Good Morning, and Happy Leap Day!
• If you didn’t get your fill of beautiful weather yesterday, don’t worry. We’re looking at a serious shot of spring this week. We’re expecting a high of 53 degrees today, with cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1 p.m., with increasing sunshine throughout the day. The wind will be out of the west at 13 to 17 miles per hour. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 34. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high near 50. We’re expecting showers before noon on Wednesday, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.
• Former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst opened a campaign office for her bid for Congress in Medford Saturday, at 3249 Route 112, Building 4. Former East End Congressman Tim Bishop was on-hand to endorse the candidate. Ms. Throne-Holst faces off against Suffolk County Planning Director David Calone in a June 28 Democratic primary, and the winner of that election will take on incumbent Congressman Lee Zeldin in the Nov. 8 general election.
• LIPA is hosting public hearings today on a on a shared renewable energy program that will allow communities to build solar energy arrays tied to the grid in their neighborhoods and receive shared credit on their electric bills for the program. LIPA currently only allows residential customers to build individual solar systems on their property. The hearings will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge. The program, known as the the Community Distributed Generation Net Meter Program, has been proposed due to a directive from the New York State Public Service Commission.
• The Hamptons International Film Festival was just named a qualifying Oscar festival for both Documentary and Narrative films, but that’s not the biggest news out of HIFF, which is celebrating its Oscar victories today. Last night’s Academy Award Best Picture winner, “Spotlight,” was a featured “Centerpiece” film at the 2015 Hamptons festival. Other Oscar winners that were screened at the festival include “Room,” whose Brie Larson took home Best Actress. “Room” made its East Coast premiere at the 2015 Hamptons festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. “Son of Saul,” which also screened in the Hamptons last fall, won the Best Foreign Language Film award. Mark Rylance also took home the Best Supporting Actor award for “Bridge of Spies,” the closing night film at the Hamptons festival last October, and Alicia Vikander took home Best Supporting Actiress for her role in “The Danish Girl.” Submissions for this year’s festival are now open online here.
• And the Montauk Library and Canio’s Cinema Series win the Oscar timing award this week. The Montauk Library hosts a free screening of “Spotlight” 7 p.m. this Wednesday, March 2, while the new Canio’s Cinema Series kicks with the first part of the screening and discussion of “Spotlight” at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton on Thursday, March 3 at 6:15 p.m.
• The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center may be the recipient of the leftover thermal energy generated by a new hydrogen fuel cell energy generator being proposed for downtown Riverhead. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
A very, very happy birthday to all the leap babies out there, and yes, unmarried ladies, today is the day to pop the question to your man.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.