• We’re expecting a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, mainly after 4 p.m., but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 69 degrees and a south wind 7 to 13 miles per hour. We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm overnight, with a low around 52. Saturday will start out cloudy, gradually clearing, with a high near 66. Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 59.
• While crews from PSEG-Long Island have become a common sight on East End roads over the past year as they work on a FEMA-funded grid resiliency project, the one place they haven’t been seen is in East Hampton. That could soon change. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• With most East End kids out of school for spring break next week, we here at Beacon headquarters feel compelled to warn you that ospreys are mating everywhere, and they don’t care who is watching. We have witnessed this activity twice in the past week, once during a Beacon editorial meeting and once on a telephone pole on the side of a busy highway. We have decided to stop holding our editorial meetings on docks and in creeks until these wild birds settle down.
• Today is Earth Day but tomorrow is the weekend, so most of the big fun Earth Day celebrations will be held over the course of the weekend, including beach cleanups, fairs in nature preserves, a Peconic Estuary Program-sponsored rain garden planting in downtown Riverhead and a 5K Run/Walk to benefit the North Fork Environmental Council on Sunday morning at Indian Island County Park. Our full Earth Day listings are online here.
• Southold Town will hold the first of three community meetings on the land use chapter of their comprehensive plan tomorrow, April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Peconic Lane Community Center. More information is online here. For information on more community meetings on local, regional and national issues, bookmark our Current Affairs listings, online here.
• Tomorrow’s first concert of the North Fork’s inaugural Rites of Spring Music Fest is sold out, but there are still tickets available for upcoming concerts in the new classical and contemporary series. Find the details on the festival’s website. The Beacon is a proud sponsor of this festival.
• Riverhead’s First Congregational Church is holding a “Raise the Roof” benefit concert and auction to pay for much-needed structural work to repair the Main Street church on Sunday at 4 p.m. at The Suffolk Theater. Great local singers and jazz musicians are donating their time for this cause. More information is online here.
• Community Action Southold Town (CAST) has announced that they will host a food drive next Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be collecting food outside of Greenport IGA, Southold IGA, Cutchogue King Kullen, and Mattituck Marketplace (formerly Waldbaum’s).
• Our full events calendar for both this weekend and the weeks ahead is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.