Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, with a high temperature near 44 degrees and a south wind 6 to 14 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 27. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 38. There’s a 50 percent chance of snow Sunday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 36.

• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele weighed in this week on the vaccine distribution effort: “We have all seen enough of the New York State Vaccination Program to realize that it is failing. The Titanic had a better rollout.” Here’s more.

• Bridgehampton National Bank branches throughout the East End were rebranded with the Dime logo on Feb. 1, and will now be Dime Community Bank locations. Here’s our full story.

• The East End Seaport Museum in Greenport is running an online art auction, to benefit both its mission and local artists, through Feb. 16. Here’s the link.

Suffolk County reported 651 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with 5.1 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 653 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 119 of them in ICU and 24 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported 10 new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,838 people.

• The Sag Harbor Fire Department at 1357 Brick Kiln Road in Sag Harbor hosts a community blood drive this afternoon and evening from 2 to 8 p.m. Appointments are preferred, schedule online here.

• Through New York Project Hope, a statewide COVID-19 initiative, OLA has been able to hire 2 teams of Crisis Counselors to listen to and support the needs of East End residents during the pandemic. Whether you speak Spanish, English, or Portuguese, their counselors are available to help you cope with difficult emotions and provide trusted resource referrals. To be connected with a Crisis Counselor and receive free, confidential, and anonymous support, call or text their Project HOPE helpline at 631.500.0837″

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

February 5
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:43 a.m., 4:11 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:51 a.m., 3:19 p.m.
Greenport: 4:20 a.m., 4:48 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:05 a.m., 5:43 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:15 a.m., 4:43 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:42 a.m., 6:10 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:49 a.m., 6:17 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:47 a.m., 3:07 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:56 a.m., 1:16 p.m.

February 6
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:50 a.m., 5:20 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:58 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
Greenport: 5:27 a.m., 5:57 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:09 a.m., 6:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:22 a.m., 5:52 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:49 a.m., 7:19 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:56 a.m., 7:26 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:48 a.m., 4:13 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:57 a.m., 2:22 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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