Pictured Above: In Birch Creek, Flanders

Good Morning!

• It will be sunny today, with a high near 28 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 19. Friday will be sunny, with a high near 32, and Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

• Friends of Randy Hoffman, a volunteer and paid Critical Care EMT working on various ambulance squads and fire departments in the Sag Harbor/East Hampton/Montauk area, have neared their goal of raising $75,000 toward his medical care after he was partially paralyzed earlier this month after complications from a routine spinal surgery. More details are online here.

• Riverhead voters will have a new resolution on their ballots on Nov. 3, 2020, on whether to increase the term of town supervisor from two to four years, after the town board voted Tuesday to put the measure on the ballot.

• The Southampton Town Board will discuss a grant application for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation at a 10 a.m. work session this morning, followed by an 11 a.m. regular meeting at which they’re slated to hold public hearings on a CPF acquisition and on a new Southampton ambulance facility.

• The Riverhead Town Board’s work session for today has been cancelled.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings on CPF acquisitions and on the Promised Land Fire District at its 6:30 p.m. meeting this evening.

• Looking ahead to the weekend, the North Fork’s Rites of Spring Music Festival will hold a holiday concert of music by Shostakovich, Bartok, Beethoven and Cui performed by a trio with Yanki Karataş, violinist, Ginevra Petrucci, flutist and Paolo Bartolani, pianist on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Castello di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue. Tickets are $25. More details are online here.

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

December 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:21 a.m., 3:42 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:29 a.m., 2:50 p.m.
Greenport: 3:58 a.m., 4:19 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:47 a.m., 5:12 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:53 a.m., 4:14 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:20 a.m., 5:41 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:27 a.m., 5:48 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:29 a.m., 2:40 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:38 a.m., 12:49 p.m.

December 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:24 a.m., 4:47 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:32 a.m., 3:55 p.m.
Greenport: 5:01 a.m., 5:24 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:47 a.m., 6:16 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:56 a.m., 5:19 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:23 a.m., 6:46 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:30 a.m., 6:53 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:27 a.m., 3:40 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:36 a.m., 1:49 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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