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  •        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.

  • Unofficial results showed a tight race for town board. Councilman Dominick Stanzione does not win re-election.

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