Pictured Above: Route 58 in Riverhead gets ready for Black Friday.
• Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high temperature near 57 degrees and a south wind 9 to 15 miles per hour. We’re expecting rain overnight, with a low around 52. Rain will continue through the day on Thanksgiving, with thunderstorms also possible after noon and a south wind 11 to 16 miles per hour. Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 57.
• Take a quick break from Covid news for this local tale from the poultry history books: While The Big Duck has spent much of its life in Flanders (and a brief stay in Hampton Bays), few people know that it was originally built on West Main Street in Riverhead, just east of the Roadhouse pizzeria and the Snowflake ice cream parlor. The Big Duck’s friends changed that last week.
• Now, the bad news. Suffolk County reported 501 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Tuesday, with 4 percent of people tested testing positive. One-hundred-sixty-one people are currently hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 30 of them in ICU. The county reported one new fatality from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,036.
• The North Fork Environmental Council is hosting a 50/50 giving raffle through Nov. 27, and tickets can be purchased virtually through 5 p.m. on Friday through the Donate button on the NFEC website. The single-ticket price is $50 , and three tickets are available for $100. The drawing will take place live via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.
• Riverhead’s Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge at 51 Madison Street is hosting a community blood drive this afternoon from 1 to 7 p.m. Blood is urgently needed, and you can schedule an appointment online here.
• There’s no shame in receiving at Thanksgiving. Blaze Church at 50 Bell Avenue in Flanders is giving away groceries this afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. “We would love to make sure every person has something nice to enjoy during the holiday week,” says Pastor Keith Indovino.
• The North Fork’s Northeast Stage will present Richard III, William Shakespeare’s classic story of pure Machiavellian evil, in a Covid-friendly live stream format on Thanksgiving Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. Here’s how to tune in.
• The Morning Bulletin will be off for the next two days and will return on Monday, Nov. 30. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:18 a.m., 6:36 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:26 a.m., 5:44 p.m.
Greenport: 6:55 a.m., 7:13 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:38 a.m., 8:04 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:50 a.m., 7:08 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:17 a.m., 8:35 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:24 a.m., 8:42 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:16 a.m., 5:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:25 a.m., 3:38 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:59 a.m., 7:18 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:07 a.m., 6:26 p.m.
Greenport: 7:36 a.m., 7:55 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:23 a.m., 8:50 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:31 a.m., 7:50 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:58 a.m., 9:17 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:05 a.m., 9:24 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:03 a.m., 6:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:12 a.m., 4:27 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.