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Protest Pushes Cop Cuts Off Table

Posted on 28 August 2008

It would have been a perfect night to rob a bank in Southampton, as roughly 30 police officers filled the boardroom Tuesday at town hall. Officers lined the walls of the room ready to protest a resolution on the agenda that failed to name six officers for continuation of service, after 20 years on the [...]

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Hep is the Word for Go

Posted on 28 August 2008

Had they given me more time to think about it, I might have been more afraid. I was only there to interview people. But as it was, I found myself climbing up a narrow ladder to a tiny wooden platform 35 feet above the ground. I had just been given a list of instructions but [...]

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Objectives, Goals and Just Do Its

Posted on 28 August 2008

There are goals, there are objectives and then there are “just do its.” The Sag Harbor School District adopted their goals for the upcoming school year on Monday night and contrary to years past, the list is relatively small. Superintendent Dr. John Gratto described them as “overarching,” designed “to improve academic achievement, to ensure sound [...]

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Conserving Sea is Goal for College’s New Center

Posted on 28 August 2008

The already strong School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University became even stronger on Friday when the university announced plans to establish the new Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at the Southampton campus. SoMas professor Dr. Ellen Pikitch, who was named the institute’s Executive Director, called the announcement a “high water [...]

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The Horses Are Coming

Posted on 22 August 2008

The end of August is upon us and that means two things, tourists galore walking Main Street and horses galore jumping and prancing in Bridgehampton. The Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the nation’s premier show jumping competitions, returns August 24 – 31. The Classic hosts exciting hunter/jumper competition from junior levels up to the [...]

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Gary Kalish

Posted on 21 August 2008

The 1997 Pierson graduate, and new Pierson Assistant Principal, talks about what brought him back to the Harbor.   So what have you been up to since you left Pierson? After high school I went to Hunter College and pursued my bachelors in history. From there I went into the NYC Teaching Fellows program.   [...]

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District Is Targeting Special Education Spending

Posted on 21 August 2008

Each year during budget season, special education at Sag Harbor is scrutinized by a faction of the community concerned over high classification rates and the associated costs of mandated services. But since Lisa Scheffer took the reins of the district’s pupil personnel office just over two years ago, the classification rates have continually dropped and [...]

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School Criticized In State’s Audit

Posted on 21 August 2008

The New York State Comptroller’s Office released their audit of the Sag Harbor School District, from July 2006 to November 2007, this week and found three areas in need of corrective action. The audit states “the district did not have adequate controls in place to disclose possible interests in contracts with district employees, the district’s [...]

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Sagaponack Seeking To Rein In Big Events

Posted on 21 August 2008

Special events applications once again took center stage at the Sagaponack Village board meeting on Monday. And at the end of the meeting, Mayor Don Louchheim gave a “preview of coming attractions” for next year. “Once summer is over, time to lay the groundwork [for how we are going to handle special events in the [...]

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Finance Talk Takes Backseat To Bickering

Posted on 21 August 2008

Last Friday the Southampton Town Board met to go over the financial state of the town. While it was revealed that the town is looking at a $2.9 million-deficit in the general fund, what generated the most discussion was a last minute special meeting called by supervisor Linda Kabot. Shortly after town attorney Kathleen Murray [...]

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