Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 50 degrees and a west wind 10 to 15 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 34. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain Tuesday, with cloudy skies and a high near 47. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 44 and a 40 percent chance of rain before noon.

• Parasites were found in samples of bay scallops collected from the Peconic Bays after a nearly complete die-off of adult scallops here last summer, announced New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Friday. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Ellen Hermanson Foundation announced last week that it awarded $326,000 to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital in 2019, including the latest grant of $251,000 on December 17 and $75,000 in April 2019. The funding benefits the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center; Ellen’s Well, a program that provides psychosocial support to breast and gynecological cancer survivors; and the Pink Shawl Project, an outreach program providing screenings and education at the Shinnecock Indian Health Clinic.

• The Southold Recreation Department has announced that there are three scholarships available for students who are interested in taking the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course, thanks to the generosity of the East End Seaport Museum, which will be providing two scholarships and John & Kim Skinner. More details are online here.

• Betelgeuse, the red supergiant star readily seen as a “shoulder” in the constellation Orion, has recently dramatically dimmed, fueling speculation that it may soon become a supernova. Astrophysicist Alan Calder will give a lecture sponsored by the Montauk Observatory on Betelgeuse’s future on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Southampton Arts Center. More details are online here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review 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.

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

February 2
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:58 a.m., 4:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:06 a.m., 3:29 p.m.
Greenport: 4:35 a.m., 4:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:58 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:30 a.m., 4:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:57 a.m., 6:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:04 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:28 a.m., 2:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:37 a.m., 1:01 p.m.

February 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:54 a.m., 5:20 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:02 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
Greenport: 5:31 a.m., 5:57 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:52 a.m., 6:33 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:26 a.m., 5:52 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:53 a.m., 7:19 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7 a.m., 7:26 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:16 a.m., 3:49 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:25 a.m., 1:58 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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