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  • The fears of undocumented immigrants on the East End because of the increasing federal focus on enforcement under President Trump were thrown into sharp relief at East Hampton Town Hall last Thursday.
  • Wine lovers can enjoy a presentation by Roman Roth, the Wolffer Estate winemaker, who will lead diners through a tasting of the Sagaponack winery’s cabernet franc vintages paired with a five-course dinner prepared by Brian Cheewing on Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, beer lovers can enjoy the First Annual Whole Animal Cured, Pickled, Fermented, and Preserved Things Beer Dinner at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton. Jason Weiner, Almond’s chef, is collaborating with Jeremy Blutstein, the chef at Montauk’s East by Northeast, to create five courses to be paired with Montauk Brewing Company beers.
  • East Hampton will not take an enhanced role in enforcing immigration laws, Supervisor Larry Cantwell told a packed meeting room at Town Hall on Thursday night.
  • The existing radio system, with four channels for talking and one for control, was designed to accommodate a total of 250 users; at last count, 10 years ago, the number of users had risen to 700.
  • The Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust is moving forward with a plan to rebuild eight cottages on Route 114 just outside Sag Harbor Village for use as affordable housing, representatives told the East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday.
  • Red wines from southern France will be the focus at the next in a series of weekly wine classes at Park Place Wines and Liquors in East Hampton. The sessions — on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — are free, but reservations have been requested. Italian wines will be up next, on March 1. Reservations are a must for the first annual “whole animal, cured, pickled, fermented, and preserved things” beer dinner to be held at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton on March 1.
  • Blood oranges will lend their flavor to the Valentine’s celebration at Almond in Bridgehampton on Tuesday. A $75 holiday menu will include Montauk pearl oysters, a winter salad, duck and foie gras ravioli, Peconic Bay scallops, and entree choices of North African-spiced rack of lamb or smoked and roasted salmon. Guests at the 1770 House in East Hampton can partake of a Valentine’s Day tasting menu that will include a dozen dishes in its four courses. A fifth, a cheese course, is optional.
  • In order “to streamline the regulatory process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review,” the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed amending SEQRA.
  • Concerned Citizens of Montauk announced this week that its president, Jeremy Samuelson, would be leaving the environmental organization at the end of March to join the Nature Conservancy as the director of the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.

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