• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss a whole slew of issues ranging from airplane noise to beaches at Lazy Point, Ditch Plains and Indian Wells, to chain store legislation and their scavenger waste plant at their 10 a.m. work session today. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board meets tonight at 7 p.m. They’re planning to vote on several special events, including East End Arts’ annual Memorial Day weekend street painting festival on May 25, the Nile Rodgers concert scheduled for Martha Clara Vineyards on August 8, 9 and 10 and the Jamesport Fire Department’s post-Fourth of July carnival July 8 through 12. There are no public hearings scheduled. Their full agenda is online here.
• A handsome juvenile Barred Owl joined the staff at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this week. He came from Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and can’t be released due to impaired vision and impaired flight. These are the owls who say: ‘Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?’ Visit him at the refuge’s outdoor animal complex.
• If you weren’t buying municipal bonds last week, well, you missed the boat on buying some of East Hampton’s debt. Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell’s office reported yesterday that 11 different banks and security firms bid on the re-funding of more than $14.5 million. Jefferies LLC of New York offered them the lowest interest rate, just 1.8 percent, with a $2.26 million premium in advance. All together, this re-funding will save the town more than $3.3 million over the next nine years. East Hampton Budget Officer Len Bernard said the high demand for East Hampton’s bonds will help the town’s credit rating over the long term.
• If, unlike the Town of East Hampton, you’re having difficulty refinancing your own debt, Congressman Tim Bishop will host his fifth annual Housing and Mortgage Assistance Workshop at the Coram Fire House tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Mr. Bishop will be joined by representatives from more than a dozen banks who can help with the refinancing process.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.