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  • The Pat DeRosa Orchestra will present a free program of jazz standards at the Montauk Library on Sunday afternoon at 3:30. Mr. DeRosa, a saxophonist who turned 93 in December, has played with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra, John Coltrane, Lionel Hampton, Tex Beneke, Percy Faith, and Dick Hyman, as well as in films, at countless venues in New York City and around the country, and at Richard Nixon’s inaugural ball.

  • A screening of the National Theatre Live presentation of “John,” a work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson and produced by London’s DV8 Physical Theatre, will take place at Guild Hall Saturday at 8 p.m.

    DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theater works and four films for television. The company’s new production, “John,” authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense theatrical experience.

  • UPDATE: The following program has been canceled as of Jan. 23.

  • Amagansett

    A vandal or vandals targeted two skate ramps at the park on Abraham’s Path during the overnight hours of Jan. 2. Spray paint was used to write nonsensical references to heroin. There have been a couple of similar attacks across the town recently in which slogans referencing heroin were spray-painted on Recreation Department property.

    East Hampton

  • Jesse F. James, a master carpenter who lived on Hog Creek Road in Springs, died at Southampton Hospital on Jan. 5 at the age of 81. The cause of death was pulmonary arrest.

    Mr. James worked for many local builders, among them Wesley Miller, Ed Pospisil, Dell Cullum, and Gene Futterman. Later in life he was a caretaker for the late Susan Tepper, an artist and philanthropist who founded the East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art. Most recently he worked for Sandpebble Builders until retiring just last year.

  • John James Stavola Sr., a longtime resident of Montauk, died at home last Thursday. He was 93.

    Mr. Stavola, who worked as a construction supervisor for the New York Telephone Company, had a summer house in Montauk since the 1960s, and retired there full time 35 years ago. He loved clamming and fishing, his family said.

    Born in Manhattan on Nov. 4, 1921, to Fillipo Stavola and the former Maria Lombardi, he grew up in the Bronx, and served in the Navy during World War II.

  • Alice Cole Lazarus, a longtime summer resident of Barnes Landing in Springs, died on Dec. 27 at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Plantsville, Conn. She was 90.

    Mrs. Lazarus, who was known as Allie, first came to the South Fork with her husband, Budd Lytton, in the summer of 1947 to visit her parents, Leon (Tut) and Dorothy Cole, who were renting on Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett. Two years later, the Coles bought a summer cottage in Barnes Landing and the Lyttons bought a bungalow nearby.

  • A memorial service will be held on Saturday for Charlotte Rogers Smith of Water Mill, the choir director of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years and the founder of the Choral Society of the Hamptons. Ms. Smith died of pneumonia on Dec. 14 at Southampton Hospital. She was 95.

    The service will take place at the Southampton Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. In last week’s paper, the service was reported to be on Jan. 10.



  • The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

    Authors can either email their pieces (in text or Word format) to, with “Fiction” or “Guestwords” in the subject line, or mail them, preferably on disk and saved in a text format, to The Star, Box 5002, East Hampton 11937. A very short biographical note should also be included.

    R. and L. Tepe to Bernstein and Safirstein, 61 Red Dirt Road, 2.6 acres, Nov. 14, $1,650,000.
    G. Balasses (by executor) to Devon’s Fancy Amagansett, 238 Fresh Pond Road, 5.39 acres, Nov. 14, $2,100,000.
    Farrell Holding Co. to E. Annunziato, 4 Old Station Place, .76 acre, Nov. 7, $5,700,000.

    R. and M. Simpson to 311 Surfside L.L.C., 311 Surfside Drive, 2.79 acres, Nov. 13, $37,125,000.


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  • Friday is the final day of the WPPB spring pledge drive, and the sole National Public Radio-affiliated station based on Long Island has taken to YouTube to extend its pitch. Geir Magnusson, a videomaker and commercial photographer, prepared the short spot, which features a number of the WPPB hosts.

  • For the first time in 16 years, the Bridgehampton boys are heading back to Glens Falls for a chance at a state basketball championship. 

    The Bees easily won the New York State southeastern Class D regional game, pouncing on Livingston Manor, from Sullivan County, 60-39 Friday evening at Suffolk Community College in Selden. 

  • The annual Empty Bowls event benefiting the Springs Seedlings Project happens on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion. Guests who have been invited to bring their own bowls, large or small, can sampele soups prepared by 28 chefs. Bowls will be provided by those arriving without one. Guests can take soups to go as well. 

    The event also includes raffles and baked goods. Admission is $12, $5 for children 13 and under. Kids under 5 will be admitted free. 

  • The annual fund-raiser for the Kendall Madison Foundation happens Friday night at 8 at the Stephen Talkhouse. The $20 donation funds the Kendall Madison Scholarship Fund, established in 1995 in memory of a popular student athlete who died that year at the age of 21. 

    In addition to the scholarship, the foundation provides financial assistance to those in need and helps to fund the Kendall Madison Fitness Center at East Hampton High School. 

  • With a winter storm warning in effect for the East End through Thursday evening, many are keeping their doors closed for the day.

  • The Bargain Box and Bargain Books, the thrift shops at the Ladies Village Improvement Society in East Hampton, will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m. after a monthlong hiatus. 

    The shops, all gussied up for spring, will celebrate the season ahead with a raffle this week. When a customer makes a purchase, he or she will be entered in a raffle for a $50 voucher for a future shopping spree at the L.V.I.S. The drawing will be on Saturday at 4 p.m.

  • Bridgehampton beat Stony Brook 54-36 in the county Class C-D championship game at William Floyd High School on Saturday afternoon.

    The Bees may have gone into the game a little overconfident, according to their coach, Carl Johnson, because two of Stony Brook's best players were benched, including the point guard, who sat out with an injury. Nevertheless, Stony Brook kept up with Bridgehampton in the first half, waiting until the last few seconds on the clock during each possession to get off a shot. The Bees led 19-14 at the half.

  • Harborfields High School defeated the East Hampton High School boys basketball team in the county Class A semifinal game on Friday.

    The second-seeded Tornadoes prevailed 73-58 at home against the third-seeded Bonackers to qualify for the championship game on Tuesday at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station. 

  • A fire chief responding to an automatic fire alarm call at a house in Bridgehampton on Sunday morning smelled smoke, called for engines to respond, and then discovered flames that firefighters were able to quickly extinguish.

    The Bridgehampton Fire Department was called to a house on Job’s Lane, near Pointe Mecox Lane, at about 9:50 a.m. Mark Balserus, the second assistant fire chief, reported a strong smell of smoke at the house and had dispatchers alert the rest of the department about a fire at about 10:10 a.m.

  • Valentine's Day is Saturday, and before you start with the excuse that there's nothing happening in the Hamptons in the dead of winter, take a look at these ideas for spending time with your valentine. Even if you are sans date this year, the weekend's line-up is sure to keep your heart happy.