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  •    Fred Melamed was 22 in 1978, the first time he played the title role in Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” which he is now reprising in an innovative and daring production directed by Stephen Hamilton at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall for a limited run next month.
        Mr. Melamed had graduated from Hampshire College the previous summer, where, as a freshman, he’d joined the music department.

  • A raging boat fire in Ditch Plain threatened houses in the area on Friday.
  • Whole Foods Market has signed a short-term lease to rent the former Plitt Ford dealership on Montauk Highway in Wainscott for the summer.
  •     Bill Babinski, a farmer who owns 20 acres of land on Beach Lane in Wainscott, will be able to build the second barn he needs after the East Hampton Town Planning Board okayed his application at an April 4 meeting. The 1,380-square-foot barn, to be erected next to one already standing, is a little less than half its size.
        A neighboring couple, Tom and Shelly Gilbert, expressed strong opposition to the application at a hearing on March 7, saying that the new barn would obliterate their ocean view if it were sited as proposed.

  • Sean Combs, the entertainment and fashion impresario who is widely known as Diddy, had an unwelcome repeat visitor on the weekend of April 1.
  •      A Southampton Town police officer pursued a speeding car whose driver attempted to elude him on Sunday, and wound up finding it parked near the end of Town Line Road in Sagaponack with the lights off, according to a report.
        John M. Siedem, 47, of Wainscott was sent to jail, charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

  •     Dirt bikers are doing expensive and potentially catastrophic damage to the capped former garbage dump located behind the recycling center on Route 27 west of Montauk, according to East Hampton Town police.

  •     When East Hampton Village police received a phone call Saturday night at about 10:30 reporting an apparent drunken driver in a brown 2005 Acura, the officer dispatched did not have to look far.
        At the point where Montauk Highway and North Main Street merge to form Main Street is a light pole that, that night, was the final stop for the Acura, driven by Keith D. Finer, 24, of Hampton Bays, police said. Mr. Finer allegedly told the officer he had fallen asleep at the wheel, with the car jumping the curb and smashing into the pole.

  •     At 8 a.m. on March 24, Marcelo A. Castro Morales called East Hampton Town police to report that a man was menacing him with a baseball bat at a property on Montauk Highway in Montauk, police said.

  • The addition would be in violate of the town’s pyramid law