This Morning’s Bulletin — 7.17.15
• Today will be sunny, with a high near 79 degrees and a calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 miles per hour in the morning. Saturday, there’s a 4 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9 a.m. Otherwise it will be cloudy, with a high near 80 degrees. Then, the heat comes back — Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 86 degrees. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Monday, with a high of 87 degrees and Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 85.
• A broad swath of environmental agencies have united to combat the southern pine beetle in one of the most sensitive areas it could infest: the central pine barrens, more than 110,000 acres defined by the presence of one of the beetle’s favorite foods — the pitch pine. The DEC took reporters and lawmakers on a trip through the pine barrens in Hampton Bays on Wednesday to show off the work that’s been done. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• East Hampton Town announced yesterday afternoon that they have received a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Harbor Raw Bar & Lounge on West Lake Drive in Montauk from operating as a nightclub until both parties return to State Supreme Court July 30. The court also demanded the business adhere to its occupancy of 68 people or be held in criminal contempt. Montauk has been up in arms since the town was besieged by drunken partiers over the Fourth of July weekend.
• The Town of Southold will be hosting emergency shelter orientation classes next week for volunteers interested in helping out during storms and emergencies. The first class will be held tomorrow, July 18 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and the second will be held next Wednesday, July 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The program will be held at the Southold Community Center on 970 Peconic Lane in Peconic. The free class will introduce and review the skills needed to open and staff a Southold Town Emergency Shelter. Guests must RSVP with town emergency coordinator Don Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
• East End Arts’ new Artist-in-Residence Daniel Hauben, a landscape painter from the Bronx, he will be painting “en plein air” in Riverhead and Greenport during his residency from July 17 through July 24. He will be offering an artist talk “Creating a Sense of Place” for the public on Tuesday, July 21, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the East End Arts Carriage House. More information is online here.
• All in a Weekend, the Beacon’s weekly round-up of weekend events on the forks, is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.