• This weekend is chock full with St. Patrick’s Day parades on both forks, beginning with the Hampton Bays parade this morning at 11 a.m. This afternoon, the first-ever Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin at 1 p.m. And tomorrow, the grandmother-of-all East End parades will begin in Montauk at 11 a.m. If you aren’t going to any of these parades, be sure to avoid the towns where they will be held because their main streets will be closed to traffic. But you knew that.
• A bottlenose dolphin that had been swimming in Sag Harbor Cove since late Thursday was euthanized by biologists at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research Friday afternoon. The dolphin, which was behaving erratically, was believed to have been suffering from morbillivirus, commonly known as dolphin pneumonia, which killed a slew of dolphins on the Eastern Seaboard last year. A crew from the Riverhead Foundation monitored the dolphin from the side of Long Beach Road for some time before the decision was made. They’ll soon be performing a necropsy to determine the cause of death. Morbillivirus is not believed to be harmful to humans.
• Former East Hampton Town Councilman Job Potter, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, is holding a bash for the release of his new CD, “All Things Good,” at ART in Southold tonight at 7 p.m., part of an ongoing series of concerts at the gallery next door to Rothman’s Department Store. More information is online here.
• If the warming weather has you casting your eyes to the skies to look for the first sign of migrating birds, The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society’s handy spring migration table can help you keep track of who’s coming home and when.
• The Peconic Estuary Program is hosting a clean-up of the Peconic River next Sunday, March 30, at 9 a.m. at the Dam Pond Road Canoe Ramp in Calverton. They’re asking attendees to bring a pair of gloves if possible. For more information, call Christine Tylee at Group for the East End at 631.765.6450 ext. 206.
• If your house was damaged in Hurricane Sandy or Irene or Tropical Storm Lee, you have until April 11 to apply to New York Rising for assistance in recovering. Their closest office is in Patchogue, or you can apply online here. According to Governor Cuomo, 6,388 homeowners have taken advantage of the program since it opened nearly a year ago.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.