Good Chilly Morning!
• Schools throughout the East End will have a delayed start this morning, in the hopes that roads will have been sanded to protect motorists from ice that built up after the temperature plummeted last night. Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Southampton, Mattituck, Amagansett, Montauk, Southold, Greenport, Oysterponds and Riverhead all have confirmed a two-hour delayed start today, and other districts may also have delays. Please check with your child’s school if it’s not listed here. The high temperature today is expected to be in the mid-teens, and tomorrow is expected to be in the mid-twenties.
• Suffolk County Government is urging anyone who is homeless on the East End to get out of the cold and ask for assistance at the sheltering assistance office at 893 East Main Street in Riverhead or to call 631.854.9517 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 631.854.9100 for after-hours emergencies after 4:30 p.m. If you run out of fuel or need emergency fuel burner repairs during the cold snap, the county’s hotline for emergency help is 631.853.8820 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 631.854.9100 after-hours.
• Rescue workers from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research responded to a second True’s Beaked Whale, this one a juvenile, which washed up on the Atlantic shore in Bridgehampton Monday morning. Another of the rare whales had washed up in Southampton Village Sunday. The Riverhead Foundation, which is conducting autopsies on the two whales, is looking into whether the strandings may be related to the deaths of a record-breaking number of bottlenose dolphins off the East Coast this summer, who were believed to be suffering from dolphin pneumonia.
• The Apron Strings Project, started by Riverhead resident Cindy Clifford, is looking for writers for an upcoming theatrical celebration of women to benefit The Retreat, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy group in East Hampton. Writers are being asked to take a look at photographs of aprons from a recent show at the Suffolk County Historical Museum at http://apronstringsproject.com, and use the aprons as a springboard for a monologue, song or short scene. They will be accepting submissions on their website through February 14, casting the show in mid-March and the performances will be May 2 through 4 at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead.
• New East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell pledged at the town’s organizational meeting last week that he would do away with the prior administration’s practice of not publishing agendas for town board meetings. With the new board’s first work session scheduled for this morning at 10 a.m., he’s begun the year living up to that promise. The sanitation department budget and drainage on Route 114 are scheduled for discussion today. Someday, though, you will be grateful to know this information in advance. We shall also likely see today who is designated to receive the dreaded airport liaison assignment.