Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 41 and a west wind 10 to 14 miles per hour, with wind chill values between 20 and 30. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 28. There’s a 20 percent chance of snow showers Wednesday, with partly sunny skies and a high near 36. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high near 38.

• The lack of officers of color and of communication between the police and communities they serve has been on the minds of residents who’ve spoken up at the latest law enforcement public listening sessions in Riverhead and on the North Fork. Here’s our full story.

• Suffolk County reported 1,362 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Monday, with 8.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 829 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 148 of them in ICU. The county reported 12 new deaths from the virus, bringing the death here to 2,589 people.

• The Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee is asking communities across the country to illuminate buildings and ring church bells at 5:30 p.m. today in a national moment of unity and remembrance for those who lost their lives to the Covid-19 pandemic. In Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool will be lit in their honor. So far, we’ve heard from the Orient Historical Society that they will be ringing the bells in the Old Point School House on Village Lane.

• The Southold Town Board will hear a report from the town’s Police Advisory Committee and updates on the Love Lane Traffic Study and the New Suffolk Parking Study at its 9 a.m. work session this morning. The board has two public hearings, on the use of Community Development Block Grant Funds and extension of senior citizen tax exemptions for one year due to the pandemic, at its 7 p.m. regular meeting. The agenda for both meetings is online here, and the Zoom login info for the work session is online here and for the regular meeting is online here. Video of the meetings will be online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss public comments received last week on the South Fork Wind Farm and the 2021 CPF Management and Stewardship Plan at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed online here.

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

January 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:08 a.m., 2:27 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:16 a.m., 1:35 p.m.
Greenport: 2:45 a.m., 3:04 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:32 a.m., 3:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:40 a.m., 2:59 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:07 a.m., 4:26 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:14 a.m., 4:33 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:21 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:42 a.m.

January 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:04 a.m., 3:24 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:12 a.m., 2:32 p.m.
Greenport: 3:41 a.m., 4:01 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:22 a.m., 4:51 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:36 a.m., 3:56 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:03 a.m., 5:23 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:10 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:06 a.m., 2:19 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:15 a.m., 12:28 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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