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  • I have a love-hate relationship with winter. Every so often I mull about moving to an always-temperate place, someplace where momentum doesn’t get lost for half a year, where my outward self, the one that flings open the door and steps outside barely awake, stays active all year and the half-outside life I adopt during the season — and the swimming — never ends.
  • The Shagwong of Montauk is offering a three-course early-bird menu for $19.95 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. A new chef, Darren Boyle, who cooked at Salt on Shelter Island will be presenting his new dishes. Word is that Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island is planning a springtime opening of an East Hampton outpost in the Montauk Highway building long occupied by Cafe Max.
  • In a stirring conclusion of a celebration at Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr. on Monday, those in the sanctuary stood hand in hand in a circle to sing “We Shall Overcome.”
  • To try to contain the spread of the disease, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation plans to issue an emergency order creating a “protective zone” encompassing the entire county.
  • Jay Jacobs, chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Committee and an owner of the Hampton Country Day Camp in East Hampton, who had challenged the East Hampton Town Code’s limits on the number of people sharing a house as unconstitutional, lost his motion to dismiss a town case against the camp in State Supreme Court, Riverhead, last month.
  • The new headquarters of Art of Eating Catering and Event Planning will be opening next month on Butter Lane. The move, according to a press release, will accommodate “a substantial growth in business” for the caterers. Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is offering diners half-price bottles of wine with certain meals on Thursdays and Sundays.
  • A 3,100-foot-long sandbag sea wall installed last year by the Army Corps of Engineers on the downtown Montauk beach is included in the latest edition of “Wastebook,” an annual survey of “government pork and boondoggles” produced by Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.
  • A recent Moody’s credit rating upgrade, to the Aa1 category, restores East Hampton to its highest credit rating ever.
  • The filming permits issued by East Hampton Town to producers, filmmakers, and still photographers seeking to use local sites for TV shows, movies, and ads are expected to take center stage before the town board in the coming days of this new year.

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