Dec 9 2016 - 2:21pm

Taylor K. Vecsey
A fire at house on Town Line Road in Sagaponack on Friday afternoon left the small cottage completely destroyed.
Christine Sampson
The East Hampton Town Board found itself this week discussing what is arguably the most popular topic of conversation hereabouts — real estate.
Christine Sampson
Independent testing of levels of arsenic in the soil at the East End Community Organic Farm on Long Lane in East Hampton has shown that levels are down dramatically.
T.E. McMorrow
The 55-foot steel-hulled dragger that ran aground in Montauk on the morning of Nov. 27 was finally pulled free Tuesday by the tugboat Judy M., the hole in her hull having been patched by an underwater diver the day before.
T.E. McMorrow
Early on the morning of Nov. 30, code enforcement officers, with the assistance of the East Hampton Town Police Department, executed a search warrant at 64 Woodbine Drive in Springs and filed 29 charges against the owner of the house.
Christopher Walsh
The East Hampton Village Board is poised to lower the speed limit on five streets from 25 to 20 miles per hour, following a discussion at its work session last Thursday.
T.E. McMorrow
There were three bad car crashes in town in recent days, all of them followed by misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated or high on drugs.
Jennifer Landes
Two years in the making, the East End Special Players will bring a new production to Sag Harbor on Saturday called “Trouble in Jamaica.”

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The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Taylor K. Vecsey
To help address an emergency blood shortage, representatives from the New York Blood Center will be at the Sag Harbor Firehouse on Brick Kiln Road on Tuesday, and then at the Bridgehampton Firehouse on School Street on Wednesday.
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Carissa Katz
Fighting Chance, a free cancer counseling and resource center with an office in Sag Harbor, will benefit from two shopping events in East Hampton this weekend.

The Arts

Jennifer Landes
Last summer, Yuka Silvera found herself seated next to Tony Walton in a theater in Dexter, Mich., watching “My Fair Lady.” It was opening night. “Every time Eliza came out,” she said, “he would poke me.”
Jennifer Landes
Two years in the making, the East End Special Players will bring a new production to Sag Harbor on Saturday called “Trouble in Jamaica.”
Jennifer Landes
Looking at the happy, bright-colored paintings of Guy Yanai, an Israeli artist who has taken over the first floor of Harper’s Books in East Hampton through mid-December, a viewer might be tempted to decide they were a cross-pollinated canvas offspring of the visions of Jennifer Bartlett, Richard Die­benkorn, and David Hockney.
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The Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue has added a new, one-weekend production to its 2016-2017 season. “Joy to the World,” a program of holiday stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Isaac Bashevis Singer, O. Henry, and other noted writers, will be read by members of the company tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 8, and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.
Mark Segal
Ashawagh Hall in Springs will present “Short Days,” an exhibition of work by Anahi DeCanio, John Todaro, Annie Sessler, and Sarah Jaffe Turnbull, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 to 5.
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The Southampton Arts Center will present “An Evening of Cabaret With Valerie diLorenzo” on Saturday at 7 p.m. The actress and singer is a fixture at cabaret venues in New York City and on Long Island and has upcoming engagements in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Sacramento, Calif., among others.

Food

Laura Donnelly
It began with the invitation that couldn’t be refused: “Would you and your friends like to come to Paris for Thanksgiving?” Hot diggity dog, yes, please!
Joanne Pilgrim
a sake and wine dinner will be held next Thursday at Sen restaurant in Sag Harbor. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a complimentary wine tasting by Park Place Wine and Liquors of East Hampton. Barbecue and creativity go hand in hand on Monday nights at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack this month, with visits by Nikki Payne of the Salty Canvas, who will host paint parties from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday and Dec. 19.
Mark Segal
a sake and wine dinner will be held next Thursday at Sen restaurant in Sag Harbor. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a complimentary wine tasting by Park Place Wine and Liquors of East Hampton. Barbecue and creativity go hand in hand on Monday nights at Townline BBQ in Sagaponack this month, with visits by Nikki Payne of the Salty Canvas, who will host paint parties from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday and Dec. 19.

Sports

Jack Graves
A long-distance runner, a longtime wrestling coach, and two young swimmers were honored at the Old Montauk Athletic Club’s holiday dinner at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett Monday night.
Jack Graves
With things about ready to warm up sportswise here, Joe Vas, East Hampton’s athletic director, said during a conversation last Thursday that wrestling’s numbers were viable, that Dan White, a new hiree, was doing “a terrific job” as the boys basketball team’s coach, that boys swimming, under Craig Brierley and Brian Cunningham, ought to be strong, that a revamped coaching staff was now overseeing girls basketball, a team replete with all-around athletes, and that the indoor track teams, coached by Yani Cuesta and Ben Turnbull, ought to be competitive.
Jack Graves
When last we touched base with Nick Haas, the Atlantic Golf Club’s assistant pro, who analyzes swings in a basement room of the East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club’s annex with the help of a TrackMan launch monitor and high-speed cameras, he was prescribing an exercise by which my brother-in-law could gain more of a shoulder tilt on his flattish backswing.
Larry Penny
Hook Pond has a hook in it, from top to bottom, from east to west. It could have just as easily been called boot pond or sock pond, but its shape is more like a leaning S. The name Hook Pond is at least 176 years old because that’s how it appears on a United States Coastal Survey map of 1838 showing most of East Hampton Village.
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