• Suffolk County Police (as well as the county’s East End DWI Task Force) are not only stepping up patrols to find drunk and drugged drivers this weekend, they’re also planning to crack down on unlawful possession of fireworks, which caused about 17,800 fires nationwide in 2011, causing $32 million in property damage. Nearly 10,000 people end up in the emergency room each year nationwide due to firework injuries. County Executive Steve Bellone and county police held a press conference July 1 at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank, where they blew up a car filled with fireworks in order to display the dangers of carrying fireworks in your car. You should really leave that stuff to the Gruccis.
• Speaking of the Gruccis, here’s The Beacon’s cheat sheet to where you can go to see fireworks all weekend long on the East End, as well as carnivals, parades and other such Fourth of July affairs.
• You are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Arthur, yes? If not, everything you need to know is here. We’ll have to watch this thing develop toward the weekend. As of this morning, the National Weather Service is predicting we will see little more than elevated surf on Thursday and Friday due to the storm, which is traveling up the Eastern Seaboard.
• Both the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton and the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill are Blue Star Museums, which offer free admission to active service members, including those in the National Guard and Reserves, and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day. More information on other museums in New York that offer this program is online here.
• The sculpture garden at Peconic Landing in Greenport opened to the public for the season this past weekend. Titled “Art Without Barriers,” the installation includes a digital self-guided tour that is available to the public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. through Oct. 26. For more information, call Dominic Antignano at 631.477.3800, ext. 229.
• The free outdoor summer concert season is upon us! The Beacon’s full listings of a summer full of dancing in the East End’s parks and pavilions are online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.