Scallop Season at the Boat Ramp
Scallop Season at the Boat Ramp

Good Morning!

• Several films that won major Academy Awards last night got their start at at the Hamptons International Film Festival, including best picture winner “12 Years A Slave,” which also won awards for best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and best adapted screenplay (John Ridley). “Her,” which screened at HIFF, won Spike Jonze the best original screenplay award, while “20 Feet From Stardom,” which aired last summer at HIFF’s pre-festival series at Guild Hall, won the best documentary feature award.

• There’s a dusting of snow on the ground across the forks and the National Weather Service is calling for a 40 percent chance of more flurries through noon, with no significant accumulation. Take that, winter.

• A new community garden is in the works at the Crohan Community Center in Flanders. Southampton Councilwoman Christine Scalera is meeting with the Flanders community to discuss the garden tonight at 6 p.m. at the Crohan Community Center. For more information, call her office at 631.287.5745.

Meet Dolly
Meet Dolly

• Meet Dolly! She is the sassy harp seal rescued by The Riverhead Foundation on Jan. 31, who was lethargic and suffered from an eye ulcer. She is now available for adoption. You can adopt her on their website here. But remember, you can’t take her home! She’s not a pet.

• A crew of mischievous Southold Democrats are heading down to Mitchell Park in Greenport on the date the Supreme Court decision comes down in the case of McCutcheon vs. the FEC. Mr. McCutcheon is a businessman from Birmingham, Alabama who believes the FEC shouldn’t limit the aggregate amount of money he can give to the Republican Party and candidates. Those limits were established after Watergate. The Republican National Committee has joined Mr. McCutcheon in the suit. The Southold Democrats will be  at the park between noon and 2 p.m. on the day the decision comes down, which is expected to be Tuesday or Wednesday. More information 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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