AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | At the Town Board work session Tuesday, Tim Purtell, chairman of the Green Options Advisory Committee, proposed an informational campaign along with either selling or giving away reusable bags to reduce the use of plastic bags on the Island.
On April 22, Earth Day, plastic grocery bags will be banned on the South Fork, with both East Hampton and Southampton towns prohibiting them by law.
There is no movement here to get rid of plastic bags, which research has shown are ecologically hazardous, especially to coastal communities when the bags drift into waterways. (more…)
The Obama administration’s recent move opening up a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean to our south to oil and gas drilling comes at a curious time.
Right now there’s so much of the stuff being produced in the U.S. that the industry can’t find places to store it. Add to that the fact that gasoline is at the lowest price in years, and the initiative comes despite the impacts along the Gulf of Mexico, still being felt from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (more…)
REPORTER ILLUSTRATION | Town Attorney Laury Dowd has proposed an amendment to the Town Code to regulate remote attendance at town committees.
For several weeks the Town Board has discussed the issue of members of town committees attending meetings remotely, either by a conference telephone call or videoconferencing using technology such as SKPE. (more…)
VERA CHINESE PHOTO Congressman Lee Zeldin speaks to reporters and concerned members of the public at a press conference on helicopter noise at Southold Town Hall Sunday. Third from left, Supervisor Jim Dougherty.
Congressman Lee Zeldin asked the Federal Aviation Administration to do its part in reducing helicopter noise on the East End before the busy summer season in a letter he sent last week. (more…)
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Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik favors local control of curriculum, promising he’ll always be setting the bar higher as his students achieve improved standards.
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik hasn’t read the entire HR5 bill that is meant to replace No Child Left Behind legislation, but he likes the intent — to put more decisions in the hands of local educators. (more…)