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The Way It Was for May 23, 2024

In the May 26, 1949, Star, it was recorded that rain and wind did some tree damage here, and broke off two arms of the Old Hook Mill. And much more.

May 23, 2024
Scammer Targets Bridgehampton Congregation

Last week parishioners of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork in Bridgehampton received text messages from an imposter claiming to be their pastor, the Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson. “They take advantage of people’s wanting to help and trust that we’ve built up,” she said.

May 23, 2024
Powerful Storm Claims Yet Another Historic Elm

The mighty storm that blew through East Hampton Thursday morning felled a large limb from a historic elm tree — one of a dwindling number of such trees that help give East Hampton Village its character.

May 23, 2024
All Aboard the Pride Train

Thanks to the efforts of Hamptons Pride volunteers and elected officials here, those attending the third annual Pride Parade in East Hampton on June 1 will have another way to travel here for the noontime step-off: the Long Island Rail Road has added a special train to East Hampton that day.

May 21, 2024
East Hampton’s Mulford Farm in ‘Digital Tapestry’

Hugh King, the East Hampton Town historian, is more at ease sharing interesting tidbits from, say, the 1829 town trustees minutes than he is with augmented reality or the notion of a digital avatar. But despite himself, he came face to face with both earlier this week at the Mulford Farm, where the East Hampton Historical Society is putting his likeness to work to tell the story of the role the farm’s owner, Col. David Mulford, played in the leadup to the 1776 Battle of Long Island, and of his fate during the region’s subsequent occupation by the British.

May 16, 2024
Item of the Week: The Gardiner Manor by Alfred Waud, 1875

Alfred R. Waud sketched this depiction of the Gardiner’s Island manor house while on assignment for Harper’s Weekly.

May 16, 2024
Hampton Library Eyes Major Upgrade

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, last expanded 15 years ago, is kicking off a $1.5 million capital campaign this weekend with the aim of refurbishing the children’s room, expanding the young-adult room, doubling the size of its literacy space, and undertaking a range of technology enhancements and building improvements to meet the needs of a growing population of patrons.

May 16, 2024
League’s Annual Meeting Offers Intro to Historical Society

Steve Long, executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island, and the North Fork on Sunday.

May 15, 2024
The Way It Was for May 16, 2024

One self-styled prophet predicted the wrath of God would be brought down on the Atheneum in Sag Harbor shortly before it burned to the ground. Read all about it, and much more ripped from The Star’s storied pages.

May 15, 2024
Item of the Week: Sy Kaback and the Chowder Bowl Trophy

In this photo from The Star’s archive, Sy Kaback hands over a trophy to Tom Wiggins, who was second in the East Hampton Yacht Club’s big race of 1989.

May 9, 2024
Montauk Fairy Village Is No More

The man who created a fairy village in a Montauk nature preserve has removed the plastic figurines and tiny structures after a neighbor complained that the whimsical installation was junking up the preserve. “I didn’t know it would be such a polarizing thing,” he said.

May 9, 2024
Accolades for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has earned national recognition for overall patient safety and L.G.B.T.Q.+ health care equity, the hospital recently announced.

May 9, 2024