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Editorial: The Main Street Takeaway

Editorial Board on Feb 27, 2019
Sag Harbor is not a village that can be narrowly defined. Just as it can no longer be referred to as an industrial or blue-collar community, it is not solely... more

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End of an Era

I learned today that the Sag Harbor Ladies Village Improvement Society has closed up shop. This brings back so many memories of my mother, Jane Mulvihill, and her good friend Gertie Payne, who were very active members in the 1950s and 1960s organizing house tours and raising money for, among other things, scholarships, establishing Marine Park, and planting trees throughout the village. I remember riding around with Charlie Whitmore as he and Mom scouted locations for the trees. I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I have a photo of my sister Mary (8) and me (6) in the ... 14 May 2024 by Staff Writer

A Tourist Trinket

This is to any future historians of Sag Harbor who happen to be combing back issues of The Express for clues to the downfall of this formerly quaint village on the East End, with its storied whaling and manufacturing history. It turns out that four teams of bright fifth-year architecture students from the New York Institute of Technology, led by professor Dong-Sei Kim, optimistically and trenchantly plotted the future of Sag Harbor with their circumspect designs for improvements to the village, which they presented to a mostly empty Sage Hall at the Sag Harbor Learning Center on May 10. This ... by Staff Writer

Worry No More

As president of the Sag Harbor Historical Museum, I am glad to report to the village about our first cruise tour. After great concern from villagers about being overrun with tourists, it was to the contrary. They came to the museum promptly at 9 a.m. and then again at 10 a.m.. Fifteen visitors were given a thorough tour of the Annie Cooper Boyd House and our whaleboat shop, detailing all the history and architecture. We mentioned that the house was there when Sag Harbor was occupied by the British from 1776 to 1783, and more than likely the house could ... by Staff Writer

Sky Is Not Falling

So, the cruise ship people arrived without a single issue [“First American Cruise Ship Arrives in Sag Harbor,” 27east.com, May 8]. How surprising, when so many predicted that it would be most disruptive to our community. Clearly, our trustees and the minority of overly vocal residents of Sag Harbor are once again wrong about the consequences of visitors to our community and the havoc they bring. It should be a teachable moment, but the reality is that the naysayers never learn, they just keep telling us the sky is falling. I certainly hope the mayor is watching and that he ... by Staff Writer

Life Is Beautiful

“Tilting at Windmills: I Know What Moms Want” [Opinion, May 2] focuses on Mother’s Day. In it, the author states, “Moms also want access to unimpeded health care, including abortion.” A new, unique human being is created when sperm and egg join to form a zygote, which rapidly develops such that a heartbeat is detected five weeks after conception. At eight weeks, the baby’s fingers and toes separate and wiggle, and by 10 weeks there are fingernails and toenails. That’s a ton of incredible, intricate development happening in a short span of time. Life is beautiful. Tracy Grathwohl also says, ... by Staff Writer

Free Parking

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Illness in Academia

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A Moral Absolute

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Work It Out

It is with great sadness that we read of the problems with Canio’s lease [“Canio’s Books, Long a Sag Harbor Cultural Icon, Faces Uncertain Future as Lease Is Not Renewed,” 27east.com, March 20]. As a native Long Islander and a longtime Southampton resident, this news is like learning that the ocean has been closed. The sun has been eliminated. That the daffodils are no longer allowed to grow on Long Island. Not to be overly dramatic, but it is a beloved institution and a pleasant, old-fashioned reminder of folks’ reverence for books and literature and even our appreciation for nice ... by Staff Writer