East End Digest – October 16, 2008


Spooky Spirits in Southampton

The Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center will host “Spooky Spirits in the Barn” for children nine years old and under from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 at Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton, a property owned by the Southampton Historical Museums and Research Center. The event will follow Southampton Village Rag-A-Muffin parade.

Southampton Town: Noyac Preservation

With appraisals in, authorizing resolutions adopted, and negotiations concluded, Southampton Town has become the owner of nine acres of land located on Old Sag Harbor Road in Noyac.

The property is comprised of two vacant parcels designated in the Eastern GEIS area of the Town’s Community Preservation Project Plan, which identifies target properties, and is bordered by substantial tracts of already preserved land.

“This was an opportunity for the Town to add to its park, recreation, and open space holdings,” said supervisor Linda Kabot. “It links contiguous woodland properties and is in close proximity to a trail system.”

The property was purchased from the Texas Beverly Company, a 12-year old investment corporation owned by Morgan Brown and Catherine Nelson Brown, who are the daughter and ex-wife of famed developer Harry Joe “Coco” Brown Jr. Born to a prominent Hollywood family, the Beverly Hills native made his first major real estate score in buying 188 acres atop Beverly Hills, and building 115 houses there. In the mid-1990s, locals learned the name when Brown acquired 56 acres for his “Houses at Sagaponac” development and enlisted 34 leading architects to design each home.

A public hearing was held before the town board on April 8 as part of the Community Preservation Project Plan to determine if the town should acquire the Noyac parcels with Community Preservation Funds. The board then decided it to be “the best alternative for the protection of community character.” In adopting an authorizing resolution later that day, the town board allocated $1.9 million for the purchase.

New York State Assembly: CPA Requirement For Comptrollers

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced on Friday, October 10 that he will introduce legislation requiring any town comptroller in a first or second class town with a population of 15,000 to be a certified public accountant pursuant to New York State Education Law.

“Our towns have annual budgets that are in the tens of millions of dollars,” said Thiele. “The Community Preservation Fund alone generated over $90 million on the East End last year. Town budgets receive the bulk of their revenue from the property tax. Our taxpayers deserve to know that a true professional is handling and investing their money. The town comptroller’s position should not be just another patronage job.”

“At a time when the entire nation is in a financial crisis, every town is forced to make difficult decisions about their finances,” he continued. “Now, more than ever, we should ensure the town comptroller has the financial expertise needed to keep town finances operating smoothly.”

All towns on Long Island would be required to meet the requirements of the proposed law, with the exception of Shelter Island, according to Thiele. The bill will be formally introduced for the 2009 legislative session in January.

John Jermain Memorial Library: Architects Forum

The public workshop with architects Herbert S. Newman and Partners – the Connecticut-based firm selected by Sag Harbor’s John Jermain Memorial Library to design the next phase of the library – will be held on Saturday October 25 from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Pierson High School cafeteria. This event will provide a forum for the community to participate in focused small-group discussions about library services, collections and programming, according to library director Cathy Creedon.

The information generated at the workshop will be used for future discussions about space, program division and location. 

“I am excited about this event, and can think of no better way to celebrate the building’s 98th birthday and no better way to guarantee the library’s centennial is all it can be,” said Creedon. The library building’s birthday was on Friday, October 10.

Southampton Hospital: Free Flu Clinic

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

Southampton Hospital will be holding a free flu clinic for adults only on Wednesday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The clinic will be held in Parrish Memorial Hall, which is located on the northeast corner of Lewis Street and Herrick Road in Southampton. For more information please call 726-8700.

East Hampton: Group for Wildlife

Responding to the East Hampton Town Board’s decision to expand hunting in seven town areas, the attorney for the East Hampton Group for Wildlife has sent the town a notice of dangerous condition. The notice says the expansion of hunting “may cause serious injuries to the general public” and includes risks such as the possible shooting of pets and deer/vehicle collisions resulting from “frightened animals running into the roadway.” The notice puts the town on warning, and it could be used in court in the event that a citizen suffers harm from the expansion of hunting and files a claim against the town.

The hunting decision was made at a town board meeting on August 5. The notice was mailed to the town on September 30.

“The decision to expand waterfowl hunting to a place such as Gerard Drive in Springs, with its numerous homes, creates unnecessary risks,” said William Crain, president of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife.

The notice adds that recent expansion of hunting areas “exacerbates risks created by the expansion of hunting to Jacob’s Farm and other areas in 2004,” as well as the town’s permission to hunt on lands that border residential areas or include hiking trails.

For more information, residents can call Crain at 668-3384 or e-mail billcrain@aol.com.

Bay Street Theatre: Election Night Coverage

Tired of watching the political debates at home by yourself? Wish you could share the ups and downs of the evening with your neighbors and friends but don’t have a big enough screen? Come to Bay Street. On Wednesday, October 15, as the presidential candidates gathered at Hofstra for the final debate, Bay Street hosted the community as the event as it unfolded on a feature-film size screen.

And, whether you are Republican, Democrat, Independent or undecided, cast your vote on November 4 and then join your friends again for Election night fun.

“These political evenings afford Bay Street the opportunity to be a gathering place for our community”, said general manager Tracy Mitchell.