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  •     An open house at 53 Toilsome Lane last month allowed the community an intimate look at the work of Yankee Barn Homes, a New Hampshire designer of traditional barn houses, farmhouses, carriage houses, and cottages.

  •     The Amagansett School Board discussed a number of positive developments at its meeting on Tuesday.

  •     When the Amagansett Fire Department held its annual Inspection dinner at the Devon Yacht Club on Friday, the department paid tribute to Joe LaCarrubba, the longest-serving member in its history, for his remarkable 60 years of service. Mr. LaCarrubba is the department’s first 60-year member.

  •    Stevie Nicks charmed a capacity audience at the Bay Street Theatre on Sunday, where she discussed “In Your Dreams — Stevie Nicks,” documenting the making of her 2011 album. The film premiered at the Sag Harbor Cinema following the talk as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

  • A simple act of kindness sparked a lifelong obsession.
  •     After two years of negotiations, the Springs School Board called a special meeting on Monday night to announce a settlement with the Springs Teachers Association on a new contract.
        Last Thursday the teachers, who had been working without a contract since 2010, okayed changes made to the previous five-year agreement. The board unanimously accepted the new contract, which will expire in 2015.

  •    In his 70th year, the remarkably youthful John Hammond opened the second annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival with a memorable set that spanned a wide breadth of the blues. There could hardly be a more suitable choice than Mr. Hammond, a former East Hampton resident who is also marking his 50th year as a professional musician.

  • Signs limiting or excluding certain vehicles, and strict enforcement of traffic regulations, are imperative to reducing congestion on residential roadways.
  •     A cautious approach to content on the school’s Web site is advisable, members of the Amagansett School Board agreed at its Tuesday meeting. Eleanor Tritt, the district superintendent, said that, because of privacy, security, and copyright concerns, students will not be permitted to publish Web pages on the school’s Web site,, and teachers must get permission to develop a blog.

  •    “For India’s Children, Philanthropy Isn’t Enough.” The article in The Times caught my eye, and dozens of memories leapt to mind, each a vivid snapshot from one of five visits to that faraway land.
        The article described the crushing poverty that still afflicts many Indians, and the “endemic corruption, from the very top down to the ground level,” that will prolong it, perhaps forever.

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