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A Time For Community

authorStaff Writer on Aug 23, 2022
As has been the case across the nation, with an already politically charged climate growing more intense over the last few years, causing deep divisions in American society, the Village... more

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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 unceremoniously suspended the next. Early signs indicate the program does some good to ease commuter congestion, and a pilot program on County Road 39 is promising. But if the program is going to work, consistency is crucial. Dunce Cap -- To Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman for scheduling a public hearing on the zone change ... 21 Sep 2022 by Editorial Board

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 Health Organization, when a conservative, male majority Supreme Court abolished the constitutional right to an abortion and punted by conferring the decision on states instead. Now, the states are mired in a complex web of convoluted, confusing and ever-changing regulations as state leaders rush to pass laws related to various timelines during which an abortion ... 14 Sep 2022 by Editorial Board

Disrespectful Act

HarborFest kicked off in Sag Harbor last weekend, drawing scores to the village to enjoy a summer festival rooted in tradition — from whaleboat races to chowder contests and Scouts selling hot dogs next to nonprofits and food vendors. HarborFest has always been about community. And it takes a village to make that event a success — from the leadership at the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, to volunteers that help make the weekend go smoothly. Village government also plays a big role, including the Sag Harbor Village Police Department, Sag Harbor Fire Department and Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, ... 13 Sep 2022 by Editorial Board

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 been accomplished — a 1,700 percent increase in the landings and densities of hard clams, the expansion of seagrass meadows, the end of brown tide — in a relatively short amount of time. The successful endeavor by scientists from the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences took a decade, a time frame ... 12 Sep 2022 by Editorial Board

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. Southampton will go without a varsity football team as well this year, while East Hampton, which has struggled to field its own team in recent years, will compete with just 24 players from its preseason roster in the bruising ranks of Division III, widely considered the best in Suffolk County. The debate about the waning ... 6 Sep 2022 by Staff Writer

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 of men and women were just happy to finally see, in black and white, something they’ve suspected all along but were told was nonsense: Despite the trappings, regardless of all the talk of “public input,” a contractor had mistakenly said the quiet part out loud — the fix was in. Until a vote last week, ... 30 Aug 2022 by Staff Writer

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 East Hampton Ambulance Association was suspended after he complained about a village decision to add paid emergency medical technicians to the ambulance company, which has 40 volunteer members. He voiced those complaints to two of the new paid EMTs. The details surrounding the 30-day suspension, labeled an act of “workplace harassment” by Mayor Jerry Larsen, ... 16 Aug 2022 by Staff Writer

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 worst of the grueling traffic that makes up the morning and afternoon commute, and also with younger riders, who have found the new hip way to get around town. They seem to be a great way to beat the traffic — and a step in the right direction to help protect the environment, bypassing the ... 9 Aug 2022 by Staff Writer

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 just Suffolk County, annual precipitation is typically around 600 billion gallons, with about half reaching the aquifer and replenishing it. The authority pumps about 70 billion gallons per year, so more is flowing in than is being pumped out. But in the long run, it’s important to remember that the water supply is finite, and ... by Staff Writer

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, is celebrating its 20th year serving the community and shows no signs of slowing down, as the group provides more and more services every year: stationing advocates at the various justice courts on the East End to help with language and cultural barriers; crisis management; health and wellness education; mental health support; a growing food ... 2 Aug 2022 by Staff Writer