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  • 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.
  • Two men escaped injury on Thursday when the 50-foot, 3,300-horsepower racing catamaran in which they were attempting to set a new record for circling Long Island, struck a buoy while going 148 miles per hour.
  • September brings with it clear skies, open roads, a sense of calm, and peak hurricane season. This year’s official forecast is for a moderately active Atlantic during the period, but records going back to 1851 show that for Long Island, as well as the rest of the coastal United States, from Texas to Maine, now is the time to keep a weather eye out, so to speak.
  • About year ago, I am still embarrassed to admit, I missed a letter from Hillary Rodham Clinton. The thing is, I am not all that great about dealing with personal mail.

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