• Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 87 degrees and a south wind 6 to 8 miles per hour. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 71 and a 20 percent chance of showers after 2 a.m. Showers are likely Friday, with thunderstorms also possible after 2 p.m. We’re expecting showers and thunderstorms on Saturday, with a high near 85.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed off after his final daily Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday as Long Island entered the last phase of reopening its economy. “These last 122 days have been a rollercoaster of emotions, obstacles, and challenges that we could never have imagined. As we enter Phase IV of reopening, I am hopeful of where we are going, but we must not forget where we came from,” he said. “Long Islanders are strong, resilient, and time and time again we prove we can accomplish the impossible.”
• Suffolk County reported 69 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, with no new fatalities, 52 people hospitalized (an increase of two), 11 patients in ICU (an increase of two), with seven new admissions and six new hospital discharges. The county’s death toll stands now at 1,984 Suffolk residents.
• As businesses throughout the East End make dramatic changes to their operations for coronavirus safety reasons, downtowns here are experimenting with new ideas for pedestrian and traffic flow to accommodate the continued need for social distancing. Here’s the latest.
• Crime Victims Center Executive Director Laura Ahearn has declared victory in the June 23 Democratic primary to run for the New York State Senate seat vacated by longtime Republican State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle. Read the full story.
• The Riverhead Central School District is putting its 2020-2021 budget up for a second vote on Tuesday, July 28 after it failed in a mail-in budget vote June 9. Voting will be held in person, though voters can request absentee ballots. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the district will be mailing voters information about how and where to vote.
• Beginning this evening with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Community Action Southold Town is hosting a summer series of Drive-In Movie Thursdays to raise funds to support the tremendous need they are experiencing during this health and economic crisis. Here’s the full story.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:19 a.m., 1:52 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:27 a.m., 1 p.m.
Greenport: 1:56 a.m., 2:29 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:49 a.m., 3:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:51 a.m., 2:24 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:18 a.m., 3:51 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:25 a.m., 3:58 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:31 a.m., 1:09 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:18 a.m., 11:27 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:07 a.m., 2:43 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:15 a.m., 1:51 p.m.
Greenport: 2:44 a.m., 3:20 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:35 a.m., 4:05 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:39 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:06 a.m., 4:42 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:13 a.m., 4:49 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:18 a.m., 1:56 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:05 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.