Good Morning!

• We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 39 degrees but wind chill values between 15 and 25, with a north wind 3 to 6 miles per hour. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 29. It will be cloudy on Thursday, with a high near 51 and rain likely after 2 p.m. We’re expecting heavy winds and rain overnight Thursday and into Friday, tapering off after 2 p.m. Friday, with the temperature rising to near 57 by noon, then falling to around 47 for the rest of the day.

• New York State has announced the projects to be funded under a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Grant, which include $3.24 million for the new Town Square project; $2.75 million for a mixed-use development on Griffing Avenue; $2 million for the expansion of the Suffolk Theater; $750,000 for pedestrian enhancements on Main Street; $245,000 for an adaptive playground on the riverfront; $250,000 each for public art and rowing programs and $215,000 for a new entrance and welcome center at the Riverhead Library. Read more.

• Sister Margaret Smyth, an advocate for immigrant rights who was known for her advocacy as head of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate for more than two decades, has died at the age of 83. A Spanish prayer service and wake will be held this evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead, followed by a wake on Thursday from 9:45 to 11 a.m., and a funeral mass at 11 a.m., which will also be live-streamed at stjohnriverhead.org. Her advocacy here will be greatly missed.

• The CDC is urging residents of New York City and Long Island to wear masks in public places and on public transportation due to the widespread circulation here of Covid-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the flu. While this is not a mandate, it’s a common sense approach to protecting yourself and your family during the holiday season.

• Bridgehampton High School at 2685 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton hosts a New York Blood Center blood drive today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.

• The Quogue Wildlife Refuge holds a Winter Solstice Sunset Hike this afternoon from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $10 for members. Registration is required, and can be done online at quoguewildliferefuge.org.

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

December 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:33 a.m., 7:59 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:41 a.m., 7:07 p.m.
Greenport: 8:10 a.m., 8:36 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:05 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:32 a.m., 9:58 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:39 a.m., 10:05 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:43 a.m., 7:07 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:52 a.m., 5:16 p.m.

December 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:19 a.m., 8:46 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:27 a.m., 7:54 p.m.
Greenport: 8:56 a.m., 9:23 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:51 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:51 a.m., 9:18 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:18 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:25 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:34 a.m., 8 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:43 a.m., 6:09 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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