Ice & Sky
Ice & Sky

Good Morning!

• The East Hampton Town Board is considering four restrictions on traffic at the town’s airport in Wainscott, which they hope to have in place by this summer season. The restrictions, unveiled Wednesday, include a mandatory nighttime curfew, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., an extended curfew on noisy aircraft from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m., a ban on all helicopters on weekends during the summer season and a limit on operations by noisy aircraft of one trip (one arrival and one departure) per week during the summer season. These restrictions are similar to those proposed by the airport’s noise subcommittee two weeks ago. The Beacon’s full report is online here.

• The Retreat, the East End’s only comprehensive domestic violence services agency, has appointed Loretta K. Davis as their new executive director as of Jan. 28. Prior to joining The Retreat, Ms. Davis was the town justice in Tuxedo, New York for almost 20 years. She worked as moderator for the Roundtable, administered by the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island, which is the court of last resort for families recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Davis holds a law degree from New York Law School and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont. She has extensive non-profit fundraising and managerial experience with Business Council for Peace, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations.

• Southampton Town’s Youth Advisory Committee is awarding grants of up to $500 to support youth groups and organizations in the township as they carry out community service projects designed to help their neighbors. Projects must serve the local community and its residents and must be completed by Nov. 30. Projects must be youth driven – meaning that youth must be an integral part of the project conception, planning, preparation, and implementation. Applications must be submitted by March 12 and grants will be awarded by April 1. Applications are available at, or by calling 631.702.2425.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hold several public hearings on Community Preservation Fund land acquisitions and on the town’s housing implementation plan at their 6:30 p.m. meeting tonight. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss their agricultural advisory committee and rental permits at their 10 a.m. work session today. Their full agenda is online here.

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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