• There’s a 20 percent chance of showers after 3 p.m. today, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 42, with a west wind 10 to 15 miles per hour and wind chill values between 20 and 30. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 23. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 34 and Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 36.
• The South Fork Wind Farm cable landing and burial project from Wainscott to an East Hampton LIPA substation was approved by the East Hampton Town Board on Thursday. Here’s our full story.
• This winter, Guild Hall in East Hampton is launching “Gather,” a new series of conversations led by Black and Indigenous change-makers in Suffolk County. Four Monday evening sessions beginning Jan. 25 will celebrate the East End’s diversity, recognize the damage caused by colonization, and, most importantly, build and implement new understandings. Here’s more information.
• Suffolk County reported 1,505 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with 7.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 850 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 138 of them in ICU. The county reported 18 new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,642.
• We heard yesterday from the Greenport American Legion Roller Rink that they collected 94 pints of blood at yesterday’s New York Blood Center Blood Drive. Congratulations to the community for coming together to help people in need of blood! The American Legion, at 102 Third Street, hosts blood drives regularly, and their next one is on Feb. 2.
• New York State has extended the open enrollment period to get health insurance on the state marketplace through March 31, 2021. The open enrollment period normally lasts from November through January. Here’s where to register.
• If you are the owner of a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, you have the most important tool to make your own gourmet pizza in minutes with minimum fuss. Read more from our Peconic Dish columnist, Alison Boyd.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:02 a.m., 4:25 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:10 a.m., 3:33 p.m.
Greenport: 4:39 a.m., 5:02 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:13 a.m., 5:47 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:34 a.m., 4:57 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:01 a.m., 6:24 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:08 a.m., 6:31 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:51 a.m., 3:08 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1 a.m., 1:17 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 5 a.m., 5:24 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:08 a.m., 4:32 p.m.
Greenport: 5:37 a.m., 6:01 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:07 a.m., 6:43 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:32 a.m., 5:56 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:59 a.m., 7:23 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:06 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:38 a.m., 4:01 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:47 a.m., 2:10 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.