The greeting party
The greeting party

Good Morning, and welcome back to reality after the holiday weekend!

• Wickapogue Pond in Southampton is the latest freshwater body on the East End to fall victim to high levels of toxic blue–green algae. The Suffolk County Health Department is asking residents not to swim or wade in these waters and to keep their pets and children away. Other water bodies confirmed by the DEC to contain toxic blue-green algae include Lake Maratooka in Mattituck, Lake Agawam in Southampton, Mill Pond in Water Mill and Big Reed Pond in Montauk.

• Today marks the first day that Southampton Town will open its satellite land management office at the Hampton Bays Community Center at 25 Ponquogue Ave, in an effort to provide more convenient access to builders and residents who need permits. The satellite office will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays ONLY, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The town will accept all types of complete permit applications for building permits and zoning board requests, site plans and subdivisions, wetland permits and engineering determinations of potential road flooding. The satellite office phone number is 631.702.1841. Only credit card payments and checks will be accepted at the satellite office. Cash and now credit cards will be accepted at the Southampton office. Permit submission information is on the town’s website here.

• The Southold Planning Board will hold public hearings on two controversial restaurant applications at their 6 p.m. meeting tonight, one at the Blue Inn in East Marion and the proposed reopening of the Galley Ho restaurant by the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund.

• The first of Greenport’s summer Dances in the Park series in Mitchell Park is tonight, featuring the music of Wonderama. The Beacon’s full season-long free outdoor concert guide to both forks is online here.

• If you’re a kayaker who’s free tomorrow morning, the Group for the East End is looking for help cleaning up invasive species in the Peconic River beginnning at 9:30 a.m. More information is available online here.

• The Southampton Town Youth Bureau is offering free lunch this summer to anyone under the age of 21, Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center in Flanders, in partnership with Island Harvest. No registration is necessary. For more information, call the town’s youth bureau at 631.702.2432.

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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