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  • Some 20 teachers who have been working without a contract since July 1 sent the Montauk School Board a strong signal on Tuesday when they arrived at a board meeting wearing black T-shirts with “Montauk Teachers Association” emblazoned on them in white letters.
  • Maureen and Dave Rutkowski are once again taking the reins at John’s Drive-In in Montauk. Mr. Rutkowski opened the popular ice cream and hamburger joint in 1985 and operated it with the help of his family up until 17 years ago, when he sold it to Tom Pontecorvo, a longtime employee.
  • My husband and I have been married for 43 years and have spent 44 years celebrating Valentine’s Day. Over the years it has become less of a celebration and more of an acknowledgment. We really don’t eat much candy, but I always get a store-bought bouquet of flowers and a heart-shaped box of chocolates, and always scratch-off lottery tickets. Because, just like Bruno Mars sings in the song that probably made him one, “I wanna be a billionaire so freaking bad.”
  • Jason Biondo, who was elected to the Montauk School Board in May 2014, has resigned his position effective Jan. 23.
  • A missing surfboard will be returned to its owner by way of North Carolina.
  • Brenden Snow of Montauk Boy Scout Troop 136 received his Eagle Scout Award on Sunday, and just in the nick of time. To achieve Eagle Scout, one must be under 18 years old, which he turned just two weeks after his project was complete.
  • Tom Bogdan told the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday that he has been in touch with several small cities and towns to hear how they cope with undesirable public conduct.
  • I finally found myself with a little free time and thought I’d let all our friends and family know what we’ve been up to out here in Montauk.
  • The Panoramic View Resort in Montauk has been sold by the federal government to the management firm that owns Gurney’s Resort and Spa next door.
  • A request for an update on what one Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee member called “the big dig” prompted a heated hourlong discussion that had tempers flaring at a committee meeting.

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  • The Montauk Library's budget proposal for a bit over $900,000 passed easily on Wednesday, 89 to 10. Carmine Marino and Barbara Grimes were re-elected to the library's board, with Mr. Marino collecting 74 votes and Ms. Grimes taking in 88.

  • Voting on the Montauk Library’s budget proposal of a little more than $900,000 will take place at the library on Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. The tax rate increase is $1.54 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which comes to a rate of $27.19. The library’s other income sources include payments in lieu of taxes, the Friends of the Montauk Library, fines, fees, and interest.

  • We Got This, a Walter family fund-raiser, will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Inlet Seafood restaurant in Montauk. Tickets are $40 each and include buffet stations and a cash bar.
  • Dogpatch Productions will host an event billed as Save Montauk in Patchogue at 89 North Music on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to benefit the Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in its fight against the Army Corps of Engineers' downtown Montauk beach project.
  • Christmas comes to the Montauk Lighthouse this weekend, starting on Saturday with its annual lighting, as members of the Gosman family turn on thousands of twinkling white bulbs at sundown. 

  • Ever wondered where some of the scenes from "The Affair" were filmed and if they are actually here? The Star map can help.
  • At St. Therese
    A family Christmas concert will be held at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church on Sunday at 5 p.m. The adult and children’s choir will be singing holiday tunes, some solo. The audience will be invited to join a sing-along of traditional carols.

    Christmas Eve services will be held at 4:30 p.m. and midnight at St. Therese, and in Spanish at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day, Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

  • A good-sized crowd turned out to support Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive who is running for governor on the Republican and Conservative lines, at East by Northeast restaurant in Montauk on Thursday evening.

    Mr. Astorino, a former radio producer who lives in Mount Pleasant, N.Y.,  is making a bid against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in November. He announced his candidacy in March, and accepted the Republican nomination in May. He is in his second term as Westchester County executive.