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  • Mary’s been transforming our house lately, at least transforming it to the extent that it can be transformed.
  • Jonathon Laurie, an Aussie who lives now in New York City, edged out a 16-year-old Southamptoner, Gustavo Morastitla, in Sunday’s Rotary Firecracker 8K, topping the field of 353 in 26 minutes and 59 seconds.
  • The Montauk Mustangs have run wild of late. Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Sag Harbor Whalers at the Montauk School was the team’s ninth in a row.
  • The last five baseball seasons here have been rocky — East Hampton High School’s last winning season in league play, and the last time the Bonackers made the playoffs, was in 2011 — but there is reason to hope, especially given the facts that there are three Little League all-star traveling teams competing in the District 36 playoffs, as well as a Senior (12-to-15-year-old) League team, with the prospect of a second one once the district playoffs end, and a 17-and-under team that Vinnie Alversa’s coaching in the Brookhaven summer league.
  • I just read in one of the local papers that there was a U.S. Open at Shinnecock in 1996.
  • A number of East Hampton High School coaching vacancies were filled at the school board’s meeting last week, including boys basketball, wrestling, and winter and spring boys track, but the utter lack of applications to coach boys lacrosse has prompted a move by East Hampton’s athletic director, Joe Vas, to forge a partnership in the sport with Southampton, Pierson, and Bridgehampton.
  • Jeremy Grosvenor, who will begin giving free outrigger canoe lessons at Sag Harbor’s Havens Beach this evening at 6:30, has been for years a lover of the ocean — which he traverses on all manner of human-propelled craft — and an advocate, as well, of more harmonious ways to live on the earth.
  • I’ve been accommodating myself to death for a while now, but today I was actually wishing for it when I read that they’re not only to play the U.S. Open at Shinnecock in 2018, but also in 2026.
  • Jesse Shapiro, who played the point for Ed Petrie’s East Hampton High School boys basketball teams from 1997 to 2000, and who since has made a career for himself in coaching inner city youth basketball, has been named East Hampton's new coach.
  • Four of long-distance running’s legends — Joan Benoit-Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Amby Burfoot, and George A. Hirsch — spent two hours outside of Shelter Island’s American Legion Hall Friday afternoon engaged in a lively conversation that WLNG aired and that Dr. Frank Adipietro, whose wife, Mary Ellen, is the Shelter Island 10K race director, moderated.

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