Nighthawks at the Birchwood
Nighthawks at the Birchwood, Riverhead

Good Morning, and happy Back to the Future Day!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 69 degrees and a west wind around 6 miles per hour, becoming south in the afternoon. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 46. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. tomorrow, but otherwise it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Friday and Saturday expected to be sunny, with highs near 58 degrees and Sunday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 65.

• Today is not only Back to the Future Day, but it’s also the 375th Anniversary of the day Southold’s founders landed on the North Fork shore. Southold is celebrating by burying a time capsule to be opened on Oct. 21, 2040, which, while it isn’t Back to the Future Day, might be a day we are all getting around on hoverboards.

• BookHampton owner Charlene Spektor announced Monday that she plans to close the small bookstore chain’s two remaining stores, in Southampton and East Hampton, after the holiday season, unless someone offers to buy the business from her. Ms. Spektor and her husband, Jeremy Nussbaum, purchased the bookstore in 2000 and expanded to locations in Amagansett, Sag Harbor and Mattituck, all of which have since closed. Mr. Nussbaum passed away in 2012. Ms. Spektor said in a press release Monday that she is closing the bookstore for personal reasons and plans to devote her time to gun control issues.

• East Hampton’s Energy Sustainability Committee released its Climate Action Plan yesterday, which calls on the town to reduce its carbon footprint and encourage green building practices, while preparing its coastline for stronger storms. The town is looking for public feedback on the plan. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Meet the Candidates Forum at Martha Clara Vineyards next Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. Candidates for Riverhead Town Supervisor, Councilpersons, Assessor and Town Justice will be on hand to answer questions from the audience in this “relaxed, non-debate” forum. More information is online here.

• The East Marion Community Association and the Orient Association are hosting a Candidate Forum with Southold Town Supervisor, Town Board and Town Trustee candidates at Poquatuck Hall in Orient this Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. They’re looking for questions from the public on issues of interest to East Marion and Orient residents. If you have a question you’d like to ask the candidates, submit them to by this Friday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m.

• Southampton Hospital is hosting a free flu shot clinic next Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Memorial Hall at the corner of Lewis Street and Herrick Road in Southampton. They’re providing free flu shots, while they last, to anyone over 18 years of age with a photo ID.

• Riverside Rediscovered is kicking off of their second CMEE on Wheels art program for 2-5 years olds today, and they have a few spots left. If you are interested in signing up your child call 631.591.3926. Classes are on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 9.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.


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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