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over the system if they wish, so at least one straphanger at a time can hear his own music. All iPods will be returned after playing the songs over and over for one week. Contact Hampton Subway Manager Pete Atkins at our Hampton Bays office if you want to be part of this program. For the first week, the iPod music of beloved commissioner Bill Aspinall will be featured. COMMISSIONER ASPINALL’S MESSAGE I am cutting short my vacation in Aspen to attend the funeral of Sammy Steinway at the Bideawee Home in Westhampton Beach on Friday, and will see you there. I am told it will be an open-casket event, so everyone will be able to give Sammy one last scratch behind the ears. We all offer our greatest condolences to Mr. Steinway for his loss. If there is anything further I can do about this matter, Mr. Steinway knows how to reach me. Ethel Auchinsloss was, of course, summarily fired over this incident, given no severance, vacation or parachute (golden or otherwise), and told to leave the building with her personal possessions within 10 minutes, which she did. She’d been on the job just two days. The section about Sammy in the training manual, which Mrs. Auchinsloss clearly failed to read, will be removed and the manual reprinted. The souvenir book, One Year on the Hampton Subway, is selling well at all BookHampton stores throughout the Hamptons. Get your copy today. It’s only $18.48, which comes to $20.01 with tax. We tried making it come out to exactly $20, but we couldn’t do it, was the problem.

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particularly on the 10 acres he was going to buy. The suit languished. In 2006, a settlement was reached but the parties never followed through. And so, finally, it went to the judge, who ruled in favor of Petrello. The judge, Denis Hurley, said that the Whites had been unable to prove fraud occurred, and therefore the contract would have to stand. White appealed. And last week, a State Supreme Court judge agreed with the lower court and let the decision stand. Ironically, in the last three years the value of the 10 acres has reduced dramatically. For one thing, the economic downturn has cut property values roughly in half. For another, a new flood zone law passed by the Village of Sagaponack will require that future structures on this property—which lie in the flood zone—be built on stilts. Since stilts raise a house, a builder might be unable to put on a second floor due to height restrictions. Nevertheless, the value of the property is far more than the $210,000 per acre it was to have been sold for in 1998. Based on recent sales, an acre three years ago might have fetched $5 million, so perhaps today, this property per acre, with its restrictions, might fetch $1 million. It all goes up and down and up and down. So it depends where you get on and off the train. The Whites now will either have to close or appeal this case in the U. S. Supreme Court. Sometimes you wonder what it’s like to be that rich, to own hundreds of acres of Sagaponack farmland worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Must be great, right? Think again.

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could be used for this purpose. It’s like having an email account right at the end of your driveway. And it handles small items you used to have to go to the post office to send out. No longer will you have to deal with the long lines and hocus pocus at the post office when you want to send something you can’t send by email. There’s no worrying about whether the Wi-Fi is working, no having to wait for your computer to boot up, no having to type anything, either on your laptop or the BlackBerry (but especially on the BlackBerry, where you have to use thumbs). Just use THIS. My hat is off to the post office. When did they think this up? Has it been in effect for a long time, or is it a new development I’ve missed out on until now? And it’s really fun. I keep a stack of envelopes next to a pen on my desk now, and I have a supply of stamps in a drawer. I even keep some stamps in my wallet for emergencies, in case I run out. And I’m sending things to EVERYBODY. For anything you want to mail to anybody that doesn’t need to get to them absolutely instantly, it’s GREAT. Write a note. Slip it in, write the address, stamp, lick and then take a healthy walk outside where the mailbox door opens and the flag goes up. The whole world, everybody driving by, can see that you’ve got something that has to go somewhere. It’s especially fun this time of year, when the weather is still good and the sun shines all the time. Try it.

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