Fireworks by Grucci, courtesy of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, put on quite a show at Umbrella Beach last Thursday. James Katsipis

Alfredo Corchado, the prizewinning reporter, whose beat is the Mexican border Jack Graves

Cile Downs, left, with Dai Dayton and Sandra Ferguson, appear in a short film made by Ms. Downs and the Accabonac Protection Committee about preserving natural grasslands. It will be shown Friday, July 19 at the Springs Presbyterian Church.

Veterans who have been severely injured in recent wars will ride through Amagansett, Montauk, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor on July 20. It is the 10th anniversary of Soldier Ride, a cause born at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett out of an idea from Chris Carney, a former bartender at the nightclub. Durell Godfrey