• The Hampton Jitney is looking to come to the rescue of East Enders and city folk who would otherwise depend on the Long Island Rail Road, in the event of a railroad strike that could begin Sunday morning. The Jitney plans to add buses and stops on the Riverhead, Montauk and Westhampton lines from New York to the East End once the strike begins. They’ve added the Montauk Train Station parking lot as a stop to allow for more customer parking on some of their peak trips and have added the OfficeMax parking lot on Route 58 in Riverhead as a park and ride for passengers on the North Fork line. Customers who wish to use these park and ride locations can make reservations here. The Jitney is expecting their trips to be full, even with the extra service, and is urging riders to reserve seats by calling 631.283.4600 between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. or online at www.hamptonjitney.com 24 hours per day. They will also be posting service updates on their website and Facebook page during the strike.
• Sixty-six Suffolk County beaches were closed yesterday due to the potential for bacterial contamination after the rain of the past couple days, but none of them are on the East End! Pat yourself on the back and remember how lucky you are to live here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will hold a public hearing on the historic designation of the studios of artists James Brooks and Charlotte Park at its 6:30 p.m. meeting tonight. The artists’ property had purchased by the town through the Community Preservation Fund without regard to the historic significance of both artists’ work, and this redesignation of the reason for the purchase of the property is aimed at fixing that. The board will also hold a public hearing on revised restrictions on alcohol consumption at Indian Wells Beach. The board’s full agenda is online here.
• If you know any seniors in Southold who could use some more fresh vegetables in their diet, put them in touch with Southold’s Human Services department, which is offering free coupons this summer for seniors to use at farm stands throughout town. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss the downtown historic district proposal, East End Arts’ JumpstART project on Aug. 8 and the town’s East Lawn building at their 10 a.m. work session today. Their full agenda is online here.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office just created the powerful new public service announcement below about the crisis of teen opiate use in Suffolk County. It really does just say it all:
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.