Good Morning, and happy Groundhog Day!
• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 41 degrees and a west wind 6 to 11 miles per hour, increasing to 12 to 17 in the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 18. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 33 and Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 33.
• Rail service improvements are coming to the East End, says State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, including an extra weekday and weekend train and a “Fisherman’s Train” on the North Fork and extra commuter trains and infrastructure improvements on the South Fork. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, who pioneered grassroots and internet-based organizing in all 50 states in his bid for the presidency in 2004, still believes that young people and technology will provide America with a bright future. Mr. Dean, who was raised in East Hampton, gave a talk at Peconic Landing in Greenport Tuesday afternoon on the current state of American politics. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Concerned Citizens of Montauk announced Wednesday that the group’s president, Jeremy Samuelson, will be leaving his position with CCOM at the end of March to join The Nature Conservancy as the Director of Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.
“The environmental threats facing Montauk and the entire Peconic Estuary are complex and require long-term, comprehensive solutions,” said Mr. Samuelson. “I will miss working each day in Montauk but look forward to continuing to partner with CCOM and the many organizations working to ensure Montauk remains a natural wonder.”
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss FAA helicopter issues, Riverhead’s Got Talent and intergenerational programs at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will discuss proposed changes to demolition permits, board member project updates and proposed budget amendments at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will hold a public hearing on parking restrictions on Landing Lane in Springs, a frequent kayak launching area, at their 6:30 p.m. meeting at town hall this evening. Their full agenda is online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
MTK Hbr: 12:28 a.m., 12:46 p.m.
Orient: 1:29 a.m., 1:47 p.m.
Greenport: 1:57 a.m., 2:15 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 1:52 a.m., 2:10 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 3:19 a.m., 3:37 p.m.
S. JPT: 3:26 a.m., 3:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:57 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
MTK Hbr: 1:22 a.m., 1:44 p.m.
Orient: 2:23 a.m., 2:45 p.m.
Greenport: 2:51 a.m., 3:13 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 2:46 a.m., 3:08 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 4:13 a.m., 4:35 p.m.
S. JPT: 4:20 a.m., 4:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:54 a.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.