• There will be a Read-in for Peace in Israel/Palestine at the Incarnation Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway in Water Mill this Friday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. East Enders will read poems by Palestinian and Israeli poets working for peace and then talk about how to speak/be/act as a community.
• The National Weather Service has issued a rip current advisory through this evening for Long Island’s South Shore, with the highest threat of rip currents lasting through this afternoon, as Tropical Storm Bertha continues its northeasterly track through the Atlantic Ocean.
• East Hampton Town is planning to participate in a federal program that will enable discounts for its residents who are required by their mortgage companies to carry federal flood insurance. Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell agreed at a work session Tuesday to draft a letter of intent for the town to enroll in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. Southampton Town has also recently joined the program.
• Riverhead is going back to the drawing board with a plan to allow commercial-scale solar projects in light industrial zones, after much confusion from the public at a hearing yesterday over whether or not solar projects are prohibited on agricultural land now. Opponents of the plan say it would restrict large-scale solar projects on agricultural land, but town board members say those solar projects aren’t allowed now.
• Do you want to know where fashion designer Betsey Johnson lives? Sure you do. We’re all voyeurs around here. Well, this weekend, she’s inviting all y’all to her house at 25 Grape Arbor Lane in East Hampton for a yard sale filled with her personal collection of vintage clothes, accessories and furniture. The sale will run Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ms. Johnson, a breast cancer survivor, is donating 5 percent of her sales to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
• Congressman Tim Bishop is urging veterans and active duty service members who need help navigating any issues they are having with the federal government to contact one of his offices if they need assistance, either in Southampton at 631.259.8450 or in Patchogue at 631.289.6500., after the House of Representatives passed a bill last week that created a Congressional Commission on Care, to evaluate access to health care throughout the VA system.
“This legislation is the first step toward meeting our obligation to our veterans,” said Mr. Bishop. “We have more work to do to restore the confidence and excellence in delivery of care that rises to the level of the valor of our troops and the debt we owe to America’s veterans.”
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.