Good Morning!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 40 but wind chill values between 20 and 30 with a west wind 13 to 17 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 27. Tuesday will be sunny, with a high near 40, and Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

• Residents of Calverton are taking to the streets outside Riverhead Town Hall tomorrow afternoon at 1:15 p.m. in advance of the town board’s 2 p.m. meeting to call for a moratorium on development in Calverton, where numerous fulfillment warehouses are being proposed. The board had been slated to introduce a moratorium at Tuesday’s meeting but has since rescinded it. We’ll have more details tomorrow.

• Blood supplies are desperately needed during the holiday season, and the Greenport American Legion Roller Rink at 102 Third Street in Greenport hosts a New York Blood Center blood drive this afternoon and evening from 1 to 7 p.m. to help meet the need. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.

• Suffolk County reported an average of 638 new cases of Covid-19 per day for the week ending Dec. 18, up 7 percent from the week prior, with 14 percent of people tested testing positive, up 1 percent from the week prior, according to data from state and local health departments compiled by The New York Times. There were an average of 348 people hospitalized with the virus, a 35 percent increase from the week prior, and an average of one death per day, unchanged from the week prior.

• After more than a decade of trying to remove a invasive floating primroses from the Peconic River by hand, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is heartened this year by the results of a selective herbicide program this past summer. Read more in our sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub.

• Beacon editor Beth Young joined a panel of local journalists this weekend on Behind The Headlines to discuss proposed moratoriums in Calverton and Greenport; the state puppy mill ban; battery storage facilities; and a porta-potty in Sagaponack. Catch up by streaming the episode online here.

• 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 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:08 a.m., 6:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:16 a.m., 5:37 p.m.
Greenport: 6:45 a.m., 7:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:20 a.m., 7:53 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:40 a.m., 7:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:07 a.m., 8:28 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:14 a.m., 8:35 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:58 a.m., 5:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:07 a.m., 3:20 p.m.

December 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:50 a.m., 7:14 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:58 a.m., 6:22 p.m.
Greenport: 7:27 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:10 a.m., 8:45 p.m.
Sag Harbor: &:22 a.m., 7:46 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:49 a.m., 9:13 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:56 a.m., 9:20 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:51 a.m., 6:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4 a.m., 4:20 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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