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  • Ellis, our 5-year-old, started kindergarten last week. And, since he attends school where, and in the same building, I did when I was about his age, a lot of memories are being stirred.
  • Harvesting shellfish was halted on much of Long Island following heavy rain on Thursday. News of when it will be safe to resume clamming will be posted on the state Department of Environmental Conservation website.
  • It would be best if I spared our eldest child my emotional confessions, but the house is now very different with her packed off to school in Delaware.
  • Two men escaped injury on Thursday when the 50-foot, 3,300-horsepower racing catamaran in which they were attempting to set a new record for circling Long Island, struck a buoy while going 148 miles per hour.
  • September brings with it clear skies, open roads, a sense of calm, and peak hurricane season. This year’s official forecast is for a moderately active Atlantic during the period, but records going back to 1851 show that for Long Island, as well as the rest of the coastal United States, from Texas to Maine, now is the time to keep a weather eye out, so to speak.
  • About year ago, I am still embarrassed to admit, I missed a letter from Hillary Rodham Clinton. The thing is, I am not all that great about dealing with personal mail.
  • “Schoolie” bass were stacked up in one of the Gardiner’s Bay inlets the other morning toward the end of an outgoing tide. A Springs resident who shall remain nameless reported that he had decided on a whim to don a mask and snorkel and let the current take him along for a ride.
  • What do you mean I can't take my Louis Vuitton to the Hamptons? The Long Island Rail Road warned passengers on Thursday that they would have to leave large items of luggage at home to keep aisles free for emergency evacuations.
  • We first learned there was a problem with our home address earlier this year when a guest was noticeably late for one of our kids’ birthday parties.
  • Sky watchers say this week’s Perseid meteor shower will be a good one. This is the annual show of sparkling streaks that last year was obscured by the light of a full moon.

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