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All Hands On Deck

The southern pine beetle is so named because this insect, the size of a grain of rice, was long found exclusively in southern regions. But as climate change has taken its toll, this pest has continued a northward march, including infesting the Long Island Pine...

Jammed Up

Much credit should go to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Police Chief Steven Skrynecki for doggedly attempting to untangle a Gordian knot: the intractable issue of South Fork traffic congestion. It affects everyone, in both East Hampton and Southampton towns, plus a whole lot...

A Season Of Hope

“It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear,” said President Donald Trump in February 2020, speaking of the COVID-19 pandemic that was just beginning to gain horrific momentum. On paper, the quote can be read to sound hopeful;...

From The Ashes

Like the age-old story of the phoenix rising from the ashes, “Stargazer,” the recently dilapidated bright red sculpture on County Road 111 in Eastport, will see new life. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Manes American Peace Prize Foundation and its founder, Dr. Harvey...

What’s The Secret?

There’s a small group of people who know why John Czartosieski wasn’t brought back to be the Westhampton Beach head tennis coach this year. He’s not among them. And the rest of the community is left to wonder as well. In what seems to be...

A Place To Start

With North Haven Village poised to adopt the South Fork’s most decisive leaf blower ban, banning the use of all gasoline-powered leaf blowers by landscapers and homeowners alike, it’s time for other municipalities to begin thinking regionally, take a firm step forward to combat both...

The First To Go

It’s becoming more and more clear that the devastation of the region’s bay scallop population is a complex matter that won’t be easily solved, if it can be solved at all. But it seems likely that one looming factor is most to blame: climate change....

Next Time

We’ve all seen it: the “I survived Hurricane Henri” meme, with a photo of a single flimsy plastic chair blown over. It was scattered all over social media on Sunday as the East End slowly began to realize that a direct hit wasn’t coming. Henri’s...

Heartbreaking

In the heat of the moment, people say things they later regret. Here’s hoping that’s the case for a handful of people who spoke at the August 12 Southampton Village Board meeting, objecting to a code change that would allow the Heart of the Hamptons,...

The Last, Best Shot

This past week, The Boston Globe published a series of articles focusing on vaccinations in an effort to urge the hesitant to a point of comfort with getting the shot. The Express News Group participated in “The Last, Best Shot” by sharing those articles online;...

Florida Should Not Be Emulated

In a 1996 opening sketch on “Saturday Night Live,” U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, played by Norm MacDonald, dreams that he’s debating Thomas J. Whitmore, the fictitious president from “Independence Day,” played by Bill Pullman. The debate takes place after an alien attack...

A Field Of Joy

Picture a field, an open meadow, the kind that dogs love to roam. Picture a puppy wandering the field, chasing insects — full of adorable life. An adoptive family watches joyfully from the edge of the field. Now picture another puppy, and another family. And...

Our Best Hope

At a time when half of the country is always pointing a finger at the other half, for one reason or another, let’s acknowledge that we’re all guilty of one thing: All of us — Republicans and Democrats, young and old, vaccinated and unvaccinated, and...

The Time Has Come

All of us — constituents, colleagues from both parties in Albany, newspaper editorial boards — waited. We heard the allegations, from so many women, against Andrew Cuomo, of inappropriate conduct. The sheer number, the consistent stories, the lack of motivation for the women to come...

Masks On

Let’s be clear: Nobody wants to be here, in this moment in time, so tantalizingly close to being out of a deadly pandemic, yet bogged down and even slipping backward. We’re all frustrated, and nobody wants to wear a mask anymore. It’s summer. And, beyond...

It’s About Time

Last week, Sag Harbor Village Mayor Jim Larocca doubled down on a campaign promise to make affordable housing a priority under his administration, tapping Trustees Bob Plumb and Ed Haye to co-chair a new Sag Harbor Affordable Housing Initiative. And, frankly, it is about time...

No Need To Bully

Hampton Bays resident Gayle Lombardi deserves credit for her “pandemic project” this past year: She taught herself the mechanics of writing an Article 78 lawsuit, then filed one challenging the Southampton Town Board’s decision last year to approve a new zoning code for the Hampton...

A Slow Crawl

It’s a refrain often repeated every summer: Traffic is worse this year than it’s ever been. Perhaps this year it’s actually true. At almost any time, on any day of the week, drivers may find themselves in the middle of gridlock, unable to get anywhere...

A Healing Journey

It’s been far from a lonely fight — she’s had many allies over the past 20 years — but Rebecca Genia deserves to be the face of a hard-won victory this month with the preservation of Sugar Loaf, a parcel on the sacred crest of...

Be Transparent

Full Disclosure Early this year, New York State debuted its all-new, all-electronic filing system for campaign finance disclosures. Candidates and their fundraising committees use it to report the campaign donations they have received and to identify the donors. Along with the new filing system came...

Get It Together

Infighting among government bodies over differences of opinion when it comes to legislation or even a general path forward for a community is to be expected — it’s a sign that there is a healthy diversity of views on a village or town board. In...

Forward, March

Nobody should ever leave a parade feeling worse than they did when they arrived. That said, a Fourth of July parade is a celebration of patriotism, and a big part of what makes Americans so proud is a long history of freedom of expression. That...

Truly Open Meetings

The pandemic taught us many things, including that being adaptive during unprecedented times is critical to meet the needs of family, businesses and the community at large. That need to be responsive to changing community priorities has not waned as the number of cases has...

Take Up The Pen

Everybody talks about the weather, a wise man once quipped, but nobody does anything about it. (It wasn’t Mark Twain, incidentally, though he often gets credit: It was his good friend Charles Dudley Warner, in an editorial in the Hartford Courant in 1897.) The same...

