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  •    Summer is over. For me, anyway. I’ve been at The Star for June and July as an intern from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I don’t have to tell you that The Star is a terrific publication — you’ve probably been reading it for years.
        The stories are well researched by dedicated journalists who are serious about their craft. The newspaper that comes out each week is the beautiful result of a few dozen people and their pursuit of excellence. It’s been an honor to be a small part of that unit this summer.

  •    It’s comforting to me how we scoot along each year marking the calendar by holidays. January is cold and dark, and after the enthusiasm of the New Year wears off, I feel a bit of a letdown. February gets more exciting with my birthday and Valentine’s Day — seeing hearts everywhere makes me smile.

  •    Films, thought-provoking talks, cab­aret, and pop music are on the schedule at Guild Hall this week.
        The Red Carpet film series will present two documentaries by Albert Maysles — “Gimme Shelter” tonight and “The Love We Make” tomorrow, both at 8 p.m.

  •    Filming on “A Maid’s Room,” a movie set on the East End and featuring details that will be entertainingly familiar to Hamptoners, wrapped up last week in Bellport.

  •    The summer benefit season is in full swing and residents are enjoying parties galore while supporting their favorite charities and organizations.
         If the walls are bare or need a change, the ArtHamptons preview party next Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. might be of help. Guests can purchase artwork offered by 75 galleries from around the world at Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton during a cocktail reception to benefit the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Admission donations are $125.

  •     Local residents who have dreamed of learning to ride, jump, and show horses may soon have a unique opportunity to do so, for Stony Hill Stables in Amagansett is launching a scholarship program for young people through its newly formed Stony Hill Stables Foundation.

  • The community covenants prohibit any kind of coop for the housing of chickens.
  • Chet Basher, a 70-year-old Special Forces Vietnam veteran and longtime summer resident of Louse Point Road in Springs, is riding his bicycle across America to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
  •    As the sidewalks in Amagansett and East Hampton fill with shoppers looking for that special something, several new stores have opened up to entice them with everything from swimsuits to bed linens.

  • Pranksters placed a tall, plastic giraffe deep in Napeague State Park at some point in the past weeks.