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  •     Two proposed houses, in two different neighborhoods, had neighbors seeing red at public hearings during a marathon East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at Town Hall on April 16.
        In both cases, the board concluded that the wisest path for the property owners might be to break bread with their neighbors, to see if a compromise could be worked out. And in both cases, the applicants offered compromises on Tuesday, although whether they would satisfy the opposition remains to be seen.

  •    “The best thing about theater is that it is a collaborative, and the worst thing about theater is it’s a collaborative,” Joshua Perl, artistic director of Hamptons Independent Theater Festival and director of its next production, Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room (or the vibrator play),” said Saturday.

  • Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice William J. Condon sentenced Edward M. Orr on three felony counts: leaving the scene of a fatal accident, tampering with evidence, and violating the terms of a 2009 conviction for embezzling money from a Montauk fuel company.
  • After two decades, Justice Cahill, the first woman ever to preside over the local court, has decided to step down. She will retire on Dec. 31. “I had a difficult time with the decision,” she said on Monday, explaining that for several months she’s been weighing her love of the job against a very real feeling that 20 years was enough.
  •    Esther Laufer, who turned 100 on Tuesday, remembers trolley cars and horse-drawn wagons, silent movies, spinning tops in the gutter on the street, and egg creams at the local soda fountain.
        Mrs. Laufer, who lives in Northwest Woods, is the daughter of Russian immigrants who came to the United States to escape the pogroms of the czar. She was born Esther Murofchick in Brooklyn and grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. “Everybody knew each other,” she remembered last week.

  • A gateway to Ditch Plain, Montauk, may have a very different look if the East Hampton Town Planning Board approves a subdivision proposed for the residential site.
  •    The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals ruled on two controversial matters on April 9 with a voting pattern unusual for this board.
        Members voted 4-1 to grant several variances and a natural resources special permit to Morgan Neff, which will allow him to keep, unchanged, two of his seven cottages, known as Millionaires Row, on Fort Pond in Montauk.

  •    There were six arrests on the charge of driving while intoxicated this past week in the town of East Hampton, and an East Hampton man was arrested on the same charge in Southampton.

  •    The man who threw a paint-removing liquid onto the hood of the classic blue 1965 Ford F-1 pickup truck with a V-8 engine that’s always parked outside Sloppy Tuna in Montauk, was himself sloppy — he forgot to look up.
       If the hoodie-wearing vandal had bothered to look, he might have noticed several surveillance cameras hanging at strategic points outside the oceanfront bar. According to Abby Monahan, the manager, he was caught on camera pulling up to the bar in a pickup at exactly 4:20 a.m. on April 16.

  •     Twenty years ago, Jaqui Leader, artistic director of the East End Special Players, hesitated before calling Helen Rudman to apply for her current job. She was an actor, not a trained therapist.
        “I thought, I don’t have a degree working with people with learning disabilities,” she said Friday.
        Then she came in and met the group.