Up early Saturday and Sunday looking for waves worth surfing, I made an informal survey of beach conditions following what had obviously been two wild nights on the sand. Almost everywhere in town, the beach garbage cans had filled to overflowing, and people had left their trash in the general vicinity.
Waiting in the San Francisco Airport departure lounge late Sunday into Monday morning for a delayed flight home, I noticed that of the couple hundred people hanging around only a handful were reading a good, old-fashioned book. Oh, folks were reading, of course, or looking at something or other, but the majority were using some kind of handheld device or computer. I saw no one reading an actual, hard-copy, dead-tree magazine or newspaper at all.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has until Jan. 1 to adopt a regulation establishing a prodecure to make official sea-level rise projections, and the D.E.C. will hold a series of meetings to hear public comments on the project over the coming week.
Beekeepers say that honey bees should almost never be exterminated when a hive is discovered. Debbie Klughers, with help from Dell Cullum and Russell Bennett of The East Hampton Star, safely removed an estimated 10,000 bees from between rafters in the Star office attic on Friday after they were discovered by roofers.
The National Weather Service forecast for East Hampton has moderated ever so slightly overnight, at least as far as snow is concerned. As of 3:40 a.m., it predicted snowfall totals from a minimum of 17 inches to a maximum of 28 inches. Still, if you figure that the actual amount will end up right in the middle of that spread, that’s a lot of snow.