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  • If tears could put out a fire, the Amagansett Presbyterian Church’s Scoville Hall on Meeting House Lane would still be standing.
  • The old Bulova building on Hampton Street in Sag Harbor has seen better days, and lots of them. But the aged edifice is about to get a new lease on life.
  •     “Just because plastic is disposable, that doesn’t mean it goes away,” says Jeb Berrier in the award-winning documentary “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” which will be screened for free at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton on Monday. “And where is away?” According to the movie, “away” is overflowing landfills, mountainous islands of trash in the oceans, and even our own toxic bodies.

  • Test scores for the East Hampton Middle School were higher than New York State’s scores, and generally in line with or above other local districts.
  •     Eric Casale, the Springs School principal, gave a presentation on Monday night on the new common-core learning standards being adopted in 48 of the 50 states, which will hold schools “to the same bar of accountability — teaching for mastery rather than just covering topics.”
        “There has been such an emphasis on reading and writing, we forgot about literacy, social studies, science, and more,” he said, referring to the education system as a whole.

  •     Occasionally, I get a bee in my bonnet. Or ants in my pants. Whatever insectually-inclined idiom you use, I call it “hot-foot.” I need to fix something that isn’t broken, I try to change something that doesn’t need changing, I want to pack up my bindle and hit the road.

  • The current lease will see the theater through its 2012 season next summer, but after that the organization will be searching for a new spot.
  • In East Hampton Village, and other nearby towns and villages, bamboo is often considered an invasive species and a noxious weed.
  •     In its third appearance on the South Fork, Songs of Solomon, an inspirational youth ensemble that has performed with the likes of Elton John and Jessye Norman, will take center stage at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor on Saturday. The performance is a benefit for the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.

  •     Kids having their lunch money taken is a well-worn cliché since time immemorial. But it’s not so often that it happens to a school.
        Whitsons Culinary Group, the food provider for East Hampton, Bridgehampton, East Quogue, and Hampton Bays schools, has to pay back $807,000 for “illegally overcharging” 30 school districts, according to New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
        That’s a lot of bologna sandwiches.

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