Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 47 degrees and a west wind around 5 miles per hour, becoming calm in the morning. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 30. Friday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. We’re expecting rain on Saturday, mainly before noon, with a high near 46.

• Congressman Lee Zeldin again spoke up for White House incumbent Donald Trump on the floor of Congress just before the vote Wednesday to impeach the president for incitement of insurrection for his role in the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol. The measure passed in a 232-197 vote, with 10 Republicans voting to impeach. Zeldin instead praised the president for the economic growth the U.S. experienced before the pandemic, his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and for his efforts “to defeat MS-13 in my district,” drawing this viral Twitter moment between BuzzFeed reporter Paul McLeod and hundreds of astute Long Islanders:

Suffolk County reported 1,673 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Wednesday, with 9.8 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 853 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 133 of them in ICU and 19 percent of hospital beds in the county are available. The county reported 15 new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,502 people.

• A decade ago, if you had a “Go Bag” or a “Bug Out Bag” or some other kit filled with disaster supplies waiting by your back door, you were seen as a crazy end-of-the-world disaster prepper. But even before the pandemic, being prepared for anything was always good common sense. Here’s how our bag got shook out in 2020.

• The Riverhead Town Board discusses the pattern book for downtown redevelopment and the monthly police department report at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. You can listen in online here.

• The Southold Justice Review & Reform Task Force will hold a Zoom listening session this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. for residents to share their perspective on interactions with town law enforcement. To register, visit Riverhead’s Law Enforcement Advisory Panel will hold a similar listening session this evening at 5 p.m. Here’s how to join.

• The Concerned Citizens of Montauk will hold a Zoom webinar on “Renewable Energy and the South Fork Wind Farm” this afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. CCOM President Laura Tooman, Renewable Energy Long Island Executive Director Gordian Raacke and New York League of Conservation Voters President Julie Tighe will discuss East Hampton’s ambitious sustainable energy goals and the South Fork Wind Farm. Sign up online at

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

January 14
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:20 a.m., 10:46 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:28 a.m., 9:54 p.m.
Greenport: 10:57 a.m., 11:23 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:56 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:52 a.m., 11:18 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:19 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:02 a.m., 12:26 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:37 a.m., 10:07 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:46 a.m., 8:16 p.m.

January 15
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:09 a.m., 11:36 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:17 a.m., 10:44 p.m.
Greenport: 11:46 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:26 a.m., 12:43 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:41 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:45 a.m., 1:08 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:52 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:25 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:34 a.m., 9:05 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

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