No Need To Look For A Reason To Say No

Southampton Village, Southampton Town and the Southampton African American Museum are seeking permission to build a visitors center at the Pyrrhus Concer homestead on Lake Agawam. The town purchased the land, which is located within the village, using the Community Preservation Fund, and the museum...

Time For Unity

There was no mistaking the division in Sag Harbor Village during this year’s village campaign. Much of the acrimony was not stoked by the candidates themselves but by their supporters, who lobbed unfounded innuendos — largely on social media — about both Jim Larocca and...

Speaking Up

Hampton Bays residents who have been vocal privately, and on social media, in opposition to a plan to create the Good Ground Road Bypass missed an opportunity on June 22 to let town officials know how they feel. They’ll get another chance next week to...

Extra Credit

Graduation photos are often full of emotion. The best ones capture that moment when a graduate’s face reflects joy, relief, excitement about the future, satisfaction, sadness about a chapter ending, gratitude to all those who helped clear a path for that walk to the stage...

What To Celebrate

The Fourth of July this year will be a celebratory one, being the first major holiday when the region, and much of the country, can truly begin to think about the pandemic as a lingering concern but, with state and regional vaccination rates at a...

Very Healthy

One joy of small-town life is when a local effort bears fruit. This month, 35 teenagers completed a term in the Westhampton War Memorial Junior Ambulance, and many of the high school students will parlay that experience into college studies in medicine or related fields,...

An Ethical Lapse

It happened in the midst of a busy election, but Southampton Village residents shouldn’t miss the significance of the recent story about machinations by members of the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Last week, ZBA member Kevin Guidera, a 36-year member of the board, called...

A Little Patience

As more and more of us become vaccinated and feel the world reopening after more than a year under the weight of the pandemic, there is a sense of freedom and a desire to see life return to the way it was. However, the reality...

Time For A Change

Both Southampton and Sag Harbor villages have just completed difficult political campaigns for mayor that have drawn criticism for their intensity. This is not how the founding fathers pictured politics, some might say. Well, as Rick Ungar, a senior political contributor at Forbes, has noted,...

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...

Never Gonna Happen

The response of neighbors living near the Atlantic Golf Club on Scuttle Hole Road in Bridgehampton to plans to build a residential staff housing building on the golf course for as many as 16 workers said it all: Affordable workforce housing is never going to...

Let The Band Play On

There are few small-town traditions more important in Sag Harbor than the Tuesday night performances of the Sag Harbor Community Band in front of the American Legion on Bay Street. For almost 60 years, the band has played on, its fans lined up in beach...

The Real Work

The Westhampton Beach School District took its first tentative steps toward addressing a serious problem, and in doing so finally appeared to stop backpedaling. That alone is reason for optimism, even as students, parents and residents might grumble about what it took to get to...

Here We Go Again

Last week, Democrat Kara Hahn, the deputy presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, tossed her hat into the ring to run in 2022 for the 1st District congressional seat, held by Republican Lee Zeldin since 2014. Noyac Democrat Bridget Fleming, also a county legislator...

We Mark Our Ballot: Southampton Village

A village election should be a celebration of democracy at the most local level, where candidates essentially share a backyard and all want the best for their neighbors, and engage in friendly debates about how to do that. It never should be an ordeal that...

We Mark Our Ballot: Sag Harbor Village

Sag Harbor has never been a community of apathy; its residents — both old and new — are fiercely protective of the village and have, for decades, routinely packed the second-floor meeting room at the Municipal Building when controversial issues arise. And there have always...

Impartiality Needed

When four out of five members of a village board have a clear conflict of interest on a matter before them, that board should go to great lengths to stay out of it — it’s only common sense. The Quogue Village Board found itself in...

Eyes On The Prize

Sag Harbor Village Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy last week announced that a committee charged with protecting the village waterfront from rampant development wisely had decided to reconsider a planned office district on the periphery of Main Street from a Waterfront Overlay District that is expected to...

Stop The Raid

The Working Families Party, being a liberal party, usually, but not always, cross-endorses the Democratic candidates for town and county offices. This minor party line does not pull a huge number of votes, but in tight races it can be a deciding factor in an...

A Grand Effort

A new debate has erupted in Sag Harbor and, as is often the case in a community first settled more than 300 years ago, the discussion is wrapped in historical significance, with conflicting goals that come with trying to marry the past and the future...

Some Good News

Make no mistake, this is a dire moment for the environment, with decades of development taking a toll on what were once healthy ecosystems, and climate change bringing a new potential for devastation. Calls to action are urgent for a reason. But in the midst...

Here To Stay

With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, and the beginning of the end of the pandemic, the South Fork is about to enter a moment where the significant changes of the past year will become impossible to ignore. The summer of 2021 will provide clear...

Just … Talk

In Southampton Village’s $32.5 million budget for 2021-22, more than a third of the spending, a total of $11.5 million, goes to fund the Village Police Department. It’s an expensive part of village government, and thus is ripe for close examination year to year, and...

Take It Seriously

Members of the Westhampton Beach School Board are facing one of the most significant issues in the district, and in society as a whole: charges of systemic racism by not only students in the district but teachers and school leaders as well. But you wouldn’t...

Unmasked

Now comes the tricky part: The end of the pandemic. Knock on wood, it seems to be in sight. With warmer weather coming and infection numbers all declining, at the local, state and national levels, and with vaccines reaching more than half of the population,...

Test Subjects

It’s the latest but probably not the last: Word came down last week that yet another wind farm proposal, this one by the company Equinor targeting a stretch of water near Nantucket, will potentially impact fishing waters off Montauk with the installation of an electrical...

A Little Slack

In normal times, this would be a simple conversation about the importance of vigilance as school district budgets come up for the annual May vote, stressing the notion that taxpayers have the ultimate responsibility to know what they’re supporting with their votes, and their tax...

