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  • Recently, I read of someone who was described as “a great herder of cats.” Leif Hope, a great ballplayer, by the way, who moves like a cat on the mound and bats like a lion, is one of those — an artistic manager of swing-for-the-fences egos in the service of the greater good.

  • Two youth basketball teams based at the Southampton Recreation Center for which a number of East Hamptoners play reached the finals of a high-powered Amateur Athletic Union tournament at Montauk’s Playhouse Community Center this past weekend.

    The under-16s won the Silver bracket trophy, defeating the Montauk Kings 71-55, while the under-18s, in a hotly contested Gold bracket championship game, lost 73-69 to a New York City team coached by the tournament’s director, Charles Melone.

  • John Ryan Jr. reported on his and East Hampton’s senior and junior lifeguard team’s return from the national tournament at Virginia Beach, Va., this past week that the Bonackers, who were up against teams from California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Canada, New Jersey, and New York, not to mention Hawaii, had done well, “especially our 12 and 13-year-olds.”

  • Ashley West, an all-American in the indoor 800-meter race, and a former Landmark Conference runner of the year, has been working all summer at the Gubbins’s New Balance store in East Hampton Village, thus, although she’s been working out, the Miss Amelia’s Cottage 2-miler in Amagansett Sunday was her first road race here this season.

    “I always try to do this race,” said the Susquehanna University junior, “because at the beginning of cross-country season we have to do a 2-mile time trial.”

  • 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.

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