Hallockville's Mile Marker
Hallockville’s Mile Marker

Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 86 degrees and light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 9 miles per hour in the afternoon. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. tonight. The rest of the work week is expected to be sunny, with highs in the low 80s.

• Southold Police and Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota told the press Monday that they still haven’t received toxicology results to show how much alcohol Steven Romeo had in his system after admitting to having beers before his truck t-boned a limousine, killing four young women in Cutchogue Saturday afternoon. They said the limousine driver’s drug and alcohol tests came back clean. They also asked the press to stop sneaking into the hospital rooms of the four other women who were injured in the accident.

• A&P, the parent company of the Waldbaums grocery store chain, announced Sunday that it plans to file for bankruptcy, and Stop & Shop announced yesterday that they plan to purchase the two South Fork Waldbaums stores, in East Hampton and Southampton, in addition to 23 other Waldbaums, Pathmark and A&P stores in New York State. Shoppers have been complaining about the cleanliness of the Waldbaums stores and some had hoped to lure a King Kullen as an alternative to the Southampton Waldbaums. The sales expected to close in the second half of 2015. The Riverhead Waldbaums is slated to close due to the bankruptcy filing.

• The outage that left Greenport without power for much of Sunday afternoon originated with a village circuit breaker, not the PSEG-Long Island circuit breaker that originally tripped around 2 p.m., says Village Administrator Paul Pallas. Mr. Pallas said that, after the village did not receive any information on when a PSEG technician would come to repair their tripped breaker, the village attempted to use a backup power supply to restart power, but found that the village’s transformer #1 was damaged. They then switched over power to their new transformer #2, after which PSEG turned the power to the village back on to the village. All circuits were restored at about 6:30 p.m. The village is asking the public to continue to be conservative in their electric use during the current heat wave.

• The East Hampton Town Board has a packed agenda for their 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning. Many of the items on the agenda are responses to the brouhaha over the partying that’s been going on in Montauk this summer. They’re planning to discuss the town’s alcohol policy on Montauk beaches, a possible rental registry, commercial assembly laws and a requirement for “mechanical counting” at places of public assembly. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board meets at 7 p.m. tonight. They have a public hearing on extending the town’s public water system on the agenda.

• East End Arts’ new Artist-in-Residence Daniel Hauben, a landscape painter from the Bronx,  will be painting “en plein air” in Riverhead and Greenport during his residency from July 17 through July 24. He will be offering an artist talk “Creating a Sense of Place” for the public tonight, July 21, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the East End Arts Carriage House. More information is online here.

• This past weekend, the Hallockville Museum Farm celebrated the 250th anniversary of what is believed to be the one of the earliest iterations of the homestead, in 1765. The Beacon’s photos from the occasion are 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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