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Get in the Game

At last week’s Express Sessions conversation in Sag Harbor, “Taking the Pulse of the Hamptons Real Estate Market,” real estate broker Enzo Morabito said he is trying not to take high-end property listings anymore, because they typically take more than two years to sell and...

A True Innovation

Is it possible to turn back the clock, to a time before technology forever changed the world we live in? It turns out that it is possible, at least in schools, and at least for the hours of a school day. The Sag Harbor School...

By the Numbers

Tax season is underway, turning all of us, to some degree or another, into accountants for at least a day or two, maybe more. The truth is, being an American adult means having some degree of financial literacy, just to manage bank accounts and bills,...

Small Price To Pay

This November, voters in Suffolk County will have the opportunity to vote on perhaps the most consequential referendum ever put on the ballot here. The measure, if approved by voters, will increase sales tax in the county from 8.625 percent to 8.75 percent, and the...

Remember the Faces

The year 2024 was always going to be a challenging one, with a high-stakes presidential election seemingly destined to feature the same two candidates as 2020, with the political banquet this time being warmed-up leftovers spiced with recriminations and contempt. We can’t even look forward...

No Easy Answers

It was an unfortunate development, both for the East Hampton business community and the Express Sessions event held at Rowdy Hall in Amagansett last week, when Mary Waserstein, the relatively new executive director of the Greater East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, decided to resign from...

Too Much Too Fast

The awkward dance between Albany and local school districts over funding led to a major tumble on the dance floor last week, as Governor Kathy Hochul threw in a clumsy two-step that nobody expected. The governor is trying to close a state budget gap. In...

Living History

The work that Dr. Georgette Grier-Key and Brenda Simmons do to keep a strong spotlight on the region’s African American community, past and present, is valuable beyond measure. A new project they’ve undertaken, as powerful as it is, should not be left to do its...

Too Big To Bully

The backlash against beach nourishment has begun, it being a particularly opportune time to note that dumping sand is a costly and seemingly futile endeavor — since tons and tons of sand have been swept away from local beaches in storms this winter. At the...

Community Building

The deep dive by The Express News Group into the history, status and future of the Stony Brook Southampton campus over the past several weeks, culminating with a standing room only Express Sessions panel discussion on January 11, resulted in a lot of takeaways. Most...

Status Symbol

The historic windmill on the campus of Southampton College, and then Stony Brook Southampton, in Shinnecock Hills has long been the symbol of the plucky institution, a college campus that, in the constant face of adversity, somehow managed to stay afloat. The windmill — constructed...

A Matter of Safety

In an age when a growing percentage of the motor vehicles on the road have safety features that were once only in the realm of science fiction, including automatic braking systems and lane assist, it is shocking that pedestrian traffic deaths in the United States...

In the New Year

Beyond the ball drop, the celebratory kisses and the Champagne toasts, January 1 is a clear line of demarcation that allows something of a fresh start every 12 months. As 2024 arrives on the South Fork, it brings change: Both Southampton and East Hampton towns...

Candy Canes and Lumps of Coal

CANDY CANE: To the East Hampton Town Police Department, investigators from the Suffolk County Police and District Attorney Ray Tierney’s office, and to the Montauk home and business owners who shared the footage from their security cameras that proved crucial to the capture of the...

Silent No More

Life as teenager can be stressful and difficult, filled with angst, uncertainty and anxiety. For many teens today on the East End, those fears and concerns can be amplified. Most teens stress about grades, romantic relationships, disagreements with their parents. But some also worry about...

Go Public

Surprising no one, at the conclusion of its review of the Long Island Power Authority, the state legislative commission on the future of LIPA last month recommended that LIPA be transformed into a public power utility. LIPA owns Long Island’s electrical grid. But instead of...

The Last Word

In context, it doesn’t seem all that surprising that the Montaukett Nation, earlier this month, was once again disappointed when its bid for state recognition as a Native American nation was scuttled by a veto by Governor Kathy Hochul. After all, it was the fifth...

Giving Thanks

Some of the many, many things we are thankful for as this Thanksgiving arrives: We are thankful for a community that, in the face of hate — swastikas painted by vandals in public places, along with violent antisemitic messages — responds with interfaith rallies, conversations...

Winds of Change

The economics of green energy are in flux, both in the United States and globally, and proposed wind farms have suddenly become more expensive, which has prompted some industry leaders, including the Danish energy company Ørsted, to rethink aggressive strategies. But, viewed in context, it’s...

Stop the Guzzlers

To satisfy the demands of a relatively few water-guzzling estates with large expanses of emerald green lawns all summer, the Suffolk County Water Authority has spent millions of dollars adding more wells and other infrastructure on the South Fork. The bill for that investment isn’t...

We Mark Our Ballot: East Hampton Town

Party politics really have no place in town government — except that they tend to offer a framework for natural colleagues to cluster together. In East Hampton Town, the Democratic Party has a strong grip on Town Hall, but this year’s election demonstrates a big...

We Mark Our Ballot: Suffolk County Legislature

The 2021 elections gave the Republican Party a majority on the Suffolk County Legislature for the first time in 16 years. Eleven of the county’s 18 districts are held by a Republican or Conservative legislator; only six have a Democrat. (Another, District 5, was represented...

We Mark Our Ballot: Suffolk County Executive

In the race for Suffolk County executive, voters this year are given a choice between ineradicable experience and calls for new ideas. Seeking to replace Democrat Steve Bellone, who was prevented from running for reelection due to term limits, are Republican Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed...

All Hands on Deck

If there was one lesson learned from the most recent Express Sessions panel discussion on affordable housing last week, it’s that there are no easy solutions to the crisis plaguing the East End. However, if there was one positive note coming from the conversation, it...

An Important Crossroads

The Springs School Board last week asked residents, students, teachers and staff to fill out a survey as it embarks on the process of hiring the district’s new superintendent, as Debra Winter prepares to formally retire. The timing is providential, as the Springs School community...

Paint It Black

To diminish the role of an architectural review board to preserve the aesthetic of a downtown or neighborhood is to ignore the success that many villages have found in protecting themselves from big box store development and residential projects that test the limits of what...

A Grim Reality

It’s the kind of thing that many people just can’t imagine happening. Especially on the East End. But the horrific practice of human trafficking is a crime that knows no geographic boundaries — and the trendy Hamptons, with its transient summer population, plethora of Airbnbs...

