Recent Stories: East Hampton

Carissa Katz
April 23, 2015
After being without a permanent pastor for nearly two years, Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton officially welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Walter Silva Thompson Jr., with three days of special events culminating with an installation service on Saturday.

After being without a permanent pastor for nearly two years, Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton officially welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Walter Silva Thompson Jr., with three days of special events culminating with an installation service on Saturday.

Mr. Thompson has been acting minister at the church since December.

Christopher Walsh
April 23, 2015

In an effort to improve the water quality of Hook Pond, which the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has listed as impaired, the Village of East Hampton is planning projects to reduce stormwater runoff and contamination from aging or malfunctioning septic systems.

T.E. McMorrow
April 21, 2015
Before Jason Lee’s attorney called his first witness on Monday, he moved to have the case against his client dismissed, saying that the people had “failed to establish” the crimes they are alleging took place.

Before Jason Lee’s attorney called his first witness on Monday, he moved to have the case against his client dismissed, saying that the people had “failed to establish” the crimes they are alleging took place.

T.E. McMorrow
April 20, 2015
The final witness for the prosecution testified Monday about the timing and content of numerous text messages Jason Lee had sent and received on the morning of the alleged rape in 2013.

On Monday afternoon the prosecution rested its case against Jason Lee. The former Goldman Sachs executive is on trial in Riverside for the alleged rape of an Irish student in East Hampton in 2013.

The final witness for the prosecution testified about the timing and content of numerous text messages Mr. Lee had sent and received on the morning of the alleged rape.

T.E. McMorrow
April 17, 2015
In the seventh day of testimony in the rape trial, the court heard from a sexual-assault nurse who had examined the accuser in the hours after the alleged attack in 2013 and a DNA forensics expert who spoke about stains on the clothing Mr. Lee had been wearing when he was arrested.

In the seventh day of testimony in the rape trial of Jason Lee on Thursday, the court heard from a sexual-assault nurse who had examined his accuser in the hours after the alleged attack in 2013 and from a DNA forensics expert who spoke about stains on the clothing Mr. Lee had been wearing when he was arrested.

Christopher Walsh
April 16, 2015

Armed with evidence of sleeping accommodations in a finished storage space over a garage and pool house on Cove Hollow Road — something prohibited under East Hampton Village Code — the village’s zoning board of appeals appeared ready Friday to deny a request to keep the storage space, which includes a full bathroom.

“They’re not using the upstairs portion for any kind of sleeping or habitable space,” Karen Hoeg, an attorney representing Lawrence and Lisa Cohen, told the board. “The bathroom is used very infrequently.”

T.E. McMorrow
April 15, 2015
In a packed courtroom on Tuesday, the woman, known only as D.D., gave a graphic and tearful description of the alleged attack in the early morning of Aug. 20, 2013, at an East Hampton house Jason Lee was renting for the month.

In a dramatic day of testimony in the rape trial of Jason Lee, accuser and accused faced each other for the first time in almost 20 months, as the trial before acting Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn moved into its fourth day.

T.E. McMorrow
April 13, 2015
Day three of rape trial focused clothing, an earring, stains found at the scene. Irish accuser is expected to take the stand Tuesday.

The rape trial of Jason Lee continued Monday in the Riverside courtroom of New York State Supreme Court Justice Barabara R. Kahn.

Kerriann Kelly, head of the major crimes unit for District Attorney Thomas Spota, said at the start of the session that the alleged victim, known only as D.D., has arrived in New York with a friend of hers, known to the court as Fiona. Both women are expected to testify this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

T.E. McMorrow
April 9, 2015
In the second day of Jason Lee's rape trial, a taxi dispatcher says a caller whose number matches that of Mr. Lee requested a taxi from house where the alleged incident took place not long after police arrived.

As the rape trial of Jason Lee moved into its second day on Thursday, acting New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara R. Kahn heard testimony from a taxi dispatcher, an East Hampton Town detective, and a retired Suffolk County forensic specialist.

Yadira Holandes-Vlazquez, a dispatcher for Lindy’s Taxi, told the court that Lindy’s received a call not long after she started her shift at 6 a.m. on Aug. 20, 2013. The caller asked for a cab from 1 Clover Leaf Lane in East Hampton to the Surf Lodge in Montauk, saying it was an emergency, the dispatcher said.

Christine Sampson
April 9, 2015

The East Hampton School Board continued to tackle revisions to the district’s attendance policy last week, with one board member asking for stricter overall language and another asking to change the policy to avoid what she says is a practice that penalizes elementary students.

Christopher Walsh
April 9, 2015

East Hampton Village is soliciting bids from farmers interested in growing crops on the Gardiner home lot at 36 James Lane. The request for proposals, on two acres of the lot reserved for agriculture, stipulates a five-year commitment.

