Summer in the wetlands.
Summer in the wet lands.

Good Morning!

• Hampton Coffee Company is planning to open a new branch, North Fork Coffee Company, in the former Go Solar store on Route 25 in Aquebogue. Hampton Coffee owner Jason Belkin brought his plans to the Riverhead Town Board Thursday morning. The Beacon’s full story on both this and happenings with Riverhead’s Halloween Edgar Allan Poe festival, is online here.

LICCRA’s weekly Long Island Water Quality Index, released Thursday night, rates the western Peconic bays as only “fair,” with low oxygen, low water clarity and algal blooms, while they deem the eastern Peconics to be in good condition, with Napeague Harbor taking home the “perfect” award for excellent water quality. The report gives western Shinnecock, Moriches and Quantuck bays poor scores for low oxygen levels, low water clarity, algal blooms, and in some cases, elevated coliform bacteria levels.

• A juvenile shark, believed to be a white shark, washed up dead at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett on Wednesday afternoon. East Hampton’s Marine Patrol plans to deliver the shark to scientists from Stony Brook University for a necropsy.

• The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has closed the bathing beach at Peconic Dunes County Park in Peconic due to high bacteria levels. The pond, which is at a kids’ summer camp, has been closed in previous summers due to high bacteria levels, though the kids who camp there also have access to swimming in the Long Island Sound. For the latest information on affected beaches, call the county’s Bathing Beach Hotline at 631.852.5822 or visit their website here. This is currently the only closed bathing beach on the East End.

• Former Greenport High School principal Leonard Skuggevik will be appointed the new Shelter Island School Superintendent  at a special Shelter Island School Board meeting on Mon., Aug. 4 at 6 p.m, in the school conference room. The school board is urging the community to come to the meeting to welcome Mr. Skuggevik to the school and community.

• All in a Weekend, The Beacon’s weekly update on weekend happenings throughout the East End, is now live here.

• The North Fork Animal Welfare League is looking for someone with a big enough dump truck who is willing to go to Beachwood Sand and Gravel in Peconic to pick up 3 yards of 1/2″ round gravel and bring it to the Riverhead Animal Shelter. They want to put gravel in their outside dirt kennels to help keep the dirt and mud off the dogs, and keep the kennels fresh. If you can help, call Eileen at the shelter at 631.369.6189 ext 2.

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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