Off Course

When Sag Harbor Village began taking a hard look at its waterfront, through consideration of a zoning revision, much of the discussion revolved around wanting to protect the historic waterfront community’s aesthetic. The village is envied for how it has evolved over the years yet...

Clean It Up

Southampton Town officials need to get on the ball and clean up — and clean out — a blighted parcel of land it owns in Riverside that has become a home to drug dealers and prostitutes. The Flanders, Riverside and Northampton communities have for decades...

A Fresh Start?

On Saturday, Sag Harbor residents, activists and government officials, including members of the Village Board, sat inside Bay Street Theater — the first live audience the theater had hosted in 410 days as a result of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Many more stakeholders and interested...

Best Of Both Worlds

As the East End slowly pokes its head out of the confines of the pandemic — with infection rates down, a growing number of people being vaccinated and the state easing restrictions on businesses — things are beginning to feel a little more like they...

A Must-Pass Bill

The septic improvement programs run by Suffolk County and the towns of East Hampton and Southampton were never supposed to lead to tax liabilities for the recipients of grants and reimbursements. Nonetheless, homeowners who were trying to do right by the environment were stuck with...

A Moment Of Hope

A historic moment isn’t experienced in the same way by everyone — its impact differs by community, by gender and race, by economics, by geography. But the power, the significance, reaches us all in some way — it’s felt by everyone. That should lead to...

All Ticked Off

Southampton Town officials have dropped the ball when it comes to Iron Point Park in Flanders. The park is nearly inaccessible due to poor road conditions and a constantly flooding entrance. Residents feel unsafe going to the park because of its poor reputation as a...

Uncap It

Not only is New York State a high-tax state — something that is felt acutely on Long Island — it is also the biggest donor state in the nation. New York gets back just 91 cents in federal spending for every dollar that New Yorkers...

Sad Fireworks

Rarely does a single meeting — in fact, a single exchange at a single meeting — require as much unpacking as does the April 8 Southampton Village Board meeting, where a vote related to Police Chief Thomas Cummings’s new contract sparked a conflagration and raised...

Keep It Passive

Cilli Farm in Sag Harbor has remained untouched since it was preserved in 2000 in a joint effort by the Village of Sag Harbor, Southampton Town and Suffolk County. At the time, the effort to preserve the 9-acre parcel had a singular goal: to protect...

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...

Trees

Street trees provide both comfort and beauty: As they protect pedestrians from light rain and beating sun, they add aesthetic value to the streetscape. The most idyllic villages would be nothing without them. But, along the way, the majesty of mature native trees was set...

On The Waterfront

Strong’s Marine has been a vital part of the East End business community for 75 years, providing boats, large and small, to those hoping to enjoy one of the area’s biggest draws — its wide-open waterways and fishing grounds. So when the company’s owners approached...

Setting Goals

A lot of time and energy has gone into proposed changes to parts of Sag Harbor Village’s zoning code, specifically along the waterfront and behind the primary arteries of the village, Main, Bay and West Water streets. When Village Board members set out to consider...

Throw The Switch

Concepts are always prettier in the abstract. Who can object to “green energy,” for instance, beyond those employed by fossil fuel industries? Using wind and sunlight to create all of the electricity that drives our modern world would be a miraculous achievement with universal support....

Recklessly Wrong

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin has made no secret of the fact that he wants to replace Andrew Cuomo as governor. In an attempt to get there, he’s taken the tack of calling for the immediate and full reopening of all schools and all businesses in...

Face The Music

When COVID-19 surfaced last spring, live entertainment was the first thing to shut down — and you can bet it will be the last thing to fully reopen when the worst of the pandemic is behind us. But this week marks a milestone in what...

Reel Life

Last week, the Sag Harbor Cinema raised the curtain on its new MovieVan, a Ford Transit cargo van fully equipped to take the show on the road, literally. The van was gifted to the cinema by Robert and Suzanne Harwood, and in the coming months...

An Uncomfortable Negotiation

The Southampton Village Board last week hosted an unusual and uncomfortable meeting. In the midst of negotiating a new employment contract with Police Chief Thomas M. Cummings, the board decided to update the public on the status of the talks. Mayor Jesse Warren cited a...

A Seat At The Table

What was striking about the recent Express Sessions event that brought together Shinnecock Nation leaders and key local government officials was the tone and tenor of the conversation: Gone was the heated rhetoric of the past, the unmistakable “us versus them” dynamic that was for...

One Year Later

A Year Of Lessons It was March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and nine days later when Governor Andrew Cuomo banned all nonessential gatherings in New York State. Some responded to the shutdown with abject fear and hoarded...

Calling All Stakeholders

Residents and business owners in Sag Harbor would be wise to attend a virtual work session of the Village Board on Wednesday, March 24. At that gathering, the board will review in detail proposed changes to the zoning rules along the village’s waterfront, aimed at...

Grieving A Loss

Community journalism only works when talented people step forward to be a part of it. Phil Keith, an accomplished author, was one of those people who felt he had something to contribute: a traditional conservative voice on the OpEd pages of his local newspapers, which...

Bypass To Nowhere

Southampton Town officials recently breathed new life into a decades-old plan to extend Good Ground Road in Hampton Bays westward, with a turn north to meet the Montauk Highway-State Route 24 intersection at the traffic signal, in what is being billed as a bypass to...

Polishing The Badge

The towns and villages this month will wrap up the process of discussing police reform, as dictated by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis last summer. The result, at least locally, was underwhelming. That’s to...

Lock It Down

Businesses and residents have been in conversation with local leaders for decades — actual decades — about parking shortages and general traffic issues in downtown Sag Harbor. That is one of a handful of reasons the village needs to push forward with plans for the...

A Shot In The Arm

A pop-up vaccination clinic run by East Hampton Town officials, in conjunction with Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, was meant to operate from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Friday. Yet, there were East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Town Councilman David Lys standing...

