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  •     Ruth E. McDonald, an Amagansett native and descendent of the Fithian family of East Hampton, died on May 25 in Boynton Beach, Fla., following a brief illness. She was 84.
        One of 10 children, Mrs. McDonald was born in Amagansett on July 8, 1928, to Herbert K. Anderson and Sybil Rae Fithian.
        After graduating from high school in East Hampton, she married Joseph H. McDonald. The two made their home in East Hampton, raising their four children there.

  •     James DelGrosso, a painter of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits who lived on Fireplace Road in Springs for 27 years, died at home on Friday of complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which he’d had for a year. Eve Eliot, his wife of 23 years, was by his side. He was 72.
        Mr. DelGrosso attended Cooper Union in Manhattan, where he painted in the Abstract Expressionist style that was, he’d said in several interviews, the only way New York painters were working during that time.

  •     Franka Jones, a fine arts consultant and editor for art publications who was a member of the inner circle of Springs artists and art critics during the 1960s, died on Saturday at her East Hampton residence. A long-time resident of Amagansett and East Hampton, she was 74 and had suffered from a pulmonary illness.

  •     James Michael McHale died on Saturday at Stony Brook University Hospital after a brief illness. The cause was heart failure, said Tracy McHale, his wife. Mr. McHale was 46 and had lived in East Hampton for more than 20 years.

  •     Visting hours for Helen Horn, 75, a Sag Harbor resident who died on Sunday, will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. A funeral Mass for her will be said tomorrow at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sag Harbor, with burial to follow in the church cemetery on Brick Kiln Road. An obituary for her will appear in a future issue.
     

  •     The family of the late Miriam L. Brooks of East Hampton has announced a July 20 memorial service for her to be held at the Methodist Church on Pantigo Road in East Hampton at 10 a.m. A reception will follow. All will be welcomed.
        Mrs. Brooks died on Dec. 12 in Binghamton, N.Y. She was 93.
     

  •     Peter C. Durst of Maidstone Park, East Hampton, and Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., died on Saturday. He was 59. A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. An obituary will appear in a future issue.
     

  •     The Rev. Peter Larsen will officiate at a memorial service for Lysbet Elting Rogers at St. Andrew’s Dune Church on Gin Lane in Southampton on Saturday at 2 p.m. Ms. Rogers, who was known as Bumpy, died on March 7.
        She lived on Highland Terrance in Bridgehampton, and her family has invited friends to join them at her house for a reception following the memorial service.

  •     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 e-mail their pieces (in text or Word format) to submissions@ehstar.com, 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.

  • Claire Reed Toughs It Out
        Claire Reed left behind a privileged life of country clubs and golf outings to wade hip deep into the feminist fights, civil rights struggles, and disarmament movement of the latter part of the last century. She would become a tireless organizer and activist for a number of progressive nonprofits, and the right-hand woman of Bella Abzug leading up to and during Abzug’s Congressional career.

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  • 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.

  • A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until Tuesday morning at 6, according to the National Weather Service. Officials in East Hampton and Southampton Towns are warning residents that travel could be hazardous due to snow and ice accumulations and reduced visibilities. 

  • The Artists Alliance of East Hampton announced Friday that its members exhibit this weekend at Ashawagh Hall in Springs has been canceled due to the weather forecast. The Winter 2015 show has been moved to March 7 and 8. The alliance said on its Facebook page that it would make more announcements as the new date approaches.