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  • 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.

  •     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.

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