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"Desert Runners" won the audience award for best documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Monday.

Absurd “Desert Runners” gets a thumbs up from Hamptons audiences

There’s always more than a touch of the absurd in the world of extreme sports, but for ultramarathon runners who brave the hottest and driest places on the planet, those absurdities are magnified by


It’s Southolders on nature as debate focuses on deer, noxious vines and high tide lines

Candidates for Southold Town Trustee stole the show from Southold Town Board candidates at Southold’s most formal debate of the season, held Tuesday night at Peconic Landing. Maybe it was the personalities involved. Maybe it


Philomena

Hamptons audiences pick “Philomena,” a true tale of a mother’s search for her lost son

In poll after poll both here in the States and in the UK, where “Philomena” was produced, journalists routinely rank among the least trusted professionals, down at the bottom, along with politicians, of a


Here come the corn stalkers. Hide inside and lock your doors.

The corn stalkers have arrived. Lock your doors and hide inside.

Back in the dark ages when I was growing up on the North Fork, everyone hid in their houses and pretended to bake pies when the annual slew of pumpkin pickers, corn mazers and


Vintage tractors are among the hundreds of neat things to see at the country fair today

Giant pumpkins and baby gherkins take over downtown Riverhead

If you haven’t yet made your way down to Riverhead for the 38th Annual Riverhead Country Fair, you still have time to get there by 5 p.m. to see all the great big vegetables.


Western Shinnecock Bay is suffering from severe nitrogen overload.

East Quogue golf course plan spurs debate on tax revenue and toxic tides

One of the last large undeveloped and unpreserved pieces of land in Southampton Town could soon be a 436-acre golf course with 82 houses on it. The property, on Lewis Road in East Quogue, is


Second Street in New Suffolk in its winter disguise as a bucolic, quiet neighborhood.

New Suffolk won’t secede from Southold over parking situation

If you walk down Second Street in New Suffolk this time of year, you’ll be treated to a quiet neighborhood that dead ends with a view of the Peconic Bay. But in the summer,


The Peconic Bay, pictured here in South Jamesport, is full of water. This is proving to be a problem as Long Island's nitrate-enriched groundwater seeps out into the bay.

So, water we really going to do?

Twenty five million pounds of nitrogen from human waste made their way to the bays through Suffolk County’s groundwater last year, says Stony Brook researcher Christopher Gobler, causing ever more frequent and long-lasting algae


Southampton ethics debate stymied

Two weeks ago, Democratic Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming proposed the town consider not letting members of political committees hold appointed offices within town government. Three other board members — Christine Scalera and Chris


Campaign Countdown: Oct. 9

With four weeks until Election Day, a smattering of debates, meet and greets with candidates and issue-related events are being held on the East End this week. Riverhead Tonight, Oct. 9, candidates for the Riverhead


Members of the cast of "Plot for Peace," the winner of HIFF's 2013 Conflict & Resolution Awar

Telling true tales of courage and adversity

In the sea of premieres and red carpets and film stars that are due to descend on the streets of the Hamptons this Thursday, there’s an island of documentary films of the struggles faced


The Robert James was taking on water fast in Gardiners Bay this afternoon | U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brent Walsh.

Heavy seas swamp fishermen off Gardiners Island

Though heavy rains and tornadoes never materialized on the East End Monday, as heavy winds whipped up the water and a band of squalls moved offshore across Long Island, three fishermen based in Groton,


Heading out for one of the last Wednesday night races around Robins Island this season.

The Week in Pictures: Sept. 29 through Oct. 5

If there ever was an Indian Summer, this is it. People have been taking to the waters and streets of the East End all week, soaking up the last bit of sunshine before the


San Gennaro watches over his feast

Toast the Patron Saint of Naples!

Three years ago, the good folks who own Scotto’s Pork Store in Hampton Bays got tired of having nothing to do but pick pumpkins on the East End in October, and they decided to


Campaign Countdown: Oct. 5

Yes, this season is silly. The Beacon had hoped to spare you from it, but alas, it’s time again to vote for local leaders. We’ll be updating you on what’s going on in the


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