Forge Pond in Ice, Riverhead
Forge Pond in Ice, Riverhead

Good morning! It’s 9 degrees in Riverhead just shy of 6 a.m., and we’re expecting temperatures to rise only to the mid-20s today. The polar vortex will be heading outa here tomorrow and we’re expecting temperatures in the 50s by the weekend. Here’s your morning update:

• East Hampton Town is considering raising the cost of landfill permit fees, due to an increase in expenses at the sanitation department that has caused the department to use up its surplus over the past four years in order to keep expenses under the 2 percent tax cap, Town Comptroller Len Bernard told the town board at Tuesday’s work session. Mr. Bernard recommended the cost of the first permit in a household be increased from $100 to $115, the cost of the second permit in a household be increased from $15 to $40 and the cost for a senior citizen permit be increased from $50 to $55. New Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said the town has a lower rate of recycling than neighboring Southampton Town, which requires residents to pay per bag of garbage, which has been shown to increase the rate of recycling. The board has not yet adopted the proposed increase.

• Riverhead Town is looking for a new planning board member, after longtime member Lou Boschetti announced in December he would retire at the end of 2013.  Members serve for a five year term, meeting the first and third Thursday of each month. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, United States citizens and Riverhead Town residents, and should have a background in  architecture, historical preservation, urban planning, environmental planning, or landscape design. The pay is $9,000 per year. Applicants can submit their resumes and cover letters to Town of Riverhead Personnel Department, 1295 Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY  11901.  Their fax number is 631.727.1768.

• Live theaters throughout the East End are selling season-long subscriptions this month, just in time for many first plays of the season. Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre is offering season tickets to its three mainstage productions for $132. The season kicks off this summer with the world premiere of “Conviction,” a modern drama by Carey Crim. The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck is selling a season subscription to its four shows this year for $60. The theater is putting up “Steel Magnolias,” “One Flew Over The Cukoo’s Nest,” “Into the Woods” and “The Wedding Singer” this year. The Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue, whose “Heroes” opens this Thursday, offers a complimentary opening night ticket and two invitations to the opening night party to patrons who donate $250 this season.

• The North Fork Community Theatre is also looking for the remnants of artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands to help decorate the set for “Into the Woods.” If you have something you think they may be able to use, please contact Lori Connolly at or 631-298-5478.

• Beginning today at 9 a.m. and continuing on Wednesdays through Feb. 26, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is offering a series of Earth Yoga classes with Amy Hess. The cost is $12 per class.

• Group for the East End President Bob DeLuca spotted this snowy owl out in Orient this week. Snowy owls have been spotted with unusual frequency all over the East End this winter.

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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