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  •    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.

  •      It’s likely that the standing room only crowd of over 100 people learned something new about disease-bearing ticks at the Concerned Citizens of Montauk’s annual meeting, which included a forum on Lyme disease, on Saturday at the Montauk Firehouse.
         The discussion was led by Dr. Joseph Burrascano Jr., an expert in the field of tick disease, who upon retiring from a private practice in East Hampton began further research on Lyme and related illnesses, and Jeremy Samuelson, the executive director of C.C.O.M.

  •    East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc has gotten the ball rolling again, so to speak, on the renovation of the Montauk Skate Park on Essex Street.
        The East Hampton Town Board liaison to the Town Parks and Recreation Department, Mr. Van Scoyoc met on Sept. 19 with employees of the department to identify issues still needed to be addressed at the town-owned park.

  •     For several years now, the Montauk School Board has been trying to get specific numbers and test scores for students from the Montauk School District. Members wanted to know how the students were doing compared to their counterparts and how many were dropping out of high school before graduation.

  •     At the end of a Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, at which the proliferation of taxi cabs, litter, noise, and parking woes were discussed, members learned that a tattoo parlor is to come to the hamlet. Lola Snow Esperian is wading through the permit process required by the Suffolk County Department of Health and plans to open the parlor in one of the small stores behind the Washout restaurant near the train station. It will be called Lola’s Hot and Flying Tattoos.

  •    The votes have been cast and most Montauk business owners agree that this summer was their most successful ever.
        “If you didn’t do well this summer then you did something wrong,” said Colin Wood, a manager at the Atlantic Terrace Motel, who added that the oceanfront resort was fully booked for most of the summer.

  • With the presentation of a plaque at a party on Aug. 22, the Montauk Lighthouse officially became a National Historic Landmark.
  •    As summer comes to an end (yeah!) a lot of people will look back with a fond memory of the summer concerts they saw. I saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965 and still smile at the thought.
        It was especially cool for two reasons, the first being that George Harrison and I made eye contact and the second that our seats were so good that several members of the Lovin’ Spoonful sat in the same aisle as me and my fellow 12-year-old gal pals, one of whose father worked for The New York Times and got us the tickets at the last minute.

  •    Reading The New York Times on Sundays is one of the best parts of the day that my family calls Sacred Sunday. We try not to work or socialize on Sacred Sunday and devote our time to each other when we can. But lately, reading The Times has made me feel wholly inadequate, especially the wedding announcements in the Styles section. There’s not a chance in hell that I would ever measure up to brides of today.

  •     Before the recent glut of fund-raisers hit Montauk, there were the Montauk Village Association’s annual benefits, which started in the 1960s and eventually included the popular Greenery Scenery Celebrity cocktail party.
        The group, which beautifies the downtown area with trees, shrubs, and flowering plants, and manages the memorial bench and tree program, originally held fashion shows at Gurney’s Inn and dinner-dances at the long-closed Deep Sea Club, sometimes netting hundreds of dollars, a good amount back then.

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  • The Montauk Library's budget proposal for a bit over $900,000 passed easily on Wednesday, 89 to 10. Carmine Marino and Barbara Grimes were re-elected to the library's board, with Mr. Marino collecting 74 votes and Ms. Grimes taking in 88.

  • Voting on the Montauk Library’s budget proposal of a little more than $900,000 will take place at the library on Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. The tax rate increase is $1.54 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which comes to a rate of $27.19. The library’s other income sources include payments in lieu of taxes, the Friends of the Montauk Library, fines, fees, and interest.

  • We Got This, a Walter family fund-raiser, will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Inlet Seafood restaurant in Montauk. Tickets are $40 each and include buffet stations and a cash bar.
  • Dogpatch Productions will host an event billed as Save Montauk in Patchogue at 89 North Music on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to benefit the Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in its fight against the Army Corps of Engineers' downtown Montauk beach project.
  • Christmas comes to the Montauk Lighthouse this weekend, starting on Saturday with its annual lighting, as members of the Gosman family turn on thousands of twinkling white bulbs at sundown. 

  • Ever wondered where some of the scenes from "The Affair" were filmed and if they are actually here? The Star map can help.
  • 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.