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The Way It Was for May 26, 2022

You might consider the phase “the Hamptons” a tad pretentious and semi-newly coined. But check out its use in The Star from back in 1897. And then in 1947, quick thinking saved a man overboard.

May 26, 2022
The Way It Was for May 19, 2022

The painter Gaines Ruger Donoho’s house gets an addition in 1897, a 1922 report looks at potato planting on the South Fork, and “the Hamptons as playground” is dissected in a 1947 Holiday magazine article.

May 19, 2022
Past and Future Come Together in Montauk's New Library

The renovated and reconfigured Montauk Library will host its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday at noon. The institution's new, state-of-the-art facilities, complete with sustainable elements, look more than ready to deal with the changing future. Yet it's the past, said Denise DiPaolo, the library's director, that has especially captivated the library's patrons, especially the older ones.

May 19, 2022
Another Boost for Brooks-Park Preservation

The effort to preserve and restore the Springs house and studios of the late Abstract Expressionist artists James Brooks and Charlotte Park achieved yet another milestone this week when the Preservation League of New York State named the structures to its 2022-23 Seven to Save list, a registry highlighting the state's most at-risk historical places.

May 19, 2022
Last Will and Testament of William Barns

The latest East Hampton Library Item of the Week is the last will and testament of William Barns (1723-1814) of East Hampton, drafted on March 18, 1809. The Barns, or Barnes, family were among the earliest settlers of East Hampton, and this William was the son of another William Barns (1702-1726) and the former Martha Edwards (1706-1745). 

May 19, 2022
Hey, That's My House, and It's Not for Rent on Airbnb

For a luxury Montauk rental, it sounds too good to be true. Six bedrooms, 7,300 square feet, ocean view, heated saltwater pool with waterfall edge, and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances listed for $2,500 a night on Airbnb. The catch, says the homeowner: It's a scam offered by "hosts" who've used the legitimate real estate photos to dupe unsuspecting vacationers.

May 19, 2022
On the Wing: The Catbird’s Fine Company

Catbirds are neither rare nor shy. Work in your garden and you may soon have a catbird working alongside you. They're charming, excellent company, and release a seemingly infinite number of sounds when they open their black bills.

May 19, 2022
Learning to 'Live With It' as Covid Rates Rise Again

Despite a significant uptick in Covid-19 cases, including the designation of Suffolk and Nassau Counties as a region now at high risk of virus transmission by the federal Centers for Disease Control, the number of patients admitted at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has remained in the single digits over the last few weeks — very much manageable, the hospital's chief medical officer has said. "We're going to have to learn how to live with it when community spread goes up like it is now."

May 19, 2022
Pickleball Regs Are Adopted in Sagaponack

When the Sagaponack Village Board offered an amendment to a local law on April 13 that stated that construction of new pickleball courts would be subject to various setback regulations, based on a noise-attenuation study the board had carried out, the people of the village sounded off.

May 19, 2022
Abortion Rights at the Fore

This is a public cervix announcement: East Enders are not going to stand idly by as the United States Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that for nearly 50 years has protected women's right to choose to have an abortion. That was the takeaway on Saturday on the steps of the Suffolk County Supreme Court in Riverhead, where hundreds of people from Montauk and Orient to Brookhaven and Patchogue rallied in support of Roe v. Wade, hoping to send the nation's highest court a resounding message.

May 19, 2022
Targeting Ticks by Killing Them on Their Hosts

At the end of March, in an ambitious effort to eradicate ticks on North Haven, the village relaunched its campaign to install "four-poster" feeding stations for deer. The stations bait deer with corn. While they feed, a tickicide is applied directly to their necks.

May 19, 2022
Photos: East Enders Rally to Save Roe v. Wade

With the United State Supreme Court poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which has protected abortion rights for nearly 50 years, hundreds of East Enders took to the streets of downtown Riverhead on Saturday to make their opinions heard.

May 16, 2022