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TFF: A Devoted Father Rescues His Innocent Son from Prison in the Shocking Documentary Dream/Killer

Posted on 22 May 2015

Dream/Killer fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. For now, Andrew Jenks’s fascinating and disturbing documentary about our faulty justice system is playing on the festival circuit. Thirty-year-old Ryan Ferguson was one of the nicest people I met at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. After I interviewed him and his father, Bill, Ryan and I ran into each other a few minutes later and we chatted about basketball and life in Florida. He was polite, cheerful, and so easy to hang out with, that I was almost tempted to take him up on his offer to play hoops with him and his dad sometime.

Abandoned: Residents Say Village Has Ignored Blight

Posted on 21 May 2015

It’s no surprise that many Sag Harbor residents are up in arms over the wholesale changes that have been occurring in their neighborhoods over the past couple of years.

Members of the preservation organization, Save Sag Harbor, have become a common sight at village meetings, where they frequently offer a thumbs down to the development du jour unveiled in the village’s historic district.

But there is another group of Sag Harbor residents, weekenders mostly, who say the village has ignored a slowly creeping blight spreading across their neighborhoods.

Sag Harbor American Music Festival Celebrates Five Years

Posted on 20 May 2015

When the Sag Harbor American Music Festival started five years ago, no one knew how it would be received. Free music flowing through the streets sounded like a beautiful concept to its founder, Kelly Connaughton Dodds, but she wasn’t sure the community would embrace it. But embrace it has. Whole heartedly.
The festival has grown over the years, in manageable but significant ways. Ms. Dodds isn’t rushing to make it something huge. Though with 500 people filling the Old Whalers’ Church at last year’s kickoff concert with virtuoso bassist Christian McBride, and dozens of businesses supporting the music, it has most certainly become a date on the calendar to cordon off. So mark it: September 25 to 27, 2015.

The Viewed Shed

Posted on 20 May 2015

With half of Sag Harbor seemingly under construction, it’s easy to knock the Sag Harbor Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review for not being demanding enough of the applicants who come before it, often with grandiose plans to transform their property into showcases. But other times—and they seem to come randomly—the ARB wields [...]

Be There

Posted on 20 May 2015

Monday is Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer season, and more importantly, the day this nation honors its war dead. As always Sag Harbor will commemorate the day with a parade down Main Street, with stops at war monuments along the way. The event concludes with a gathering at Marine Park, where this [...]

Schiavoni Leads Sag Harbor Candidates in School Board Race as Budget & Incumbents Win Easy Election

Posted on 20 May 2015

A vote of confidence was clearly levied Tuesday night in the Sag Harbor School District, as residents turned out overwhelmingly in favor of the 2015-16 budget and re-elected two incumbents and one newcomer to the school board by landslide margins.
Bridgehampton voters also overwhelmingly supported that district’s budget and re-elected three board members who ran unopposed.

Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst Eyes Congress

Posted on 20 May 2015

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has confirmed that she will give up her town position this year and challenge freshman Republican Representative Lee Zeldin in 2016 instead.

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Doubts on Redwood

Posted on 20 May 2015

The ZBA said it would not be inclined to grant variances that would allow Brian DeSesa, a Sag Harbor attorney, to subdivide into two lots an 11,954-square-foot lot he is in contract to buy at 41 Redwood Road.

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Jefferson Street House Creeps Forward

Posted on 20 May 2015

After months of review, it appears Evan DiPaulo of 10 Jefferson Street will get to build the house he wanted, to the rear of his property, while keeping a second house at the front of the property as some type of accessory structure.

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Sag Harbor ARB Says No Twice

Posted on 20 May 2015

When Andrew Grossman approached the ARB last winter with plans to extensively renovate a house at 11 Howard Street, his plans were shot down. At the time ARB members said his design did not fit in with Sag Harbor or its historic district and would be better realized in a Bridgehampton farm field.

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