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Week in Review: Acting Police Chief Chosen; Matthew Williams Mourned

Also among the week's news: LIPA chief resigns; and a surveillance video, hopefully, will lead to shoplifter arrest.

Take a look back at the week's top news and some headlines you may have missed:

Pearce to Serve as Acting Town Police Chief
Southampton Town Board members accepted the resignation of Chief William Wilson last week; Capt. Robert Pearce will serve as acting chief until a full-time replacement is found.


Family remembers, "His presence and laughter could lighten up the room."

Mariners Field Hockey Wins L.I. Class 'C' Championship
Southampton beats Friends Academy for the title.

SUV Slams into Sag Harbor Post Office
Police say accident occurred because of the driver's medical issue.


Henry, a Labrador Retriever who accompanied his owners to their Sag Harbor store for more than a decade, has died.

East End Students Unite to Cook Gourmet Meal for Ronald McDonald House
The Kids Stock the House dinner event will take place on Sunday in New Hyde Park.

Shellfish

Shellfish Farmers to Unveil In-Shell Scallops
Following a lifting of state regulations, shellfish farmers will now be able to grow a new kind of scallop.

Additional Shellfishing Areas Reopen After Sandy
The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the reopening of additional shellfishing sites, which were closed after Hurricane Sandy to protect the public health. The announcement comes after the DEC opened some East End sites last Wednesday.

Business

Firm Will Examine Southampton Village Retail Opportunities
The Southampton Village Board is bringing in a Michigan-based economic and planning consulting firm to examine what retail opportunities are being underexploited in the village's business districts. The board voted unanimously Nov. 8 to contract with Gibbs Planning Group for the study, which Mayor Mark Epley said he wants to see get underway as soon as possible.

Shop Locally in Southampton for Small Business Saturday Nov. 24
“A major foundation of our economy is small business, which I why we need to support them,” said Southampton Chamber of Commerce President Micah Schlendorf on Friday.

Crime

Cops: Woman Shoplifted 2 Purses [VIDEO]
Southampton Village police say an unidentified woman stole two valuable bags from The Perfect Purse on Oct. 25, and now detectives are asking the public to help identify the suspect.

Cops: Lineworkers Fight at Blue Collar Bar
Detectives with the Southampton Town Police Department say they have arrested a Kansas electrical lineworker who assaulted a colleague. According to police, the men got into an altercation at Blue Collar Bar on County Road 39 on Nov. 7 around 11 p.m.

Village Police Log: Riverhead Man Charged With Felony Forgery
Police say driver did not have permission to use vehicle.

Incident Reports: Looter Stole Gas from Nursery
Also among recent reports made to the Southampton Town police, a boat stolen in Hampton Bays

Man Charged in Connection With Bridgehampton Burglary
Southampton Town police announced Thursday that an arrest was made Oct. 27 in connection to a burglary that took place over the summer in Bridgehampton. A Bridgehampton resident reported the burglary on Aug. 16. According to police, sometime between 7:30 and 11 p.m. that day, two laptops and a 52-inch flatscreen television were stolen. The burglar entered through a rear window, police said.

Crimes Nearby: Cops Subdue Drug Suspect With Taser
Also on the East End, a man slashed with a knife in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot in Riverhead.

Sag Harbor Police Log: DWI Charge on Long Island Ave
Man arrested after being pulled over for failing to stay in his lane, police say.

Town Police Log: DWI Charge in North Sea
Also among the week's arrest reports, a man charged with attempted suffocation.

Superstorm Sandy

Meadow Lane Boathouse May Rise Again
A Meadow Lane landmark destroyed by Superstorm Sandy could be reassembled.

Aerial Photos: Repairs Begin on Hamptons Shore Post-Sandy
Homeowners and municipalities put beaches back together that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Temporary Workers Needed for Sandy Cleanup
Workers are needed across Suffolk to clean up after Superstorm Sandy — and the county is offering $15 an hour. The jobs are temporary, and currently unemployed residents will be given hiring preference.

Hervey Resigns LIPA Post
Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey has resigned, effective the end of 2012.

Tweet #PatchRebuilds to Help Hurricane Sandy Survivors
Patch will donate $1 to AmeriCares for every tweet with the hashtag #PatchRebuilds.

Suffolk Offers Sandy Tax Relief
The Industrial Development Agency is also pushing a program designed to get small businesses rolling again.

FEMA: Temporary Fix to Ravaged Homes
Homeowners will be able to "shelter in place" as authorities announce new program.

NYS Establishes Small Biz Emergency Fund
Local businesses hardest hit by Sandy may be eligible for a $25,000 short term loan.

Cuomo Commission to Investigate Utilities
Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice to represent Long Island on task force.

Report: Melville Attorney Leading Class Action Against LIPA
Newsday says lawsuit expected to be filed Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Nassau County.


Long Islanders show their appreciation for local and out-of-state crews who have worked extreme hours to restore the region.

'LIPA Style' Video Chides Company's Storm Response
West Babylon radio station produces "Gangham Style" video parody.

Bellone: 'The Lights Are Back On In Suffolk County'
Bellone said LIPA HQ ordered substation managers not to provide info; police, he said, collected the data.

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