No Way To Fish

A Montauk fisherman, 63-year-old Christopher Winkler, faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted in federal court in Islip for selling hundreds of thousands of dollars of fish that prosecutors say were taken illegally and sold illicitly from 2014 through 2017. Tacking...

Raise the Curtain

Even before the pandemic, movie theaters on the South Fork were having a rough go of it, but there have been bright spots. As things stand, the Hampton Bays movie theater site is still being considered for a CVS, but the cinema is operating in...

In Their Footsteps

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born,” the Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero said, “is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of...

Take a Shot

While it may feel to a majority of the population that the long nightmare that was the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the disease continued to rear its head this summer with a spike in infection rates and increased hospitalization numbers that could worsen this fall....

Gold Stars and Dunce Caps

GOLD STAR To the Southampton School District, for recognizing its demographic make-up and creating a world language program that helps mirror it. Students who are not native English speakers are typically treated as a problem to be dealt with in many school districts. In Southampton,...

A Postcard for Hochul

Governor Kathy Hochul recently spent some quality time on the South Fork. She was in Montauk on August 16 to celebrate the completion of a three-year renovation of the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse, built in 1797, and an extensive effort to bolster the threatened bluff...

Arts Abound This Summer

When it comes to the East End arts scene, by all appearances it would seem that we are largely out of the woods and over the hump in terms of the COVID-19 shutdowns that wreaked havoc among our local nonprofit organizations beginning in 2020. Honestly,...

A Small World

“It’s a small world after all” — any person who has visited Disney and its eponymous ride (apologies for the “earworm”) knows the phrase well. But sometimes the week’s headlines drive the point home. Almost 5,000 miles away from the East End, terrible wildfires are...

Facing a Reckoning

“There is a lot that needs to be worked out. The status quo is not acceptable.” That’s how East Hampton Town Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez summed up the status of the Maidstone Gun Club, which faces an uncertain future as the Town Board considers renewing its...

Behind the Curtain

Citizens have a right to know who they’re dealing with, whether it be in government or private enterprise. But that’s not the case when it comes to limited liability companies, or LLCs. LLCs, for example, can own property, apply for grants, operate as landlords and...

Fair Play

Suffolk County scholastic sports officials are at odds with their governing body, Section XI, over stalled contract negotiations, which could have a ripple effect felt through the fall season and across the county’s student-athletes. The President’s Council of Suffolk County Officials voted down a potential...

Politics First

Partisanship is an infectious disease, and it can be difficult to keep the noxious elements of national politics from spreading like a virus into local legislatures. But they’re not immune, and the Suffolk County Legislature has all the symptoms of putting politics before policy —...

Supply and Demand

Last week, in our Residence section, The Express News Group continued a decade-long summer tradition, identifying the “water hogs” on the South Fork over the past 12 months — the individual properties that draw the most treated water from the Suffolk County Water Authority’s system....

A Matter of Time

For years, East Hampton Town was exemplary when it came to making it easy for its residents to participate in local government. Its public meetings were among the first to be televised live in the region, and the town was a leader in getting links...

Stop the Flow

Suffolk County prides itself on being an environmentally progressive place, with a strong emphasis on water quality. But it must take ownership of a pretty sizable environmental mess it is being forced to clean up after a federal lawsuit by the Environmental Protection Agency —...

A Welcome Event

This is the time of year when a lot of people “from away” have their sights set on the East End. Some are looking to throw fancy parties featuring celebrities or to present overpriced happenings with just a minuscule portion of the proceeds going to...

Our Own Mess

Over the years, Suffolk County residents have been wise enough to understand the economics of levying taxes designed to raise revenue for worthwhile causes. When given the chance, voters have approved a variety of measures like the Community Preservation Fund, which preserves land, and now...

Their World

Every once in a while, Mother Nature reminds us that the majesty surrounding us is not completely benign. A day at the beach isn’t just, you know, a day at the beach — dangers abound, and a wise beachgoer approaches the beautiful stretch of sea...

The Crossroads

It was only a few years ago when we had the luxury of debating whether or not global warming was reality. There were conversations about whether the Earth’s warming temperatures were just a localized trend or a sign of something worse. Today, the picture is...

Your Help Needed

It has been five years since a June 2018 plane crash took the lives of Ben and Bonnie Krupinski. Both are still mourned by family and friends, but also by a community that is grateful for their philanthropic generosity. The East Hampton Food Pantry is...

Noise, Noise, Noise

It was hard to miss the utter frustration in East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc’s response to recent prodding letters from the supervisors of Southampton and Southold towns, urging the town to “take action” to address the new onslaught of noisy air traffic headed...

Time for Action

Wainscott School District is in a pickle. How it got there is instructive for a variety of reasons. The situation suggests that the state’s “one-size-fits-all” approach to keeping school budgets reined in has a glitch that is unworkable for the smallest school districts, no matter...

Out in Front

For a quarter century, the two hospitals providing care to South Fork residents, in Southampton and Riverhead, have been on parallel paths that sometimes, in their winding, briefly intersected, though more often raced each other to get to higher ground. That race is far from...

Under the Lights

The future is looking bright at East Hampton High School: On June 6, the East Hampton School Board voted to allow the installation of lights on the high school’s athletic turf field. To be more precise, the board voted to allow district resident John Edwards...

Carefully Forward

There is an enormous difference between caution and hysteria. Locally, the conversation about battery energy storage systems, also known as BESS, is rapidly moving in the wrong direction. Southampton Town is absolutely correct to consider a moratorium on approving such projects to allow town officials...

Fighting Fires

A rash of fires over the past couple of weeks should serve as a profound reminder to those preparing both residential and commercial spaces for the upcoming summer season to take precautions while gearing up for the busy months ahead. There’s no indication of any...

The Greats

“A good coach can change a game. Great coaches can change a life.” Juni Wingfield is nothing if not quotable, and this typical pearl of wisdom from him last week speaks volumes about the impact a special group of coaches, Wingfield among them, has had...

Rooted in the Soil

Four decades ago, as John v.H. Halsey noted in an article last week, the idea of preserving land on the East End wasn’t new: Suffolk County and the towns had started to look at doing piecemeal projects where the municipalities would ask voters to borrow...

Air Pressure

While a massive air cargo facility being proposed in Calverton may seem too many miles away for concern for most residents of the South Fork, the mammoth size of the project and its potential impact should send shock waves across the entire East End. The...

