Pictured Above: The line for Covid-19 testing continues to stretch down the street at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on Monday. |. Dave Davis photo for the East End Beacon
• It will be sunny today, with a high temperature near 36 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15, with a northwest wind 5 to 8 miles per hour, becoming southwest in the afternoon. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with the temperature rising to around 35 by 5 a.m. but wind chill values between 20 and 25. We’re expecting rain on Wednesday, mainly after 1 p.m., with a high near 51. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high near 40.
• Most local weekly newspapers take a well-deserved break between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but one of the great things we’ve realized after five years of putting a monthly newspaper to bed the last week in December is that we are able to take the time to dive in to a flurry of year-end legislative activity that could have real impact on our lives in the year ahead. Read our January editorial.
• Suffolk County reported 5,918 new cases of Covid-19 on New Year’s Day, with 28.1 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 737 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 113 of them in ICU. The county reported 13 new fatalities from the virus on New Year’s Day, bringing the death toll here to 3,826 people since March of 2020.
• The Southold Town Board will discuss a proposed increase in fees for commercial waste, a lead pipe replacement program and the Fishers Island Constable at its 9 a.m. work session this morning, followed by an 11 a.m. organizational meeting for the year. There will be three public hearings — on changes to the solid waste code, changes to beach parking sticker requirements and a rewrite of the code involving sewer and sewage disposal, at the board’s 4:30 p.m. regular meeting. Here’s more info on the public hearings. Here’s the agenda for all three meetings. Here’s the Zoom link for the work session, for the organizational meeting, and for the regular meeting.
• Southold Town will also hold an inauguration ceremony for its newly elected officials at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. today. The meeting will be livestreamed due to the Covid situation, online here.
• The Shelter Island Town Board holds its annual organizational meeting at 1 p.m. this afternoon. You can watch it live here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:40 a.m., 11:08 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:48 a.m., 10:16 p.m.
Greenport: 11:17 a.m., 11:45 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:15 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:12 a.m., 11:40 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:12 a.m., 12:39 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:19 a.m., 12:46 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:57 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:06 a.m., 8:38 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:34 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:42 a.m., 11:12 p.m.
Greenport: 12:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:48 a.m., 1:08 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:07 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:14 a.m., 1:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:50 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:59 a.m., 9:34 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.