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  •     For about as long as Sam Hamilton can remember, he’s been obsessed with cars.

        As a young boy, his collection of Hot Wheels provided endless hours of amusement, as did wandering the streets of Sag Harbor in search of dump trucks.

        But for the past four years, he’s had his sights set firmly on someday acquiring a 1960s-era American muscle car. Finally, that day has arrived.

  •     After much hemming and hawing, the East Hampton School Board meetings will be televised, a decision reached on Tuesday night following a presentation by LTV, which has agreed to broadcast the bimonthly meetings on Cablevision at no cost to the district.

        Patricia Hope, the board’s recently elected president, inquired as to the cost of including Spanish subtitles. According to the most recent New York State report card, the East Hampton Union Free School District is now 41 percent Latino.

  •     Two construction projects are under way at Springs School.

        One will expand the front parking lot to add more spaces and improve traffic flow. The parking lot, which now has 20 spaces, will get an additional 10 to 12 spots.

        The second project, the creation of a walkway along Ed Hults Lane near the back of the school, will improve safety for walkers, a particular concern during morning drop-off.

  •     Students at Springs School are finally one step closer to securing a safer route to school.

        Earlier this week, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced that the New York State Department of Transportation had agreed to cover safety improvements planned around Springs School, with the goal of helping to promote safer and healthier alternatives of getting to school and making it safer for everyone to walk or bike in the area.

  • Part-time is the new normal for most of the 100 or so employees at the Waldbaum’s supermarket on Newtown Lane in East Hampton
  •    Thirty years ago, almost as a means of self-preservation, Marya Martin founded the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.
        Soon after her marriage, the flutist embarked on the summer festival circuit, an annual cross-country pilgrimage that required she leave her new husband, Ken Davidson, a businessman, for eight weeks at a stretch. Dissatisfied with spending so much time apart, the couple decided to start their own festival a bit closer to home.

  • It is a changing of the guard for the Springs School Board, which recently elected a new president and vice president.
        At a reorganizational meeting on July 8, board members chose Elizabeth Mendelman as president and John Grant as vice president. Ms. Mendelman replaces the former president and outgoing board member, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, whose nine-year term ended at the end of June. Mr. Grant was also vice president last year.

  • Since establishing itself as a boarding school in 2008, when Ross first enrolled 11 boarding students, the boarding program has rapidly expanded. Of the approximately 500 students enrolled at the school this year, around 40 percent were boarding students, a number that school officials say will hold steady come September.
  •     The recent death of Anna Mirabai Lytton, a Springs School eighth grader, cast a pall over the school’s graduation ceremony last Thursday evening at East Hampton High School.

        There was hardly a dry eye in the house as Springs students took to the stage during a ceremony that celebrated the achievements of those assembled while also serving as a final farewell to a beloved classmate.

  • At the Springs School, where eighth graders should have spent the week anticipating summer and preparing for graduation, staff and students instead grappled with the death on Saturday of a 14-year-old classmate who was to have graduated tonight.