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  • A family of 12 made the East Hampton Library courtyard its new home last week, when a mallard hen became mother to 11 ducklings
  •     Five years ago, when Travis Field of Springs was killed in a car accident at the age of 20, a scholarship was set up in his honor.
        Mr. Field was known for his athleticism, kindness, and love for East Hampton. He worked as a traffic control officer for the East Hampton Village Police Department and was a member of the Springs Fire Department and a volunteer for the Springs Youth Association. He also played for two softball teams in leagues here.

  •    Next time you stub your toe, don’t call an ambulance. The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association distributed two fliers last week in response to an exorbitant amount of emergency calls made to the association, more than 119 in June alone. Many callers, it appears, did not understand what constitutes a medical emergency.

  •    John Domanic and Marsha LaTessa don’t have too many years of farming experience under their belts, but by starting small with a farm stand and leased farmland on Pantigo Road just west of East Hampton Town Hall, they think they’ve got a pretty good shot at it.

  •    It’s going to be a great summer for those interested in classical music. The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary with 11 concerts throughout July and August.

  •        A new predator is in town.

        What looked to be a coyote was spotted last week, early on the morning of June 24, by a farmer in Water Mill. The farmer noticed the animal in one of his potato fields and took a photo on his cellphone. The picture was passed on to the State Department of Environmental Conservation in Stony Brook, where the animal was confirmed to be the first known coyote in Suffolk County.

  •     Invasive species are a growing problem in East Hampton and the rest of Long Island. The remaining untouched land here — woods, marshes, beaches, and grassy fields — are being taken over by non-native plant varieties.

        Invasive species pose not just ecological threats, but economic and health threats as well. One of the worst invasive species affecting the Town of East Hampton is the mile-a-minute weed, also known by its scientific name, Persicaria perfoliata.

  • The appearance this week of Portuguese man-of-war on ocean beaches from Montauk to East Hampton Village has created a sort of "Jaws" moment for local officials.
  •     Josephine Meckseper, a New York City artist, photographer, and cinematographer, has installations of a different sort on display at the Parrish Art Museum this summer and fall.
        The exhibition is part of the Parrish’s “Platform” series, experimental artist-driven projects that aim to use all aspects of the museum as a canvas. The installations mix a number of artistic disciplines that in conjunction are designed to evoke certain feelings.

  •    It’s quite common to see deer while driving around East Hampton. Every time I drive by the open field on Apaquogue Road there are at least 40 standing there, grazing like cattle. They have practically been domesticated, and thus we are immune to their presence.       
        We smirk as they munch on our neighbors’ flowers and vegetable gardens. But most of the time, we simply see them as part of the landscape and move on.

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