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  • Crime, real estate, and a tragic accident in which a young teen was killed while riding her bike were among the top stories on The East Hampton Star's website in 2013.
  •     Sharp-eyed readers of a nautical sort may notice a small but significant change in this week’s newspaper. For what I think may be a first, the tide table, which usully appears in the sports section, no longer gives the times of the daily highs and lows at Promised Land. Instead, it lists the ups and downs for the Three Mile Harbor entrance.

  • Angus Wilson knew this was an unusual year when surfers at Shinnecock Inlet asked him recently if he was there to see the owls.
  •     Leo the pig has hit what appears to be his adolescence — constantly leaving a mess on the floor and trying to carve out a little space of his own just to be left alone.

  • LongHouse Reserve’s Instore shop will be open for holiday shopping or simple self-indulgence on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The shop is at the entrance to the gardens, off Hand’s Creek Road. The selections may be browsed anytime at longhouse.org.

    Late holiday “shoppers” will be welcomed at the Animal Rescue Fund adoption center on Daniel’s Hole Road tomorrow until 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served to those stopping by to size up potential pet companions.

  •     Little did I know all these months that the school lunch that I was making for one of my daughters was actually feeding someone else’s kid. Not every day, mind you. This has only occurred on those mornings when I felt inspired at the crack of dawn to boil up a pot of penne, toss it with pesto, and spoon it carefully into a Thermos. And, I only learned about it when my daughter  mentioned in passing that her friend had asked why she had stopped bringing in her favorite pasta.

  •     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.

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