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  •     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.

  •     Some people know when opportunity knocks, and Chris Clemence — an East Hampton native and the bass player for the band the RapScallions, who will play at the Stephen Talkhouse tomorrow night — is one of those people. But opportunity didn’t exactly knock. It arrived as a misaddressed piece of junk mail.

  •     We’ve all heard the expression, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” But Deborah Aiza, whose Sweet ’Tauk juices hit the scene this month, took that saying literally.
        “I’m fascinated with the locavore movement,” said Ms. Aiza, who concocts juice combinations like watermelon-basil, peach-ginger, and raspberry-hibiscus. She uses local, organic ingredients as much as possible, and seasonal ones at that, added to a base of lemons (organic, but not local) and a dash of agave syrup.

  • For only $500 and a red tie, you too can see Ira Rennert’s own private Xanadu in Sagaponack. Mr. Rennert, his wife, Ingeborg, and his family, along with Rep. Peter King, are hosting a fund-raiser on Sunday to benefit Randy Altschuler’s planned 2012 rematch against Rep. Tim Bishop of the First Congressional District.

    Mr. Altschuler lost to Mr. Bishop, a Democrat, in 2010.

  • What’s black and white and red all over? It could be a newspaper, or it could be the house in Sagaponack where Alec and Leslie Sokolow live. Instead of being crammed with antiques and collectibles, it is filled with space, and more space, and crimson surprises.
        The minimalist approach to the Craftsman-style, three-story house was a conscious choice for the 40-something Sokolows, who divide their time between the South Fork and Santa Monica, Calif.

  • Disputed Sagaponack acreage is being prepped to grow big houses
  •     The East Hampton Village Planning Board, at a meeting last Thursday, asked its planning consultant to draw up an alternate plan for clustering houses on property at the corner of Newtown and Race Lanes.
        The 5.68-acre property, known as the Martha Greene estate, is north of the Osborne Lane traffic light, and backs up on the railroad tracks. It contains an old two-story residence and two other buildings, which would be razed.

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