Land Trust to Administer Investment Program for Farmers

The Peconic Land Trust announced last week it has received a $500,000 block grant to assist eligible farmers in meeting food safety standards necessary to participate in the New York State Grown & Certified certification program.

Development Likely for Vacant Lots on Marsden Street

A builder who has owned five vacant lots on Marsden Street for many years has cited taxes as the reason for his decision to finally develop them.

Peconic Bay Region Designated as Heritage Area

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Ken LaValle announced Monday that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed their legislation designating the Peconic Bay Region as a New York State Heritage Area.

Foyer Approved for Tutto il Giorno

The Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review last Thursday approved a handful of key applications, including a temporary entrance foyer at Tutto il Giorno for the wintertime.

Animal Shelter Foundation Seeks Long-Term Pact with Town

Jerry Rosenthal, the executive director of the private, non-profit Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, asked the Southampton Town Board last week for a longer contract when its current five-year agreement to operate a no-kill shelter on Old Riverhead Road in Hampton Bays expires in 2020 “so we can continue the work we’re doing.”

Planners Close Hearing on T. J. Maxx Expansion at Bridgehampton Commons

The Southampton Town Planning Board agreed on Thursday, December 13 to close the hearing on the T. J. Maxx expansion but hold the record open for 30 days for written comments after three speakers had appeared, including a somewhat flustered Pamela Harwood, chair of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee.

Town Weighs Moratorium as it Explores Bridgehampton Historic District

From the Topping Rose House, the 1910 Founders Monument and the 1842 Nathaniel Rogers house on the east to the Methodist Church and the 1825 Gurdon Corwith house on the west, more than a score of buildings and sites dating from the early 19th century to the early 20th century continue to define downtown Bridgehampton.
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Plan to End Leaf Pick-Up in North Haven Draws Few to Podium

Mayor Jeff Sander explained Tuesday night that the village found itself dealing with a dilemma when it comes to its longstanding practice of offering leaf pick-up for its residents.

A Mixed Bag Reaction to Montauk Hamlet Study

Residents and representatives of environmental groups applauded efforts by the East Hampton Town Board to address the creeping reality of climate change and sea level rise in its new hamlet study for downtown Montauk during a public hearing last Thursday in Town Hall. Other speakers remained critical.

Southampton Town Weighs Parking Ban at Reid Brothers Garage

The Southampton Town Board on Tuesday aired a proposal to ban parking for 385 feet from the Sag Harbor Village boundary to the south end of the park on the east side of the Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, precisely the stretch used by Reid Brothers garage for vehicle storage along the edge of Nancy Boyd Willey park.

Fresh Paint for Main Street Businesses Takes Some by Surprise

The surprisingly bright, seemingly white coat of new paint at the formerly red brick shopping cove complex at 76 and 78 Main Street is Benjamin Moore’s “Wickham Gray,” according to papers filed with the Sag Harbor Building Department.

East Hampton Trustees Support Ban on Releasing Balloons

The East Hampton Town Trustees on Monday unanimously voted to support a ban on the intentional release of balloons in the town.

Montauk Hamlet Study Up for Public Hearing

Developed by the town with the help of the Massachusetts firm, Dodson and Flinker, and former planning director Lisa Liquori, of Fine Arts and Sciences, the Montauk study explores downtown issues facing Montauk, Montauk Harbor and the Long Island Rail Road station.

Town Working on Management Plan for Opening Mecox Bay Cut to Ocean

“This bay has not drained effectively for a very long time,” Harry Ludlow told the Southampton Town Trustees on Monday, December 2, when the board held a public hearing on a long-awaited draft management plan for Mecox Bay prepared by the town’s Department of Land Management.

Thiele Announces Federal Funding Available for Home Heating Assistance

Late last month, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced applications are now being accepted for home heating assistance throughout New York State.

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Hermanson Foundation Grants $285,000 to Hospital

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Balserus, Broadmeadow and Hemby Are Chiefs

On Wednesday, January 9, the commissioners of the Bridgehampton Fire District swore-in their three newly-elected chiefs for the ensuing year.

Government: New Round of Water Quality Applications in Southampton, Dust Bowl in Amagansett

The Town of Southampton will accept applications for the second round of CPF Water Quality Improvement Projects through March 15, 2019, it announced in a press release issued this week.