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  • So I was down at Town Hall the other day, picking up my dump, ahem, recycling permit, and a clam, uh, shellfish license. As I waited for the next available assistant clerk, I noticed a Latino man taking care of some complicated business at the next assistant clerk’s station. A moment later, a tall man with a long beard wearing a white crocheted cap came in, seeking town taxi paperwork.
  • Recreational anglers will have a daily limit of three fish, with a minimum length of 19 inches, when the fluke season opens in New York waters on May 17. The changes are a dramatic reduction from 2016’s five-fish, 18-inch minimum. The recreational fluke season will close on Sept. 21.
  • One of the things that sets East Hampton apart from so many other American communities is respect for its own history. Up here around our office, Main Street looks much the same as it did 100 years ago. Some of the houses here date much further back still, as much as a century before the Declaration of Independence.
  • The shadbush are blooming, and the dogwoods and lilacs are, too, which means that there should be fish around. And so there are.
  • After Matthew Lester died this January, his mother, Dana Miller Lester, posted something online about dandelions.
  • Over drinks with a couple of friends at the American Hotel the other night, Maziar Behrooz posed the question of what this place would look like in 100 years.
  • In the weeks since a dead tree outside my office window was taken down I have become aware of how many near-misses there are on Main Street on any given day.
  • What passes as a positive sign on the national front is when the headlines in the morning and the terrible thing that led the news when you went to bed are the same. Risk and scandal have seemed to come quickly in the last few months, with a fresh outrage presenting itself at almost every turn of the clock.
  • Up before dawn, I heard a spade-foot toad calling from the small swamp just west of my house. Spring mornings can be loud down here alongside Gardiner’s Bay, but on Wednesday, after a thunderstorm that came through during the night, the toad and a few birds whose songs I did not recognize were the only voices I heard.
  • Montauk’s venerable Keeshan Real Estate will join Compass, an emerging powerhouse in the home-sales market, the companies announced this week.

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  • 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.

  • It has been at least 15 years since the pothole-studded main road between East Hampton Village and Sag Harbor was resurfaced, and a winter that went from frigid to wet only did more damage. New York State authorities announced on Monday that the worst portions of Route 114 would be repaired before summer.