Not only is today anticipated to be far too gorgeous a day for a Monday, we also have a slew of serious meetings scheduled.
• The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth (Riverhead CAP) will host a community forum tonight, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Pulaski Street School Auditorium on “Prescription Drugs: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You.” The forum will address the growing problem of prescription painkillers and heroin abuse on Long Island, and ways community members can cooperatively address the problem. A recent Beacon story on these issues is online here. This year’s forum features Special Agent Charles Bernard of the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad, and Dr. Alexis Hugelmeyer. Special Agent Bernard will discuss current trends in illegal prescription drug and heroin use on Long Island. Dr. Hugelmeyer, Medical Director at the Suah Center for Natural Healthcare in Riverhead, will share her family’s experience with the effects of prescription drug use and overall health consequences of illegal drug use. For more information, call Riverhead CAP at 631.727.3722.
• The Southold Town Planning Department is hosting a hamlet forum on the land use chapter of their comprehensive plan tonight, May 12, at 7:30 in the Peconic Community Center. They’re planning several forums in different hamlets over the course of the next two months. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele’s bill to prevent rent gouging in mobile home parks passed the assembly last week in a vote of 94-34. Mr. Thiele has been pushing for the changes for several years, and freshman Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo recently joined him in sponsoring the bill. The legislation would allow counties to pass a local law allowing mobile home park residents to challenge rent increases if the increase is greater than the change in the Consumer Price Index. If the bill is passed by the senate and signed into law by the governor’s office, homeowners in mobile home parks would have 90 days to bring a class action lawsuit against park owners, who are allowed to justify the increase if operating costs and taxes also increase.
• The new East Hampton Arts Council will hold a public meeting tonight at 5 p.m. in the main meeting room at East Hampton Town Hall to discuss what the town can do to foster the arts in East Hampton. More information on their work is online here.
• The North Fork Animal Welfare League, which is in the midst of compiling a calendar using photos of pets who’ve been adopted from their shelters, has only received pictures of dogs. They would really like some pictures of cats. This being the internet, y’all have gotta have some pictures of cats lying around. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting them know you are interested. If your pet is picked as Pet of the Month, a professional photographer will visit your home or your favorite park to take the photos. They will be accepting emails of interest from any North Fork residents until June 1, 2014, after which they will have a drawing to pick the winning pets.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.