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Hundreds Of New COVID-19 Infections In South Fork Towns

Incidences of COVID-19 infections on the East End have continued to tick upwards in recent weeks, with East Hampton Town seeing the positivity rates at its two testing sites leap above 12 percent last week and Southampton Town reporting an average of about 18 new cases being reported town-wide each day.

Thiele, Palumbo Say Vax Mandate Could Hamstring Hospitals

The East End’s state representatives appealed to new Governor Kathy Hocul and state health officials this week saying that they fear a staffing crisis if the state’s mandate that all hospital and nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 is implemented this month as planned.

Hope For Housing Fund Bill With New Governor, New Reality

Supporters of state legislation that would allow the East End towns to impose a new tax on real estate sales to fund the creation of affordable housing are appealing to new Governor Kathy Hochul to sign the bill into law — something her predecessor refused to do two years ago.

Study Of East Hampton Airport Traffic Leaves Many Unknowns For Montauk, Southampton

If East Hampton Airport were to close, most of the displaced air traffic would likely shift to Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, analysts told East Hampton Town officials this week — though hundreds of helicopter flights per month could be expected to instead head for Montauk Airport or the helipad in Southampton Village during the summer.

New Group Calls For Closure Of Airport

The group, which is calling itself the Coalition to Transform East Hampton Airport, said in the announcement of its formation that it’s goal is to educate residents about the environmental and noise impacts of the airport in hopes of swaying public opinion in favor of closing down the airport permanently.
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27Speaks: Sharks In The Water; A Discussion About The Shark Population Off The East...

In this week’s edition of 27Speaks, the editors are joined by Chris Paparo of the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center’s Shark Research Team, and Express News Group intern Zoe Kava for a discussion on an article Ms. Kava wrote on the local shark population.

Bridgehampton Woman Said She Was Victim Of Racist Confrontation At Sag Harbor Launderette

Nia Dawson of Bridgehampton, who said she was a longtime patron of the laundromat, said she believed William A. Tabert, the owner, had harassed her, culminating with him shoving her with his shoulder, knocking her off balance as she tried to enter, because she is Black.

New Superintendent In Hot Seat At Bridgehampton Board Of Education Meeting

Bridgehampton School Superintendent Dr. Mary Kelly was in the hot seat at the most recent Board of Education meeting on Wednesday night.

Mayor Asks National Grid To Reconsider Gas Ball Parking Lot Lease

Sag Harbor Mayor Jim Larocca confirmed he had reached out to National Grid, asking that it suspend the process of awarding a lease to what is commonly known as the gas ball parking lot on Bridge Street and Long Island Avenue to Friends of Bay Street Theater with the goal of securing it once again for the village.

Cannabis Expo Brings The Heads And Financiers Together

The grounds behind The Clubhouse restaurant and bar in Wainscott were packed with people attending the annual Hampton Cannabis Expo 2021, on Sunday, testimony to the growing interest in business opportunities in a sector that 50 years ago would have been dismissed as literally nothing more than a pipe dream.

Governor Hochul Announces Weekly Testing Requirement for Unvaccinated School Staff

Governor Kathy Hochul expanded Tuesday on the need for weekly testing requirements for unvaccinated school staff, especially amid the rise in delta variant coronavirus cases, to ensure schools are safe.

School Enrollment Numbers Hold Steady From Last Year, Mostly

School Enrollment Numbers Hold Steady From Last Year, Mostly

Heavy Rain Will Close Beaches This Week, Check Where On New App

Long Islanders who want to easily track where it is safe to swim or gather shellfish over the Labor Day weekend can tap into a new mobile phone app developed by marine scientists at Stony Brook University that carries up to the minute information about water quality across Long Island, closures of beaches or shellfishing areas and other water quality concerns.

Officials Announce Reinstatement Of South Fork Commuter Connection

The SFCC will resume on September 7, on the same schedule as prior to the pandemic, operating during peak commute hours with two eastbound trains in the morning and two westbound trains in the afternoon, making stops in Speonk, Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Mountauk.

Discussion Of Tree Clearing Regs Takes Root In Southampton

Ms. Scherer, accompanied by the town’s senior environmental analyst, Marty Shea, appeared before the board to broach the notion of crafting standards for clearing properties and removing trees.

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27Speaks: Back To School In The Continuing Wake Of COVID

In this week’s edition of 27Speaks, the editors discuss the start of the new school year, and the issues teachers and administrators are facing in the continuing wake of COVID, and the extra help students need after remote learning for portions of the past two years.

A Welcome Return For Sag Harbor’s HarborFest

HarborFest returned to Sag Harbor this weekend after a one-year hiatus owing to the coronavirus, and to say it was a hit with a population that has grown weary of being cooped up would be an understatement. Huge crowds converged on Long Wharf and the waterfront under sunny blue skies to listen to music, sample food from a number of purveyors, browse displays or watch the whaleboat races.

Dead Air Surrounds WLNG Tower Application

Over a year ago, when COVID-19 led to an influx of full-time residents in Sag Harbor, village officials scrambled to improve cellular service, which by all accounts suffered considerably as more people competed for limited bandwidth.