Good Morning!

• We’re expecting mostly cloudy skies today, with a high temperature near 42 degrees and a north wind 9 to 13 miles per hour. It will be cloudy overnight, with a low around 33 and a north wind 5 to 7 mph. Tuesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 42 and Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Suffolk County reported 1,516 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Sunday, with 10.6 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 759 people hospitalized in Suffolk with the virus on Sunday, with 116 of them in ICU. The county reported 13 new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,341.

• Art is ever present in our world, even when that world is turned upside down. Last year, the Southampton Arts Center could have been forgiven if it decided to sit out the pandemic, along with many other arts institutions that were crippled by being given “non-essential” status. But building on its relationship with the New York Academy of Art, SAC instead dug in to the moment, producing “2020Vision,” an essential exhibition chronicling the year we all lived through in real time, through sketchbooks, spoken word, on the streets and on social media. Here’s our full story.

• Now there’s no denying that we’ve come through a hell of a year, and while we could come across as awfully gloomy-doomy if we were to highlight all we went through last year, the hellishness of 2020 was not the only takeaway. 2020 showed us all how resilient we can be. Read our January editorial.

• 2021 calendars were all the rage in horrid 2020, so we decided to give in to popular demand and bring back our printable wall calendar for the coming year. You can get off to the new year on the right foot with the The Beacon’s 2021 Wall Calendar, a downloadable PDF of an old-school wall calendar.

• The Beacon’s January edition is now on newsstands throughout the East End. Pick up a copy at one of these locations today, or subscribe online here. Our print edition supports much of the work we do to bring you fresh local news every day!

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

January 4
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:18 a.m., 1:28 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:26 a.m., 12:36 p.m.
Greenport: 1:55 a.m., 2:05 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:44 a.m., 3 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:50 a.m., 2 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:17 a.m., 3:27 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:24 a.m., 3:34 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:25 a.m., 12:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:38 a.m., 11:28 p.m.

January 5
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:11 a.m., 2:24 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:19 a.m., 1:32 p.m.
Greenport: 2:48 a.m., 3:01 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:36 a.m., 3:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:43 a.m., 2:56 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:10 a.m., 4:23 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:17 a.m., 4:30 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:19 a.m., 1:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:34 a.m.

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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