This Morning’s Bulletin — 8.13.14

Grangebel Park stroll, Riverhead
Grangebel Park stroll, Riverhead

Good Morning!

• The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for all of Suffolk County through 9:15 a.m. and a flash flood watch until 2 p.m., as two to three inches of rain are expected to fall per hour as a heavy storm makes its way across the island. The weather service is urging people to not drive into puddles because they could be deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water could sweep a car off the road. They are also predicting minor coastal flooding through 3 p.m. Be careful out there!

• The second in a package of three bills aimed at making it easier for hunters to kill deer on Long Island has been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Ken LaValle had sponsored the bill, which permits Saturday and Sunday hunting in January in Suffolk County and also allows long bows during January, which had typically been solely a shotgun season. The new law also allows towns to waive requirements of town permits during January, though hunters will still need state permits. The first of the three bills, approved this spring, had reduced the setbacks from buildings for deer hunting from 500 feet to 150 feet. The third of the three bills, which would require the state to include non-lethal fertility control as part of its State Management Plan, has been approved by the state legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

• East Hampton Town got a bump in its bond rating this week, due to “the town’s stable financial position, which has improved over the last several years as a result of deficit financing, improved budgeting and strengthened financial management practices,” according to Moody’s Investors Service. The town now has an Aa2 bond rating, in advance of the town’s sale of $4 million in serial bonds and $12.1 million in bond anticipation notes.

• The folks at the Peconic Estuary Program are again removing invasive water primrose from the Peconic River tomorrow, Aug. 14, and they’re looking for helpers who want to kayak on the river and pull out the waterway-choking plant. Contact Julie Nace for more information and to register at julie.nace@dec.ny.gov

• The Riverhead and Southold Landmarks Preservation Commissions are hosting a  community meeting tomorrow to discuss the proposal to create a Main Road National Register Historic District in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House, 1590 Main Road in Jamesport. There will be a brief presentation about the proposed district and the benefits of a National Register listing, and representatives of the State Historic Preservation Office will be on hand to answer questions.

New Life Crisis will play a free concert at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton tonight at 6:30 p.m. and Who Are Those Guys will play a free concert at Southold’s Silversmith’s Corner tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Beacon’s full free summer concert listings for the rest of the summer is online here.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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