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  •     Laura Anker Grossman called the East Hampton School Board meeting to order for the last time on Tuesday night after 20 years of service, a bittersweet event attended by her husband, Stephen Grossman, her grandson, Mizel Faison, and a large audience of well-wishers.

  •     Alexander the Great was a big fan, as were George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Charles I of England was so entranced with its flavors that he tried to keep the recipe secret as a royal prerogative.
        The cause of this historical brouhaha? Ice cream.

  • There will be no nail biting for anyone on Tuesday, East Hampton Village’s election day, as every race this year is uncontested.
  •     Frank Vespe of Springs was proud when his 16-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and her best friend, Elizabeth Walker, 15, of Montauk, put on a musical performance at a Levittown music store showcase. Proud enough, in fact, that he put a video of their performance of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” and “Let It Be” by the Beatles on YouTube so his brother in Westchester could enjoy it too.

  •     Gifts and hugs were doled out to Michael Hartner, the departing Springs superintendent, at Monday night’s school board meeting, but Kathee Burke Gonzalez, the board’s president, said that the new superintendent, who will be part-time, will not be named until the end of the week.
        “Hopefully we will have a fully executed contract by then,” she said. The start date for both the new part-time superintendent and the new administrative position of assistant principal is July 2.

  •     Sign Language on Gingerbread Lane and Ocean Graphics on Springs-Fireplace Road are in the business of making signs. But are the signs themselves indicators of business and how it’s doing in East Hampton?
        Business is booming at both, in part because of the recently enacted East Hampton Village law that mandates smaller contactors’ signs on properties where work is being done.

  •     It really wasn’t all that long ago when most people in the world knew which herbs, wild-growing fruits and vegetables, and tree barks were good to eat or to cure what ailed you. However, through industrialization and general busyness, it is a skill that we, as a people, largely lack today.
        Now Mark Mobius, a teacher from the Hayground School who served in the Peace Corps and holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University, is looking to change that, at least for the younger set.

  • The tale woven by the exams seems to show something that the district already knows: that the many students of limited proficiency in English, also known as English language learners, bring down the scores on the English
  •    Joseph A. Gaviola of Montauk has been appointed the chairman of the board of directors of Suffolk Bancorp, the parent company of Suffolk County National bank, the second largest independent bank on Long Island.
        “I am very proud to be entrusted with this position,” he said on Tuesday morning on his way to catch a flight to Chicago. A member of the board since 2004, Mr. Gaviola, who owns Gaviola’s Market in the harbor area, has risen through the ranks and was previously vice president of the board.

  • Besides endless traffic and lines at the grocery stores, overflowing garbage cans are another downside of the summer population explosion.

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