1. Quogue Wildlife Refuge Kicks Off Annual Membership Drive
This year, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is hoping to raise between $65,000 and $100,000 through its annual membership drive.
2. Tom Otis to Lead St. Patrick's Day Parade
The 43-year owner of the family-run Otis Ford, of Quogue, has been named as the 2013 Westhampton Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal.
3. Skip Heaney Named Legislative Director of Business Alliance
Patrick "Skip" Heaney, a former Southampton Town supervisor and more recently the commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Workforce Housing, now has a new job: legislative director for the Southampton Business Alliance.
4. Deer Overpopulation Prompts DEC to Expand Hunting Grounds in Hamptons
With deer populations continuing to increase across Suffolk County, including the East End of Long Island, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will open a special shotgun season for deer hunting with more areas open to sportsmen.
5. Hearing Set for New Quiogue Hospice Facility
The Southampton Planning Board has moved the East End Hospice's project to build an 8-bed inpatient facility in Quiogue forward at its last meeting in December.
According to a report on 27east, the planning board rendered the non-profit's site plan application complete and set a public hearing for Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall.
6. Southampton Hospital's First Baby of the Year: Yael Abreul
He may not be the first baby of the new year, but the first birth certificate marked Jan. 1, 2013, at Southampton Hospital belongs to a baby boy named Yael.
One day after the Jan. 1 deadline that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone set to have two controversial homeless sex offender trailers shuttered in Riverside and Westhampton, Bellone has pitched a plan that he said will close the facilities permanently.
8. Hampton Bays Ice Rink Won't Open This Year
No happy family memories will be made on Southampton's ice skating rink, which is based in Hampton Bays, this season — Chris Bean, thetown's parks and recreation supervisor, said the rink's liner needs to be replaced.
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