• It will be mostly cloudy today, with the temperature rising to near 42 by noon, then falling to around 35 during the remainder of the day, with a north wind 13 to 21 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 32 and wind chill values between 25 and 35. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 9. We’re expecting increasing clouds on Saturday, with a high near 22 but wind chill values between -10 and zero, with a north wind around 16 mph. It will be partly cloudy overnight Saturday, with a low around 8. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 38.
• Downtown Riverhead has received $10 million in New York State Downtown Revitalization Grants, the town announced on Thursday. “A local planning committee will be formed to provide advisory guidance on how to move potential projects forward in the most efficient and effective manner possible,” said Community Development Director Dawn Thomas. Potential projects include the Riverhead Town Square, the Railroad Avenue Transit Oriented Development Project, implementing downtown flood mitigation measures and improvements to the Suffolk Theater and Vail Leavitt Music Hall.
• The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill hosts a discussion with Shinnecock Nation artist Jeremy Dennis about an artist residency and postcard workshop project he created to draw attention to sacred lands in the Shinnecock Hills this evening at 6 p.m. Here’s more info.
• This Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m., the Riverhead Town Anti-Bias Task Force will host a program of speeches and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of the preacher and Civil Rights leader’s birthday, celebrated with a national holiday, this year on Monday, Jan. 17. Here’s more information.
• In honor of what would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday on Jan. 8, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center presents a special screening of “Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars,” directed by legendary Sag Harbor documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, this Sunday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Here are more details.
• The Friends of Mitchell Park are hosting a free day of skating for kids up to the age of 17 this Sunday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free rental skates are also available at the rink, which is in Mitchell Park on Front Street in Greenport.
• “Without a community, it’s harder for a person to change anything. If you work in a hospital or a clinic, or anyplace where you have to practice compassion with people in crisis on a daily basis, you know that having colleagues who support you in that practice creates a much more healing effect. A good environment allows the best things in us to manifest. A toxic environment can bring out the worst things in us.” Beacon columnist Dave Davis wholeheartedly agrees with this passage from Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh in this month’s Dave’s Desk@Ditch.
• The Cutchogue Fire Department at 260 New Suffolk Road in Cutchogue is hosting a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Pfizer first and second doses for adults and children ages 5 and up, and Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available to the public. Register online here (Cutchogue is the last of five clinics listed on the page). Second doses will be offered Feb. 2 through Feb. 4.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:23 a.m., 7:45 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:31 a.m., 6:53 p.m.
Greenport: 8 a.m., 8:22 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:44 a.m., 9:18 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:55 a.m., 8:17 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:22 a.m., 9:44 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:29 a.m., 9:51 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:19 a.m., 6:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:28 a.m., 4:57 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:05 a.m., 8:27 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:13 a.m., 7:35 p.m.
Greenport: 8:42 a.m., 9:04 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:28 a.m., 10:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:37 a.m., 8:59 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:04 a.m., 10:26 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:11 a.m., 10:33 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:05 a.m., 7:34 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:14 a.m., 5:43 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.