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  • The southern pine beetle, which decimated pine forests in the southern United States and New Jersey before spreading to Long Island’s pine barrens, has reached East Hampton and devastated a six-acre portion of woodland in Northwest owned by the county and town.
  • An East Hampton Town Board vote last week to purchase the Wainscott property was a step in the right direction, according to a number of Wainscott residents who spoke in favor of the buy, but it was not the final hurdle in obtaining the 1.1-acre lot.
  • A recent appeals court ruling in a case that grew out of PSEG Long Island’s expansion of an electrical substation on Old Stone Highway in Amagansett, represents a mixed decision for East Hampton Town, which had sought to hold the utility provider to local zoning laws that would have required planning board review of the project.
  • A vote by the East Hampton Town Board last Thursday to ban parking on a grassy area off Edgemere Road bordering a dirt road that ends at the Montauk Firehouse was a great relief for residents of the two houses across from the area, which has been used by patrons of the nearby Surf Lodge.
  • Legislation to outlaw bump stocks proposed.
  • Coast Kitchen restaurant at the Montauk Yacht Club has a $29.95 (plus tax and tip) three-course prix fixe special for fall, served daily from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Getting through the first workdays of the week might become easier with a Tuesday night visit to Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, which is hosting Taco Tuesdays. Diners can choose among three different tacos, served with chips and salsa to start, topped with radish, cilantro, and queso fresco, and accompanied by rice and beans.
  • Suffolk County Health Department officials testing water from private wells near East Hampton Airport have found levels of chemicals at one residence above the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable level for lifetime exposure.
  • East Hampton officials, who have so far been stymied in their effort to cut back air traffic into and out of the town airport — and the accompanying noise that causes complaints across the East End — agreed this week to apply to the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to enact new restrictions.
  • The former Child Development Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton could become the newest location for the Gersh Academy, a private special education school for children on the autism spectrum.
  • The Hampton Hopper shuttle bus service in Montauk, underwritten by East Hampton Town with a $100,000 state grant, was successful in attracting riders last summer, but the company lost money providing the service, Derek Kleinow, Hampton Hopper’s owner, reported to the town board on Tuesday.

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