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  • 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.

  • Groundworks Landscaping made short work of the Police Benevolent Association in the first game of a best-of-three East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league final played July 29 at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett. The score was 7-1.

    Game two was to have been played at Terry King Tuesday, with a deciding game — if needed — to be played there tonight.

  • Julie Ratner, who’s in her 19th year of overseeing Ellen’s Run, said this week that she is “very, very proud” that the road race she began in memory of her sister, Ellen P. Hermanson, who died of breast cancer, has enabled women here to avail themselves of top-notch services at Southampton Hospital.

  • We had always thought of Warren Buffett as a warm and fuzzy ambassador for capitalism before he and three Brazilian billionaires took Heinz private last year — a deal whose announcement was made in the wake of what was found to be insider trading in call options through a Goldman Sachs brokerage in Switzerland.

  • The East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad came in for unrivaled praise Saturday morning as swimmer after swimmer exited the ocean at Montauk’s Ditch Plain.

  • Tortorella Pools, a frequent bridesmaid in the men’s 7-on-7 soccer league, won the spring-summer season’s playoff trophy at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on July 23, defeating East Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller 4-1 in a penalty kick shootout that followed an hour and a half of intense, but scoreless play.

    Tortorella lost to Bill Miller in this game last year, and lost, as well, to the perennial champion, Maidstone Market, in the fall’s final.

  • Amanda Calabrese would be a prime candidate were there an East Hampton lifeguarding poster child contest.

    Most everything — everything athletic in any event — that she’s done thus far in her young life — she’s 16, about to enter her senior year at East Hampton High School — has been undertaken with an eye toward becoming a better lifeguard.

  • The old order changeth: Well, not entirely, for while Provisions, which in this and in numerous former incarnations has been a perennial participant in East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league finals over the years, has stumbled, Connie Mabry, who has played in the league since her graduation from East Hampton High School in 1973, and who pitches for Groundworks Landscaping, has not.

  • The life of Jeff Bogetti, who died on May 30, was celebrated with a "beach picnic" gathering of about 500 attendees at Groundworks @Hrens in Amagansett Thursday evening.
  • I bought a new racket the other day and dubbed it Wonder Boy, and told the young guy who strung it, at 44 pounds, that I’d never lose again.

    That was two losses ago. Amend that then to “Once it’s broken in, I’ll never lose again.” Reality is so boring — when it’s not horrific or beautiful, that is.

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