Boulder on the Sound
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Sadie goes home | Courtesy Rick Kedenburg
Sadie goes home | Courtesy Rick Kedenburg

• Sadie the Rag-Tag Swan, who was found stuck to the ice outside Goldsmith Inlet in Peconic last Wednesday, returned home Sunday morning, after spending a few days recuperating at Rick & Linda Kedenburg’s house. Mr. Kedenburg said Sadie was “healthy as a horse and hissing at me” when they decided to release her back to the inlet after it was clear of ice on Sunday morning. After a short disoriented time wandering along the shoreline, Sadie swam out into the inlet and began foraging for food. Later in the day, the Kedenburgs returned to the inlet, but Sadie was not to be found.

“Any bird that can fly away from a rescue is a success story as she is fending for herself now,” said Mr. Kedenburg. “We hope to see her hanging out at the inlet in the future.”

The East Ends’ town boards are busy back at work today, with meetings of every board but Riverhead planned for today. Here are some highlights:

• The East Hampton Town Board holds its work session at the Montauk Firehouse this morning at 10 a.m. They’ll be discussing the Lake Montauk Study and the hiring of a coastal engineer to review the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to shore up downtown Montauk from coastal flooding.

• The Southampton Town Board meets at 1 p.m. They’re holding public hearings on changes to the town’s special events code and granting a historic landmark designation to the former Neptune Beach Club on Dune Road in Hampton Bays. The town is attempting to purchase the beach club property, but is entertaining the possibility of a partnership with a new restaurant there.

Shelter Island's cheery No Trespassing sign.
Shelter Island’s cheery No Trespassing sign.

• The Shelter Island Town Board will hold a work session at 1 p.m. to discuss the town’s deer management program and vehicles on Reel Point, a spit of land on Ram Island at the entrance to Coecles Harbor which has faced serious erosion over the years. Shelter Island is also warning residents that they’ve opened up Sachem’s Woods and “Section 9” near the first causeway to Ram Island to deer hunting for the last three weeks in January. They’re asking everyone who’s not a hunter to please STAY OUT OF THE WOODS.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss the upcoming dredging of Mattituck Inlet at its 9 a.m. work session. The board will also hold a public hearing at their 7:30 p.m. meeting tonight on changes to the town code regarding cell phone antennas on historic properties.

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

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