• The worst of this three-day rainy weather streak is expected to be tonight, with heavy thunderstorms expected to drop three to four inches of rain on the East End. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from 8 p.m. tonight to noon tomorrow for low-lying areas with poor drainage, and small rivers and streams. There is a small craft advisory in effect in all local waters, with winds expected to be above 20 knots with gusts up to 30 knots through Thursday. Seas on the ocean are expected to hit a high of 9 to 12 feet by Thursday and then subside.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was in Westhampton yesterday to help celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Hampton Business District at Gabreski Airport. Expect to see the County Exec’s mug all over the East End media today, as he embarks on a whirlwind tour of our farm fields and fisheries with our local elected officials.
• Sag Harbor filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker are making the news this week, after the subject of an animal rights film they’re working on made the cover of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. They have been following attorney Steven Wise as he attempts to force the New York courts to recognize the legal personhood of animals. One of his cases, filed in Riverhead, involves two chimpanzees being kept at Stony Brook University for studies on human locomotion. A short film by the duo appears in the online version of the story.
• Governor Andrew Cuomo was greeted by a motley group of more 1,000 protestors who were upset about a litany of issues ranging from the new Common Core learning standards to his support for gun control and hydraulic fracturing to Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, when he spoke at the Suffolk County Democratic Party’s spring dinner in Holbrook Monday night, according to the Long Island Press.
• Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island will host the Third New York Regiment Revolutionary War re-enactors, who will hold a living history encampment this Saturday, May 3, from noon to 4 p.m. The re-enactors will set up camp the night before and emerge from their tents the next morning, slipping into carefully researched, authentic uniforms, and spending a day fully immersed in the year 1775. They will hold demonstrations of firearms, military drills and canon fire, play authentic music and song and hold cooking demonstrations. More information is online here.
• The full schedule for the upcoming Montauk Music Festival is now available online here. The festival runs May 15 through May 18.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.