Good Morning!

• It will be mostly sunny and cold today, with the temperature falling to around 27 by 8 a.m., with wind chill values between 15 and 20 degrees and a northwest wind 13 to 15 mph. There’s a 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10 p.m. tonight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 10. Tuesday will be mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 20. Wednesday will be mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 40.

• The North Fork Environmental Council was founded in 1972 by a group of concerned citizens, and on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m., local environmentalists will celebrate with an online panel discussion, remembering back to their beginnings in the environmental and advocacy work they’ve done. “What worked and how”” and “What didn’t and why not?” will guide the first part of the presentation, after which it will turn to “What if?” and “What next?” to get some guidance for their hopes and efforts for the next 50 years. Email to get a link to this Zoom discussion.

• Beacon editor Beth Young participated in this week’s edition of WLIW-FM’s Behind The Headlines on Saturday morning on 88.3 FM, in a discussion of the year’s upcoming stories, Zeldin’s campaign for New York Governor, cannabis, the implications and differences of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, redistricting, and virtual meetings. Listen in here.

• Suffolk County reported 6,796 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, Jan. 8, with 25.8 percent of people tested testing positivel There were 915 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 117 of them in ICU. The county reported 13 new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,922 people since March of 2020.

• The Immaculate Conception Church at 580 Main Street in Westhampton Beach will host a New York Blood Center blood drive this afternoon and evening from 2 to 8 p.m. Blood donations are in dire need and have fallen off dramatically during the pandemic. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own email each week, sign up here.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

Jan. 10
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:57 a.m., 4:19 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:05 a.m., 3:27 p.m.
Greenport: 4:34 a.m., 4:56 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:17 a.m., 5:48 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:29 a.m., 4:51 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:56 a.m., 6:18 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:03 a.m., 6:25 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:56 a.m., 3:10 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:05 a.m., 1:19 p.m.

Jan. 11
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:57 a.m., 5:20 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:05 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
Greenport: 5:34 a.m., 5:57 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:12 a.m., 6:46 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:29 a.m., 5:52 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:56 a.m., 7:19 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:03 a.m., 7:26 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:46 a.m., 4:03 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:55 a.m., 2:12 p.m.

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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