Good Morning!

• Rain and snow showers are likely this morning, mainly between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., but otherwise we’re expecting partly sunny skies, with a high near 40 degrees, with a southwest wind 8 to 14 miles per hour. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 32. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 44, and Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 41.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss action items in its comprehensive plan with members of civic associations from throughout town, traffic and parking on Love Lane and in New Suffolk, town office consolidation, runoff from Richmond Creek and proposed zoning and ethics code changes at its 9 a.m. work session this morning. The board has one public hearing on parking scheduled for its 7 p.m. meeting tonight. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.

• The Southampton Town Board will hold public hearings on restrictions on sand mining and giving the town board authority to approve a change in a non-conforming use (that authority currently lies with the town’s zoning board) at its 6 p.m. meeting tonight. Here’s the agenda.

Suffolk County reported there were 563 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, with 5.2 percent of people tested in the county testing positive. There are currently 451 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 100 of them in ICU and 30 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported four new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,035 people.

• The Island Harvest food distribution event originally scheduled for last Thursday in Riverhead’s Stotzky Park has been postponed to this morning, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon, due to last week’s snowstorm. About 600 boxes of food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

• Inga Eriksdotti & Mary Morgan will discuss “Fashion and Fabrics for the Future” this evening from 7 to 8 p.m., about “how the fashion industry is getting into recycling, reusing, and repurposing,” in this week’s installment of Drawdown East End’s February virtual lecture series in conjunction with the Rogers Memorial Library. Here’s how to register.

• Today is the last day to subscribe to our print edition to receive the March edition through the U.S. Mail. You’ll read much of our reportage in print before you read it here, and our print edition supports much of the work we do! Here’s how to subscribe.

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

February 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:58 a.m., 7:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:06 a.m., 6:29 p.m.
Greenport: 7:35 a.m., 7:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:06 a.m., 8:43 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:30 a.m., 7:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:57 a.m., 9:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:04 a.m., 9:27 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:34 a.m., 6:17 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:43 a.m., 4:26 p.m.

February 24
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:40 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:48 a.m., 7:10 p.m.
Greenport: 8:17 a.m., 8:39 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:57 a.m., 9:30 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:12 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:39 a.m., 10:01 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:46 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:30 a.m., 7:06 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:39 a.m., 5:15 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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