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Springs Cell Tower Is Getting Closer

After last week’s meeting of the East Hampton Town Planning Board, a public hearing on a proposal to raise a 185-foot cellphone tower at the 172-acre Camp Blue Bay in Springs seemed likely by October. Other than lingering questions about a diesel-fueled generator, the board appeared satisfied that the application was ready to hear the public’s comments, for better or worse.

Sep 22, 2022

It’s Paradise vs. a Parking Lot

The East Hampton Village Board has created a new aesthetics committee made up of designers, architects, and “tastemakers,” who will advise it on projects and initiatives. On Friday, it got its first task: deciding whether the village could accept an offer from a homeowner whose house overlooks a preserved property adjacent to a Main Beach parking lot.

Sep 22, 2022

Police & Courts

Jamal Johns of Newark is the latest defendant to accept a plea deal for his part in a March robbery at the East Hampton Balenciaga, when five people made off with $94,000 worth of handbags from the luxe Newtown Lane retail shop.

Sep 22, 2022

An early morning car crash on Woods Lane in East Hampton Village on Monday ground traffic to a halt for four hours and sent Delvair Dias, 73, to Stony Brook Hospital. East Hampton Fire Department personnel utilizing the jaws of life extricated Mr. Dias from his severely damaged vehicle.

Sep 22, 2022

Local police made two drunken-driving arrests in the town last week and one in the village.

Sep 22, 2022

Government

Citing the time and expertise required to process applications, the East Hampton Town Planning Department has proposed updated application and permit fees. Some application processes “are quite involved,” the planning director said, requiring, for example, attention of the attorney’s office, the town board, the planning board, the Building Department, and the fire marshal. If applicants aren’t asked to “shoulder the majority of the burden for the service that they are asking us to perform,” the town’s other taxpayers “are picking up that tab.”

Sep 22, 2022

“My focus has been on really addressing wages within the town to invest in our human resources, our staff, to bring them up to a more competitive level," East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said of the 2023 budget, which the town board will focus on during work sessions on Oct. 4 and 11. The town, he said, “has fallen a bit behind other municipalities” in employee salaries.

Sep 22, 2022

The East Hampton Town Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee made grant recommendations for high-impact improvement projects in Sag Harbor and Amagansett to the town board. By far the larger of the committee’s recommendations, and the largest to date in the committee’s request-for-applications program, is a grant of just over $1 million to Sag Harbor Village for an expansion of its existing sewage treatment plant.

Sep 22, 2022

In an attempt to secure the health of its waterways for future generations, Sag Harbor Village has hired an engineering firm to develop a master sewer plan that will connect more parcels to its wastewater treatment plant. The project’s estimated price tag? A whopping $78 million.

Sep 22, 2022

Villages

Dangerous Surf Expected

According to swellinfo.com, Friday East End beaches will begin to see the impacts from Hurricane Fiona, which is forecast to be just past Bermuda later this evening. A long period south-southeast swell, with wave heights peaking at nine feet, should keep swimmers on shore.

Sep 22, 2022

Amagansett Neighbors Bemoan ‘Bespoke’ Homes

A development on Handy Lane that has riled neighbors is a familiar story in East Hampton Town and across the South Fork: along with teardowns and rebuilds, spec houses that, with seemingly few exceptions, take allowable lot coverage and floor area to their absolute limit.

Sep 22, 2022

Raising Oysters, Inspiring Stewards

Working toward the goals of cleaner waters and stable shorelines, the South Fork Sea Farmers engaged students from the Springs School and East Hampton High School to help construct a new oyster reef in Accabonac Harbor this week.

Sep 22, 2022

Arts

More, More, More at Film Fest

The film festival's hits just keep on coming, including a conversation with Chelsea Clinton about "Gutsy," her eight-part documentary about influential women, and four just-announced films.

Sep 29, 2022

Chris Byrne is a co-founder of the Dallas Art Fair and has served on various museum boards, but his obsession is visionary artists, self-taught and otherwise, to whom he has devoted exhibitions, publications, even residencies at the Elaine de Kooning House in East Hampton.

Sep 22, 2022

The 30th Hamptons International Film Festival will feature talks with the directors Chris Columbus and Martin McDonagh, and more than 100 films from 34 countries, including East Coast premieres and some never before shown publicly.

Sep 22, 2022

The first annual Sag Harbor Song Festival will feature four concerts by rising opera stars of music ranging from Handel and Wagner to Sondheim and Bernstein.

Sep 22, 2022

Food

Food Startups Reel in Wake of Oven Explosion

More than a month after an oven explosion closed the Stony Brook Food Business Incubator for repairs, food producers are scrambling to keep operating by other means, but often with reduced output.

Sep 22, 2022

News for Foodies 09.22.22

Holiday menus at Rowdy Hall and Nick and Toni's, Rosh Hashana meals to go from L&W Market, Carissa's Bakery, and Harbor Market, Lil' Birdie on the move

Sep 22, 2022

Florence Fabricant to Judge Chowders

The food critic and writer Florence Fabricant will serve as a judge of clam chowder entries at the East Hampton Town Trustees’ Largest Clam Contest, which happens on Oct. 9 at noon on the grounds of the Lamb Building on Bluff Road in Amagansett. Those residents entering clams or chowders have been asked to arrive a little before noon.

Sep 14, 2022