• Today will be sunny and breezy, with a high temperature near 51 degrees and a west wind 22 to 24 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 37. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 32. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday, mainly after 4 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 51. We’re expecting rain on Friday, mainly before 1 p.m., with a high near 54.
• It would be easy to forget today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, suffering as we are from the miseries of the Covid 19 pandemic, isolated in our homes (if we are fortunate enough to have one), ill and/or frightened, economically roiled, says letter writer Amy Posner this week. The Beacon is accepting letters to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Concerned Citizens of Montauk has decided to cancel the Great Montauk Cleanup that was set to be held on Saturday, April 25. “In light of recent reporting of overcrowding at local beaches and parks, we believe it is of the utmost importance to encourage everyone to better adhere to stringent social distancing guidelines for the benefit of public health and safety,” said CCOM in a press release Tuesday. “CCOM hopes to schedule another community cleanup event later in the fall.” Here are some digital ways you can join local community groups in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day today.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reported Tuesday that 23 new people had been admitted to hospitals in the county with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, with 1434 people hospitalized. There were 501 Covid-19 patients in intensive care, down five from Monday. Mr. Bellone reported 69 people were discharged from the hospital in the past 24 hours, and 29 had died, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 888.
• There were a total of 28,943 cases of Covid-19 in Suffolk County as of Wednesday morning, with about 500 new people testing positive in the past 24 hours, the smallest increase in quite some time, said Mr. Bellone at his Tuesday afternoon press briefing. Last week, the county was averaging more than 1,000 new cases per day.
•The Southold Lions Club. will be holding a food drive this Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southold IGA on the Main Road in Southold. All Donations will be distributed to local food pantries. Any questions, please call Judi Perez at 631.255.8149.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:26 a.m., 10:39 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:34 a.m., 9:47 p.m.
Greenport: 11:03 a.m., 11:16 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: Noon
Sag Harbor: 10:58 a.m., 11:11 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:01 a.m., 12:25 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:08 a.m., 12:32 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:31 a.m., 9:47 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:40 a.m., 7:56 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:06 a.m., 11:17 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:14 a.m., 10:25 p.m.
Greenport: 11:43 a.m., 11:54 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:09 a.m., 12:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:38 a.m., 11:49 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:38 a.m., 1:05 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:45 a.m., 1:12 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:08 a.m., 10:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:17 a.m., 8:27 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.