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  •     The Montauk School Board on Tuesday learned of the biggest expenses that will hike up the 2012-13 budget proposal, which is expected to be released in full by March. Jack Perna, the district superintendent, said he was releasing the numbers early this year because of the 2-percent property tax cap that was initiated by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, much to the dismay of schools across the state.

  •    “Roadie‚” a film getting a lot of press lately, is about a burned-out, slightly pudgy, middle-aged roadie for Blue Oyster Cult who is fired after 26 years and returns to live with his mother at her house on Long Island. If Sirad Balducci, who produced it with Michael Downey, were to return to Long Island from her gig in Manhattan, it would be to the home of her parents, Gioacchino and Carolyn Balducci (the program director of the Montauk Library), in Montauk.

  • (07/29/2009) Montauk Beverage Works is a light blend of crisp iced tea that was created by Raymond Smyth from his parents’ house in Massapequa. Mr. Smyth, 27, spent the last year concocting unusual blends of tea leaves, natural sweeteners, and other flavors before he hit upon just the right blend of Nilgiri and Ceylon tea leaves sweetened with agave nectar, which he bottled and is now selling in about 20 stores from Westhampton to Montauk.

  • The Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee looked over plans submitted by Dr. Molly Miosek, a veterinarian, for an animal clinic that she would like to build.
  • Kathleen Beckmann started the new year by closing her real estate business, Kathleen Beckmann Real Estate, at her house on Essex Street at the east end of downtown Montauk and joining the office of Town and Country Real Estate on Main Street.
        When Judi Desiderio, who owns Town and Country, opened the Montauk location a little over two years ago, she said Monday that the first person she called to join her team was Ms. Beckmann. “I wasn’t ready,” Ms. Beckman said.

  • I wrote the letter, sealed it with red wax and a kiss and sent it off to the North Pole. It goes like this:

    Dear Santa,
        All I want for Christmas is a new knee. I’ve seen three specialists, my general practitioner, and have gotten five diagnoses: arthritis, a possible fracture, bursitis, edema, and a bruised tibia. Not one of them has offered me a fix, and I’ve been broken for over a year.

  • Several years ago, Paul Roman, dressed as Santa with a surfboard on the beach, was featured on the cover of The East Hampton Star’s holiday supplement. Underneath the fuzzy red suit he wore a wetsuit, but the bowl full of jelly was all his.
  • Is there anyone who hasn’t fantasized at some point about leaving behind their old stuff, selling their house, and stepping into someone else’s life?
  • At a meeting Monday night of the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee, Richard Kahn, a retired attorney, thoroughly criticized revisions of East Hampton Town’s lighting law
  • The Montauk Lighthouse is one step closer this week to obtaining landmark status

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  • 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.