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Questions on Water Quality Remain Unanswered at Popular Montauk Surfers' Beach

As complaints about water quality at Ditch Plain persist, with surfers falling ill and beachgoers reporting foul odors at low tide, routine testing performed there this week by Concerned Citizens of Montauk turned up nothing amiss.

Aug 1, 2019
Nonprofits Seek Fresh Generation of Volunteers

Sally Krusch wishes the Friends of the Montauk Library had a few more young volunteers to do some of the heavy lifting — literally and figuratively.

Ms. Krusch, the president of the Friends’ board of trustees, said it could benefit from more help with administrative tasks and event planning, and also with the actual carrying of boxes of books. Its roster of volunteers consists mostly of retired folks — Ms. Krusch is 70, and there’s even one member in her 90s — and books are heavy.

Aug 1, 2019
Whale Too Far Gone to Learn Cause of Death

After a dead humpback whale was found floating six miles off Montauk on July 24, scientists from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society are seeking to pinpoint the cause of death.

“It’s pretty inconclusive what we’ve found so far,” said Robert DiGiovanni, the founder and chief scientist of the conservation society, which conducted a necropsy of the animal on Friday on a cordoned-off portion of Montauk’s Umbrella Beach. “The whale was severely decomposed so we didn’t really find a lot of internal organs,” said Mr. DiGiovanni.

Aug 1, 2019
Cell Tower Proposed for Springs Chapel

A proposal from AT&T to build a freestanding 50-foot-high structure at St. Peter’s Chapel on Old Stone Highway in Springs, to house cellphone antennas and associated equipment, was discussed at a meeting of the East Hampton Town Planning Board.

Aug 1, 2019
First Look at Sag Harbor Steinbeck Park Plans

Southampton Town’s purchase of 1.25 acres in Sag Harbor Village that is to become the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park was finalized on July 24 and later that day the public got its first look at conceptual plans for the park.

Aug 1, 2019
Youth Saving the Planet, a Forum Monday at Guild Hall

“The Youth Climate Movement Could Save the Planet,” on Monday at 7 p.m., will be the first in the 2019 Hamptons Institute series of topical panel discussions at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Aug 1, 2019
A Look Back at Old Man Jarvis’s Store

Item of the Week From the East Hampton Library Long Island Collection

Aug 1, 2019
Barefoot Wedding in the Water

Elizabeth Halliday and Roderic Randolph Richardson were married last Thursday. The barefoot wedding took place in the water, along the foreshore of Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. Kathleen Mulcahy, the newly elected mayor of Sag Harbor and longtime friend of the groom, officiated, her first such wedding.

Susan Wood Richardson, the groom’s stepmother, hosted an intimate gathering in Amagansett preceding the nuptials, and Alice and John Tepper Marlin, family friends, hosted the wedding reception at their house in Springs after the ceremony.

Aug 1, 2019
Nature Notes: Whales, Ho!

The dead adult humpback whale towed to the Montauk ocean beach last week is just one of several humpbacks that we have been reading about this year in the local newspapers. There have been many sightings offshore and even in Great South Bay and other estuarine water bodies.

Aug 1, 2019
Dead Humpback Whale Found Off Montauk

The whale was towed to a beach in Montauk where the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society will perform a necropsy.

Jul 26, 2019
Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Science Is Not ‘an Evil Empire’

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the decorated astrophysicist, author, and host of television shows and podcasts, has been credited with sparking public interest in science — and keeping people’s attention on it — over the last few decades. He will speak at the Spur in East Hampton Friday night.

Jul 25, 2019
Montauk Lighthouse Tower Gets a Makeover

Visitors to the Montauk Lighthouse may not notice it yet, but a tower restoration expected to cost just shy of $1.1 million is in its early stages this summer, as the Montauk Historical Society committee that oversees the national historic landmark works to raise the money to complete the project by 2021.

Jul 25, 2019