Gold Stars and Dunce Caps

Gold Star: Several of them, in fact, after an agreement in Albany finally will put in place long-overdue protection for historic burial sites. It’s hard to imagine that unmarked graves — whether they hold the remains of early settlers, war casualties or Native Americans —...

A Very Local Crisis

The East Hampton Town Board and Planning Department are doing their best to make it easier for residents to construct affordable rental apartments throughout the town — and they deserve widespread support. New legislation, in the works for months now, reduces the lot size needed...

A Big Investment

Money won’t fix everything. But when you’re looking at a multigenerational problem — decades of leaky septic systems and other polluting sources flooding our groundwater and threatening our drinking water supply — the more money put to the task, the more effective the solutions. So...

Room To Grow

Sag Harbor School District is in fine financial shape. On Tuesday, district residents will vote on a $48.06 million budget for the 2023-24 school year — a spending plan that has one of the lowest tax levy increases in the district in over a decade....

Not So Temporary

GeoCubes have long overstayed their welcome in East Hampton Town. At waterfront properties in Amagansett and other communities, seawalls made up of the 1-ton sandbags were installed as so-called temporary measures to protect homes threatened by encroaching seas. But it turned out that “temporary,” while...

Essential Employees

While there are many things to argue about on the op-ed pages of this newspaper these days, it is easy to forget that we have much to celebrate on the South Fork — in particular, the number of residents who have dedicated their time and...

A Familiar Refrain

This editorial may sound familiar. It seems like every spring, these pages contain a dire warning about the harmful effects that synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides sprayed on lawns in an effort to achieve the greenest lawn on the block pose to groundwater, surface water,...

Lessons To Learn

It might well turn out to be true that East Hampton Village is getting “back on track,” as Mayor Jerry Larsen said last week, after taking over control of East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance after 50 years of self-management. “Nothing is going to change in the...

On the Cusp

It appears that Governor Kathy Hochul’s ambitious New York Housing Compact is being sent back to the sidelines while state budget negotiations try to wrap up several weeks late. Her plan, to create hundreds of thousands of new homes statewide by setting local development goals...

What’s Going On?

It’s time to ask the question directly: What is going on with the State Department of Environmental Conservation and its steadfast refusal to get out of bed with sand mines on the South Fork? It’s gone from confusing to baffling to aggravating, watching the DEC...

Do Your Part

This weekend, April 22 and 23, many firehouses in New York State will open their doors for an event, “RecruitNY,” sponsored by the Firefighters Association of New York. For the 14th year, the two-day open house will encourage more men and women to join the...

Get It Done

Every once in a while, an issue rises from the ashes like a phoenix, and there’s hope of resolution after a long stalemate. Last week’s news that the Springs Fire District is pitching a new 150-foot-tall monopole behind the firehouse, a proposal that meets new...

A Warm Place

South Fork winters blend gently into spring, so much so that it can be hard to tell the two seasons apart as they transition. Despite the sunny days and moderate afternoon temperatures in the early days of April, on four days this month, the lows...

Time To Grow

There is a point when “quaint” becomes the enemy of real, necessary progress. Protecting the things that make a neighborhood unique and special is worthy work, but not when it runs head-on into efforts to keep that same neighborhood alive and healthy. It’s time to...

Our Mortal Peril

Living in a time when the ongoing effect of humankind on the Planet Earth is part of the international conversation, nearly on a daily basis, it’s hard to imagine a time when it seemed necessary to set aside an entire day for Americans to make...

A Broken System

It was, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. readily acknowledges, mostly a symbolic gesture — his trio of bills seeking to update New York State’s school funding formula and to boost the amount of foundation aid for some school districts face a nearly impossible path forward...

Not for Us

Over lunch in Southampton Village, a cordial but pointed conversation took place last week — and there is reason to be optimistic that an important message was delivered straight to Governor Kathy Hochul in Albany. To the governor’s credit, her office sent not one but...

Money Well Spent

It’s a long shot at this point, but there’s a proposal stuck in the gears of state government that offers a glimmer of hope for an industry facing enormous, and in some cases existential, pressures — journalism. New York’s Local Journalism Sustainability Act would provide...

Let in Some Sun

Sunshine Week, an initiative sponsored by the News Leaders Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, took place last week. Created in 2005, it promotes government transparency and educates the public about the tools and methods they can use to shine a light in the...

A Calm Hand

He’s not really going anywhere — in fact, in his new role, leading the effort to conjure up the necessary donations to fund a new state-of-the-art hospital on the Stony Brook Southampton campus, Robert Chaloner is arguably going to be working even harder to cement...

Three Years Later

Three years is an arbitrary marker, for sure, but it seems important to note just how long COVID-19 has been part of our everyday lives — for an alarming time, the dominant feature. It’s also important to remember that marking the third year since the...

The Obvious Answer

Being near the water and among nature has long been a huge draw for living on the East End, whether full-time or seasonally. But, all too often, homeowners here push back wildlife and apply chemicals that pollute the bays and estuaries. Thirsty, fertilizer-addicted and pesticide-laden...

A Sense of Urgency

The fallout from the announced resignations of Springs School Principal Christine Cleary and Assistant Principal Joshua Odom — both will leave the district on June 30 — resulted in an emotional Springs Board of Education meeting late last month. Longtime, beloved educators raised issues that...

A New Perspective

Last week, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said something that is not controversial. Speaking about the fact that town zoning, like most of the zoning on the South Fork, is rooted in a desire to protect the environment, he pointed out that all that land...

The View East

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. doesn’t mince words when he has a message to deliver that he feels isn’t landing as it should. Stony Brook University officials might have gotten their first taste of that last week, when Thiele blasted the university as “the biggest...

Bringing It Back

Mayor Jerry Larsen is justifiably thrilled with the work of the East Hampton Village Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in 2021 to collect donations and to use the money for various civic projects and events. At an Express Sessions event in East Hampton Village last...

Worth the Fight

The ongoing, baffling and seemingly eternal legal fight over Sand Land Corporation’s bid to continue mining sand at a 50-acre site in Noyac is about a lot of things. But, with the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s inexplicable decisions along the way, it’s really about...

The Green Catch

Governor Kathy Hochul is pitching ambitious but necessary proposals to phase out fossil fuel-powered heating and cooking appliances in new homes, and to eventually prohibit the replacement of oil and natural gas furnaces and boilers with anything but “green” heating equipment. These are ideas that...

