• The National Weather Service is suggesting that 1 to 2 inches of snow may accumulate on the East End this morning, but it will turn to rain and much of it will wash away by this afternoon. They have not issued any storm warnings or watches, but if you need to feel bad about the weather there is a small craft advisory out on the water. They’re expecting seas of 4 to 6 feet later this afternoon, building as high as 7 feet tonight.
• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss airport issues, Indian Wells Beach, and the town’s scavenger waste plant at their 10 a.m. work session today. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Montauk Chamber of Commerce found the strange monster at right on the beach in Montauk this week. Keep calm and carry on.
• If you can’t afford to go to any Winterfest shows or you just want to see what Winterfest is all about before heading out to experience it, Winterfest now has a UStream channel where they’re uploading some of the performances from the past couple weeks. Right now you can listen to Tom Dorscher’s concert on Sunday at Baiting Hollow Vineyards, live on the not-so-live vine.
• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele is coming to the rescue of the mute swans of Long Island. The state DEC announced a few weeks ago they were planning to kill or capture all mute swans in the state by 2025, after which our environmental conservation agency became the object of severe ridicule from people all over the Island. Mr. Thiele and a couple state senators from up the island are introducing legislation that would put off the so-called swan eradication project for two years, while asking the DEC to explain exactly what kind of damage the swans are doing to our environment. The DEC is accepting comments on the plan through Feb. 21 at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Swan Management Plan, 625 Broadway in Albany, NY 12233-4754. Mr. Thiele’s district office in Bridgehampton can be reached at 631.537.2583.
• Ricky Fiedler was announced the lucky winner of a dinner for two at First & South restaurant in Greenport yesterday, after he guessed there were 847 candy hearts in the restaurant’s vintage Jack Daniels jar. There were, in fact, 851 candies in the jar.
• Bay Burger in Sag Harbor says they’ll be closed until Feb. 26 while half their staff goes to Vegas. The Beacon’s staff may take their cue and spend the next couple days at Foxwoods.