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Put Your Leaves at the Curb! Today!

[caption id="attachment_7545" align="alignnone" width="600"] Bag these leaves and leave them at your curb[/caption] It's time for spring clean-up in Southampton and Southold towns. Here's the skinny on what our towns are doing to help us clean up our yards: Southold Town Southold will begin collecting yard debris, branches and bagged leaves in Orient this Monday, April 20. The clean-up will begin in Orient Point and end in Laurel. The town
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Garbage Battle Brews in Flanders

[caption id="attachment_14216" align="alignnone" width="600"] Flanders, Riverside and Northampton residents turned out in droves Monday night to air their thoughts on a proposed garbage district.[/caption] A revolt is brewing among residents of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton against the community association that has long represented their interests before Southampton Town. The Flanders, Riverside & Northampton Community Association (FRNCA) has been exploring the possibility of creating a garbage district for the three hamlets,
Amagansett Beach
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Amagansett Library is Looking for Your Stories

[caption id="attachment_13994" align="alignnone" width="600"] Atlantic Avenue Beach waits for stories[/caption] The Amagansett Free Library is turning 100 next year, and as part of the celebration, the library's oral historian, Kara Westerman, is looking for long-time 'Gansetters who want to tell their tales. Inspired by the StoryCorps@YourLibrary program, Ms. Westerman attended the Oral History Summer School in Hudson, NY last summer to learn everything she could about recording, compiling and editing stories
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Springs General Store Gets a Façade Easement

[caption id="attachment_13868" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Springs General Store, before the restoration of the gas pumps | Springs General Store facebook photo[/caption] The Springs General Store will remain the historic streetside landmark it has been for generations, after the East Hampton Town Board voted last week to use Community Preservation Fund money to buy a façade easement on the building. The property, currently owned by Michael and Jan Collins of Springs,
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Saying Goodbye to the Church on the Bend

[caption id="attachment_13718" align="alignnone" width="600"] The congregation of Southold's First Universalist Church crowded into Custer Institute Sunday morning. Their church had burned down March 14.[/caption] As members and supporters of the First Universalist Church in Southold entered in hushed reverence to services Sunday morning at Custer Institute, one week after their historic church on the bend in Route 25 burned down, they brought with them many familiar things: Someone brought in forsythia in full bloom,
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Southampton Forum Will Discuss Preservation Options for Historic Houses

[caption id="attachment_13566" align="alignnone" width="610"] Preservationists don't want to let this happen to your house![/caption] The Peconic Land Trust, Rogers Memorial Library and the Southampton Historical Museum are holding a special forum this Thursday, March 19, on options for preservation of historic homes, in light of the ongoing destruction of older houses, particularly on the South Fork, to make way for modern homes. The forum, titled "Save Your House: Historic Preservation Options,"
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Southold, Southampton Honor Past and Look Toward Future

[caption id="attachment_13225" align="alignnone" width="600"] Southold 375th Committee Chairman Herb Adler, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and South Fork County Legislator Jay Schneiderman at Saturday's convocation.[/caption] There was a bit of gentle chiding but a whole lot of humility in the room when Southold and Southampton towns gathered together in Southampton's First Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon to pay homage to both towns' 375th
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Southold Seeks to Quell its Biggest Export: Young People

[caption id="attachment_13143" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Cottages in Mattituck contains much of the owner-occupied affordable housing in Southold Town.[/caption] Southold Town is hosting a forum on affordable housing next Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. at the Peconic Lane Community Center, in the hope of raising public awareness about the need to provide a place for young people and workers to stay in the community. Dan Sarnowski, Phillip Beltz and Beth Motschenbacher of
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Benjamin Franklin Mile Markers Will Get A Day of Fame

[caption id="attachment_13117" align="alignnone" width="600"] Mile Marker 8 has been in the basement of Custer Institute in Southold for nearly a quarter of a century.[/caption] Part of Southold Town's 375th Anniversary will be a celebration of the Benjamin Franklin mile markers, believed to have been measured out by Franklin alongside what was then known as "The Kings Highway" from Laurel to Orient in 1755. In the process, 375th committee members have found that telling the tale
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Sag Harbor Gets Ready for Fifth Annual HarborFrost

[caption id="attachment_12695" align="alignnone" width="600"] Getting ready for the fireworks at last year's HarborFrost[/caption] Now in its fifth year, HarborFrost is an ice sculpting and fireworks spectacular staged in Sag Harbor over one magical weekend in February. This year, HarborFrost will be held Feb. 27 through March 1. The full list of activities is below: Friday, February 27 The Third Annual Frost Ball Cocktail Party! 6pm – 10pm Muse Restaurant Open
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New Effort Afoot to Preserve Pyrrhus Concer Homestead

[caption id="attachment_12680" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pyrrhus Concer[/caption] A new effort is afoot to preserve the homestead of Pyrrhus Concer, born a slave in Southampton in 1814, who later in life was an intrepid, world-traveling whaler. After years of legal battles, owners David Hermer and Silvia Campo took down Mr. Concer's historic house last year, but they have since abandoned their building plans and placed the property on the market. The property was listed