• It will be mostly sunny today, with a high near 32 degrees but wind chill values between 10 and 20, with a northwest wind 6 to 10 miles per hour, becoming southwest in the afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 30. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain after 1 p.m. Thursday, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. There’s a 60 percent chance of snow early Friday, with skies clearing throughout the day and a high near 34.
• Former Greenport Mayor and Southold Councilman Joseph Townsend has been a longtime champion of the preservation of Edwards Farm at Orient Point, and this winter, the Peconic Land Trust honored Mr. Townsend for his work with an observation platform and a plaque at the entrance to hiking trails at the property, which was preserved by the Trust with help from Mr. Townsend and the community in 2015. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Suffolk County Health Department is looking for help from the public in testing the private water supply in Westhampton for the emerging contaminant PFOS. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Riverhead High School’s Cooking Club and ceramics class have teamed up once again for the second annual Empty Soup Bowls event to benefit the Phillips Avenue Elementary School Food Pantry. It will be held at the high school tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. More details are online here.
• In response to community requests, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is holding another flu vaccination clinic for adults only (18 years of age and older) this Friday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will take place in Parrish Memorial Hall, which is located on the corner of Herrick Road and Lewis Street in Southampton. No appointment is necessary, but identification is required.
• The East End Fringe Festival is kicking off its 2018 season with a free screening of the documentary “Play Time,” about local Long Island theater, at Riverhead’s Vail-Leavitt Music Hall this Friday evening, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. More details are online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:13 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:21 a.m., 8:45 p.m.
Greenport: 9:50 a.m., 10:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:49 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:45 a.m., 10:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:12 a.m., 11:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:19 a.m., 11:43 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:38 a.m., 7:11 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:05 a.m., 10:30 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:13 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Greenport: 10:42 a.m., 11:07 p.m.11:33 a.m., 11:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:41 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:37 a.m., 11:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:04 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:29 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.