• Today will be sunny, with a high near 75 degrees and a northeast wind 5 to 8 miles per hour, becoming southeast in the afternoon — finally a day with winds low enough to kayak on the bay! Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy, wiht a low around 58 degrees. Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 76 degrees and a south wind 6 to 15 miles per hour. We’re expecting a 70 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm on Sunday, with a high near 72 degrees, and showers are also likely on Monday.
• One month after the public decried a proposal for Riverhead Town to corral drinkers into beer gardens at public events, the town is working out a compromise that will allow public drinking, so long as the drinker receives a bracelet acknowledging they are 21 years of age. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Two years after LIPA first sent out a request for proposals for alternative energy projects on Long Island, California firm SunEdison announced today that it has signed agreements with five municipalities on Long Island to build seven solar power plants totaling 14 megawatts, which could serve 1.1 million customers for the next 20 years. Five of those projects are on the East End. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The East Marion Community Association is hosting a two-part meeting tomorrow morning, May 30, at 10 a.m. at the East Marion Firehouse. They’ll be holding their Board of Directors election, followed by a talk by biologist John Holzapfel on the “Many Histories of Menhaden.” Menhaden — known locally as bunker — are a bony, oily fish in the same genus as sardines and anchovies, which was once the most abundant catch on the East Coast.
• A just-released report by the New York State Comptroller on “parkland alienation” gave the thumbs up to East Hampton’s sale of its 50 percent share of the Poxabogue Golf Center to Southampton Town several years ago. The Comptroller examined sales conducted by 11 municipalities and found that East Hampton conducted the sale properly by passing a local law to sell the parkland, designating new parkland acquisitions to replace the property and obtaining appraisals to ensure the parkland was sold at a fair price. Four other municipalities failed the test.
• Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. welcomed Sarah Pierson and William Reddick to the Assembly Chamber in Albany on Monday, May 18. These Southampton High School students were selected to attend the 15th Annual Students Inside Albany (SIA) Conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The SIA Conference brings together students from across the State to learn about New York State Government and how citizen participation influences the public policy process.
• All in Weekend, The Beacon’s round-up of the weekend’s events on the Twin Forks, is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.