Snow-crushed snowdrops
Snow-crushed snowdrops

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 35 degrees but wind chill values between 15 and 25, due to a north wind blowing at 8 to 17 miles per hour. Tonight will be clear, with a low around 13. We’re expecting increasing clouds tomorrow, with a high near 36, and possible light rain Friday night, but the weekend is looking nice, with partly sunny skies and a high near 47 on Saturday and mostly sunny skies and a high near 46 on Sunday.

• Concerts for the ninth annual Winterfest Live on the Vine begin tonight at the Jam Session at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor, and continue for five weeks through March 19, with a kickoff party with Toby Walker and Miles to Dayton at The Suffolk Theater tomorrow night. More information is online here. The Beacon’s full listings for this weekend’s concerts are online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board voted last night to approve Nile Rogers’ FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards August 12-14, and to approve a law that would not allow business to be open 24 hours a day in the village center, rural corridor and hamlet center zoning districts. This new law would affect a controversial proposed 7-Eleven in Aquebogue.

• Tonight at 6 p.m., historian Georgette Grier-Key will discuss “Historic Gordon Heights” as part of the African-American History Month celebration at the Suffolk County Historical Museum in Riverhead. More information is online here. [$5/Members free]

• Riverhead Town will have no open session at their 9:30 a.m. work session, and will instead spend the whole meeting in executive session to discuss the town’s contract with Cablevision and litigation involving property at 705 Harrison Avenue, across the street from the Riverhead High School. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Southampton Town Board plans to discuss their draft agenda for next Tuesday’s town board meeting at their 11:30 a.m. work session this morning.

• The Peconic Estuary Program has announced that they will be holding their February Citizens Advisory Committee meeting at the Peconic Community Center on Peconic Lane in Peconic on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join and share their concerns about the Peconic Bays. For more information, e-mail

• Applications are currently being accepted for East End Arts’ third annual JumpstART! program, which gives artists guidance on fundraising and promoting their ideas, culminating in a mid-summer evening arts program throughout downtown Riverhead.

• There’s plenty going on all over the East End, even in the depths of February. Our full events calendar, online here, keeps you filled in on what’s going on. If you have an event you’d like us to post, please send the details to

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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