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UPDATE: Hearing for Cellphone Antenna In Clock Tower Postponed

No, definitely not rural any longer. The short film (see the link at www.savetheclock.org) is truly remarkable. I'm sure the majority of residents, including the congregation of the church are not aware of this clock, and the history surrounding it. Mr. Hattrick's observation about the parking at the church is a good one. Surely an alternative suitable location could be found, that doesn't rely on dismantling an historic structure." May 29, 12 1:02 PM

Wainscott Couple Sues Over Babinski Barn Approval

Containers and porto-potties are "objects," not "structures." At least they are supporting the economy by hiring a local attorney. " May 30, 12 7:05 AM

UPDATE: Hearing for Cellphone Antenna In Clock Tower Postponed

The notice in the Press said that it was because the church representative wasn't available." May 30, 12 5:26 PM

"According to Southampton Village Administrator Stephen Funsch, a public hearing on the cellphone tower application, which was slated to take place on Wednesday night, has been postponed because a church representative could not attend the meeting. A new date has not yet been set for the hearing, he said."" May 30, 12 5:27 PM

Big Drop In Tickets Issued By Southampton Village

Having just attended traffic court, my observation was that the venue was filled to overflowing, and that most of those there were for minor offenses, and the number excluded those who simply paid the fines by mail. With the focus of the article on revenue generation rather than traffic safety, I do wonder what the Village's Plan B is, if it were the case that people actually did abide by the rules and strictly follow the speed limits to the letter, which in itself would be an interesting form of civil protest against a system designed to squeeze revenue out of hapless motorists, rather than make our roads safer. As an aside, the 25 mile per hour speed limit on Hill Street is particularly difficult for me to comply with in my manual shift car, too fast for one gear, and too slow for the next. " Jun 11, 12 6:56 AM

Village Justice Court In The Red, Overbudget For Years

Which we are not guaranteed of, are we? I'm pretty stunned to learn that a court was created specifically to produce revenue. What if everyone were totally law abiding? Then what? " Jun 11, 12 8:50 PM

Plans For Septic Upgrade At Three Mile Harbor Mobile Home Park Put On Hold

You are right Marybmary, looks like this ball is being dropped by the EH Town Board, big time. Maybe those running for board seats should do their homework in advance, so that every pending issue doesn't need to be discussed from scratch after they take office? Ms. Overby's 'concern' for the environment apparently overlooks the fact that sewage is already flowing out of the outdated septic system, which replaced individual septic tanks at the time the land was purchased by the residents. It would seem to me that since the town has prevented the residents from utilizing and maintaining individual systems that it is obligated to maintain the one it built. Seems residents will likely need to sue the town of East Hampton in order to force it to fulfill it's obligation to maintain the system it forced upon them at the time of sale.
" Jun 19, 12 7:59 AM

Pavilion Gets Green Light From Southampton Village Officials

Can it be collapsed quickly in advance of hurricanes? Not wild about it, but I don't hate it..." Jun 22, 12 11:34 PM

Brown Tide Chokes Western Shinnecock Bay

As I recall, the first brown tides appeared shortly after the Riverhead sewage treatment center was built. We were also made to keep boats to "no wake" speeds within 200 feet of shore around that time. I do wonder if the aeration from small boat use kept the blooms within reasonable limits prior to that, or if the sewage treatment plant had anything to do with introducing brown tide to the region.
" Jun 26, 12 3:47 PM

Even worse that we've grown to accept the brown tides as "normal." They didn't used to be. It used to be that the waters here were so clear you could see the bottom of the bays for quite a distance out from the shore.
" Jun 26, 12 3:48 PM

Cochise, the article was not clear in explaining that the algae particles are too small to be filtered by the feeing mechanisms of the shellfish, thus are unable to be ingested--since the brown tide overwhelms the waters to the point that they are the most abundant organism, the shellfish starve and die off, for lack of available food." Jun 27, 12 10:05 AM

FEEDING mechanisms, oops." Jun 27, 12 10:06 AM

Pavilion Gets Green Light From Southampton Village Officials

Clearly some public discussion is warranted on this proposal, or--is it a 'done deal?'

