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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, December 29, 1977, Image 3

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THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., DECEMBER 29, 1977 THREE Bennett-Schoen Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Schoen of Middle Line Highway, Sag Harbor, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Denice Ann, to Melvin Charles Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin L. Bennett of Middle Highway, East Hampton. Miss Schoen is a 1977 graduate of Pierson High School, Sag Harbor, and a cosmetologist. Her fiance is a caretaker in East Hampton. He was graduated from East Hampton High School in 1972. No wedding date has been set. Kearaey-Martin The engagement of Georgica Eliza­ beth Martin to Kevin Paul Kearney has been announced. Miss Martin is the daughter of Mrs. Edward I. Martin of Georgica Road, East Hampton, and the late Mr. Martin. Mr. Kearney is the son of Mrs. Virginia M. Parent of Manchester, Mass., and the late Anthony F. Kearney. The wedding will take place June 24. Field-Coyle Mrs. James E. Dunlop of 21 McGuirk Street, East Hampton, has announced the engagement of her daughter, Therese Ann Coyle, to William Field, son of Mrs. Phyllis Field of Squires Path, East Hampton, and of William Field of Hampton Bays. Miss Coyle is also the daughter of John W. Coyle of 52 Cooper Lane, East Hampton. She is a 1976 East Hampton High School graduate. She attended Sullivan Community College and is now working in Alfred, N.Y. Her fiance, also an EHHS graduate, is studying photography in Alfred. A fall wedding is planned. Collins-Hurd Miss Patricia Ann Hurd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hurd of Revere, Mass., was married on Dec. 18 to Stephen Terry Collins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Louden Collins Sr. of Fireplace Road, Springs, at the Springs Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Paul Cunkle performed the ceremony. A reception followed at the home of the groom’s parents. Catherine Fiore was the matron of honor. The bridegroom was attended by his brothers, Thomas L. Collins II, and Michael deMar Collins. Mr. Collins is a lawyer in the Illinois State attorney general’s office. His wife is an intensive care nurse in the University of Illinois Hospital in Chic­ ago. They will make their home in Wheaton, 111. PLANNING BOARD Continued from Page 1 not at where I’m registered.” In the next “crucial years” when the Planning Board would be working to update the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, “the more good people who get involved no matter what their registration is the better for the Town as a whole.” She said she was “distressed” by indica­ tions she might not be reappointed, but “I don’t know what to do about it, except offer myself, and my enthus­ iasm.” Clayton Morey, the Planning Board’s vice chairman, opined that Mrs. Foster had “done a good job” and said he “would see no reason why she couldn’t” be reappointed. The Board’s chairman, Armand DeRose, who was out of Town this week, “would feel the same way,” he said. However, he noted, it was “obviously up to the Town Board” whether to reappoint her or not. “Good Reasons” “Obviously if they don’t reappoint her,” he said, “I have got to assume they’ve got good reasons, which at present are unknown to me.” Supervisor-elect Ronald Rioux de­ clined to say whether he favored reappointing her, explaining that the appointments were “still under discus­ sion. We’re having meetings to formal­ ize the whole thing.” Mr. Rioux was also invited this week to be inter­ viewed about what in general he plans to do when he takes office, and replied that such an interview would be “premature.” “I’d rather people hear it from me before they read about it in the Star,” he explained. Often people on official committees read newspaper accounts of actions by other officials before having a chance to hear of them from the officials themselves, he reported, and “that’s one problem that’s going to be overcome.” Supervisor Haas Mr. Rioux will replace Supervisor Eugene Haas, who, though also a Republican, did not seek and was not offered his Party’s renomination, but offered himself for reelection as a last-minute independent write-in candi­ date, losing badly but enraging the GOP leadership. Mrs. Foster’s appoint­ ment last year was attributable largely to Mr. Haas’s influence. Councilman Samuel Lester main­ tained that he had not made up his mind whether to vote to reappoint her. “We have some very good applica­ tions,” he said. “We may have more. It's a case of looking at all the applications.” To some observers, it seemed that the new Board may be retracing steps taken by a previous Republican Town Board eight years ago, when another well-known conservationist serving on the Planning Board — Berton Roueche, the novelist and journalist — was denied reappointment. Outcry The move provoked a public outcry, political motives were alleged, another Planning Board member quit in pro­ test, and a newly-formed (now defunct) environmental group called “The Citi­ zens Concerned For East Hampton” charged in full-page ads that the Planning Board was “being stacked.” Another post that the new Town In the Roaring ’70s SHELTER ISLAND took on an air of the 1920s during the recent filming there of “The Dain Curse,” a television adaptation of a Dashiell Hammett thriller. James Coburn was the lead, and antique cars were among the stars. The CBS show will appear in three installments in the spring. John Spear Billboard Ban Is Upheld The New York State Court of Appeals last Wednesday, Dec. 21, upheld a Southampton Town ordinance which prohibits signs and billboards within the Town not located on the premises of the businesses they adver­ tise. The ordinance has been challenged in the courts for the past two and a half years by four sign companies, the