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  •     “Some people think that if you’re a fine artist and you do other things that are commercial art, somehow it degrades your fine art,” said Sydney Albertini. “I find that so untrue.”
        For Ms. Albertini, a Springs painter, ceramics designer, and quilter, her fine and usable art balance and “relieve each other, kind of like a good couple, a good marriage.”

  •     While thunder and a little lightning were frequent occurrences last month, on the whole, July was free of severe thunder and lightning as well as ocean storms, according to Richard G. Hendrickson, the United States Cooperative weather observer in Bridgehampton.

  •     When Joan Denny was appointed to the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals in the fall of 1991, the headline in The East Hampton Star read “Woman Appointed.” At the time, that fact alone was news.
        Ms. Denny, who is stepping down from her post, was the first woman to serve on the Z.B.A. Appointed first as an alternate, she was the board’s vice chairwoman for the past several years, stepping in to lead the proceedings when its chairman, Andrew Goldstein, could not.

  •     Eighteen years ago, a few months after my grandmother on my father’s side celebrated a milestone birthday, she and my stepgrandfather, Milt, took the entire family on a weekend getaway to the Catskills.
        There were 16 of us then and our destination was the Concord, the largest resort in the Borscht Belt, and at the time one of the last of its kind. According to Wikipedia, it had some 1,500 rooms and a dining room that seated 3,000. The food was kosher, to cater to what had historically been a Jewish clientele.

  •     The June weather report from Richard G. Hendrickson, the United States Cooperative weather observer in Bridgehampton, arrived this week — a little late but nevertheless still of interest to other South Fork weather watchers.

  • Since David Hartstein died last month, friends have been working to raise money for his widow and three children. More than 20 local restaurants and chefs, will offer “a taste of Montauk and the Hamptons” in a benefit Friday night at Solé East in Montauk.
  • I’ve always been concerned about what I eat,Even when I don’t follow through with my better intentions, which is often, they’re on my mind. Now that I have kids, I spend an amazing amount of time and energy thinking, talking, and worrying about what goes into them.
  • “Erroneous,” “arbitrary,” “capricious,” and “irrational.” These words were used more than...
  • “Good local food is for everyone. It’s not an elitist thing,” Amanda Merrow, a co-founder of the Amagansett Food Institute, said on Friday over lunch with...