• We’re expecting a chance of drizzle and patchy fog before 10 a.m. today, and mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 64 degrees for the rest of the day, with an east wind 9 to 15 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers tonight, and we’re expecting showers tomorrow, with thunderstorms possible after 1 p.m. and a high near 66 degrees. Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be sunny, with highs in the high 60s.
• The Suffolk County Health Department warned residents this weekend that the growing number of creeks contaminated with the algae that produces a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning could pose a public health threat, and they’re urging the public to be aware of the symptoms of PSP: tingling of the lips and tongue, numbness of the face, neck and limbs and loss of muscular control, followed by difficulty breathing. Contact with water in and around areas closed to shellfishing is not expected to cause symptoms, but they’re recommending beachgoers to avoid contact with water that appears discolored. Also in the past week, dead terrapin turtles have been washing up on the shores of Flanders Bay, and marine biologists are awaiting toxicology reports to see if the toxic algae is to blame.
• The Southold Historical Society gave a send-off party for outgoing Executive Director Geoffrey Fleming at the society’s Currie-Bell House Sunday afternoon. Mr. Fleming, who has focused extensively on art during his tenure over the past 12 years, is heading to Huntington, West Virginia to become the director of the Huntington Museum of Art. Mr. Fleming thanked society staff, board and volunteers for their hospitality, graciousness and sweets, and board members thanked him for the professionalism he brought to his job.
• Speaking of Southold History, Beacon staff had a lot of fun at Mile Marker Day in Southold Town on Saturday, and now we’re scratching our heads wanting to know more about what Benjamin Franklin did with the time he spent on the North Fork. Our full story is online here.
• The repaving work scheduled to begin last Thursday and last for two months on Flanders Road has been rescheduled and will now begin on May 27 and still last for two months. We haven’t yet heard back from the state DOT on why the project was pushed back.
• The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth held their first annual Drug Take-Back Drive-Through Event at Riverhead Police headquarters on Saturday, and they reported that it was a tremendous success — police, youth volunteers and community members collected 102 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs in order to keep them out of the hands of young people. Prescription drugs, particularly painkillers, have become a gateway drug for teens who sometimes later turn to heroin after developing an addiction to prescription drugs.
• With East Hampton Airport’s new noise restrictions slated to go into effect tomorrow, the town and a group of pilots who are suing to stop the new restrictions are due in federal court in Islip today for a hearing on whether the court will allow an injunction on the new restrictions. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
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And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.