Dems’ top picks; Independence Party surprises
East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, right, spoke to an Independence Party screening committee Monday in Amagansett. Matthew Taylor

Citizens group demonstrates strength and calls for legal backbone
public support for beach-access rights
Members of Citizens for Access Rights and other supporters of beach driving stressed the importance of fighting a lawsuit that could close parts of the oceanfront to the public. Morgan McGivern

Committee debates paths to a cleaner watershed
Lake Montauk - Girl on Beach
To improve water quality in Lake Montauk, an ad hoc watershed advisory committee agreed that dredging is essential, but was less sure of the right way to address the flow of coliform bacteria into the lake. Russell Drumm

Ball in F.A.A.’s court; safety concerns emerge
Unused runway at East Hampton Airport
If the Federal Aviation Administration agrees with the East Hampton Town Board, an unused section of the East Hampton Airport could be the site of a two-day August pop music festival. David E. Rattray

Machines used to remove trees were prohibited in original D.E.C. permit
nature preserve in Springs
The removal of trees at a town nature preserve in Springs slated to be restored as a meadow may run counter to the terms of a state permit. Joanne Pilgram

Stephen Lester
Stephen Lester, a Highway Department employee, is set to lose his job because of the elimination of the two positions. Morgan McGivern

Pete Hammerle Morgan McGivern

Some push for condemnation to keep sands public
4,000 feet of ocean beach -Google Map
Litigants’ claim that the ocean beach between Napeague Lane on the west and Napeague State Park on the east is private property.

One $140,000 work sold for $1,500, cops say
A Western landscape was recovered by police
A Western landscape was recovered by police after it and a handful of others were stolen in January and February from houses in East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, and Southold. Suffolk County District Attorney