A New Era

Don’t look now, but all five East End towns are poised to have new leadership in their top posts next year. Jay Schneiderman will be term-limited out in Southampton Town in 2023, and the town supervisors in the four other towns — Yvette Aguiar in...

Out of the Shadows

In recent months, a completely anonymous group began a high-profile smear campaign targeting the East Hampton Town Board. In a series of ads in this and other local publications, and online, “Stop the East Hampton Town Board” — that’s all we know of their identity...

Broad Support

It’s rare to see a large group of people in Sag Harbor agree on most anything, but last Tuesday, at Southampton Town Hall, more than two dozen speakers came out to support the town’s involvement in preserving the Sag Harbor home of author John Steinbeck,...

No Small Victory

Remember the hole in the ozone layer? Some smug anti-environmentalists have been known to cite the concern in the 1980s as an example of how science creates terrifying scenarios from time to time that get lots of media attention, only to forget about them when...

Change With the Times

The innovative Community Preservation Fund began collecting revenue to preserve land in the five East End towns in 1999. It was a very different time: DVD players were just starting to overtake VHS tapes. Napster downloads were challenging the music business. PayPal, in its original...

Kelp Us Kelp You

Kelp farming has exponential benefits, both environmental and economic — which is why so many heads were shaking in disbelief last month when Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed legislation that would have permitted seaweed growers to lease state-owned underwater lands. Cultivating seaweed removes carbon dioxide and...

Breaking the Silence

Silence is powerful. In some instances, it can be more pointed, more evocative, than the most eloquent verse, or the loudest shouts. But there’s one instance when silence is devastating for one side, necessary for the other: instances of sexual abuse of children. Breaking that...

Safety Must Come First

It’s looking more and more like the Wainscott neighbors of the Maidstone Gun Club, on East Hampton Airport property, were correct that errant bullets shot by gun enthusiasts and members of the club were escaping the confines of the shooting range and ending up in...

Our 2023 Wish List

The new year is typically seen as a time of renewal. A time when we, individually or collectively, take stock of where we are and look to the coming months as an opportunity to commit — or recommit — to change, to making things, or...

Candy Canes and Lumps of Coal

LUMP OF COAL To the Southampton Village Board, for rushing an important decision and leaving a lot of questions in the air. The hiring on Monday of Anthony Carter as the next chief of police is provisional — he still has to pass the necessary...

The Right Call

Bureaucracy isn’t typically so responsive, and it usually takes a bit longer to correct a mistake. So it’s notable that the Internal Revenue Service late last week resolved, finally, an ongoing dispute that has hamstrung efforts to protect groundwater on the East End — and...

Eye of the Beholder

“Stargazer” will head into winter with a new lease on life, thanks to a six-figure reconstruction that will keep the iconic roadside sculpture by Linda Scott a bit safer from the elements. In the years since its installation along Route 111 in Eastport in 1991,...

Season of Giving

In 2012, a pair of Manhattan-based nonprofit organizations, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, decided to try out a new idea: With “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” already in place on the post-Thanksgiving calendar, they snagged the next day and dubbed it...

Gold Stars and Dunce Caps

GOLD STAR To Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Phillips Family Cancer Center and Ellen Hermanson Breast Center, for partnering with Cancer Hope Network, which helps current cancer patients feel less alone by matching them with survivors, who also heal through the process of supporting others. Nobody...

A Bright Future

In the last of three virtual conversations sponsored by The Express News Group, on Thursday, November 10, the top officials from the three East End hospitals were among the panelists looking into the future of health care in the region — and seeing bright skies....

Lessons Learned

On Election Night last week, hours after incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul declared victory in her reelection bid, her challenger, 1st District Congressman Lee Zeldin, took to a Manhattan stage and refused to concede, making a number of statements that were highly ironic coming from an...

Don’t Give Up

To say that this year’s collapse and die-off of the Peconic bay scallop population is a disappointment is an understatement. Though this outcome was anticipated, it’s also devastating. So much progress has been made in the past decade on improving water quality and restocking filter-feeding...

A Success Story

As the region talks about new ways to address the growing affordable housing crisis, quietly, in the background, one organization is doing something about it, one house at a time. Habitat for Humanity held a “wall raise” ceremony last week on Thomas Avenue in East...

We Mark Our Ballot: For Congress

For Congress Both of the candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat, seeking to succeed Republican U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, who is not seeking reelection due to his gubernatorial bid, are seasoned public servants with years of experience under their belts. Republican Nick LaLota, a...

We Mark Our Ballot: The Propositions

November 8 is a red-letter day for the South Fork in particular, a day that will help decide the future. It’s a rare “before and after” moment where the simple act of casting a ballot can bring real change in the world around us, not...

We Mark Our Ballot: For State Assembly

There is perhaps no sitting lawmaker who has done more to safeguard the traditional way of life and community character of the East End while making every effort to improve the lives of its residents than incumbent New York State 1st District Assemblyman Fred W....

We Mark Our Ballot: For Senate

The race for New York State’s 1st Senate District, which includes the five East End towns plus parts of Brookhaven, is between an Republican incumbent seeking his second term in Albany and a young Democrat who hopes to be elected for the first time. The...

We Mark Our Ballot: For Governor

Since he took over the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives at the beginning of 2015, we have gotten to know Lee Zeldin very well indeed — and it makes an endorsement for Kathy Hochul for governor that much easier. Hochul was...

With a Little Help From Its Friends

Neighbors joining forces to try to block a planned development in their neighborhood has been a fairly common occurrence on the South Fork for years. Once the development is abandoned — or approved, in an unfortunately high number of cases — the members of those...

Alarming Numbers

It’s sobering to hear the results of the inaugural LGBTQ+ Health Needs Assessment Survey conducted by Stony Brook Medicine: More than 60 percent of respondents who identify as LGBTQ+ show signs of chronic depression, nearly half have anxiety or mental health issues, and a third...

Don’t Wait

Tackling the South Fork’s housing crisis calls for bold, immediate action before the problem spirals out of control. Unfortunately, government response is, more often than not, lackluster. When building projects come along to provide affordable housing, governing bodies and land use boards demand fewer units...

Strength in Numbers

In 20 years, the health care infrastructure on the East End has moved beyond a potential crisis point, with individual hospitals struggling to survive, to finding strength in both numbers and relationships with larger systems. The latest evolution, though, is the most exciting: Technology is...

