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  • Information about the state of Long Island’s groundwater and on the quality of the treated drinking water provided to residents by various suppliers, including the Suffolk County Water Authority, can be found on WaterTraq, a new interactive website.
  • The fight over whether PSEG-Long Island, the utility that provides electric service here, should be subject to East Hampton Town’s zoning laws will continue in a Brooklyn courtroom on Monday.
  • Farming in East Hampton is increasingly taking center stage, and there are opportunities for those interested but new to the field to get involved.
  • Slow Food East End will sponsor a pasta-making class on Feb. 9. Pierre Friedrichs, a chef and vice-president of the group, will lead the session at his own house, along with Laura Luciano, a food writer, photographer, and recipe developer for Edible East End whose blog, Out East Foodie, focuses on growing, cooking, and eating locally on the East End. The first-ever wintertime Long Island Restaurant Week lasts a few more days, through Sunday. A three-course prix fixe meal is being offered for $27.95 at more than 100 restaurants across the island, which are listed online at
  • Between Bridgehampton and Montauk, there is a food pantry in each of the seven hamlets that provides food to hundreds of local residents.
  • Clean water, both to drink and in ponds and bays, is high on the 2017 agenda for local and state lawmakers.
  • 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.

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