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  • Absentee ballots can be requested by mail until Tuesday. They are due back by Nov. 14.
  • As of two months ago, I live on an island on an island off an island. Deep in the Mashomack Preserve, our house is separated from the rest of Shelter Island by a two-and-a-half-mile driveway, making it one of the most remote spots you could live in these parts. The quiet is quieter than anything I’m used to, the nights darker, the sunrises and sunsets more remarkable.
  • “It looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland,” Kim Nalepinski said of her community of Coral Bay on St. John.
  • James Lubetkin, an amateur baker who lives in Amagansett, brought home four blue ribbons and a second-place prize for baking from the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and was among seven people chosen to compete for the fair’s culinary grand prize.
  • “This has become a favorite go-to dessert because it freezes beautifully,” Jim Lubetkin wrote. “Simply defrost and serve at room temperature, either plain or with vanilla ice cream or vanilla-flavored whipped cream.” The recipe is from Nick Malgieri’s “The Modern Baker.”
  • A crowd some 200 strong, mostly women and most wearing white, gathered under the shade of the elms on East Hampton’s Main Street last Thursday to recreate a march for women’s suffrage that took place here in 1913, four years before women gained the right to vote in New York State.
  • A crowd some 200 strong, mostly women and most wearing white, gathered under the shade of the elms on East Hampton's Main Street on Thursday to recreate a march for women's suffrage that took place here in 1913, three years before women gained the right to vote in New York State.
  • In Jeff Mayer’s version of “Field of Dreams” it wasn’t “if you build it, they will come,” but rather they came and so he built it — the “it” in this case being a BMX pump track at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton.
  • The East Hampton Village branch of People's United Bank, which had been slated to close in September, will remain open, the bank announced this week.
  • The patriarch of a farming family that runs one of the largest remaining agricultural operations on the South Fork, Cliff Foster was also an advocate for farming and farm interests on Long Island for decades.

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  • The Garden Club of East Hampton’s annual plant sale preview, party, and silent auction will be Friday, May 25, on the Mulford Farm grounds from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 at the gate. The sale, with free admission, will begin in earnest the following morning at 9. Unique to the garden party will be Hawaiian orchids, hanging baskets, and specially selected potted plants. The silent auction will include books, paintings, jewelry, and travel opportunities.

    The sale also will feature annuals and perennials especially selected for East Hampton’s Zone 7a climate. In addition, annuals designated by New York Botanical Garden professionals for the garden club’s new Thomas Moran house garden will be on display.

  • Faced with a 90-percent chance of rain on Saturday, the LongHouse Reserve has postponed its annual Family Day.
  • Friday is National Public Gardens Day, and here on the South Fork, the LongHouse Reserve, the Madoo Conservancy, and Bridge Gardens will be open free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Training, evaluations, and testing for East Hampton Town's Nipper Guard program, an open-water swim program for children 6 through 8, will begin on Sunday at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter.
  • Monday is the final day of GeekHampton's latest e-waste recycling drive. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. all manner of unwanted and outdated electronics will be accepted for recycling at the Sag Harbor shop.
  • Repairs on pothole-riddled sections of Route 114 between East Hampton and Sag Harbor are set to begin on Tuesday. Motorists have been advised to expect delays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • A train from East Hampton to Montauk on Wednesday evening will be transformed into the Polar Express. Children who still believe (and even those who think they don't) have been invited to hop aboard for hot cocoa and a visit with Santa.
  • For the second straight year, local residents are being encouraged to sign up for the Southampton Town Police Department's civilian academy. The 14-week course, with one night class per week, starts Jan. 24. While Southampton Town residents are given preference, residents from other East End towns and villages will be admitted, pending availability of seating. Several residents of East Hampton participated in classes held earlier this year.

    Minerva Perez, the executive director of Organizacion Latino-Americana, took the course earlier this year and encourages residents from all communities to participate. "It is a phenomenal and in-depth program covering all different aspects of policing at the local and county levels," she said Monday.

  • People began to line up at 8 Friday morning to be among the first admitted to an estate sale at Grey Gardens.
  • The application deadline for the Talley scholarship is Friday. Applicants must be residents of East Hampton Town.