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  •    An art exhibit opened on Saturday night. A few dozen people hovered around the room as they chatted about how great life is and how much the art speaks to them while wine and hors d’oeuvres were passed.
       This sort of thing happens all the time, right? True. But what made this event unusual was the setting: a hair salon.

  •     Albert P. Pontick, a pioneer veterinarian in towns from Riverhead to East Hampton, died on July 24 at the Southampton Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, just a few months short of his 99th birthday. The cause was renal failure, said his son, Albert Pontick Jr.
        Dr. Pontick took over the East Hampton Animal Hospital in 1941. At the time, the practice was about 60 percent “large animal” — livestock and horses. As East End farms disappeared, he witnessed a shift in clientele from farmers to the rich and famous.

  •     It may be the second week of August, but it’s not too late to rent a house on the East End.
        Depending on the firm, a search on a real estate company’s Web site will render between 400 to around 500 available rentals from Montauk to Water Mill. Each company compiles its own rental listings, but according to Lynn Epstein, an owner and director of sales at Devlin McNiff Halstead Property in East Hampton, 80 percent of them overlap between agencies.

  •     At its meeting to end the fiscal year on Tuesday, the East Hampton Village Board came alive during the final scheduled task — a discussion related to naming a private road off Montauk Highway.
        Kenneth Sheinberg, a resident on the street in question, said that his first choice was the name Little Plains Lane, but because there is already a Little Plains Road in Southampton, the board requested that he offer a different moniker.
        He presented the name Avocet Lane.