It’s been over two weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit and turned many of our lives upside down — and some of us are still in the dark. With Election Day and the Veterans Day holiday behind us and the big end-of-year holidays coming up before you know it, this week offers chances to get back on your feet, donate to relief efforts and hopefully unwind after a very stressful time.
1. The Southold Town Trustees will hold a special work session on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall at Southold Town Hall to discuss the requirement and documentation of licenses and insurance for all contractors performing work under a Board of Trustees’ approved permit. Call 631-765-1800 for more information.
2. The New Suffolk waterfront sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy, losing a substantial part of the bulkhead at the marina, though it had already been scheduled for repair/rebuild later this month to stabilize the eastern edge of the property. The former Galley Ho restaurant lost much of its old foundation, deck and some exterior storage but will survive intact if stabilized, according to Linda Auriemma of the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund.
“Of course, all this means that the work detailed in our fundraising appeal, mailed a few days ago, will be costlier and the need is now even more urgent,” she said.
3. As of Monday, 85 outages remain in the areas of Mattituck, Southold and Orient Point and utility trucks are still a familiar site on the North Fork. Are you one of the few still without power? Let us know, we’d like to find out how you’ve been dealing with being in the dark.
4. After several local drives for hurricane relief over the weekend, some local businesses are continuing relief efforts this week and beyond. Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck and Bonnie Jean’s in Southold are collecting food and supplies, and the Riverhead Project in Riverhead and Sparkling Point in Southold have teamed for a fundraiser called “Thirst Aid,” which will begin at the end of the week through New Year’s Eve. Buy a specialty drink and know that 10 percent of that purchase will be donated to the Red Cross.
Are you continuing with your own relief effort? Let us know and we will make a note of it.
5. Still feel the aches and pains of storm stress? The North Fork has no shortage of yoga instructors offering sessions throughout the week — be sure to browse our calendar of events for more information.