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  •     This is my last issue as a staff reporter for The East Hampton Star and I will leave on amicable terms with those I admire and respect there. Before you ask what’s next, the answer is “I don’t know.” According to my perpetual spiritual calendar based on “A Course in Miracles,” that is how it should be. “When we go into a situation not knowing, there is something inside us that does,” it read on Sept. 18. “We step back in order that a higher power within us can step forward and lead the way.”

  •    The streets of Sag Harbor and Southampton will be alive with music this weekend, with both the Sag Harbor American Music Festival and South­ampton’s SeptemberFest in store.

       In Sag Harbor, it all starts tomorrow night with a fund-raising concert at the Old Whalers Church by BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet, a Grammy Award-winning Cajun and folk band. The concert starts at 8 p.m., but doors will open at 7. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the festival’s Web site,

  • The Town of Southampton and the Village of Sagaponack have reached an agreement that will end the possibility that Sagaponack will create a police force of its own, at least for now
  •     Seaside sights, sounds, and tastes will bring the masses to the 24th annual Greenport Maritime Festival this weekend to benefit the East End Seaport and Marine Foundation and to celebrate the village’s 175th year. Over 40,000 people have attended the event in the past, whether for a glimpse of visiting tall ships, maritime demonstrations, or offerings from local artisans.

  • Another attempt is in the works to develop vacant or unused properties at the Sag Harbor end of the Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge, including parcels on Ferry Road and buildings on West Water Street.
  •    Angela Scott of Spring Street, representing 168 Sag Harbor residents who have signed a petition for what she conceded is a complex problem, once again urged the village board to make flooding in the village a priority. “Last week it hit home,” she said, and offered to do “whatever we can do to help you in the process.”

  • Accusations flew and voices were raised during a disagreement between Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride and village board members last Thursday over policing the village.
  •     Sag Harbor’s HarborFest, which began 50 years ago as the Old Whalers Festival, will celebrate its golden anniversary this year with a three-day glorification of all things nautical, as well as tastes of Sag Harbor food, music, and history.

        Competitive whaleboat races, the festival’s claim to fame, will go on all weekend, launched from Windmill Beach, with the winner crowned there on Sunday afternoon.

  •     Labor Day may have passed, but big plans are still in store for Shelter Island, and for good cause. The Rock’s annual fund-raising Beach Blast is set for Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday morning, it’s the charitable bicycle Spur Ride.

        The blast and barbecue is all-important this year to the Island Gift of Life, with last year’s event called off due to strong winds and a storm threat.

  •     The Sagaponack Village Board will hold a special meeting on Saturday at 9 a.m. to get community input on a proposal to create a village police force.

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