The Harvest Moon, the last full moon before the autumn equinox, as it appeared in Riverhead Sept. 13. There won't be another Harvest Moon on Friday the 13th until 2071. Photo: Peter Blasl

Bye-bye, summer 2019.

The autumnal equinox takes place early in the morning one week from today, marking the official start of autumn.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a pleasant week ahead in our region for the last week of summer, with daytime temperatures in the 70s and, for the most part, sunny skies — except today, when we can expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance of showers this evening.

Did you enjoy the Harvest Moon that lit up the sky this weekend? It’s the moon closest to the autumnal equinox and is called a Harvest Moon because farmers traditionally made good use of the extra light to bring in their crops. The last time there was a Friday the 13th Harvest Moon was 1935 and there won’t be another one until 2071.

Here’s a roundup of what’s coming up in the week ahead in Riverhead.


Anti-Bias Task Force, Monday, Sept. 16, 5:30 pm, Human Resource/Senior Center, 90 Shade Tree Lane, Aquebogue

Riverhead Town Board, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Town Hall:
There are four public hearings on the board’s agenda. Two involve West Main Street properties the town is looking to designate as blighted: the former Danowski fish market and a vacant parcel at River Road. The other hearings concern a proposed change to the town’s environmental quality review code and a proposed change to the town’s commercial solar energy production facilities regarding land clearing.

Open Space committee, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m., Town Hall
Riverhead BID Management Association, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m.

Town Board work session, Thursday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m., Town Hall

Riverhead Planning Board, Thursday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m., Town Hall:
The planning board will discuss two minor subdivisions and three commercial site plans. Among the discussion items: the proposed construction of an 18-foot sound wall at the Stop & Shop retail center, to address noise complaints by residents in the adjoining community.

Also on the board’s agenda: A resolution granting preliminary approval to a site plan for a mixed-use, two-story building at 406 Osborn Avenue (corner of Pulaski Street) providing ground-floor retail uses and six rental apartments on the second floor.

Riverhead School District community forum, Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Riverhead High School, Rm. 133. The first of four community forums on the proposed $99.9 million capital improvement bond.

Greater Jamesport Civic Association, Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m., Jamesport Meeting House.

Of note:

Friday is “Car-free Day,” where people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk. Riverhead Town is looking to enter into a regional bike share program with Suffolk County and Zagster. Bike share stations would be located downtown and at the EPCAL recreation trail.

Saturday is International Coastal Cleanup Day — a great way to close out the summer season. Hit the beach and pick up some trash.

Riverhead Faculty & Community Theater presents “Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy,” Riverhead High School. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.


East End Maritime Festival, Greenport, Sept. 21 & 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A two-day festival celebrating the region’s maritime heritage. It includes a parade, contests, races, the tall ship Columbia, live music, vendors and more.

Long Island Antique Power Association Tractor Pull & Harvest Show, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 & 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Long Island Fresh Hop Festival, Saturday, Sept. 21, 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Jamesport Farm Brewery, 5873 Sound Ave, Riverhead.

North Fork Breast Health Coalition 5K Walk at Tanger Outlets, Sunday, Sept. 22, 8:45 a.m.: The 21st annual walk benefits the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, an organization that supports local breast cancer survivors. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Out of the Darkness East End Walk at L.I. Aquarium, Sunday, Sept 22, 10 a.m.: The walk is held to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. It benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which conducts research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports survivors of suicide loss. (Registration begins at 9 a.m.)

For more events and things to do, check out the RiverheadLOCAL community calendar.

Editor’s note: This article was amended to add the school district’s community forum on Sept. 19, which was omitted from the original version.

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