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  • It’s Friday and it’s almost as if a show’s begun: There were 12 instead of the usual five or six servers behind the counter at Starbucks this morning. Main Street traffic was very, very slow. Noses were pressed up against the doors at BookHampton, which was to reopen the next afternoon.
  • We took delivery of a Ping-Pong table the other evening, and it is sitting handsomely in the newly painted, well-lit basement.
  • Kevin Bunce, who’s coaching the Montauk Rugby Club’s youth sides, said Monday that this past weekend’s game with the Rockaway 19-and-unders had been scratched “because of behind-the-scenes maneuvering that effectively put us out of the playoffs.”
  • Frank Ackley, who once played on a pro tennis satellite circuit in Africa — packing it in when he thought he might wind up eating zebra meat — won his first national tournament the other day, in doubles, with his new partner, Mike Dickens, of Melbourne, Fla.
  • Coaching positions in half a dozen East Hampton High School sports are at the moment unfilled because of recent resignations.
  • Knowing that my brother-in-law was going to the Kentucky Derby this year, thus forgoing his annual party where he persuades attendees to part with significant sums of money as he, as auctioneer, hypes the virtues of seeming — and, in the end, certifiable — also-rans, I said to Mary, “The good news is we’ll save $300 this week.”
  • A newcomer, Kraig Rau, a 23-year-old software programmer from Centereach, won handily Sunday’s half-marathon on Hither Hills State Park’s trails in Montauk, in 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 18 seconds.
  • Those who come to Sunday’s under-19 rugby game with Rockaway at East Hampton’s Herrick Park “will be pretty surprised,” Kevin Bunce said this week, following more than a month of action.
  • Min Hefner asked if I’d read the article in The Times’s Sunday Review section about the man who came late in life to tennis and advocated it as an ideal aid in extending one’s life.
  • After having dropped three in a row, one of them to a Westhampton Beach team that was a marvel in transition, the East Hampton High School girls lacrosse squad bounced back Monday to defeat Elwood-John Glenn 12-11 in a game that was riveting throughout.

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