• Long Islanders who were affected by the severe storms and flooding om Aug. 12 &13 can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced last Friday that the loans were available after Governor Andrew Cuomo requested a disaster declaration Aug. 29. Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. SBA has set up a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at Islip Town Hall West, 401 Main Street in Islip, which is opening today. Hours are Monday through Thursday throug Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Applications for loans for physical property damage are due Nov. 3 and economic injury applications are due June 4, 2015. The applications will be online here beginning Tuesday because the SBA site is apparently undergoing a major upgrade.
• Community Action Southold Town has picked up all the boxes from its recent school supply drive in stores throughout Southold Town, but they’re still in need of supplies, ranging from backpacks to notebooks to pencils, pens and and lunch boxes.Donations can be dropped at the C.A.S.T. office at 311 Front Street in Greenport or call 631.477.1717 for more information.
• Suffolk County is hosting a six-week series of smoking cessation classes at the Riverhead Library, Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 2014. For more information, call 853-4017 or visit the county’s website.
• We just can’t stop Montauk from happening. Two far-flung South Fork businesses were featured in the New York media, who are wistfully remembering their time out east this weekend with a tale of a trip aboard the Hampton Hopper in The New Yorker and a profile on Dock-to-Dish, the Montauk fish CSA, in The New York Times.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.