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  • Frances O’Brien, an affordable-housing advocate and lifelong civic activist both on the South Fork and in New York City, died at her East Hampton residence on Feb. 28. She was 96, and had been in failing health for some time.

      “Frances was famous for keeping politicians on their toes, never letting anyone forget about the needs of seniors or the poor,” her family said. She wrote many letters on those topics and others to The East Hampton Star.


    Student Arts Festival, Part II

    Younger artists had their time in the spotlight and now it’s high school students’ turn. The second part of Guild Hall’s Student Arts Festival will open on Saturday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. It will remain on view through April 19, with after-school hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

  • Amagansett

    Police were called to Main Street near Indian Wells Tavern early Saturday morning to deal with a fight. No arrests were made, and all details of the incident were redacted on the police report.

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  • It is tax season, a fact grifters are well aware of. Two local residents, Janet Fensterer of Amagansett and William Scholl of Springs, recently received telephone calls from people claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agents. Mr. Scholl told police he hung up on the caller because he had just sent in his 2014 tax forms and was sure he did not owe any back money. Ms. Fensterer contacted her accountant, who assured her of the same thing.

  • Let’s face it, the publishing game is a tough nut to crack — now more than ever, economically speaking. Thus the explosion in self-publishing and the potential interest in a panel charged with examining “What’s New in Self-Publishing and Small Presses,” which will convene on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as part of Stony Brook Southampton’s Writers Speak series.

  • David Silver, the founder and former chief executive officer of Regency Home Fashions and a major backer of the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter and of the Ross School, died at home in New York City on Tuesday. He was 75. The cause of death was complications of heart surgery, his wife, Patti Silver, said.

    Mr. Silver was born on March 26, 1939, in Worcester, Mass., to Gertrude Kaufman. He grew up in Worcester and attended Babson College.

  • Freddy Plimpton, an artist and designer, died of respiratory failure on Feb. 22 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vt. She was 73 and had lived on the South Fork, in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, for 30 years.

  • Helen E. Sheehy of Amagansett, 87, died on Feb. 16 in Florida. She had gone there to celebrate a granddaughter’s Valentine’s Day engagement party in Jupiter, where, said her family, she had a wonderful time, laughing and dancing with family and friends. Two days later she died at the Palm Beach County Hospice at Palm Gardens Hospital. Death was attributed to heart failure.

  • Melvin Charles Bennett of Springs, known to most as Chuck, or Mel, died of lung cancer at Southampton Hospital on Feb. 25. He was 61.

    A mason for many years who most recently worked for the Cozy Cottages in Wainscott, Mr. Bennett was known as an all-around handyman. In his spare time, he most enjoyed clamming and fishing in the waters around Springs, and spending time with friends, family, and his dog, Molly. “He was a great friend to all who knew him,” said his daughter, Amanda Bennett of East Hampton.

  • Guild Hall’s 30th Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner will take place Monday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Sotheby’s in New York City.

    This year’s honorees are Jules Feiffer, whose literary-media arts award will be presented by Robert Caro, Matthew Broderick for performing arts and Ralph Gibson for visual arts, both of whom will be introduced by Laurie Anderson, and Linda and Harry Macklowe, who will receive an award for leadership and philanthropy from Michael Lynne.

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