News That Topped In November

A round-up of top headlines during November 2012.

As we get ready to welcome December, here is a quick look back at the top headlines posted by Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch in November.

1. Hurricane Sandy

The arrival and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy during the month of November topped headlines. Here are just a few headlines we posted:

  • Hurricane Sandy Batters Dune Road
  • Sandy Wreaks Havoc on Hamptons Shoreline
  • Readers Share Photos of Dune Road After Hurricane Sandy
  • Enlarging Cupsogue Beach Breach To Be Filled In
  • Coming Together To Help Sandy Victims; Local Locations to Donate
  • Fire Chiefs Thank Volunteers for Service During Sandy
  • Village Looks To Rebuild Marina After Sandy
  • PHOTOS: Town Trustees Tour Sandy Damage At Red Creek

2. UPDATE: No Injuries Reported in Shore Road Blaze

Peter Neely, who was at the scene of Wednesday's fire on Shore Road, said Thursday afternoon that flames coming from the home appeared to be 10 to 15 feet in the air. And despite the threat, Westhampton Beach, Quogue and Eastport Fire Departments all worked together as one unit in quelling the fire before it spread throughout the home.

3. Elections

On Nov. 6, residents headed to the polls to elect representation. Below find some top headlines from our election coverage.

  • Local Voters Say Presidential Race Too Close to Call
  • UPDATE: Bishop Defeats Altschuler in Rematch
  • LaValle Handily Defeats Senate Challenger Fleming

4. Long Gas Lines

Finding gas a week after Hurricane Sandy became a daily task for most motorists. Here are some headlines we posted:

  • FEMA Delivers Gas to Hampton Bays
  • Gas Crunch Will Last Days
  • Gas Hunt in the Hamptons Tweeted
  • Cars Line Up at Gas Stations for Last Drops of Fuel; Shipments Resume
  • Odd-Even Gas Rationing Begins Friday
  • Gas Rationing Ends

5. Chief Wilson Stepping Down From Town Police Department

After just 18 months on the job, Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson tendered his resignation. The Town Board has since replaced him with Captain Robert Pearceon on a provisional basis.

6. PHOTOS: Scallop Season Re-Opens After Sandy

Shellfish were fair game early Friday morning and fishermen took the bays to harvest bushels of bay scallops after the Department of Environmental Conservation lifted shellfishing restrictions that were put in place after Hurricane Sandy.

7. School Districts Await State Guidance Regarding Make-Up Days

Area school districts announced that they will be using Spring Break vacation days to make up for time lost during Hurricane Sandy. In it will only use the days if snow days are needed and in the use of two Spring Break Days.

8. Village Ice Skating Rink to Be Relocated This Winter

With Hurricane Sandy causing devastating damage to the Westhampton Beach Village Marina, village trustees said last Wednesday that it is no place for kids to play and that the village's ice skating rink must be relocated.

9. Horror Movie Starring Brandi Cyrus Being Shot in Hampton Bays

The production crew of the film Old 37 is filming on Red Creek Road until Dec. 15.

10. Village: We Need Bigger Dune Road Barricades

Westhampton Beach Village officials agreed last week that barricades didn't prevent people from venturing to Dune Road during and following Hurricane Sandy — and larger barriers may be needed in the future to keep curious homeowners, housesitters and onlookers away in the event of an emergency.

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