• There’s a 40 percent chance of rain today, mainly after 2 p.m., with a high temperature near 49 degrees and a northwest wind 9 to 17 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 29 mph. There’s 30 percent chance of rain this evening, mainly before 8 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 37. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 55 and Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 57.
• The folks at Open Minded Organics are planning a celebration of “420 Freedom” in Sag Harbor’s John Steinbeck Waterfront Park in light of New York’s legalization of recreational marijuana use next Tuesday, April 20 at 4:20 p.m. Here’s more.
• New York State’s 2021-22 budget, passed last week, included funding for two mental health services programs for youth on the East End, at a time when such services are in high demand due to the isolation and upheaval to of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More.
• Suffolk County reported 627 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 14, with 3.2 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 305 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 80 of them in ICU and 24 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported four new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,307 people.
• As of April 15, 572,054 Suffolk residents, or 38.6 percent of the population, had received at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, with 364,125 residents (25 percent of the population) having completed their vaccine sequence.
• Earth Day is technically next Thursday, April 22, but Earth Day festivities are popping up all over the East End beginning this weekend. Here are quite a few events that are planned, and here’s more info on the Southampton Arts Center’s “eARTh” exhibition, opening Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
• The Parrish Art Museum hosts its 2021 Student Exhibition High School Ceremony virtually this evening at 6 p.m. Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield and Neill Slaughter, a painter and professor emeritus of Visual Art at Long Island University, join a live-stream awards ceremony recognizing select high school seniors for their talent and skill. The event is free. Register at parrishart.org or call 631.283.2118.
• Hallockville Museum Farm hosts a virtual discussion of “Long Island Migrant Labor Camps” Dust for Blood” with author Mark A. Torres tomorrow, April 17 at 3 p.m. For more details, visit hallockville.org.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:13 a.m., 1:50 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:21 a.m., 12:58 p.m.
Greenport: 1:50 a.m., 2:27 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:31 a.m., 3:10 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:45 a.m., 2:22 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:12 a.m., 3:49 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:19 a.m., 3:56 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:01 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:54 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:56 a.m., 2:38 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:04 a.m., 1:46 p.m.
Greenport: 2:33 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:11 a.m., 3:54 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:28 a.m., 3:10 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:55 a.m., 4:37 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:02 a.m., 4:44 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:36 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:39 a.m., 11:26 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.