Good Morning!

• Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15, with a northeast wind around 6 miles per hour, becoming south in the afternoon. There’s a slight chance of snow before midnight tonight, then a chance of rain and snow between midnight and 3 a.m., then a chance of rain after 3 a.m., with cloudy skies and a low around 30. There’s a chance of snow before 8 a.m. Wednesday, then a chance of rain showers, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 45. We’re expecting rain on Thursday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 49.

• The New York State Covid-19 mass vaccination site scheduled to open at Stony Brook Southampton College will begin operating this Friday, March 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, along with other mass vaccination sites at Old Westbury and Brentwood. Appointments will be available beginning tomorrow morning, March 17 at 8 a.m. on the state’s mass vaccination site scheduling site or by calling 1.833.NYS.4.VAX.

• As local communities roll out their Police Reform & Reinvention Plans this month, an echo is being heard from police departments throughout the East End: We want body cameras, but we don’t have the money to put them into service. Read more.

• The Riverhead Town Board will hold a public hearing on Riverhead’s police reform plan at this afternoon’s 2 p.m. town board meeting. Riverhead’s plan is online here and the Zoom meeting can be accessed online here. The Southold Town Board will hold two virtual public input/informational meetings on its Southold Town Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan on Wednesdays, March 17 and March 24 at 7 p.m. The plan can be viewed online here, the Zoom link for the March 17 hearing is online here and the Zoom link for the March 24 hearing is online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board has a packed agenda for its 11 a.m. work session this morning, including a public employer health emergency plan, an affordable housing overlay proposal, the aforementioned police reform plan and the dissolution of the town’s scavenger waste district. The meeting can be viewed on LTV’s YouTube channel.

• The New York State DEC’s annual brush burning prohibition begins today and continues through May 14 during the height of wildfire season on Long Island. The fire weather index, with dry conditions combined with high winds, has been high over the past few days. Take the heed of Smokey Bear! Here’s more info.

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

March 16
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:21 a.m., 12:46 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:54 a.m.
Greenport: 12:58 a.m., 1:23 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:51 a.m., 2:17 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:53 a.m., 1:18 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:20 a.m., 2:45 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:27 a.m., 2:52 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:52 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:01 a.m., 10:18 p.m.

March 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:03 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:11 a.m., 12:37 p.m.
Greenport: 1:40 a.m., 2:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:27 a.m., 2:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:35 a.m., 2:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:02 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:09 a.m., 3:35 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:09 a.m., 12:33 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:42 a.m., 10:54 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

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