• To commemorate World Fish Migration Day this past Saturday, May 24, two steel fish sculptures by artist Eli Fishman were unveiled last week at Grangebel Park in Riverhead to designate the renovated fish ladder. In 2010, a rock ramp / fish ladder system replaced a manmade dam in the park that had prevented fish passage. This fish passage enables alewives and American eels in their quest to swim upstream and spawn, opening 24 acres of habitat along more than 1.5 miles of river. A video of the work is online here.
• Southampton Town is hosting a forum this Thursday in Flanders to discuss a recent Suffolk County report on the needs of East End youth, which shows that kids here are facing the same socioeconomic and health issues as kids in western Suffolk County. The public forum, sponsored by County Legislators Al Krupski and Jay Schneiderman, is to help them gather information on the needs of kids here from community stakeholders, parents, school administrators and service providers. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 29 at the David Crohan Community Center at 655 Flanders Road.
• Four classes at Cutchogue East Elementary School are busy making posters to put up near plover and tern nesting areas on North Fork beaches during the upcoming shorebird nesting season. The sign at right, and others from Miss Sarah Maine’s 5th grade science classes, will be put up at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck this week.
• The last public outreach session in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s review of Long Island’s coastal resiliency and clean water infrastructure needs will be held this afternoon, May 28, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Health Sports Education Center Auditorium at the Brentwood Campus of Suffolk County Community College. Information from the public provided at the meeting will be used to help Long Island’s resiliency against future storms.
• Republican Congressional primary candidate George Demos didn’t show up for a planned debate against Lee Zeldin at’s Southampton Full Gospel Church last night, after Mr. Demos claimed he won a debate on Friday, May 23 held on Long Island News Radio. Mr. Demos’s campaign manager, Kevin Tschirhart, sent us a statement yesterday that “clearly Zeldin did very poorly and his supporters are attempting to have a do-over. A debate organized, sponsored and moderated by Zeldin supporters is illegitimate. This is a ridiculous proposal and unfortunately looks a lot like the Zeldin campaign.” If you want to decide for yourself who won the debate at LI News Radio, Mr. Demos’s campaign posted it online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.