Planting Day.
Planting Day.

Good Morning!

• The life of the late Otis G. Pike – a 9-term congressman in the 1960s and 1970s, who died in January – will be celebrated at a memorial service in his hometown of Riverhead on Saturday, May 24. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 103 First Street. Visiting hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 and 2 to 4 p.m. & 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23 at the Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home, 406 East Main St. in Riverhead. The public is welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributing to the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library, the Nature Conservancy, or your local public radio or TV station.

• The Bridgehampton Fire Department is hosting two big events this coming week. On Sunday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., their ambulance company will be hosting an open house with CPR demonstrations, information about volunteering, refreshments and activities for kids. The department is also hosting a blood drive on Monday, May 19 from 2 to 8 p.m. The firehouse is located at 64 School Street in Bridgehampton.

• The New Suffolk Waterfront Fund is unveiling its plans for the old Galley Ho restaurant at a public meeting at the New Suffolk School at 10 a.m. Saturday. More information is online here.

• Southold Voice and Southold Town are hosting a beach cleanup all weekend throughout Southold Town. They have sponsored several “drop spots” in each hamlet where residents who wish to clean the beaches can leave their debris free-of-charge. A full list of the drop spots is online here.

• The Montauk Music Festival is in full swing beginning today. A complete schedule of events is online here.

• North Fork Audubon will be hosting a community yard sale Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red House at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport.  More information is online here.

• The Beacon’s new Friday morning roundup of this weekend’s events, “All In A Weekend,” 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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