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  • Today is the start date for the Army Corps of Engineers’ major construction project on the downtown Montauk beach. A group that sued in the spring to halt the project will go to Eastern District Federal Court in the coming days to try to stop it.
  • Tentative budget numbers released last Thursday by East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell call for a 2.76 percent increase that will be offset in part by $910,000 in savings.
  • Affordable housing advocates who have been working on the creation of a 48-unit apartment complex for low-income residents that they had hoped could be built on town land in Wainscott have so far not seen support from the East Hampton Town Board, which has been asked to provide land for the project, as has been done for other affordable housing efforts.

  • The Hamptons International Film Festival has partnered this year with the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration to bring short films made by students around the world to the East Hampton screen.
  • Lovers of both barbecue and football might want to earmark Townline BBQ in Sagaponack as well as the Smokin’ Wolf barbecue takeout shop in East Hampton as places to go for football watching victuals.
  • East Hampton Village in 1657 was, needless to say, a very different place from what it is now, but even so, a series of events in February that year that alarmed and aroused residents — a strange case of alleged witchcraft — still holds fascination today.
  • A Montauk restaurant and bar will no longer be allowed to have bands playing on its patio or to use speakers outdoors for the next year.
  • One sure sign of summer in recent years is the chokepoint on Montauk Highway on Napeague in the vicinity of Cyril’s bar and restaurant, where patrons parking up and down the highway shoulder and looking to cross the highway, which has a 55-mile-per-hour speed limit, cause a slowdown — and concern.

  • A proposed $73.5 million East Hampton Town spending plan would result in a 1.8-percent tax increase and add funding for police and code enforcement.
  • Ryan Murphy, a native of Ireland, is the new chef at the Topping Rose House. His new menu reflects his Irish roots and a French culinary influence. He uses seasonal produce, much of which is grown on the Topping Rose site.

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  • A group called Montauk Locals is urging concerned residents to gather at the Montauk Firehouse at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to greet the East Hampton Town Board, which will be having a 10 a.m. meeting there.
  • The East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to enact an overnight curfew at East Hampton Airport, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and to extend that curfew from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. for planes that fall into a "noisy aircraft" category.
  • An electric-vehicle charging station, newly installed at East Hampton Town Hall, will be unveiled at 9 a.m. Friday at an event sponsored by the town board and the Natural Resources Department. The public has been invited.

    The station is in front of the police annex at the town hall campus on Pantigo Road. It use will be demonstrated, using electric vehicles provided by Buzz Chew Chevrolet and Tesla Motors, whose representatives will be on hand to answer technical questions.

  • East Hampton Town will provide trash bags and gloves to volunteers pitching in on Saturday for the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day.

    Individuals and groups have been invited to collect trash on any beach. Participants will be asked to fill out an Ocean Conservancy data collection form, which the town will provide, to record the type of debris found. The information will be used by the organization to identify debris “hotspots” and issues, raise awareness, and help communities adopt policies that will contribute to cleaner oceans.

  •      A dynamic trio of East End songstresses, Nancy Atlas, Caroline Doctorow, and Inda Eaton, rocked a sold-out Bay Street Theatre on Saturday night for "Way Out East," the East Coast precursor to an upcoming mini-tour out west.

  •    A fishing fly is a kind of mystical thing, Eric Steel said. "It's one bit of fantasy, and bits and pieces and a hook, all tied together."