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  •     Even if you’ve never seen Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” you’ve probably had its most iconic song, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” stuck in your head at some point this holiday season. Two local companies will present their versions of the Christmas classic this weekend.

  •     Every professional writer who makes his or her career gathering other people’s stories should be on the opposite end of that equation at some point. Sure, we write about ourselves and our experiences from time to time, but it is very different when someone else decides to take on your story, whatever it may be.

  • Roasted Pork Leg (Ecuador)

    Patricia Moyano’s family gatherings at Christmas were big ones, and this favorite recipe she passed along from, is enough to feed a hungry crowd and is possibly more than the average home oven can handle. If you’re cooking for a smaller gathering or don’t have enough space in your fridge to let a 20-pound pork leg marinate, you’ll want to halve the recipe.

    Serves about 40.


    20 lbs. whole pork leg

    Juice of 3 limes

    40 garlic cloves, crushed

  •     White’s in East Hampton was sold in August, but longtime customers of both the pharmacy and cosmetics departments will be happy to learn that much of what they love about the store is expected to remain under the new ownership — including its pharmacist, Vincent Alibrandi.

  • 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.

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