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Police Investigate Shooting In Tuckahoe

My comment was not directed at you, and speaking as person of color it always amuses me when people say that I have friends of all colors...like that is supposed to mean something. Anyway, So will the facts bare out before or after the 2012 election? Or years from now when the President pens yet another biography revealing his great fraud upon the American people. We shall see. " Jan 19, 11 1:46 PM

I never said that he owed black Amercians anything. He was elected President of the United States. He cant do for one citizen without doing for all. I just see a disturbing pattern. You call it race baiting. I call it my opinion. If he was white his birth place would not be an issue. It is what is. We agree to disagree. " Jan 19, 11 3:18 PM

I really do not feel the need to tell you what end of the spectrum I fall into, I will say that I am a huge fan of Alicia Keys, though I do think she needs to take it easy and rest her voice, her tone is not as precise as it once was,but I digress. You seem to have taken what I posted personally...Why is that? Did I strike a nerve? Based on what I've seen posted in this comments section, it is my humble opinion that we black,white, brown, carmel, mocha, yellow, beige, albino, people are a long way from living MLKS dream. " Jan 19, 11 3:28 PM

and soon we will be a communist nation lead by the evil Kenyan Dictator Obama." Jan 19, 11 3:31 PM

lol" Jan 19, 11 7:00 PM

The Obama-Ayers link is a tenuous one. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has her own, also tenuous, Weatherman connection. Her husband commuted the sentences of a couple of convicted Weather Underground members, Susan Rosenberg and Linda Sue Evans, before leaving office in January 2001. Which is worse: pardoning a convicted terrorist or accepting a $ 200 campaign contribution from a former Weatherman who was never convicted? They served on board of The Woods Fund for Chicago an anti poverty group 10 years ago...When Ayers was an active member of the Weather Underground...Our President was in elementary school. Soooooo the President being pals with a terrorist thing is exactly what I said in my comments many moons ago...Rhetoric. " Jan 19, 11 7:19 PM

I agree with Mr. Cosby. My parents stressed the importance of education over anything else and they also stressed that everyone has to work to earn thier keep. There is a serious issue with entitlement, not just with minorities but with young America in general. Somewhere along the way some in the African American community lost thier way and as result we have certain among us who think something is owed to them. I ask myself all the time...how do we change that? How do you change the mind set of an entire generation. I see a lot of people on here pointing out flaws but no one coming up with any ideas about how to make changes. Perhaps we should spend less time pointing out the problems and more time figuring out solutions. " Jan 21, 11 10:23 AM

Rumors Of 7-Eleven In Amagansett Surface

I remember when 7-11 was located on North Main Street in Southampton, I used to ride my bike or walk there to get a slurpy during the summer. That was in the 70's. Then it moved to its present location. A smart move on their part. No more slurpys for me...at least until I got my drivers license...anyway. I dont think that a 7-11 will lead to an influx of day laborers, The construction boom on the east end led to the influx of day labor. Contractors hiring practices helped sustain it, Things are a little slow in the construction business these days, last time I was home I didnt see a whole lot of guys standing around waiting for work. I did notice that they've migrated away from 7-11 and tend to group up at Willow Street now. I will say this, day laborer does not always mean illeagal. " Feb 9, 11 12:01 PM

Ever heard the term "crawl before you walk". There is a language barrier when you first come here from another country. Its hard to get a job when you do not speak the language, but once that barrier is overcome, they usually move from the street corner...to say McDonalds, Burger King, Kmart, Walmart...and after a few years, they are the ones stopping off at the corner to pick up someone to work for them for a day or two. So agian...day laborer does not always mean illegal. " Feb 10, 11 11:24 AM

Wow...The 7-11 in Southampton did all that when it came to town? Actually since I always remember it being there, I don't know if it caused such an uproar when it started out on North Main Street. I know my dad used to get the Sunday paper there after church, and of course fond memories of Slurpies. I seriously doubt that the presence of a 7-11 is going to do much damage to local business. Not all change is bad. A 7-11 is not the precursor to a shopping mall. " Feb 10, 11 11:39 AM

