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  • Leonard L. Cooper of East Hampton, the owner of Cooper Sandblast, who had cancer and had been ill for several years, died on Sunday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. He was 75.
  • Laura Anne Krupinski, the daughter of the late Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, died on Monday in Hampton Bays, where she lived. She was 53.
  • George C. Kamper of Southampton, the founder of GCK Enterprises, a construction company, died of cancer on Friday at Stony Brook University Hospital. He was 56, and had been ill for nine months.
  • Gary Elmer Wood, a house painter who grew up in Springs, died of complications of esophageal cancer at his sister’s house in Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 19. He was 55 and had been diagnosed with the disease last month.
  • Beatrice Joy Petullo, who had worked in the pharmacy at White’s Drug Store in Montauk and been a housekeeper at the Sail Inn in the hamlet for the last eight years, where a celebration of her life is to take place at a later date, died at her Montauk home on Feb. 11. She was 68 and reportedly took her own life.
  • William Biase of Montauk died on Feb. 14 at Flower Hospital in Dothan, Ala., where he had been living since 2011. The cause was complications of diabetes. He was 61.
  • Federal authorities have criminally charged a former East Hampton man in an alleged scheme to defraud investors.
  • Audra Schutte Balcuns, who had been a public safety dispatcher for East Hampton Village and a volunteer emergency medical technician with the Springs Fire Department, died at home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., on Feb. 20. Ms. Balcuns, who was 47, had Lyme disease and dysautonomia, an autonomic nervous system disorder, for four years.
  • Well, well. If nothing else, the 2019 campaign season will be lively. Thank the East Hampton Town Republican Committee for stirring things up with an announcement this week of its candidates for town board, supervisor, and trustees.
  • A decision last month by the East Hampton Town Board to toughen the rules about outdoor lighting, in particular to end the use of strings of bulbs to create outdoor gathering spaces at restaurants and nightclubs, is a good one. But whether it will be enforced is another question.

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