• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. said this week that he’s disappointed in PSEG-Long Island’s decision to announce a plan to request new power sources in Montauk to Newsday without first communicating with people who live in the affected community, or with the East Hampton government. Folks in East Hampton have been up in arms in the past year over PSEG-LI’s installation of a new transmission line down a series of backroads from East Hampton to Amagansett, and the utility did not fund a proposed offshore wind project off the coast of Montauk late last year. Mr. Thiele said that there is no doubt that the power is needed, but PSEG-LI has failed to communicate its plan for the South Fork. “First, the existing peaker plants in Montauk were closed,” he said. “Then, LIPA clumsily moved forward with a transmission line in East Hampton because more power was needed. Then PSEG-LI canceled a renewable wind project off of Block Island because the power was unnecessary. Now we need more power sources in the South Fork because there is not enough power.”
• Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell’s sixth annual State of the Town address will be held next Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the town hall meeting room. All are welcome to attend. Mr. Russell will inform the public of the town’s accomplishments in 2014 and discuss goals for 2015 and the future. He plans to speak about providing services within the confines of the state tax cap and unfunded mandates, as well as a discussion environmental and planning initiatives, an evaluation of town facilities and assets and capital needs for 2015 and beyond.
• A new comedy titled “Bluebirds” is being staged at Guild Hall in East Hampton beginning tonight. The play tells the story of a young couple’s relationship, which is tested when the unfulfilled man Walt reveals his plot to sell a stolen rare book and his partner refuses to take part, which sets off a night in which past hurts are brought to light and new revelations will change their lives for better or worse. The play runs through March 1. More information is online here.
• The Southold Housing Advisory Commission will host a public forum on March 11 at 6 p.m. at the Peconic Lane Community Center to discuss affordable housing in the town: its history, what it actually means and who benefits from the provision of affordable housing. This meeting is also an opportunity for households who are in need of housing assistance to learn about the process and availability of affordable housing in Southold.
• Southold is hosting a hazardous waste disposal day at the Cutchogue Transfer Station this Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ll be accepting oil-based paints and stains, herbicides, poisons, corrosive cleaners, turpentine, wood preservatives, aerosols, automotive liquids, pool chemicals, items containing mercury, etc. from town residents only. The next hazardous waste disposal day is May 30.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.