• Keep your umbrellas handy. We’re expecting a slight chance of drizzle or light rain and light fog before 9 a.m, today, then a chance of rain between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 57 and a northeast wind around 8 miles per hour, becoming south in the afternoon. There’s a 50 percent chance of drizzle overnight, with a low around 48. There’s a 60 percent chance of rain Tuesday, with total precipitation between a quarter and a half an inch. The high Tuesday is expected to be near 57 degrees. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers Wednesday, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 59.
• The Suffolk County Health Department has lifted an advisory it issued December 15, 2015 asking the public to take precautions before recreating on the tidal portion of the Peconic River east of Grangebel Park, but has issued an advisory against contact with the waters of Wickapogue Pond in Southampton due to a blue-green algae bloom. More information is in our sister website, The Peconic Bathtub, online here.
• The Mattituck-Cutchogue PTSA and PTA will host a meet the candidates night this Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Mattituck High School auditorium. Mattituck-Cutchogue has the North Fork’s only contested school board race this spring, with seven candidates — incumbent William Gatz, Edward Hassildine, Brian Meely, MaryLynn Hoeg, Barbara Talbot, George Haase and Tonya Kaiser-Witczak — running for three seats.
• The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth announced that 163
pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications were collected at Saturday’s take back event at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. This is the most that has been collected at a Riverhead take back event since they started at PBMC four years ago and brings the total number of drugs collected to over 1,500 pounds since the permanent 24/7 drop box was installed at the Riverhead Police Department in August 2014. Great work everyone!
• The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons has just participated in their second rescue operation from the El Faro de los Animales shelter in Puerto Rico. ARF Director of Operations Michele Forrester traveled to Puerto Rico last week and the dogs arrived safely in Wainscott on Sunday. After medical exams, the dogs will be made available for adoption.
• May is a great time of year to get out on the trails of the East End, and The Beacon’s hike listings can help you find a group of like-minded hikers out there. Our full listings for may are online here. This page is updated regularly, so keep it bookmarked to keep in the know throughout the year!
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.