• South Fork Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, who has long been an advocate for Sunday county bus service, reported this week that Sunday bus ridership has nearly tripled since the new program was launched six months ago. Mr. Schneiderman sponsored the launch of a pilot program on the East End’s S92 and 10C bus routes last year, and helped expand it to seven more lines on Jan. 5, 2014. According to data from the Suffolk County Division of Transportation, which runs the buses, ridership has risen from 1,307 in early January to 3,665 riders by the end of June.
• The River and Roots Community Garden in downtown Riverhead is hosting a community-wide hanging flower basket making session tonight to help Riverhead Townscape spruce up downtown Riverhead. The session will begin at 6 p.m. in the garden, which is on the south side of West Main Street across from Griffing Avenue.
• On Thurs., July 17, the North Fork Alliance Drug Free Community Coalition’s Youth Advisory Council is sponsoring a Teen Cook-Off at Mattituck High School from 4 to 7 p.m. Teens who would like to enter should bring an appetizer between 4 and 4:30 p.m. to be judged. The top three will go into a best burger grill cook-off to be judged by local chefs. All participants will get a free t-shirt. For more information, text or call 631.833.0609
• The Metropolitan Transportation Authority could go on strike as soon as Sunday, and Southampton and Riverhead towns are working to help facilitate bus service if Long Island Rail Road trains cease to run. Also, members of Congress from Long Island are asking the MTA to stop this silliness and make a counter-offer to the union’s latest proposal. We’ll have more information if the stalemate continues toward the end of the week.
• Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell has had enough of helicopter noise on the North Fork, and he’s planning to hold a public forum with South Fork opponents of helicopter noise later this month to see if anything can be done about the problem. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is still looking for auction prize donations for their upcoming benefit gala, Wild Night for Wildlife, on July 26. They’re hoping to collect a few more restaurant, service and shop gift certificates, sports tickets, play tickets and beauty/spa items. The auction donation form is on the home page of their website.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.