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  • 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 email their pieces (in text or Word format) to, 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.

    R. and L. Tepe to Bernstein and Safirstein, 61 Red Dirt Road, 2.6 acres, Nov. 14, $1,650,000.
    G. Balasses (by executor) to Devon’s Fancy Amagansett, 238 Fresh Pond Road, 5.39 acres, Nov. 14, $2,100,000.
    Farrell Holding Co. to E. Annunziato, 4 Old Station Place, .76 acre, Nov. 7, $5,700,000.

    R. and M. Simpson to 311 Surfside L.L.C., 311 Surfside Drive, 2.79 acres, Nov. 13, $37,125,000.


  • Thursday, January 15
    BOYS BASKETBALL, Bayport-Blue Point at East Hampton, 6 p.m.; Southold at Bridgehampton, 6 p.m., and Shelter Island at Pierson, 6:15.
    BOYS SWIMMING, East Hampton at Central Islip, 5 p.m.
    GIRLS BASKETBALL, East Hampton at Bayport-Blue Point, 4:30 p.m., and Pierson-Bridgehampton at Shelter Island, 5:45.

    Friday, January 16
    WRESTLING, East Hampton at Bayport-Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.

  • Richie Daunt, who is to fight at 141 pounds in the Golden Gloves at the end of this month, is offering boxing lessons Saturday mornings at the Body Tech fitness center in the Montauk Playhouse Community Center.

    He’ll teach 17-and-under students there from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., and older ones from 10:45 to 11:45, beginning this week.

  • The John Drew Theater Lab will present a free staged reading of “What About Miami,” a new play by Rebecca Schull, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Schull, a stage, screen, and television actress, was the founder and artistic director of Open World Theatre Company, which presented readings of plays banned in their countries of origin.

  • The Choral Society of the Hamptons will hold auditions by appointment for its spring concert on Friday, Jan. 23. The society has invited those interested to attend the first rehearsal, tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. Auditions may be scheduled by emailing or by calling 204-9402.

  • “Mom, It’s MY Wedding!” — the latest collaboration between Ilene Beckerman and Michael Disher — will have its premiere this evening at 7:30 at the Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts and will run through Feb. 1.

    The play, written and conceived by Ms. Beckerman and Mr. Disher, examines the pitfalls, pauses, and the effects on the entire family as mothers and daughters face myriad pre-wedding day choices.

  • Teen Finance

    Budgeting, balancing a bank statement, and smart debit and credit card habits are among the topics on the agenda for a Wednesday evening session on personal finance for teenagers at the Amagansett Library. At 6:30 p.m. Lynn Allen of Allen Business Services and Eileen Espana, a senior at East Hampton High School, will discuss practical skills for those just starting to manage their own finances. And don’t worry about spending your hard-earned money on snacks to tide you over till dinnertime; they’ll be provided by the library.

  • When Kate Mund visited her doctor in September experiencing flu-like symptoms, she had no idea that the consultation would be the start of an ordeal that would continue through the fall and include partial paralysis, neck surgery, and a still-uncertain diagnosis.

    The lifelong East Hamptoner, a resident now of Amagansett’s Lazy Point, had been in good health, but then began to experience weakness and a lack of dexterity in her hands and legs.

  • A.I.A. Peconic, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, last month released the winners of its 2014 Daniel J. Rowen Design Awards. The top Honor Awards went to Maziar Behrooz, who has offices in East Hampton and Manhattan, and Roger Ferris, based in Bridgehampton, Manhattan, and Westport, Conn.

    Mr. Behrooz won Merit Awards for two separate projects. Other Merit Awards went to Paul Masi of Bates Masi + Architects in Sag Harbor and Stelle, Lomont, and Rouhani of Bridgehampton, whose partners are Frederick Stelle, Michael Lomont, and Viola Rouhani.

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  • During the blizzard, East Hampton Town and Village officials are standing by to help, and here's a list of important phone numbers to keep handy. As you prepare for the storm, why not print this out?

    Emergency Numbers:

    The joint town and village Emergency Operations Center, which will field calls about storm-related issues, has two numbers, one for village residents and one for town residents. Village residents should call 631-907-9796, and town residents should call 631-907-9743. Emergency line remains 911. 

  • As the South Fork braces for the blizzard on Monday, we are beginning to learn of school cancellations and business closures. We will keep a running list below, but we'll need your help. Please email us announcements and information to to announce a meeting that has been canceled or to let your customers know you are closing early.

  • On Monday Martin Luther King's Birthday will be celebrated, and there are several observations planned on the South Fork this weekend and on Monday.

    Jack Hill, the dean of world languages and literature at the Ross School, will discuss the work of  Dr. King at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 5 p.m. "The Legacy of Dr. King and Why King Still Matters" will cover his historical significance, his 1963 "Letter From Birmingham Jail," and the continuing importance of a nonviolent fight against injustice. 

  • The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which has raised money for breast cancer research and education for two decades now, recently donated $295,000 to fund technology and patient support services for Southampton Hospital's Ellen Hermanson Breast Center.

  • As you're cleaning house after the holidays, not everything needs to be chucked.

    The East Hampton Library will take those holiday greeting cards that arrived via the postal service. Foldable cards will be used for a craft project on Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m., when teenagers will make little boxes out of them, according Lisa Houston, a librarian. 

  • Hailing the Solstice
    All have been invited to a winter solstice celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork meetinghouse on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike Saturday at 7 p.m. The gathering will begin with a potluck supper, and those planning to share have been asked to prepare a dish with a generous six portions. A candlelight ceremony will follow, with drumming, dancing, and music.

    A suggested donation of $10 for each adult will go to local food pantries and also benefit the meetinghouse.

  • "Paintings of Hope," an exhibition of work by Haim Mizrahi, an East Hampton artist, will open at Vered Gallery in East Hampton on Saturday at 6 p.m. The evening will include a candle lighting and songs with Chabad of East Hampton in celebration of the fifth night of Hanukkah.

  • A holiday concert at Ashawagh Hall Thursday evening will feature Caroline Doctorow performing with Russ Seeger, and the Job Potter and Friends band, with musicians to include Gerry Giliberti, Sarah Greene, and Randy Parsons.

    In store are folk, blues, and country music, including original songs, as well as holiday classics. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

  • There's one more chance before the holiday season to give the gift of a blood donation.

  • The East Hampton Historical Society has decked its halls, well, its lovingly maintained old structures, for two events this weekend.