Saving Steinbeck’s Legacy

One day in the early 1950s, Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and his wife, Elaine, were driving through Bridgehampton when they saw a sign pointing north to the village of Sag Harbor, and they thought they’d take a chance. That largely happenstance left-hand turn delivered...

Cover Up In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight For many months, lawmakers and journalists alike have pressed Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for more transparency on the number of COVID-related nursing homes deaths. He’s dodged. He’s lashed out. He waited for everyone to drop it and move on —...

Shinnecock Are All-In

When the Shinnecock Nation first floated the idea of operating a gaming facility two decades ago, the surrounding community exploded in dissent. Hateful rhetoric surrounded claims that such a facility would lead to a “nuclear explosion” of development, welcome “the devil” to town, and result...

Adding Teeth

Kudos to State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. for taking on a long-overdue weakness in New York State’s laws requiring open government — a fight that benefits not just journalists but every single New Yorker, and not just those in Assembly District 1. In a...

A Teachable Moment

One of the missions of education is not just to teach young minds what to know, it’s to teach them how to think. The pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into the classroom experience, but the region’s schools have done a laudable job of adapting...

Party First

In 2020, two different groups named U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, the Shirley Republican who represents the 1st District, one of the most bipartisan members of Congress. It was a designation he touted throughout his campaign. But to anyone who has watched Mr. Zeldin since he...

Taking A Risk

The pandemic presents an unending series of dilemmas, one difficult choice after another, often with only bad options available. That’s true at many levels, but it’s never more true than at the school level. The choices made by school officials are fundamental, in that every...

Paid Parking Promises

Many officials in Sag Harbor and East Hampton are portraying app-based paid parking programs proposed in their villages as an experiment of sorts, one that will allow them to take stock next fall and adjust accordingly — or get rid of them altogether — depending...

We’re Waiting

Only 79 percent of the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine that federal agencies have allocated to New York State have gotten into people’s arms. Many hospitals, pharmacies and local governments in receipt of doses have been painstakingly slow in administering their supplies, despite Governor...

The Long Game

This week, unless something truly unexpected occurs, Discovery Land will see a 3-1 vote by the Central Pine Barrens Commission on Wednesday that will, for all intents and purposes, remove the final obstacle to a 118-unit luxury golf course resort on land encroaching on the...

Before And After

On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump frequently resorted to verse to make his xenophobic case against immigrants and the supposed threat they bring. The poem “The Snake” is based on an old fable: An old woman takes a dying snake into her house...

A Fresh Start

It was the last of a series of stunning images from 2020: Times Square deserted, except for small groups of first responders, as the ball dropped to ring in 2021. One final reminder: We have endured a year like no other — and now have...

Reality Check

Let’s start, as we should, with three statements of pure, unadulterated fact, a cold splash of unfiltered reality in a time enshrouded by the lazy fog of obfuscation. Joe Biden won the 2020 election, comfortably. Both his 81 million votes and incumbent President Donald Trump’s...

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...

Good Neighbors

Most people are good people. If a neighbor needs a hand — with a heavy package, or up from the sidewalk after a minor fall — rare is the person who wouldn’t happily be there to help. It’s only neighborly. This is a time of...

No Coins Needed

When Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, installed the Park-O-Meter No. 1, invented by Carl Magee (a former newspaper reporter, ahem), on First Street and Robinson Avenue in July 1935, it was a marvel. You stuck in a nickel and got an hour of parking time, no attendant...

End The Battle

Soon, the Shinnecock Nation’s “occupation” of its own land along Sunrise Highway, a campground designed to be a protest site, will break ground and return to their normal lives. But the Warriors of the Sunrise deserve a victory to celebrate. The camp is near the...

Under Control

As we enter the worst of a devastating new wave in the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that as many students as possible are able to safely remain in school, for myriad reasons — educational, social, economic, psychological. Achieving that goal will require community commitment...

Safe And Sound

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is easy to understand a desire to embrace the holiday season with fervor, gather with friends and family who have remained largely at a distance, and even battle the crushing cabin fever by traveling to finally hug those...

The Agenda

Even as Suffolk County begins the process of counting absentee ballots, which are expected to be weighted toward the growing Democratic enrollment in the 1st Congressional District, Republican Lee Zeldin appears to have locked down a fourth term in office. He will return to a...

A Bright Spot

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the move to make voting easier and safer as a presidential election is being held in the midst of a pandemic has been a revelation. Across New York State, at least 2.2 million people took advantage of the...

A Big Investment

For well over a decade, one of the biggest lingering questions about the future of Sag Harbor, its Main Street businesses and its successful economy in general has been whether Bay Street Theater, the innovative company housed in a black box theater off Long Wharf...

We Mark Our Ballot: For State Assembly

Yet again this year, a “straw woman” candidate is on the Republican line on Tuesday’s ballot for the seat in the State Assembly from the 1st District, which includes the South Fork — there’s been no active campaign, no serious effort to mount a challenge....

We Mark Our Ballot: For Congress

Nancy Goroff is our enthusiastic choice for the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democratic newcomer is not just an acceptable alternative to the incumbent, Republican Lee Zeldin, she is, in nearly every way, the better choice to represent the region...

We Mark Our Ballot:For State Senate

For the first time since 1977, the 1st District will not be represented in the State Senate by Kenneth LaValle, who is retiring after a legendary career. That puts a lot of pressure on his successor, and on the voters who have to choose him...

We Mark Our Ballot: The Props

There are two questions on the November 3 ballot from Suffolk County. Our position is that “no” is the proper way to mark the ballot in both instances. Proposition 1 would change the term of office for Suffolk County legislators from two to four years,...

Don’t Put It Off

Dr. Edna Kapenhas, a breast surgeon at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, a newly minted fellow of the American College of Surgeons, took an opportunity in the spotlight this week to deliver a crucial message: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2020 edition of...

