How Nationwide Vaping Concerns Are Playing Out On The South Fork

In the last month, two adults with a history of vaping have been admitted to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for acute respiratory failure, tying the East End into the national outbreak of vaping-related hospitalizations.
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Library District Voters Approve Budget, Select Trustees

Sag Harbor voters overwhelmingly approved a $3.092 million budget for 2020 for the John Jermain Memorial Library, 231-35, on Thursday night.

Schneiderman Presents 2020 Budget That Would Decrease Property Tax Rate

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman presented a $105.5 million budget proposal for 2020

Variances Sought for Two Historic Houses on Main Street

he Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals opened a hearing on the application by NYHO LLC for sky plane and other variances to renovate and build a second-story addition in the rear of the decrepit early 19th century house at 156 Main Street, just south of the business district. Chairman Tim McGuire called it a “wonderful project” and added, “Everybody’s happy this is going to get renovated before it falls down.”

After Strife, Renovation Plan Is Quietly Approved for 11 Burke

Despite the two applicants’ refusal to allow a site inspection, disagreement over the age and importance of their building, their rejection of a historical consultant’s report, and charges that they had been disrespected, Paris Fields and Clifton Murdock won a “certificate of appropriateness” from the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board in a 4-0 vote on September 12.

Long Wharf Closure Begins; First Step Is Milling Pavement

As planned, crews erected cyclone fencing on Monday, September 23, to block off most of Long Wharf while it undergoes a $4.32 million renovation this fall and winter. Work is expected to be completed in June 2020, barring severe winter weather.

Final Pedestrian Safety Upgrades Delayed for Bridgehampton Main Street

Pedestrian safety improvements that were slated to have been made beginning this fall on Main Street in Bridgehampton have been delayed by the State Department of Transportation while National Grid upgrades buried gas mains at the Montauk Highway-Sag Harbor Turnpike intersection, according to Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni.

Page Restaurant Plans Upstairs Event Hall; Will Eliminate ‘Back Page’

Page Restaurant is planning to create an 80-seat space and commercial kitchen for private events, to be known as Page Hall, in what is now a four-bedroom apartment above the restaurant on Main Street in Sag Harbor.

Long Wharf Closure for Renovations Begins Monday, September 23

Fencing to close off most of Sag Harbor's Long Wharf to vehicles and pedestrians will be installed on Monday, September 23 and will remain in place until the $4.32-million project is completed next spring, according to Jenny Lund, the project manager for the engineering firm, P.W. Grosser.

The Retreat Earns $450,000 To Help Survivors Secure Long-Term Housing

That is where funding for transitional housing becomes critical to ensuring that a survivor does not become a victim once more, says The Retreat’s executive director, Loretta Davis. Earlier this month, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $450,000 in federal funding for The Retreat through the U.S. Department of Justice Transitional Housing Grant Assistance Program.

Photographer Diane Tuft Recognized By Southampton Arts Center

Ms. Tuft was the recipient of the Southampton Arts Center’s Champion of the Arts award earlier this month for her work in telling this story.

Lawyer for 11 Carver Street Case Stuns Zoning Board, Throws Out Compromises

The first volleys of a coming courtroom showdown rumbled through the Sag Harbor Municipal Building on Tuesday when Alex Kriegsman, the lawyer pushing for variances so his client Mark Madden can remodel a house at 11 Carver Street to make it taller, stunned the Zoning Board of Appeals by canceling concessions his client has made over the past year to satisfy the board and neighbors, telling the board instead to go back to the plan for the house in his original application filed in May, 2018.

Officials, Residents Meet on Beach to Ponder Dredging Little Northwest Creek

About 30 residents of Ninevah Beach and the neighboring Azurest and Sag Harbor Hills communities met outdoors with local officials one evening earlier this month to show how their bay beach has been eroded by the wandering outlet of Little Northwest Creek.

Cinema Architect Gets Tongue-Lashing from HPARB Member for Unapproved Changes

The architect of the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, which has been under construction for more than a year at 90 Main Street, got a tongue-lashing from a member of the village’s Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board last week for making changes “on the fly” without the board’s approval.

Local Municipalities Fight Back Against Hackers

Every day, hackers are finding new ways to infiltrate computers, either through “phishing” scams or a more direct attack. And common antivirus software just isn’t cutting it.

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Sag Harbor Superintendent Katy Graves to Take Leave for “Immediate Surgery”

“With a heavy heart, I regret to inform the members of the Board of Education and the community that I will have to step away from my duties beginning on November, 22, 2019 as the Superintendent of the Sag Harbor Schools for immediate surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City,” said Ms. Graves in a letter to the board of education on November 15.

Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust Hopeful For Route 114 Project

Members of the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust, a nonprofit formed in 2008, said this week they remain hopeful that a partnership with the Town of East Hampton might result in a housing project on Route 114 in Wainscott, just outside of Sag Harbor Village, one that could result in many more housing units than the organization would be able to construct on its own.

Grants Will Be Sought to Restore Revolutionary War Grave Sites at Old Burial Ground...

The Old Burying Ground, one of the South Fork’s oldest cemeteries, is home to more than 330 gravesites, some dating back to the Revolutionary War. And many are in dire need of repair, local historic preservation consultant Zachary Studenroth reported to the Sag Harbor Village Board at its Tuesday night meeting.