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  • A veritable Who’s Who of East End criminal prosecutors, defense attorneys, and even a couple of judges gathered in Bridgehampton to discuss the sobering topic of drunken-driving
  • A fire Sunday in a Springs house filled with fine art, antiques, and one dog took several hours and four fire companies to quell.
  •     Police calls and activity were way up for the Fourth of July weekend, as were arrests and vehicular accidents, as compared to 2012, according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Edward Ecker.

        “It was busier, for sure,” he said.

  •     A 91-year-old bicyclist was struck by a car on Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs on July 1 and taken to Southampton Hospital for treatment.

  •    What do you get when you combine two actors, eight parts, and a stew of Gothic theatrical silliness? A whole lot of laughs, when the production is as sharp and clean as that of Bay Street’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep.”
        Created by Charles Ludlam during that final burst of creative, subversive lunacy that characterized the last few years of his life, “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is the most revived of his Ridiculous Theatrical Company plays. When done well, as this production is, you can see why.

  •    The surprise that is Noel Coward is coming to the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall next week, starring Blythe Danner and Simon Jones, and directed by Tony Walton, in the form of “Tonight at 8:30.”
       Coward wrote the show in the 1930s as a touring vehicle for himself and his longtime friend and working partner Gertrude Lawrence. It’s actually a collection of 10 one-act plays. Each night the partners would choose three to perform, at, of course, 8:30.

  • Three people were hospitalized, one a 6-year-old child who remained in serious condition, after an allegedly drunk driver struck a BMW on Route 114 in East Hampton on Saturday.
  •     There were 14 arrests in East Hampton Town in the past week on charges of drunken driving or driving with ability impaired by drugs, two of them happening after accidents, and four others involving felony charges. Sag Harbor police were equally busy, making four arrests on similar charges, a high number for that jurisdiction.

  •     Sean McPherson, the owner of the Crow’s Nest restaurant and motel in Montauk and a collector of exotic cars, wants to build a new, 600-square-foot garage on his Miller Avenue property in Montauk’s Ditch Plain neighborhood. His application was discussed at a June 25 public hearing before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

  •     A Key West, Fla., man argued for — and won — an unusual way to beat the high cost of living in East Hampton last week: He got four days in the county jail, where the meals and beds are free.

        “I told the officer that people were harassing me,” the handcuffed Darren W. McPherson, 41, told Justice Catherine Cahill on June 23. “Why would he arrest me?”