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Suffolk County Water Authority Eyes Expansion To Unserved Areas

As someone who just paid more than $2,000 to replace a well pump, I for one am willing to listen. " Jun 20, 12 12:11 PM

Press Wins National Award For Excellence

Nice job, Joe!

Now work on your golf game and start supporting a real football team, like the Giants...." Oct 10, 12 4:57 PM

UPDATE: Sears To Remain In Custody, Orders Of Protection To Be Requested For Children

Along with members of a local church, I was present with Jay on a trip in the mid-90s he had helped to organize to find and feed homeless people in Manhattan. For what it's worth, there was nothing whatsoever during the course of the trip that led me to believe he was doing it for any other reason than concern for those in need.

But man, this is creepy." Jan 28, 13 4:18 PM

State Wildlife Experts Confirm Coyote Sighting In Water MIll

I sense that the days of the five guinea hens that visit our yard very close to Blank Lane are numbered." Jul 3, 13 11:41 AM

New Golf Course, Housing Development Proposed In East Quogue

13 courses east of the canal, and the public, I believe, is allowed to play on two of them, one of which is in Montauk. The golf course, if open to the public, sounds good to me.

As for the Bayberry Land, I finally got to see what it looked like now that it is no longer a "preserve" but a golf course that, for at least one week, was open to the public. " Jul 25, 13 1:41 PM

Southampton Town ZBA Denies Eruv Application

As one of those children who became "illegitimate" in my 20s, after many good legit years as the product of married parents, I would agree.

As to sagharbor's point, I'm curious if anyone knows how the Jewish religion came to offering this Sabbath day loophole to its followers? To an agnostic such as myself, it does seem a bit ridiculous (and I say this as someone with a wife and children with a degree of Jewish heritage.)" Aug 5, 13 12:04 PM

Revised Canoe Place Inn Proposal Is Receiving Mixed Reviews

Though I don't live in Hampton Bays, I would much rather see Tide Runners survive than CPI. It's a great place to sit with a drink and a plate of seafood watching the boats go by, and I hate to see a live music venue dissappear." Aug 15, 13 11:17 AM

Barrister's Restaurant In Southampton Village To Close This Weekend

Best of luck in a much deserved retirement, Mike!

And thanks for keeping the Stella flowing..." Sep 27, 13 9:18 AM

Southampton Board Of Education Schedules Straw Vote On Merger

For those of you who have been following this more closely than I have, I'm curious as to what is behind the comment in the story attributed to Southampton school officials that the district would "likely lose" all Tuckahoe tuition students if a merger fails. If true, it would certainly be a mitigating factor that would get me to reconsider my admittedly quickly-reached inclination to reject paying an additional 8.7% in taxes (particularly considering that the town just jacked up my assessment by 10%.)

Is it a foregone conclusion that the tuition-paying Tuckahoe students would go elsewhere or at least a strong probability? If so, where would they go (presumably Hampton Bays)? Or is just a scare tactic bullet point from a group that has already made up its mind in favor of a merger?" Oct 2, 13 12:51 PM

UPDATE: Southampton Voters Overwhelmingly Defeat Merger Proposal In Straw Vote Tuesday

As someone who makes a living in public relations, I agree with your first paragraph completely. The rollout of this "plan"--if you can even call it that--was an utter disaster, a what-not-to-do in swaying public opinion your direction.

I am actually hoping that any officials now saying they are surprised by the outcome are saying so simply to save face, because if they truly are surprised, they are far too clueless to be entrusted with the education of our children." Oct 30, 13 6:10 PM

UPDATE: BOE Now Says Numbers Are Final: Glinka And Bender To Join Board; Throne-Holst, Gregor Both Reelected

I like Linda personally. In office and before she seemed like a very hard worker. She's smart. And I appreciate her wonkiness in an era in which you wonder if a lot of these guys even read the bills they're voting on.

The positive traits, though, are utterly overshadowed, at least in the eyes of the electorate, by the almost comically bad political strategy. And this is on her, because irrespective of whoever is advising her, she needs to be the one who ultimately decides what to project to the public.

For a couple of examples, look at the relentless self-praise of her own courage. It comes up in virtually every ad. Who is this likely to impress? Who goes to the polls to vote for someone because the candidate is extremely impressed with their own purportedly courageous decision to run for office? Or look at the final week ad in which the wording said something to the effect of emphazing her commitment to service over self...and then shows something like 30 photos of her.

I think she has a lot to offer. And I don't think she'll ever again have the chance to offer it, at least in a high profile elective office, if she can't learn to park the ego and self-congratulatory statements and instead focus, humbly and solely, on issues that are important to Southampton residents.

And for the record, I ran for office once and lost, so take my advice with a grain of salt." Nov 7, 13 1:00 PM

27east.com To Implement Metered Subscription Plan

I remember when the transition was made. Someone--it was either Arthur DiPietro or Dean Speir, I think--made the very funny point that the paper would likely have the "Hampton Chronicle-News" subhead slowly fade away, week after week, until it finally disappeared entirely." Feb 10, 14 3:46 PM