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  • 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.

  •    I don’t buy Easter outfits anymore. I don’t wear them. It’s not because Montauk doesn’t have an Easter parade — even though we don’t, that’s what church services are for — it’s just that I’ve outgrown the whole new outfit thing. And forget the bonnet. I’ve always hated hats; I don’t have the head for them.

  •    When you walk in the backdoor of Herb’s Market, whether on a perfect summer day or in the dead of winter, the smell of Thanksgiving permeates the air. It comes from the roasted stuffed chickens and famous fried chickens that are cooked daily at the Montauk market. Joe Ferraro, the new owner, doesn’t­ plan on changing a thing, except, perhaps, to add a few more precooked items.

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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.