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  • A beautiful waterfront house on a bluff in Springs may be an unlikely place for a museum, but suspend your disbelief. This is no archive of ancient artifacts nor a paean to priceless paintings. No, this is the Museum of Low Taste, or MOLT, a good-humored and astonishingly expansive assemblage of midcentury kitsch — ceramic figurines, lazy susans, and commemorative items, among other things — a proud and highly concentrated collection that numbers in the thousands.
  • An egregious encroachment on waters that have been sailed for generations, or a not-in-my-backyard intransigence that impedes environmental and economic gain for East Hampton residents? Both opinions were aired long and loud at the Jan. 9 informational session on a 10-year review of the Suffolk County Aquaculture Lease Program at Town Hall.
  • Expanded weekday Long Island Rail Road service is set to launch on March 4, and now the Town of East Hampton is choosing which provider to use for the “last mile” shuttle bus service that is to take riders to and from train stations and places of employment.
  • The East Hampton Town Board is moving forward on enacting a ban on the intentional release of balloons, citing hazards to wildlife, particularly marine life.
  • A program that is getting increasing attention on the South Fork could allow local municipalities to band together and leverage their pooled demand to choose their energy supply and possibly negotiate lower prices for electricity.
  • Seven members of the House of Representatives introduced legislation last week that would block the Trump administration’s plan to expand gas and oil drilling off most of the nation’s coastline. They are seeking a moratorium on new offshore oil and gas drilling.
  • Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind has asked East Hampton Town for permission to conduct surveys related to its proposed South Fork Wind Farm and the installation’s transmission cable, which it plans to land at the ocean beach at the end of Beach Lane in Wainscott.
  • At a meeting on Monday, Amagansett residents and business owners decried what they called a public health emergency created by dust that has blown off the dry farm fields north of Main Street, blanketing the commercial core, and making its way indoors, sickening employees of Main Street's businesses.
  • A lawsuit filed one year ago by the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett that sought to bar leaseholders in Suffolk County's Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Program from conducting oyster farming activity was settled last week, a county official said.
  • Residents of Montauk delivered a catalog of complaints to the East Hampton Town Board at its work session at the hamlet’s firehouse on Tuesday, with year-round residents fuming that they were in the dark with respect to a hamlet study they fear is rushing toward implementation without the benefit of their input.

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