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  • No matter where you live in New York City, fortune’s wheel plays a part in your well-being. Great views and sunlight are here today and gone tomorrow. The coming of a new subway line shatters the peace and quiet of thousands. Small buildings are demolished to make way for big ones; longtime tenants are out of luck. Life changes.
  • We were going head to head the other day, in a wide-ranging discussion with some other longtime summer people turned almost-year-round, about never-ending construction on our streets and whose lost real estate opportunities and dumb decisions, over the years, were dumbest and lostest.
  • They were preaching to the choir at Monday night’s meeting of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee.
  • M. Bernard Aidinoff died of heart failure at his Manhattan home on Aug. 8 at the age of 87.
  • Garden tours, God bless ’em, begin in April and peak in June and July. Then, just when you think you’ve seen every breathtaking garden in the Hamptons, along comes Guild Hall’s late-season Garden as Art benefit with a knockout quartet of offerings, and up the primrose path we go again.
  • In response to the flood of big houses being built here on modest lots that almost disappear beneath them, and following the recent examples of Sag Harbor and East Hampton Villages, the town board has been discussing new rules that would limit a house’s size relative to the size of its lot.
  • Dozens of skilled craftsmen are well on their way to converting a falling-down wreck into a showplace.
  • The Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee is not meeting in the Amagansett Library anymore.
  • Many Amagansett residents, East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell among them, were out and about on Monday night, either at a history program on the Nazi submarine landing off Atlantic Avenue Beach or at the monthly meeting of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee, where at least a dozen extra chairs were commandeered to accommodate a good-sized crowd.
  • Last Sept. 14, which happened to be their 30th anniversary, Tony and Patty Sales went to work in different places, he to the Goldberg’s Bagels in Bridgehampton, she to the one in East Hampton. Ms. Sales, who would as soon crack a joke as breathe, told one and all that after two daughters and three decades of marriage, she and Tony had separated.

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