As a new sign was erected on Sept. 25 naming the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center in honor of Eleanor Whitmore, second from left, the center’s co-chairwomen Connie Randolph and Linda Calder, young students, and the director, Maureen Wikane, gathered to commemorate the occasion. Durell Godfrey

Stephanie Whiston, an underwater photographer, created the Marine Education Foundation to encourage schoolchildren and others to care about marine conservation. Janis Hewitt

“We’re ready to roll,” said Dominic Mucci, the outgoing interim superintendent, who presided over the night’s two-hour meeting. “We had 168 applicants for the position.”