Bloomsday in the Harbor

[caption id="attachment_650" align="alignnone" width="600"] Swans don't celebrate Bloomsday, but they should.[/caption] I almost went blind trying to read Ulysses. It was just after I'd finished graduate school. I packed up my son and my dog and a box of books and left Sag Harbor headed for Montréal. I was bitten by a deer tick the day before I left. No big deal. I've had Lyme Disease for years. So has
Week in Pictures

This week in photos: June 9 — June 15

[caption id="attachment_633" align="alignnone" width="600"] A swan guards the Downeaster Alexa. Sag Harbor, Saturday afternoon.[/caption] This week was a whirlwind of images, from the ever-threatening rainstorms to hulling night at the Mattituck Strawberry Festival to the moment a photograph of a blue bicycle was taken on Main Street in East Hampton. At the very same moment, a girl on a bicycle was killed just blocks away. On Tuesday, a 79-year-old man
Environment News

Surviving Sandy: If you go down in the flood it’ll be your fault

[caption id="attachment_623" align="alignnone" width="587"] Talking about climate change at Guild Hall.[/caption] It takes a lot to drag people off the beach in East Hampton on a perfect Saturday afternoon, so it's a pretty nice feat that The Hamptons Institute at Guild Hall managed to bring in about 50 people to a symposium discussion on climate change this afternoon. East Hampton astronomer Dava Sobel grilled three academics from Columbia University on

Learning to love the Strawberry Festival

[caption id="attachment_582" align="alignnone" width="598"] This is the beginning of a Ray Bradbury novel.[/caption] I'm afraid of hulling night. I have to admit it and I'm very sorry to the Mattituck Lions Club and to all the people who love the Mattituck Strawberry Festival. I will learn to love this festival some day. You see, my fear of hulling night dates back to a time, a long time ago, in Mattituck,
Environment News

Algae bloom season starts; shellfish programs fighting back

[caption id="attachment_540" align="alignnone" width="600"] image courtesy Stony Brook University[/caption] Like swallows returning to Capistrano, every one of the last seven years the brown tide has come back to Shinnecock Bay, a large, shallow lagoon-like bay just south of Hampton Bays and the Shinnecock Indian Nation between the barrier beach of Dune Road and the mainland. This week, scientists at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences reported that

Oh, you live in a duck? Where is Flanders?

[caption id="attachment_531" align="alignnone" width="600"] Shannon Merker's Big Duck flag flies over Flanders today.[/caption] It's difficult to not have an inferiority complex when you live in Flanders. People in Riverhead think you're uptight about reminding everyone that you live in Southampton Town, and therefore in The Hamptons. People in The Hamptons spit the word Flanders as if they're hacking up a lung when you mention where you live at a cocktail
Arts Performing Arts

North Forkers to dance their butts off?

[caption id="attachment_511" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nile Rodgers wants YOU to dance! | publicity photo AFTEE[/caption] The East End has more than 1,000 registered non-profit organizations, and, despite the fact that they obviously can't make a profit, they need money to do their work. Music producer and New York native Nile Rodgers has had a long and legendary career that spanned his authoring of dance hits including "We Are Family" and "Good
Week in Pictures

This week in pictures: June 1—June 8

[caption id="attachment_503" align="alignnone" width="600"] Montauk Sunrise June 1[/caption] This week on the East End was punctuated by the usual early June sunshine and early summer traffic, dampened by a late week storm that washed the twin forks clean. The Beacon's week began on June 1 at Montauk Point and headed east to Louse Point, where a souped up bayman's Toyota was captured on an SD card. In Sag Harbor's
In the World News

East End women like to be equal

[caption id="attachment_452" align="alignnone" width="599"] East End women rallied in Albany Tuesday | courtesy Jennifer Maertz[/caption] A consortium of East End women took a bus trip to Albany June 4 to rally in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's new 10-point plan addressing women's rights. Among the highlights of the governor's proposal, announced on Tuesday, are pay equality, ending workplace harassment, ending discrimination against victims of domestic violence and codifying federal abortion
Arts Literature

Bookshelf: The View from Lazy Point

[caption id="attachment_435" align="alignnone" width="600"] This is the view from Lazy Point.[/caption] It's been more than a year since nature writer Carl Safina's "The View from Lazy Point" was published, but the cautionary tale of this book is haunting enough to deserve a second read. Mr. Safina, who lives on the peninsula in Amagansett at the entrance to Napeague Harbor that gives the book its name, has made a global name
Arts Visual Arts

Seeing Riverhead with fresh eyes

[caption id="attachment_373" align="alignnone" width="600"] Looking out on downtown Riverhead.[/caption] Wednesday was a typical morning in downtown Riverhead. Police and EMTs were bandaging up a motorcyclist who'd been struck at the corner of Roanoke Avenue and Main Street, in preparations to take him to the hospital, while further east on East Main Street, women who were walking alone heard the booming jeer of a catcalling street denizen asking them where they