• Today will be sunny, with a high near 56 degrees and a north wind 9 to 13 miles per hour. We’re expecting patchy frost after 4 a.m. overnight, with a low around 34 degrees. Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high near 55. We’re expecting rain Wednesday, mainly after 10 a.m., with a high near 63 degrees and new precipitation between a quarter and a half an inch. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers before 2 p.m. Thursday, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 69 degrees.
• The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), after recent bacteriological surveys, has just announced new emergency regulations that will close 1,844 acres of bays and harbors to shellfishing in Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, Smithtown, Riverhead, Southampton, Southold, East Hampton and Oyster Bay. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• East End Faces: Pete Grattan of Southold brought his Southold 325th Anniversary medal to the town’s 375th Anniversary time capsule burial Wednesday evening. He received the medal at the 325th Anniversary parade, when he was just 14 years old, where he was placed in charge of running the mock gun turret that now stands in front of the Southold American Legion.
“I was the only one small enough to fit inside it,” he remembered.
• The line between a criminal act and morally objectionable behavior can be a thin one, but the space surrounding that line is ripe for theater. The Hampton Theatre Company’s new production, “An Inspector Calls,” makes great use of this rich territory. The Beacon’s review is online here.
• The schedule for this coming weekend’s second annual Edgar Allan Poe Festival in downtown Riverhead is now available online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.