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Temple Adas Israel Plans Renovations, Will Seek Zoning Variances

With a membership of more than 250 families and Hebrew school enrollment topping 50 students, Temple Adas Israel is bursting at the seams.

Officials Say Energy Policies are Reason for Drop in Power Demand

The demand in Southampton Town for electricity from the PSEG Long Island grid fell nearly 29 percent from 2010 to 2017 in spite of the energy needs of 1,000 to 1,500 new, often large houses built during that period.

Friends of Havens Beach Plead For Clean-Up of Dredge Spoils

Three speakers from Friends of Havens Beach gently prodded the Sag Harbor Village Board at its monthly meeting Tuesday to deal with continuing problems at the beach including black sediment, large rocks, and detritus including burned wood and corroded iron on the beach.

Energy Aggregation Program Proposed To Give Town Leverage

The Southampton Town Board on Tuesday agreed to seek public comment on a proposal to establish a “community choice aggregation energy” or CCA program, which would allow the town to “determine the default supplier of electricity and natural gas on behalf of eligible consumers.”

‘Solarize East Hampton’ Campaign Extended

The Town of East Hampton will continue the Solarize East Hampton campaign beyond the original October 31 sign-up deadline, due to continued strong interest from residents, according to a press release issued last week.

East Hampton Budget and Amagansett Hamlet Study Discussed

East Hampton Town budget director Len Bernard said the preliminary budget would increase spending and the projected tax rate “microscopically.”

FAA Forum on North Shore Helicopter Route Next Wednesday

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a forum on a North Shore helicopter route into airports on the East End on Wednesday, November 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverhead Middle School on Harrison Avenue in Riverhead.

East Enders Air Concerns About South Fork Wind Farm

The potential for “industrialization” of the ocean by wind farm developers was among the worries aired Monday night when about 150 people packed the Amagansett American Legion Hall for a meeting hosted by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Historic Preservation Board Opens Window Discussion — Again

Members of Sag Harbor’s Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review have, at one point or another, referred to historic windows as the “soul” or the “eyes” of a house, and say they have gone to great lengths to work with homeowners and builders to preserve original windows as much as possible.

Affordable Rental Law Refined in Southampton

The Southampton Town Board last week further refined its evolving proposal to expand the inventory of affordable accessory apartments in existing houses, agreeing during a long discussion at its October 25 work session to limit the proposal’s greatest impact to the less densely developed parts of town.

Town Okays $4 Million Deal To Preserve Sag Cinema Use and Art Deco Façade

Supporters of the non-profit Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center erupted in cheers Tuesday night in Southampton Town Hall when the town board voted unanimously to spend $4 million in Community Preservation Funds (CPF) to buy a historic preservation easement and a restrictive use easement from the SagCinemaLLC.

Board Looks to Rein in Rents for Accessory Apartments

Hoping it will lead to the creation of more affordable apartments in the town, the Southampton Town Board last week further tweaked draft legislation that would reduce the minimum lot size required for homeowners who want to put an accessory apartment in their homes from three-quarters of an acre to one-half acre.

Federal Environmental Review Begins for Deepwater Wind

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management published a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement on plans by Deepwater Wind to develop the South Fork Wind Farm roughly 30 miles off the coast of Montauk.

Southampton Town to Hold New Affordable Housing Lottery

The Town of Southampton will hold a drawing for a new housing lottery of 15 affordable homes at Southampton Pointe on Village Green Drive off County Road 39 in Southampton on Thursday, October 25, at 3 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall.

East Hampton Town Celebrates Near Completion of Solar Project

The first ground-based, large-scale solar panel array on the South Fork won’t be up and running for another month or so but the East Hampton Town Board held a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Monday, October 22 to celebrate its near completion.

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Sag Harbor Hills Beach Access Suit Settled

Mile High Partners had alleged the Sag Harbor Hills Improvement Association erected a fence that improperly cut off its property’s beach access.

Developer Scales Down West Water Street Condos Again

A scaled-down proposal for three condominium units at 2 West Water Street, showing less square footage and more open space, emerged during last Thursday’s meeting of the Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review.