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  •    Havens Beach in Sag Harbor was closed by order of the Suffolk County Health Department yesterday and the day before that after heavy rains raised the possibility of bacterial contamination. But you wouldn’t have known this had you stopped by for a swim.
        Once word comes from the county that the beach is to be closed — as happens from time to time — the village has the lifeguard hang up a generic “no swimming” sign, and they leave it at that.

  •    As dusk came Friday night, a group of parents and children gathered on the ocean beach to mark the end of the school year. The children were sent off to gather wood. Someone went up to a friend’s house to get paper and some matches.

  •    The North Carolina Legislature earned no small degree of derision recently in attempting to tell scientists there how to predict sea level rise. A bill pending in the Southern state would constrain how its coastal commission calculates the rate of increase, requiring that numbers be based on trends only since 1900. This would leave out exponential shifts that may follow unforeseen changes, such as accelerated melting of the polar ice caps.

  • In resolution to be considered Thursday in Town Hall, Supervisor Bill Wilkinson was to propose a major reorganization of land-use review for the Town of East Hampton.
  •    Monday night was the occasion of the annual East Hampton Star All-Star Awards in which we give recognition — and an dinner out with family or friends — to local high school juniors whose academic and extracurricular performance has been noted by their respective schools’ administrators. This year, as I drove to the dinner at East Hampton Point restaurant, I was thinking about what the world that these young men and women were inheriting would be like.

  •     In recent East Hampton Town Justice Court adjudications, a number of driving-while-intoxicated cases and related offenses were disposed of.
        On May 3, Justice Lisa R. Rana accepted a guilty plea from James Selberg-Strauss, 20, of Sag Harbor, who had been arrested by East Hampton Town police in September and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and unlicensed driving, as well as several traffic infractions. Justice Rana sentenced him to a one-year license suspension and $995 in fines and court fees.

  •    Nights for parents of young and getting-to-be-not-so-young children can be complicated, and by the standards of those without progeny at home, the things we celebrate must seem a little weird. Take, for example, the case of one editorial staff member here who was positively giddy on Tuesday morning because both her toddlers slept all the way through to 6:30 a.m.

  •     A Suffolk Criminal Court judge sentenced Paul S. Apostolides, an Islip resident who is an owner of Paulie’s Tackle Shop in Montauk, on Friday to six months in jail on child pornography charges.
        Mr. Apostolides had pleaded guilty on April 12 to six counts in all — promoting a sexual performance by a child under 17 and possession of child pornography — in a case in which police provided few details.

  •    East Hampton Main Street will be strangely silent Monday morning. For a brief hour the hissing rumble of a three-day weekend’s traffic will cease as a modest line of veterans assemble to parade north toward Hook Mill and the war memorial.

  •    The new home of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will open its doors for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 10, the museum announced this week.

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