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East End Report: Mayor Orders Firing Range Closed on School Days

Also this week the Greenport ice skating rink opens and a Tanger employee was tied up and robbed.

Happenings across the East End during the week of Dec. 24.

Southampton

Mayor Orders Firing Range Closed on School Days

After receiving a complaint that students and teachers could hear gunfire from their classrooms at the Tuckahoe School four days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley has ordered the police firing range closed while school is in session.

East Hampton

Captain Milton Miller Dead at 97

Milton L. Miller Sr., a commercial fisherman and a member of one of East Hampton's oldest families, died on Dec. 16 at Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton, according to The East Hampton Star. He was 97.

Westhampton-Hampton Bays

Community Bands Together To Bring Christmas to the Homeless

The East End's homeless were treated to Christmas Eve dinner and a warm bed at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church with the help of area restaurants, scouts and residents.

Riverhead

Cops: Man Ties Up Woman At Tanger, Robs Store — And Steals Her Car

A female Tanger employee was robbed by a man who forced his way into the store, tied her up, and stole her car, police said.

Riverhead Police said on Wednesday at 9:02 a.m., they responded to the Aldo shoe store, located at 1770 West Main Street, Suite 902, in the Riverhead Tanger Outlet Center.

According to police, the female victim, an employee at Aldo Shoes, reported that an unknown male forced his way into the business while she was opening the front door to the store. The man, police said, placed an unknown object to the back of the employee's head and forcibly removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the store.

North Fork

Greenport Ice Rink Is Open

The Greenport Ice Rink opened for its eighth season on Dec. 24 this year for the winter season at Mitchell Park. Public skating is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cosmo Kramer December 29, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Love this firing range thing. Let's see the taxpayers complaints when the town ante ups for a new firing range someplace else. Are we really this sensitive and whiny? How long has this range been in place anyway? So glad to hear the mayor putting his foot down. I have an idea, let's not have officers properly trained while it takes the town time to set up a new range, as politics prevail and money and time is wasted. How many times a year is that range used? Most departments use a range only a handful of times per year, is it that inconvenient for the few times the police use it? Firing ranges have to be set up in very particular locations, for obvious reasons. I don't think it's such a big deal.
bonacbabe December 30, 2012 at 03:18 PM
If I knew that the shots I was listening to were from the police practicing their aim, I would be thankful that they were there practicing so they were ready to protect me and or my children.
Gail Simons December 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
If they only use the range "a handful of times per year", then surely in is not a big deal to move it to a time that doesn't correspond with school hours... Police or not, hearing shots fired would sure as hell interrupt MY concentration - can't imagine it's good for kids who are trying to learn.
Cosmo Kramer December 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Sure. What hours do you suggest? Before or after school? Most days on the range are a full day (8 hours or so), so it's not very convenient to schedule times around school hours. I agree it might be a minor distraction, but a little explanation to the kids should suffice, instead of changing ways after what has probably been years of use. Let's explain things to kids instead of trying to shield them from every little thing. This really isn't a major problem, but it's a hot topic now bc of the newtown, ct shooting.
Gail Simons December 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Cosmo, regardless of Newtown, it's got to be unnerving, irritating at the very least, to hear gun shots for an entire day. If it's a full day that's needed, why not a Saturday, then? What is the harm in working around a school schedule? I don't understand your reasoning - or lack of willingness to compromise!
ViralGrain December 31, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Fanatics of any kind are hard if not imposible to understand. I'm sure their are far more people who do would agree that this is more then a good idea. Cosmo maybe you can understand it like this. Would you like to have to hear shots being popped off every time you went to relax or take in a book? It's a not a positive distraction any way you look at it.

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