The 17th annual East Hampton Polar Bear Plunge was held at Main Beach in near perfect weather conditions, though there were some choppy waves to contend with on Tuesday, January 1. The event, which is organized by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue squad and the East Hampton Hurricanes swim team, is held on January 1 every year and benefits local food pantries. Express photographer Michael Heller was on the beach…and in the water.
The Village of Sag Harbor has received a State and Municipal Facilities Program grant of $125,000 to pay for most of the long-planned Havens Beach drainage and filter improvement project, on which work should get underway late this fall,
Mile-a-Minute weevils live to eat Mile-a-Minute weed, an especially aggressive invasive species from Asia that is popping up all over the region. The Village of North Haven last year bought 500 of them at $1 each from an agricultural lab in New Jersey to suppress a patch of the fast-growing vine behind Village Hall. Like the weed they love to eat, the weevils are transplants from Asia.
The 53-percent non-compliance rate the Sag Harbor harbormaster found in July is no indication of the proportion of vessels that might be illegally discharging sewage into local waters, he said during an interview in his office overlooking the harbor later in the week.