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January 27, 2015

This is just a test

David E. Rattray
January 24, 2015
The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday for East Hampton is for rain and snow early, turning to rain and sleet in the afternoon.

Wet winter weather has reached eastern Long Island, with a modest blanket of snow in most places.

The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday for East Hampton is for rain and snow early, turning to rain and sleet in the afternoon. Total accumulation is predicted to be less than an inch. As a result, conditions are likely to be less than ideal on the region’s roads, with more snow and slush piling up farther west on Long Island.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 23, 2014

Christmas Eve Services 
Wednesday, Dec. 24

Amagansett Presbyterian Church, candlelight service, 7 p.m.

Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Christmas pageant and candlelight service, 5 p.m.

Community Bible Church, Noyac, 5 p.m.

East Hampton Presbyterian Church, candlelight services, 5 and 11 p.m.

Incarnation Lutheran Church, Bridgehampton, 7 p.m.

Montauk Community Church, candlelight service, 5:30 p.m.

Star staff
December 18, 2014

A holiday concert at Ashawagh Hall Thursday evening will feature Caroline Doctorow performing with Russ Seeger, and the Job Potter and Friends band, with musicians to include Gerry Giliberti, Sarah Greene, and Randy Parsons.

In store are folk, blues, and country music, including original songs, as well as holiday classics. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Star staff
December 18, 2014

"Paintings of Hope," an exhibition of work by Haim Mizrahi, an East Hampton artist, will open at Vered Gallery in East Hampton on Saturday at 6 p.m. The evening will include a candle lighting and songs with Chabad of East Hampton in celebration of the fifth night of Hanukkah.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 4, 2014
Fire commissioner elections will be held across Long Island on Tuesday, and here on the South Fork there are contested races in Bridgehampton and Montauk.

Fire commissioner elections will be held across Long Island on Tuesday, and here on the South Fork there are contested races in Bridgehampton and Montauk.

In Montauk, two seats are up for grabs. Mike Mirras is running to fill Vinnie Carillo’s unexpired term, and Edward Sullivan, whose term is up, is being challenged by Dick Monahan.

Star staff
November 28, 2014

Forget all that shopping and do something for yourself today. Air out those lungs, stretch those legs, and, maybe, get a couple of hours' break from those relatives: Two trails groups in East Hampton and Southampton are leading post-Thanksgiving outings, and newcomers will be welcomed.

November 24, 2014

When we watch a movie on the big screen, or a play on a Broadway stage, there's often something missing in the performances. What's missing, says Jack Hannibal, is a sense that the gods and goddesses of the silver screen and the Great White Way are, like everybody else, human - with human tendencies, emotions, and inhibitions.

As a teacher at the Ruskin School in Los Angeles,, Mr. Hannibal helps actors (and some nonactors) to overcome what limits almost every performer: self-consciousness.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 21, 2014

White's Apothecary on Main Street in East Hampton will hold a meet-and-greet with Mally Steves Chakola, the creater of a skin-care line called M. Steves, on Saturday afternoon.

A streamlined collection of anti-aging and skin regenerating solutions, it contains rose-hip seed oil meant to repair past damage and provide an instant glow for a youthful appearance.

Ms. Chakola's skin-care expertise has been featured in Harper's Bazaar, Haute Living,, and more. 

The meet-and-greet will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.

Jack Graves
October 15, 2014

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has said that when you hit 75 you ought not to bother with any medical intervention, the statistics showing plainly that our body’s inevitable decline begins then.

My ears perked up when I heard this — one is glad that anything perks up at my age — given that my 75th birthday looms in February.

“Well, perhaps I’ll begin refusing medical assistance when I reach 85,” I said to Mary, who, bless her, says she wants to keep me around for a while longer.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 10, 2014
Montauk Highway in front of the downtown green will be closed for the festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Expanded closures are expected during the parade.

Columbus Day weekend will bring quite a bit of activity to downtown Montauk. Not only is the Montauk Chamber of Commerce's annual fall festival and fireworks show happening, but this year there is a celebration for the Montauk Fire Department’s 75th anniversary.

Montauk Highway in front of the downtown green will be closed for the festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Jennifer Landes
September 23, 2014

Walking into Guild Hall in East Hampton these days is like walking into a Sistine Chapel composed of text. Barbara Kruger’s installation has so thoroughly transformed the architecture of the Moran Gallery that walls fade away and ceilings are obliterated with colossal sans serif white type against a glossy black background.

Abby Jane Brody
September 23, 2014

The Watnong cut-leaf maple is a tree of consummate beauty. It is pruned at least two times each year so you can see through it and admire the architecture of its branches, framed by clouds of dark green foliage flushed with ruby.

