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Cannabis Sales Closer at Shinnecock Shops

The Shinnecock Indian Nation's Tribal Council voted unanimously on Dec. 22 to pass an ordinance allowing sales of recreational, adult-use cannabis products at established and future smoke shops on Shinnecock territory along Montauk Highway, and since then has been distributing applications to eligible businesses.

Jan 5, 2023
Item of the Week: In the Year’s Graveyard

Written in the 1819 diary of Eliza Packer Gardiner (1788-1863) is a poem by Jerusha Buell (circa 1788-1829) titled “The Grave of the Year,” in which time itself considers what’s been lost.

Dec 29, 2022
Community News as English Lesson

Every week, Andrew Visconti assigns his students — English-learning adults from mostly Spanish-speaking countries, but with a Polish immigrant in the mix — to find an article that they’re interested in and take notes on what they’ve read. Then they come to class and tell one another about the article and why it stood out for them. The Star’s nationally-renowned crime pages are a big and repeat hit for the students.

Dec 29, 2022
Pickleball, Stop Signs, Waste All on the Montauk Agenda

What’s on the horizon for Montauk in 2023? The December meeting of the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee laid out some markers for what residents of the hamlet might expect in the new year.

Dec 29, 2022
On the Wing: Hear It or Not, It’s Watching

During this Christmas/New Year’s interlude, I offer a fun challenge: Take a walk in the woods at night. Try it. You may hear a great-horned owl, who, despite the cold, is starting its courtship ritual. Its classic hooting call — offered in the cadence of “Who is awake? Me too!” — can be heard for miles, the song of the blue winter night.

Dec 29, 2022
The Way It Was for Dec. 29, 2022

“The young folks of the town enjoyed two days of good skating this week” back in 1897. Not earth-shattering, but good to hear.

Dec 29, 2022
Pause for Potter Plan in Sag Harbor

A mixed retail and affordable housing development proposed by Adam Potter, the founder of the Friends of Bay Street, for the office district in Sag Harbor Village hit a speedbump recently, as news got out that the developer he was working with, Conifer, had dropped out of the project. The Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, a real estate development firm brought in by Conifer and specializing in funding large-scale housing developments through tax credits, also departed.

Dec 29, 2022
The Way It Was for December 22, 2022

Among the highlights from The Star of yore: At a 1922 meeting, the Bridgehampton Spud Lifters Pedro Club claps back at the “East Hampton cracker barrel team,” vowing to reclaim the card game’s championship cup.

Dec 22, 2022
On the Wing: Christmas Bird Count Merry Indeed

Cold and wind greeted the 45 participants of the 93rd Montauk Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, but the rough conditions didn’t stop them from tallying 131 different species, the highest total for the count in the last 10 years.

Dec 22, 2022
Item of the Week: Christmas at Home, Sweet Home

This seasonal article published in This Week, a magazine that ran from 1935 to 1969 as a supplement for newspapers across the country, highlighted recipes East Hampton’s founding families.

Dec 22, 2022
Just When We Hoped It Was Safe to Go Out

The confluence of Covid, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (R.S.V.) is causing people to break out their masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant just ahead of the holidays. “And we’re just at the beginning of what is typically the season for upper respiratory illnesses,” said Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, chief medical officer at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Dec 22, 2022
Holiday Advice for Blended Families

If Norman Rockwell were alive today, his iconic Saturday Evening Post illustrations might star not Mother and Father with their children, but rather blended families featuring step-parents and step-siblings. “The so-called ‘blended family’ is no longer an aberration in American society: It’s a norm,” the American Psychological Association wrote in 2019. How, then, can blended families navigate holiday celebrations most smoothly? An expert from Sag Harbor weighs in.

Dec 22, 2022