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  •     Joe Lenahan, who will be sworn in as the next chief of the Montauk Fire Department on Jan. 1, has written and illustrated a book called simply “Fire House.” The book, though entertaining, was written to show children what happens at a firehouse and what types of tools are used to fight fires.

        Since he was a little boy, Mr. Lenahan always knew he would someday be a fireman, and 27 years ago he accomplished that dream, following in the footsteps of his father, Robert Lenahan Sr., to whom the book is dedicated.

  •     For those looking for the perfect holiday gift for a best friend, sweetheart, or favorite teacher, Deborah Aiza of Sweet ’Tauk has reopened Handmade for the Holidays at 32 South Etna Avenue in Montauk near the Naturally Good health food store. “We have something for everyone,” Ms. Aiza said.

  •     They say as a woman ages the first thing to go is her body. With me, though, it was my teeth; the body went second. For the past few years my teeth have been breaking down and falling out. But my smile, and it’s a big one, has been beautifully restored thanks to my new dentist in Southampton. I’ll be offering my thanks to him tomorrow when I chomp down on that traditional turkey dinner, celery and all.

  •     The harbor branch of Suffolk County National Bank, on West Lake Drive in Montauk, will close for good on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. All accounts from the bank will be automatically transferred to the branch on Montauk Highway in the downtown area of the hamlet.

  • Perry Duryea III will be honored as the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s man of the year
  • A raging fire at Montauk Shores Condominiums destroyed two residences and a shed as the sun rose yesterday.
  •        Fishermen who pack out their catch from a commercial fishing dock on West Lake Drive in Montauk learned last week that a $120,000 Empire State Development agency grant was approved for the restoration of a packing and distribution building that a fire gutted in May 2012.

  •        On election eve an unusually small group of 18 members attended the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee’s monthly meeting. They learned from East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione, the committee’s town board liaison, that a taxi task force has been formed to come up with ideas for limiting the number of out-of-town cabs that infiltrate the hamlet each summer to cash in on the influx of seasonal visitors.

  • The new owner of the East Deck Motel, someone local who has not yet been named, has already begun work there, but it will not be a motel, according to its former owner.
  • The Parish Council of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk has agreed that the congregation's much-loved church building should be replaced with a new church of similar design. The Tudor-style building, on South Essex Avenue, is a downtown Montauk landmark.

    The decision, which has been accepted by the church's pastor, the Rev. John C. Nosser, was made at a meeting of the council on April 19. The cost has been estimated at over $1 million.

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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.