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Week in Review: Former Sag Harbor Mayor and Former Sacred Hearts Pastor Die

Also in the week's news, a new police captain is named amid controversy, the Zoning Board of Appeals sides with North Sea residents, and Southampton Village lifts the tax cap.

Look a look back on the week's top headlines, and catch some news you might have missed.

Click on the headlines for more on each story.

Obituaries


The former pastor at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church died Saturday morning at Southampton Hospital, according to church representatives. Reverend Monsignor Edmond J. Trench, who was the pastor from 1988 to 2000, was 81.


John A. Ward, of Sag Harbor, died Thursday, 11 days after his 90th birthday. The list of his involvements, accomplishments, civic posts were many and often legendary.


Born May 31, 1947, to the late Robert and Anna Person in Southampton County, Virginia, Person received his early Christian training at the Rising Star Baptist Church in Branchville, Va. Person relocated to Long Island in 1964 to reside with his older sister Mae.

Government


In a party line vote, a majority of the Town Board voted Tuesday to promote Lt. Robert Pearce to the rank of captain


Members of the North Sea community were elated Thursday as the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals declared that a proposed day camp off Majors Path will require a variance to proceed — a prerequisite that will be difficult to obtain and could stop the camp in its tracks.


While the idea of a passenger ferry connecting Sag Harbor and Greenport is picking up support, a Friday evening public hearing in Greenport brought up whether both villages could support additional parking for ferry passengers.


A for a shopping center anchored by a supermarket in Tuckahoe is being met with ire by the Southampton-Shinnecock Hills-Tuckahoe Citizens Advisory Committee just as the first iteration of the plan did. For the committee, the controversy speaks to a larger issue than one shopping center — it is about traffic and congestion in their community and on County Road 39, Southampton's primary thoroughfare.


Village Board votes to override state-mandated tax cap.


The New York State Legislature has signed off on new assembly district lines that cut some of southeast Brookhaven out of the South Fork's district but adds Shelter Island, according to Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele.

Schools


Southampton, Tuckahoe and Sag Harbor school districts, among others, look for ways to reduce expenses and property taxes.


Depending on what school district you live in, your child could be eligible for public prekindergarten as young as 3 years old. Check out your school district's offerings for pre-K and kindergarten registration:

Restaurants


Local restaurants are offering special prix fixe's from March 18 through March 25.


See which restaurants made Haute Living's list.

Crime


An East Hampton man was arrested after fleeing an accident in Sagaponack, according to police.


In this week's police files, mail fraud and larcenies reported from Eastport to Bridgehampton.


Also in the week's police blotters, graffiti suspect arrested and police say a drunk driver led them on a chase before crashing.


Southampton man refused a breath test, police say.


Police say unlicensed man was driving drunk and had heroin in a cigarette pack.

Opinion


Legislator says budget woes started when sales tax revenues declined.


A round-up of reader comments on State Sen. Ken LaValle's proposed bill to prevent gas stations from charging one price for a cash transaction and another for credit.


A round-up of reader comments on a film that explores illegal immigration in the United States.


Nominate Southampton by submitting a story to Reader's Digest explaining why it's the nation's most interesting community.


The Department of Environmental Conservation is considering adding to the number of free fishing courses it offers each year. Would you go, or bring your kid?

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