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PHOTOS: Group for the East End Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Hundreds gather to celebrate and support our environment

The held its 40th Anniversary Gala and Auction Saturday, celebrating four decades of unspoiled nature that make eastern Long Island such a special place. More than 400 guests came together at to raise  funds to help preserve the beauty of the East End. The evening kicked off with cocktails,  hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing, and a live auction. For more information, visit groupfortheeastend.org.

Ryan June 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Unspoiled? They just pulled a dozen bags of garbage out of the peconic on Friday.
Montaukman June 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM
They used to call it Group for the South Fork till they all moved to the North Fork.
The Edumacator June 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
The Senior Baldwin looks like he took full advantage of the open bar, while not taking full advantage of the comb soaking in blue antiseptic from the w.c. attendant. Why any group would want to associate with someone like that is beyond me. When it comes to $$ I guess its easy to overlook a loser who beats his wife, gets recorded verbally abusing his daughter, gets kicked off an airplane for not turning off an iphone, just ran over a woman with his bike, assaulted numerous people and on top of it all, has been quoted as saying he has thought about running for president.
Peconic Sunset June 25, 2012 at 01:07 PM
The land of the McMansion is far from unspoiled. What happened to the philosophy take what you need?
Algebra June 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
And just what does this group do besides raise funds? And for what?
EricS June 25, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I wonder if these guys have landscapers at their enormous homes - using fertilizers on their magnificent sod lawns and shrubs. I wonder if their septic systems are maintained regularly and pumped out instead of nitrogen feeding the aquifers. I wonder if they spray for ticks and mosquitoes at their "Hamptons" estates. Hypocrites if you ask me.
Peconic Sunset June 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM
" ... a reduction in over-consumption by the rich, would greatly alleviate pressure on the chemical industry to keep churning out dangerous chemicals." a quote from Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University. At this point, the wealthy need to realize that they don't need to build a house as big as their budget allows.
Group for the East End June 25, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Our annual gala is just one of the many events and programs we hold within he communities of the South Fork, North Fork and Shelter Island throughout the year. We appreciate the support of all who attended on Saturday, as well as those who support us throughout the year. Funds raised at the gala support Group for the East End's mission to protect and restore eastern Long Island's environment through education, citizen action, and professional advocacy. From the creation of a program to set aside funds for land preservation in the early 1990s, to our current work on a clean water action plan and additional water protection laws for the East End, we are dependent on donations from individuals, business, and foundations to support our work. We couldn't do it without you! For those who would like to learn more about Group for the East End or sign up to become a member, please visit www.GroupfortheEastEnd.org or join us on a hiking or paddling tour this summer – find a list at http://www.groupfortheeastend.org/events/calendar/
edgeoftheworld June 25, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Group for the East End serves the Peconic Region very well by protecting and restoring our environment through their environmental advocacy and educational initiatives. The gala was a wonderful event and I'm a proud supporter of their mission!
Jeremy Samuelson June 25, 2012 at 05:53 PM
All of us who live and work here on the East End have the Group to thank for their work over four decades. When we turn on the faucets in our homes and know the water is safe to drink, when we pull clams and fish out of the bay, it is because of their work and that of countless partners and residents who have worked together to protect our critical natural resources. As a former Group staff member who now works for the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, I am proud to say that we partner on many ongoing projects designed to teach our kids about the natural world and to train them to become the next generation of stewards. Keep it up. Our health and our quality of life need dedicated organizations like the Group who are willing to work hard protecting our community's resources.
Algebra June 25, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Seriously, what does "protect and restore" really mean? Sounds like a sales pitch to the limousine liberals that fund your salaries.
Kerrie Graham June 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
With all due respect to the Group for the East End, in my neighborhood it is the younger generations who are building huge houses (7000 sq ft +). I think we have missed getting their interest in being true stewards of the land.
Hazel Wilkonson the First June 25, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Typical teabaggery from Algebra. If a group does something to protect nature and the environment your ilk complains. Do you prefer dirty water and air and over-development? Try any of the third world countries - you might feel more at home.
Algebra June 25, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Hazel, No teabaggery (?) here. I'm just asking for a description of the meat and potatoes work of what they do. What sensitive land is not protected by existing laws? WHat land do thy protect and restore? The people that fund the existance of this Group are primarily weekend residents. That they are NYC Democrats is of no concern of mine.
Preliator June 25, 2012 at 07:43 PM
And what were you saying about class the other day Hazel? Again as is the left's usual mantra; do as I say, not as I do.
Jeremy Samuelson June 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
A description of the meat and potatoes work: www.GroupfortheEastEnd.org
Jaguar-Guy June 25, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Bazinga Kerrie !!
Algebra June 25, 2012 at 09:00 PM
A lot of puffery there Jeremy. They don't preserve land, they don't tell guys like Billy Joel and Alec Baldwin to lay off on the herbicides and pesticides that keep their lawn kelly green right up to the waters edge. What I do see is two 60+ something greybeards with 20 something eye candy on their arms.
Jeremy Samuelson June 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Over 10,000 acres preserved. Over 10,000 hours of classroom time with kids in local public schools teaching them about the natural world around them. Half a billion dollars raised through the CPF which the Group spent 10 working to get passed. I would not call that puffery. If you have concrete ideas about how to do more, I invite you to stop by the Groups offices in Bridgehampton or Southold to discuss implentation.
Aaron Virgin June 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Since you have an affinity for #s, here's a few from the Group's website on the "Planting and Habitat Restoration" page. Massive Dune Restoration Project in Hampton Bays In April 2011, Group for the East End orchestrated an expansive dune restoration project at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays. After contacting Chris Bean from Southampton Town’s Parks and Recreation Department, we learned the dunes at Tiana Beach were severely damaged by an early winter storm. The Parks Department replaced 6,600 cubic feet of sand in March, and in two hours on a sunny afternoon, 50 volunteers (most were Southampton High School students from Greg Metzger’s science class) planted 8,000 plugs of beach grass, helping to anchor the sand and restore the dune.
Kerrie Graham June 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
We are asking everyone to be thoughtful about how they impact the environment. For example, we can avoid using herbicides, pesticides especially near the water, or build a house as only as big as necessary not as big as possible so you avoid disturbing the environment. We no longer hear the whip-poor-singing at night and hardly see any fireflies. Maybe all that outdoor lighting isn't necessary.
Algebra June 26, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Jeremy, The voters of the east end have ALWAYS voted in favor of ANY land preservation resolutions. The CPF was not done by the GFTEE by any stretch of the imagination. On the classroom time? Serious? For what we all pay in school property taxes, I would hope that the kids of Long Island are schooled in enviormental issues without the guidace of the GFTEE.
EricS June 26, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Hypocrites if you ask me.
EricS June 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Hypocrites if you ask me.
EricS June 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Hypocrites if you ask me. When I grow up (and get rich) I want to a liberal!
Lynn Blumenfeld June 27, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I am a big fan of the Group for the East End, because they protect all the things i love most out here - they make my drinking water safe by testing it and advocating to protect it - they're responsible for preserving many of the beautiful farm fields and vistas... they protect the osprey and the animal wildlife- they're the reason there aren't big box stores and skyscrapers in East Hampton... Yes - they used to be called Group for the South Fork - and then they got bigger. They need and deserve anyone who wants to swim in clean water and drink safe water's support. Sure - McMansions are eyesores. Sure SUVs are dopey. But every not for profit out here has to make money in the summer - and this not for profit serves everyone who likes to swim, fish and breathe!

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