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  • And there, for the second week in a row, was another word I didn’t know in a Times column — midichlorian. It was in Maureen Dowd’s piece about saucy dancing women come to take over the government.
  • With a convincing win over Sayville-Bayport Monday, and with a similarly stellar victory over Hauppauge, the defending league champion, last Thursday, it appeared likely that the East Hampton High School boys swimming team would wind up as a league titlist for the first time since the program began here under Jeff Thompson in 2010.
  • Last week was the best of times and the worst of times for the Killer Bees of Bridgehampton, who, after an exciting win over Pierson at home, went on to lose, 65-62, at Shelter Island, a fellow Class D school.
  • Yani Cuesta, who coaches East Hampton High’s girls winter track team, said during a conversation Monday that her girls — she has a dozen — proved to be quick studies when it came to the Zeitler Relays at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood last Thursday.
  • David Brooks wrote the other day about his fear that America might soon become a kakistocracy, and, of course, I had to look the word up. Derived from ancient Greek, it means, “government by the worst men.”
  • Jim Stewart, East Hampton High’s wrestling coach, said before the meet with East Islip here Friday that he was still looking for some pieces with which to fill out his jigsaw puzzle — quite a few as it turns out, for the Bonackers had to forfeit in more than half the weights that day.
  • Angelika Cruz was honored recently as the Old Montauk Athletic Club’s female athlete of the year for her top-notch triathlon finishes in 2018, an honor all the more notable for the fact that teaching, coaching, and parenting leave little time to train.
  • East Hampton High’s girls basketball team had a chance to win a second game this season — an unheard of feat in recent years — versus hitherto-winless Wyandanch here Saturday, but, in the end, it was not to be.
  • Three times as many as last year did the Polar Bear Plunge at East Hampton Village’s Main Beach on New Year’s Day, one of the balmiest New Year’s Days, if not the balmiest, that anyone could remember.
  • We saw a horror movie the other night as an antidote as it were for the reality that surrounds us. Can it get any worse? Yes, yes it can, but don’t tell, don’t want to give anyone ideas.

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