Southampton School District Fires Groundskeeper

I wondered that too. So I inquired about it and was told that everything that takes place in a public school board meeting is public record. Now the press could have opted not to mention his name but then they wouldnt have had much of a story...not that this is really "news" but hey its winter...things are a little slow on the "news" front. Its a small town, everyone know each other so of course people are going to read the story to find out who the groundskeeper is. My question is...is this a newspaper or a local tabloid...sometimes I can't tell. " Mar 26, 11 11:11 PM

The question is what are the parents doing? They also hold some responsibility for making sure that their children are reading at grade level and not being shifted off to BOCES. Teachers can only do so much...parents have to play an ACTIVE role in their child’s education. If a kid was not reading at grade level I’m sure it came up way before they got to high school...the question is what did the parents do to help their child get up to speed? We really need to stop expect teachers to perform miracles." Mar 30, 11 10:32 PM

Rerouting Of Drop-Off Traffic At Southampton High School Raises Concerns Among Parents

wow..everyone is eligible to take the bus? When I was a kid we lived to close to all three schools so the bus was not an option. OMG we had to walk and guess what!?!?! There was no sidewalk on hampton road...but that didnt matter because we cut through the parking lot at the intermediate school and walked across the scoccer field to get to the high school. The only time I got a ride to school was when it rained. Even walked to school when there was ...WHAT snow on the ground...cut the apron strings and put those kids on the bus. Problem solved." Apr 4, 11 9:29 PM

Bridgehampton School District Clerk Joyce J. Manigo Dead At 52

A very lovely lady, and she will be missed. " Apr 19, 11 4:10 PM

Scared Juror, Medical Evidence Slanted Jury Says Oddone Attorney In Appeal

Yes if the judge overturns the conviction people are going to want to know why. Do you think not reporting is going to lessen the families pain?" May 6, 11 7:57 PM

Southampton Village Hires Specialized EMT For Bidens' Visit

This is true, but if the summer folks decide to make some place else the new mecca for the rich and shameless, the east end of long island will continue to exist and thrive just like it did before the late 70 and 80's when the new rich started buying and renting summer homes out there. I grew up in Southampton I remember when there was more farm land than housing developments and like Mr. Z said, people lived well. I seriously doubt the success of my home town and all the other east end communities is dependent on a segment of people that visit from May to early November. " May 30, 11 10:03 AM

Southampton Village Officials Dispute New York Post Allegations

Yes" Jun 22, 11 11:00 AM

I would hope that the person who wrote the article did their due diligence and investigated the information provided by the un named source. Just seems odd to me that the post has suddenly taken an interest in the local police department...first the article about Detective Lamison, now this. Someone obviously has an ax to grind. I feel sorry for this person. If anything unethical or illegal is going on in the village police department, it will come out without any help from them. All you have to do is sit back and wait, what's done in the dark will always come to the light. When you get involved in mudslinging, you always end up as filthy as your target. " Jun 22, 11 11:12 AM

Hours After Graduation, Quiogue Teen Killed In Single-Car Accident; Driver Charged With DWI

very good comment...nothing cracked about it. " Jul 3, 11 8:04 PM

Twelve Drug Arrests In Hampton Bays Over Fourth of July Weekend

Wow its tough out there for law enforcement...damned if you damned if you don't " Jul 5, 11 10:47 PM

Two Nabbed After Burglary In Southampton Village

lol I don't think they thought that far ahead." Jul 8, 11 5:54 PM

Fired Southampton Village Officer Seeks Lost Benefits After State Awards Him September 11 Disability Payments

I think 10 years later emotions are still very raw on the topic of 9/11 and its aftermath. This article is a bit slanted, it almost makes it seem like Mr. Brioch is collecting benefits that he isnt entitled too from the 9/11 disability program and is now using this turn of events to try and get the money from the villiage that he was unable to obtain through previous litigation.

I don't think it has anything to do with the blue wall of silence and everything do with people being tired of Mr. Brioch and his lawsuits. If this lawsuit goes the way of his previous lawsuits, will he stop? Or will he find another avenue to pursue...isnt it time he moved on? " Jul 27, 11 1:19 PM

UPDATE: There Is Still Room At Shelters For Local Residents

The reference to the 1938 hurricane is a bit over the top, that was a catagory 3 Hurricane and currently the storm has been down graded to a high category 2. However, having been through a few Hurricanes out there, the last one being Bob in 1991,and I believe that was a catagory 2, its best to err on the side of caution. All non essential persons should leave or as harbor put it...Tourists and weekenders. Even if it downgrades to a tropical storm its still going to cause some damage,like flooding and power outages, tree's down. The less people trying to move around after the storm passes the better.

