Good Morning, and Happy Hanukkah! May your lights burn bright this weekend. Here’s what’s going on around here:
• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 54 degrees and a light southwest wind, increasing to 10 to 15 miles per hour. We’re expecting mostly cloudy skies overnight, with a steady temperature around 48. Rain is likely Saturday, mainly between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with patchy fog before 10 a.m. and a high near 55. It will be partly sunny on Sunday, with a 30 percent chance of showers before noon.
• Suffolk County reported 1,047 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with 6.1 percent of the people tested testing positive. There are currently 424 people hospitalized in the county with the virus, with 70 of them in ICU. The county reported four new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,097 people since the pandemic began. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone had this to say on Twitter yesterday:
We are now fully embraced in the second wave & post-Thanksgiving surge.— Steve Bellone (@SteveBellone) December 10, 2020
During the first week of December, we have already seen more COVID-19 fatalities than August, September, and October combined.
Wear a mask and practice social distancing — it saves lives.
• East End Congressman Lee Zeldin is one of 106 GOP House members who have signed on to an amicus brief supporting the Texas lawsuit looking to overturn the 2020 presidential election by nullifying absentee ballots in several swing states won by President-Elect Joe Biden. President Donald Trump is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case, which legal scholars say has no constitutional grounds. Ninety GOP House members did not sign on. Here’s what Mr. Zeldin had to say on Twitter:
The lawsuit filed by TX to the Supreme Court & supported by MANY others throughout the US is a very strong, compelling argument in favor of & defending the constitution, law, & LEGAL voters of GA, PA, MI & WI, etc. It's a must read detailing eye-popping, confirmed wrongdoing.— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) December 10, 2020
And for a little cheer:
• The North Fork Community Theatre’s Carolers will be singing holiday favorites on Love Lane in Mattituck this Sunday (12/13) at 1 and 2 p.m.
• VSOP Projects in Greenport launches for this year’s Winter Salon Exhibition, their 4th Annual holiday-time showcase of works by important local artists including Bill Albertini, Louise Crandell, Garance, Rainer Gross, Ro Lohin, Lesley Obrock, Arden Scott, Wendy Small, Peter Trieber Jr., Kevin Wixted, Andre Worrell, Amy Worth, and Dena Zemsky, this weekend. Guests are invited to visit on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 & 13, Dec. 19 & 20 and Jan. 2 & 3, 2021. Here’s more info.
• The Hampton Theatre Company has come up with a plan to film a socially distanced live performance of the “Lux Radio Theater ‘Miracle on 34th Street'” and make the video available to patrons from Dec. 19 through Dec. 24 as part of the company’s traditional end-of-year appeal. The production features HTC stars Andrew Botsford, Rosemary Cline, Rebecca Edana, Terrance Fiore, Amanda Griemsmann, George Loizides and Roger Moley. Here are more details.
Have a safe and socially distanced weekend. The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:27 a.m., 6:50 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:35 a.m., 5:58 p.m.
Greenport: 7:04 a.m., 7:27 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:52 a.m., 8:25 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:59 a.m., 7:22 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:26 a.m., 8:49 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:33 a.m., 8:56 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:35 a.m., 5:54 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:44 a.m., 4:03 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:16 a.m., 7:40 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:24 a.m., 6:48 p.m.
Greenport: 7:53 a.m., 8:17 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:46 a.m., 9:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:48 a.m., 8:12 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:15 a.m., 9:39 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:22 a.m., 9:46 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:31 a.m., 6:53 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:40 a.m., 5:02 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.