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Innovation Lab to Immerse Students in Science

Posted on 31 May 2012

By Claire Walla The jobs of tomorrow might not be here today, but a new program at the Ross School is aiming to help high school students prepare for them. That’s the concept behind the school’s new science academy, Innovation Lab @Ross, which was announced this month and is now accepting applications for the coming [...]

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Two Men Released From Prison During County Investigation

Posted on 31 May 2012

By Claire Walla It was an announcement that shocked many last week. On Friday, May 25, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said two previously convicted drug dealers would be released from state prison, their charges fully dropped. Bernard Cooks, 31, of Southampton and Mohammad Proctor, 36, of Riverside had both been convicted of felony [...]

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Lauer’s Plans For Horse Farm Move Ahead

Posted on 31 May 2012

By Claire Walla Sag Harbor resident and “Today Show” host Matt Lauer is one step closer to building a horse farm on a 40-acre piece of land off Deerfield Road in Water Mill. At a meeting last Thursday, May 24, the Southampton Town Planning Board officially closed the public hearing regarding the proposed Edge of [...]

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Going Once, Going Twice… Sold!

Posted on 31 May 2012

By Claire Walla Some kids dream of working in the E.R., fighting fires, or flying to the moon. For Paul Bailey, it was auctioneering. “One day, when I grow up,” Bailey remembered thinking, “I want to be an auctioneer!” The son of an antiques dealer, Bailey had been a fixture at auctions across the East [...]

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Students Express “Dream” With Umbrellas

Posted on 31 May 2012

By Claire Walla This year, art teacher Meg Mandell pushed the limits of what her students could achieve in the Pierson Middle School art room. She took on a project that bridged artistic endeavor with social justice — and had real-world significance. It started with an umbrella. Mandell and 44 of her sixth grade students [...]

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Just Call Him “Jellyfish Guy”

Posted on 31 May 2012

By Claire Walla Joe Winchell wasn’t always a monster. As a sophomore at Pierson High School, he discovered his passion for the stage when he agreed to take a small role in a friend’s play. “I actually didn’t say anything,” Winchell recalled. “But I remember having a lot of fun.” He has since gone on [...]

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Man Shot in Springs Thursday Night, Investigation Underway

Posted on 25 May 2012

A man identified as Frederic Stephens Jr., 20, of East Hampton was allegedly shot in the arm last night at a residence in Springs, East Hampton Town Police report.  They say the identity of the shooter is unknown at this time. The incident took place at 154 Springs Fireplace Road around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, [...]

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Tables Turn Again For Vinyl

Posted on 24 May 2012

By Claire Walla A record store? On the East End? It started with the Japanese. Record collector and East Hampton native Craig Wright had been running a successful music business on eBay for five years, regularly sending used records to buyers both locally and internationally. But, last year he suddenly began receiving visits from music [...]

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Self-Taught Gymnast Thrives At Pierson

Posted on 24 May 2012

By Claire Walla To some, 15-year-old Rojdrefa Patterson is known as the girl who flips. If you’ve been to a Pierson High School basketball games, you’ve probably seen it. In a black-and-red mini-skirt and knit top with the initials “PHS,” Patterson flips not once, not twice, but several times in rapid succession down the length [...]

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Fire Hits Home in Bay Point

Posted on 23 May 2012

By Claire Walla When reports of a house fire on Bay Point in Sag Harbor hit the radio waves on Monday, May 21, firefighters from Sag Harbor, East Hampton and North Sea were quickly on the scene. And according to Sag Harbor Fire Chief Pete Garypie, they distinguished the blaze in a matter of minutes. [...]

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