Archive | August, 2011

Three-hundred-year-old Surprise

Posted on 31 August 2011

By Claire Walla The unremarkable white building sat on the property at the northeast corner of Montauk Highway and Bridgehampton Turnpike for years. Most drivers probably thought nothing of it when they drove past. In fact, Southampton Town Historian Zach Studenroth said even he probably never would have known about the 18thcentury warehouse, which stood [...]

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Local Stories On Irene

Posted on 31 August 2011

By Claire Walla By midday last Saturday, August 27, Main Street in Sag Harbor looked almost abandoned.  Though a smattering of shoppers and diners continued to mill about, many storefronts were boarded up with plywood (a first for most), or else covered with adhesive tape. All were preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. In [...]

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New Cell Tower Proposed To Replace Current Noyac Structure

Posted on 31 August 2011

By Claire Walla Last Thursday, August 25, the Southampton Town Planning Board heard a presentation from representatives of Verizon Wireless, LLC on behalf of homeowner Myron Levine. The Noyac resident has expressed interest in replacing the cell tower that current rests near his hilltop home with a less imposing structure. As proposed, Verizon Wireless would [...]

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Snapping Turtles: Monster or Myth?

Posted on 31 August 2011

By Annette Hinkle It’s a familiar temptation on a hot summer day — a lovely pond filled with clear, cool water surrounded by shade trees. Just the spot for a quick dip. Then someone happens to mention the inevitable. “There are snapping turtles in that pond.” And with that simple phrase, many a would-be swimmer [...]

Raphael Odell Shapiro

Posted on 29 August 2011

The Sag Harbor native is a newly tapped member of The Whiffenpoofs, the famed a capella group comprised of 14 senior Yale men founded in 1909. The 2011-12 group recently performed at Bay Street Theatre, a stage Odell Shapiro knows well from childhood roles in Bay Street productions of “Our Town” and “Pippin” as well [...]

Villages and Town Begin Clean up Efforts As Thousands of Residents Remain Without Power

Posted on 29 August 2011

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, which made landfall near New York City just after 9 a.m. on Sunday afternoon, many local officials noted that the East End of Long Island dodged a bullet, escaping a direct hit by a storm that ravaged portions of the eastern seaboard, led to 24 deaths and left [...]

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LIPA Reports Over 200,000 Without Power in Suffolk County

Posted on 28 August 2011

As Tropical Storm Irene continued to sweep through the region, the Long Island Power Authority has reported that as of 9 a.m. there were 217,590 people dealing with power outages. In Southampton, a total of 20,855 residents have reported outages, including 1,836 homes in Sag Harbor. In Bridgehampton, 229 residents are without power, in North [...]

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Irene Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Posted on 28 August 2011

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Hurricane Irene to a tropical storm just as the storm’s center moved over New York City around 9 a.m. By 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, Sag Harbor Village Mayor Brian Gilbride had driven through the entire Village of Sag Harbor, observing the highway department removing fallen limbs from roadways and [...]

Tornado Watch Issued for Suffolk County, as Hurricane Irene Nears Long Island

Posted on 28 August 2011

A tornado watch is in affect for Long Island as Hurricane Irene made landfall in New Jersey Sunday morning, its bands whipping Nassau and Suffolk counties and virtually the whole of New England with landfall expected in New York City sometime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. As of this morning, according to the National [...]

Boarding Up Main Street

Posted on 27 August 2011

From miter saws and plywood planks to veritable starbursts of masking tape, Sag Harbor Village storefronts are a garish indication of what the village might have in store for it tomorrow.  Anticipating winds up to 60 miles per hour and rains that could bring up to 10 inches, many Main Street business owners are making [...]

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