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  •    East End Concierge is a new business in Montauk that wants to help people enjoy their visits out east without having to tend to the little annoyances in life. The concierge service was started by Mary Jo Walker, who has lived in the hamlet for 18 years and knows where you can get just about anything.

  •     Another crop of new businesses has opened in Montauk.
        Last Thursday, amid much fanfare, the Montauk Beach House, formerly known as the Ronjo, opened with a cocktail party around the expansive pool area. Local residents, shop owners, and the East Hampton Town supervisor and police chief were among the guests and were treated to champagne and other libations.

  •    While everyone in America is celebrating the Fourth of July on Wednesday, I will take a moment to celebrate my dog, Brodie, an incredible golden doodle who looks like a platinum blond, purebred golden retriever. Sounds silly, I know, but read on nonetheless and you too might celebrate him. He is my hero.

  •    Former East Hampton Town Councilwoman Julia Prince is now in the restaurant business, and running a restaurant is a breeze compared to helping run East Hampton Town, she said.
        “In comparison to the workload on the town board, this is nothing. That job prepared me for anything. You still have problems but they’re manageable,” she said on Monday, sitting in a booth at La Bodega in Montauk while eating a plate of scrambled eggs and toast.

  •     He was definitely in Montauk and definitely visited the Montauk Lighthouse, where he signed a logbook, and may have even had an office at Third House, but Theodore Roosevelt never slept at Third House, said Dick White, a member of the Montauk Historical Society’s board of directors. He did, however, sleep in a house on Ditch Plain road, and his men, the Rough Riders, camped nearby, Mr. White said.

  • A storm of e-mails followed news of a new sign, specifically in response to the plan to include on it the names of the East Hampton Town supervisor and town board members.
  •     Jessica Vickers made a last-ditch effort on Tuesday to get the Montauk School Board to reverse the decision to change prekindergarten from a full-day program to a half-day one when the new school year starts in September.

  • Weekends are drawing huge crowds to Ruschmeyer’s Inn on Second House Road. Some guests have reportedly been urinating on neighbors’ lawns.
  •     Since the New York and European media have outed Montauk as the “it” place to be, several new stores have opened and others are raising their visibility. One of those is Melet Mercantile. Owned by Bob Melet, it’s in a rambling warehouse on Shore Road. Although it is now entering its fourth year, not too many people knew about the shop — until now — and that’s only because Mr. Melet finally allowed an interview.

  •    Joseph A. Gaviola of Montauk has been appointed the chairman of the board of directors of Suffolk Bancorp, the parent company of Suffolk County National bank, the second largest independent bank on Long Island.
        “I am very proud to be entrusted with this position,” he said on Tuesday morning on his way to catch a flight to Chicago. A member of the board since 2004, Mr. Gaviola, who owns Gaviola’s Market in the harbor area, has risen through the ranks and was previously vice president of the board.