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Alfred J. Callahan of Southampton dies at 65

Words cannot describe how much I loved him. He was an amazing father and friend. Thank you for the kind words." Jul 5, 10 7:17 PM

In drowning aftermath, residents push for better beach protection

There is no reason for the lack of beach protection in the area. Southampton is worse than East Hampton to an extreme with only 3 guarded beaches, (only one of them being a public beach, Coopers. The other two are The Bathing Corporation and the Bath & Tennis) Southampton has no form of a beach rescue unit that East Hampton has such as the ATVs. Southampton beach patrons must rely on the response of the Fire Department and the Ambulance, both of which have limited vehicles that can access the beach in a timely manner. Regardless of who the crowds are, the ocean beaches are expansive and dangerous and should be better protected, especially during the summer. It is not a broken system, just a lacking one." Aug 26, 10 7:21 AM

Water Mill taxi crash sends three to hospital

As long as you aren't the resident who came out and asked us to keep it down because it was late." Aug 26, 10 7:26 AM

Southampton Village Board awards bid for firehouse demolition, wary of replacement fire vehicles request

There is a charge for recurrent false alarms but it is much better to have 9 false alarms and 1 true alarm than the other way around. People should be encouraged to install safety devices in their homes, including centrally connected fire and security alarms. It is why we have 3 chiefs and a rotating duty captain with their own department vehicles. They respond to those automatic alarms and relay the need or the lack of need for a general response from department members. The point is to provide fire protection to the community in a way that keeps residents feeling secure, not like paying customers. There is a very long process that takes place before equipment requests go to the village board for approval. If it gets to that point, the ranking members in the department have found a need for replacement equipment or new equipment. For others to question why it is needed is perfectly fine. The better the equipment, the less likely it is for one of those "what if" situations to catch us unprepared and if there is one thing I have learned about Southampton over my life, its that those "what if" scenarios that are highly unlikely to take place, usually take place." Aug 26, 10 7:45 AM

Suspended Southampton Village Police sergeant will retire

If it is unrelated to the computer investigation, and possibly a complaint filed against him, those records are not included in FOIL requests. Once an employee files for retirement, their record is sealed since they are no longer a civil service employee. So yes, this will remain "non-public" And I agree with Draggerman, really who cares? It is a safe village, there are police officers who come when you call or they are needed (which, out here for the most part, those two don't go hand in hand). So what is it to you other than to try and spark more meaningless arguements because you have something againts cops?" Aug 26, 10 8:02 AM

Fire breaks out at Southampton Elementary School on Saturday

You pay less for fire protection here than most do around the country. You are lucky to have so many members of the community willing to get up at any hour of the day and respond to life threatening situations for very minor benefits. The costs are minimal on calls such as the school. It is written in law that departments such as Sag Harbor and North Sea can charge Southampton for their mutual aid service. It is an understanding between most departments that we dont charge each other. How dare you try to find a criticism of our local emergency services with little or absolutely no knowledge of what you are talking about. " Oct 8, 10 1:52 PM

Southampton Village Hires Specialized EMT For Bidens' Visit

I agree with those below. Although it is good for 'business', it isnt good for those of us who would like to live in the area where we grew up. Even in my lifetime, this has gone from a small town environment, to a place deigned to cater the wealthy's every need. Those of us in our 20s cannot afford homes here anymore, I can tell you that jobs are hard to find (year round at least since a lot of places only hire during busy months, again to cater to the wealthy), and the demeaning attituds of those who come out here during the summer is sickening.

Just take a look at television shows about the hamptons. The reputation of "The Hamptons" makes locals look like servants. I wouldnt have a problem with a busy summer out here if A. I could afford my own home and B. The summer folk were to drop their superiority complex. Utility companys and landscapers love it here, what about those here who make a living just by getting by? This will soon be an area lacking people under the age of 35 because we will all need to move away soon to afford a home. And you are proud of that????

And dont criticize what I say, I am one of them and this is how I feel and this is also a hard emotion to express. " Jun 2, 11 3:51 PM

Getting a job is one thing. Making a career out of it is another. Putting the two together in a way that covers cost of living out here? Easy if you move away and only come out for the summer. I know doctors and lawyers out here who have hard times covering the cost of living. Its not just about getting any job you can find, although that is a start." Jun 2, 11 3:55 PM