Close-hauled at the start, New Suffolk, Wednesday night
Close-hauled at the start, New Suffolk, Wednesday night.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting widespread fog before 10 a.m. today, but otherwise it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 86 degrees and a calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 miles per hour in the afternoon. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers tonight, with a low around 64 degrees. Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high near 78 degrees, Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 78 and Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 83.

• A funeral service for Paul Hansen, who died in a crash caused by a drunk driver in Sag Harbor early Sunday morning, will be held at St. Andrews Church in Sag Harbor this morning at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Hansen, a real estate agent with Douglas Elliman Realty in Sag Harbor and father of two sons, was allegedly dragged from the passenger seat by driver Sean Ludwick and left for dead not far from his home.

• With summer rapidly moving into our rear-view mirror on the East End, we turn forward to a fall that inevitably brings more deer into the headlights of our consciousness and our cars. Southold and East Hampton towns have both been busy in the past month debating the best ways to handle their deer hunting seasons this coming fall and winter. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board has set a public hearing for Sept. 16 on a proposed one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, over the objections of Columbia Care NY, which plans to bring a dispensary to the former Blockbuster Video location on Route 58. The hearing will be held at the board’s 7 p.m. meeting on Sept. 16. Columbia Care plans to meet with the town board at their 10 a.m. work session today to discuss their concerns.

• The Southampton Town Board will discuss consultant recommendations for a New York Community Microgrid Prize at their 11 a.m. work session this morning.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings on two Community Preservation Fund land purchases at their 6:30 p.m. meeting tonight. Their full agenda is online here.

• The non-profit New Suffolk Waterfront Fund launched a search this week for an operator for the former Galley Ho restaurant, currently under renovation on their property in the heart of the tiny hamlet of New Suffolk after it was damaged during Superstorm Sandy. More information on what they’re looking for is online here.

• File this under “Good News” for the week: It turns out the “Think Happy Thoughts” plaque that went missing from a memorial bench at Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk over the weekend was, in fact, taken home for safekeeping and new screws after a neighbor of the beach found it unscrewed from the bench over the weekend. It has been returned.

Sigrid MacRae will be discussing her recent book, “A World Elsewhere: An American Women in Wartime Germany,” this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House.

• An opening reception for Fulvio Massi’s “On the Wall” will be held this evening from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Quogue Library. Born in Trieste, Italy, Fulvio Massi moved at an early age to Milan, where he completed his degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan. A graphic designer as well as a painter, he moved in 2000 to the U.S. and has lived and worked in Bridgehampton since 2007.

• If you haven’t yet begun planning your Labor Day Weekend, now’s the time to get on it! The Beacon’s events listings can help you find the best activities on the East End this weekend, and for the forseeable future, if the future can be forseen.

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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