Mar 23 2017 - 4:07pm

Joanne Pilgrim
A decades-long East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department practice of reusing industrial metal barrels for trash cans in public places has been halted after an employee, who felt ill after clearing barrels of chemical residue, raised questions about it.
Taylor K. Vecsey
When Eddie Ecker Jr. leads the Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday it will be the first time a husband and wife and their offspring will have been out front.
Jane Bimson
One of the 20 floats in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was presented by Montauk’s St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church.
Taylor K. Vecsey
Students at the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center are enhancing their vocabulary and spelling, as well as figuring out new ways to solve problems and work together as a team. They are learning all that while playing one of America’s favorite board games.
T.E. McMorrow
Since New Year’s Day, when the East Hampton Town Police Department changed the schedule and squad makeup of its uniformed officers, arrests have skyrocketed by 45.5 percent, according to the weekly logs.
Christopher Walsh

T.E. McMorrow
Sandpebble Builders, which won about $750,750 in damages last year following a jury trial in a suit against the East Hampton School District.
Taylor K. Vecsey
The East Hampton Town Republican Committee was poised to screen its final candidate to run for town board last night, just days after officially endorsing Gerard Larsen for one of the two seats.

Daily Grind

Taylor K. Vecsey
Sunday is the big day in Montauk. Eddie Ecker, this year's grand marshal, will lead the 55th annual Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade. Here's what you need to know.
Jennifer Landes
The Hamptons International Film Festival will host three screenwriters and their mentors at its annual Screenwriters Lab over the weekend of April 7. Returning this year is a screenwriting master class, which will be open to the public.
Taylor K. Vecsey
The Star received reports of clams, and even dead crabs, covering portions of the sand at Beach Lane and Town Line Beach in Wainscott on Saturday, as well as Main Beach in East Hampton Village throughout the weekend.
Star Staff
The Springs Seedlings edible school garden program and the Project Most after-school program will benefit from the Empty Bowls soup event on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion in Amagansett.

The Arts

Mark Segal
Since she began taking photographs almost 40 years ago, Joanna McCarthy has exhibited her work widely, won numerous prizes and awards, and been published in many magazines. However, prior to that career, she led another life in front of the camera as a model with the Wilhelmina and Ford agencies and was photographed by such luminaries as Irving Penn, Hiro, and Saul Leiter. For a number of years, the two careers coincided.
Mark Segal
From “Wall Street” to “Boiler Room” to “The Big Short,” the world of finance, high and low, continues to provide an endless source of material for filmmakers. The realm of real estate seems neglected by comparison, with the exception of a few films, among them “99 Homes,” about greed at the low end of the market.
Christopher Walsh
In the next installment of a concert series that has brought many world-class musicians to the South Fork, the audience will embark on a “Brazilian Voyage” when Nilson Matta, a Grammy-nominated bassist and composer, leads a trio by the same name at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Southampton Arts Center.
Star Staff
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will offer refuge from the bleakness of early spring this weekend with two nights of rock ’n’ roll, a new All Star Comedy Show, and a film from the vaults of the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Star Staff
A cooperative pop-up gallery at the Malia Mills swimsuit boutique on Main Street in East Hampton has energized the space, previously empty in the off-season, with art exhibitions and readings. Drama will be added to the mix on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when Chloe Dirksen and J. Stephen Brantley perform a staged reading of “May 39th,” a 40-minute play by Callie Kimball.
Mark Segal
Bastienne Schmidt, the artist who organized the exhibition “A Sense of Place” at the Southampton Arts Center, will be joined by other artists from the show for a free talk and gallery tour on Sunday at 3 p.m. Guild Hall has set Sunday at 5 p.m. as the deadline for registration for this year’s Artists Members Exhibition. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

Food

Taylor K. Vecsey
For years, customers had asked Jason Belkin to serve dinner at Hampton Coffee Company’s Water Mill spot, which has been open for 24 years. “We’ve been procrastinating,” Mr. Belkin said with a laugh. He has been busy growing the business to include cafes in Westhampton and Southampton, and most recently in Aquebogue. Over the winter, a longtime plan came together to finally give his customers what they had been asking for: dinner at Hampton Coffee.
Joanne Pilgrim
Taste a bite from a whole host of East End restaurants and food producers on April 2 at A Moveable Feast, a Slow Food East End fund-raiser for its Edible School Gardens program. Cittanuova restaurant in East Hampton, which has expanded its bar seating area and is showing basketball games on large TVs over the bar, is serving complimentary Buffalo chicken wings during Monday and Tuesday night games after 6.
Jennifer Landes
In case you are not Irish or have your head in the sand, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. For those looking to satisfy their holiday hankering for corned beef and cabbage, the traditional American way to celebrate the day in an epicurean way, there are numerous places to find it.

Sports

Jack Graves
Don Reese, who for the past half-dozen or so years has headed up East Hampton’s youth football and basketball programs, said during a conversation at The Star Monday that, despite criticisms leveled at him following his fifth-and-sixth-grade team’s recent tournament championship win at the South­ampton Recreation Center, he was not an elitist.
Jack Graves
Joe Vas, the East Hampton School District’s athletic director, said during Monday’s baseball scrimmage here with Southampton that he had made the decision to accept the Section XI-mandated move up from Conference IV to the “black-and-blue” Conference III, a move dictated by new enrollment numbers, though he wanted to hear that night at a meeting in the school’s cafeteria what the parents’, players’, and coaches’ thoughts were.
Jack Graves
The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s youth swim team, the Hurricanes, placed fourth among 40 teams at the state Y meet in Ithaca this past weekend.
Larry Penny
The birds that have been showing up at your feeder daily will still need another couple of weeks of food to keep them going.
Star Staff
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