Good Morning, and Happy Earth Day!
• It will be sunny today, with a high temperature near 66 degrees and a northwest wind 6 to 16 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 41. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 58 and Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 59.
• Earth Day will be celebrated in force on the East End today and continuing through the weekend with a pent-up schedule of in-person events after two years of muted celebration. Here’s a rundown.
• Riverhead Town is poised to move forward with a major redevelopment of the properties on East Main Street earmarked for a Town Square, after the town board voted unanimously April 19 to appoint J. Petrocelli Contracting, Inc. as Master Developers for the project. Read More.
• The Cutchogue and Southold Fire Departments will both be holding recruitment open houses tomorrow, April 23, with firefighters and EMTs on hand to answer questions about joining the fire service and giving demonstrations of what they do. These events are in coordination with the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s annual RecruitNY weekend. Both open houses are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s more info from Cutchogue, and from Southold.
• As difficult as it has been to comprehend the indiscriminate, senseless devastation taking place in Ukraine this past month, Beacon columnist Dave Davis is holding on to the belief that it somehow is serving as a rallying cry for our global community to come together as a unified coalition, not only in the name of democracy, but more importantly, in the survival of humanity itself. Read this month’s Dave’s Desk@Ditch, “Stories of Hope.”
• Suffolk County reported 369 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 20, with 5.7 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 80 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 13 of them in ICU. The county reported one new fatality from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,375 people since March of 2020.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:50 a.m., 3:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:58 a.m., 2:37 p.m.
Greenport: 3:27 a.m., 4:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:19 a.m., 5:04 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:22 a.m., 4:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:49 a.m., 5:28 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:56 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:03 a.m., 2:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:12 a.m., 12:53 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:59 a.m., 4:41 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:07 a.m., 3:49 p.m.
Greenport: 4:36 a.m., 5:18 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:25 a.m., 6:10 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:31 a.m., 5:13 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:58 a.m., 6:40 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:05 a.m., 6:47 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:06 a.m., 3:47 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:15 a.m., 1:56 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.