1. Henri may bring 70 mph winds, flooding and severe beach erosion to East End tomorrow.

Tropical Storm Henri is expected to track across Long Island at or near hurricane strength early Sunday, according to the latest National Weather Service advisory.

The storm, currently packing 70 mph winds is located 555 miles south of Montauk Point. It is currently moving north-northeast at 12 mph and tropical storm force winds are most likely to arrive on Long Island during the overnight/early morning hours Sunday.

Residents should make final preparations today for impacts of winds up to Category 1 or 2 strength, according to hurricane warnings current in effect for eastern Suffolk County. Outdoor objects should be secured

2. PSEG warns power outages from Henri may last up to 7-10 days.

PSEG Long Island is warning that power outages Tropical Storm Henri could cause some power outages that last “up to seven to 10 days.” 

PSEG said in a press release that they are performing system checks and ensuring extra supplies are on hand for potential outages and that 1,200 utility personnel both locally and off the island are being called to work alongside PSEG staff for the storm’s response. The utility also said it has strengthened the electrical grid.

3. Five-story building on Osborn Avenue moves forward.

A five-story mixed use building with 39 apartments proposed for Osborn Avenue and Court Street does not require further environmental review, as it will have no adverse impacts under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, Riverhead Planning Aide Greg Bergman told the town board Thursday.

The proposed development, which consists of ground-floor office space in addition to 39 apartments on the upper four floors, requires 39 on-site parking spaces under the town code, but only 35 are provided.

The developer is seeking to opt-in to the Riverhead Parking District to provide parking for nonresidential uses on the site, as allowed by the overlay district. The office tenants can use the parking lot on Court Street, which is only 51-65% full at peak hours, according to a parking district analysis.

4. Opponents blast Riverhead’s proposed housing code changes as discriminatory against immigrants.

A proposal to amend the rental housing permit code drew a crowd to a town board public hearing Tuesday night, where more than two dozen speakers objected to the revisions, which they said would discriminate against immigrants, low-income workers, the disabled, and other people who depend on shared housing.

Much of the criticism turned on the inclusion of the existing town code definitions of “family” and its “functional equivalent” as part of the proposed code spelling out an offense that is subject to enforcement and fines.

“I’m struggling with the ‘why,’” said OLA of Eastern Long Island Executive Director Minerva Perez, one of the first up to the podium. “The ‘why’ right now is that the governing body would take take the risk of striking at the heart of its community when it’s at its most weak,” Perez said. “This is not the time and not the place to do this right now. And I urge you and I implore you and I beg you to not pursue this type of change."

5. Riverhead school board approves reopening plan with indoor mask mandate.

Riverhead's reopening plan includes an indoor mask mandate and three feet physical distancing for students and staff to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Mask use outdoors will be optional.

All students will return in-person and there will be no remote learning, the guidance says. Students who are absent because of a mandatory quarantine “will be offered opportunities for learning via Google Classroom and work may be sent home.”

The plan follows the recommendations of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It was approved this week by the school board in a 4-3 vote after a nearly two-hour debate and discussion from community members arguing for and against an indoor mask mandate.

6. Public hearing on pet sale restrictions set for Sept. 8.

The Riverhead Town Board this week voted unanimously to set a public hearing on town code changes to ban the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats — and now, rabbits.

The law would affect two pet stores within the Town of Riverhead that sell commercially bred dogs: The Puppy Experience in Aquebogue and the Sportsman’s Kennel in Manorville.

7. Planning board grants final approval to Calverton’s fifth large solar power facility.

It’s been a bumpy ride to the finish line, but Calverton Solar Energy Center, a 22.9 megawatt commercial solar facility on 198 acres off Edwards Avenue, won final site plan approval from the Riverhead Planning Board this week.

The addition of Calverton Solar Center will bring the total approved solar energy production capacity in Calverton to 88 megawatts, enough to power more than 14,000 homes.

8. Cops: Riverhead man driving stolen SUV arrested for DWAI after crash.

The driver of a Ford Explorer that had been reported stolen was charged with felony possession of stolen property and driving while impaired by drugs.

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