The fence line
The fence line

Good Morning!

• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele is pushing for state legislation that would regulate bamboo that spreads through rhisomes in the soil. So called “running bamboo” has been the source of neighbor disputes all over the East End in recent years. The legislation would prohibit people from letting running bamboo creep onto their neighbors’ properties and make them liable for the damage caused to their neighbors. It would also prohibit the planting of running bamboo within 100 feet of a neighbor’s property and would require bamboo retailers to provide customers with a disclosure reminding them that they need to contain its spreading habit. If adopted, the law would be enforced beginning Oct. 1.

• Sag Harbor resident and Middle East aficionado Ken Dorph will give the inaugural “My Own Eyes” lecture at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor tonight, the first in a series of discussions with expert community members on a variety of topics. More information is online here.

• Concerned Citizens of Montauk will host a book reading and signing with author and farmer Scott Chaskey at their office this Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. Mr. Chaskey will be reading from his new book, “Seedtime.”

• Paul Schenly and Pianofest in the Hamptons have donated a piano to The Retreat’s shelter for battered women, and piano tuner Steve Dickman has donated his services to keep it in tune. The Retreat’s staff can’t wait to fill their shelter with music. Pianofest’s concert series begins June 16 at the Southampton Cultural Center. More information is online here.

• The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research has announced it will hold its 14th Annual Oceans of Hope Fundraising Gala at the Long Island Aquarium on June 27. 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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