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07/30/14 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Dering Harbor Board of Village Trustees held it's organizational meeting on July 19.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Dering Harbor Board of Village Trustees held it’s organizational meeting on July 19.

Just three topics dominated the Village of Dering Harbor Board of Trustees meeting on Saturday, July 19, attended by over a dozen residents — a letter regarding the 2014 run-off election, on-going discussion of the Goldfarb/Paredes property line and the annual organization of village governance.

Mayor Timothy Hogue opened the meeting with the distribution of 18 resolutions, beginning with the confirmation of village officials and ending with the date of next year’s organizational meeting. (more…)

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07/30/14 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board went down a check list of recommendations from the Irrigation Committee at its work session Tuesday.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board went down a check list of recommendations from the Irrigation Committee at its work session Tuesday.

The Town Board reviewed the Irrigation Committee’s final report, a product of 11 months worth of work, at Tuesday’s work session.

Councilman Paul Shepherd, who had been the board’s liaison to the committee, and Councilman Peter Reich have been tasked with gathering information to make recommendations of alterations or additions to the town code. (more…)

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07/29/14 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Kristina Lange from Group for the East End delivering check to Supervisor Jim Dougherty to pay for an intern mapping septic systems this summer.

COURTESY PHOTO | Kristina Lange from the Group for the East End delivering a check to Supervisor Jim Dougherty at Town Hall Tuesday morning to pay for an intern mapping septic systems this summer.

The town has received a check for $4,000 to defray costs for an intern to  collect records on existing septic systems and cesspools.

In early April Town Engineer John Cronin told the Town Board that dangerous pollutants, including nitrogen, are not being controlled due to antiquated or faulty septic systems. Neither septic systems or cesspools, which Mr. Cronin described as “just a hole in the ground,” does much of anything to stop the flow of nitrogen compounds that poisons drinking water and surrounding surface waters such as ponds, creeks and bays. (more…)

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07/29/14 10:09am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO| The number of complaints is up dramatically this summer over last.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO| The number of complaints about aircraft noise is up dramatically this summer over last.

If you think roaring helicopters and buzzing planes are making your life more miserable this summer than last, you’re right.

Last summer, from July 1 to July 28, the East Hampton Airport booked 54 noise complaints from Shelter Island residents. In the same period this summer, that number spiked to 810 complaints. (more…)

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07/28/14 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Fresh Pond swimmers on  a summer day three years ago. New tests have been encouraging that the pond is becoming safe for swimming.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Fresh Pond swimmers on a summer day three years ago. New tests have been encouraging that the pond is becoming safe for swimming.

Fresh Pond is beginning to live up to its name.

Test results taken in May by an independent laboratory contracted by the town gave the pond a clean bill of health, according to Town Engineer John Cronin. (more…)