Weird News of Week: Owner Asks Locals to Throw Paint at His House

Some stories are downright strange. Here's our wrap-up from around Northern Suffolk and the East End.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of the stranger headlines from the past seven days.

This week, both of our weird stories are coming from the Hamptons.

A small cottage in Maidstone Park in East Hampton looks like someone threw a bucket of paint at it — and that's because they did.

A hand-painted plywood sign out front of the Fanning Avenue house reads: "Help paint a starving artists [sic] home. Throw a pint."

Owner Rian White, who was the subject of a property-maintenance case between 2002 and 2009, was given a court summons this spring, once again, for allegedly failing to maintain his property. Town code enforcement is investigating further, thanks to the new paint job.

Splotches of orange and yellow paint appeared all over the exterior of the small cottage, including the windows and a door, this week.

Betsy Bambrick, the director of the code enforcement division, said her department received a complaint about property maintenance issues at the Fanning Avenue property and the adjoining parcel on Feb. 21.

"A Notice of Violation was sent for the homeowner to correct violations on March 28, 2012. When the inspector received no response - charges were drafted," Bambrick said in an email on Thursday.

A pair of baymen aren't trying to catch sharks and yet they keep finding them in their nets.

Brothers Danny and Paul Lester caught two more in the bay on Wednesday and Thursday, just two weeks after .

Danny Lester said he discovered a sandbar shark, measuring eight-feet long, in their trap, in an area known as "waterfence," east of Napeague Harbor on Wednesday. Lester said it was a live and he cut some rope from around the sandbar shark to let it swim off.

The next day, he found a dead Thresher shark in a bluefish net in the same area.

There doesn't seem to be too much cause for alarm — the types of sharks found in the bay don't usually attack.

Sand sharks, the first type found last month and let swim off — live close to the shoreline and don't bother humans much. According to the International Shark Attack File, there have are 29 unprovoked attacks with two fatalities.

squaw August 06, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I wish the town of Smithtown would crack down on several residences in the neighborhood. That is awsome this township works hard to address propery maintance issues. Wish people in our town were more respectful of their neighbors and that the town of Smithtown would make stiff fines and penalize. It is a disagrace paying our high mortgages and taxes and having to live near people not mowing their lawns, cleaning their pools, or throwing out garbage. It is when people are not even making an attempt but will blatantly do other activities that you know they are spending money on that is truly becomes disrespectful and a slap in the face to their surrounding neighbors. If you didnt want the task of propery maintance then buy a condo and please ask the town to drive around and begin enforcing penalities!!!!!!!!
Dee Bins August 06, 2012 at 12:50 PM
What is with the never-ending attacks on this East Hampton town resident. Take a look at the photograph and compare it to many other properties around town. It looks spotless to me....even with the new paint job. Why does the ganging harassment of this fellow never cease? People have too much fre time to waste, I'd say.


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