Mud Creek, Wednesday
Mud Creek, Wednesday

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting a 30 percent chance of rain this morning, mainly before 7 a.m. Otherwise, it will be cloudy, with a high near 55 and a southwest wind around 20 miles per hour. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 47, and Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

• The Southampton Town Board will hear a presentation on third party billing for the Flanders, Riverside & Northampton Ambulance Corps, which would allow the ambulance to bill insurance companies for services, and of the proposed Peconic Trail along the Peconic River in Riverside at their 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board has a packed agenda for their 9:30 a.m. work session, including a site plan for Peconic Bay Medical Center’s expansion, several special permit applications, a discussion on a recreation building and an LED lighting grant. Their full agenda is online here.

• Southold Town will host a public forum on alternative onsite wastewater treatment systems tonight, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in the town hall meeting room. Experts will be on-hand to answer questions from the public, and all are welcome to attend.

 • Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor is hosting a six-week discussion course, “Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability,” on Thursday evenings 5 to 6:30 p.m. beginning tonight, Jan. 12. The course is created by Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI). More details are online here [$35 materials fee].

• Tonight is the full moon, and nature organizations all over the East End are celebrating tonight with special full moon hikes. Group for the East End hosts a family hike at 5 p.m. at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue, followed by an adult walk at 6:15 p.m. Both walks are free and open to the public. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosts a hike at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for non-members and $5 for members and pre-registration is required. The South Fork Natural History Museum and the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt host a free full moon hike at the museum at 6:30 p.m.

• The Flanders Fire Department and FRNCA have rescheduled their winter blood drive for this Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1 to 7 p.m. It had been cancelled last weekend due to the snow. There is an emergency need for blood and they’re urging all eligible blood donors to attend.


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

Jan. 12
MTK Hbr: 8:20 a.m., 8:44 p.m.
Orient: 9:21 a.m., 9:45 p.m.
Greenport: 9:49 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 9:44 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 11:11 a.m., 11:35 p.m.
S. JPT: 11:18 a.m., 11:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:39 a.m., 7:10 p.m.

Jan. 13
MTK Hbr: 9:11 a.m., 9:36 p.m.
Orient: 10:12 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
Greenport: 10:40 a.m., 11:05 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 10:35 a.m., 11 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 12:02 p.m.
S. JPT: 12:09 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:28 a.m., 8 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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