• We are just coming out of a dense fog advisory that ended at 6 a.m., but it’s likely still continuing in the heads of East Enders who haven’t yet acclimated their brains to daylight savings time. These clouds are going to give way to sunshine, with a high of a balmy 51 degrees this afternoon and northwest winds at 6 to 11 miles per hour. The low temperature tonight will be about 26 degrees.
• None of our esteemed New York senators have weighed in on the controversy in Washington over the 47 Republican senators who sent a letter to Iran undermining the president’s nuclear negotiations. But Congressman Lee Zeldin, who is currently the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, sent out a lengthy statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week, saying “a bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all.” You can parse his full statement online here. We are too busy at Beacon headquarters writing a song titled “47 Senators” to the tune of Mike Doughty’s “27 Jennifers” to understand exactly what this political posturing is all about.
• Southold is planning to make it easier for people to open up businesses in churches, after several church buildings were put up for sale this year. Maybe you maybe want to open a business in a church? The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Stony Brook Southampton is hosting a panel discussion on the state of self-publishing and small presses as part of their Writers Speak Wednesdays series tonight. Sande Boritz Berger, author of “The Sweetness”; Céline Keating, author of “Play for Me”; Judy L. Mandel, author of “Replacement Child – a Memoir” and Kamy Wicoff, author of “I Do but I Don’t: Why the Way We Marry Matters” will speak. More information is online here.
• This editor is not a runner, but someone egged her on to run the Suffolk Marathon this fall and suddenly she’s sitting here talking about herself in the third person (reporters are instructed to do this at journalism school and never regain their humanity afterward, not even when they are granted the royal “we” of writing for the editorial page), with a new pair of running shoes and a hand on the computer mouse about to register for the Shelter Island 10K and the half-Suffolk Marathon. Be prepared for a running diary on these pages over the upcoming weeks. Maybe. Or join the races yourself. The Shelter Island 10K is June 20 and the Suffolk Marathon is Sept. 13.
• Just when you were starting to enjoy the birdsong and the melting snow, it became the season for gaping potholes on the East End. As the ice that’s gotten trapped below the asphalt melts, gaping holes have been popping up all up and down the roadways of the Twin Forks over the past couple days, in many cases filling with snowmelt water that hides their true dark depths.
“If we get a fast thaw that’s bad. If we get a gradual thaw, that’s good,” said Southold Town Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando, who expects to spend upwards of $400,000 this spring repairing Southold’s roads, at Tuesday’s Southold Town Board work session. So far, the thaw appears to be happening fast.
• But smile! There are less than 10 full days left until the official start of spring.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.