Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain showers before 4 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow showers, with some thunder also possible. The temperature will fall to around 30 by 5 p.m., with a south wind 24 to 28 miles per hour, gusting to 50 miles per hour, with wind chill values between 15 and 25. There’s a 20 percent chance of snow showers overnight, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 7, with wind chill values between -10 and zero overnight. There’s a 20 percent chance of snow showers Saturday, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 22. Christmas day will be sunny and breezy, with a high near 28.

• We’re under a coastal flood warning until 1 p.m. today, with “widespread moderate to localized major flooding of vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline, with 1 to 2 1/2 feet, locally 3 feet, of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas,” especially on the North Fork.

Here are today’s high tide times for the East End:

December 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:08 a.m., 9:36 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:16 a.m., 8:44 p.m.
Greenport: 9:45 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:42 a.m., 11:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:40 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:07 a.m., 11:35 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:14 a.m., 11:42 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:24 a.m., 8:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:33 a.m., 7:01 p.m.

• The Greenport Village Board, which has made several changes to its proposed moratorium on development in three downtown zoning districts since a public hearing was set for Dec. 22, closed the public hearing on the original draft Thuresday evening and set a public hearing on a new draft of the law for Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Read More.

• Riverhead Town’s Tax Receiver’s office has received numerous reports that residents did not receive their tax bills, which the town says were mailed out on Dec. 12. If you have not received your tax bill, you can call the Tax Receiver’s office at 631.727.3200, ext. 247, 248 or 249 to ask them to mail you another copy, stop by town hall to pick one up. You can also look up and print out a copy of your tax bill or pay online here. Taxes are due Jan. 10, 2023. Merry Christmas.

Several environmental groups and agencies will be holding First Day hikes to celebrate the new year Jan. 1. Here are two local chances to get out enjoying the beauty of the East End in this unique season:

• The Southampton Trails Preservation Society holds a New Year’s Day Hike at the Mulvihill Preserve, 830 Brick Kiln Road in Sag Harbor from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. RSVP to Tim Corwin at 631.204.7821

• The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation holds a First Day Hike at the Ridge Conservation Area, 484 Randall Road, Ridge on Jan. 1 at 9:45 a.m. It’s a 2.25-mile hike that will wind its way through the 184-acre Ridge Conservation Area. The hike features 14 interpretive posts describing forest, grassland, and pond habitats, led by Forest Rangers John Gagne and John Scott. Registration is required by 4 p.m. Dec. 30 by contacting Bill Fonda at 631.444.0350 or

• The Morning Bulletin will not be published next week but will return on Jan. 2. Stay tuned to our website for breaking news throughout the week and have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

The high tides on the East End for the weekend are as follows:

December 24
Plum Gut Harbor: 10 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:08 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Greenport: 10:37 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:34 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:32 a.m., 11:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:59 a.m.
South Jamesport: 12:06 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:15 a.m., 9:46 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:24 a.m., 7:55 p.m.

December 25
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:55 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:03 a.m., 10:33 p.m.
Greenport: 11:32 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:11 a.m., 12:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:27 a.m., 11:57 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:28 a.m., 12:54 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:35 a.m., 1:01 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:09 a.m., 10:43 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:18 a.m., 8:52 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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