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East Hampton Town Warns of Heavy Surf Conditions, Strong Rip Currents

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Virginia Briggs of East Hampton shakes her fist in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Photo by Tessa Raebeck.

Virginia Briggs of East Hampton shakes her fist in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Photo by Tessa Raebeck.

By Tessa Raebeck

Strong rip currents currently exist in the Atlantic Ocean along the East End’s beaches and heavy surf conditions are forecast for the 4th of July weekend, East Hampton Town Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Bruce A. Bates announced Wednesday, July 2.

In a message authorized by town supervisor Larry Cantwell, the town warned ocean bathers to swim only at lifeguard protected beaches.

Perlman Party Okayed

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The Perlman Music Program’s August Benefit, to be held at the Dusenberry residence on Ferry Road, was approved on Tuesday night by the North Haven Village Board of Trustees. Rachel Coker, the membership and special events manager for the program, originally visited the board in early April to discuss the benefit. During this initial visit, village attorney Anthony Tohill asked Coker to formulate a comprehensive plan for onsite safety and parking. Subsequently, the program hired an outside and experienced security firm to handle parking and traffic direction. At the beginning of the event a few security workers will be stationed on Route 114 ushering traffic into the property.
The board also adopted the LIMWA, or limit of moderate wave action line, on the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps. Tohill said the adoption of the LIMWA line would have no discernable effect on homes in North Haven, but could lead to a village-wide 5 percent discount on flood insurance. Tohill also informed the village board that it’s on a bit of a time crunch in terms of adopting a law pertaining to the new flood insurance rates. FEMA must see a draft of the law no later than June 25. The law must be enacted by August 25 to be put into effect on September 25.
Resident Howard Griffith again asked the board about the potential of purchasing 13 small radios and antennas to give to neighborhood coordinators for emergency situations.
“If the telephone or electricity goes out, there is going to be no way to communicate with neighborhood coordinators,” said Griffith.
Tohill said the village is looking into renewing their franchise agreement with Cablevision. He said the company has been known to offer local government money for educational broadcasting, including funds for equipment purchases. Since the village doesn’t need broadcasting equipment, Tohill believes the company might be willing to cover some of the costs to purchase the emergency radios and antennas.

Storm Paints Village White

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Spring is just 18 days away, but the weather outside seems to imply otherwise. On Monday, March 2, Sag Harbor village saw up to a foot of snowfall in some areas, while other areas the snow drifts were twice that amount.

Area schools from Manhattan to Montauk were cancelled, due to the snow and freezing temperatures, only reaching the high 20s Monday. 

The Sag Harbor village offices were also closed due to weather conditions. According to Mayor Greg Ferraris, the highway department is currently operating minus three workers, giving six men the full responsibility of taking care of the roads, since 8 p.m. Sunday. 

Southampton Town Hall and the Justice Courts were closed Monday as well, as Town Supervisor Linda Kabot announced a State of Snow Emergency. She also said the Highway Department had been mobilized since 8 p.m. Sunday night.

At 8 a.m. Monday Supervisor Kabot declared a Snow Emergency due to the large amount of snowfall, high winds, and perilous roadway conditions impeding access to emergency responders throughout the town. 

“Public safety officials are requiring residents to remove parked cars from Town roadways in order to allow highway crews to clear snow efficiently.  As roadway conditions remain treacherous, residents and visitors are urged to defer non-essential vehicular trips so as to allow highway crews to plow and sand,” a release from her office stated.   

At the south end of Main Street in Sag Harbor, kids were seen around noon, climbing the near 2-story snow mountain in the middle of the road, while motorists were having difficulty steering and seeing around it.