This Morning’s Bulletin – 8.31.21 | Eastern Beacon
• We are currently on flash flood watch as rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida passes through the area on Wednesday. We expect partly sunny skies today, with a high near 85 degrees and a calm wind becoming 5 to 9 miles per hour to the west in the morning. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 69. The westerly wind around 6 mph becomes calm in the evening. There is a 70 percent chance of rain on Wednesday, with further amounts of precipitation between 1 and 2 inches possible, mainly after 2 p.m. Showers will continue through Thursday, with a high of near 71, a northeast wind of about 17 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 31, with precipitation between 1 and 2 inches possible Thursday .
• Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and the people of Shelter Island gather at Fiske Field on Bateman Road this evening at 7 p.m. to remember those who have been the victims of fentanyl poisoning on Island and Greenport earlier in August. The Suffolk County Health Services Department has also added more information on how to get the opioid antidote Naloxone (Narcan) to its website.
• The first contract for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island at Montauk Point (FIMP) project was awarded Monday to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for nearly $ 47.5 million, which will cover the dredging of Fire. Island Inlet and sand placement at Gilgo Beach and Robert Moses State Park. The decades-long FIMP project includes $ 1.7 billion worth of work to manage flooding from tides, waves and erosion from coastal storms along 83 miles of the south shore of Long Island.
• East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc announced Monday that he had signed a letter from a group of from government, business, environmental, civic and community leaders to new New York governor Kathy Hochul, asking her to support the Peconic Bay Region Community Housing Fund Act, already passed by the New York State legislature, which would allow a public referendum on a new 0.5% real estate transfer tax to fund affordable housing in the East End. Former Governor Andrew Cuomo did not sign the law, which was passed by the legislature in June, before stepping down.
“Affordable housing remains a pressing need in our community to welcome members of our workforce and the youth who are at the heart of a vibrant and diverse community year round. A continued source of funding for affordable housing projects will allow us to move forward more quickly with a variety of projects without unduly burdening taxpayers, ”said Mr. Van Scoyoc.
• New York is in the midst of a blood shortage emergency, and the Greenport American Legion Roller Rink at 102 Third Street in Greenport is hosting a New York Blood Center blood drive today from 1 to 7 p.m. to help fill the need. Reservations are recommended, online here.
• Suffolk County reported 467 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday August 28, with 4.5% of people testing positive. There have been 224 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, including 32 in intensive care. The county reported four new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,455 people
And that’s the way it is in the light of dawn here today.