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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

Creativity Lives On in Springs

Nicole Corbett, an artist who lives in Springs, creates large ceramic moon jars, a genre that originated in Korea, that she glazes with swipes of her long hair dripping with paint.

Sep 29, 2022

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

Work by 80 artists from 20 countries will celebrate the majesty and ecological significance of trees in a new exhibition at the Southampton Arts Center.

Sep 29, 2022

Nine months after filming wrapped in Wainscott, the comedy "Who Invited Charlie?", whose cast and crew includes East Enders, will have its world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Sep 29, 2022

Food

Cooking Into a Healthy Fall

Charlotte Abbate, a board-certified nutrition specialist, is her clients' source for healthy fall menu ideas, with an emphasis on whole foods and what's in season.

Sep 29, 2022

News for Foodies 09.29.22

Fall brings special menus to the 1770 House, Bell & Anchor, Manna at Lobster Inn, and North Fork Table, plus the return of Artists and Writers dinners to Almond.

Sep 29, 2022

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