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  •     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.
  •     The East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals is sending a clear message to those who would seek to expand beyond the prescribed gross floor area regulations or to edge over the allowable setbacks: Not on our watch.

  •    My British cousin, Jamie Gosney, recently decided to put together a compact disc — he calls it a family album — featuring the clan’s favorite songs as a tribute to his mum, my aunt Jen-Jen, who turns 80 in August.
        And he offered up a method with which everyone is familiar: “If you were, indeed, shipwrecked on a desert island, this would be the one piece of music you just couldn’t live without,” he wrote in an email.

  •    “Hi, I’m calling from the real estate agency to see if you have rented your house yet for August.”
       “No, I haven’t. Your office is in the village, right?”
       “Yes, it is. Why?”
       “Would you do me a favor? Would you go to Citarella and get me a half-pound of flounder?”

  •    Those who have been in East Hampton for a long time will surely remember the rearing red horse that stood in front of the old Levi’s store at Cove Hollow Road and Route 27, the namesake for the shopping plaza there and now the new Red Horse Market.
        The gourmet market opened its doors two weeks ago, and a tradition is taking hold among the mouth-watering displays of meats, pizzas, pastries, produce, and prepared foods — family.

  •     When he was only 10, Michael Derrig’s mother bought him a circular saw.           “I built my first brick patio when I was 11,” the landscape architect and founder of Landscape Details in Sag Harbor said with obvious pride.
        When he was 14, his widowed mother would hoist a ladder onto her car and drive him to his weekend house-painting jobs. “I was always very entrepreneurial. I gave a fair price and got the job done. I got a lot of work that way.”