Loud And Quiet

Monday was the start of Free Speech Week, an annual event meant to raise the importance of the First Amendment in Americans’ daily lives. Organizers sounded both naive and hopeful in their pitch: “As freedom of speech and of the press are rights all Americans...

The Great Challenge

How is affordable housing on the South Fork like bad weather? Because everyone complains about it but nobody ever does anything about it. That’s unfair: The problem persists, but, clearly, there are many people working feverishly to try to improve the options for working families...

In The Loop

This week is celebrated as National Newspaper Week, and it’s sobering to look around at this moment in time and see the challenges newspapers face in so many ways. But spotlighting one: Delivering crucial information in the midst of a pandemic that is nowhere near...

What’s It Mean?

The best art provokes questions. “Stargazer,” the large work of public art along County Road 111 in Eastport, certainly qualifies as great art, since its cryptic image has generated questions for decades: Is that a rooster? It’s a deer? What’s in its mouth? A branch?...

Different Together

“E pluribus unum” has been a guiding principle since America’s earliest days, and the Latin phrase translating as “out of many, one” appears on the Great Seal of the United States. It’s a statement that began with the unification of 13 colonies, but it has...

In The Mail

Some residents of East Hampton and Hampton Bays are rightfully up in arms over the U.S. Postal Service’s recent move to eliminate drive-up mail receptacles, making it more difficult for elderly and mobility-limited people to drop off monthly bills and other correspondence. The post office...

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...

Lift The Curtain

As part of a statewide mandate for local police departments to undergo a self-evaluation, with hopes of improving law enforcement policies, Southampton Town’s Community Law Enforcement Review Committee is set to meet on September 23. A focus of that meeting, according to Supervisor Jay Schneiderman,...

One Step At A Time

The latest wave of disappointment to wash over our communities came on Friday, when officials from Section XI, the governing body of high school athletics in Suffolk County, announced that interscholastic sports would be postponed until January due to the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous vote...

Marking The Southampton 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...

For North Haven Village

A majority of the seats up for election in North Haven Village are uncontested. Much like Sag Harbor Village, where Trustees Jim Larocca and Thomas Gardella are running unopposed to retain their seats on the Village Board, in North Haven longtime Mayor Jeff Sander is...

Water Hogs

Who pays to bring more water to the thirstiest estates with the greenest lawns on the South Fork? The answer: (nearly) everybody. A story last week outlined the top water users on the Suffolk County Water Authority system in the one-year period ending in June...

Hey, What About Us?

In a press release sent out late last week in response to the perplexing new guidance from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention — stating that it was unnecessary for someone to get tested for COVID-19 simply because they came in contact with someone...

A False Choice

Like wave after wave battering a shoreline during a storm, 2020 just keeps sending new challenges, one after the other. This weekend could bring a new one crashing ashore in Southampton Village, where a “Back the Blue” rally in the morning will give way to...

A Forever Plan

Approaching an election in which absentee voting will be more prevalent than ever, it’s a disturbing thought that the U.S. Postal Service could struggle to keep up with the volume of mail-in ballots. Americans’ online shopping habit already had been growing every year before the...

All Hands On Deck

It was a moment in time that everyone will remember: The Pine Barrens were on fire, threatening to burn the Village of Westhampton Beach to the ground. The village was spared, as was most of the residential property in the path of the devastating blaze,...

Skip The Sunset

There are very few bright spots when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one clear silver lining has been a new ability for stakeholders to tune into government meetings with more regularity — and not just because most of us have found ourselves largely...

The Blue Wall

In June, with fanfare, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a package of police reforms. One piece of legislation in the package, called “historic” by many observers, completed the repeal of Section 50-a of New York State’s Civil Rights Law. Section 50-a had provided an...

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...

Binge Worthy

Get out the popcorn: There is no municipal government in the region quite like what you’ll find in Southampton Village these days. Since Mayor Jesse Warren arrived in Village Hall, there’s been tension that occasionally flares up in spectacular ways. There has been grousing over...

The Clock Is Ticking

COVID-19 is an economic crisis every bit as much as it is a health crisis, and it’s alarming that the country appears to be largely winging the plan to recover. Currently, there is no long-term plan for helping states, counties and local governments, not to...

Empty Beds

Amid so much grief and stress, there are occasional moments of relief, and they are so much sweeter when life is so sour in general. That’s true of a milestone accomplishment on Friday for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital: The first facility in Suffolk County to...

A Life Line

As Congress debates a new measure designed to help the millions of Americans left unemployed by the COVID-19 pandemic, another measure is on the table that would provide a life line for an industry that is facing an existential crisis — an industry that is...

Unsafe And Unsound

The ironies pile up quickly, starting with the name of the event, “Safe & Sound,” which had plenty of the latter and not nearly enough of the former. There’s the headlining act, the Chainsmokers, whose name feels oddly out of sync in a time when...

Make It Work

It’s a scary time. It’s even scarier for members of the workforce — currently employed or not. The pandemic has robbed scores of people on the East End of their jobs, leaving them scrambling to figure out how to pay for housing, utilities, transportation and...

A Foundation Of Respect

At a time full of strife and conflict, it’s nice to look around in the near distance and see comforting signs that disagreement doesn’t necessarily require disrespect. Conversations are taking place all over America on the need for police reform. It’s a discussion that’s also...

Finding A Balance

In abnormal times, it’s understandable to long for the normal. But it’s probably more sensible to recognize the immediate challenges and accept that they will take you into uncharted waters. Every school district — and, as we all know, there are a lot of them...

Statues And Lives

There have been numerous Black Lives Matter protests held in Suffolk County in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis in May. Here in the five towns of the East End, there have been nearly a...

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...

