• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high near 51 but wind chill values between 25 and 35 early, with a west wind around 14 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 35. Friday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 52 and a 20 percent chance of rain after noon. Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 50 degrees and a 50 percent chance of rain.
• Suffolk County reported a whopping 966 cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Wednesday, with 5.8 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 287 patients hospitalized in the county, with 50 of them in ICU. The county reported three new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the death toll here to 2,059.
“For the second day in a row, Suffolk’s positivity rate is above 5 percent, an alarming number we have not seen since the spring. With 966 new cases, we are beginning to see the first signs of the post-Thanksgiving holiday surge we had warned about,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in a statement Wednesday.
• Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead is offering free Covid-19 testing through Dec. 18. Here are the details.
• Suffolk County Republicans are declaring victory in the First State Senate, Second State Assembly and First Congressional District races. The vote totals are expected to be certified by the Suffolk County Board of Elections next Monday. “I am truly honored to have the trust and support of the majority of residents on the East End and the Town of Brookhaven in my effort to represent them in the New York State Senate,” said North Fork State Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, who was running to replace longtime Republican State Senator Ken LaValle. ” As our new Senator, I will work hard every day to continue the legacy of retiring Senator Ken LaValle and build upon his strong record of protecting the environment, supporting our schools and fighting for taxpayers.” We will have more details when the vote totals are finalized.
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss New Year’s Eve fireworks at Grangebel Park, water conservation and the Riverhead Solar 2 solar farm at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda.
• The Southampton Town Board is slated to discuss Ethics Code revisions at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda and login information.
• The Southampton Arts Center presents “Raconteurs,” a virtual evening of storytelling this evening at 7 p.m. Storytellers Heather Carlucci, Carolann DiPirro, Angela LaGreca, Paton Miller, Brenda Simmons, and more to be announced share “My 2020 Story” via Zoom. Register online at southamptonartscenter.org. [$5]
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:30 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:38 a.m., 11:19 p.m.
Greenport: 12:03 a.m., 12:07 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:51 a.m., 12:53 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:25 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:32 a.m., 1:36 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:16 a.m., 11:05 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:25 a.m., 9:14 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:11 a.m., 12:12 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:20 a.m.
Greenport: 12:48 a.m., 12:49 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:34 a.m., 1:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:43 a.m., 12:44 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:10 a.m., 2:11 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:17 a.m., 2:18 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:59 a.m., 11:55 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:08 a.m., 10:04 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.