• It’s going to be cold tomorrow, and tomorrow is no longer such a long time away. We’re looking at temps around 55 degrees and rain today, then a high of 25 tomorrow with some snow showers. The mercury is rising up to the high 30s on Friday and the weekend looks promising. But the weekend is a long way away. There are no winter weather advisories currently in effect.
• A Sag Harbor Eagle Scout was honored by the Suffolk County Legislature last week for his work restoring the cupola bell tower at the St. David African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. As a member of Troop 455, Dana Harvey earned approval from the Sag Harbor Village Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board for a building permit and raised more than 6,000 dollars. This community project refurbished the church, which was founded in 1840, and is believed to be a stop along the Underground Railroad. Mr. Harvey is currently a freshman at Davidson College in North Carolina, where he is majoring in physics. The bell at the tower is now ringing again after 25 years of silence, welcoming both church and community.
• The Long Island Pine Barrens Society is hosting a press conference in St. James this afternoon to announce its new #FightForCleanWater petition campaign for a ballot proposition to get Suffolk County to return $33 million it took from the drinking water protection fund sales tax revenues in order to cover a budget shortfall. Last week, The Pine Barrens Society sued the county over this issue.
• Congressman Tim Bishop will host his 5th annual Housing and Mortgage Assistance Workshop at the Coram Fire House on Tuesday, March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Since its inception, this event has served approximately 300 Long Island residents each year by providing access to resources and assistance with mortgages and loan refinancing. Several banks are also participating in the discussion. For more information, call Mr. Bishop’s district office in Patchogue at 631.289.6500.
• Save East Hampton met Monday night to discuss recent negotiations with PSEG Long Island over the transmission line from East Hampton Village to Amagansett. Members of the group decided they’re “committed to fighting the continuation of the project as it is,” according to a press release they issued Tuesday afternoon.
“Were the project to stop at once, the money saved could be used to pay for the cost of removing the parts of the project that have been completed,” the release read. “We need the community to write to our major politicians and tell them to HALT THE OVERHEAD PROJECT NOW!”
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.