Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, mainly after 10 a.m., with a high temperature near 38 degrees and a north wind 6 to 9 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain this evening, turning to snow after 9 p.m., with a low tonight around 28 degrees, with wind chill values between 15 and 25 and a northwest wind 14 to 23 miles per hour. Tuesday will be sunny, with a high near 40. There’s a 50 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m. Wednesday, with partly sunny skies and a high near 38, with a major snowfall expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with forecasts ranging from several inches to a foot of snow. We’ll have details as the track of the storm becomes more clear.

• New York State is expected to decide today whether to curtail indoor dining at restaurants at areas outside of New York City to curb the coronavirus — indoor dining was shut down in the city as of today. We’ll have more details after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s briefing this morning.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the launch Friday, Dec. 11 of Suffolk BACKSTOP — a new Covid-19 rental and small business assistance program for county residents and business owners facing hardships due to the pandemic, along with a Covid testing program for first responders. Here are more details.

Suffolk County reported 1,086 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Sunday, with 6.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 452 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 76 of them in ICU. The county reported five new fatalities from the virus Sunday, bringing the death toll here to 2,113 people.

• Compassion has always been the realm of women. These anonymous newspaper editorials are frequently written by men, who must be forgiven for not giving much credence to compassion in the realm of world affairs. Their traditional role has been one of protection and provision — it is a tough and lonely path that many men walk in pursuit of these things for their families. But, more and more, compassion has a role to play on the world’s stage. Read this month’s editorial.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

December 14
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:54 a.m., 9:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:02 a.m., 8:29 p.m.
Greenport: 9:31 a.m., 9:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:29 a.m., 11:04 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:26 a.m., 9:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:53 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11 a.m., 11:27 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:14 a.m., 8:39 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:23 a.m., 6:48 p.m.

December 15
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:45 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:53 a.m., 9:21 p.m.
Greenport: 10:22 a.m., 10:50 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:20 a.m., 11:54 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:17 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:44 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:51 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:03 a.m., 9:31 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:12 a.m., 7:40 p.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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