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  • Trudging up the dune path leading to the beach on Tuesday evening, Sisyphus came to mind. I was midway through finally building a swim raft to moor out front in the bay and, in several trips, had carried my tools, number-two cedar deck boards, and dock foam from the house along the rising serpentine path, then down the steps, which I had built to the beach.
  • Each year, the shorebirds that have just finished nesting far to the north arrive around the end of July. If they were successful as parents, their young of the year will be on the flights too, landing along the shore of Gardiner’s Bay to feed and fatten and, soon, to rise and fly south toward their wintering grounds.
  • “Don’t eff it to death.” That was what the late Sandy Bainbridge said to me one day long ago while we were getting a new bookcase into former Treasury Secretary Pete Peterson’s oceanfront house in Southampton.
  • The Ladies Village Improvement Society fair is Saturday, an annual event that I have enjoyed since I was small and my grandmother took me to the Mulford Farm grounds to play pint-size games of chance and get my face painted. But it was not the fair that had me thinking about the L.V.I.S. early this week; rather, I had no swim trunks in my truck, and I badly wanted to break up the day with a dip in the ocean.
  • High tide came late on Friday, late enough that no one was awake or on the beach when my old, red kayak floated away. It was my fault, really.
  • It was a missed opportunity. On Sunday night my friends and I spent our time waiting for a table at Salivar’s in Montauk and watching a crowd at an outdoor reggae show. Would that I had had the sense to take a photo with my phone. It might have made the front cover.
  • One hundred years ago this week, The Star reported, East Hampton observed Independence Day with the biggest and grandest celebration ever held. More than 600 members of the New York State Guard marched in the July 4 parade, and the context made it page-one, above-the-fold news:
  • Driving past an osprey feeding on a utility pole on my way to Lazy Point the other morning, I noticed something that had not caught my eye before. Grasped in a talon was a flatfish of some sort, which the bird was tearing apart with its beak.
  • Since the East Hampton Library placed a dandy touch-screen coffee machine on its circulation desk last month, some of the Star staff have spent a lot more time next door. That might not be the case with the enigma that is Russell Bennett, who takes regular breaks to sit in one of the comfortable leather chairs and flip through a book. For several of the rest of us, the lure of made-to-order coffee, for $1 if we take our own mug, is irresistible.
  • Bernard John Krupinski Jr., who died in a June 2 plane crash, was described as a man who loved his family, friends, and community above all.

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  • 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.

  • The six declared candidates for the Democratic nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in November are to appear in a forum on Friday at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway in Amagansett.

    The forum is being organized by the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee and will begin at 6:30 p.m. It had been originally scheduled for March 2 but was canceled at the last minute due to a coastal storm with winds that reached 60 miles per hour.

    Kate Browning, Perry Gershon, Vivian Viloria-Fisher, Bruce Miller, David Pechefsky, Brendon Henry, and Elaine DiMasi are expected to attend.

  • It has been at least 15 years since the pothole-studded main road between East Hampton Village and Sag Harbor was resurfaced, and a winter that went from frigid to wet only did more damage. New York State authorities announced on Monday that the worst portions of Route 114 would be repaired before summer.