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Welcome Boost for Town Employees: Supplemental Payments

The East Hampton Town Board, citing inflation and its potential impact on employee recruitment and retention efforts, announced a one-time supplemental payment to employees on Thursday. The payments will total an estimated $660,000 and will come from surplus funds. 

Aug 18, 2022

Visions Emerge for New Senior Center

A community survey revealed a desire for offerings including exercise, workshops and classes, lectures, a dining room and coffee bar, outdoor gardens, arts, games, social clubs, and outdoor games. People want a “community not ‘senior’ center,” “a happy place,” “croquet plus shuffleboard,” "bigger tables, bigger kitchen, more help, a lanai so we can sit out even in the rain.”

Aug 17, 2022

Police & Courts

On Aug. 4, without naming the individual, East Hampton Village posted a press release announcing the 30-day suspension of a volunteer emergency medical services worker from the Village Ambulance Association after “hostile work environment” complaints filed against him were “found to be valid.” While the village may not have named him, by that point Randy Hoffman, the longtime critical-care E.M.T. who was told of his suspension the day before, had already named himself, sharing his side of the story and expressing his frustration with the decision.

Aug 17, 2022

The criminal case against Charles Streep of East Hampton and Manhattan, stemming from a highly publicized altercation in a bank parking lot two summers ago, ended in December when Mr. Streep pleaded guilty to a greatly reduced charge of disorderly conduct. His adversary has since filed a civil case against him.

Aug 17, 2022

There were numerous reports of vandalism via spray paint and graffiti in East Hampton Village last Thursday, beginning with a police car that was parked in the lot behind headquarters on North Main Street. Someone sprayed its entire passenger-side blue.

Aug 17, 2022

Government

The East Hampton Town Trustees have commenced a survey of docks in waterways under their jurisdiction, a plan agreed upon shortly after the nine-member body approved construction of an 80-foot dock in Three Mile Harbor in October and subsequently enacted a 12-month moratorium on new docks catwalks, floating docks, floating structures, and floating platforms.

Aug 17, 2022

Gardiner’s Marina, on Three Mile Harbor in Springs, hasn’t changed much since 1962. It's owners want to expand not by adding slips, but enlarging the boat basin so that roughly 10 slips can accommodate larger vessels and renovating the existing bulkhead.

Aug 17, 2022

“Dark sky” advocates are concerned about East Hampton Town’s plan to convert all streetlights in the town to LEDs, worrying that a "color temperature" of 2700 kelvin is not dark-sky-friendly enough.

Aug 17, 2022

A March 2018 lawsuit filed against East Hampton Town on behalf of Wainscott residents whose wells were discovered to be contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) is treading water as hundreds of similar lawsuits make their way through the court system.

Aug 17, 2022

Villages

Fond Memories as Azurest Turns 75

“It was Black gold and soul all in one place,” said Suzan Johnson-Cook, one of several honorees at a Saturday gala at the Bridgehampton Community House to celebrate 75 years of Azurest, a historically Black resort community in Sag Harbor. Her sentiments were echoed by many and highlighted the rich and resonant history of Azurest, one of three communities that comprise the so-called “SANS” enclave that also includes Sag Harbor Hills and Ninevah Beach.

Aug 17, 2022

On the Wing: The Hummingbird’s Secrets

Despite the confusion and tragedy of American life in 2022, they somehow return each spring; like flying foil-wrapped gifts come to life. And now, as early as this week, the males will depart from our area to begin their largely daytime migrations south. This is one of the most entertaining weeks to “feeder watch,” as they defend their last sips.

Aug 17, 2022

A Crosswalk at Amber Waves?

A seemingly routine request for a new crosswalk at the Amber Waves market, the hugely popular farm market just west of the Amagansett Firehouse, set off a series of increasingly testy exchanges at the August meeting of the hamlet’s citizens advisory committee.

Aug 17, 2022

Long Island Books

Arts

Jennifer Bartlett: An Appreciation

Jennifer Bartlett, an innovative, unique, and protean artist who died on July 25 and had a long relationship with the East End, is remembered by those who knew and worked with her in an appreciation of her achievement.

Aug 18, 2022

What is "The Birdsong Project?" A 20-album boxed set of more than 150 songs inspired by birds, plus artwork, poems, and original songs, with 12 albums already released for streaming and eight more on the way.

Aug 18, 2022

Cimafunk, the charismatic Cuban singer-composer who mixes funk with Cuban music and African rhythms, will be at the Stephen Talkhouse with his nine-piece band.

Aug 18, 2022

The Box Art Auction to benefit East End Hospice will return with imaginative constructions by more than 80 artists.

Aug 18, 2022

Food

Kidd Squid Brewing Opens in Sag Harbor

Kidd Squid Brewing Company opens in Sag Harbor with a variety of locally made brews plus New York State wines and spirits, groceries, and prepared foods.

Aug 18, 2022

News for Foodies 08.18.22

Eataly delivers to the East End, "Stirring the Pot" visits Sagaponack Distillery, Springs Brewery launches IPA brewed with honey, Canoe Place Inn offers new dining option.

Aug 18, 2022

Have Bar, Will Travel

Three East Enders have launched Vintage Rose Hamptons, a tap truck that brings homemade cocktails and local wines and beers to events large and small.

Aug 11, 2022