• There’s a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, which could produce heavy rain. Otherwise, it will be cloudy, with a high near 78 degrees and an east wind 5 to 7 miles per hour, becoming north in the afternoon. We’re expecting scattered showers tonight, with a low around 63 degrees. Tomorrow is expected to gradually clear, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon, with a high near 80. Friday and Saturday are expected to be sunny, with highs around 80 degrees, and there’s a 30 percent chance of showers on Sunday.
• Summer for people who live in Montauk just tipped the scales from a place to go to have a little fun to a place where half-passed out revelers from out-of-town are wandering aimlessly in the street, openly doing drugs in clubs, blocking emergency traffic and otherwise just making life hell for people who call Montauk home. Now, they’re fed up and they want to see something done. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to preserve the property where the home of legendary Southampton whaler and former slave Pyrrhus Concer once stood, on Pond Lane in Southampton Village. Concer’s home was deconstructed by the property’s present owners before the town began exploring the purchase, but historians say they will have little difficulty reconstructing it for use as a museum. The town, at the urging of State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, used $4.3 million in Community Preservation Fund money for the purchase. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Sag Harbor Village Board voted unanimously last night to adopt a six-month moratorium on large residential building projects, after much recent unprecedented development in the village, while the board looks into tightening up its zoning code. The moratorium will apply to renovations that increase the value of a house by more than 50 percent or construction exceeding 3,500-square-feet on a half-acre lot or exceeding 5,000 square feet on lots larger than half an acre.
• Riverside Rediscovered, which is working on the revitalization of the blighted Southampton hamlet of Riverside, is hosting a summer meet-up tonight at 6:30 p.m. at their headquarters at 108 Peconic Avenue. They’re asking the community to bring creative ideas for short-term events, activities and pop-up projects that can be implemented soon to help revitalize the area while the revitalization plan is being shopped to developers.
• Voters in the Mattituck Park District voted 95-7 last night to sell a parking lot owned by the park district on Pike Street near Love Lane to Southold Town for up to $250,000. The town plans to renovated the lot for continued parking for increasing Love Lane traffic.
• Forget About Pluto, Take a Look at the Moon: The Montauk Observatory’s Dr. Mike Inglis will give a talk at the Amagansett Library tonight at 7 p.m. titled “The Moon: A New Look at an Old Friend. The moon is our closest neighbor in space, yet we often take it for granted. Dr. Inglis will discuss how the moon was formed, why it is so important to us, and if we will we ever return there in our space explorations. More information is online here.
The Poets & The Painters:
• Painter Joan Semmel will talk at The Art Barge’s “Artists Speak” series this evening at 6 p.m. Since the 1970s, Ms. Semmel’s painting practice has been focused on aspects of the human body – often her own – addressing its frank sexuality, cultural identity and the process of aging. More information on her talk is online here.
• Poet Vivian Eyre and composer George Cork Maul will be the guests at the Daughters of Israel of Greenport’s Congregation Tifereth Israel’s Catch A Star luncheon at the Soundview Restaurant in Greenport tomorrow at noon. More information is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.