Marching through Riverhead
Marching through Riverhead

Good Morning!

• Community Preservation Fund revenue numbers for the first four months of 2014 are in, and they’re looking good, according to State Assemblyman Fred Thiele. In a release issued Friday, Mr. Thiele said CPF programs in the five East End towns brought in $29.67 million in the first four months of 2014, up from $26.27 million in the same period last year, a 12.9 percent increase. The number of transactions for the first four months of 2014 was 2,336, compared with 2,767 a year ago.

• The two Republican candidates vying for Congressman Tim Bishop’s seat, Lee Zeldin and George Demos, will duke it out in a debate tonight at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Full Gospel Church at 130 County Road 39. The primary vote is on May 24.

• The Southampton Town Board will meet at 1 p.m. today. On the agenda are the continuation of a public hearing on the Sandy Hollow Cove workforce housing proposal in Tuckahoe, and approval of an amendment to the town code that will keep people who have to raise their houses due to new flood insurance requirements from having to get a height variance from the zoning board. The board’s full agenda is online here.

• North Fork Audubon’s last Warbler Walk of the month is today from 8 to 9 a.m. Warblers are only in our area for the month of May as they continue on their migrating way. More information is online here.

• The world premiere of “Conviction,” a new play at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, opens tonight at 7 p.m. The play focuses on the life of a much-liked schoolteacher whose life changes dramatically when he’s faced with an accusation from a student. “Conviction,” which stars Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Reaser, Brian Hutchison and Daniel Burns, runs through June 15. More information is online here.

A piebald deer at SoFo | Evan Marks photo
A piebald deer at SoFo | Evan Marks photo

• Now, on to cute animals. Freckles the sheep at Hallockville had two lambs on Friday. They also appear to have freckles. Here’s Hallockville’s lamb cam.

• Evan Marks from over at the South Fork Natural History Museum captured this photo of a  male piebald or partial-leucistic white-tailed Deer  in Vineyard Field behind the museum. Leucism is a very unusual condition whereby the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly.

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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