Proposals should be submitted to Robert Hefner, the village’s director of historic services, at Village Hall, 86 Main Street, East Hampton 11937, no later than April 28. Specifications can be obtained there from the village administrator’s office, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

April 2, 2015

Several weeks ago, when Elke Grimm, 85, slipped and fell on a hardwood floor at her home overlooking Fort Pond in Montauk, her major concern was not to frighten her great-granddaughter, Parker, who is 4. Parker was the only one with her that day.

The little girl told Mrs. Grimm, “I will help you, Oma,” (German for Grandma). She tried as hard as she could to help her great-grandmother up, but couldn’t. She then brought Mrs. Grimm her walker, both of them hoping she could hoist herself up with it, but she wasn’t able to.

Christopher Walsh
April 2, 2015

The East Hampton Village Board is expected to grant Starbucks an easement so that the sanitary system at its Main Street location can be upgraded. A resolution to grant the easement may be voted on at the board’s meeting on April 17 and the work is likely to be done in the fall.

Christine Sampson
April 2, 2015

The decision a few years ago to hire two maintenance employees has paid off for the East Hampton School District.

During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Mark Field, head custodian, said those two crew members have enabled the district to scale back dramatically on the sum it would pay contractors for the same work. Mr. Field said the savings amounts to approximately $109,000 in the proposed 2015-16 school budget.

Christopher Walsh
March 26, 2015

Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. noted, as the East Hampton Village Board gathered on Friday, that spring would officially begin that evening. With yet another snowstorm looming, however, the few members present read through a quick agenda.

An unfinished new house on the Gardiner home lot, at 36 James Lane, drew attention as the board agreed to advertise for bids on its relocation or demolition. The house is behind the timber-frame house that was built in 1750. Bids will be opened on April 13 at 2 p.m. at Village Hall.

Christopher Walsh
March 26, 2015

On behalf of the East Hampton Village Board, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. sent a letter to East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell last week in which he commended the town board’s effort to address what he called “a long-standing and difficult issue,” that of the noise of air traffic on routes to and from the East Hampton Airport.

Christopher Walsh
March 12, 2015
The East Hampton Village Board would like to reduce the default speed limit in the village from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

The East Hampton Village Board would like to reduce the default speed limit in the village from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

Christopher Walsh
February 26, 2015

Which East Hampton Village Board member founded the Guild Hall Players in 1931? (Hint: He also acted and built the sets.) This and many other facts will be revealed Friday at 7 p.m. at Clinton Academy when the East Hampton Historical Society presents “Stagestruck: We’ve Got a Barn, Let’s Put On a Show.”

Christopher Walsh
January 29, 2015

At its meeting on Friday, the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals briefly revisited the application of Mollie Zweig of 11 West End Road. In October 2013, Ms. Zweig received approval to construct a rock revetment on the ocean beach in front of her house over the strong objections of the East Hampton Town Trustees, who asserted jurisdiction. The revetment was constructed in November of that year, and the trustees filed an Article 78 court challenge to that determination.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
January 22, 2015

Late last week, State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced an agreement with East Hampton and six other school districts in Suffolk and Westchester Counties intended to expand access to educational opportunities for English language learners.

Christopher Walsh
January 15, 2015
The East Hampton Village Board’s deer-sterilization program has been under way for two weeks, but village officials are offering little information about it.

The East Hampton Village Board’s deer-sterilization program has been under way for two weeks, but village officials are offering little information about it.

The board appropriated $30,000 for the program, in which does are captured, sedated, and sterilized in a surgical procedure. The Village Preservation Society, citing a proliferation of deer fencing, the destruction of landscaping, deer-vehicle collisions, and tick-borne diseases, had urged the board to take action to reduce the deer population and donated $100,000 toward the effort.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 8, 2015
A hydrogeologist who reviewed the results of recent tests of soil and groundwater around several of the utility poles installed by PSEG Long Island in East Hampton says that there is indeed cause for concern.

A hydrogeologist who reviewed the results of recent tests of soil and groundwater around several of the utility poles installed by PSEG Long Island in East Hampton says that there is indeed cause for concern about toxic chemicals in the groundwater.

Commissioned by East Hampton Town and Village, the FPM Group, an engineering and environmental science firm, tested the soil and groundwater around three of the newly installed poles, which carry high-voltage electric lines from East Hampton Village to Amagansett.

Christopher Walsh
December 24, 2014

The Village of East Hampton is in sound fiscal order, the village board was told on Friday.

In delivering an annual summary to the board at its meeting on Friday, Michael Tomicich of the accounting firm Satty, Levine, and Ciacco gave an upbeat report on both the village’s budget and compliance with reporting standards.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
December 18, 2014
An anonymous would-be donor recently approached East Hampton High School’s principal about paying to install permanent field lights. Several community members expressed their dismay at the prospect.

On Tuesday night, the East Hampton School Board heard residents’ concerns about the possible installation of lights on the high school athletic field and had a brief discussion about affordable housing.

An anonymous donor recently approached Adam Fine, East Hampton High School’s principal, about installing permanent lighting on the field, with total costs estimated at around $500,000. Several community members expressed their dismay at the prospect, with Ed Collum, who lives near the athletic field, also complaining of noise and loud music.