• The DEC has continued its ozone health advisory through today for Long Island and the Metropolitan new York City region. They’re recommending that all residents, especially young children, seniors, those who exercise or are involved in strenuous outdoor work, and those with pre-existing respiratory or heart problems, limit strenuous outdoor activity. Ozone levels are often elevated after noon through early evening on hot, sunny days.
• We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high near 89 degrees but heat index values as high as 98, with a southwest wind 6 to 10 miles per hour. T There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 71. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 84 and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 82 degrees and showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2 p.m.
• After several months of leveling off, with positivity rates below one percent, Covid-19 cases are on an incline in Suffolk County this week. On Wednesday, July 14, Suffolk County reported 83 new cases of the virus, with 1.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 28 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with six of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities, and the death toll here stands at 3,407 people. As of Thursday, July 15, 60.7 percent of Suffolk residents had received at least one dose of a Covid019 vaccine, with 55.6 percent of people fully vaccinated. Among people ages 18 and older, 73.4 percent of Suffolk residents have received at least one Covid shot.
• There’s currently a serious nationwide blood shortage, and the Hampton Bays Fire Department at 106 Ponquogue Ave. in Hampton Bays will hold a New York Blood Center blood drive tomorrow, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are recommended, online here.
• Gather: Conversations led by Black and Indigenous Change-Makers is returning this coming weekend, with events ranging from a meal and discussion with Shinnecock poet and storyteller Andrina Wekontash Smith, kayak excursions on Shinnecock land and a discussion of black and native whalers of the East End. Here are more details.
• Custer Institute and Group for the East End will present a celebration of the North Fork’s Dark Skies at the Sound View Greenport, 58775 Route 48 in Greenport, this evening at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $8 for Children 12 and up, and are available online here.
• The Southampton Arts Center at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton presents a free outdoor screening of “Basquiat,” about Brooklyn-born graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, this evening. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Bring a beach chair or blanket. More details are at southamptonartscenter.org
• The Parrish Art Museum at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill presents Jazz on the Terrace with Morris Goldberg & Safrojazz this evening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are online at parrishart.org. The event will also be streamed live.
• East End Arts’ Teeny Awards for high school theater have been announced. Find info on the winners online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:53 a.m., 3:39 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:01 a.m., 2:47 p.m.
Greenport: 3:30 a.m., 4:16 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:27 a.m., 5 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:25 a.m., 4:11 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:52 a.m., 5:38 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:59 a.m., 5:45 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:53 a.m., 2:43 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:02 a.m., 12:52 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:49 a.m., 4:34 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:57 a.m., 3:42 p.m.
Greenport: 4:26 a.m., 5:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:24 a.m., 5:54 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:21 a.m., 5:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:48 a.m., 6:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:55 a.m., 6:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:48 a.m., 3:35 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:57 a.m., 1:44 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.