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  •     With changing weather patterns and violent storms becoming more frequent, Montauk residents are confused and concerned about where the hamlet’s emergency shelters are located. There were no shelters open in the easternmost hamlet during either Hurricane Sandy or the northeaster that followed a week later.

  •      Carl Darenberg knows Montauk, probably better than anyone else. He is at every party, event, festival, and fishing contest that’s held. And, on the following morning, he shares photos with the rest of the world in cyberspace, including Facebook.
        There’s no doubt that by Saturday morning, Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s end-of-season party tomorrow night honoring him as Person of the Year will be posted.

  •     The threat of Hurricane Sandy kept several politicians from joining the Concerned Citizens of Montauk’s annual Meet the Candidates forum‚ held at the Montauk Firehouse on Sunday. The afternoon event had half the audience it usually gets.
        Representative Tim Bishop, a Democrat from Southampton, was busy working in Yaphank with representatives from Suffolk County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and local officials to coordinate storm planning across Long Island. He sent a representative to explain his absence.

  •     Mr. Sea Crest is a lovable feral cat who lived for at least eight years at Sea Crest on the Ocean, a resort on Napeague. That is, until he was hurt and did everything in his power to let the people taking care of him know that he needed help. He had a scratched eye that caused cloudiness and a bad limp that developed suddenly. It is thought he may have been hit by a car.

  • The big chains have all the buying power, said Dave Rutkowski, manager of the Montauk Movie, “and that just hurts the little theaters.”
  • Bryan and Michele Gosman have been posting signs all over Montauk, with some in East Hampton and Amagansett.
  • Montauk’s Second House grounds will be the place to be on Saturday for the Archaeology Fest.
  •     Eighty percent of the night life in the entire town of East Hampton is now in Montauk, East Hampton Town Police Lt. Chris Hatch, who is also the Montauk precinct commander, told the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee Monday night.
        The nightclubs located in the other hamlets are really seeing a drop in business, a member commented.

  •     With the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Festival this weekend, the end of summer is now official. And this chamber knows how to send out a season. There will be fireworks by Grucci, a clam chowder contest with over 30 restaurants vying for the title, live music, beer and wine tastings, clams and oysters, German-style food, a farmers market, games, inflatable jumps, face-painting, pumpkin-decorating, crab races, a 30-horse carousel, and more — lots more.

  •    Since I’m not really in the fashion game, I’m just going to put this out there. This fall’s fashion, designed mostly by men, is horrible. I believe there is a conspiracy theory to take us back to the days of women’s suffrage and the deposition of the petticoats from 1776.