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  • In Tuxpan, a village in Michoacan, Mexico, where Beatriz Rivas grew up and where her three grown sons were born, the streets are alive with songs and merriment in the nine days leading up to Christmas, as the whole town joins in a tradition known as Las Posadas (Spanish for “inns”), parading from house to house or street to street in a lively re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging.

  •        Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix, glass artists who recently moved back to East Hampton after several years in Durango, Colo., have launched a Kickstarter project to raise the money they need to move their glass studio from Colorado to East Hampton.

  •        East Hampton Town Supervisor-elect Larry Cantwell announced on Sunday that he will reappoint Len Bernard as the town’s budget officer in January.

           “While it is the supervisor who makes this appointment, I have consulted with all members of the town board who will hold office in January and they all agree with this appointment,” Mr. Cantwell said in a press release.

  • In the race for East Hampton Town assessor, Joe Bloecker of Montauk, now a town trustee, is hoping to unseat the three-term incumbent, Eugene DePasquale, also of Montauk
  • The East Hampton Conservators, the political action committee founded by Alec Baldwin to back candidates who are strong on environmental protection, was accused by Republicans this week of violating campaign finance rules
  •     Larry Cantwell was the top vote-getter in the Republican primary for East Hampton Town supervisor, but Mr. Cantwell, the former East Hampton Village administrator who is running on the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families lines, has declined the nomination.

        Turnout was lower than 2 percent, and even in countywide Republican races, like those for sheriff or district attorney, less than 8 percent of registered Republicans showed up on Sept. 10.

  •     Eleanor Whitmore has been a driving force behind the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center for decades, acting as advocate, booster, ambassador, and vice chairwoman of the board, and now the board’s honorary president. Early education, in particular for the children of working parents, is a cause she is passionate about.

        “I’ve always loved children, and all that I can do to make their lives better is exactly what I want to do,” Ms. Whitmore said Tuesday at the center.

  •     The Northwest Alliance, a group formed to protect Northwest Creek and Harbor, Barcelona Neck, the Grace Estate, and the environmental quality of areas in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods, has asked candidates for East Hampton Town Supervisor and town board to answer a short list of questions on water quality, the dredging of Northwest Creek, and aircraft noise “in the hopes of building a consensus on the urgency of the protection of this area,” according to T. James Matthews and Patricia Hope, members of the alliance’s steering committee.

  •     Candidates for East Hampton Town supervisor and town board will meet at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street Saturday afternoon for the first of several debates scheduled over the next five weeks.

        This one, sponsored by the East Hampton Group for Good Government, is likely to include questions on the airport, deer control, wastewater, code enforcement, and the merits of a town manager, the group’s president, Jeffrey Fisher, said Monday. The debate will start at 2 p.m.

  •     The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will hold its annual budget vote and trustee election on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

        Residents of the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack School Districts will weigh in on a $1.55 million spending plan for 2014, which includes a debt service of $560,000. Total spending is up $29,100 over this year’s budget, and taxpayers will be asked to contribute an additional $30,100 next year. The library expects to raise $10,500 through fines and fees and $13,600 in investment income.

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  • If the weekend is all about being with the kids, but you’d like to see something beyond the playground, head out to the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on Saturday.