• We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high near 40 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15 early, with a west wind 9 to 14 miles per hour, gusting as high as 28. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 20. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 33. We’re expecting less than a half inch of snow overnight Thursday, with temperature rising to around 33 by 5 a.m. We’re expecting rain Friday morning, with a high near 44.
• Southold Town will hold its annual Martin Luther King Day memorial service this Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. All are welcome to attend. More details are online here.
• The East Marion Community Association and the Orient Association are presenting a film screening and discussion of “One Big Home,” an award-winning film showing the effects on the community and the character of the town when home size becomes out of scale, this Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Poquatuck Hall in Orient. More details are online here.
• The Greenport Theater has long been closed in the wintertime, as the seaside village enters the doldrums of the cold season. But this winter will be different, thanks to the Manhattan Film Institute, which is presenting Academy Award-winning films beginning this Saturday. More details are online here.
• Winter’s chill will send you again and again to your pantry over the next several months, but don’t let that make you glum. This is a great time of year to experiment with new ingredients and flavors — especially if you’ve been snowed in and a grocery run is out of the question. This month, we turn to the North Fork’s scratchiest cook, Kim Dyla, for some advice on some good comfort food —a hearty sausage and bean casserole, finished off with cookies so simple, you’re unlikely to be without the ingredients. Get the recipes in this month’s Peconic Dish.
• The Riverhead Town Board is planning a public forum at town hall for Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. on a proposal to limit the height of buildings in downtown Riverhead. Currently, the town allows five-story buildings in the downtown center, but proposed rules would limit buildings to two stories, or to four stories if developers agree to a transfer of development rights for their projects.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:28 a.m., 5:51 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:36 a.m., 4:59 p.m.
Greenport: 6:05 a.m., 6:28 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:35 a.m., 7:13 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6 a.m., 6:23 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:27 a.m., 7:50 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:34 a.m., 7:57 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:01 a.m., 4:33 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:10 a.m., 2:42 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:16 a.m., 6:40 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:24 a.m., 5:48 p.m.
Greenport: 6:53 a.m., 7:17 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:30 a.m., 8:10 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:48 a.m., 7:12 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:15 a.m., 8:39 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:22 a.m., 8:46 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:02 a.m., 5:37 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:11 a.m., 3:46 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.