• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Ken LaValle announced Monday that they have sponsored legislation that would allow towns to create “Underground Utility Improvement Districts.” The legislation would permit towns to create districts that could enter into agreements with utility companies to construct underground utility facilities or convert existing above-ground utilities to underground, including electric transmission and distribution lines, cable television lines, and telephone lines. The legislation was drafted in response to the current uproar over a new transmission line in East Hampton, but, said Mr. Thiele,”The current dispute in East Hampton over electric transmission lines is only the tip of the iceberg in a nationwide debate that relates to climate change and public utility infrastructure. The impacts of Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene in the last few years illustrate that New York State must be part of that debate. New York needs to build an electric grid that is stronger, more resilient, and smarter.”
• The East Hampton Arts Council, which advises East Hampton Town on the arts, is calling on the local creative community to submit their designs for a first-ever council logo. The winning design will be used for the council’s public image, on the internet and in social media. Designs should feature the name “East Hampton Arts Council” or “EHAC” and be representative of the spirit of the arts community in East Hampton. The winner, chosen by the council, will receive a prize of a $100 gift certificate to The Golden Eagle and recognition on their website. All entries must be sent in JPG files, no larger than 300 mb, submitted by Friday, June 27 to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the words “logo contest submission” in the subject line.
• The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, which launched an online campaign in April to raise money to restore its front porch, met its goal of raising $24,750 on Monday. They had hoped to raise the money by May 15, but were met with an outpouring of support from the community. The project will reinstall historic railings around the porch and make it handicapped accessible.
• The full “flower” moon is tonight, and nature groups all over the East End are holding full moon walks to celebrate the occasion. The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will walk through the greenbelt beginning at 8:30 p.m. and Group for the East End will host a walk through the Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue beginning at 8 p.m.
• Anyone have any thoughts on this?
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.