Good Morning!

• It will be mostly sunny today, with a high temperature near 48 degrees and a southwest wind 7 to 13 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 30. Friday will be sunny, with a high near 48 and Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 54.

• New York State’s indoor mask mandate expires today, but there are exceptions. Masks are still required in schools, on public transit (including cars for hire) and airplanes, in adult care facilities and nursing homes, homeless and domestic violence shelters and in corrections facilities. While the state is no longer mandating wearing of masks in private businesses, including restaurants and theaters, individual business owners are still allowed to request that masks be worn on their premises. The state is currently evaluating whether to lift the mask mandate in schools after the winter break the week of Feb. 21, and will sending students home with Covid-19 testing kits over the break to evaluate whether it will be safe to remove the mandate after they return.

• Farmers in the ancient Franco-German region of Alsace had a unique way of testing the temperature of their wood burning ovens. Before they consigned their bread to the embers, they would first bake a Flammekeuche. If that was done to their liking, they could then trust the oven to bake the loaves that would feed the village for the upcoming week. Not only did they conserve precious fuel and food, but there was also a delicious snack to eat while the oven did its work. Our Peconic Dish columnist, Alison Boyd-Savage, shows you how in her February installment.

• The Southampton Town Board will meet in its capacity as the commissioners of the Hampton Bays Water District at its 10 a.m. work session this morning, followed by an update on town board members’ projects. Here’s the agenda, which includes Zoom login info.

• The Riverhead Town Board meets in executive session at 9:30 a.m. today to discuss matters surrounding the sale of real property, followed by an open work session discussion on matters regarding the sale of EPCAL in Calverton. Here’s the agenda and the meeting can be viewed live here.

Suffolk County reported 276 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, Feb. 8, with 3.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 333 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 49 of them in ICU. The county reported nine new fatalities, bringing the death toll here to 4,285 people since March of 2020.

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

Feb. 10
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:14 a.m., 5:42 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:22 a.m., 4:50 p.m.
Greenport: 5:51 a.m., 6:19 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:22 a.m., 7:03 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:46 a.m., 6:14 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:13 a.m., 7:41 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:20 a.m., 7:48 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:49 a.m., 4:22 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:58 a.m., 2:31 p.m.

Feb. 11
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:11 a.m., 6:35 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:19 a.m., 5:43 p.m.
Greenport: 6:48 a.m., 7:12 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:19 a.m., 7:58 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:43 a.m., 7:07 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:10 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:17 a.m., 8:41 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:46 a.m., 5:23 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:55 a.m., 3:32 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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