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  •    Shellfish fans in the Town of East Hampton got a reminder this week of just how lucky we are — for now. The State Department of Environmental Conservation ordered a huge swath of Shinnecock Bay closed on Tuesday until further notice after the detection of a powerful biotoxin there.

  • Easter for Children
        Various and sundry Easter events for children will be held in and around the village this weekend.
        The Maidstone Gun Club’s popular egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine. Children from 1 to 8 will be welcomed, and should have a bag or basket for their finds, the club advises. Prizes, hot chocolate, and cookies are promised. The club is off Daniel’s Hole Road about a quarter-mile north of East Hampton Airport.

  •    The girls were sick this week with one of those things that were going around, and so I got to spend a fair amount of time at home. With one child throwing up and another confined to bed, I stayed close, but that did not keep me from paying attention to the wildlife in this early spring.

  • Into Shape
    The Navy’s news service has sent a note that Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos A. Chacon, a son of Jamie A. Chacon of Crystal Drive and a 2005 graduate of East Hampton High School, is among some 730 Department of Defense personnel taking part in a four-week “crews into shape” strength and fitness program this month. Personnel are divided into teams and points are awarded toward a final ranking. Points are gained through exercise and eating at least two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables every day.

  •    You know the summer season is approaching when the national media stories start appearing about places like East Hampton. This week it was a brief ripple in the Internet blogosphere that the village’s 2012 nonresident  permits for beach parking were selling out earlier than usual.
        A senior editor at CNBC.com wrote that the fact that the maximum number, 2,900, sold quickly this year could be a positive indicator for the housing market.

  •    The spring peepers had started their annual chorus by the time the family got home from a vacation on March 13. We had been away for the preceding week, so if the frogs had started singing before that, I was not around to hear it. This bothered me a bit, since I have been recording the date on which I first hear them every year since 1998. As it is, however, March 13 ties for the earliest I have heard the peepers since I started taking note.

  •    Traveling with children, as my wife and I did last week, is, for those of you who have not experienced it, anything but relaxing. A man in the San Juan Airport departure terminal Tuesday, noticing Lisa chasing after our 2-year-old, Ellis, remarked out of the blue that she looked tired. I am sure I am looking tired, too, as I write this on a Delta flight back to J.F.K. After we land, we have at least two more hours on the road.

  •    This week’s cold snap notwithstanding, spring has come early this year. Bruce Collins, who lives in East Hampton Village, phoned recently to say he had seen red-wing blackbirds in his yard more than a week ago, something he did not recall before the middle of March.

  •    There were flowers, balloons, hugs, and a wind-up jumping plastic frog Friday at Bucket’s. Friday was the day when Everett Griffiths’s 33 years of running the place came to an end and the still youthful-looking deli man and his wife, Angela, got ready to take life a little easier.

  •    In the weekend’s Great Backyard Bird Count, which I wrote about on Feb. 9, East Hampton Town was considerably better represented than in 2011. My own participation was less than I had hoped, however, as I was laid low with a stomach virus that is going around — the less said about that the better.

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