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Ross Requires Covid Tests

The Ross School announced Saturday it will require each student to have a negative Covid-19 test within seven days of the start of school before he or she can attend in person. No child will be able to start school without such a test.

Sep 2, 2020
Challenges Aplenty as South Fork Schools Prepare to Open

School officials have said Chromebook laptops for students are on back order across the nation and Plexiglas barriers for desks have been hard to come by. Local school boards have appointed many previous substitute teachers to full-time positions, creating a shortage of those who can be called upon to fill in for teachers who take time off. Custodians, too, are in short supply for some districts as schools embark on plans that rely upon stringent cleaning protocols.

Sep 2, 2020
Blu Mar in Southampton Loses Liquor License

For the second time in a week, the New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the license of a Southampton Village restaurant and bar after numerous violations of coronavirus-related regulations were observed.

Aug 29, 2020
Cuomo Slams C.D.C., Trump

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo did not mince words Thursday while speaking about the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent modification of coronavirus testing guidelines, calling the recommendation that people without Covid-19 symptoms not get tested even if they have been exposed to the virus “dumbfounding” and “really bad advice.”

Aug 27, 2020
On Call: Talking to Children About Covid-19

As parents or caregivers, it can be easy to feel like we're protecting our children somehow by being vague or even avoiding world events, but that negates the simple truth that children, while being inexperienced, are generally not dumb. They have eyes to see and ears to hear, and if your kids are like mine, they know something big is going on.

Aug 27, 2020
Suffolk's Infection Rate Remains Low

Even as Suffolk County reached a grim milestone, surpassing 2,000 deaths from Covid-19 last weekend, the spread of the virus seems to be holding steady at approximately a 1-percent daily infection rate.

Aug 26, 2020
Southampton Restaurant Sees Liquor License Suspended for Violating Covid Rules

The Southampton Village restaurant 75 Main had its liquor license suspended by the New York State Liquor Authority on Sunday, following a Saturday night visit by S.L.A. investigators and officers from the village, the Suffolk County Police Department, and the County Sheriff’s Office that revealed numerous violations of coronavirus-related regulations, according to a release from the state.

Aug 24, 2020
On Call: Praying for Sleep

It is 12:27 a.m., and I should be asleep. I'm lucky that it usually doesn't take much to get me back on track with sleep. Until Covid-19. Then there weren't enough moments in the day to eat and go to the bathroom, much less for "self-care." I spent my nights replaying my days.

Aug 20, 2020
Virus Scare 'Averted' at Hayground Camp

After following up on a weekend scare in which a child tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, summer camp administrators at the Hayground School, in consultation with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, concluded the camp can safely continue running this week.

Aug 17, 2020
On Call: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

In 12 years of marriage (filled with four lovely but occasionally loud children), I have yet to take my wife on a honeymoon. And after four years of medical school followed by four more of residency, I really thought that this year was going to be my chance to make it happen.

Aug 13, 2020
East Hampton Planners Examine Emergency Room Annex

In an initial review of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's proposal to build an emergency room annex and diagnostic center in East Hampton, members of the East Hampton Town Planning Board voiced concerns about the facility's impact on traffic flow, the placement of a Medevac helipad, and the possibility of "mission creep."

Aug 13, 2020
Bellone Blasts Trump for Calling Disaster Assistance a 'Bailout'

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone angrily denounced President Trump on Wednesday, telling reporters that the president referred to federal disaster assistance as “some sort of bailout” during his fund-raising visit to the South Fork on Saturday.

Aug 12, 2020