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  • Lisa said it would get worse before it got better and she was right. There is a rule of etiquette that says that it is impolite to talk about one’s health, but if describing the cold that has been working its way through our household will convince one person to go scrub their hands, it will have been worth it.
  • Anna Pump, who was nationally known for her “Loaves and Fishes Cookbook” and its successors, as well as her Sagaponack gourmet food shop of the same name, was remembered this week after being struck by a truck on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton on Monday.
  • The film festival opens here tonight with a screening and party. Lenny Gail, an old college friend, and his family will arrive tomorrow to take in an impressive number of films with a little lunch and dinner squeezed in somehow.
  • About a year ago I briefly had  an idea that I would like to lease a new Volkswagen TDI, one of the models now at the center of a massive fraud scandal. I decided against it, opting instead for a Chevrolet Volt.

  • With a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 7 seconds, Steve Tranter, 36, of New York City was the winner in Saturday’s Hamptons Marathon.
  • An inspector’s sworn statement alleged that the house at 14 Hoover Court was rented by a group of eight people for several days around Aug. 11; the town code allows the rental or use of a property by no more than four unrelated people.
  • Abby Jane Brody, The Star’s gardening columnist, came into the upstairs office this week and told us about a horde of beetles that had descended on the milkweed in the native plant garden at Clinton Academy, next door.
  • Ellis, our 5-year-old, started kindergarten last week. And, since he attends school where, and in the same building, I did when I was about his age, a lot of memories are being stirred.
  • Harvesting shellfish was halted on much of Long Island following heavy rain on Thursday. News of when it will be safe to resume clamming will be posted on the state Department of Environmental Conservation website.
  • It would be best if I spared our eldest child my emotional confessions, but the house is now very different with her packed off to school in Delaware.

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