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  • 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.

  •     Ellenka Baumrind of Springs, who started by handing out a few jars of her ratatouille to friends about eight years ago, never expected to make a business out of it.

  • Forty-nine percent of last year’s third grade at John M. Marshall Elementary School did not pass the state’s English language arts test.
  •     “Of Mice and Men,” a theater masterpiece by John Steinbeck — the Nobel Prize-winning writer who wended his way from Northern California eventually to make his home in Sag Harbor — opened last Thursday at the Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center.

  • Pumpernickel’s Deli on Pantigo Road in East Hampton is closing its doors at the end of the business day tomorrow.
  • Those who shop at the I.G.A. in Amagansett has discontinued the use of plastic shopping bags in the grocery store altogether.
  • Differences of opinion were predominant about having 94 kindergartners in the gym at one time when the Springs School Board met on Monday

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