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Facing the Challenge
of Access to Mental Health Care

The relationship between insurance companies, mental health agencies and private therapists is a complex one anywhere, but the East End’s geography has created unique challenges for both people who need mental health care and the health care providers who can help them. Nancy Beckett-Lawless, who serves as the Director of Provider Relations at the Seafield Center detox and rehabilitation center in Westhampton Beach, noticed several years ago that there wasn’t a network of mental health providers on the East End.  Read more...


Hikers: Off-Roaders Ripping Up Southampton's Preserves

The Long Pond Greenbelt system of coastal plain ponds, surrounded by more than 900 acres of preserved woods just east of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, is cyclical in nature. The ponds, which are fed by rainwater, rise and fall with the precipitation, and as they rise and fall, different seeds of native plants are exposed to the air each year...  Read more...


Riverside Redevelopment Plan Begins with Office for Developer

The firm that is partnering with Southampton Town to redevelop the blighted hamlet of Riverside is planning to open an office alongside the Peconic River on May 1. Renaissance Downtowns Vice President of Development Sean McLean, who lives in Flanders, told the Southampton Town Board at a work session April 10 that his firm is leasing office space at 110 Peconic Avenue...  Read More...

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East Hampton Preserves Principi Farm, Denies Shark Attack

The scenic 19-acre former horse farm on Montauk Highway just east of Amagansett, which is known by many residents as the Principi Farm, will now be in public hands, after the East Hampton Town Board voted Thursday night to buy the property using $10.15 million in Community Preservation Fund money.  Read more...


Good Eats: Boom! Burger

I have a problem with hamburgers on the East End. As anybody who has spent any time up west knows, you can walk into a diner almost anywhere in Lake Grove or Bellport or Port Jefferson and you can buy a cheeseburger deluxe that will knock your socks off. It’s charcoal grilled, with enough cheese to qualify as a grilled cheese sandwich.  Read more...


This Week in Pictures

 The days are eerily lengthening without any leaves on the trees, as forsythia meekly open their yellow buds in a spring that seemed not quite yet just like spring should be. Waiting for spring is sometimes like waiting for the Resurrection. It's just all about faith. This week, perhaps, things will truly change.  Read more...
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