• Two historic sites on the East End received part of a $5 million award yesterday from New York State to restore properties that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The former Conscience Point Inn, in North Sea, where publicist Lizzy Grubman infamously rammed her Mercedes into a crowd of people she deemed “white trash” in 2001, is actually the historic Tupper Boathouse, which was purchased by Southampton Town in 2004 and is being restored to help educate the public about maritime history. Southampton received $456,807 to raise the boathouse to two feet above flood elevation. The Downs Farm/Fort Corchaug site in Cutchogue also received $30,000 to help remove dangerous overhanging trees and limbs above the walking trails at the site of the Fort Corchaug archeological area, a National Historic Landmark-designated Native American fort site that preserves archeological deposits.
• Unlike the Corchaugs, the Shinnecock Nation‘s heritage is still much more than an archeological matter. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the Shinnecock Nation’s Tribal Council placed the Shinnecock Flag into Suffolk County’s Official Flag Line in a long-overdue ceremony yesterday in Hauppauge.
• Hampton Arts Cinema in Westhampton needs a boatload of money to update their projection equipment with modern, digital equipment before the film industry phases out their 35 millimeter technology at the end of this year. They’ve so far raised little more than $5,000 of their $125,000 Kickstarter goal, with 36 days left to go in their campaign. Their Kickstarter video is online here.
• East End Arts is now accepting student applications for an intensive nine-week jazz ensemble workshop opportunity, the 2014 Music Masters Fellowship Program, which will be mentored by guitarist Steve Salerno. High school musicians (ages 14-18) with exceptional musical ability and a passion for music are encouraged to apply for this rigorous workshop, which will run from September through December at the East End Arts School in Riverhead. Applications for this tuition-free program are online here.
• Do you want to know more about water quality in Montauk? Sure you do. The Surfrider Foundation is keeping score online here.
• Not sure what to do with your weekend? All in a Weekend, The Beacon’s picks for the best happenings this weekend, is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.