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  • Lars Svanberg said Paddlers for Humanity’s Montauk-to-Block Island cross­ing on Saturday took place on “a picture perfect day, and drew about 40 paddlers, all of whom had had to raise at least $1,500.”

  • Perhaps the gentrification of the Turnpike and its environs is inevitable — James Gambles, then the Bridgehampton Child Care Center’s director, said it was in an interview with The New Yorker’s Calvin Tomkins 41 years ago.

    But if property values trump the other values we profess — neighborliness and good will, and the attentiveness to local history that strengthen those feelings presumably being among them — we will be the poorer for it.

  • When it comes to picking East Hampton High School seniors whom it deems deserving of Travis Field scholarships, the committee considers whether the candidates are athletes and to what extent they’ve worked to help others.

  • East Hampton’s female lifeguards repeated as the third-place finisher in a regional all-woman tournament at Sandy Hook, N.J., last week, though John McGeehan, who went down with the 12-person team, said that “this year the tournament was considerably more competitive — we did better in every event.”

  • The Hoops 4 Hope basketball mentoring program that Mark Crandall, of Amagansett, has overseen in Zimbabwe and South Africa for the past 19 years continues with its valuable youth development work there (and with the Inuits in the Arctic Circle), though while Hoops 4 Hope is becoming better known throughout the world, it has yet, he said during a conversation this week, to achieve sustainability.

  • Lara DeSanti Siska, the incoming president of the East Hampton Rotary Club, was buoyant despite the at-times heavy rain Saturday morning that cut into the turnout for the first Rotary 10 and 5K races at Amagansett’s Fresh Pond Park in three years.

    “Rain doesn’t deter serious runners — pretty much all the registrants for the 10K came out, but a number of those who signed up for the 5K didn’t,” said the races’ timer, Bob Beattie, from the shelter of his van.

  • Groundworks Landscaping made short work of the Police Benevolent Association in the first game of a best-of-three East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league final played July 29 at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett. The score was 7-1.

    Game two was to have been played at Terry King Tuesday, with a deciding game — if needed — to be played there tonight.

  • Julie Ratner, who’s in her 19th year of overseeing Ellen’s Run, said this week that she is “very, very proud” that the road race she began in memory of her sister, Ellen P. Hermanson, who died of breast cancer, has enabled women here to avail themselves of top-notch services at Southampton Hospital.

  • We had always thought of Warren Buffett as a warm and fuzzy ambassador for capitalism before he and three Brazilian billionaires took Heinz private last year — a deal whose announcement was made in the wake of what was found to be insider trading in call options through a Goldman Sachs brokerage in Switzerland.

  • The East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad came in for unrivaled praise Saturday morning as swimmer after swimmer exited the ocean at Montauk’s Ditch Plain.

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