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  • A draft three-year capital budget discussed by the East Hampton Town Board this week calls for $5.2 million in spending on capital projects this year, an estimated $8.3 million next year, and $7.9 million in 2019.
  • East Hampton Town will work with the Army Corps of Engineers to have the Lake Montauk inlet dredged, but will drop a plan to pair that project with beach reconstruction work to the west side of the inlet, which the Corps could have done under a post-Hurricane Sandy funding program.
  • A recent audit by the New York State comptroller’s office of the East Hampton Housing Authority, covering 2015 and part of 2016, is critical of a number of the authority’s financial practices and calls for better oversight and tighter controls.
  • Ina Garten has a new instruction series in the works called “Cook Like a Pro.” It will premiere on the Food Network next month. Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett will have gefilte fish and other Passover specialties this week and next. The shop will be closed on April 16 and reopen on April 18.
  • A report to the East Hampton Town Board last week by LTV, the nonprofit cable TV organization that provides public access and government and education programming on Channels 20 and 22 in East Hampton Town, laid to rest questions about how well it was handling its budget, a large portion of which comes from the town.
  • Rebates that could cover the full cost of new, nonpolluting septic systems for property owners in areas considered environmentally sensitive are outlined in draft legislation now before the East Hampton Town Board.
  • As part of “Stay Out Late — Starry Night,” a business promotion in Southampton Village tonight, Union Cantina, a Mexican restaurant at Bowden Square, will have an all-night happy hour and live music. The Wolffer Estate winery in Sagaponack has unveiled its new tasting room, which features a bar where one can order a glass of the vineyard’s wine or dry rosé cider, along with high-top tables, banquettes, and a living room area.
  • Young Leaders says town has let facility become adult gym, not a space for kids.
  • A decades-long East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department practice of reusing industrial metal barrels for trash cans in public places has been halted after an employee, who felt ill after clearing barrels of chemical residue, raised questions about it.

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