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  • The Montauk Music Festival’s seventh annual happening heralds summer’s imminent arrival, as the four-day event draws hundreds of artists and thousands of music lovers to the hamlet on the weekend before Memorial Day.
  • Last September, when the pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael spoke with The Star about her upcoming cabaret performance at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, she was already excited, though the show was still eight months in the future. “Billy Stritch is going to be my guest,” she said. “We will have two Steinways and will play duets, and I will interview him onstage. Bay Street is perfect for that.”
  • Amagansett voters passed the school district's $10.47 million budget proposal on Tuesday night, with 63 percent saying yes to the over-the-tax-cap spending plan.
  • An aquatic weed harvester that is to begin removing macroalgae from Georgica Pond this month is of concern to the East Hampton Town Trustees, who own and oversee many of the town’s waterways and bottomlands on behalf of the public.
  • The Long Island Commercial Fishing Association has joined the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in the latter group’s motion to oppose the designation of an offshore marine monument in the Northeast Atlantic, which environmental groups support.
  • The need for seasonal work-force housing is a crisis that only a multifaceted approach will resolve, according to those who spoke yesterday at a breakfast symposium organized by the East Hampton Business Alliance.
  • No nominating petitions from others, who might be considering opposing them, had come in by press time, although they can be filed through Tuesday.
  • The eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting oceans and beaches, has scored victories near and far in recent months.
  • “This storefront is more my style,” Beth Eckhardt said last week, as her business, Amagansett Flowers by Beth, began to blossom in its new home at 255 Main Street. “I’ve had my eye on this building for a long time, and it just so happens. . . .”
  • With winter flounder said to be almost nonexistent, Anne McElroy of Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences asked the East Hampton Town Trustees at a meeting on Monday to endorse the collection of data this summer in Napeague Harbor to find out why.

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