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News Nearby: Neighbors Help Battle House Fire

Also, a North Fork man organizes relief aid for victims of the Philippines typhoon.

Here’s a look at some of the top news stories that made headlines in and around your community this past week.

East Hampton

Alec Baldwin Gives $1 Million To East Hampton Library

Just months after becoming a father for the second time, actor Alec Baldwin has donated $1 million on behalf of his family to the East Hampton Library for its new children's addition, currently under construction and scheduled for completion in spring 2014.

On a conference call on Monday morning, Baldwin said libraries are "one of the great escapes of the world, and he said he hopes his donation will encourage others to help support the library as it heads into the final phase of the longtime project.

Southampton

Hero Neighbors Helped Tame House Fire Sunday Night

When the Tagliaferro family saw that their neighbor's house was on fire in Sag Harbor on Sunday night, they sprang into action. Hugo Tagliaferro ran outside, grabbed his garden hose, dragging it toward the burning house and jumping the fence that separates the properties, and spraying water on it until firefighters arrived.

Westhampton-Hampton Bays

Former Hampton Bays Football Player Says Athletic Staff, Superintendent to Resign

A former Hampton Bays High School football player is calling on Hampton Bays football coaches, the district's superintendent and athletic director to resign. He also wants them to publicly apologize.

Riverhead

'Taste North Fork' Great Success, Spiked Business 30 Percent, Organizers Say…

After the dust settled, organizers said the first-ever Taste North Fork, a three-day Veterans Day event meant to spur off-season tourism by providing free bus transportation, was a win-win.

"The 'Taste North Fork' promotion was a great success across the North Fork," said Janine Nebons, co-founder of East End Tourism Alliance with Bryan DeLuca.

"Traffic and sales reports  have been outstanding, with most all reporting gains of 25-30 percent, or more increases in sates and traffic," she said. "We are very pleased to report that over 1000 visitors utilized the shuttles; visitors came from not only the New York City metro market, we had quite a few come from Connecticut."

North Fork

Cutchogue Man Organizes Relief to Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines…

Days after a deadly typhoon devastated the Philippines, a Cutchogue man is organizing a team to deliver life-saving help.

Typhoon Haiyan, which swept horror across the Philippines, was storm that officials say may have killed as many as 10,000 people and left others without food, water, transportation or communication in the devastation that followed.


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