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Sun., Aug. 30, 2015
Hamptonites Mull Southampton Stealth Eruv Sell-Out
By Jack ODwyer
 

Southampton sealHamptonites are still in shock at Southampton conceding defeat Aug. 25 after a five-year battle with the East End Eruv Assn. against erection of an eruv Jewish religious boundary. SH lost the “sign” issue but is now abandoning its argument that eruvim violate the rule against church/state entanglement.

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Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
Southampton Gives Up On Eruv Without Public Input
By Jack ODwyer
 

Anna Throne-HolstSouthampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and the four trustees have been asked why the town’s capitulation to the East End Eruv Assn. was not on the agenda for the Aug. 25 meeting. Citizens have lodged complaints with SH.

 
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Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Southampton to Allow Eruv; Legal Costs Cited
By Jack ODwyer
 
Anna Throne-HolstSouthampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, announced in the last few seconds of the Aug. 25 town meeting, that SH would no longer fight an eruv in the town, saying a settlement absolved it of further legal costs and penalties.
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Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Shocker: Westhampton "Library" Is Private, Not Public
By Jack ODwyer
 

Westhampton Free LibraryThe election of a union Aug. 21 at the “Westhampton Free Library” by a 31-3 margin has put a focus on the library which is a private, 501/c/3 corporation rather than a “public” library. It answers only to its own board.

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Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Joyous Westhampton Library Staff Unionizes 31-3
By Jack ODwyer
 

WHB Free LibraryWesthampton Library employees erupted with cheers and applause at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 as a tally of paper ballots showed they had voted to organize a union by a 31-3 margin. It’s part of a revolt against the tight-lipped regime of Mayor Maria Moore.

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Sat., Aug. 22, 2015
Westhampton Library Staff Votes Union 31-3.
By Jack ODwyer
 

An angry Westhampton Library staff yesterday voted 31-3 to unionize. Employees are demanding “equal voice and due process” and a voice in library policy. Employee Sabina Trager claims she was unfairly fired June 23.

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Thu., Aug. 20, 2015
Irish PR Pro Duffy Trades Qorvis for McBee
By Greg Hazley
 
mark duffyMark Duffy, an Irish PR and political operative in Washington, has left Qorvis MSLGroup for McBee Strategic Consulting in the capital.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
Baltimore Police Get a New PR Head
By Greg Hazley
 
tj smithThe embattled Baltimore Police Department has brought in a civilian as its new top spokesman, following the exit of a 13-year police officer in the post in July.
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Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Court Orders NJ Gov to Release Media List
By Greg Hazley
 
christieA New Jersey court has ordered Gov. Chris Christie's administration to release its list of 2,500 press contacts, following a suit by a watchdog group in the Garden State.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Aug. 10, 2015
Ex-NSC Spokeswoman Hayden to Edelman
By Greg Hazley
 
caitlin haydenCaitlin Hayden, former spokeswoman for the National Security Council and special assistant to President Obama, has landed at Edelman in Washington as a senior VP in its media and technology unit.
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Fri., Aug. 7, 2015
Westhampton Board Lambasted by Eruv Opponents
By Jack ODwyer
 

whbThree speakers rose at the Westhampton Beach board meeting last night to castigate it for alleged stonewalling and inaction on the eruv issue. The board stuck to its "no comment" policy.

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Wed., Aug. 5, 2015
'Big Band' Drowns Out Westhampton Meeting
By Jack ODwyer
 

big bandThe first regular meeting of the Westhampton Beach board is Thursday at 7 p.m. but it's competing with a 25-piece "Swingtime" band that will perform on the Village green at 7:30 p.m.

 
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Wed., Aug. 5, 2015
Ogilvy's Wayman Leads Hager Sharp
By Greg Hazley
 
jennifer waymanJennifer Wayman, who led Ogilvy PR's US social change practice out of Washington, has moved to Hager Sharp as president and CEO, following a search.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Aug. 3, 2015
'Invisible' Jewish Lechi Sign Ruling Called 'Outrageous'
By Jack ODwyer
 

whbThe June 30 ruling by Justice Joseph Farneti that proposed Jewish markers on utility poles in Southampton would be “invisible” has been called “outrageous” by Arnold Sheiffer, chairman, Jewish People for the Betterment of Westhampton Beach.

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Thu., Jul. 30, 2015
Ex-Michele Bachmann Spokesman Joins Koch Bros.
By Kevin McCauley
 
Dave DviokDave Dziok, spokesperson for former Congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, has joined Koch Industries in Washington as communications director.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 29, 2015
Court Shows Faulty Reasoning on Hampton Eruv
By Jack ODwyer
 
The Suffolk County Court decision June 30 calling on Southampton to allow an eruv Jewish boundary hinges on the word, “display.” It fails to acknowledge that eruvim are widely displayed on Synagogue and Google websites.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jul. 27, 2015
Blog: Americans Back Iran Nuke Pact
By Kevin McCauley
 
Americans United for ChangeAmericans back President Obama's Iranian nuclear deal by a solid 54 to 38 percent margin, according to a poll released today by the left-leaning Americans United for Change operation.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jul. 27, 2015
Judge Rules "Invisible" Jewish Eruv Markers are Not Signs
By Jack ODwyer
 
New York Supreme Court Justice Joseph Farneti ruled that proposed Jewish markers would be “invisible” on Southampton utility poles and ordered SH to allow them. Eruvim, once established, are commonly displayed on Synagogue websites.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jul. 23, 2015
Anthony Weiner Joins MWW
By Greg Hazley
 
anthony weinerAnthony Weiner, the former Democratic Congressman from New York who resigned after an online sexting scandal in 2011, has joined MWW as a member of its board of advisers.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 22, 2015
Finzel Teams With 38 North
By Kevin McCauley
 

Ben Finzel, president of RenewPR, will also serve as strategic communications practice lead at 38 North Solutions, public policy/business strategy shop.

 
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