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  • Caro’s a Finalist

        Robert A. Caro, whose house in East Hampton has an accompanying uninsulated writing shed that’s known herculean bouts of key-pounding, has been named one of five finalists for a National Book Award in nonfiction. The title, need it be said, is “The Passage of Power,” the latest installment in what might be the biography of the age, “The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” published by Alfred A. Knopf. The winners will be announced on Nov. 14 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan.

  • Watermill Center Events

        The seventh annual Artist Residency Program at the Watermill Center will begin with residency events tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

  • The East Hampton Volunteer Ocean rescue Squad searched off of Indian Wells beach Friday morning in coordination with the United States Coast Guard and the East Hampton Town Marine Patrol, concerning the report of two flares fired and flashing lights reported the previous night.
  •     Budgets for the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton and the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor passed by comfortable margins on Sept. 29.
    The Hampton Library’s 2013 budget of just over $1.5 million passed with 56 for and 7 against. Residents of the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack School Districts cast ballots in the library vote.
    Harvey Loomis, who ran unopposed, was elected to represent the residents of Sagaponack on the library board.
    In Sag Harbor, the budget of just over $2.2 million was approved 163 to 24.

  •     In an effort to address concerns about density, lot coverage, and “excessive use of land,” the Sagaponack Village Board is considering a number of changes to its village code to deal with maximum building coverage, seasonal rentals, and coverage as it relates to accessory structures like swimming pools, playing courts, fences, walls, decks, and patios. A hearing on the changes will be held on Monday at 4 p.m. at Village Hall.

  • East Hampton Town

    Disciplinary Matters

        The East Hampton Town Board turned its attention this week to several disciplinary matters involving employees.

        Two employees of the East Hampton Town Human Services Department were suspended from their jobs for 30 days on Tuesday following disciplinary charges brought against them by Diane Patrizio, the human services director. 

  • Amagansett

    A Carry-All Club Car golf cart, valued at over $3,000, parked outside the office at the Ocean Colony motel, was stolen on the night of Sept. 24.

    East Hampton

    A 15-speed Newport bicycle was stolen from the Cove Hollow Road driveway of Patricia Sales during the last week of September. The bike was valued at $500.

  •     David H. Hernandez, an East Hampton High School junior and a devout Catholic whose favorite place here was the East Hampton Cinema, took his own life on Sept. 29.
        Born in Cuenca, Ecuador, on Dec. 28, 1995, to Carmita Barros and Humberto Hernandez, he came to East Hampton to live with his mother and sister in 2009.

  •     Barbara Ann Norton McNally, who retired from a position as an account administrator with the Dreyfus mutual fund company in Melville to enjoy a life year round in Montauk, died on Oct. 1 at home on Duval Place. She was 77 and had pancreatic cancer, her family said.
        Ms. McNally was married twice; first, for 30 years, to Raymond Norton. After Mr. Norton’s death she married Harry McNally, who died in 2009.

  •     Carl G. Marino of Sag Harbor, a boater and real estate agent, died at Southampton Hospital on Saturday. He was 72 and had Parkinson’s disease.
        Born in the Bronx on Sept. 20, 1940, to P. George and Mary Grace Marino, he attended Mount St. Michael High School, and went on to work for his father in the garment trucking business in New York until 1976. He had vacationed in Sag Harbor with his family since he was a boy and in 1976 moved there year round with his wife, the former Barbara Hager, and their children, Debi and Carl Jr.

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  • With students heading back to school after a hiatus because of the storm, school sports are also getting back on track.

    Joseph Vasile-Cozzo, the athletic director at East Hampton School District, said the boys and girls basketball games originally scheduled for Thursday have been rescheduled for Monday. The varsity teams will play at the high school, with the girls slated to play at 5 p.m., and the boys playing at 6:15 p.m. The junior varsity teams will play at the middle school at the same start times. 

  • 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 TKV@ehstar.com 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.