• Rain is likely today, mainly before 2 p.m., but otherwise it will be cloudy, with a high near 60 degrees and a south wind 7 to 10 miles per hour. Tonight we’re expecting some fog and a low around 46 degrees. Rain that could be heavy at times is in the forecast for tomorrow, mainly after 1 p.m., with a high of 59 degrees and a southeast wind. We’re expecting between a quarter and a half inch of rain. Christmas Eve will dawn drizzly, but will brighten up to mostly cloudy skies, and an unseasonably warm high of 67 degrees. Christmas Day is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 59 degrees.
• Last Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Suffolk County Health Department issued an advisory to avoid contact with the tidal portions of the Peconic River, due to the release of partially untreated sewage from the Riverhead sewage treatment plan, and the health department re-issued the warning again this Monday, Dec. 21. According to the health department, “corrective actions at the treatment plant have been implemented, and the situation has improved, as effluent currently meets the bacteriological limits established by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. However, high chlorination rates occurring at the sewage treatment plant are resulting in a visible plume of cloudy water in the area of the river where the effluent is discharged.” The health department is urging the public to continue to avoid contact with the water and keep children and pets away from the shore, and to seek medical attention if after exposure you experience nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation, or allergic reactions or breathing difficulties. The health department intends to continue to update the press about this situation.
• The Aquebogue-Jamesport corridor along the Main Road on the North Forkcould face some serious changes if several development proposals currently under consideration end up being built, along a rural highway that could easily be usurped by sprawl heading eastward from Riverhead’s Route 58. Community leaders met Saturday, Dec. 19 to share their thoughts on what to do about the issue. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Riverside community is expecting to show up en masse at Southampton Town’s 1 p.m. town board meeting at town hall today to hear the board vote on the Riverside Revitalization Action Plan, paving the way for a zoning overlay district that many hope will breathe new life into their blighted hamlet.
• The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is celebrating the winter solstice this evening with a nighttime walk through the forest looking and listening for nocturnal creatures under the light of the moon. Th 1 mile walk around Old Ice Pond begins at 4:30 p.m. More information is online here. [$5 members/$10 non-members]
• The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research admitted five cold stunned sea turtles on Sunday and another on Monday. Now is the ideal time of year to walk the beaches and be on the lookout for these animals. If you see a sea turtle on the beach, immediately call their 24-hour hotline at 631.369.9829 so that they can treat the animals.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.