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A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

Battle lines have been drawn by the Town of East Hampton in the war over excessive helicopter noise plaguing East End residents, especially those on the North Fork, Shelter Island and around the airport.

The board has crafted a local law to take control of the town’s airport and put significant restrictions on aircraft traffic.

The draft law, still subject to a public hearing and a vote, was announced at an East Hampton Town Board work session Wednesday and would:

• ban all helicopters on weekends during the summer season; (more…)

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A helicopter at East Hampton Airport last year. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press)

A helicopter at East Hampton Airport last year. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press)

The East Hampton Town Board did nothing, and action was taken.

What seems like a contradiction actually means that East Hampton has regained control of its airport and can finally address the issue of helicopters buzzing East End communities.

This power was gained by not applying for grants from the Federal Aviation Administration in the new year. (more…)

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More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out last Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out last Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The hundreds of East End residents planning to protest helicopter noise during the East Hampton Town Board’s next regular meeting on Thursday are being asked to wait another week to voice their concerns.  (more…)

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Charles Reichert (right), owner of IGA in Southold and Greenport, was one of few who spoke out  against the ban. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Charles Reichert (right), owner of IGA in Southold and Greenport, was one of few who spoke out against the ban. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

It wasn’t quite the mixed bag of opinions expected at Thursday night’s Southold Town plastic bag ban forum, where the overwhelming majority of attendees spoke in favor of the ban.

The forum, which featured a panel of six representatives from all sides of the debate, came following a pitch to ban plastic bags across the East End started by members of the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association.  (more…)

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Four fishermen are facing felony charges after they were reportedly caught by the Department of Environmental Conservation illegally spearing 74 striped bass, valued at more than $3,000 over the legal limit.

According to the DEC, the group was caught in the waters off Valiant Rock, in a shallow area east of Gull Island, in late August. Three of them turned themselves in earlier this month and are due back in Southold Town Justice Court, while the fourth is reportedly out of the country and will be charged at a later date.

Christopher R. Miller and Erik A. Oberg, both of Montauk, and Mica Marder, of East Hampton, surrendered to authorities Oct. 4 at New York State Police Headquarters in Riverside, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. A warrant was also issued for Peter J. Correale of New Canaan, C.T.

Mr. Miller, Mr. Oberg and Mr. Harder were all charged with taking striped bass worth more than $1,500 in value for commercial purposes with prohibited spears — a Class E felony, Mr. Martens said. Authorities said the group had 926.5 pounds of striped bass in total, valued at $4,632.

They were also charged with two violations of taking the fish out of slot sizes and having untagged fish. Mr. Miller, the fishing ship’s captain, was also charged with unlawful possession of striped bass tags and failing to display a dive flag as required by New York State Navigation Law, Mr. Martens said.

In late August Environmental Conservation Officers were reportedly on a routine patrol from Shinnecock to Fishers Island when they noticed three divers with spear guns in hand boarding a fishing boat called Sea Spearit at Valiant Rock in a shallow area east of Gull Island.

After stepping aboard the vessel, which was operated by Christopher R. Miller of Montauk, the ECOs discovered both tagged striped bass and untagged striped bass in coolers. All the fish had noticeable spear wounds in their gill area, Mr. Martens said.

“Fishing limits were established to maintain a healthy, sustainable striped bass population and violators of this law will be subject to arrest and prosecution,” Mr. Martens said. “When individuals use inappropriate methods to harvest a critical resource like striped bass, they are depleting the fishing stock and penalizing commercial fishermen who play by the rules and harvest fish using appropriate methods.”

According to the DEC, New York State Environmental Conservation Law prohibits taking striped bass for commercial use by spear due to the fact there is a slot size limit that is difficult to determine until the fish are actually in hand. This, the DEC says, is thought to be a much easier way to “secure a fish whose populations have to be managed in order to ensure the continued viability of the fishing stock,” the DEC said.

An arraignment date has been set for Nov. 4 in Southold Town Court for Mr. Miller, Mr. Oberg and Mr. Harder, the DEC said.

