• We’re expecting periods of rain, mainly after 8 a.m. today, areas of fog, and the temperature is expected to fall from around 40 degrees early to around 35 degrees by 2 p.m., with wind chill values between 20 and 30 and an east wind around 17 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 33. It’s expected to rain more tonight, but the temperature will rise again to around 47 degrees by 9 p.m. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before 11 a.m. tomorrow, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 59 degrees and a slight chance of showers after 1 p.m.
• March Madness is alive on Long Island. The Stony Brook University Seawolves men’s basketball team won its first ever ticket to the NCAA Tournament over the weekend, beating the Vermont Catamounts 80-74 in the America East championship game on Saturday. The Seawolves managed to overtake the Catamounts’ 15-point lead going into the second half. They will now face the powerhouse Kentucky Wildcats in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday.
• East Hampton Town plans to spend the next year looking at the unique issues affecting the commercial areas in East Hampton, Springs, Wainscott, Amagansett, Downtown Montauk and Montauk Harbor, beginning with a kickoff meeting at town hall tomorrow morning, March 15, at 10 a.m. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Film and music historian Philip Harwood will talk about bandleader Glenn Miller’s musical career, with film clips from Miller’s two films, and will also discuss the events leading to his mysterious disappearance in 1944, in a special program titled “Moonlight Serenade” at Southampton’s Rogers Memorial Library today at 3 p.m. [Free]
• Birder Tom Damiani is planning a special “Beware the Ides of March” Tuesdays With Tom birding session, a two-hour North Fork Audubon Society-sponsored bird walk beginning at 8 a.m. at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport. [Free]
• Riverhead CAP, which helps keep Riverhead kids from drinking and using drugs, is hosting its fourth annual Bowling Bonanza fundraiser tomorrow night, March 15, at the All-Star bowling alley on Route 58 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The lanes will be set up for team play. Teams of up to eight can register, or you can register individually and be assigned to a team. All ages are welcome but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20 per person and pre-registration is required online here.
• This week in The Beacon’s Week in Review: Southold responds to housing crisis, a joy ride in Becky’s New Car, Sag Harbor plans John Steinbeck waterfront park, a giant colon in Riverhead and thoughts about East Hampton hamlets and Mattituck’s big curve. To get your own copy of the Week in Review each week, sign up here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.