• Get your flip-flops out. Today will be sunny, with a high near 81 degrees and a west wind 9 to 15 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 58. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 76, and Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 72.
• Cities around the world have been becoming more friendly to bicycles in the past decade, but out here in the traffic-clogged country, many people who would otherwise love to ride a bicycle have decided riding here is just too dangerous. Hampton Bays-based artist Andy Morris would like to see a change in public policy for bicycle infrastructure here, and he’s formed a new Facebook group, South Fork Active Transportation Initiative, to start a public groundswell for change in the way we think about bicycle infrastructure here. We kick off National Bike Month with an interview with Andy about his proposal.
• With the advent of May comes the spring migration of birds you might just see for a few weeks of the year. North Fork Birder Pat Hanly will give a North Fork Audubon Society talk on birdwatching during “Maygration” this Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Peconic Lane Community Center, followed by a bird walk the next morning at Inlet Pond County Park. And North Fork Audubon’s Tuesdays with Tom will meet at the park every Tuesday this month at 8 a.m. to set off for a morning of Maygration birding.
• – The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth and its community partners have announced they collected 223 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medication during its latest take-back event this past Saturday, April 28, many of which were controlled substances. Read more about the Coalition’s work online here.
• The Hampton Bays Historical Society will host a Kentucky Derby Party this Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lyzon Hat Shop on Main Street in Hampton Bays. Bring your Derby hat and be prepared to be on TV. Tickets are $50 and more details are online here.
• The Southold Sunshine Society, which provides assistance to people facing medical challenges, will hold a “Name Your Game” afternoon luncheon, with game-playing of your choice, next Monday, May 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at Founder’s Landing in Southold. Tickets are $20 per person and, reservations required. Call Anne Swanson at 631.765.5735 for more details.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:22 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:30 a.m., 11:43 p.m.
Greenport: 12:26 a.m., 12:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:23 a.m., 1:55 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:21 a.m., 12:54 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:48 a.m., 2:21 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:55 a.m., 2:28 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:38 a.m., 9:54 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:35 a.m., 1:09 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:17 p.m.
Greenport: 1:12 a.m., 1:46 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:03 a.m., 2:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:07 a.m., 1:41 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:34 a.m., 3:08 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:41 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:24 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.