Friday afternoon's high tide in New Suffolk
Friday afternoon’s high tide in New Suffolk

Good chilly morning! Here’s hoping your pipes didn’t freeze last night and your car starts this morning. Temperatures are in the mid-teens this morning and are expected to rise to the mid-twenties mid-day. After a brief warm snap tomorrow and Monday, which even promises a little fog, temperatures are expected to fall again to the teens on Tuesday and the twenties on Wednesday. Please make sure your water is running and your pipes haven’t frozen! You may still be able to thaw them out before they burst. Plumbers on both forks are braced at the ready to deal with this horrid burst pipe season.

• The New York State Home Energy Assistance Program is available to help people who are in need of emergency burner repair or home heating fuel. They’re available at 631.853.8820 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and after-hours at their Emergency Services Unit at 631.854.9100 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. It is perhaps not best to call them between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

• The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful place to spend a chilly, snowy day. The refuge rents cross-country skis and snowshoes to visitors on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rentals are free for refuge members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call 631.653.4771.

• If you think you’re chilly, imagine falling overboard on a fishing boat off of Montauk in the middle of the night without anyone knowing you’ve fallen into the sea. That’s what happened to fisherman John Aldridge on July 24 of last year, and he lived to tell the tale, which is on the cover of tomorrow’s New York Times Magazine. It’s also online here.

• The North Fork Community Theatre‘s troupe opened up their 10th annual Variety Show last night, and you’ll still have a chance to catch them in their acts tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

• The Jamesport Meeting House, built in 1731 and now managed by the Jamesport Meeting House Preservation Trust, is looking for donations to rejuvenate its 1898 lecture room wing, which suffers from stained and falling ceiling tiles and frayed carpets. Donations can be sent to the Jamesport Meeting House, P.O. Box 330, Jamesport, NY 11947.

• The East End Beacon is now accepting poetry submissions. We would like to feature a work by one poet each month, cumulating in a chapbook to be released at the end of this year. Poets who are selected will receive $20 for their poem and a copy of the chapbook. Please send submissions to

• Little Head Thinks will be playing at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett tonight at 10 p.m.

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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