Canadian winter refugees on Marratooka Pond
Canadian winter refugees on Marratooka Pond

Good Morning!

• There’s a 20 percent chance of showers between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, but otherwise it will start out cloudy, gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 24. Friday will be sunny, with a high near 46. There’s a 70 percent chance of rain Christmas Eve between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Christmas Day is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

• The Southampton Town Board plans to discuss community use of properties purchased through the post-Superstorm Sandy New York Rising program, many of which are in Flanders, at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. The board will also hold a special meeting at 11 a.m. to authorize the town supervisor to apply for grants through the EPA Brownfields Assessment Program, and to replace the HVAC system at the town’s Hampton Bays Community Center.
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss safe medication disposal and sewer code amendments at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork is hosting a celebration of the Latin American holiday Las Posadas, a candlelight procession commemorating Joseph and Mary’s quest for lodging in Bethlehem, tonight, Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Traditional songs will be followed by a potluck dinner. The church is located at 977 Sag Harbor Turnpike. For more information, call 631.276.5251.
• The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Sag Harbor’s Cormaria Catholic Retreat House will hold a candlelight gathering for the community at the Christmas Tree on Long Wharf next Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the village and share hope for rebuilding after last week’s fire.
• Get off to the new year on the right foot with the The Beacon’s 2017 Wall Calendar, a downloadable PDF of an old-school wall calendar. The calendar is available online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Dec. 22

MTK Hbr: 3:41 a.m., 4:06 p.m.
Orient: 4:42 a.m., 5:07 p.m.
Greenport: 5:10 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 5:05 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 6:32 a.m., 6:57 p.m.
S. JPT: 6:39 a.m., 7:04 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:40 a.m., 1:51 p.m.

Dec. 23
MTK Hbr: 4:36 a.m., 5:01 p.m.
Orient: 5:37 a.m., 6:02 p.m.
Greenport: 6:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 6 a.m., 6:25 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 7:27 a.m., 7:52 p.m.
S. JPT: 7:34 a.m., 7:59 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:32 a.m., 2:45 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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