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Editorial: The Start of Something

Editorial Board on Feb 7, 2020
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... more

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Unique Law

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Spirit Is Back

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Gift of Slowing Down

“The greenest home is the one that is already built” — Peconic Land Trust. What becomes possible when we shift our conversation to include the Lovelady Powell structures in our commitment to preservation [“Effort Underway To Save House on Lovelady Powell Property in North Haven,” 27east.com, January 11]? Rather than asking ourselves if there is value in maintaining, what if instead we ask ourselves: How? The advisory committee and the board of the North Haven Parks and Trails Association have agreed to consider viable proposals at their next joint meeting. If any ideas warrant further consideration, it could provide the ... by Staff Writer

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Watching the Clock

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False Conclusion

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Traffic Solution

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