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  •    What despises sunlight and garlic and feasts on meals of blood? The ghoulish and ubiquitous tick, and Brian Kelly of East End Tick Control, which has been in business for 15 years, is the area’s own personal Van Helsing.

  •    Christopher Garetano, the producer and director of “Montauk Chronicles,” which will have its premiere at Gurney’s Inn tomorrow, admits that as a teenager he was “obsessed with the paranormal.”

  • There was tension apparent at polling places on the East End yesterday, and likely around the state as well, as voters were given the chance to approve or reject the first school budgets
  • Charles Soriano, who has served as the East Hampton School District’s assistant superintendent for the past nine years, is moving a few blocks down the road to become the East Hampton Middle School principal.
  •     “This is only the second meeting in what I anticipate will be a somewhat lengthy process,” Andrew Goldstein, chairman of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals, said when Friday’s meeting turned to a new irrigation system planned for the Maidstone Club’s 27-hole golf course.

  •    How do you know you’re getting old? When the sight of young people lining up all night to buy a pair of sneakers leaves you shaking your head in wonderment.
        That is exactly what occurred at Sneakerology, located beneath London Jewelers just off Main Street in East Hampton, on Friday night, when word got out that a rare Nike sneaker — only 18 pairs — would be available the next morning. A line formed of approximately two dozen hopeful customers.

  •     Posh Pies, a company started by Deborah Braun and her son, Miles, both Water Mill residents, offers mostly organic, 100 percent natural pies of every ilk one can imagine and some one can’t — Southwestern chicken pot pie, strawberry vanilla, Dutch cocoa almond, blueberry lemon, apple caramel, jerk chicken with a corn crust, Moroccan lamb, and many more.

  • Positions have been terminated and programs have been reduced or, in some cases, eliminated completely in order for districts to come into compliance.
  •     The East Hampton Village Board voted at its April meeting to pierce the 2-percent tax cap if necessary, but it needn’t have bothered. At last week’s work session the board unveiled the 2012-13 budget, which came in a hair’s breadth under the allowable amount.
        The new budget of just over $19 million is an increase of $626,574, or 3.4 percent, over this year’s spending, and reflects a rate increase of 2.9 percent, $15,176 less than the tax cap’s ceiling.

  •     “I’m disappointed in this budget,” Stuyvesant Wainwright IV, a parent, said during the public hearing portion of Monday night’s Springs School budget meeting. “I feel like you sold out the school.” He spoke of the community forum on Feb. 11, when, he claimed, “70 percent of the community said to get rid of prekindergarten.”

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