• It will be sunny and breezy today, with a high temperature near 61 degrees and a northwest wind 16 to 21 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 40. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 61 and Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 62.
• While South Fork lawmakers have been wise for several years to the tactics used by developers of large-scale projects, the sudden explosion of popularity of the North Fork has already overwhelmed the ability of existing zoning to regulate what can be built there. We are already behind the Eight Ball, and if this doesn’t change quickly, it will be too late to enact meaningful changes. Read our May editorial.
• The Beacon’s May edition will be on newsstands throughout the East End by mid-day today. Pick up a copy at any of these newsstands. You’ll read many of these stories in print before you find them here, and our print edition supports much of the work we do.
• Covid cases in Suffolk are creeping up again this week. On Wednesday, April 27, the county reported 765 new cases of the virus, with 7.5 percent of people tested testing positive. As of early April, these numbers include just lab PCR tests, not rapid antigen tests. There were 78 people hospitalized with the virus, with six of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities, and the death toll here stands at 4,380 people since March of 2020.
• As we head into spring, our Peconic Dish columnist, Alison Boyd-Savage, is craving lighter meals with a comfort factor to see us through this fickle weather. Both of this month’s featured recipes are plant-based and quickly prepared with store cupboard staples. One-bowl, one-pot chickpea and spinach stew is vibrant with spices and the first of the local spinach. Hearty organic sweet potatoes are roasted to bring out their flavor, then bathed in a sweet and sour glaze and served atop rice. Read more in the Peconic Dish.
• Pegasus: The Orchestra performs at the Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill this evening at 6 p.m. This special concert focused on some of the most innovative Baroque masterpieces, conducted by Karén Hakobyan from the harpsichord. The program will include Vivaldi’s Trio Sonata in D Major and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti No. 4 and No. 5. Here’s more info.
• Cutchogue’s Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild celebrates its opening for the season this weekend, with the opening of its Members’ Spring Exhibition. Doors will be open for an open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2. Here’s more info.
• Gardener Andrew Bunting will give a Zoom talk on “Belvidere: Evolution of a Plantsman’s Paradise, about Bunting’s suburban Philadelphia garden, sponsored by the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. More information is online at hahgarden.org.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:36 a.m., 9:51 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:44 a.m., 8:59 p.m.
Greenport: 10:13 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:17 a.m., 11:30 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:08 a.m., 10:23 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:35 a.m., 11:50 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:42 a.m., 11:57 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:48 a.m., 9:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:57 a.m., 7:20 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:17 a.m., 10:31 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:25 a.m., 9:39 p.m.
Greenport: 10:54 a.m., 11:08 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: Noon
Sag Harbor: 10:49 a.m., 11:03 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:16 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:23 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:30 a.m., 9:49 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:39 a.m., 7:58 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.