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  • A proposal to eradicate the mute swan population in New York State has been dropped by the State Department of Environmental Conservation, which is taking comments through Dec. 13 on a revised mute swan management plan.
  • Luis D’Loera, the owner and chef at Michael’s restaurant in Springs, is set to open a new restaurant next month, The Blend at Three Mile Harbor, in the space on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton formerly occupied by the Harbor Grill. The restaurant will feature local ingredients, made in-house and influenced by the dishes of northern Italy, southern France, and the Mediterranean. This week’s Oktoberfest offering at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, available today through Sunday, is sauerbraten with braised red cabbage and turnip-potato puree, along with Black Forest ice cream bombe for dessert.
  • East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell released a tentative $77.7 million budget for 2018 on Friday, which is a 3.5-percent increase over this year's spending plan and would result in increases in the tax rate of less than 1.5 percent.
  • A year after a court annulled town laws setting overnight curfews at East Hampton Airport, town officials opened discussions this week about whether to apply to the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to reinstitute restrictions in order to reduce aircraft noise.
  • Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton will restart its Artists and Writers Night series on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Allie Wist as the presenting artist. Ms. Wist, the associate art director at Saveur magazine and a recent graduate of New York University’s food studies master’s program, is an artist, art director, and photographer whose work is anchored in food culture and food systems. Sunday brunch is back at Nick and Toni’s. The weekly menu, served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will be a la carte, and will include specialty brunch cocktails.
  • East Hampton Airport, and the town board’s effort to win Federal Aviation Administration approval for a curfew or other restrictions that would limit aircraft noise, will be the focus of a series of meetings early next week.
  • The summertime shuttle bus in Montauk, organized by East Hampton Town and provided by the Hampton Hopper bus service, carried about 1,600 passengers in its first week early in the season.
  • Filming resumed in East Hampton this week for “The Affair,” a Showtime series based in a fictional Hamptons town. The series, which has been filmed here from the start, is going into its fifth season.
  • With fall starting and the process of raking and cleaning up fallen leaves set to begin once again, officials are discussing the feasibility of having the East Hampton Town Highway Department collect bagged leaves from the roadsides along properties here.
  • Rowdy Hall in East Hampton will kick off its Oktoberfest celebration with a traditional festival from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The restaurant and its courtyard will be transformed into a traditional German beer garden, with picnic tables outside and communal dining tables indoors. La Fondita, the Mexican takeout shop in Amagansett, will celebrate Mexican Independence Day by offering some specials tomorrow and Saturday.

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