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  • Stopping construction of 200 houses and saving the course
  • The Montauk Library has released its operating budget proposal for 2014-15. At $774,198, the total is slightly higher than last year. If approved, taxpayers will pay $24.27 (up from $22.93) per $1,000 of assessed property value, roughly $121 for an average house.

    The bulk of the library’s revenue comes from property taxes and such fees as fines, copy and computer charges, and grants, estimated at $19,603.

  •     Easter has always seemed to me to be a mystical holiday. We have the darkness of Good Friday, the quiet of Holy Saturday, and then the glorious brightness of Easter. Growing up, my whole family would attend the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s, Star of the Sea, in City Island. Even my father, who normally went to 6:30 a.m. Mass by himself on Sunday mornings, or so we thought.

  • It’s here, folks, the weekend some of us have been anticipating will pop the hard, cold bubble of winter. The Montauk Friends of Erin will be your hosts for the St. Patrick’s Day parade weekend, which starts tomorrow with a lunch to honor its grand marshal, Paul Monte of Gurney’s Inn.

    Reservations for the lunch, which will take place at Gurney’s from noon to 3 p.m., have been requested and can be made by calling John Behan of the grand marshal committee. The cost is $50 per person, payable at the door.

  •     I’ve become the absentminded reporter these days. And with St. Patty’s Day being celebrated in Montauk this weekend — the unofficial harbinger of the season out here — I’m not counting on Mother Nature to allow me to get my bearings.

  •        East Hampton Town officials have come up with proposed new legislation designed to tighten restrictions on taxis and prevent out-of-town companies from making a quick buck during the 8 to 12 weeks of summer. Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, the East Hampton Town board liaison to the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee, went over a draft of the legislation at a meeting of the committee on Monday. He warned, however, that it wasn’t simple to limit business in New York State. “We have very few tools to limit commerce,” he said.

  •        The Montauk School Board had its first peek at next year’s proposed budget, but it is far from being stamped with final approval, especially since one item’s fee was deemed “insane” by the school board president, Diane Hausman.

  •     Everything I said last summer that I would get done in winter has not yet gotten done. When the roses were still in bloom, I had plans to strip down and then paint a corner cupboard for my dining room, clean out the big closet in the living room, and organize my shoe closet. There are just been too many distractions, one of which is watching reality television at night.

  •     Paul Monte, the general manager of Gurney’s Inn, has been chosen as the next grand marshal of the Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade, to be held this year on March 23 starting at 11:30 a.m.

        The announcement was made at a pub quiz hosted by the Friends on Jan. 24, fittingly at Gurney’s Inn. Cheers filled the room when his name was called.

  •     Helen Ficalora, of the eponymous jewelry line that adorns the slim limbs of models and actresses and is often featured in layouts in major fashion magazines, has created a men’s line of jewelry that will be available by Father’s Day.

        Ms. Ficalora had a “soft” opening of her new men’s flagship store in early December. The store is in Manhattan, at 21 Cleveland Place in SoHo, right next door to her women’s boutique.