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  •     Most local after-school activities were canceled Tuesday as a light snowfall drifted through the air over the South Fork. Traffic on Main Street quieted down; the usual rumble of work trucks was thinner. The snow wasn’t sticking. The temperature was slightly too warm, but that did not stop the preparations.

        From my window, looking out toward the Town Pond green, I could see the occasional snowplow roll past, all geared up with nothing to do.

  •        When I was younger, my standing joke at this time of the year was that all I wanted for Christmas was socks. It was true then, and it is true now; socks are just fine, at least for me. For our three kids, however, gift-receiving is another matter altogether.

  •     Cold weather has put an end to what perhaps was a fool’s errand on my part. Sometime in mid-fall on a balmy weekend afternoon, I decided to start restoring our distinctly mid-century, divided-light casement windows.

  • After a tense search by helicopter and police dogs on Thursday night, police arrested a man who they said was foiled while trying to steal a truck from a house that he had taken another vehicle from a month earlier.
  •     Forget about turkey, this is the time of the year that our thoughts turn to shellfish. That is, if you are inclined, as I am, toward such things and did not get quite enough of the fall striper run.

        Shellfish news from local waters has been mixed. Most disturbing was a report this week that the East Hampton Town Trustees’ scallop sanctuary in Napeague Harbor was illegally dredged and sustained considerable damage to its eelgrass beds. One of the trustees filed a police report; there is no word on suspects.

  •        Pablo L. Estrada was too drunk to buy beer.

           According to a clerk at Montauk Beer and Soda in Montauk, who phoned police, Mr. Estrada stumbled into the South Embassy Street store at about 3 p.m. on Nov. 3, a Sunday. When the clerk refused to sell him anything, Mr. Estrada got into his pickup truck and drove away.

  •        East Hampton Town police released a report this week of the Friday arrest of a woman they said broke into the locked bedroom of her boyfriend’s apartment-mate, stealing an iPod and jewelry and emptying a piggy bank of about $30 in change.

  •     As I have admitted before in these pages, I have found it difficult to open my wallet for weekday lunch ever since Bucket’s Deli closed and the Griffiths moved away.

  • Police said they arrested John X. Tracy III, 19, in connection with with a robbery Saturday at Springs Wines and Liquors in which he was alleged to have made off with $1,500 cash.
  •     Shortly before last week’s issue went to press, something came in over the transom that transformed an ordinary pre-election week into a full-blown, viral Internet frenzy.

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  • Looking for something to do to get out of the house or pry those kids away from the electronic devices? The East Hampton Historical Society’s Marine Museum on Bluff Road will be open with free admission from Saturday through Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on New Year’s Day.

  • Santa in Spanish
    A Spanish and English-speaking Santa will greet children and hand out gifts outside Waldbaum’s market on Park Place on Christmas Eve between 5 and 7 p.m.

    Hanukkah Opening at Vered
    "Paintings of Hope," an exhibition of work by Haim Mizrahi, an East Hampton artist, will open at Vered Gallery in East Hampton on Saturday at 6 p.m. The evening will include a candle lighting and songs with Chabad of East Hampton in celebration of the fifth night of Hanukkah.