Good Morning!

• There’s a 50 percent chance of snow after noon today, with mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 34. Wind chill values will be between 10 and 20 miles per hour, with a north wind around 7 miles per hour, becoming south in the afternoon. We’re expecting rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 11 p.m. tonight, changing to all rain after midnight. New snow and sleet accumulations of less than an inch are possible. The temperature will rise to around 39 by 4 a.m. Thursday. We’re expecting skies to clear throughout the day Thursday, with a high near 51 degrees and patchy fog in the morning. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

• We’re expecting traffic delays and road closures surrounding Hampton Bays and between Hampton Bays and Jamesport today 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 that roads surrounding St. Rosalie’s RC Church in Hampton Bays will be closed today 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.

• New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act on Thursday, Feb. 14, giving victims of childhood sexual abuse a second chance at justice. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Southold Town Board is considering a six-month moratorium on construction along the Main Road in the vicinity of Love Lane in Mattituck, and is seeking public input on the moratorium at its Feb. 26 meeting. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• From Michael Daly’s March column: “Growing up in Elmhurst, New York as a middle-class white, Irish-Catholic kid I recall learning that “the settlers came to (what is now) America and “bought and traded for” land from the Indians so they could live in the land of the free and home of the brave.” Is that what you were taught too?” Read the full column online here.

• The North Fork Environmental Council and the North Fork Audubon Society are teaming up next week for the second in a series of meetings of the Plastic Reduction and Elimination Project of the North Fork. The meeting will be held at the Peconic Lane Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30. More details are online here.

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

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.

February 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:56 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:04 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Greenport: 11:33 a.m., 11:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:08 a.m., 12:32 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:28 a.m., 11:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:28 a.m., 12:55 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:35 a.m., 1:02 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:09 a.m., 10:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:18 a.m., 8:51 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

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