• We’re expecting rain today, mainly before noon, then a chance of showers after 3 p.m., with a high near 48 degrees and an east wind 5 to 11 miles per hour, becoming west in the afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 29. Friday will be mostly sunny, with the temperature falling to around 29 by 5 p.m. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 32.
• This winter on The Beacon’s bookshelf, we have a few gems to recommend, some written by local authors, some that were written here but tell a broader story of our world, some in which the East End serves as a backdrop that shows the disparity between the worlds of the super wealthy, the creative class and the people whose labor makes this world turn, and one which is being used as a template by local people to make radical changes in our approach to climate change here. Get our winter reading list online here.
• New York Cancer & Blood Specialists opened its newest cancer care center at 750 Old Country Road, Riverhead on Jan. 20. More details are online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board will hold a forum on the future of downtown Riverhead this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the town’s Senior Center at 60 Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue. The town is also conducting an online survey, which closes tomorrow, on the community’s desires for downtown.
• If you’re fretting about not having any plans for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The folks in Springs have a plan: get together as a community and hold a sing-along in the Fellowship Hall of the Springs Community Church.
• Progressive East End Reformers, along with several co-sponsors, will present “Myth Busting: Separating Fact from Fiction in Single Payer Health Care” on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus in the Chancellor’s Hall auditorium. More details are online here.
• The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild is seeking artists to participate in a Paint & Play with the Hidden City Orchestra at the Peconic Recreation Center on Sunday, March 1. More details are online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:33 a.m., 12:56 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:04 p.m.
Greenport: 1:10 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:06 a.m., 2:31 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:05 a.m., 1:28 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:32 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:39 a.m., 3:02 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:08 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:17 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:29 a.m., 1:52 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:37 a.m., 1 p.m.
Greenport: 2:06 a.m., 2:29 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:59 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:01 a.m., 2:24 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:28 a.m., 3:51 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:35 a.m., 3:58 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:47 a.m., 1:04 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:13 a.m., 11:51 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.