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    Kathryn Perry of Atlantic Street told police that she had applied for a job in early May and received an e-mail that she thought was confirming her employment. It was followed by an e-mail asking for personal information. She responded but was suspicious, and when she received a request via e-mail to do a series of bank transactions, she contacted police. The East Hampton Town Police looked into the sender of the e-mails and discovered an apparent pattern of fraudulent transactions.

  •     Mina M. Kennedy, “the last of the line of an amazing generation in our family,” her daughter Patti Tuths recalled, died on June 4 at home in East Hampton after a brief illness. She was 96.
        Mrs. Kennedy, her daughter said, “was about family and friends. She had great faith and was the strongest person I ever knew. She kept us all close.”

  •     Mary-Anne Szabaga, who taught Spanish at Junior High School 141 in Astoria, Queens, for 31 years before retiring to Montauk, died on May 30 at Southampton Hospital after a brief illness. She was 70.
        Born in Astoria on Aug. 22, 1942, to Stephen Szabaga and the former Julia Opys, Ms. Szabaga graduated from Queens College in 1964, after which she spent weeks touring Europe with her best friend, Norma Giorgetti. An avid traveler, she spent many vacations and sabbaticals throughout her career exploring the world.

  •     Joan B. Ruffins, who started summering at Nineva Beach in Sag Harbor in 1961 and moved there for good in 1992, died of complications from lung cancer on May 31 at Stony Brook University Hospital. She was 81 and had been diagnosed in the fall of last year.

  •     Catherine McNally McByrne, a longtime resident of Montauk, died on June 3 following a long illness.
        Mrs. McByrne was born Feb. 21 in Manhattan to Patrick McNally and the former Anna McCafferty. She did not like to tell her age and her family declined to provide it. She grew up in the Bronx and attended the Thorpe Secretarial School.

  •     A graveside service will be held at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton at 1 p.m. on Saturday for Alice and Henry Mund, longtime residents of East Hampton. Ms. Mund died on March 10 at the age of 84; her husband died on May 5. He was 87.
        The service will be immediately followed by an afternoon tea at the Ladies Village Improvement Society on Main Street in East Hampton, for which Ms. Mund was a volunteer. A happy hour in honor of Mr. Mund will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor.

  •     Word has been received of the death in Great Barrington, Mass., on Friday of Miriam Ungerer, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor and North Haven and a cookbook author who wrote “Long Island Larder,” a column about food for The East Hampton Star for decades. 
        Ms. Ungerer, who was 84, suffered a stroke on June 4 after preparing a favorite dish of mussels in her home kitchen, one of her daughters, Shelly Strandquest of Hillsdale, N.Y., said. A full obituary will appear in a future issue.
     

  •     Christine Hagen of Sag Harbor died peacefully at home on Saturday after a long illness. She was 64. An obituary will appear in a future issue.
     

  •     A celebration of the life of Antoinette Stevens will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton. Mrs. Stevens, known as Nettie, was 93 and had lived in East Hampton since 1962. She died on April 13 at her family house in Port Washington.

  •     A memorial Mass for Anne Marie Connors, who died on March 27 in Fort Myers, Fla., will be held next Thursday at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. The Rev. Peter Garry will officiate, and burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery. A notice in last week’s paper gave the incorrect cemetery.
        Mrs. Connors lived in East Hampton. She is survived by her husband, Arthur, and three children, Pamela Schenck, Cynthia Quigley, and Jack Connors.

Blogs by this author:

  • The young dancers of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School presented their spring ballet this weekend at Guild Hall's John Drew Theater in East Hampton.
  • 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.