Sunrise at Indian Island park. File photo by Peter Blasl.

Autumn begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 1:37 a.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 23 with the autumnal equinox.

Pleasant weather will prevail again in the week ahead, according to the National Weather Service; we’ll have sunny skies and daytime highs in the 70s. There are two tropical storms churning in the Atlantic, but forecasters say both storms — Jerry and Karen — will remain well off the coast.

Flashback: Hurricane Gloria made landfall on Long Island as a Category 2 hurricane this week in 1985 (on Sept. 27), causing $300 million in damage.

This week also marks an anniversary for the Bill of Rights. On Sept. 25, 1789, Congress transmitted to the state legislatures 12 proposed amendments to the Constitution. Numbers three through 12 were ratified by the states to become the Bill of Rights, which took effect Dec. 15, 1791.
The Bill of Rights, written by James Madison, protects individual freedoms. Read them here. The two amendments that weren’t ratified at that time dealt with how congressional districts would be apportioned and forbidding Congress from voting itself a raise. The amendment pertaining to congressional raises was eventually ratified and became the 27th amendment in 1992 — more than 200 years after it was passed by Congress.

In the week ahead:

Here’s this week’s roundup of things going on in and around Riverhead:

Riverhead Town is holding a lottery for bow-hunting on town property during the upcoming deer season. The lottery will take place on Monday at 6 p.m. at Riverhead Town Hall.

Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith is hosting another train station clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning at 8:30 a.m. It’s the fourth clean-up of the train station area, where community volunteers have picked up litter and planted flowers and shrubs.

The Wading River Civic Association’s next meeting takes place on Thursday, Sept. 26. Riverhead planning director Jefferson Murphree will make a presentation about the upcoming update of the Riverhead master plan. The meeting will take place at the Wading River Congregational Church on North Country Road in Wading River at 7:30 p.m.

The final 2019 installment of Reflextions: Art in the Park takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Grangebel Park. Don’t miss the “Riverhead Rocks” glow-in-the-dark black light display.

Here’s the lineup of government meetings in Riverhead this week:

  • Landmarks Preservation Commission, Monday Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Riverhead Town Hall;
  • Architectural Review Board Wednesday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Riverhead Town Hall;
  • Traffic Safety Committee, Thursday, Sept. 26, 8:30 a.m., Riverhead Town Hall;
  • Town Board work session, Sept. 26, 10 a.m., Riverhead Town Hall;
  • Parking District Advisory Committee, Thursday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Riverhead Town Hall;
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.; Riverhead Town Hall;
  • Alternative Transportation Committee, Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m., Riverhead Town Hall;
  • Suffolk County’s 2020 Operating Budget & Program Public Hearing, Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m., Evans K. Griffing County Center, 300 Center Drive, Riverhead.

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Denise Civiletti
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