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Pandemic Aside, Giving Season Spells Solid Sales for Local Shops

Even with much that characterizes the holidays curtailed, the shopping season has been suprisingly strong on the South Fork, according to several shopkeepers. "People are making a conscious effort to shop locally," said Gwen Waddington, an owner of the Wharf Shop in Sag Harbor.

Dec 10, 2020
Hospital Prepares as Case Numbers Climb

Hospitals here and across the state are preparing for a second surge of Covid-19 patients as case numbers continue to climb, and also awaiting the first round of vaccines, which will go to front-line health workers. Governor Cuomo has mandated hospitals increase bed capacity by at least 25 percent, and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has said it is prepared to double capacity as needed.

Dec 10, 2020
A Pastor Gets to Know Montauk

St. Therese of Lisieux's new pastor, who joined the church in September in the midst of the pandemic, said he is "trying to use the theme of coming home for Christmas" to make people feel welcome at the church. Accordingly, it was his task to get to the bottom of what home meant for Montauk.

Dec 9, 2020
Wainscott Green Dedicated to Late Activist

The East Hampton Town Board has named the Wainscott Green — the newly created passive park on Montauk Highway, on property bought by the town in 2018 — after the late Rick Del Mastro, a civic activist and philanthropist who called Wainscott home.

Dec 9, 2020
Hanukkah's Eight Days Start Thursday Night

Thursday is the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the Maccabees' triumph over their oppressors in the second century B.C., only to find that the oil to light the candles needed to rededicate the temple had been tainted. Just one night's worth of pure oil remained, but, miraculously, it lasted for eight nights.

Dec 9, 2020
Future Shutdowns Will Hinge on Hospital Capacity

New York State is closely watching hospital capacity because it is the primary vehicle of defense until the Covid-19 vaccines can be widely administered. "If our hospital capacity becomes critical, we're going to close down that region, period," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.

Dec 7, 2020
A Windmill May Be on the Move

Southampton Village wants to return the 1713 windmill that stands on the Stony Brook Southampton campus to its onetime home on Windmill Lane. The college doesn't see it that way.

Dec 3, 2020
Demanding Fairness in Vaccine Distribution

Now that multiple pharmaceutical companies have developed Covid-19 vaccines, federal and state officials are putting together plans for the distribution of those vaccines. However, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday said he has identified three major obstacles in the way of fair distribution among the general population.

Dec 3, 2020
Preparing to Meet the Challenges of the Second Wave

Thanksgiving wasn't just a one-day holiday, in the eyes of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. It marked the start of 37 days of dangerous revelry — 37 days in which state and local officials are predicting Covid-19 infection rates will surge as people shop, gather, travel, and celebrate.

Dec 2, 2020
The Story Behind a 1959 Hedges Inn Menu

Henri Soule (1903-1966), owner of the famous Le Pavillon restaurant in New York City, owned the Hedges Inn in East Hampton Village from 1954 until 1964, during which he turned it into a well-known and famous restaurant that attracted socialites and celebrities.

Dec 2, 2020
Citizens Group Hears About Restoring Fort Pond in Montauk

A comprehensive study to develop a management plan to restore Fort Pond is warranted, those participating in a Nov. 12 webinar hosted by Concerned Citizens of Montauk were told.

Nov 25, 2020
Fragments of the Montauk Language

This document is a photostat of the notes Sag Harbor's William Wallace Tooker (1848-1917) made titled "Fragment of the Montauk," which attempted to record some of the words used by the Montauk Indians. The spelling appears to be somewhat phonetic, as evidenced by more familiar words like sachem, "seaunskq" for sunsquaw, and "seaump" for samp. Other words appear a bit garbled, and "squashes" is probably an attempt to transcribe sounds, as other sources indicate that young girls were not called squashes.

Nov 25, 2020