Make Them Pay

As demonstrated by the successful efforts to reverse the decline of Shinnecock Bay, shellfish are key to maintaining and improving water quality of the East End’s bays. Clams, scallops and oysters, all filter feeders, are not only essential for controlling algae but also are vital...

A Fresh Start

One of the greatest pleasures of living on the East End is access to the abundance of fresh produce and locally sourced food available to the masses in the summer months and harvest season. But the season always feels short, and as the days get...

Doing Business

Two recent developments in East Hampton Town help demonstrate an alarming trend in recent years: Local laws and other regulations can seemingly be ignored by businesses that are willing to pay any corresponding fines as the cost of doing business. The first occurred in Wainscott...

Open Your Browser and Say, ‘Ahhh!’

And Say, ‘Ahhh!’ Geography, it seems, makes the East End grand, but it also makes it isolated. In an interconnected world, that means heading more and more in the direction of virtual contact for services. That includes health care. Instead of being a pure negative,...

Gold Stars and Dunce Caps

Dunce Cap -- To Southampton Town officials for their on again/off again cone and flashing light program in Hampton Bays and other areas. The so-called traffic calming measures can’t possibly calm motorists who make good time one day, only to find the blinking lights programs...

A Matter of Faith

For 50 years, Roe v. Wade was the law of the land and it assured women in the United States the right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term. But that precedent was overturned in June with Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s...

A Model for Success

Once environmental damage is done, it is exceedingly difficult to undo — but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try, or that our efforts won’t succeed beyond expectations. Case in point, the rebound of the hard clam population in Shinnecock Bay. It is amazing what’s...

A Will To Play

There’s more at play than a simple change in demographics when it comes to the latest struggling East End football program, this time at Hampton Bays High School, which, for the first time in 47 years, will not field a varsity football team this fall....

The Bully Pulpit

“Platinum Bull” serves as a shining symbol for East Hampton Village government, in part because of how the 16-foot-long stainless steel sculpture got there in the first place. Because a bull always strides purposefully where it wants to go, and that can look confident and...

Have It In Writing

It was a longtime South Fork resident, the late Joseph Heller, who said it best in his novel “Catch-22”: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” In Hampton Bays, as red-faced town officials scrambled to stamp out the brush fire, a lot...

A Place Of History

What makes a place special? Not an entire community, but an actual place — a location, a street address? What makes it historic? We designate historical markers to battlefields, but also to places where less bloody events took place, or where important people were born....

A Delicate Balance

A story from East Hampton Village last week highlighted an issue that could well be percolating beneath the service in many communities, as local volunteer ambulance corps seek a delicate balance of morale and necessary moves to provide reliable emergency care. A member of the...

Road Rules

Electronic bicycles, or e-bikes, seem to be everywhere all of a sudden. The bikes, with electric motors that can propel them at speeds up to 30 mph, have taken off, so to speak, this summer on the East End, with adults hoping to avoid the...

Brown Is Beautiful

At least for the moment, we’re not going to run out of water in the aquifers below our feet: According to the Suffolk County Water Authority, there is an estimated 65 trillion to 120 trillion gallons of water in Long Island’s natural underground reservoirs. In...

From Small Beginnings

Often, great things come from modest beginnings. What started out 20 years ago as a small advisory board to the East Hampton Town Board blossomed over the decades to become the preeminent voice for the East End’s Latino community. The Organización Latino Americana, or OLA,...

Expanding Deserts

There are, of course, so many things to be concerned about these days — a pair of viruses, war in Ukraine, an uneven U.S. economy, democracy under threat, climate change — but a steadily burning brush fire is quietly wiping out community journalism, and attention...

A Safe Place

In early July, it was revealed that the after-school enrichment program Project MOST, an East Hampton-based nonprofit that primarily serves students from the Springs and East Hampton school districts, is about to grow. It will not only take ownership of its longtime home at the...

Play It Safe

Sharks have been all over the news lately, and for good reason: “Shark Bites Human” stories grab attention, and the headlines make for good summer fodder on the evening news. But let’s stop to reflect and remember that sharks aren’t out to get us. In...

Talk Is Cheap

Residents, lawmakers, business owners and the leaders of a multitude of nonprofits on the South Fork have been talking for years about ways to solve the housing crisis. While it’s been on the forefront of everyone’s minds and agendas, sadly, it seems, very little has...

Leave It Alone

Like the proverbial tree falling in a forest and the question of whether it makes a sound if nothing is around to hear it, a philosophical question arises regarding the Long Pond Greenbelt: Is a hearing still a hearing if nobody is listening? PSEG Long...

Gold Stars And Dunce Caps

DUNCE CAP: To Sag Harbor Mayor Jim Larocca, for reshuffling the regulatory boards in the village — and leaving out two key voices in the mix. Larocca may have had the best intentions, ensuring that board seat vacancies are staggered and bringing some veterans, like...

Pay Attention

South Fork communities have a tendency toward parochialism, worrying mostly about matters within their own borders, but this is a moment for every town and village official, and even every hamlet resident, to pay close attention to a proposal in Sag Harbor Village. It should...

The Way Back

The overturning of Roe v. Wade, which has established federal protection of basic abortion rights for women for a half century, was no less a bombshell even though everyone saw it coming. For anti-abortion activists, it’s a moment many of them prayed and protested for,...

Freedom Has Arrived

On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in the port city of Galveston, Texas, to share news of the Emancipation Proclamation, announcing that all enslaved people were free. While the news was welcomed by many, it arrived a bit late — a full two and...

Less Than Nothing

Making progress is better than getting nothing done, and it’s important to keep that in mind, but the conclusion is inescapable: Our lawmakers’ response to gun violence — massacres — is woefully inadequate. The National Rifle Association learned after the 1999 Columbine High School shooting...

For the East Hampton Village Board

The election of two out of five trustee seats in East Hampton Village does not carry with it the power to overturn the majority, which is led by Mayor Jerry Larsen, but is important nonetheless as village government continues to evolve under the current leadership,...

Under The Big Top, There’s Room For All

Back to the drawing board is probably not a bad move for Guild Hall. After unveiling ambitious renovation plans for the 91-year-old arts and cultural institution in February, Guild Hall’s administration and board chair recently announced they would take a step back from a portion...