On Oct. 2, Mr. Martens said, ECOs also caught Mr. Miller with three speared striped bass hidden in a compartment on his boat off Montauk Point. The total weight of the fish was about 100 pounds and had a value “well over” the $250 threshold, Mr. Martens said — a misdemeanor under the ELC with a minimum penalty of $5,000.

Mr. Miller is scheduled to appear in East Hampton Town Court for the misdemeanor charge Dec. 4, Mr. Martens said.

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Dantré Langhorne's length enabled the 6-foot 6-inch Greenport senior to soar over East Hampton's Cameron Yusko while attacking the basket.

As far as high school boys basketball teams go, the Greenport Porters have an unusual mix.

Of course, the Porters have their big three — Dantré Langhorne, Tremayne Hansen and Jalen Shelby. They also have Sean Charters, who has been around the varsity scene long enough to know what it is about. Then there was the unknown quantity of three newcomers to the team — Matt Dibble, Vincent Smith and Tevin Parish.

And that’s it. Five starters, two reserves — seven players in all. Depth is an issue, but apparently quality isn’t.

One could say that seven is Greenport’s lucky number, but the Porters’ performance in their season-opening game on Wednesday night was less about luck than skill and experience. That odd mix of players worked pretty well together, all things considered, and posted a desirable result, 70-41 over the East Hampton Bonackers.

For one night, at least, they got the job done.

“It is encouraging,” Greenport Coach Al Edwards said of his team’s first win over East Hampton in at least 29 years.

Shelby, a junior guard, had a sizzling hot shooting hand, knocking down 6 of 8 three-point shots and finishing with a career-high 24 points to go with six assists. “He’s always been a good shooter,” said Edwards.

The biggest cheers of the night by the Porters’ home fans were reserved for Langhorne’s three dunks, two of which came from passes off the backboard by Shelby for the trailing Langhorne. Langhorne, a 6-foot 6-inch senior forward, had 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block in the non-league game. Charters added 10 points and the 6-5 Hansen pulled down nine rebounds to go with eight points and five blocks.

Thomas King led East Hampton (1-1) with 25 points, 15 of which came on three-pointers.

“We looked good,” Langhorne said. “Everybody hustled for the loose balls, played together. … I just thought it was awesome.”

The Porters made their shots, shooting 58 percent from the field, including 8 of 12 from three-point range. They also sank all seven of their free throws, to boot.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Greenport's Vincent Smith (No. 5) and East Hampton's Thomas King tangled near the boards.

When the curtain rose on the start of the season and it was show time, Shelby and Langhorne were ready to perform. The two combined on a pair of pass-off-the-backboard dunks by Langhorne in the first and third quarters.

“We’ve been playing with each other a long time, so we should know how to play together,” Shelby said. “I look back and he’s right there, so I just throw it up.”

And Langhorne takes care of the rest.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Langhorne said. “I know that [Shelby is] a team player and we work as a team, so sometimes he doesn’t just take [the shot] and he wants to throw it up off the backboard and have a little fun, get our crowd amped.”

But perhaps the most impressive thing that East Hampton Coach Bill McKee noticed wasn’t the flash so much as the substance and intelligence of Langhorne’s game.

“When we were concentrating on him, the other guys were really beating us,” said McKee, who is in his first season as East Hampton’s coach, taking over from the legendary Ed Petrie. “And then we had to change to another defense. Then he took over and took advantage of what was there.”

The Porters played well enough that the fact that they had only seven players in uniform (Edwards hopes to add a couple more bodies later in the season), didn’t seem to matter.

Greenport, aided by a 31-18 rebounding advantage, never trailed. The Porters opened the game by hitting 9 of their first 15 field-goal attempts for a 23-11 lead early in the second quarter. By then the tone had been set.

“We knew they were big, and Dantré creates all kinds of problems,” McKee said. “So you do what you can for him, and then they got shooters and they’re a good team. They’re going to go a long ways.”

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