Trees & Their Shadows, Shelter Island
Trees & Their Shadows, Shelter Island

Good Morning!

• The New York League of Conservation Voters doesn’t have too much nice to say about Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 budget, unveiled on Tuesday. The budget calls for cutting $45 million from the already cash-strapped DEC and another $40 million from mass transit funding. They also point out that, while the budget includes $90 million in capital improvements for state parks, the parks are suffering from a $1 billion backlog in maintenance that has not been done.  The LCV did say they are happy to see a reform in the budget that would extend the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program by 10 years.

• The folks over at Slow Food East End are organizing a bus from the South Fork to their benefit at Kontokosta Winery in Greenport Feb. 23 for North Fork Table & Inn chef & owner Gerry Hayden, who is fighting ALS. If you live on the South Fork but don’t want to drive, contact Peter Garnham at for more information. Slow Food is put together a stellar lineup of chefs and jazz to pay tribute to Mr. Hayden. More information here.

• Today is a good cold day to catch an indie film on the South Fork. Today is the last day of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s series of screenings of “The Selfish Giant,” and Guild Hall in East Hampton is holding a free screening of “La Sirga” at 4:30 p.m. as part of their winter film series with the East Hampton Library.

• If you’re not cold enough sitting at home with your heat plasting, have a gander at these surfers out at Ditch Plains shot last February by the folks at Catamaran Mon Tiki in Montauk:


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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