• Do you dream of sleeping in a lighthouse? The Suffolk County Legislature is working to make that dream a reality, after they unanimously approved a license agreement Tuesday between the non-profit that is renovating the Cedar Island Lighthouse in East Hampton and the Suffolk County Parks Department. The lighthouse, which juts into Gardiner’s Bay just east of Shelter Island in Cedar Island County Park, has been deteriorating and has been inaccessible to the public for roughly 40 years. This legislation, sponsored by Legislator Jay Schneiderman, directs the county parks department to extend the existing license agreement with Lighthouse Inc. through 2029, enabling the group to raise money to restore the lighthouse. The resolution also allows for two rooms of the renovated lighthouse to become a bed & breakfast, whose revenues will help to maintain the lighthouse, and allows a living space to be provided for a lighthouse keeper.
• An American robin collected by the Suffolk County Health Department on June 16 in Selden has tested positive for West Nile virus, an illness that infects birds and is spread to humans by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds and then humans. This is the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in the county this year. The health department is asking the public to report dead birds to their West Nile hotline at 631.787.2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• The Shelter Island School Board is looking for the public’s help in its search for a new superintendent. They’re asking members of the Shelter Island community to fill out this survey about the qualities the board should seek in a new superintendent.
• The Riverhead Community Awareness Program (CAP) has again joined forces with Riverhead High School and the Peconic Bay Medical Center Health Foundation to coordinate a Pre-Prom Photo-Op and Red Carpet Reception on Thursday, June 26, prior to the Senior Prom. The event is designed to show support for high school seniors to have fun while remaining safe and drug and alcohol-free. CAP recently filmed a discussion on the problems of underage drinking with Riverhead School leaders, which is available online here.
• The Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market, a farmer’s market staffed by kids from the Flanders community and featuring fresh produce, bread, honey and other goods from throughout the East End, opens for the season tomorrow, June 21 at the David W. Crohan Community Center on Flanders Road. The market will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 18.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.