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Sagaponack Bridge Repairs Could End Beloved Fishing Spot

What a travesty. This is "stupid." If it were a one lane covered wooden bridge, would we be replacing it with a generic 2 lane federally compliant bridge? There needs to be a place for historic one lane bridges used by pedestrians. There is good visibility on that bridge, and cars can wait their turn. Works in Loudoun County VA (and all over VA for that matter), and could easily work here, as it has in the case of this bridge forever. Sometimes, we can be TOO safe. Slow down, and wait your turn. Better yet, walk across. With a fishing rod. Honestly, the lack of value placed on what vestiges of our rural heritage that remain is appalling. " Dec 18, 13 9:45 AM

September 2002:
New York State Department of Transportation
Historic Bridge Management Plan

Prepared for:
New York State Department of Transportation, Albany, New York
Federal Highway Administration
Albany, New York

https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/engineering/environmental-analysis/repository/historicbridgemanagementplan.pdf" Dec 18, 13 9:51 AM

New York State Plans To Cull Or Capture All Mute Swans By 2025

Guess they can't solve the DEER problem so are going after easier targets?
" Jan 23, 14 8:55 AM

Reduction and eradication are two different things.
" Jan 23, 14 12:20 PM

Local Man Displays Unique Collection At Rogers Library In Southampton

Thank you for sharing, Sam!
" Feb 2, 14 2:00 PM

Southampton Town Trustees Served With Injunction; Bank Accounts Remain Frozen

A real travesty. Definitely Justice Meyer needs a pink slip come next election time. And hopefully the Town Board comes out and does the right thing. Too many unforeseen consequences to contemplate disbanding the Trustees. Long live the Trustees!" Feb 13, 14 5:28 PM

UPDATE: Police ID Worker Killed In Mine Collapse

Southampton Press, how about an update? " Mar 2, 14 5:52 PM

Sagaponack Village Offers $500,000 For Bridge Repair

Give it a rest. Fix it "in kind" and leave it as is. We have already lost too much of our local scenery and way of life. Drive slowly. Enjoy the bridge. " Mar 6, 14 2:38 PM

On Health Insurance Exchange, Southampton And Stony Brook Hospitals Have Different Policies, Despite Merger Talks

Doesn't sound like the hospitals 'seeing a large bump' in reimbursement rates will help patients. Just another corporation making profits in a business that can't fail. " Mar 14, 14 3:03 PM

Controversial Senior Housing Proposal To Be Presented To Village Board On Tuesday

I would need to find out more, but it seems to me that Ms. DeLeo is being disingenuous in stating that the senior housing project would not meet a need in the community. Senior housing is very difficult to organize here on the East End.

The likelihood that ANY housing would be affordable is low…but planners and residents need to face up to the reality that the East End, and particularly Southampton Village is no longer rural. As such, there needs to be services and housing available to those who live here, at all stages of life.
" Apr 22, 14 11:47 AM

As Housing Prices Rise, Younger People Take Off

Southampton Village stipulated that our landlord in order to get approval for a subdivision (on which would be built another McMansion) would have to abandon the use of the 3 bedroom garage apartment that allowed us to live in the Hamptons 'affordably.' We were told it wasn't fair to grant permission for an additional housing unit without giving up the apartment because it would 'increase housing density.'
Guess it all depends on what type of density--sure, lets get rid of a 900 sq' apartment and call it a fair exchange for a 9000 sq' house. Yes, Southampton, now you have what you put your elected officials in in office for. A McMansion on every street, and no place left for the locals.
" Apr 29, 14 2:11 PM

It's not only the young people who are leaving either. Just read the obituaries, and the often repeated phrase, "formerly of…[insert East End town]. It's very sad. There's no place like home, and very few ways to stay here." Apr 29, 14 2:12 PM

Oh, and I love that the only actual young person quoted is from Montana.
" Apr 29, 14 2:16 PM

Police: Man Approached Springs School Student, Asked Child To Get In His Car

A similar incident (same type of car with a male driver) took place on April 30 in Selden, and a notice was sent out to Middle Country School District parents, with a request that any info be reported to the 6th precinct. Just called EH Police regarding that notice, and I got put through to a voice mail. " May 6, 14 1:50 PM

Southampton Center Proposes To Open Brick Wall To Make Grounds More Inviting

This is a terrible idea. As has been pointed out, there are several entrances to this area, and as a mother of young children I often used them when my girls were growing up, and was happy for the fence to provide a boundary for my girls that didn't require me to chase them in fear they would bolt for the street. There are steps in front of the old museum to sit on, two gateways on either side of the steps, and the aforementioned alley, as well as wide access from the back and side of the property. If people want to come in, let them walk the 20 extra feet. I don't guess there are many left here who remember and cherish the way things are, but it's certainly true that neither Ms. Thompson nor Mr. Samii are from here; seems obvious that they are eager to 'change things' for the sake of it. Lord knows why the Mayor thinks this is fine, but he's asked for comments and I hope he gets an earful.
" Jun 5, 14 3:03 PM

