• Today will be sunny, with a high near 46 degrees. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 26. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain and snow after 3 p.m. Tuesday, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. We’re expecting rain on Wednesday, with a high near 51 degrees and a northeast wind 13 to 16 miles per hour.
• As water quality and quantity issues become more prevalent worldwide, Long Island, which draws its drinking water solely from the ground beneath our feet, will continue to rely heavily on the health of our strained aquifer. Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Stony Brook University last Thursday to explain what the state plans to do to help Long Islanders protect our water. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The family that owns one of Greenport’s grandest buildings is looking for the public’s help this week in restoring the building, long home to Goldin Furniture, and returning it to its original use as a public theater. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Southold Town Planning Board was expected to hold an extension of the public hearing on the controversial Heritage at Cutchogue, a proposed 124-unit senior condominium complex near the center of Cutchogue, at their Feb. 8 meeting, but that meeting has been rescheduled to tonight at 6 p.m. due to snow. Southold has an extensive file on the environmental review of the project online here.
• Tonight is the full moon, and three nature organizations have planned full moon hikes for tonight. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosts a hike beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the South Fork Natural History Museum and the Group for the East End (at Downs Farm Preserve) hold hikes beginning at 6:30 p.m. More information is online here.
• A team from Southampton Hospital traveled to the Dominican Republic last week to provide breast cancer screenings and surgical procedures for women affected by breast cancer. The Island Impact Ministries team members include: Edna Kapenhas, MD, Medical Director for the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital; Max Spektor, DO, General Surgery Resident; Harrison Cotler, DO, General Surgery Resident; Vinay Tac; Alan Heimann, MD, Pathology; Kayla Rowland, RN (pictured, left); and Madeline Gestone, RN (pictured, right). Congratulations on your good work for women in need!
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.