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  •       Otis G. Pike, who as a Democrat represented what was then the solidly Republican 1st Congressional District for nine terms in the 1960s and ’70s, died on Monday in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 92 and had been in declining health the past two years, according to his daughter, Lois Pike Eyre of Riverhead.

  •        Plans to renovate and expand the Harbor Heights service station on Route 114 in Sag Harbor were dealt a blow by the village zoning board of appeals last Thursday when its members, in a straw poll, said they would deny three of the four variances the project in its current configuration requires.

  •        Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman of Montauk received a plum assignment in this, his sixth and final term in office, when he was elected deputy presiding officer on Jan. 2. Legislator DuWayne Gregory, a Democrat from Amityville and the legislature’s majority leader, was elected presiding officer.

  •        Money that will be earmarked to provide work force housing for Sag Harbor residents can now be deposited with the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust. The village board took the necessary steps on Tuesday to allow the trust to receive money now that substantial progress is being made on the transformation of the former Bulova building into upscale condominiums.

  •        The East Hampton Town Republican Committee has elected Reg Cornelia, a longtime committee member, as its vice chairman. He will join Tom Knobel, who the committee elected last month to a two-year term as chairman.

           Mr. Cornelia, who, like Mr. Knobel, works at the Suffolk County Board of Elections, is a member of the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee and is a former Springs School Board member.

  •     I was whiling away some time last weekend at the library, when I spied a copy of “Salinger,” the recently published oral biography of J.D. Salinger, the author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” staring back at me from the shelf.

  •        As of New Year’s Day, the task of providing Long Island and the Rockaways with electricity has been assumed by PSEG Long Island.

  • People who have not been down to the ocean beach in eastern Southampton Town for the past three or four months will be in for a surprise if they decide to take an early winter stroll there this week.
  •        The Wainscott School District has been criticized in a state audit for amassing a budget surplus of $2.4 million, an amount that is 68 percent of its current budget and 17 times more than allowed by law.

  • Anyone stuck in the eastbound morning trade parade that slows traffic on Montauk Highway to a crawl knows that a pretty large percentage of the contractors working in East Hampton Town come from UpIsland