Peconic Planting Season
Peconic Planting Season

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting patchy fog before 8 a.m. today, but it should otherwise be sunny, with a high near 75 degrees and a light southwest wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph. Tonight we’re expecting areas of fog after 1 a.m., but otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 54 degrees. Tomorrow, we’re expecting some fog before 9 a.m., but otherwise partly sunny skies, with a high near 68 degrees. Sunday morning is also expected to be foggy early, then mostly cloudy in the morning, clearing in the afternoon, with a high near 71 degrees. Monday, we’re expecting partly sunny skies and a high near 71 degrees and Tuesday we’re expecting a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 71.

• Repaving will begin next Thursday, May 14 on the southbound lane of Flanders Road. The southern end of the thoroughfare between Riverhead and Hampton Bays was repaved by the state DOT last fall, with the rest of the $5.2 million project, which extends as far north as the Riverside traffic circle, expected to be repaved this spring.

• Here’s some fun weekend reading for you: Suffolk County has just released its first Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan since 1987, a 1,040-page action plan to address Suffolk County’s water quality crisis. You can read the document online here, but it takes a very long time to load. In conjunction with the plan, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has named DEC Regional Director Peter Scully as the county’s “Sewer and Water Quality Czar,” a highly enviable title.

• On a more dire water quality note, the western half of Shinnecock Bay is now closed to shellfising due to the accumulation of saxitoxin in shellfish in more than 4,000 acres of shellfish beds — the largest closure in the state since 2012. Meetinghouse and Terry creeks in Aquebogue are also closed this week due to saxitoxin.

• Today is National Public Gardens Day, and the Peconic Land Trust is celebrating by hosting free guided tours of LongHouse Reserve, the Madoo Conservancy and Bridge Gardens throughout the day today. More information is online here.

• The North Fork Audubon Society will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day tomorrow at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport, with bird walks, a pollinator plant sale, a potluck lunch and a concert with The Second Hands from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is online here.

• Peconic Landing’s 10th Annual May Mile, an intergenerational race to benefit the Greenport Fire Department, is also tomorrow. You can register on the spot for either a 1 mile or 5K run. More information is online here.

• The Sopranos — Maribeth Mundell and Lauren Sisson — will perform at the Jamesport Meeting House on Sunday, May 10 at 4 p.m. for a Mother’s Day concert to benefit the First Universalist Church of Southold, where the concert was originally scheduled to be held before the Universalist Church burned down in March. More information is online here.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.



Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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