Autumn Comes to Downs Creek
Autumn Comes to Downs Creek

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, with a high near 60 degrees, a northeast wind 6 to 11 increasing to 18 miles per hour in the afternoon and new precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch. We’re also expecting rain tonight. There’s a slight chance of showers before noon Wednesday, when it will otherwise be mostly cloudy, with a high near 56 degrees. There’s a 60 percent chance of showers Thursday afternoon, with a high near 59 degrees, and Friday is expected to be sunny, with a high of 59 degrees.

• This morning’s East Hampton Town Board work session will take place in the second-floor gymnasium of the Montauk Playhouse, which is next to the Montauk Firehouse, where the meeting was initially scheduled to be held, due to an expected overflow crowd concerned over the Army Corps of Engineers’ current project in downtown Montauk. On the agenda for discussion are the proposed downtown Montauk parking lot, the Fort Pond Hill Cemetery and Community Development Block Grant Fund requests. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. The full agenda is online here.

The Southampton Town Board will hold public hearings on the 2016 budget and their Community Preservation Fund Project Plan at their 1 p.m. meeting this afternoon. Their full agenda is online here.

• East Hampton Town, which recently renovated the nature center known as Fort Pond House in Montauk, re-opened the center to the public in October, and has renamed the property after noted Montauk environmentalist Carol Morrison. The nature center had been placed on the market under Bill Wilkinson’s tenure as town supervisor, in an attempt to raise money for the then-cash-strapped town, but there were no takers on the property. Some photos of the renovation are on the town’s website here.

• When Sag Harbor journalist Lorraine Dusky gave her daughter up for adoption in 1966, she regretted the decision immediately. But she had little idea at the time that the experience would be the genesis of her life’s work. We had a chance to speak with her recently about her new memoir, “Hole in My Heart: Memoir and Report from the Fault Lines of Adoption.” The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Southampton’s Rogers Memorial Library will present “In Flanders Fields,” a program for voice and piano, with Kate Hurney, soprano & Katherine Addleman, piano at noon today. Although World War I was a dreadful and destructive time for the people of all nations involved, it spawned a great variety of musical responses, many of which are considered musically exceptional and relevant. More information is online here. [Free]

• Crossroads Music in Amagansett is hosting the second-to-last of its TinyRooms shows with Robert Bruey tonight at 8 p.m. in the soon-to-be-closed music shop. Tickets are limited and are available by calling 631.907.4838. Nancy Atlas will perform on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. More information is online here. [$20]

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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