Downs Creek Duck Hunt
Downs Creek Duck Hunt

Good morning! Here are some tidbits from your friendly local governments’ work yesterday:

• East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell has sent a letter to State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney in support of a change in state law that would allow East End towns to allow bowhunters to hunt within 150 feet of houses. They’re currently required to hunt at least 500 feet from houses.

“The white-tailed deer population has been linked to an epidemic of tick-borne illnesses, degradation of natural resources, crop damage and other harmful impacts to the agricultural industry,” he wrote in the letter.

• Southampton Town has adjourned its public hearing on designating the Neptune Beach Club a historic landmark until Feb. 11 because the owners of the property were not given notice of yesterday’s hearing.

• The dredging at Mattituck Inlet will begin next Tuesday and continue until Feb. 28.

This is what the Southold Town Board looks like inside a police command van.
This is what the Southold Town Board looks like inside a police command van.

• Southold Town Board members got a look Tuesday morning inside their police department’s new $194,000 command van, purchased through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, which will allow them to run remote emergency operations in Orient and on Plum Island. The van has a 26-foot high telescoping video camera, three dispatch stations and communications equipment that synchs up with fire departments and other emergency responders. What it doesn’t have, however, is a bathroom, said Police Capt. Frank Kruszewski, who was giving tours of the van at Tuesday’s work session.

• A bunch of folks are going to spend all day today calling the White House to ask the president to award the Medal of Honor to Jordan Haerter and Jonathan Yale, who were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a compound they were guarding in Ramadi, Iraq in 2008. Mr. Haerter was from Sag Harbor. The organizers are asking people to call 202.456.1111 and leave your comment with one of the operators. Don’t ask for the president. He doesn’t answer that phone line. More information is online here.

• The folks who run Maureen’s Haven’s Wednesday homeless shelter at three rotating churches in Southold have been planning musical entertainment for the guests at the shelter all winter from 5:30 to 7 p.m. They’re booked through Feb. 12, but are looking for musicians to participate later in the year. If you’re a musician who’s interested in serenading a group of 60 to 70 people who could really use to hear a good song, call volunteer Shirley Darling at 631.765.1469 to let her know.

Michelle Thomas
Michele Thompson

• Southampton Center has just hired Michele Thompson to be their first director.  Ms. Thompson was most recently the Director of Adult Education and Arts of the 92nd Street Y, and will be starting work Feb. 1. The Center will hold a cocktail reception to welcome her at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1. She will be in charge of developing artistic, financial, and organizational strategies, taking a leadership role in fundraising, overseeing program development, and building Southampton Center’s core staff, as well as developing artistic and corporate partnerships.

• The Peconic Land Trust is looking for volunteers for a clean-up of trails in Amagansett on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to noon (rain/snow date Feb. 1). They’ll be meeting along Accabonac Road near Stony Hill Road to clean up the Silver Beech, Accabonac and High Point preserves. If you’re interested in volunteering, call Robin at 631.283.3195, ext. 19 or email


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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