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East End community struggling to recruit and retain doctors

I have far more problems with the staff at doctor's offices here on the East End than with lack of drs. I haven't met a more incompetent group of office staffers elsewhere. I am a retired health care administrator with 25 years of experience in the tri-state area, including at inner city ERs, where you can work with some real lulus. The wait time for appointments is ridiculous and when I finally get to the doctor's office a month after making the appt, I am told I do not have an appointment (had I spoken to a ghost? No. Just a scatterbrain who hadn't entered the appt into the computer.). Twice I called specialists and specifically asked before making an appointment if my insurance was accepted by the physician and was assured both times it was, only to show up - a month later, since that's how long it takes to see a dr around here - to be told, quite nastily, that my insurance was not accepted. Never have I had even one of these types of experiences elsewhere. Believe me, when the office staff is incompetent, it will affect your care no matter how good the physician is. I no longer use physicians in this area because of their poorly educated, bad-mannered, incapable staff." Feb 28, 09 4:18 AM

Town code enforcement again raids Westhampton home owned by Kabot's aunt

She put in an illegal apartment after she'd been cited for disobeying residential laws. She needs more than a fine. She needs to cool her heels in a jail cell for a substantial period of time until she learns the laws apply to her as well as to everyone else. Fines will do nothing to curb this brazen woman who, after being admonished for breaking the law, goes ahead and breaks it even further." Nov 19, 09 9:43 PM

Sagaponack home damaged in March fire razed on Friday

Eight million for a house that has nesting animals between the floors -- and teal colored trim? Is she delusional or is it on a couple of waterfront acres?" Nov 19, 09 9:51 PM

Kazakhstan students on global tour visit Southampton Hospital

“It has been an interesting challenge trying to explain the American health care system to a bunch of people from Kazakhstan,” Southampton Hospital President Robert Chaloner said.

Hey, maybe he can try explaining it to Americans next." Nov 19, 09 9:54 PM

Nor'easter takes toll on beaches

My family has been on Long island since the 1600s and we never built houses on the beach. The only things that were ever on the beach were temporary shacks used by local fishermen and when they got washed away, that was it.

Something happened to some human brains in the middle of the 20th century which caused certain people to believe they had the power to prevent water from coming up during storms simply by not wanting it to happen. And something happened to the towns -- they became greedy for taxes and their politicians grew greedy for back door contributions/kickbacks/jobs for relatives. That's when houses started getting built on shifting sand." Nov 19, 09 10:03 PM

Turkeys in East Hampton: Friends or food?

I can't believe anybody would eat wild turkey and wild goose. They taste disgusting!" Nov 19, 09 10:07 PM

Southampton Village K-9 cop dies

Aw, I knew that dog. Very nice dog. " Nov 19, 09 10:12 PM

Mere mention of beach restrictions on dogs brings public outcry in East Hampton Village

If God had wanted dogs to hang out at the beach, he would have made them seagulls." Dec 2, 09 5:27 PM

From The Haitian Times: Haitians didn't believe this was the big one

Does anybody edit these articles? I can't remember the last time I read such a terribly written article.

"Debris falling all around him as the sky was quickly covered with powdered substance."

Aside from the horrendous grammar, this is a sentence fragment, not a sentence.

"Six others in the house never left. Fortunately they made it out alive."

No. If they "never left the house" then they couldn't possibly have made it out alive. "Never" means not ever. If they never left the house, then they would be buried under it, dead. Since they made it out alive, "never" leaving the house is not an option. They left the house. The only time you say someone "never left" is when you are saying that the people in the house died.

"Herold Guillaume was driving along Nazon Road when his green Toyota sedan began bouncing off, thinking that someone was hitting his car."

The bouncing Toyota thought someone was hitting Guillaume's car? How did he know that's what his car was thinking? Did it tell him?

A correct translation would be: "Herold Guillaume was driving along Nazon Road when his green Toyota sedan began bouncing off the road. Guillaume thought someone was hitting his car. "

" Jan 21, 10 5:23 PM

Dog poisoned; was it whale meat?

Another good reason why dogs shouldn't be allowed on beaches.

