• Today, we’re expecting a chance of rain or drizzle, mainly after 4 p.m., with a high near 45 degrees and a northeast wind 13 to 15 miles per hour. Tomorrow, we’re expecting a chance of showers, but the temperature will improve markedly to around 60 degrees. We’re expecting sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s this weekend, and through Tuesday of next week.
• This weekend, you can help restore a piece of Southold’s Civil War history. The Southold Historical Society is hosting a Chinese Auction Saturday at the Peconic Lane Recreation Center to benefit the conservation and preservation of the Society’s rare Civil War “Wide Awake” parade banner, originally created for the Mattituck “Wide Awake” Club. The “Wide Awakes” were a paramilitary campaign organization affiliated with the American Republican Party during the presidential election of 1860. More information is online here.
• Environmental consultant Rachel Gruzen has been hired by East End towns and villages to coordinate regional efforts to protect the health of the Peconic Estuary. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The plastic bag ban in Southampton and East Hampton towns is slated to go into effect on April 22, and Southampton is beginning a public awareness campaign to get ready for the change. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The beach clean-up season is kicking into high gear on the East End over the next couple weekends. The Beacon’s listing of beach clean-ups is online here. If you are organizing a clean-up that you’d like added to the list, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Riverhead and Southampton’s town board work sessions for today have been cancelled.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.