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  • When Grace Lightcap attended a Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy conference in February, it revved up her mama bear instincts. Ms. Lightcap, whose 20-year-old son, Terence Lightcap, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, realized that aside from her monthly donations to the advocacy group, she has not done anything lately on a larger scale to raise money for research into the disease.

    She decided to hold a community yard sale on Memorial Day weekend to raise money to help speed approval for therapies that could help her son and others with Duchenne.

  • The Save Second House committee, a brand-new arm of the Montauk Historical Society, has four members and some big ideas for restoring the run-down building, which houses a museum.

    The committee includes Honora Herlihy as its chairwoman, Nora Franzetti as secretary and treasurer, Lawrence Cooke, who has been working to establish an Indian Museum on the north side of the property, and Kathryn Nadeau, who replaced Elizabeth White last month as president of the historical society.

  • The Montauk Fire Department is looking for people willing to train as volunteer emergency medical technicians for its ambulance squad. An informational meeting will be held at the firehouse on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to explain what the position requires and how much training is needed for certification.

  • On a rainy and windy day, Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone took time to hear firsthand about concerns of those in East Hampton and elsewhere on the East End.
  • For several weeks this month, the Suffolk County Water Authority has been working in Montauk to add 3,437 feet of a new 12-inch water main to connect pipes from the intersection of Montauk Highway to Caswell Road, near the Ditch Plain area. The new pipes from east to west of the site will provide additional pressure and protection against service interruption for residents of East Lake Drive.

  • Two Montauk parents will run for one five-year term on the Montauk School Board, seeking the seat that will be vacated by Lisa Ward.

    Jason Biondo and Cynthia Ibrahim both have children at the school. Mr. Biondo was an outspoken critic of the current longtime board members last year when the school board proposed increasing class size.

  • Stopping construction of 200 houses and saving the course
  • The Montauk Library has released its operating budget proposal for 2014-15. At $774,198, the total is slightly higher than last year. If approved, taxpayers will pay $24.27 (up from $22.93) per $1,000 of assessed property value, roughly $121 for an average house.

    The bulk of the library’s revenue comes from property taxes and such fees as fines, copy and computer charges, and grants, estimated at $19,603.

  •     Easter has always seemed to me to be a mystical holiday. We have the darkness of Good Friday, the quiet of Holy Saturday, and then the glorious brightness of Easter. Growing up, my whole family would attend the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s, Star of the Sea, in City Island. Even my father, who normally went to 6:30 a.m. Mass by himself on Sunday mornings, or so we thought.

  • The crowd at the 52nd Montauk Friends of Erin St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday was a bit lighter than usual but no less enthusiastic

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  • 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.