• We’re expecting a chance of flurries between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 22 degrees but wind chill values between -10 and zero, with a northwest wind 6 to 13 miles per hour. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a low around 7. There’s a 70 percent chance of snow Saturday, mainly after 1 p.m., with a high near 28 degrees. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 22.
• When new Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith takes office January 1st, she will not only be the first female supervisor in the town’s history — she will also be a member of the first female majority on the town board — along with her Democratic running mate, longtime Riverhead teacher Catherine Kent, she will be joining incumbent Republican Councilwoman Jodi Giglio on the board. We sat down with Ms. Jens-Smith and Ms. Kent in mid-December to talk about their plans for the new year. Our full interview is online here.
• Riverhead Town will hold inauguration festivities for new town officials on Monday, Jan. 1 at noon at Pulaski Street School. All are welcome to attend.
• While most of us here are gearing up for New Year’s Eve festivities, in other parts of the world, New Year’s Day is the more important of the festivities — providing a chance to look ahead to the future surrounded by friends and family. Read our reporter Jinsoo Henry Oh’s exploration of New Year’s traditions, from the East to the East End, online here.
• If you’ve been collecting reusable cloth grocery bags throughout the past few years, stuff them into your car. You’re going to need them in the new year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, Suffolk County requires retailers to charge customers at least 5 cents for every bag they take from the store, regardless of whether those bags are paper or plastic. Get the details online here.
• This is our last Morning Bulletin of 2017. Stay tuned over the weekend for the download of our 2018 printable calendar, have a safe and happy New Years, and we’ll be back Jan. 2.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:07 a.m., 6:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:15 a.m., 5:37 p.m.
Greenport: 6:44 a.m., 7:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:24 a.m., 8 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:39 a.m., 7:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:06 a.m., 8:28 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:13 a.m., 8:35 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:08 a.m., 3:38 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:56 a.m., 7:19 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:04 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
Greenport: 7:33 a.m., 7:56 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:20 a.m., 8:56 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:28 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:55 a.m., 9:18 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:02 a.m., 9:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:08 a.m., 4:40 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.