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  •     Clare Coss’s play “Emmett, Down in My Heart,” which was inspired by the story of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy who was lynched for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, will open on Feb. 22 at the Tucson Symphony Center and run through March 9. Ms. Coss’s play was named winner of the first 2012 national play contest by the Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists in honor of Black History Month.

  • East Hampton

    Catherine Casey, executive director of the East Hampton Housing Authority, told police last Thursday that at the end of a board meeting a resident had kissed her, adding that the kiss was unexpected and unwelcome. After several efforts to reach the man, police were able to contact him Sunday afternoon. He told them that after “concluding a productive meeting, [he] gave each and every member a hug.” Police warned him to have no more physical contact with Ms. Casey.

  • Organizers of the Hamptons Marathon have been on the go this month, handing out $75,000 of their 2013 marathon and half-marathon proceeds to local nonprofits, including the after-school program Project MOST and Southampton Hospital.

    Amanda Moszkowski and Diane Weinberger, founders of the marathon, presented $30,000 checks last week to both Project MOST and the hospital.

  • Springs School will begin its annual prekindergarten registration in the school’s main office on Monday morning, starting at 9 a.m. All children who reside in the district and who will be 4 years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2014, are eligible.

  •        Yolanda Jean Gross, who retired from teaching at P.S. 49 in the South Bronx in 1996 but continued as a classroom substitute at the Springs School and worked as its librarian for a time, died on Sunday at Southampton Hospital after an illness. She was 74.

  •        The Star has received word of the death of Thomas E. Bennett, an 11th-generation Bennett who grew up on Louse Point Road in Springs, on Dec. 18. Mr. Bennett, who died at home in Indianapolis, had been ill with pneumonia. He was 73.

  •        Helen Miller Daniels, who died of pneumonia last Thursday at Southampton Hospital after a short illness, was 87 and had lived her entire life in East Hampton within a one-mile radius. An 11th-generation Bonacker, she was born to Wilbur Miller and the former Frances Lester on Oct. 31, 1926. Her family tree included Bennetts and Collums.

  •        Word has been received here of the death of Mary T. Schaefer, a resident of the Northampton summer colony in Sag Harbor for over 50 years, on Dec. 15 at Glen Cove Hospital. Death was attributed to respiratory failure after a brief illness. Mrs. Schaefer was 93.

  •        Thomas Tomossonie Sr., a lifelong Sag Harbor resident, died on Dec. 30 at Southampton Hospital. He was 69 and had been ill for some time, his family said.

           Mr. Tomossonie had worked for the Southampton Town Sanitation Department, at the Sag Harbor transfer station, retiring after 21 years.

  •        Maria O. Brennan, an antiques dealer who owned the Grand Acquisitor in East Hampton for 20 years, died on Monday at Southampton Hospital. She was 74 and had been ill for a long time.

           During her 40 years here, Ms. Brennan was active in the community, especially with the East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society. She was a former chairwoman of the society’s house committee.

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