Bringing Them Home

The Shinnecock Graves Protection Warrior Society has made tremendous strides in the past few years in protecting ancient burial sites in Shinnecock Hills and repatriating the remains of Shinnecock ancestors from museums, universities and the private collections of archaeologists. But the group’s work is far...

In Our Corner

Just as proving a negative is a philosophical challenge, it’s very hard to say what the world would be like had a key player never made an entrance. George Bailey got a taste of it in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” thanks to angels, but the...

A Cry For Action

In the face of another senseless, tragic act of gun violence in America, we’ll share the only words that truly matter, the words that speak volumes and cry for action. Nevaeh Bravo, 10 Jackie Cazares, 10 Makenna Lee Elrod, 10 Jose Flores Jr., 10 Eliahna...

Activist Judges

It’s almost quaint to remember, a decade ago, the standing complaint within the Republican Party that the Democrats were relying too much on “judicial activism” to enact policy. Complaints about so-called activist judges became part of the standard rhetoric, and it continues to this day:...

A Team Of Heroes

This week, May 15 to 21, is National Emergency Medical Services Week, and this year’s theme is “EMS: Rising to the Challenge.” It’s a moment to recognize the selfless contributions of so many men and women in our community, and to offer some well-earned thanks...

Lift The Limit

One of the biggest hang-ups homeowners have with the existing affordable accessory apartments law in Southampton Town is that only live-in homeowners can qualify for an accessory apartment. This disqualifies many homeowners — and explains why the program is so underused. As both Southampton and...

Time To Talk

It won’t be on the ballot next week, as the various school districts on the South Fork seek approval for 2022-23 budgets and to fill school board seats. Nevertheless, those budgets all speak volumes about the issue. School consolidation. It’s time — long past time,...

A Team Effort

Newspaper conventions are not for readers, by design, but they can do wonders for news organizations. Over the weekend, the New York Press Association, the nation’s largest such organization, representing more than 800 newspapers published in the state, held its annual gathering in person for...

A Hamlet In Crisis

There is a map included in the draft version of East Hampton Town’s recently unveiled Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan that should be placed on a banner and towed behind a plane flying over the South Fork’s beaches this summer — it’s that important. It...

A Lasting Legacy

A search of the archives of The Southampton Press doesn’t turn up many results for Rose Walton, a former Remsenburg resident and an LGBTQ pioneer who died earlier this month at her home in Sunset Beach, Florida, with her wife, Marjorie Sherwin, and niece Robin...

Sharing The Cost

An obstacle facing officials in the five East End towns as they begin a campaign to encourage support for a new Community Housing Fund, which would use a transfer tax to pay for affordable housing measures, is the perception that towns will try to simply...

The Human Toll

As Southampton and East Hampton towns, and Sag Harbor Village, embark on efforts to finally address the growing affordable housing crisis, it’s important to take note of the story of Steve Thorsen, told at a recent Express Sessions discussion of the topic in East Hampton,...

Ahead On Points

There are times when success can be harder to observe than failure. Think of your car. When something is wrong, alarm bells go off, sometimes literally, and there is plenty of drama to let you know there’s a problem, whether it’s billows of smoke or...

Routing The Future

A pilot program being run by Suffolk County Transit that provides on-demand bus service shows a promising future for the county bus system on the East End. It’s an innovative approach to meet the needs of area residents by recognizing that the eastern half of...

Pick Up The Phone

Two years ago, the world came to a literal and screeching halt with the arrival of COVID-19. In spring 2020, businesses and organizations both large and small shut down as people around the world rethought their strategies, adjusting to remote and online methods of working....

Heed The Warning

Climate change is devastating, and its worst impacts are looming, as this newspaper’s “Rising Tide” series of articles in the Residence section is dutifully documenting. But it’s not the only crisis on the horizon: There’s another, and, similarly, we’re creating it ourselves. Over the decades,...

A Park For Everyone

Last month, plans were unveiled for much needed improvements at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. Designed by landscape architect Ed Hollander and drafted by the school district’s architectural firm, H2M, the plans recently were unveiled at a meeting of the Sag Harbor School Board after...

Bringing It Home

From the start, the debate over the future of East Hampton Airport is full of doomsday scenarios and calls for extreme measures from both sides. Yet the correct path for the East Hampton Town Board was always the middle of the road — certainly not...

What’s Best For Children

Springs School officials announced last week that the district will offer a full-day prekindergarten program for students, thanks in part to a state grant for $420,000. This will accommodate a class of over 40 children in its early childhood education program, which will be run...

A Big Victory

People sometimes obsess about “legacies” when they near the end of a long career, usually fruitlessly, because a person’s legacy is actually written every day, over years, in how well they did their job. Still, take a moment to appreciate the victory that East Hampton...

The Reset Button

Last week’s vote by the East Hampton Town Board, approving a plan to temporarily close East Hampton Airport at the end of February, then open it three days later as a town-owned private facility, offers the rarest of things in municipal government: a chance to...

Another Step

On Tuesday, the East Hampton Town Board announced that it would formally add the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust property on Route 114, adjacent to 8.5 acres of land the town has already earmarked for affordable housing, to a proposed zoning overlay district allowing for...

Gold Stars And Dunce Caps

A dunce cap to the East Hampton Town Board, for dumping $4.2 million of Community Preservation Fund revenues into a dubious purchase. Just three building lots, totaling less than 2 acres, will be preserved — at an ultimate cost of $6.8 million, with Buckskill neighbors...

Part Of The Job

One in five Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Trauma and stress can cause fleeting mental health issues — or an ongoing disorder. The best thing to do to prevent a manageable...

We Mark Our Ballot: East Hampton Town

We Mark Our Ballot East Hampton Town residents will weigh in this week on who should lead the town through momentous change and continued challenges. The supervisor’s seat is up at the same time as two council seats. This comes as the town continues to...

A Celebration, Finally

The year was 1920. World War I had ended, Prohibition had started (no doubt with bootleggers hard at work in these parts), the country was struggling to control a deadly flu pandemic — and on September 25, 1920, East Hampton Village was incorporated. Given that...

Pay Attention

Starting this week, East Hampton Town officials will begin one of the most important conversations in the town’s recent history: the future of East Hampton Airport. It’s an opportunity — in fact, the opportunity — for all sides to be heard, and just as importantly...

What’s The Hurry?

