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  • Quick: If you live and pay taxes outside one of the incorporated villages in East Hampton Town, name one of your fire commissioners. Can’t do it? You’re not alone.
  • Recent dustups over public land in East Hampton Town have a common thread. In two instances, neighbors worry about what would happen if the public actually showed up. And, while the specifics of the debate about Dolphin Drive on Napeague and the opposition to the upcoming purchase of two house lots overlooking Three Mile Harbor are worth a close look, the underlying sense of dread is also noteworthy.
  • A trash-talk war over trash on the beaches has heated up among some members of the East Hampton Town Trustees, the East Hampton Village Board, several village employees, and assorted members of the public.
  • Reading last week’s story about the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee, we were struck by a brief mention of that hamlet’s train station and the vehicle congestion during high-season weekend arrival and departure times.
  • Congratulations are due the East Hampton Town Board for unanimously voting last week to ban parking on a significant portion of Edgemere Street, where patrons of the Surf Lodge bar and restaurant (and lately, full-on concert venue) have made the road treacherous.
  • Crews under contract to the State of New York will begin resurfacing Route 114 between East Hampton and Sag Harbor sometime in the fall. The work follows a larger effort on Montauk Highway, Route 27, which was completed in the spring.
  • Farmers and backyard gardeners alike have told us that the 2015 tomato crop was late this year, at least on the narrow, farthest end of the South Fork. This, they say, appeared attributable to weather, specifically that the ocean stayed cold later than usual this year, which, in turn, kept a chill over the land.
  • Pizza boxes, cracked lobster claws, napkins, beer cups, empty bottles of good wine, plastic tablecloths, half-eaten salads, disposable forks, paper plates, a box of fava beans, broken umbrellas, blown-out chairs, a snapped body board.
  • The village has been ahead of the town, however, in the regulation of beach fires. About two years after it banned blazes built right on the sand, the experiment has proven worthwhile.
  • A bill awaiting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature that was recently approved by the State Legislature could signal the beginning of the end of the much-vaunted community preservation fund program. The proposal is to allow local governments to take up to 20 percent of the money for water quality projects, including new and upgraded sewage treatment plants.