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  •     While people fret over pesticides and other nefarious additives in our food supply, who will be the watchdog for the four-legged crowd?
        Betsy Petroski Smith has stepped up to the plate — or the dog bowl — with a line of completely natural dog toys and biscuits under the name dogOdog, with all the ingredients, from packaging to product, 100 percent certified organic and made in the United States. Ms. Petroski puts the packages together herself in East Hampton.

  • A dire prediction was heard Monday night on the effect of the recent state law imposing a 2-percent cap on tax levies for all municipalities and school districts.
  • Michael Hartner, the Springs School superintendent since 2009, has tendered his resignation to the school board, effective June 30, 2012.
  •     “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s seminal civil rights masterpiece that rocked the world when it was published, has come to the Bay Street Theatre stage, under the able hand of Murphy Davis as director. Cut down to 90 minutes with no intermission, the production is offered as part of the theater’s Literature Live educational outreach program.

  •     Home, James!, nestled in a bright, goody-filled spot at 55 Main Street, is closing its doors after 25 years in business.
        “We’re going to focus our energy into our wholesale collection,” said David Cipperman, who owns the business with his partner, Josef Schreick. The shop features tableware, accessories, and linens, along with other personal items, such as Christmas ornaments, and has been a favored destination for shoppers since it first came on the scene in 1986.

  •     East Hampton Gourmet Food, in the back of 66 Newtown Lane, has occupied the same space for the past 17 years, although its first incarnation was as a wholesale shop, specializing in baking for Dean & DeLuca’s and Balducci’s.
        “When Ina [Garten of the Barefoot Contessa] closed the shop in East Hampton, we saw it as a nice opportunity to open our doors,” said Kate Pratt, the shop’s co-owner with Michel Mazuret.

  •     Two of the East End’s community banks, Bridgehampton National Bank and Suffolk National Bank, have posted their third quarter numbers, and both report strong earnings, but for Suffolk Bancorp, the good news comes in the midst of more troubling circumstances.

  • The East Hampton High School principal has made it “a personal mission of mine” to curtail the student-aimed evenings at Lily Pond, a nightclub on Three Mile Harbor Road.
  • Possible legislation limiting both the size of signs and the preponderance of bamboo was discussed at the East Hampton Village Board’s work session last Thursday.
  • The Life Skills class at East Hampton High School meets in a large, bright classroom, complete with kitchen.

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