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Jul 5, 2018 4:35 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Joe Gaviola Chosen As New Keeper Of Montauk Lighthouse

Joseph Gaviola in front of the Montauk Lighthouse in 2012. KYRIL BROMLEY
Jul 10, 2018 11:22 AM

The Montauk Lighthouse will have a new keeper watching over it.

Joseph Gaviola has been chosen by the Montauk Lighthouse Committee to succeed Marge Winski as the keeper of the lighthouse.

Mr. Gaviola, who currently serves as the committee’s director of finance, has been involved in overseeing every major project affecting the lighthouse for nearly 20 years.

He will now be tasked with ensuring that the lighthouse and its adjacent museum building are functioning properly when the building is closed and during the offseason. Mr. Gaviola will stay in a two-bedroom residence on the second floor of the museum building.

Speaking by telephone on Thursday, July 5, Mr. Gaviola described being chosen as a “wonderful feeling.”

“I consider it an honor to become the easternmost resident in New York State,” he said.

“Joe has been on the committee since 2000,” Kathryn Nadeau, president of the Montauk Historical Society, said in an email last week. “He understands exactly what the position involves and knows the property and the mechanics inside and out.”

Mr. Gaviola has lived in Montauk for more than 30 years, kick-starting multiple business ventures including Gaviola’s Montauk Market, Atlantic East Realty, Chris-Nic Properties and Finest Kind Wines and Liquors. He also served on the East Hampton Town Planning Board for six years.

Ms. Winski, meanwhile, is moving to Maine after serving as keeper for 31 years.

“I think the lighthouse and the community owe Marge a debt of gratitude for her years of service and for being a great steward of the property,” Mr. Gaviola said.

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