1. Police: Armed Men Storm North Sea Home, Leave With Cash
Town of Southampton Police detectives are still searching for the men they said took part in a frightening home invasion in North Sea last week.
Police said it was just before midnight on Oct. 15 when two men barged into a home on Widener Lane carrying a revolver and a shotgun. The homeowner was in the house at the time of the robbery, according to the police report. Police said the two men grabbed $1,500 in cash from an envelope inside the home as well as the keys to a Ford vehicle, and then fled. The report did not indicate that the vehicle was taken.
Two years ago, Legis. Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, wrote a letter to Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., I-Sag Harbor, after he realized the county couldn't give property that the county had taken hold of through tax foreclosure to trustees. Often the county and towns don't have much use for such properties because they tend to be smaller parcels of land that can't be developed, he said.
3. 'Central Park Five' Film Kicks Off Black Film Festival Next Month
The eighth annual Black Film Festival, happening early next month, will feature films that further the mission of the African American Museum of the East End's mission to "treasure the past, tend to the present and transform the future," according to Brenda Simmons, the museum chairwoman.
Presented by the museum, the film festival opens on Nov. 7 with a screening of "Central Park Five," a documentary about the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping "the Central Park jogger," a white woman in Central Park in 1989. In 2002, a judge vacated the original convictions based on a new confession. The men filed a lawsuit, which remains unsettled.
5. Trompe L'Oeil Mural at Old Whalers Church To Get Major Face Lift
The Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor, a National Historic Landmark, is going to oversee a restoration of the historic wall painting behind the pulpit thanks to donations from its congregation just in time for its 170th anniversary celebration in May.
The Rev. Mark Phillips, the church pastor, said the trompe l'oeil mural, part of the original 1844 church design, will be restored to a more closely historical representation of the original by International Fine Art Conservation Studios of Atlanta, Ga.