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  • 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.

  • Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center will begin a three-week run of “A Chorus Line” tonight at 7:30. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, conceived and choreographed by Michael Bennett, opened on Broadway in 1975 and ran for more than 6,000 performances. Set at an audition, the show celebrates the ambitions and disappointments of background dancers who perform in the shadow of a production’s stars.

  • As part of the Madoo Talks lecture series, Marilee Foster, an artist, writer, and farmer whose family settled in Sagaponack in the mid-1700s, will talk about “The Evolving Sagaponack Landscape” at the Madoo Conservancy in that village on Sunday at noon.

  • After a monthlong hiatus, the Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas will return to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tomorrow evening at 8. Ms. Atlas’s guests will include Billy Campion and Billy Ryan, formerly of the Bogmen, one of New York City’s biggest underground bands during the mid-1990s.

    The Nancy Atlas Project has been a mainstay of the East End music scene for many years. The group has opened for Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Buffett, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, among many others. Tickets to the show are $20.

  • The Montauk Library will be the site of “The Magic of Folklore,” a performance and talk by Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva, two pianists, on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. They will perform two and four-hand pieces inspired by traditional folk motifs and discuss compositions by Manuel Infante, Isaac Albeniz, Chopin, Schumann, Karol Szymanowski, Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Dvorak. The program is free.
     

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  • Friday is the final day of the WPPB spring pledge drive, and the sole National Public Radio-affiliated station based on Long Island has taken to YouTube to extend its pitch. Geir Magnusson, a videomaker and commercial photographer, prepared the short spot, which features a number of the WPPB hosts.

  • For the first time in 16 years, the Bridgehampton boys are heading back to Glens Falls for a chance at a state basketball championship. 

    The Bees easily won the New York State southeastern Class D regional game, pouncing on Livingston Manor, from Sullivan County, 60-39 Friday evening at Suffolk Community College in Selden. 

  • The annual Empty Bowls event benefiting the Springs Seedlings Project happens on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion. Guests who have been invited to bring their own bowls, large or small, can sampele soups prepared by 28 chefs. Bowls will be provided by those arriving without one. Guests can take soups to go as well. 

    The event also includes raffles and baked goods. Admission is $12, $5 for children 13 and under. Kids under 5 will be admitted free. 

  • The annual fund-raiser for the Kendall Madison Foundation happens Friday night at 8 at the Stephen Talkhouse. The $20 donation funds the Kendall Madison Scholarship Fund, established in 1995 in memory of a popular student athlete who died that year at the age of 21. 

    In addition to the scholarship, the foundation provides financial assistance to those in need and helps to fund the Kendall Madison Fitness Center at East Hampton High School. 

  • With a winter storm warning in effect for the East End through Thursday evening, many are keeping their doors closed for the day.

  • The Bargain Box and Bargain Books, the thrift shops at the Ladies Village Improvement Society in East Hampton, will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m. after a monthlong hiatus. 

    The shops, all gussied up for spring, will celebrate the season ahead with a raffle this week. When a customer makes a purchase, he or she will be entered in a raffle for a $50 voucher for a future shopping spree at the L.V.I.S. The drawing will be on Saturday at 4 p.m.

  • Bridgehampton beat Stony Brook 54-36 in the county Class C-D championship game at William Floyd High School on Saturday afternoon.

    The Bees may have gone into the game a little overconfident, according to their coach, Carl Johnson, because two of Stony Brook's best players were benched, including the point guard, who sat out with an injury. Nevertheless, Stony Brook kept up with Bridgehampton in the first half, waiting until the last few seconds on the clock during each possession to get off a shot. The Bees led 19-14 at the half.

  • Harborfields High School defeated the East Hampton High School boys basketball team in the county Class A semifinal game on Friday.

    The second-seeded Tornadoes prevailed 73-58 at home against the third-seeded Bonackers to qualify for the championship game on Tuesday at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station. 

  • A fire chief responding to an automatic fire alarm call at a house in Bridgehampton on Sunday morning smelled smoke, called for engines to respond, and then discovered flames that firefighters were able to quickly extinguish.

    The Bridgehampton Fire Department was called to a house on Job’s Lane, near Pointe Mecox Lane, at about 9:50 a.m. Mark Balserus, the second assistant fire chief, reported a strong smell of smoke at the house and had dispatchers alert the rest of the department about a fire at about 10:10 a.m.

  • Valentine's Day is Saturday, and before you start with the excuse that there's nothing happening in the Hamptons in the dead of winter, take a look at these ideas for spending time with your valentine. Even if you are sans date this year, the weekend's line-up is sure to keep your heart happy.