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  • The East Hampton Star staff has been making more frequent trips to the library next door ever since Starbucks installed a coffee machine on the front desk. This I know, not because we have a sophisticated indoor surveillance system, but because my second-floor window on the south side of the Star building looks onto the sidewalk that runs between our driveway and the library’s Main Street entryway.
  • A 21-year-old landscaper who kidnapped and killed his aunt’s dog did so because he was upset with his aunt, a prosecutor alleged in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday.
  • Long-ago Bridgehampton was wild. And by wild I don’t mean the wolves, slander lawsuits, and dispossessing the native people that
  • Susan Nieland used to sell her handmade stone and metal jewelry at trunk shows, but they were lonely. She would lay out her work in a shop or other location, send out some email notices, and wait to make sales. Business was okay, she recalled this week. People would come, maybe buy something, perhaps just have a look around.
  • One of the few positives of being home ill for several days, even with the flu, is that you have time to think. Or not. In my case this week, 30 straight hours of sleep were punctuated by only brief periods of lucidity. During one of them, I realized I was wrong to have made light of my too-late, Thanksgiving-eve vaccination in the paper last week.
  • Springs residents turned out last Thursday for an East Hampton Town Board hearing on the future of their hamlet, however their comments were dominated by worries about the future of a commercial area just beyond the official Springs line.
  • Montauk’s sandy soil was never all that good for farming. The highlands that give the topography there its undulating form were the result of heaps of stone and sediment (till) kicked over by the last glacier some 11,000 years ago.
  • The report from the pediatrician was not good. The fever and cough that kept Ellis home from school last week was the flu or had turned into it along the way. Word went out to the various siblings, friends, and family members: Get your flu shot; even if you were already exposed, the vaccination would lessen the flu’s severity if it did pop up.
  • A rare before-Thanksgiving snowfall that paralyzed New York City and northern New Jersey during the Thursday evening commute had a negligible effect on South Fork roads. Only a mix of heavy rain with occasional sleet was falling in East Hampton Village at 8 p.m. Thursday, and the electric utility, PSEG Long Island, reported only a handful of outages.
  • Access to the easternmost point in New York State, at least close to sea level, will be curtailed for two years beginning in May for a project to shore up the bluff under the Montauk Lighthouse.

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