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  • Henry Thoreau said, “Joy is the condition of life,” and I believe him. Certainly O’en, our white golden, does, especially now that he has as a houseguest a goldendoodle from Ohio named Fozzie.
  • Groundworks, which has some young blood in players like Thea Grenci, Casey Brooks, and the Daunt cousins, Zoe and Lacey, planted a 6-2 loss on P.B.A., and Schenck Fuels, the last seed, upset the defending champion, Bono Plumbing, 7-2 in women’s slow-pitch league playoff openers last Thursday at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett.
  • Peter Kazickas of Amagansett, who plans to teach computer coding to Zimbabwean youth for 12 weeks this fall, an effort that he hopes will serve as a pilot for similar tutorial work in the developing world, has been devoted to Mark Crandall’s Hoops 4 Hope basketball-life skills mentoring curriculum for the past half-dozen years.
  • East Hampton’s 11-and-under East End Tomahawks baseball team that plays in the very competitive Brookhaven summer league won at least a share of the Central Division’s pennant Sunday by defeating the Long Island Mudcats of Eastport-South Manor 10-2.
  • Jordan’s Run, a 5K run-walk in Sag Harbor honoring that village’s heroic Marine, Jordan C. Haerter, has, after taking some tentative steps in 2016, grown by leaps and bounds.
  • Greg Stautner, who times the East Hampton Village Ocean Rescue Squad’s Ocean Challenge distance swims, said at the event Saturday that the numbers this year were so great that he had to reallocate the chips of no-shows.
  • Things went swimmingly this past week inasmuch as a lifeguard tournament was held last Thursday at East Hampton’s Main Beach, a youth triathlon to benefit the I-Tri program was held that same evening at Noyac’s Long Beach, and a masters swim meet was contested Saturday at a house on Georgica Close Road here.
  • I read about “terminal lucidity” the other day, and breathed a sigh of relief inasmuch as I’m still wondering what it’s all about.
  • A 26-year-old San Fransciscan, Matt Watson, won Sunday’s Montauk Lighthouse sprint triathlon in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 22 seconds.
  • The Maidstone Market repeated as the champion of the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 men’s soccer league at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on July 12 by coming back to defeat Bateman Painting 2-1.

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