Nothing runs like a Deere.
Nothing runs like a Deere.

Good Morning!

• Southold Town is hosting a forum on a possible regional ban on the use of plastic bags by retail stores on Thurs., July 17 at 6 p.m. in the town hall meeting room. The Southold Town Board is attempting to present a balanced forum on this topic, and is hoping to hear the views of residents. Panelists will include Kevin Shannon of Southold Business Alliance, Debbie O’Kane of North Fork Audubon Society, Charles Reichert of IGA, Bill Toedtler of North Fork Environmental Council, Rosemary Batcheller of The Village Cheese Shop and Bob DeLuca of Group for the East End.

• Riverhead Town has re-established its Senior Citizen Advisory Council, which was originally established in 1990 but became inactive a few years later. Senior advocate and Riverhead resident Jo Packard recently suggested the council be revived. According to the 2010 Census, Senior Citizens and those over 50 years of age represent approximately 41% of the total population of Riverhead Town. Jo Packard and Susan Wilk were appointed as Co-Chairpersons along with Shirley Coverdale, Harriet Gilliam, Anna Law, James Lee, Joy Rankin and Sister Margaret Smyth as members.

• The Flanders Fire Department and FRNCA will host a blood drive today from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Flanders Firehouse at 19 Firehouse Lane (in Flanders).

Robert D.L. Gardiner
Robert D.L. Gardiner

• The Suffolk County Historical Society is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for the restoration of their new East Wing gallery space. Established in 1987, the Foundation supports New York State and Suffolk County history. Robert D.L. Gardiner was, until his death in 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner’s Island. (Image courtesy Suffolk County Historic Services, currently on display at SCHS.)

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of this morning. To get your very own copy each week, sign up 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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