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  • A close friend called on Tuesday to say he had been in the hospital emergency room overnight for treatment for an allergic reaction to meat.
  • If you are looking for a break from the bustle of the film festival this weekend, one of the more untrammeled options is the modest farm museum on North Main Street in East Hampton.
  • A dead whale washed up at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett on Monday. Another hit the beach east of the Maidstone Club yesterday. Predictably much of the response was downcast. “Sad,” some said, implying that human activity in the sea was to blame.
  • Digging opened Saturday for the East Hampton Town Trustees 2018 Largest Clam Contest. I should say officially opened, since it is my well-nursed suspicion that somecompetitors prospect for potential prizewinners all summer long, reserving the heftiest quahogs in deep hidey-holes for a shot at September glory.
  • The Great Hurricane of 1938 was a momentous event and perhaps a portent of the challenges to come. Eighty years on, a novel about how it affected the people of the South Fork reminds us to be afraid.
  • Ellis came home with ticks the other day. He had been on a nature walk with his thirdgrade science class when someone bolted from the path into the leaf litter to inspect something interesting. Accounts vary about who led the charge, but several reliable sources pointed to my son.
  • With just a few permits to secure, work on the long hoped for expansion of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center could begin this winter. The $8.5 million undertaking is to include two swimming pools, classrooms, and fitness and performance spaces.
  • Among the pleasures of a late summer day here is being at the beach and watching small shorebirds race to pick food from the wet sand as each wave recedes. As the next wave advances, they dance up the beach, returning in a seeming instant to probe again with their beaks.
  • On Tuesday morning, I took a shower with a clam rake; it made sense at the time. I had just come up from the bay after a swim and needed to rinse off the salt. So, too, did the rake.
  • Real estate in East Hampton Town has been on a tear in 2018, at least in dollar value, according to the latest number on community preservation fund receipts.

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  • With the Hamptons International Film Festival to open on Oct. 4, volunteers are needed to serve as ushers, collect tickets, and generally lend a hand to keep things running smoothly.
  • Toxic bacteria found in Georgica Pond in East Hampton and Sagg Pond in Sagaponack have prompted officials to warn the public against any water contact.

    High levels of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, were discovered by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in the two eastern Long Island ponds on Friday. Cyanobacteria can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin, eye, or throat irritation, allergic reactions, or breathing difficulties.

    In 2012 a dog died after it lapped up water from Georgica Pond; a toxic algae bloom was suspected as being responsible.

  • Veterans, fire companies, and scout groups will take part in a Memorial Day parade on Main Street in East Hampton Village on Monday, starting at 10 a.m.
  • County Road 39 in Southampton was closed on Thursday morning after a Pennsylvania man was struck and killed at approximately 2:30 a.m.
  • Panelists at the East Hampton Library will include representatives of the Deepwater Wind company that hopes to build the wind farm, environmental groups, and the commercial fishing industry.
  • Inspired by similar events called for in cities and towns around the country, a gathering to protest gun violence in schools will be held at the windmill at Long Wharf in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 11 a.m.
  • The weather service said that snow could be heavy at times, ending around 5 a.m. on Thursday, with 6 to 10 inches possible.
  • Yet another wintery storm, this one on the first day of spring, will hit the East End of Long Island on Tuesday night.
  • East Hampton Town Hall and all nonessential government services will be closed on Tuesday, as a late-winter storm that could bring about half a foot of snow hits the East End. Scheduled meetings were canceled, according to a message posted on the town website,

    Southampton Town government has taken the day off. Schools on the South Fork are closed as well. East Hampton Village Hall will be closed.

    Tuesday's South Fork forecast is for heavy snow at times with wind gusting to 45 miles per hour. Conditions are expected to improve by about 8 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

  • The six declared candidates for the Democratic nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in November are to appear in a forum on Friday at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway in Amagansett.

    The forum is being organized by the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee and will begin at 6:30 p.m. It had been originally scheduled for March 2 but was canceled at the last minute due to a coastal storm with winds that reached 60 miles per hour.

    Kate Browning, Perry Gershon, Vivian Viloria-Fisher, Bruce Miller, David Pechefsky, Brendon Henry, and Elaine DiMasi are expected to attend.