Anticipating longer days.
Anticipating longer days.

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 45 degrees, but wind chill values between 25 and 35 early, with a west wind 6 to 11 miles per hour. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 29. We’re expecting rain on Saturday, mainly before 3 p.m., with a high near 49 degrees. Christmas Day is expected to be sunny, with a high near 44.

• Hanukkah starts on Christmas Eve this year. Sag Harbor will celebrate with a menorah lighting at Long Wharf on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and the Village of Greenport will celebrate with a menorah lighting in Mitchell Park on Dec. 25 at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend both celebrations.

• The Southampton Arts Center is presenting a special community screening of “A Christmas Story” tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. More information is online here.

• Several East End nature groups have hikes planned over the holiday weekend. More details are online here.

A new generator for the Greenport School.

• Greenport’s ice skating rink in Mitchell Park is anticipated to open any day now… We’ll have the details when they become available.

• The two new traffic lights on Flanders Road are now operational as of yesterday morning. Please use caution as everyone adjusts to the new pattern of traffic flow.

• Peconic Landing in Greenport announced Thursday that they have donated a gently used Kohler 230kw generator, worth about $20,000, to the Greenport School District, after the retirement community purchased new generators as part of its expansion this year. Both the school and Peconic Landing serve as evacuation centers for the community.

• 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. 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.

Dec. 24
MTK Hbr: 5:25 a.m., 5:50 p.m.
Orient: 6:26 a.m., 6:51 p.m.
Greenport: 6:54 a.m., 7:19 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 6:49 a.m., 7:14 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 8:16 a.m., 8:41 p.m.
S. JPT: 8:23 a.m., 8:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:24 a.m., 3:39 p.m.

Have a safe and happy holiday! We’ll be back to you with more local news after the weekend.

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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