• Today we’re expecting a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, it will be gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 84 degrees and a west wind 6 to 8 miles per hour. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Tomorrow is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 70 degrees and a southeast wind 8 to 10 miles per hour. Sunday, we’re looking at an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with some heavy rain, with possible total rainfall from 1 to 2 inches as the remains of Tropical Depression Bill head through the East End. Monday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees, and Tuesday there’s a 30 percent chance of showers, with a high near 81.\
• Southampton’s Town Trustees are gearing up for a big legal fight, after several court decisions put their authority to regulate ocean beaches in question, and they’re looking for public support as they take their case to the state court of appeals. The Trustees are holding a public forum, which they’re billing as “One of the Most Important Meetings You Will Ever Attend,” at the Southampton HIgh School tonight, June 19, at 7 p.m. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Suffolk County Health Department issued several guidelines yesterday for recreating near the Peconic River in the wake of the fish kills there over the past several weeks. They’re asking swimmers to swim only at regulated bathing beaches, whose status can be checked online here: http://gis2.suffolkcountyny.gov/bathingbeaches/. They’re also asking boaters to avoid water near the dead fish and to not handle or eat fish that are dead, dying, acting abnormal or seem sick. They’re urging fishermen who catch live fish in the area to cook them thoroughly due to the possibility that bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms that feed on the dead fish might also be present in living fish nearby.
• The Shelter Island 10K, now in its 36th year, takes over the entire sheltered island this weekend. No mere mortal ever trains for a race as much as they’d like, and that’s how this editor feels going in to run the race this weekend. Here’s my take on these pre-race jitters.
• Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer for Riverside Rediscovered, is hosting a conversation this Saturday evening with artist Barnaby Evans, the creator of WaterFire, an international arts happening that he hopes to bring to the Peconic River. The discussion will be held at Stony Brook Southampton this Saturday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Chancellor’s Hall. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Hampton Bays Public Library is hosting the Nikki Distefano Scholarship Blood Drive on Monday, June 22 from 1 to 7 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Nikki Distefano at 631.740.7541 or NikkiDJB@gmail.com. For questions concerning medical eligibility, call 1.800.688.0900.
• Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County is asking anyone who’s interested in helping to build a Habitat house in Orient to email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have time to help out.
• All in a Weekend, The Beacon’s cheat sheet for the best things to do on the East End this weekend, is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.