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  • A public hearing on the 2014-15 Springs School budget Monday night took on a divisive tone as a number of district residents took issue with what some charged was a top-heavy administrative increase and questioned a new $2 million capital reserve fund
  • David E. Eagan, who is running unopposed for an additional three-year term on the Wainscott School Board, on which he serves as president, has refused to comment on his having been charged with criminal tax fraud, saying everything he had to say was in the introduction to an informational brochure sent to taxpayers about the forthcoming vote on the district’s proposed budget.

  • John Catsimatidis, the owner of the grocery chain Gristede Foods, made a six-figure donation this week to the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.

    Mr. Catsimatidis, who lives in Quogue and Manhattan, gave $105,000 to restore and refurbish one of the center’s four buildings. Its 12-acre property is just off the Sag Harbor Turnpike.

    Earlier this spring, the nonprofit reached out to Mr. Catsimatidis, who also heads the Red Apple Group, a real estate company, to ask for his support.

  • At a public hearing Tuesday night of the East Hampton School District’s 2014-15 budget, which was sparsely attended, the district superintendent and several board members spoke passionately in favor of piercing the state-imposed tax cap
  • Though many local school board races have only incumbents running unopposed, Bridgehampton is an exception, with three residents vying for two slots.

    Michael Gomberg, Jeffrey Mansfield, and Kathleen McCleland are in the running after Elizabeth Kotz and Gabriela Braia, two incumbents, decided against pursuing additional three-year terms.

  • The opt-out movement has grown, with parents across Long Island and New York City banding together to boycott the national Common Core exams.
  • A pair of drug-sniffing dogs from the Suffolk County Police Department’s K-9 Unit paid a surprise visit to East Hampton Middle School last Thursday. During the unexpected sweep, students remained in their classrooms as the dogs roamed the hallways and adjoining lockers, searching for illegal substances.

    Ultimately, a small bag of marijuana was seized from a locker in the girls’ locker room and turned over to the East Hampton Village Police Department. According to Capt. Chris Anderson, the matter is now being handled internally by the school.

  • Before adjourning into the rain-soaked night, Tuesday night’s East Hampton School Board meeting took on a deeply personal tone, with recently terminated employees vociferously airing their grievances.

    All told, the district sliced more than $1 million from the $65 million 2014-15 school budget. Among the cuts, the district eliminated seven paraprofessional positions and reduced an elementary guidance position to part time.

    Tuesday’s meeting was heavily attended, with audience members spilling out into the adjoining hallway.

  • On Monday, following months of debate, the Springs School Board convened for precisely eight minutes, during which time board members unanimously voted to adopt the $26,657,873 budget for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Since the Springs School announced the first-ever Mystery Art Sale earlier this spring, nearly 450 submissions have poured in from all over and more works still trickling in