Pictured Above: It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Plant your peas!
Good Morning, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We wish we had greener news to report.
• We’re expecting light rain today, mainly before noon, with a high near 51 degrees and a southeast wind around 6 miles per hour, becoming northwest in the afternoon. Skies will clear overnight, with a low around 31. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 50. We’re expecting rain Thursday morning, with cloudy skies in the afternoon and a high near 54.
The latest on the coronavirus:
Updated: • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced there are now 84 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Suffolk County in a press conference Tuesday morning, at which he laid out the state’s plan to address testing, social distancing and increasing hospital capacity.
• Suffolk County announced its first two deaths from the new coronavirus on Monday in a conference call held remotely because several top county leaders are in quarantine due to exposure to the virus. Here’s our full story.
• New York state ordered all bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and casinos to close to on-premises service until further notice as of 8 p.m. Monday. Many local restaurants will still be offering take-out meals (and libations).
• The first case of coronavirus in Riverhead Town was reported Sunday evening, and the town has announced that two of its employees are in mandatory quarantine due to exposure to the virus.
• Southampton and Shelter Island towns declared a state of emergency Monday, after Southold, Riverhead and East Hampton declared states of emergency last week, locking down non-essential services. All Southampton Town buildings, administrative offices and community centers will be closed through March 31, and all town meetings in that time frame have been cancelled. Food delivery will continue for seniors participating in the nutrition program. The senior transportation program will continue as well as the South Fork Commuter Connection shuttle bus service. The adult day care program will be suspended for the emergency period. Transfer stations will continue to operate and parks will remain open to the public. On Shelter Island, all town meetings have been cancelled, except for this afternoon’s 1 p.m. town board work session, which will be a follow-up informational meeting on the coronavirus. The public can view the meeting live here. It will also be aired on Ch. 22 immediately following the meeting. You can call in at 631.749.0391 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or concerns.
• The East Hampton Town Board will hold its regularly scheduled work session at 10 a.m. today. In lieu of the planned agenda, Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc will provide an update on the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and share key information for residents during the town state of emergency. There will be no public attendance at the meeting, which will be taped and broadcast live on LTV channel 22. Public comments for submission to the record may be emailed to the town clerk, Carole Brennan, at CBrennan@EHamptonNY.gov. The town board’s March 19 meeting, and all upcoming East Hampton town review board meetings, are cancelled until further notice.
• While cultural institutions, theaters, bars, restaurants and theaters have shut down over the past few days, at least one group of East End institutions is announcing its doors are wide open: Nature preserves. While nature can sooth the spirit, arts and cultural institutions have turned to technology setting up virtual programming for the community. Churches throughout the East End are also putting together tele-services. Read our full story.
• Our local ospreys, who usually set their internal clocks to come back to the East End on St. Patrick’s Day, have been back for a couple weeks now. If you’re cooped up, see if you can spot one today, or go outside and plant some peas!
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:16 a.m., 5:55 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:24 a.m., 5:03 p.m.
Greenport: 5:53 a.m., 6:32 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:36 a.m., 7:17 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:48 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:15 a.m., 7:54 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:22 a.m., 8:01 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:11 a.m., 4:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:20 a.m., 2:53 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:25 a.m., 6:59 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:33 a.m., 6:07 p.m.
Greenport: 7:02 a.m., 7:36 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:42 a.m., 8:20 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:57 a.m., 7:31 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:24 a.m., 8:58 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:31 a.m., 9:05 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:12 a.m., 5:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:21 a.m., 3:57 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.