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On Probation = On Your Own?

Is there honor among thieves? There better be. According to members of the Suffolk County Probation Officer's Union, the county's failure to maintain adequate staffing levels has left dozens of probationers to their own sometimes nefarious devices....more>

Crackdown On Code Enforcement Continues New Task Force Established

The Southampton Town Board is taking another step to demonstrate its dead-serious commitment to enhanced code enforcement. Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi announced at last Friday's Town Board work session that he and Town Supervisor Skip Heaney have co-sponsored a resolution establishing a Housing and Quality of Life Task Force....more>

Local Firm Embraces Biofuel

East End residents looking for environmentally friendly home-heating solutions this winter now have an alternative. John Romanelli, owner of Southold's Burt's Reliable, a family-owned fuel supplier, held a press conference on Friday to announce his company had accepted its first-ever delivery of biofuel and became a trailblazer on Long Island as the first firm to provide consumers with bioheat, an alternative to traditional fuel....more>

Funds Authorized To Preserve Montauk Lighthouse

New York State Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the Senate authorized $12 million for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to support a shoreline protection project at Montauk Point that would protect the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse....more>

Panel Discussed CR111 Improvements

For weekenders motoring east from the city, it's the "almost there" exit. Drivers turning off the Long Island Expressway onto exit 70 see a light at the end of the seemingly interminable trip's tunnel....more>

In Sag Harbor Public Speaks Out About Proposed Moratorium

The Sag Harbor Village Trustees held a special public hearing last Thursday at the Municipal Building to suss out opinions on a proposed nine-month building moratorium on all commercial development in the village....more>

Transitioning to Solar Energy

Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (R.E.L.I), will speak on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Quail Hill Community Farm on Deep Lane in Amagansett....more>

Applaud Arrival of Instant Offices

It wasn't quite as quick as "just add water," but last Thursday morning a new building appeared on the property at the Senior Citizens Center on Springs Fireplace Road in East Hampton evoking quizzical looks from passersby....more>

Cole Bros. Circus On East End

The Cole Bros. Circus will be performing at two locations on the East End this week. Today and tomorrow, the circus will be at the Greenport Polo Grounds on Moore's Lane off Route #25....more>

Peconic Baykeeper Publishes Groundbreaking Report

Yesterday, as The Independent went to press, The Peconic Baykeeper hosted a lunch to honor the inaugural release of the Baywatch 2006 Report. (And no, Pamela Anderson was not invited to the event....more>

Perlman Program Takes Stage

With only three days to wait until The Perlman Program is set to grace the stage of the Greenport school's auditorium this Saturday, world-renowned violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman spoke exclusively with The Independent about the joys of molding the hearts and minds of young musicians intent upon reaching celestial heights in their careers....more>

Reclamation Fallout: Grimes Gets Axe

After months of public outcry, the furor over the Riverhead landfill has escalated to a fever pitch and resulted in the project's contractors getting thrown off the job....more>

Shelter Stories

King Meet King, a five-year-old golden retriever mix. Imagine someone taking this lovely young dog to the door of an animal hospital in the middle of the night, tying him to it and driving away without ever looking back....more>

The Silas Marder Gallery Presents "Summer Show"

The Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton will be holding an opening reception for "Summer Show" on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. The Exhibition will include paintings, works on paper and sculptures to celebrate the peak of the summer season....more>

Tips for Safety in Storms

With hurricane season begun, the American Red Cross suggests area residents take the following precautions in case a storm hits. Residents are advised to: Listen to media tropical storm reports; Get a battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries; Check disaster supplies kit, including food, water and clothing; Fill vehicles with fuel; Bring in outdoor objects like lawn furniture, toys and garden tools, anchor objects that cannot be brought inside; Secure building by closing and boarding up windows; Remove outside antennas; Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting and open up only when absolutely necessary; Store valuables and personal papers in waterproof container on highest level of home; Avoid elevators....more>

Town Seeks Fishing 411

Throw it back and drop another line. That's the message the East Hampton Town Board sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation last week....more>

"Summer Nights" Entertainment for Teens

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is sponsoring "Summer Nights" on Wednesdays through August 30th at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays from 7:30 to 10 p....more>

CR 39 Program Sails Forward

It's a done deal. The Southampton Town Board voted unanimously on Monday to adopt a local law that would extend temporary restrictions on left turns and maintain the 30-mile per hour speed limit on County Road 39 until September 15....more>

Beach Boys Surfin' To East Hampton

East Hampton will be feeling some good vibrations very soon. The Beach Boys are scheduled to perform at a charity concert on August 22 at Bill and Karie Gardiner's farm on James Lane in East Hampton....more>

Cross Sound Ferry Gives Back

Guests who attended the Cross Sound Ferry's annual Fireworks Cruise on July 8 not only reveled in the glorious display of dazzling fireworks bursting with color and light, but were aglow with the knowledge that money raised at the sold-out event would go to a cause near and dear to their hearts — area schoolchildren....more>

Breaking New Ground Hospital Expansion Commences

Scorching heat and oppressive humidity did not stop scores of attendees from turning out for a groundbreaking ceremony for a $50 million expansion project at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead last week....more>

In August: Wine And Food Fest

Attention foodies! Get ready for the second annual Hamptons Food and Wine Fest to be held at Ross School in East Hampton from August 11 to 13. There's tons of stuff to do this year for food and wine lovers....more>

Introducing Historic Eastport

If historic buildings are considered gems in today's culture, Eastport is a veritable treasure chest. So believes Charles Bellows, chairman of Southampton Town's Landmarks & Historic Districts, and Ronald Michne, who has written extensively on the subject and completed a study of the area....more>

Lens Hurricane Prep Film

Maybe he's laying the groundwork for a post-political career. Last week Jay Schneiderman took advantage of the county legislature's July hiatus and got ready for his close-up....more>

Local Kids Reach Out

Imagine this: Teenagers jumping out of bed at 6 a.m., eager to start the day with prayer so they can rush off and begin a day of hard physical labor in the hot summer sun, rebuilding homes and restoring faith in poverty stricken areas across the United States....more>

Internally Yours

There are few things in this world more devastating, more primitive, more hilarious than a High School Dance. Picture young boys and girls without full knowledge of their bodily functions trying to do something that, since Elvis Presley, has required that very understanding....more>

Healthy Living

Headaches When a patient comes in complaining of frequent headaches, it is very important to discover the cause. A headache is a "referred pain." This means that unlike the usual injury or trauma pain, it is more a message that something is not right in the head region (much the same as a radiating pain down the left arm during a heart attack)....more>

A Casa Of Color: The Hampton Designer Showhouse

Color — vibrant and well-mixed — is the hallmark of the 2006 Hampton Designer Showhouse. Located off Highland Terrace in Bridgehampton, the 18,000 square foot arts & crafts style home features the work of some of the country's top interior designers....more>
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