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  •    There is an oft-repeated assertion by the late historian Jacques Barzun that starts, “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.” Perhaps less known is the full quote, which includes the suggestion that one learn the game “by watching first some high school or small-town teams.”

  •     Despite the ravages of Hurricane Sandy and a northeaster that followed, East Hampton’s Main Beach has been named the best beach in the United States on the 23rd annual Top 10 Beach list, as ranked Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman of Florida International University.

  •    When Kurt Roeloffs earned his license to practice as an optician from the Carl Zeiss Institute in Germany in 1926, could he have known that, almost a century later, a business bearing his name would be going strong on Long Island’s South Fork?

  •    An abundance of nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians will perform on the South Fork this summer. The more prestigious venues offer a broad range of musical shows, many of which will take place in a setting more intimate than audiences are likely to find anywhere else.

  • In a unanimous vote, the East Hampton Village Board approved a controversial change to its existing regulations, setting a 600-foot no-roam zone.
  •     With summer approaching, the Division of Vector Control in Suffolk County’s Department of Public Works will soon resume its battle against mosquitoes.

  •     Southampton Councilman Chris Nuzzi was nominated by the Suffolk County Republican Committee last week to challenge the five-term incumbent Jay Schneiderman for Suffolk County legislator. Mr. Schneiderman, a member of the Independence Party, is seeking his sixth and final two-year term.
        Mr. Nuzzi is serving his second and final term as a member of the Southampton Town Board.

  •     While beachgoers can still pay by the day to park at Two Mile Hollow Beach this season, there will be no parking attendant on duty at the parking lot there. Those without a village beach permit who wish to park in the lot between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. will have to purchase a daily permit from the office at the Main Beach pavilion before heading to Two Mile Hollow.

  • “We spent a lonely night at the Memory Motel / It’s on the ocean, I guess you know it well.”
        So sang Mick Jagger on “Memory Motel,” immortalizing the long, low-slung structure in Montauk’s downtown on the Rolling Stones’ 1976 album, “Black and Blue.” Rehearsing for their 1975 Tour of the Americas while camped at Andy Warhol’s Church Estate, the band, according to legend, was attracted to the Memory Motel for its pool table and piano.

  • Starting July 1 all dogs on East Hampton Village beaches will have to be kept on leashes while they are within 300 feet of parking lots and road ends.

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