School is back in session, which means that once again my wife and I are on the road, going back and forth to Bridgehampton, where two of our three children are enrolled. Lisa took on the first day’s trips Monday; I was able to avoid making a run until midafternoon on Tuesday.
Last year our middle child was able to get a bus back to East Hampton after school, which was helpful since Lisa and I work there. This year, the bus route has changed, so until we can work up a carpool or another arrangement, one of us has to make the trek.
Bivalves got a brief respite this week after the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation early yesterday ordered East End bays and harbors closed to all shellfish harvesting following heavy downpours in Tuesday’s thunderstorms.
The order covered enclosed water bodies from Moriches Bay in the Town of Brookhaven east to Lake Montauk and will remain in place until the D.E.C. announces that unsafe conditions have dissipated.
Beekeepers say that honey bees should almost never be exterminated when a hive is discovered. Debbie Klughers, with help from Dell Cullum and Russell Bennett of The East Hampton Star, safely removed an estimated 10,000 bees from between rafters in the Star office attic on Friday after they were discovered by roofers.
The National Weather Service forecast for East Hampton has moderated ever so slightly overnight, at least as far as snow is concerned. As of 3:40 a.m., it predicted snowfall totals from a minimum of 17 inches to a maximum of 28 inches. Still, if you figure that the actual amount will end up right in the middle of that spread, that’s a lot of snow.
For those readers who really like to geek out as a storm approaches, I thought I would put together a couple of images and links that might help give a sense of how bad this particular storm might actually be.