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  • Josephine Valenti Johnson, an artist and art historian who lived in Springs during its Abstract Expressionist heyday, died at her Southampton home on Dec. 29. She was 90.
  • Shana Rimel Conron, who held top legal posts with Citibank and was chairwoman of the board of directors for Citibank Delaware before retiring to Sag Harbor in 2004, died on Dec. 19. She was 79 and had been in declining health.
  • Ruth Elizabeth Gaynor of East Hampton, who was a domestic employee for a number of celebrities for over 50 years, died of pulmonary failure at home on Town Lane on Dec. 30. She was 84, and had been ill for two weeks.
  • Yani Cuesta, who coaches East Hampton High’s girls winter track team, reported Sunday that her charges had done very well at the Art Mitchell invitational meet at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood earlier that day.
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  • John Ely of North Haven died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Jan. 1 of leukemia. He was 70 and had been ill since July.
  • Production design by Mark Friedberg showcases artwork by his former Springs neighbor Bill Tarr.
  • A blend of emotion and spectacle, the opera by Francesco Cilea will be simulcast at Guild Hall on Saturday.
  • Harvey J. Horowitz, a corporate lawyer and longtime resident of East Hampton, died at the New Jewish Home, a rehabilitation facility in New York City, on Dec. 22 of complications of lymphoma. He was 75 and had been ill for six months.
  • Clarke Whitehead, a public school teacher in New York City who spent summers in Sag Harbor, died of heart failure at his home in Brooklyn on Dec. 8. He was 48, and had been ill for two years.

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  • The stores were packed on Thursday when the sale began, with bargain shoppers sifting through the racks.
  • For young birders, the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton now has a new Young Birders Club. The club, for those 8 to 18, will meet on the third Saturday of each month at various locations around the South Fork; participants do not need to make every meeting.
  • The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will take part in the 2019 New York State Ornithological Association Winter Waterfowl Count on Saturday. Intermediate and experienced birders have been asked to join in. From dawn to dusk, participants will record the number of overwintering waterfowl on the South Fork, where there are a large variety. The count will be led by Frank Quevedo, the museum's executive director.

    The ornithological association conducts yearly winter waterfowl counts throughout the state to assess species’ populations. In recent years, there has been a decline in diversity and population size. Food scarcity, habitat loss, and overdevelopment, as well as the introduction of nonnative species, are reportedly to blame.

  • Gordon G. Ryan, an attorney in Montauk since the mid-1970s, will take on a new role in March.
  • The East Hampton Village Board will hold a public hearing on Friday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. on a proposed law that would require updated wastewater treatment systems for all new residences and for existing ones whose floor area is expanded by 25 percent or where the number of bedrooms is increased.
  • The Sag Harbor School Board is accepting applications through Friday for school district residents interested in filling a vacant seat on the board until regular elections in May.

    The vacancy follows the Dec. 14 resignation of the board's president, January Kerr. The board agreed that day to appoint a replacement in order "to maintain a full governance body of seven members," according to a letter to community members.

    Letters expressing interest and detailing qualifications should be emailed to the board at boe@sagharborschools.org by midnight Friday. The board plans to conduct interviews on Monday and Tuesday, and to make an appointment on Jan. 28.

  • The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will lead a Montauk Lighthouse loop hike of five-plus miles on Saturday at 10 a.m., starting at Camp Hero and following the Paumanok Path to the bluffs to Turtle Cove and the lighthouse, and returning past the seal haul-out site. Snacks, water, and windproof clothing are suggested. There will be a 10-minute break at the lighthouse refreshment area. The meeting spot is on Camp Hero Road, about a mile east of Deep Hollow Ranch. The leader, Carol Andrews, can be reached at 631-725-3367.

  • A five-mile “Forever Wild Napeague” hike will happen on Sunday at 10 a.m., courtesy of the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Irwin Levy will lead his favorite, fast-paced hike across rolling terrain, with spectacular views of Fresh Pond and Napeague Bay among the rewards.

    Hikers have been asked to meet on Napeague Harbor Road, about a half-mile north of Montauk Highway, just after the street marked Private Road. Mr. Levy can be contacted at 516-456-1337 or irwinlevy@gmail.com for information.  

  • Bay Street Theater announced last week that it would be launching a campaign to eliminate the use of plastic straws and water bottles in the village.
  • The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will host two hikes in Montauk this week. On Saturday at 10 a.m., Eva Moore will lead a three-mile hike to the seal haul-out site to hopefully see seals sunning on the rocks near the shore. Dress warmly, with sturdy footwear and don’t forget the binoculars. The meeting place is on Camp Hero Road, a right turn off Route 27 about a mile past Deep Hollow Ranch. Call 631-238-5134 for more information.