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Week in Review: Woman, Dogs Rescued from Freezing Pond; Legislators Co-Sponsor Hit-and-Run Bill

Also in the week's news, Southampton Village shelves supermarket law; state cuts to hit local schools; zoning board pool decision challenged.

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

Day Camp Opponents Appeal Zoning Board Decision
Little Fresh Pond Association files petition in New York State Supreme Court to overturn approval of pool at site applying to become a day camp.

Former Bridgehampton Fire Chief Raymond Topping Sr. Dies at 85
Raymond H. Topping Sr., a life-long Bridgehampton resident and 66-year member of the Bridgehampton Fire Department, died Jan. 19.


Local state lawmakers cosponsor legislation to increase penalties for drivers who flee the scene after an accident.

Southampton Residents Favor Guv's Minimum Wage Proposal
Cuomo wants to raise New York State minimum wage to $8.75.

Fire/Rescue


A woman stepped out onto a freezing pond in North Sea Friday morning to save a dog and fell through the ice herself — but North Sea Fire Department volunteers pulled her out of the water before the situation turned tragic.

Pickup Truck Rolls Over in Water Mill
Montauk Highway accident is second rollover crash of the day for the area.

Woman Extricated After Crash Wednesday Morning in Southampton
Two cars collide, with no injuries reported.

Southampton Firefighters Respond to Gas Leak on Elm Street
Road closed for a time Friday morning as leak was stopped.

Police


Southampton Village police said mother drove with a suspended license to scene of teen's arrest.

Incident Report: Ex-Employees Suspected in Separate Cases
Also among the week's incident reports in Southampton Town, motorists fleeing accident scenes.

Town Police Log: Thefts from King Kullen
Southampton Town arrest reports through Jan. 21.

Southampton Village

Southampton Village Shelves Supermarket Law Indefinitely
Village Board members want to know how some important matters turn out before making any decisions or ordering further study.

Southampton Village Receives $500K Safe Routes to School Grant
Southampton Village Hall got word this week that the village will receive a big chunk of federal cash to fund pedestrian safety improvements on North Sea and Hampton roads. The $498,374 grant comes from the Safe Routes to School program, which is designed to "encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school and to make walking and bicycling to school safe and appealing," according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

Sag Harbor

Mark Your Calendar: Casino Night for 2 Sag Harbor Entities
Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Bay Street Theatre join forces for a fun fundraiser.

Sag Harbor's Top Cop Part of DWI Task Force
Police Officer David S. Driscoll, who made 25 DWI arrests in 2012, also secured grant money for the village.

Business

Duck Walk Vineyards Sued Over Wine Labels
Duckhorn Wine Co. says Duck Walk is violating a past court settlement concerning ducks on bottle labels, Napa Valley Register reports.

Federal Rep: Businesses Eligible for Loans to Cover Sandy Losses
Though the South Fork wasn’t hit the hardest physically by Hurricane Sandy, help is available for long-term economic recovery for the area, says federal spokesman.

En Français: French TV Host Interviews Restaurateur Pierre Weber [VIDEO]
Juliette Longuet visits Pierre's in Bridgehampton to speak with the restaurant's owner and namesake. The interview is done in French.

Real Estate

Hamptons Home Prices Hit New High
Record average home sales prices in the Hamptons set during the fourth quarter of 2012 are being attributed to a year-end sell-off of multimillion dollar properties — so the owners could get sales on the books before higher taxes were imposed Jan. 1, 2013.

Top 10 Hamptons Home Sales of 2012 Revealed
Town & Country real estate reports that 322 Meadow Lane, Southampton, holds the title of Most Expensive Sale of 2012 in the Hamptons.

Multimillion Dollar Listing: New Meadowmere Place Mansion on Market at $9M
Listing boasts pond and ocean views.

PHOTO: Douglas Elliman CEO Joins in Honoring Congresswomen
Part-time Southampton resident Dottie Herman attends Washington, D.C., celebration of nation's 81 congresswomen.

Schools

'High Tax Aid' Cuts to Hit Local School Districts Hard
Tuckahoe, Southampton, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor school districts to see state aid drop in 2013-14 under governor's proposed budget.

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Four-Wheel-Drivers Lament; Outer Beach Opening in Jeopardy
For thousands of Suffolk County residents, packing up their four-wheel-drive vehicle and heading to one of Suffolk County's outer beaches makes for a perfect summer day. But with Hurricane Sandy devastating some of the beaches, driving on any one of the six area outer beaches may be a thing of the past.

Archive Video: Motorcyclists Race in Bridgehampton
YouTube user unearths 1997 video of the Bridgehampton Race Circuit.

Harvest East End to Switch Forks in 2013
After three years on the South Fork, celebration of food and wine moves north, but South Fork after-events are being planned.

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