Good Morning!

• It will be cloudy today, with a 20 percent chance of light rain after 2 p.m. and a high temperature near 43 degrees, with wind chill values between 20 and 30 and a calm wind becoming east around 6 miles per hour. There’s a slight chance of light rain overnight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 34. Thursday will be cloudy, with a high near 45 and a 50 percent chance of rain. We’re expecting rain before 5 p.m. Friday, then rain or freezing rain, with the temperature falling to around 32 by 5 p.m. Little or no ice accumulation is expected.

Suffolk County reported 684 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, Jan. 31, with 8.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 526 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 86 of them in ICU. The county reported 10 new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,218 people since March of 2020.

• The bleak days of winter call for warm and comforting dishes. After the festive feasting, Peconic Dish columnist Alison Boyd takes a leaf from our forebears’ book and embraces nourishing staples that store well over the winter and can be turned into inexpensive and filling meals. This month: Wonderful Polenta.

• The Hamptons Doc Fest is highlighting two short films on Friday, Feb. 4 that celebrate the talent of two African American artists, but tell their stories from very different perspectives: one focusing on contemporary African American portrait artist Kehinde Wiley and the second on the works of art that sprang up in response to the tragic death of Breonna Taylor, focusing on one artist, Amy Sherald. Read More.

• The Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center hosts several Zoom art workshops and lectures this week, including one on “Feeling Color” with Education Coordinator Joyce Raimondo today at 4 p.m., one on how artist couples support and challenge each other tomorrow at 4 p.m. and one on “Painting Outer Space/Inner Space” with guest artist John Torreano on Friday at 4 p.m. More information is online here.

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

Feb. 2
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:23 a.m., 10:48 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:31 a.m., 9:56 p.m.
Greenport: 11 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: Noon
Sag Harbor: 10:55 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:22 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:03 a.m., 12:29 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:40 a.m., 10:09 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:49 a.m., 8:18 p.m.

Feb. 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:13 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:21 a.m., 10:47 p.m.
Greenport: 11:50 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:28 a.m., 12:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:45 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:47 a.m., 1:12 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:54 a.m., 1:19 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:29 a.m., 10:59 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:38 a.m., 9:08 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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