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  • Positions have been terminated and programs have been reduced or, in some cases, eliminated completely in order for districts to come into compliance.
  •     The East Hampton Village Board voted at its April meeting to pierce the 2-percent tax cap if necessary, but it needn’t have bothered. At last week’s work session the board unveiled the 2012-13 budget, which came in a hair’s breadth under the allowable amount.
        The new budget of just over $19 million is an increase of $626,574, or 3.4 percent, over this year’s spending, and reflects a rate increase of 2.9 percent, $15,176 less than the tax cap’s ceiling.

  •     “I’m disappointed in this budget,” Stuyvesant Wainwright IV, a parent, said during the public hearing portion of Monday night’s Springs School budget meeting. “I feel like you sold out the school.” He spoke of the community forum on Feb. 11, when, he claimed, “70 percent of the community said to get rid of prekindergarten.”

  •     If there’s a little more traffic near the train station in East Hampton these days, it may be because Peter Ambrose, late of the Seafood Shop in Wainscott and the owner of Peter Ambrose Events catering, has hung out his shingle on Race Lane. Hampton Seafood, with Mr. Ambrose’s catering offices next door, has opened in the spot formerly occupied by Claws on Wheels.

  • It was announced at Tuesday night’s East Hampton School Board meeting that the district and the East Hampton Teachers Association have reached an agreement, and both sides seemed happy with the results.
  •     Christin Aucapina of the Ross School is one of 1,000 talented students from across the country who have received good-through-graduation full scholarships to use at any college or university of their choice, courtesy of Bill and Melinda Gates’s Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
        Almost 24,000 applications were received by the program this year, and Christin, who had gone through a rigorous application process last year and was already accepted to Brown University, had all but forgotten about it.

  •     Following a reported case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, at the East Hampton Middle School and another at the Springs School, the East Hampton High School administration yesterday sent out an e-mail to warn parents and administrators that a case has now been detected at the high school.
        The district is in contact with the Suffolk County Health Department, according to the e-mail from Adam Fine, the school principal, who referred all questions to the high school nurse, Lorraine Talmage.

  •     A Two Mile Hollow rebuild on a beachfront property was on the docket again, with revised plans, at Friday’s East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.
        Beautiful Joy L.L.C., which owns the property next to, and a little behind, the asphalt-covered village beach parking lot, had revised previous requests and moved the project back from the contour line of the dune ecosystem.

  •     It’s the tuition increase to the East Hampton schools of over $266,600 that is largely responsible for the Amagansett School District having to pierce the 2-percent cap on tax levy increases by over $323,000, Eleanor Tritt, the school’s superintendent, explained last Thursday.
        “Everyone’s really been working together to hold the line as much as we can,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the increase in tuitioned students, we’d be under the cap.”

  •     First quarter reports issued from two local real estate companies — Town and Country and Brown Harris Stevens — show an increase in sales for the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year, contradicting a report from Suffolk Research Services that showed a flat market or a marked decline.

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