An Uncertain Autumn

Over the course of the last week, families with children in prekindergarten, kindergarten, fifth, eighth and 12th grades all celebrated graduation, and students began preparing to embark on new journeys that remain largely out of focus, as most colleges and local school districts are not...

Just A Face In The Crowd

For U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, it had to be a big night: President Donald Trump invited him to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the first big political rally of his reelection campaign to be held after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Mr. Zeldin had the rare...

A Warning Shot

After months of stress-filled days due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, some cracks are beginning to show. We see it in our daily lives, in our work lives, in our family lives — and even among our elected leaders. There’s much to celebrate. New York...

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 Shout In The Street

With elegant understatement, The Washington Post headlined its Monday afternoon email update: “This moment is not normal.” That truly does sum up the current state of the union: abnormal. On this — and perhaps only this — we all can agree. A confluence of crises...

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...

On The Front Lines

It was less than three months ago when the World Health Organization announced the first case outside of China of a new virus that had originated in Wuhan. A woman traveled from that city to Thailand, and a worldwide pandemic officially got underway. In that...

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...

Let Them Coach

Keeping kids safe during the pandemic, even as in-school instruction steadily returns and spring brings sports back to life, is a difficult line to walk for any school district. In general, the region’s districts have done a remarkable job of it, and erring on the...

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...

Life During Wartime

An ounce of prevention, the old saying goes, is worth a pound of cure. But what about when there is no cure? What’s it worth then? And is an ounce enough? As the novel coronavirus spreads nationally — and, as an official pandemic, internationally —...

Fostering Responsible Adoptions

Bringing in a new pet carries with it an awesome responsibility for the family opening up its home and hearth. It can be, in many cases, a 10-to-20-year commitment. But even before a new furry friend is brought into the household, potential adopters have an...

From The Sidelines

So often lately, New York taxpayers seem to be pawns in a game of chess: They pay the price so that some larger political score can be settled or advantage gained. New York residents get a cap on SALT deductions, and have their Global Entry...

A Recipe For Disaster

If there’s a lesson to learn this past week, as the novel coronavirus landed in Suffolk County, it’s that a lot of important organizations need to learn to better communicate in a crisis. Aeschylus said that “In war, truth is the first casualty”; that could...

Second-Guessing Steinbeck Park

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen,” said celebrated author John Steinbeck — and it appears that the committee advising Sag Harbor Village on the future of its newest waterfront park...

Hazy Justice

As Robert Weis, a Hampton Bays resident and former Suffolk County Correction officer, was sentenced to serve only five years in prison last week for the horrific years-long pattern of rape and sexual abuse of two teenage boys — at least the two who have...

All That Remains

Momentum is an intriguing thing, as sports fans can attest. When you have it, remarkable things — good things — can happen. And the only way to get it is hard work, and patience. The Shinnecock Nation has invested both, for nearly two decades, and...

Who We Are

The Reverend Karen Campbell of Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor is the latest East End resident to return from the southern border with eyewitness testimony of what’s happening there, despite the politically charged rhetoric that has made conversations about immigration so difficult. But they...

See You In Court

Neither side in the battle over a proposed golf course resort development in East Quogue is likely to find ultimate satisfaction any time soon. The Long Island Pine Barrens Commission is weighing the project, but whichever way it rules this spring, the courts will be...

The Right Thing

Rare is applause at a Sag Harbor Village regulatory board hearing — they are typically dry affairs focused on setbacks and variances, bogged down in code and blueprints. But something truly important happened recently that prompted an acknowledgment at the time, and it deserves to...

One Size Does Not Fit All

The most obvious takeaway from last week’s Press Sessions event in East Hampton, “The Evolving South Fork Rental Market,” is that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to local real estate. Two topics were foremost on the minds of everyone, from panelists to...

An Unfair Penalty

Speaking of his stunning Best Picture-winning film “Parasite,” writer and director Bong Joon Ho has called it “a tragedy without villains.” It’s a shorthand way to describe the disastrous situation involving the Southampton girls basketball team, which will miss the Class B postseason despite a...

A Teachable Moment

Race remains a third rail topic in America, and Black History Month in February presents an opportunity to stride forward purposefully, or to misstep. Sometimes the line between the two isn’t very wide. Witness an exchange between two prominent local historians: Dr. Georgette L. Grier-Key,...

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

It was a quick shift — the moment when smartphones went from a device most commonly found in the hands of working adults, to one that some children expect to receive while still in elementary school. The impact of early access to smartphone technology and...

Keeping History Alive

Members of the Southampton Town Board should be congratulated for their efforts in recent weeks to preserve a piece of the town’s history. The Topping-Raynor House on South Road in Westhampton was built in 1890 for Charles Topping, who sold it to William Clark Raynor...

Room To Grow

If ever there was a project that best demonstrated the vision of Westhampton Beach Village Board members in all the work they’ve accomplished — redesigning the village’s Main Street, and setting up a planned $17 million sewer project ready to be completed next year —...

Equal For All

There has been much clamoring recently about changes enacted last month to the state’s criminal justice system, most notably the elimination of cash bail for many defendants charged with nonviolent offenses. Those opposed to the reforms are quick to point to high-profile cases — Montauk...

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...

Oversight Is Long Overdue

It would be almost farcical if it weren’t so serious, but the latest news out of the saga that has become the reconstruction of the former Stella Maris Regional School building into the Sag Harbor Learning Center once more proves a point: It is incumbent...

Justice Delayed

Whatever your opinion of the “monument” erected by the Shinnecock Nation along Sunrise Highway — in this space, back in May 2019, it was labeled “ghastly”; today, having lived with it for a time, it largely blends into the background like all other roadside beacons...

An Awesome Legacy

Friday felt like a moment out of time: In a partisan world, there were no political divides large enough that they could not be bridged in service of paying tribute to Kenneth P. LaValle, who will end his 44-year career representing the 1st District in...

