Good Morning!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 38 degrees, with wind chill values between 10 and 20 and a north wind 3 to 7 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight with a low around 26. Saturday and Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with highs near 47. We’re expecting mostly sunny skies on Christmas, with a high near 49.

• Southampton Town approved an ambitious Climate Action Plan in a contentious 3-2 vote Thursday evening, Dec. 21, setting the town up to be able to take advantage of a portion of $522 billion in federal aid for climate change readiness. Read More.

• CAST in Southold is teaming up with North Fork Contemporary to give new life to the wooden pews recently removed from the former Southold Methodist church that is now CAST’s headquarters, using them as works of art, architecture, landmarks, or follies. Here’s more info.

• The week ahead is filled with nature walks across the East End. The Southampton Trails Preservation Society and the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt host a 3.5-mile hike through the Long Pond Greenbelt starting at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center at 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23 (Contact Dai Dayton at 631.745.0689), while the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society hosts a 2.5 mile hike on Saturday, Dec. 23 through The Moorlands at Amsterdam Beach. Meet at 10 a.m. on the south side of Montauk Highway, several miles east of downtown Montauk in a small parking area adjacent to a dirt road and a horse ranch. Contact hike leader Amy Ruhle (amyruhle@optonline.net or 631.521.3602) for more info.

Full moon hikes well be held next week — the Full Cold Moon Hike will be held Tuesday, Dec. 26 with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt at the South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike at 5 p.m. Email greenbeltnews@aol.com to register for this free event. On Wednesday, Dec. 27, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge holds a full moon hike from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 or $10 for members, and reservations are required at quoguewildliferefuge.org

Ringing in the new year, the Southampton History Museum and the Southampton Trails Preservation Society host a hike through the Emma Rose Elliston and Wolf Swamp preserves on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet in the Elliston Park parking lot, 40 Millstone Brook Road, Southampton. On Dec. 31, STPS also hosts a 9:30 a.m. hike through Sears Bellows County Park in Hampton Bays. More details are at southamptontrails.org. On Dec. 30, the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society hosts a 4-mile hike through the Woodblock & Nancy Kelley Preserve in Springs. On Jan. 1, 2024, Rick Whalen leads his annual EHTPS New Years Day hike through Hither Hills State Park, this time celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the park. More details on the East Hampton hikes are at easthamptontrailspreservationsociety.org.

• The East Hampton Food Pantry’s annual Polar Plunge will also be held New Year’s Day at Main Beach, 101 Ocean Ave., East Hampton. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the plunge will be held at 1 p.m. Register online here.

• Inaugurations for new Riverhead public officials will be held on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. at Riverhead’s new Town Hall at 4 West Second Street. Southold Town will hold an inauguration ceremony for new public officials on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Southold Town Recreation Center, 970 Peconic Lane in Peconic. All are welcome to attend both ceremonies.

• The Morning Bulletin will be on hiatus until the new year — stay tuned to eastendbeacon.com for breaking news throughout the holiday week, and have a safe and happy Christmas & New Year.

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

December 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:46 a.m., 6:08 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:54 a.m., 5:16 p.m.
Greenport: 6:23 a.m., 6:45 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:07 a.m., 7:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:18 a.m., 6:40 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:45 a.m., 8:07 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:52 a.m., 8:14 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:45 a.m., 5:06 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:54 a.m., 3:15 p.m.

December 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:38 a.m., 7 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:46 a.m., 6:08 p.m.
Greenport: 7:15 a.m., 7:37 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:02 a.m., 8:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:10 a.m., 7:32 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:37 a.m., 8:59 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:44 a.m., 9:06 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:42 a.m., 6:05 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:51 a.m., 4:14 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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