• Today will be sunny, with a high near 25 degrees but wind chill values between -10 and zero, with a northwest wind 8 to 16 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a temperature falling to near 18 by 9 p.m., then rising to around 24 during the remainder of the night. There’s slight chance of snow and sleet before 9 a.m., Wednesday, but rain is then likely later in the tay, with a high temperature near 48 degrees. We’re also expecting rain on Thursday, with a high near 53.
• At the height of the Vietnam War, 50 years ago last week, Army Private First Class Garfield M. Langhorn of Riverhead, then 20 years old, threw himself on a grenade to save members of his platoon. Monday afternoon, Congressman Lee Zeldin gathered Vietnam War veterans and elected and community leaders at the Riverhead Post Office to announce that he is introducing legislation that would create a special semipostal stamp in Private Langhorn’s honor to help veterans in need of homes. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Riverhead Town’s justice court has long been cramped, overcrowded, unsafe and in need of wholesale overhaul, but the town’s troubled finances have kept it from finding a solution. New board members are hoping to change that. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Artist and entrepreneur Steve Miller thinks big. He is passionate about the world, the connectivity and integration between art and commerce, science and art, science and nature, nature and art, and ultimately our connection to the health of the planet and the other species that live on it. Read about his new book, “Radiographic,” in our profile by Kara Westerman as part of our Winter Books series.
• As part of our Winter Books series, we asked several Beacon staffers to share their thoughts on their writing process. We’re starting this series with a piece by Poetry Editor Billy Hands: It’s A Recipe, But It’s Yours.
• The Southampton Town Board will hold two public hearings at its 6 p.m. meeting at town hall this evening. The first is on whether to ban polystyrene single-use food containers and plastic straws and the second is on a community choice energy aggregation program. The full agenda for the meeting is online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:22 a.m., 10:49 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:30 a.m., 9:57 p.m.
Greenport: 10:59 a.m., 11:26 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:57 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:54 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:21 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:02 a.m., 12:28 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:34 a.m., 10:10 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:43 a.m., 8:19 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:15 a.m., 11:44 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:23 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
Greenport: 11:52 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:29 a.m., 12:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:47 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:48 a.m., 1:14 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:55 a.m., 1:21 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:26 a.m., 11:05 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:35 a.m., 9:14 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.