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  • A 21-year-old landscaper who kidnapped and killed his aunt’s dog did so because he was upset with his aunt, a prosecutor alleged in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday.
  • Long-ago Bridgehampton was wild. And by wild I don’t mean the wolves, slander lawsuits, and dispossessing the native people that
  • Susan Nieland used to sell her handmade stone and metal jewelry at trunk shows, but they were lonely. She would lay out her work in a shop or other location, send out some email notices, and wait to make sales. Business was okay, she recalled this week. People would come, maybe buy something, perhaps just have a look around.
  • One of the few positives of being home ill for several days, even with the flu, is that you have time to think. Or not. In my case this week, 30 straight hours of sleep were punctuated by only brief periods of lucidity. During one of them, I realized I was wrong to have made light of my too-late, Thanksgiving-eve vaccination in the paper last week.
  • Springs residents turned out last Thursday for an East Hampton Town Board hearing on the future of their hamlet, however their comments were dominated by worries about the future of a commercial area just beyond the official Springs line.
  • Montauk’s sandy soil was never all that good for farming. The highlands that give the topography there its undulating form were the result of heaps of stone and sediment (till) kicked over by the last glacier some 11,000 years ago.
  • The report from the pediatrician was not good. The fever and cough that kept Ellis home from school last week was the flu or had turned into it along the way. Word went out to the various siblings, friends, and family members: Get your flu shot; even if you were already exposed, the vaccination would lessen the flu’s severity if it did pop up.
  • A rare before-Thanksgiving snowfall that paralyzed New York City and northern New Jersey during the Thursday evening commute had a negligible effect on South Fork roads. Only a mix of heavy rain with occasional sleet was falling in East Hampton Village at 8 p.m. Thursday, and the electric utility, PSEG Long Island, reported only a handful of outages.
  • Access to the easternmost point in New York State, at least close to sea level, will be curtailed for two years beginning in May for a project to shore up the bluff under the Montauk Lighthouse.
  • As East Hampton Town moves rapidly toward code changes that would make it more difficult for hotels to add bars and restaurants, at least one town councilman is suggesting that the proposal does not go far enough.

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  • Adults and brave kids in sixth grade and above have been invited to be scared out of their wits at the “Haunted Library” on Saturday.

    The doors to the East Hampton Library will open on a house of horror at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but registration on has been suggested.

    Those fearless souls attending have been asked to use the rear, parking lot entrance. Anyone under 10 will not be admitted, according to the library, for their own good.

  • With the Hamptons International Film Festival to open on Oct. 4, volunteers are needed to serve as ushers, collect tickets, and generally lend a hand to keep things running smoothly.
  • Toxic bacteria found in Georgica Pond in East Hampton and Sagg Pond in Sagaponack have prompted officials to warn the public against any water contact.

    High levels of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, were discovered by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in the two eastern Long Island ponds on Friday. Cyanobacteria can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin, eye, or throat irritation, allergic reactions, or breathing difficulties.

    In 2012 a dog died after it lapped up water from Georgica Pond; a toxic algae bloom was suspected as being responsible.

  • Veterans, fire companies, and scout groups will take part in a Memorial Day parade on Main Street in East Hampton Village on Monday, starting at 10 a.m.
  • County Road 39 in Southampton was closed on Thursday morning after a Pennsylvania man was struck and killed at approximately 2:30 a.m.
  • Panelists at the East Hampton Library will include representatives of the Deepwater Wind company that hopes to build the wind farm, environmental groups, and the commercial fishing industry.
  • Inspired by similar events called for in cities and towns around the country, a gathering to protest gun violence in schools will be held at the windmill at Long Wharf in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 11 a.m.
  • The weather service said that snow could be heavy at times, ending around 5 a.m. on Thursday, with 6 to 10 inches possible.
  • Yet another wintery storm, this one on the first day of spring, will hit the East End of Long Island on Tuesday night.
  • East Hampton Town Hall and all nonessential government services will be closed on Tuesday, as a late-winter storm that could bring about half a foot of snow hits the East End. Scheduled meetings were canceled, according to a message posted on the town website,

    Southampton Town government has taken the day off. Schools on the South Fork are closed as well. East Hampton Village Hall will be closed.

    Tuesday's South Fork forecast is for heavy snow at times with wind gusting to 45 miles per hour. Conditions are expected to improve by about 8 p.m., the National Weather Service said.