Another "mushroom" project, springing up in the night without warning.
" Jun 27, 12 10:08 AM

Hospitals And Bishop Applaud Supreme Court Ruling; Altschuler Vows To Work For Repeal

Captn America, where do you get YOUR health coverage from? Have you ever had a claim?" Jun 28, 12 5:58 PM

Airport Noise Unabated By Tower, Residents Ire Aroused Again

Sounds like you need another controller with marching orders to look after both safety AND noise concerns.
" Jul 14, 12 12:16 PM

State Supreme Court Upholds East Hampton Town Airport Master Plan

Gruber & Co have been at the airport for DECADES. They are zealots whose actual aim is not to abate noise (who ever heard of a quiet airport? Who would buy land next to an airport without expecting noise?). Their aim instead is to close the airport down completely; no matter how many times they lose in court, their strategy is to prolong every issue to the greatest extent possible and drain the town of funds. They used to complain about the jets--jets, by statute, have gotten quieter, as had been expected. Now, they complain about the helicopters. Helicopters don't need the runways, or the airport for that matter--they can land and take off anywhere (luckily enough for those who need trauma choppers). Actually, banner planes are the worst offenders, but they don't even fly out of East Hampton--they are out of Gabreski, to the west. Rational thinking about the airport leads one to conclude that it provides jobs to the area and is an important part of the area's transportation infrastructure, portions of which have fallen into shamefully high levels of disrepair, thanks to the airport closure zealots. Bravo to the justice system for continuing to support the right of the Town of East Hampton to look after the interests of its citizens by protecting their investment in the airport." Jul 20, 12 9:53 AM

Suffolk County 9-12 Project Bumper Sticker Offends, Entry Awarded Most Outstanding Entry At Fourth of July Parade

That bumper sticker does sound pretty offensive, but I'm amazed that anyone could have noticed it in the golden glow of the 9-12 group's extra large Constitution-emblazoned banners straddling the street for what seemed like a city block. Speaking of "city" they certainly imported many of the marchers, who almost outnumbered the local fire fighters. As for them not wanting to "politicize" their message, well...what's the name 9-12 about? Are they striking back against Islamic terrorists by aiming their message squarely at 4th of July revelers? Trying to drive the message home that they revere the Constitution, and certain others (that warrant waterboarding) perhaps don't? While I appreciated the history lesson, and commend the 9-12 group for their team spirit and turnout (all that yellow!), I think it is disingenuous for the 9-12 group to represent themselves as "non" political.
" Jul 22, 12 5:41 PM

Motorist Beaten By Three Women In Bathing Suits During Traffic Jam

Sooooooooo. No license plate? Really? No cell phone video? This was 7pm (still light out) in the biggest All Traffic Stopped Jam that anyone can remember, and...sorry. Just doesn't add up. Aside from which, what do the bathing suits have to do with it? Did the guy notice anything ELSE about them? " Jul 27, 12 7:20 PM

Great headline, though. I bet EVERYONE clicks on it: lol" Jul 27, 12 7:21 PM

And BTW, SH Press--how about an update on the condition of the driver that was airlifted away from the crash that caused the jam? " Jul 27, 12 7:23 PM

Coast Guard Considers Selling Excess Military Housing In Westhampton

“We are very, very weary at this point,” Mr. Markowitz said. “We will support any plan that leads to owner-occupied housing over rentals.”

SH Press, shouldn't this quote read "wary?"" Jul 29, 12 9:19 AM

East Hampton Helicopter Route Gives Rise To Rally

Helicopters give the whole airport a bad rap, but they have nothing to do with the runways or expansion. There is no reason helicopters have to fly low enough to cause annoyance--they are HELICOPTERS and can go up AND down right over the airport. I can hear three of them right now as I type this, though they are in the distance. " Aug 21, 12 5:17 PM

Press Columnist And Author Reynolds Dodson Dies Following Battle With Cancer

Very sorry to hear this. RIP Mr. Dodsaon!
" Sep 8, 12 9:49 PM

East Hampton Village Police Charge Man With Felony In Connection With Anti-Obama Graffiti

Where to begin? It wasn't Obama's idea to continue to make it the job of the business sector to provide health insurance to the American people. But the "public option" was never on the table, thanks to the GOP and the insurance lobby. What we got was REFORM so that those with pre existing conditions are no longer prevented from getting insurance, and those who get sick can't be dropped by their insurance company. Guess what? It's STILL a bad idea to have BUSINESS be responsible for providing health benefits to their employees--but the alternative was blackballed as 'socialism' by the insurance lobby and the politicians who receive support from them, ie the GOP.
" Sep 23, 12 7:20 PM

And yes, 63 is rather a mature age at which to engage in petty vandalism. " Sep 23, 12 7:36 PM

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