• The Suffolk County Legislature has voted unanimously to approve funding for dredging of the South Ferry Channel between North Haven and Shelter Island. The $2 million project will be paid for through bonding and through $750,000 in state aid. Dredging projects are typically funded by Suffolk County, but state aid was available for this dredging project because the South Ferry is a part of the New York State Route 114 Highway, which runs from North Haven across Shelter Island. The channel has been shoaling near the terminals for years, making it difficult for the ferry to operate safely without hitting the bottom at low tide. The soonest the project could begin would be at the start of the DEC dredge window Oct. 1.
• The Jamesport Firemen’s Carnival is on now through July 12, with a parade tonight at 7 p.m. and carnival rides 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Friday night and 4 p.m. through midnight on Saturday. There will be unlimited ride bracelets Thursday and Friday through 10 p.m. and a fireworks show on Saturday night.
• The three-mile dead-end bike path at the former Grumman property in Calverton is just a portion of the path that is envisioned by cyclists who originally proposed the idea. But Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter isn’t at all interested in expanding it while in the midst of subdividing the property. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Professor Thomas Madigan will discuss the rate of expansion of the universe at a lecture sponsored by The Montauk Observatory at The Ross School at 7:30 p.m. tonight. More information is online here.
• Group for the East End and WATERWASH Projects are sponsoring a kayak exploration of the Mattituck Inlet on Thurs., July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., where they will be taking a group on a guided tour of the abundant bird life and native and invasive plants along the inlet. More information is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.