Lee Zeldin kicks off his congressional campaign | Courtesy Lee Zeldin for Congress
Lee Zeldin kicks off his congressional campaign | Courtesy Lee Zeldin for Congress

Good morning!

• We’re expecting temperatures of near 50 degrees under sunny skies today, and it’s promising to be the most pleasant day of the week. Pack your jogging shoes and do a couple speedwalking laps around the office on your lunch break.

• Just when you thought we’d finished a season of relentless electioneering, Congressional candidate and State Senator Lee Zeldin kicked off his 2014 campaign for Tim Bishop’s first congressional seat on Friday. Mr. Zeldin, who ran against Mr. Bishop in 2008, told about 500 supporters at the Portuguese American Center in Farmingville that he wants to change the way business is done in Washington. Meanwhile, Mr. Bishop was busy Friday thanking the U.S. Treasury Department for ensuring that volunteer fire companies do not have to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, as if to prove the day-to-day realities of governing are far more mundane than this biennial round of fisticuffs.

• In case you didn’t go to church yesterday, you can watch Rev. Dr. Peter Kelley’s sermon at the First Presbyterian Church of Southold online here. Why not? It’s the digital age, even in Southold.

Harp Seal on Smith Point Beach | Courtesy Riverhead Foundation
Harp Seal on Smith Point Beach | Courtesy Riverhead Foundation

• This harp seal who was chilling on Smith Point Beach yesterday wasn’t at all interested in being rescued by The Riverhead Foundation. Biologists who responded to a call of the seal on the beach found him to be very alert, aggressive and better off left alone for observation. They’re still urging anyone who spots stranded sea animals on the beaches to call 631.369.9829 so they can check them out.

• The Beacon’s Week in Pictures is live right now, if you’re ready to relive the chilly prettiness of last week.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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