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Community News, April 2

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Landscape Details owner Michael Derrig provided transportation for pallets of food for the East Hampton Food Pantry last week.

Landscape Details owner Michael Derrig provided transportation for pallets of food for the East Hampton Food Pantry last week.

Sag Harbor's iconic Main Street store, Kites of the Harbor, encourgaed safety this week.

Sag Harbor's iconic Main Street store, Kites of the Harbor, encourgaed safety this week. Benjamin Parker

Bookstores are offering local delivery during the Covid-19 crisis.

Bookstores are offering local delivery during the Covid-19 crisis. Benjamin Parker

Mashashimuet Park's playground, like all playgrounds, is closed to promite social distancing.

Mashashimuet Park's playground, like all playgrounds, is closed to promite social distancing. Nancy Remkus

Kathryn G. Menu on Apr 1, 2020
With New York on “pause” for at least two more weeks, but more likely the month of April, much has come to a standstill — schools are closed, as are... more

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