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  •     This year’s fall festival sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce over the weekend drew its biggest crowd ever. Thousands of people gathered on the downtown green for a sampling of Octoberfest food, games, music, a farmers market, a carousel, and a chowder tasting. The two-day festival is now in its 32nd year.

  •      The Montauk Chamber of Commerce will host its annual fall festival this weekend in the downtown area, with music, food, a 30-horse carousel, inflatable rides, crab races, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, raffles, and more, much more.

  •     Visitors to the Montauk Recycling Center will notice some changes for the better this week. After months of hard work, the winners of a Montauk School student art contest posted their environmentally-minded murals on nine recycling bins there on Tuesday.

  •     I’m just going to throw this out there — I’ve read parts one and three in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. I skipped part two because how much sex can two people really have? It’s something I tell my husband every week. And considering I’m not a teenager or even young anymore, other people’s sex lives are something I can read about only so much.

  •     An archaeology festival sponsored by the Montauk Historical Society will be held on the grounds of the Second House Museum on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

        The festival, now in its second year, is held to raise awareness of a proposed Montauk Indian Museum to be established in a cottage owned by the Town of East Hampton on the north side of the Second House property. A future addition to the building is planned.

  •     With more than 8,000 people attending the Montauk Seafood Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Montauk Marine Basin, you could say it was a hit. Saturday, the busier of the two days, saw up to 5,000 people waiting on long lines to buy food coupons used for seafood tastings under a tent, and cars were parked all over West Lake Drive, in nearby restaurant parking lots, and even down nearby side streets.

  •     New York State testing dominated the discussion when the Montauk School Board met on Sept. 10 and again on Sept. 24. Although Montauk’s seventh and eighth-grade students had high scores in the English and math tests given in April, the conversation focused on other areas where parents had their children opt out of the controversial tests.

  •     Stephanie Whiston, an underwater photographer who conquered her fear of sharks by swimming with and photographing them all over the world, has established the Marine Education Foundation and now has an exhibit on view for schoolchildren and others at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.

  •     Several residents of Second House Road in Montauk are calling for East Hampton Town to lower the speed limit on the two-lane artery and consider making it a no-through zone.

        For more than a year now, since Ruschmeyer’s and Solé East have become popular nightspots for a younger crowd, residents have been complaining about speeding cars and commercial work trucks in the residential area, which also includes a school zone.

  •     The Montauk Seafood Festival is set to happen on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. under a tent in the parking lot of the Montauk Marine Basin, near Lynn’s Hula Hut.

        There will be nonstop music by the 3Bs, Timmy Fee, and Remember September. Fish races, a snapper derby, fish-print demonstrations, T-shirt airbrushing, and coloring contests will keep the kids busy.

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  • 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.