East End Notebook: 2 Pedestrians Struck, Killed in Separate Incidents

Also, a film camp starts up next week in "undiscovered" North Fork; beach twilight fees remain in place at Cupsogue, lifted at Meshutt.

Take a look at the past week in news across the East End:


On Monday, Suffolk County corrections officer Christopher A. Dean, 41, of Riverhead,  after police allege he struck and killed a pedestrian in a Riverside accident early Monday morning.

According to police, a call was received at approximately 12:33 a.m. regarding a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred near the intersection of Flanders Road and Old Quogue Road in Riverside

After a plea to the public to help identify the pedestrian killed in the crash, Southampton Town Police identified him as Efren Ramirez-Gomez, 32, of Riverside.

East Hampton

said Jeffrey Ahn, 17, of New York City and Amagansett, was killed after a minivan struck him on Old Stone Highway in Amagansett on Saturday afternoon.

Ahn had been walking north with a group of friends at the time of the crash, at about 1 p.m. 

Ladislav Smigura, 25, was driving a 2004 Ford van north when ran into the pedestrians, police said, near Ahn's home on Arbor Path.

Westhampton-Hampton Bays

The Suffolk County Parks Department has decided not to charge a $4 twilight parking fee at Hampton Bays' ; however, it has instituted the fee at   in West Hampton Dunes and at in Shirley.

North Fork

Actor, writer, director, and producer Tony Spiridakis has for years worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood on stage and screen — Timothy Hutton, Richard Dreyfuss,Kevin Bacon, John Malkovich, and Jamie Lee Curtis to name a few. He’s known for writing great roles for world-class actors like Academy Award winners Dustin HoffmanDiane Keaton and Eddie Murphy.

But at the end of the day, Spiridakis, 54, says that he is first and foremost a teacher. The native of Astoria, Queens teaches filmmaking at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in California and splits his time between Los Angeles, New York City, and the North Fork, where he’s summered since he was a boy and now owns a house in Orient.

This filmmaker’s love for the beauty of the North Fork and for teaching lead him to create the Manhattan Film Institute, and its first-annual summer film camp will take place begin July 2 at locations across the North Fork — a place he feels is still largely undiscovered by filmmakers.


Billionaire industrialist and frequent donator to conservative causes David Koch is planning a fundraiser at his Southampton estate for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney on July 8 for $50,000 a head — and a number of uninvited guests plan to crash the party.

The Long Island Progressive Coalition said Thursday it will help to lead like-minded groups to "non-violently disrupt" the event, which is one of three Romney fundraisers planned in the Hamptons that day, .


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