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  •     Ken Rafferty is a light-tackle and fly-fishing guide who sails out of Three Mile Harbor this time of year and moves to Montauk in the fall when the false albacore make their appearance.
        In spring he likes to stalk striped bass as far west as Peconic Bay, with stops at places like Big and Little Gull Islands. Last week, he and his clients, James Kayler of East Hampton and Mike Tuscano of Amagansett, found plenty of stripers in Little Peconic Bay around Jessup’s Neck, and then bluefish galore at Cedar Point.

  • Today it is a day to remember United States soldiers, marines, sailors, and coast guardsmen who have lost their lives in wartime.
  • The salty winds of Tropical Storm Irene combined with a dry early spring may spell doom for many London plane trees.
  •     Recent tests that revealed the presence of a dangerous form of marine plankton in shellfish taken from Sag Harbor Cove have prompted the East Hampton Town Trustees to invite the scientist responsible for the testing to share his knowledge.
        Dr. Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University will give a talk tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in the East Hampton Town Hall meeting room on “Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning and Red Tides in East End Waters,” addressing the causes, effects, and distribution.

  •     Last week, charter captains and private boaters sailing out of Montauk were finding striped bass, bass, bass. Nice plump ones. This week, the bass flurry slowed, but the slack was taken up by some doormat-size fluke and vast schools of bluefish. Then, there’s the news from California about radioactive bluefin tuna. Read on.

  • Navy Capt. William T. Brown, who delivered the keynote address following East Hampton's Memorial parade, urged all who gathered at the memorial green to remember soldiers killed in action.
  • Daniel G. Rodgers, the lawyer who successfully defended Paul and Kelly Lester in East Hampton, held a press conference to announce a coordinated effort to investigate the enforcement wing of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s enforcement division.
  • A lawsuit that was to be filed in Federal District Court in Central Islip this morning charges that East Hampton Town officials conspired to deny a Montauk auto mechanic of his civil rights.
  • Maria Beaulieu described the January drowning of her husband, John McWhinnie. She said she wanted the story told as a warning to swimmers, especially those unfamiliar with dangerous currents.
  •     Harvey Bennett of the Tackle Shop in Amagansett can always be counted on for a fish tale or two. On Monday he related the adventures of one blowfish, a k a bottlefish or blowtoad.
        Bennett said he was checking the waters just outside Fresh Pond in Amagansett for signs of fish when he observed a seagull pick a blowfish from the surface. Blowfish are swarming local waters this season, always good for a laugh and a very tasty dinner.

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