1. 2 Houses Lost After Fire Erupts in Montauk Shores Complex
A fire that broke out in the Montauk Shores Condominiums destroyed two small houses Wednesday morning, but firefighters were able to save several mobile homes from catching fire.
Montauk Fire Department Chief Richard Schoen said the two unoccupied houses were completely engulfed in flames when the fire department was called to the oceanfront mobile home park off Deforest Road just before 6 a.m. "I live on the west end of Montauk and when I came over the crest by Surfside there was visible light on the horizon and it wasn't the sun," he said.
2. Alec Baldwin Gives $1 Million To East Hampton Library
Just months after becoming a father for the second time, actor Alec Baldwin has donated $1 million on behalf of his family to the East Hampton Library for its new children's addition, currently under construction and scheduled for completion in spring 2014.
On a conference call on Monday morning, Baldwin said libraries are "one of the great escapes of the world, and he said he hopes his donation will encourage others to help support the library as it heads into the final phase of the longtime project.
3. Alleged Robber Says This Is the 'Craziest Thing' He Ever Did
The 19-year-old accused of robbing a Springs liquor store was released on $10,000 bail after his arraignment on Tuesday.
John X. Tracy III hung his head down, his shoulder-length hair covering his face, as police escorted him into East Hampton Town Justice Court to face a first-degree robbery charge, a violent felony, related to the robbery at Springs Wines & Liquor on Saturday.
4. Lady Bonacker Receives Full Ride To Division I College
Raya O'Neal, a setter for the East Hampton High School girls volleyball team, has earned a full college scholarship to play Division I volleyball at Virginia's Hampton University, which is ranked number one in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
While there have been other Lady Bonackers to play volleyball in college as a walk-on, she is the first to take a full scholarship with a Division I school, according to Coach Kathy McGeehan. She is signing her National Letter of Intent this week to join the Lady Pirates.
5. Bridgehampton Volunteers Recognized For Saving 3 Lives
During its meeting in Yaphank on Tuesday night, the Suffolk County Regional EMS Council honored 14 volunteers with the Bridgehampton Fire Department for their life-saving efforts on three separate occasions over the summer.
One of the fire department's saves occurred in Wainscott in July with the help of the East Hampton Town Police Department. Ironically, that save took place within an hour of another save nearby when the Montauk Fire Department resuscitated a man who went into cardiac arrest in the back of the ambulance. Those EMTs and the paid paramedic on duty were also awarded certificates on Tuesday night.