• Today will be sunny, with a high near 41 degrees, but the gusty northwest wind between 10 and 18 miles per hour will keeep it feeling like between 25 and 30 degrees. Tonight, the temperature is expected to go down to 16 degrees. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 38 but wind chill values between 15 and 25 degrees.
• East Hampton’s big public hearing on aircraft noise has been rescheduled from last week to this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. March 12 at LTV Studios in Wainscott.
• Deposed Southold Town Court Clerk Christine Stulsky won’t be sulking around her hometown of New Suffolk for a little while. She was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail for stealing $231,000 in bail money and fines from the court over the past seven years. She’ll also be expected to pay the money back.
• Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead is hosting fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo player Eamonn O’Rourke and singer-songwriter Noel McAtasney, who will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day live in their main lobby this afternoon from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. It’s a free concert, open to the whole community. More information is online here. And speaking of the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, our listings for all the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day events are online here.
• If you’re itching to start gardening and you live within the Peconic Estuary watershed (about half of us do), the Peconic Estuary Program wants to reward you for planting native species and rain gardens near the bay. They’re holding four public information sessions at libraries all over the East End in the upcoming weeks, including one at the Floyd Memorial Library this Saturday, March 14 at 3 p.m. More information is online here.
• Auditions for the NFCT spring musical “Camelot” will be held on Sunday March 15 and Monday March 16 with callbacks on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in auditioning, prepare 16 bars of a Broadway show tune and bring sheet music. Show dates will be May 14 through May 31. For more information, contact the director, Caroline Ciochetto at email@example.com or visit www.nfct.com.
• Our local economy is dependent upon our beautiful beaches and waterways, and a group of Hampton Bays volunteers plans to get together at Ponquogue Beach at 9 a.m. March 28 to help clean up the marine debris that has accumulated in the marshlands, beaches, and within the rocks of the jetty at Shinnecock Ilet. More information is online here.
• We didn’t expect to see them — they’d spent all winter buried under a four-foot-deep pile of snow at the foot of our mailbox. But yesterday afternoon, surely enough, two snowdrops were stretching their stems out of the wet earth when we returned to Beacon headquarters from a day of dodging potholes and deeps streams of melting snow pouring from farm fields out onto the roads of the East End. Smile! There are now less than nine full days left until the official start of spring.
“We tune in and out. But moments are not lost. Time out of mind is time nevertheless, cumulative, informing the present. From even the deepest slumber you wake with a jolt — older, closer to death, and wiser, grateful for breath.” — Annie Dillard
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.