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  •     The Corcoran Group’s second-quarter real estate market report was recently published and shows numbers are up slightly this year over the same time last year.

  •     Bonnie Schnitta, the founder and president of SoundSense on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, has been awarded a patent for a “sound-focusing mechanism and method of estimating acoustic leakage of an object and method of estimating transmission loss of an object” — in short, the dB focus tube — the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration has announced.

  • Hosting a series of star-studded ticketed events in a house zoned for single-family residential use is simply not permitted.
  •     While most other local kids are engaged in summertime activities this weekend, Dava Corcoran, a 12-year-old Springs student, will be donning her floor-length evening gown, and no, she isn’t attending one of the plethora of black-tie benefits on the South Fork. She has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Pageant, to be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn.

  • The East Hampton Village Board voted on Friday to ban the use of plastic checkout bags in the village, but not before considerable comment from people on both sides of the debate.
  • Richard Burns, the East Hampton School District’s director of pupil personnel services, was sworn in as the district’s interim superintendent on Tuesday evening.
  •     According to the experts at Tuesday night’s East Hampton school board meeting, it’s going to cost somewhere in the vicinity of $100,000 to replace the ceilings in five classrooms and another small room at the middle school, where more problems came to light, literally, as ceiling tiles came crashing down during a mid-July weekend brownout.

  •     My sweet little Volvo is so lucky. It has an odometer that measures how far it has gone since it was made, like all cars. And then it has two “trip” odometers. If I press the odometer button twice, I can get two other readings: for example, how many miles we have driven since God knows when, and how many miles it is to Riverhead.
        But the great thing is, if I hold the button down on the trip odometers, the car will reset them to zero.

  •     Peter Ambrose has been catering everything from clambakes to elegant weddings for the past 25 years.
        “My father is a native bubby,” Mr. Ambrose said of his dad, Joseph Ambrose. His grandparents built and owned the Three Mile Harbor Inn for 40 years. Mr. Ambrose’s mother, Christine, was born and raised in Sag Harbor, where Mr. Ambrose lives with his wife, Clare, and their three children.

  •     Amy Zerner and Monte Farber have spent years building an enchanted world together — in fact, their company is known as the Enchanted World of Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. The couple, who have been together since the 1970s, have produced books on astrology and other metaphysical matters, along with CDs, tarot card decks, and a Web site — theenchantedworld.com — all of which are internationally popular. Their latest book is “The Enchanted Birthday Book,” released in March by Sterling Ethos.

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