East End Beacon

Ecological Culture Initiative to Launch Organic Gardening Classes

The Ecological Culture Initiative is launching an in-depth class series this week featuring all the basic skills and knowledge needed to develop a bio-intensive vegetable garden from the ground up. Topics will include permaculture design


 Plum Island

Taking the Plum Island Preservation Case to the State

by Beth Young As the federal government’s plans to sell Plum Island chug along in snail-paced time, the East End’s county legislators, town supervisors and village mayors are asking New York State to intervene. The East


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‘Bombshell’ Electricity Report Says LI’s Projected Energy Use is Plummeting

by Beth Young Long Island’s projected peak energy use is plummeting, thanks to rooftop solar and energy efficiency measures, according to a report issued by the Long Island Power Authority and PSEG-Long Island in late


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Bike Sharing for Suffolk County?

Bike sharing isn’t just for urban environments anymore. With recent advances in mobile technology that allow app-based purchases and GPS tracking, bike sharing programs, where people can borrow publicly owned bicycles along their commute,


As the procession began down the sidewalk of Sag Harbor's Main Street Saturday afternoon.

Climate March Comes to Sag Harbor

As more than 100,000 people gathered in Washington, DC for the People’s Climate March on April 29, Sag Harbor played host to nearly 300 marchers, who joined in the effort to fight back against climate


Conducting a prescribed burn at the New York Wildfire & Incident Management Academy in the fall of 2015.

Next Week: Conference Will Consider Role of Fire in the Pine Barrens

“Keeping the Pine in the Pine Barrens” is the theme of a fire management workshop at Brookhaven National Laboratory next Wednesday and Thursday. The conference — which kicks off with a lecture on “Fire Management in


Jay Schneiderman

Schneiderman Pledges Renewable Energy, Affordable Housing in State of the Town Address

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman pledged to work to make sure all the town’s electrical energy generation comes from renewable sources by 2025 and committed the town to do more to provide affordable housing in


Earth Day paddling on Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s ice pond.

Celebrating Earth Day, Through the Raindrops

East Enders took a shine to loving the Earth over the weekend of April 22 & 23 at packed events throughout both forks. Here are some of our favorite photos from this year’s Earth


Clint Plummer of Deepwater Wind and Michael Voltz of PSEG-Long Island at the League of Women Voters forum.

New York’s Commitment to Offshore Wind Puts East End in the Spotlight

Offshore wind may be a big part of the future for the East End’s energy grid, after Governor Andrew Cuomo committed the state to acquiring the power from 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by


Sara Gordon of Sylvester Manor at the location of the site, in line with a boxwood xxx that pays tribute to the property's history.

At Sylvester Manor: Constructed Wetlands Project On a Roll

The surest sign of the thaw of spring isn’t the popping of the first flowers of the year. It’s the sound of track excavators moving the newly thawed earth. Over at the Sylvester Manor Educational


Dr. Christopher Gobler at this year's State of the Bays address.

Dr. Gobler’s State of the Bays: Hope and a Changing Climate

“Blooms like it hot,” said the East End’s algae bloom expert, Dr. Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook Southampton, acknowledging the role of climate change in the ongoing stresses to the East End’s water bodies


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Ditch the Fertilizer — Learn Healthy Planting Practices on the North Fork This Weekend

The North Fork Environmental Council and the North Fork Audubon Society are pairing up this Saturday for a special seminar on how to kick the toxic chemical habit when it comes to taking care of


The caretaker cottage near Squiretown Park, which the Ecological Culture Initiative hopes to use as a headquarters while working on a transformative vision for Hampton Bays.

A Permaculture Paradise for Hampton Bays?

There was a time when the idea of a Green Revolution meant an increase in crop yields through use of fertilizers, pesticides and hybridization of seeds, but the green revolution planned by a group of


DEC foresters Nate Hudson and Rob Cole explained the work the DEC has done to prevent the spread of southern pine beetles in Hubbard County Park.

Pine Forest or Oaks? Pine Beetle Infestation Raises Questions About Future of Long Island’s Ecosystem

The southern pine beetle, first found attacking stands of Long Island’s pitch pine forests in the fall of 2014 and encouraged to spread northward in range by warming winter temperatures, has become a perennial


East Hampton Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc discussed the South Fork wind farm project with members of the community at Thursday's open house.

Fishermen Raise Concerns at Packed Deepwater Wind Open House

Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island-based offshore wind company that was just awarded a LIPA bid to provide power to the East End from a wind farm off the coast of Montauk, was inundated with