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  •     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.

  • Ross School announced the addition of Mandarin Chinese as part of the lower-school curriculum.
  •     At the East Hampton School Board meeting on Sept. 20, Kevin Seaman, the new attorney for the district, gave a quick surmise as to where the district stands in the long-running and money-consuming legal battle with Sandpebble Builders.

  •     David Matterhorn, an artist who has been in East Hampton since 1987 and now calls Montauk home, did not intend to spend the last four years photographing the dashes on gravestones.
        “I had Lyme disease in 2008,” he recalled. “It wasn’t a fun time.”

  •     Through the screen of trees on Pantigo Road, the steady thrum of bulldozers comes from an area that has been quiet for many years — the four-acre property that once housed the Stern’s department store.
        “The building was deteriorating, and the town wanted us to demolish it,” said Alan Heller of Heller Design, the group that owns the property as an investment.

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