One thing we should all remember, the '38 Hurricane created the Shinnecock Inlet and widened the Moriches Inlet.

If memory serves correctly, it took a while for LIPA to restore power in the area after Bob, lots of downd trees, structual damage, I'm just saying people BE PREPARED, and if the east end is not your home...leave." Aug 26, 11 7:55 AM

Not a stupid comment. Before Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton became collectively to be known as "The Hamptons", there was life. The communities thrived, and believe it or not there were jobs!. That being said, "weekenders" should head home. They will take up resources that should be used for people who live in the area and they will only be in the way once the storm passes. If they own a home great, but they should leave their caretakers alone as they will be busy taking care of their own homes and looking after their own safety. Not a stupid comment but just plain common sense. " Aug 26, 11 11:10 AM

Are you overly sensitive because you are a weekender? The fact is, for those of us who grew up in what you refer to as the "hamptons" Weekenders are annoying, and as time has passed the influx of weekenders and tourists looking for the "hamptons" experience has changed the quality of life for the natives and I do not mean the members of the Shinnecock nation. That change has not been for the better. Do not fool yourself into thinking that these communities could not survive without tourist dollars...they did before the invasion of the Nouveau Riche and they will continue to survive after the Nouveau Riche have moved on to the next hot spot. I'm sure a lot of people are looking forward to that time as much as the look forward to labor day weekend, the POW WOW, and the end of the summer season." Aug 26, 11 12:58 PM

Well I missed that one...wasnt even a twinkle in my momma's eye at the time, but from what I read about it, when it made land fall it was a Cat 3." Aug 26, 11 1:46 PM

Massive Brawl Breaks Out At 230 Elm; One Arrested

230 Elm is not a club...its a catering hall that was rented for a party, a party that got out of hand. People have weddings there, fund raisers, birthday celebrations without incident. So lets not be so quick to brand the place as a trouble spot. " Sep 6, 11 4:32 PM

No it isnt...but was it a riot? Or is the headline overstating what happend. There were a lot of people there and some of those people behaved badley....I doubt it was a massive brawl more like people trying to get out of harms way. If it was massive brawl, why has only one person been arrested? Do you really think there will be any more arrests? I doubt it. No cover up just a fight at a party that has been hyped up to generate clicks and comments." Sep 6, 11 7:47 PM

It was party there was no url announcing the event, there was a facebook evite, and I think a printed flyer. At anyrate, the person or persons who gave the party paid for the venue. No one cared about the place until the press made such a big deal about this so called brawl. Prior to this incident it was a catering hall, now suddenly there is something shady about the place. The only thing that is going to happen at this point is that the owners of the establishment are going to be a lot more selective about who they allow to use the facility. Oh and pay the fine for the noise violation and at the end of the day, that's all that should happen. " Sep 7, 11 12:30 AM

ummmm perhaps he hadnt consumed any alcohol....just a thought." Sep 7, 11 12:33 AM

Sounds like the crowd was attempting to disperse, when the police arrived and in all of the chaos and confusion, the police may have been a little over zealous in their attempt to get control of the situation. This is sounding less and less like a riot and more like law enforcement needs a refresher course on crowd control. Pepper spraying people who were trying to leave? They couldn’t tell the difference between people fleeing and people fighting? Hmmmm brace yourselves for the lawsuits..." Sep 8, 11 1:17 PM

Southampton Village Passes Law To Keep Hedges Well Groomed

We have a border hedge at the old homestead in the village, my father kept it trimmed on both sides because it was our hedge, and he didn’t need to ask permission from our neighbor to do it. My brother keeps it trimmed now. The house across the street owned by "summer people" I think they purchased it 15 years ago, has a hedge facing the street. In the 15 years since they purchased it, I think they may have trimmed them once or twice that I can remember. It looks terrible, if you cannot maintain the hedges or are unwilling to pay someone to do it for you...get rid of them and put up a fence. I agree with summertime, there was a time when people took pride in the upkeep of their yard. Now in the age of investment and rental properties, and just plain selfish neighbors it’s not a priority. To me it’s a simple courtesy. If other people thought that way, there would be no need for the village to pass a law forcing people to do what they are supposed to do anyway." Sep 21, 11 8:50 PM

he kept my first car running...really good man. Its still strange to see a bank on that corner. " Sep 22, 11 9:56 PM

