Leonard L. Cooper of East Hampton, the owner of Cooper Sandblast, who had cancer and had been ill for several years, died on Sunday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. He was 75.
Gary Elmer Wood, a house painter who grew up in Springs, died of complications of esophageal cancer at his sister’s house in Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 19. He was 55 and had been diagnosed with the disease last month.
Beatrice Joy Petullo, who had worked in the pharmacy at White’s Drug Store in Montauk and been a housekeeper at the Sail Inn in the hamlet for the last eight years, where a celebration of her life is to take place at a later date, died at her Montauk home on Feb. 11. She was 68 and reportedly took her own life.
Audra Schutte Balcuns, who had been a public safety dispatcher for East Hampton Village and a volunteer emergency medical technician with the Springs Fire Department, died at home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., on Feb. 20. Ms. Balcuns, who was 47, had Lyme disease and dysautonomia, an autonomic nervous system disorder, for four years.
Well, well. If nothing else, the 2019 campaign season will be lively. Thank the East Hampton Town Republican Committee for stirring things up with an announcement this week of its candidates for town board, supervisor, and trustees.
Looking ahead to March 23 at 3 p.m., Guild Hall in East Hampton will join the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center in hosting a Thinking Forward Lecture Series presentation by Charnele Brown.