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  • The way in which the East Hampton Town Board makes decisions, and how much takes place in the public eye, is shaping up to be a bone of contention between the Republican majority and the two newly elected Democrats.
  • Questions are surfacing about the future of East Hampton Town’s septic waste plant, as the town board is poised to review proposals from private companies.
  • A plan to have a controversial new outdoor lighting law examined by a new committee drew agreement across the town board.
  •     East Hampton Town’s longtime director of natural resources, Larry Penny, confirmed reports this week that he has been absent from the department’s offices for several weeks, ever since town officials announced they had dropped 16 disciplinary charges against him and said he planned to retire.

  • A “Barefoot Contessa” episode that aired on the Food Network on Monday featured cheeses selected by Ina Garten at the Lucy’s Whey cheese shop here in East Hampton. Ms. Garten was putting together an “all-American cheese plate.”

  • A new draft of lighting code revisions will be a topic of discussion at a meeting of environmental groups in East Hampton.
  • Race Lane restaurant in East Hampton will host a wine dinner on Sunday. The menu will begin with butternut squash soup with bay scallops, tuna crudo, and handmade burrata with prosciutto, followed by fettuccine with porcini Bolognese sauce, veal, beef, pork, and cream, and braised veal wild mushroom risotto. Dessert will be zabaglione and berries. The Italian wines to be paired with each dish include a Prosecco and selections from Tuscany and Venice. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $67 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations have been recommended.

  •     The Fair Foods market continues on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sag Harbor through May, at the Bay Burger building on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.
        Among the vendors that gather there are Anke’s Fit Bakery, Goodale Farms, Greek Sweets, A Taste of the North Fork, Harbor Small Batch, the Mecox Bay Dairy, Regina’s Farm Stand, and Wolffer Estate Winery.

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  • East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson delivered his 2012 State of the Town address last Thursday night, calling for unanimity on a bipartisan board.
  • Disciplinary charges against Larry Penny, East Hampton Town’s longtime director of Natural Resources, were completely dropped by the town board last week.

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