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East End Notebook: Sandy Fixes Press On, Schools Sign Exclusive Accord

A round-up of some of the East End's biggest news stories from the past week.

NORTH FORK

Mattituck 7-Eleven Celebrates One ‘All Positive’ Year in Business

About five years ago, Tony and Greg Cocheo began an odyssey to open up a 7-Eleven on the corner of Route 25 and Factory Avenue in Mattituck. The store would be the second one the Cocheos would own and the fourth 7-Eleven on the North Fork, replacing an aging Citgo gas station.

But a group of people in town hated the idea and began picketing the site proposed for the 7-Eleven about three years ago, the same time the businessmen were trying to get approvals from Southold Town and other agencies to start construction.

Work crews finally broke ground in July of 2011, but final approval was delayed by glitches in the site plan approval process and concerns about traffic flow and safetyaround the corner lot and the offset intersection.

RIVERHEAD

The clock is ticking -- and two homeless sex offender trailers that have been sited for years in Riverside and Westhampton are still open every night.

And, with a Jan. 1 deadline only weeks away, the date when County Executive Steve Bellone promised he would have the sites shuttered at a press conference in Southampton earlier this year, elected officials are calling on Bellone to keep his promise.

WESTHAMPTON-HAMPTON BAYS

Officials: Tiana Beach Will Be Shored Up

At a press conference held on Monday morning, Congressman Tim Bishop announced that approvals are now in place to shore up Tiana Beach, which was severely eroded during Hurricane Sandy with the dunes washing across Dune Road.

SOUTHAMPTON

The Tuckahoe and Southampton school districts — which are in the midst of examining the prospect of merging into one district — agreed this week on a tuition contract that means Tuckahoe graduates will exclusively attend Southampton High School in the 2013-14 school year.

Tuckahoe does not have a high school of its own, so parents have been given the option in recent years to either send their children to either Southampton High School or Westhampton Beach High School. Under the new exclusivity agreement, Tuckahoe School District residents who already attend Westhampton Beach High School will be able to continue their education there. But this year's eighth grade class at Tuckahoe must attend Southampton High School for ninth grade — or choose a private school.

EAST HAMPTON

Fishermen Angle for Extension on Striped Bass Season

Hurricane relief efforts have been well underway throughout Long Island since Superstorm Sandy hit back in late October, but commercial fishermen in East Hampton are hoping for some hurricane relief of their own.

The baymen said the ravenous weather from the hurricane and the nor'easter that quickly followed wreaked havoc on their striped bass fishing season, which comes to a close on Saturday. Many fishermen haven't filled their state-issued tags yet, even though only four days remain in the striped bass season.

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