Residents Call For Closing Dale Street Off From County Road 39

Why not just block it off during peak hours. I would hate to see a follow up article on this if someone is hit by a speeding car especially if the somone is a child. " Sep 24, 11 11:06 AM

Public Criticizes Southampton School District Over Student Bullying

The more things change the more things stay the same, but a least people are speaking up now. I hope they continue to speak up. There has always been a difference in the way minority students are treated in the Southampton School District. Of course the Superintendent would deny it but since he is new to the area he really can’t speak to it. He can only speak to what happens on his watch.

Years ago, the High School Band took a trip to Florida I think, and as happens on these kinds of trips a few of the students got out of hand, breaking curfew...boys in girl’s rooms etc. I believe there may have even been some alcohol consumption. One of these students was a senior, basically a good kid, didn’t always make good decisions, but no one could call him a trouble maker, and oh did I mention he was black. Well when the dust settled, he was suspended and not allowed to take part in Graduation ceremonies. Mind you, out of all the kids involved in the incident he was the only one to receive such a harsh punishment. He was also the only black student involved. But for the intervention of a neighbor who went directly to the Superintendent of schools to plead on his behalf, he would not have been allowed to graduate with his classmates. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have been punished, but the punishment should have been the same for all students involved.

Faculty, staff and the administration really need to do a gut check. This is about more than just bullying. Minority students and parents in the Southampton School district have always seen and felt the difference in the way they are treated. It’s a sad but true reality for these members of the Southampton community. Why do you think so many minority families are choosing to send their kids to private schools?

A kid who has been pushed to the edge lashes out at his tormentor and he is punished. The tormentor gets off without any consequences for his part in creating the volatile situation. The fact that this child is a minority and his parents feel as if their pleas for help in this situation went without acknowledgement simply because of the color of their skin speaks volumes about the relationship between the school district and minority students and parents. The administration needs to do better; the community needs to do better. Otherwise, a lot more minority students are going to be leaving the district and enrolling in Private Schools." Oct 5, 11 6:19 PM

You are correct, this is not about wealth or the lack there of. It’s about a bully who obviously learned his behavior at home." Oct 6, 11 3:05 PM

What issue is he clouding? The fact that his sun was being bullied? The fact that administrators did nothing to address his concerns? The fact that his son was pushed to far and lashed out? I do not know Dan's son but I know the Claude family, they are good people and it they say he was pushed to far, I believe it. It sounds like you have an issue with the student...or his family or both. At any rate, there is an issue with the treatment of minorities in the Southampton School District. There always has been." Oct 11, 11 10:37 PM

Head Start May Face Federal Budget Cuts Next Year

I was a student in the Headstart program in Southampton, as child back in the 70's. It served its purpose then and it continues to do so now.

Not every child that attends head start is the child of illegal immigrants. Not every immigrant is illegal. You assume because the parent mentioned in the article needs a translator, that she is illegal. She could be here legally and working towards becoming a citizen.

At any rate, that is not the point of the article. Headstart is a valuable resource, everything should be done to keep that resource in place.
" Oct 13, 11 4:36 PM

The pictures of the children in this article all appear to be Hispanic, and they attend the Bridgehampton Head start, which is housed on the grounds of the Bridgehampton child care center. The Bridgehampton Child Care Center was founded after a tragedy in 1949 when a house fire killed the untended children of migrant Farm workers. If this article had been written in 62 years ago, the pictures would reflect an entirely different demographic, but the need for a safe place for children to be while their parents are out working to provide for them would still be the same." Oct 13, 11 5:08 PM

because everyone is harping about immigration....and the story is about a mother needing a safe place to leave her child while she's working, cuts to Head Start to me mean kids are going to be in danger. We complain about the immigrants...we assume most are illegal, what I see is a bunch of hard working people who are going to have to make some hard choices about the care of their children. Choices that could lead to tragedy....and if that happens...what will people have to say then. Same crap different day." Oct 14, 11 9:28 AM

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