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Shark Encounters Are on the Rise. Why?

A handful of recent shark attacks and sightings on Long Island's barrier beaches has beachgoers on edge and officials responding with red-flag beach warnings and enhanced shark patrols — but don't blame the sharks, said Greg Metzger of the South Fork Natural History Museum. They aren't here to feast on humans but on the vast schools of menhaden, or bunker, that have settled in for their annual summer residencies. 

Jul 14, 2022
Great Bonac Fireworks Show Is Saturday

The Clamshell Foundation’s Great Bonac Fireworks Show is set to go off over Three Mile Harbor on Saturday night at 9:30, with Fireworks by Grucci providing the pyrotechnics.

Jul 14, 2022
Covid Rates Remain High

Amid the New York City Health Department’s recommendation that face masks should once again be worn in public indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings due to high transmission levels of Covid-19, the number of new infections and hospitalizations on the South Fork is of growing concern, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby told the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee on Saturday.

Jul 14, 2022
Some Surprising (and Comforting) News About Ticks

The lone star tick, which is far more common here than the black-legged tick, does not transmit Lyme disease, nor does it spread the very rare but scary Powassan virus. The good news stops there, though. Lone star ticks transmit ehrlichiosis, heartland disease, tularemia, Bourbon virus disease, and southern tick associated rash illness, or STARI.

Jul 14, 2022
Wed on a Ranch in Sky Valley

Evan Thomas Lightcap and Lauren Elizabeth Sanford of Cleveland were married on April 30 at the Penny Lane Ranch in Sky Valley, Calif.

Jul 14, 2022
Saturday Is AVIS Day

Saturday is Celebrate AVIS Day, honoring the Amagansett Village Improvement Society, which was founded in 1921 and is marking its 100th anniversary one year late because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jul 14, 2022
On the Wing: The Least Tern Is Most Interesting

Least terns are properly named, they’re our smallest tern, and thin. They slice through the air, buoyant and bouncy, on clipped wingbeats, patrolling the waters below. They’re very vocal. Their call is high-pitched and squeaky, with a sharp grating quality. Learn it, and you will often hear them before you see them.

Jul 14, 2022
Item of the Week: The Clan Galbraith at Flying Point

This photograph shows the Clan Galbraith, a Norwegian four-masted steel bark, after it ran aground near Flying Point Beach in Water Mill.

Jul 14, 2022
A Montauk Lake Club Marriage

Devon Luckey, a daughter of Joanne and Thomas Luckey of Wantagh and Montauk, was married to Jaime Daniel Alava on June 25 at the Montauk Lake Club.

Jul 14, 2022
A Lifeguard-to-Be's First Ocean Save

Miles Menu, a 13-year-old who will start eighth grade at Springs School in the fall, and who is a participant in the Hampton Lifeguard Association's Junior Lifeguarding program, made his first save at Amagansett's Atlantic Avenue Beach on July 3, a feat that was recognized at Sunday's training session there.

Jul 13, 2022
A Benefit for Honor Flight in Sagaponack

The nonprofit that flies aging veterans and their companions to visit the war memorials in Washington free of charge will benefit from a July 16 gala at the Sagaponack Distillery.

Jul 7, 2022
Major Milestone for OLA

Thanks to a wide base of community support that its leaders say has allowed it to grow into a strong local nonprofit, Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island is marking its 20th anniversary this year.

Jul 7, 2022