There’s a line between “getting things done” and needless haste, and it sometimes can be very difficult to identify, and usually only much, much later. East Hampton Village Mayor Jerry Larsen should keep that in mind and understand that calls for caution and careful contemplation...

A Perfect Start

Nobody disagrees that a new tower to improve cellular service, and emergency radio communications, in Springs and parts of Northwest Woods is not just a necessity, it’s long overdue. With that in mind, East Hampton Town officials have the right idea with a plan for...

For The Rest Of Us

Every summer, the villages and hamlets of the East End become inundated as our main streets transform into hotbeds of high-end activity: fancy cars, expensive dining options and premium shopping experiences. As a result, those of us who live and work here on a year-round...

Dumping Money

It is a controversial strategy that deserves vigorous debate, beach nourishment, but the East Hampton Town Board deserves credit for opting to dump 4,000 tons of sand at Ditch Plains this week, hoping to make it more accommodating for the heart of the summer season,...

A Joyful Noise

A Joyful Noise Let’s be honest: The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but for the young people in our midst, maneuvering through the past year of isolation has been, in many respects, downright brutal. No high school sports, no proms and graduations to look...

Case History

If the recent fight over access to Truck Beach seems somehow a legal battle uniquely of this place and time, consider a case exactly 200 years old, and more than 3,000 miles away. Blundell v. Catterall, to be specific, in which Mr. Catterall was sued,...

Timing Is Everything

When a village used to very few changes gets a new administration with energy, friction is inevitable. That’s the nature of inertia: After years of remaining at rest, and getting used to it, East Hampton Village is now solidly in motion. That can be a...

An Opportunity To Build

Springs School has long been the heart of an East Hampton hamlet where families and residents rally around the school district. Springs is a community that has maintained a year-round population, with grandparents and parents in the district who once were students on School Street...

Gold Stars And Dunce Caps

Dunce cap — To the Sag Harbor Village Board for over the past two administrations failing to seize the opportunity to aggressively pursue a long-term lease from National Grid to continue to use what is commonly referred to as the Gas Ball property as a...

Balancing Act

King Solomon makes a cameo as East Hampton Town, and so many residents in the region, debate the future of East Hampton Airport. His legendary skills at settling a seemingly intractable dispute would come in handy as the Town Board considers, this fall, a new...

Forests And Trees

Sometimes it’s easier to tell a huge story with a small one. Scott Bluedorn is just another 34-year-old lifelong resident of East Hampton who is, quite possibly, going to lose the game of musical chairs so many working families are facing on the South Fork....

A Bigger Table

The Republican Party in East Hampton Town, generally, is in trouble. Its issues echo in the national party’s obsession with harebrained conspiracy theories and overtly divisive rhetoric, a populism that has new life after it helped win the White House in 2016 for a lone,...

Candy Canes And Lumps Of Coal

Periodically, we hand out “Gold Stars and Dunce Caps” in this space. This time of year, it seems more appropriate to make them “Candy Canes and Lumps of Coal”: CANDY CANE: To Heart of the Hamptons, the Southampton Village-based charity, for diving ahead with the...

Turning A Corner

Aristotle once said politics and teaching were “noble professions.” That might still be true for teachers, but he wouldn’t recognize the most basic political campaign these days, and he’d struggle to find nobility in it. That’s true at the national level, but it’s sadly trickling...

We Mark Our East Hampton Village Ballot

It must be noted: In both Southampton and East Hampton villages this year, the voters (and local newspapers) have a wealth of candidates to choose from — and the quality of those candidates is truly exceptional. Rare is the local election when it can be...

Ready Or Not

Confirmation, if it was necessary, came last week at a Virtual Sessions event sponsored by the Express News Group: The South Fork is in the midst of a transformation. It might have been coming regardless, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the natural pace of...

A Time To Remember

There is no sugar-coating it: The Class of 2020 got ripped off. There was no prom, no senior skip day, none of the anticipation and celebration of a traditional graduation ceremony. But something splendid happened. In every school district, teachers, administrators and support staff came...

Show Must Go On

The fluid nature of the state’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic and, in particular, to school districts being allowed to host graduation ceremonies for departing seniors has left many district officials reeling this week, as they try to determine whether they can change course quickly...

Quieting The Noise

This week, the Express News Group will take a step long discussed but never implemented until now: Anonymous commenting — in fact, commenting of all types — is being eliminated from 27east.com. A small portion of our readership will scream, “Censorship!” (people really do need...

A Safe Path Forward

Last week’s Zoom-driven Press Sessions conversation, which focused on the changing nature of small-town business districts in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, offered a great deal of insight, from both business owners and local officials. But perhaps the most important note came toward the...

A Vote Of Support

Residents across New York State will vote on school budgets and in school board elections over the next two weeks, with mail-in ballots due in district clerk offices by June 9. While we have generally advocated for strong support of public education — which involves...

A Letter From The Publishers

Memorial Day weekend is a line of demarcation for the South Fork, a moment to stop and take stock before diving headfirst into the summer. Needless to say, this is a holiday weekend like no other, and we wanted to take a moment to share...

Not Business As Usual

We need to get back to work. It’s a phrase that’s been on everyone’s lips lately. With each passing day, and each lost dollar, people’s resolve is tested. When will this long, lonely nightmare be over? When will things get back to normal? When will...

Essential Steps

The voyage down from the peak of the novel coronavirus pandemic’s impact locally is not an end in itself. Even with the height of optimism, we have months to worry about a flare-up should social distancing and other aggressive measure be relaxed too swiftly. Impatience...

Beacon In The Storm

The narrative from the city tabloids and some national, and even international, publications has been clear: The Hamptons is ablaze with class warfare, and COVID-19 has fanned the flames. Without question, there have been a few instances, and some grousing. Most of it was based...

Must Have The Key

For our own safety, and as an essential strategy in defeating the COVID-19 outbreak, the American economy has been locked down tight. After so many weeks of self-quarantine and social distancing, unemployment checks and shuttered businesses, the grumbling has begun. Just how long are we...

Local Papers Care

This week, the Express News Group features a guest editorial by Judy Patrick, vice president for editorial development for the New York Press Association, which includes more than 800 community newspapers and news sources in New York State. From afar, the COVID-19 pandemic is generating...

Hold Fast

By now, you’ve heard your fill about social distancing, symptoms to watch out for, using videoconferencing to stay in touch with friends and family, how to keep your kids busy, the best cleaning products to use, 20 seconds of hand washing … Here’s a message...

