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  •     Mindful Turtle, a Stony Brook yoga studio, will open a Montauk outpost at 34 South Erie Street, with classes starting tomorrow.
        “I always liked the vibe out here and it seemed the right place to be,” said Danielle Goldstein, the owner and founder of Mindful Turtle. (The name comes from her father’s nickname for her and her two sisters — turtles.) She anticipates a very busy summer in Montauk.

  •    There’s no rock ’n’ roll and just a few mentions of drugs in Nanci E. LaGarenne’s new novel, “Cheap Fish,” but it’s all about Montauk and has sex, salty language, intrigue, and a murder mystery, all aboard a high-class floating brothel called the Lily Virginia in the middle of the ocean.

  • The hydrangea just might be the East End’s favorite flower – beloved for producing unending armloads of color, from blue and pink Nikkos to vanilla-cone PeeGees. I love them for the bouquets that grace many places in and out of my house in the warmer months. That I am not alone can be witnessed on a drive through the South Fork in summer, when you will see big, showy blooms waving from the smallest backyards to the expansive grounds of multimillion-dollar mansions. In some neighborhoods hydrangeas are also as ubitquitous as privet.

  •    The Montauk School Board learned on Tuesday that Lee White and Honora Herlihy have filed the required petitions to run for five-year terms on the board. Each is a parent of two young children.
        Ms. Herlihy is the former owner of the Montauk Carriage House, which she recently sold. Mr. White is a member of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals and has worked at the Harvest on Fort Pond restaurant for many years.

  •    The Montauk Library has issued its budget proposal in the amount of $732,121 for 2013-14. The proposed tax rate is estimated at $22.88 per $1,000 of assessed value. The increase in the tax rate is less that a dollar over last year’s. The budget vote will take place at the library on April 27 from 2 to 8 p.m.
        Perry Haberman, the president of the library board, is running unopposed for another five-year term.

  •     All this week, students in grades three through eight at the Montauk School will be taking part in the newly controversial state assessment tests. In his weekly newsletter, Jack Perna, the district superintendent, asked teachers to go easy on homework assignments. “Please!” he wrote.
        The school board has been considering becoming part of a larger, statewide effort by teachers, other schools, and parents to boycott the testing, saying it was too much for the students and not a good gauge of their knowledge.

  • The Montauk School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year.
  •    James Katsipis of Montauk had the idea to join Kickstarter, an online site that raises money for individual creative projects, on a whim and a Hail Mary, he said. He had no idea it would go off the way it did. The photographer wanted to raise enough money to avoid exhibiting his work within traditional borders and frames.

  •     In recent weeks the buzz around Montauk is that Gurney’s Inn has been sold. Ingrid Lemme, the inn’s marketing director and spokeswoman, denied this in a press release issued on March 25.

  •    Back in June 2000, Eva Moore of Montauk was reading a story in The East Hampton Star about a family of ducks rescued from a storm drain near Kirk Park by members of the Montauk Fire Department and a visiting tourist. Immediately, the author of some 22 children’s books realized it would make a good picture book. It took more than 10 years to find a publisher, get it illustrated, and get it on bookstore shelves, but just a couple of weeks after its Feb. 1 release, it had already won an award and sold more than 10,000 copies.