Last night officials in East Hampton voted unanimously to ban the intentional release of balloons on the eastern end of Long Island. The East Hampton Town Board passed the resolution after a public hearing.
East Hampton Town Trustee Susan McGraw Keber spoke before the board endorsing the legislation. She presented more than thirty letters from local organizations and businesses supporting the ban.
The Town Trustee also gave the Board a proclamation and petitions in the form of drawings from students at the Montauk School highlighting the danger that balloons present to marine animals, fish, birds and wildlife.
Susan McGraw Keber has been instrumental in creating awareness about the hazards of balloons. She created the "Balloon Fish" art piece from balloon debris she collected on local beaches. A t-shirt inspired by the art piece was sold by the Town Trustees of East Hampton to emphasize the balloon problem and raise money for the Rysam Scholarship that benefits a local East Hampton high school student.
Colleen Henn of the Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter has fought tirelessly on the intentional release of balloon ban and contacted McGraw Keber in December to help push the legislation through.
Individuals found violating the ban would face up to a $1,000 fine and possibly 15 days in jail, the same penalty as littering.
"Balloons end up in our waterways, they end up in our marine animal life," said East Hampton Town Trustee Susan McGraw Keber.
People often release balloons as part of graduation ceremonies, weddings and memorial services. Five states around the U.S. now ban the intentional release of balloons. Individual municipalities are jumping on the ban bandwagon from Rhode Island to Texas. Clemson University also banned their traditional balloon release program.
"This isn't really meant to be a law that targets a child on his or her birthday who accidentally releases a balloon," said Colleen Henn. "We really don't want to be punishing those children. But we would like to educate the public about what happens when you do release a balloon."
Henn said balloons can kill marine life and birds and pollute the water. She said since 2017, the Surfrider Foundation has conducted 18 beaches clean-ups at East Hampton Town beaches and found 194 balloons, which averages more than 10 balloons per beach.
Kristin Thorne of ABC7NY Eyewitness Eyes interviewed Susan McGraw Keber, Colleen Henn and Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming about the ban. Fleming told Thorne she is interested in bringing the ban to the Suffolk County level.
Hats off to Susan McGraw Keber and Colleen Henn for their diligent and inspiring efforts to make this legislation happen!
It was 57 degrees F for this year's Polar Plunge.
at East Hampton's Main Beach,
The Polar Bear Plunge will take place at 1 pm at Main Beach in East Hampton. Sponsored by the YMCA East Hampton RECenter and organized by the East Hampton Hurricanes and the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad, the event will benefit the East Hampton Food Pantry.
The cost to enter is $35. Registration is from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Another Ocean Plunge will take place at the Beach Lane, Wainscott at 2:30 pm to benefit L'Arche Long Island. Suggested donation is $20. The Run is from the Seafood Shop on Route 27 to the beach (start at 2 pm). Refreshments will be served.
A roundup of holiday events in the Hamptons!
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Montauk Lighthouse Lighting
November 24, 4pm
Celebrate the season with the lighting of the historic and beautiful lighthouse!
Baron's Cove Holiday Party
November 30, 3-9pm
31 W. Water St., Sag Harbor
Light Up Amagansett
December 1, 4-8pm
Tree lighting at the firehouse, 4pm
Santa and Carolers walk down Main Street
Tree Lighting & Caroling
December 1, 4pm
The Maidstone Hotel
Main Street, East Hampton
Santa and Pancake Breakfast
December 2, 7am-11am
Springs Fire Department
$10 for adults; $5 for kids
Holiday Party at Groundworks
December 2, Noon-3pm
530 Montauk Highway, East Hampton
Holiday Bazaar to benefit the
Amagansett Life-Saving Station
December 2, Noon-4pm
160 Atlantic Ave., Amagansett
Wares by local artisans & artists
Light of Love Holiday Party
December 2, 3-5:30pm
Cookie Decorating, Ornament Making, Cider and Hot Chocolate
December 8, 10-4pm
First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton
120 Main St., East Hampton
Annual East Hampton Tour
of Historic Inns, Places of Interest
December 8, 10-3pm
Creative Edge Studio of Montauk
East Hampton High School
December 8, Noon-1pm
Dance performance, $10.
Sag Harbor Community Band Concert
December 16, 7-8:30pm
44 Union St., Sag Harbor
Autumn is the perfect season to visit some of the brewing companies that have popped up on Long Island's east end.
On October 7th from noon to 7 pm, GREENPORT HARBOR BREWING CO. will host OCTOBER FEST in both their restaurant and the tasting room. Patrick Alfred, head brewer, says the brewery uses local ingredients and produce from the North Fork.
234 Carpenter St., Greenport. greenportharborbrewing.com
MONTAUK BREWING CO. has a lovely taproom where you can sample one of the limited brews on rotation. The brewery is located at 62 South Erie Ave., Montauk. montaukbrewingco.com
Most of the ingredients are grown right at JAMESPORT FARM BREWERY. Enjoy sipping their brews in the taproom that is a converted potato barn on the farm. 5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead. jfbrewery.com
Head west to sample fine brews in the woody taproom of the WESTHAMPTON BEACH BREWING CO. The establishment will offer a pumpkin spice beer throughout the season. 220 Roger's Way, Westhampton Beach. westhamptonbeachbrewingco.com
All events held on the Green across from the Chamber of Commerce building in the center of town. Clam Chowder Contest Saturday ONLY, October 7th, at 11 AM. Live Music . Long Island beers and wine, Octoberfest foods, FREE 30 horse carousel, Farmers' Market and more! Cash Catch drawing Sunday at 4:30pm at the close of the Fall Festival. Mugs will go on sale at the Chamber office on Friday October 5th or they can be purchased the morning of the contest. Your purchase includes 2 cups of chowder. The contest is Saturday only, but there will be chowder for sale on Sunday at our food concession. Info at 631-668-2428.Hosted by: Montauk Chamber of Commerce
Starts: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 11:00AM
Ends: Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 05:00PM
Location: 742 Montauk Hwy - Montauk, NY 11954
Event Link: http://www.montaukchamber.com/other_pages.html&key=0015
Contact Name: Laraine Creegan
Contact Email: email@example.com
Mailing Address: 742 Montauk Hwy - Montauk , NY 11954
The yacht season is almost over for Sag Harbor in the Hamptons. Where will they be heading next? The sailboats and the kayaks will remain. Many of the smaller boats are at Louse Point in East Hampton.