Pictured Above: Blue banners in Jamesport recognize fallen NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen in preparation for his funeral Wednesday.

Good Morning!

We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high near 34 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15, with a northwest wind 11 to 13 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 21. We’re expecting mostly cloudy skies on Wednesday, with snow likely after 4 p.m., with snow and freezing rain turning to rain overnight, and the temperature rising to around 37 degrees by 4 a.m. There’s a 50 percent chance of morning rain Thursday, with skies clearing throughout the day and a high near 50 degrees.

• We’re expecting traffic delays and road closures surrounding Hampton Bays and between Hampton Bays and Jamesport today and tomorrow during funeral services for NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen, a Calverton resident who died in the line of duty last week. Southampton Town Police are advising residents to expect delays in Hampton Bays during wake services today from 1 to 10 p.m. at St. Rosalie’s R.C. Church on Montauk Highway. Roads surrounding the church will be closed tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 10 a.m. funeral mass, after which the funeral procession will travel up Flanders Road, north on Route 105 and east on Route 25 to the Jamesport Cemetery. Businesses along Route 25 have been hanging blue ribbons on street posts and storefronts all week to honor Mr. Simonsen’s sacrifice. A full list of road closures is online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss questions about its hamlet studies, the SolSmart program and capital budget projects at its 10 a.m. work session this morning at town hall. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosts a full moon night hike this evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Reservations are required, and more details are online here. The South Fork Natural History Museum and the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt are also hosting a full moon hike this evening at 6:30 p.m. More details are online here.

• As Long Island Winterfest prepares for its 12th season beginning Feb. 22,  the festival is expanding its focus, from its origins in jazz music at wineries, to an expansive series of events that now includes partnerships with music and arts organizations, theater, destination businesses and the East End’s growing brewery and distillery industries. More details are online here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

February 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:14 a.m., 9:36 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:22 a.m., 8:44 p.m.
Greenport: 9:51 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:49 a.m., 11:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:46 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:13 a.m., 11:35 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:20 a.m., 11:42 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:28 a.m., 9 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:37 a.m., 7:09 p.m.

February 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:05 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:13 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Greenport: 10:42 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:41 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:37 a.m., 11:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:04 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:11 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:18 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:27 a.m., 7:59 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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