Good Morning!

• It will be sunny today, with a high temperature near 36 degrees, but wind chill values between 15 and 25, with a west wind 18 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 36. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 13. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. We’re expecting snow early on Thursday, mainly before 7 a.m., with little or no accumulation. Skies will be mostly cloudy throughout the day, with a high near 37.

• This week on Behind The Headlines on 88.3 WLIW-FM, we joined the panel discussing a possible plateau of Covid numbers, the response of schools to the current state of Covid, Riverhead’s revitalization efforts, Westhampton Beach’s ongoing sewer project, community members who are taking action to reverse climate change using the tools of Project Drawdown, and the as-yet unknown cause of a tragic house fire in Riverhead. Listen In.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss alternatives to the roundabout at Love Lane, an update on a racist incident at occurred at the Jan. 4 Zoom inauguration of new town board members and proposed legislation regarding big houses at its 9 a.m. work session this morning. The board will also hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. at which no public hearings are scheduled. Here’s the agenda for both meetings, the Zoom login for the morning work session and the Zoom login for the 7 p.m. evening session.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss the town’s municipal airport’s transition to a private use airport and code changes regarding affordable housing at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on LTV’s YouTube channel.

• The North Fork Environmental Council was founded in 1972 by a group of concerned citizens, and on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m., local environmentalists will celebrate with an online panel discussion, remembering back to their beginnings in the environmental and advocacy work they’ve done. “What worked and how”” and “What didn’t and why not?” will guide the first part of the presentation, after which it will turn to “What if?” and “What next?” to get some guidance for their hopes and efforts for the next 50 years. Email to get a link to this Zoom discussion.

Suffolk County reported 1,624 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, Jan. 16, with 15.6 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 945 people hospitalized who had the virus, with 138 of them in ICU. The county reported 11 new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,030 people since March of 2020.

• Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Are Hiring for numerous positions, including nursing, laboratory and social work. The hospitals are holding a Zoom job fair this evening, Jan. 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., where they will provide more details about the positions available. Register online here.

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

Jan. 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:07 a.m., 10:33 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:15 a.m., 9:41 p.m.
Greenport: 10:44 a.m., 11:10 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:29 a.m., 11:59 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:39 a.m., 11:05 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:06 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:13 p.m. 
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:01 a.m., 9:34 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:10 a.m., 7:43 p.m.

Jan. 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:46 a.m., 11:14 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:54 a.m., 10:22 p.m.
Greenport: 11:23 a.m., 11:51 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:18 a.m., 11:46 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:32 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:39 a.m., 12:52 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:36 a.m., 10:12 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:45 a.m., 8:21 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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