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A Georgica Pond Leadership Shakeup

Leadership changes are coming to the Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation, an organization established in 2015 to remediate the pond’s degraded water quality and preserve its ecosystem.

Nov 2, 2023
Item of the Week: Mary Fulford at Main Beach

Mary Fulford (1884-1975), who helped raise the Talmage family children in Springs, sits on the sand at East Hampton’s Main Beach in this 1957 photograph from the Springs Historical Society collection.

Nov 2, 2023
A Bird Count for Everyone

November is the month when a dedicated group of citizen scientists begin to count birds as part of Project FeederWatch, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology program now in its 37th year. It’s simple. Go to, pay $18, learn how to report your birds, get some swag that will help you make proper identifications, and you’re on the team.

Nov 2, 2023
At This East Hampton House, It's Halloween All Year

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky — but this isn't the Addams family we're talking about. They're the Social Skellies, a front-yard installation on Route 114 in East Hampton that started as a Halloween display in 2020 but has since become a platform for social commentary and parodies of pop-culture phenomena.

Oct 31, 2023
Item of the Week: Dressed as Chamberlain and the Queen

As Halloween approaches, you’re probably not thinking of dressing up as a European monarch or other foreign potentate, but to members of the Maidstone Club in October 1940, as seen in this photo from The Star’s archive, this was a stellar idea.

Oct 26, 2023
The Way It Was for October 26, 2023

From an 1898 labor shortage in a building boom, to the day 50 years later when a 40-foot gondola was trundled down Main Street, this was East Hampton.

Oct 26, 2023
On the Wing: The Slightly Creepy Cormorant

There is something creepy about cormorants. From most distances, they look black, with long thick necks, tails, and wings. In flight, they appear like black crosses. Against a cormorant, fish have no hope; the tip of their orange bill is hook-shaped, a perfect tool to capture over 250 species of fish. Soon those single black crosses will join to form sky-wide, shape-shifting patterns as they migrate away.

Oct 26, 2023
Dr. Samantha Harris Weds Dr. William Murphy

Samantha Harris and William Murphy of St. Louis were married on Sept. 16 at the Country Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The bride’s brothers, Jonathan Harris and Dashiell Harris, and the groom’s brother, Andrew Murphy, officiated.

Oct 26, 2023
Village Offers Sweet Relief for Trick-or-Treat

There’s a lot we expect from our local governments, but East Hampton Village may be the only municipality that has a candy assistance program to help residents meet the high cost of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Oct 26, 2023
Item of the Week: First Rent Payment to the Montauketts

This receipt, dated Oct. 21, 1703, records the first annual payment by East Hampton settlers to the Montaukett people. The payment amounted to a rental fee for the use of grazing lands on the Montauk peninsula.

Oct 19, 2023
Wainscott Sewing Society Is Stitching Once More

It had been at least 30 years, likely more, since the Wainscott Sewing Society did any actual sewing. That changed earlier this year, when eight members of the group, all with multigenerational ties to the hamlet, took up scissors, needles, and thread once more.

Oct 19, 2023
It’s Always a Party at This Downtown Shop

Thirty-three years ago, Theo Landi’s sister-in-law Geri Sanicola said to her, “This town needs a party shop.” Mrs. Landi replied, “You find a spot and maybe we’ll do it.” The Party Shoppe has been helping to make birthday parties and holidays complete ever since.

Oct 19, 2023