Montauk Point. June 1, 2013. b. young photo
Montauk Point. June 1, 2013. b. young photo

Hello, and welcome to the East End Beacon. We hope the news here will always be fresh and interesting!

It’s easy to see the East End as a fractured assemblage of social stratum gone amuck. There’s the jet set crowd and the helicopter-hater crowd, the North Fork and the South, those of us whose families go back generations and the latest arrivals who want to pull the ladder up on the next influx of people, the Riverhead underachievers (myself included), who bring the chip on their shoulder with them when they go east.

Somehow, someway, there’s gotta be something we all can agree on. The Beacon is looking for that common ground. It’s gotta be here somewhere.

We hope you’ll find our coverage to be as deep as it is wide. There will be plenty of room for arts and humanities here, for environmental and social issues, no matter what side of the issue  you’re on, and for writing that will give us all a good think. But we hope we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Life’s too short for that.

We’re not a source for breaking news alerts, and that’s by design. There are plenty of websites on the East End devoted to up to the minute information, if that’s what you’d prefer. Think of the Beacon as a sort of “Week in Review” for the East End, helping you to catch up on and contextualize issues that affect the region as a whole.

We like poetry and literature here too, and if you want to submit a piece of writing for our consideration, by all means do so. Contact editor Beth Young at with submissions or story ideas. We don’t have any money to pay writers now, but when we do, we will.

Thanks for reading!

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

8 thoughts on “Welcome to The Beacon!

  1. Congratulations, Darlin’! – and Bon Voyage into the hopeful future – no matter what the world throws at you, I’m always trusting you’ll sail ahead with the wind at your back (and know your father has your back!), and this effort should indeed prove a beacon with YOU at the helm. Lots o’ Love from your 1st Mate – Pops

  2. Beth: Everything you said The Beacon would be is true. You’re not just covering one story after another. You’re presenting a whole picture of life on the East End in each article. Looking forward to reading more of your take on the interaction of past, present and future out here! Susan Rosenstreich

  3. Great idea! Very interesting topics, and you have original perspectives. Enjoyed reading, thinking and laughing out loud! The East End Beacon is sending out a refreshing light! May it reach people far and wide…

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