Sagaponack Village To Consider Banning Construction On Summer Weekends

Will not soon forget being told to turn off a lawn mower on a weekend, because the weekend residents were disturbed by it. Excuse me, but we are disturbed every day by blowers, mowers, and trimmers. But weekend people's peace and quiet is more valuable than ours. Not to mention, many people get to "work' on their own houses on their day "off." Are those projects banned too?" Jun 15, 14 10:00 AM

Southampton Gospel Church Offers To Open Its Doors To Undocumented Children

It's very cruel to send them back, but even more cruel to treat them like vermin while they are here.

" Jul 11, 14 3:24 PM

Starbucks Plans Hampton Road Location; Southampton Mayor Won't Support Store

No way is Starbucks going to put Golden Pear out of business--Much as I like Starbucks (and I do) for niche purchases (frappuchino, coffee, etc), it can't hold a candle to Golden Pear for foods. Starbucks foods are prefab all the way, nothing to get excited about. Golden Pear is local cuisine, a great place to stop into on the way to work, on the way home, or for a nice lunch no matter what the season. Friend of mine just closed a store on Hampton Road; I wonder whether they would have had to had Citarella been open earlier. The more the merrier.
" Jul 12, 14 10:54 AM

Montauk's Dock Restaurant Changes Sign Deemed Offensive To The Irish

As someone who has cringed each time the stupid Irish drunk jokes are trotted out each St. Patrick's Day, I have to say that senses of humor aside, the perpetual stereotype of 'drunken Irish' is indeed VERY old and it's time to put it to rest. The joke is over and has been for a long, long, time." Jul 29, 14 10:31 AM

Governor Signs New Bill To Facilitate Merger Of Southampton And Tuckahoe School Districts

As if those looking for affordable housing options have choices on the East End? Seriously?" Aug 7, 14 7:35 AM

Wow. We've pretty much been driven tom the area by high housing costs and limited opportunities, but for a district that splurged how much on astro-turf and new athletic facilities to accommodate teams that (ahem) might try their hardest but certainly have not produced many NFL starters let alone college scholarships or even entertained any talent scounts...maybe looking after those who are as much a part of the community as any out here might be a better investment in the future.
" Aug 7, 14 7:40 AM

Tensions Soar at East Hampton Airport Noise Meeting on Wednesday

The long term goal of airport opponents has always, ALWAYS been to seek closure of the airport. It's well and good for residents of other towns to encourage East Hampton to turn down FAA grant money for maintenance of the airport, but are they willing to help meet the shortfall? East Hampton only HAS one working runway--it has not been politically possible in all the years since the repaving of 10-28 in 2000 to get approval for repaving 4-22. The stated hope of those who blocked application for the funding is that the airport will crumble for lack of maintenance and be closed for safety reasons. (Same interests coincidentally owned large tracts of property adjacent to the airport). It must also be noted that the helicopter traffic does not require any runways. Without the airport, expect that there will quickly be a proliferation of applications for private help-pads. There will be no reduction in helicopter noise with or without the airport.
" Aug 28, 14 12:11 PM

The effort to close the airport is longstanding and well documented, however well-disguised it may be as a 'community improvement movement,' and however many may have been duped by this ploy and convinced to join in. The airport was constructed as a WPA project during the Depression to provide local jobs, and stimulate the economy. The air control tower was built to increase safety and modernize an aging infrastructure, not in response to an increase in traffic. Many who complain about airport noise are apparently oblivious to the noise caused by their landscaping contractors while operating mowers, blowers, and weed eaters for hours on end, machines which subject neighborhoods to many more decibels for much longer a duration than airport traffic does.
" Sep 3, 14 11:01 PM

Southampton School Board Decides To Bring Tuckahoe Merger To A Straw Vote Again

Better go back and read it again. $330 is what the total increase will be...PHASED IN OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. If the merger fails, and Tuckahoe takes its school budget to another district, Southampton LOSES a hefty portion of its student body in the HS, along with about $3M in tuition payments. This is a no-brainer from a financial standpoint, and should be a win for those who value community.
" Sep 23, 14 9:45 AM

Concer House Property Owners Place Parcel On Market, Abandon Building Plan

"Lost interest?" After insisting on tearing it down? No words fit to print." Jan 9, 15 10:05 PM

Wait--they got a REFUND???????" Jan 9, 15 10:11 PM

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