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  •     Everything I said last summer that I would get done in winter has not yet gotten done. When the roses were still in bloom, I had plans to strip down and then paint a corner cupboard for my dining room, clean out the big closet in the living room, and organize my shoe closet. There are just been too many distractions, one of which is watching reality television at night.

  •     Paul Monte, the general manager of Gurney’s Inn, has been chosen as the next grand marshal of the Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade, to be held this year on March 23 starting at 11:30 a.m.

        The announcement was made at a pub quiz hosted by the Friends on Jan. 24, fittingly at Gurney’s Inn. Cheers filled the room when his name was called.

  •     Helen Ficalora, of the eponymous jewelry line that adorns the slim limbs of models and actresses and is often featured in layouts in major fashion magazines, has created a men’s line of jewelry that will be available by Father’s Day.

        Ms. Ficalora had a “soft” opening of her new men’s flagship store in early December. The store is in Manhattan, at 21 Cleveland Place in SoHo, right next door to her women’s boutique.

  •       A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation representative reported this week that the agency is negotiating with Montauk Shores Condominiums, which runs an oceanfront trailer park at Ditch Plain, in an effort to settle alleged violations in connection with a massive rock revetment built there last spring. The negotiations would determine if any monetary penalties would be applied, Aphrodite Montalvo of the D.E.C. said.

  •        When a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? You bet it does, when it happens in environmentally friendly Montauk.

           PSEG Long Island, the company that took over from the Long Island Power Authority on Jan. 1, has started what it calls an “aggressive” project to remove trees and branches that could obstruct power lines across 2,600 miles of Long Island.

  • East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc received a warm welcome, and an earful, from the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday
  •        Unless someone steps up to the plate, Montauk could be a little less merry and bright next Christmas.

  •        The results of a survey conducted by the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation says that the majority of the 800 Montauk households that answered want a pool — and soon!

           The survey was sent out to more than 1,600 households in early fall. It was put together by several board members, including Tom and Helene Griffin and Wendy and Jeff Samuelson, all of whom have worked in marketing and for other not-for-profit projects.

  • Bruce Howard, 61, well known to Montaukers from his job at the Montauk Post Office, and Louise Meybert, 92, a Montauk resident, traveled to Italy earlier this month hoping to see Pope Francis
  •     Dear Santa,

        Please say it isn’t true. Assure us that you and your reindeer-driven sleigh will not be replaced by octocoptor drones dropping packages down our chimneys. We’d miss your rosy red cheeks, long white beard, and belly that shakes when you laugh like a bowl full of jelly. Will we soon have to leave batteries out for you instead of cookies on Christmas Eve?

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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.