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Of Whales and Fishing Nets

After a humpback whale was caught on July 15 in a fishing net off Town Line Beach in Sagaponack (and managed to free itself), and as several more have been seen feeding and breaching along East End shores this week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is assessing whether fishing nets should be temporarily removed from coastal waters to prevent entanglements. 

Jul 25, 2019
High Bacteria Levels at South End of Lake Montauk

In its latest round of water testing results for the week of July 15, Concerned Citizens of Montauk identified East Creek at the south end of Lake Montauk as an area of serious concern. Water sampled there showed the highest levels of the bacteria enterococcus of any of the more than two dozen sites monitored by C.C.O.M.

Jul 19, 2019
As Whales Feed Near Shore, Fishing Nets Pose Risk

After several beachgoers attempted to free a humpback whale entangled in a fishing net off Town Line Beach in Sagaponack on Monday, the whale, which had been trapped for hours 75 feet from shore, ultimately freed itself.

Jul 18, 2019
Water Worries at Ditch Plain

An East Hampton Town official and a representative of Concerned Citizens of Montauk both confirmed this week that they have received reports of foul odors at Ditch Plain and people experiencing skin, eye, and sinus irritation after taking a dip in the water there in the last two to three weeks.

Jul 18, 2019
Montauk Playhouse Will Cost More, Take Longer

On its mission to transform an empty space in Montauk into a cultural center and community pool, representatives of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation said this week that they have revamped their plans.

Jul 18, 2019
The Battle of the Lifeguards

This year the competition has been named the Mike Diveris Battle of Southampton in honor of one of the founding fathers of the town lifeguard program, who died on June 17 at the age of 72. 

Jul 18, 2019
Mumford & Sons to Pay a Visit to the Talkhouse

Mumford & Sons, called “one of the most successful acts to come out of the 21st century’s English folk revival,” will give an invitation-only performance at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Aug. 25 to benefit USA Warrior Stories.

Jul 18, 2019
Sag Harbor's African-American Neighborhoods Added to National Register

The National Parks Service, the federal agency that oversees the preservation of historic structures and districts, last week added the Sag Harbor communities of Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Ninevah Subdivisions (known as SANS) to the National Register of Historic Places.

Jul 17, 2019
Soldier Ride Rolls on Saturday

The 15th annual Soldier Ride the Hamptons will return to the South Fork on Saturday with a community bike ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Riders will bike alongside wounded veterans on a 25.6-mile route that starts and finishes at Amagansett Farm and passed through Amagansett and East Hampton Village on the way to Sag Harbor.

Jul 17, 2019
Update: Entangled Whale Freed Itself, Officials Say

A whale that was entangled in fishing net in the waters off Town Line Beach in Sagaponack has freed itself, Southampton Town police said Monday evening. 

Jul 15, 2019