• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees but wind chill values between 20 and 30. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a temperature rising to around 39 by 5 a.m. Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. We’re expecting rain and widespread fog on Friday, with a high near 54 degrees.
• In the depths of winter and the heat of summer, for the past 15 years, law enforcement teams have been taking to the woods of the Central Pine Barrens twice per month to crack down on the illegal use of all-terrain vehicles in the vast swaths of preserved land throughout central Long Island. We went along with them on a recent detail to learn about their work. Read The Beacon’s full story online here.
• The New Suffolk School’s long range planning committee recommended Tuesday night that, if the school population drops dramatically, as is considered a distinct possibility, for the 2018-19 school year, students should be tuitioned out to another district. The school, which has 15 kids this year, is expecting enrollment to drop to 11 next year, and many parents are considering pulling their kids out of school due to an ongoing dispute over a teacher there. The school board is expected to vote on the recommendations at a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 31. Our full story is online here.
• The Southold Town Democratic Committee has announced their next meeting will be tomorrow, Jan. 11 at Greenport’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 768 Main Street at 6:30 p.m. The committee is expected to chose a new chairperson, Kathryn Casey Quigley, at that meeting. More details are online here.
• Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s marine program present “Kelp Art + Awareness” this Friday, Jan. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the brewery’s Peconic tasting room. The event features a new beer, food and art featuring the new harvest of kelp from the Peconic Bays. More details are online here.
• The North Fork Environmental Council has announced they will host guest speaker Lynn Arthur, Chair of the Southampton Town Energy Sustainability Sub-Committee, for a talk on reducing your energy costs at their monthly Speaker Series on Friday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House. All are welcome to attend.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:09 a.m., 3:35 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:17 a.m., 2:43 p.m.
Greenport: 3:46 a.m., 4:12 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:38 a.m., 5:04 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:41 a.m., 4:07 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:08 a.m., 5:34 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:15 a.m., 5:41 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:30 a.m., 12:43 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:14 a.m., 4:41 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:22 a.m., 3:49 p.m.
Greenport: 4:51 a.m., 5:18 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:39 a.m., 6:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:46 a.m., 5:13 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:13 a.m., 6:40 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:20 a.m., 6:47 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:26 a.m., 1:39 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.