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  •    The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association has named Fran Castan the 2013 Long Island poet of the year. The honor goes to a “nationally known and well-respected poet who champions poetry” through his or her “writing, teaching, and support of the Long Island community of poets,” the association said in a release.
        An induction ceremony, reading, and reception will take place on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the association’s home at 246 Old Walt Whitman Road in Huntington Station.

  • Amagansett

    An East Hampton Town employee spoke to police after discovering on July 15 that a graffiti artist had drawn a portrait of the late reggae star Bob Marley and the words “One Love” and “Bob Marley” inside the men’s bathroom at Albert’s Landing Beach. Police found a stenciled image of a whale with the words “Free Willy” spray-painted in the same location, as well as “nonspecific cartoon characters in various poses” on the walls of the women’s bathroom.

  • “Pippi Longstocking”

        The young actors of Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, will take the musical “Pippi Longstocking” to the stage at Pierson High School this weekend.

        The musical is an original script by Jerry Leonard based on the series of books by Astrid Lindgren about a brash girl who lives along with a monkey and a horse. Helene Leonard will direct the production and Amanda Jones and James Benard will provide musical accompaniment.

  • East Hampton Town

    Arts Council Appointments

        After establishing an East Hampton Arts Council last month, the East Hampton Town Board appointed 12 members to the group at a meeting last Thursday. The group includes visual artists and art instructors along with an art lawyer, a collector and photographer, a theater director, a writer and publisher, and owners of a gallery and a music store.

  •     Larry Cantwell, the Democratic and Independence Party candidate for East Hampton Town supervisor, will lead a Montauk “listen in” with his Democratic running mates, Job Potter and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, on Monday at 6:45 p.m. at Gurney’s Inn. They have invited residents to discuss their concerns about the hamlet and share ideas for what town government can to improve things.

  •     Ronald A. Fleming, who devoted his life to the Amagansett Presbyterian Church after retiring from careers as a teacher and an antiques dealer, died at his Meeting House Lane home in the hamlet on July 13. He had been diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year and had spent his last days surrounded by his friends and beautiful gardens, said Ralph Prizio, his caregiver and friend of almost 40 years. He was 72. 

  •     Diana M. Vogel, a poet, writer, and critic whose work appeared under the name D.H. Melhem, died in Long Beach, Calif., on June 15. A former summer resident of Springs, she was 86 and had been in declining health since she had a stroke in 2012.

        She published seven books of poetry, a fiction trilogy, short stories, essays, and academic articles, as well as two books of criticism on the African-American poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

  •     Word has been received of the death on July 13 of Sue Lynch, who lived in East Hampton as young child. Ms. Lynch died at home in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 64 and had been ill with breast cancer for about a year, said a cousin, Elaine Lynch of Riverhead.

  •    Kelly Wearstler, an interior and fashion designer, will have a trunk show on Saturday at 4 p.m. at MONC XIII on Madison Street in Sag Harbor, with cocktails and a book signing from 6 to 9 p.m.
       MONC XIII is a high-end furniture and home goods shop owned and operated by Natasha Esch, an interior designer and former president of Wilhelmina Models.

    S. Silverstein to N. Patel and H. Talib, 17 Fair Hills Lane, .92 acre, May 24, $3,150,000.
    R. Reid Jr. to I. and D. Friedrich, 619 Lumber Lane, .92 acre, May 24, $3,300,000.
    R. Mahler to Hampton Court Partners, 11 Hampton Court, .53 acre, May 24, $335,000.

    51 Cedar Street L.L.C. to Chateau Sardine #4 L, 51 Cedar Street, .5 acre, June 3, $525,000.
    W. Fowkes Jr. (by referee) to Waterfall Victoria, 300 Pantigo Place, Unit 117, May 30, $625,294.

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