We Must Persevere

Who would have thought the whole world could turn upside down in just a few weeks? The rate of change has been staggering, leaving people on the East End, on Long Island, across the country and around the world staggering to keep up with a...

The Not So Definite Article

The use of the definite article in at least one local context ground to a halt late last month when East Hampton Town highway workers removed two “Welcome to the Springs” signs on Springs-Fireplace Road that had greeted drivers for almost three decades. After a...

An American Success Story

Success Story As Black History Month comes to a close, February delivered a devastating blow with the death of B. Smith, whose pioneering role as an African American entrepreneur cannot be overstated. Barbara Elaine Smith’s business empire came from modest roots, fed by a passion...

Feature-Length Parking

“Parasite” runs two hours and 12 minutes. If you wanted to see the Oscar-winning film, if a matinée happened to be playing at the East Hampton Cinema this weekend, and if you happened to secure a parking spot in the Reutershan lot, you’d still be...

The Start Of Something

Last week’s Press Sessions discussion focusing on the East Hampton Airport and its future was a start of a conversation that needs to dig much, much deeper. The fact that the debate wasn’t altogether acrimonious was a good start. The fact that it was a...

What Schools Should Do

Let’s start with a basic point: Medicine is a science. Certainly, there are disagreements within the medical community over its practice from time to time. But it’s generally a good rule of thumb to give credence to doctors and medical researchers when it comes to...

A Day On, Not A Day Off

“Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country” was the message of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961, less than three years before his assassination in November 1963. And, although they are probably much...

One Step Forward

When it comes to child care and providing safe — and, ideally, enriching — activities for their children, working parents on the East End often hit a wall. School districts are far more generous with vacation time than most private employers, which leaves many parents...

Lose The Intrigue

This Friday, January 17, the East Hampton Village Board will appoint a mayor to serve until a regularly scheduled election can be held in June — the previous mayor, Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., having decided to step down at the end of last year, before...

An Uncivil War

Back in October, President Donald Trump retweeted a quote from Robert Jeffress Jr., an American Southern Baptist pastor and a frequent contributor to Fox News Channel, from one of his regular appearances there: “If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, I’m...

At Our Doorstep

It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to consider marine animal strandings, like that of a minke whale at Northwest Creek on November 21, as a form of communication. After all, whales and dolphins speak to one another in their own respective languages, and...

Bringing It Back

Once upon a time, shopkeepers in East Hampton Village all knew your name and your shirt size, the way you liked your hair cut, and who your family members were — and asked after them. The stores were open year-round, and most wares and services...

Just Too Easy

It’s just a little too easy to pile on to local government for what many consider to be over-regulation. What better sport than to poke fun at official sourpusses who get their kicks from throwing a wet blanket over live music and outdoor store displays?...

For Supervisor And Town Council

This has been an odd and, sadly, uneven race for East Hampton Town supervisor and the two council seats now held by Peter Van Scoyoc, Sylvia Overby and David Lys, three Democrats on an entirely Democratic Town Board. For several reasons, there will be not...

Old Friends

Old FriendsIt’s a shame when noble, established trees come crashing down in storms like the recent nor’easters. In East Hampton Village, a small handful of trees recently blew over or were damaged to the point of being structurally unsound, and they had to be cut...

Rally For Independents

Rally For IndependentsAs if we needed another reason to take the profit motive out of health care: Allow us to introduce pharmacy benefits managers.As noted in a story last week, PBMs, as they are called, actually were introduced decades ago as a way to negotiate...

Festive Times

Festive Times You wouldn’t know the season was supposed to be over in Montauk last weekend, when thousands of visitors and locals swarmed the green to check out pumpkin painting and bounce castles, bratwurst and mugs of chowder, live music and local brews, plus a...

Sail On, Sail On, Sailor

Sail On, Sail On, SailorAt a certain level you really have to hand it to him. Here’s a 21-year-old pining for a new life. So, naturally, he travels 2,500 miles to Montauk, hops on a sailboat he purchased one day earlier on eBay, and rounds...

In The Same Room

In The Same RoomClimate change was on just about everyone’s radar last week, especially with the news that the oceans are warming so much, and so quickly, that seafood supplies are threatened, extreme weather patterns are intensifying, and coastal communities are in serious danger.Not surprisingly,...

Kids These Days

As Greta Thunberg and David Hogg would testify, the degree of adult hostility leveled at teenagers who care about the world they inhabit can sometimes be astonishing. Even while adopting a condescending “Don’t worry your pretty little head” attitude, a very significant number of powerful...

Crosswalks: Pull The Plug

Pull The PlugThey’ve had their shining moment since Memorial Day. Now it’s time to shut them down.Those statuesque yellow signs lining Montauk’s Main Street — the 10-foot ones depicting a downward-pointing arrow, and a stick figure perambulating purposefully — were intended to serve a purpose...

Hatchery: Do It Right

And some have insisted that the Gann Road shellfish hatchery project will be vetted by the Planning Board, and Planning Department, in that their review and comments will be solicited by the town. That’s not the same thing, though, as filing a formal application, and...

Taking Back The Village

A tip of the sun bonnet to East Hampton Village, the Chamber of Commerce and the organizers of the Artists vs. Writers Game for injecting so much life into Herrick Park on Saturday.The chamber has pronounced its first Summer Festival, which was held at the...

Sunsets For All

Rose, orange, blue, gray, black, red and purple. Cumulus, uncinus, cirrus, mares’ tails. Swirls, curls, puffs and wisps.Every fair evening in Montauk in summer, sunset-watchers line up along the now-wide beach next to the west jetty at Montauk Harbor. Their silhouettes might vary in height...

Murder In Montauk

A school bus was parked in front of Kirk Park last Thursday morning at about 7 as parents dropped off children bound for a field trip to Citi Field. As is usual on a pleasant day in Montauk, there would have been walkers circling Fort...

Local Flavor

This is the time of year when retail stores and restaurants throw open the doors of “Hamptons outposts”—seasonal replications of what’s already on tap in New York City—on the South Fork. They join the tiny handful that are already here, year-round.These merchants and restaurateurs—or, more...

We Mark Our Ballot: East Hampton Town

East Hampton Town East Hampton Town residents will weigh in this week on who should lead the town through momentous change and continued challenges. The supervisor’s seat is up at the same time as two council seats. This comes as the town continues to debate...

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