Pictured Above: The Amityville Highland Pipe Band stepped out, along with dozens of fire departments from across Long Island and upstate New York, for the Greenport Fire Department’s Annual Washington’s Birthday Parade on Feb. 19.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 46 degrees and a southwest wind 5 to 9 miles per hour. We’re expecting patchy fog overnight, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 34. Rain is likely Tuesday, mainly after 1 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 51. Skies will clear on Wednesday, with a high near 56 and a 30 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m.

• New York Governor Hochul withdrew her controversial accessory dwelling proposal Friday, Feb. 18, citing many of the concerns raised by local lawmakers.

• The area surrounding the Riverhead Train Station could look dramatically different four years from now, after the Riverhead Town Board voted Feb. 15 to hire a development team that plans to build a large, mixed-use building and plaza across the street from the train station, along with a parking garage, with shops on the level of the streetscape, on the site of a current county-owned parking lot across Griffing Avenue from the Suffolk County Supreme Court. Read More.

Suffolk County reported 152 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, Feb. 19, with 1.8 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 179 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 31 of them in ICU. The county reported four new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,325 people since March of 2020.

• 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:

Feb. 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:39 a.m., 12:58 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:06 p.m.
Greenport: 1:16 a.m., 1:35 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:07 a.m., 2:33 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:38 a.m., 2:57 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:45 a.m., 3:04 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:59 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:08 a.m., 10:45 p.m.

Feb. 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:26 a.m., 1:49 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:34 a.m., 12:57 p.m.
Greenport: 2:03 a.m., 2:26 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:54 a.m., 3:27 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:58 a.m., 2:21 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:25 a.m., 3:48 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:32 a.m., 3:55 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:36 a.m., 12:53 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:02 a.m., 11:39 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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