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