• The U.S. Navy sent us this great photograph of Capt. John A. Carter from Hampton Bays, who is the executive officer of the U.S.S. Bataan, currently stationed in the Arabian Gulf. Capt. Carter is riding in the personnel-transfer basket on Sept. 11 of this year, while his ship, an amphibious assault ship, steams along the fleet replenishment oiler U.S.N.S. Big Horn during a replenishment-at-sea. The Bataan is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the area of responsibility of the U.S. 5th Fleet. This photo was taken by Seaman Michael J. Lieberknecht.
• A whole mess of mosquitos from up the island (27, to be exact) tested positive for West Nile Virus in early September, along with one mosquito on Shelter Island. The Suffolk County Department of Heath Services wants everyone to eliminate standing water on their properties to keep the mosquitos from breeding. To date, 165 mosquitos and 11 birds have been found by the health department to have the disease, which can cause fevers, convulsions and permanent neurological impairment in humans.
• East Hampton Town is planning to host several meetings in the upcoming weeks on issues ranging from the Army Corps beach replenishment in Montauk to their proposed rental registry to a comprehensive wastewater management plan. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The New Suffolk Civic Association has unveiled the results of its survey of residents of New Suffolk on how they’d like to see the large waterfront property in the middle of their hamlet used. Most said they did not want a full-scale restaurant at the site, and they’d like to see fundraising events by the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund, which owns the property, continue. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research is hosting a beach clean-up at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays this Saturday, Sept. 20, at noon. The rain date is Sept. 27 at noon. They’re looking for volunteers to show up and help out.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.