In October its leaves steadily color to an intense burnt umber and scarlet that dazzles in the sun. Then a day comes when the leaves fall all at once, forming a pool of molten ore under the bare branches.

But I think I loved that tree most of all when its graceful branches were etched under a mantle of fresh-fallen snow.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 28, 2014

The holiday weekend in the Hamptons brought with it dangerous surf conditions, officials have warned.

Crowded waters and populated beaches are expected due to a fair-weather forecast this weekend. "The increased boat traffic along with the unsettled sea conditions left in the wake of Hurricane Cristobal mean that boat operators need to be especially vigilant," the Coast Guard said in a statement. The Coast Guard warned of "increased wave height and unpredictable currents near shore."

Helen S. Rattray
August 26, 2014

The year was 1971. Nelson A. Rockefeller was Governor. Having three young children and living in a place that felt remote, I had not been particularly involved in the civil rights movement of the '60s. Now, an uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York State and its aftermath gave me a chance to be counted.

August 26, 2014

East Hampton's elm trees, one of its natural treasures, are being attacked in force once again by Dutch elm disease, an enemy that had been kept in check for years.

A major rescue effort on their behalf is under way, however. The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society, which has been tending trees in public spaces here for more than 100 years, will launch an unprecedented three-year, $600,000 rescue and revitalization of the village's elms if its members approve the plan on Saturday.

David E. Rattray
August 14, 2014
Admission is by donation, with a suggested amount of $10 per person. The first pitch is at 2 p.m. Proceeds go to the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House, the Retreat, and East End Hospice.

The weekend is a big one in East Hampton Village, with a visit by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to BookHampton on Saturday at 5 p.m., but before that, some of the notable artists and writers of the area will take to the Herrick Park diamond for the storied annual benefit softball game.

July 16, 2014

That one-party rule should have gone out with the Soviet Union has been illustrated by the Republicans' lock on Southampton Town government. Despite the absence of a strong opposition party in the last few years, the board has splintered into back-stabbing factions.

Against that backdrop, Steven T. Kenny, a Suffolk County College economics professor and former Town Planning Board chairman under the Southampton Party, is a welcome breath of fresh air on the Democratic ticket. He will bring a reasoned, intelligent approach to the job and should be supported.

July 8, 2014

Maybe it's the millennium. Then again, maybe not. Time seems to be on everybody's mind. Moguls scarffing down a 30-minute, $75 lunch of a baked potato and bottle of Evian at, say, the Four Seasons and being utterly thrilled at all the time saved. For every level of society, from eaters (can't call them diners) at Burger King or Kentucky Fried Everything to the rarefied expense account restaurants, the United States reigns supreme as the inventor and purveyor of fast food.

David E. Rattray
July 4, 2014

Here is what we know about Hurricane Arthur and the outlook for Independence Day and beyond. There is a 100-percent probability of heavy rain from an unrelated system until about sunset Friday. Hurricane Arthur is expected to pass to the east of Montauk Point, close enough that near-tropical storm-force wind gusts are expected for the region late Friday.

Rain and a chance of lightning will end after dark Friday, but not before as much as three inches could fall. The National Weather Service has issued warnings of flooding in low-lying areas and roadways.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 4, 2014
Emergency workers responded to a possible drowning on Green Hollow Road in East Hampton on the morning of the Fourth of July.

An elderly man was found dead in a pool on Friday morning, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said. 

The East Hampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Association was called to a house on Green Hollow Road in East Hampton for a possible drowning at 6 a.m. The man was reportedly dead when they arrived. His name was not immediately released by officials.

Detectives are investigating what led to his death, Chief Sarlo said. The Suffolk County medical examiner's office is responding. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 2, 2014

A march will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. to protest plans for a CVS pharmacy on a busy corner in downtown Bridgehampton.

Carey Millard, a former co-chair of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, organized the demonstration to show "how very unhappy we are," she said of the proposal, which calls for a two-story CVS at the foot of Main Street, totaling about 9,000 square feet of retail space, plus a 4,400-square-foot basement for storage.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 17, 2014

The outlook was bright early Tuesday evening at Republican Party headquarters at 29 Bar and Grill in East Hampton, but it dimmed as races grew tight and the hopes of the party's top three candidates, Len Bernard, Diana Weir, and Bill Gardiner were eclipsed.
Only Lisa Rana, the G.O.P. candidate for town justice, who took an early lead and kept it, became more rather than less assured as the night wore on.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 27, 2014

Kosher Menu
Kim Kushner, a cookbook author, will sign copies of her book, “The Modern Menu,” and demonstrate how to prepare a recipe from it at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor on Sunday. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served, and the book, which was voted the best new kosher cookbook of 2013 by, will be available for purchase. Reservations have been suggested.