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  •    One Stop Pet Shop was crawling with two and four-legged beings on Sunday, as Santa Paws and his trusted elf distributed gift bags to the East End pets that have gained sustenance, and much more, from the shop for the last 25 years.
        Happy non-human types also posed for Polaroid snapshots taken by Sue Orlando, a co-owner of the shop at 136 Main Street in Amagansett.

  •    On Monday the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Commmitee discussed lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, which struck the region on Oct. 29, as well as a proposal to do away with the town’s architectural review board.
        Kieran Brew, the committee’s chairman, raised the topic of emergency planning. “I’m just trying to start the conversation,” Mr. Brew said. “You don’t really think about it until it’s too late.”

  •    Effective Feb. 1, East End Pediatrics will once again be a participating provider with Oxford UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Gail Schonfeld of the East Hampton practice said.
        East End Pediatrics had been out of the insurer’s network for the past few years. The announcement follows the pediatrician’s lengthy contract negotiations with the insurer.

  • A plan to designate 24 houses and a windmill as timber-frame landmarks was the subject of further debate at an East Hampton Village Board meeting last Thursday but looks to be nearing approval.
  • An energy performance audit, and implementation of recommended renewable and efficient energy systems, would greatly benefit the district, representatives of a Patchogue-based architectural firm told the Amagansett School Board at its meeting on Tuesday.
  • Climate change, and specifically its causes and effects, has been prominent in regional and national discussions about Hurricane Sandy.
  •    “Tashi delek.”
       The words, mumbled while fishing for coins in my pocket, surprise me, though it was I that had uttered them.
        New London, Thanksgiving Day, 11:30 a.m. I’ve allowed so much time to drive to Orient Point that I catch an earlier ferry and arrive an hour sooner than anticipated. I’m famished and everything is closed. Finally, not far from the Amtrak station, a small grocery, open.

  •     Thanksgiving weekend brought a crush of visitors to Amagansett, and the shops and restaurants of Main Street enjoyed brisk business. Among them was Ganeaux, which opened at 167 Main Street on Nov. 24.
        Christine Ganeaux, formerly a co-owner of Rube, across the street in Amagansett Square, hand-picked all of the merchandise in her new shop, which features an eclectic assortment of clothing, jewelry, accessories, books, scented candles, and more.

  •     Christopher Thomas Stamp, who discovered and co-managed the Who for 10 years, founded the independent Track Records label, and called East Hampton home for 23 years, died on Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He was 70 and had cancer for the past year.

  •    How do you get to Nashville’s famous Music Row? Practice, practice, practice.                 
       But if you really want to succeed in the country music capital of the world, pick up a copy of “Making the Scene: Nashville,” a new book that details — as its subtitle states — how to live, network, and succeed in Music City.