Good Morning!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 59 degrees and a calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 miles per hour in the afternoon. We’re expecting partly cloudy skies overnight, with a low around 32. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 62, and we’re expecting a 50 percent chance of showers on Friday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 58.

After New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s initial executive budget slashed Foundation Aid to school districts by $419 million, both the State Senate and Assembly’s recently unveiled budget proposals fully fund the state’s Foundation Aid formula. The final budget is due April 1.

Beacon Columnist Dave Davis shares a powerful message of the impact of social engagement in this month’s Dave’s Desk@Ditch. Read it online here.

The Riverhead Central School District is hosting a free Parent Café workshop in the high school cafeteria this Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. In coordination with OLA of Eastern Long Island, the New York State Department of Labor, and local business Café Victoria, attendees will learn about the requirements, testing, license renewal, and financial information necessary to create a corporation or LLC. The Department of Labor’s Matthew Cereola will serve as keynote speaker, and Café Victoria will both provide coffee and pastries for the event and share their story of success.

Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead hosts a hive-making workshop with beekeepers and prospective beekeepers at its hands-on Bee Lab this Saturday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. Here’s how to get involved.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt host a St. Patrick’s Day hike through the GREENbelt on Sunday at 10 a.m. Join for a brisk walk and a poem or two in honor of the pioneers of preservation of the Greenbelt. Find Out More.

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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