Pictured Above: Dickerson Creek, Shelter Island on New Year’s Day. |. Jeanne Merkel photo

Good Morning, and Happy New Year!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 40 degrees but wind chill values between 20 and 30, with a northwest wind 7 to 10 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 29. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 43, and Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high near 42 and a 30 percent chance of snow showers, turning to rain after 10 a.m.

• Just before Christmas, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Birds and Bees Protection Act, which will prohibits the use of corn, soybean, or wheat seeds treated with certain neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonics. Read More.

• The East Hampton Town Board holds its 2024 organizational meeting this morning at 11 a.m. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on LTV’s YouTube channel.

• The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the inauguration ceremony of Southold Town’s recently elected officials on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024 at 2 p.m. at the Southold Town Recreation Center, 970 Peconic Lane, Peconic. A social hour and refreshments will immediately follow. 

• The Southold Town Board has a busy day today, including the inauguration. At its 9 a.m. work session tis morning at town hall, the board will discuss progress on the town’s zoning update and regional food scrap to compost efforts, followed by an executive session to discuss labor contracts. The board will then hold its organizational meeting at 11 a.m. After the inauguration, the board will also hold a regular meeting back at town hall at 4:30 p.m. Here’s the agenda for the work session and the regular meeting, and for the organizational meeting. Zoom logins for all three meetings are on the calendar section of the homepage of the town’s website.

• Tonight is Jazz Night at the Masonic Temple, 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor (Above the Whaling Museum). the Masonic Music Series is held Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., tonight featuring Ada Rovatti, Steve Salerno, Michael O’Brien and Claes Brondal. Tickets are $20 and are available at masonicmusicseries.com.

Today’s high tides on the East End are as follows:

January 2
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:03 a.m., 2:16 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:11 a.m., 1:24 p.m.
Greenport: 2:40 a.m., 2:53 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:19 a.m., 3:36 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:35 a.m., 2:48 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:02 a.m., 4:15 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:09 a.m., 4:22 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:11 a.m., 1:06 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:15 a.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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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