• We’re expecting a 20 percent chance of light rain before noon today, but otherwise it will be cloudy, with a high near 55 and an east wind 9 to 11 miles per hour. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers overnight, but otherwise it will be cloudy, with a low around 36.
Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 56. We’re expecting a 60 percent chance of rain Sunday, mainly after noon, but otherwise it will be cloudy, with a high near 53.
• The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee unanimously passed Congressman Lee Zeldin’s bill yesterday to prevent the sale of Plum Island to the highest bidder, releasing the bill from committee for a vote on the house floor this year. The latest version of the bill will commission the Government Accountability Office, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, to formulate a plan for the future of the island, including possible alternative uses including a transfer of ownership to another federal agency, the state or local government, a non-profit, or combination of the above for education, research, and conservation.
• The third community meeting to discuss the Land Use chapter of Southold’s comprehensive plan, for residents of Cutchogue, Mattituck/Laurel and New Suffolk, will be held tomorrow, Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at the Town Senior Center at 750 Pacific Street in Mattituck.
• There’s some great live theater coming to the South Fork in the upcoming weeks, beginning with the New Works Festival at the Bay Street Theatre this weekend, and continuing next week with Guild Hall’s production of “The Night Alive.” The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• East Hampton’s Longhouse Reserve gardens open for the season tomorrow, April 30, with their annual Rites of Spring sculpture garden opening from 2 to 5 p.m. More information is online here. [$10]
• Community Action Southold Town will host a food drive this 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).
• The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth will be holding a Medication Take Back Day this Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main lobby of Peconic Bay Medical Center. The coalition will be offering giveaways to all community members who participate in the event as a thank you for disposing of medication in a responsible and safe manner.
• The Flanders Fire Department will hold their annual Memorial Service this Sunday, May 1 at 10 a.m. at the Fireman’s Park on Flanders Road. All are welcome to attend to pay tribute to departed firefighters and service members from Flanders. More information is online here.
• Looking ahead to next week, musicians from the East End will be holding a relief concert for the earthquake in Equador at The Stephen Talkhouse next Wednesday, May 4 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Juliana Nash, Alfredo Merat, Little Head Thinks, Luis Munoz Hits, Mambo Loco and DJ Chile will perform. More information is online here. [$20 at the door]
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.