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  • The Montauk School District voters easily passed the $18.6 million budget for the 2014-15 school year and elected Jason Biondo during a vote on Tuesday.
  • There are two candidates running for the Montauk School Board seat that Lisa Ward is giving up after serving two five-year terms. Ms. Ward’s daughter, her youngest, is to graduate this year from East Hampton High School.

    Jason Biondo has three children, two of whom are in the school and one who will be entering next year’s prekindergarten class. A former reporter for The East Hampton Star, Mr. Biondo owns Hammerhead Construction and the Antique Lumber Company.

  • Kendall Stedman, a sixth grader at the Montauk School, won the Brookhaven National Laboratory elementary science fair in her division earlier this month. The win was a first for a Montauk student at the competition, which is held annually on the first weekend in May.

    Kendall’s question was, “Do different types of music affect your heart rate?” Based on her results, she was able to prove that classical music slows a person’s heart rate, while pop music and rock ’n’ roll increase it.

  •     Jillian Rennar wears a rather large gold anchor around her neck, symbolic of her new business at 721 Main Street in Montauk called Candied Anchor, a candy store that is so much more.

        Two huge crystal chandeliers light up the small space, which at just 220 square feet is filled to capacity with nostalgic-type candies, such as Smarties, Red Hots, Mary Janes, and Fruit Stripe gum, plus gourmet candies, fresh popcorn, frozen sorbets, drinks, and party decorations and treats.

  • Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Legislator Jay Schneiderman took to the road in heavy wind and rain to meet with their East End constituents, coming all the way to Montauk, Mr. Schneiderman’s home town, where they sat down with some 30 people at Gurney’s Inn and talked with a group of commercial fishermen at the docks.

  • Members of the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee let it be known on Monday that they are not too happy with the fix the Army Corps of Engineers announced last week to curb erosion on downtown beaches.
  • Richard Malik Atkinson, 20, became an Eagle Scout, the highest award in scouting, at a ceremony on Sunday at the Montauk Firehouse.

    Boy Scouts who reach that level must create a project that will benefit the community. Mr. Atkinson built and erected 20 bat houses, which could mean fewer bothersome insects in Montauk this summer. Bats catch mosquitos, spiders, flies, and other insects.

  • When Grace Lightcap attended a Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy conference in February, it revved up her mama bear instincts. Ms. Lightcap, whose 20-year-old son, Terence Lightcap, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, realized that aside from her monthly donations to the advocacy group, she has not done anything lately on a larger scale to raise money for research into the disease.

    She decided to hold a community yard sale on Memorial Day weekend to raise money to help speed approval for therapies that could help her son and others with Duchenne.

  • The Save Second House committee, a brand-new arm of the Montauk Historical Society, has four members and some big ideas for restoring the run-down building, which houses a museum.

    The committee includes Honora Herlihy as its chairwoman, Nora Franzetti as secretary and treasurer, Lawrence Cooke, who has been working to establish an Indian Museum on the north side of the property, and Kathryn Nadeau, who replaced Elizabeth White last month as president of the historical society.

  • The Montauk Fire Department is looking for people willing to train as volunteer emergency medical technicians for its ambulance squad. An informational meeting will be held at the firehouse on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to explain what the position requires and how much training is needed for certification.

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  • 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.