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04/17/15 10:28am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO  The East Hampton Town Board Thursday night voting on restrictions on aircraft flying into and out of East Hampton Airport. From left, Councilman Fred Overton, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Supervisor  Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The East Hampton Town Board Thursday night voting on restrictions on aircraft flying into and out of East Hampton Airport. From left, Councilman Fred Overton, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez.

The East Hampton Town Board voted Thursday night to place restrictions on flights into and out of its airport. (more…)

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04/15/15 12:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The three residents of Emerson Lane on the Klenawicus Airstrip Tuesday, where on Monday they ran to rescue pilot Michael Russo who had crashed shortly after takeoff. From left, Rich Surozenski, Patricia Anzalone and Amanda Gutiw. In the background is the downed plane.

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The three residents of Emerson Lane on the Klenawicus Airstrip Tuesday, where on Monday they ran to rescue pilot Michael Russo who had crashed shortly after takeoff. From left, Rich Surozenski, Patricia Anzalone and Amanda Gutiw. In the background is the downed plane.

At about six p.m. Monday, Amanda Gutiw was home on the Island from her job at Sea Tow in Southold.

She was in the kitchen of her house on Emerson Lane, a quiet cul de sac where the backyards border on open fields and the long, mowed grass runway of Klenawicus Field. She decided on chicken salad for dinner and set about making it, half-watching a rerun on the Discovery Channel of “Deadliest Catch.”

At the same time, several hundred yards away at the far end of the runway, Michael Russo was taxiing his single engine Cessna 162 slowly to a spot for take off. (more…)

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04/14/15 12:00pm
PETER REICH PHOTO | Kathleen Cunningham of the Quiet Skies Coalition,  standing at right, addressing a packed Town Hall meeting room last summer on proposed restrictions to reduce aircraft noise.

PETER REICH PHOTO | Kathleen Cunningham of the Quiet Skies Coalition, standing at right, addressing a packed Town Hall meeting room last summer on proposed restrictions to reduce aircraft noise.

Half a loaf is better than none. In the case of four proposed East Hampton Airport restrictions, it’s three quarters of a loaf for anti-noise activists, but even that is disappointing. (more…)

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04/14/15 7:04am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | A Suffolk County Police helicopter flying in at right to transport pilot Michael Russo  to Stony Brook University Hospital.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | A Suffolk County Police helicopter flying in at right to transport pilot Michael Russo to Stony Brook University Hospital yesterday evening.

Update: Michael Russo, 80, of Shelter Island, remained in serious condition at midday in Stony Brook University Hospital, according to Melissa Weir, director of media relations for the hospital.

According to hospital designations “serious” means: “Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill.” (more…)

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04/13/15 7:47pm

 

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO| The single engine Cessna not long after it crashed at Klenawicus Field about 6 p.m. Monday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO| The single engine Cessna not long after it crashed at Klenawicus Field about 6 p.m. Monday.

UPDATE: The Shelter Island Police Department has  identified the pilot of the single engine plane that crashed at Klenawicus Airstrip yesterday evening as Michael J. Russo, 80, of Shelter Island. (more…)