Suffolk Outdoor Advertising Company of Riverhead, Collum Signs of Water Mill, Behrle Outdoor Advertising Com­ pany of Jamesport, and the H.C. Board presumably will fill next week is that of Town attorney, which Duane Whelan is vacating after 15 years in it. The Republican Committee has re­ ceived five applications from lawyers and forwarded them to the Town Board without, according to Mr. Ecker, indicating any preference. The applicants are James Berlinger of Montauk, William Carew of Mon- tauk, Edward Horne of East Hampton, Stanley Hyman of East Hampton (brother of Marvin Hyman, another local lawyer), and John McGrath, who practices in Manhattan but spends weekends in East Hampton. Both Mr. Carew and Mr. Berlinger have represented Mr. Duryea on official or private business. Mr. Ber­ linger is currently on the State Assembly’s payroll as counsel to the Republican minority. Mr. Horne is the Town Zoning Board’s lawyer. V. Schaffner Williams Company of Riverhead, a subsidiary of Seaboard Advertising in Brooklyn. The companies said the ordinance was unconstitutional be­ cause it confiscated private property without just compensation and violated guarantees of free speech. R u li n g The Court of Appeals, however, ruled that municipalities could enact such a regulation for aesthetic reasons and that no constitutional rights would be violated in so doing. The South­ ampton Town Board, it was pointed out, had given the sign companies three years from the date the ordin­ ance was enacted in June 1972 to take the signs down, a form of compen­ The Ice Forms sation. It also provided that companies who felt the three-year time period was “unreasonable” could apply to the Town Board for an extension of the grace period for removal. None of the companies, however, requested an extension, choosing in­ stead to challenge the constitutionality of the law in the courts, according to Richard DePetris, the attorney repre­ senting the Town in the dispute. Within hours of the Court of Appeals decision, several billboards along Route 27 in the vicinity of the Poxabogue Golf Course were seen to have been dismantled. They were not taken down, however, by employes of the sign companies anxious to comply with the latest court ruling. According to William Collum Sr., owner of Collum Signs and several of the billboards dismantled, the signs were taken down by a crew frpm the State Department of Transportation. Beautification The State, he said, had bought the signs under the provisions of the State Highway Beautification Act, which was passed in 1968 to bring New York in step with the provisions of the Federal Highway Beautification Act passed three years before, in 1965. The State act, according to Mr. DePetris and Charles Pahl of the Department of Transportation, required the removal of billboards on private property along certain State roads, and provided for State compensation to the owners of signs in existence before the law was passed. The Act also provided “small com­ pensation” to the owners of the property on which the signs were located, Mr. Pahl said, since those parties would lose the rental fees they were receiving from the sign com­ panies once the signs were taken down. The signs removed recently from Route 27 as part of this program were acquired by the State “some time ago, last summer or early this fall,” Mr. Pahl said. Question Why was the State still buying signs located in a Town which already had an ordinance on the books requiring the removal of all billboards by 1975? Mr. Pahl said he did not know, but would find out the reason and report back. Approximately 17 billboards, he estimated, had been bought on the East End. Others, he added, were being taken down without compensa­ tion because they stood in the State right-of-way, and therefore required At Hook Pond only a notice to the owner of the signs before removal. About 100 signs and billboards owned by the four sign companies challenging Southampton’s ordinance are affected by the Court’s ruling. Most of them belong to the Suffolk Outdoor Advertising Company, according to Mr. Collum, who maintained that Suffolk stood to lose $200,000 worth of business because of the ordinance. Another Appeal? Mr. Collum said he did not know whether the four companies would appeal the Court of Appeals’ decision to a Federal court. Suffolk Outdoor Advertising, because of its substantial interests in the area, was the “prime mover” behind the last appeal, he said. No one at Suffolk Advertising was available yesterday for comment on the Court’s decision, but Mr. Collum said he expected the decision would be appealed as many times as was possible, and John Latona, head of billboard advertising for Seaboard Advertising, said the decision defin­ itely would be appealed. Both Mr. Collum and Mr. Latona said that many people would be put out of work as a result of the Town ordinance, including painters and carpenters em­ ployed by the companies. “Wait and See” Meanwhile, Mr. DePetris said the Town would not press for immediate removal of the billboards even though they are in violation of a law that has now been upheld. The Town would “wait and see” first if the sign companies appeal the Court’s decision, or accept the decision and apply to the Town Board for an extension of the time previously allotted for removing the signs. The Court of Appeals, Mr. DePetris pointed out, ruled only on the consti­ tutionality of the ordinance, not on the question of whether the three-year removal period was fair. The signs definitely will come down, but when they will come down is still unresolved, he said. Failure to comply with the South­ ampton Town sign ordinance carries a penalty of 15 days in jail and fines of up to $250. The ordinance was previously upheld by the State Supreme Court in Riverhead and in part by the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court. Tim Neale David Rattray

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