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  •    There is a new net game at the East Hampton Indoor-Outdoor club and it is a fun one for the young and old, especially the old because the court is considerably smaller than a tennis court.
        This writer, after attending two clinics given by Vanessa Heroux, one of the club’s young pros, can say he very much likes the paddle and Wiffle ball game, though remains not altogether certain of the rules, which, he has been told, will sink in eventually.

  •    Saturday’s Swim Across America event at Fresh Pond in Amagansett raised about $100,000 for cancer research, Gerry Oakes, chairman of the organization’s volunteer Nassau-Suffolk committee, said afterward.

  •    Bobby Harris, East Hampton High School’s most outstanding athlete in 1964, who, after a long layoff, began vying successfully in senior track competitions (primarily in the high jump) throughout the country in 1999, at the age of 54, wants to attend the national senior games in Cleveland at the end of the month, where he would compete in the 65-to-69 group, but needs some sponsorship in order to do it.

  •     Mike Ritsi, the Sportime arena’s manager, announced during Saturday’s men’s basketball tournament there that youth clinics given by the reigning National Basketball Association’s Developmental League M.V.P., Justin Dentmon, are to begin there under the Hampton Hoops Academy banner at 8 a.m. Saturday.

  •    Ah, Independence Day. The heady air of freedom!      
       Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom from self-censorship, freedom from toeing the line, freedom from zeal, freedom from banality, freedom from filling out forms, freedom from conforming, freedom from filling out more forms, freedom from drudgery, freedom from helicopter noise.

  •    Inbee Park, the unflappable 24-year-old South Korean who has lived in Las Vegas since the age of 12, calmly blew everyone away in the U.S. Women’s Open held at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton this past week.

  •    The rumored demise of the East Hampton Town men’s slow-pitch softball league, whose games have been played since the late 1960s at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett, is not premature: The league is, in fact, dead. Though the prospect of a resurrection someday is not entirely out of the question, Rich Schneider, the league’s spokesman, said this week.

  •    East Hampton’s 9 and 10-year-old Little League traveling all-star team stayed alive in the District 36 tournament Monday by “mercying” Westhampton Beach 10-0 in four innings at the Pantigo fields here.
        The lopsided victory was sweet indeed inasmuch as the young Bonackers had lost 2-1 at Westhampton a couple of days before. The win improved Tim Garneau’s team’s playoff record to 3-1, and prompted one of his young charges, Callum Menelaws, to exclaim, “We’ve gotten a lot better this year!”

  •      A number of strong volleyballers, including Kim Valverde, whose Hillsborough Junior College team placed seventh in the nation, Jesse Libath, Hayden Ward, the State University Athletic Conference’s player of the year in men’s basketball, and Tahlia Miller, showed up at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk last Thursday evening for an informal round of 4-on-4 games — a prelude to a six-week league to begin July 11.

  •    At the dump the other day, I reached into the paper bin to retrieve a slim volume of what I thought might be racy medieval lyrics — in Latin, as it turned out — and a fat “History of the World” by Toynbee, though abridged.
        The inscription referred to Santayana’s opinion that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, though the tome, while moldy (presumably the reason for it having been discarded, along with quite a few other books), didn’t look as if it had been read.

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