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  • 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.

  •     Raymond Gualtieri has only one week left as superintendent of the East Hampton School District, and the school board has been on active duty searching for an interim replacement. The appointment would last for one year.

  •     Anthony Piccirillo, who worked as a substitute teacher for the East Hampton School District from 2007 through 2010, has launched a wrongful termination lawsuit against Raymond Gualtieri, district superintendent, Charles Soriano, assistant superintendent, and Keith Malsky, the former high school assistant principal who recently has become principal of the Middle School.

  •     In addition to providing its campers with days filled with activities, sports, and games, the Hampton Country Day Camp in East Hampton also tries to impart positive values to the children who attend.
        Doris Rosen and Dave Skolnik, the directors of the camp, have implemented a Helping Hands program through which children have brought in canned and packaged food from home for distribution to the East Hampton Food Pantry, which, in turn, distributes it to needy families on the East End, including more than 1,000 kids.

  •     The numbers, as they say, do not lie. According to Town and Country, an East End real estate firm that provides detailed information from 11 different markets in the area,  some villages and towns have made notable jumps in sales, while some have stayed stable, and only two have not met the sales for the previous quarter.

  • A full-time volunteer, Alison Thompson spends her time traveling between New York, Haiti, Miami, and Sri Lanka.

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