The Buttonwood Tree of Orient
The Buttonwood Tree of Orient

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 75 degrees and a northeast wind 5 to 8 miles per hour, becoming southeast in the afternoon — finally a day with winds low enough to kayak on the bay! Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy, wiht a low around 58 degrees. Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 76 degrees and a south wind 6 to 15 miles per hour. We’re expecting a 70 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm on Sunday, with a high near 72 degrees, and showers are also likely on Monday.

• One month after the public decried a proposal for Riverhead Town to corral drinkers into beer gardens at public events, the town is working out a compromise that will allow public drinking, so long as the drinker receives a bracelet acknowledging they are 21 years of age. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Two years after LIPA first sent out a request for proposals for alternative energy projects on Long Island, California firm SunEdison announced today that it has signed agreements with five municipalities on Long Island to build seven solar power plants totaling 14 megawatts, which could serve 1.1 million customers for the next 20 years. Five of those projects are on the East End. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The East Marion Community Association is hosting a two-part meeting tomorrow morning, May 30, at 10 a.m. at the East Marion Firehouse. They’ll be holding their Board of Directors election, followed by a talk by biologist John Holzapfel on the “Many Histories of Menhaden.” Menhaden — known locally as bunker — are a bony, oily fish in the same genus as sardines and anchovies, which was once the most abundant catch on the East Coast.

• A just-released report by the New York State Comptroller on “parkland alienation” gave the thumbs up to East Hampton’s sale of its 50 percent share of the Poxabogue Golf Center to Southampton Town several years ago. The Comptroller examined sales conducted by 11 municipalities and found that East Hampton conducted the sale properly by passing a local law to sell the parkland, designating new parkland acquisitions to replace the property and obtaining appraisals to ensure the parkland was sold at a fair price. Four other municipalities failed the test.

State Assemblyman Fred Thiele welcomed Southampton High School students Sarah Pierson and William Reddick to the Assembly Chamber on May 18.
State Assemblyman Fred Thiele welcomed Southampton High School students Sarah Pierson
and William Reddick to the Assembly Chamber on May 18.

• Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. welcomed Sarah Pierson and William Reddick to the Assembly Chamber in Albany on Monday, May 18. These Southampton High School students were selected to attend the 15th Annual Students Inside Albany (SIA) Conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The SIA Conference brings together students from across the State to learn about New York State Government and how citizen participation influences the public policy process.

• All in Weekend, The Beacon’s round-up of the weekend’s events on the Twin Forks, 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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