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A longtime reader of The Star has given me a copy of pages from an 1839 diary kept by a Long Island woman named Maria Willets, which describes a seven-and-a-half-day tour she and her husband, Stephen Willets, took in August that year, more than 175 years ago, from Westbury to Montauk and back.
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A group of us were on the beach Sunday night watching the sunset over the hills across the bay as a sound like thunder rolled across the water. Because it was not quite dark, our assumption was that it could not be fireworks, and no distant sparks could be seen on the horizon, and some among our group of picnickers assumed the end was nigh.
A brilliant blue sky and summer temperatures greeted those attending the East Hampton Town Trustees’ 27th annual Largest Clam Contest, held on Sunday.
“Don’t play it again, ’Nam,” I said to Mary as we agreed we weren’t up to watching what I’m sure is a very well done, years in the making Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War.

Where is that wayward but always underfoot shadow of a dog? And can a brother be forgiven for believing his late sister lives on in her pet?
As other East End towns had increases in the first eight months of the year, East Hampton's 2-percent transfer tax fell by double digits.
On Sept. 2, the 57-year-old long-distance swimmer and corporate attorney who lives in Northwest Woods attempted a swim to Block Island, "14 miles as the crow flies."
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The East Hampton High School boys soccer team had won three in a row as of Tuesday, improving its overall record to 4-5.
The Hamptons Marathon and Half Marathon were held in Southampton Saturday, and Barbara Gubbins, who is 57, made news inasmuch as she finished third over all among the half-marathon’s female entrants.
Police in Southampton Village are asking beachgoers to think twice before going into the water due to the recent storm activities.

The Hampton Jitney bus door opened and people began to board. Leroy Fixx positioned himself six or seven bodies behind a girl he’d already noticed. She was pretty, with short brown hair, and wore beige chinos with a black tank top that featured her chest. Leroy couldn’t take his eyes off her.