Habitat for Humanity Orient house
Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County is looking for helpers on their house under construction in Orient this week. | Habitat for Humanity photo

Good Morning!

• We’re looking at increasing clouds throughout the day, with a high near 75 degrees and a west wind 13 to 18 miles-per-hour. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 55 degrees. Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high near 81, and the remainder of the week is expected to be sunny, with highs in the low 80s.

• You may think school is back in session but a lot of kids on the East End have today and tomorrow off for Rosh Hashanah. Look out for kids on bicycles out there on the roads, L’shana tova, Happy 5776 and go eat some apples and honey!

• If you have some free time and are looking to lend a hand to the community this week, Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County is looking for volunteers to help work on their house under construction in Orient all week.  Registration is online here. Enter the code WALKON, after registering your name, to sign up.

• The Suffolk County Health Department has collected 31 mosquitos infected with West Nile Virus in the past several days, and two were from the East End. A mosquito from East Hampton and another from Southold are among the infected bugs. The health department is asking everyone to comb through their yards to get rid of standing water where mosquitos breed, and to see a doctor if they experience symptoms such as a high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, which occur in a small percentage of people infected with West Nile. They’re also asking the public to report dead birds, which might have contracted the virus, to their hotline at 631.787.2200.

• The health department is also warning of a new cyanobacteria bloom on Hook Pond in East Hampton, just east of Main Beach. They’re asking residents not to use, swim or wade in these waters and to keep pets and children away from the water. There have been an unprescedented number of cyanobacteria blooms on the East End this year.

• Yesterday was a beautiful day for Suffolk County’s inaugural Suffolk County Marathon along the South Shore. About 3,400 runners in both the half and full marathon raised about $100,000 for veterans groups in Suffolk County. Stay tuned for a first-hand account once this editor recovers from running the half marathon. The best part of the day: All the soldiers and veterans who volunteered and ran and peppered the sidelines offering encouragement to the racers.

• Photographer Katherine Liepe-Levinson has teamed up with Carolyn Poncato, the owner of the new Vital A Tea tea shop in downtown Riverhead, for a fascinating exhibit that draws inspiration from our local waterways. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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