Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, mainly before 4 p.m., with a high temperature near 47 degrees and a south wind 5 to 8 miles per hour, becoming northwest in the afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 32. Saturday will be mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 37, and Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 39.

• More than 85 percent of union nurses and healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and Long Island Jewish Valley Stream voted to ratify new contracts with Northwell Health this week, avoiding a strike that New York State Nurses Association members had planned to begin Feb. 21. Read More.

Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island is seeking submissions through March 1 for a sculpture exhibition to be held this summer on its grounds. Find Out More.

The Southold-Peconic Civic Association will host a discussion with the developers of a new attainable housing complex, Peconic Point Homes, at its next meeting Saturday morning, Feb. 24. Here’s More Info.

• The Heart of Riverhead Civic Association honors Black History Month with a free screening of “Hidden Colors,” the documentary that explores the true, but largely ignored, history of people of color in the United States on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Riverhead Free Library. Find Out More.

• Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor hosts a birthday party for Nobel laureate John Steinbeck on Saturday at 5 p.m., with reading of his works by writers John Avlon, Roberta Montgomery, Tom Clavin, Alex Rachel and many others, along with Steinbeck trivia and birthday cake. Find Out More.

• Also on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., the Southampton Arts Center hosts an opening reception for “Look at the Book,” visual artists’ celebration of the literary world, on view through May 4. Find Out More.

• Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor hosts A Night of Motown Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 7 p.m., to benefit The Butterfly Effect Project, which empowers young girls by giving them the tools to achieve emotionally stable and self-confident futures. Here’s More Info.

• Looking ahead to next week, the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association hosts the first of several presentations organized by North Fork civic associations on Southold Town’s zoning code update now underway. The presentation will be held Monday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattituck-Laurel Library. Here’s More Info.

Find out more about what’s going on in the weeks and months ahead in The Beacon’s Events Calendar. Listings are accepted at

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

February 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:07 a.m., 9:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:15 a.m., 8:29 p.m.
Greenport: 9:44 a.m., 9:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:39 a.m., 11:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:39 a.m., 9:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:06 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:13 a.m., 11:27 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:14 a.m., 8:41 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:23 a.m., 6:50 p.m.

February 24
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:45 a.m., 10:01 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:53 a.m., 9:09 p.m.
Greenport: 10:22 a.m., 10:38 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:17 a.m., 11:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:17 a.m., 10:33 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:44 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:51 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:51 a.m., 9:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7 a.m., 7:27 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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