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  • Alec Baldwin, the actor and Amagansett resident, announced that his foundation would redirect funding to local libraries, including East Hampton's.
  • A temporary restraining order sought by East Hampton Village to prevent John and Suzanne Cartier from building a second house on their property at 105 Main Street was denied last Thursday.
  •     The Maidstone Club’s effort to implement its irrigation improvement project took a small step forward on Friday when the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals approved an outline for an environmental impact statement it has asked the club to prepare.

  •    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.

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