Celebrating Our History

As Sag Harbor Village continues to be a regional epicenter for redevelopment, perhaps now, more than ever, understanding the history of the village — a history that has defined its architectural aesthetic and helped preserve its quaint Main Street, as well as the traditions that...

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...

Candy Canes And Lumps Of Coal

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”: Lump of Coal: To Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and other facilities that...

Sound The Retreat

“And so castles made of sand/fall in the sea/eventually.” So wrote Jimi Hendrix, speaking metaphorically — but it’s true of castles built on sand as well. The colossal, imposing structures along the beach might seem impervious, but the sea eventually will take them. It’s only...

Changes Are Needed

It’s to be expected that an omnibus bill, encompassing years’ worth of proposals into one piece of sweeping legislation, would require some tweaking even after it’s passed and been signed into law. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 is certainly no exception....

A Safer Stretch

In October 2015, when 81-year-old Anna Pump of Sag Harbor, a well-known chef and cookbook author who co-owned the Loaves & Fishes Foodstore in Bridgehampton, was run down by a car in a crosswalk not far from the shop, it was a tragic wakeup call...

Clearing Up

Visiting with the Hampton Bays Civic Association last week, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman was asked about the status of the public water system in the hamlet, and a discussion about whether its woes are enough to justify a takeover by the Suffolk County Water...

Giving Thanks

It’s lovely that Americans set aside a holiday each fall for the simple purpose of taking time to reflect on the things we are thankful for. In this space, we often take the time to appreciate the abundance surrounding us on the South Fork —...

A Welcome Retreat

Organized religion has faced an uphill battle over the last two decades: As the United States has become an increasingly secular society, many houses of worship nationwide ultimately shuttered their doors in the face of dwindling numbers of congregants. As it likes to do, Sag...

A Coach’s Legacy

Carl Johnson is Bridgehampton basketball. It’s quite a statement, considering the school’s long, storied history, which includes nine state championships, second-most in New York history — all the more remarkable, considering the school’s tiny enrollment. But no single man has embodied that history in the...

A Working Board

When the dust settles, the Southampton Town Board of Trustees likely will see its four incumbents who sought reelection all returned to office, and a fifth seat filled by a former longtime Trustee who returns after taking two years away from elected office. But there...

A New Tradition

Thanksgiving is steeped in tradition. It’s a day when most people gather with family and friends, eat to excess, watch football and fall asleep on the couch. It’s also a day when, traditionally, people reflect on, and express gratitude for, the list of gifts they...

Pulling Together

A Press Sessions conversation in Westhampton Beach last Thursday, November 7, revealed a few interesting things about the upheaval going on in the village business district, as Main Street remains closed to traffic through Christmas, and merchants struggle to hang on till then. It was...

Head Games

Last week, The New York Times kicked off a special series on the future of high school football with some startling statistics: Nationally, participation in traditional 11-man football in public schools has dropped 10 percent in the last decade, and it’s down, mostly significantly, in...

The Sum Of Its Parts

There has been a lot of talk over the course of the last five years about how Sag Harbor Village has changed. And it has — from its demographics to some of the shops and restaurants that line its Rockwellian Main Street, and certainly the...

Obstacles Ahead

It’s tempting to cast aspersions at the Southampton Town Planning Board for its 4-3 vote in October approving the preliminary subdivision and site plan applications for a major golf resort in East Quogue. But the truth is that, with a tip of the hat to...

Working Together

It’s more than encouraging that the efforts of the East Hampton Town Trustees, activists and resident volunteers are paying big dividends in Accabonac Harbor, and potentially setting a precedent for an even bigger impact throughout Suffolk County once its successes become unmistakable. The issue is...

Two Sides Of A Coin

There is a fine line between “maverick” and “arrogant,” between “decisive” and “imperious,” between “confident” and “cocky” — you get the picture. Each is a perfectly minted coin, with the only thing separating its two sides being restraint and maturity. It doesn’t take much to...

We Mark Our Ballot

There’s an irony in the fact that the Southampton Town Board of Trustees used to pride itself in being “above politics,” something it stressed every campaign season. (It was a time, it must be said, when the Republican Party reliably held every board seat, which...

A Louder Voice

One voice, one vote. It’s the cornerstone of democracy. Every citizen has a voice and participates fully in choices that set the course for who runs things, and how — from local villages all the way up to the White House.But, for years, the number...

A Guiding Star

A Guiding Star Any project of note or significance almost invariably starts with a single vision. And to turn that concept into reality is usually a team effort, but it almost always requires a solitary figure with the grit and determination to actually make sure...

In This Together

In This TogetherThere is probably no subject talked about more on the East End — or one as divisive — as affordable housing.We all know the familiar refrain: Young people are moving south because they can’t afford to live here; the workforce moves farther and...

Shape Shifting

Shape Shifting The tobacco industry faced a sea change in the last decade or so, as efforts to change attitudes toward smoking, especially among young people, had a powerful effect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that in 2013, 17.7 percent of middle...

A Big Moment

A Big MomentIt’s an old canard about newspapers and political endorsements: “Who are they to tell me how to vote?” That’s the opposite of what an endorsement is: A newspaper’s opinion page — the label is a tip-off — is where a newspaper draws conclusions...

A Choice To Make

A Choice To MakeIt’s appropriate that the presidential election will take place in 2020, because the decision to be made is very clearly coming into focus — you’d need less than perfect vision not to see it.The impeachment inquiry is just getting underway this week,...

Keeping Families Safe

In 2018, an average of 13 of the 18 beds available at the Stephanie House Residential Shelter — the emergency shelter of The Retreat, located in a secret, and therefore safe, place somewhere on the East End — were occupied every night, with children tucked...

Go Shop There

There’s no argument: Westhampton Beach has courageously taken a step into the future that other villages have contemplated, coveted, debated. But, in the end, it’s just too big to actually begin. The benefits of a new septic system, providing capacity for more commercial growth (and...

