• We’re expecting rain today, mainly after 9 a.m. with a steady temperature around 51 degrees and a northeast wind 6 to 11 miles per hour, with new precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. We’re expecting rain overnight, with a low around 42, with a northeast wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. We’re expecting rain again on Friday, mainly before noon, with a steady temperature around 44 and a north wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 50.
• A wedding at the North Fork Country Club and a birthday party in Bellport, both on Oct. 17, have proved to be super-spreader events for the Covid-19 coronavirus, says Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who is urging residents to avoid large gatherings and adhere to public health guidelines over the Halloween weekend. Here are the details.
• Suffolk County reported 169 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Wednesday, with 1.9 percent of people tested testing positive — this is quite a bit higher than in recent months, when the positivity rate has hovered around 1 percent. Thirty-three people are currently hospitalized with the virus in Suffolk, with four of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll here stands at 2,019 people.
• Suffolk County early voting hours today are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early voting continues through Sunday, and all 338 regular polling places in the county will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 3. There is NO early voting on Monday, Nov. 2. Here are more details.
• The Riverhead Town Board is slated to discuss downtown outdoor dining and marketing initiatives, a water conservation grant and the 2021 budget at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and here’s where you can watch it live. The Southampton Town Board also has a work session scheduled for 10 a.m. today, and the details are expected to be here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will hold a listening session for its Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative this evening at 6:30 p.m. Here’s more info on tonight’s meeting, and here are details on police reform efforts underway throughout the region.
• The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ “Halloween Story Time From American Women” audio chill-fest drops today at noon. Read more about this and other Halloween goings-on.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:05 a.m., 9:25 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:13 a.m., 8:33 p.m.
Greenport: 9:42 a.m., 10:02 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:38 a.m., 11:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:37 a.m., 9:57 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:04 a.m., 11:24 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:11 a.m., 11:31 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:20 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:29 a.m., 6:43 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:42 a.m., 10:03 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:50 a.m., 9:11 p.m.
Greenport: 10:19 a.m., 10:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:15 a.m., 11:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:14 a.m., 10:35 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:41 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:48 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:57 a.m., 9:13 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:06 a.m., 7:22 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.