• We’re expecting areas of drizzle with a chance of light rain before noon, then rain after noon, with total precipitation between a quarter and half of an inch. We’re also expecting areas of dense fog after 2 p.m. and a high near 57 degrees. Rain will continue tonight, along with areas of dense fog before 3 a.m. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain Friday, mainly after 10 a.m., but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Saturday will be mostly sunny and windy, with a high near 42 degrees. Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 45 degrees.
• Governor Andrew Cuomo last Friday signed State Senator Ken LaValle and State Assemblyman Fred Thiele’s recent legislation that would extend the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund from 2030 to 2050, if voters in the five East End towns agree to continue the program in referenda expected to be placed on the November 2016 ballot in the five East End towns. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss Nile Rogers’ FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards, grants and a potential code change at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Southold Historic Preservation Commission in dedicating two roadside signs to mark a unique set of historic milestones along Main Road this Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. in Laurel on Old Main/Franklinville Road, and at Orient Point at 3 p.m. by the Cross Sound Ferry line. Eagle Scout candidates Aidan Vandenburgh and Sam Basel have been working on the project.
• The state Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the deadline for fishermen and fishing industry businesses looking to apply for grants to help cover their losses during Superstorm Sandy. The deadline had originally been this Monday, Dec. 15, but has been moved to Jan. 29, 2016. The Beacon’s original story on the program is online here.
• What we’re reading: This 2014 opinion piece in the New York Times offers a good amount of thought into future plans to shore up the south shore of Long Island against storms. Its author, Robert S. Young, has been a longtime critic of the current work underway to shore up downtown Montauk’s oceanfront.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.