Choose A Side

It is not guaranteed to keep you from getting seasonal influenza. That is true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the flu vaccine is generally 40 to 60 percent effective — so, in a typical flu season, it prevents an estimated 5.3 million...

Let’s Talk

It felt like a bridge being built merely by getting the two men in the same room, and talking.For all the topics discussed — the scourge of “triple net leases” (where merchants are forced to pay taxes and insurance in addition to rent), the promise...

Let The Monarchs Feast

However, the monarchs we spot at this time of year — around the Pine Barrens, and in Montauk, at spots on the Hampton Bays oceanfront and along Long Beach in Noyac, and on Napeague — they are actually local natives, having been born and grown...

Bells And Whistles

Building a new elementary school? Of course you’ll want an au courant architectural feature like a wall that creates a “shadow zone” to block the sight lines of an active shooter. And don’t forget cement block “wings” that both hide and shield students in the...

Fragile Blue Line

But what happens, over time, as the echoes of those tragedies and horrors begin repeating in their minds, wearing them down, making them question the choices they’ve made, their commitment to the job, and, in some truly unfortunate cases, their very existence? So far in...

It Takes a Village

Interestingly enough, HarborFest came on the heels of a renewed debate in the Municipal Building about how to engage local, working families, many who are being forced out of Sag Harbor by the high cost of living, in long-range planning for the village’s future. Despite...

A Conversation With Michael Hoffman

Temper Tantrum

But those flamingos. It shows that the owners of 38-42 Jobs Lane are thumbing their noses at the community, trashing a much-loved spot that was a very public gathering place for 30 years, and taunting those who might be upset by it — all over...

A Matter Of Timing

The recent announcement that the service, starting this week, is adding an evening stop in Westhampton, arriving at 6:01 p.m., was welcome news. So the teacher who stays late sometimes to lead after-school activities can now take the train every day. The hospital worker whose...

Shake The Dust

The action came shortly after a brouhaha in Southampton Village, in which surfers protested the selective enforcement of a village code restricting when and where surfers could practice their sport. That hullabaloo resulted in members of that Village Board altering their decades-old law to make...

Picking Up The Check

There are a couple of key points. One is that the visit by Mr. Trump on August 9 was purely a campaign fundraising visit — two events were held, in Tuckahoe and Bridgehampton, and they were the only scheduled events. Even the landing at Gabreski...

Gold Stars and Dunce Caps

And Dunce CapsGold Star - To Bridgehampton School officials, for letting the Bees buzz one last time in their hive. Look, it’s understandable that there was some concern about fielding a varsity basketball team made up largely of young, inexperienced players who just barely fill...

LLCs On The DL

LLCs On The DLHow does a regulatory board know if the homeowner with business before the board, or a member of the board itself, has a conflict of interest?It would certainly help if the municipality — and the public, and the media charged with holding...

Don’t Think Small

Hats off to former Mayor Sandra Schroeder and Trustee Jim Larocca for their efforts over at least four years to secure, for the Village of Sag Harbor, an open parcel of downtown waterfront land that is set to open next week as a public park....

The Unkindest Cut

Chalk it up as another first for the great State of New York: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last month signed a law making the state the first in the nation to outlaw the declawing of cats, a practice that many veterinarians and animal rights advocates...

Keep Your Distance

So far this year, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society has responded to the strandings of four kinds of sea turtles: the Atlantic green turtle, which is an endangered species; the loggerhead, considered vulnerable; the leatherback, also vulnerable; and the Kemp’s ridley, which is critically endangered....

Alternate Realities

This is the time of year when politicians of all stripes descend upon the South Fork with hands open and palms prepared to be greased. There are dollars to be gathered, and golf rounds to be played, and cocktails to be hoisted, and shoulders to...

Exploiting Children

What is it in any culture that would allow an adult—from a billionaire jet-setter like Jeffrey Epstein to a predatory Catholic priest, to a creepy relative or acquaintance living locally on the East End, the antagonist in far too many stories in the weekly police...

Turning Point

Even in the numbing parade of seemingly daily outrages since November 8, 2016, there is the occasional outlier—something so spectacularly outrageous, so mortifying, that it still has the capacity to stun.Charlottesville was one. The event was bad enough, but President Donald Trump’s remarks afterward, about...

Gold Stars And Dunce Caps

To the Maurice Amado Foundation and the Southampton School District, for continued efforts to make sure children in the school district don’t start off the day distracted by hunger. The district announced plans this spring to institute a new “Breakfast in the Classroom” program this...

A New Era

How many news organizations last a decade? A quarter century? It’s a fickle industry full of uncertainty, and increasingly so in the days of the internet and social media offering—nay, demanding—instant gratification, and news consumers who have so many outlets to find out what’s going...

Paying The Price

Something needed to be done at the Bel-Aire Cove Motel in Hampton Bays—that much was clear. So in many ways it was a positive step forward when the Town of Southampton agreed to buy the blighted property last month for a little more than $1...

Off The Rails

East End commuters can only hope that the Long Island Rail Road derailment in Speonk on the Saturday before Memorial Day, shutting down rail service on one of the busiest weekends of the year, was not indicative of how the agency will operate in the...

Gold Stars And Dunce Caps

To the State Department of Transportation, for an indefensible example of bureaucracy in action—or inaction. Whatever your opinion of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s proposed electronic billboards on Sunrise Highway, it’s clear that the tribe’s leaders acted in good faith and attempted to alert state officials...

Good Neighbors

Everyone knows the value of real estate on Eastern Long Island—especially as the season starts to simmer.Ospreys—those magnificent birds of prey that were nearly wiped out but have recently been rebounding—are among those seeking a roost here when each winter ends, building nests in lofty...

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