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