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  •     Alfredo Corchado, the prizewinning Dallas Morning News journalist, whose beat is the dangerous border between the United States and Mexico, returned to the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton recently to suggest, along with Shannon K. O’Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, that Mexico and the United States each stand to gain appreciably if the relations between the two “distant neighbors” are strengthened.

  •    My brother-in-law said as I mumbled something about having to go to the U.S. Women’s Open this past week that there was, after all, nothing else to write about.
        “What nonsense,” I said. “There’s Little League!” And, indeed, our 9 and 10-year-olds were not to disappoint on the evening of July 1 as they took the wind out of Westhampton’s sails, by a score of 10-0, a merciless rout that was ended mercifully after four innings instead of the customary six.

  •     The air-conditioned Sportime arena in Amagansett played host to a hotly contested 5-on-5 men’s basketball tournament Saturday that was won by Brian Marciniak’s Team One, whose roster also included Kelly O’Halloran, Greg Burkhard, Mitch Rudin, David Hansen, and Kyle McKee.
        The tourney, the brainchild of Marciniak, Jason Grossman, and Anthony Providenti, the latter two longtime members of a summer weekend pickup game here, was played as a fund-raiser for the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation.

  •    The East Hampton Little League’s 10-to-11-year-old girls softball team, managed by Rich Swanson and coached by Matt Ward, won the District 36 championship this past week, overwhelming Westhampton Beach’s entry by scores of 22-0 and 20-12.

  •    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.

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