• Today will be sunny, with a high near 84 degrees and a north wind around 7 miles per hour, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 59 degrees. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 81 degrees, and there’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. Sunday. Otherwise, Sunday is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 83 degrees. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Monday, when the high is expected to be near 84 degrees. Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 86 degrees.
• Philanthropist Deborah Ann Light, a key figure in establishing the Peconic Land Trust and a pioneering Wiccan priestess, died Tuesday, July 21 in Gainesville, Florida, at age 80 after a long illness. Her full obituary is online here.
• In response to the overwhelming number of concerns expressed by the Quogue community regarding a proposed dredging project for the Village, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct a public hearing on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Quogue Village Hall court room. A state-appointed judge will preside over the meeting, which presents an opportunity for citizens to voice their concerns in person. Public input will be critical in determining whether the application for the proposed $15 million project will be approved. To read a summary of the concerns expressed, please click here. To read the public notice, click here.
• The District Attorney’s office has consented to lowering bail for Steven Romeo of Peconic, accused of driving while intoxicated after his pickup truck crashed into a limousine, killing four young women in Cutchogue last Saturday. His bail had been set at $1 million bond or $500,000 cash but has been reduced to $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash. Mr. Romeo remains hospitalized, according to his defence attorney. The District Attorney’s office will brief the press on the ongoing investigation again today.
• The restaurant Harbor in Montauk issued a press release yesterday saying they plan to be a good neighbor, after East Hampton town received an injunction earlier this week prohibiting the restaurant from acting as a nightclub. Harbor said in the release that they are introducing a Sunday family movie night and said the health and safety of Harbor patrons and its employees are its number one priority and the restaurant plans to abide by all local laws and regulations. The restaurant plans to continue to host daytime bocce ball, nightly DJs and live music. The town has been cracking down on drunken partying in Montauk after a huge public outcry earlier this month.
• Southampton Hospital has been recognized for the fourth year in a row as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according to the results of Health Care’s 17th annual Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks. Says Southampton President and CEO Robert S. Chaloner: “Our IT team should be recognized for the exceptional work they are doing to create seamless access to vital patient records throughout the Hospital’s entire organization, including an extensive network of satellite facilities and medical practice offices. Digital records will improve the quality of healthcare for our patients and has the potential to save lives.”
• Community Action Southold Town (CAST) will be hosting its summer Supermarket Food Drive on Sat., Aug. 8 at the following locations: Greenport IGA from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Southold IGA from 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.; King Kullen in Cutchogue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Mattituck Waldbaums from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. CAST conducts four Supermarket Food Drives a year. For more information, call 631.477.1717 or email LRuland@castsoutholdtown.org.
• The Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force invites the entire Southold community to attend its annual summer picnic to celebrate and promote diversity, unity and fairness at Strawberry Fields in Mattituck on Aug. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled, relaxing afternoon with live music, games for the children and good food/refreshments. All are welcome to meet new friends, to celebrate our diversity and strengthen a sense of community. More information is online here.
• All in a Weekend, The Beacon’s round-up of things to do on the forks this weekend, is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.