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Alexander Gardiner Sends News From the City

East Hampton Library Item of the Week: On July 14, 1842, Alexander Gardiner wrote to his mother, Juliana McLachlan Gardiner, in East Hampton, sending news of family and friends, along with business interests. Two years before, his parents whisked his younger sisters off to Washington, D.C., to avoid the scandal that followed his sister Julia (1820-1889), who eventually become First Lady, modeling for a lithograph advertisement.

Jul 8, 2021
Montauk Fire Department Uses Aerial Truck to Rescue Gull

While firefighters are often summoned to help animals in distress, it's a rare day when an aerial truck comes to the rescue. But that's what happened on June 25, when Montauk firefighters were called to help rescue a seagull caught in a power line near the Dock restaurant. 

Jul 7, 2021
And Now the Work Begins for New Sag Harbor Mayor

When he takes office as Sag Harbor Village mayor on Tuesday, James Larocca intends to start making good on campaign promises to protect the waterfront from redevelopment, find a spot away from the waterfront for Bay Street Theater's new home, and come up with a new comprehensive plan.

Jul 1, 2021
Tiny Piece of Wainscott Farm History Saved

"I have been driving past that building for decades. It has always been there," said Esperanza Leon, referring to a dilapidated little shack in Wainscott known as the Little House, which was built in the 1920s to house migrant workers. When she and a group of fellow Wainscott residents learned that the property had been sold and the house was to be torn down, they got to work to save it, and their efforts have borne fruit.

Jul 1, 2021
Hampton Library Plans Young Adult Room

To serve the community more effectively, Hampton Library is planning a series of renovations working with H2M Architects and Engineers to design intentional spaces for the community's teens, in particular. The library was able to host eight discussions last fall and over the winter at which people were invited to comment on the renovations.

Jul 1, 2021
On Call: Dealing With the Delta Variant

Yet another variant of SARS-CoV-2 has arisen to cause concern, the Delta variant, which seems to spread faster and make people sicker. If you're like many people lately who have been wondering what precisely this means for the pandemic, you're not alone.

Jul 1, 2021
Luckey and Maldonado Engaged

Tom and Joanne Luckey of Montauk and Wantagh have announced the engagement of their younger daughter, Devon Luckey, to Jaime Maldonado. Mr. Maldonado's parents are Ruth and Juan Maldonado of Millersburg, Pa.

The couple live and work in Manhattan. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Hunter College and is a teacher; he graduated from Lehigh University and is a finance manager for Ferragamo. They are planning a June 2022 wedding.

Jul 1, 2021
East Hampton Florist in Bloom for 100 Years

An enduring presence on Newtown Lane, a street that has seen more change than not, the flower shop and greenhouse now known as Wittendale's is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer. A sentinel of East Hampton Village, it has witnessed the passing of history and has created its own.

Jul 1, 2021
The 1915 Fourth of July Parade

This July, the South Fork will welcome back many Independence Day celebrations that were missed last year because of the pandemic. While the village has not hosted a Fourth of July parade in a long time, it was part of the annual festivities decades ago, as shown in this photograph from 1915.

John H. Fowler (1887-1925) appears costumed on horseback in front of a large crowd in this photo by Frank Eldredge (1885-1965). Behind the crowd, St. Luke's Episcopal Church can be seen, suggesting the photo was taken near the village green.

Jul 1, 2021
New Owner, Fresh Start at Spring Close Farm

Spurred by the pandemic to follow his dream of becoming a farmer, Harry Pinkerton, the new owner of Spring Close Farm in East Hampton, is giving the 1.4-acre plot a fresh start.

Jul 1, 2021
Pride, This Month and Beyond, on South Fork

Pride Month, celebrated in June each year since 1970 in response to the Stonewall uprising in New York City in June of 1969, celebrates the L.G.B.T.Q.+ community and brings attention to its needs. On the South Fork, that attention might come through an interfaith service, a safe space for teens, or a health care center that prioritizes the needs of L.G.B.T.Q.+ people.

Jun 24, 2021
Joan Tulp Honored for 50 Years Service

The Amagansett Village Improvement Society honored Joan Tulp, a board member for decades and the hamlet's unofficial mayor, on Monday with the dedication of a tree and plaque at the society's tennis courts at the corner of Main Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Jun 24, 2021