Amanda M. Fairbanks previously worked in the editorial department of The New York Times and covered higher education for The Huffington Post. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Hechinger Report, and Education Week. A graduate of Smith College, she spent two years at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in East Hampton with her husband and young son.
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Just as the skies opened up Monday night, the Springs School Board convened its monthly meeting. About a dozen audience members sat through an unusually concise session. John Grant, the board’s vice president, presided. Elizabeth Mendelman, the board’s president, was away.
Mr. Grant said the main focus of a recent board retreat was how best to improve communication between the district and parents. The board promised to ensure better Web site management and disseminate a forthcoming survey to gauge parent preferences.
More than 20 years ago, when Barbara Macklowe first walked through the front door of a house on West End Road in East Hampton, near where Georgica Pond is let out to the Atlantic, she wasn’t immediately sold. Roger H. Bullard, the architect of the Maidstone Club, designed the original part of the house in 1926 as an auxiliary building on the adjacent Ellery S. James estate. In 1962, the James land was divided and it became a waterfront estate of its own. It was owned for many years by Martin Revson, a member of the Revlon family.
Barbara Macklowe has a passion for photography and says it has taken over her life. After retiring from the family’s antiques gallery, she took several trips around the world, honing her picture-taking skills along the way. Self-taught, she learned by doing. She couldn’t put down her camera during two trips to India, one in 2004 and another in 2005, she said, and it changed her “forever.”
It was business as usual at Tuesday night’s three-hour meeting of the East Hampton School Board.
After more than two years of back and forth, the board finally hashed out differences of opinion concerning the district’s policies insofar as the adult and student use of its buildings and facilities are concerned.
Tuesday night’s meeting of the East Hampton School Board was business as usual, as board members listened to a presentatio