Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, mainly after 11 a.m., with a high temperature near 52 degrees and an east wind 5 to 10 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Rain will continue overnight, with a steady temperature around 52, and into Friday morning, tapering off by mid-afternoon, with a high near 53. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 40 and a chance of flurries between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• As we embark down the path of a new year, the prospects are looking bright for people looking to upgrade to more energy-efficient homes. Now is a great time to take a close look at retiring your inefficient home appliances and energy systems, especially in light of new federal incentives through the Inflation Reduction Act that go into effect this year. Read More.

• Riverhead Town has closed on the $20 million purchase of a new town hall building, the former Peconic Bay Medical Center Entenmann Campus on West Second Street, announced Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar on Wednesday. “We expect transitioning to commence in three months and the full transition to occur by the end of this year,” she said, adding that the hospital will use the funds to expand its women’s health and ambulatory services.

• Stony Brook University is introducing a new piece into the local food ecosystem here in 2023, with the launch of a new Small Scale Farming Program starting next Tuesday at the university’s Southampton campus. Here’s more info.

• The Cutchogue Civic Association will host a public forum on battery energy storage systems this evening 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, Nick Petrakis of the FDNY Energy Response Group, Rudy Sunderman of the Suffolk County Fire Academy and 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 the FDNY and the Suffolk County Fire Academy will discuss the training of responders with regards to these facilities. The public is welcome to attend.

• The Riverhead Town Board is slated to discuss the November and December monthly police department reports, the possible formation of a Transfer of Development Rights committee and the possible implementation of an online beach sticker system at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

• The Southampton Town Board meets in private executive session at its 10:30 a.m. work session this morning to discuss acquisitions, personnel and confidential legal advice. Here’s the agenda.

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

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.

January 13
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:01 a.m., 2:04 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:09 a.m., 1:12 p.m.
Greenport: 2:38 a.m., 2:41 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:11 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:33 a.m., 2:36 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4 a.m., 4:03 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:07 a.m., 4:10 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:56 a.m., 12:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:57 a.m., 11:47 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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