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Week in Review: Businesses Close; Longtime Worker Moves On

Also this week: Race is on for commissioner's seat in Bridgehampton and state highway project postponed.

Business

Georgica Creek Antiques Set To Close in Wainscott: Owners say they rented the property after getting an offer they couldn't refuse.

Pet Hampton To Close After 22 Years: Owner says she can't make the rent and her lease wasn't renewed; Sale underway at the store until she has to leave.

Merger of South Fork Insurance Brokerages Finalized: Cook, Hall & Hyde and Maran Corporate Risk Associates have officially become one.

Meet the Owner: Deborah Aiza of Sweet 'tauk: Lemonade and Popsicle shop owner finds a way to support her business while offering others a place to showcase their goods this holiday season and all year long.

'Queen of 114' Leaves After 30 Years: Harbor Heights gas station manager Pam Kern says she's 'broken-hearted' over her decision.

Elections

Race for Bridgehampton Fire District Commissioner Seat: Phil Cammann Makes Second Bid for Fire Commish and Tom Dombkowski Vies to Keep Fire Commissioner Seat

Obituaries

Former Springs Fire Chief Dies at 51: Timothy A. Smith was a 25-year member of the Springs Fire Department.

Opinion

Letter: Thank You to Montauk FD for Christmas Dinner: Montauk resident, who attended the senior dinner on Sunday, shows her appreciation.

Police & Fire

Officers Catch East Hampton Inmate with Contraband: Christopher Reale was going to use a fishing line and a balloon to retrieve drugs from a body cavity, correction officer says.

Springs FD Elects New Leader: Ben Miller named the new chief for 2013, while David M. King moves up to first assistant chief and Steven Scholl joins the ranks.

Town Police Launch Public Crime Map: Residents can sign-up for alerts in their area thanks to the new free service.

Government

Town Reaches Disposition with Suspended Employee: On the day a hearing was scheduled, lawyers on both sides negotiate a deal.

Highway Repairs Delayed Until Spring: Project to repair parts of Montauk Highway in East Hampton were postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

Schools

Young Playwrights Stage Their Works Saturday: Six plays by local highschoolers presented at Stony Brook Southampton's Avram Theater.

Neighborhood Files

Menorahcade to Kick off Hanukkah in East Hampton: Festival of Lights begins Saturday at sundown, with a motorcade of cars featuring menorahs on top to celebrate the holiday.

Polar Bear Plunge Lands at Atlantic: The New Year's Day 2013 plunge will take place at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett due to problems caused by Sandy.

: The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce names winners from Saturday's parade.

Volunteers in the News

Operation Christmas Underway in East Hampton for Sandy Victims: Volunteers looking for donations in the form of Christmas and Hanukkah decorations for Sandy victims.

Fundraiser Aims to Buy Wheelchair Van for 'Medical Miracle': At nearly 6 years old, Mia Bella Zingarelli continues to defy the odds; a fundraiser will be held Saturday to help her parents afford transportation especially for her.

Local Girls and Their Mothers Write Letters of Hope for Sandy Victims: Find out how you can get involved in this letter writing campaign to offer encouragement during the holiday season.

County Recognizes Generosity of Sag Harbor Ambulance Corps: Sag Harbor donated an ambulance to Broad Channel Fire Department in Queens after Sandy hit in October.

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