Shelter Island Bay Scallops
Shelter Island Bay Scallops

Good Morning!

• Congressman Tim Bishop and Senator Chuck Schumer are pushing the FAA to extend its North Shore helicopter flyway requirement, which is set to expire Aug. 6. They’re also looking to require that helicopters fly around Orient Point and through Plum Gut en route to the East Hampton Airport. Helicopter pilots are currently allowed to deviate from the over-water route as they make their approach to the airport, which has been a bane to folks on the middle of the North Fork, Shelter Island, and in the Noyac/Sag Harbor area.

• The Peconic Estuary Program is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive species, via kayak, on the Peconic River this Sunday. They’re asking folks to bring their own kayak or canoe and meet at the Peconic Lake Estates Civic Organization headquarters in Calverton at 10 a.m. They’ll be pulling invasive water primrose from the river until 2 p.m. To register, contact Christine Tylee at Group for the East End at or 631-765-6450 x208.

• The EPA will host a webinar from 1 to 3 p.m. this afternoon, May 29, on public engagement opportunities to address harmful algal blooms, titled “The Role of Citizen Scientists in Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response.” Steve Morton from NOAA and Scott Kishbaugh and Karen Stainbrook from the New York DEC will discuss their involvement with volunteer monitoring initiatives and how people can get involved in projects to monitor potentially toxic algal species and collect data for use in decision-making by government agencies. This is the first in a series of public webinars on harmful algal blooms. Register online here.

• The Amagansett Chamber of Commerce’s networking night, originally scheduled for last night, has been postponed until next Thursday, June 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Felice’s Ristorante at 237 Main Street in Amagansett, due to lousy weather last night. The meeting will be held outdoors on Felice’s terrace.

• Tonight is the second Thursday dance party of the summer at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, which tonight features Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks.

• The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society is looking for people to help finish mowing grass and removing downed trees along a section of the Parkway Trail in Hither Woods for a couple hours tomorrow morning, May 30. RSVP to if you are available to lend a hand.

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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