If God wanted dogs at the beach, He would have given them wings and made them seagulls." May 8, 10 12:28 PM

Arts district forming in Southampton Village

I'm sick of "the arts." There are art shows everywhere. I walked into a deli one day and they were having an art show. Enough already. How about a nice park somewhere with trees and bushes and bike paths and jogging routes instead of endless art shows where much of the "art" looks like something my 11 year old could do if given a school assignment? One thing I learned living out here is that anyone can call themselves an artist." Jul 29, 10 6:23 PM

Saks Fifth Avenue closes Southampton store this past weekend; Water Mill's Citarella also closed

Screw Citarella, what we need out here is a Trader Joe's." Oct 6, 10 7:49 PM

Maybe if the old coots who run the village of Southampton allowed shops to be open past 5 pm, they might get decent stores in here. Drive through the village at Christmastime - it's absolutely beautiful. And totally empty. Niot a soul on the street. not a shop open and selling items. Where I grew up, my village was bustling at Christmastime and everyone was in good spirits." Oct 6, 10 7:58 PM

South Fork Digs Out Following Blizzard That Dumped About 12 Inches Of Snow

The biggest problem I have is people trying to rip me off. We hired locally to plow out our flag lot but they wanted $400!!!!! My nephew up island does driveways for 20 bucks. He'd have done the flag lot, my driveway and my neighbor's driveway for $100, but of course he couldn't get here because he had so much work up island and it the roads were bad. I really hate living in the Hamptons where I have to suffer because other people are rich. You can tell by looking at my house - at my entire neighborhood - that we're not rich. I'm disgusted." Jan 16, 11 5:32 PM

Suffolk Water Authority Plans To Sell Surplus Land On East End

"Surplus" land? Give it to the conservancy if it's surplus. The water authority isnt in the business of profiting from land sales. Unless, of course, there's a motive to sell land cheaply to certain buddies.

Mr. Gaughran said this week. “They’re just there. We’re not supposed to be buying up land for the purpose of preserving open space."

You aren't "buying up land," dear. The land was already bought. You're not suffering or losing money, Mr Gaughran. Donate the land to preservation and get it off your poor little hands." Jan 16, 11 5:37 PM

South Fork Digs Out Following Blizzard That Dumped About 12 Inches Of Snow

Didn't move here, hon. Born and raised. I'd move if I could. Didn't get the flag lot plowed after this last storm, which is ok for me, since I parked up near the road and have been keeping my car parked on the road ever since. But so far, several UPS trucks, Fed Ex and the US Mail have gotten stuck in my flag lot making deliveries. Oh well. Poor them! Sorry, can't afford a plowout." Jan 19, 11 12:10 PM

Some Second Homeowners Might Be Taxed Twice Over

"But that would mean the "educator" six figure salaries, guaranteed raises, and gold plated pensions actually take money away from poor and middle class families? That can't be."

You're right. It can't be. And it isn't. Those people don't "take" money from anyone. They work and earn the money." Mar 6, 11 3:45 PM

Stony Brook Announces Plans To Add Programs, Some Residency At Southampton Campus

"Awarding MFA degrees would fit in with the plan. They can be earned, I presume, in two semesters. "

Where does one get a master's degree in two semesters? Mine took two years, which was four semesters. Everyone else I know with a master's had to go to school for a minimum of two years." Mar 6, 11 3:50 PM

$43 Million Tear-Down Approved In Sagaponack

If 100 homes were built for $430,000 each, that would have created a heck of a lot more jobs than one home for $43M.

It also would have sold 100 big ticket items like refrigerators, dishwashers, washer/dryers, ovens, bathroom fixtures like tubs, sinks, showers, etc, which injects money into the overall economy.

Plus, if only half of those homes decided to use sprinkler systems, that means 50 installation jobs (and yearly maintenance) for local sprinkler installers instead of one job.

Same with swimming pools. One $43M home = 1 swimming pool with only one swimming pool company getting the job. If only 1/5 of those one hundred $430,000 homes got swimming pools, that would be 20 swimming pools for local companies to install and maintain.

A healthy middle class is far better for the local and national economy than a small elite class buying very expensive seasonal homes." May 3, 11 12:48 PM

Two Brands of Cookie Compete For The East End Market

You can buy the exact same cookies for $1 less at Trader Joe's under the name "Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies."

They are exactly the same as Tates and are probably made by them and distributed under Trader Joe's name brand " Aug 15, 11 2:34 PM

UPDATE: Storm Lessens In Intensity; Should Make Landfall At 10 a.m.

I hope it blows away that huge monstrosity they're building on Montauk Highway in Water Mill. " Aug 25, 11 1:11 AM

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