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  • The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for much of the Northeast for a low-pressure system that is moving slowly eastward. It said that the first bands of snow associated with the "potentially historic winter storm” would begin to be felt along the East Coast on Monday afternoon.
  • The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday for East Hampton is for rain and snow early, turning to rain and sleet in the afternoon.
  • New York officials have issued a 10-year plan calling for greater efforts to preserve the state’s marine environment in the face of human impact, habitat degradation, and climate change.
  • When I got into the office around 8 on Tuesday morning this week, there already was a message on my voice mail. It was from a woman who wanted us to remove the names of her daughter and her daughter’s fiancé from a 2013 letter to the editor that remained on our website.

  • A long-awaited project to bolster much of the downtown Montauk shoreline could be completed in two phases. The United States Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the East Hampton Town Board’s views on which part of the job to tackle first.
  • Winter is hard on Leo the pig.          
    For those of you who may not know about Leo, he is a 70-pound pet pig of the white, perhaps English variety, that is, distinct from the Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs that were all the rage a few years ago.

  • If real estate outfits were likely to make new year’s resolutions, I would want them to try to hew more closely to the traditional, if fuzzy, lines of delineation among place names. It is a pipe dream, of course, but it would be nice.

  • Populations of 186 mammals, birds, fish, shellfish, and amphibians were described as likely to drop to critical levels unless urgent conservation action is taken.
  • East Hampton has seemed especially crowded for this time of year. With Christmas on a Thursday, many in the summer house and weekend crowd must have decided to head east and stay here through the New Year’s holiday.

    Not that their being here is something to complain about, but there’s a difference. Drivers on Main Street, for example, have had that certain, uh, tentative quality since Dec. 24. Those of us here on weekdays during the depths of winter will know exactly what I am talking about.

  • So what has happened with that good old-fashioned word “it”? You would think that so useful a word would not go out of style or be forgotten. But, if listening to such well-regarded sources as National Public Radio news is any illustration, it has been almost fully supplanted by “they.”

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