Good Morning!

• We’re expecting increasing clouds throughout the day today, with a high near 41 degrees but wind chill values between 25 and 35, with a north wind 5 to 8 miles per hour, becoming southeast in the afternoon. We’re expecting rain overnight, with a steady temperature around 38. Rain will continue into Thursday morning, with patchy fog before 11 a.m., and mostly cloudy skies as the rain tapers off, with a high near 44. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. Friday, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

• For seven weeks beginning this Saturday, artists will take over the Southampton Arts Center, turning its galleries into a web of pop-up studios, where visitors can watch them work or come by for a series of Thursday night hang-outs, playing ping-pong and listening to music as they discuss the methods and madness that make great art. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

Karen McLaughlin (center) was named the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association’s Person of the Year.

• Karen McLaughlin, Director of Southold Town Senior Services, has been honored as Citizen of the Year by the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association. Family, friends and community members gathered in Veteran’s Park Community Room on Jan. 11 as Karen received proclamations from MLCA President Charles Gueli, Town Supervisor Scott Russell, and New York State Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo. According to MLCA, Karen was recognized for the personal qualities she brings to her Human Services/Senior Center work. Her enthusiasm and efficiency are well-known among her colleagues. But it’s her deep compassion, Karen’s driving force, that makes her an impressive and inspiring community member.

• Suffolk County and the Rockefeller Institute of Government will be holding a forum on the opioid addiction crisis, “Stories from Suffolk,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church in Southampton. More details are online here.

• Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith has announced that she is embarking on a listening tour of the town this month, in recognition that residents are not always able to attend town board meetings, or make it to town hall. More details are online here.

• The Long Island Regional Seed Consortium will hold a seed swap this coming Saturday, Feb. 9, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center’s Center for Ethical Biodiversity in Riverhead. More details are online here.

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

February 6
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:51 a.m., 11:15 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:59 a.m., 10:23 p.m.
Greenport: 11:28 a.m., 11:52 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:02 a.m., 12:16 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:23 a.m., 11:47 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:32 a.m., 12:50 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:39 a.m., 12:57 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:52 a.m., 10:16 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:01 a.m., 8:25 p.m.

February 7
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:30 a.m., 11:56 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:38 a.m., 11:04 p.m.
Greenport: 12:07 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:38 a.m., 12:53 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:14 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:21 a.m., 1:36 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:28 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:37 a.m., 9:01 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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