Good Morning!

• We’re expecting increasing clouds today, with a high temperature near 39 degrees and a northeast wind 7 to 9 miles per hour. There’s a slight chance of overnight drizzle, with cloudy skies and a low around 32. We’re expecting rain on Thursday, mainly after 1 p.m., with cloudy skies and a high near 50 degrees. Friday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 52 and a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before 1 p.m.

• The formation of the Community Housing Fund in our towns provides a wonderful opportunity to change the model of affordable community housing that we have struggled with for years, say the founders of East End YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard). Read More about their work ahead in this month’s Op-Ed.

• The Cutchogue Civic Association will be hosting a public forum on battery energy storage systems tomorrow, Thursday Jan.12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peconic Recreation Center on Peconic Lane. The civic association has confirmed speakers to include a representative from Key Capture Energy, a senior ranking member of the NY City Fire Department, a senior ranking member of Suffolk County Fire and Rescue and Mr. Ian Latimer, Senior Project Manager with NY State Energy Clean Energy Siting team. Mr Latimer will be providing a technical overview of battery energy storage systems along with an overview of programs, policies and state resources available. The representatives from New York City and Suffolk County Fire and Rescue will discuss the training of responders with regards to these facilities. The public is welcome to attend.

• Southold Town is asking residents to respond to an online Community Housing Survey to get a better idea of the housing needs within the town. Here it is! Share it widely!

• Southold is also looking for community volunteers to help with Phase 5 of the town’s Bay to Sound Trail Project this month, on Monday, Jan. 16 and on Saturday, Jan. 21. Here’s more info.

• The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network, is hosting an Eastern Long Island chapter meeting at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Peconic on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., providing info about upcoming beach cleanups and other North Fork events that are coming soon. Sign up here.

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

January 11
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:33 a.m., 12:41 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:49 a.m.
Greenport: 1:10 a.m., 1:18 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:49 a.m., 1:59 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:05 a.m., 1:13 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:32 a.m., 2:40 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:39 a.m., 2:47 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:26 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:35 a.m., 10:24 p.m.

January 12
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:17 a.m., 1:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:25 a.m., 12:29 p.m.
Greenport: 1:54 a.m., 1:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:29 a.m., 2:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:49 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:16 a.m., 3:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:23 a.m., 3:27 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:15 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:14 a.m., 11:05 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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