The Little Giant of Schoolhouse Creek.
The Little Giant of Schoolhouse Creek.

Good Morning!

• The Governor saved us from the railroad strike! But you already knew that. Now we can all go back to our regularly scheduled mediocre train service.

• If you live along the Main Road between Riverhead and Laurel, you likely already received or are about to receive a letter from the state explaining that your house could soon be in a national historic district and asking for your opinion. Riverhead’s Landmarks Preservation Committee is holding a forum at the Jamesport Meeting House in August to explain the district. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Speaking of the history of the Jamesport/Northville/Aquebogue area, The Southold Historical Society and Hallockville Museum Farm are holding a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the battles of the War of 1812 that raged on our Long Island shores at Peconic Landing next Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of Geoffrey Fleming and Richard Wines, you’ll learn firsthand what took place and the number of American ships that were attacked, captured and burned by British sailing vessels on Long Island Sound during the war. Admission is free. For more information, call 631.477.BLUE.

• Wainscott could be the next East Hampton community in line for a new affordable housing project, run by the Windmill Village Housing Development Fund off of Stephen Hands Path. But the folks at the Wainscott School aren’t sure if their one-room schoolhouse can accomodate the kids who would live there. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Voters will have a chance to weigh in this November on a measure that would merge the Suffolk County treasurer’s office and comptroller’s office. Suffolk County is the only county out of 62 in New York State to have both an elected comptroller and a treasurer.  If the referendum passes, the consolidation is estimated to save Suffolk County taxpayers $1.29 million, eliminate duplication of services and increase efficiencies within Suffolk County government.

• The Suffolk County Police are holding a “Crash Course in Crash Avoidance” for teens all next week at the Suffolk County Police Academy at 110 Old Country Road in Westhampton. The course will be offered to teens between the ages of 16 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The course is designed to teach new drivers to avoid dangerous driving situations, and will include lectures and demonstrations on vehicle dynamics, braking, cornering, acceleration and crash avoidance. To register and for additional information, call Jeanne M Kremnitzer at 631.852.6109.

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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