• The Beacon’s staff has been chilling in Riverhead with the cookie lady at the newer, bigger Wal-Mart, which opened across Route 58 from the Tanger Mall yesterday morning. We are planning to start a petition to make her the new greeter there for all time. What a smile! And what delicious cookies!
• If Wal-Mart isn’t your thing, there’s other, ehm, excitement coming to Riverhead this month. Central Casting is looking for non-union extras for the Netflix TV series “Orange is the New Black,” which will be filming in Riverhead from Jan. 22 through Feb. 6. They’re asking, in particular, for scary looking people and they want you to let them know if you’re comfortable with nudity and send them candid pictures of any scars or tattoos you may have. All this for the non-union pay rate of $8 per hour. If you can hold out for a more stable job, the new Riverhead Costco, which has a starting wage of $11.50 per hour, is expected to open in April.
• The East Hampton Town tax receiver’s office has granted an extension until the end of January for residents to pay the first half of the year’s property taxes, which had been due Jan. 10. The town replaced tax receiver Monica Rottach with accountant Neide Valeira earlier this week after a large number of residents did not receive their tax bills.
• Southold Town received a batch of defective landfill stickers late last year, and they’re hoping to receive new stickers within a couple weeks, said Town Clerk Betty Neville on Tuesday. The defective stickers were so flimsy they were barely visible. Residents who received defective stickers can bring them back to town hall in a few weeks to exchange them for new stickers.
• When newspaper delivery driver Donna Sartori was killed by an alleged drunk driver two Sundays ago while making her pre-dawn rounds on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, her friendly black-and-white Shi Tzu “Bam Bam” ran from the car. Bam Bam is still missing, and a $1,000 reward is being offered for his safe return. If you see a dog matching this description in the vicinity of Hampton Bays, call 516.380.7077 or 631.721.6485, or notify the Southampton Animal Shelter or the Southampton Town Police so that he can be returned safely home.