Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
• Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 61 degrees, with a west wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour.There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, some of which could produce small hail and gusty winds. Friday will be partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 52 and a west wind 13 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts to 33. Saturday is expected to be sunny, and Sunday is expected to be partly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s both days.
• Limousine driver Carlos F. Pino of Old Bethpage has been indicted by a special grand jury investigating last summer’s fatal Sound Avenue crash in Cutchogue that claim the lives of four of his passengers. Mr. Pino pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment yesterday. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• With St. Patrick’s Day come the annual East End traditions of planting peas and searching for ospreys, who usually return home right about now. Art Beisel of Mattituck captured the photograph at right of an osprey at James Creek in Mattituck yesterday morning. Thank you, Art, for sharing this with us!
• Riverhead Town hosts discussions on the Aquebogue-Jamesport corridor study, the brownfields opportunity area study of downtown Riverhead, Jamesport sidewalks and summer police department positions at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• East Hampton Town has drafted a law that would require advanced nitrogen-reducing septic systems for new construction projects and septic system upgrades to existing construction in areas surrounding sensitive bays. The town board is expected to introduce the legislation at their 6:30 p.m. meeting this evening for an April 7 public hearing. Their full agenda for tonight’s meeting is online here. The Beacon’s full story on the new law is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will discuss Loop Rides (we don’t know what this is yet either), vehicle acquisitions and conversion of the town’s code books at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• If you missed last week’s green parading, there’s still plenty more parading to do this weekend. Hampton Bays and Jamesport host St. Patrick’s Day parades on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, and Montauk‘s big shebang steps off at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
• This evening marks the beginning of the final weekend of the Winterfest series of concerts at vineyards and venues on the North Fork. Our full listings are online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.