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  •     Paper lanterns made of rice paper and bamboo, which float gracefully skyward when lit on fire until burning themselves out, are becoming popular amusements, but they are dangerous and are prohibited under state law, the East Hampton Town Fire Marshal’s office advised this week.
         David Browne, the chief fire marshal, said in a release that numerous complaints about the lanterns have been received, and that several fires related to them have been reported.

  • Summer Shellfish
        The Montauk Shellfish Company, which has been growing Montauk Pearl oysters in Lake Montauk for four years, is selling oysters at Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Cafe on East Lake Drive in Montauk for $22.95 a dozen or $11.95 a half dozen.

  • State legislation was passed in Albany last week allowing East Hampton Town to sell its 50-percent share of the Poxabogue Golf Center in Sagaponack to Southampton Town
  • The new control tower at East Hampton Airport will begin operating Friday morning at 7. Air traffic controllers will direct planes coming into and flying out of the airport till 11 p.m. daily, through October.
  • Community members expressed dismay at an East Hampton Town Board work session Tuesday over the board’s recent bickering.
  •     Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson placed 14 items on the agenda for an East Hampton Town Board work session on Tuesday, all of which, he told the board, “We have to take action on or kick aside.”
        All had been previously discussed. Some were left hanging because of issues that arose during initial talks, or board members’ questions or requests for more information.

  •     Following a failed attempt to gain town board approval to issue a request for proposals to outsource East Hampton Town’s information technology services, the town’s internal audit division has distributed a survey to all town employees to assess the performance of the Information Technology Department.

  •      Catherine Casey, who has served for approximately 10 years as the assistant director of East Hampton Town’s Office of Housing and Community Development, has been appointed head of the East Hampton Housing Authority, an autonomous agency that often works with the town to provide affordable housing. She replaces Maureen Murphy, the authority’s longtime director, who has retired.

  •    Andrew Harris, a Montauk resident and owner of the Stonecrop winery in New Zealand, will host a wine dinner tonight at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor to raise money for the East End Classic Boat Society. The $95 cost includes a $50 donation to the society.

  • A proposal that would place four branches of town government under the supervision of a new Environmental Protection Department failed to pass muster at a meeting of the East Hampton Town Board.

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