Good Morning!

• We’re expecting a chance of showers early today, mainly between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., then rain likely after 2 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 58 degrees, with a light southeast wind becoming south 11 to 16 miles per hour in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent. We’re expecting rain overnight, with a low around 44 degrees and a south wind 17 to 21 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 37 mph. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain Wednesday, mainly before 11 a.m., with skies gradually becoming mostly sunny, and the temperature falling to around 51 by 10 a.m. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain and snow after 1 p.m. Thursday, with cloudy skies and a high near 38.

• Here’s what our congressman, Lee Zeldin, has to say about the escalating conflict in Ukraine this week: “Vladimir Putin thinks he is seven feet tall and desperately wants to put the Soviet Union back together again. Give him an inch and he will take a mile. He smells weakness and opportunity in front of him, instead of strength, resolve, and resistance. No one should act blind to his long game.”

• The Southampton Town Board will hold a public hearing on seasonal restrictions on gas leaf blowers at its 6 p.m. regular meeting this evening. Under the proposed regulations, the leaf blowers will not be able to be operated between May 20 and Sept. 20 or on Sundays and holidays year-round. From Sept. 21 to May 19, they could be operated from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturdays. The full text of the proposed code change is available here and the Zoom link to the meeting is expected to be posted here.

• Southampton will also hold public hearings on proposed zoning changes to allow multi-family housing in Quiogue at its 6 p.m. meeting this evening. Here’s the agenda and the Zoom link to the meeting is expected to be posted here.

Suffolk County reported 106 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, March 20, with 2 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 175 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 31 in ICU. The county reported 10 new deaths from Covid, bringing the death toll here to 4,335 people since March of 2020.

• The Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center hosts a virtual trip to the Nassau County Museum of Art to discuss their current exhibition, “Songs Without Words: The Art of Music,” this afternoon at 4 p.m. Here’s how to register.

• Today is the last day to sign up to receive our March print edition next week via U.S. Mail. You’ll read much of our coverage in print before you find it here, and our print edition supports much of the work we do. Here’s where to sign up.

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

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.

Feb. 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:21 a.m., 2:50 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:29 a.m., 1:58 p.m.
Greenport: 2:58 a.m., 3:27 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:48 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:53 a.m., 3:22 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:20 a.m., 4:49 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:27 a.m., 4:56 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:30 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:02 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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