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  • I want to begin by thanking our granddaughter Ella, who’s 8, for having turned my wife’s Ping-Pong game around, for having raised her Ping-Pong self-esteem (the fiery competitive spirit she’s always had) so that Mary and I are now on an even keel Ping-Pong-wise.
  • Some 50 years ago, David Wilt, who had been a children’s librarian in Philadelphia before moving here with Chuck Hitchcock, said what this place needed was “a school without walls,” one that would connect youngsters here with the many artists, writers, musicians, and professionals who were their neighbors.
  • Friday was Spirit Night in the Harbor, and, during a basketball doubleheader in Pierson’s packed gym that night, one of which went the Whalers’ way, one of which didn’t, there was no letup to the mighty noise in the stands.
  • The kids who are learning to play hockey at the Buckskill Winter Club now have two top-notch youth coaches to teach them — Tim Luzadre, who has been with the winter club since it began in 2005, and now also Bruce MacIsaac, a Sag Harborite whose junior Long Island Gulls teams in Nassau County made it to the nationals three times.
  • The East Hampton School District’s athletic director, Joe Vas, will petition Section XI, the governing body for public high school sports in Suffolk, to have East Hampton’s football team remain in Conference IV, rather than bumped up, as the result of increased enrollment in grades nine through 11, to Conference III, which is known as “the black-and-blue division.”
  • Well, it is true. I am a liberal and I sleep in. But so did my father, who was a Vermont Republican. As in politics, so in dress. I still have his black linen tie, which he often wore with a white shirt and a dark jacket, to such an extent that a woman once said he “shrieked of conservatism.”
  • East Hampton High School’s boys swimming team finished its dual-meet season at 3-4 as the result of a 93-69 win here over Stony Brook in the regular-season finale on Jan. 24.
  • The media had it all wrong. Don’t tell me the Steelers didn’t win that A.F.C. championship game with the Patriots. It just goes to show you to what lengths the lackeys of the press will go to distort the truth.
  • Ben and Orson Cummings, Bridgehamptoners who spent the better part of a year filming a documentary on Bridgehampton High School’s storied Killer Bees, the boys basketball team that has won nine state championships, were feeling pretty good the other day when this writer asked them at The Star what they thought of their work, the final version of which was recently completed.
  • The East Hampton High School boys swimming team, which was to have its senior meet here Tuesday, dropped two contests this past week, to two of the league’s top three teams.

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