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Small Town Crank: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The Sag Harbor Express reported that a new Flower Stand will be opening up at the base of Main Street, near the windmill.*  In very short order, the internet went ballistic.

Home: Sue and Al Daniels and Crafting the Perfect Home

Al’s family dates back to the 1600’s in East Hampton where he was born and raised as a bayman. Sue, whose family came to Bridgehampton in the 1800’s, was born and raised there as well.

Suffolk Closeup: Farmers’ Victory

The lawsuit brought by the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, which would have crippled Suffolk County’s visionary and nationally heralded Farmland Preservation Program, is no more.

Point of View: Rising Up to Paradise

Coming from the Eastern End of Long Island, I thought I knew something about paradise and paradise lost. That being said, I found that New Year’s Eve on the North Shore of Kauai in Hawaii offered a glimpse of a paradise that was previously unimaginable.

Suffolk Closeup: Losing Students in an Unaffordable Region

I was unaware of a problem that is hitting most Suffolk schools hard — a declining number of students — until I was talking to a former college journalism student of mine.

Suffolk Closeup: The Nicotine Cabal

The nicotine cabal is hard at it, what with smoking tobacco having declined, promoting continued nicotine use by pushing electronic cigarettes and what’s called vaping.

Notes from the Field: Winter Walks and Wonderings

Carving a path for nature from one side of this island’s fork to the other is all very interesting, you say, but why am I talking to you about the swamp at a time of year when all its flora is naked and all its fauna is hunkering down for the winter?

Eye on Public Heath: A New Year’s Resolution We All Need

There is one resolution we should all be making that was nowhere to be found on the list: Detoxing.

Suffolk Closeup: The Race Is On … Kind Of … for County Executive

The leading political contest in Suffolk in 2019 will be the race for county executive, the top post in Suffolk County government.

On the Road: Pine Fresh Holidays…Feels Like Real Fir!

Welcome to the nights before Christmas, a time when most couples argue over how much to spend on already entitled children, which relatives to invite for the duration of the holiday break, or whether or not to bother sending greeting cards this year.

Home: Gertrude Katz ‘Happy to Be Home’

Mrs. Gertrude Katz welcomed me in with her warm smile and I was taken back to a time when life felt new and simple.

Point of View: Who’s Ready To Play

All over the world today there are kids waking up wondering whether they can play baseball. They’re wondering whether their field is okay and how many players are coming. I know, because I’m still one of those kids.

On the Road: California Dreamin’… and Real-Life Nightmares

Thousand Oaks became the site of the country’s latest massacre with 12 people gunned down at the Borderline Bar. Ironically, when I was 16, it was the first place I traveled on my own.

Spanish Influenza: We Still Aren’t Sure What Hit Us in 1918

Even the name, “Spanish Flu,” is a head fake.

Small Town Crank: Lost in the Madhouse

In his classic postmodern short story, “Lost in the Funhouse,” John Barth begins his tale with a simple question: “For whom is the funhouse fun?”

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Going For the Greek at the East Hampton Library

On Saturday, September 14 at 1 p.m., George Theotacatos gives an author talk at East Hampton Library on his book “Finding Ithaka.”

Sag School Board Frustrated by Learning Center Timeline

Ed Bernhauer, a senior architectural designer with IBI Group, distributed a schedule showing Sag Harbor residents and the Sag Harbor School District Board of Education the progress of the already delayed Sag Harbor Learning Center building on Division Street at Monday night’s School Board meeting.

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.