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  •     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.

  • The arrest of a man on a charge of possessing illegal fireworks may or may not have solved the riddle of the Montauk "explosions."
  •     The driver of a black 2006 BMW, Nelson G. Sanmartin Prado, 31, of Springs, was arrested on Abraham’s Path in East Hampton at 2:40 a.m. Sunday and charged with misdemeanor drunken driving. Back at the stationhouse East Hampton Town police lodged a more serious charge against him, of aggravated driving without a license, a felony.

  •    An East Hampton man, Melvin C. Smith, 46, was arrested on April 10 by East Hampton Town police on charges of assault in the second degree, a class D felony, and possession of a deadly weapon, a knife, as a misdemeanor. The charges stem from a fight on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton on the afternoon of April 9. Joseph Giannini, Mr. Smith’s attorney, has alleged that race was a factor in Mr. Smith’s arrest.
        Mr. Smith is black; the other man involved is white.

  •    First love and first time at the theater should be joyful experiences, and when artfully combined, as in the Springs Community Theater production of “Peter Pan” at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater, they are simply a blast.
        The theater was packed for the Sunday matinee, and the energy of the little ones in the audience, with an occasional mommy or daddy thrown in, was palpable at the curtain.

  • A dispute between two neighbors leaves one with prior felonies held without bail in Suffolk County Jail.
  •     An oceanfront house on Marine Boulevard in Amagansett was before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on April 2 for variances that would allow what might be called a creative expansion.
        “I’m a composer,” Carter Burwell, the applicant, told the board. Mr. Burwell is, in fact, the composer for the Coen brothers, the Academy Award-winning film-making duo, having written the scores for all but one of their films.

  •     The East Hampton Town Police Department has hired two new officers, Tom Strong, 33, and Mike Rodriguez, 23, both of East Hampton. With Capt. Michael Sarlo acting as mentor, the department started them on Monday on a 12-week orientation and on-the-job training program.

  •     The number of drunken-driving arrests made by East Hampton Town police last month was down by half from the March 2012 figure, from 24 to 12.
        Capt. Michael Sarlo cautioned, however, that no inference should be drawn from the decrease. “Year to date, our number of arrests are just below where we were last year at this time,” he said Tuesday, while speculating that increased public awareness of the dangers and risks of drunken driving may also be a factor.

  • If nothing happens in mediation, the next step is arbitration, in which the P.B.A.

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  • Southampton Town police have asked the public to assist them in an investigation of a "hide-a-key" thief possibly responsible for a series of burglaries.

    According to a release from Detective Sgt. Lisa A. Costa, a man drove up to a Water Mill house on Friday and lifted the doormat at the front door, searching for a key. The statement does not indicate whether the man entered the house.

  • A Long Island Rail Road train headed for Montauk is being held up in Amityville after it struck and killed a man on the tracks on Saturday afternoon.

    As police investigated, between 110 and 150 passengers were stuck on the eastbound train, which left Jamaica at 12:10 p.m. The accident occurred at about 12:45 p.m. The train was due in Montauk at 3 p.m.

    Trains were delayed in both directions. Though service was expected to be restored soon, trains will be bypassing the Amityville station during the investigation. 

  • On Tuesday the East Hampton Town Police Department awarded 13 officers for outstanding and dedicated acts of police work during 2014. Each officer was given an award bar to be displayed over his or her shield.
  • The blizzard left its mark on Montauk, causing beach erosion, though it did not reach the oceanside motels.
  • Summer may be over, but the Montauk Farmers Market lives on, at least for this Saturday.