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  • 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.

  •     It seems like Dina Merrill — the actress and arts benefactor who has lived on West Dune Lane for over 50 years — will still be able to see the sea she loves.    Her husband, Ted Hartley, chairman of R.K.O. Pictures, sat in the second row at the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Friday while his attorney, Rick Whalen, laid out plans to rework an existing walkway and platform in the dunes outside the couple’s house to accommodate Ms. Merrill’s wheelchair.

  •     Talk about “observing the stars” on the South Fork and people are likely to think of a Seinfeld or a Baldwin before an Alpha Centauri. But that’s what the Montauk Observatory is for — to help those interested in the night sky above the parties and beaches, a twinkling, expanding, mysterious infinity of galaxies and dark matter beyond our comprehension.

  •     Project MOST is best known by the community and grateful parents for leading after-school programs during the school year. But this summer, thanks to a grant from the Levitt Foundation, Project MOST teamed up with the Seedlings Project at the Springs School’s greenhouse and garden and offered a four-week camp for children, regardless of socioeconomic background, with a strong focus on nature.

  •     The reward for finding who pierced Pierce — the nickname bestowed on a turtle that was found in Sag Harbor on July 5 with a tenpenny nail pushed all the way through his carapace and belly — just got bigger.
        Because of a jump in donations to the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the ante has been upped from $1,000 to $12,500 for nailing the person who would do such a thing.

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