.

A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Administrative Law Judge will preside over the hearing at 6 p.m. in the Bridgehampton Community House at 2357 Montauk Highway.

The mine is located in one of Suffolk County's six special groundwater protection areas. "Despite its permitted use as a sand mine, the facility has been used for compositing, storing mulching, and dumping construction and demolition material since the 1980s," according to the Citizens Campaign.

The mine has been permitted since 1981.

The written comment period will remain open until Nov. 21. Correspondance may be sent to the N.Y.S.D.E.C. Region 1, attention Mark Carrara, Deputy Permit Administrator, SUNY Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook 11790. 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for the National Park Service to put Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Sylvester Manor is a former 17th-century farmstead now being used as a nonprofit organic farm and educational center. 

"Sylvester Manor has a long and complex history over 11 generations on Shelter Island,” Ms. Gillibrand said in a release Monday. “This site has seen much transformation over those years and should be preserved for generations to come. I will continue to work hard to ensure the National Park Service grants this important designation to Sylvester Manor so it can have access to federal resources that will support the ability to further its mission in the community.”

The property was once Native American hunting and fishing grounds, and the Sylvester family, original European settlers, took it over in 1652. They were slaveholders from 1653 to 1820, and Nathaniel and Grizzell Sylvester were the largest slaveholders in New England during their time. 

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm serves is a nonprofit organic farm and cultural arts and educational center that practices organic farming and sustainability, which is taught to seasonal farm apprentices and local students. Art workshops, history programming, live performances, tours, and summer youth programs also take place.

In her letter to National Park Service director, Jonathan Jarvis, Ms. Gillibrand said the manor was "central in development of Long Island's agricultural industry," as it has a historic role as a food supplier, and was once the estate of Eben Norton Horsford, known as the father of modern food chemistry.

“As an archaeological and archival site, the Manor has already contributed over one million artifacts and 10,000 primary source documents which describe the quality of life on Long Island for over 400 years. Including the Manor on the National Registry would be an important recognition of Sylvester Manor’s contributions to the history of Long Island, and bring additional attention to the site, further attracting visitors and growing the region’s tourism economy.”

Such designation would make federal historic tax credits and other resources available.

A cold-stunned sea turtle was discovered along a bay beach in Amagansett on Sunday, the first on Long Island found this season.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation received a call on its hotline from David Rattray, the East Hampton Star's editor, about a sea turtle washed up on the Gardiner's Bay beach at about 7:55 a.m., according to Kimberly Durham, its rescue program director.

"At the time of the report, the turtle had no signs of life," Ms. Durham said. "Due to its position on the beach and the timing of high tide, it is believed to have spent the better part of the night up on the beach exposed to frigid wind chill,"  she said.

Despite emergency medical treatments, the turtle did not respond and was deemed dead. Ms. Durham described it as a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle that measured just over a foot in length and weighed slightly less than 4 pounds.

"The recent dip in temperatures puts all sea turtles in New York waters at threat of cold stunning and death," Ms. Durham said.

Any sea turtle sighting should be immediately reported to the Riverhead Foundation through its hotline number 631-369-9829. Ms. Durham said people who come upon the turtles should not try to warm the turtle because that could lead to "life threatening thermal shock." 

Middletown — The East Hampton High School boys soccer team won in the New York State Final Four match Saturday, 3-0 over Jamesville-DeWitt, which advances them to the Class A championship Sunday. For the full game story, click here.

Artists associated with the East End helped Christie’s auction house take in a record-breaking $853 million on Wednesday night, with Andy Warhol leading the way with two works, “Triple Elvis” and “Four Marlons,” achieving $81.9 million and $69.6 million, respectively. Out of 80 lots, there were 30 by artists who have lived and worked here over the past century.

Warhol, who had a place in Montauk for many years before his death in 1987, had nine other works in the auction that sold in a range of $2 million up to those higher figures. Two of his works, “Orange Gun” and a late self-portrait with an estimate of $25 million to $35 million, failed to sell. An earlier self-portrait sold for $11 million.

Roy Lichtenstein, who lived in Southampton, also figured prominently in the sale, with seven works, six of which sold. His painting “Reflections on the Prom” was the top seller, bringing in $21 million. One of his “Sunrise” paintings sold for $16 million and a “Landscape” went for $18 million. His work “Keds,” which had an undisclosed estimate, failed to sell.

Willem de Kooning of Springs was represented by paintings and sculptures in the sale. A “Clamdiggers” went for more than $29 million, a record for his bronze works. An untitled painting from 1978 sold for $17.5 million. Another sculpture, “Cross-legged Figure,” sold for $2 million.

A lot of 21 “Untiled Film Stills” by Cindy Sherman sold for $6.8 million, a record for a single lot for her. Ms. Sherman, who has a house in Springs, lived in Sag Harbor for many years prior to buying her current residence.

A beautiful Franz Kline color painting from 1958 sold for $26.4 million, just above its low estimate of $25 million.

Other East End artists in the sale were Robert Gober, Arshile Gorky, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and Richard Prince, who had two nurse paintings in the sale that sold for about $5.7 million each, and a joke painting for $3 million.  

East Hampton High School officials are giving the community a chance to send the East Hampton High School boys soccer team off to the state finals in style. 

Joseph Vasile-Cozzo, the athletic director, invited people to see the bus off on Friday morning at 7:40 a.m.  "All are invited to come to the high school and wish the team good luck in the state championships," he wrote in an email. He asked that people wait in front of the school to cheer the team as they get on the bus. 

The team will play in the final four on Saturday morning in Middletown, N.Y. A spectator bus leaves early Saturday morning (sign-ups were due today).

The boys beat South Side in the second overtime to win the Long Island championship 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. It marks the first Long Island championship for Bonac soccer, which has taken home three county championships. 

If the boys win against Jamesville-DeWitt on Saturday, they will play in the final game on Sunday. 

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