Good Morning!

• It will be sunny today, with a high temperature near 29 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15, with a northwest wind 13 to 17 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 15. Tuesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 44 and Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

• Members of the East End’s Ukranian community, led by St. John the Baptist Ukranian Catholic Church in Riverhead, will be holding a rally for peace today at noon at Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue in Riverhead. All are welcome.

• The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association will hold a Zoom discussion on affordable housing this evening at 6:30 p.m. with Rona Smith, who is planning a housing complex on Route 48 in Cutchogue, Southold Town Housing Advisory Commission member Patricia Lutzky and Michael Daly of East End YIMBY — which stands for Yes in My Backyard. Here’s the Zoom link.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review, this week dedicated to coverage of the East End’s housing crisis, 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.

• New York State’s mask mandate in schools will be lifted as of Wednesday, March 2. Here’s what the New York State Union of Teachers has to say: “We welcome this step toward normalcy. The governor is striking the right balance by empowering local officials to use data to determine if and when the mitigation strategies need to change in their areas. As the guidance changes, one thing must remain constant: It’s essential that districts work closely with educators to ensure there is confidence in their health and safety plans.”

• East End Congressman Lee Zeldin became the official designee of the Conservative Party as candidate for Governor on Saturday, Feb. 26, after an unanimous vote at the State Conservative Party Convention.

Suffolk County reported 101 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, Feb. 26, with 1.6 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 120 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 26 of them in ICU. The county reported two new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,338 people since March of 2020.

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

Feb. 28
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: 9:12 a.m., 9:44 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: 6:54 a.m., 7:24 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:03 a.m., 5:33 p.m.

March 1
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:30 a.m., 8:50 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:38 a.m., 7:58 p.m.
Greenport: 9:07 a.m., 9:27 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:06 a.m., 10:34 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:02 a.m., 9:22 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:29 a.m., 10:49 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:36 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:47 a.m., 8:14 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:56 a.m., 6:23 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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