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  • It’s difficult to say yet whether the electric do-dad that was among the highlights of our middle child’s Christmas and Hanukkah haul was total junk or something really cool. What was clear was that when she lost a tiny and critical metal part at bedtime on Monday, crisis ensued.
  • Forget about the last-minute gift shopping and wrapping and decorating the tree, the fact that our not-so-small pet house-pig now has nowhere appropriate to sleep is a very big deal.
  • It was Lisa’s idea on a day that the kids were able to go to school late that I get them up at the usual time and take them out to breakfast someplace. That was fine with me, since feeding them in the morning almost simultaneously with reminding them to put on their shoes and brush their hair and teeth is often a challenge. Thing is, I had no idea how much it would cost.
  • Following up on an agreement with the town board to share costs leading up to condemnation, the East Hampton Town Trustees delivered a check last Thursday for half the bill for the property survey.
  • Back when my reprobate buddies and I were in high school and had our first cars we would nervously drive past a place we called the Mafia House down near Two Mile Hollow Beach. Because there was a heavy metal gate across the twisting driveway we concluded that the residents had something to hide. It was the 1970s, and tales of the Cosa Nostra were in the air, you know.
  • Condemnation of the stretches of oceanfront known as Truck Beach, as well as a smaller area to the east, would represent a town attempt to end lawsuits brought by several homeowners associations and individuals seeking to block access by four-wheel-drive vehicles.
  • The East Hampton Town Board moved closer this week to creating a registry for rental properties.
  • I was driving though Bridgehampton the other day and passed the place on Montauk Highway where a vehicle struck Anna Pump as she tried to cross the road. Ms. Pump, who died of her injuries at Southampton Hospital later that day, had been in a crosswalk.
  • A federal judge has denied a court request that would have temporarily halted the Army Corps of Engineers’ downtown Montauk project, notably citing what he said was the corps's conclusion that it would "not have a significant impact on the environment."
  • Leo the pig will not be 4 until the spring, but he already weighs about 10 times as much as his Texas trailer park breeder-slash-con artist claimed he would.

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