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  • With the autumnal wind comes the season of politics, and the weeks ahead will be filled with know-your-candidates fund-raising parties.
  • Steven Gaines, who is running for East Hampton Town Board on the Republican line, announced the creation of a new local political party this week.
  • The city was killing me. I had lived in five suspended-in-the-sky Brooklyn boxes in five years. And had commuted through Grand Central Station for three of those years, navigating the sweltering shuffle of feet in a kind of fish-feeding frenzy, darting between sharp elbows and swinging suitcases, muttering halfhearted “Sorry”s as I stuffed myself into the subway car before the doors slid shut with that metallic bing bong.

  • Pleanty to see, eat, and do as HarborFest 2011 sails into Sag Harbor this weekend.
  • After 10 years of reflective silence, Peter Buchman has come forward to claim responsibility for the commemorative Sept. 11 artwork along Route 114 in East Hampton.
  • A shed at 42 Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton Village caught fire shortly after 9 yesterday morning.
  •     In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, more than 400,000 people were left without power, struggling with flickering candles, sputtering flashlights, and refrigerator contents in varying states of troubling thaw. Just how long will all your victuals last? The United States Department of Agriculture says be prepared: After eight hours above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, you can’t keep much, and for many of us on the East End, power went out four days ago.

  •     A quiet house on the Montauk bluffs is at once a testament to the architecture of East Hampton and the wildness of the moors.
        Built in 1980 by the renowned photographer Richard Avedon, who died in 2004, the house recently underwent painstaking renovation but remains devoid of the porches, patios, and porticos that typify so many second homes.

  •     James Salter, the renowned American writer lauded for his straightforward yet probing prose, has received the Rea Award for the Short Story, marking another milestone in his literary career while heralding new works as well. Mr. Salter, who divides his time among Bridgehampton, New York City, and Aspen, Colo., said Elizabeth Rea, the widow of the award’s founder, Michael Rea, called him on Aug. 19 to let him know that he had won the $30,000 award.

  •     Marking its third season in an industrial-chic space on Route 27 in Sagaponack, the antiques store Wyeth, which specializes in the sleek, stark offerings of midcentury modern furniture, has undergone a transformation for its summer exhibit, “Teak & Oak: The Collaboration of Hans Wegner and Johannes Hansen,” which will run through Sept. 30. Additionally, its owner, John Birch, has opened a new store in Wainscott.