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On Call: Rainy Days and Tornadoes

A desire to know something for certain is particularly evident in medicine. However, there is always that small opportunity for rainy days and tornadoes, in medicine as in everything else. Nothing is absolute.

Apr 15, 2021
Library Item of the Week: Thomas Moran at the Grand Canyon

In this dramatic photograph, the East Hampton artist Thomas Moran (1837-1926) appears sketching while seated on the edge of the Grand Canyon in an area known as Bright Angel Cove. Today, it's hard to imagine working in the hot sun of the Grand Canyon in the long dark clothes Moran wears here.

Apr 15, 2021
The Epidemic Before the Pandemic

Before there was the Covid-19 pandemic, there was the drug epidemic — a health and social battle that was ongoing when the virus arrived — and experts say that Covid-19 has worsened the problem of substance abuse.

Apr 15, 2021
Shinnecocks Plan 'Unique Cannabis Destination'

Following the New York State Legislature's vote to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older, the Shinnecock Indian Nation issued a statement celebrating the initiative.

Apr 15, 2021
There's Good News for Single Moms

Single moms, who are among those hit hard by the pandemic, have a lot on their plates. To help them out, the organization There's Some Good News is donating wholesome meals from Honest Plate and providing individualized support to mothers under stress. 

Apr 7, 2021
Library Item of the Week: The Dune Alpin Story

This photograph shows farm buildings at Dune Alpin Farm in East Hampton sometime after 1934 and before 1960. The date is estimated based on the appearance of the farm's owner, Abraham Katz, at the right side of the image.

The property was originally owned by Blanche B. and George L. McAlpin, who bought it in 1906. The name was inspired by a sand dune on the land along with the family surname. The McAlpins owned the Hotel McAlpin on Broadway and 34th Street in Manhattan, which was the largest hotel in the world at the time it opened in 1912. The family sold it in 1938.

Apr 8, 2021
State of the Bays? It's Not Good

"The effects of climate change are obvious and go beyond scallops," Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences said in a lecture last week. "Locally, things are collapsing." Excessive nitrogen loading, too, poses a threat to both coastal ecosystems and human health.

Apr 7, 2021
On Call: The Benefits of Gratitude

Several medical studies have shown the power of gratitude. I am grateful for every single nurse, certified nursing assistant, technician, sanitary worker, cafeteria worker, and staff member in the hospitals where I work who did not give an inch in this fight, who offered me weary smiles and kind words after long shifts.

Apr 7, 2021
Keep Kids Away From Havens Beach Drain

A yearlong study of Sag Harbor Bay has found its water quality to be good over all, but also has detected high nitrogen or bacteria levels at several trouble spots, among them Havens Beach. The level of fecal coliform bacteria in water emanating from a drainage ditch there was 100 times higher than the state's standard for safe shellfishing, and the level of enterococcus bacteria was 10 times higher than the standard for safe swimming.

Apr 1, 2021
The Pond in the Heart of the Village

This Map of the Village Green is from the Ladies Village Improvement Society's archives. The map was drawn by Wallace H. Halsey, using a survey completed in September 1928. The plan includes the roads, light posts, cemetery, and Town Pond. Town Pond is currently undergoing an extensive project to excavate sediment and dredge it, in part due to the pollutants that drain from Town Pond into Hook Pond.

Apr 1, 2021
Amagansett Library Circulation Soars

Was it life as we knew it upended by a pandemic, or a rediscovery of the joys of the printed page that accounted for last year's eye-popping statistical changes at the Amagansett Library? Probably both, Lauren Nichols, the library's director, said this week

Apr 1, 2021
South Fork Caterers Plead for Help

Local catering companies are walking a dangerous edge. Another season like last year and some say they are sure to go out of business. That is the main point that they are trying to drive home with state lawmakers. And time is running out for them to take on work in the summer of 2021.

Apr 1, 2021