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Week in Review: Pedestrian Struck in Sag Harbor; Wölffer Stays in the Family

Also in the week's news, Southampton reacts to new state gun control law; tougher hit-and-run laws pitched.

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

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Southampton Reacts to New York Gun Control Bill
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed into law the first gun control bill to be adopted following the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. — with the support of the state lawmakers who represent Southampton. Southampton Patch asked the followers of our Facebook page what they thought of the legislation and its passage.

First Indoor Turf Bubble in the Hamptons Kicks Off Inaugural Winter
New turf facility offers players the chance to hone skills indoors during harsh weather.

Thiele: LIPA's Privatization Proposal Is Déjà Vu All Over Again
The Long Island Power Authority, as currently constituted and operated, is a monumental failure, says Assemblyman Fred Thiele.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Pedestrian Struck in Sag Harbor
Jhenny Arias is listed in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital, according to hospital records

2 Injured in Monday Accident on Montauk Highway
Two drivers were taken to Southampton Hospital Monday with minor injuries after colliding on Montauk Highway at the St. Andrews Road intersection. The accident caused the road to be closed in both directions, with traffic being directed to County Road 39. The detour added to congestion for evening commuters.

Crime

DA Pitches Tougher Punishment for Hit-and-Run Drivers
There has been a rash of serious hit-and-run accidents in Suffolk County of late, and Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota says that its time that something is done to hold the driver's fully accountable for their actions. Spota is calling for tougher penalties for those who flee the scene of an accident that results in death or serious injury — like the driver who fatally struck Sister Jackie Walsh in Water Mill on July 9, 2012.

Suffolk Cops: Phone Scam Ensnares Locals
County issues fresh warnings after five people in the past 24 hours are hit by a scam involving a caller convincing people to wire money to a family member in danger.


Also among the week's incident reports in Southampton Town, motorists fleeing accident scenes.

Crimes Nearby: Stabbing Alerts Police to Prostitution
Prostitution operation operated under the guise of perfume sale party in Speonk. Also nearby, masked gunmen hold up CVS in Riverhead.

Town Police Log: Drunk Drivers Nabbed
Also among the week's arrests: Sag Harbor teen charged with driving high; two charged with petty larceny.

Schools

Southampton Schools Introduce New Security Measure
Plans to tighten security predated Newtown shooting, superintendent says.

Supers Not Sold on Benefits of Teacher 'Bar Exam'
Southampton and Bridgehampton superintendents favor ensuring excellence, but are not convinced the governor's plan will do that.

Southampton School District Budget Presentations Begin in February
Southampton School District is entering budget season, and the public is invited to attend a series of presentations and participate in the discussion.

Sag Harbor School Board Extends Interim Superintendent's Contract
Dr. Carl Bonuso will continue as interim superintendent through the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

Business

Mini of Southampton Debuts New Showroom
The East End's sole Mini dealership, Mini of Southampton, welcomed the new year from a new location — a significantly larger showroom than its former home. The remodeled showroom at 35 Montauk Highway in Southampton has the capacity for eight vehicles, which is twice the space of the dealership's old location on County Road 39A, sales manager James Reister explained Monday. Reister said that more room was needed to show off Mini's offerings because, since Mini came to America 10 years ago, it has grown from one model to six.

Village Board Implored to Abandon Supermarket Law
Critics of proposed zone change ask the board not to go forward with another study, and just forget about controversial proposal.

Wine Country

Wölffer Estate Vineyard Stays in the Family
Sagaponack's Wölffer Estate Vineyard enters its 25th anniversary year with Christian Wölffer's legacy being carried on by two of his children. Brother and sister Marc and Joey Wölffer announced at the vineyard's tasting room Monday morning that they have bought out their siblings' interests in the 71-acre vineyard. After being overseen by the executors of the late Christian Wölffer's estate since his death, Marc and Joey Wölffer took the reins with the completion of the transfer on Jan. 1.

Channing Daughters Now Shipping to New Jersey
With license under new law, South Fork winery can send its bottles directly to New Jersey homes.

LI Wine Council Celebrates 40th Anniversary
One of many events planned to commemorate four decades of wine council attracts a Who's Who to Raphael Vineyards Thursday night.

Sandy Relief

Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund Is Not Slowing Down
Superstorm Sandy relief efforts continue with no end in site, Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund co-founders Romi Sloan and Kym Smith say.

Bishop Lauds House Approval of $50.7B Sandy Relief Bill
Funds will assist areas across Long Island impacted by Hurricane Sandy — though the Senate has yet to vote.

Musician Gives $500 to Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund
Lauren Kinhan's Kickstarter campaign supports grassroots relief efforts.

Sag Harbor

Long Wharf Deed Transfer Ceremony Planned
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, will present the deed to Long Wharf to the trustees of Sag Harbor Village on Feb. 8, and the community is invited to attend the dedication ceremony.

Bay Street to Host Viewing of Presidential Inauguration
Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre is offering the community the opportunity to come together Monday to witness the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Sag Harbor School Board Extends Interim Superintendent's Contract
Dr. Carl Bonuso will continue as interim superintendent through the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

Pedestrian Struck in Sag Harbor
Jhenny Arias is listed in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital, according to hospital records

Suffolk County

County Exec Bids Gregory Blass Adieu
As Gregory Blass, the commissioner of the Department of Social Services, resigns, Steve Bellone lauds his work.

Suffolk Notebook: Police Give Schools Security Primer; Land Bank Eyed
Cops will look at past school shootings to give educations options for upping safety.

Real Estate

Sold! Recent Home Sales in Southampton
From $455,000 in Southampton to $930,325 in Bridgehampton, here's what's sold recently in eastern Southampton Town.

New Fortune for Former Fortunoff? [Empty in Southampton]
6,000-square-foot retail building on Southampton's eastern edge is a prime location, but vacant.

Obituaries


Services for World War II veteran begin Sunday.

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