Good Morning!

• Skies will gradually clear today, with a high temperature near 36 degrees, with a northwest wind 16 to 23 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 33 mph. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 14. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 22 and Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 26.

• The way out of the East End’s housing crisis is creative thinking about how we define the environment we’ve built around us. The Parrish Art Museum convened a discussion a couple weeks back with an artist, a descendant of Southampton’s founders, a housing advocate and an architect. Here’s what happened.

• Riverhead Town reported Wednesday that it had been removed from the state’s “Yellow Zone” Covid-19 business restriction designation. “Earlier this morning, the Governor’s Office lifted restrictions put in place on November 25, 2020, in accordance with New York State’s Micro-Cluster initiative,” announced Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar. “I am happy to report, positivity levels in Riverhead are now declining. Now, more than ever, the public needs to strictly adhere to all Covid-19 protocol, while we await widespread vaccination. I am hopeful we are entering into the recovery stage of the pandemic.”

Suffolk County reported 1,084 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Wednesday, with 7.1 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 782 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 84 of them in ICU and 21 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported 16 new deaths from the virus yesterday, bringing the death toll here to 2,739 people.

• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss a highway department audit and water district issues at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda and the meeting can be viewed live here.

• The Southampton Town Board will hear updates on board members’ projects at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the login info.

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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