• Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 49 degrees and a calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. We’re expecting rain overnight and through 10 a.m. tomorrow, when the high will be near 47 degrees. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 37.
• The Rogers Memorial Library hosts their annual community breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18 beginning at 9:45 a.m. They’ll have fellowship, food, musical offerings, and a talk by Dr. Natalie Byfield, an associate professor of sociology at St. John’s University whose work involves race, gender, and class inequalities in the U.S. To register, call the library at 631.283.0774, ext. 523. More information on this coming week’s Martin Luther King Day celebrations is online here.
• The Southampton Press is hosting a debate for the special election to fill Brad Bender’s Southampton Town Council seat tomorrow, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. All are welcome to attend. The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will also host a debate next Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Westhampton Free Library.
• Cleo Sellers was a man of superhuman strength and gentle humor, a person who transcended time or place, but a person who made Greenport a little bit more of a caring place. Mr. Sellers died Monday at the age of 73. A wake will be held at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home, 735 First Street, Greenport on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• We’ve also gotten word that Stuart Vorpahl of Amagansett, one of the last true Bonackers, died yesterday at Southampton Hospital at the age of 76. Mr. Vorpahl was a fisherman who battled the DEC and fought for public access to the water, and was a constant presence at East Hampton town meetings, reminding boards and the public of the common sense ways things used to be done in East Hampton. The Beacon’s full story can be found in the Peconic Bathtub here.
• Riverhead High School’s matinée performance of “Bye Bye Birdie,” cancelled last Sunday due to a fire that broke out in a portable building at the school just as the curtain was about to rise, has been rescheduled for this Sunday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. There will be no charge for this performance.
• Stumped on what to do with your long weekend? The Beacon’s events calendar, filled with music listings, author talks, films and hikes and theater listings, is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.