• Neither Malverne Mel nor Holtsville Hal saw their shadows yesterday. Hence this morning’s snow forecast appears to have turned to a drizzle. But don’t be fooled, we’re expecting this to turn to snow mid-morning and then drop five to eight inches on the East End today. The Weather Channel has decided to name this storm Nika, in case you’re keeping track.
• Nearly every school on the East End has closed due to the incoming inclement weather. We’ll be updating our Facebook page with closings throughout the day.
• In case you can’t get enough of severe weather, Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a new Citizen Preparedness Training Corps to train 100,000 New Yorkers to respond to severe weather throughout the state. Mr. Cuomo says severe weather events are becoming more frequent and more extreme. But you knew that.
• Today marks the 55th anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. Brian Cosgrove will be spinning their records (or however they play records these days) this afternoon on The Afternoon Ramble on WPPB, 88.3 FM. Please take the time today to remind your musician friends to avoid small aircraft.
• The Montauk Chamber of Commerce remembers Pocahontas Pharaoh this week, a princess of the royal family of the Montauk tribe, who was born Feb. 15, 1878 and died Feb. 6, 1963 at the age of 84. According to the chamber’s Facebook page, Pocahontas Pharaoh was the youngest daughter of King David Pharoah and Queen Maria Fowler Pharaoh of the Montauk tribe. She was the last person born on the reservation at Indian Field, Montauk Point, just one year before the reservation was sold. She learned beadwork and “Scrub” making and remembered hearing some of the older people converse in “Montauk” when she was growing up.
• Don’t forget to plan your week ahead with The Beacon’s event calendar.